08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

Stephen K. Bannon, the embattled chief strategist who helped President Trump win the 2016 election but clashed for months with other senior West Wing advisers, is leaving his post, effective at the end of today, a White House spokeswoman announced. U.S. stocks rebounded in a volatile session, while the dollar cut losses and bond yields rose to session highs, as reports emerged about Bannon’s departure. A number of conservatives are not at all happy that the president decided to part ways with Bannon. After declaring “WAR” following news of Bannon’s ouster, Breitbart News’ senior editor-at-large wrote that Trump risked becoming “Schwarzenegger 2.0.” Also out: Carl Icahn. A day after the deadly terrorist attack in Barcelona, Trump said radical Islamists “must […]

Local officials want to excavate possible slave burial ground in Brooklyn and more

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

Local officials want to excavate possible slave burial ground in Brooklyn – The diary of prominent 19th century landowner Adriance Van Brunt suggests a lot on 9th Street near 3rd Avenue in Gowanus could hold the remains of the family’s slaves. YouTube TV now available to half of U.S. households – YouTube’s live television service has expanded to 14 new markets, bringing live streaming of sports, local news and entertainment programs from more than 50 broadcast and cable networks to 50 percent of U.S. households. YouTube TV says it now offers the most markets of all four local broadcast feeds from ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC among live TV streaming platforms. And the service plans to expand to 17 more […]

Putting Con Con Question Front And Center

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

From the Morning Memo: When voters head to the polls in November, Evan Davis wants the question of whether to hold a constitutional convention literally front and center. “It’s not a yes or no thing. It’s a everyone-voting kind of thing; everyone having an opportunity to cast their vote,” said Davis, a former counsel to Governor Mario Cuomo. He’s suing the state Board of Elections in order to require that question over whether to hold a convention to revise the constitution be placed on the front of voters’ ballots. A ruling is expected in the coming weeks. “This is the first time that the issue of where the constitutional convention question should be on the ballot is before the courts,” […]

New York’s climate goal: staggering costs, no benefits

08/18/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

In their zeal to address climate change, New York and 19 other states, plus the District of Columbia, have established long-term greenhouse gas reduction mandates. Most of them, including New York’s and California’s, require 80% reductions below 2005 emissions levels by 2050. But these so-called “80×50” mandates are much more than requirements to supply consumers with electricity from renewable resources like wind and solar generation. In fact, they will require virtually complete electrification of these states’ economies to eliminate almost all fossil fuel consumption, not just the small percentage of fossil fuels devoted to generating electricity. The costs to consumers and taxpayers will be trillions of dollars, with virtually no benefits. Indeed, as I show in a recent report for […]

Cuomo Makes Headway on Revamping Moynihan Train Hall and more

08/17/2017 Brooklyn Local News 0

Cuomo Makes Headway on Revamping Moynihan Train Hall – Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Alex Wong/Getty Images Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the start of major construction for the $1.6 billion redevelopment of the Farley Building into the Moynihan Train Hall, a new transportation hub, at a time when he is facing calls to fix the flailing New York City subway system. The project will consist of a new, 255,000-square-foot train hall for Long Island Rail Road and Amtrak passengers and increase total concourse floor space in the Pennsylvania Station-Farley Complex by more than 50 percent. The Farley Building train hall — named after the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan — will also house 700,000 square feet of new commercial, retail and dining […]