Senators Borrello, O’Mara Share Concerns Over Cuomo’s Proposed Budget

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pictured in the state Senate Chamber, from left to right: Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas; Corning City Council member Alison Hunt; Olean Mayor William J. Aiello; Corning Mayor William Boland; Senator Tom O’Mara; Rosita Rosas, City of Dunkirk; Senator George Borrello; Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman and Jamestown Mayor Edward Sundquist. Image by Senator George Borrello’s Office.ALBANY – Local leaders from across New York State traveled to Albany last week for a meeting of the New York Conference of Mayors and to directly share their concerns with state legislators on Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed New York State budget.The governor unveiled his Executive budget proposal in late January and the Legislature’s fiscal committees have been conducting public hearings on the $178-billion plan over the past several weeks.State Senator George Borrello and Senator Tom O’Mara met several local officials from their respective legislative districts.In a joint statement, O’Mara and Borrello shared their concerns about the Governor proposed budget over the potential cost shifts in Medicaid, new unfunded state mandates, and funding cuts in numerous areas, including local roads and bridges. “We agree that the Cuomo budget plan, as it stands, risks putting a heavier burden on local governments and local property taxpayers, who are already at the breaking point in fundamental ways,” the Senators said. “Consequently, we appreciate many of the local officials we represent raising their voices and we will continue to work closely with them to protect our local communities and property taxpayers from unreasonable and unfair state efforts to pass the buck on fiscal responsibility.”The two stressed that they would keep working with their legislative colleagues across the Southern Tier and Finger Lakes regions to keep attention focused on unfunded state mandates, a stronger commitment to Aid and Incentives for Municipalities to support local municipalities and property taxpayers, job-killing state regulations, out-of-control debt, public safety, and a state tax burden that hurts family budgets and keeps New York’s business climate one of the worst in the nation.Local officials attending the conference from Senator Borrello’s 57th Senate District were: Dunkirk Mayor Willie Rosas, Olean Mayor William J. Aiello, and Jamestown Mayor Edward Sundquist. Officials from Senator O’Mara’s 58th Senate District were: Corning Mayor Bill Boland, Corning City Manager Mark Ryckman and Corning City Councilmember Alison Hunt.last_img read more

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Bar Web site to be upgraded

first_img B ar Web site to be upgraded Plan would allow more member information to be included Bar members may soon be able to list more information about themselves on the Bar Web site’s information pages about individual members.Communications Committee Chair Kim Bald recently reported to the Board of Governors the committee hopes to allow members to add expanded information about themselves and their law firms by summer.Currently, when a member of the public uses the Web site’s Find a Lawyer function, only basic information is displayed, including the lawyer’s address, that he or she is a member in good standing, year admitted, whether the lawyer is certified, and sections and committees membership.Bald said the Communications Committee wants to expand that portion of the Web site information, similar to what the State Bar of Texas does.At its meeting the day before the board met, the committee received a presentation from Bar staff on what information could be added and how that would be done.Information included areas of practice, law school attended, size of the law firm, what other state bars the lawyer is admitted to, languages spoken at the office, federal courts where the lawyer is admitted, and other services that are offered by the firm.A lawyer would also be able to list his or her firm’s site address, although as presently planned it would not be a “clickable” link.The program would be set up so Bar members could log in to the Bar’s Web site to provide and update information themselves.Public Information Director Francine Walker said allowing the additional information proved very popular in Texas, where about 94 percent of its members have taken advantage of the service. Bar Web site to be upgraded April 1, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

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PCM goes old school against a new threat

first_imgPCM Credit Union($269.3M, Green Bay, WI) is banking on 100 years of credit union history to do its best for its tight-knit membership during the COVID-19 pandemic.Founded in 1958 as Paper Machine Converting Company Credit Union, PCM has added only a handful of SEGs to its original field, maintaining a common bond focus that its president of more than 30 years says has served it and its members well.“We’ve never been about growth,” Dan Wollin says. “We’ve always been about service. That’s as important now as ever.”PCM has taken a number of steps to respond to the pandemic. It has sent staffers home to work and closed the lobbies of its two full-service branches while maintaining drive-thru service. It also has temporarily shuttered its third branch located inside a SEG’s facility. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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India’s Modi promotes yoga against coronavirus

first_imgIndian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extolled yoga as a way of building a “protective shield” of immunity against the coronavirus, as his nation battles a surge in infections.Modi, a keen yoga practitioner who has long espoused the benefits of the ancient Indian practice, gave the advice in a YouTube message ahead of World Yoga Day on Sunday.”We all know that until now nowhere in the world have they been able to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 or coronavirus,” Modi said in the video published Thursday. Modi also hailed yoga as a way to ease the extraordinary stresses people are enduring because of the virus.”Yoga has the potential to cater to the mental, physical and psychological challenges. It puts to test how one can live in challenging times,” he said.In January, the Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha, Sowa Rigpa and Homoeopathy) released an advisory on how ancient homeopathy and Ayurveda remedies could help Indians combat the coronavirus.But experts, including the US’ National Institutes of Health, have warned that “no scientific evidence that any of these alternative remedies can prevent or cure COVID-19”.India’s national and state governments have also stressed the importance of mask-wearing and social distancing.The South Asian nation of 1.3 billion people is the fourth worst-hit country in the world with more than 380,000 virus infections, official figures show.Topics : “Which is why right now, only a strong immunity can act as a protective shield or a bodyguard for us and our family members… yoga is our trusted friend in building this protective shield (of immunity).”The Indian leader, a teetotal vegetarian, set up a ministry to promote yoga, Ayurveda and other traditional Indian treatments when he came to power in 2014.Modi initially proposed World Yoga Day to the United Nations, winning approval in 2014. The day normally see masses of people gather for public yoga events not only in India but worldwide but Modi called for people to this year “go indoors”.  last_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Fall To Lady Wildcats In Softball

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs softball team hosted the conference leading Franklin County Wildcats Wednesday night with yet again a fairly strong defensive performance minus a couple lapses in judgement. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs were unable to generate any activity with their bats for the second night in a row! The Bulldogs fell to The Wildcats 8-0!Leading the Bulldogs in hitting were Ellie Waechter & Sierra Cornn both going 1-3.The Bulldogs will host Greensburg tonight at 5p. The Bulldogs are now 3-11 on the season, 2-6 in conference play.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Todd Reed.last_img read more

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State officials release 2018 Primary Election stats

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Secretary of State Connie Lawson announced today that according to the official canvass of primary election returns recently certified by the Election Division, 20 percent, or 870,336 of Indiana’s 4.4 million registered voters cast a vote in the May 8 Primary Election. The complete 2018 Primary Election Turnout and Absentee Chart with voter statistics for each county can be viewed online at https://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/Election_Turnout_and_Registration_20180608_124613PM.pdf. The report was compiled by the Secretary of State’s office using voter data gathered in Indiana’s 92 counties.Voter turnout in the 2018 primary represents a significant increase from the 2014 midterms and is comparable to the 2010 midterm primary. In 2014, 13 percent of registered Hoosiers voted in the primary election. In 2010, 21 percent of Hoosiers voted in the primary. In contrast, Iowa’s Des Moines Register is boasting that, “Iowans busted the voter turnout record” earlier this month with 13.1 percent.“Candidates and issues continue to drive turnout in elections,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “Contested statewide and county races across the state brought voters from both parties out in significant numbers, and thanks to the preparations made by clerks and election administrators in all 92 counties, Indiana’s reputation for safe and efficient elections continues.”Jay County boasted the highest turnout of any Indiana county with 57 percent. There were multiple contested races on the Jay County ballot, driving turnout up. Following Jay were Crawford County (38 percent), Daviess County (35 percent), Fountain County (35 percent), and Jackson County (35 percent).Early voting continues to gain popularity. In 2010, early voting was at 11 percent for the primary election. It grew to 16 percent in 2014. This year, it reached 20 percent. Hoosiers are taking advantage of options the state has provided to make voting easier.Turnout statistics for previous elections can be found online at www.in.gov/sos/elections/2983.htm.last_img read more

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Mullen has $10,000 reasons to celebrate at Clash at the Creek

first_imgBy Greg Aregoni FRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (June 26) – Some guys never earn $10,000 in their career, let alone win that amount in one night.That is exactly what Mike Mullen accomplished with his IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified victory Thursday at 141 Speedway, leading all 50 laps of the Clash at the Creek.Twenty-four of the best Modified drivers in the country were pared from 69 entries, from 10 states, for the sixth annual special and Mullen started on the pole by virtue of two heat wins on Wednes­day night. Mullen opened up strong with a half straightaway lead by lap 10 over Darin Duffy. Jeff Taylor worked his way around Duffy by lap 20, right before the only caution of the race came out. When the race restarted, Mullen again forged ahead with Taylor in tow. Josh Long had started 13th on the field and started knocking off cars as he ran a smooth race down low. Long made the trip to third by lap 30 but never got the caution he needed. Mullen entered lapped traffic with 12 laps remaining and took his time, methodically working through two- and three-wide lapped cars before scoring the biggest win of his career along with a spot on the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot by leading wire to wire. Taylor finished in the second spot with rookie driver Long in third. Duffy settled for fourth with James Tebon fifth.Ten drivers qualified out of the Wednesday night heat races; last-chance qualifying Thursday added the final 14 cars to the main event field.Luke Lemmens and Scott Boyea were $500 feature winners in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod divisions, respectively.Lemmens drew the pole for the Stock Car 25-lapper. Seventh starting John Heinz quickly moved toward the front and got to Lemmens’ back bumper when the only two cautions took place on lap 11.With five laps remaining, Lemmens continuing to lead while led Heinz was pressure by Bret Koeh­ler and the 12th starting Rod Snellenberger. Heinz settled for the bridesmaid spot for the se­cond night in a row. Koehler beat Snellenberger to the line for third. Rob Waechter rounded out the top five.Boyea was tested at length in the Northern Sportmod feature but proved up to the task. Boyea redrew the one pill and Boyea was quickly challenged by Andy Kleczka who tried several maneu­vers to get around the leader. Brian Bruechert joined the duo for make it a three-car battle. A couple cautions mid-race kept the pack close. Bruechert timed two restarts perfectly but never found enough momentum like he did in winning the Wednesday feature. With five laps left, Kleczka jumped a tire in a last-ditch effort to go for the win. Boyea stayed true and picked up the “W.” Kleczka beat Bruechert for second. Cody Schroeder wound up fourth. Mike Dauphinais made a last corner pass for fifth.Feature ResultsModifieds (top five) – 1. Mike Mullen, Suamico; 2. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 3. Josh Long, Little Suamico; 4. Darin Duffy, Urbana, Iowa; 5. James Tebon, Algoma; 6. Sean Jerovetz, Sobieski; 7. Johnny Whitman, DePere; 8. Shawn Kilgore, New Franken; 9. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay; 10. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay; 11. Dylan Smith, Osceola, Neb.; 12. Jared Siefert, Luxem­burg; 13. Scott Hogan, Vinton, Iowa; 14. Jeremy Christians, Horicon; 15. Eric Mahlik, Green Bay; 16. Troy Cordes, Dunkerton, Iowa; 17. Justin O’Brien, West Union, Iowa; 18. Kyle Strickler, Moores­ville, N.C.; 19. Kenny Wallace, Concord, N.C.; 20. Mike Wedelstadt, Fremont; 21. Jesse Sobbing, Glenwood, Iowa; 22. Todd Shute, Des Moines, Iowa; 23. Jon Snyder, Ames, Iowa; 24. R.M. Van Pay, Denmark.Stock Cars (top five) – 1. Luke Lemmens, Kewaunee; 2. John Heinz, Green Bay; 3. Bret Koeh­ler, Two Rivers; 4. Rod Snellenberger, Pulaski; 5. Rob Waechter, Luxemburg.Northern SportMods (top five) – 1. Scott Boyea, Abrams; 2. Andy Kleczka, Suamico; 3. Brian Bruechert, Kewaunee; 4. Cody Schroeder, Manitowoc; 5. Mike Dauphinais, Green Bay.last_img read more

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Ron Little Memorial set for May 29 at Stuart Speedway

first_imgSTUART, Iowa – Stuart Speedway hosts its 16th annual Ron Little Memorial on Sunday, May 29, with a $2,000 to win Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifying feature for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at the top of the card.IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Mach-1 Sport Compacts also run on the holiday weekend program. All applicable points will be awarded in the sanctioned divisions.There is no entry fee. Pit passes are $20 or $25 for drivers. Spectator admission is $10 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6-12 and free for five and under.Pit gates open at 2 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 4 p.m. Hot laps are at 5:30 p.m. with racing to follow.More information is available by calling 515 238-6945 and at the www.stuartspeedway.net website.last_img read more

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McIlroy looks to attack greens

first_imgWorld number one Rory McIlroy will take an aggressive approach on the greens as he looks to find his putting touch in the Wells Fargo Championship this week. McIlroy finished eighth in the Players Championship at Sawgrass on Sunday after struggling to convert his excellent play from tee to green into enough birdies to challenge for the title. But the four-time major winner will be boosted by his impressive record at Quail Hollow as he seeks an 11th PGA Tour title, the 26-year-old having claimed his maiden victory on US soil here in 2010 thanks to a final round of 62. Press Associationcenter_img ” I’m really happy with where everything is from tee to green,” said McIlroy, who has recorded four top-10 finishes in his five appearances in the event, including losing in a play-off to new Players champion Rickie Fowler in 2012. “So more of the same with that and just hole a few more putts. ” I felt the ones that had a chance (at Sawgrass) weren’t quite rolling past the hole, they were just getting to the hole and sort of dying away. I was maybe just hitting putts a little too soft at times. “I’ll try to get the speed a bit better and be a bit more aggressive on the greens and hopefully that will make a difference.” McIlroy is rated a 3/1 favourite for the title while last year’s winner JB Holmes and runner-up Jim Furyk are 33/1 and 20/1 respectively, but Holmes can boast two second places and a victory in the Houston Open already this season. “Last year to be able to come out, get a win here at such a great tournament was obviously a confidence booster and this year I’ve just came out and kind of fed off that win and just continued to play well,” Holmes told a pre-tournament press conference. “B eing healthy is a big part of it and being healthy for a little while to be able to kind of get in the groove and just string a few good tournaments together.” Holmes underwent brain surgery in September 2011 and claimed his first PGA Tour title since 2008 when he held off a charge from Furyk in the final round at Quail Hollow 12 months ago. “It was a great moment,” the 33-year-old from Kentucky added. “I had a lot of hard work to get to there. It was more about not necessarily just that moment and the win, it was more about the collective and all the stuff I had gone through to get there. “I dwelled more on that stuff and old, hard work I put in more than just that moment of actually winning but it was a great accomplishment, and lot of fun.” last_img read more

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Points not placings for Ranieri

first_img Press Association Having started the season with an impressive 4-2 home win over Sunderland, the Foxes sprung a surprise at Upton Park as goals from Shinji Okazaki and Riyad Mahrez were enough to see them beat the Hammers 2-1. Dimitri Payet reduced the deficit for the home side as they looked to recover from a poor first half but their afternoon ended acrimoniously as goalkeeper Adrian was sent off in injury time. Claudio Ranieri played down Leicester’s position as early Premier League pacesetters as his side made it two wins out of two with victory at West Ham. The win for Leicester saw them replace Manchester United as league leaders on Saturday evening but, for Ranieri, the fact they have already accrued six points is much more important in achieving his long-term goals for the campaign. “I look at the table and then I say ‘okay, us six points’,” he said. “That is important for us, not to be top of the league. That is for others, not me. I don’t think too much. I look at my players, I train my players…they can win, they can draw, they can lose. But now we have six points which is very, very important for us to maintain ourselves and play in that league. “I want to maintain a low profile. We can’t think we are top of the league. We have six points that is important for us.” Having been the better side in the first half, Leicester were forced back after the break but did not fold after conceding and held on for the win – with Ranieri happy to see his players able to fight for the cause when things are going against them. “In the second half we suffered a lot,” added the Italian. “First half we played well; ball on the floor, play quickly, two touches and I think we surprised West Ham. Afterwards it was normal, West Ham play at home, want to draw the match, and we conceded a lot of the pitch to them. “We suffer and then I watched my players suffer and fight together. And that’s it. They are afraid, I didn’t know, but now I am very happy for all the performances.” For the Hammers, having won at Arsenal last Sunday, this defeat would have hurt as they looked to maintain their own winning start. Manager Slaven Bilic bemoaned a slow first-half performance that led to his side’s downfall. But he refused to point the finger at Reece Oxford, with the 16-year-old replaced at half-time by Pedro Obiang, and pointed to a rejected penalty shout on the stroke of half-time as Kasper Schmeichel and Diafra Sakho came together as a potential turning point. “We lost the game in the first half, we were better in the second,” conceded Bilic. “The first-half performance was not down to Reece Oxford – there were a few candidates I could have taken off. “I remember the penalty incident and for me he could give a penalty. I saw it again and for me it is (a penalty). “Maybe it was hard for the referee to see, but Schmeichel didn’t get the ball and then spread his arms – it could have changed the game, that was the moment you need something.” Bilic said the dismissal of goalkeeper Adrian, who kicked Jamie Vardy in the chest as he looked to backtrack having gone up for a late corner, “could have been seen as a red card” – with the Spaniard set to miss the next three games. last_img read more

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