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Ithaca, N.Y., adopts new climate justice spending pledge

Ithaca, N.Y., adopts new climate justice spending pledge

[ad_1] Ithaca residents called for officials to take action on climate change at a rally on Earth Day 2024. Aurora Berry/WSKG hide caption toggle caption Aurora Berry/WSKG Ithaca residents called for officials to take action on climate change at a rally on Earth Day 2024. Aurora Berry/WSKG Five years after setting some of the most ambitious climate targets in the nation, Ithaca, N.Y., is hoping to set a new standard. The city council unanimously voted this week to require that half the funding spent on its energy transition and on major infrastructure investments go toward those residents most at risk from climate change. The vote makes Ithaca the first U.S. city to set a ‘climate justice’ spending benchmark higher than the target set by the Biden Administration. It’s the latest development in the college town’s effort to model how a small city can tackle climate change. In 2019, Ithaca passed a Green New Deal resolution, becoming the first city in the country to commit to removing fossil fuels from all buildings within a decade. That …

Democrats win N.Y. special election, narrowing House Republican majority

Democrats win N.Y. special election, narrowing House Republican majority

[ad_1] Democrats won a special election for a House seat in western New York Tuesday, The Associated Press projected, further shrinking the GOP’s narrow majority in the chamber. Democratic state Sen. Tim Kennedy defeated Republican town supervisor Gary Dickson in New York’s 26th District, a reliably blue area which includes Buffalo and some of the surrounding suburbs. Democrats will now control 213 seats in the House compared to 217 for the Republicans. Five seats remain vacant. Kennedy will serve the remainder of Democratic Rep. Brian Higgins’ term. The 10-term congressman resigned in February to run a local performing arts center, and he had some choice words for partisan gridlock in the House. Higgins told the Buffalo News late last year that Congress is “in a very, very bad place” and that “we’re at the beginning phases of a deterioration of the prestige of the institution.” That still did not deter Kennedy from running in the special election or for a full term in November. “The dysfunction has become an embarrassment across this country and across …

Outside Donald Trump’s N.Y. trial, “Line Dudes” wait all night

Outside Donald Trump’s N.Y. trial, “Line Dudes” wait all night

[ad_1] In the pre-dawn hours before opening statements in the People of the State of New York vs. Donald Trump, Robert Samuel was standing in line outside 100 Centre Street, the county criminal courts building in Lower Manhattan. Samuel was holding a place in line for one or another of the credentialed journalists seeking access to the courtroom and overflow room. He was one of 22 men working Trump’s hush-money trial that day for the niche company he founded 12 years ago, Same Ole Line Dudes. As the historic Trump proceeding enters its third week, Samuel is starting to accept orders for seats reserved for the general public, who must form a separate line outside the courthouse. This business model came to Samuel after he lost his job with AT&T for chronically showing up late, he said. Having sold iPhones, he knew that devotees would eagerly queue outside the Apple Store overnight to purchase the latest models on release day. In September 2012, someone paid him $100 to wait in line for the iPhone 5. He sold …

This ain’t N.Y. and other reasons Harvey Weinstein won’t win in California court

This ain’t N.Y. and other reasons Harvey Weinstein won’t win in California court

[ad_1] Hello and happy Tuesday. There are 188 days left until the election and I feel compelled to start this newsletter with a public service announcement: Don’t shoot your puppy. Like, never. Not when you have some spare time before the kids get home from school, or when you’re near a gravel pit and it just feels right, or even because you call yourself a farmer and somehow believe that’s a farmer thing. It’s not. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, good for you! But South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem knows, because her political ambitions are now likely as dead as Cricket the dog. Too much? Too soon? Anyway, this edition is dedicated to creeps, and their victims. Which brings us to Harvey Weinstein. Today we’re talking about a California Republican who went after former President Clinton for the Monica Lewinsky thing, but also happened to write a sex crimes law while he was a state assemblymember. That V.I.L. (very important law) makes it likely that the only freebie the Golden State …

Climber who died in Alaska national park ID’d as noted N.Y. forest ranger

Climber who died in Alaska national park ID’d as noted N.Y. forest ranger

[ad_1] A climber who died after falling 1,000 feet in Alaska’s Denali National Park and Preserve was identified on Saturday as Robbi Mecus, a noted climbing enthusiast and forest ranger. Mecus, 52, from Keene Valley, New York, was an outspoken advocate for expanding the presence of fellow transgender people in alpine climbing. In 2022 she co-founded the Queer Ice Fest in the Adirondack Mountains of her adopted hometown, and the event earlier this year was its third annual happening. New York Department of Environmental Conservation Interim Commissioner Sean Mahar said in a statement that Mecus made a mark in her long career with the state. “Over her 25-year career with DEC, Ranger Mecus demonstrated an unparalleled passion for protecting the environment and New Yorkers,” the commissioner said. “She exemplified the Forest Rangers’ high standard of professional excellence while successfully … advancing diversity, inclusion, and LGBTQ belonging throughout the agency.” Her body was recovered Saturday morning after rescuers decided to halt their recovery efforts Friday amid challenging conditions on the park’s Mount Johnson, where Mecus’ climbing …

Harvey Weinstein Hospitalized After Rape Conviction Overturned in N.Y.

Harvey Weinstein Hospitalized After Rape Conviction Overturned in N.Y.

[ad_1] Two days after Harvey Weinstein‘s rape conviction was overturned by the New York Court of Appeals, the former movie mogul has been hospitalized. Weinstein’s attorney, Arthur Aidala, said he was admitted to Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan for a battery of tests, according to The Associated Press. “They examined him and sent him to Bellevue,” Aidala explained. “It seems like he needs a lot of help, physically. He’s got a lot of problems. He’s getting all kinds of tests. He’s somewhat of a train wreck health-wise.” NYC Department of Correction spokesperson Frank Dwyer told The Hollywood Reporter that Weinstein remains in custody while in the hospital. A representative for the former movie producer told THR that his prison consultant and DOC liaison, Craig Rothfeld, said they “are grateful for NYC DOC’s care and discretion as they have been treating Harvey Weinstein’s medical issues as best they can.” On Thursday, news broke that Weinstein’s rape conviction was overturned in New York with a 4-3 ruling that stated the previous New York County trial prejudiced him with …

Charges filed against man who allegedly threatened N.Y. AG, civil fraud case judge

Charges filed against man who allegedly threatened N.Y. AG, civil fraud case judge

[ad_1] WASHINGTON — New York state police filed charges against a man whom they allege sent threatening messages to Judge Arthur Engoron and New York Attorney General Letitia James, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News. Engoron presided over former President Donald Trump’s civil fraud trial, in which Trump and executives at his company were hit with a more than $464 million fraud judgment. James brought the fraud case. Tyler Vogel, 26, of Lancaster, New York, faces a felony charge for allegedly making a terroristic threat against James after finding her information online and threatening her with death or injury if she did not drop her case against Trump, the source said. Vogel faces a separate felony charge for allegedly making a terroristic threat for sending a message to Engoron, the person said. He was also hit with two counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree, which is a misdemeanor, for those threats. In his message to Engoron, Vogel allegedly said that he would go after the judge if Trump …

Delta pilot sentenced for drinking before flight from Edinburgh to N.Y.

Delta pilot sentenced for drinking before flight from Edinburgh to N.Y.

[ad_1] A Delta Air Lines pilot who reported to work with a blood alcohol level well above the aviation limit was sentenced to a 10-month jail term in Scotland, according to a court statement Tuesday. Lawrence B. Russell Jr., 63, of the U.S. state of Georgia, was scheduled to fly a Boeing 767 from Edinburgh, Scotland, to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York on June 16. But 80 minutes before takeoff, security personnel found two bottles of Jägermeister — one of which “was just under half full” — in Russell’s carry-on luggage. A blood test showed he had at least 49 milligrams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood. The legal limit in Scotland is 20 milligrams for pilots and 50 milligrams for those driving cars, according to the Edinburgh Sheriff Court, which imposed the sentence. In the United States, pilots are not authorized to fly with a blood alcohol level of 0.04 or higher. Federal rules say pilots cannot have consumed alcohol within eight hours of a flight. Russell’s flight was canceled …

George Santos says he’s running for office again in N.Y.

George Santos says he’s running for office again in N.Y.

[ad_1] Former New York Republican Rep. George Santos, wearing a glittering collar, attends the State of the Union address Thursday night in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Former New York Republican Rep. George Santos, wearing a glittering collar, attends the State of the Union address Thursday night in Washington, D.C. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images Former New York Republican Rep. George Santos, ejected by fellow lawmakers from the House in December, turned up Thursday night at President Biden’s State of the Union speech wearing a bejeweled collar. Santos was allowed to attend the president’s address because former U.S. representatives retain lifetime membership privileges, even after being expelled. Showing he hasn’t lost his flare for dramatic timing, Santos used the moment to announce another bid for office. “New York hasn’t had a real conservative represent them since I left office arbitrarily, thanks to RINO, empty suits like @nicklalota,” Santos said, posting on the social media site X. He was referring to freshman Republican Rep. Nick …

A N.Y. city is giving up fossil fuels, one building at a time

A N.Y. city is giving up fossil fuels, one building at a time

[ad_1] A mural on the edge of downtown Ithaca, New York marks the college town’s 2019 passage of a Green New Deal. The city aims to zero out its climate-warming greenhouse gases by 2030. Rebecca Redelmeier/WSKG hide caption toggle caption Rebecca Redelmeier/WSKG A mural on the edge of downtown Ithaca, New York marks the college town’s 2019 passage of a Green New Deal. The city aims to zero out its climate-warming greenhouse gases by 2030. Rebecca Redelmeier/WSKG ITHACA, N.Y. – Ithaca Tattoo & Piercing is closed on Mondays. But the downtown two-story brick building was bustling recently, even without customers around. Heating and air conditioning vans were parked on the street, and crews brought equipment to replace the building’s natural gas furnace with more efficient electric heat pumps. The workers sawed through flexible yellow gas hose, pulled it from the walls and hauled it out to the sidewalk. That’s where building owner John Guttridge was standing and looking proudly at the growing pile of hose and old equipment. “We have just torn out the very …