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14413016de1dbb49af95b482273bf98aA.G. SCHNEIDERMAN APPLAUDS MAJOR DECISION BY FEDERAL NRC COMMISSIONERS TO REQUIRE RE-ANALYSIS OF SEVERE ACCIDENT PREVENTION MEASURES AT INDIAN POINT.

Commissioners Of Federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission Find Prior Analysis To Be In Violation Of National Environmental Policy Act. 

Schneiderman: Millions Who Live And Work Near Indian Point Deserve A Fair Assessment Of Upgrades Needed To Protect Them From Severe Accidents.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today applauded a decision by Commissioners of the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to require NRC staff to conduct a re-analysis of the impacts caused by severe accidents at the Indian Point nuclear power facility and potential upgrades needed to protect the public against such accidents. 

“I am heartened that the NRC Commissioners agreed with my office that Entergy and NRC staff have systematically undercounted the costs and impacts associated with severe reactor accidents at the Indian Point plant,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “The Commissioners’ decision requires the NRC staff to do what should have been done years ago: provide an accurate account of cost-effective upgrades at this aging nuclear plant that can prevent or minimize severe accidents.  While some might prefer to treat severe accidents as impossibilities, the millions of people who live and work near Indian Point deserve nothing less than a full and fair assessment of the plant upgrades needed to protect them against such accidents.”

In today’s unanimous decision, the Commission reversed an earlier administrative ruling, and found that NRC staff’s analysis of severe accident minimization at the Indian Point facility violates the National Environmental Policy Act.  The decision directs NRC staff to redo its analysis, and consider additional severe accident minimization at Indian Point.  NRC staff had relied on data from other sites, including sites surrounded by farmland, instead of site-specific data for Indian Point.  The ultimate source of the data used by NRC staff could not be found – but the agency went on using the data without substantiation. 

In its decision, the Commission explained that “[w]hile typically we decline to second-guess the Board on its fact-specific conclusions, here the decision contains obvious material factual errors and could be misleading, warranting clarification.”  The Commission found that New York State’s evidence and legal arguments were persuasive and had the potential to materially affect the analysis of severe accident minimization measures and their cost-effectiveness for Indian Point. 

Today’s decision by the NRC Commissioners represents a significant event in the history of the Indian Point site.

The Attorney General’s office has worked to improve Indian Point’s accident preparedness, and ensure the protection of public health and the environment of the surrounding region.   After Entergy submitted an application to the NRC to renew the operating licenses for an additional 20 years, the Attorney General’s Office submitted Contention 12, which argued that Entergy’s environmental report failed to accurately model the cleanup and decontamination costs for a severe accident in the area surrounding Indian Point, which includes the New York City Metropolitan Area. 

In 2010, NRC released its final supplemental environmental impact statement for Indian Point – a document that continued to fail to properly analyze and disclose to the public severe accident risk and mitigation.  In response, the Attorney General’s Office submitted expert testimony, reports, legal briefs, and over 100 exhibits demonstrating the inadequate analysis of severe accidents and severe underestimation of the costs of a severe accident at Indian Point.  Entergy and NRC Staff challenged the State every step of the way, repeatedly lodging challenges to the Attorney General’s arguments.  

In November 2013, the Board’s resolved Contention 12 in favor of NRC Staff and Entergy.  Almost immediately, Attorney General Schneideman filed to a motion to reopen the record and for reconsideration of the contention, which the Board denied.  The State appealed the Board’s decision on Contention 12 to the NRC Commissioners, and briefing on the appeal was completed in 2014.  Today’s decision is in response to the appeal by Attorney General Schneiderman.

The Indian Point facilities are located 24 miles north of New York City, 35 miles from Times Square, and 38 miles from Wall Street.  The facilities are 6 miles from one of the reservoirs that make up the New York City drinking water system.  According to Entergy, approximately 19 million people will live within 50 miles of Indian Point by 2035.  Indian Point has the highest surrounding population of any US reactor; Indian Point has more than twice the surrounding population as the next nuclear plant site. 

The initial 40-year license terms expired in September 2013 for Indian Point unit 2 and December 2015 for Indian Point unit 3. 

This matter is being handled for the Environmental Protection Bureau by Assistant Attorneys General John Sipos, Kathryn DeLuca, and Laura Heslin, with the assistance of Environmental Scientist Jodi Feld.  The Environmental Protection Bureau is led by Lemuel M. Srolovic and is part of the Division of Social Justice, which is led by Executive Deputy Attorney General for Social Justice Alvin Bragg. 

Hen Island labled ground zero in Westchester if Zika mosquitoes arrive.

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Port Chester Mayor Pilla identifies Hen Island as mosquito breeding site. Story goes national on CBS Evening News.
Hen Island called ground zero in New York if Zika mosquitoes arrive.


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I almost never write the emails from the WFP that land in your inbox, but I do when it’s something I feel especially strongly about.

This is one such time. The topic: the 39,000 women and men who work for Verizon and who are out on strike.

That’s 39,000 families who rely on those paychecks to make ends meet. 39,000 fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbors. That’s who is on strike against Verizon — one of the most powerful corporations in America.

The strikers are taking a risk, and they know it. The right-wing CEO who leads Verizon has made it clear that he could not care less if “his” workers have decent lives and futures at all.

The strikers — members of the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) — are striking for a country in which working people are treated as productive members of society. They want to prevent Verizon from gaining a free hand to outsource, offshore, subcontract, and outright destroy jobs in our communities.

Here’s how we can help. This Thursday, the strikers, CWA, and IBEW have asked us to join in picketing Verizon Wireless stores. These stores are everywhere. Just go and join the workers and bring some donuts or a hand-made sign showing your support. The word will get back to Corporate HQ and they’ll see that they can’t stay in business without treating workers fairly.

Join WFP supporters on the picket line tomorrow, Thursday May 5 at 3pm outside the Verizon store at 139 Flatbush Ave. in Brooklyn.

Or click here to join one of the many actions happening tomorrow across New York state.

Lowell McAdam, the CEO of Verizon, called Bernie Sanders “contemptible” for publicly supporting the strikers.1 If he wants to see what contemptible looks like, he should look in the mirror.

Despite $1.5 billion in profits every month for the last 15 months, Verizon’s CEO is insisting on eliminating job security and closing call centers so they can hire low-wage contractors at home or even abroad in the Philippines and Mexico, where workers make $1.60 an hour.

He’s fighting to lower the living standards of people who make about $1,400 a week while cashing in a weekly salary of almost $400,000.2

His behavior gets at the heart of why Verizon workers are out on strike: this is a strike about what kind of country we want to have.

It’s a choice between an America where rich CEOs run roughshod over their workers or an America where people get treated right and have strong, progressive unions.

Join me in standing on the right side of history this Thursday. RSVP to join WFP supporters at an event in your area on the May 5 National Day of Action.

This is the actual way to make America great.

Solidarity,

Daniel Cantor
National Director
Working Families Party

Donate to WFP

Sources:

1. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/verizon-ceo-lowell-mcadam-bernie-sanders-views-are-contemptible/

2. http://standuptoverizon.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/settingtherecordstraight-final.pdf

A.G. SCHNEIDERMAN ANNOUNCES RECORD DATA BREACH NOTIFICATIONS FOR 2016.

Breach Notifications Up 40% Over Same Period Last Year.

Schneiderman Unveils New Electronic Submission Form For Future Data Breach Notifications.

NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that his office has received an over 40% increase in data breach notifications involving New Yorkers so far this year as compared to the same time last year. Companies are required to provide notice to Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s office, as well as consumers, pursuant to the New York State Information Security Breach & Notification Act. The Attorney General’s Office works with companies to protect consumers upon notification. To meet the increased volume and to provide efficiency in reporting, his office has now provided companies with the ability to file notice electronically via a web submission form on the New York State Attorney General’s office website here

“Data breaches are an escalating threat to our personal and national security, and companies need to do more to ensure reasonable security practices and best standards are in place to protect our most sensitive information,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “I am committed to stemming the data breach tide.  Making notification to my office easier for companies who have experienced a data breach means quicker notification and quicker resolution for New York’s consumers.”

The office has received 459 data breach notices from the first of the year through May 2, 2016, as compared with 327 through the same time last year. In the year 2015 alone, the office received 809 data breach notices.  The office is expecting to receive well over 1000 notices for the year, a new record.

Companies may now notify the Attorney General’s Office of a data breach via a web submission form in order to expedite and streamline the process.  Previously, and consistent with most other state attorneys general offices, companies were required to mail, fax, or email a separate data breach form.

Last year, Attorney General Schneiderman proposed legislation in Albany to overhaul New York State’s data security law requiring new and unprecedented safeguards for the personal data of consumers. The bill would broaden the scope of information that companies would be responsible for protecting; requires stronger technical and physical security measures for protecting information; and creates a safe harbor for companies who meet certain security standards, incentivizing them to adopt additional measures to protect personal data.

In July 2014, Attorney General Schneiderman issued a report examining the growing number, complexity, and costs of data breaches in the New York State. Using information provided to the office pursuant to the New York State Information Security Breach & Notification Act, the report, titled “Information Exposed: Historical Examination of Data Security in New York State, analyzed eight years of security breach data and how it has impacted New Yorkers. The report revealed that the number of reported data security breaches in New York more than tripled between 2006 and 2013. In that same period, 22.8 million personal records of New Yorkers were exposed in nearly 5,000 data breaches, which cost the public and private sectors in New York upward of $1.37 billion in 2013. In addition, the report also found that hacking intrusions – in which third parties gain unauthorized access to data stored on a computer system – were the leading cause of data security breaches, accounting for roughly 40 percent of all breaches. Attorney General Schneiderman’s report also presented new recommendations on steps that both organizations and consumers can take to protect themselves from data loss.

Community Calendar

Downtown Yonkers 
Upcoming Schedule of Events
“The world’s favorite season is the spring.
All things seem possible in May.” – Edwin Way Teale
Art, Music, & Culture
May 01: May Movies At Your Library:Forest
May 01: May Movies At Your Library:Good Dinosaur
May 01: PC4 – Portfolio Review
May 05: Children’s Art Show by Greyston Learning Center
May 05: Cinco de Mayo at Yonkers Brewing
May 05: Cinco de Mayo Cooking Class
May 05: Spontaneous Portrait Day with Chris Baxter
May 07: 5th Annual Riverkeeper Sweep
May 07: Live Music – County Line @ Yonkers Brewing Co.
May 07: PC4 – Free Recording Session
May 07: Yonkers Summer Camp Fair
May 08: May Movies At Your Library: Revenant
May 12: Patron Saints of Yonkers Gala @ PMH
May 13: Ellarese and Friends Musical Performance
May 14-15: Yonkers Arts Weekend
May 14: ArtSpeak: From Page to Performance. Blue Door
May 14: Free Health Fair & STEM Symposium
May 14: Kite Festival
May 14: Po’ Jazz on Hudson | Blue Door Art
May 15: Opening Reception: Mind and Material
May 17: BDAC Cinema Night: Beware of the Year 7000
May 18: Genealogy drop-in workshop
May 19: Check Yourself: Wellness Workshop
May 21: Creative Workshop with Richard Wilde
May 21: Immigration Forum w/ Councilwoman Corazon Pineda-Isaac
May 21: Teachers Storybook Bonanza – Giveaway
May 22: May Movies At Your Library: Star Wars:Force Awakens
May 26: Live Music Thursday at Yonkers Brewing Co.
May 28: Free Movies @ Philipse Manor Hall – The Croods
May 29: May Movies At Your Library: Daddy’s Home

More event and details at www.yonkersdowntown.com

Community Meetings, Holidays, etc.
May 04: A Starry Night – Fundraiser for trhe Yonkers Public Library
May 04: Riverfront Book Club: All The Stars in the Heavens
May 05: Public Tours – Come see what TechCentral is all about!
May 07: Yonkers Childhood Hunger Summit
May 10: Board of Education – Annual Meeting
May 10: Yonkers City Council Meeting
May 11: Hudson River Community Association Monthly Meeting
May 13: HRCA Dinner
May 19: 4th Precinct Community Council Meeting
May 24: Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson
May 24: United Way Reading Symposium
May 24: Yonkers City Council Meeting
May 26: YPL Board of Trustees Meeting
May 30: City of Yonkers Memorial Day Ceremony
May 30: Yonkers Schools Closed – Memorial Day

May 4th, 2016.  Join the Yonkers Library as they celebrate the opening of Tech Central, their new makerspace, media lab, and technology training space designed to support digital learners of all ages and skills. Special guests International Space Station Astronaut (and Yonkers native!) Ron Garan and Mayor Mike Spano.  More info.

Dear MoveOn member,

As chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Chuck Grassley is the central figure in the Republican blockade of Judge Merrick Garland, President Obama’s nominee to fill the vacancy on our nation’s highest court.

That’s why, as Sen. Grassley returns home to Iowa this week, MoveOn members who have voted and volunteered for him in the past are coming together with a simple message for the senator: “Sen. Grassley, you’ve lost our respect and our votes by playing politics with the Supreme Court.”

Will you watch and share our powerful, two-minute video to pressure Chairman Grassley to back down—and start a domino effect that leads to hearings and an up-or-down vote on President Obama’s nominee?

VotingRights

Sen. Grassley is up for re-election in the fall. Today’s video release comes on the heels of a new poll showing that his favorability ratings in Iowa are dropping because of his obstruction of the Supreme Court nomination.1

We can break the Republican blockade—if enough of us shine a spotlight on Sen. Grassley’s obstruction and the wave of opposition he’s facing at home. After all, he is the senator who can call and hold a hearing and an initial committee vote. Will you watch and share this video right now?

Since mid-February, MoveOn members have led an all-out campaign to pressure Senate Republicans to do their jobs. Together with allies, we’ve collected nearly two million petition signatures, made tens of thousands of calls to Congress, held national days of action, flown planes over district offices, asked for tax refunds from the do-nothing GOP—and more than 20,000 MoveOn members have already chipped in to fund this campaign.

Now, we’re bringing the campaign home to Sen. Grassley, the ringleader of the opposition. By raising and amplifying the voices of his outraged constituents, we’ll help make it clearer than ever to the senator that his job is on the line if he doesn’t back down.

Please watch and share a powerful, two-minute video message to Sen. Grassley and help deliver a breakthrough message in Iowa: Either do your job now, Sen. Grassley, or risk losing it come Election Day.

Thanks for all you do.

—Jo, Emily, Brian, Hannah, and the rest of the team

P.S. If you’re not on Facebook, you can watch and share the video message to Sen. Grassley by clicking here.

Source:

1. “Key Findings from Survey of Iowa Voters,” Hart Research Associates, April 27, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3500?t=7&akid=164733.24481313.7tZfoJ

Want to support our work? MoveOn member contributions have powered our work together for more than 17 years. Hundreds of thousands of people chip in each year—which is why we’re able to be fiercely independent, answering to no individual, corporation, politician, or political party. You can become a monthly donor by clicking here, or chip in a one-time gift here.


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COMPTROLLER MAUREEN WALKER TEAMS UP WITH BLACK CHURCHES TO STEAL $108M SCHOOL BOND
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Churches Plan to Steal The School Bond

It has been 14 years since Mount Vernon voters passed the ill fated $100 million bond. The 2002 bond was looted, and Longfellow Middle School and Grimes Elementary School were poorly constructed, and are now falling apart.

Prior to 1997, the Italian Community Association (ICA) had a strangle hold on the school board. Rev. Franklyn Richardson, of Grace Baptist church and a few other Ministers, who called themselves CEEPA, received a higher calling to rescue Mount Vernon from these bad Italians. CEEPA claimed black kids were being treated unfairly. The higher calling must not have been from God, because CEEPA destroyed Mt Vernon’s educational system. Under church control, Mt Vernon’s School District imploded, and more children went to jail than to college.

In 2002, Mount Vernon’s voters approved a $100 million bond. CEEPA’s board members eliminated oversite of the bond by terminating the buildings and grounds department, and money went missing.

The construction of Longfellow Middle School and Grimes Elementary School were performed with substandard materials, and left unfinished. Twelve years after their completion, these schools are a mess, and huge sums of money are needed to make necessary repairs.

Last November, Mount Vernon Exposed warned the citizens of Mount Vernon about voting for the proposed $108 million bond. The majority of the current board members have done a fantastic job, but bad people will never stay away while $108 million is floating around Mount Vernon.

Sources say that Rev Richardson and the United Black Clergy (UBC) have quietly positioned themselves to once again destroy the district. A relatively unknown person by the name of Kevin Bunch, decided to run for School Board Trustee in the upcoming May, 17th election. This appears to be a very innocent and noble decision by Mr. Bunch, until you peel back the top layer and unveil the sick truth. Kevin Bunch is being pushed to run by the UBC (formally known as CEEPA}

Sources say that UBC members calculate that a Bunch victory would tip the power of the board. This will allow them to control $108 million, which is slated to improve the school district. Sources close to the UBC have informed Mount Vernon Exposed, that they are targeting Trustee Dr. Serigne Gningue to be replaced by Bunch.

Comptroller Maureen Walker has turned her back on the citizens of Mount Vernon. She has been on the wrong side of the people of Mount Vernon the past few years. Walker has punished seniors, as well as struggling homeowners, by foreclosing on our most vurnalable citizens. Sources say Walker has made herself rich by wheeling and dealing properties she forecloses on, and sells them to friends for pennies on the dollar. Her resent action on the sale of the Mount Vernon Music School is shameful. Maureen Walker has single handedly destroyed Mount Vernon property values. Walker is also supporting the UBC and Bunch.

The Mount Vernon school system has made tremendous strides the past few years. Gone are the thuggish, uneducated board members, who were tied to thieves. Superintendent, Dr. Kenneth Hamilton and most of the current board members have been game changers for the district. Taxes have remained within the tax cap, the state has rewarded homeowners with refunds, and children are being educated. If left alone, the district’s future is bright.

I warned you about greed, and about passing a $108 million bond in Mt Vernon. Mount Vernon Exposed believes that if a full investigation of past bonds were performed, some of the clergy meddling in this election would be behind bars. Mount Vernon Exposed wants the UBC to stay out of the school district. If they are truly interested in helping children, they need to open their churches in the evenings to help keep children off the street.

The School Board voted in several safeguards to assure that this bond would be used appropriately. However, they did not take into account the sick disease called Mount Vernon corruption.

It is no secret that The Feds are looking into corruption in Mt Vernon. The biggest catch they can make, is investigating the thievery perpetrated on the children of Mount Vernon. It is time people go to jail for their crimes.

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Dear MoveOn member,

The New York Times just reported that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee.1

After a crushing loss in Indiana last night, Ted Cruz has dropped out of the race, clearing Trump’s path to the nomination.2 And don’t even think about a “contested” convention—the head of the Republican National Committee is calling Trump the presumptive Republican nominee and asking the party to rally behind him.3

This is happening, folks, it’s really, really happening. Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee for President of the United States.

That’s why MoveOn just announced to the media that we’re committed to running a multimillion-dollar campaign to keep Trump out of the White House and to ensure the country rejects his hateful and dangerous rhetoric. But we need your help to make it a reality. Will you chip in $3 to help expose and defeat Donald Trump?

Yes, I’ll make an emergency donation to help expose Donald Trump’s hateful and dangerous rhetoric, and to defeat him in November.

The record of Trump’s outrageous, offensive, and outright un-American comments and actions is a mile long. Encouraging supporters to attack protestors, calling Mexicans “rapists” and women “fat pigs,” just for starters.

But Donald Trump is already making plans to “evolve” into a moderate.If we let him get away with it, then America will be in deep, deep trouble.

With your help, we’ll make sure Trump can’t run away from his record. Here’s how:

  • Research and polling. We’ll work with linguists and pollsters to identify the best ways to talk with voters and potential voters about hate and to motivate them to reject any politician who uses hate speech and incites violence. No one’s done this research yet, so this could be a real contribution to the whole progressive movement.
  • Preparing for the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio. With Trump as the presumptive nominee, we can expect chaos, or worse. We’re working with Stand Up for Ohio, a coalition of community organizations, unions, students, civil rights groups, and environmental groups, and the 140,000 MoveOn members in Ohio, to organize a massive peaceful day of voter mobilization and registration around the Republican National Convention. We’ll present a clear choice to the country: the chaos and divisiveness of the Republican convention vs the dignity and hopeful vision of Ohio neighbors coming together.
  • Hundreds of millions of dollars in “free media” coverage through cultural and celebrity outreach. Trump is a master media and social media con artist, whose rise has been fueled by endless free media. We’ll work with artists, Hollywood celebrities, and other cultural influencers to create web videos that will be viewed tens of millions of times—to help turn the tide against hate.

Will you chip in $3 to help stand up to Donald Trump’s hate and make sure he loses by a landslide this November?

Yes, I’ll chip in to help expose—and defeat—Donald Trump.

Thanks for all you do.

—Victoria, Jo, Robert, Bobby, and the rest of the team

Sources:

1. “Donald Trump All but Clinches Nomination With Indiana Win; Cruz Quits,” The New York Times, May 3, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3541?t=12&akid=164746.24481313.Evbt40

2. “Ted Cruz drops out of the Republican presidential race,” The Washington Post, May 3, 2016
https://act.moveon.org/go/3542?t=14&akid=164746.24481313.Evbt40

3. “Live Indiana primary updates: Trump and Sanders win; Cruz drops out, handing Trump the nomination,” Los Angeles Times, May 3, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3543?t=16&akid=164746.24481313.Evbt40

4. “Trump advisors insist to GOP donors: He will evolve from ‘the part that he’s been playing’,” Raw Story, April 21, 2016
http://act.moveon.org/go/3544?t=18&akid=164746.24481313.Evbt40

Want to support our work? MoveOn member contributions have powered our work together for more than 17 years. Hundreds of thousands of people chip in each year—which is why we’re able to be fiercely independent, answering to no individual, corporation, politician, or political party. You can become a monthly donor by clicking here, or chip in a one-time gift here.


Three Huge Corporate Welfare Schemes Failing New York Taxpayers, Job Seekers, Small Businesses.

East Fishkill, NY – (5/3/16) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor slammed New York’s film tax credit program as wasteful corporate welfare again today with the revelation in a report from Empire State Development that appears to state that the average hire under the program is paid only $4,449.76 while New York taxpayers subsidize an average of $2,921.71 for those jobs. The just released Empire State Development report covers numbers for the fourth quarter of 2015. The average amount paid was obtained by dividing $208,280,088.00 in credit eligible wages by 46,807 total hires. The amount of pay per hire paid for by the taxpayer was calculated by dividing the $136,756,823 credit issued amount by 46,807 total hires. However, the data provided in the report contains too many unknowns to say exactly how much the average hire under this program is being paid because the credit amount is not based solely on wages, but also on additional production costs. So, it is likely the average hire is making less than $4,449.76. Unfortunately, the data detailing each individual cost by the companies and how the credit amount was determined for each production is not included in the data provided by  Empire State Development.

“The bottom line regarding the $420 million taxpayers give to Hollywood each year is this:  The studios are getting hundreds of millions of dollars while New Yorkers are likely being paid on average less than $4,449.76 for temporary work as set builders, movie extras and the like; while New York’s long suffering taxpayers are being stuck with most of the bill,” said Lalor.

“New York taxpayers are funding almost two-thirds of these salaries through corporate welfare,” said Lalor.  “The Empire State Development report shows, once again, that the Hollywood tax credits aren’t growing New York’s economy. But they are lining the pockets of campaign donors, as emails leaked in the Sony hack have revealed the pay-to-play nature of these subsidies. Even Governor Cuomo’s own tax reform commission determined that the Hollywood tax credits are a losing investment for taxpayers. Yet, New York continues to subsidize Hollywood to the tune of $420 million a year. That money would be better spent delivering across-the-board tax cuts to all New Yorkers.”

Lalor continued, “Unfortunately, Albany is hiding most of the details about the Hollywood tax subsidies. We don’t know what positions are included in the total hires number from Empire State Development, making it difficult to compare wages. This lack of transparency and the little information that is available doesn’t even allow the press or policymakers to perform the most basic cost-benefit analysis. That situation says everything we need to know about this corporate welfare. If it was working, Albany would be more revealing with the numbers.”

Lalor added, “New York’s most advertised corporate welfare program, Start-Up NY, is failing but still enjoys bipartisan support. In it’s first year, Start-Up NY cost taxpayers millions and only created 76 jobs at the cost of $697,368 each. The latest Start-Up NY report was due on April 1st, but it hasn’t been released yet. I think we can expect Empire State Development will try to bury it with a release on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.”

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors continue to investigate the Buffalo Billion  and the Wall Street Journal reports that the Buffalo Billion is even riskier for New York taxpayers  than we thought. Solar City’s gigafactory is the centerpiece of the Buffalo Billion, but the company is delicately propped up by loans back and forth between it’s CEO and his other companies. From the Journal article: “‘As an analyst, it is often a red flag for me when companies and management direct loans between entities they have personal or financial interests in,’ said Nathan Weiss, founder and senior analyst at independent research firm Unit Economics LLC in East Greenwich, R.I.”

Lalor concluded, “Corporate welfare isn’t working for New York. It’s just lining the pockets of campaign donors and propping up risky ventures. We need to end this waste of public funds and return that money to the taxpaying individuals and businesses who earned it.”

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..


http://www.KMLNY.com

 

Three Huge Corporate Welfare Schemes Failing New York Taxpayers, Job Seekers, Small Businesses

East Fishkill, NY – (5/3/16) – Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor slammed New York’s film tax credit program as wasteful corporate welfare again today with the revelation in a report from Empire State Development that appears to state that the average hire under the program is paid only $4,449.76 while New York taxpayers subsidize an average of $2,921.71 for those jobs. The just released Empire State Development report covers numbers for the fourth quarter of 2015. The average amount paid was obtained by dividing $208,280,088.00 in credit eligible wages by 46,807 total hires. The amount of pay per hire paid for by the taxpayer was calculated by dividing the $136,756,823 credit issued amount by 46,807 total hires. However, the data provided in the report contains too many unknowns to say exactly how much the average hire under this program is being paid because the credit amount is not based solely on wages, but also on additional production costs. So, it is likely the average hire is making less than $4,449.76. Unfortunately, the data detailing each individual cost by the companies and how the credit amount was determined for each production is not included in the data provided by  Empire State Development.

“The bottom line regarding the $420 million taxpayers give to Hollywood each year is this:  The studios are getting hundreds of millions of dollars while New Yorkers are likely being paid on average less than $4,449.76 for temporary work as set builders, movie extras and the like; while New York’s long suffering taxpayers are being stuck with most of the bill,” said Lalor.

“New York taxpayers are funding almost two-thirds of these salaries through corporate welfare,” said Lalor.  “The Empire State Development report shows, once again, that the Hollywood tax credits aren’t growing New York’s economy. But they are lining the pockets of campaign donors, as emails leaked in the Sony hack have revealed the pay-to-play nature of these subsidies. Even Governor Cuomo’s own tax reform commission determined that the Hollywood tax credits are a losing investment for taxpayers. Yet, New York continues to subsidize Hollywood to the tune of $420 million a year. That money would be better spent delivering across-the-board tax cuts to all New Yorkers.”

Lalor continued, “Unfortunately, Albany is hiding most of the details about the Hollywood tax subsidies. We don’t know what positions are included in the total hires number from Empire State Development, making it difficult to compare wages. This lack of transparency and the little information that is available doesn’t even allow the press or policymakers to perform the most basic cost-benefit analysis. That situation says everything we need to know about this corporate welfare. If it was working, Albany would be more revealing with the numbers.”

Lalor added, “New York’s most advertised corporate welfare program, Start-Up NY, is failing but still enjoys bipartisan support. In it’s first year, Start-Up NY cost taxpayers millions and only created 76 jobs at the cost of $697,368 each. The latest Start-Up NY report was due on April 1st, but it hasn’t been released yet. I think we can expect Empire State Development will try to bury it with a release on the Friday before Memorial Day weekend.”

Meanwhile, federal prosecutors continue to investigate the Buffalo Billion  and the Wall Street Journal reports that the Buffalo Billion is even riskier for New York taxpayers  than we thought. Solar City’s gigafactory is the centerpiece of the Buffalo Billion, but the company is delicately propped up by loans back and forth between it’s CEO and his other companies. From the Journal article: “‘As an analyst, it is often a red flag for me when companies and management direct loans between entities they have personal or financial interests in,’ said Nathan Weiss, founder and senior analyst at independent research firm Unit Economics LLC in East Greenwich, R.I.”

Lalor concluded, “Corporate welfare isn’t working for New York. It’s just lining the pockets of campaign donors and propping up risky ventures. We need to end this waste of public funds and return that money to the taxpaying individuals and businesses who earned it.”

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Assemblyman Kieran Michael Lalor, a former teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and a frequent guest on the Fox News Channel. Lalor is of counsel to the law firm Gaines, Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti. He is a graduate of John Jay High School, Providence College and Pace Law School and lives in Hopewell Jct. with his wife Mary Jo and their four young children Katie, Riley, Mikey and Kieran Jr..


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May 05, 2016

One week in April, 4 toddlers shot and killed themselves. Here are the stories of Holston, Kiyan, Za’veon and Sha’Quille.

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With shootings by preschoolers happening at a pace of about two per week, some of the victims were the youngsters’ parents or siblings, but in many cases the children ended up taking their own lives. Read more »

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F.D.A. Issues Tighter Rules for E-Cigarettes in a Landmark Move

Thursday, May 5, 2016 10:14 AM EDT

The Food and Drug Administration made final sweeping new rules that for the first time extend federal regulatory authority to e-cigarettes, popular nicotine delivery devices that have grown into a multibillion-dollar business with virtually no federal oversight or protections for American consumers. The 499-page regulatory road map has broad implications for public health, the tobacco industry and the nation’s 40 million smokers. The new regulations would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to Americans under 18 and would require that people buying them show photo identification to prove their age, measures already mandated in a number of states. The rules also impose regulations on cigars. Read more »

May 04, 2016

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The Justice Department has warned North Carolina that its transgender bathroom law violates the federal Civil Rights Act

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The Justice Department on Wednesday warned North Carolina state officials that they would lose millions of dollars in federal funding unless they change the controversial measure limiting access to bathrooms for transgender people because they are in violation of federal civil rights law, a law enforcement official said. Read more »

May 04, 2016

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Gov. John Kasich is ending his presidential bid, leaving Donald Trump the lone candidate for the Republican nomination

Wednesday, May 4, 2016 12:21 PM EDT

Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, a moderate voice who tried to portray himself as the adult in the Republican primary field but failed to win any state but his own, is ending his long-shot quest for the presidency on Wednesday, according to two people briefed on his decision. Read more »

May 03, 2016

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May 03, 2016

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Bernie Sanders has rebounded to win Indiana, providing a lift for him over Hillary Clinton during a difficult period

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 9:29 PM EDT

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont rebounded on Tuesday to win the Democratic primary in Indiana, according to The Associated Press, providing a bright spot for his campaign even as Hillary Clinton sharpens her message for the general election. The outcome is unlikely to narrow Mr. Sanders’s delegate gap with Mrs. Clinton, but it does provide a lift for him during a difficult period. After a string of defeats, Mr. Sanders said last week that his campaign would lay off hundreds of staff members. Read more »

May 03, 2016

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May 03, 2016

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Ted Cruz has withdrawn from the G.O.P. race, as his loss in Indiana all but assured Donald Trump’s nomination

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 8:35 PM EDT

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas is ending his presidential campaign, according to his campaign manager, bowing to the reality that his crushing loss in Indiana all but assured the nomination of Donald J. Trump. Read more »

May 03, 2016

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May 03, 2016

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Donald Trump has won Indiana. The result makes him the overwhelming favorite to clinch the nomination in June.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 7:05 PM EDT

Donald J. Trump won Indiana’s Republican primary on Tuesday, moving him closer to claiming the party’s presidential nomination and delivering a devastating blow to Senator Ted Cruz and other Republicans hoping to stop him. Mr. Cruz had pinned his hopes on Indiana, which seemed to offer one of his best chances to deny Mr. Trump the delegates needed to secure the nomination before the party convention in July. Read more »

May 03, 2016

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May 03, 2016

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New doubts have emerged about the iconic image of U.S. Marines raising a flag over Iwo Jima in World War II

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 5:53 PM EDT

The identity of an American serviceman in one of the most iconic photographs of World War II, the raising of the American flag over Iwo Jima, has been called into question by his son, who wrote a best-selling book that memorialized his father’s role. James Bradley, the author of “Flags of Our Fathers,” said in an interview Tuesday that he no longer believed that his father, John Bradley, a Navy corpsman, was one of the six men who have been long identified in the photograph. Read more »

May 03, 2016

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May 03, 2016

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“Hamilton,” the groundbreaking hip-hop musical about America’s founding fathers, was nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards

Tuesday, May 3, 2016 9:13 AM EDT

“Hamilton,” the groundbreaking hip-hop musical about the nation’s founding fathers, has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards, the most in Broadway history. The show is already the biggest success Broadway has seen in years, and has become the rare piece of theater to cross over into popular culture. The show’s creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has won the Pulitzer Prize, a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, and many other prizes; its sold-out audiences are packed with dignitaries who are showering it with praise — Michelle Obama called the show “the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life.” Read more »

May 02, 2016

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May 02, 2016

Scientists tracked “Biggest Loser” contestants over time. The results, publishing today, may explain why weight loss is so hard.

Monday, May 2, 2016 8:29 AM EDT

Danny Cahill stood, slightly dazed, in a blizzard of confetti as the audience screamed and his family ran on stage. He had won Season 8 of NBC’s reality television show “The Biggest Loser,” shedding more weight than anyone ever had on the program — an astonishing 239 pounds in seven months. When he got on the scale for all to see that evening, Dec. 8, 2009, he weighed just 191 pounds, down from 430. Dressed in a T-shirt and knee-length shorts, he was lean, athletic and as handsome as a model. “I’ve got my life back,” he declared. “I mean, I feel like a million bucks.” Mr. Cahill left the show’s stage in Hollywood and flew directly to New York to start a triumphal tour of the talk shows, chatting with Jay Leno, Regis Philbin and Joy Behar. As he heard from fans all over the world, his elation knew no bounds. But in the years since, more than 100 pounds have crept back onto his 5-foot-11 frame despite his best efforts. In fact, most of that season’s 16 contestants have regained much if not all the weight they lost so arduously. Some are even heavier now. Read more »

April 30, 2016

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April 30, 2016

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The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan has died at 94. He helped shape the Vietnam War protest movement and went to prison for it.

Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:38 PM EDT

The Rev. Daniel J. Berrigan, a Jesuit priest and poet whose defiant protests helped shape the tactics of opposition to the Vietnam War and landed him in prison, died on Saturday in New York City. He was 94. The United States was tearing itself apart over civil rights and the war in Southeast Asia when Father Berrigan emerged in the 1960s as an intellectual star of the Roman Catholic “new left,” articulating a view that racism and poverty, militarism and capitalist greed were interconnected pieces of the same big problem: an unjust society. Father Berrigan; his brother Philip, a Josephite priest; and their allies took their case to the streets with rising disregard for the law or their personal fortunes. A defining point was the burning of Selective Service draft records in Catonsville, Md. Read more »

April 29, 2016

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April 29, 2016

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A deadly U.S. strike on an Afghan hospital last year was unintentional, the Pentagon said, but 16 people face discipline

Friday, April 29, 2016 12:21 PM EDT

Mistakes by the crew flying an AC-130 gunship, compounded by equipment and procedural failures, led to the devastating attack on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan last year, and 16 American military personnel, including a general officer, have been punished for their roles in the strike, the Defense Department announced on Friday. Read more »

April 27, 2016

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April 27, 2016

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Bernie Sanders, after another rough primary night, said in an interview that he would lay off hundreds of campaign workers

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 4:20 PM EDT

Senator Bernie Sanders is planning to lay off “hundreds” of campaign staffers across the country and focus much of his remaining effort on winning California, he said in an interview Wednesday. The Vermont senator revealed the changes a day after losing four of the five states that voted Tuesday and falling further behind Hillary Clinton in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Despite the changes, Mr. Sanders said he would remain in the race through the party’s summer convention and stressed that he hoped to bring staff members back on board if his political fortunes improved. Read more »

April 27, 2016

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April 27, 2016

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Ted Cruz will announce Carly Fiorina as his running mate, hoping to give his lagging candidacy a needed jolt

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 2:31 PM EDT

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, desperate to alter the course of a presidential primary fight in which Donald J. Trump is closing in on victory, will announce Wednesday afternoon that Carly Fiorina will be his running mate if he wins the Republican nomination, two campaign advisers confirmed. Read more »

April 27, 2016

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April 27, 2016

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Dennis Hastert got a 15-month prison sentence in a case tied to a sexual abuse coverup

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 12:59 PM EDT

J. Dennis Hastert, once among this nation’s most powerful politicians, was sentenced for illegally structuring bank transactions in an effort to cover up his sexual abuse of young members of a wrestling team he coached decades ago. “The defendant is a serial child molester,” said Judge Thomas M. Durkin, of Federal District Court, in a tough rebuke of the former House speaker before issuing his sentence. He added, “Nothing is more stunning than having ‘serial child molester’ and ‘Speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.” Read more »

April 26, 2016

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April 26, 2016

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5 states had primaries today: Trump has won 3 so far, including Pennsylvania. Clinton won Maryland. Get live updates.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 8:06 PM EDT

Donald J. Trump won the primary elections in Connecticut, Maryland and Pennsylvania on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, padding his delegate lead and increasing his chances of securing the Republican nomination before the party’s convention in July. Hillary Clinton was also a winner, taking Maryland and hoping to take more states to deal a blow to Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, whose hopes of winning the Democratic nomination continue to fade. Join us for live updates on the five states voting on Tuesday. Read more »

April 26, 2016

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April 26, 2016

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Apple’s 13 years of continuous quarterly growth have ended. Revenue was down 13 percent as iPhone sales fell.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 4:38 PM EDT

The technology giant said that revenue for its second fiscal quarter, which ended in March, fell to $50.6 billion as sales of the iPhone fell, with little else to take its place. Read more »

April 25, 2016

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April 25, 2016

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Tom Brady’s four-game suspension by the N.F.L. in the “Deflategate” scandal has been reinstated by an appeals court

Monday, April 25, 2016 11:58 AM EDT

Tom Brady may serve his four-game suspension after all. A three-judge panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan on Monday overturned a lower-court ruling that had reversed a four-game suspension for Brady, the New England Patriots quarterback. Read more »

April 25, 2016

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April 25, 2016

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Cleveland will pay the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old fatally shot by police, $6 million in a settlement

Monday, April 25, 2016 10:00 AM EDT

The family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy whose fatal shooting by the Cleveland police in 2014 prompted national outrage, is set to receive $6 million from the city in a settlement announced Monday in federal court records. The settlement, which would be the latest in a series of seven-figure payouts by major American cities to the families of African-Americans who died at the hands of officers, spares Cleveland the possibility of a federal civil rights trial that could have brought new attention to Tamir’s death and to the city’s troubled police force. It also allows the city to avoid the possibility of an even larger judgment. The agreement must still be approved by a probate court. Under the terms of the settlement, Cleveland does not admit wrongdoing. Read more »

April 25, 2016

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April 25, 2016

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Ted Cruz and John Kasich, long campaign rivals, have agreed to team up in key states to slow Donald J. Trump

Monday, April 25, 2016 12:08 AM EDT

Senator Ted Cruz and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio have agreed to coordinate in future primary contests in a last-ditch effort to deny Donald J. Trump the Republican presidential nomination, with each candidate standing aside in certain states amid growing concerns that Mr. Trump cannot otherwise be stopped. In a statement late Sunday night, Mr. Cruz’s campaign manager, Jeff Roe, said that the campaign would “focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Governor Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico.” Read more »

April 22, 2016

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April 22, 2016

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Virginia’s governor will restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons. A Republican backlash is likely.

Friday, April 22, 2016 11:08 AM EDT

Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia will use his executive power to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing his Republican-run legislature. The action will overturn a Civil War-era provision in the state’s Constitution aimed, he said, at disenfranchising African-Americans. The sweeping order, in a swing state that could play a role in the presidential election, will enable felons who have served their prison time and finished parole to register to vote. Most are African-Americans, a core constituency of Democrats, Mr. McAuliffe’s party. Read more »

April 21, 2016

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April 21, 2016

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Prince is dead at 57, The A.P. says. He was a prolific, meticulous master of infectious pop.

Thursday, April 21, 2016 1:25 PM EDT

Prince, the singularly flamboyant and prolific songwriter and performer whose decades of music transcended and remade genres like funk, rock and R&B, died on Thursday at his Paisley Park studio and estate in Minnesota, according to The Associated Press. He was 57. Across a career of more than 35 years, Prince released 39 albums while being lauded not only for his songs, but their visual presentation both onstage and on camera. His 1984 film “Purple Rain” is widely considered one of the best and most influential music films ever, while its accompanying soundtrack spawned the No. 1 hits “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004. Full obituary to follow. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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April 20, 2016

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The $10 bill will feature five women — on the back (thanks, “Hamilton”). Harriet Tubman will be on the front of the $20.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:42 PM EDT

The Treasury Department will announce on Wednesday afternoon that Harriet Tubman, an African-American who ferried thousands of slaves to freedom, will replace the slaveholding Andrew Jackson on the center of a new $20 note, according to a Treasury official, while newly popular Alexander Hamilton will remain on the face of the $10 bill. Other depictions of women and civil rights leaders will also be part of new currency designs. Read more »

April 20, 2016

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April 20, 2016

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The first criminal charges were filed in the Flint water crisis. Three officials are accused of covering up evidence.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:01 PM EDT

The first criminal charges stemming from the Flint, Mich., water crisis were filed on Wednesday against two state officials and a city employee, who were accused of covering up evidence of lead contamination. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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April 17, 2016

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Brazilian legislators voted by a wide margin to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, putting her one step closer to removal

Sunday, April 17, 2016 10:46 PM EDT

Brazilian legislators voted on Sunday night to approve impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, the nation’s first female president, whose tenure has been buffeted by a dizzying corruption scandal, a shrinking economy and spreading disillusionment. After three days of impassioned debate, the lower house of Congress, the Chamber of Deputies, voted to send the case against Ms. Rousseff to the Senate. Its 81 members will vote by a simple majority on whether to hold a trial on charges that the president illegally used money from state-owned banks to conceal a yawning budget deficit in an effort to bolster her re-election prospects. Read more »

April 17, 2016

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April 17, 2016

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The death toll from a powerful quake in Ecuador has risen to 233. “It was terrible, such a shock,” one witness said.

Sunday, April 17, 2016 11:37 AM EDT

The strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador in decades left the Andean nation traumatized on Sunday, with collapsed buildings in a swath of destruction stretching hundreds of miles. More than 200 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded. Read more »

April 16, 2016

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April 16, 2016

SPECIAL REPORT
272 slaves were sold to secure Georgetown’s future in 1838. What does it owe their descendants?

Saturday, April 16, 2016 11:00 AM EDT

An unusual collection of Georgetown University professors, students, alumni and genealogists is trying to find out what happened to 272 men, women and children who were sold to help ensure the college’s survival. And they are confronting a particularly wrenching question: What, if anything, is owed to the descendants of slaves? Read more »

April 16, 2016

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April 16, 2016

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Pope Francis is taking 12 Muslim refugees from Syria, including six children, back to Rome after visiting a detention center in Greece

Saturday, April 16, 2016 8:45 AM EDT

Pope Francis came to the heart of Europe’s refugee crisis on Saturday, as he pleaded for political leaders to end the Middle East conflicts that are fueling the chaotic exodus of migrants and asked for deeper sympathy toward refugees at a moment when European attitudes are hardening against them. To underscore his point, Francis brought 12 Muslim refugees from Syria, including six children, back to Rome with him aboard his papal airliner. The group consisted of three families whose homes had been bombed, the Vatican said. “We have come to call the attention of the world to this grave humanitarian crisis and to plead for its resolution,” Francis said during a lunchtime visit to the Moria refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos, where he was joined by leaders of Eastern Orthodox Christian churches. Read more »

April 14, 2016

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April 14, 2016

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Canada’s prime minister introduced a bill to permit doctor-assisted suicide for citizens with serious medical conditions

Thursday, April 14, 2016 10:40 AM EDT

The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize physician-assisted death for Canadians with serious medical conditions. Read more »

April 13, 2016

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April 13, 2016

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Racism has contributed to a pattern of failures by Chicago’s police, a mayoral task force’s blistering report says

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 3:46 PM EDT

Racism has contributed to a long, systemic pattern of institutional failures by Chicago’s police department in which police officers have mistreated people, operated without sufficient oversight, and lost the trust of residents, a task force assigned by Mayor Rahm Emanuel has found. The report, issued on Wednesday, was blistering, blunt and backed up by devastating statistics. Coincidentally, it was released as city leaders were installing a new, permanent superintendent for the Chicago Police Department. “The community’s lack of trust in CPD is justified,” the task force wrote. “There is substantial evidence that people of color — particularly African-Americans — have had disproportionately negative experiences with the police over an extended period of time.” Read more »

April 10, 2016

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The group that attacked Belgium initially planned to strike France, the Belgian authorities said

Sunday, April 10, 2016 5:31 AM EDT

Belgian authorities announced on Sunday that the group of attackers who targeted the Brussels airport and metro on March 22 had initially planned to hit France. The Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said in a statement that “numerous elements in the investigation have shown that the terrorist group initially had the intention to strike in France again.” “Eventually, surprised by the speed of the progress in the ongoing investigation, they urgently took the decision to strike in Brussels,” the statement said. Read more »

April 08, 2016

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April 08, 2016

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Dennis Hastert, the former House speaker, molested four boys when he was a wrestling coach decades ago, prosecutors said

Friday, April 8, 2016 10:40 PM EDT

Federal prosecutors on Friday for the first time provided details of sexual abuse allegations against J. Dennis Hastert, the former speaker of the House, asserting that he molested at least four boys, as young as 14, when he worked as a high school wrestling coach decades ago. Mr. Hastert, 74, is not charged with the incidents of abuse because of statutes of limitation, prosecutors said, but he was accused last year of illegally structuring bank withdrawals for money he was paying to one of his victims in an effort to hide the abuse. He pleaded guilty in October to the banking violation, and suffered a stroke in November while awaiting sentencing, now set for later this month. Read more »

April 09, 2016

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April 09, 2016

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A suspect has confessed to being the “man in the hat” at the Brussels airport and participating in the attack, Belgium said

Saturday, April 9, 2016 2:07 PM EDT

The man in the hat who accompanied the two suicide bombers who detonated their bags at Brussels Airport on March 22, and who was seen in a surveillance image walking away from the airport after the explosions, has been identified as Mohamed Abrini, the Belgian prosecutor’s office said Saturday in a statement. Mr. Abrini was detained on Friday in Brussels and was charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group and terrorist murder earlier on Saturday. Later in the day, he confessed that he had been also directly involved in the explosions at Brussels Airport, the prosecutor’s office said. Read more »

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April 09, 2016

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A suspect has confessed to being the “man in the hat” at the Brussels airport and participating in the attack, Belgium said

Saturday, April 9, 2016 2:07 PM EDT

The man in the hat who accompanied the two suicide bombers who detonated their bags at Brussels Airport on March 22, and who was seen in a surveillance image walking away from the airport after the explosions, has been identified as Mohamed Abrini, the Belgian prosecutor’s office said Saturday in a statement. Mr. Abrini was detained on Friday in Brussels and was charged with participation in the activities of a terrorist group and terrorist murder earlier on Saturday. Later in the day, he confessed that he had been also directly involved in the explosions at Brussels Airport, the prosecutor’s office said. Read more »

April 08, 2016

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The pope signaled a path to communion for the divorced. He said in a manifesto that the church should nurture, not judge.

Friday, April 8, 2016 6:01 AM EDT

In a broad proclamation on family life, Pope Francis on Friday called for the Roman Catholic Church to be more welcoming and less judgmental, and he seemingly signaled a pastoral path for divorced and remarried Catholics to receive holy communion. The 256-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation and titled “Amoris Laetitia,” Latin for “The Joy of Love,” offers no new rules or marching orders, and from the outset Francis makes plain that no top-down edicts are coming. Alluding to the diversity and complexity of a global church, Francis effectively pushes decision making downward to bishops and priests, stating that a different country or region “can seek solutions better suited to its culture and sensitive to its traditions and local needs.” Read more »

April 07, 2016

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April 07, 2016

”You don’t know if she’s hiding a bomb.” How Boko Haram is turning captured African women and girls into terrorists.

Thursday, April 7, 2016 11:54 AM EDT

Of all the many horrors of Boko Haram’s rampage across West Africa — the attacks on mosques, churches and schools; the mass killings of civilians; the entire villages left in ashes after militants tear through — one of the most baffling has been its ability to turn captured women and girls into killers. Read more »

April 06, 2016

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April 06, 2016

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The singer Merle Haggard has died at 79. He was the closest thing country music had to a real-life outlaw hero.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 2:22 PM EDT

Merle Haggard, a contrarian populist whose songs about his scuffling early life and his time in prison made him the closest thing that country music had to a real-life outlaw hero, died Wednesday. He was 79. Read more »

April 05, 2016

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April 05, 2016

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The UConn women won a record fourth straight N.C.A.A. basketball title in a blowout, defeating Syracuse, 82-51

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 10:43 PM EDT

Connecticut won an unprecedented fourth straight N.C.A.A. women’s basketball championship with an 82-51 victory against Syracuse on Tuesday night at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The senior Breanna Stewart had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Huskies (38-0), who completed their sixth undefeated season in team history and have won their last 75 games over all. Read more »

April 05, 2016

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April 05, 2016

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Bernie Sanders has won Wisconsin, extending his recent stretch of victories over Hillary Clinton

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 9:49 PM EDT

Senator Bernie Sanders won Wisconsin’s Democratic primary on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, eating into Hillary Clinton’s delegate lead and extending his recent stretch of victories. Mr. Sanders still faces an uphill fight for the Democratic nomination, but his message of economic populism continues to resonate with progressive voters. Read more »

April 05, 2016

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April 05, 2016

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Ted Cruz has won Wisconsin, a much-needed victory that blunts Donald Trump’s momentum

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 9:37 PM EDT

Senator Ted Cruz won the Wisconsin Republican primary on Tuesday, according to The Associated Press, blunting Donald J. Trump’s momentum and increasing the chance that the nomination will be settled at the July convention. The much-needed victory for Mr. Cruz caps a difficult week for Mr. Trump, whose campaign has been embroiled in controversy over his comments on women and his miscues when discussing abortion. Read more »

April 05, 2016

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April 05, 2016

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Iceland’s prime minister resigned under pressure after the leaked “Panama papers” tied him to a hidden offshore company

Tuesday, April 5, 2016 12:11 PM EDT

The prime minister of Iceland, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, resigned on Tuesday after an enormous leak of documents from a secretive Panamanian law firm about offshore shell companies and tax shelters. Read more »

April 04, 2016

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April 04, 2016

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In a buzzer-beating finish, Villanova upset North Carolina, 77-74, to earn its first N.C.A.A. basketball title since 1985

Monday, April 4, 2016 11:36 PM EDT

The Villanova men’s basketball team won its first national title in 31 years on Monday night, defeating North Carolina, 77-74, at NRG Stadium in the N.C.A.A. tournament’s championship game. It was the Wildcats’ first championship since its memorable run as a No. 8 seed in 1985, which culminated with a win over Georgetown as one of the tournament’s greatest upsets. Read more »

April 04, 2016

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April 04, 2016

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The Supreme Court issued a major ruling on who is counted in drawing election districts, rejecting a conservative challenge

Monday, April 4, 2016 11:20 AM EDT

The Supreme Court on Monday unanimously ruled that states may count all residents, whether or not they are eligible to vote, in drawing election districts. The decision was a major statement on the meaning of a fundamental principle of the American political system, that of “one person one vote.” As a practical matter, the ruling mostly helped Democrats. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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March 31, 2016

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Zaha Hadid, the groundbreaking Iraqi-British architect who was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, is dead at 65

Thursday, March 31, 2016 11:53 AM EDT

Zaha Hadid, whose curving, elongated structures left a mark on skylines around the world, and who was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize, her profession’s highest honor, died in Miami on Thursday. She was 65. Ms. Hadid “contracted bronchitis earlier this week and suffered a sudden heart attack while being treated in hospital,” her office, Zaha Hadid Architects in London, said in a statement. Read more »

March 31, 2016

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March 31, 2016

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Five top female soccer players, including World Cup M.V.P. Carli Lloyd, are accusing U.S. Soccer of wage bias

Thursday, March 31, 2016 7:24 AM EDT

Five key members of the United States women’s national soccer team, the reigning Women’s World Cup and Olympic champion, plan to file a federal complaint Thursday charging U.S. Soccer with wage discrimination. In the filing, the five players will contend that the women’s team is the driving economic force for U.S. Soccer, the governing body for the sport in America, even as its players are paid far less than their counterparts on the men’s national team, their lawyer, Jeffrey Kessler, said. The players involved in the complaint are among the most prominent and decorated female athletes in the world: the co-captains Carli Lloyd and Becky Sauerbrunn, forward Alex Morgan, midfielder Megan Rapinoe and goalkeeper Hope Solo. Read more »

March 30, 2016

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March 30, 2016

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The F.D.A. has relaxed requirements on taking a medication to induce abortion, easing access and lowering costs

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 12:28 PM EDT

The Food and Drug Administration stepped into the politics of abortion on Wednesday, relaxing the requirements for taking a medication that induces abortion, a move that is expected to expand access to the procedure. Read more »

March 28, 2016

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March 28, 2016

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The U.S. says it has hacked the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone, ending the suit against Apple but raising new privacy questions

Monday, March 28, 2016 6:04 PM EDT

The Justice Department said Monday that it was withdrawing a legal action that would have forced Apple to cripple the security system on an iPhone used by a terrorist. The Justice Department is stepping back from the case — which involved demanding Apple’s help to open the iPhone used by Syed Rizwan Farook, a gunman in a mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., last year — because law enforcement has found another way into the device, officials said in a filing. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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March 29, 2016

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An EgyptAir flight has been hijacked and forced to land in Cyprus, officials said

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 3:13 AM EDT

An EgyptAir plane scheduled to fly to Cairo from the port city of Alexandria was hijacked Tuesday morning and forced to land at Larnaca airport in Cyprus, Egyptian officials said. The hijackers, who were not identified, said they had explosives and threatened to detonate them, according to officials. The Egyptian Civil Aviation Authority, in a statement, identified the flight as EgyptAir 181 and said there were 55 passengers and five crew members on board. EgyptAir, on its Twitter account, said that 81 passengers were on board. Read more »

March 29, 2016

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March 29, 2016

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The suspect in the hijacking of an EgyptAir flight has been arrested. All of the passengers were freed.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 7:57 AM EDT

A man claiming to be wearing an explosive vest hijacked an EgyptAir plane on Tuesday, forcing it to land in Larnaca, on the southern coast of Cyprus, before he was arrested, according to the Cypriot government. “It’s over,” the Cypriot Foreign Ministry announced at 2:41 p.m. Most of the 56 passengers were released after the flight was diverted, while en route to Cairo from Alexandria. But a tense standoff ensued for hours as the plane stayed on the tarmac, with the hijacker and seven or eight other people still on board. Then they were freed, and shortly afterward, the hijacker surrendered. Read more »

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Abdelhamid Abaaoud and others were specifically tasked with mounting attacks in Europe, French officials said.
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Special Report: Long Before Brussels, ISIS Sent Terror Operatives to Europe

Two years before the Paris and Brussels attacks, a unit inside the Islamic State dedicated to carrying out terror attacks in Europe was already in motion.
These operatives began plotting small attacks meant to test and stretch Europe’s security apparatus, according to court proceedings, interrogation transcripts and records of European wiretaps obtained by The New York Times.
Yet local authorities discounted the plots, describing them as isolated or random acts, the connection to the Islamic State either overlooked or played down.
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March 29, 2016

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March 29, 2016

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With the Supreme Court split 4-4, public-sector unions effectively prevailed in a case they saw as a major threat

Tuesday, March 29, 2016 10:39 AM EDT

A case that seemed poised to deal a major blow to public unions ended in a 4-4 tie on Tuesday at the Supreme Court, effectively delivering a big victory to the unions. When the case was argued in January, the court’s conservative majority seemed ready to say that forcing public workers to support unions they had declined to join violates the First Amendment. But the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in February changed the balance of power in the case, which was brought by California public schoolteachers who chose not to join unions and objected to paying for the unions’ collective bargaining activities on their behalf. Read more »

March 27, 2016

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March 27, 2016

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At least 40 people, including children, were killed at a park in Pakistan by an apparent suicide blast, officials said

Sunday, March 27, 2016 12:31 PM EDT

A powerful blast ripped through a public park in the eastern city of Lahore on Sunday evening, killing at least 40 people and wounding at least 100, including women and children, rescue workers and officials said. Read more »

March 26, 2016

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March 26, 2016

ELECTION 2016
Trump’s worldview: He might boycott Saudi oil and pull U.S. troops out of Asia unless allies pay, he said in an interview.

Saturday, March 26, 2016 1:31 PM EDT

Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner, said that if elected, he might halt purchases of oil from Saudi Arabia and other Arab allies unless they commit ground troops to the fight against the Islamic State or “substantially reimburse” the United States for combating the militant group, which threatens their stability. In a 100-minute interview, he also said he would be open to allowing Japan and South Korea to build their own nuclear arsenals rather than depend on the American nuclear umbrella for their protection against North Korea and China. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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March 25, 2016

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Bombs used in Paris and Brussels were made by the same suicide bomber, Belgium said, in the most definitive link yet

Friday, March 25, 2016 1:22 PM EDT

One of two men who blew themselves up at Brussels Airport on Tuesday was a bomb maker who had helped produce two suicide vests used in the attacks that killed 130 people in and around Paris on Nov. 13, the Belgian authorities said on Friday. The bomb maker — Najim Laachraoui, 24, a Belgian citizen who went to Syria in February 2013 — was an accomplice of Salah Abdeslam, 26, who was captured in Belgium last Friday after a four-month global manhunt and charged with terrorist murder. Read more »

March 25, 2016

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March 25, 2016

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U.S. attack in Syria has killed the ISIS heir apparent, officials say

Friday, March 25, 2016 10:52 AM EDT

The United States killed a top Islamic State commander in Syria who was believed to be in line to lead the terrorist group, defense officials said on Friday. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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March 24, 2016

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Garry Shandling, the comedian, has died at 66. His “Larry Sanders Show” paved the way for shows like “30 Rock.”

Thursday, March 24, 2016 5:34 PM EDT

Garry Shandling, a comedian who deftly walked a tightrope between comedic fiction and show-business reality on two cable sitcoms, died on Thursday in Los Angeles. He was 66. A spokesman for the Los Angeles police confirmed the death but did not give a cause. TMZ, the gossip website, reported that Mr. Shandling had had a heart attack. Mr. Shandling, who began his comedy career as a writer and went on to become one of the most successful stand-up comics of the 1980s, was best known for “The Larry Sanders Show,” a dark look at life behind the scenes of a late-night talk show. It ran on HBO from 1992 to 1998. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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March 24, 2016

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The U.S. has charged 7 Iranians in cyberattacks on banks and an attempt to take over the controls of a New York dam

Thursday, March 24, 2016 10:48 AM EDT

The Justice Department on Thursday unsealed an indictment against seven Iranian computer specialists who regularly worked for the country’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps, charging that they were behind cyberattacks on dozens of American banks and that they attempted to take over the controls of a small dam in Rye, N.Y. The indictment, while long expected, is the first time that the Obama administration has sought action against Iranians for a wave of computer attacks on the United States that began in 2011. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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March 24, 2016

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Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, has been convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity

Thursday, March 24, 2016 10:43 AM EDT

Radovan Karadzic, the former Bosnian Serb leader, was convicted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, by a United Nations tribunal on Thursday for leading a campaign of terror against civilians that included the slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims at Srebrenica in 1995 and the nearly four-year siege of Sarajevo. The United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia convicted Mr. Karadzic of genocide for the Srebrenica massacre, which aimed to kill “every able-bodied male” in the town and systematically exterminate the Bosnian Muslim community there. Read more »

March 24, 2016

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March 24, 2016

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The N.F.L. played down the risk of head injuries using research that it falsely claimed was comprehensive

Thursday, March 24, 2016 9:23 AM EDT

The National Football League was on the clock. With several of its marquee players retiring early after a cascade of frightening concussions, the league formed a committee in 1994 that would ultimately issue a succession of research papers playing down the danger of head injuries. Amid criticism of the committee’s work, physicians brought in later to continue the research said the papers had relied on faulty analysis. Now, an investigation by The New York Times has found that the N.F.L.’s concussion research was far more flawed than previously known. Read more »

March 23, 2016

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March 23, 2016

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Two suicide bombers who carried out the Brussels attacks were brothers, and a third man is being sought, a prosecutor said

Wednesday, March 23, 2016 9:09 AM EDT

Two suicide bombers who carried out deadly attacks on Tuesday in Brussels have been identified as brothers with criminal records, Belgian officials said. The toll from the assaults, at the city’s main airport and at a subway station in central Brussels, stood at 31 dead and 270 injured. The brothers — Ibrahim el-Bakraoui, 30, and Khalid el-Bakraoui, 27 — were both Belgian and had a criminal history, but they had no known links to terrorism until the authorities conducted a raid on March 15 on an apartment in the Forest district of Brussels as part of the investigation into the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris. Read more »

March 22, 2016

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March 22, 2016

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Rob Ford, Toronto’s ex-mayor, died of cancer at 46. His admission that he used crack cocaine marred his combative term.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 12:11 PM EDT

Rob Ford was a controversial figure in Toronto politics for years, drawing support largely from conservative residents of suburban communities that had been absorbed into the City of Toronto. In 2013 Mr. Ford gained international notoriety when he acknowledged smoking crack cocaine while in one of his “drunken stupors.” Read more »

March 22, 2016

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March 22, 2016

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ISIS has claimed responsibility for attacks that killed dozens in Brussels

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 11:50 AM EDT

The official news agency of the Islamic State has issued a bulletin claiming responsibility for the deadly attacks Tuesday in Brussels. “Islamic State fighters carried out a series of bombings with explosive belts and devices on Tuesday, targeting an airport and a central metro station in the center of the Belgian capital Brussels, a country participating in the coalition against the Islamic State,” the statement says. Read more »

March 22, 2016

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March 22, 2016

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Explosions at the Brussels airport have killed at least one person

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 4:39 AM EDT

Two explosions killed at least one person and forced the evacuation of Brussels Airport around 8 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the authorities and news reports, halting arrivals and departures. The sources of the blasts were unclear, as was the number of wounded, though a witness told CNN that he had seen people being taken away on luggage carts, and photographs on social media showed people streaked with blood and soot, looking stunned but conscious. Read more »

March 21, 2016

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March 21, 2016

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The Justice Department says it may not need Apple’s help to unlock the San Bernarndino gunman’s iPhone after all

Monday, March 21, 2016 7:20 PM EDT

The Justice Department moved to cancel a Tuesday hearing over whether Apple should be forced to help investigators break into an iPhone used by a gunman in last year’s San Bernardino, Calif., mass shooting. In a new filing on Monday, the Justice Department said it might no longer need Apple’s assistance to extract data from the phone used in the attack. Read more »

March 21, 2016

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March 21, 2016

Watch live statements by President Obama and Raúl Castro during their historic meeting in Cuba

Monday, March 21, 2016 1:59 PM EDT

President Obama and President Raúl Castro of Cuba made history on Monday, meeting for the first official talks between their governments in decades. The two leaders are about to speak publicly. Here’s live video. Read more »

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced that it will regulate all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others.

Until now, the FDA could only regulate cigarettes, cigarette-related products and smokeless tobacco.

The Justice Department has sent a letter to the governor of North Carolina notifying him that the state’s transgender law violates the U.S. Civil Rights Act, according to a Justice Department official.

HB 2, enacted in March, requires people to use bathrooms that correspond to the gender on their birth certificate rather than their gender identity. It has drawn a torrent of critics who call the bill “anti-LGBT” and a growing group of business leaders is warning that it’s bad for the state’s economy.

John Kasich is dropping out of the Republican presidential race, two sources familiar with the plan tell CNN.

The new CNN/ORC Poll, completed ahead of Donald Trump’s victory last night, found Hillary Clinton leads 54% to 41%, a 13-point edge over the New York businessman, her largest lead since July.

Clinton trails by 7 points in a hypothetical general election matchup with Trump’s one remaining competitor for the GOP nod, Ohio Gov. John Kasich. But her final opponent, Sen. Bernie Sanders, performs better than her with the remaining two Republicans, beating Trump by 16 percentage points and Kasich by 4 percentage points.

Ted Cruz is dropping his White House bid after a stinging loss in the Indiana Republican primary, a Cruz campaign source says.

Bernie Sanders will win the Indiana Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Donald Trump will win the Indiana Republican primary, CNN projects. The victory places him on the cusp of clinching the nomination.

Watch CNNgo for complete coverage of the Indiana primaries.

 

Leicester City, once a 5,000-1 underdog, claims English soccer’s Premier League title for the first time as Tottenham ties Chelsea 2-2.

The first U.S. cruise ship to travel to Cuba in decades has docked in Havana.

The seven-day cruise is a significant step toward closer ties between the United States and its communist-run neighbor.

About 700 passengers are aboard the ship, which set sail from Miami on Sunday and is operated by Carnival Corp.’s Fathom cruise line.

Kenneth Bae described to CNN the hard labor and verbal torment he endured as the longest-held U.S. citizen detained in North Korea since the Korean War.

The South Korean-born U.S. citizen also thanked Dennis Rodman for a 2014 outburst about Bae, saying the basketball star’s highly publicized rant drew attention to Bae’s plight.

“I thank Dennis Rodman for being a catalyst for my release,” Bae said in his first live interview since his release.

At least 24 people were killed and 38 others wounded in a car bomb east of Baghdad, officials say.

The bomb targeted a busy livestock market in Nahrawan town, 40 miles from the Iraqi capital.

The Los Angeles Rams take Cal quarterback Jared Goff with the first pick in the NFL Draft.

Cardell Hayes has been indicted on four charges including second-degree murder in the death of former New Orleans Saints defensive end Will Smith, prosecutors say.

Smith was gunned down following an altercation after a traffic incident on April 9. Hayes, 28, is accused of killing him after they “exchanged words” in the street. Smith’s wife, Racquel, was shot in the leg.

Vice President Joe Biden has arrived in Iraq for an unannounced trip.

The trip comes as Iraqi forces, with the assistance of the U.S. military, are laying the groundwork for an attempt to retake the city of Mosul from the terror group ISIS.

Comcast’s NBC Universal buys DreamWorks Animation in a deal valued at $3.8 billion.

An airstrike that hit a hospital in northern Syria killed at least 27 people, including three children and three doctors, a rights group says.

Al Quds field hospital in a rebel-held neighborhood in Aleppo was hit by a missile from a fighter jet, witnesses said. It’s unclear whom the fighter jet belonged to.

Other fatalities in Wednesday’s attack included two hospital guards, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says.

Civilians standing at the hospital gate also died in the attack.

North Korea fired a mid-range missile Thursday but it “seems to have failed,” a South Korean Defense Ministry official tells CNN.

Ex-reserve deputy Robert Bates, who says he mistook his revolver for his stun gun, has been found guilty of second-degree manslaughter in the death of Eric Courtney Harris last year.

Bates, who was a volunteer with the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office, never denied killing Harris in April 2015.

‘Oh! I shot him! I’m sorry!” Bates said as captured in a video of the shooting during a sting operation to try to catch Harris illegally selling a gun.

Ted Cruz will name Carly Fiorina as his vice presidential running mate, according to two sources — a move to regain momentum after being mathematically eliminated from winning the GOP presidential nomination outright.

The Texas senator will make the announcement this afternoon at a rally in Indiana, which votes Tuesday in the next GOP contest. And the Cruz campaign may see Fiorina’s California roots as an asset ahead of that state’s primary on June 7.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert on Wednesday was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $250,000 in a hush-money case that revealed he was being accused of sexually abusing young boys as a coach in Illinois.

Hastert was also sentenced to two years of supervised release.
For the first time, Hastert admitted to Judge Thomas M. Durkin in open court that he abused at least one boy.

“I’m deeply ashamed to be standing before you here today,” Hastert said in court during his sentencing. “I know I’m here because I mistreated some of my athletes as a coach.”

An earlier email alert on Hastert’s sentencing was incomplete, including only the supervised release.

Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been sentenced to 2 years of supervised release in his hush-money case.

A federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday also recommended that Hastert participate in a sex offender treatment program.

Hastert pleaded guilty last fall to structuring bank transactions to avoid reporting requirements about where the money was going. Upon investigation, federal officials determined he was paying hush money to an alleged victim of sexual abuse that allegedly occurred when Hastert was a wrestling coach and teacher in Illinois.

Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam has been extradited to France to face prosecution, according to Belgian authorities.

Bernie Sanders will win the Rhode Island Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Hillary Clinton already has three projected primary wins for the night. The Democratic contest in Connecticut is not yet decided.

Hillary Clinton will win the Pennsylvania Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Follow complete coverage of tonight’s primaries on CNN.com and watch live on CNNgo.

Donald Trump will win the Rhode Island Republican primary, CNN projects.

Hillary Clinton will win the Delaware Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Donald Trump will win the Delaware Republican primary, CNN projects, for a sweep all five primaries at stake Tuesday.

CNN projects Donald Trump will win the GOP primaries in Pennsylvania, Maryland and Connecticut — and that Hillary Clinton will win the Maryland Democratic primary.

Apple reports first decline in iPhone sales. Shares sink after sales and profit miss estimates.

The mood in Pennsylvania could favor an outsider among GOP voters, nearly two-thirds of whom said in exit polls that they feel betrayed by Republican politicians.

Polls are closing at 8 p.m. ET in five states.

A Texas grand jury has indicted free agent quarterback and 2012 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel on an assault charge, according to Dallas County court records.

Manziel’s former girlfriend, Colleen Crowley, accused the former NFL quarterback of restraining, hitting and threatening her during an alleged assault on January 30. She says in an affidavit that Manziel grabbed her by the hair and hit her, causing her to lose her hearing in one ear.

Manziel, 23, has denied hitting Crowley.

Racist and homophobic text messages were allegedly sent by a San Francisco police officer at the center of an ongoing scandal — the most recent disturbing revelation for the beleaguered department.


CNN has exclusively obtained a list of dozens of offensive texts sent by Officer Jason Lai.

It marks the second time in as many years that the SFPD has been the subject of a racist texting scandal and could undermine Chief Greg Suhr’s assertion that the problem is limited to a relative handful of officers and not part of a broader cultural problem within the ranks, as critics contend.

John Ridsdel, a Canadian held hostage by Islamist militants in the Philippines, “has been killed at the hands of his captors,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement Monday.

“This was an act of cold-blooded murder and responsibility rests squarely with the terrorist group who took him hostage,” Trudeau said, emphasizing that Canada condemns the “brutality” of this “unnecessary death.”

A federal appeals court has ruled in favor of the NFL in the “deflategate” case, reinstating the suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.

The city of Cleveland will pay $6 million to settle the federal lawsuit filed by the family of Tamir Rice, the 12-year-old boy police killed in November 2014 while he held a pellet gun, according to a settlement announced Monday in U.S. District Court.

Obama announced an additional 250 special operations forces will be sent to Syria to help stem the influence and spread of ISIS.

Donald Trump blasted Ted Cruz and John Kasich for teaming up in a last-ditch effort to block his path to the Republican presidential nomination.

Ted Cruz and John Kasich issued startling statements Sunday night about their paths ahead, the first sign the two campaigns are coordinating to deny Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination.

Within minutes of each other, the pair issued statements saying they will divide their efforts in upcoming contests with Cruz focusing on Indiana and Kasich devoting his efforts to Oregon and New Mexico. The strategy is aimed at blocking Trump from gaining the 1,237 delegates necessary to claim to GOP nomination this summer.

Investigators found three marijuana “grow operations” at homes where eight family members were killed in Ohio, state Attorney General Mike DeWine said today.

Eight members of the Rhoden family — including a mother who investigators say was killed while her 4-day-old child lay beside her — were found dead Friday at four crime scenes in Pike County, authorities said. The newborn, along with a 6-month-old and a 3-year-old, survived.

North Korea fires what is believed to be a submarine-launched ballistic missile off the east coast of the Korean peninsula, South Korean officials say.

There were no obvious signs of trauma, and no reason to believe Prince’s death was suicide, Minnesota investigators say.

The news followed an autopsy on the music superstar conducted on Friday. Complete results from the autopsy could take days or weeks, the Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Prince, whose full name was Prince Rogers Nelson, died Thursday at age 57. He was found unresponsive in an elevator at his studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

At least seven people — believed to be five adults and two children, possibly all of the same family — have been found dead in three southern Ohio homes “in what appear to be execution-style killings,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office said today. The seven are believed to have been shot to death, and their bodies were found in homes in Pike County, Ohio, the office said.

Charges have been dismissed against the man who spent nearly five years behind bars for the 1957 murder of a little girl in Sycamore, Illinois.

But Jack McCullough still faces the possibility that some day a prosecutor could bring murder charges against him again in one of the nation’s oldest cold cases.

McCullough, 76, has been free since his murder conviction was thrown out a week ago.

Among the evidence the prosecutor reviewed was CNN’s 2012 series on the case, “Taken,” which examined McCullough’s murder trial and raised questions about whether it was fair.

The Cubs’ Jake Arrieta has thrown a no-hitter in Chicago’s 16-0 victory over the Reds in Cincinnati.

Arrieta also threw a no-hitter last season, a 2-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

President Barack Obama joined the chorus of voices paying tribute to Prince, who died on Thursday.

“Today, the world lost a creative icon,” Obama said in a statement. “Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent.”

 

Prince Rogers Nelson, 57, was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, Minnesota, authorities said. The death is being investigated and an autopsy will be performed, according to the sheriff’s office.

 

The death of the man who penned hits such as “Let’s Go Crazy,” “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “When Doves Cry” – and stirred controversy with suggestive lyrics — hit fans and fellow artists hard.

 

A massive outpouring of grief on social media followed news of his death, culminating in calls for an all-night dance party tonight in Minneapolis, the city where Prince was born.

 

CNN’s full report on Prince’s death:

Superstar musician Prince has died, says a family member reached by CNN.

Police are investigating a death at the estate of superstar Prince in Minnesota, according to Carver County Sheriff spokesman Jason Kamerud.

“We are not releasing any information regarding the identity of the person who died until next of kin is notified,” Kamerud said.

Alexander Hamilton will stay on the front of the $10 bill, and Harriet Tubman will boot Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill, a source tells CNN.

The announcement is expected to come later Wednesday from Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, who will also reveal that a montage of leaders from the women’s suffrage movement will be added to the back of the $10 bill.

A Michigan judge has authorized criminal charges against three people in connection with the Flint water crisis, Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said Wednesday.

They are Flint utilities administrator Mike Glasgow, and Stephen Busch and Mike Prysby of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Leyton said. Leyton did not say what the charges are.

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton notched resounding victories in New York, answering questions about their command of the race as the front-runners moved significantly closer to their party’s nominations.

Their decisive wins will usher in a new phase in the 2016 presidential campaign. Both Trump and Clinton have fought bitterly for months to keep their rivals at bay, each slogging through primary contests that exposed vulnerabilities in their candidacies and campaigns.

On Tuesday, Trump came close to sweeping New York’s 95 delegates — a development that could help the Manhattan real estate mogul win the GOP nomination outright and avoid what would be a messy contested convention in July. CNN projected Trump will clear the 50% threshold to take all of New York’s 14 statewide delegates.

Clinton’s win, meanwhile, will go a long way in blunting the momentum of Bernie Sanders — the liberal Vermont senator whose unexpected popularity has dogged the former secretary of state.

It was a sweet homecoming for the front-runners, who each have deep ties to New York.

Last year, Trump and Clinton — in wildly different settings — launched their White House campaigns in New York City. On Tuesday, it was again in Manhattan that both Trump and Clinton confidently declared that they were within reach of the nomination.

A majority of Democrats in New York say the contested primary has energized their party, while Republicans say it has divided theirs, according to early exit polls.

Voting in New York ends at 9 p.m. ET. Follow along with CNN’s live blog or watch live TV.

Former New York City police Officer Peter Liang will not serve jail time in the 2014 shooting death of Akai Gurley in a New York housing project.

Liang was sentenced to 800 hours of community service and five years’ probation Tuesday after Judge Danny Chun reduced his manslaughter conviction to criminally negligent homicide in the shooting death of Gurley, 28, who was not armed.

Liang, with 18 months on the job, was on patrol in a dark stairwell of a Brooklyn housing project in November 2014 when he fired his gun. The bullet ricocheted off a wall and struck Gurley in the chest.

Donald Trump will win the New York Republican primary, CNN projects.

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Hillary Clinton will win the New York Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Death toll in Taliban’s attack in Kabul rises to at least 28 people, authorities say.

At least seven people were killed and more than 300 people were injured when a suicide bomb attack rocked Kabul, Afghanistan, authorities say.

Ethiopian runners swept the men’s and women’s elite divisions of the Boston Marathon today.

Lemi Berhanu Hayle finished in 2:12:45. In the women’s division, Atsede Baysa came from behind to finish at 2:29:19.

President Barack Obama in February sent Congress a plan to close the facility. The plan faces objections from Republicans and legal obstacles to transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. prisons.

Obama’s blueprint involves transferring the bulk of the remaining detainees to other countries and moving the rest — who can’t be transferred abroad because they’re deemed too dangerous — to an as-yet-undetermined detention facility in the United States.

U.S. officials say closing Gitmo would save between $65 million and $85 million a year.

A magnitude-7.0 earthquake struck early Saturday morning on Japan’s Kyushu island, the same region a deadly magnitude-6.2 quake hit late Thursday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Japan Meteorological Agency said tsunami advisories have been issued for parts of Japan after the latest earthquake.

An Illinois judge on Friday overturned the murder conviction of Jack McCullough in the 1957 death of 7-year-old Maria Ridulph, and has ordered a new trial.

McCullough, 75, is expected to be released later Friday, according to the judge.

He was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison in 2012. The case is believed to have been the oldest cold case in the nation to go to trial.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton started CNN’s Democratic debate in Brooklyn with a fiery exchange in which he questioned her judgment to be president and she said he couldn’t deliver on campaign promises.

Sanders, who has come under pressure to release his tax returns, vowed to release his 2014 returns on Friday. Returns from earlier years, he said, would also be released “very shortly.”

Watch the debate on live now on CNN.

The Golden State Warriors broke the NBA record with their 73rd win of the season, 125-104 over the Memphis Grizzlies.

The Warriors finish the regular season 73-9, topping by one game the Chicago Bulls’ record of 72-10 in the 1995-96 season.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz accused Donald Trump’s campaign of “acting like union boss thugs” and trying to intimidate potentional GOP convention delegates.


During CNN’s town hall on Wednesday, Cruz cited threats Indiana police have reported against delegates. “We shouldn’t be intimidating delegates,” he said.
Cruz also predicted Trump would have trouble getting the support of Republicans at a contested convention.


“In Cleveland, I believe if it’s a contested convention … we’re going to be in the much stronger position to earn the majority of delegates and earn the nomination of the party,” Cruz said.



On Thursday night, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take part in a CNN debate at 9 p.m. ET.

Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, will not be prosecuted for battery, according to sources familiar with the case.

A former reporter for Breitbart, Michelle Fields, sought charges against Lewandowski in Palm Beach County, Florida, after an incident in March in which she said Lewandowski pulled her away from Trump as she was trying to ask him a question.

At the time, Trump said he thought the allegations were made up. But multiple videos of the encounter appeared to show Lewandowski pulling Fields’ arm.

Boko Haram took the Chibok girls from their beds in a school dormitory. The world screamed out #BringBackOurGirls, but for two years, their parents were left with no sign of what happened to them.

Until now.

In December 2015, the girls’ captors sent negotiators a “proof of life” video. But nobody showed it to the parents whose children were taken. CNN obtained a copy of the video — and showed it to the girls’ parents for the first time.

Donald Trump said the political system is “stacked against me” and accused the Republican Party of conspiring to stop him from clinching the party’s nomination.

At a CNN town hall with his family ahead of next Tuesday’s crucial New York primary, Trump said: “I know the rules very well, but I know it’s stacked against me by the establishment.”

Ivanka Trump criticized as “onerous” the New York registration laws that will keep her and her brother Eric from casting primary votes for their father.

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CNN is also hosting a town hall with Sen. Ted Cruz on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. On Thursday night, Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take part in a CNN debate.

House Speaker Paul Ryan plans a speech this afternoon to say he won’t be the GOP presidential nominee under any circumstances, an aide tells CNN.

The move comes as speculation grows over a possible Ryan bid at a deadlocked Republican convention.

At a CNN town hall, Ohio Gov. John Kasich called the Republican delegate hunt a “bizarre process” and suggested new convention rules should be adopted to give delegates “the freedom to make good choices.”

Follow coverage of Kasich’s town hall with his family on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

CNN is also hosting town halls with the other GOP candidates and their families, Donald Trump on Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET and Ted Cruz on Wednesday at 9 p.m. ET. On Thursday night, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders take part in a CNN Democratic debate.

English golfer Danny Willett wins 2016 Masters after the tournament slipped away from American Jordan Spieth.

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Terrorists who attacked airport and subway station in Brussels last month, killing 32 people, were planning new attacks in France, Belgian prosecutors say.

Fireworks are to blame for a fire at a temple in India that killed more than 90 people and injured hundreds more, officials say.

Bernie Sanders will win the Wyoming Democratic caucuses, according to a CNN projection, providing his campaign with one more jolt of momentum before the race against Hillary Clinton heads east.

The Vermont senator was favored going into the caucuses. Wyoming is similar to other places he’s won with big margins: rural, Western and overwhelmingly white. The victory is Sanders’ eighth out of the last nine contests, a big morale booster heading into the crucial New York primary on April 19.

Mohamed Abrini admits to being the “man in the hat” — the third suspect linked to the Brussels Airport attack, according to the Belgian prosecutor’s office.

The office said in a statement that Abrini confessed to having thrown away his jacket in a garbage bin, and said he sold his hat.

Abrini, who was arrested on Friday, also has been tied through surveillance video and DNA to last November’s terror attacks in Paris, which left 130 people dead.

Two people are dead after a shooting at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, U.S. Air Force officials said.

A Pentagon official told CNN on condition of anonymity that an airman shot his squadron commander.

 

No arrests have been reported, but the situation is over and a lockdown at the base has been lifted, Brig. Gen. Bob LaBrutta told reporters.

Paris attacks suspect Mohamed Abrini was arrested by Belgian police, Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported.

But a senior Belgian counterterrorism official told CNN’s Paul Cruickshank it was too soon to know whether it was Abrini who was arrested. Authorities “had reason to hope,” the official said.

Several arrests have been made in the investigation of the deadly terror attacks in Brussels, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office announced.

The March 22 attacks on Brussels’ Maelbeek metro station and the city’s airport killed 32 people.


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In a highly anticipated paper, Pope Francis urges greater acceptance of gay men, lesbians, divorced Catholics and other people living in what the Catholic Church calls “irregular” situations.

Country music legend Merle Haggard has died at 79, his agent tells CNN.

Get complete coverage of breaking news on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.Sen. Ted Cruz will win the Wisconsin Republican primary, CNN projects.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders will win the Wisconsin Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Connecticut routs Syracuse to become the first women’s basketball team to win four consecutive NCAA national titles.

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More than half of Republican voters in Wisconsin’s presidential primaries and a little less than half of Democratic voters said trade with other countries costs the United States jobs, according to exit polls.

Sen. Ted Cruz hopes to haul in all or most of the 42 GOP delegates at stake for a result that would further complicate Donald Trump’s path to the 1,237 delegates needed to secure the nomination before the convention.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, meanwhile, is hoping to pull off his sixth win of the last seven state contests to undercut Hillary Clinton’s claim that she has already amassed a decisive lead in the Democratic delegate derby.

Polls close at 9 p.m. ET. Get complete coverage of the Wisconsin primaries on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant signs controversial “religious freedom bill” into law. Critics say the bill allows LGBT discrimination; proponents say it protects religious beliefs.

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Villanova takes championship title in NCAA men’s basketball tournament with 77–74 victory over North Carolina.

Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have agreed to meet for a Democratic debate on CNN and NY1 on April 14, five days before a crucial primary election in New York state.

The debate will take place in Brooklyn and will be moderated by CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer, who led two GOP debates earlier this election season.

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The law firm whose leaked documents have become known as the Panama Papers says it is a victim of data theft and denies any wrongdoing.

“The facts are these: while we may have been the victim of a data breach, nothing we’ve seen in this illegally obtained cache of documents suggests we’ve done anything illegal,” a statement from Mossack Fonseca said.

The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists on Sunday published the massive leak of documents. Elected leaders and top officials from around the world are responding with denials and outrage to allegations that they used secret offshore companies and accounts to hide billions of dollars.

The Supreme Court handed conservative challengers a loss in a key voting rights case.

In a unanimous ruling, the court said a state can draw legislative districts based on total population. At issue in the case was the “one person, one vote” principle dating to the 1960s, when the court held that state legislative districts must be drawn so they are equal in population.

But until today, justices never specified whether that doctrine applied to the general population or to the voting population, as conservatives suggested in this case.

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Two people died in today’s Amtrak train collision near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency spokeswoman Ruth Miller said.

Amtrak said 31 people are being treated at hospitals.

Azerbaijan declares unilateral ceasefire after deadly clashes against Armenia’s armed forces, Azerbaijan’s state news agency says. Fighting on Saturday killed 18 Armenian and 12 Azerbaijani troops.

North Carolina has defeated Syracuse 83-66 and will meet Villanova in the NCAA men’s basketball title game.

The Wildcats and Tar Heels have met six times in the NCAA tournament before, most recently in 2013.

The March Madness championship game is Monday night. Watch it on TBS.

Villanova will seek its second NCAA men’s basketball championship after routing Oklahoma 95-51.

The Wildcats, who won the national title in 1985, will face the winner of tonight’s second Final Four game, which pits North Carolina against Syracuse.

The March Madness championship game is Monday. Watch it on TBS.

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Global efforts to improve nuclear security have removed from circulation material equivalent to 150 nuclear weapons, safeguarding it from extremists, President Barack Obama said at the conclusion of the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

“As terrorists and criminal gangs and arms merchants look around for deadly ingredients for a nuclear device, vast regions of the world are now off-limits, and that’s a remarkable achievement,” he said, acknowledging that much work remains.

The summit, the final of four that Obama has held during his presidency, drew leaders from more than 50 countries to discuss ways to better secure nuclear materials, especially from the threat of nuclear terrorism. The summit focused particular attention to ISIS.

President Obama is addressing the media now. Watch on CNN TV and CNNgo.

The U.S. economy added 215,000 jobs in March, another strong month. Unemployment ticked up slightly to 5%.

Indian construction company faces charges of attempted murder and criminal conspiracy in connection with the collapse of an overpass in Kolkata that killed at least 24 people, an official says.

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A Belgian court ruled that Paris terror attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam can be extradited to France.

Belgian and French authorities will now consider how to proceed with the transfer.

At least 10 people were killed when an overpass collapsed near Kolkata, India, according to police. More than 100 people are missing.

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Minneapolis police Officers Mike Ringgenberg and Dustin Schwarze will not face charges in the November shooting death of 24-year-old Jamar Clark, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said.

Details of Clark’s death have been murky, angering residents. But investigators concluded that the officers acted in self-defense, the prosecutor said.

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Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich each stepped back from their earlier pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee.

“All of us shouldn’t even have answered that question,” Kasich said at a CNN Republican town hall.

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Donald Trump disputed the story of a reporter involved in a simple battery charge against his campaign manager.

“She’s not a baby,” Trump said at a CNN town hall, arguing the contact between his staffer and the reporter caused no harm. Trump said he’d stay loyal to his aide, Corey Lewandowski.

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Ted Cruz said “of course” he would ask his campaign manager to resign if he were charged with simple battery like Donald Trump’s and that the charges today are part of a pattern for “a campaign built on attacks, on insults.”

Trump has said he will stand by his top aide and will appear soon at CNN’s GOP town hall in Wisconsin.

Follow the town hall live now on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

Democrat Bernie Sanders tells CNN that Donald Trump is channeling some Americans’ anger by “scapegoating” Mexicans and other groups of people.

Trump, Ted Cruz and John Kasich will take part in a CNN town hall in the key state of Wisconsin at 8 p.m. ET.

Follow complete coverage of the town hall on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

Patty Duke, the actress who won fame with her stage and screen portrayals of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” died Tuesday, according to her agent. She was 69.

Duke died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to a statement from Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates, the agency that represented her.
Duke won an Academy Award in 1963 for her portrayal of Helen Keller in “The Miracle Worker,” a role she also played to acclaim on Broadway.
She was also known for roles in “Valley of the Dolls,” “My Sweet Charlie” and “Me, Natalie,” as well as for the “The Patty Duke Show,” which aired from 1963 to 1966.

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The U.S. Capitol and White House are on lockdown following reports of shots fired near the Capitol.

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A male suspect was shot by U.S. Capitol Police and was taken to a hospital, law enforcement officials tell CNN.

A female civilian bystander was injured by shrapnel. No U.S. Capitol Police officers were injured, and the Capitol lockdown was lifted.

The suspect attempted to go through metal detectors at the Capitol Visitor Center entrance. He was stopped by security and then allegedly pulled out a gun before being shot by Capitol police, sources told CNN.

The White House also briefly closed its North and South fence lines as a precautionary measure after the Capitol incident.

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The suspect shot by Capitol Police has been identified as Larry Russell Dawson, two law enforcement sources say.

Dawson was also arrested in October after an outburst in the House chamber. Court documents from that incident describe him as a 66-year-old from Tennessee. According to the documents, Dawson “loudly stated to Congress he was a ‘prophet of God.’ ”

U.S. Capitol Police Chief Matthew Verderosa, without naming the suspect in today’s incident, said “there is no reason to believe this is anything more than a criminal act.”

“We believe this is an act of a single person who has frequented the Capitol grounds before,” Verderosa said.

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Department of Justice drops case against Apple, saying the FBI has accessed San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone.

Negotiations with the hijacker of EgyptAir Flight 181 have resulted in the release of all passengers, except for the crew and five foreigners, the airline tweeted on its official account.

The EgyptAir Flight MS181 hijacker is an Egyptian-American dual citizen named Ibrahim Samaha, Egyptian presidential spokesman tells CNN. He hijacked the plane over his ex-wife, not terrorism, Cyprus official says.

The spokesman for the Egyptian presidency tells CNN the correct name for the EgyptAir Flight 181 hijacker is Seif El Din Mustafa, an Egyptian national. Earlier, the same spokesman said an Egyptian-American dual citizen was responsible.

The EgyptAir hijacker is in police custody, according to the director of the Cypriot foreign ministry crisis center.

Under increasing pressure from major corporations that do business in Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal announced he will veto a bill that critics say would have curtailed the rights of Georgia’s LGBT community.

The bill — HB 757 — would have given faith-based organizations in Georgia the option to deny services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. Supporters said the measure would have protected religious freedom, while opponents have described it as “anti-LGBT” and “appalling.”

East Region No. 1-seed North Carolina moved into the Final Four in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Sunday, beating No. 6-seed Notre Dame 88-74. North Carolina will play Syracuse next Saturday in Houston.

The March Madness championship game is Monday, April 4. Watch on TBS.

 

Syracuse has defeated Virginia 68-62 to reach the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

March Madness championship game is Monday, April 4th. Watch on TBS.

A blast in Pakistan’s southwestern city of Lahore has killed at least 50 people, a health official told CNN.

Some 200 others were injured, health adviser for Punjab province Khawaja Salman Rafique said.

The explosion happened at the city’s Gulshan Iqbal Park.

Sen. Bernie Sanders wins the Hawaii Democratic caucuses, according to a CNN projection.

Syrian forces have pushed ISIS from Palmyra and retaken the ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage site, state media says.

No. 2 seed Villanova beat No. 1 Kansas 64-59 and will play Oklahoma next Saturday in the Final Four of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Washington Democratic caucuses, according to a CNN projection. Watch CNN for election results and analysis.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Alaska Democratic caucuses, according to a CNN projection.

Washington and Hawaii also are holding Democratic caucuses Saturday. Watch CNN for election results and analysis.

Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Alaska Democratic caucuses, according to a CNN projection. Washington and Hawaii also are holding Democratic caucuses today.

Watch CNN for election results and analysis.

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Democrats are holding presidential contests in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii today, three states expected to be friendlier to Bernie Sanders than Hillary Clinton.

But with Clinton leading Sanders by more than 300 pledged delegates, and because none of the contests are winner-take-all, Sanders needs stunning wins in each state to give the Clinton campaign any real anxiety about the outcome of the race.

Watch CNN for election results and analysis.

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An Illinois prosecutor says he has found “clear and convincing evidence” that a former police officer was wrongly convicted of the 1957 murder of a 7-year-old girl in what is believed to have been the nation’s oldest cold case to go to trial.

Jack Daniel McCullough, a 75-year-old military veteran and former police officer from Seattle, was convicted in 2012 of the abduction and murder of Maria Ridulph from a street corner in Sycamore, Illinois.

A court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

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The U.S. believes it has killed a man who many analysts consider to be ISIS’ No. 2 in command, a U.S. official told CNN Friday.

The killed ISIS leader goes by several names, including Haji Imam and Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, according to the official.

His death took place within the last two days in Syria, the official said, adding Qaduli was not killed by an airstrike, leaving open the possibility U.S. troops were involved.
Americans were among those killed in Brussels attacks, Secretary of State John Kerry confirms in a news conference with Belgian officials.
 

Following President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to fill the open seat on the Supreme Court, a new CNN/ORC poll finds two-thirds of Americans want the Senate to hold confirmation hearings on his candidacy, and a majority of Americans say the Senate should ultimately vote to confirm him.

Authorities arrest French national suspected of being in “advanced stage” of planning an attack, French Interior Minister says.

Garry Shandling, the inventive comedian and star of “The Larry Sanders Show,” has died, say police in Los Angeles. He was 66.

Investigators are aware of additional ISIS plots in Europe, possibly linked to the Paris and Brussels networks.

A combination of electronic intercepts, human sources and database tracking indicates several possible targets had been picked out by ISIS operatives in the months since the Paris attacks, say U.S. counterterrorism officials.

Since this week’s attacks in Belgium, information found in a raided apartment, including maps, indicated other potential targets had been chosen, one of the sources said.

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Radovan Karadzic, former leader of the breakaway Serb Republic in Bosnia, is guilty of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, the International Criminal Tribunal ruled Thursday.

Nicknamed the “Butcher of Bosnia,” Karadzic was sentenced to 40 years in prison. The charge of genocide related to the massacre of Bosnian Muslim men and boys in Srebrenica in July 1995, the worst mass killing in Europe since World War II.

Karadzic was “consistently informed” about Bosnian Serb forces targeting civilians in Sarajevo, presiding Judge O-Gwon Kwok said as he delivered part of a long, complex verdict on 11 counts of war crimes relating to the Bosnian conflict from 1992 to 1995.

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Paris attack suspect Salah Abdeslam is no longer cooperating with Belgian police and wants extradition to France as soon as possible, his lawyer says.

Belgian authorities believe a second suspect was involved in the Brussels metro bombing, a senior Belgian security source told CNN.

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One person has been arrested in Brussels in the wake of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks, Belgian state broadcaster RTBF reports.

It was not immediately clear who this person was, or if he or she is the wanted man previously identified in a picture by authorities.

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Jeb Bush endorsed Ted Cruz on Wednesday morning and urged his fellow Republicans to reject Donald Trump as the next GOP nominee.
In a statement, Bush called Cruz a “consistent, principled conservative who has demonstrated the ability to appeal to voters and win primary contests” and emphasized his disapproval of Trump.
“For the sake of our party and country, we must move to overcome the divisiveness and vulgarity Donald Trump has brought into the political arena, or we will certainly lose our chance to defeat the Democratic nominee and reverse President Obama’s failed policies,” Bush said in the statement.
Several members of the Bush family have been clear about their distaste of Trump, who has been critical of President George W. Bush’s stewardship of the nation and Jeb Bush’s low-key personality.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has met the 50% threshold needed to win all of Utah’s 40 delegates, CNN projects.

Police identify two brothers, Khalid and Brahim El Bakraoui, as the suspected suicide bombers in Tuesday’s attacks at Brussels’ international airport, state broadcaster RTBF reports.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders will win the Idaho Democratic caucuses, CNN projects.

 

 
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas will win the Utah Republican caucuses, CNN projects.
Bernie Sanders will win the Utah Democratic caucuses, CNN projects.
Hillary Clinton will win the Arizona Democratic primary, CNN projects.

Donald Trump will win the Arizona Republican primary, CNN projects.

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Voters in three Western states are having their say today as U.S. presidential candidates react to the deadly terror attacks under investigation in Belgium.

Polls are closing soon in Arizona. Democrats have caucused in Idaho, and both parties are doing so in Utah.

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The death toll in today’s attacks at the Brussels Airport and at a metro station stands at 30, the Belgian government says: 10 killed, 100 injured at the airport; 20 killed, 130 injured at the station.

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ISIS claims responsibility for multiple terror attacks in Brussels.

Former Toronto Mayor Rob Ford has died, according to Ford’s chief of staff. The 46-year-old Ford gained international notoriety after a video showed him using crack cocaine in May 2013.

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Three explosions that ripped through the Belgian capital of Brussels on Tuesday killed at least 34 people and wounded about 170 more, according to Belgian media, and raised the reality of terror once again in the heart of Europe.

President Obama condemned the attacks during a speech in Havana, Cuba, saying that the United States stands in solidarity with Belgium.

“This is yet another reminder that the world must unite,” he added. “We must be together, regardless” of nationality or faith or race, in fighting terrorism, he said.

Here’s what we know at this hour:

THE ATTACKS

Airport: At around 8am local time, two explosions ripped through the departure lounge of Zaventem airport. At least one of those explosions was a suicide bombing, according to a Belgian prosecutor.

At least one of the blasts took place outside the security checkpoints for ticketed passengers and near the airline check-in counters, according to an airline official.

Metro Station: About an hour after the airport explosions, there was an explosion at the Maalbeek metro station in the heart of Brussels, where European Union institutions are based.

THE INVESTIGATION

Evacuation: A nuclear power plant in eastern Belgium has been evacuated, aside from essential staff, under an order from Belgian authorities, a representative of the company that operates the plant said.

Details about why the order was given weren’t immediately available.

Raids: Police raids are happening in the Brussels region, with authorities looking for people suspected of being linked to Tuesday’s deadly explosions, Belgian broadcaster RTBF reported.

Airport discovery: Belgian media report a Kalashnikov assault rifle was found in the departure hall of the Zaventem airport in Brussels.

Suitcase bomb?: Investigators are looking at the possibility that one of the Brussels airport explosions may have been caused by a bomb inside a suitcase.

Working theory: Investigators suspect the attack was one of opportunity, targeting a large group of people in an area near airline ticket counters, two officials say. There’s no indication so far that the attacker tried to go past the security screening checkpoint, but authorities are continuing their investigation, including reviewing surveillance footage to be sure, the officials say.

GLOBAL RESPONSE:

U.S. security: Authorities in Washington, New York, Chicago and other cities are taking special precautions, such as increased K-9 sweeps of subways and additional police patrols. The FBI is also boosting checks on the whereabouts of suspected extremists who are already being monitored and checking for any intelligence indicating possible threats in the United States, officials say.

Additionally, U.S. national security officials are on guard for possible copy-cat attacks, though there is no specific indication of any plots in the United States tied to the Brussels attacks, officials said.

U.K. security: British police have increased their presence at certain locations, including transport hubs like London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports, according to Scotland Yard.

NATO security: The alliance, which is headquartered in Brussels, is increasing its level of alert in the wake of the bombings in the city, it said in a statement.

THE BACKDROP:

U.S. intelligence officials say they weren’t surprised about an attack in Brussels because there have been general concerns about terror threats there, particularly in the wake of recent raids and the arrest of key Paris attacks suspect Salah Abdeslam last week.

Belgium has been a top concern for counterterrorism officials for years because of the large number of Belgian foreign fighters who traveled to join ISIS and other terror groups in Syria and Iraq and then returned to Europe.

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The provisional death toll in today’s Brussels terrorist attacks is 34, Belgian media report: 20 in a subway explosion and 14 in two blasts at the Brussels Airport. About 170 injuries are reported.
At least 26 people were killed in today’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium: 15 in a subway explosion and 11 in two blasts at the airport, Belgian media report.
At least 23 people have been killed in three explosions in Brussels, Belgium, according to Belgian media, 10 at a subway station and at least 13 at the airport.
An explosion has occurred at a subway station in Molenbeek, Brussels, according to CNN affiliate RTL. The station is near the European quarter.

The five final major candidates for the presidency discussed U.S. policy toward Israel, Cuba and the state of the presidential race in the CNN special “The Final Five.”

Republican front-runner Donald Trump was the subject of questions to every other candidate.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Ohio Gov. John Kasich each said emphatically that he would not serve as the vice-presidential candidate on a Trump-led Republican ticket.

Kasich said he is the only remaining Republican candidate who can win a general election – and that the GOP race is “going to go to the convention” before a candidate can secure the nomination.

Cruz said he disagreed with Trump’s assertion that the U.S. should consider reducing its involvement in NATO. “This is a dangerous world; if America withdraws, we get” a more dangerous world, Cruz said.

In contrast with the other Republican candidates, Trump said he would continue the Obama administration’s policy of normalizing relations with Cuba. He also said he didn’t know why white supremacists support his campaign or why people are nervous about his rallies.

Clinton said she expected the relationship between the U.S. and Israel to remain one of friendly “give and take.” On immigration, she said she doesn’t “see the purpose” of breaking up the families of undocumented immigrants with aggressive deportations. She also condemned Trump for what she described as “bigotry and bluster and bullying.”

In his segment, Sanders said he had better judgment on foreign policy matters than Clinton, even though she has served as secretary of state. He added that it’s important for Saudi Arabia to work with the U.S. against ISIS, and that the U.S. should continue normalizing relations with Cuba.

A new CNN/ORC Poll finds little appetite among Republicans for a convention fight. Nearly half support Donald Trump.

Watch as all five remaining 2016 contenders from both parties sit down with CNN.

On the eve of a court showdown with Apple, the Department of Justice wants to cancel the hearing, saying it may have found a way into the iPhone of Syed Farook, the gunman in the San Bernardino shooting.
The DOJ has been pressuring Apple for help in gaining access to Farook’s iPhone.

The five final major candidates for the presidency will sit down with CNN to discuss developments in the race, foreign policy and other issues just one day ahead of Tuesday’s important Western contests in Utah, Arizona and Idaho.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leads the delegate count for the Democratic nomination and real-estate mogul Donald Trump leads the race for the Republican nomination.
Clinton, who has recently toned down attacks on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, her opponent in the Democratic race, is expected to broaden her focus and turn her attention to her Republican rivals, specifically Trump.
The tycoon is expected to try to allay traditional Republicans’ fears about him and his freewheeling candidacy.
Sanders, who has won the votes of young people and independents in the Democratic race, also must find a way to persuade minority voters, a bedrock of the Democratic party.
On the Republican side, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is hoping to persuade the large population of Mormons in Utah and Arizona to support him. He had staked his path to the nomination largely on winning evangelical voters in the South, but lost many of those states to Trump.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich is a distant third in the overall GOP race. After his win in his home state primary, he is under pressure to prove he can win in other states.

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President Barack Obama, speaking today at a joint news conference with Raul Castro, said he had “frank conversations” with the Cuban leader about democracy and human rights, “including the right of the Cuban people to decide their own future.”
Castro said his country was making progress on economic reform, but he lambasted the longstanding U.S. embargo that prevents a full restoration of ties between the two countries. Castro also insisted upon the return of the Guantanamo Bay Naval Station to Cuba.

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North Korea has fired several short-range projectiles towards the sea to the east of the Korean Peninsula, according to the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff.

President Obama has touched down in Havana, marking a symbolic end to decades of estrangement for the U.S. and Cuba.

It’s a shift that the President hopes will nudge the communist government to grant more freedoms to its people and open new economic channels for American businesses. But critics of Obama’s policy argue the opening only rewards an authoritarian regime that has yet to show much sign of reform.

The last U.S. president to visit Cuba was Calvin Coolidge, who arrived in Havana Harbor on a battleship in 1928.

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Sweet 16 field is set in NCAA men’s tournament. 4 No. 1 seeds advance: Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon and Virginia.

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A Boeing 738 passenger jet crashed as it was landing at the Rostov-on-Don airport in southern Russia, the country’s Southern Regional Emergency Center said Saturday.

The plane, which had traveled from Dubai, had 55 people aboard, the Emergency Center said.

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Paris terror attack suspect Salah Abdeslam was captured alive Friday, a Belgian counter-terrorism source said.

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Bernie Sanders won’t request a recount after narrowly losing Missouri to Hillary Clinton, a spokesman for the Vermont senator says.

“I prefer to save the taxpayers of Missouri some money,” Sanders said through spokesman Michael Briggs.

The announcement means Clinton has swept all five states that voted in Tuesday night’s primaries.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says that ISIS “is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis, Christians and Muslims.”

This is the first time that the United States has declared a genocide since Darfur in 2004.

The killer whales currently in SeaWorld’s care will be the last generation of the mammals enclosed at the water parks, according to an announcement on the company’s website.
“Society is changing and we’re changing with it,” the company said. SeaWorld has come under fire for its treatment of killer whales since the documentary “Blackfish,” which aired on CNN in 2013.

The Kurdish Freedom Falcons, an offshoot of the separatist group PKK, have claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack in the Turkish capital city that claimed the lives of at least 35 people.

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Fox News has canceled its March 21 Republican presidential debate following Donald Trump’s decision not to attend, three sources told CNNMoney.

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President Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court sets up a dramatic political fight with Senate Republicans who have vowed to block any replacement for the late Justice Antonin Scalia.

In response, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said, “It is the Senate’s constitutional right to act as a check on a President and withhold its consent.”

In a speech in the White House Rose Garden, Obama called Garland “one of America’s sharpest legal minds” whose “qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration from leaders from both sides of the aisle.”

Obama called on the Senate to give Garland — the chief judge for the Washington, D.C., appeals court — a “fair hearing” and an “up-or-down vote.” To do otherwise, he said, “would be a betrayal of our best traditions.”

In emotional remarks, Garland said Obama’s decision to nominate him is “the greatest honor of my life” — other than his wife agreeing to marry him.

“Trust that justice will be done in our courts without prejudice or partisanship is what, in a large part, distinguishes this country from others,” Garland said.

President Obama has chosen Merrick Garland as his nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

President Barack Obama has chosen a nominee to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, and will announce his pick at 11 a.m. ET, he told supporters in an email Wednesday.
      “Today, I will announce the person whom I believe is eminently qualified to sit on the Supreme Court,” Obama wrote in the email, which did not name his nominee.
He said the announcement would come in the White House Rose Garden.

North Korea has sentenced American student Otto Frederick Warmbier to 15 years of hard labor for crimes against the state, China’s official Xinhua news agency reports.

In an emotional press conference last month, the 21-year-old student at the University of Virginia admitted to attempting to steal a banner with a political slogan from his hotel in the North Korean capital. It is not known whether Warmbier made the admission under duress.

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Donald Trump will win the Republican primaries in Illinois and North Carolina, his second and third wins of the night so far, CNN projects.

Trump is expected to speak to supporters soon.

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Hillary Clinton will win the Ohio Democratic primary, her third win of the night so far, CNN projects.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich will win the Republican presidential primary in his home state, CNN projects.

Hillary Clinton will win the North Carolina Democratic primary, her second win of the night so far, CNN projects.

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Marco Rubio drops out of presidential race after losing his home state of Florida to Donald Trump. He warned his party not to play on voters’ frustrations.

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Donald Trump will win the GOP primary in Florida, Marco Rubio’s home state, and Hillary Clinton will win Florida on the Democrats’ side, CNN projects.
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Voters in Tuesday’s contests expressed worries about the economy and a broad sense among Republicans that their party has betrayed them, according to early exit poll results.

The votes in five states are likely the last chance for Republicans to stop front-runner Donald Trump at the voting booth and avert a potential contested convention. Hillary Clinton, meanwhile, must win Democratic primaries in at least three states if she hopes to blunt Bernie Sanders’ momentum.

Polls close in Ohio and North Carolina at 7:30 p.m. ET. All polls are closed by 8 p.m. ET in Florida, Illinois and Missouri.

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Hillary Clinton will win the Illinois Democratic primary, CNN projects, on a night when she, Donald Trump and John Kasich scored major victories that reshaped the presidential race.

A big loss in Florida prompted Marco Rubio to drop his White House bid.

Clinton took big strides toward the Democratic nomination by winning Florida and North Carolina. And in a crucial victory, she stopped Bernie Sanders in his tracks in the industrial Midwest by taking Ohio.

The drama is still unfolding in tight races for Democrats and Republicans in Missouri.

The Republican Party veered closer to a historic contested convention after Kasich, the Ohio governor, held his own state and deprived Trump of its 66 delegates. That makes it more difficult for the billionaire to reach the 1,237 delegates he needs to capture the GOP prize.

Trump did, however, prevail in the biggest contest of the night, taking all of Florida‘s 99 delegates. The real estate tycoon also won primaries in Illinois and North Carolina.
Trump was already looking forward to the general election on Tuesday night as he urged party unity. But in a speech that served as a thinly veiled rebuke of Trump’s campaign tactics, Rubio warned that the politics of division will leave America a “fractured nation.”
Sen. Ted Cruz praised Rubio warmly and appealed directly to his supporters: “We welcome you with open arms.”

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Two U.S. officials told CNN that the Obama administration has confirmed that ISIS senior operative Omar al-Shishani is dead.
The officials said he was injured in a U.S. airstrike last week and then died subsequently, though they wouldn’t say how they know he is dead.
An autopsy on the Maryland officer who died after a suspect opened fire on a police station Sunday showed that he was “inadvertently shot by a fellow responding officer during the gun battle,” police said in a statement.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russian forces to begin withdrawing from Syria, saying they have achieved their goals in the country, state-run media reported today.

The pullback will begin Tuesday, the state-run Sputnik news agency reported.

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In a CNN-TV One town hall, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton strongly criticized GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

Sanders described the mogul as “a pathological liar” who is inciting violence at his rallies. Clinton said Trump is committing “political arson” and trafficking in hate and fear. She also said that some foreign leaders have been so alarmed by Trump’s rhetoric that they have offered her endorsements.

The candidates also addressed concerns about college costs, taxes, foreign policy, the death penalty and poverty.

Sanders said that if he becomes president, it will be because of a significant increase in voter turnout – and that the turnout would mean Democrats could recapture the U.S. Senate and gain a significant number of seats in the House.

He also said small-business owners would benefit from his health care and tax plans because their expenses would be significantly reduced if they didn’t have to pay for health care for themselves and their employees.

In response to a question from an Ohioan who had spent several decades on death row, Clinton said she thought the death penalty should be reserved for a very narrow category of federal cases: Those involving terror attacks.

She said she also would work with Congress to lower the costs of health care.

On Tuesday, Democratic voters will choose between Sanders and Clinton in contests in Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio.

Clinton currently leads the race with 1,244 delegates. Sanders has 574 delegates.

Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Chicago has been postponed amid growing security concerns.

In a victory for Bernie Sanders’ campaign, a judge in Ohio has ruled that some 17-year-olds can vote in Tuesday’s primaries.

Franklin County Judge Richard Frye determined that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted, a Republican, erred when he ordered that Ohioans who are 17 but will be 18 on Election Day in November not be allowed to vote in the presidential primaries.
Husted’s office said he would appeal the ruling, which applies to all election boards in the state.

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At the Democratic town hall, Hillary Clinton accused Donald Trump of “political arson” and joined Bernie Sanders in condemning the Republican for violence at his rallies.

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At the CNN-TV One town hall, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says mogul Donald Trump “is a pathological liar” inciting violence with his supporters.

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The Democratic presidential candidates will speak with voters at a town hall before Tuesday’s important contests in Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri.

Coverage of the CNN-TV One town hall begins at 8 p.m. ET.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, after a surprise loss in Michigan to her rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, is thought to have the edge going into Tuesday.

Clinton leads the race with 1,244 delegates. Sanders has 574 delegates.

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Kansas, North Carolina, Oregon and Virginia are the No. 1 seeds in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

An explosion hit Turkey’s capital today, killing at least 27 people and wounding 75, the governor of Ankara said in a written statement.

The blast ripped through a busy square in the heart of Ankara, the official Turkish news agency Anadolu reported.

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Marco Rubio’s communications director said Friday that GOP primary rival Gov. John Kasich is the best choice for Republicans who want to defeat Donald Trump in Ohio.

When asked specifically if he was telling Rubio supporters in Ohio to vote for Kasich, Alex Conant told CNN’s “At This Hour with Berman and Bolduan” that “if you’re a Republican primary voter in Ohio, and you don’t want Donald Trump to be the nominee, John Kasich is your best bet.”

Rubio gave a slightly less direct message after Conant’s comments when he was asked about them at an event in Florida.

“Clearly John Kasich has a better chance of winning in Ohio and if a voter concludes that that’s the best chance to beat Donald Trump in Ohio, then they will do that,” Rubio said.

The Cleveland Browns announced today that the team has released the troubled Johnny Manziel, making the quarterback a free agent and available to sign with any team.
Manziel, who the Browns traded up to select 22nd overall in the 2014 NFL draft, was signed with the Browns through 2017.
Last season, Manziel appeared in nine games for the Browns, starting six. He threw for 1,500 yards and seven touchdowns and five interceptions. He rushed for 230 yards. But his time in Cleveland has been clouded by off-the-field incidents, including the most recent accusation, in which Manziel’s former girlfriend Colleen Crowley said in an affidavit that the NFL quarterback restrained, hit and threatened her on January 30. She accused Manziel of grabbing her by the hair and hitting her ear, causing her to lose her hearing.

Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson formally endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential bid Friday, praising the real estate mogul and saying he wants “the voice of the people to be heard.”

“I want the political process to play out in the way that it should play out,” the former presidential candidate said at a news conference in Palm Beach, Florida.

In their last debate before Tuesday’s important primary and caucus contests in Florida, Illinois, Missouri and Ohio, Republican presidential candidates split over a host of key issues, including  worker visas, Social Security, Islam and foreign policy.

The focus of the debate was on substance instead of personal attacks. Front-runner Donald Trump, who described his lead in the race for the GOP nomination as insurmountable, took the brunt of the night’s attacks. But at one point, Trump even remarked about how civil the discussion was.

In a discussion about immigration and worker visas, both Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Trump agreed that The Walt Disney Co. might be skirting the intent of federal laws in its use of consulting firms and visas to employ foreign workers.

When Trump said he would improve the U.S. economy in order to bolster the flagging Social Security fund so he could leave benefits the same, his opponents suggested his plan was unrealistic. Both Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas said younger workers should expect the retirement age to go up. Ohio Gov. John Kasich said he preferred to explore an innovative approach to keeping the fund solvent.

When Trump doubled down on comments he made this week that “Islam hates us,” Rubio said such statements create “a hostile environment.” Cruz added that the answer to the nation’s foreign policy concerns “is not simply to yell ‘China bad, Muslims bad.’”

Rubio is said to have staked the future of his campaign on Tuesday’s outcome in Florida, where he trails Trump in polls of likely GOP voters. Kasich has vowed to end his campaign if he doesn’t win in the Buckeye State.

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GOP candidates are set to meet on stage for the last time before Tuesday’s important Florida, Ohio, Illinois and Missouri contests in a CNN Republican presidential debate. Coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET.

After disappointing results in earlier primaries and caucuses, Sen. Marco Rubio is hoping for a win in his native Florida. Likewise, Ohio Gov. John Kasich has said he’ll exit the race for the Republican presidential nomination if he doesn’t win the primary in the Buckeye State.

Tycoon Donald Trump leads the race, with wins in 15 states under his belt. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is in second place, with wins in seven states.

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Ben Carson will endorse Donald Trump on Friday, multiple sources told CNN.

Trump has a press conference scheduled for 9 a.m. ET in Palm Beach, Florida.

On Wednesday, the retired neurosurgeon, who dropped his presidential campaign earlier this month, told CNN’s Erin Burnett he was open to supporting either Trump or Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders clashed over auto industry bailouts, guns and ties to Wall Street, as underlying tensions in the Democratic presidential race burst into the open at an impassioned CNN debate in Flint, Michigan.

The forum quickly turned into a heated philosophical argument about an economy that Sanders said is weighted against the middle and working classes and is abetted, he said, by close ties between politicians, such as Clinton, and Wall Street financiers.

Sanders accused Clinton of supporting “disastrous” trade policies that contributed to corporate America’s decision to move manufacturing from cities like Flint to low-wage economies in Central America and Asia. But she in turn said that Sanders had refused to vote for a bailout for the auto industry.

Clinton also pressed Sanders on guns and accused him of being too close to the National Rifle Association. Sanders replied that Clinton’s arguments would amount to a ban on the manufacture of guns.

The debate was followed by the premiere of the CNN original series “Race for the White House.” Post-debate analysis was to follow at 11 p.m. ET. Watch CNN.

Ray Tomlinson, widely credited as the creator of email, has died, his employer, Raytheon, told CNN today.

CNN projects that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has won the Puerto Rico Republican primary.

Democratic voters, meanwhile, are caucusing in Maine to choose a presidential candidate.

Today’s political agenda includes a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, broadcast on CNN at 8 p.m. ET, and the premiere of the CNN original series “Race for the White House” at 10 p.m. ET.

Former first lady Nancy Reagan passed away at the age of 94, John Heubusch, executive director of the Ronald Reagan Presidential  Library and Foundation, confirmed to CNN.

Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning will retire, the team announced today.

The five-time MVP is one of only two quarterbacks to beat every team in the NFL –Brett Favre is the other — and he’s the only quarterback to win Super Bowls with two teams.

Donald Trump wins the Kentucky Republican caucuses, CNN projects.

There are more contests Sunday, plus a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, broadcast on CNN at 8 p.m. ET, and the premiere of the CNN original series “Race for the White House” at 10 p.m. ET.

Donald Trump has won the Louisiana Republican primary, according to a CNN projection.

There are more results tonight and more contests Sunday, plus a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, broadcast on CNN at 8 p.m. ET, and the premiere of the CNN original series “Race for the White House” at 10 p.m. ET.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders has won the Nebraska Democratic caucuses, according to a CNN projection.

Hillary Clinton has won the Louisiana Democratic primary, according to a CNN projection.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Maine Republican caucuses, according to the state party.

There are more contests today and on Sunday, plus a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, broadcast on CNN at 8 p.m. ET, and the premiere of the CNN original series “Race for the White House” at 10 p.m. ET.

Bernie Sanders has won the Kansas Democratic caucuses, according to the state party.

Ted Cruz has won the Kansas Republican caucuses, according to a CNN projection.

There will be more contests today and on Sunday, plus a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, broadcast on CNN at 8 p.m. ET, and the premiere of the CNN original series “Race for the White House” at 10 p.m. ET.

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Donald Trump and Ted Cruz claimed two Super Saturday victories each, while Democrat Bernie Sanders also scored a pair of morale-boosting wins and Hillary Clinton won one state.

The wins by Trump and Cruz guarantee they will continue their battle for the Republican nomination at least through March 15, when major states including Florida and Ohio go to the polls.

Clinton and Trump won the night’s big prize: delegate-rich Louisiana.

It was another grim night for Marco Rubio, who has so far won only one of the 18 contests in the GOP race, despite billing himself as the only candidate with the potential to unify the Republican Party and the broad appeal needed to beat Clinton.

Democratic results

  • Hillary Clinton: Louisiana
  • Bernie Sander: Kansas, Nebraska

Republican results

  • Ted Cruz: Kansas, Maine
  • Donald Trump: Louisiana, Kentucky

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Voters in five U.S. states will make their picks today in the presidential nomination process, the first contests since Mitt Romney launched his effort to bring down GOP front-runner Donald Trump. Watch live results on CNN all day.

That is followed by two more contests on Sunday, plus a Democratic debate in Flint, Michigan, broadcast on CNN at 8 p.m. ET, and the premiere of the CNN original series “Race for the White House” at 10 p.m. ET.

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Pat Conroy, author of “The Prince of Tides” and “The Great Santini,” has died at 70, his publisher said.

Conroy died at his home Friday in Beaufort, South Carolina, surrounded by family and loved ones, according to his publisher. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer.

Ben Carson has told the crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference that he is ending his presidential bid.

“But even though I might be leaving the campaign trail, you know there’s a lot of people who love me,” He told the CPAC crowd. “They just won’t vote for me, but it’s OK. It’s not a problem. I will still continue to be heavily involved in trying to save our nation.”

Earlier Friday, My Faith Votes announced that Carson would be its new national chairman. The group is focused on getting out the Christian vote in November.

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Donald Trump will skip CPAC, an annual meeting of conservative activists, and will campaign in Kansas and Florida instead, his campaign says.

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U.S. unemployment rate remained at 4.9% and employers added 242,000 jobs in February.

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Donald Trump’s remaining rivals said at Thursday night’s presidential debate that they would support him if he is the eventual nominee, and he said the same about them.

The vow came amid a GOP establishment revolt against Trump, who has threatened the possibility of launching a third-party bid. The candidates met two days after Trump dominated Super Tuesday and with more important contests looming.

In perhaps the most surreal moment yet in a dramatic presidential race, Trump opened the Fox News debate by seemingly boasting about the size of his genitals. He was responding to recent comments from Marco Rubio in which the Florida senator joked about the size of Trump’s hands.

Trump fielded attacks from Rubio and Ted Cruz throughout the night. In one exchange, Trump was put on the spot about a recent report from BuzzFeed that indicated Trump was flexible on his immigration policy proposals during an interview with The New York Times editorial board earlier this year.

Trump didn’t deny that he may be willing to take a softer stance on deporting the millions of undocumented people living in America, but he insisted that those discussions were off-the-record — an agreement he said he would “honor.”

Trump was also on the defensive for changing his stance on issues like the Iraq War and whether to accept Syrian refugees into America. The real estate developer argued that it is important for leaders to be “flexible.”

This gave an opening for Kasich, who has been reticent to attack Trump. “Politicians all the time tell (voters) what they want to hear, and then they go to Washington … and they don’t deliver on those promises,” Kasich said.

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Donald Trump struck back at 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, blasting the former Massachusetts governor for “begging” for an endorsement four years ago only to sharply criticize him now.

“I don’t know what happened to him,” Trump said at a rally in Portland, Maine. “You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He would have dropped to his knees.”

Hour earlier, Romney gave a speech blasting Trump as bad on foreign policy and lacking the temperament to be president.

Trump also made time to jab Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton and GOP Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

“Mitt is indeed a choke artist,” Trump said. “He choked like I’ve never seen anyone choke, other than Rubio.”

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Mitt Romney called Donald Trump a “phony, a fraud,” and a “con man” in a national speech urging Americans to disavow the GOP front-runner Thursday.

The former GOP presidential nominee called Trump’s policy proposals “flimsy, at best,” and said he’d trigger a trade war, drive up the deficit and lead the nation into a recession.

“Now, I know you say, ‘Isn’t he a huge business success, and doesn’t he know what he’s talking about?’ No he isn’t, and no he doesn’t,” Romney said. “His bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and their workers. He inherited his business; he didn’t create it.”

Trump’s foreign policy proposals are “recklessness in the extreme,” Romney continued, before turning to a more personal attack.

“Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark,” Romney said, pointing to Trump’s “bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”

“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.”

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Ben Carson doesn’t “see a political path forward” in the Republican presidential nomination process and won’t attend the next debate, he said in a statement.

Carson and his aides reached the decision after a staff meeting Wednesday morning in Baltimore, on the heels of a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday.

Carson said he’s not planning on formally suspending his presidential campaign and will go into more detail during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference on Friday.

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President Barack Obama today awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest military decoration, to Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers, a Navy SEAL.

“Ed is defined by a deep sense of humility. He doesn’t seek the spotlight, in fact he shuns it. He’s the consummate quiet professional,” Obama said at a White House ceremony. Byers earned the medal for his role in rescuing an American doctor held by Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan, a 2012 operation in which he displayed “superior gallantry (and) extraordinary heroism at grave personal risk,” according to an unclassified summary obtained by CNN.

Spotlight” won two awards at Sunday night’s 88th Academy Awards, and one of them was the night’s top prize: best picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar. After four nominations without a win, the fifth time was the charm for DiCaprio, thanks to his performance as a vengeful frontiersman in “The Revenant.”

Brie Larson won best actress for her performance in “Room.”

“Spotlight,” about journalists investigating a sex abuse scandal involving Catholic priests, also won original screenplay.

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Sen. Jeff Sessions on Sunday became the first sitting senator to endorse Donald Trump, declaring his support for the Republican front-runner during a rally at a football stadium here.

The endorsement from the Alabama Republican known for his opposition to illegal immigration will solidify Trump’s attempts to position himself as the Republican presidential candidate with the toughest stance on the issue.

The endorsement comes two days before the crucial Super Tuesday primary when Alabama and a dozen other states, mostly in the South, vote.

“At this time in American history we need to make America great again,” Sessions told the raucous crowd, echoing Trump’s signature line. “I am pleased to endorse Donald Trump for president of the United States.”

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Hillary Clinton lost no time transitioning into a general-election message, positioning herself as the opposite of Donald Trump in an optimistic speech threaded with themes of “love and kindness.”

“Despite what you hear, we don’t need to make America great again. America has never stopped being great,” Clinton told supporters after her big primary victory in South Carolina on Saturday night.

“But we do need to make America whole again,” she said to loud applause. “Instead of building walls, we need to be tearing down barriers.”

“We have so much to look forward to,” Clinton said. “There is no doubt in my mind that America’s best years are ahead of us. We have to believe that, we have to work for that.”

She’s come a long way from her campaign message of “Pick me because I have experience.”

Clinton mentioned the five mothers by name that she recognized at CNN’s Democratic town hall on Tuesday — five African-American women who have lost their children to gun violence or at the hands of police.

“They have not been broken or embittered. Instead, they have channeled their sorrow into strategy, and their mourning into a movement. And they are reminding us of something deep and powerful in the American spirit,” Clinton said.

“When we stand together, there is no barrier too big to break,” she said. “Tomorrow, this campaign goes national.”

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Hillary Clinton has won the South Carolina Democratic primary, CNN projects. Get complete primary coverage on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

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Hillary Clinton will win the South Carolina Democratic primary, CNN projects, proving the strength of her diverse Southern firewall and restoring her position as the undisputed front-runner in her party’s race for the White House heading into Super Tuesday.

The victory is Clinton’s strongest yet in the 2016 primary contests. She narrowly won the Iowa caucuses and was trounced by Bernie Sanders in the New Hampshire primary. Clinton won the Nevada caucuses decisively by five percentage points.

Clinton’s win Saturday night was fueled by strong support from minority voters, giving her campaign a strong jolt heading into Super Tuesday, when 11 states hold Democratic primaries or caucuses. She hopes to use those results to run up the delegate count against Sanders.

Get complete primary coverage on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump’s presidential bid at a press conference in Texas, saying there is no one better prepared to lead the country in the Republican 2016 race.

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Authorities are working reports of at least four different crime scenes in connection with a workplace shooting at Excel Industries in Hesston, Kansas, said Harvey County Sheriff T. Walton.

The suspected shooter, an employee at Excel, was killed.

“There could be as many as three or four others (dead), and possibly up to 20 people that have been injured,” Walton said.

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The five remaining Republican presidential candidates are gathering in Houston for the final debate before Super Tuesday.

The border state debate comes on the same day a former Mexican president used a curse word to declare that his country would not pay for the border wall proposed by Donald Trump — and a day when Vice President Joe Biden, appearing in Mexico, said he almost felt the need to apologize for the heated campaign rhetoric.

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Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are taking aim at Donald Trump as the senators seek to become the alternative to the real-estate mogul in the final debate before Super Tuesday.

The opening moments of CNN’s GOP debate in Houston were dominated by a feisty clash over immigration. Rubio, who in previous debates was reticent to directly go after Trump, accused Trump of hiring undocumented workers.

“You’re the only person on this stage that’s ever been fined for hiring people to work on your project illegally,” Rubio said.

Trump argued that he is the only one on stage with hiring experience. “I’ve hired tens of thousands of people over my lifetime,” he said.

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Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz are attacking Donald Trump on foreign policy at tonight’s CNN debate, criticizing his stance on Israel.

Even as Trump called himself “totally pro-Israel,” he said he didn’t believe there was any reason for labeling Israel and the Palestinians as the “good guy” and the “bad guy.”

“The position you’ve taken is an anti-Israel position,” Rubio said.

When Trump said he was simply a “negotiator,” Rubio shot back: “The Palestinians are not a real estate deal, Donald.”

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Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz were on a mission to hit hard at Donald Trump in the final GOP debate before Super Tuesday, questioning his fitness to be commander-in-chief and his refusal to release his tax returns.

Trump shot back that Rubio was a “choke artist” and Cruz a “liar.”

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Harry Reid is endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, the Senate minority leader told CNN’s Manu Raju in an exclusive interview Wednesday.

It’s a sign that Democratic leaders are eager to put the party’s contentious primary fight behind them. The Nevada Democrat issued a plea for his party to consolidate behind Clinton, who has struggled to fend off an insurgent campaign from Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.

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Donald Trump has won the Nevada Republican caucuses, CNN projects.

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Super Tuesday is a week away — but tonight is big for politics, too. It starts with a Democratic town hall in South Carolina featuring Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders on CNN at 8 p.m. ET.

Then come the results from the Nevada Republican caucuses, where Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz will battle it out for first place in the last GOP election before 12 states vote next Tuesday.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders at a CNN town hall accused Donald Trump and others of fomenting a “racist effort to try to delegitimize the President” by questioning his birthplace and lumped that effort in with what he called years-long “continuous and unprecedented obstructionism” by Republicans in Washington.

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Hillary Clinton brought to CNN’s Democratic town hall five mothers who she said lost their children to violence involving police. She called on Americans to confront issues of violence and racism.

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As Nevada GOP caucuses near their close, entrance poll data show most caucusgoers are angry about the way the federal government operates and most had their minds made up before the past week.

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President Barack Obama today repeated his call for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and delivered to Congress a plan to do so.

The blueprint comes seven years after Obama made an Oval Office vow to permanently shutter the prison for enemy combatants, but it faces objections from Republicans, who have already put in place legal obstacles to transferring Guantanamo detainees to U.S. prisons.

Obama said emptying the prison would move the country past what he described as a troubled era of wartime behavior.

“The plan we’re putting forward today isn’t just about closing the facility at Guantanamo. It’s not just about dealing with the current group of detainees, which is a complex piece of business because of the manner in which they were originally apprehended and what happened. This is about closing a chapter in our history,” he said during remarks at the White House.

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Authorities charged accused Kalamazoo, Michigan, shooter Jason Brian Dalton, 45, today with six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder and eight firearms charges.

He is accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage Saturday.

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Hillary Clinton has won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, according to a CNN projection.

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Voting has ended in the South Carolina Republican primary, and exit polls suggest Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio are in contention for the top three spots.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush says he is suspending his presidential campaign. The move follows a disappointing finish in the South Carolina primary.

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At least six people were killed Saturday by a man driving and randomly shooting people in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, the undersheriff told CNN.

A girl who was shot outside a restaurant became the seventh person to die from a shooting spree in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, an official said. A suspect is in custody.

The suspect in the fatal shootings in Kalamazoo, Michigan, has been identified as Jason Brian Dalton, Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said Sunday.

Dalton is accused of killing six people in three separate incidents Saturday. A seventh victim — a 14-year-old — who was previously reported as dead is still alive, Getting said.

Denny Hamlin held off Martin Truex Jr. by just 0.011 seconds to win the 2016 Daytona 500 at the Daytona International Speedway.

It was the closest finish in the race’s history.

Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders join Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” at 9 a.m. ET.

The appearances come a day after Trump won the GOP South Carolina primary and Hillary Clinton beat Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

Donald Trump has won the South Carolina Republican primary, according to a CNN projection.

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There’s a dead heat between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton as the first Nevada Democratic caucuses results begin to come in.

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Democratic caucuses are underway in Nevada, where polling suggests Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are locked in a tight race.

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Umberto Eco, author of the novels “The Name of the Rose” and “Foucault’s Pendulum,” died Friday at age 84, his U.S. publisher said.

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Tropical Cyclone Winston makes landfall in Fiji, CNN meteorologist Derek Van Dam says. The storm is the most powerful ever to hit the island nation. 

Two Serbian embassy personnel kidnapped in 2015 are believed to have been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Libya on Friday, Serbia’s foreign minister says.

Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has died, according to city officials in her hometown. She was 89.

U.S. warplanes strike ISIS camp in Libya where a senior operative in the terrorist group was believed to be, a U.S. official tells CNN’s Barbara Starr.

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Donald Trump refused to repeat his claim that George W. Bush lied to take America into the war in Iraq and he didn’t dispute a newly uncovered audio interview that suggests he was not opposed to the war in Iraq before the invasion.

“By the time the war started I was against it.  And shortly thereafter I was really against it,” he said at CNN’s GOP town hall.

Trump has confounded many political observers with his propensity for colorful, unfiltered and inflammatory language as a candidate. When moderator Anderson Cooper asked whether he would take on a different tone as president, Trump suggested he could easily switch back and forth between being politically correct.

“I can be more politically correct than anybody you’ve ever interviewed,” Trump said.

He added: “I can do whatever I want. …I deal with society. Society loves me.”

Ohio Gov. John Kasich swept onto CNN’s GOP town hall stage with optimism. He talked about the viral video of him hugging an emotional young man Thursday,  and he wouldn’t be drawn into the war of words between Donald Trump and the Pope. “I’m pro-Pope,” he said.

Kasich promised to reform health care, but preserve some aspects of Obamacare, like a ban on pre-existing conditions in private health care plans. He defended his decision as governor to extend Medicaid benefits under Obamacare, and as president, he would try to replicate Ohio’s model nationwide.

Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are up next to take voters’ questions. Watch the town hall live now and follow complete coverage of the presidential campaign on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

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Jeb Bush outlined detailed plans for the economy and foreign policy during CNN’s GOP town hall Thursday night. He admitted to being a wonk, but said he’s best prepared for the job of president.

Answering a question about legalizing marijuana, Bush took issue with the term “recreational drug.” He briefly mentioned his daughter’s struggles with addiction, and said he believes the government should “focus a little bit more on treatment and a little less on punishment” of individuals convicted on drug-related charges.

He also spoke in personal terms about his adoration for his father, the former president, talked about his religious conversion, spoke briefly in Spanish and said having a wife from a different culture has made his life better.

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Two 15-year-old female students were killed in a shooting at Independence High School in Glendale, Arizona, police Officer Tracey Breeden said. A weapon was found near them.

“We don’t believe that there’s any suspects that are out there … that we’re searching for,” Breeden said.

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Hillary Clinton accused Bernie Sanders of not supporting President Obama in a tense exchange near the end of the PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate.

“The kind of criticism that we’ve heard from Sen. Sanders about our President I expect from Republicans,” Clinton said. Sanders called her comments “a low blow.”

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in tonight’s debate demanded reforms of the criminal justice system and vowed to alleviate the plight of African-American communities.

Sanders went so far as to say that race relations would “absolutely” be better under his administration.

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“You’re not in the White House yet,” Bernie Sanders told Hillary Clinton as the two clashed at the PBS NewsHour Democratic debate.

Fresh off her loss in the New Hampshire primary, Clinton accused Sanders of promising health care and education plans he can’t pay for. “The numbers don’t add up,” Clinton said.

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders square off tonight in the first Democratic presidential debate since her New Hampshire primary loss.

The debate takes place ahead of contests in Nevada and South Carolina. The candidates will likely make appeals to Latino and African-American voters, who will be decisive in those states. Clinton got a boost ahead of the debate with the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus’ political action committee.

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Officer Peter Liang, who shot and killed an unarmed man in 2014 in a New York housing project stairwell, has been found guilty of manslaughter and official misconduct.

Liang faced trial in Brooklyn on five counts in the 2014 death of Akai Gurley, 28: manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide and official misconduct.

Gurley was shot in the chest in Brooklyn and died at a hospital. The next day, police Commissioner William Bratton told reporters the 28-year-old fell victim to “a very unfortunate tragedy … involving an accidental discharge.”

The prosecutor accused the rookie officer of recklessly shooting into a dark stairwell “for no reason.”

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An agreement is in place among the 17-nation Syria support group meeting in Munich, Germany, for much-needed humanitarian aid to start in Syria on Saturday, with a ceasefire to follow a week from then, two diplomatic sources say.

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Scientists say they have detected gravitational waves, a key component of Einstein’s general theory of relativity.

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All four remaining occupiers at Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon have surrendered, the FBI says.

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General Ri Yong-gil, chief of the North Korean Army’s general staff, has been executed for “factionalism, misuse of authority and corruption,” a South Korean government official tells CNN.

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The U.S. Justice Department is filing a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges a pattern and practice of unconstitutional police conduct in the city.

Last March, the Justice Department determined the Ferguson Police Department had demonstrated a pattern of discrimination against African-Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force and jail sentences.

The national spotlight fell on Ferguson after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. Brown, who was unarmed, was black, and Wilson is white.

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The U.S. Justice Department is filing a lawsuit against the city of Ferguson, Missouri, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday. The lawsuit alleges a pattern and practice of unconstitutional police conduct in the city.

Last March, the Justice Department determined the Ferguson Police Department had demonstrated a pattern of discrimination against African-Americans, targeting them disproportionately for traffic stops, use of force and jail sentences.

The national spotlight fell on Ferguson after the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson in August 2014. Brown, who was unarmed, was black, and Wilson is white.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has suspended his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination after a disappointing finish in New Hampshire, a source close to the campaign says.

Christie had staked his hopes on the New Hampshire primary, but he finished sixth on Tuesday night with just 7% of the vote.

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Carly Fiorina is ending her bid for the Republican presidential nomination.

The former Hewlett-Packard executive announced the decision on Facebook after finishing seventh in New Hampshire’s primary.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Bernie Sanders cruised to comfortable victories in New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary Tuesday.

Their victories had been predicted, but the second-place finish on the GOP side by Ohio Gov. John Kasich introduces a new potential challenger as some Republicans look for an alternative to Trump.

Trump appeared on stage with family and supporters. “Wow, wow, wow,” he said. “We are going to make America great again.”

Kasich credited his strong showing to his pledge to run a positive campaign. “Maybe, just maybe, we’re turning the page on a dark part of American politics, because tonight the light overcame the darkness of negative campaigning.”

The Iowa GOP winner, Ted Cruz, was in third place with 74% of the vote counted and Jeb Bush was in fourth place. Cruz, who spent little time or money in New Hampshire, will be happy with the result if it holds and fourth could give some new life to Bush’s campaign.

Marco Rubio, who finished strong in Iowa, blamed his weaker showing in New Hampshire on his latest debate performance. “Our disappointment tonight is not on you. It’s on me. It’s on me. I did not — I did not — do well on Saturday night, so, listen to this: That will never happen again. That will never happen again.”

On the Democratic side, Sanders thanked his supporters with a passionate speech. “Tonight we have sent a message that will echo from Wall Street to Washington from Maine to California,” he said.

In her concession speech, Democratic rival Hillary Clinton said she, too, wanted to rein in Wall Street. “But I know how to do it,” Clinton said, implying that Sanders’ calls for a revolution were unrealistic.

Candidates’ attention now turns to South Carolina and Nevada, which hold primaries later this month.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich has finished second in the New Hampshire Republican primary behind winner Donald Trump, CNN projects.

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Donald Trump on the Republican side and Sen. Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side have won the New Hampshire primaries, CNN projects.

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huge traffic jam has snarled the only polling place in Merrimack, New Hampshire, and state officials say there could be record turnout in the state’s presidential primaries.

Polls are scheduled to close statewide at 8 p.m. ET. Follow complete coverage of results on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.

The Broncos — led by Peyton Manning who, at 39, is the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history — scored first on a first-quarter field goal and never relinquished the lead in a game that many speculate will be Manning’s last.

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North Korea has moved up the launch window for a test rocket by one day, the South Korean Defense Ministry said. The new window, which was also narrowed, is February 7 – 14; the old window was February 8 – 25. The areas where debris would fall remain unchanged.

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Among likely Democratic primary voters, 58% back Bernie Sanders, well ahead of 35% for Clinton, in the latest CNN/WMUR New Hampshire tracking poll. Still, Sanders believes Tuesday’s primary will be a close one.

“We think it’s gonna be a close election, we’re working really hard,” the senator from Vermont told CNN’s Jake Tapper.

See Tapper’s full interview with Sanders in a special commercial-free “State of the Union” today at 9 a.m. ET. The show also will feature interviews with Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Chris Christie and John Kasich.

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders will debate next month in Flint, Michigan, a city thrust into the national spotlight after it was discovered residents were drinking toxic tap water. The debate will air on CNN, the Democratic National Committee announced on Sunday.

The internationally televised event on March 6 will take place two days before the Michigan and Mississippi primaries and is part of a broader deal reached by Clinton and Sanders to add more DNC-sanctioned presidential primary debates to the schedule.

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South Korea and the U.S. are to formally discuss deploying the THAAD missile defense system, after North Korea claimed to have successfully launched a satellite into space.

THAAD is an acronym for the U.S.-made Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, which can target short, medium and intermediate ballistic missiles in flight.

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A Southern California physician has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison in connection with the overdose deaths of three patients.

Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng was convicted of murder in October.

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GOP candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Ben Carson, Chris Christie and John Kasich met for their final debate before Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary.

Rubio struggled to fend off a string of searing attacks from Christie.

“Marco, the thing is this,” Christie said. “When you’re president of the United States, when you’re a governor of a state, the memorized 30-second speech where you talk about how great America is at the end of it doesn’t solve one problem for one person.”

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North Korea has launched a long-range “missile,” the South Korean defense ministry says.

Though North Korea has said it’s putting a satellite into orbit, the launch is viewed by others as a front for a ballistic missile test.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania is ending his presidential bid, two Republican sources tell CNN.

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The sexual assault case against Bill Cosby is going forward. A judge in Pennsylvania ruled that the criminal case stemming from alleged unwanted sexual contact Cosby had with Andrea Constand will not be thrown out.

The judge rejected an argument from Cosby’s lawyers that the case was barred by a “promise” made in 2005 by then-District Attorney Bruce Castor never to prosecute the comedian.

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum confirms that he is ending his Republican presidential bid and endorsing Sen. Marco Rubio ahead of next week’s New Hampshire primary.

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Bernie Sanders sharpened his criticism of Hillary Clinton ahead of tonight’s CNN town hall in New Hampshire, suggesting she is an establishment and insufficiently progressive politician “funded by Wall Street.”

Clinton’s campaign is casting her as the underdog against Sanders in next week’s New Hampshire presidential primary. She will take questions there tonight from voters she refers to as the Vermont senator’s “neighbors.”

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Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders disagreed at CNN’s town hall in New Hampshire over who best embodies progressive values.

Ahead of Tuesday’s first-in-the-nation primary, Sanders slammed Clinton, arguing that she’s out of step with the party’s base on issues ranging from campaign finance to climate change, trade and the Iraq War.

Clinton shot back in her session following Sanders, quipping that she was “amused” that the Vermont senator appears to consider himself the “gatekeeper on who’s progressive.”

The tough exchange came on a day of escalating tension between the two.

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Indicted former pharmaceutical CEO Martin Shkreli invoked the 5th Amendment and declined to answer questions from members of a congressional panel probing drug prices.

Shkreli faces securities fraud charges involving Retrophin, a company he ran several years ago. Last September, Shkreli made headlines when, as the CEO of another biotech company, he jacked up the price of a drug used to treat AIDS patients by more than 5,000%.

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A new CNN/WMUR tracking poll conducted entirely after the Iowa caucuses finds Donald Trump continuing to hold a wide lead among likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire.

Trump has 29% support. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is in second place with 18%, following his strong third place finish in Iowa. Ted Cruz, 13%, and John Kasich, 12%, are in a near-tie for third. Jeb Bush holds fifth place at 10% with Chris Christie and Carly Fiorina well behind at 4% each.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to hold a wide lead over Hillary Clinton among likely New Hampshire primary voters, according to a new CNN/WMUR tracking poll conducted entirely after the Iowa caucuses.

Sanders stands at 61% support, up slightly from the 57% he held in a late-January CNN/WMUR Poll conducted before he and Clinton divided Iowa caucusgoers almost evenly on Monday night. Clinton holds 30%, down from the 34% she held before the caucuses. Both changes are within the poll’s margin of error.

The results reflect interviews conducted during the first two-and-a-half days of a tracking poll. The poll will ultimately wrap together three nights of interviews and give the first look at how the race is shaping up following Monday night’s caucuses in Iowa.

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During the final Democratic presidential debate before next week’s New Hampshire primary, Hillary Clinton flashed genuine anger and disbelief that Bernie Sanders, her primary rival, is casting doubt on whether she had been an authentic warrior in the left’s great battles against Republicans.

The former secretary of state angrily accused Sanders of delivering an “artful smear” by suggesting her political favor could be bought by rich donors.

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UN group says Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been arbitrarily detained by being forced to stay in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London to avoid arrest.

Assange, who is wanted in Sweden for alleged sex offenses, has been in the embassy for three and a half years.

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Pope Francis will meet the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Vatican said.

It will be the first meeting between the heads of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches in history, since the split between Eastern and Western Christianity nearly 1,000 years ago.

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U.S. unemployment rate fell to 4.9% in January, lowest level in 8 years. But job creation slowed to 151,000 jobs.

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“An attack on one religion is an attack on all religions,” President Barack Obama says while visiting a U.S. mosque for the first time as president.

Seeking to rebut what he views as perilous election-year bombast about Muslims, Obama spoke at the Islamic Society of Baltimore on Wednesday.

“Muslim Americans keep us safe,” he told the audience, crediting the contributions Muslims have made to communities across the country. “They are our police. They are our firefighters. They’re in (the Department of) Homeland Security.”

Obama heralded the contributions of Muslims to American society while issuing a forceful counterpoint to the language favored by some Republican presidential candidates like Donald Trump, according to White House officials.

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“Muslim Americans keep up safe,” Obama says as he visits a U.S. mosque for the first time as president. “They are our police. They are our fire fighters. They’re in Homeland Security.”

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Rand Paul, the libertarian-minded freshman senator who was once viewed as a formidable presidential contender, is suspending his White House bid on Wednesday, according to several sources close to Paul.

A call to Paul’s staff will happen later Wednesday morning.

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Hillary Clinton has won the Iowa Democratic caucuses, according to final results from the Iowa Democratic Party. She just edges Bernie Sanders in the total of state delegate equivalents awarded Monday night.

Clinton earlier Tuesday told a crowd of cheering supporters that she was “thrilled” to be in New Hampshire “after winning Iowa.”

A senior aide to Sanders told CNN early Tuesday that the campaign would ask the party to provide more information from specific precincts, given the extreme closeness of the Iowa caucuses.

On the Republican side, Ben Carson told Fox News after his fourth-place finish that Iowa victor Ted Cruz needs to fire campaign staffers for falsely telling caucusgoers that the retired neurosurgeon was planning to quit the race.

The Cruz campaign seized on the news late Monday that Carson would not travel directly from Iowa to New Hampshire or South Carolina, where the next primaries will be held. Carson’s campaign said he was just going home to Florida to “get a fresh set of clothes.”

Cruz’s statement on Tuesday said his team should have sent around the Carson campaign’s follow-up statement: “This was a mistake from our end, and for that I apologize to Dr. Carson.”

Clinton speaks to Wolf Blitzer today on CNN at 1 p.m. ET. Watch CNN’s New Hampshire Democratic town hall live at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, and follow complete coverage of the presidential campaign on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

A Southern California physician has been sentenced to 30 years to life in prison in connection with the overdose deaths of three patients.

Dr. Hsiu-Ying “Lisa” Tseng was convicted of murder in October.

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The Denver Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50.

The Broncos — led by Peyton Manning who, at 39, is the oldest starting quarterback in Super Bowl history — scored first on a first-quarter field goal and never relinquished the lead in a game that many speculate will be Manning’s last.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich swept onto CNN’s GOP town hall stage with optimism. He talked about the viral video of him hugging an emotional young man Thursday,  and he wouldn’t be drawn into the war of words between Donald Trump and the Pope. “I’m pro-Pope,” he said.

Kasich promised to reform health care, but preserve some aspects of Obamacare, like a ban on pre-existing conditions in private health care plans. He defended his decision as governor to extend Medicaid benefits under Obamacare, and as president, he would try to replicate Ohio’s model nationwide.

Jeb Bush and Donald Trump are up next to take voters’ questions. Watch the town hall live now and follow complete coverage of the presidential campaign on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Mobile.

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Two Serbian embassy personnel kidnapped in 2015 are believed to have been killed in a U.S. airstrike in Libya on Friday, Serbia’s foreign minister says.

Authorities charged accused Kalamazoo, Michigan, shooter Jason Brian Dalton, 45, today with six counts of murder, two counts of assault with intent to commit murder and eight firearms charges.

He is accused of killing six people in a shooting rampage Saturday.

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Ben Carson doesn’t “see a political path forward” in the Republican presidential nomination process and won’t attend the next debate, he said in a statement.

Carson and his aides reached the decision after a staff meeting Wednesday morning in Baltimore, on the heels of a disappointing finish on Super Tuesday.

Carson said he’s not planning on formally suspending his presidential campaign and will go into more detail during an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Committee Conference on Friday.

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Hillary Clinton will win the Illinois Democratic primary, CNN projects, on a night when she, Donald Trump and John Kasich scored major victories that reshaped the presidential race.

A big loss in Florida prompted Marco Rubio to drop his White House bid.

Clinton took big strides toward the Democratic nomination by winning Florida and North Carolina. And in a crucial victory, she stopped Bernie Sanders in his tracks in the industrial Midwest by taking Ohio.

The drama is still unfolding in tight races for Democrats and Republicans in Missouri.

The Republican Party veered closer to a historic contested convention after Kasich, the Ohio governor, held his own state and deprived Trump of its 66 delegates. That makes it more difficult for the billionaire to reach the 1,237 delegates he needs to capture the GOP prize.

Trump did, however, prevail in the biggest contest of the night, taking all of Florida‘s 99 delegates. The real estate tycoon also won primaries in Illinois and North Carolina.
Trump was already looking forward to the general election on Tuesday night as he urged party unity. But in a speech that served as a thinly veiled rebuke of Trump’s campaign tactics, Rubio warned that the politics of division will leave America a “fractured nation.”
Sen. Ted Cruz praised Rubio warmly and appealed directly to his supporters: “We welcome you with open arms.”

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The death toll in today’s attacks at the Brussels Airport and at a metro station stands at 30, the Belgian government says: 10 killed, 100 injured at the airport; 20 killed, 130 injured at the station.

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It’s been more than a month since Andre Hatchett walked out of a Brooklyn, NY courtroom as a free man after spending more than 25 years in prison for a crime he did not commit.

Andre’s case, like many others, took years of work before he was exonerated. The Innocence Project currently has hundreds of cases where we are fighting to free our clients — and we count on support from people like you to make our work possible. Will you donate today?

Andre’s first month of freedom has been great and we are thrilled to see him enjoying time with his family. At first, it was hard for him to leave the house by himself because he had been in prison for so long, he got used to being inside and locked up. With the encouragement of his sister, he slowly started walking outside – going to get coffee, or to the supermarket. It took him about three weeks to get comfortable and now, he goes out daily for walks by himself.

When people he meets on his walks recognize him from the news, they ask him how he feels about being wrongfully imprisoned for so long. Andre tries not to dwell on the past and tells them he is focused on his freedom now, and on his future.

We hope you will donate today— and give our other clients the same opportunity to walk out to their freedom.

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Keith Harward Exonerated After Serving 33 Years in Prison

The Virginia Supreme Court granted a writ of actual innocence to Keith Allen Harward on April 7, and on April 8 he walked out of prison after wrongly serving more than 33 years of a life sentence for a rape and murder he did not commit. Harward, who narrowly escaped the death penalty, was convicted primarily on the testimony of two forensic dentists who said that his teeth matched marks left on the rape victim. Learn more.  (Photo by: Richmond Times-Dispatch)
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Highlights from the 2016 Innocence Network Conference in San Antonio, Texas, where nearly 600 exonerees, family members, experts and staffers gathered to dive deep into wrongful conviction issues. More.
On April 23, 2007, Jerry Miller became the 200th person in the U.S. exonerated through DNA evidence. Read his letter to the Innocence Project seeking help as part of our #NationalLetterWritingMonth series.

“Having worked with wrongfully convicted clients and their families, I have seen first-hand the depth of their loss, their outrage and their sorrow…The Innocence Project insists that powerless people cannot be silenced and, as such, it embodies the very essence of the fight for social justice.”-Phoebe Frosch and Charlotte Erb, Read more and support them on the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour
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Central Park 5 launches
#EndNYWrongfulConviction

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It’s time to #EndNYWrongfulConviction!

Friend,

We need your help. This year the New York State Legislature has an opportunity to pass a law that would prevent two of the top contributors to wrongful conviction: false confession and misidentification.

We are members of the Central Park 5, and as teenagers we were wrongfully convicted of rape because of false confession. We were arrested and interrogated for up to 30 hours, during which we were deprived of food and sleep, and threatened with violence. We were fed details of the crime and told that the only way we could go home was to recount that story on camera. The public never saw what we went through and, as a result, those false confessions led to us losing between seven and 13 years of our lives to wrongful conviction.

TAKE ACTION, NOW

This year, New York State lawmakers should pass a bill requiring police to record the entire interrogation process and to implement eyewitness identification reform. Had this been the law in 1989, we might not have missed all of those years. Let this be the year that we #EndNYWrongfulConviction.Please click here to send a letter to your representative in the assembly, Senate, Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Flanagan and Governor Cuomo urging them to pass and sign this important legislation.

It’s in Albany’s hands to act now. Don’t let us down.

Yours in seeking justice,

Kevin Richardson, Yusef Salaam, and Raymond Santana of the Central Park Five

(Click image below to watch video)

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 The 2016 TD Five Boro Bike Tour is on May 1st!

Team Innocence ProjectHave you ever wanted to bike New York City streets and highways completely clear of cars while supporting the Innocence Project? Find out more and apply to join Team Innocence Project!

Held annually the first Sunday in May, the TD Five Boro Bike Tour is America’s largest cycling event – a 40 mile, car-free ride for 32,000 cyclists. Get ahead of the crowds – Team IP members get a priority start time and breakfast!

Starting right outside our offices in Tribeca, the tour runs up Manhattan, through Central Park, the Bronx and down to the Queensboro Bridge. After a ride over the Pulaski bridge passing through Brooklyn, riders enjoy an incredible view from the lower deck of the Verrazano Bridge. The tour ends on Staten Island with an outdoor festival.

Join us and represent the Innocence Project on Sunday, May 1st, while raising funds and awareness about wrongful convictions and the need for criminal justice reform.

Find out more and apply to join Team Innocence Project!

After serving 23 years in prison, Everton Wagstaffe was exonerated this year, along with his co-defendant Reginald Connor. The two men were wrongfully convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old in Brooklyn, New York.

In the video below, Everton shares a message of freedom and gratitude for all the support he has received and is thankful he is home for the holidays. Throughout his more than two decades in prison, Everton never gave up proclaiming his innocence and fighting for his freedom. He was fully exonerated in July 2015.

Happy Holidays from Innocence Project exoneree Everton Wagstaffe
Happy Holidays from Everton Wagstaffe!
This holiday season, we have an opportunity to raise $100,000 through a matching challenge. Several longtime supporters have pledged to match all gifts to this campaign, up to $50,000! The deadline to reach our goal is December 31st and we hope we can count on your support.

Everton’s case is one of many we have worked on at the Innocence Project and because we have hundreds of other active cases, we are asking for your help to make 2016 another year to advance justice for all.

Please consider a year-end holiday gift today and your donation will be automatically doubled to help free the innocent.

Double My Gift
With thanks and warm wishes from all of us at the Innocence Project.
*Happy Holidays*
P.S. If you’ve already made your year-end gift, thank you. We hope you enjoyed hearing from Everton and please know how much we appreciate your partnership.

The Innocence Project, which is affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, provides pro-bono post-conviction legal assistance to individuals who are seeking to prove their innocence with DNA testing and works to enact the reforms needed to protect the innocent from wrongful prosecution and incarceration. www.innocenceproject.org

After serving 23 years in prison, Everton Wagstaffe was exonerated this year, along with his co-defendant Reginald Connor. The two men were wrongfully convicted in 1993 of kidnapping a 16-year-old in Brooklyn, New York.

In the video below, Everton shares a message of freedom and gratitude for all the support he has received and is thankful he is home for the holidays. Throughout his more than two decades in prison, Everton never gave up proclaiming his innocence and fighting for his freedom. He was fully exonerated in July 2015.

Happy Holidays from Innocence Project exoneree Everton Wagstaffe
Happy Holidays from Everton Wagstaffe!
This holiday season, we have an opportunity to raise $100,000 through a matching challenge. Several longtime supporters have pledged to match all gifts to this campaign, up to $50,000! The deadline to reach our goal is December 31st and we hope we can count on your support.

Everton’s case is one of many we have worked on at the Innocence Project and because we have hundreds of other active cases, we are asking for your help to make 2016 another year to advance justice for all.

Please consider a year-end holiday gift today and your donation will be automatically doubled to help free the innocent.

Double My Gift
With thanks and warm wishes from all of us at the Innocence Project.
*Happy Holidays*
P.S. If you’ve already made your year-end gift, thank you. We hope you enjoyed hearing from Everton and please know how much we appreciate your partnership.
The Innocence Project, which is affiliated with the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, provides pro-bono post-conviction legal assistance to individuals who are seeking to prove their innocence with DNA testing and works to enact the reforms needed to protect the innocent from wrongful prosecution and incarceration. www.innocenceproject.org

It’s been more than three months since Lewis Fogle of Pennsylvania was freed after serving 34 years in prison for a rape and murder DNA shows he did not commit. Although it’s been a challenge for Lewis to adjust to a new life, he is fortunate to have his family with him for his first holiday season home, including a granddaughter whom he adores.

The Innocence Project is able to provide legal representation and free people like Lewis because of the support we receive from people like you. Will you join us with a year-end gift today? Your donation will also be matched, up to $50,000. This is our biggest matching challenge of the year and your gift will be automatically doubled.

Double My Gift
Happy Holidays from Lewis Fogle
Click to Watch: A New Start for Lewis Fogle
Pennsylvania does not provide compensation for the wrongfully incarcerated and we’re doing all we can to help Lewis get back on his feet. The Innocence Project bought him clothes upon his release and we provide financial support for his rent, cell phone, and computer. Our staff are in regular contact with him, and have connected him to social services and benefits in his community. Now in his 60s, Lewis lives a simple life and relishes painting and spending time with his family.

Many of our exonerees leave prison with nothing more than the clothes on their backs and it is often a struggle to make ends meet. Not all of them have families to return to who can provide support. Your gift will not only help fund our social work program post-exoneration but will support our efforts to represent prisoners seeking to prove their innocence and advocate for reforms to prevent wrongful convictions.

We’re thrilled to see Lewis home for the holidays this year and hope you will join us in bringing others home in the new year. Our goal is to raise $50,000 this month to take advantage of this incredible match opportunity. We can’t do it without you. Donate now and your year-end gift will be automatically doubled!

Thank you in advance for your partnership and
happy holidays from all of us at the Innocence Project.

P.S. If you’ve already made your year-end gift, thank you so much! Your gift is 100% tax-deductible.

In 2015, the Innocence Project won major victories for justice. With your support, we freed the innocent and advocated for reforms that will prevent wrongful convictions. But even as we celebrate, we know others are still fighting for a chance to prove their innocence.

That’s why I’m asking you to make a tax-deductible year-end gift. Your donation to this campaign will also be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $50,000, thanks to a group of longtime supporters.

I’m honored to share with you the following stories of our clients. Some are true victories for justice, and others are a reminder of the hard work that still needs to be done.
Lewis Fogle of Pennsylvania was exonerated in September after serving 34 years in prison for a rape and murder DNA shows he did not commit. Lewis always maintained his innocence and no physical evidence connected him to the crime, yet he was convicted based solely on the testimony of three jailhouse informants. Critical evidence was later found and DNA testing conclusively excluded Lewis as the perpetrator.
Photo Credit: Jeff Swensen/AP Images

Angel Gonzalez of Illinois was exonerated in March after serving two decades for a rape and kidnapping DNA now shows he did not commit. Angel, who was 20 years old at the time and had no criminal history, was mistakenly identified by the victim. After 13 hours in police custody and a long interrogation, he falsely confessed. Despite four alibi witnesses, Angel was convicted. In 2012, results from new testing on crime scene evidence proved his innocence.

Rodney Reed of Texas was issued a stay of execution in February. Rodney has been on death row for 19 years for a rape and murder he has always maintained he did not commit. Only 10 days before his scheduled execution, the court issued a stay based on the IP’s request to consider new evidence. Forensic experts now agree he could not have committed the 1996 murder at the time or location that prosecutors claimed. The Innocence Project continues to pursue every avenue for justice for Rodney Reed.

In October, Steven Mark Chaney was released from prison in Texas after serving 28 years because his conviction relied on now-discredited bite mark analysis. There is no evidence to support bite mark analysis as science, but it has been allowed in the courts for decades. His release is a major victory in our efforts to prevent the use of invalid forensic science in the courts. The IP continues to fight for a full exoneration for Steven Mark Chaney.
These are huge victories in 2015. However, we’re still fighting for justice for Rodney Reed, Steven Mark Chaney and others like them. The Innocence Project is committed to seeing these cases through and because it can take many years, your support would make such a difference.

Please consider making a year-end gift and your donation will be matched, DOUBLING the impact of your support.

Together we will continue to advocate for justice, promote science in the courts, reunite families, and free the innocent in 2016. Thank you.

With warm wishes for the holidays,

Barry Scheck
Co-Director
Innocence Project

P.S. If you’ve already made your year-end gift, please know how much we appreciate your support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins.

 

Senate Republican Majority votes down the Reproductive Health Act that would protect women’s rights in Health Committee.

 

“Once again Senate Republican Majority have appeased  the right wing extremists being led by their party’s Presidential nominee Donald Trump by again rejecting a women’s right to make their own health decisions. This legislation would simply codify current federal law into New York State law to ensure women’s reproductive health rights are protected. In 1970, a dozen Senate Republicans joined with their Democratic colleagues to guarantee women’s reproductive rights in New York State. It’s sad and troubling that today’s Republican conference does not have the same courage and continues to reaffirm that they’re against women’s reproductive health rights.

 

Siena Poll finds that 82 percent of voters believe that fighting corruption through passing strong ethics laws is “very important”

 

“With the  recent election of Todd Kaminsky replacing former Republican Leader Dean Skelos and today’s poll, it is clear that the people of New York are demanding real change. We must stop hiding behind the status quo and pass real ethics reforms. I hope the Senate Republicans will finally get this message and help clean up Albany.”

 

 

BACKGROUND:

 

  • 03.14.16 – Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ remarks on the Senate Budget Resolution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5KhdAWEG1c

 

  • 04.27.15 – Senate Democratic Conference Calls For Passage Of Critical Ethics Reform To Close The “LLC Loophole”

http://www.scribd.com/doc/263268502/Senate-Democratic-Conference-Calls-For-Passage-Of-Critical-Ethics-Reform-To-Close-The-LLC-Loophole

 

  • 03/31/15 – Senate Republican Majority Votes Against Meaningful Ethics Reforms Legislation: Democratic Conference Members Offered Initiative to Close LLC Loophole and Clean Up Albany

https://www.scribd.com/doc/260533980/Senate-Republican-Majority-Votes-Against-Meaningful-Ethics-Reforms-Legislation

 

  • 02/09/15 – Senate Democratic Conference Introduced The “Clean Up Albany” Legislative Package

https://www.scribd.com/doc/255205271/Senate-Democratic-Conference-Introduce-The-Clean-Up-Albany-Legislative-Package

 

  • 05/06/14 – Senate Democratic Conference Urges Immediate Action On Tough Ethics Package

https://www.scribd.com/doc/222382517/05-06-14-Ethics-Reform-Bill-Package-Release

 

SENATOR ANDREA STEWART-COUSINS TO BE INDUCTED INTO THE WESTCHESTER WOMEN’S HALL OF FAME

DATE:  Friday, May 6, 2016

TIME: 12:15 pm

WHERE: Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown

WHAT:  Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, will be inducted into the Westchester Women’s Hall of Fame during a brief ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016.

The prestigious award is bestowed by the Women’s Research and Education Fund (WREF), a non-profit organization founded in 1989 to promote equality and justice for women in Westchester County through training, advocacy and recognition of their achievements. Prior honorees include a who’s who of prominent and accomplished women in Westchester, including Senator Hillary Clinton, Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Westchester County Board of Legislators Chairwoman Lois Bronz, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore, Mae Carpenter of Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services, and the late actress Ruby Dee. A scholarship program is also part of WREF’s commitment to the future of girls.

The induction ceremony is part of the “In the Company of Women” event held by the YWCA White Plains and Central Westchester and the Women’s Research and Education Fund.

Dobbs Ferry Fundraiser

 

Please make checks payable to:
Friends of Andrea Stewart-Cousins
1461 First Avenue #302
New York, NY 10075

For credit card contributions, please go to:
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/16may02dobbsferry

For more information, contact Pam Bennett at 646-620-2567 or email at friendsofandrea2016@gmail.com.

Individual, Partnership, PAC, LLC and LLP contributions are limited to $11,000. Corporations may give up to $5,000 annually to races in New York State. Political contributions are not tax-deductible.

SENATOR STEWART-COUSINS AND AMERICAN RED CROSS TEAM UP TO OFFER FIRE SAFETY PROGRAM.

(April 23, 2016 – Yonkers, NY) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, has teamed up with the American Red Cross to provide a lifesaving fire safety program that involves the installation of new tamper-resistant, long-battery life smoke detectors. Together, they have focused on helping at-risk communities, like southwest Yonkers, where there have been numerous fires. Senator Stewart-Cousins highlighted the effort during a news conference at School 13 in Yonkers. This initiative is part of a nationwide effort by the American Red Cross to reduce deaths and injuries from home fires by 25 percent over the next five years.

As a result of the Senator’s outreach, approximately 200 new smoke detectors have already been installed by volunteers today, and installation appointments are ongoing. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that nationally, the risk of dying in a home fire is cut in half when there is a working smoke alarm present.

“Smoke detectors save lives by warning us about potentially life-threatening situations and giving us time to act and evacuate when necessary,” Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “Unfortunately, all too often we hear about tragedies in which families suffered because there were inadequate smoke detectors, or no detectors at all. That is why I am pleased to join with the American Red Cross to help ensure my constituents have access to modern and effective smoke detectors.”

Mary Young, the CEO of the American Red Cross in Metro New York North said, “We are so grateful to Senator Stewart-Cousins for her support and partnership in the home fire campaign.  Thanks to the volunteers in the community from Hope WorldWide and the sorority Delta Beta Theta for their commitment to helping others and saving lives.”

The American Red Cross in Metro New York North responds to close to 200 incidents a year, which are predominantly home fires. Since January 1st of this year, the Red Cross has responded to 21 fires in Yonkers, helped 51 families and assisted 193 people. Just last week, there were two fires, one a four alarm one on Herriot Street. Thankfully, the five families who lived there escaped unharmed.

Just last month, Senator Stewart-Cousins helped pass an important fire safety bill which the Governor has signed into law. This initiative will require that all smoke detectors sold in New York to have a minimum battery life of 10 years and be tamper-resistant by April 1, 2019. Senator Stewart-Cousins urges all homeowners and landlords to be proactive and consider installing these types of devices to better protect lives and residences.

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SENATOR STEWART-COUSINS TEAMS UP WITH LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND STUDENTS TO CREATE A NEW COMMUNITY GARDEN DURING EARTH WEEK.

 

(Yonkers – April 20, 2016) Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins, the Senate Democratic Leader, celebrates Earth Week by creating a new community garden for freshly-grown produce in Yonkers. The idea for the garden followed a meeting with Food Bank for Westchester, during which they expressed an interest in being able to provide more fresh produce. Senator Stewart-Cousins wanted to do her part, and as a result, contacted local experts at Greyston and Groundwork Hudson Valley to assist in building a new community garden. Greyston identified a vacant lot that Max Braun, a family-owned meat and food processing company, agreed to donate. The garden is located at 94 Woodworth Avenue (corner of Ashburton Avenue), and

will be known as the Max Braun Community Garden. The City of Yonkers helped clear the lot of brush.

Senator Stewart-Cousins thanks the community partners who came together to complete the project including: Food Bank for Westchester, Greyston, Groundwork Hudson Valley, the YMCA of Yonkers, Sarah Lawrence College and the City of Yonkers. “In time, this once vacant lot will become a valuable resource for those who contribute their sweat equity in the neighborhood,” said Senator Stewart-Cousins. “We know that healthy eating including fresh produce is so important, yet it can be expensive. With our community partners, together, this urban garden will provide a sustainable and nutritious balance of food for the volunteers, right here in Yonkers.”

 

Gary Braun, the grandson of Max Braun, said the lot had been long neglected, and now, its never looked better.

“Greyston community gardens and environmental education plays a vital role in the community providing not only a place to grow fresh produce, but to learn about the environment and a safe place for families to gather and participate in a great activity,” said Patrick James, General Manager of Healthy and Sustainable Communities for Greyston. “For Greyston, nutrition is also an important component of workforce development that we practice through open hiring.”

 

“Groundwork is excited to be providing more access to grow space for the Yonkers community,” said Nathan Hunter of Groundwork Hudson Valley.

 

“Our students recognize the tremendous value of community gardens and are glad to help make this new garden a reality,” says Mara Gross, director of Community Partnerships at Sarah Lawrence College. “These gardens provide food and a place for local residents to gather, socialize and learn from one another.”

 

The YMCA of Yonkers Interim CEO Vincent Taliaferro said, “Anything that makes Yonkers healthier and stronger is a good thing!  Thanks to everyone for making this community garden happen!”

 

Douglass DeCandia, the Food Growing Program Coordinator for Food Bank for Westchester, first proposed the idea of establishing the garden as part of that organization’s outreach efforts. Special thanks to the volunteers who also assisted from CLUSTER and Leake & Watts, and the children from the Lanza Learning Center for attending.

 

Senator Stewart-Cousins is consistently ranked as one of the top environmental legislators in New York State, and as the Democratic Conference Leader, she has been at the forefront of her Conference’s efforts to protect our land, air, water and natural resources and fight climate change.

 

Follow Senator Stewart-Cousins on Twitter:  https://twitter.com/AndreaSCousins

                                                    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/andrea.stewartcousins/

Connect with Senator Stewart-Cousins: http://www.nysenate.gov/senator/andrea-stewart-cousins

                                                    email: scousins@nysenate.gov

MEDIA ADVISORY

CELEBRATING EARTH WEEK

TODAY

 

 

Date:         Wednesday,  April 20, 2016

Time:         3:00 pm

Location:   94 WOODWORTH AVENUE, YONKERS

                      (lot with garden is on Ashburton Avenue next to Max Braun’s)

 

In celebration of Earth Week (Earth Day is Friday, April 22)

Senator Stewart-Cousins has partnered with Food Bank for Westchester, 

Greyston, Groundwork Hudson Valley, Sarah Lawrence College and the

YMCA of Yonkers to bring together the community and build a garden

on an empty lot that will become a sustainable source of fresh food for

the surrounding residents. With special thanks to Max Braun’s for 

allowing their vacant property to be turned into a garden.

 

 

World Ventures Foundation and Nancy Lieberman Charities would like to donate a basketball goal and backboard system and basketball playing surface for Old Tarrytown Park located next to the Greenburgh Housing Authority Maple Avenue site.  The material value of the donation is $20, 731.00.  The town will remove the existing goal post and backboard systems and install the new one.

The Town Board will vote on a resolution accepting the donation at our May 11th Town Board meeting.

 

I am planning to visit the distribution center of the US Postal Service in White Plains on Monday morning. Will discuss postal service concerns with postmasters and employees of the Postal Service. The US Postal Service is trying to address service complaints. If you would like to meet your local postmaster to discuss service this is the May, 2016 calendar.  Just got the calendar yesterday. Apologize for not providing notice about the May 4th meet the postmaster in White Plains and Irvington. This is a monthly initiative being taken by the Postal Service as part of an effort to improve service. In addition to these outreach meetings  have been forwarding each complaint I receive to the regional manager of the US Postal Service –who has been following up on each concern.

I’m optimistic that service will improve.

PAUL FEINER

 

May 4, 2016 5pm-7pm May 4, 2016 5pm-6pm May 14, 2016 10am-12pm May 14, 2016 10am-12pm
White Plains Post Office Irvington Post Office Scarsdale Post Office Hartsdale Post Office
100 Fischer Ave 25 N. Buckhout St. 29 Chase Rd 441 Central Park Ave
White Plains NY, 10605 Irvington, NY 10533 Scarsdale, NY 10583 Scarsdale, NY 10583
May 14, 2016 10am-12pm May 14, 2016 10am-12pm May 17, 2016..4pm-6pm May 17 , 2016  4pm-6pm
Valhalla Post Office Tarrytown Post Office Dobbs Ferry Post Office Elmsford Post Office
10 Cleveland St. 50 N. Broadway 120 Main St. 2 E. Main St
Valhalla, NY 10595 Tarrytown, NY 10591 Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Elmsford, NY 10523
May 21, 2016 10am-12pm May 28, 2016 11am-12pm May 28, 2016 10am-11am
Ardsley Post Office Centuck Post Office Hasting on Hudson Post Office
875 Saw Mill River Rd 1585 Central Park Ave 591 Warburton Ave
Ardsley, NY 10502 Yonkers, NY 10710 Hasting on Hudson, NY 10706

 

WEDNESDAY NIGHT FROM 9:30 PM INTO THURSDAY NIGHT

TOWN TO AIR INTERVIEWS WITH HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS ON PUBLIC ACCESS TV— NATIONAL HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY

COUNTY  WIDE CEREMONY

Annual Westchester Countywide Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration …Thursday, May 5 @ 12 noon…Garden of Remembrance…148 Martine Avenue…White Plains, NY

 

A few years ago  Alan Hochberg, a former  Greenburgh resident and former executive director of the Scarsdale SynagogueT emples Tremont and Emanuel interviewed some  local holocaust survivors. He was assisted by Mona Fraitag, co-President of the Poet’s Corner Civic Association and by Monica Gordon of Hartsdale who is active in Holocaust Museums and whose father was a survivor. In addition, Judith & Lowell Pollock (who sadly passed away earlier this year) , former educators, were helpful  in preparing these videos. George Malone and Janelle Wallace of the Greenburgh Public Access directed and edited the interviews.

The interviews will be aired on our local public access TV stations on Wednesday beginning at 9:30 PM and will air continuously till Thursday night. The interviews will also be re-broadcast at different times during the weekend.  Our public access channel-can only be seen in Greenburgh is: Channel 75 on Cablevision and 34 on Verizon FiOS).

The holocaust survivors  who were part of the interview: “ Then, Now and Never Again”-Lessons Learned from the Holocaust” are:

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> 1) Marlies Wolf Plotnik

> 2) Gerda Lederer

> 3) Miriam Spitzer, Leah Spitzer and Mira Svechenski

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> Intro & Outro Music Pianist – Lowell Pollack

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We must never forget!   As we remember the six million Jewish victims of the Shoah, defamed, demonized and dehumanized, as prologue or justification for genocide, we have to understand that the mass murder of six million Jews and millions of non Jews is more than statistics –every person had a name. An identify. As others have so eloquently stated – every person is a universe.

To our non Jewish neighbors—we must remind everyone that the world continues to show an indifference and inaction to the unthinkable—in recent years we have seen ethnic cleansings in the Balkans, genocide in Rwanda, horrors in Syria, in Africa and in Asia.  Genocide continues…. You’ll find recent examples of genocide in Burma. The Central African Republic. Against the Somali people in Kenya. Other places around the world. This is unspeakable. Because genocide is and was preventable. The world has ignored the lessons of history.

Edmund Burke once said the “surest way to ensure that evil will triumph in the world is for enough good people to do nothing.”  Indifference and inaction means that we are coming down on the side of the victimer, not on the side of the victim.

 

If you are a holocaust survivor and would like to be interviewed or if you are a child of a survivor and would be interested in having your parents story highlighted on local access TV please e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com. We will arrange an interview that will be aired in the future and included in our archives.

Paul Feiner

 

 

Annual Westchester Countywide Yom Hashoah Holocaust Commemoration 

 

Thursday, May 5 @ 12 noon

Garden of Remembrance

148 Martine Avenue

White Plains, NY

 

 

 

 

Since 1994, the Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center has brought the lessons of the Holocaust, genocide and human rights crimes to more than 1,750 teachers, and through them, to thousands of middle and high school students.  The Speakers’ Bureau reaches over 20,000 students each year.

 

The Center’s mission is to enhance the teaching and learning of the lessons of the Holocaust and the right of all people to be treated with dignity and respect. The Center helps schools fulfill the New York State mandate that the Holocaust and other human rights abuses be included in their curriculum.

 

Holocaust & Human Rights Education Center| 914.696.0738 |  mjasper@hhrecny.org | www.hhrecny.org

 

Con Ed has advised me that service to these homes should be restored this evening.

PAUL FEINER

Westchester – gas service has been interrupted to 30 homes in Greenburgh.

various locations on Walnut St., Juniper Hill Rd., Russell St. and Mason St. due to water in the main.

Company crews are on location working to remove the water in order to restore service.

 

TIME MAGAZINE NAMES TARRYTOWN/GREENBURGH BIO TECH CORRIDOR AS 40TH MOST GENIUS PLACE IN AMERICA

In  1994 former Governor Mario Cuomo attended a press conference at Greenburgh Town Hall — proud that CIBA had decided to stay here. ( http://www.nytimes.com/1994/06/16/nyregion/ciba-corp-decides-to-keep-its-us-headquarters-in-the-county.html ) . Since that time we have tried hard to attract many additional bio tech companies to Greenburgh. And, we’ve been successful – creating two major bio tech corridors in the  unincorporated section of Greenburgh: Tarrytown and south of downtown Ardsley.  Greenburgh has become  the bio tech capital of our region and we’re proud of that distinction!

 

Regeneron is one of the major bio tech companies located in the unincorporated Greenburgh section of Tarrytown and has become one of the leading bio tech companies in the world (they have been honored internationally as the best bio tech company in the world to work at). They keep expanding and plan a very significant expansion in Greenburgh this coming year. Thanks to their efforts and the efforts of other bio tech companies in the Tarrytown section of Greenburgh – our area has been named by TIME Magazine as #40 in the TIME MAGAZINE 100 MOST GENIUS PLACES IN AMERICA.  The Tarrytown/Greenburgh bio tech corridor is one of two bio tech centers – the other is located south of Ardsley on Saw Mill River Road (Acorda headquarters).

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Patents issued 1976 to 2015

198019851990199520002005201020152468

Top 5 Companies

Company             Total Patents

regeneron pharmaceuticals inc.                293

ciba specialty chemicals corporation        244

bayer healthcare llc         236

technicon instruments corporation          148

bayer corporation            137

 

http://time.com/4109303/genius-cities/?xid=newsletter-brief

http://westfaironline.com/?s=regeneron

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Sunday

May 1st

 

The 100 Most Genius Places in America

We analyzed 2.2 million patents issued by the U.S. government to see where American inventors have turned out the most innovation

 

Special thanks to the members of the Greenburgh Town Board and our Planning department for having the vision to encourage bio tech companies to locate in our town.

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

 

 

 

 

TOWN, COUNTY AND FIRE DISTRICT TAXES DUE MONDAY NIGHT BECAUSE APRIL 30TH FALLS ON WEEKEND

 

The town, county and fire district taxes are usually due on April 30th. However, because today falls on a weekend you have till Monday night to pay your tax bill!  The office of the Receiver of Taxes will be open Monday till 7 PM at Town Hall. You can also pay online or by credit card.

PAUL FEINER

 

from their website…

Welcome to the Greenburgh Tax Office Website

This office collects annually, over a quarter billion dollars for the County, Town, Fire districts and 10 School districts located in Greenburgh.  It is the largest municipal collection agency in Westchester.

Please feel free to look over our website, for information that may be of importance to you.

Anne M. Povella Receiver of Taxes
Click here for tax information available on the GIS mapping system

ON-LINE TAX PAYMENT BY CHECKING ACCOUNT (ACH DEBIT)  The Town of Greenburgh now has the ability to accept tax payments by ACH Debit of your checking account via the website.
This is a direct debit of your checking account for payment of your tax bill. There are no fees or surcharges associated with this type of payment.
To make a School or Town/County tax payment click here (Checking Acct)

ON-LINE TAX PAYMENT BY CREDIT CARD
The Town of Greenburgh now has the ability to accept tax payments by credit cards via the telephone (1-800-272-9829) and internet.
Since the town cannot absorb the service fee charged by the credit card companies, (these companies will not allow us to pass this fee along to the public) an outside firm had to be retained. Please be aware that this firm charges a significant ‘convenience fee’ to process your tax payment.
Official Payments Corp. is the same company that is utilized by the IRS and several State tax collection agencies.
For more information about 3rd party internet online payment click here 
To make a School tax payment click here (Credit Card)

 

Tax Office General Information

Dear Taxpayers,

Please make note of the following important points regarding payment of taxes. DUE DATES:

Town/County bill mailed on March 31, may be paid by April 30 without penalty School bill mailed on August 31

1st half must be paid by September 30

 

2nd half must be paid by January 31

NO BILL IS MAILED IN JANUARY

MAILING ADDRESS:

 

177 Hillside Ave. Greenburgh, NY 10607

Checks should be made payable to:

 

Greenburgh, Receiver of Taxes

Office Hours: Monday thru Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

Last day of collection ONLY 9:00am – 7:00pm April 30, Sept. 30 and Jan. 31

 

All National Holidays Closed

Christmas Eve ½ day- 12:30pm

New Years Eve ½ day- 12:30pm

NOTE:

 

If you reside in a Village, please contact the Village Hall for due dates.

If you are a new owner or have recently satisfied your mortgage please contact the Tax Office immediately.

Failure to receive a bill does not allow us to waive penalties for late payments.

We honor the U.S. Post Office Postmark only, not meter stamps.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or a member of my staff at (914) 989-1550.

Very truly yours, Anne M. Povella Receiver of Taxes

Sales Tax in the Town of Greenburgh is 7 3/8%

The following zip codes are at least partially located in the Town of Greenburgh or one of it’s Villages: Ardsley 10502 Ardsley-on-Hudson 10503 10522 Dobbs Ferry 10523 Elmsford 10530 Hartsdale 10706 Hastings-on-Hudson 10533 Irvington 10583 Scarsdale 10591 Tarrytown 10595 Valhalla 10603 White Plains 10607 White Plains

BICYCLE SUNDAYS BEGIN FOR 42ND YEAR THIS WEEKEND

42 years ago I got my start in government by serving as a member of former Westchester County Executive Al Del Bello’s Bikeway Committee. I was chair of the Task Force for Bikeways in Westchester and successfully lobbied the county to build the first bikeway in Westchester – on the Bronx Parkway. I was in NYC- noticed that Central Park was closed for bicyclists and suggested that the county do something similar. Our committee recommended that the Bronx River Parkway be closed for cyclists on Sundays.

Beginning on Sunday, for the 42nd consecutive year, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each weekend during the coming weeks, bicyclists, skaters, joggers, walkers and families will take over more than six miles of the Bronx River Parkway between White Plains and Yonkers, where they will be free to enjoy the area’s scenery while not driving 55 mph on the roadway.  I am so pleased that this terrific tradition is continuing and that so many people are going to be able to enjoy this great recreation and family event!

 

AVOID TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE IF YOU CAN THIS WEEKEND

“Attention motorists planning to travel towards the Tappan Zee Bridge for the April 29th weekend. Northbound traffic towards Rockland County will be reduced to 1 lane from 9 o’clock Friday night, April 29th until 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon, April 30th, and again from 9 o’clock Saturday night, April 30 through 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, May 1st. Motorists should anticipate major delays on Saturday and Sunday from 6 o’clock in the morning thru 2 o’clock in the afternoon each day and might wish to consider using alternate routes.”

 

FROM THE MILITARY TO MERCY COLLEGE TO MATH TEACHER

Scholarship and career opportunities for US veterans at Mercy College.  Contact Professor William Farber, Program Director at Mercy College. E mail wfarber@mercy.edu  914 674 7675 (see attachment)

$32,800 in scholarship support…36 graduate credits..140 days of clinical internship…professional mentoring…professional support…June 2016 to August 2017…good chance of job after graduation.

PUBLIC HEARING -SHELBOURNE ASSISTED LIVING–MAY 11  7:30 PM  GREENBURGH TOWN HALL

On Wednesday, May 11, 2016 the Town Board will hold a public hearing regarding the environmental review process associated with a special permit (Town Board approval) application submitted by Shelbourne Senior Living, for a property located at 448 Underhill Road, P.O. Scarsdale (currently Sprainbrook Nursery). The proposal consists of the elimination of the Nursery (which is for sale) and the construction of a four story, 80 unit, 70,000 sq. ft. assisted living facility building, with off-street parking, landscaping and related amenities.

 

Approvals needed include: (Special Permit – Town Board; Area Variances – Zoning Board of Appeals; Site Plan, Steep Slope and Watercourse Permit – Planing Board). Some of the benefits associated with the project include: providing long time senior citizens who live in Edgemont/Ardsley and surrounding areas to age in place; providing families with a chance to encourage elderly family members who need assisted living services to move close to them; lowering the intensity of the use at the site (the traffic generated from an Assisted Living Facility is projected to be lower than the traffic generated from the existing nursery use); proposed infrastructure improvements (the Applicant proposes to build new sidewalks along portions of its frontage and in areas that would connect to sidewalks that will be built along Sprain Road this spring at the Preserve at Ardsley “Toll Bros subdivision”; the applicant proposes to mitigate flooding issues along the site’s frontage with Sprain Road).

 

tax revenue (at full capacity, over a 10 year period, Shelbourne is projected to generate approximately $5,000,000 in total property taxes – which would include $3,000,000 to the Edgemont School District $500,000 to the Greenville Fire District and $900,000 to the Town – this can be compared with $1,000,000 in total property taxes over the same 10 year perdiod with the present use of the property – which equates to $620,000 to the Edgemont School District, $50,000 to the Greenville Fire District and $180,000 to the Town). An assisted living facility would enable the Edgemont school district to raise significant revenues with no school children. If the property is sold to a developer of homes the school district will have additional expenses educating the children who go to the schools.

 

Some of the noted concerns people have raised regarding the assisted living facility proposal that will be reviewed by the Town Board include impacts related to the projected calls for emergency services, allowing a large building to be built at this location, delivery times and traffic issues, and the impacts of the proposal to surrounding properties.

 

What do you think?  E mail: Townboard@greenburghny.com and attend the hearing on May 11th if you can.

Tuesday, May 3, 7:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.
Women & Culture:  Sarah Bracey White
Author Sarah Bracey White, Executive Director of Arts & Culture for the Town of Greenburgh will read from and discuss her new book from 2015:  “The Wanderlust :  a Sumter, SC Folk Tale.”  GPL’s  “Women & Culture” series will present thought-provoking speakers who discuss various aspects of women’s lives in relation to their culture.     
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Credit to our Greenburgh Police Department for their excellent detective skills!  It’s reassuring to know that our police don’t give up and will follow every lead possible when hit and runs occur or when crimes happen.  We’re lucky to have a dedicated and outstanding police department serving our community!

On Tuesday June 9, 2015 during the early morning hours Darryl Chung, age 23 and a resident of South Road was walking along South Road believed to be heading home when he was struck by a vehicle and killed. The vehicle fled leaving Chung lying on the side of the roadway where he was later discovered by a passing motorist who called 911 at about 6:00 A.M. An SUV type of vehicle was captured on a video surveillance camera at approximately 1:45 A.M. on the morning of June 9, 2015 traveling on South Road in the vicinity of Polk Place.

 

On Wednesday April 27, 2016 Greenburgh Detectives interviewed and subsequently charged Theodore Aubrey Gumbs, age 51 of 1 Wyndover Woods Lane White Plains NY 10603 with Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in a Death, Section 600 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law a Class D Felony. The arrest stems directly from investigative leads developed by the Detectives in locating the 2015 Honda Pilot that Gumbs was driving the night he struck Chung. Detectives working in conjunction with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office obtained a search warrant for the Pilot which will be transported to the Westchester County Department of Laboratories for forensic analysis.

 

Gumbs was held overnight at Greenburgh Police Headquarters awaiting arraignment in the Greenburgh Town Court at 2:00 PM on Thursday April 28, 2016.

WHY IT IS SO EXPENSIVE TO PAINT A WATER TANK…BOARD RESOLUTION SUPPORTING 3 YEAR PHASE IN FOR REASSESSMENT…ASKING NYS TO INCREASE INCOME ELIGIBILITY FOR SENIOR EXEMPTIONS…REASONS WE REJECTED 1904…COPIES OF LETTERS FROM ATTORNEY FROM NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF REAL PROPERTY TAX SERVICES INDICATING THAT 1904 IS INEFFECTIVE AND TOWN WOULD LOSE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FROM STATE IF WE HAD ENACTED 1904.

Earlier this week I sent out an e mail blast which highlighted some of our water district infrastructure needs. I received a bunch of e mails and calls from residents asking why it’s so expensive to paint a water tank. This is the explanation: The district has 6 tanks.  They all need rehabilitation to keep them serviceable.  Painting a water tank (inside and out) is a very big task, involving blasting clean to remove all the old paint,  capturing all the paint and blast media,  performing welding repairs,  adding some equipment in the tanks, and doing all in a timely fashion as the window of opportunity is tight.  On average,  about 2 million per tank.

Two years ago we went to bid. I was shocked at how expensive the paint job bid submission was. The Town Board rejected the bid. We re-bid the water tank paint job. The results: Still disappointed at how expensive it is to paint a tank!

 

The Town Board approved the following resolution last night detailing the reassessment 3 year phase in that the Board hopes that the New York State Legislature will authorize for the town of Greenburgh to enact.  We have been in contact with state officials discussing this proposal.

TB-1 – 04/27/16

RESOLUTION OF THE TOWN BOARD OF THE TOWN OF GREENBURGH

REQUESTING THAT THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE AUTHORIZE

THE TOWN BOARD TO PHASE IN POST-REASSESSMENT PROPERTY

TAXES SO QUALIFIED OWNERS OF CERTAIN RESIDENTIAL REAL

PROPERTY WHO HAVE HAD A PROPERTY TAX INCREASE AS A DIRECT

RESULT OF THE TOWN-WIDE REASSESSMENT MAY HAVE THE

INCREASES PHASED IN OVER A THREE YEAR PERIOD

WHEREAS, on February 26, 2014, the Town Board authorized Tyler Technologies to conduct a

town-wide reassessment of the approximately 28,000 properties in the Town; and

WHEREAS, a town-wide reassessment was deemed necessary since reassessment had not

previously been conducted in the town since the mid 1950’s, resulting in assessment inconsistencies,

widespread lack of public confidence in the system and an inordinate number of assessment appeals; and

WHEREAS, the recently completed town-wide reassessment has resulted in substantial property

tax increases and decreases for a large number of property owners in the town; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board finds it necessary to phase in property tax increases over a short

period of time, instead of immediately, to assist qualified property owners whose 2016 property tax

assessments have increased substantially as a result of the reassessment; and

WHEREAS, the Town Board, based on the unambiguous opinions received from the NYS Office

of Real Property Tax Services stating that Section 1904 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law is

ineffective as a remedy to assist property owners whose 2016 property assessments have increased

substantially as a result of reassessment;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Town Board of the Town of Greenburgh

hereby requests that the New York State Legislature authorize the Town Board to phase in over a three

year period property tax changes resulting from the Town’s town-wide reassessment, and to limit property

tax increases over the transition period for qualified owners of certain residential real property provided

the following conditions are met:

Σ A timely filed complete application must be filed with the Town Assessor (no fee)

Σ Applies solely to 1, 2 or 3 family residences (not applicable to condominiums/cooperatives/apartments)

Σ Residence must have a Certificate (or Temporary) Certificate of Occupancy

Σ Residence must be primary residence of owner

Σ Owner must be receiving STAR (basic or enhanced)

Σ The property is not transferred during the phase-in. If transferred, total increase is fully implemented.

Σ Interior inspection is conducted

Σ Property use or classification does not change during the transition period

Σ Property tax increase is not due to site or building improvements done without required permits

Σ Property tax increase is not due to lost exemptions

Σ Owner(s) is current in all property tax payments

Σ Any other NYS legislature recommended conditions are met

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, during the three year phase in period property taxes shall

be adjusted to ensure the phase-in is revenue neutral to school, fire, town, county, and any other

applicable taxing district in the Town of Greenburgh.

The Town Board approved the following resolution last night urging the state to increase the income level for seniors to qualify for partial property tax exemptions. It’s difficult for anyone to live in Westchester if you make only $37,000 a year!

TB-2 – 04/27/16

RESOLUTION URGING THE NEW YORK STATE LEGISLATURE TO

INCREASE THE INCOME LEVEL FOR SENIOR CITIZENS TO QUALITY FOR

PARTIAL PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION FROM $37,399.99 TO $49,999.99

PURSUANT TO REAL PROPERTY TAX LAW SECTION 467

BE IT RESOLVED, the Town Board of the Town of Greenburgh hereby urges the New York

State Legislature to increase the income level for senior citizens to quality for partial property tax

exemption from $37,999.99 to $49,999.99 pursuant to RPTL Section 467.

 

The Town Board voted to reject 1904. We received two letters from an attorney for the state highlighting why 1904 is ineffective and has never been enacted into law by any community in NYS.  In addition- if the town had enacted 1904 we would have been penalized and would not have received NYS financial assistance –helping us pay for some of the reassessment costs (would have lost six figures!)

TB-3 – 04/27/16

RESOLUTION REJECTING A PROPOSED LOCAL LAW WHICH SOUGHT TO

AMEND ARTICLE XII OF CHAPTER 440 OF THE CODE OF THE TOWN OF

GREENBURGH ENTITLED “PROPERTY REASSESSMENT” BY CREATING A

NEW SUBSECTION 440-67.1 ENTITLED “TRANSITIONAL ASSESSMENTS”

TO ALLOW THE TOWN ASSESSOR TO PHASE IN THE NEW 2016

ASSESSMENTS OVER A FIVE YEAR PERIOD, INSTEAD OF IMMEDIATELY,

PURSUANT TO SECTION 1904 OF THE NEW YORK STATE REAL PROPERTY

TAX LAW, A SECTION WHICH THE NYS OFFICE OF REAL PROPERTY TAX

SERVICES HAS RECENTLY DEEMED “LARGELY INEFFECTIVE”

BE IT RESOLVED, having adopted Resolutions TB-1 – 04/27/16 (requesting NYS approval of a

three year phase-in of post-reassessment property tax changes) and TB-2 – 04/27/16 (requesting a senior

partial tax exemption increase from $37,399.99 to $49,999.99), and having received unambiguous

opinions received from the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services (ORPTS) stating that Section 1904

of the New York State Real Property Tax Law is “largely ineffective” as a remedy to assist property

owners whose 2016 property assessments have increased substantially as a result of reassessment, the

Town Board of the Town of Greenburgh hereby rejects a proposed Local Law that sought to amend

Article XII of Chapter 440 of the Code of the Town of Greenburgh entitled “Property Reassessment” by

creating a new Subsection 440-67.1 entitled “Transitional Assessments” to allow the Town Assessor to

phase in the new 2016 assessments over a five year period, instead of immediately, pursuant to Section

1904 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law, a section which the NYS ORPTS recently deemed as

“largely ineffective, because it phases in assessment changes, not tax impact changes.”

AND, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, Resolution TB-1 – 04/27/16, adopted by the Town

Board on April 27, 2016, proposes to phase in “tax impact changes” in a manner with actually provides a

meaningful phase in of property tax increases resulting from the recent Town-wide reassessment

 

COPY OF LETTER FROM ATTORNEY FOR NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF REAL PROPERTY TAX SERVICES STATING THAT 1904 IS INEFFECTIVE AND THAT WE WOULD LOSE FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE

From: tax.sm.ORPTS.Legal [mailto:orpts.legal@tax.ny.gov]

Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 9:49 AM

To: Paul Feiner

Cc: Timothy Lewis; Town Board; Edye McCarthy; Wolham, John (TAX)

Subject: RPTL 1904 Transition Assessments

 

Mr. Feiner – In response to the e-mails you sent me Monday evening concerning the transition assessment option authorized by RPTL § 1904, I stand behind what I said in my letter to Mr. Lewis.  All I can add is that the reason that RPTL § 1904 is not effective is that it is based on a faulty premise.  The statute assumes that upon implementation of a revaluation, the assessments of underassessed properties will go up, and the assessments of overassessed properties will go down.  In fact, only the first half of that assumption is valid; the second half is not.

 

While it may seem counterintuitive, the fact is that all assessments will increase when this revaluation is implemented, even those of overassessed properties.  The reason is that real property in Greenburgh is currently being assessed at a very low percentage of market value, just over 3% according to the latest State equalization rate.  Overassessed property is being assessed at a somewhat higher ratio, and underassessed property is assessed at a somewhat lower ratio, but all are far below market value now.  Therefore, once they are brought up to market value, they will all experience assessment increases of a very substantial order of magnitude, more than thirtyfold.  If transition assessments are in place, they will only serve to phase in the small differences of magnitude that are experienced by different parcels.  I will attempt to illustrate this phenomenon with the following example.

 

Consider three parcels.  Assume each parcel is worth $100 and the level of assessment is 3%.  Assume one parcel is equitably assessed, one is underassessed by 10% and the other is overassessed by 10%.  If the town implements a full value reassessment with transition assessments, the assessment of the underassessed property will immediately go from 90% to 99% of what would be equitable, while the assessment of the overassessed property will immediately go from 110% to 101% of what would be equitable.  The remaining 1% is what will be phased in over the next four years.  By contrast, if the town were to implement the full value reassessment without transition assessments, all three assessments would immediately go to 100% of what would be equitable.  Thus, in this example, the adoption of § 1904 would only serve to phase in 1% of the revaluation’s impact over the five year period, far less than one would expect.

 

Impact of 1904 on 3 properties each worth $100                                                                                Row

A             B             C             D             E              F              G             H             2

Pre-reval AV      MV         Reval AV              % Increase          Y1 Incrmnt          Y1 AV    % Eq’ble Asst     3

(D ÷ B) x 100       (D-B) ÷ 5              B+F        G ÷ G5  4

Equitably assd   3.0          100         100         3333%   19.40     22.40     100%     5

Underass’d by 10%          2.7          100         100         3704%   19.46     22.16     99%        6

Overass’d by 10%             3.3          100         100         3030%   19.34     22.64     101%     7

 

This column

is only for

illustration

and is not

used in the

calculations

 

 

I am attaching my spreadsheet for your convenience.  You are welcome to attempt simulating the impacts with your own numbers if you like.

 

— Joseph K. Gerberg, Associate Attorney

COPY OF A LETTER TO GREENBURGH TOWN ATTORNEY STATING THAT 1904 IS INEFFECTIVE

From: tax.sm.ORPTS.Legal [mailto:orpts.legal@tax.ny.gov]

Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2016 4:27 PM

To: Timothy Lewis

Cc: Edye McCarthy; Town Board

Subject: RE: Section 1904 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law

 

 

Mr. Lewis  — I appreciate the challenges the Town is facing as it explores the transition assessment option provided by RPTL section 1904.  However, there is little I can offer you by way of specific advice.  Transition assessments are not only a local option, but are also entirely administered at the local level.  If an assessing unit chooses to avail itself of the provisions of this complex statute, it is also implicitly choosing to accept responsibility for interpreting the law it is choosing to administer.  There is nothing in the statute that empowers us to assume that responsibility.  To the extent our agency has a formal role under this statute, it is limited to prescribing the form of the assessment roll so that it accommodates transition assessments (which we have done; see 20 NYCRR 8190-1.2(b)(12)(ii) and 8190-1.5(d)), and taking transition assessments into account when determining State equalization rates.

 

 

That said, I would be normally happy to share with you what we have learned from working with other assessing units that have dealt with similar issues.   Unfortunately, I cannot do so here because to the best of our knowledge, no assessing unit in the State has ever adopted transition assessments upon completing a revaluation.  While I cannot say definitively why that is so, I presume that to the extent they were not deterred by the complexity of the statute, their decision was largely the result of two considerations:

 

 

  1. Section 1904 is largely ineffective, because it phases in assessment changes, not tax impact changes.  As a result, the lion’s share of the tax shifts occur in the first year.  It might not be obvious why this is so, but it is basically a result of the fact that all parcels are seeing large assessment increases implemented at the same pace.  A mathematical simulation should make this phenomenon more apparent.

 

 

  1. The adoption of section 1904 will render the assessing unit ineligible for reassessment aid, since it necessarily means that the municipality will not be assessing property at full value, which is a prerequisite for receiving that aid.  Likewise, the State equalization rate will be well below 100 throughout the transition period, since it must be determined using the (fractional) transition assessments.

 

 

In any event, to the best of our knowledge there are no court decisions construing section 1904.  That of course is consistent with our understanding that it has never been adopted.

 

 

We have no further general observations to offer, and as I indicated earlier, we are not in a position to formally advise you on the specific implementation questions you raised.

 

 

One final, very minor comment:  I noticed that your letter was addressed to “Office of Real Property Services, State Board of Equalization and Assessment, 16 Sheridan Ave, Albany, New York 12210”.  Please be advised that those agency names, and that mailing address, are obsolete.  Any future postal mail of a legal nature should be sent to the State Department of Taxation and Finance, Office of Counsel, State Office Campus, Albany, NY 12227.  Non-legal postal mail should be addressed to the Department’s Office of Real Property Tax Services (not the Office of Counsel) at either our White Plains or Albany address.  Thank you.

 

 

— Joseph K. Gerberg, Associate Attorney

 

Paul Feiner

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

 

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WELCOME. A new restaurant has opened in Hartsdale:  Mimi’s Bar & Grill in Hartsdale. The  restaurant is a relatively small and intimate establishment located at 10 N. Central Avenue in Hartsdale.  The goal: has always been to be the local neighborhood “watering hole” so to speak that serves great food at a reasonable price.  They are striving to be a vital part of our community where everybody knows their name and vice versa.  Having recently opened they are still working towards things like delivery and happy hour, both of which will be coming in the next couple of weeks.  They currently offer take out and sit down.  The  fare is traditional bar food…burgers, chicken, steak, salads, sandwiches, etc., but it’s always fresh and always delicious!   They are so happy to have joined the Hartsdale community and are looking forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with our community.  Please stop in and say hi anytime! Michele Bergeron

is the owner of the restaurant.   mimisbarandgrill@hotmail.com

 

VIDEO OF DISCUSSION ON  3  year REASSESSMENT PHASE IN PROPOSAL TOWN BOARD AND ASSESSOR

https://youtu.be/8KWcT5axyio

Yesterday,  the Greenburgh Town Board met with the Town Assessor to discuss a proposal that the Town Board will ask the NY State Legislature to approve that would mitigate the impacts of the reassessment on some people who  will see significant tax hikes.

The legislation that the Town Board will be asking NYS to approve differs from Section 1904 . The Board held a public hearing on implementing section 1904 a few weeks ago. Section 1904 would have increased assessments over a five year period instead of immediately. An attorney for the New York State Office of Real Property services wrote to the Greenburgh Town Attorney indicating that the law was not practical –residents would have had to pay most of the tax hikes immediately. The town would have lost six figures in state financial assistance if we had implemented 1904, according to the state.

 

OUR NEW PROPOSAL

3 year phase in for ONLY INCREASES.  Unlike section 1904 those entitled to tax reductions would receive them without filing grievances.  Immediate tax reductions.

This phase in only impacts taxes –not assessments.

The town would continue to receive financial assistance from NYS for implementing the reassessment.  Six figures

The proposal only applies to primary residences—1, 2 and 3 family homes. Condo’s and apartments are exempt from the phase in. Commercial properties are also exempt from the phase in.

Under section 1904 tax reductions would have also been phased in. Under the new proposal residents will be able to get tax reductions immediately.

Senior citizens, veterans will continue to receive exemptions.

Residents will have to apply for the phase in and allow for an inspection of their homes.  Only those who qualify for STAR would receive the benefits of phase in

I have been in contact with state lawmakers. We are working with state lawmakers on drafting the  legislation that would enable Greenburgh to approve this phase in.

 

2016 CAPITAL BUDGET RELEASED—BORROWING LESS THAN IN PREVIOUS YEARS…NEW BOILER FOR INDOOR POOL…NEW SIDEWALK ON SEELY, FT HILL, SPRAIN…ENHANCING ADVANCE LIFE SUPPORT…PEDESTRIAN SAFETY…AUTOMATED REFUSE COLLECTION VEHICLE TO CONTINUE TO REDUCE LABOR COSTS…ROAD REPAVING…

I have filed my proposed 2106 capital budget with the Town Board. The budget should be posted on our website: www.greenburghny.com within the next day or so.   The 2016 budget recommends borrowing $8,014, 537 –which is less than we borrowed during the past few years  ($12,880,066 in 2013, $18,001,367 in 2014 and $11,249,320 in 2015). We are working really hard trying to cut costs and to comply with the tax cap so that once again Greenburgh taxpayers will be able to receive the tax refund checks from New York State. These checks are only issued to communities that comply with the tax cap. The department budget requests that were deferred are worthy projects.  At the same time we’re recognizing that it’s important to keep taxes as low as possible while addressing essential infrastructure demands.

 

Highlights in the budget include enhancing our advanced life support program by remounting of two ambulance boxes onto new chassis.   We will be replacing the boiler at the Theodore Young Community Center indoor pool. We have had to close the pool a number of times in recent years because the boiler has not been working.    The budget also includes traffic safety signs and equipment and a digital speed sign to enhance pedestrian safety.

 

We’re purchasing another automated refuse collection vehicle that is expected to reduce collection costs and increase efficiencies. Reduce labor costs suggest less than a 4 year investment payoff that will help us control future service costs.

 

I am recommending that $1,000,000 be appropriated for additional road resurfacing. This dollar amount is less than what was budgeted in the past. We did not spend about $3.5 million that was budgeted last year for road resurfacing so will be spending $4.5 million on road resurfacing in 2016.    The budget includes $500,000 for curbing rehabilitation and $500,000 for Jackson Ave road safety improvements.  We are still waiting for approvals from Westchester County to implement these road improvements. Route 9A widening roadway improvements that will help improve traffic flow in downtown Ardsley has also been included in the “A” budget.

 

Three new sidewalks are being funded in the capital budget:   Seely Place from Ardsley Road to the school…Fort Hill Road from Ardsley Road towards Jackson Ave.  Sprain Road to the Ardsley Middle School are all part of the capital budget requests. Sidewalk funding will be included in annual budgets. Our goal: to make the town more pedestrian friendly.

 

The roof at the police department is leaking and will be replaced. Town Hall is in the process of installing a new security system and related equipment. And, significant funds are being appropriated for water department infrastructure enhancements.

 

The Town Board will review the proposed capital budget and will schedule a public hearing for May 11th.

 

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

 

Erich Hartmann wrote the following summary of a site visit conducted on Thursday during rush hour of Lawrence Street. Many of us feel that the NYS Department of Transportation should construct a right turn lane on Saw Mill River Parkway North at Lawrence Street.
Link to online petition calling on NYS DOT TO FIX LAWRENCE STREET TRAFFIC PROBLEMS
Paul Feiner
NYSDOT @ Lawrence St – UPDATE!

Many of you were wondering how the DOT on-site inspection went …and you may have seen a group of us milling around that dangerous intersection yesterday during rush hour…so here’s a brief summation:

First of all, ironically, there was a wreck (fender bender) on the Saw Mill North right before Lawrence St. Not kidding.

All the important stakeholders were there, Tom Abinanti, Andrea Stewart-Cousins, and MaryJane Shimsky, as well as Paul Feiner, Francis Sheehan, Peter Porcino, Joanne Sold, Dan Lemons from Hastings, the police chiefs of Ardsley, Greenburgh, etc. A really good turnout.

As a group, we observed, we tromped around (through heavy, gnarly, honky traffic), and we discussed the 3 points outlined in the petition, with initial focus on the (mysteriously erased) right turn lane on SMRP North @ Lawrence St.

Overall DOT confirmed that they hear us, they take our concerns seriously, and they’ll be officially initiating some major data collection soon, conducted over a defined time period. Which means it’s now officially a “thing.”

There was also complete and unanimous support for us, the citizens, in becoming more involved in these local issues and processes. I don’t think it was empty praise, so extended thank you to all of you who take the time to read, and participate!

So thank you!

Resume Basics for Teens
Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

Teens — learn the basics of good resume writing, what employers are looking for and then create your own at Greenburgh Public Library. You will leave the class with a professional-looking resume that you can use when applying for jobs, college, and more. Also learn: what to expect in an interview, where to look for jobs, how to apply, and more. All attendees will leave with a print and a digital copy of their new resume that they can edit in the future. This class is for teens only. Space is limited so advanced sign-up is strongly suggested.
Go to greenburghlibrary.org/calendar or call 914-721-8224 to register.
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523.

Free CPR Certification Class for Teens
Saturday, May 21, 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Greenburgh Public Library is offering a FREE CRP Certification for teens. Participants who complete the class will receive a 2-year American Heart Association Certification in HeartSaver/AED CPR and Basic Life Support (BLS) CPR. Certification is great for summer jobs, college applications, babysitters, lifeguards, and more! Presented by CPRed. Free of charge and open to ages 12-19. Advanced sign up required.
Go to greenburghlibrary.org/calendar or call 914-721-8224 to register. 
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

WATER STORAGE TANK REHABILITATION

              The Greenburgh Consolidated Water District announces renovations to our Juniper Hill/Greenville Water Storage Tank, off Juniper Road in Edgemont.  This water storage tank is temporarily being taken out of service for maintenance, painting and improvements. To minimize possible pressure disruptions, the work is divided into two phases.  The first phase involves painting and interior maintenance work, and is now underway.  It is anticipated the tank will be back in service before the end of May when water demand needs increase.  The second phase should begin towards the end of September as the summer water demands lessen, at which time the exterior of the tank will be painted.

Other water tanks operated by the District will continue to provide storage and pressure needs, and the District will operate additional water pumps whenever possible to maintain pressures in critical areas of our system.  We do not anticipate any customers to have any significant service impacts during this work, though some residents may notice slight decreases in water pressure during peak morning demand periods.  The work schedules are being planned to provide optimal conditions for both the needed rehabilitation work and to minimize impacts to our customers.

At this time, we ask all residents within the Greenville/Fairview areas to voluntarily conserve water whenever possible.  Water conservation during this work period helps reduce demands on our system, lessening the chance for any potential negative impacts on the water system.

The most effective means customers have to help reduce / conserve water demand is through better managing lawn irrigation / watering.  Lawn watering creates the greatest daily demands to the water system.

Below are some helpful tips on lawn irrigation to lessen demands:

Make sure your sprinkler system’s timer/controller is operating correctly, as you’ve programmed it, so that it operates on the right days, at the right times, for the right durations. A variety of factors can result in a malfunctioning sprinkler system, including lightning strikes and failing timer batteries. Many homeowners don’t realize their sprinkler systems are malfunctioning because the systems are programmed to operate overnight or very early in the morning and they never observe them operating. 

Here are some helpful tips:

•           Water for just 30-45 minutes per session (½ inch to ¾ inch of water per zone)

•           Water only every few days, most lawns only need 1” of water per week!

•           Adjust the timer/controller on automatic sprinklers according to seasonal water                       

             demands and weather conditions.

•           Turn off sprinklers when it’s raining or install a rain shut-off device.

•           Avoid watering on windy days.

•           Adjust sprinklers so they water the lawn, not the pavement.

•           Avoid sprinklers that spray a fine mist, which increases evaporation.

•           Make sure plants are not blocking sprinklers.

•           Irrigation systems should be zoned so plants with different water needs are irrigated              

             separately (grass, for example, should be watered separately from shrubs and flowers).

•           Drip irrigation systems (which use less water than sprinklers) are recommended for            

             trees, shrubs and flowers.

The Greenburgh Consolidated Water District thanks you for your understanding and cooperation during this time of capital improvement to our system.  Any actions you can take with regards to lawn irrigation conservation is greatly appreciated. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the above mentioned project. Please call the Water Department,

 

The Town of  Greenburgh Department of Parks and Recreation is pleased to offer a Nature Walk at Hart’s Brook Park & Preserve on Saturday, May 14th  (Rain Date, Sunday, May 15th)) at 1:00pm.  This event is free, and can be enjoyed by all ages. This year’s walk will include a discussion about the Preserve’s history,   a tour of the Barn and the Gardens.  Bring your family and come see what’s blooming along the trails, streams and around the pond.

For more information or to make reservations please contact P.J. Murphy  at (914) 693-8985 ext. 116 , or email her at pmurphy@greenburghny.com

Upcoming  Programs & Events at the Multipurpose Center

Registration is now open for the following programs at the Multipurpose Center.  A Town unicard is required for registration. For more information, please call 693-8985, x116 or email pmurphy@greenburghny.com.

 

Outdoor Tennis Clinic for Seniors: 6 weeks: Tuesdays: April 26th-May 21st

Practice forehand, backhand and serving. Game playing. Equipment included. Sign up now.

Fees: $20 residents. $25.00/ non-residents. Instructor: Janet Lefkowitz.

 

Jewelry Creations w/ Sue Spillo: Wed. May 4th: 12:30-1:30pm. Create your  own beaded jewelry. Fees: $15 registration fee . $5 material fee  paid to instructor at workshop.

 

Qi Gong Class 8 weeks  Thursdays: May 5th – June 28th. 8:30am –9:30am Fees: $30:Resident seniors, $40 for adults.  $48/non-residents. Sign up now

 

 

Munch, Listen  & Laugh”  Series : Susan T. Schwarz

 

   Stick it to Me”: Tue.5/17-1:30pm Deals with the significance of canes and umbrellas,   historically, symbolically & practically. Fun filled facts  and audience participation  Make your  own sundae! Fee: $3.00. Sign up now.

 

  “What Will They Think of Next? Tues. June 21st: 12:30pm

Explains  inventive thinking. Talk focuses on out-of-the-ordinary products and services like mobile doggie baths, lights for toilet rims and chocolate pebbles. Find out what a blook is!

 Light lunch fee: $4.00.  

 

 Introduction to Meditation -8 weeks Mon. 5/2 –6/27: 8:30-9:30am

Great way to reduce stress & improve your health!  Sign up now.  No Fee. Must have  town Unicard. Instructors: Jian Yang Rong & Kristen Lu.

 

 

Celebrate Spring Party! Thursday, May 19th: 12:30pm

“Happy Hour Show” by Francine Evans & Joel Zelnick”   Catered lunch generously donated by Sprain Brook Manor. $5.00 in advance.  $6 at the door. Sign up at Front desk

by Mon. May 16th.

 

Spanish Classes:  *8 weeks* Mondays: May 2nd –June 27th 

 

Fees : $30:Resident Seniors.  $40:Resident adults. $48:Non-Res. Sign  up now.

 

 

  * Beginner’s Spanish  Class:  Mondays: 12:30-2pm:  no prior knowledge of Spanish necessary. Basic language structure & vocabulary. Practice conversational skills.

 

   *Advanced Beginner Class: Monday; 2:-00-3:30pm. Must have prior knowledge of Spanish or have completed conversational class offered at the Multipurpose Center.  For more info call 693-8985, x116

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 Annual Senior Picnic & Bingo Party: Wed. June 1st: 11:00 am

Bingo prizes donated by local merchants. Music by Tony Michaels. Sponsored by the Nutrition Program. Bingo starts at 11am. Fee: $5.00.  $6 at door. Sign up by May 26th.

This week the small pocket park next to the former Hartsdale Train Station building (now Starbucks) will be updated with a series of new plantings. The existing benches that are placed near the World War I stone monument are going to be removed and replaced with smaller benches so that the monument will be better showcased. The existing benches will be relocated in close vicinity to the park so that more residents and visitors can enjoy the space than in the past. Many local residents have helped to shape this space over the years as well as other greenspaces along East Hartsdale Avenue. Those efforts are greatly appreciated.  The plantings in the pocket park will be done in a way that will leave room to reincorporate additional plantings/groundcovers, etc. facilitating another evolution of the space.

 

The pocket park improvements will be complemented by the construction of a Veteran’s Memorial within DeSanti Plaza, expected to begin later this year. That project will feature landscaping, walkways, lighting and a monument to honor our veterans.

Two polling places have changed. Solomon Schecter is no longer a poling place. Location has been moved to Woodlands.  Riverside Hose Company was moved to Tarrytown Village Hall last year but now HAS BEEN MOVED BACK to Riverside Hose.

Tomorrow is primary day for the Presidential candidates. Polls are open from 6 AM to 9 PM for both Democrats and Republicans. Same polling places that you usually vote in –unless you have voted in the above locations.

Democrats will be electing delegates who are pledged to specific candidates. And they will also vote for candidates for President directly.  Republicans choose candidates.

New York State is a closed primary which means that you MUST be enrolled in either the Democratic or Republican parties to vote in the party primary that you are a member of.  If you changed parties before last November’s election you can vote in the primary. But– if you switched party affiliations after the November 2015 elections you cannot vote tomorrow.  First time voters including new residents who are registered can vote.

Questions? Call Town Clerk Judith Beville’s office at 989 1501.

Juniper Hill’s Fair St. “Earth Day” Clean-up and Beautification
 
The Woodlands High School Gardening Club, the Juniper Hill Civic Association, and the Town of Greenburgh kicked off a new program to clean up and beautify the roadside strip along Fair Street alongside the Metropolis Golf Club fence.
 
Led by President of the Woodlands Gardening Club Samantha Simpson, Town Parks and Rec’s Mike Nestler and the Juniper Hill Civic Association’s executive board a plan emerged that calls for an extensive cleanup of the area, planting of low growing ornamental trees – Kousa Dogwoods and Red Buds and a mixture of annuals and perennials  around a newly refurbished “Welcome to Juniper Hill” sign – all courtesy of Parks and Rec.  Stage 1 was completed on Sunday with a complement of 17 hardy souls who showed up with rakes, paper pickers, shovels and the will to work.  Parks and Rec supplied gardening gloves, yellow reflective vests and garbage bags.  
 
Said Sue Mirialakis, JHCA President – “This is like an archeological dig. We started raking up debris and found dozens of golf balls, countless old and broken bottles, discarded clothing, rusted tools, wiring, part of electronics equipment, etc.  We hope to do this every Spring in honor of Earth Day and are really grateful to the Woodlands H.S. Gardening Club who will be on hand to plant the flowers when they arrive and to Paul Feiner and the Town of Greenburgh for encouragement and assistance.”  Thanks go to the Dept of Public Works for an initial clean-up of vines along the fence and their pick up of the 40 odd bags of organic and trash debris. 
 
The Fair St. clean-up group hopes to plant grass seed on the newly raked areas to ensure weeds don’t take hold.  Special thanks go to Mike Nestler, Rich Fons, Paul Feiner, and Samantha Simpson, her cousin Michael and to all those who worked on the project: Arthur Chisolm, Sheryl Breuninger, Wen-Lin Murray, Johan and Dannette Snaggs and their children, Lance Downer, Andre Burrows and his two daughters, Alphonso Leonce, Clinton Pinnock, Seth Segall, Sue Mirialakis and Cheryl and Steve Howcott for donating two cases of water to the cause.    —
A big THANK YOU TO ALL THE VOLUNTEERS FOR MAKING OUR TOWN MORE BEAUTIFUL!
Paul Feiner

 

Are you out of work?. Are you thinking of starting your own business? The Greenburgh Library is holding a forum on Wednesday, April 27th from 9 AM to 10:30 AM with 4 business owners who made a success!  There is also a free breakfast at this forum for those interested in learning more about start ups and new businesses.   This panel will be moderated by Nina Mattikow and Bob Kotch of North Salem Partners, consultants who specialize in helping start ups and new businesses.

Carol Angert, Greenburgh Librarian is organizing this event and has assisted in planning the forums we have had in the past for those who are out of work.  The Greenburgh Library is more than a place to get books. The library has become a terrific place that you should take advantage of if you are out of work!

If you were downsized – think of starting a new business!

To  register : go to http://www.greenburghlibrary. org/calendar or call Carol at 721-8208.

the link on the library website to the radio interview (minus commercials)

 

http://www.greenburghlibrary.org/preview-of-april-27-program-what-makes-a-business-idea-become-a-success/

 

PAUL FEINER

Due to a transformer malfunction on Lawton Avenue near the intersection of Central Park Avenue, cars parked in the Sacred Heart Church parking lot were trapped and their owners needed to take cabs to return home from the 8:00am service.  I have just been advised by Chief McNerney that Con Edison will have power restored in the next 15 minutes (approximately 11am).  The parking lot will be accessible and all cars will be removed.  Con Edison will come back later with an overhead crew to swap out the transformer.  A deceased squirrel found on the ground was apparently the cause of the malfunction.  There will be a temporary power outage when Con Edison swaps out the transformer.  Currently, there is no time estimate when that swap will take place.  Avoid Lawton Avenue in the interim.

Francis Sheehan, Councilman
   Town of Greenburgh

GPL’s Jazz Discussion Group led by Frank DeLigio
Saturday, April 16, 3:00 p.m.

This month the group will discuss the life and work of the legendary Earl Rudolph “Bud” Powell
(September 27, 1924 – July 31, 1966. He was a jazz pianist, born and raised in Harlem, New York City. Though Thelonious Monk was a close friend, his greatest piano influence was Art Tatum. Guest artist, Rocco Dapice, will demonstrate at the piano what made Bud so special.  Free and open to the public!
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Join us for a concert by:  Art Lillard’s On Time Trio
Tradition and Invention
Sunday, April 17, 2:00 p.m
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Art Lillard, drums
Ted Kooshian, piano
Ratzo Harris, bass

An exploration into the American Songbook and its use and re-use in our country’s development of jazz.   The performance will also include some of Art Lillard’s original compositions.
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

 

Current Events Forum
Monday, April 18, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Participate in a monthly discussion of current event topics  and Ted Talk discussions in a congenial group – all opinions are welcome.   No registration required. A creative aging learning program.
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

 

Classic Movie Monday
Bringing Up Baby (1938);
Monday, April 18, 2:00 p.m.
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled paleontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard “Baby. “

HONOR THE LEGACY OF WILLIAM L.CARTER BY BECOMING A MENTOR FOR YOUNG PEOPLE WHO WE HOPE WILL FOLLOW HIS EXAMPLE.

Kick off event to take place on THURSDAY APRIL 21 AT DOUBLETREE BY HILTON HOTEL 6 TO 8 PM.

William Carter passed away earlier this year. He was the respected and loved leader of the Theodore Young Community Center. His friends and admirers have chosen to continue his efforts to motivate young people by forming the Willliam L. Carter Foundation. We’re kicking off the Foundation with an event at the Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Tarrytown on Thursday, April 21st from 6 PM to 8 PM. The community is invited to the kickoff celebration.   Please rsvp at caelumfocus@live.com

The William L. Carter Inspiration Program will be offering scholarships to outstanding students.  The Greenburgh Police Benevolent Association was among the first supporters of  the scholarship which will be awarded to students.   Dr. Tahira Chase, Superintendent of Schools for the Greenburgh Schools praised the new initiative stating “Mr. Carter was keenly focused on supporting the students of this community and helping them to actualize their dreams.  The William L. Carter Scholarship will afford students the opportunity to fulfill the legacy of Mr. Carter.”   The school district is already thinking about possible student scholarship recipients.   Joseph Ricca, Superintendent of Schools for the Elmsford School district said “this scholarship serves as a wonderful  opportunity for our students and we are excited for the opportunity to participate.  Without a doubt,, Commissioner Carter was an amazing advocate and supporter of our children. This scholarship is a fitting testament to the memory of a man who truly believed in the power of our children and the strength of our community.”

Besides the scholarship program the William L. Carter Inspiration program is asking outstanding community role models to serve as mentors to young people.  If you would like to be a mentor please attend next weeks program and learn about the mentoring opportunities.  Elected officials, community leaders, Judges and  business leaders are already signing up to be mentors. 

At the event on April 21st there will be jazz music, live gospel, hors d’ourves,  silent auction.  Liz Black of WBLS radio will be the celebrity MC. 

Read the following article about Bill that appeared in the NY TIMES to understand why we want others to be inspired by his life.  All mentors will be honored by the Greenburgh Town Board at a meeting of the Town Board at the conclusion of the first year of mentoring.

PAUL FEINER


From the Streets to the Classroom
New York Times
By JOSEPH BERGER
Published: September 15, 1996

When William Carter started doctoral classes last week at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, it was hard to imagine that not so many years ago he was homeless and slept on subway platforms and park benches.

It is hard even for him to imagine.

”In some ways it seems like a long time ago and in some ways it feels like it was yesterday,” he said.

Still, in the last six years Mr. Carter, 42, has pulled himself from the slough of drunken binges, makeshift beds and jail and has swiftly acquired a college education and a master’s degree, not to mention an apartment. The methodical schedule of a student has been a satisfying contrast to the aimless descent that had lasted on and off for 12 years.

”I would go into a place like McDonald’s and go to sleep,” he said. ”I would go into a bar at night and find me a corner and go to sleep. The seasons changed and I never noticed. Time had no meaning. There was no distinction between day and night, winter, fall, summer, spring. There was a sense of timelessness, despair. My life was centered on what time the liquor store opened.”

In some ways Mr. Carter’s story is a model for rescuing people from homelessness and addiction; in other ways it is a mystery that depends on the singularity of Mr. Carter’s life and character. He is a child of West Virginia’s mountains, raised by a formidable grandmother who gave him what he describes as ”an impeccable value system” and an esteem for learning. The sour rebellion that lasted into his mid-30’s was his own, he says, but when he resolved to reshape his life the lessons of his upbringing were there to be tapped.

At the same time, Mr. Carter was fortunate that when he completed a six-month sentence in the Westchester County Jail for selling drugs, there was a program in Westchester that made it easy for welfare recipients to take classes at the local community college — a state program that has since been cut back by four-fifths in the drive to make recipients work, rather than allow them to study — and there was a shelter staffed by counselors who also had lived his experience and come out the other end. These things do not help many addicts. But they helped Mr. Carter.

His social work adviser at Columbia said that while few homeless people rise to the level of Ph.D. students, Mr. Carter’s recovery should come as no surprise.

”Our whole profession is based on the notion that that is a possibility,” said the adviser, Judith Marks, the coordinator of special programs. Columbia officials said the school has had a number of students over the years who had overcome addictions and other problems and whose ordeals drew them to social work.

Mr. Carter is an imposing man, 6 foot 5 and 340 pounds, with a survivor’s ability to chuckle at his follies but with a voice whose sometimes sad edge betrays the bruises of his past. His parents split up when he was a baby and his mother migrated permanently to Peekskill, N.Y. There is a rose-tinted quality to his memories of his grandmother’s home in Prince, W.Va., a hamlet he remembers as cradled in a green valley embraced by mountains. ”It was just like an explosion of nature saluting you in the morning,” he said.

As in many country places too small for ghettoes to form, blacks like himself and whites got along, he said. Racial animus was something he became familiar with later.

”People kind of helped each other out, so when the vegetables grew, and someone had a bumper crop of string beans and squash or potatoes or something, they would just come by and say, ‘Go ahead! Take some stuff from my garden.’ ”

He was a fine student as a youngster, but his grades began to plummet toward the end of high school, around the time his mother died of emphysema brought on by her smoking and aggravated by drinking. He started West Virginia State College, he said, but was drawn more by partying than classes and soon dropped out. He became what he calls ”a hell raiser.”

”After visiting New York and being exposed to racial injustices, I had grown a big Afro, I was loud about my blackness, I was an advocate of black power. Plus I liked to partake of the grape. I would end up getting half-sloshed and getting into arguments and it was usually racially motivated fights with some real hard rednecks.”

Worried about his safety, his grandmother shipped him to Peekskill to live with his older sister, Jennifer. He got a job as an orderly at the nearby Franklin D. Roosevelt Veterans Administration Hospital. Although he drank heavily — ”I was a wino,” he said — and at times shot heroin, he managed to hold the job for 10 years. One day, suffering from withdrawal-related shaking and hallucinations, he lost the will to work.

His sister and friends tried to pull him out of his spiral. It did not work. ”You have an inability to hear what people say to you,” Mr. Carter remembered. Eventually, he said, Jennifer ”had to step back and let whatever happened, happen.”

Without a job, and with relatives no longer willing to cushion him during his slide, he began a long spell of homelessness.

”It was a natural progression,” Mr. Carter said. ”I went from apartments, to rooms, to homes of friends. Then I went to abandoned buildings. Then I went to park benches. Then I went anywhere I could lay my head. As the bottom fell out of my life, it became less important to me where I was sleeping or whether I had any place to go. You keep lowering your expectations until you reach a point where you don’t expect things to change. You don’t care.”

He does not blame his mother for his problems. ”I’m sure that somewhere along the line there were some Freudian implications with my father breaking camp, my mother leaving, but I never remember feeling it,” he said. He does wonder, however, if there was a genetic element. Not only was his mother alcoholic, but his father died of a heart condition hastened by drinking.

On July 5, 1984, he recalls, he woke up under bushes in a park outside Peekskill and decided he did not want to die. He joined a rehabilitation program. But weeks before he was finished, he quit to be with his grandmother, who was mortally ill. When he returned to Peekskill, he took a job as a cleaning crew manager at the Indian Point nuclear plant. He got an apartment, shared with a girlfriend. While he never resumed drinking, he started smoking crack.

Within weeks, he lost the job, broke up with his girlfriend, sold everything in his apartment and was homeless once more, sometimes sleeping on subway platforms in New York City to be near a drug supplier. To support his new habit, he became a drug dealer. In 1990, he pleaded guilty to an attemped sale. In the Westchester County Jail, he resolved again to change his life. This time, the resolve stuck.

Paroled, he was sent to Open Arms, a 38-bed men’s shelter sponsored by Westchester churches and synagogues, where he stayed for eight months. Ron Mitchell, the director, said that Open Arms’s virtues were that it is small and, in addition to meals and shelter — ”three hots and a cot” — offers a staff studded with veterans of Alcoholics Anonymous and homelessness as well as educational counselors.

The counselors steered Mr. Carter, who was tired of dead-end jobs and confident he had more to offer, into a workfare program, then called ”Moms on the Move” but also open to some men, which enrolled him in Westchester Community College. Dr. Margaret P. Olson, the two-year college’s director of special student services, said he got straight A’s except for a B in psychology. ”His flip answer about the B is that ‘it keeps me humble,’ ” she said.

Mr. Carter felt drawn to social work because, he said, ”Every person who has been through hell wants to become a person who will help other people come through hell.” He received a full scholarship to Dominican College in Rockland County, which offers a bachelor’s degree in social work, and graduated at the top of his class. He was accepted with advanced standing into Columbia, where he completed his master’s and received a state social work certificate. Impressed professors at Dominican have hired him to teach a course in group dynamics, but he also returns to Open Arms to counsel homeless men and tutors at the nearby Coachman Hotel, a residence for homeless families.

Meredith Hanson, a professor of social work who supervised Mr. Carter’s field work at Columbia, said Mr. Carter had the elusive ability to advise clients without having to remind them about his own recovery. And teachers at all three schools praised him for an intelligence and iron will that may have been muffled by his drinking and drug use but that were there to be reawakened.

Mr. Carter, who is pursuing a Ph.D. because he wants to teach aspiring social workers and other professionals full-time, says that sometimes ”I feel kind of small” in a prestigious school like Columbia but ”that passes real quick.”

”Life is funny,” he said. ”Millions of people wish they could have the chance to start all over again. For me it did happen. Sometimes I think my life is predestined because I never had these type of plans. It just happened. So my job is just to show up and let the process continue.”

At last night’s Town Board meeting Town Assessor Edye McCarthy moderated a very informative discussion on the reassessment process with the monitor we hired to oversee the work of Tyler Technologies and with the monitor.  If you are interested in watching the video click here or visit www.greenburghny.com and click on to the section Town Board meetings.

I have received requests from residents who have asked about the status of the vacant property on Secor Road across from the Ferncliff Cemetery, land also owed by Ferncliff.  This has been a controversial issue in the town. The subject property owned by Ferncliff Cemetery is zoned single family residential. Ferncliff desires to use this land for cemetery purposes and has proposed building a caretaker’s residence and storage facility for its maintenance vehicles on that part of the site closest to Secor Road. It has also not ruled out use of the parcel for burial purposes. Residents are concerned that the cemetery could expand to residential areas.

The Zoning Board of Appeals recently ruled that use of the parcel for cemetery purposes is prohibited by Zoning Ordinance, but Ferncliff has filed an action in court seeking to overturn that decision and permit it to proceed with building its proposed structure. That action is presently pending in the courts.

Paul Feiner

 

Tween Tuesdays – Color Me Tween!
Tuesday, April 19, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Join us for a creative evening of coloring! Program is for children grades 4-6. Call 721-8227 to register.
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

“Funance” – Where Fun and Finance Collide!!
Saturday, April 30, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Join Brad Zupp, a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey clown and a financial analyst, as he teaches us what it means to save money, plus why and how to do it. “FUNance” is a family based show that uses juggling, magic, comedy and audience participation to engage children in learning about math and personal finance in both a fun and memorable way. For children Grades Kindergarten and up. Call 721-8227 to register.
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Chess Club Tournament
Wednesday, May 4, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m
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Join us for GPL’s Chess Club Tournament. This an opportunity to pay with “like skilled” opponents in a structured tournament. Show off your skills while enjoying a fun night of competition.
Second grade and up. Call 721-8227 to register.

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Please note that Westchester Square Shopping Center  hearing has been removed from the Town Board meeting agenda tomorrow evening.The New York State Department of Transportation has advised me that they are planning to install pedestrian countdown timers on existing pedestrian signal poles at 74 locations in Westchester, Dutchess, Columbia, Orange, Putnam and Rockland Counties.

New pedestrian countdown timers will be installed at the following Greenburgh locations between now and the end of the year:

NY 119 @ Old Kensico Road and Aqueduct Road….NY 100A at Concord Ave and Dalewood Drive…NY 119 @ White Plains Shopping Plaza…NY 100@ Westchester Square Shopping Center and Chatterton Place…  NY 100 @ I-287 WB Ramps.

I am very pleased. These pedestrian countdown timers help pedestrians cross the street safely by advising pedestrians how much time they have to cross the street. Anything that could be done to improve pedestrian safety is welcome!  More needs to be done.

PAUL FEINER

 

Total Sports Squirts

                                                   When: April 21- June 9

                                                   Time: 4pm-5pm

                                                   Where: Secor Woods Park

                                                   Age: 3yr-5yrs Girls & Boys

                                                   Fee: $150 Residents/$180 Non-Residents

Want to try a variety of sports?  US Sports Institute and Greenburgh Parks and Recreation have teamed up to offer Total Sports Squirts. This program is ideal for children to experience a new sport in each session of the program. Participants have the opportunity to try lacrosse, basketball, hockey, t-ball, soccer and more, all in a safe, fun and structured environment.  For questions please contact kwright@greenburghny.com or (914) 693-8985 x151

Colors Against Cancer” is a 5K color run that will take place on Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 9 am-12 pm at Edgemont High School and the surrounding neighborhoods.  This event was created by Edgemont senior Simrin Rawal as a tribute to Taylor Matthews, an Edgemont student who passed away after a five-year battle with cancer. Simrin has been working with the Tay-bandz Charity and helping coordinate the Relay for Tay event for many years, and after supporting the cause for many years and after personally experiencing the effects of cancer through family members, she realized that everyone in the community has been touched by cancer in some way and she wanted to bring the community together to fight this terrible disease. As they run, participants are showered with color powder, creating a beautiful rainbow of color.  This in itself is a tribute to Taylor as rainbows were one of her favorite sights.  We want to bring the community together  to support the fight against cancer, celebrate cancer survivors, and raise funds for cancer research.  Participants can walk, run, or jog!  We will donate the money we raise to three worthwhile organizations: Conquering Kidz Cancer/Tay-Bandz, The Avon Foundation for Breast Cancer Research, and The American Cancer Society.  Hope to see you at the race. And—a big thank you to Simrin for working hard to help others.  Simrin is a role model for all of us!

Participants can register/donate here: https://raceroster.com/events/2016/8588/colors-against-cancer-5k

 

Good Morning Mr. Feiner;

 

Thank you for taking your time to speak with me this morning regarding the  A Loan Modification Assistance “One on One Workshop“, that our agency  is hosting. We are offering  FREE Housing Counseling with regards to Mortgages at the  White Plains Education & Training Center located   303 Quarropas Street  White Plains, NY 10601 on April 27, 2016 from  9:30am – 7pm.  We have two Mortgage Servicers that will be there Ocwen and Wells Fargo.

 

I would appreciate it if you could share this information with your constituents or put a notice in your weekly bulletin. I have attached a copy of our flyer so you can post the flyer on the towns website as well as on the towns public access TV stations.

 

Westchester Residential Opportunities (WRO) is a Nonprofit, HUD-certified housing counseling agency whose mission is to promote equal, affordable and accessible housing.  You can visit us on the web at www.wroinc.org.

 

Regards,

 

Patricia Ossino

I have just been advised that Con Edison is now working directly in the middle of the 4 corners (Central Avenue – East/West Hartsdale) intersection and eastbound/westbound traffic is currently being detoured. There are heavy delays on roadways leading to this intersection and the public should avoid the area if possible.

 

Chief Chris McNerney

Today’s gas leak on North Central Ave in the area of West Hartsdale Ave has resulted in traffic delays and inconveniences. Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities. And – Con Ed has been working hard addressing the problem.  The Greenburgh Police Department is currently assisting Con Edison with a gas leak on North Central Avenue in the area of West Hartsdale Avenue. Traffic delays are expected and motorists should use alternate routes if possible. At this time we have no information on the duration of this investigation.  This gas leak reminds many of the gas leak in 2013 on East Hartsdale Ave.  Some gas leaks around the metropolitan area in the past resulted in deaths/fatalities.

 

The issue: Is Con Ed being proactive? Does Con Ed have a plan to replace aging pipes that are in danger of leaking?  Should we reach out to the federal government to encourage federal financial assistance to utility companies to replace aging gas pipes?  How much funds does Con Ed allocate each year to aging infrastructure replacement? I think elected officials and Con Ed should work together to address our aging infrastructure  to reduce the risks of another serious gas explosion that could cause a loss of lives.  I have written to Con Ed officials asking that they report back on their plan of action to address this problem.

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

 

 

This is what I posted on the town website on March 16, 2014

What to do if you have a gas leak at home or at work? Tips from Con Ed

 

After the recent gas explosion, I received some e mails & calls from residents who were worried about gas leaks near their homes. I always advise residents who call Con Ed or Verizon with complaints to get a ticket number from the person they spoke with. If you want me to follow up and I know who you spoke with or have ticket number info- it makes it easier to get a response, if you need my help.

 

Con Edison crews remain at the site of this week’s buildings explosion and collapse in East Harlem seeking to restore gas and electric service to other impacted buildings, while also working with federal, state and local agencies on the investigation.

 

The utility is also working with the Red Cross and city agencies, providing assistance for living expenses to residents and families from the area whose buildings were evacuated due to the explosion.

 

The company reminds customers to call 1-800-75CONED if they smell gas.  Click here to view a video on gas safety: http://bcove.me/cc1usj6o

 

Con Edison offers customers a number of gas safety tips. When you suspect a gas leak you should:

 

  • Leave your home immediately and take others with you. If outside, get well away from where you suspect the gas is leaking.
  • Open windows before you leave if the odor is faint.
  • Call us at 1-800-75-CONED (1-800-752-6633) once safely away from the leak. (National Grid customers should call 1-718-643-4050.)
  • Tell us if there is also a problem with your electric service.
  • NOT do anything to create a spark that could cause an explosion, such as lighting a match, turning appliances on or off, using a phone or cell phone. Do not ring a doorbell or start a car.

 

 

Here are links to information on gas safety:

 

http://www.coned.com/customercentral/gassafety.asp

 

http://www.coned.com/customercentral/brochures/br_gassafety.pdf

 

http://www.coned.com/customercentral/gassafety_pipeline_integrity_plan.asp

 

Con Edison operates approximately 4,300 miles of natural gas mains in Manhattan, the Bronx, parts of Queens, and Westchester County.  The company inspects and monitors the system for potential gas leaks throughout the year.

Paul Feiner

 

Just spoke to the Police Chief. We have been advised that the gas leak repairs will continue till after 7 PM –could be as late as 11 PM.

 

This will impact traffic on W Hartsdale Ave, E Hartsdale Ave, Central Ave.  Sorry for the inconveniences.  Try avoiding these streets -if at all possible.

PAUL FEINER

Online Marketing Strategies  – Strategies and Tools for an Effective Online Presence
Tuesday, April 12,  6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Presenter: David Fischer, Solutions for Growth, LLC

Discover which online tools are a “must,” which are best for customer acquisition and which are ideal for development of customer loyalty and repeat business.  The presentation will cover:

What is online marketing?; Websites; Search Engine Optimization; Google AdWords; Mobile; Email marketing;  and Social Media.

Go to greenburghlibrary.org/calendar to register online  or call Carol at 721-8208.
Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Developing Your Executive Presence
Breakfast Meeting

Friday, April 15, 9:00 a.m. -10:30 a.m.

 Presenter: Kathy Meany
President and Founder, Phoenix Learning Solutions, LLC.
This workshop helps participants develop the skills and best practices of demonstrating executive presence. Topics include: What is Executive Presence?; Make the Most of Your First Impression; How to Promote Yourself through Your Appearance; Your Business Environment and Your Personal Style; and Eight Ways to Improve Your Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication.  Go to greenburghlibrary.org/calendar to register online  or call Carol at 721-8208.

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

What Makes a Business Idea Become a Success? Listen and Learn from 4 Entrepreneurs Who Made it Happen

Wednesday, April 27, 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Breakfast Meeting
Join us for an exciting program which offers a rare opportunity to all individuals in the community who are considering starting a business to hear from a panel of local entrepreneurs who have done it successfully. The panel will be moderated by Nina Mattikow and Bob Kotch of North Salem Partners.  Go to greenburghlibrary.org/calendar to register online  or call Carol at 721-8208.

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

 

“FUNANCE”
WHERE FUN AND FINANCE COLLIDE!
Saturday, April 30th @ 2:00 p.m.
for Kindergarten and up

Join Brad Zupp, a Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey clown and a financial analyst as he teaches us what it means to save money, plus why and how to do it.

“FUNance” is a family based show that uses juggling, magic, comedy and audience participation to engage children in learning about math and personal finance in both a fun & memorable way.

To register visit the web site
www.greenburghlibrary.org/calendar.

Questions? Please call the children’s room at 914-721-8227

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Con Edison has advised that they will finish their work this evening (in the Central Avenue East/West Hartsdale Avenue intersection) by 9:00pm

Commencing at 9:00am tomorrow morning, Con Edison will perform gas leak testing in the same general area. Expect lane closures tomorrow, but less than today. If additional excavation work is needed tomorrow, it will begin at 6:00pm. Traffic delays are likely and motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible.

 

Chief Chris McNerney

The Greenburgh Police Department is currently assisting Con Edison with a gas leak on North Central Avenue in the area of West Hartsdale Avenue. Traffic delays are expected and motorists should use alternate routes if possible. At this time we have no information on the duration of this investigation.

 

Chief Chris McNerney

THIS WEDNESDAY– 7 TO 8 PM AT GREENBURGH TOWN HALL –FIRST HOUR OF TOWN BOARD MEETING

TYLER TECHNOLOGIES,REASSESSMENT MONITOR AND ASSESSOR WILL DISCUSS REASSESSMENT PROCESS

WRITTEN QUESTIONS WILL BE ANSWERED

 

Melissa Baer, Project Manager and Richard Borst, Senior Research Scientist, with Tyler Technologies (Reassessment Contractor), and Ron Haberman from Haberman and Associates (Reassessment Monitor) along with our Town Assessor, Edye McCarthy, will be at the Town Board meeting on Wednesday April 13th from 7:00pm – 8:00pm to present information regarding the reassessment process and methodology used.  This presentation will include an explanation of the creation of the statistical models used for  the Town’s reassessment project as a whole.   The meeting will be streamed live on the town website: www.greenburghny.com and will also be archived on our website if you want to view the meeting after the fact.

 

Only written questions will be answered at this forum.  If you have any questions please e mail Edye McCarthy  at emccarthy@greenburghny.com and townboard@greenburghny.com. If you have questions specifically about your property, you should make an appointment with Tyler.  Because the Town Board meeting will take place right after the presentation – no questions from the floor will be accepted. All questions must be in writing.  The public will have a chance to comment on any issue–including reassessment during our public hearing and public comment portion of the meeting.

We cannot go into individual cases in this forum and timeframe. This presentation is about process.

 

I have also included links to previous power-point presentations and videos to help further understand the process.  We are trying to provide residents with maximum information about reassessment and the process.

VIDEO LINKS WILL ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS RE: REASSESSMENT

 

Reassessment is very complicated. There was a 3 hour question and answer session in Irvington  about the process with Town Assessor Edye McCarthy, Irvington Mayor Brian Smith, myself. Tarrytown Mayor Drew Fixell also attended that meeting.

Here’s a direct link to the meeting video: http://irvington.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=499

The Greenburgh Town Board asked the Assessor, Edye McCarthy to prepare a short video providing answers to questions about the reassessment process. I think you will find the video informative and helpful and give you a better understanding of what you need to do if you want to successfully challenge Tyler’s initial valuation.

https://youtu.be/3L6sA_6PWj8 Property Reassessment Q&A Video

In February the Town Board met with a representative of NYS and the Assessor to discuss homestead. Find out some of the reasons why we objected to homestead. Only 48 communities in NYS out of 1000 that have been reassessing have implemented homestead.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OMN5pbnO30&feature=youtu.be

 

Link to letter from NYS highlighting reasons why five year phase in does not work

http://www.greenburghny.com/Cit-e-Access/news/archnews.cfm?NID=40288&TID=10&jump2=0

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

Late last week I attended a ribbon cutting ceremony – Once Upon a Child- on Central Ave. When I arrived the place was packed with people. I was advised that there were lines early in the morning waiting to get in!  Have a feeling that this new business will be a big success.  We’re trying to replace some of the vacant storefronts on Central Ave with exciting new businesses. This is good news for the avenue and the town!    455 Central Ave, Scarsdale is the location

 
Sandro Olivo & Dr. Erica Cavallo-Olivo, residents of White Plains and parents of two young children have found a way to make it easy to be green. Always teaching their children the benefits of recycling, they have found a business that will allow families to buy kids stuff at very affordable prices and also be a place to sell back for cash. “Once Upon a Child” is the answer. 
 
“Once Upon A Child” is the nation’s leading buyer & seller of name brand gently used kid’s stuff. Simply gather up your kid’s stuff including: clothing, shoes, changing tables, strollers, highchairs, & toys, bring them to “Once Upon a Child” for payment in cash for all items accepted. You can also purchase at very affordable prices all items in the store. A perfect solution to affordability & finance. a real “Feel Good” experience.
 
Sandro & Erica purchased their “Once Upon a Child” franchise and after 4 months of hard work are now open for business. This past weekend they celebrated their grand opening with much fanfare and success. Chanel 12 News and Fios news both covered the event.  They welcome you to stop by their store for a visit and see for yourself what all the buzz is about. . 
 
“Once Upon a Child” is located at 455 Central Park Avenue, Scarsdale NY and is open
 7 days a week. Monday thru Saturday from 10AM to 8 PM and Sundays form 12 noon to 5PM. Visit their web site at Onceuponachildscarsdale.com for more information.  It’s important for residents of our town to show appreciation to our local merchants. If word gets out that the community is supportive it will make it much easier to replace our vacant stores.
PAUL FEINER

 

HYUNDAI CAR DEALERSHIP ON CENTRAL AVE APPROVED…MORE SIDEWALKS BEING BUILT

Earlier this week the Planning Board granted special permit and site plan approval for a new Hyundai Car Dealership at 111 Central Park Avenue South in Hartsdale. The existing building on the site (Formerly Barnes and Noble, and more recently a seasonal store) will be renovated and updated to a car showroom, office and related dealership uses. The applicant will be implementing new attractive landscaping on the site and will be constructing a new sidewalk along a portion of Central Park Avenue and South Washington Avenue. Hyundai will be the 4th Car dealership on Central Park Avenue in the Town of Greenburgh and the first new dealership since the recent enactment of legislation by the Town Board to permit new Car dealerships in the CA District. Construction is anticipated to commence in the next few months with an opening expected in 2016.

 

In 2015 the Town of Greenburgh was awarded a CDBG award to pay for the construction of a new sidewalk on Secor Road from Leona Place to Saw Mill River Road (Rt. 9A) and extending along Saw Mill River Road to the northbound Bee Line bus station. The Town Board, at its upcoming meeting on April 13th will consider selecting a surveyor and engineer to design the sidewalk. Construction of these sidewalks are slated to be complete later this year.

 

Below is a list of sidewalks that are anticipated to be constructed in 2016. Over 1.5 miles of new sidewalks (approximately 8,015 linear ft.).

 

Underhill Road/Sprain Road – 680 ft. in connection with Toll Brothers Subdivision.

Knollwood Road – 570 ft. in front of Solomon Schechter. *

Knollwood Road – 550 ft. in connection with Prospero Nursery. *

Central Park Avenue South – 550 ft. in front of the Esplanade. *

Central Park Avenue South – 125 ft. in front of the Fountain Diner.  *

Central Park Avenue South/S. Washington Avenue – 550 ft. along Hyundai’s frontage. *

Hampton Terrace/Downing Drive West – 800 ft. in connection with Rabin-Alexander Subdivision.

Benedict Avenue – 1,700 ft. opposite Hackley School’s frontage. *

Henry Street – 200 ft. in front of Ostashkin Dance Studio on Central Park Avenue South. *

Secor Road/Rt. 9A – 1,200 ft. as part of CDBG funding.

Seely Place – 850 ft.  (to Seely Place School)

Old Saw Mill River Road  – 240 ft. along Regeneron’s frontage.

Additionally, We’re working to extend the sidewalk from Fort Hill Road South (Ardsley Road) down to Penny Lane and also hope to build a sidewalk on Sprain Road to the Middle School.

 

*in connection with site plan approval.

 

Separate from above, in 2015, close to 1.5 miles of sidewalks were constructed in unincorporated Greenburgh along portions of Rt. 119, Benedict Avenue, Dobbs Ferry Road, Knollwood Road, Saw Mill River Road, Central Park Avenue and Hillcrest Road.

Paul Feiner

 

phone number of NYS Tax Freeze Call Center  518 453 8146

Have you received your tax refund check from NYS?  A number of people who had contacted me a few weeks back- concerned that they haven’t received their checks- provided me with some good news during the past few days. The checks were have been received!  These checks are only sent to residents who reside in communities (school, town, fire districts) that have kept the tax hikes BELOW the tax cap. The town of Greenburgh has complied with the tax cap annually.   If you haven’t received your check yet ===If you have any further inquiries you can call the Property Tax Freeze call center at 518-453-8146.  You can also e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com and I will follow up with the state.  On another matter – I am reaching out to NYS officials. I have advised them that the reassessment of town properties will result in sudden and dramatic tax increases for some residents of Greenburgh. I’m hopeful that the state will work with the town in helping us come up with a mitigation plan to soften the impacts.

 

Last month I spoke with the chief operating officer of the United States Postal Service about postal service complaints. The regional manager and I met. Meetings with local postmasters will be scheduled- providing you with a chance to highlight any concerns.  The United States Postal Service is taking our concerns seriously. It’s important to let them know how you feel about the service you’re getting–praise and problems.  Please also e mail me at pfeiiner@greenburghny.com   I want to monitor what’s happening and do follow up on all concerns.

 

Following a successful month-long community outreach in March, Westchester postmasters are announcing their April schedule for interactive sessions at Post Offices in the Town of Greenburgh.  The innovative Grow Your Business Days outreach provides opportunities for residents to meet the local postmaster and discuss mail services.  Postal marketing representatives will also be on hand to demonstrate easy, cost-effective ways for local business people to reach potential customers and grow revenue by leveraging the power of direct mail.

The participating Post Offices include: Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Tarrytown, White Plains, Centuck in Yonkers, Hastings on Hudson, Irvington, Scarsdale, Hartsdale, and Valhalla.  Already in full swing, the April schedule includes the following sessions:

April 16, 2016 10am-12pm April 16, 2016 10am-12pm April 23, 2016 10am-12pm
Elmsford Post Office Dobbs Ferry Post Office Ardsley Post Office
2 E. Main St 120 Main St. 875 Saw Mill River Rd
Elmsford, NY 10523 Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522 Ardsley, NY 10502
April 23, 2016 10am-12pm April 23, 2016 11am- 12pm April 23, 2016 10am-11pm April 23, 2016 10am-12pm
Irvington Post Office Hasting on Hudson Post Office Centuck Post Office Valhalla Post Office
25 N. Buckhout St. 591 Warburton Ave 1585 Central Park Ave 10 Cleveland St.
Irvington, NY 10533 Hasting on Hudson, NY 10706 Yonkers, NY 10710 Valhalla, NY 10595
April 28, 2016 5-7pm April 30, 2016 10am-12pm April 30, 2016 10am-12pm
White Plains Post Office Scarsdale Post Office Hartsdale Post Office
100 Fisher Ave 29 Chase Rd 441 Central Park Ave
White Plains, NY 10606 Scarsdale, NY 10583 Scarsdale, NY 10583

 

 

For extensive information about how to contact the Postal Service via phone or email, log onto USPS.com and click on Contact Us at the bottom of the homepage on the left hand side.

PAUL FEINER

On Tuesday evening Irvington Mayor Brian Smith, Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy and I spoke to  over 125 Irvington residents discussing the reassessment that is currently taking place. Irvington Mayor Drew Fixell also attended and shared his thoughts on a possible mitigation initiative.

Town Assessor Edye McCarthy spent about three hours explaining the process and answering many specific questions.  She also provided residents with pointers re: important information that should highlighted if you disagree with Tyler’s tentative assessment and believe that corrections need to be made.  Our goal: The assessment should be fair. The town has to comply with NYS law –which is very complicated.

 

This video contains very useful information. If you have further questions, please feel free to e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com.  On Wednesday evening, April 13th there will be additional discussions on the reassessment process at the Greenburgh Town Board meeting.

ATTACHED- PLEASE find Tyler Revaluation Terminology. that also could be helpful.

Here’s a direct link to the meeting video: http://irvington.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=499

PAUL FEINER

Tyler Revaluation Terminology

GREENBURGH TO RETROFIT 3,400 LIGHTS WITH LED STREETLIGHTS—TO REDUCE STREETLIGHT ENERGY USAGE BY 61%—

To save energy and control costs, the Town of Greenburgh is replacing all of our streetlights with more efficient LED lights.  The LED (Light Emitting Diode) light uses less electricity than the High Pressure Sodium lights and Mercury Vapor lights (cobrahead) that are currently in place across the Town and are guaranteed to the Town for 10-years.  Several years ago, under a grant program, the Town installed about 130 LED fixtures to see how they would perform.  After several years, these LED lights are still working well and provide a whiter light that many find provides better illumination than the orange glow of the older style lamps.

 

Over the next six months, approximately 3,400 cobrahead streetlight fixtures will be converted to energy saving, long-life LED luminaires under a $1.4 million contract with Lumen Light Solutions.  This luminaire conversion program will reduce the town’s energy usage on streetlights by 61%, or 1.5 million kilowatt hours, and will save $345,000 in energy costs each year, based upon current energy costs.   This energy savings will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 1,035 metric tons.

 

YESTERDAY I posted an advisory about the new initiative that the town of Greenburgh is involved in with Sustainable Westchester that we hope will result in lower Con Ed bills.  A resident asked me to post a clarification. Although we believe that the Con Ed bills will be lower – it’s not guaranteed.  The rate that Greenburgh and participating communities are going to get from Con EdSolutions  is a fixed amount for two years. The rates are currently less than what you pay Con Ed for.  It’s possible that Con Ed rates can be lower—although we think that over the course of two years that is unlikely.   Any resident who doesn’t want to participate can opt out of the program the town signed up for.  This is the memo the constituent sent to me….

 

Q: Will I save money by participating in Westchester Power?

 

A: Westchester Power rates will stay exactly the same every month, and are fixed at a price lower than the average rate for ConEd and NYSEG in 2015. There is no guarantee, however, that the Westchester Power fixed rates will be lower than utility rates in any given month.

 

The real purpose of the program, it seems, is a stabilization of payments, not necessarily any (significant) savings. I don’t think that you made it clear that there may or may not be savings either on a monthly basis or in the longer term; in fact, you state, unequivocally, that there will be savings. I believe residents deserve a fair and balanced perspective on this proposed change.

 

 

MAKE A WISH EVENT FRIDAY

Make-A-Wish Hudson® Valley will present a benefit concert of Broadway show music at 8 PM, Friday, April 8 at the historic Tarrytown Music Hall. It will help the non-profit grant wishes for more than 150 local children with life-threatening medical conditions.  For the past 30 years, the Make-A-Wish chapter has made a difference in the lives of more than 2,400 children throughout the region.

“Frank and Friends” will be headlined by legendary Broadway composer and songwriter Frank Wildhorn. Known for both his musicals and popular songs including the number one international hit song, “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”—made famous by Whitney Houston – and the song “Gold”, heard at the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1999 Wildhorn became the first composer to have three Broadway musicals running on Broadway simultaneously: Jekyll and Hyde,The Scarlet Pimpernel and The Civil War.

Appear with Wildhorn at the concert will be Rob Evan (Jekyll and Hyde, Les Miserables, Disney’s Tarzan); Jeremy Jordan (Newsies, Rock of Ages, Bonnie and Clyde) and Laura Osnes(Grease, Cinderella, Bonnie and Clyde).

Ticket prices (with all proceeds to benefit the Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley) range from $35 to $175 and can be ordered by visiting www.tarrytownmusichall.org or by calling 877-840-0457.

Paul Feiner

Yesterday residents started to receive information from Con Ed solutions advising them that residents of Greenburgh will experience a switch in their electricity provider to Con Ed solutions. The letter indicated that utility customers will be signed up UNLESS they opt out.  Some people have written to me wondering if that is legitimate.  The answer is YES.

Welcome to the Westchester Community Choice Aggregation Program, or Westchester Power – a new local option for electricity!  Over the past several months, Greenburgh  has been working with other communities in Westchester  to create a new energy program that will provide residents and small businesses an opportunity to fix electricity costs and save money on electric bills. Westchester is the first community in the state to be involved in this choice aggregation program. The concept has been successful around the nation and has saved utility customers dollars.   The program may also accelerate the development of local renewable generation and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Westchester County.  This program has been officially approved by your municipality.

Because Greenburgh is enrolled in the Westchester Power program, the price you pay for electricity is about to go down.

Participation is easy.  All eligible residential and small commercial electricity customers in Greenburgh and in the municipalities that signed on will be AUTOMATICALLY enrolled in the program.  Your electricity will continue to be delivered by your utility, Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison), the same as now.  You’ll be billed in exactly the same way, but your power will now be supplied by a supplier called Con Edison Solutions.  You will continue to call your local utility, Con Edison if your power goes out and their service level to you will not change in any way.

Beginning with the bill you receive for your May-June service period, Con Edison Solutions will be reflected as your supplier on your utility bill.  If you are happy receiving less expensive* electricity from Con Edison Solutions, then you don’t need to do a thing.  In fact, you can toss this letter into the recycling bin and start saving.

The Westchester Power program benefits you with:
PRICE STABILITY – Sustainable Westchester has negotiated an electricity supply price that is fixed and will not fluctuate on a monthly basis, the way supply charges from Con Edison fluctuate.
CHOICE – The program gives you two alternatives to the utility’s electricity supply: the low-price default supply offering, as well as supply backed by 100% renewable sources.  Unless you actively choose the 100% renewable option, you will be automatically enrolled in the cheaper default supply option.  The town of Greenburgh did not sign everyone up for the greener option because we wanted to make sure that we’re offering everyone the most savings possible. If you are interested in purchasing green power and are willing to pay a little more you can opt into that program.
Rate Comparison Trailing 12 month price from Consolidated Edison Company of New York**  Default Supply Option   100% Renewable Energy Supply
(Green Option))
Residential (EL1)       $0.0809 $0.0738 $0.0768
Small Commercial (EL2)  $0.0968 $0.0961 $0.0965
**Weighted average supply price for 12 months ending Feb 2016 for customer taking supply from Con Edison Company of New York

*Savings Comparison is made to the average rate a customer would have paid for supply if they took service from Con Edison for the 12 months ending February 2016.  Con Edison’s future supply rate is variable and may increase or decrease from month to month.

DON’T WANT TO PARTICIPATE?
There is no penalty or fee to opt out of the program, and you may do so at any time by any of the following methods:
Desired Action  Required Action
Opt out of Westchester Power Program before it starts   Return opt out post card within 20 days of receiving it
OR
Go to www.westchesterpower.org, click the “OPT OUT” bar and fill out the form, or fill out and return the pre-paid postcard included with this letter.
OR
Call  Con Edison Solutions at
1-888-437-1722
Choose the 100% renewable option        Go to www.westchesterpower.org, click on the “OPT UP” bar and fill out the form.
Enroll in Westchester Power Program     No Action Required.
You will be automatically enrolled on your May 2016 meter read date and see your new rate reflected on your bill for May-June period.
De-enroll from Westchester Power Program after it has started   Call Con Edison Solutions at 1-888-437-1722 and ask to be de-enrolled.  There are no cancellation fees or penalties.

IF YOU HAVE AN EXISTING SUPPLY CONTRACT – If you have already established a contract with a different electricity supplier, but you received this letter, you should opt out of the program.
For more information, visit www.westchesterpower.org, or call (855) 4-WCPOWER (492-7693).

Below is a listing of all the Municipalities that are part of the Sustainable Westchester Program!

New Rochelle                    White Plains                    Town of Bedford
Town of Greenburgh              Town of Mamaroneck              Town of New Castle
Town of Ossining                Village of Hasting-on-Hudson    Village of Irvington
Village of Larchmont            Village of Mamaroneck           Village of Mount Kisco
Village of Ossining             Village of Pelham               Village of Pleasantville
Village of Rye Brook            Village of Tarrytown            Town of Lewisboro
Town of Somers                  Town of North Salem

PAUL FEINER

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Last week residents of the villages and unincorporated section of town received their tax bills. Some residents of the villages have asked me –what does the town do for the villages? Why are they a part of the town of Greenburgh when garbage collection, police, zoning and planning, snow removal and most recreation services are offered by the villages – not the town.

The villages are a part of the town because of NYS law. The average resident of each of the villages pays less than 2% of their entire tax bill for town services. The bulk of your taxes (over 60%) goes to the schools. Westchester County, the village, the county refuse district make up the balance.  Residents think they are paying more to the town because we act as a tax collector for the school district and the county.  If you don’t pay your taxes to the school district or county the town is required by law to pay both the county and schools 100% of the taxes  owed whether it was collected or not.  That’s why we are able to acquire properties in the villages –if there is a foreclosure the town takes possession of the property. We have worked with the villages in recent years turning foreclosed properties in Hastings and Ardsley into affordable housing.

 

What does the town do for the 2% of your entire tax bill?

 

  1. We offer advance life support (ALS) and paramedic services which has a proven record of repeatedly saving the lives of village residents.   Hopefully, you won’t need them, but if you do these services are ready to respond to your call 24 hours a day.

 

  1. The town’s town wide senior program serves or delivers over 30,000 meals to village seniors each year. The program provides a hot meal five days a week to eligible seniors.  We have three nutrition sites – in Dobbs Ferry, Tarrytown and unincorporated Greenburgh.  Our home delivery program provides delivery services to seniors who cannot come to one of these sites.

 

  1. The town has a recreation program for developmentally disabled residents.

 

  1. The town’s animal control department responds to calls for service within the

villages.  If there is a stray or injured animal the animal control unit will respond. We transport the animals to an appropriate medical facility for care.

 

  1. The town’s civil defense unit provides civil defense services during natural  disasters and other major events, such as post 9/11 and during blackouts. These services include coordination of communications for police, fire, paramedics and refilling of air packs and fresh air for specialized rescues.  The unit also responds to refill the air tanks of village volunteer firefighters during fires.

 

 

  1. The town’s highly trained and specially equipped special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team is available 24/7 to respond to emergencies.  Officers from throughout the town who meet very rigorous standards are readily available to respond to emergencies in the villages.

 

  1. The town’s road striping unit is responsible for striping roads, including the center and side lines and crosswalks on roads in all six villages.

 

  1. The town acts as a collection agent for the schools and county.  The town guarantees 100% of the taxes to both entities.  If you do not pay your school or county tax bill the town pays it for you.  The town then has to use its offices to pursue collection of all unpaid taxes.

 

  1. The Town Clerk
  • Responds to FOIL requests from residents town-wide; and provides…
  • dog licenses to residents, town-wide;
  • marriage licenses to residents, town-wide; New York State Licenses:  Fishing, Hunting, Handicap Parking Permits;
  • Town of Greenburgh Licenses:  Cabaret, Canvassing/Peddlers & Solicitors, Filming, Sanitation (private), Taxicab and Taxi Driver;
  • Senior Citizen Rent Abatement Program (ETPA) for qualified town residents;
  • Management of  all vital records (marriages and deaths) that occur in the Town of Greenburgh;
  • Sales Tax Letters to residents and businesses for correct Sales Tax amount for the town; and several other miscellaneous services.

 

  1. The Town’s Sewer Department  responds to calls for service from the villages for sewer emergencies  24/7,

which require the use of The Town’s jet/vac truck and operator.

 

Because the Theodore Young Community Center was paid for with federal and state tax dollars, residents of the villages have the ability to use the indoor pool at the Theodore Young Community center and to participate in their programs.

 

The above are some highlights representing the services offered to village residents. I hope this information answers some questions. Feel free to contact me with any further questions.

PAUL FEINER

Greenburgh Town Supervisor

 

Greenburgh is a member of Sustainable Westchester, a consortium of local governments that is addressing sustainability concerns. They are looking for an executive director. This is the job posting.

For over six years I have been sharing job posts about job opportunities with residents. At least a few hundred people have landed jobs as a result of the job posts. If you’re out of work and want to be added to the list, please advise.

PAUL FEINER

Executive Director

Sustainable Westchester

Sustainable Westchester, a not-for-profit organization, is a membership-based consortium of municipalities that addresses critical sustainability concerns within Westchester County. Formed from the merger of the Northern and Southern Westchester Energy Action consortia in 2014, Sustainable Westchester’s membership has rapidly expanded to include the membership of virtually every municipality in Westchester County and now serves more than 900,000 residents.

The organization provides a forum for communities to share ideas, develop programs and procedures, and formulate effective responses to important sustainability-related opportunities. It convenes and provides support to individuals in member municipalities through volunteer-led Working Groups. Presently there are four Working Groups: Land Use/Transportation, Energy, Materials Management, and Water.  The Working Groups set the strategic direction for initiatives in these areas based on the needs and opportunities presented to the member municipalities.   Website: http://sustainablewestchester.org/

Position

Sustainable Westchester is seeking a qualified and experienced candidate to fill its paid full-time Executive Director position. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director will have overall operational responsibility for Sustainable Westchester’s programs, expansion, and execution of its mission. S/he will initially develop a deep knowledge of the field, core programs, operations, and business plans. Other key duties include fundraising, marketing, and community outreach.

The Executive Director will be responsible for overseeing and executing daily administrative, communication and programmatic tasks to ensure the smooth and effective operations of the organization.

This is a unique opportunity to take on a leadership role in a young, evolving and dynamic organization. The successful candidate will possess a combination of fundraising, organizational and programmatic skills while demonstrating initiative, flexibility and a passion for sustainability initiatives.

Responsibilities

  1. Board Governance: Works closely with the Board of Directors in order to fulfill the organization’s mission.
  • Responsible for leading Sustainable Westchester under the guidance and supervision of the Board of Directors.
  • Responsible for communicating effectively with the Board and providing, in a timely and accurate manner, all information necessary (including budget, program and staff information) for the Board to function properly and to make informed decisions.
  1. Financial Performance, Fundraising and Viability: Develops resources sufficient to ensure the financial health of the organization.
  • Responsible for identifying and pursuing fundraising opportunities, including drafting grant proposals and developing other resources necessary to support Sustainable Westchester’s operations.
  • Responsible for working with the Board to ensure the fiscal integrity of the organization by preparing monthly financial statements, submitting a proposed annual budget that accurately reflects the ongoing financial condition of the organization, and ensuring the timely completion of all financial requirements, including taxes.
  • Responsible for fiscal management that generally anticipates operating within the approved budget, ensures maximum resource utilization, and maintenance of the organization in a positive financial position.
  1. Organization Mission and Strategy:

Works with Board, staff, consultants, and contractors to ensure that the organization’s mission is fulfilled through programs that are responsive to the needs of the member municipalities.

  • Responsible for implementation of Sustainable Westchester’s programs and policies as identified by the Working Groups.
  • Responsible for conveying to the Board the needs of the Working Groups to enable the Board to establish a strategic plan for the organization’s fulfillment of its mission.
  • Responsible for ensuring that Sustainable Westchester, its mission, and activities are accurately visible in the community through oversight of media coverage of programs and activities, as well as website, Facebook, and social media outlets.
  • Responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with aligned organizations to strategically enhance Sustainable Westchester’s mission.
  1. Organization Operations: Oversees and implements appropriate resources to ensure that the operations of the organization are appropriate.
  • Responsible for the effective administration of Sustainable Westchester operations.
  • Responsible for preparing and presenting monthly reports to the Board on the organization’s activities and progress in achieving its mission and reaching its financial objectives.
  • Responsible for managing the administration of day-to-day operations, including routine administrative tasks.
  • Responsible for the hiring and retention of competent, qualified staff, consultants, and contractors.
  • Responsible for signing all notes, agreements, and other instruments made and entered into and on behalf of the organization.

Professional Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in a relevant field preferred
  • Proven track record leading and/or managing an organization/department/agency (preferably a non-profit)
  • Preference for demonstrated experience and familiarity with municipal operations and/or public administration
  • Passion for and experience with working on environmental, sustainability, conservation, and climate change issues
  • Solid, hands-on, budget management skills, including budget preparation, analysis, decision-making and reporting
  • Strong organizational abilities including planning, delegating, program development and task facilitation
  • Ability to convey a vision of Sustainable Westchester’s strategic future to any staff, board, volunteers and donors
  • A strong fundraising and donor relations background with a proven track record of building financial and volunteer support for sustainability of an organization (preferably a non-profit)
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate board members and other volunteers
  • Excellent communication skills, with proven ability to write and speak articulately and persuasively
  • Proficient knowledge of computer and technology programs
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteer and donor groups
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with any staff
  • Strong public speaking ability

Position Type: Full-time

Salary: Commensurate with experience and other qualifications

Email résumé and cover letter to: Sara Goddard (goddardsw@gmail.com)

Application Due Date: April 15, 2016

Many residents contacted me this weekend. They just received their tax bills which are due at the end of April. The dollar amounts are using the old assessment numbers. The reason: The tax rolls are finalized in September- not in April. Between now and September Tyler, the Assessor and the Board of Assessment will continue to make modifications in the assessment numbers that you received last month. This is in compliance with NYS law.  The new assessment numbers will be finalized in September of this year and taxes will be based on those numbers starting in  2017.  Other questions: Do you have to reapply for STAR?  The answer: Only if you receive the enhanced STAR benefits (which is income based for seniors).

The Assessor, Edye McCarthy and Town Board want to make sure that you are assessed correctly. When I met with the Assessor on Saturday at Town Hall  she indicated that about 2,000 property owners out of 28,000 have so far contacted Tyler technologies making appointments for informal hearings to seek adjustments in the tentative assessment numbers. If you have not asked for an appointment yet please call Tyler at  1-800-273-8605. There are closer to 6,000 properties that will experience tax hikes after the reassessment is completed. I’m hopeful that those who feel that Tyler’s estimated property values were wrong will seek a meeting so that Tyler could make appropriate adjustments.

28,000 properties are a lot of properties to assess at one time (the first reassessment in 60 years). Tyler is making some adjustments. If residents meet with Tyler and in June you’re not satisfied with the results – the Assessor (at that time) has the option to make adjustments. And you also have the opportunity to file a grievance with the Citizens Board of Assessment Review. Look at the letter you received from Tyler last month as only a first draft. The final rolls won’t be finalized until September.

 

During the past few weeks the Assessor, Deputy Assessor, staff in the assessors office and I have been meeting with many residents –answering questions, providing them with records they are requesting that will help them when they meet with Tyler and discussing process. We’re more than willing to meet with individuals, neighborhood civic associations, even a handful of your neighbors during this process. We share similar goals: No one wants you to pay more than your fair share in taxes. If you would like to schedule a meeting with me and the Assessor or Deputy Assessor to discuss the process or to obtain more information about your own property, please e mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com.

 

What should you bring to Tyler when you meet with them? photographs (inside and out), cost estimates of any work completed or in the process, an appraisal or a market analysis from a realtor, sales listing or contract of sale, comparable sales in your neighborhood, and lastly, everything and anything you feel would change the value of your home, such as, but definitely not limited to: your property floods, you live on a busy corner, or close to a highway or commercial property or tension wires, etc.  another example, may be, your kitchen and bathrooms have not been updated or they have, or the house is under construction.  Again, the more you tell them, the more information they will have to assess your property correctly.  By law, you do not have to let them, but it would surely help if they request an inspection.  There is a lot of information on the town website: www.greenburghny.com (home page). We are also adding more information on the Assessors page (on the left side of the home page there is a category called departments. Click Assessor and you’ll find some additional helpful info.

We are also planning to try to come up with some recommendations that could ease the impact of tax hikes for those who will be reassessed upwards. Most people in town will see no impacts or tax cuts as a result of the reassessment. But -others will experience hikes and it would be great if we could figure out a way to help them.  Please continue to e mail me your suggestions: pfeiner@greenburghny.com. Some of the mitigation recommendations will probably require State Legislative approvals.

Finally–although some people are upset that we are reassessing after 60 years because their taxes went up– it should be pointed out that reassessment is not a revenue generator for the town. The goal is fairness: people living in the same kind of house should pay similar taxes –not thousands of dollars in different amounts. Over the years some people added additions to their properties without notifying the town. During the reassessment process we’re able to adjust the taxes on these homes -based on the additional work that was done. There are taxpayers who have been overpaying for years. Now, after the reassessment is implemented their taxes will go down and they will pay only their fair share. And–once the reassessment is completed we should see fewer grievances. The town, school, county, fire districts have been issuing up to $10 million per year in tax refunds, paying significant dollars in defending these certiorari actions in legal costs. That will slow down.  So in summary – it was important to reassess. However – we want to make sure that your properties are assessed correctly.

Members of the Town Board are also interested in hearing from you. Feel free to e mail the entire Town Board at town board@greenburghny.com. Francis Sheehan, Diana Juettner, Ken Jones, Kevin Morgan and I want you to have confidence in what you’re doing and we would be happy to respond to your questions and suggestions. The Town Board also approved a law requiring periodic reassessments approximately every five years so the town will never experience this tax shift again.

PAUL FEINER

Not Your Average Board Game Night for Teens! 
April 6, 2016 @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Find board games exciting again, and get to play all those fun alternative board games and tabletop games you’ve been hearing about, at Greenburgh Public Library. We’ve got tons of fun and exciting competitive and collaborative games to choose from that blow your average Monopoly out of the water. Build a trans-continental railroad with Ticket To Ride, conquer medieval France or the Star Wars Galaxy in Carcassone, manage resources and land withSettlers of Catan, cure international disease in Pandemic, or escape death and destruction with Forbidden Island and Forbidden Desert… and so much more!

Learn the rules, tips and tricks from our gamers or conquer your favorite games with friends. For more details or to sign up visitgreenburghlibrary.org/calendar or call 914-721-8224.

Event Location: Greenburgh Public Library, 300 Tarrytown Road, Elmsford, NY 10523

Second Annual Poetry Contest for Adults & Teens! 
Happening Now @ GPL!
Teen poets 12 – 17 years of age
Adult poets 18 – older

Adult
First Prize: $100
Second Prize: $50

Teen
First Prize: $100
Second Prize:
$50

Rules can be found at
http://www.greenburghlibrary.org/second-annual-adult-teen-poetry-contest-happening-now/

Deadline is midnight, Sunday, April 10, 2016.

Email your poem & entry form to:  gplpoetrycontest@gmail.com

This contest is sponsored by the Friends of the Greenburgh Library. Winners will be announced on the evening of April 20, 2016 at the GPL Poetry Celebration.

Dr. Tahira DuPree Chase Wins National Award for Communications

Congratulations to Dr. Tahira DuPree Chase, Superintendent of the Greenburgh Central School District, who has been named among the country’s top 25 Superintendents to Watch in 2015-16 by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA). She was one of only two New York State superintendents recognized by NSPRA.
The honor was announced by NSPRA this week, and the organization said Dr. Chase was chosen for “demonstrating dynamic lership with a strong emphasis on communication.” This is the first time NSPRA has recognized new superintendents with fewer than five years of experience as a superintendent. Dr. Chase has been Superintendent in Greenburgh for less than a year.
“These superintendents are recognized for using dynamic, fast-paced leadership with strong communication at its core,” said NSPRA in announcing the 25 winners. “They engage and inform their school communities with new communication technology tools combined with tried-and-true techniques.”
As part of the award, which also was sponsored by the educational technology company SchoolMessenger, Dr. Chase will be profiled in an NSPRA newsletter, which is circulated nationally to organization members, and receive an award certificate. She has also been invited to attend NSPRA’s national Seminar and superintendents’ luncheon, which will be held in Chicago in July.
Here is a complete list of the Superintendents to Watch winners:
• Dr. Nick Brake, Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro, KY
• Mrs. Jennifer Brown, Cadillac Area Public Schools, Cadillac, MI
• Amy Bryan, Butler County School System, AL
• Dr. Shari L. Camhi, Baldwin School District, Baldwin, NY
• PJ Caposey, Meridian CUSD 223, Oregon, IL
• Dr. S. Dallas Dance, Baltimore County Public Schools, MD
• Mark Duerwaechter, Kaukauna Area School District, WI
• Dr. Richard F. Dunlap, Upper Darby School District, PA
• Dr. Tahira Dupree Chase, Greenburgh School District, NY
• Steven Estepp, Mariemont City School District, OH
• Kathy Greenich, Knox County Career Center, OH
• Dr. Steven K. Hirase, Murray City School District, Murray, UT
• Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Rockford Public School District #205, IL
• James F. Lane, Goochland County Public Schools, VA
• Dr. Michael Lubelfeld, Deerfield Public Schools District, IL
• Dr. Richard Machesky, Troy School District, Troy, MI
• Dr. Khalid N. Mumin, Reading School District, Reading, PA
• Dr. Sheila Phillips, Vestavia Hills City Schools, AL
• Dr. H.T. Sanchez, Tucson Unified School District, AZ
• Richard T. Sniscak, Parkland School District, Allentown, PA
• David Stegall, Newton-Conover City Schools, Newton, NC
• Dr. Jim Sutfin, Millard Public Schools, Omaha, NE
PAUL FEINER

SOME PEOPLE NOT SHOWING UP FOR APPOINTMENTS WITH TYLER

INFO THAT CAN HELP YOU MAKE A STRONGER CASE WHEN YOU MEET WITH TYLER

 

Tyler Technologies is still making appointments for the informal hearings, if you have still not made an appointment and need them to review your assessment, please call 1-800-273-8605.

 

They have reported to the assessor that there have been many people making appointments and not attending the hearings.  If you cannot make the appointment you made, please call them so they can fill the slot with others who need them.

 

Also, I received some information from our Town Assessor, as to what you may want to bring with you to prove your case to them.  I am sending this out to assist in the process: photographs (inside and out), cost estimates of any work completed or in the process, an appraisal or a market analysis from a realtor, sales listing or contract of sale, comparable sales in your neighborhood, and lastly, everything and anything you feel would change the value of your home, such as, but definitely not limited to: your property floods, you live on a busy corner, or close to a highway or commercial property or tension wires, etc.  another example, may be, your kitchen and bathrooms have not been updated or they have, or the house is under construction.  Again, the more you tell them, the more information they will have to assess your property correctly.  By law, you do not have to let them, but it would surely help if they request an inspection.

 

I hope this information helps. Will continue to provide information to the community about the reassessment process–which I know is very stressful for those who have been advised that their taxes could go up.

Paul Feiner

The Town of Greenburgh Department of Parks and Recreation would like to announce that the registration deadline for the 2016 Youth Girls Softball League is fast approaching. REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1ST, 2016. Copies of this year’s registration form were distributed to the local schools and are also available at Town Hall, TDYCC, the Library and the Parks and Recreation Registration office. Copy’s can also be downloaded from our website at www.greenburghny.com located in the Document & Forms section.

For more information on please visit our website at www.greenburghny.com  Once at our website look under the Parks & Recreation Department listing for Youth Softball/Tee Ball. There you will find a list of frequently asked questions.

Since this is a parent coached program parents are needed to take on this rewarding and valuable task. Any parent interested in coaching should look for the Frequently Asked Questions document for details regarding becoming certified.

This league will consist of teams from Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, Elmsford Recreation, Edgemont Recreation, Irvington Parks & Recreation as well as the Tarrytown TNT and Hastings Little League program. Games will start on April 23rd. All players will be drafted onto teams. This league is a parent driven league with parents serving as coaches and assistant coaches. Parents are expected, and may be called on, to assist in some capacity.

ELIGIBILITY: All participants must reside or attend school in the unincorporated Town of Greenburgh. 

                                 All participants must be in 3rd-6th grade.

COST:  $43 – Please make checks payable to: Greenburgh Parks & Recreation

                                                                                11 Olympic Lane

                                                                                Ardsley, NY 10502

Registration deadline is:  APRIL 1st, 2016.   No late registrations can be accepted.

For more information call (914) 693-8985 ext 153 or e-mail Bob Kaczmarek at rkaczmarek@greenburghny.com for more information.

The Town of Greenburgh Department of Parks and Recreation would like to announce that the registration deadline for the 2016 1st & 2nd Grade Co-ed Tee Ball Leagues is fast approaching. The deadline is APRIL 1ST. 2016. Copies of this year’s registration form were distributed to the local schools and are also available at Town Hall, TDYCC, the Library and the Parks and Recreation Registration office. Copy’s can also be downloaded from our website at www.greenburghny.com located in the Document & Forms section.

For more information on please visit our website at www.greenburghny.com  Once at our website look under the Parks & Recreation Department listing for Youth Softball/Tee Ball. There you will find a list of frequently asked questions.

Since this is a parent coached program parents are needed to take on this rewarding and valuable task. Any parent interested in coaching should look for the Frequently Asked Questions document for details regarding becoming certified.

This league will consist of teams from Greenburgh Parks & Recreation, Elmsford Recreation & Edgemont Recreation. Games will be played on Saturdays beginning April 23rd , 2016. All players will be drafted onto teams. This league is a parent driven league with parents serving as coaches and assistant coaches. Parents are expected, and may be called on, to assist in some capacity.

ELIGIBILITY: All participants must reside or attend school in the unincorporated Town of Greenburgh. 

                                 All participants must be in 1st or 2nd grade.

COST:  $43 – Please make checks payable to: Greenburgh Parks & Recreation

                                                                                11 Olympic Lane

                                                                                Ardsley, NY 10502

Registration deadline is:  APRIL 1st, 2016.   No late registrations can be accepted.

For more information call (914) 693-8985 ext 153 or e-mail Bob Kaczmarek at rkaczmarek@greenburghny.com  for more information.

Residents of the town have been asking us to provide more information about the reassessment. The following map was posted on the Assessor’s page of the Greenburgh website: www.greenburghny.com  and highlights changes in residential assessments by school district.

http://www.greenburghny.com/documents/Assessment%20Change%20Percentage%20-%20School.pdf

 

Tabular statistics

http://www.greenburghny.com/documents/Reassessment%20Tabular%20Statistics.PDF

We understand that residents have legitimate questions and concerns about the reassessment process and want to provide the community with the maximum information possible.

PARTIAL TAX EXEMPTIONS

The partial property tax exemptions that a taxpayer may be eligible for are as follows:

 

Senior Citizen

Veterans

Disabled,

Non profit, and

STAR (School TAx  Relief).

 

All exemption applications MUST be filed in the assessment department at Greenburgh Town Hall no later than May 1.  You can download the most common of these exemption forms by clicking on the “Documents & Forms” section of the assessors page

 

 

HOW WE ARRIVE AT YOUR ASSESSMENT

As of June 2016, the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh, as well as the Villages of Irvington and Ardsley will be assessed at 100%.  This means that the assessment should match current market value.

 

 

The Town assesses all real property at a percentage of market value.  The percentage is known as an equalization rate (ER).  These rates are established by the NYS Office of real Property Services (http://www.orps.state.ny.us/) annually.  This rate and ratio changed annually based on real estate market trends.  Most important is their use to equalize the assessment into full market value prior to 2016.  Example of both shown below:

 

Prior Assessed Value         Rate                        Value

16,500         /             3.09% (EQ)      =    $533,980

 

2016 Assessed Value         Rate                       Value

533,980         /                100%              =   $533,980

 

 

Please Note: For the Villages of Tarrytown, Dobbs Ferry, Hastings, and Elmsford, the Village portion of their taxes will be based on the prior method of assessing (a percentage of market value).  They will still use the ratio based system to determine value.

 

 

More information about the reassessment will be posted on the home page and on the assessors page during the process.

CONCERT FOR BENEFIT OF MIDNIGHT RUN –SERVING THE STREET HOMELESS IN NYC SINCE 1984 OFFERING FOOD, CLOTHING AND CARING  STEEL PASSION  Sunday  April 3 at 3 PM

At South Presbyterian Church, 343 Broadway, Dobbs Ferry  Suggested contribution $20.. A great cause—South Presbyterian Church is a member of the Interfaith Caring Community of Greenburgh.

 

A site visit to Lawrence/Saw Mill Parkway. originally scheduled for Thursday at 2:30 PM has been posted. We are trying to encourage law enforcement officials from the area and NYS DOT representatives as well as officials to take a look at safety problems at this location during rush hour.

Paul Feiner

TOWN BOARD TO DISCUSS 5 YEAR PHASE IN OPTION WITH A REPRESENTATIVE OF NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF REAL PROPERTY TAX SERVICES THIS TUESDAY AT 9:30 AM

OUR MEETINGS ARE TELEVISED AND STREAMED LIVE ON THE WEB: www.greenburghny.com

 

As you know the Town is conducting a Town Wide Reassessment.  Some property owners have expressed concern about increases in their assessments.  At the last Town Board meeting, a suggestion was made that the Town Board consider Section 1904 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law which allows a municipality to phase in the new 2016 assessments over a five year period.  The Town Board will be meeting on Tuesday, March 29th, at 9:30am to discuss Section 1904 of the New York State Real Property Tax Law.  The public is invited to attend.

 

If the Town Board adopts Section 1904, it requires assessment increases as well as assessment decreases to both be phased in over 5 years, instead of immediately.

 

The Town has requested our New York State Office of Real Property Tax Service Representative and others to be in attendance on Tuesday to participate with the discussion.  If the Town is to adopt Section 1904, it must do so by adopting a local law no later than May 2, 2016, after holding a public hearing. Therefore, the Town Board, on Tuesday, March 29th, will introduce a local law and schedule a public hearing on April 13th, the Town Board’s next regularly scheduled meeting.  Your comments and concerns are welcome at the April 13th public hearing.

 

In the interim, the Town continues to gather information regarding Section 1904 and looks forward to your comments in order for us to make an informed decision in the best interest of our taxpayers.

Inasmuch as this meeting is being held in the daytime – if you have any questions you would like the Town Board to ask the representative of the New York State Office of Real Property Tax Services – please e mail town board@greenburghny.com.

We are also planning to discuss other mitigation initiatives that could help ease the impact that reassessment is going to have on some property owners.   PAUL FEINER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: New York State Governor’s Office.

From the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
This Saturday, thousands of New Yorkers will head to 110 of our great State Parks to volunteer as part of our 5th annual I Love My Park Day.

Sponsored jointly by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and Parks & Trails New York, I Love My Park Day is a statewide event to improve and enhance New York’s treasured parks and historic sites.

On Saturday, volunteers will help preserve this great legacy by planting trees and gardens, restoring trails and wildlife habitat, removing invasive species, and more. If you can, I ask you to volunteer with your friends and families and support the parks you love.

Sign up and register for I Love My Park Day here.

New York State has made a historic commitment to improve and expand access to outdoor recreation. Our NY Parks 2020 program is a multi-year commitment to leverage $900 million in private and public investment for State Parks from 2011 to 2020.

Together, we are committed to improving our State Parks, promoting New York’s top destinations and attractions, and expanding access to outdoor recreation for decades to come.

Thank you,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
New York’s natural environment is one of our state’s greatest assets – it’s truly unparalleled, and we’re responsible for protecting it for future generations. Earlier this week, we encouraged New Yorkers to participate in #EarthWeek events to connect with nature and learn more about environmental sustainability.

But Earth Day isn’t just a day or a week – for me, it’s a year-round commitment, and I’m proud that we’re stepping up to protect our environment like never before.

In January I made a proposal to nearly double the size of the Environmental Protection Fund – which supports everything from programs to prevent invasive species and combat climate change, to efforts to promote good agricultural stewardship and municipal recycling. The best part? That proposal was included in the recently passed 2016-17 state budget. That means the Environmental Protection Fund is now rising to $300 million – its highest level ever.

We’re committed to revitalizing our state parks by leveraging $900 million in public and private funding through the NY Parks 2020 program, and the recent budget allocates $90 million toward this initiative. To date, more than 225 projects have rejuvenated more than 130 state parks and historic sites.

We’re also strengthening water systems across our state. This year’s budget increases funding for the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act – which helps local governments make critical drinking water and wastewater system improvements – to $350 million. That money will help municipalities move forward with $2 billion worth of projects, and create an estimated 33,000 construction jobs.

New York is leading the nation in combating climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, from securing a Coal Free New York by 2020 and launching a Clean Energy Standard. These signature investments will grow the economy and create a cleaner, greener and healthier state for all.

We’re extending our rich legacy of environmental protection in New York, and I invite you to find out more on governor.ny.gov.

Sincerely,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

P.S. Keep the spirit of Earth Day alive by helping to restore your favorite New York State Park or Department of Environmental Conservation trail for I Love My Park Day on May 7. Find an event near you and sign up to volunteer.
Tonight, members of the Jewish faith all across New York will begin the celebration of Passover. The message of this joyous holiday is that through hope, strength and faith in God, we can come together to overcome slavery and oppression to achieve peace and freedom for all people.The Seder opens with the time-honored story of the Jewish exodus from Egypt by proclaiming, “All those who are hungry should come in and eat.”

This is a stark reminder that the world is both imperfect and broken, and that we, as New Yorkers, have a moral obligation to repair it, Tikkun Olam. As we gather together this Passover, we are mindful of all those who don’t have a safe place to call home or a warm meal to enjoy with family and friends.

The Seder concludes by proclaiming, “This year in here, next year in Jerusalem.” It’s a saying that signifies hope for the Jewish people to be physically in Jerusalem, but it’s also a reference to our metaphorical travel as we work to transcend oppression and hatred in our daily lives.

New York’s strength is in our diversity. This Passover, as we join together, let us resolve to further this timely lesson and work to create a fairer, more just and secure state for all New Yorkers.

Chag Sameach,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
New York’s future depends on the affordability of our communities. That’s why we’ve implemented 48 different tax cuts over the past five years, bringing fiscal responsibility back to state government and saving New Yorkers more than $114 billion. But there’s still more to be done – and we’re doing it.

We’re cutting the middle class tax rate to its lowest level in 70 years.

The 2016-17 state budget is building on the tax relief we delivered in 2012, when we lowered the income tax rates to 6.45 percent for taxpayers in the $40,000-$150,000 income bracket, and to 6.65 percent in the $150,000-$300,000 income bracket. Now we’re going even further – cutting the rates beginning in 2018 and dropping them all the way down to 5.5 percent by 2025.

These new lower tax rates will save middle class New Yorkers nearly $6.6 billion in just the first four years, with annual savings reaching $4.2 billion by 2025. When the tax cuts are fully phased-in, the average taxpayer will save $698 annually. These are real savings for hard-working New Yorkers.

Read more about the complete budget here.

This is what we’ve accomplished by working together – Democrats and Republicans – to bring fiscal discipline back to state government and invest in New York’s future. And it’s another reason why I believe that the best is yet to come.

Sincerely,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

P.S. Today’s the deadline to file income tax returns. E-file your taxes and get answers to your last-minute questions on NY.gov.     New York’s future depends on the affordability of our communities. That’s why we’ve implemented 48 different tax cuts over the past five years, bringing fiscal responsibility back to state government and saving New Yorkers more than $114 billion. But there’s still more to be done – and we’re doing it.

We’re cutting the middle class tax rate to its lowest level in 70 years.

The 2016-17 state budget is building on the tax relief we delivered in 2012, when we lowered the income tax rates to 6.45 percent for taxpayers in the $40,000-$150,000 income bracket, and to 6.65 percent in the $150,000-$300,000 income bracket. Now we’re going even further – cutting the rates beginning in 2018 and dropping them all the way down to 5.5 percent by 2025.

These new lower tax rates will save middle class New Yorkers nearly $6.6 billion in just the first four years, with annual savings reaching $4.2 billion by 2025. When the tax cuts are fully phased-in, the average taxpayer will save $698 annually. These are real savings for hard-working New Yorkers.

Read more about the complete budget here.

This is what we’ve accomplished by working together – Democrats and Republicans – to bring fiscal discipline back to state government and invest in New York’s future. And it’s another reason why I believe that the best is yet to come.

Sincerely,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

P.S. Today’s the deadline to file income tax returns. E-file your taxes and get answers to your last-minute questions on NY.gov.

believe that a strong education system paves the path to opportunity for our children. That’s why, here in New York State, we’re investing more in education than ever before.

The 2016-17 state budget increases education aid to $24.8 billion – making it the largest single investment in education in New York’s history. That’s a 6.5 percent increase in school aid from last year – and nearly 27 percent from Fiscal Year 2012.

But not only are we investing at a record level, we’re ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment this year, and making strategic investments that will transform our schools and make the system even stronger for our children.

Click here to learn more about the complete 2016-17 State Budget.

Other crucial education investments that are supported by the state budget include:

  • $400 million to continue our $1.5 billion five-year commitment for full-day pre-K – as well as a new $22 million to expand pre-K for three year olds, because we know that children benefit for years to come when their education starts early
  • $175 million to transform failing and high needs schools into community schools, with additional services to better address issues of poverty and ensure that every student is prepared, safe, healthy and ready to learn
  • Increased support for charter schools, by an estimated $430 per pupil to help these schools continue to innovate and recruit high-quality teachers and staff

This is a budget that helps provide the best educational opportunities for our students – both today and in the years ahead. It’s another way that we’re creating a brighter, stronger future for New Yorkers of all ages, and ensuring that the Empire State remains #BuiltToLead.

Sincerely,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo     Our state’s future rests upon the foundation we build today – and that’s why we’re launching the largest infrastructure plan in our state’s history as part of the 2016-17 state budget.

We’re focusing on not only restoring what is, but imagining and achieving what can be. We’re investing more than $55 billion in transportation statewide – including $27.14 billion for programs through the state Department of Transportation and Thruway and $27.98 billion for programs through the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

From building and improving in highways, bridges, rail and aviation infrastructure across Upstate to redesigning Penn Station and adding a third track to the Long Island Rail Road, we’re making it easier and more convenient for people to travel all across the Empire State.

Find out more about the 2016-17 State Budget and how it supports stronger infrastructure for all New Yorkers.

And we’re not stopping at transportation infrastructure either. We’re moving forward with a statewide broadband plan to ensure every New Yorker has access to high-speed internet by the end of 2018, we’re investing $100 million to revitalize our downtowns, and we’ve increased funding for the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act to help local governments ensure strong drinking and wastewater systems.

We know we need to continue building, revitalizing and modernizing our infrastructure to remain competitive and create jobs – and that’s exactly what we’re doing. We’re making sure that New York remains #BuiltToLead.

Sincerely,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Yesterday I proudly signed into law a $15 statewide minimum wage plan and 12 weeks of paid family leave – policies that will ensure a stronger, fairer and brighter future in the State of New York.

We are having a long overdue debate in this country about income inequality and how to close the wealth gap. And instead of capitalizing on the public’s discontent and giving in to the politics of fear and division, we in New York chose to come together. We chose to work hand-in-hand, Democrats and Republicans, and pass policies that help bridge the current divide of income and opportunity.

Raising the minimum wage helps prevent the creation of a permanent underclass — an economy with painfully limited mobility in which generation after generation, a family is either a server or served. The current minimum wage is simply impossible to live on. It condemns people to lives of poverty.

Paid family leave helps low-income families maintain financial stability, helping avoid a situation in which the only choice is between losing a job and missing the birth of a child, or the death of a loved one.

I’m proud that our statewide $15 minimum wage will lift the earnings of more than 2.3 million New Yorkers, and that our 12-week paid family leave policy is the longest and most comprehensive policy in the United States.

Read my full Daily News Op-Ed to find out how NY is setting an example for the nation.

There can be no doubt: These policies will not only lift up the current generation of workers and their families, but enable future generations to climb the ladder of economic opportunity.

It’s time we got back to reclaiming the basic premise, and promise, of American opportunity. New York has shown the way, with real progressive actions that allay people’s fears and restore hope for the future. It’s time the rest of the nation follows.

Together we fought for economic justice, rallied across all corners of the state, and won. Thank you for making your voices heard in our successful effort to help ensure fairness for future generations.

In solidarity,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
In a time defined by vitriolic hyper partisanship and when people have lost faith in their government’s fundamental ability to address today’s critical challenges, New York State has once again come together to get things done.

We believe that our tomorrows can be better than our yesterdays, and I’m proud to announce that we reached an agreement with legislative leaders on the 2016-17 State Budget to realize that vision. The budget includes accomplishments and initiatives that will strengthen opportunity for working and middle class families, including:

  • Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour in every region of the state
  • Enacting the longest and most comprehensive paid family leave policy in the nation
  • Holding the growth in state spending to 2% for the sixth consecutive year
  • Cutting the personal income tax, saving middle class New Yorkers nearly $6.6 billion in the first four years, with annual savings reaching $4.2 billion by 2025
  • Providing $24.8 billion in school aid – the highest in state history – and ending the Gap Elimination Adjustment
  • Investing $55 billion in the largest state transportation plan ever approved, including $27 billion for the Department of Transportation and NYS Thruway Authority and $27 billion for the MTA

Please read more about the full budget here.

After decades of out-of-control spending, in the last five years we have returned fiscal responsibility to Albany by capping government growth at two percent, cutting taxes, and investing in successful programs that are rejuvenating our upstate economy.

We have restored New York to a position of national leadership on issues of social and economic justice. We believe that everyone, no matter who they are or where they come from, deserves the chance to succeed. People who work hard should be able to earn a decent living and support a family with dignity. With a statewide $15 minimum wage and the nation’s only 12-week paid family leave program, we are going to prove that the economy can and should work for all.

We couldn’t have done it without you and your help. We did this by coming together as New Yorkers, Democrats and Republicans alike, to make our state stronger, safer and fairer now and for years to come.

Thank you,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo For people of faith across our state, Easter represents not just the end of a long winter and the coming of spring – but a time of rebirth and renewal. It’s a chance to reflect on the blessings we have received in life, and recommit ourselves to bettering the lives of those around us.

This year, I’ll be marking the Easter holiday with an Open House at the Executive Mansion in Albany – including an egg hunt for some of the youngest New Yorkers. If you’re interested in witnessing the festivities, please follow along on Twitter and Snapchat at nygov.

Now more than ever, I urge New Yorkers of every race, religion, and background to come together as one family and one state. Let us continue to advance the cause of justice, the pursuit of peace, and the work that remains to make the world a safer, stronger, and more welcoming place for all.

From my family to yours, Happy Easter.


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo On International Women’s Day, we recognize and honor the incredible achievements and contributions of women in New York and around the world to our economy, culture and society.

New York is not only the birthplace of the women’s rights movement, but it has a proud history of courageous women who triumphed over discrimination and advanced equality and opportunity for women everywhere. From suffrage pioneer Susan B. Anthony, who was arrested in 1872 at her home in Rochester for daring to vote; to Alice Austen, one of America’s earliest and most prolific female photographers who lived in Staten Island and documented the lives of immigrants and everyday New Yorkers; to attorney trailblazers such as Jane Matilda Bolin, the first African-American woman judge in the United States, our state has been home to countless leading women throughout history.

Learn more about New York’s proud tradition of women’s rights on the Path Through History.

We’ve made much progress, but there is more to do. The Empire State remains committed to achieving gender parity and fighting for fairness to ensure the rights, freedoms, economic strength, and opportunities for advancement for women in the workplace—including our fight for $15 minimum wage and paid family leave in the State of New York.

Today and all days, let’s celebrate and be inspired by the women and girls in our lives who are making the world a better place for future generations.

Thank you.

Sincerely,


Governor Andrew M. Cuomo Dear Fellow New Yorker,

I want to give you an update on Raise the Age, our campaign to improve the way our young people are treated by our criminal justice system.

Even though we just launched this effort on Monday, there’s been significant response all across New York by everyone from elected officials, to law enforcement, to young people who will be directly affected.

Here are a few of the highlights:

  • Westchester D.A. Janet DiFiore wrote an Op-Ed outlining the problem, and supporting the proposed changes. Read it here.
  • A diverse coalition of law enforcement, clergy, young people, and criminal justice reform advocates called on legislators to reform the system. See photos from the event.
  • Law enforcement officials, community leaders, and impacted young people from across New York recorded this video calling for reform.

The simple fact is that under New York’s current laws, hundreds of 16- and 17-year-olds are placed in adult prisons at the cost of $100 million each year. While there, they face potential abuse and limited opportunities to rebuild their lives.

Other states address needs of these youth more effectively and at a reduced cost through robust community based services, many of which are included in this proposal.

It is imperative that we Raise the Age and reform New York’s juvenile justice system, not just because it helps at-risk youths build successful futures, but also because it will improve public safety in communities across the state. That is why this reform must pass this year, and I encourage all New Yorkers to join us in making our justice system stronger and fairer for all.

Please click here to see how you can get involved.

We’re already seeing an incredible response and we’re only just getting started. Together, we can change how our criminal justice system treats minors and set youth on a path to opportunity.

Sincerely,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

P.S. In case you missed it, here’s the first email we sent.

Dear Fellow New Yorker,
On Memorial Day, we remember and honor our country’s heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

The freedoms we as Americans enjoy and cherish today have been safeguarded by men and women who gave their lives. Today, we also honor the military families who have lost loved ones, and send our heartfelt condolences to each of them.

On behalf of all New Yorkers, I offer my deepest gratitude to our service members, and honor the memory and sacrifice of those that have fallen while serving our nation.
Sincerely,

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

New York has some of the most breathtaking outdoor scenery in the nation.  From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the roar of Niagara Falls, our state has a truly unparalleled natural beauty.

As we head into summer — and campgrounds across the state are now open — we encourage you to consider planning a trip to one of our state’s majestic parks.

To start planning your outdoor adventure, check out the 2013 camping guide and click here to find and book your spot at a campground near you this summer.

Whether you’re an avid outdoor enthusiast or not, this is the year to experience New York’s great outdoors. See you around the campfire.

Sincerely,

The Office of the Governor

Dear Fellow New Yorker,Today, New Yorkers across the state will gather with family and friends to celebrate Easter.

For New Yorkers of Christian faith, this is a day of reflection as well as an occasion to celebrate rebirth and new opportunities. As we work towards a stronger and more just New York, let us come together in that spirit, so that all can look forward to a brighter future here in the Empire State.

To all the New Yorkers celebrating this special Sunday, I offer my sincerest blessings and wish you a happy and warm Easter.

Sincerely,

Dear Fellow New Yorker,This year’s budget agreement is good news for New York’s students. By funding key education reforms in the Governor’s agenda, the 2013-14 budget ensures that New York State continues to lead the nation by creating a world-class education system that prepares our students for the future.

The Governor has been committed to transforming our state’s education system into one that focuses on improving student performance and increasing school accountability. Critical to this effort was last year’s success in establishing a statewide teacher evaluation system that is one of the strongest in the nation and which has become even stronger with an agreement this year to ensure that all schools institute permanent systems. (Click here to read more)

This year’s budget includes an increase of nearly $1 billion in education aid that continues to hold schools accountable for student achievement. Education reforms in the budget include:

  • Full day pre-k: Recognizing that quality early education is critical for long-term success and that children who attend full-day pre-k often outperform their peers, the budget provides funding for full-day pre-k targeted toward higher need students.
  • Extended School Day and School Year Programs: Our country lags behind in terms of how much time is spent in the classroom. To ensure we have a globally competitive education system, New York’s budget supports high-quality, extended learning time for our students.
  • Community Schools: The budget supports an innovative program designed to transform schools in distressed communities into community hubs that integrate social, health and other services, as well as after-school programming to provide much-needed support to students and their families.
  • Reward High-Performing Teachers: To improve results and incentivize high-performance, the budget implements a program that will offer $15,000 in annual stipends for four years to the most effective teachers beginning with math and science teachers.
  • Increased Standards for Teacher Certifications: To ensure the best and brightest are teaching our children, the State Education Department will increase the standards for teacher certification to require passage of a “bar exam” as well as longer, high-quality student-teaching experiences conducted in school settings.
  • Early College High School Programs: To improve college access and success, the budget provides new state funding to expand Early College High School programs.

Click here to read more about the education reforms in this year’s budget.

Under the Governor’s leadership, we have transformed our education system into one that ensures that our children are getting the education and tools they need to succeed.

Together, we have made government work for the people once again.

Sincerely,

The Office of the Governor

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Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Today, Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-2014 Executive Budget, laying out his fiscal roadmap for the year.

The Governor’s Executive Budget eliminates a $1.3 billion deficit and holds state spending growth under 2% for the third year in a row with no new taxes or fees.

The Budget provides funding to grow the economy and create jobs, build on mandate relief and pension reform, continue work to reform state government to better serve taxpayers and do more with less, invest in a high quality education system to better prepare our students, and help New York State rebuild better, stronger and smarter after Hurricane Sandy. To read the full budget, click here, and read highlights below.

The 2013-2014 Executive Budget and Management Plan:

  • Increases education aid by $889 million, or 4.4 percent, driving an average increase of more than $300/student per year;
  • Targets economic development spending to accelerate the commercialization of new technology, launches a third round of the Regional Economic Development Councils, and markets the state’s tourism assets to bolster economic growth, especially Upstate;
  • Reforms the Workers’ Compensation system to save employers, local governments, and school districts more than $900 million;
  • Includes nearly $974 million in savings from government redesign and cost control efforts;
  • Builds on the significant mandate relief enacted in 2012-13 by providing a Stable Rate Pension Contribution Option to allow local governments and school districts to immediately realize Tier VI savings; and
  • Raises the minimum wage from $7.25/hour to $8.75/hour

Click here to view the full 2013-2014 Executive Budget.

Under the Governor’s fiscal blueprint, New York will make critical investments to build a new New York that works for you and your family.

Sincerely,

The Office of the Governor

P.S. – Check out the newly-launched www.OpenBudget.ny.gov, providing unprecedented access to the Executive Budget and explore the easy-to-use tools, charts, and information.


This is a message from the New York State Executive Chamber, State Capitol, Albany, NY 12224.

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Today, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivered his 2013 State of the State address, where he proposed a comprehensive agenda that builds on the progress of the past two years. To read his full agenda, http://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/themes/governor/sos2013/2013SOSBook.pdf

The Governor outlined actions to attract good jobs and economic growth, including:

Accelerate the commercialization of good ideas and new businesses to create jobs

Reform workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance to reduce business costs

Make New York a national leader in building a clean tech economy program

Better match training programs to meet required skills of available jobs

Continue to focus on growing the economy in Upstate New York

We will continue our work to create a world-class education system that prepares the next generation for the future by taking steps

to:

Provide students with more learning time

Recruit and retain only the best and brightest educators

Improve education and resources in New York’s neediest communities

To restore New York as the progressive capital of the nation, Governor Cuomo proposes to:

Achieve equality for women through a 10-point plan to break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender

Raise the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour

Decriminalize marijuana possession in public view with 15 grams or less

Ensure fairness in justice system by strengthening eyewitness identification and recording criminal interrogations

Invest $1 billion to preserve affording housing

New York has put in place some of the strongest public safety laws in the nation, but the Governor recognizes there is more we can do to protect New Yorkers such as:

Reduce gun violence by putting a safe and fair gun policy in place

Criminalize the sale and possession of designer synthetic drugs

Increase cyber security in the state

To give New Yorkers a stronger voice in government and strengthen the state’s democracy, the Governor’s proposed reforms include:

Make the state’s campaign finance laws more fair and require more disclosure

Make voting easier by creating an early voting system

Launch OPEN NY to increase government transparency and allow online access to government data, reports, statistics, and other information

Facing the reality of climate change and extreme storms, the Governor proposed a series of proposals to prepare our state:

Harden our infrastructure, including a more resilient New York Harbor, subway system, fuel delivery system, utility infrastructure, and strengthened wastewater infrastructure

Update our building codes to improve the resilience of our buildings and provide homeowners in vulnerable locations with support to mitigate future threats or to relocate

Redesign our power system to strengthen state oversight over utilities and privatize the Long Island Power Authority’s (LIPA) to address its systemic flaws and weaknesses

Establish a world-class emergency response network, including specialized training for the National Guard and the creation of a statewide volunteer network, civilian emergency response corp and private sector emergency response task force

Strengthen cell phone networks and communication systems and develop a program to allow mass text messages to send messages to a specific geographic area

Lower the regional greenhouse gas emissions cap, increase alternative local renewable power sources, and ensure a skilled energy workforce by expanding career training and placement programs.

To read his full plan for New York State, http://www.governor.ny.gov/sites/default/themes/governor/sos2013/2013SOSBook.pdf

To join the Governor in his plan for 2013, visit www.NYGetInvolved.com, where you can also find full coverage of today’s address, including video and the Governor’s PowerPoint presentation.

Sincerely,

The Office of the Governor

Watch the Governor’s #NYSOS13 Address.

Dear Fellow New Yorker,

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo will deliver his third State of the State address tomorrow, Wednesday, January 9th at 1:30PM, where he will lay out his vision and plan for the state this year.

Ahead of tomorrow’s address, sign up to get involved at www.NYGetInvolved.com. You can also check out an interactive timeline of what we accomplished in 2012, as well as interesting facts about the history of the State of the State address.

Tune in at 1:30PM TOMORROW to watch the Governor deliver the 2013 State of the State address LIVE at www.NYGetInvolved.com.

The Governor is introducing more bold initiatives this year, and he needs the support of the people to get them done.

As we have proven over the past two years, and will prove again, New Yorkers can accomplish anything when we work together.

Sincerely,

The Office of the Governor

Transforming the NYS public education system.

From the Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo
Dear Fellow New Yorker,In order to ensure that our state continues on the right track to improve our schools, last April the Governor established the New NY Education Reform Commission, a group of nationally recognized education, community, and business leaders to make recommendations for future reforms in education. Over the last seven months, the Commission held public hearings in each of the 10 regions of New York, received thousands of pages of testimony, and heard from more than 300 students, parents, educators and stakeholders.Today, the Governor received a preliminary report from the commission. The Preliminary Education Action Plan, presented to the Governor and his cabinet by Commission Chair Richard Parsons, addresses every phase of a student’s education from the earliest days of pre-kindergarten through college and career. The Commission makes eight key recommendations:

  1. Provide high quality full-day pre-kindergarten for our most at-risk students;
  2. Create statewide models for “Community Schools” that use schools as a community hub to improve access to public, non-profit, and private services/resources, like health and social services, for students and their families;
  3. Transform and extend the school day and year to expand quality learning time for students, especially in underserved communities;
  4. Improve the teacher and principal pipeline to recruit and retain the most effective educators;
  5. Build better bridges from high school to college and careers with early college high schools and career technical education;
  6. Utilize all available classroom technologies to empower educators to meet the needs of a diverse student population and engage students as active participants in their own learning;
  7. Pursue efficiencies such as district consolidation, high school regionalization and shared services to increase student access to educational opportunities; and
  8. Increase transparency and accountability of district leadership by creating a performance management system.

Click here to view the presentation and here to view the plan.

The recommendations contained in the Commission’s Preliminary Education Action Plan represent immediate opportunities to begin developing a world-class education system in the Empire State. While this is a solid start, the Commission recognizes that there is more work to be done. A Final Action Plan will be completed in Fall 2013, as the Commission continues to engage experts and the New York community to develop further recommendations to address the complex issues that impact and drive student success.

Click here to learn more about the New NY Education Reform Commission and submit ideas.

Together, we are ensuring that our students get the education they deserve.

Sincerely,

The Office of the Governor

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