COUNTY: HOW TO MAKE APPLICATIONS FOR FEMA “IDA-AID”

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FEMA Information

Westchester County is actively working with FEMA to set up Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs) where people can file claims for assistance in communities that are heavily damaged. At this this time, FEMA is onsite at the Mamaroneck Village Courthouse.   

Please note, there is no mobile DRC at the Westchester County Center today. 

It is not necessary to meet with FEMA in person to start a claim. If you have suffered significant property damage from the remnants of Hurricane Ida, you can apply online for FEMA assistance here: https://www.disasterassistance.gov/

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JOHN BAILEY’S WHITE PLAINS REPORT ON WVOX 1460’S “DENNIS AND TONNY GOOD MORNING WESTCHESTER–THE TRANSCRIPT

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JOHN BAILEY, THE CITIZENETREPORTER
APPEARS WEEKLY TUESDAY MORNINGS 7:50 TO 8 AM
The Dennis and Tonny Good Morning Westchester program

IT WAS THE LAST OFFICIAL DAY OF SUMMER MONDAY, THE END OF LABOR DAY WEEKEND AND IT WAS BEAUTIFUL. PLAYLAND OFFICIALLY CLOSED AND HAD TWO GOOD WEATHER DAYS WHICH SHOULD PERHAPS PUSH ATTENDANCE FOR THE PARK UP CLOSE TO 300,000. THIS WILL PUT PRESSURE ON THE COUNTY TO CONSIDER LIBERALIZING THE CURRENT COUNTY VISION FOR THE PARK.

IF YOU CALL STANDARD AMUSEMENTS WANTED TO ADD MORE RIDES AND EXPAND OPERATIONS OF THE PARK ALL YEAR ROUND WITH THE ADDITION OF A CATERING FACILITY AND MORE RESTAURANTS ON THE BOARDWALK. WELL THAT WAS OPPOSED BY COUJTY EXECUTIVE GEORGE LATIMER LEADING TO THE BANKRUPTCY JUDGE TO TELL THE COUNTY AND STANDARD AMUSEMENTS TO RENEGOTIATE.

WELL THE SAME SITUATION NOW REMAINS IN EFFECT; WILL STANDARD IN LIGHT OF THE 300,000 ATTENDANCE AT PLAYLAND—RENEW ITS VISION TO EXPAND PLAYLAND TO BRING IN THEIR ELIXIR OF YEAR ROUND OPERATION WITH MORE RESTAURANTS. THIS IS COMPLICATED BY THE USE OF THE BOARDWALK BY THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM WHICH HAS TURNED INTO A FEEL GOOD WHITE ELEPHANT WITH NO APPRECIABLE GROWTH SINCE ITS INCEPTION IN THE LAST YEAR OF THE ASTORINO ADMINISTRATION.

STANDARD STILL MAY CONSIDER WALKING AWAY FROM THE DEAL. OR PROPOSE MORE BOARDWALK ATTRACTIONS.

CURRENTLY THE COUNTY IS REDOING THE  PLAYLAND POOL. THEY THE COUNTY  MIGHT CONSIDER ROOFING THE POOL FACILITY SO IT COULD BE USED YEAR ROUND AND ON RAINY DAYS.

THE BATHHOUSE JUST DOWN FROM THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM WHICH HAS YET TO “MUSEUM” ANYTHING AND WE HAVE BEEN WAITING 5 YEARS FOR THAT TO REALIZE ITS ORIGINAL MISSION.

 STANDARD MAY LOOK AT TRYING TO DEVELOP THE  AREA AROUND THE EDITH REID SANCTUARY INTO A SWANK ART DECO CATERING FACILITY TO INFUSE REVENUE ALL YEAR ROUND. OR STANDARD MAY DECIDE THERE IS NO POTENTIAL HERE. STANDARD IS SUPPOSED TO TAKE OVER MANAGEMENT OF THE PARK NEXT YEAR

I DROVE THROUGH LARCHMONT AND MAMARONECK YESTERDAY AND SAW PLENTY OF WATER RUINED DEBRIS AWAITING PICK-UP AND WONDER EXACTLY WHAT THE COUNTY CAN DO TO FIX THE MAMARONECK AND SHELDRAKE RIVER PROBLEM. WE AWAIT A STUDY ABOUT WHAT CAN BE DONE.

MEANWHILE WE CAN PERHAPS BRACE FOR MORE  RAIN PROBLEMS FROM HURRICANE LARRY PERHAPS BEARING IN ON EASTERN LONG ISLAND IF IT DOES NOT TAKE A MORE WESTERLY DIRECTION.

THIS FLOOD FIX MAY OFF ANOTHER 10 YEARS IN THE FUTURE—AND HOW GOOD IS THE  ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS AT FIXING FLOOD PLAINS JUST AS LOUISIANA. THIS PROBLEM EXISTED 11 YEARS AGO WHEN THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY WAS RUNNING THE COUNTY AND THEY DID NOTHING ABOUT IT THEN.  A WORK IN PROCESS DESPITE THE FEEL GOOD PRESS CONFERENCES OVER THE LAST WEEKEND.

MEANWHILE, THE COUNTY  WAS OUT TO PLAY OVER THE WEEKEND, AND THE COVID NEW CASES CONTINUE TO COME  FROM THOSE INFECTED  TWO WEEKS AGO CONTINUED TO  STAY STEADY AVERAGING 175 NEW CASES A DAY FROM LAST MONDAY TO SUNDAY.

THERE WERE 1,231 NEW CASES OF COVID IN WESTCHESTER  IN 6 DAYS WHICH CERTAINLY DO NOT COMPARE TO THE NUMBERS OF LAST JANUARY,BUT THE NEW CASES ARE COMING FROM THOSE INFECTED WITH COVID TWO WEEKS AGO  AT A RATE OF 1 NEW CASE INFECTING 1 OTHER PERSON. THAT KEEPS COVID A VERY REAL THREAT. I SAW LITTLE MASKING WHEN I WAS WALKING IN MANOR PARK MONDAY AFTERNOON AND PEOPLE HAVE TO TAKE IT MORE SERIOUSLY.

WHAT CONCERNS ME IS THE NUMBERS OF PERSONS BEING TESTED IS EERILY PARALLEL TO THE NUMBERS TESTED LAST FALL WHEN WE STARTED TO DEVELOP THE SECOND WAVE OF COVID.

ON OCTOBER 31, 2020, 11 MONTHS AGO, 7,400 WERE TESTED AND 149 TESTED POSITIVE , 2% SPREAD RATE OF ONE PERSON INFECTING 2 OTHER PERSONS. ONE MONTH LATER  THAT WENT UP 7,706 TESTED AND 178 POSTIVE , 2.3% . BY DECEMBER WE TESTED  12,800 AND  570 TESTED POSITIVE. ON JANUARY 1 2021 1,000 PERSONS TESTED POSITIVE UP GOING UP 10 TIMES IN 3 MONTHS,

THE BIG DIFERENCE BETWEEN THEN AND NOW, THERE WAS NO VACCINE AND PEOPLE ARE NOT GETTING THEIR VACCINATIONS. NOW LOOKING AT  SUNDAY’S LATEST FIGURES, 148 OF  4,660 PERSONS TESTED POSITIVE.. TWO WEEKS FROM NOW THE 1,231 NEW POSITIVES WILL TRANSLATE IN AS MUCH AS 1,200 MORE CASES. IF WE CONTINUE TO NOT MASK, SOCIALIZE  IN LARGE GROUPS THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO DOWN. VACCINATIONS ARE DOWN.

THE WESTCHESTER COUNTY COMMUNITIES THROUGH SEPTEMBER 2 BEFORE LABOR DAY:

YONKERS HAD 621 NEW CASES, MOUNT VERNON 237, NEW ROCHELLE, 225, AND WHITE PLAINS 122, GREENBURGH, 117, HARRISON 86

 THE RYES  74 PORT CHESTER 54, UP NORTH COUNTY YORKTON HAD 123, MOUNT PLEASANT 100, CORTLANDT 66, SOMERS 61, LEWISBORO 48. , THAT’S 1,934 NEW CASES—WHOSE IMPACT ON WHOM THEY CONTACTED BEFORE BEING TESTED POSITIVE…HAS YET TO BE FELT IN POSSIBLE NEW CASES

NOW SPEAKING OF SOCIALIZING—THE WHITE PLAINS FARMERS MARKET OPENS  WEDNESDAY WITH A JAZZ CONCERT TOMORROW FREE.

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$50 MILLION IN DAMAGE IDA TOLL in WESTCHESTER. GOVERNOR HOCHUL SIGNS DISASTER RELIEF BILL PAVING WAY FOR FEDERAL AID TO INDIVIDUALS, COMMUNITY INFRASTRUCTURE REPAIR IMPACTED BY IDA

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WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Governor’s Press Office. September 5, 2021 3:30 PM EDT:

Following her visits to communities impacted by flooding from Hurricane Ida, Governor Kathy Hochul today signed a request to President Biden for an expedited Major Disaster Declaration. With Presidential approval, the declaration would deliver individual and public assistance for eligible New Yorkers recovering from the storm’s damage.


Photos from the Governor’s Visits to Impacted Communities in East Elmhurst are Available Here and Here, in Inwood Here, in Mamaroneck Here, in Yonkers Here, and on Staten Island Here 

Through the declaration request, the Governor is requesting that New Yorkers who have been displaced or suffered damage as a result of the storm, including those who did not have flood insurance, can receive the assistance they need. The Governor also announced the launch of the new online resource hub for impacted New Yorkers, available at ny.gov/ida. The hub provides information on available assistance programs and where to find services such as shelter and access to food. The information on the site will be updated as more resources for New Yorkers become available. Additionally, the State is partnering with New York City to support the Ida Recovery Service Centers. These centers enlisted the support of elected officials who represent impacted communities and will offer information on all available resources and assistance.

Governor Hochul also directed that $378 million in previously-awarded hazard mitigation funding from FEMA be devoted to bolstering New York State’s infrastructure against extreme weather.


“New Yorkers are still recovering from the damage across our downstate communities, and this request I signed and submitted to President Biden can secure the financial resources that are due to New Yorkers who suffered unimaginable devastation as a result of the storm,” Governor Hochul said. “I have seen the heartbreak and pain of these families firsthand, and I pledge not to forget them and to ensure they get the resources they need to recover. Our recovery and support services teams remain on the ground, doubling down on our restoration efforts until New Yorkers are able to stand on their feet again.”

 
A Major Disaster Declaration would result in financial assistance from the federal government allowing local communities and individual New Yorkers to continue their recovery. Assistance includes funding for emergency protective measures, debris removal and repairs to public buildings and infrastructure, as well as direct support for individuals and homeowners. New Yorkers may also be able to receive funds for other uninsured or under-insured disaster-caused expenses and serious needs, such as repair or replacement of personal property or funds for moving and storage, or medical, dental, and child care. Homeowners and renters should make every effort to document their losses.

 
If approved, eligible homeowners will work directly with FEMA to obtain funding. Assistance can include funds for temporary housing units, housing and driveway repairs, crisis counseling, unemployment assistance and legal services.


Even as New York’s first responders and emergency management teams remained on the ground assisting local partners with storm response operations, the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services deployed specialists to assess damage in order to apply for federal disaster aid. The state remained in constant contact with FEMA and local partners throughout this process to push for an expedited review on the federal side once the preliminary damage assessments were finalized.


As a result of these efforts, in just the first initial days of assessments, state and federal experts have estimated that this storm caused more than $50 million in damage to public infrastructure and property.

Funding to support the restoration of public infrastructure is being sought through FEMA’s Public Assistance Program which provides reimbursement for local governments after a disaster has been declared by the President for activities such as debris removal, emergency protective measures, repair and rebuilding of publicly-owned infrastructure that was damaged including roads, schools, bridges, parks, hospitals, police stations, fire houses, water and waste water treatment facilities and other public facilities.


Additionally, the Governor is requesting federal funding through FEMA’s Individual Assistance Program for 14 Counties. This program provides direct support to individuals and households. Throughout the initial damage assessment process, state, local and federal specialists determined in excess of 1,200 residences suffered damage.


The Governor is encouraging local officials in the impacted counties continue working with their County Emergency Managers to submit any resource needs directly into NY Responds, the state’s web-based system that enables both local governments and state agencies to submit and share vital emergency-related information and resource requests. 


At Governor Hochul’s direction, state agencies’ emergency response assets are still on the ground as necessary helping local partners with cleanup and restoration efforts. State and local first responders continue to be fully engaged in supporting local governments in storm response and cleanup operations.

 
Ongoing Agency Response Activities


Department of Financial Services
The Department of Financial Services Mobile Command Center will operate from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at selected locations in the State of Emergency counties affected by Tropical Depression Ida until the need for its assistance subsides. The mobile units will provide New Yorkers with insurance information regarding policy coverage for losses and suggestions on how to document their losses and safeguard their property. Appointments are not necessary and if a person is unable to come in person they can also get assistance by calling the Department’s Disaster Hotline at 800-339-1759, daily, 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. and by accessing the Department’s website at https://www.dfs.ny.gov/consumers/help_for_homeowners/disaster_flood.  

DFS is currently exploring to identify opportunities to expand the presence of its teams and resources in impacted locations.


Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services
DHSES continues to coordinate with our partner agencies at the local, state and federal level in response efforts. The State Emergency Operations Center is active and remains engaged with state agencies involved in clean-up missions. DHSES teams are on the ground supporting these efforts and will continue to provide additional resources to local governments and county emergency managers throughout the process.

 
Department of Environmental Conservation 

Using drones and other technology, Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Police Officers, Forest Rangers, Emergency Management experts, Spill Responders, and additional personnel continue to assess storm impacts in Ida’s wake, including potential damage to wastewater infrastructure, petroleum spills, and the integrity of dams and levees. 

DEC reminds New Yorkers that if floodwaters are impacted by petroleum, chemicals, or other hazardous materials, please call DEC’s Spill hotline (1-800-457-7362) https://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/87175.html.

Department of Public Service
New York’s utilities have approximately 6,000 workers available to engage in damage assessment, response, repair and restoration efforts across the State. DPS staff continues to track the utilities’ work throughout the storm restoration and will ensure utilities shift the appropriate staffing to the regions impacted the most.  Storm restoration focus is concentrated on the downstate regions that were most severely impacted by the storm.

 
Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation has over 3,150 workers helping to safely reopen impacted roadways and ensure roads remain safe for all users.


New York State Police 
The New York State Police has instructed all Troopers to remain vigilant and closely monitor conditions for any problems. Additional personnel will be deployed to affected areas as needed. All four-wheel drive vehicles and all specialty vehicles, including Utility Terrain Vehicles, are in-service.

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SATURDAY COVID UPDATE FROM GOVERNOR HOCHUL

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Governor Kathy Hochul today updated New Yorkers on the state’s progress combating COVID-19.  

“We continue to keep a close eye on the numbers, and while we know we’ve come a long way in beating back the virus and getting a good number of New Yorkers vaccinated, our work is not yet done, my friends,” Governor Hochul said. “COVID is still out there, and we cannot get complacent because we all know what it’s capable of. If you still need to get vaccinated, it’s imperative that you do so as soon as possible because your safety and the safety of others is on the line.”   
   
Today’s data is summarized briefly below: 

  • Test Results Reported – 157,302
  • Total Positive – 5,030
  • Percent Positive – 3.20%
  • 7-Day Average Percent Positive – 3.28%
  • Patient Hospitalization – 2,359 (+5)
  • Patients Newly Admitted – 298
  • Patients in ICU – 532 (+8)
  • Patients in ICU with Intubation – 260 (+0)
  • Total Discharges – 193,930 (+252)
  • New deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 28
  • Total deaths reported by healthcare facilities through HERDS – 43,697

The Health Electronic Response Data System is a NYS DOH data source that collects confirmed daily death data as reported by hospitals, nursing homes and adult care facilities only.

  • Total deaths reported to and compiled by the CDC – 55,654

This daily COVID-19 provisional death certificate data reported by NYS DOH and NYC to the CDC includes those who died in any location, including hospitals, nursing homes, adult care facilities, at home, in hospice and other settings.

  • Total vaccine doses administered – 23,921,319
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 24 hours – 67,962
  • Total vaccine doses administered over past 7 days – 388,164
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose – 77.8%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series – 70.4%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 80.3%
  • Percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and older with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 72.1%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose – 65.6%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series – 59.1%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with at least one vaccine dose (CDC) – 67.9%
  • Percent of all New Yorkers with completed vaccine series (CDC) – 60.6% 

Each region’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows: 

RegionWednesday, September 1, 2021Thursday, September 2, 2021Friday, September 3, 2021
Capital Region4.80%4.53%4.78%
Central New York4.73%4.49%4.57%
Finger Lakes4.47%4.37%4.50%
Long Island4.27%4.28%4.23%
Mid-Hudson3.61%3.53%3.61%
Mohawk Valley4.54%4.50%4.67%
New York City2.43%2.42%2.39%
North Country4.84%5.17%5.11%
Southern Tier3.61%3.38%3.29%
Western New York4.13%4.08%4.25%
Statewide3.31%3.26%3.28%

Each New York City borough’s 7-day average percentage of positive test results reported over the last three days is as follows: 

Borough in NYCWednesday, September 1, 2021Thursday, September 2, 2021Friday, September 3, 2021
Bronx2.86%2.88%2.83%
Kings2.48%2.45%2.43%
New York1.88%1.89%1.82%
Queens2.38%2.34%2.31%
Richmond3.46%3.50%3.63%

Yesterday, 5,030 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 in New York State, bringing the total to 2,281,283. A geographic breakdown is as follows:  
  

CountyTotal PositiveNew Positive
Albany27,20091
Allegany3,76819
Broome20,40694
Cattaraugus6,25834
Cayuga7,29335
Chautauqua9,85041
Chemung8,39036
Chenango3,95618
Clinton5,15019
Columbia4,39717
Cortland4,43221
Delaware2,71612
Dutchess32,349100
Erie95,380232
Essex1,80910
Franklin3,02236
Fulton4,96319
Genesee5,76410
Greene3,73211
Hamilton3684
Herkimer5,66722
Jefferson6,79332
Lewis3,00214
Livingston4,89718
Madison5,01822
Monroe74,987192
Montgomery4,75717
Nassau200,062362
Niagara21,24065
NYC1,024,7971,656
Oneida24,36581
Onondaga43,076162
Ontario8,05922
Orange52,607121
Orleans3,39010
Oswego8,70963
Otsego3,89218
Putnam11,44227
Rensselaer12,57058
Rockland49,50374
Saratoga17,49876
Schenectady14,62658
Schoharie1,92614
Schuyler1,1669
Seneca2,23619
St. Lawrence7,78878
Steuben7,60242
Suffolk218,840442
Sullivan7,42326
Tioga4,14916
Tompkins5,37645
Ulster15,50347
Warren4,29221
Washington3,52715
Wayne6,41517
Westchester137,873188
Wyoming3,74116
Yates1,2666

Yesterday, 28 New Yorkers died due to COVID-19, bringing the total to 43,697. A geographic breakdown is as follows, by county of residence: 

CountyNew Deaths
Bronx2
Broome1
Dutchess2
Erie2
Kings4
Manhattan3
Nassau2
Orange1
Putnam1
Queens2
Richmond1
Rockland1
St. Lawrence1
Suffolk2
Ulster1
Westchester2

All New York State mass vaccination sites are now open to eligible New Yorkers for walk-in vaccination on a first-come, first-serve basis. People who would prefer to schedule an appointment at a state-run mass vaccination site can do so on the Am I Eligible App or by calling 1-833-NYS-4-VAX. People may also contact their local health department, pharmacy, doctor or hospital to schedule appointments where vaccines are available, or visit vaccines.gov to find information on vaccine appointments near them.  

Yesterday, 40,278 New Yorkers received their first vaccine dose, and 29,262 completed their vaccine series. A geographic breakdown of New Yorkers who have been vaccinated by region is as follows: 

 People with at least one vaccine dosePeople with complete vaccine series
RegionCumulative  
Total
Increase over past 24 hoursCumulative  
Total
Increase over past 24 hours
Capital Region728,1291,119668,978794
Central New York569,515776528,998645
Finger Lakes736,4121,148687,321804
Long Island1,766,3944,3811,568,1643,644
Mid-Hudson1,392,1952,5781,233,9522,272
Mohawk Valley283,414354262,019291
New York City6,223,02727,8935,524,11819,391
North Country263,148497238,104292
Southern Tier377,381611348,686444
Western New York801,546921737,440685
Statewide13,141,16140,27811,797,78029,262

The COVID-19 Vaccine Tracker Dashboard is available to update New Yorkers on the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The New York State Department of Health requires vaccinating facilities to report all COVID-19 vaccine administration data within 24 hours; the vaccine administration data on the dashboard is updated daily to reflect the most up-to-date metrics in the state’s vaccination effort. New York State Department of Health-reported data from NYSIIS and CIR differs slightly from federally-reported data, which is inclusive of federally-administered doses and

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LABOR DAY WEEKEND: A REMEMBRANCE OF STRIKERS WHO DIED

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WPCNR NEWS AND COMMENT. By John F. Bailey. SEPTEMBER 4, 2021. Reprinted from the CitizeNetReporter Archives:

It is Labor Day Weekend 2021.

Look back at the history of the labor movement, workers have always had to fight and die to make progress.

Because management is not fair, equitable, or humane. They don’t care about you as a person. They use you up. Use you. And when you get hurt. Too bad. And now our feckless Supreme Court has taken away the class action suit.

Business and government “internships” today are a nice word for slavery without whips.

Labor Day first made its appearance when low wages and long hours were protested against in the mid-nineteenth century during the American Industrial Revolution.

Management works for themselvesalways.

Oregon instituted the first Labor Day in the 1870s, and New York in the 1880s.

The National Labor Day Holiday came about because of national outrage over two violent strikes that were ended by armed intervention by the military and private detectives, the notorious “Pinkertons.”

Let’s go back to the 1890s and learn what Labor Day is all about. It’s not about a day off. It is a memorial day. It’s not about “good job.”

The gay 90s were not so gay if you were a worker.

They were a time when the so-called robber barons thought nothing of bringing out private security forces to shoot strikers. They  lowered wages with no mercy. It was all about them, their mansions, their fortunes, their tax-free profits. (No income tax before 1913, folks).

In the Homestead, Pennsylvania steel factory strike in 1892Andrew Carnegie, the steel baron, wanted to lower wages to make the Homestead factory  more profitable. (Instead of pulling down statues, they should change the name of the Carnegie Institute. Mr. Carnegie was no saint.)

Steelworkers in Homestead Pennsylvania, made $10 a week, working 12 hours a day, 6 days a week, as much as  84 hours a week.

Carnegie’s Deputy  Chairman Henry Frick wanted to pay them less, and attempted to bring in non-union laborers to replace them.

Two thousand union workers barricaded the plant.

Frick hired Pinkerton Detectives to disperse them. On June 29, 1892, “Pinkertons” killed 7 union workers with gunfire, and injured “countless” others and three Pinkertons were killed.

The Governor called in the National Guard to restore order. The armed intervention broke the Amalgamated Association union.

After this, according to “Steelworkers in America” by David Brody, wages of steelworkers at Homestead declined 20% from 1892 to 1907 and workshifts went up from 8 hours to 12 hours (96 hours a week). 

What a great fellow, Carnegie. What a humanitarian! That’s your robber baron. He’d fit right in with today’s Wolves of Wall Street, and our national leadership wouldn’t he? He’d be in the Trump cabinet.

This union-killing in Pennysylvania was followed by the 1894 Pullman Strike in Pullman Illinois.

George M. Pullman, the creator of the sleeper car, housed his workers in Pullman City, Illinois, and charged them rent. 

In the depression of the early 1890s, in 1893 wages at the Pullman Palace Factory fell  25%, but Pullman did not lower his rents to his workers.

The rent, if not met, was deducted from worker pay.

Pullman was a garbage person.

A nice guy, George Pullman.  He could run a bank today, couldn’t he? He could run an airline and an airliner manufacturing company.

On May 11, 1894 workers with the American Railroad Union under the leadership of the great  Eugene V.  Debs, started a wildcat (unauthorized) strike in protest of Pullman’s policies.

On June 26, 1894, union members refused to service trains with Pullman Cars in their consist, to leave Chicago, delaying the U.S. Mail.

Twenty-four railroads in an organization called the General Managers Association announced that any switchman who refused to move rail cars would be fired.

Mr. Debs and his union stood their ground.

Debs said if any switchman was fired for not moving Pullman Cars, the union would walk off their jobs. On June 29, 50,000 union men quit.

Union supporters stopped trains on rails West of Chicago.

President Grover Cleveland was asked by the railroads to use federal troops to stop the strike.

(Does all this sound familiar? Right out of today’s political rhetoric.)

When Debs went to Blue Island to ask railroad workers there to support the strike, rioting broke out, tracks were torn up. Railroad cars were burned.

The Attorney General of the United States Richard Olney, at the urging of the railroad owners, obtained an injunction July 2 that declared the strike illegal.

When Debs’ union members did not return to work, when they did not return to work—-

President Cleveland sent federal troops into Chicago.

Troops opened fire on strikers  attempting to stop a train traveling through downtown Chicago.

Debs and his union leaders were arrested for disrupting the delivery of mail.

Twenty-six civilians were killed for disrupting the mail.

Because the mail could not be delivered. Because the mail could not be delivered…how pathetic.

Debs, the union leader, stopped the strike.

Debs was sentenced to six months in jail and the union was disbanded. To my knowledge no federal troops who killed civilians were prosecuted.

A number of railroad workers were black listed and could not get a job on a railroad in the United States.

It was the first time federal troops were used to break up a strike.

Pullman workers were forced to sign a pledge they would never strike again.

The threat of the federal government stopping strikes lead to an end of strikes for at least 8 years.

President Cleveland, though, was facing reelection in 1894.

And, here’s how Labor Day became a national holiday.

Union leaders and citizens were alarmed at his handling of the strike.

As PBS put it in a documentary in 2001:

“But now, protests against President Cleveland’s harsh methods made the appeasement (italics WPCNR) of the nation’s workers a top political priority. In the immediate wake of the strike, legislation was rushed unanimously through both houses of Congress, and the bill arrived on President Cleveland’s desk just six days after his troops had broken the Pullman strike.

1894 was an election year.

President Cleveland seized the chance at conciliation, and Labor Day was born. William Jennings Bryant ran for the Democratic Party and the Populist Party in 1896, losing to  Republican William McKinley.

Then came a sea change in the great coal strike of 1902, when another “exemplary” capitalist J. P. Morgan fought the coal workers.

It happened in the coal fields of Easton, Pennsylvania, when the United Mine Workers headed by John Mitchell struck the coal operators  pushing for an 8-hour day.

The coal operators employed private police and the Pennsylvania National Guard to protect non-union workers.

President Theodore Roosevelt summoned the parties to the White House to bring settlement of the dispute by arbitration. After 6 months, the coal miners won a 9-hour day and a 10% increase in wages.

T.R.’s personal intervention lead to Selig Perlman, economist and labor historian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, saying “this was perhaps the first time in history a labor organization tied up for months a strategic industry without being condemned as a revolutionary menace.’

The 1902 leadership of the great Teddy Roosevelt resulted in elimination of private police forces long used  by management to combat workers.

When Governor Samuel Pennypacker became Governor of Pennsylvania, Pennypacker created the Pennsylvania State Police in 1903, the first in the nation to supplant the independent organizations hired by management that were little more than strong-arm boys.

The lesson of Labor Day is to remember the bravery of the union leaders who put their members first, did not make deals, did not sell out their members,(and I might add, succomb to politicians’ whining) and held out for the good against managements that were neither kind, humane, fair, or appreciative of their workers’ contribution to their corporate success.

Management never  is. They talk a good game but it’s all talk. Look at the Covid firings. Look at the owners of Purdue Pharma, killing 500,000 with their hideous painkillers and not being jailed for it. Just this week a judge in White Plains accepted the settlement with the owners.

So American workers should remember the struggles and the leadership of Debs and Mitchell. And the strikers and civilians who were shot down in the street for stopping delivery of mail, for God’s sake!

They introduced a new era of workers’ rights at the costs of their lives.

The battle against worker exploitation never ends. It’s still happening today.

Let’s stop it. Let’s fight it. Let’s boycott the robber barons, and vote out the scalywags in Washington, D.C. All of them. And while it is in mind, could congress pass the infrastructure relief and the Voting Rights Bill. Do something to reverse the feckless prejudice of the sophist Supreme Court and the gutless, heartless support of landlords and refusal to throwout the Texas abortion vigilante legislation. The Supreme Court now aligns itself with the pre Civil War Dred Scott decision which ruled slaves were property, not people.

This week the Supreme Court failed again just as it did on Dred Scott.

Now women are property.

Thanks to the Supreme Court Pontious Pilot attitude of not striking down the Texas “Vigilante ” Abortion Law.

When you have self-important judges on the Supreme Court embracing laws that take away freedom and condone violence, you have a kangaroo court, not “Supreme” in any way, but a “Superior” Court-ideology-driven, not “Guardians” of the people in any way.

Pass the legislation, congress.

Do something.

No more talk.

Action!

What would Socrates say?

What would Jesus do?

Judge Francis Nicolai said in court during the Hockley-Delgado legal proceedings, the Judge pointed to his black judge’s sleave and said ” I wear these robes to right wrongs.”

The Supreme Court of today obviously does not think this way. I mean, do they think?

The judges of the Supreme Court (because they act on mass) wear their robes to enable unfairness in the name of fairness, wrongs that deny rights, and practices that take away freedom and the pursuit of happiness.

Welcome back robber barons, we know who you are, what you do, and your perpetual whining about how bad it is for you. You’re not strong you’re weak. You’re not fair you are unfair. You want aid and privileges and amnesty, but are reluctant to give aid, extend privileges or forgive when you are asked to sacrifice.

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LEGISLATURE PASSES EXTENSION OF NY MORATORIUM ON COVID-RELATED EVICTIONS TO COMPLY WITH SUPREME COURT”DUE PROCESS” DECISION. GOVERNOR HOCKUL SIGNS IT:

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WPCNR ALBANY ROUNDS. From the Governor Katherine Hockul Press Office. September 2, 202(EDITED)1:

 
Early this morning, Governor Kathy Hochul signed into law a new moratorium on COVID-related residential and commercial evictions for New York State which is in effect until January 15, 2022.

Under the new law, all protections of the Tenant Safe Harbor Act for residential tenants who are suffering financial hardship as a result of the pandemic will remain in place, along with new protections on commercial evictions.


The law establishes a new $250 million Supplemental Emergency Rental Assistance program to serve additional households and to better support landlords. Through this program, $125 million will be made available to provide assistance to households with income that exceeds 80% of Area Median Income (AMI), and up to 120% of AMI.

Additionally, $125 million will be made available for assistance to landlords whose tenants refuse to participate or have vacated the residence with arrears.

Under New York’s enacted moratorium, tenants must submit a hardship declaration, or a document explaining the source of the hardship, to prevent an eviction proceeding from moving forward.

Landlords who believe that their tenant has not suffered a financial hardship will now be permitted to request a hearing in court.

Landlords can also evict tenants that are creating safety or health hazards for other tenants, intentionally damaging property, and where a tenant did not submit a hardship declaration.


The legislation places a moratorium on residential foreclosure proceedings so that homeowners and small landlords who own 10 or fewer residential dwellings can file hardship declarations with their mortgage lender, other foreclosing party, or a court that would prevent a foreclosure.


“The pandemic has created unimaginable anxiety for families and business owners who have lost income and are struggling to pay the rent every month,” Governor Hochul said. “To help remedy the Supreme Court’s heartless decisions striking down the New York and the Biden administration’s moratoriums on evictions, we are enacting a new moratorium on residential and commercial evictions and extending the protections of New York’s Safe Harbor Act to January 15. These steps will alleviate the crisis facing vulnerable New Yorkers who are suffering through no fault of their own.” 

Governor Hochul urges New Yorkers who are struggling to pay their rent to apply for assistance through the state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program, or ERAP. Applicants to this program are automatically protected from eviction while their application is pending and will receive a year of eviction protections if they qualify for assistance. The application is available here


The legislation’s moratorium on commercial evictions and commercial foreclosure proceedings apply to small businesses with 100 or fewer employees that demonstrate a financial hardship. Tenants must submit a hardship declaration, or a document explaining the source of the hardship, to prevent evictions.

As of August 31, more than $1.2 billion in funding has either been obligated or distributed through ERAP, including more than $300 million in direct payments to more than 23,000 landlords. 

Senator Brian Kavanagh said, “From the very beginning of the pandemic, we have been committed to ensuring that all New Yorkers — including renters and homeowners — are protected from losing their homes because of the hardships wrought by COVID-19. We’ve also worked hard to ensure that the financial burden on tenants and landlords is lifted, through generously funded, effective relief programs, and to protect small businesses. Today, as COVID-19 continues to be a threat to the health and wellbeing of New Yorkers throughout the state, we are taking decisive, comprehensive steps to extend and strengthen the pillars of our legislative strategy to keep all New Yorkers safe. I thank Governor Kathy Hochul, Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and Assembly bill sponsor Jeffrey Dinowitz for their partnership in getting this critical legislation enacted.”

Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said, “This legislation is as much health policy as it is economic policy, and we must do everything we possibly can to keep New Yorkers safe amidst a surge in the Delta variant. This law will help thousands of families keep a roof over their heads and doors open for small businesses as the state works to improve and streamline the ERAP program and we all work together on a recovery from this deadly pandemic. I thank Speaker Carl Heastie for his steadfast support of tenants and Governor Hochul for hitting the ground running on this crucial issue, as well as Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins and State Senate sponsor Brian Kavanagh for their leadership.”

The new law will permit anyone who resides in a locality that opted out of the state’s program to administer their own rental assistance program, to apply to the state program when local funds are exhausted. People applying directly to their local programs will now also automatically benefit from the state’s more expansive eviction protections.

 

 

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