State Senate pushing blanket eviction moratorium: sources

May 12, 2021

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first_imgAndrea Stewart-Cousins (Getty)UPDATED, Dec. 15 2020, 4:38 p.m.: The New York state legislature is a house divided when it comes to extending protections against eviction.The state Senate is pushing a blanket moratorium on all residential evictions for an indefinite period, according to sources, but the state Assembly opposes the measure.The move to block all residential evictions would be a departure from the legislature’s approach in recent months. Lawmakers have ceded control to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has preferred to extend existing legislation.The law governing residential evictions, the Tenant Safe Harbor Act, allows property owners to seek money judgments, rather than evictions, for non-payment cases. The protections the law grants expire in two weeks. But the spike in coronavirus cases across the state has pushed the Senate, which secured a Democratic supermajority in November’s election, to consider taking things much further.“It’s important we put a blanket moratorium in place that prevents all residential evictions,” said state Sen. Brian Kavanagh. “At a time when we’re curtailing so many activities, we certainly shouldn’t be letting eviction marshals come to people’s homes and forcibly remove them.”Read moreLawmakers mull action on evictions as rent relief expansion stallsLawmakers skip cancel rent in favor of more modest billsLandlords jarred by sudden drop in rent collection Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsEvictionsReal Estate and PoliticsResidential Real Estate Message*center_img Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink According to sources involved in the negotiations, the senate is prepared to pass a universal eviction moratorium, the details of which are starting to come into focus. Two concrete options are bills which were proposed last summer, but have since stalled. One, sponsored by state Sen. Zellnor Myrie, would stop all evictions for one year after the end of the state’s declared emergency. Another would stop them for a shorter period.“A real eviction moratorium is necessary, especially as we approach alarmingly increasing numbers of Covid cases across the state,” said Myrie. “With 300,000 deaths and counting due to Covid-19, it’s abundantly clear that evictions harm the tenant, harm the public and don’t bring a single penny to property owners who need the relief.”Sources say the Senate has the votes to pass a measure — although it may not yet be written — and intends to do so by Jan. 1. The state Assembly, however, would prefer to extend and codify existing legislation limiting evictions for non-payment, which Cuomo extended until Jan. 31.Kerri Biché, a spokesperson for Assembly speaker Carl Heastie, said, “This is false. From our conversations, the Assembly and the Senate are in the same place on how to handle evictions.”Yesterday, in statements to reporters, Heastie raised the possibility of doing an extraordinary session before January, to address “hot button issues,” including revenue and an eviction moratorium.Separately, the Assembly is reportedly focused on a plan to raise revenue, despite Cuomo’s preference to wait for federal aid before imposing new taxes to fix the state’s yawning budget shortfall.The senate’s push for a universal moratorium on evictions, rather than a targeted program, has rankled property owners. Such a blanket measure, they argue, could give tenants who might otherwise pay rent the ability to skip it without facing consequences.“Any eviction is not good — we don’t want people homeless,” said Jay Martin, executive director of Community Housing Improvement Program, which represents property owners in New York City. Martin said that landlords prefer an approach which would prioritize protections for those who are “truly on the verge of homelessness.”Observers say it is likely the state legislature will reach an agreement by this Friday, Dec. 18, because legislation must be printed for several days before coming up for a vote.Waiting to pass a bill until after this week would give Cuomo the option to veto it automatically by letting the legislative session draw to a close before signing it.UPDATE: This story was updated to add a comment from Assembly speaker Carl Heastie’s spokesperson. Contact Georgia Kromrei Email Address*last_img read more


moe. Announces Webcasts For First Shows Back With Bassist Rob Derhak At The Capitol Theatre

March 2, 2021

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first_imgAs anticipation builds for moe. reunion with bassist Rob Derhak on February 2nd and 3rd at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY, the band has announced that they will webcast both of the performances live via Nugs.tv.Last summer, moe. was forced to take an indefinite hiatus while bassist Rob Derhak underwent treatment for oropharyngeal cancer. With Rob now thankfully back in good health, the band has announced several performances with their regular bassist back in the mix, beginning with the two-night run at the historic Port Chester, NY venue.You can pre-order the moe. Capitol Theatre webcasts today here.After completing their run at The Cap, moe. will hit Portland, Maine’s State Theatre on February 16th and 17th, followed by Albany, NY’s Palace Theatre on February 23rd and 24th. They also announced a performance at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheatre on July 12th, in addition to headlining slots at Summer Camp Music Festival and Peach Music Festival.To keep up with moe.’s upcoming tour plans, head to the band’s website.[Cover Photo: Rex-A-Vision]last_img read more


All-Star ‘Songs Of Barlow’ Tribute To Be Re-Webcast For Free In Honor Of John Perry Barlow’s Birthday

March 2, 2021

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first_imgOn Wednesday, October 3rd, late Grateful Dead lyricist and Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow would have celebrated his 71st birthday. In honor of Barlow’s first birthday since his death at the age of 70 earlier this year, Relix has announced that they will re-webcast their 2016 “The Songs of Barlow” tribute free of charge.“The Songs of Barlow” tribute originally took place at Brooklyn Bowl on December 14th, 2016, and featured Terrapin Family Band members Grahame Lesh, Ross James, and Alex Koford with Scott Padden as well as special guest appearances by Eric Krasno, Jackie Greene, Jon Graboff, Karina Rykman, Katie Jacoby, Rob Barraco, Leslie Mendelson, DJ Logic, and more. The re-stream of “The Songs of Barlow” tribute will take place on October 3rd at 10 p.m. ET via the Relix Facebook page.John Perry Barlow—a frequent Bob Weir collaborator, poet, essayist, political activist, and retired Wyoming cattle rancher—was attributed with helping create Grateful Dead tunes like “Throwing Stones”, “Feel Like A Stranger”, “Cassidy”, “Estimated Prophet”, “Lost Sailor”, “Saint Of Circumstance”, “Mexicali Blues”, “The Music Never Stopped”, and many others.In addition to his contributions to the Grateful Dead, Barlow was a well-known political activist who identified as a cyberlibertarian, though he worked across the aisle with both Democrats and Republicans to further causes he believed in. He was a founding member of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Freedom of the Press Foundation and had, most recently, been particularly vocal in advocating for the preservation of net neutrality. Furthermore, he was a Fellow Emeritus at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and had previously been recognized by Time Magazine in the outlet’s 2012 article, “School of Rock: 10 Supersmart Musicians“.You can watch the live stream below:The Songs of Barlow Rebroadcast[Video: Relix; Directed/Produced by Jonathan Healey]Happy birthday, John Perry Barlow. Your many contributions to this world are greatly missed.[H/T Relix]last_img read more


California reverses stay-at-home order as conditions improve

February 8, 2021

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first_imgSACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Business owners hailed Gov. Gavin Newsom’s decision to lift stay-at-home orders across California in response to improving coronavirus conditions. But local health officials expressed concern that it could reverse the recent sharp drop in cases and hospitalizations. The turnaround comes after a month after some hospitals were drawing up plans for rationing care and as ICU capacity still sits at 0% in the vast Southern California region. The order’s end allows churches and restaurants to open for outdoor services and other businesses to reopen as early as this week.last_img read more


Track the Evolution of Doctor Zhivago, From Banned Book to Broadway Musical

January 18, 2021

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first_imgLeading LoversLeading the Broadway cast of Zhivago is Tam Mutu, the sweet-smelling West End heartthrob/professional stage brooder who is finally making his debut on the Great White Way opposite his Lara, Kelli Barrett. “We had a really great connection and spark in the room,” Mutu told Broadway.com, and Barrett agreed. “We don’t have to work on it at all,” Barrett said of their natural stage chemistry. With a cast and creative team this talented, we’re going to have to trust them when they (practically) all pull out the same word to describe their sumptuous show: It’s gonna be epic. Mother RussiaThe early part of the 20th century was an incredibly turbulent time in Russian history, as revolution followed revolution and world war followed civil war. The Revolution of 1905, a wave of worker strikes and military unrest that ended in thousands of deaths across the Russian Empire, laid the groundwork for the country’s larger Russian Revolution in 1917. While also embattled in World War I, Russia went through two revolutions in that year, the second of which saw the Bolsheviks overthrow the last Czar of Russia, Nicholas II (father of the famous Anastasia) and replace the country’s long-standing autocracy with communist rule—which came with its own iron-fisted problems. Book ItPasternak was writing in difficult times, but his esoteric style kept him somewhat safe—after a late-night phone from call from Stalin looking for his opinion on another poet’s political opinions, the Russian dictator reportedly wrote, “Don’t touch this cloud-dweller” next to Pasternak’s name, noted the author’s niece Ann Pasternak Slater in The Guardian. But when Doctor Zhivago was finally completed in 1956, Soviet authorities banned the book from being published in Russia and tried to keep it from being published elsewhere. Luckily, Milanese publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli had received a copy of the manuscript, and the first copy of Doctor Zhivago was published in Italian in 1957. Just when things are finally thawing out in New York City, an icy blast from Russia is blowing onto Broadway courtesy of Doctor Zhivago! Tony winner Des McAnuff directs the world premiere musical, based on the Nobel-winning novel by Boris Pasternak and set in (and after) the twilight of Czarist Russia. Tam Mutu stars as Yuri Zhivago, a doctor, poet and political idealist caught in the storms of history and torn between his devoted wife and his lover Lara Guishar. Read up on this larger-than-life love story before it opens at the Broadway Theatre on April 21, starring Tam Mutu and Kelli Barrett as Yuri and Lara, along with Broadway vets Tom Hewitt, Paul Alexander Nolan and Lora Lee Gayer. View Comments Love on FilmFilm director David Lean was no stranger to stories of epic scope: by the time he directed the 1965 film adaptation of Doctor Zhivago, he’d already won two Oscars for The Bridge on the River Kwai and Lawrence of Arabia. Peter O’Toole, Marlon Brando and Paul Newman were all considered for the role of Zhivago, which eventually went to Omar Sharif. He starred opposite Julie Christie as Lara and Geraldine Chaplin (daughter of Charlie) as Zhivago’s wife, Tonia. The film had to be shot largely in Spain because the novel was still banned in Russia. Despite a lukewarm critical reception—Bosley Crowther called the film adaptation “closer to Hollywood than to the steppes” in his New York Times review—Zhivago went on to win five Oscars and become the financial saving grace of MGM Studios. Music For a RevolutionGiven the sprawling timeframe and massive political backdrop (not to mention nearly 600 pages) of Doctor Zhivago, adapting it for the stage is incredibly ambitious. A first attempt, simply called Zhivago, premiered at La Jolla Playhouse in 2006; a reworked version met with great success with it debuted in Australia in 2011. The tuner features a book by playwright Michael Weller, music by Lucy Simon (The Secret Garden) and lyrics by Michael Korie (Grey Gardens) and Amy Powers. And yes, they have honored audience requests to include the film’s wildly popular “Lara’s Theme,” which Simon called “as iconic in Zhivago as the snow” in The Observer. An ambitious piece, sure, but worth it. “It’s been along time since we’re had a really passionate love story with life or death consequences,” Weller told Broadway.com. “I find that exciting. And sexy.”center_img Cold War TacticsThe CIA saw publishing the book in America as an opportunity to undermine the Soviets. “This book has great propaganda value,” read a CIA memo to the agency’s Soviet Russia Division, as quoted by The Washington Post, “not only for its intrinsic message and thought-provoking nature, but also for the circumstances of its publication: we have the opportunity to make Soviet citizens wonder what is wrong with their government, when a fine literary work by the man acknowledged to be the greatest living Russian writer is not even available in his own country in his own language for his own people to read.” Thanks in part to CIA intervention, Pasternak won the 1958 Nobel Prize for Literature—an incredibly humiliating event for the Soviet Union. He turned down the prize, which would have meant his exile. “Leaving the motherland will equal death for me,” he wrote to then-Soviet premiere Nikita Khrushchev. “I am tied to Russia by birth, by life and work.” Pasternak died in 1960. Doctor Zhivago wasn’t officially published in Russia until 1988; in 1989 Pasternak’s son was finally allowed to accept his father’s Nobel Prize. A Born ArtistAs this political turmoil was just starting to simmer, Boris Pasternak was born in 1890 into a very artistic Moscow family; his father was a painter and his mother a concert pianist. Big-deal Russian artists like composer Sergei Rachmaninoff and poet Rainer Maria Rilke were visitors to the Pasternak home, and novelist Leo Tolstoy was a close family friend (Pasternak’s father illustrated his novel Resurrection, and drew the author on his death bed). He began his artistic career as a composer, but gave it up in his early 20s because he was, by his own admission, not good enough. He then studied philosophy and became a writer and translator of Western works, including many Shakespeare plays, but found his true calling as a poet. Related Shows Doctor Zhivago Show Closed This production ended its run on May 10, 2015last_img read more


Group Chat: Saying Goodbye to the Broadway Bechdels

January 18, 2021

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first_img View Comments Related Shows Fun Home Michael Cerveris, Beth Malone & Judy Kuhn photographed at the McKittrick Hotel (Photo by Caitlin McNaney) It started as a downtown oddity—a haunting musical based on a graphic novel about an out lesbian coming to terms with the suicide of her closeted father—and leaves Broadway as a Tony Award-winning game changer. Fun Home closes on September 10 at the Circle in the Square Theatre having triumphed with critics and audiences, undoutably inspriring future musical theater writers and leaving an indeliable mark on the resumes of three New York stage actors: Michael Cerveris, Judy Kuhn and Beth Malone. All three were nominated for 2015 Tony Awards and one won—Cerveris as conflicted Bruce Bechdel—but their deep love of the show is felt far past award season. Broadway.com Editor-in-Chief Paul Wontorek recently sat down with the stars at the McKittrick Hotel, home of the immersive theater hit Sleep No More, for a group chat to revisit their amazing Fun Home journey. Photos by Caitlin McNaney for Broadway.com at theMcKittrick Hotel. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 10, 2016last_img read more


Maritime Counter Drug Summit Being Held in Peru

December 20, 2020

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first_img ‘‘Maritime drug trafficking entails a unique legal challenge for regional governments,’‘ expressed a statement from the U.S. Embassy. By Dialogo September 20, 2012 A summit for regional maritime coordination against drug trafficking is being held since September 18 in Lima, with the support of the U.S. Coast Guard, stated the American Embassy in Lima. This is the first time that the 12th Multilateral Maritime Counter Drug Summit takes place in Peru. The event gathers 75 representatives from naval and coast guard forces, as well as personnel from other agencies from Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Mexico, Panama, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Chile, and the United States. center_img This two-day summit offers ‘‘a forum for its participants to share information and practices about how to improve strategies to effectively combat drug trafficking as well as transnational crime in open waters. It also contributes to promoting regional cooperation in these efforts,’‘ the Embassy stated.last_img read more


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October 20, 2020

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Pristine waterfront property with dual living perfect for families

October 6, 2020

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first_img336 Flinders Pde, Brighton.A beautiful waterfront property with dual living options has hit the market at Brighton.The four-bedroom, three-bathroom home is at 336 Flinders Pde, one of Brisbane’s bayside suburbs. Owner Denise Howarth has lived at the home for 18 years and is planning on downsizing.She hopes a young couple or family will buy the home. The backyard at 336 Flinders Pde, Brighton.Jim McKeering Real Estate — Sandgate selling agent Jacqui McKeering said: “You will feel spoiled living here while you sit back on the front deck watching all that Moreton Bay has to offer, whether that be the beautiful sun rises, horses galloping along the sandbanks, kite surfers filling the sky with their colour or the stunning sunsets”.“The house combines practicality and clean lines for a fresh uncluttered feel, making the most of the seaside panoramas,” Ms McKeering said. The lounge room at 336 Flinders Pde, Brighton.The home has several standout features including a contemporary kitchen with stone bench tops.There are Plantation shutters throughout living area and bi-fold doors open onto deck (includes cafe blinds). There is also a self-contained downstairs area with a with a second kitchen.Ms McKeering said living in Brighton offered easy access to the Brisbane airport and highways that run direct to the north and south coasts. The drive to the city is only 35 minutes.The 817sq m allotment is fully fenced. And the new owners can wake up every morning knowing they only have to stroll about 650m to the local waterfront pool.center_img What a beautiful view at 336 Flinders Pde, Brighton.The modern brick home is on a large waterfront allotment.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019Mrs Howarth said the property looked a lot different to when they first bought it. “It looked like a terrace house when we first bought it, we have done some major renovations to it.”last_img read more


ESG factors can indicate overall stock risk, says AQR

September 29, 2020

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first_imgInvestors who wanted to tilt their portfolios towards safer stocks might be able to combine the two to build more stable and robust portfolios, they said.AQR said it found clear support for its hypothesis that ESG exposures could be informative about the risks of individual firms in data which it said was robust to a wide variety of controls and various stock universes.“We also find that ESG scores may help forecast future changes to risk estimates from a traditional risk model,” AQR said.Poor ESG exposures predicted increased future statistical risks for equities, the authors found.However, when broken down into the three components of ESG risk, AQR’s research team found that it was the social and governance pillars that showed the strongest correlation to risk. “The environmental pillar is only insignificantly related to the various risk measures,” the authors said.“On the one hand, it may be that environmental exposures are inherently less predictive of companies’ risks,” Dunn, Fitzgibbons, and Pomorski wrote. However, it was also possible that data on environmental exposures was “noisier” than data on the other two components.This noise in the variable could be preventing computations from giving more precise, statistically significant estimates, the authors suggested.The full paper is available here. Information about a company’s environmental, social, and governance (ESG) behaviour may reveal how risky a security is on a statistical basis, according to investment manager AQR.In AQR Capital Management’s new paper – “Assessing Risk through Environmental, Social and Governance Exposures” – the firm said it found a strong positive relationship between companies’ ESG exposures and the statistical risk of their equity.“Stocks with poor ESG exposures tend to have higher total and specific risk and higher betas, both contemporaneously and as far as five years into the future,” the Greenwich, Connecticut-based manager said. “We interpret these findings as evidence that ESG information may play a role in investment portfolios that goes beyond the ethical considerations and may inform investors about the riskiness of the securities in a way that is complementary to what is captured by traditional statistical risk models,” wrote the paper’s authors, Jeff Dunn, Shaun Fitzgibbons, and Lukasz Pomorski.last_img read more