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Because the Caro tome has always been shoulder-height in your home office.
05/29/2020
Where else has “The Power Broker” been hiding?

Because the Caro tome has always been shoulder-height in your home office.

As New York politicos grapple with lackluster audio and Zoom backgrounds, many have come to use a strategically placed copy of Robert Caro’s “The Power Broker” as a reliable way to signal their clout and credibility. Some, like NY1’s Errol Louis, readily admitted the placement was intentiona...

We answered some of your most Googled questions about New York’s governor. You’re welcome.
05/28/2020
What you want to know about Andrew Cuomo

We answered some of your most Googled questions about New York’s governor. You’re welcome.

Here at City & State, we’ve been forced to face the fact that the country’s aggressive Googling about Gov. Andrew Cuomo has resulted in a significant uptick in our traffic – and not just because of our fantastic politics and policy articles.That’s fine, we get it, people want to know everyth...

The governor’s polling boom is subsiding, for now: https://bit.ly/2Xz4MZb
05/27/2020
Cuomo’s approval ratings come back down to Earth

The governor’s polling boom is subsiding, for now: https://bit.ly/2Xz4MZb

At the rate things were going for the first two months of the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was on pace to reach a 110% approval rating by the end of Memorial Day, but the new political normal appears to not be so kind to Cuomo.

Tomorrow at 2PM, we go live with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYS Department of Financial Services Superintendent ...
05/27/2020

Tomorrow at 2PM, we go live with NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and NYS Department of Financial Services Superintendent Linda A. Lacewell to discuss mitigating the financial impact of COVID-19.

Join us for free by registering here! https://bit.ly/2XHmgCS

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Several candidates in the crowded field to replace Rep. José E. Serrano don’t live in the district. Does it matter?
05/22/2020
Does the South Bronx representative have to be from the block?

Several candidates in the crowded field to replace Rep. José E. Serrano don’t live in the district. Does it matter?

Some congressional districts in New York are awkwardly shaped. Rep. Jerry Nadler’s district paints a wide line down the west side of Manhattan before hopping across the harbor, hugging the thinnest shred of coast and growing again to a big splotch of southern Brooklyn. Rep. Nydia Velázquez’s di...

What we know and what we don’t know about Musk’s promises to help New York during the coronavirus crisis.
05/21/2020
Is Elon Musk more flash than substance?

What we know and what we don’t know about Musk’s promises to help New York during the coronavirus crisis.

A lot has happened since billionaire tech executive Elon Musk promised to reopen Tesla’s factory in Buffalo to produce ventilators “as soon as humanly possible.” Since that promise, made on March 25 when New York was gearing up for the coronavirus’s apex, Musk has spread misinformation about...

05/20/2020
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Tomorrow, hear from nonprofit leaders at The Fortune Society, United Way of New York City, and The Jewish Board on how they're managing remote operations.

Registration is free! https://bit.ly/2LJxctX

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Ultraviolet machines, antimicrobials and disinfectants are all at the MTA’s disposal.
05/20/2020
MTA tests high-tech super-cleaners

Ultraviolet machines, antimicrobials and disinfectants are all at the MTA’s disposal.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to limit the spread of the coronavirus on public transit. Much of this effort relies on old-fashioned cleaning products and plenty of manpower, but a little bit of science could go a long way toward making the job....

State Sen. David Carlucci has thrived, despite having been aligned with the GOP. Now he may replace Rep. Nita Lowey.
05/19/2020
Could a former IDC’er go to D.C. as a Democrat?

State Sen. David Carlucci has thrived, despite having been aligned with the GOP. Now he may replace Rep. Nita Lowey.

New York’s Democratic primary in 2018 was a bloodbath for the former members of the Independent Democratic Conference. Six of the eight ex-IDC members lost their primaries to challengers, after their group had drawn the ire of loyal Democrats for maintaining a power-sharing agreement with state Se...

NYC without selfie sticks is every New Yorker’s fantasy. It came true – and it hurts.
05/18/2020
When will tourists return to New York?

NYC without selfie sticks is every New Yorker’s fantasy. It came true – and it hurts.

New York City without tourists is something many New Yorkers crammed onto crowded subway cars – or avoiding overrun attractions like Museum of Modern Art – may fantasize about now and then. This summer, it’s likely to be a reality, but it will probably hurt more New Yorkers than it helps.

The pandemic has created an unprecedented election landscape, so we asked the experts to guide us through it.
05/15/2020
What will absentee voting mean for the June primaries?

The pandemic has created an unprecedented election landscape, so we asked the experts to guide us through it.

To reduce transmission of the coronavirus through in-person voting, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made everyone in New York eligible for an absentee ballot in the upcoming June 23 primary, and mandated that applications for those ballots be sent to all registered voters with contested elections in their dis...

Democrats are eyeing broad reforms as they battle the GOP over another economic relief package.
05/14/2020
New House stimulus bill would give Cuomo what he wants

Democrats are eyeing broad reforms as they battle the GOP over another economic relief package.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives firmly in his corner when it comes to getting a new $3 trillion federal stimulus bill through Congress. New York would stand to gain tens of billions of dollars if it passed. The governor would gain the ability to make his desi...

Without pools and summer camps, there’s no clear plan for the city’s youth after school ends.
05/12/2020
What will NYC kids do this summer?

Without pools and summer camps, there’s no clear plan for the city’s youth after school ends.

Summer camps and public beaches in New York City could close. The city’s public pools have already been shuttered for the summer. And despite receiving some backlash, New York City’s summer youth employment program will probably remain canceled.

We're going live tomorrow to discuss protecting NY's most vulnerable populations. Join the Commissioners for the NYC Dep...
05/11/2020

We're going live tomorrow to discuss protecting NY's most vulnerable populations.

Join the Commissioners for the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the NYC Department for the Aging​, along with Council Member Francisco Moya​ by registering here: bit.ly/2WHLIav

#sponsored by MetroPlus Health​ and RAIN Total Care, Inc.

If New York schools do reopen this fall, it’s likely that remote learning will still play a major role.
05/11/2020
Long-distance learning for the long haul

If New York schools do reopen this fall, it’s likely that remote learning will still play a major role.

By the time June rolls around each year, students, teachers and staff are normally wrapping up their lesson plans, itching for summer vacation and the chance to take a break from school for a few months. But not this year.

Our next webinar focuses on what government and the private sector can do to better protect senior citizens, the homeles...
05/09/2020
City & State’s Webinar Series: New York’s Most Vulnerable to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Our next webinar focuses on what government and the private sector can do to better protect senior citizens, the homeless, schoolchildren, and other vulnerable groups during COVID-19.

Lend your voice to the discussion by registering for free: https://bit.ly/2WHLIav

#sponsored by MetroPlus Health and RAIN Total Care, Inc.

For weeks, New York City has been the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic. The city has put forward a $170 million plan to meet the needs of some of the city’s population most vulnerable to the spread of COVID-19. We are actively working to meet the needs of seniors, many of whom are unable to l...

From immunotherapies to vaccines, the state’s medical community is looking at all of its options to combat the infectiou...
05/08/2020
NY’s efforts to find COVID-19 treatments

From immunotherapies to vaccines, the state’s medical community is looking at all of its options to combat the infectious disease.

While New York’s COVID-19 outbreak continues to wreak havoc, the state’s medical community is hard at work looking for possible treatments and cures to combat the virus.

Opinion | Recovered COVID-19 patients can donate blood that helps to fight the virus. Let’s pay them to do it.
05/07/2020
New York needs a plasma pipeline

Opinion | Recovered COVID-19 patients can donate blood that helps to fight the virus. Let’s pay them to do it.

Sometimes there are potential solutions to vexing problems right before our noses – but we can’t see them because we’re not focusing our vision properly. And that might be the case right now with an overlooked treatment for the new coronavirus that could help save lives: convalescent plasma in...

New legislation would require insurers to pay out due to the coronavirus – regardless of what their policies say.
05/06/2020
Should insurance companies have to cover small businesses’ pandemic losses?

New legislation would require insurers to pay out due to the coronavirus – regardless of what their policies say.

As the coronavirus pandemic rages in New York, more and more businesses are shuttering, both temporarily and permanently. The federal government has been providing relief across multiple aid packages, but for some struggling small-business owners, it hasn’t been enough.

We're going live in half an hour! Join our webinar on New York emergency management and public safety to hear from the b...
05/05/2020

We're going live in half an hour! Join our webinar on New York emergency management and public safety to hear from the below panelists and more! https://bit.ly/2YnV1is

#sponsored by Metropolitan College of New York

The governor has a tendency to dismiss the NYC mayor's suggestions, and then implement them himself.
05/05/2020
Cuomo keeps coopting de Blasio’s ideas

The governor has a tendency to dismiss the NYC mayor's suggestions, and then implement them himself.

When Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on May 1 that schools statewide would remain closed for the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic, observers might have experienced déjà vu – New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had made the same announcement weeks early on April 11 for city sc...

Will New York be better prepared if there's a second wave of COVID-19?Tomorrow at 2pm, hear NYC Emergency Management Com...
05/05/2020
City & State’s Webinar series: Safety and Emergency Management with the Coronavirus Pandemic

Will New York be better prepared if there's a second wave of COVID-19?

Tomorrow at 2pm, hear NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Deanne Criswell, New York City Fire Department (FDNY) First Deputy Commissioner Laura Kavanagh, and NYC Council Member Donovan Richard talk about emergency management and public safety with regards to the pandemic.

Registration is free here: https://bit.ly/2YnV1is

#sponsored by Metropolitan College of New York

COVID-19 is an emerging, rapidly evolving situation. The Federal Emergency Management Agency sent hundreds of ambulances, EMTs and paramedics to New York City in recent weeks to help assist amid the coronavirus pandemic. What have our emergency management and public safety been doing to help New Yor...

Do you have questions about how New York is handling public safety and emergency management services during COVID-19?Get...
05/01/2020

Do you have questions about how New York is handling public safety and emergency management services during COVID-19?

Get some answers by following the link for free registration to next week's webinar: https://bit.ly/2YnV1is

#sponsored by Metropolitan College of New York

Amid backlash against large companies getting federal loans, Nydia Velázquez calls for transparency.
04/30/2020
Is the federal government shortchanging small businesses?

Amid backlash against large companies getting federal loans, Nydia Velázquez calls for transparency.

The federal government’s rollout of another $310 billion in small business aid was hampered by more delays and confusion this week, adding to concerns that mom-and-pop shops on the verge of financial ruin are still being shut out. In New York, officials are raising alarms that the federal program ...

But the city and state have resources available for those in need.
04/29/2020
New Yorkers are struggling with mental health issues

But the city and state have resources available for those in need.

Dr. Lorna M. Breen, the medical director of NewYork-Presbyterian Allen Hospital’s emergency department, located in Manhattan, died of suicide on Sunday.It’s presumed that Breen’s death was the result of the heavy emotional toll that treating extremely ill COVID-19 patients had on her, The New ...

Today at 2pm, join Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, a...
04/28/2020
City & State’s Webinar series: Small Business Perspective on Coronavirus Pandemic

Today at 2pm, join Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, NYC Department of Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop, and Gale A. Brewer, Manhattan Borough President for a live webinar discussion on the COVID-19 relief available for New York's small businesses.

Registration is free here: bit.ly/2Y8ibZY

As part of the $2 trillion federal stimulus bill (CARES Act) passed on March 27, New York State small businesses are eligible for several relief benefits from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). This webinar is an opportunity to exchange information and review the federal offering includin...

New York’s public pensions are well-funded, for now at least.
04/28/2020
Mitch McConnell’s wants to destroy public employee pensions, but he can’t

New York’s public pensions are well-funded, for now at least.

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell dismissed the idea of giving federal funding directly to cash-strapped states last week, instead proposing legislation to allow states to file for bankruptcy. Such a move could jeopardize pension payments for retired public employees in many states, but th...

Opinion | The COVID-19 pandemic increases costs and decreases revenues for doctors. The state should help.
04/27/2020
Doctors’ offices are in danger of going under

Opinion | The COVID-19 pandemic increases costs and decreases revenues for doctors. The state should help.

Every night at 7 p.m., New Yorkers cheer for the health care workers on the front line of the COVID-19 pandemic, fighting to save lives. We rightly laud their contributions. But we should also know that in addition to putting immense strain on our hospital system, the pandemic is preventing thousand...

Commentary | Trump and McConnell lay the groundwork to force New York to open up too early.
04/23/2020
The Republican plot to kill New Yorkers

Commentary | Trump and McConnell lay the groundwork to force New York to open up too early.

After returning from his meeting with President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo held a press conference with an oddly divergent message. The governor proudly announced that he had secured a commitment from Trump to provide federal assistance in setting up the internat...

How can New York's nonprofits continue to deliver essential services, while keeping ensuring the safety of their workers...
04/22/2020

How can New York's nonprofits continue to deliver essential services, while keeping ensuring the safety of their workers during this crisis?

Join the leaders of Safe Horizon, the Chinese-American Planning Council, and The New York Foundling tomorrow for a webinar on how organizations can manage the impact of COVID-19.

Registration is free! https://bit.ly/3cIkU0x

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Most of us here in NYC know what kind of condescending twat Michael Bloomberg has always been. “Stop and Frisk” was his most public sh*tshow, but far from his only. Below are just a few of his greatest sh*ts: He ran for mayor of NYC on the GOP ticket so he wouldn’t have to be bothered with the Democratic primary and ran unopposed for the GOP nomination, so he is a craven opportunist. He also supported delaying the 2001 mayoral election after 9/11 so he could further outspend the Democratic nominee. He, along with Ghouliani, let the subways fall into the worst state of neglect since the 70’s, and has gleefully attacked De Blasio for not undoing 20 years of neglect by two GOP mayors, Pataki and a GOP-controlled state senate fast enough. In 2010, he told a NYC school teacher who had escaped prostitution she had to go back to sucking dick for money by forcing her out of her job. Allowed St. Vincent’s Hospital to be torn down and replaced with condos. He could have saved it by simply opening his check book. Tried to give away the West Side rail yards for a fraction of their worth as part of his asinine bid to host The Olympics and provide the Jets with a new home. The city would have been on the hook for billions in infrastructure improvements to make the site viable for building. Still managed a $6 Billion giveaway deal for the resultant West Side Railyards nightmare, complete with giant Schwarma and Thanos Tower. Tried to privatize Stuytown on Manhattan’s Lower East Side, which would have forced tens of thousands of people out of affordable public housing and made billions for his real estate pals, including Trump. Did nothing to stop the closing of dozens of GLBTQ businesses via gentrification-driven rent spikes and homophobic community boards, pressured the shortening of the Pride March route below St. Patrick’s and rejected the plan to allow Pridefest to move to 8th Ave. from 14th to 23rd Sts. despite EVERY business on the strip begging for it. Did nothing to stop the further union-busting and segregation of NYC’s public schools by “charter”(private) schools. Bought himself a third term by exploiting a loophole in the new term limits law to run again and spent ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS to again run essentially unopposed. Pushed for a moronic soda cup size restriction rather than an expansion of school physical fitness budgets and insurance coverage of gym memberships. Gave the Yankees a $1.5 BILLION sweetheart stadium deal that they absolutely did not need.
Why does your organization steadfastly refuse to report the contrary scientific findings regarding alleged human-induced climate change? The Foolish Idea of "Settled" Science The Main Stream Media trumpets (almost endlessly) that the science regarding climate change is "settled" as evidenced by 97% of climatologists who have reached a "consensus" about anthropogenic (human-induced) global warming. What the press does not stress is that this like-mindedness among these experts is based almost entirely upon computer simulations (GCMs or climate models) and not on any significant experimental data or evidence. Even more distressing is that many (most?) climate advocates see the current scientific findings as fixed and they reject out of hand any actual contrary research results. Like it or not science is simply never settled. Any historian of science will quickly belie the unsound position regarding "settled" science. A few solid examples should suffice to dismiss this misbegotten belief. During the late 19th century the entire scientific community accepted as fact the necessary existence of a "luminiferous ether" through which photons from the Sun traveled to reach the Earth. Then in 1887 Michelson & Morley of Case Western Reserve conducted a single experiment that showed that no such "ether" existed. Thus, all the prior evidence and belief was discarded. [Note: Interestingly, it was M&M's research that set Einstein on his search concerning relativity.] The bottom line is that the 97% "consensus" concerning the "settled" science regarding the existence of a luminiferous ether was wrong. Next, at the turn of the 20th century, virtually every cosmologist and astronomer agreed that the stars and galaxies that made up our universe were fixed in position. Then in 1930, Edwin Hubble by studying the "redshift" of the light reaching Earth from these heavenly bodies showed that our universe was expanding and that it was doing so at an accelerating rate. Once again, all of the "settled" science was placed in the trash bin of history. Another excellent example is "continental drift". During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, virtually every scientific expert insisted that the position of the Earth's continents was fixed. This scientific conclusion was based upon the observation that although granite existed on the continents, the seafloor was composed of denser basalt, and the "settled" science during the first half of the twentieth century was that there were two types of crust, named"sial" (continental type crust) and "sima" (oceanic type crust). Furthermore, it was "accepted" by all researchers that a static shell was present under the continents. Then in 1947, a team of scientists using an array of instruments confirmed the existence of a rise in the central Atlantic Ocean and found that the floor of the seabed beneath the layer of sediments consisted of basalt, not the granite which is the main constituent of continents. They also found that the oceanic crust was much thinner than continental crust. All these new findings put the "settled" science into question. Subsequently, beginning in the 1950s, scientists using instruments that measure attraction (magnetometers) began recognizing odd "striping" across the ocean floor. After the maps with this "zebra pattern" of magnetic bands were published, the connection between seafloor spreading and this layout was correctly linked to the historic evidence of geomagnetic reversals. Like it or not, the seven continents had been moving. Again, the 97% "consensus" regarding the "settled" science of fixed continents had to be discarded. In science, the idea of a "settled consensus" is simply silly. Science is constantly uncovering new truths. The Concept of "Settled" Science Regarding Anthropogenic (human-induced) climate change has recently been falsified In 2014, a group of Chinese researchers found evidence suggesting that the current warm phase of a 500-year cycle could terminate over several decades, ushering in a 250-year cool phase. Then on July 3, 2019, Science Daily announced that new evidence suggests that high-energy particles from space known as galactic cosmic rays affect the Earth's climate by increasing cloud cover, causing an "umbrella effect." When galactic cosmic rays increased during the Earth's last geomagnetic reversal transition 780,000 years ago, the umbrella effect of low-cloud cover led to high atmospheric pressure in Siberia, causing the East Asian winter monsoon to become stronger. This is evidence that galactic cosmic rays influence changes in the Earth's climate. "The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has discussed the impact of cloud cover on climate in their evaluations, but this phenomenon has never been considered in climate predictions due to the insufficient physical understanding of it," stated lead Japanese investigator, Professor Hyodo. "This study provides an opportunity to rethink the impact of clouds on climate. When galactic cosmic rays increase, so do low clouds, and when cosmic rays decrease clouds do as well, so climate warming may be caused by an opposite-umbrella effect. The umbrella effect caused by galactic cosmic rays is important when thinking about current global warming as well as the warm period of the medieval era." Subsequently, on Aug. 11, 2019, it was reported that a new study had found winters in northern China have been warming since 4,000 BC. The study found that winds from Arctic Siberia have been growing weaker, the conifer tree line has been retreating north, and there has been a steady rise in biodiversity in a general warming trend that continues today. It appears to have little to do with the increase in greenhouse gases which began with the industrial revolution, according to the researchers. Lead scientist Dr. Wu Jing, from the Key Laboratory of Cenozoic Geology and Environment at the Institute of Geology and Geophysics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, said the study had found no evidence of human influence on northern China’s warming winters. “Driving forces include the sun, the atmosphere, and its interaction with the ocean,” Wu said. “We have detected no evidence of human influence." Then the web site, Bioengineer.org, on Nov. 6, 2019, cited three papers from the Federal University of Sao Paolo, Brazil which partially affirm the studies from Japan and China. This research insists that "The composition (of marine) sediments carried by rivers from the mainland to the ocean can be used as a basis for calculating variables such as temperature, precipitation, and marine salinity. In the context of ongoing global climate change, the study of the past is fundamental to validating the accuracy of the climate models used to make predictions." SUMMARY The world-famous philosopher of science, Karl Popper, insisted that to be a valid scientific theory must be falsifiable. This includes the widely held conjecture of anthropogenic (human-caused) climate change. In short, a single set of scholarly findings that is not explained by the premise of man-made global warming which is attributable to the burning of fossil fuels can falsify this entire body of scientific speculation and this has now occurred. Today, six peer-reviewed scientific papers that were conducted by six separate groups of expert investigators from four different universities in three separate countries and which have all been published in eminent peer-reviewed scholarly journals have found no evidence to support the assertion regarding human-induced climate change. Instead, all six groups independently found that the warming that has happened was almost entirely attributable to galactic cosmic rays that affect the quantity of the Earth's low hanging clouds. These expert investigators call this canopy or blanket the "umbrella effect". The bottom line is that the entire climate change hysteria has now been falsified and is untrue. These six experimental results have shown that the IPCC and its computer simulation models (GCMs) are not valid. LINKS For those who require links here are six: agencia.fapesp.br/a-novel-m... https://agupubs.onlinelibra... https://www.sciencedaily.co... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go... https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.go.. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3022136/china-scientists-warn-global-cooling-trick-natures-sleeve