Crockery crooks at Magdalen

first_imgThe deans of Magdalen College have attempted to curtail thefts of college crockery by first years at Deans’ Din­ner, threatening to not hold the din­ner for future first years.A letter sent out to the JCR stated, “This evening saw the last Deans’ Dinner of the year. Over the past few months we have invited all first-year undergraduates to dine in the New Room as our guests. At each din­ner several decanters, stoppers, and other items of College property have been removed without permission.“We would be grateful if these items could now be returned. The same applies to any items removed in previous years. Often, as tonight, it has been obvious what has been happening, but we have turned a blind eye to those involved on the as­sumption that these items would be returned quickly and safely.”The letter added that stolen items could be left anonymously outside the door of the Senior Dean in a sort of amnesty programme. It conclud­ed, “If we do not receive the removed items we will have to consider wheth­er we should continue to hold these dinners next year.”JCR President Millie Ross implied that individuals could be punished as well, writing on the JCR Facebook group, “the staff often note who they spot with what (you’re less subtle than you think!) so I wouldn’t take the risk if I were you. It’s fine as a harmless prank of course, and it is a bit of a tradition now, but if the stuff isn’t returned they won’t be able to host them next year and that would be such a shame for the next cohort.”She later wrote, “The Deans have notified me that if they don’t have the items back from Deans’ Dinner TODAY then they will have to believe they were stolen (rather than taken as a prank) and act accordingly. They are even still missing big items like fruit bowls and decanters.”First year English student Frank Lawton quipped, “Other than the small matter of it technically being theft it seems to be to be a great and noble tradition. After all, I feel like I’ve been robbed every time I open my battels sheets, it’s only fair that we even up the score now and then. Furthermore, I thought University encouraged education and equip­ping us with the skills we’ll need for our careers? Personally I would like to be a bank robber or a high profile art thief.“Dean’s Dinner is essentially glori­fied fieldwork for such aspirants. The full dining set was an impressive ac­complishment, although I think try­ing to steal the Deans themselves was pushing it a bit too far. But I guess that’s all just part of the learning curve.”A first year historian commented, “I think traditions like this are great as long as they’re just a bit of fun and don’t end up costing the college or depriving others in the future. I myself, along with many others, removed a rather large number of items on Friday night, which I re­turned to the Deans over the week­end. I was impressed when returning my decanters to find an antique table and a silver tray had also been left there.”“I can understand why it was necessary to request that the items be returned but I very much enjoyed the dinner and hope they will be held in the future; and they wouldn’t be anywhere near as fun without the added thrill of everyone trying to subtly cram cutlery and tableware into their pockets!”In an email to the JCR on Monday, Ross reported, “the Deans are very pleased to see a large majority of the items returned and it’s unlikely they’ll have to take any further ac­tion!”last_img read more

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COVID on the rise again in St. Joseph County

first_imgCoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend MarketUncategorized Pinterest Google+ Twitter By Tommie Lee – March 31, 2021 0 262 Pinterest COVID on the rise again in St. Joseph County Indiana National Guardsmen, local law enforcement and civilian personnel, partner together to conduct COVID-19 testing throughout north east Indiana on April 27, 2020. (Photo by Cpl. Hannah Clifton) COVID cases are on the rise again in Indiana, and locally.With less than a week to go before Indiana’s statewide mask mandate ends, an additional 12 counties are reporting a jump in the numbers.The South Bend Tribune reports more than 1,200 active cases in St. Joseph County, the first time that’s been reported since the end of January. That’s nearly 300 more cases than just two weeks ago.St. Joseph County’s mask mandate has been extended to May 27. Previous articleElkhart County testing new voting machines on ThursdayNext articleIN State Senate advances health order appeal bill Tommie Lee Facebook WhatsApp Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Google+last_img read more

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The Who Adds One-Off Date With Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder

first_imgThe Who is preparing for a massive arena tour dubbed the Moving On! Tour, set to take place in 29 North American cities this later this year. The tour will see Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend accompanied by local symphonies at each stop. Today, the band has announced their one and only performance at London’s Wembley Stadium in their native U.K. set for Saturday, July 6th.The newly added European date marks the first of its kind, and will feature supporting performances from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder as well as Kaiser Chiefs. As of now, no supporting acts have been announced for any of the North American shows.In addition to Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend, The Who’s live lineup will be rounded out by familiar players including guitarist/backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, and drummer Zak Starkey, and complemented by some of the country’s most well-regarded regional symphony orchestras.You can snag your tickets to all upcoming The Who shows here.The Who 2019 Tour Dates05/07 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena05/09 – Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Center05/11 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live05/13 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden05/16 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena05/18 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center05/21 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre05/23 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre St. Louis05/25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Citizens Bank Park05/28 – Detroit, MI @ Little Caesars Arena05/30 – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena06/01 – Toronto, ON @ Scotiabank Arena07/05 – London, UK @ Wembley Stadium ^09/06 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center09/08 – Alpine Valley, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre09/10 – Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center09/13 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park09/15 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater09/18 – Atlanta, GA @ State Farm Arena09/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center09/22 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena09/25 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center09/27 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center09/29 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center10/11 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl10/13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl10/16 – San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl10/19 – Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park10/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena10/23 – Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place^ = w/ Eddie Vedder and Kaiser ChiefsView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Eminence Ensemble Showcases Versatile Rock Sound In Brooklyn Bowl Debut [Photos]

first_imgLoad remaining images Colorado-based rock outfit Eminence Ensemble rolled into New York’s Brooklyn Bowl on Monday night for their highly-anticipated headlining debut at the Williamsburg music venue. The show from the six-member group also acted as the latest stop on their Real News Tour, as they continue to promote the recent release of their sophomore studio album of the same name.The band’s performance started with an abundance of energy as they tore into a fury of power-focused cowboy rock with “Cowboy Jordan” before changing directions to the more funk-friendly sounds of “Gravity”. They followed that up with a soulful rendition of “Before You Settle Down” featuring some impressive lead vocal work from percussionist Nick Baum. They continued with another uptempo tune off of Real News in the form of a lively rendition of “The Road”. Pianist Johnny Bosbyshell then brought the audience back down to earth by painting a stream of blissful notation throughout the Brooklyn Bowl air to open the lengthy thrilling instrumental that is “Here’s Your Sine”.The band continued to display their power with a sing-a-long cover of Led Zeppelin‘s “Ramble On”, only to once again head into the complete opposite direction by introducing their own signature reggae sound with “The Way”. The latter tune heard the band’s two guitarists, Justin Neely, and Taylor Frederick, really take charge with their phenomenal playing abilities as the two traded solos like seasoned veterans. The latter half of the show continued with “My Own Hell” and “Nighthawk”, followed by a one-song encore of “Booty For Days”.Unfortunately, the band announced on Tuesday morning that due to “unforeseen vehicle circumstances,” their performance at Boston’s Wonder Bar on Tuesday night would have to be rescheduled to a later date. The tour will now continue on Wednesday with a scheduled performance at Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge in Philadelphia. Until then, fans can take a look at the photo gallery below courtesy of Tom Coyote for visual evidence of Monday night’s thrilling performance.Setlist: Eminence Ensemble | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 3/4/2019Set: Cowboy Jordan, Gravity, Before You Settle Down, The Road, Here’s Your Sine, Ramble On (Led Zeppelin cover), The Way, My Own Hell, NighthawkEncore: Booty For DaysEminence Ensemble | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 3/4/19 | Photos: Tom Coyotelast_img read more

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Turning Manure into Money

first_imgIt would be easy to think of Williston-based Vermont Organics Reclamation as an agricultural business, since its first phase will be to improve the processing of manure. And manure will always be a major resource for their recycling of unused plant nutrients. But the project that Tim Camisa has been conceptualizing since 2001 and actively developing with partner Mike Rooney since 2005 seeks a more comprehensive change in the way Vermont maintains and grows its economy. It s a vision that VOR has pursued through five patents, four generations of processing equipment, three grant applications involving two agencies, and the arrival of a private equity backer.The futuristic part of their planning would involve the acquisition or extension of rail sidings in a variety of locations around the state, for the placement of collection cars that would then transport recyclable organic materials to a central facility they have begun to put together in St Albans. In brief, their analysis indicates that the state is thinking too much in terms of disposal for biological byproducts, instead of seeing them as a resource that could be the foundation for exports to other states, the importing of dollars, and the creation of much-needed jobs. For now, however, there is plenty of work to do helping dairy farms become cleaner and more profitable. If the only result were to end the phosphorus pollution that threatens to clog parts of Lake Champlain with mats of obnoxious and destructive algae, VOR will have scored a major success but that is only a byproduct, so to speak, of what they envision.On To M-ArrsVOR believes that, With a collaborative effort, everyone could have a vested interest in revolutionizing agriculture.Their own description of the alternative makes it clear how much research and development stands behind their methodology. Camisa studied mathematics at UVM, Rooney studied business, and both backgrounds show in a prospectus for farmers subtitled Turning waste into your gain. In the search for a non-chemical organic treatment, VOR identified the technology of electro-coagulation as well as a hybrid of techniques used in municipal wastewater treatment to be effective in processing dairy manure, begins an introductory section. Then, well aware that farmers want to know the practical details, it proceeds to the technical side. Manure is lifted out of the pit (note: this is in the demonstration phase; ultimately farms can acquire the equipment and handle this on a more frequent basis) and pumped to a static screen separator and screw press to accomplish liquid separation (so that) 85 percent of the phosphorus is separated into the liquid fraction. This liquid is then run through an electro-coagulator which coagulates the dissolved phosphorus into large particles which precipitate to the bottom of our hybrid atmospheric clarifier. The clarifier builds up a one-micron filter bed from the coagulated solids, and sludge is wasted from this filter bed containing three times the concentration of phosphorus. Not only does the process isolate phosphorus in sludge, it also eliminates a high percentage of bacteria and odor typically found in manure and creates stronger nutrient bonds less prone to runoff and volatilization.Another company statement sums up the results for client dairies: VOR s technology transforms the raw manure into sludge and solids readily suitable for fertilizer and virtually phosphorus free grey water for irrigation, wash down, or infiltration.Interviewed, Camisa said that today s dairy farms typically have so many cows for their size that the plants growing on the available land can t take up all the nutrients that the cows relatively inefficient processors of their feed do not utilize. Under state regulations, farms need to have nutrient management plans, and VOR will work with farmers using the plan method to determine how many pounds of excess phosphorus they are generating.Camisa said this kind of integration with water quality efforts is one reason that the Vermont Department of Agriculture has been working with them (something confirmed by Robert Achilles, an engineer who is their section chief for agricultural water quality). They have obtained one grant from that department for $25,000, and another federal-state grant of $175,000 through the Natural Resource Conservation Service, Camisa said, and have applied for more NRCS funding.VOR captures the excess nutrients, for its own recycling processes, rather than the waterways leading to Lake Champlain. No, Camisa said, they don t plan to set up a composting operation. To get the right bacterial activity, the ingredients need to be about 75 percent water and 25 percent solids. Unfortunately for the nutrient management side of the process, both nitrogen and phosphorus are water-soluble, and a good deal of both escapes, he said.As for the field application of manure, in Camisa s view it s a disposal method, not a fertilizing method, because cow manure is such a weak fertilizer; for instance, there are only six pounds of nitrogen in a ton of it. But nitrogen isn t the issue for lake water quality, he said, because the algae mats can get nitrogen from the air (nitrogen constitutes about 80 percent of the atmosphere) as well as from the water. In fact, he said, the mats will sink or float depending on the angle of the sun and which nitrogen source is easiest to access.The grant VOR now seeks, from the Natural Resources Conservation Service of the US Department of Agriculture (Vermont headquarters in Colchester, field personnel in four zones), would provide $583,000 of the estimated $1,167,000 cost of setting up a pilot project centered around improving the water quality of St Albans Bay. Franklin County is one of Vermont s foremost dairy regions, and Camisa said 138 farmsteads are within the 15-foot-deep bay s drainage basin.VOR wants to go to these farms and show them a physically measurable reduction in their phosphorus load, Camisa said. Besides demonstrating that their M-ARRS system (stands for Mobile Agricultural Resource Recovery System) can ease the pressures of meeting nutrient runoff regulations by removing about 11 percent of their manure containing 33 percent of their phosphorus, while providing the cows with usable bedding and the dairy with washdown-quality graywater, VOR hopes to make a visible difference in St. Albans Bay then go to the other compromised watersheds in Vermont, all of which VOR has already mapped out–and remove about 100 tons of phosphorus each year from the state s environment.For the individual farm, VOR can use the farm s soil tests and other data to do a field/crop analysis and calculate the P2O5 reduction requirement. The prospectus includes a sample spreadsheet showing the results of such an analysis for a 100-cow operation.Also, there is a M-ARRS Phosphorus Take Away Tool, which analyzes gallons of manure, pounds of phosphorus reduction, and gallons of sludge removal for annual, semi-annual, and quarterly VOR visits to the farm. For dairies with 600 cows or more, the numbers assume that the farm has purchased and installed ARRS equipment something Camisa said would repay itself in three to four years.The organic part of this certifiably organic, VOR hopes is that their way of removing the nutrients from the waste stream is electrical, not chemical, Camisa said. Wastewater treatment plants typically add chemicals, then have to send the resulting sludge out of state, where it is either landfilled or incinerated. (When VOR adapts its processes to wastewater treatment plant excesses, that will in a business completely separated from the present venture, Camisa said.)The solids that come out of the VOR treatment can be used as a soil amendment or a biofuel, but also are safe to use for cow bedding a big concern for dairy farmers now that competition for sawdust and shavings from pellet fuel mills has pushed the price of a tractor-trailer load of the stuff to about $2,500, he said.Recently, Monument Farms in Weybridge, which bottles milk and sells it as well as producing raw milk, decided to install a manure digester. Their main reason, they said, was not to save on electrical costs by joining the Cow Power initiative, but to reduce their bedding costs since digesters, like VOR s process, create safe solid material as an end product.But digesters don t address the global climate change crisis, Camisa said. Methane is generated best at about 100 degrees and 135 degrees Fahrenheit, temperatures typical of digesters, so they do a good job of producing methane, which is then burned to drive a generator. But the burning process produces carbon dioxide as well as electricity, he observed adding to global warming.Worldwide, according to the United Nations report The Carbon Hoofprint of the Cow, cars are responsible for 11 percent of carbon emissions, while livestock accounts for 18 percent, Camisa said. A herd of 500 cows produces about 10,000 gallons of waste a day (that s 20 gallons per cow), he said but with scientific recycling of the nutrients those 500 cows can drive 20 greenhouses and produce $2 million in annual plant sales.VOR is setting up a greenhouse of its own, not to produce the usual bedding plants that get put out annually in gardens, but to do tissue cultures of varieties adapted to northern climates for stream bank erosion restoration and similar projects, Camisa said.Show And (Not) SmellAbout 100 farmers learned about VOR at the 2009 Farm Show in Barre, and according to the company, many of them signed up to be notified when the fourth generation demo machine was ready to go. Camisa said that automated system may be in operation by the time Vermont Business Magazine s June issue comes out; those interested can call 881-0012 or email to [email protected](link sends e-mail).For Vermont generally, VOR has some searching questions as to what is being wasted and what Vermont resources remain untapped. For farmers, they have a simple question: When would you like us to take away manure that you do not need?Ed Barna is a freelance writer for Vermont Business Magazine from Middlebury.last_img read more

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Vermont ranks above average for moving migration

first_imgFor those on the move in 2009, the Western region has maintained its position as a popular destination, while many states in the Great Lakes region continue outbound moving trends. The findings are among the results of the United Van Lines 2009 mid-year migration study, which tracks where its customers moved from and their most popular destinations. Vermont ranked 23rd, behind only Massachusetts (20th) for Northeastern states.United has tracked shipment patterns annually on a state-by-state basis since 1977. The findings are based on 60,520 interstate household moves handled by United among the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., from January through June 2009. United classifies the states as high inbound (55% or more of moves going into a state), high outbound (55% or more of moves going out of a state) or balanced.Three out of the top five high-outbound states were located in the Great Lakes region. Michigan (70.0%) maintained its status as the top outbound state, up more than 2.0 percentage points since January 2009. Illinois(58.3%) came in third and maintained its position as an outbound state since 1977, while Indiana (57.2%) ranked fourth and continued its 15-year trend.The District of Columbia (63.8%) maintained its position as the most popular inbound destination, up 1.5 percentage points in the past six months, and a clear winner ahead of Oregon (59.3%), which has experienced high-inbound migration for 21 consecutive years. Other high-inbound Western states included Nevada (57.7%) capturing fourth place and Wyoming (57.5%) coming in as the fifth highest inbound state.About United Van LinesUnited Van Lines, with headquarters in suburban St. Louis, is one of the nation s largest household goods movers and maintains a network of 1,000 affiliated agencies in 135 countries. More information about United and its services can be obtained through the company s Web site at is external).last_img read more

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first_img October 1, 2002 Regular News FLORIDA BAR FOUNDATION President William L. Thompson, Jr., recently signed the contract enabling the Foundation to begin the application and selection process for the pilot programs associated with the Florida Access to Civil Legal Assistance Act, which made $2 million available to provide civil legal assistance in the First, Fourth, Ninth, 12th, 13th, 17th, and 20th judicial circuits. Until now Florida was one of only 11 states that did not provide state monies for legal aid. “I think the delivery of legal services is something the Bar and the Foundation have done a tremendous job of,” said Rep. Dudley Goodlette, R-Naples, who sponsored the bill, which was one of the Bar’s top legislative priorities last session. “But I think there is a role government can and should play in ensuring the citizens of the State of Florida get good, quality legal advice regardless of their economic condition.” Goodlette expects the program to eventually go statewide. The money was appropriated to the Department of Community Affairs, which is contracting with the Foundation to oversee the pilot programs, which will help with a variety of family law-related problems. “The legal services community is grateful to The Florida Bar for its efforts to secure state funding for access to civil legal assistance,” Thompson said. Pictured from the left are Bar President-elect Miles McGrane, Foundation Executive Director Jane Curran, Thompson, Rep. Goodlette, and Bar President Tod Aronovitz. Foundationlast_img read more

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Bellone Likely a Shoe-in, But Legislative Races Could Be Costly for Dems and GOP

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 33-point lead may not be insurmountable on a football field—unless it’s late in the fourth quarter—but it’s a very tough hurdle in a political campaign with time running out before the general election. It happens to be the gap in the Suffolk County executive race, according to a recent poll.The candidate on top is the incumbent, Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone, a Democrat, and the underdog is his little-known Republican challenger James O’Connor, a former North Hempstead Town board member who moved from Nassau to Suffolk about a decade ago.An Oct. 6 Siena College/Newsday/News 12 survey had Bellone enjoying a 61-28 percent advantage after 400 registered and likely voters weighed in. What’s also telling is that a majority told the same pollsters they thought that the county was on the right track.Granted, the survey was conducted before Standard & Poor’s released its latest bond-rating that dropped Suffolk down another notch, from A+ to A, and also said the county’s long-term rating outlook was “negative.”“This is a fiscal crisis beyond any that we’ve ever seen,” exclaimed Suffolk Republican Chairman John Jay LaValle, adding that “we have a county executive that can’t stop spending money.”He noted that Bellone claims he hasn’t raised the general fund property tax increase for the fourth year in a row but won’t mention that police district taxes, which are slated to rise 3 percent in the county’s 2016 budget, have gone up in each of the last three years.“He’s raising taxes and the bond rating’s diving,” LaValle told the Press. “We’re a mess and it’s getting worse.”As for the prospects of O’Connor, LaValle’s pick to replace Bellone, the Republican chairman insisted that the “Sienna poll is flawed because it’s based on a balanced turnout [of voters on Election Day]…but Republicans vote in off-year elections and Democrats stay home.”LaValle pointed out that the Sienna polls made the same mistake predicting that Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton) would keep his Congressional seat instead of losing to state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) last fall.The Suffolk Republican party leader conceded that O’Connor “has a lot less money and got a later start” in the race than they would have liked “but the reality is that his message is strong and people are paying attention now.”Getting enough Suffolk Democrats to re-elect Bellone as county executive race is definitely a worry for Suffolk Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer, who’s also Babylon Town supervisor.“I think Steve’s got a very good chance based on his record of accomplishment,” Schaffer told the Press, but “the one thing that concerns me is turnout, because this guy O’Connor has literally done nothing in this campaign.”Schaffer said that usually in an off-year election like this one, about 23 percent to 27 percent of the registered voters come to the polls, and “that’s what we’ve focused our efforts on: educating the voters and putting a lot into our turnout operation.”Regarding Suffolk’s declining bond rating, Schaffer said that under Bellone’s leadership the county has “made some great strides” in dealing with the structural imbalance in Suffolk’s fiscal condition, and Standard & Poor’s had taken that into consideration.“It didn’t take one day to get into this situation,” Schaffer said, “and the financial rating agencies understand that it will take a lot of effort and time to get out of this situation.”This year, despite having a Democratic incumbent as Suffolk County executive and a 10-to-6 majority of the Suffolk Legislature’s 18 seats (the Working Families Party and Independence Party also each have one), Schaffer’s party organization has had to overcome its own fiscal imbalance. In September Schaffer called a special meeting of the Democratic executive committee and reportedly got authorization to borrow up to $500,000. Schaffer, an attorney, had already given the party an $80,000 “no interest loan” to get through Election Day, he told the Press, explaining that they’d started door-to-door paid canvassing early this year and planned to launch TV ads in the next two weeks for a couple of legislative districts which he declined to name.As for his own political forecast, Schaffer exclaimed, “I don’t think the town races are competitive as in years past.” Suffolk’s 10 townships are evenly split between the two parties, and that status quo will most likely remain unchanged after the Nov. 3 general election.But Schaffer did predict that the race for the 14th Legislative District, currently held by Kevin J. McCaffrey, the legislature’s minority leader, “is going to be a very close race, and I think it could surprise the Republicans there.” The Democratic challenger is Tim Sini, Bellone’s deputy for public safety.“We expect that we are going to have more Republican legislators after Election Day,” countered LaValle, the Suffolk GOP chairman. He put the number at “five, possibly six” seats.No matter how he does the math, LaValle can’t count on the Republicans electing a candidate from the 9th Legislative District in Islip because they aren’t running one. But judging from the Islip Town Democratic Committee’s website, they aren’t running one, either. And that’s why the race for this seat is probably the bitterest political contest in Suffolk this fall because it’s split the local Democratic Party and could be a harbinger of a future upset to come.It pits Legis. Monica Martinez, a Democrat now running on the Working Families Party and Independence Party lines, against Giovanni Mata, an Islip Democrat who won the primary because she dropped out of the race after her campaign was accused of filing fraudulent petitions to get her on the ballot. She declined to have her day in court, and Judge Joseph Santorelli directed the Suffolk Board of Elections not to put her name on the Democratic ballot in the September primary. Mata was the de facto winner.Republican Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter, left, is running against Democratic challenger Tom Licari, right.At the head of Citizens United to Reform Islip, the Democratic slate of candidates that included Mata, was former Legis. Rick Montano, who was challenging the Islip Town Democratic Committee’s candidate Tom Licari for Islip supervisor in the primary. Licari wound up beating him by only 87 votes—1,000 to 913. Montano claims his campaign spent $13,000 compared to the $53,000 spent by the town committee with another $28,000 chipped in by Schaffer’s county committee. Schaffer did not dispute those figures but they may not include all the campaign expenditures depending on further review.The turnout represented barely 2.9 percent of Islip’s 65,726 registered voters, and tellingly for the general election, Bellone had prominently supported Licari. Primaries rarely draw a high proportion of voters no matter who’s on the ballot in an off-year election, but the weather was also a factor in keeping people away from the polls since 2.3 inches of rain fell that day on Islip, more than 60 percent of the monthly average, according to the National Weather Service’s Upton facility.Montano, who seemed surprisingly upbeat despite his defeat, said, “We did great, considering the forces against us.” His animosity toward his own party’s chairman is not a secret and the feeling is mutual.Montano declined to endorse the triumphant Licari against the incumbent Republican Angie Carpenter, and Schaffer refused to back Mata in his legislative race. At the Sept. 24 meeting of the Suffolk County Democratic Executive Committee, held at the Melville Hilton, Schaffer not only urged members of his party to support Martinez for re-election, he went even further, infuriating Mata’s supporters who were there.“I said he [Mata] should go look for support from his Republican friends that he has supported,” Schaffer told the Press. “I don’t think he has any intention of working with us.”“Giovanni Mata is the designated candidate of the Democratic Party whether Schaffer likes it or not,” Montano said to the Press. “Once Giovanni gets elected, he’s a Democrat. He’s going to caucus [in the legislature] as a Democrat. If Schaffer tries to exclude him from the caucus, we will have the biggest fight, legally and otherwise, because that’s just not going to happen. Giovanni’s going to take his place as a Democratic legislator from this district.”The 9th Suffolk County Legislative District, which includes Brentwood, Central Islip and North Bay Shore, predominantly represents African-American and Latino residents. As such, it’s also got a strong contingent of immigrants, particularly from El Salvador, which is still recovering from a bitter civil war. Mata, a native Salvadoran, moved to the U.S. when he was 13. Martinez emigrated from El Salvador when she was 3.What happens in Islip this November may have a impact far beyond its borders. Compared to other Long Island towns, Islip’s political lineage is significant since it connects to the New York State Senate as well as Congress.With Montano out of the race and plotting his next move, the competition for Islip Town supervisor features two candidates from Fire Island: Carpenter has a place in Ocean Beach and Licari has a home in Kismet. Licari’s campaign manager, Matt Tighe, explained that “his family has lived there for over 80 years,” but insisted that Licari has “strong roots all over town.” Carpenter ran her first race for county legislature in 1992 from West Islip and served in the legislature until 2005 when she was elected Suffolk County treasurer.Earlier this year, Carpenter was appointed Islip supervisor by Islip Republican leaders to replace Tom Croci, who’d left town hall to run for the state senate. He defeated Adrienne Esposito, the executive director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment. Esposito, a Democrat, had begun her campaign thinking she was going to oppose Islip Town board member Anthony Senft, who was implicated, fairly or not, by the dumping scandal involving tons of toxic waste found at Roberto Clemente Park and other sites. Since Senft, a Conservative, was the town board’s liaison to the parks department, the issue was too hot for him to handle. He withdrew from the race, and Croci entered it.The state Senate seat was vacant because Sen. Lee Zeldin, the Republican then representing Shirley, had beaten his long-time Democratic rival, Rep. Tim Bishop, who’d creamed him the first time they faced each other. Nationally, Democrats were counting on Bishop to keep the House Republicans from gaining strength in Washington, D.C. In New York, Democrats were hoping to replace Zeldin and weaken the Republicans’ hold in Albany. It would have been like winning the trifecta since the Democrats already have the Assembly through gerrymandering and the governorship thanks to Andrew Cuomo.But as the countdown to Nov. 3 gets closer, the state Senate remains in Republican hands, even though by party regulation it’s a tie, with 31 Republicans and 31 Democrats, and one seat vacant. In practice, the GOP wields control because five members of the Independent Democratic Caucus and a conservative Democrat from Brooklyn, Simcha Felder, conference with them, thereby making Sen. John Flanagan (R-Smithtown) the  majority leader. Flanagan took over the top post last year after Sen. Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) had to step down because he was indicted on federal corruption charges. Skelos, who pleaded not guilty, is still serving in the senate from his Nassau district pending the outcome of the case. Tellingly, Skelos’s indictment reportedly came about by a federal investigation into former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan), who remains in office but yielded his powerful position to Assemb. Carl Hastie (D-Bronx), who graduated from Stony Brook University.And for now, those powerful connections are about as good as it gets for Suffolk County. Until next year’s presidential election, when all bets are off and it’s a brand new game.last_img read more

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‘We will not stop’: 2nd Endicott man convicted of selling drugs within days

first_imgIn a statement sent to 12 News, Broome County District Attorney Michael A. Korchak says his office will “not stop aggressively prosecuting those selling drugs” in the community regarding Johnson’s conviction. Johnson was arrested by the Broome County Special Investigations Unit Task Force in October 2018 and indicted by a grand jury in April 2019. His sentencing is scheduled for June 1, 2020. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — An Endicott man has been found guilty of possessing crack cocaine with the intent to sell it in Broome County Court Wednesday. On Feb. 24, another Endicott man was convicted of possessing drugs with the intention to sell them. 41-year-old Davon M. Johnson of Endicott has been convicted of criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 3rd degree, a class B felony, and the misdemeanor of criminally using drug paraphernalia in the 2nd degree.last_img read more

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