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Construction has begun on the second 55 Bank Street tower at The Continuum project by LCOR, that has experienced about a year delay. Cappelli Enterprises apparently has begun construction on the second 20-story apartments. It may be completed in a year.
NEW YORK STATE IMPLEMENTS FIRST-IN-THE-NATION BAN ON FLAVORED E-CIGARETTES
Public Health and Health Planning Council Votes to Adopt Emergency Regulations, Following Direction from Governor Cuomo to Convene on this IssueB
New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker to Evaluate a Ban on Menthol Flavor and Offer Recommendation within 14 Days
WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Statehouse September 17, 2019:
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State is the first state in the nation to implement a ban on the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes and nicotine e-liquids, following a vote on emergency regulations by the Public Health and Health Planning Council.
The ban, which is now in effect, is the latest in a series of actions to combat the increase in young people using vape products, largely as a result of e-cigarette companies marketing flavors that are intended to get children addicted to nicotine.
“It is undeniable that vaping companies are deliberately using flavors like bubblegum, Captain Crunch and cotton candy to get young people hooked on e-cigarettes – it’s a public health crisis and it ends today,” Governor Cuomo said. “New York is not waiting for the federal government to act, and by banning flavored e-cigarettes we are safeguarding the public health and helping prevent countless young people from forming costly, unhealthy and potentially deadly life-long habits.”
On Sunday, Governor Cuomo directed the Department of Health to convene an emergency meeting of PHHC to consider this ban.
The Governor also directed State Police and DOH to immediately partner to ramp up enforcement efforts against retailers who sell to underage youth, with the possibility of criminal penalties, in addition to announcing that he will advance legislation to ban deceptive marketing of e-cigarettes to teens and children.
As part of the Family Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Act of 2009, the U.S. Congress banned the sale of cigarettes with flavors other than menthol and tobacco.
New York State Department of Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said, “The alarmingly high numbers of young people in New York State who are using vape products is nothing short of a public health crisis. These regulations are a part of many critical steps we are taking to combat this disturbing trend. We will continue to be aggressive in our efforts to prevent nicotine addiction and bad marketing practices under Governor Cuomo’s leadership.”
Flavors are largely responsible for the dramatic increase in use of e-cigarettes by youth and are a principal reason that youth initiate and maintain e-cigarette use.
According to Department of Health data, nearly 40 percent of 12th grade students and 27 percent of high school students in New York State are now using e-cigarettes, and this increase is largely driven by flavored e-liquids.
High school use in 2018 (27.4%) is 160 percent higher than it was in 2014 (10.5%). While New York’s high school student smoking rate dropped from 27.1% in 2000 to a record low of 4.3% in 2016, aggressive marketing strategies promoting flavored e-cigarettes is primed to turn that trend.
Flavoring is a key youth marketing strategy of the vaping/aerosol industry just as it is in the cigarette, cigar and smokeless tobacco markets. E-cigarette marketing highlights flavors such as mint chocolate, bubblegum and cherry cola, and creates a deceptive belief that they are not harmful to users.
In a 2017 survey of 15 to 17 year-old adolescents in New York State currently using electronic vapor products, 19% of the adolescents said that flavors were the reason that they first tried an e-cigarette and 27% said flavors were the reason for maintaining use.
Studies also show nearly 78% of high school students and 75% of middle school students report being exposed to pro-tobacco marketing in 2016. Legislation will be advanced next session to prevent these deceptive and misleading advertisements to target our youth.
The Department of Health will provide retailers with an approximate two-week grace period before conducting visits to enforce the flavoring ban beginning on Monday, October 4.
Local health departments and the Department’s District Offices, with State oversight, will handle enforcement.
Retailers who violate the ban will face fines of up to $2,000 per violation, which is defined as each unit of flavored e-liquid or product containing e-liquid that is possessed, manufactured, sold or offered for sale.
Alice-Optimum is promising refunds to its customers who lost service Friday night, September 6 according to the following customer correspondence:
As you may be aware, we experienced a power failure Friday evening, September 6th, that may have affected your service. We understand it was a frustrating experience and we thank you for your patience while our teams worked tirelessly to restore service as quickly as possible.
Please know that we continually assess and improve our systems in an effort to avoid issues such as this because we take seriously the expectation you have for both exceptional service and customer support from us.
In light of the service disruption, we will be automatically issuing a credit on one of your next two monthly billing statements.
On behalf of everyone at Optimum, thank you for being a customer and for trusting us as your connectivity provider.
Maintenance, Cleaning Workers and Others Get New Help When Buildings or Contracts Change Hands
WPCNR COUNTY CLARION-LEDGER. From the Westchester County Board of Legislators and SEIU 32BJ. September 16, 2019:
On Monday night, the Westchester County Board of Legislators voted on a bi-partisan basis, 16-1, to strengthen a law protecting building service workers like cleaning staff and maintenance personal, who face displacement when building ownership or service contracts change hands.
The Displaced Service Employees Protection Law was originally passed also by a vote of 16-1 in 2013. It created a required transition period, during which new employers must offer workers the chance to remain on the job. It also created a time frame for those offers and for that transitional employment, and created limits on the size of contractors who are covered.
The changes passed Monday lower the threshold for covered contractors from 15 to 5 employees and extend the transitional employment period from 60 days to 90 days.
The SEIU issued this statement: “The Westchester County Board of Legislators passed an amendment to the Displaced Service Employees Protection Law to further prevent shady contractors from leaving workers jobless. That is what happened in White Plains exactly a year ago, when a new building owner let go of five loyal cleaners at 1 & 3 Barker Street. The county’s displaced worker law, passed in 2013, was intended to guarantee such workers a temporary period of employment after a contract changed hands at medium and large commercial buildings, if the contractor had 15 or more employees.
But the new owners of 1 & 3 Barker brought in a contractor whose size and identity still remains hidden from both the former employees and the union that represents them, 32BJ SEIU.
“It was hard for the employees to enforce their rights,” said 32BJ SEIU Assistant to the President Lenore Friedlaender in testimony before the Board of Legislators this evening. “We didn’t know the name of the new employer and we could not establish that the new employer had 15 or more employees…These amendments would strengthen the existing law, insure a more level playing field for responsible employers, and provide more transparency when service contracts change.”
In addition, there are expanded requirements for information sharing to ensure that workers know in a timely manner precisely whom they must communicate with at the new employer.
Leg. Catherine Borgia (D -Briarcliff Manor, Cortlandt, Croton-on-Hudson, Ossining, Peekskill), one of the co-sponsors, said, “Since 2013, it became clear that there were provisions that needed to change. We needed to prevent employers from making an end run around the spirit of the law by using small companies, or avoiding their obligations by not being sufficiently transparent in their communications with workers. We want to make sure the law does what it was intended to do — protect working families in Westchester.”
Another co-sponsor, Leg. Kitley Covill (D – Bedford, Lewisboro, Mount Kisco, North Salem, Pound Ridge, Somers) said,
“This law is about protecting people who, through no fault of their own, find their livelihoods threated. With the changes we’ve passed, these hard working people will now have a longer time to find new work or better yet to maybe make the case for themselves to their new employers, more people will be covered by the law, and new employers won’t be hidden behind a string of names, address and legal entities. We want to make sure service workers in Westchester County are getting a fair shake.”
Co-sponsor Leg. David Tubiolo (D – Mount Vernon, Yonkers) said,
“Today, we rectify the loopholes to stop corporate greed from taking advantage of working people. With our amendments, service workers will be reassured that they can’t just be displaced, because a company wants to make an insignificant profit. Protecting working people is part of our identity, being just and fair, but is also good government in action”.
Lenore Friedlaender, Assistant to the President of 32BJ SEIU and head of the union in the Hudson Valley, said, “When employers try to circumvent the intent of the law in an effort to reduce wages and benefits it destabilizes the playing field and creates a destructive race to the bottom. Workers wages, benefits and job security suffer as a result.”
“We all understand that our jobs could change very suddenly, if an owner of a building changes the contractor. I have seen it happen to friends of mine,” said Maria Trejo a cleaner at the BOSCES School in Valhalla and a member of 32BJ. “That is why we first passed the Displaced Worker Law. But we need to make that law stronger. We need to make sure that new contractors don’t hide, and it’s important that small contractors follow the rules just like big contractors.”
Candidates Forum for The White Plains Common Council Race Wednesday October 16 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M.
Church Street Elementary School 295 Church Street
The League of Women Voters of White Plains will hold a Candidates Forum for the candidates for three seats on the White Plains Common Council. The Forum will be held on Wednesday October 16 from 7:00 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. at the Church Street School at 295 Church Street, White Plains. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.
As always, audience questions must be submitted in advance, they will not be taken from the floor during the Forum. We will solicit questions via email in early October and they may also be submitted in writing at the event. The Forum will be recorded for subsequent viewing. It is not certain if it will also be streamed live. For additional information on the Forum contact us firstname.lastname@example.org.
With Service Employees International Union 32BJ on the dais with them, County Chairman of the Board of Legislators, Benjamin Boykin, held a news conference this morning introducing the significance of tonight’s upcoming vote on a new addition to the County Displaced Workers Law that would close a loophole allowing companies to evade treating service workers unfairly by hiding behind previous dispensations for number of employees.
Why is the most successful Democrat Politician not running for President?
WPCNR CAMPAIGN 2019.News and Comment by John F. Bailey. September 15, 2019:
He sent state aid to U.S. hurricane disasters and Puerto
Rico before the federal government.
His legislation attempts to protect his state residents from
the deduction denials costing them thousands in taxes under the new tax law(in defiance
of the federal government).
He has fought to protect immigrants in New York State from
deportation and falling into the clutches of ICE.
He has invested in aid to prevent businesses from leaving
He has invested in aid to students seeking a college
He has invested in infrasture (deliberately misspelled) :
building a new bridge and modernizing LaGuardia Airport and modernizing the
His leadership is prosecuting those who need to be
He has accomplished more in his eight years as Governor than
any other governor in the country.
His tireless energy and usually upfront in every crisis in
every corner of the state are unlike any politician I have seen who has headed
He is Andrew M. Cuomo. Someone completely different for a
Democrat: He does not talk.
Except in the time when the country needs a man like this in
And we need him now.
The President will not push Andrew Cuomo around in a debate.
The President cannot lie fast enough or tweet effectively
enough to disintegrate Andrew Cuomo’s confidence and towering logic of
argument. Mr. Cuomo for the last eight years just pounds out the ever shining
light of what is right everytime he
We need this guy.
He is a leader.
Before the Democrat debates started, though Mr. Cuomo
shockingly was not as proactive during budget season in the spring. He did not
speak out on rolling press conferences and press releases and videos and
I got the sense something was not right.
Is this the man going after the President for wrong-doing?
I thought to myself what is going on with Mr. Cuomo?
He could have gone into the primaries and if voters did not
like his style. So be it. But it would not damage his splendid record in New
But he one of the best governors we have ever had.
Occasionally he bows to politics, but not until this year did he show
reluctance to follow through on issues.
After Thursday, I had great regret that Mr. Cuomo was not on
that stage. He would have towered over them.
He is the strongest Democrat since FDR. Has the most
conviction of Abraham Lincoln. A
throwback to Teddy Roosevelt (the best Republican President), Eisenhowerian in
I was shaking my head.
If Cuomo ran against the President, he would not be
intimidated. He would not fumble or get flustered.
He would not need coaching.
Mr. Cuomo is the Democratic Hamlet.
Mr. Cuomo may be feeling now is not the time for him
I can’t get into his head.
If he is thinking that the first “American Dictator,” the
current President, is not defeated, he can run in 2024, but by then he will be
challenged by the latest Kennedy incarnation in Massachussetts, or Chelsea
Clinton. You cannot procrastinate the present.
But I find it hard to believe Andrew Cuomo has ever thought
that way. He has grown as a man and politician. He does not make the same
mistake twice. He does not step aside for politics.
We need him.
America needs him.
The fact that the Democratic Party leadership is not
imploring him to run, astounds me.
The governor says he wants to complete his term as governor
and serve the people of New York.
That’s not the Andrew Cuomo we know.
He knows he is the best man for the job of saving this
This must be torturing him. It does me.
Come on in, Governor Cuomo.
You would blunt “the first American Dictator’s” appeal to
the voters who love a strong man,(even a Donald Trump who talks loudly and has
no stick) you would win over the troubled Trump voters in Michigan,
Pennsylvania, Wisconsin Illinois, Ohio because you,more than any state leader
have done things to save jobs, create jobs and rebuild areas of your state.
You have the performance record.
No one running for President can defeat “The First American Dictator” except you.