Transit advocates fume over ‘Cuomo Tax’ to fund nuke plants and more

Transit advocates fume over ‘Cuomo Tax’ to fund nuke plants – The cash-strapped MTA shouldn’t have to pony up an electric bill surcharge imposed by Gov. Cuomo to support a trio of upstate nuclear plants, transit advocates fumed this week. MTA power bills will be up by about $9 million in 2017, and will increase even more over the lifetime of the 12-year, $7.6 billion plan to support the plants on Lake Ontario, says Stop the Cuomo Tax, a group opposed to the ratepayer bailout. “The MTA can not afford to spend a dollar that is not toward the MTA,” said Jaqi Cohen of the Straphangers Campaign. The Cuomo administration’s nuclear surcharge has cost the MTA about $4.8 million since it took effect in April, Stop the Cuomo Tax says. Cohen […]

Funeral home embalmed the wrong body: lawsuit – A Brooklyn funeral home mistakenly retrieved the body of a Pentecostal minister from a hospital morgue — and then embalmed her, in violation of her religious beliefs, the woman’s grieving family says in a new lawsuit. RG Ortiz Funeral Home in Sunset Park and Methodist Hospital compounded the horror by failing to immediately tell Mercilda Major’s relatives, the Brooklyn Supreme Court lawsuit says. “This was like losing her two times over. It was just very hard,” said her son, David Major. After Major, 85, died in November of pancreatic cancer, workers from Ortiz picked up her body, even though the family never hired them to do so. Ortiz didn’t realize it picked up the wrong body until after the embalming […]

WWII veterans disgusted by surge of neo-Nazis at Va. protest – For Army Staff Sgt. Alan Moskin, the word “Nazi” evokes memories of May 4, 1945, when his company liberated a concentration camp infused with the stench of death. Three days later, Adolf Hitler’s Germany surrendered. Moskin remembers thinking the genocidal architects of the Holocaust were vanquished — for good. More than seven decades later, he watched in disgust as anti-Semitic, alt-right protesters descended on Charlottesville, Va., with an innocent woman killed in the street. “These white supremacists, neo-Nazis, KKK make me sick to my stomach,” said the 91-year-old Jewish veteran of Gen. George Patton’s 3rd Army. Cohn says W.H. must do better, almost quits over Trump Va. reply “In no way do they represent the America I grew up to […]

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