Cuomo heads back to Long Island to push for a property tax cap

first_imgFrom left: Suffolk and Nassau executives Steve Bellone and Laura Curran with Governor Andrew Cuomo (Credit: Getty Images)Gov. Andrew Cuomo headed to Long Island to once more make his case for a permanent cap on property taxes.The governor spoke to state lawmakers in New Hyde Park, accompanied by state and local lawmakers including Nassau and Suffolk executives Laura Curran and Steve Bellone, State Sen. Anna Kaplan and Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen. It’s the third time in two weeks the governor has visited Long Island for the cause, Newsday reported.“This hand will never sign a budget that doesn’t have a permanent property tax cap,” he said.Nassau, Rockland and Westchester counties have the highest property taxes in the state. Westchester homeowners paid on average $17,179 in 2017, while Rockland residents paid $12,924 and Nassau paid $11,415, the report said, citing figures from Attom Data Solutions.The tax cap provision — limiting the annual percentage increase in taxes a local government or school district can levy to about 2 percent — is slated to expire next year. The State Senate has passed a permanent cap 52-8. The measure now goes to the State Assembly.Curran said Long Islanders have saved more than $8 billion in taxes since the cap was first enacted in 2012. The Cuomo administration has said that, statewide, New Yorkers have saved more than $24 billion. [Newsday] — Meenal Vamburkar This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Pitchfork Music Festival Releases The Most Indie Rock-Friendly Lineup Ever

first_imgPitchfork is back with their annual music festival, coming to Union Park in Chicago, IL from July 15-17. Pitchfork is known for their coverage of the indie rock genre, and with that in mind, the Pitchfork Music Festival lineup comes as no surprise. Artists like Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, Holy Ghost!, Brian Wilson performing Pet Sounds, Thundercat and more will all be performing.You can check out the full lineup below, or head to Pitchfork Fest’s website here.last_img

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Missouri Commissioners Negotiate Ambulance Service

first_imgST. JOSEPH, Mo.(KQTV) – County commissioners continue to work with Heartland Hospital on the county-run ambulance service that will begin later this year. Heartland had previously announced it will stop ambulance service at the end of June. Voters approved a half-cent sales tax increase to fund the new county-run ambulance district.last_img

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Group discusses Mod Quad lights

first_imgIn an effort to increase student safety on campus, members of the Campus Life Council (CLC) discussed the possibility of putting additional lighting on Mod Quad during their meeting Monday afternoon. Student body chief of staff Claire Sokas said she hopes the project is one the University can begin to work on over Christmas break. “We’ll be gone for over a month then,” Sokas said. “That’s something that could potentially be taken care of by the time we come back for the spring semester.” Sokas said the CLC safety subcommittee has also discussed printing a map of off-campus student housing, especially for students venturing off on the weekends. “This can give students an idea of how far off campus they are and if it is or isn’t a good idea to walk home,” she said. Student body president Pat McCormick also reminded students to be mindful of safety during the end of the semester and Christmas break. McCormick said students living off campus should set alarms while away from their homes if possible during the break. He encouraged students to make use of the NDSP safe room, where they can store valuables over the break. Diversity Council representative Alexa Arastoo said her subcommittee has also discussed the meaning of inclusion and how it applies to Notre Dame students. “There are two types of inclusion,” she said. “One is about students who feel like they don’t fit on campus and how we can make them feel more included. The other is about inclusion amongst the different groups here on campus.” In this spirit of inclusion, Arastoo said her CLC subcommittee is working on the possibility of putting a Virgin of Guadalupe statue on campus to reach out to the Latino student population. “The first step in that process is contacting the University architect,” Arastoo said. “So that’s something we would really like to get the ball rolling on and to have the backing of the entire CLC on.”last_img read more

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University hires security to monitor students in quarantine, isolation

first_imgIn order to prevent students under quarantine or isolation from violating safety protocols, Notre Dame hired additional security personnel to patrol the properties, the South Bend Tribune reported Wednesday.Students who fail to remain in their assigned rooms will face disciplinary action, “including possible dismissal,” University spokesman Dennis Brown said in the article.Notre Dame contracted with Monterrey Security and VSS Security Services to hire officers for off-campus quarantine and isolation sites. In addition, Indiana State Police Alliance troopers will monitor the sites at night beginning Thursday for students violating the code of conduct they were required to sign upon quarantine or isolation.The University has also contracted with six off-campus facilities, Brown said. While Notre Dame has declined to reveal the sites, The Observer sources have determined students are quarantining and isolating in the Morris Inn, The Foundry, The Landings and University Edge.Notre Dame has refused to publish the number of students in quarantine or isolation.“That is not a number that we will be providing publicly,” Brown said in the article. “It is ever-changing. People are added and then safe and healthy and able to leave, so we’re not going to try to keep track of that on a daily basis by any means.”According to the report, residents of The Landings have expressed concern to management over students in quarantine and isolation failing to abide by safety protocols.“Unfortunately, we have received reports of students failing to abide by the code of conduct,” a letter to residents said. “As a result, the University is working quickly to enhance security measures at The Landings in order to closely monitor student behavior and ensure compliance with all polices. I understand that this is not ideal and I understand your concerns.”Tags: COVID-19, Dennis Brown, Isolation, quarantine, securitylast_img read more

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BRIAN JOHNSON ON OUTDOORS: Christmas for the duck hunter

first_imgDecember is here and it is time to start shopping. If you haven’t already found the perfect gift for the duck hunter in your life, here are a few suggestions. 1. Shot gun shellsIf you have a picky hunter in your family, this is a can’t miss gift. All duck hunters need shells. You can purchase a box or case depending on the budget. Most hunters prefer 12-gauge and 3-inch is a common length. Be sure to but steel or other non-toxic shells that are legal for waterfowl. 2. Dog blindThis is a great gift for a hunter with a dog. My favorite is made by MoMarsh and it has adjustable legs as well as back pack style carrying straps. This blind will help keep your dog nice and dry as well as conceal any movement that might spook wary ducks. 6. Duck hunting parkaA great duck hunting jacket is something that can last a lifetime. These jackets have liners that can be zipped in or out to adjust for the weather. There are several brands that are great. Try to get one that is waterproof and in a camo patter that will match your hunters environment. 7. A new puppy!Nothing says I love you quite like a new puppy. It is the gift that keeps on giving for years to come. Every duck hunter needs a good duck dog. When it comes to waterfowl hunting, Labrador retrievers are king! While you are at it go ahead and pay for some training from DuckDogTrainer.com. Having a great dog adds enjoyment not only to the hunt but to life in general.•If you have any questions or I can help you pick out a gift for your favorite hunter, please feel free to give me a call. You can check me out at DuckDogTrainer.com. Above all be sure to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season! Next Up3. Duck decoysMost duck hunters have plenty of decoys already, but I haven’t met one yet who wouldn’t appreciate more. As a general rule, the more expensive the better so let your check book be your guide. If you really want to go all out purchase a dozen Texas Rig decoy weights to go along with the decoys. 4. Stanley ThermosThis is standard equipment for all duck hunters. There is something about a thermos full of hot coffee to warm you up on a cold winters day in the duck blind. 5. Avian X duck blindIf you order now you might be able to get this item in time for Christmas. This is a super nice portable duck blind that adds to the comfort and pleasure of any hunt. It is easy to transport in a boat or with a UTV and it can really make a difference. The blind comes with tie straps to allow you to add brush to make it completely invisible to ducks. last_img read more

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first_img355TH MEDICAL GROUPThe 355th Medical Group is housed in the Medical Treatment Facility, a well-maintained, 55-year-old building and $19 million, 45,000-square-foot addition to help better focus on wellness and patient-centered care. The Ambulatory Health Care Facility addition opened July 3, 2002. The staff includes dozens of physicians, physician extenders and several dentists who offer a wide range of medical and dental specialties.The 355th Medical Group averages more than 8,000 outpatient visits, about 23,000 laboratory procedures and 25,000 filled prescriptions each month. The providers and technicians maintain the highest level of professional competency and participate in training affiliation agreements with several civilian institutions, which include St. Joseph’s Hospital, Tucson Medical Center and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. There are no emergency services at the facility, so members needing urgent care are directed to one of the many off-base facilities with these capabilities.Also, the clinic is closed in the morning every third Thursday for readiness training and reopens at 12:30 p.m.DENTAL CLINICThe dental clinic has the capability to treat active-duty military members with most dental conditions except orthodontics. Active-duty military family members are encouraged to enroll in the TRICARE Dental Program since they are not eligible for scheduled appointments at the base dental clinic. Dental clinic hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To schedule an appointment during normal duty hours, call 520-228-2652/2651/2650. Screening appointments for dental urgent care can be scheduled by calling 520-228-2778.THE APPOINTMENT SYSTEMCentral appointment personnel are available to answer the telephone 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. If you are unable to keep your scheduled appointment, call the appointment desk at least 2 hours in advance to cancel so another patient may be scheduled. An appointment that is not canceled 2 hours in advance of the scheduled time will be considered a “no-show,” and an appropriate letter may be forwarded to the individual’s commander and first sergeants. Patients can also cancel their appointment after duty hours from 4:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. by calling the central appointment line. Appointments are scheduled according to the member’s primary care manager: Flight Medicine, Coyote, Scorpion, Eagle and Fox teams.Central AppointmentsActive duty, TRICARE Prime and Standard 520-228-27786:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Cancellations (after hours) 520-228-2778, Option 2Referral cancellations 520-228-1501PharmacyHours (Monday through Friday)Main 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.Clinic 520-228-1924Satellite Refill 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.Satellite 520-228-3019Satellite Refill 520-228-5007The pharmacies are closed weekends and federal holidays. Both pharmacies are also closed in the morning every third Thursday for training but will open by 1 p.m.TRICARE OPERATIONS & PATIENT ADMINISTRATIONTOPA consists of two elements: TRICARE and Patient Administration.The flight consists of the medical evaluation board, referral management, patient advocacy, dependent relocation clearances, Exceptional Family Member Program-Medical, medical records, release of information, HIPAA, line of duty, patient registration, eligibility verification, admissions and dispositions, health benefits, TRICARE claims assistance and aeromedical evacuation. TOPA is in Building 400.HEALTH PROMOTIONHealth Promotion offers awareness, education and intervention programs focusing on lifestyle and behavior change. The office offers classes on nutrition (weight management, diabetes and cholesterol), tobacco cessation, stress awareness, parenting, women’s health, injury prevention and high blood pressure awareness. For more information, call 520-228-2294.VETERINARY SERVICESDavis-Monthan veterinary services provide health care only for animals belonging to active-duty and retired members, along with their dependents. Everyone living on base must register their dogs or cats with veterinary services within 10 duty days of their arrival. Other veterinary services include HomeAgain microchips, health certificates for travel, routine vaccinations of dogs and cats, and examinations for diseases that are transmittable between animals and humans or present possible health hazards to the community. The clinic is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. Hours are subject to change based on mission requirements. Vaccinations are done by appointment only. For more information, call 520-228-3529.last_img read more

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Watch Keala Settle Sing The Greatest Showman’s ‘This Is Me’ on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

first_imgBroadway veteran Keala Settle has had a whirlwind start to the year. The super talent acquired a devoted group of new fans when the movie musical The Greatest Showman premiered, featuring Settle taking on her first major film role. If that wasn’t enough, “This Is Me,” a new hit song by Dear Evan Hansen Tony winners Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, sung by Settle, was nominated for an Academy Award. Waitress alum Settle paid a visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on February 21 to show off the hit song. Watch her deliver the showstopping number below and don’t miss the chance to experience The Greatest Showman for yourself. View Commentslast_img read more

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15th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy

first_img15th JNC to fill a circuit vacancy The 15th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission is now accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the circuit bench created by the impending retirement of Judge Jack Cook, effective April 30.Applicants must have been a member of the Bar for the preceding five years, registered voters, and reside in Palm Beach County upon assuming office.The application form may be downloaded from The Florida Bar’s website at www.floridabar.org. A completed application plus nine copies and one compact disk or flash drive containing a duplicate of the completed application in Adobe.pdf format must be delivered to Palm Beach County Bar Association Office, 1601 Belvedere Road, Suite 302 East, West Palm Beach 33406 no later than 5 p.m., March 15. The inclusion of a recent photograph is required.Interviews will be conducted on Thursday, March 31, and Friday, April 1 (if needed). March 1, 2011 Regular Newscenter_img 15th JNC to fill a circuit vacancylast_img read more

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Parkinson’s disease diagnosis may be preceded by increased risk of injury-causing falls

first_imgYears before Parkinson’s disease (PD) is diagnosed, patients may be at higher risk for injurious falls or hip fractures, according to research published this week in PLOS Medicine. Peter Nordström and colleagues at Umeå University, Sweden, found that patients with PD were more likely to have had a hip fracture or injurious fall in the years preceding their diagnosis than controls without PD, and individuals who suffered injurious falls were more likely than controls with no fall-related injuries to be diagnosed with PD in the following years.Nordström and colleagues used data from the Swedish National Patient Register to identify 24,412 Swedish citizens who were diagnosed with PD between 1988 and 2012, matching each case with up to ten controls (a total of 243,363). During an average of 20 years prior to PD diagnosis, 18.0% of cases and 11.5% of controls had at least one fall that caused an injury requiring emergency care. After adjusting for other factors that might affect an individual’s risk of a fall, PD was associated with a 19% higher risk of injurious falls up to ten years before diagnosis and with a 36% higher risk of hip fracture more than 15 years before diagnosis, with stronger associations closer to the diagnosis.In a second cohort, 622,333 individuals with a record of injurious falls were matched with individuals with no history of falls. The researchers found 0.7% of individuals with an injurious fall and 0.5% of controls were diagnosed with PD during follow-up, and after adjusting for other factors, there was an 18% greater risk of PD diagnosis in the ten years following an injurious fall. Share on Facebook LinkedIn Email Sharecenter_img The use of diagnoses obtained from registers means PD could not be clinically confirmed, which may limit the accuracy of these findings. Additionally, this study cannot prove that there is a shared causal link between injurious falls and PD and the findings need to be confirmed in other settings and populations. Nevertheless, this study provides insights into the early stages of PD. The authors say: “These findings suggest that clinically relevant neurodegenerative impairment could be present many years before the clinical onset of the disease.” Pinterest Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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