Trump and New York state’s public political battle ‘very uncharacteristic,’ experts say

Washington - Many New York lawmakers took President Donald Trump’s recent threat to veto a must-pass omnibus spending bill if it includes $900 million for the Gateway program’s Hudson Tunnel and Portal Bridge as nothing less than a hostile act. “When you hear him say, ‘We’re eliminating one of the biggest infrastructure projects that can principally benefit New York and New Jersey,’ what is that but ‘I declare war,’” said Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans). “It is a complete slap in the face of New York.” Meeks and other New York lawmakers — most of them Democrats — said this is just the latest clash in a highly unusual public political battle of words and deeds between the lifelong New Yorker and New York State since he won the presidency. Much of the conflict is over the conservative and partisan Trump administration’s dismantling of Democratic initiatives, but it is also about New Yorkers’ fury over his threats to their treasured state and local tax deductions, Zadroga 9/11 health funds and Gateway. Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), a Trump supporter, said some of the president’s policies have been good for New York — especially for economic growth — but acknowledged that “New Yorkers have rightly pushed back on others that would have had a negative impact on our state.” And New York Democrats, and sometimes Republicans, have counterattacked: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has blocked Trump’s agenda and nominees, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has criticized his moves and Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman has filed more than 100 lawsuits against his administration. Such tension and distrust between a president and his home state is “very uncharacteristic,” said John Hudak, a Brookings Institution senior fellow and author of “Presidential Pork,” a book about presidents’ directing grants to key states. Trump won Continue Reading

‘For the People’ went to New York to up the stakes

Shondaland has come home to New York. “For the People,” the newest drama under Shonda Rhimes’ unimaginably successful umbrella, finds its new lawyers (played by Britt Robertson, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Ben Rappaport and Wesam Keesh) in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, one of the most important courthouses in the country. It has seen cases about the sinking of the Titanic, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg and the Pentagon Papers. Aaron Burr served there. And now, so does this new group of delightfully dysfunctional attorneys. Showrunner Paul Davies put careful consideration into setting his new show apart; he didn’t want “just another legal drama.” ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ stars Jessica Capshaw, Sarah Drew to exit show “Instead of being from one side — defense or prosecution — it looks from both sides of the legal process,” he told the Daily News. “I wanted a richer picture of how the legal system works.” In its early episodes, “For the People” does a valiant job of playing fair, from an accused terrorist who tried to blow up the Statue of Liberty to a wine forger. Everyone gets their day in court. “There’s always a bad guy, and sometimes the bad guy isn’t that bad,” Jay Simmons (Keesh) says at one point. Shondaland shows have never lived in the black and white: doctors who will do whatever it takes to save lives, politicians with no respect for the law or their marital oaths, con men who are just too smooth to resist. The characters succeed and fail in the gray. 'Grey's Anatomy' blamed for 'false expectations' of medical care Susannah Flood — poised to be the breakout star of “For the People” — plays Kate Littlejohn, the uptight, neurotic and unlikeable prosecutor. But even Littlejohn, with her perfect hair, her perfect outfits and Continue Reading

Here are the most random, bizarre items in the $30,000 Grammy swag bag

By Alix Martichoux, SFGATE Published 6:22 pm, Sunday, January 28, 2018 Now Playing: A number of celebrities will be attending music's most prestigious night on Sunday: the Grammy Awards. Of course, not everyone will go home with a golden statue. But those who don't won't be leaving empty-handed. One of the biggest perks of being a G Media: Fox5 Musicians won't just be taking home golden trophies at Sunday's 60th Annual Grammy Awards. Presenters and performers also have the opportunity to leave with a hefty gift bag. Distinctive Assets, the marketing company that puts together the swag bag, told Harper's Bazaar the bag's value tops $30,000. The 50-plus giveaway items and experiences are all over the board. You may already have some of the things in your pantry, like Craisins dried cranberries or RXBAR protein bars. Other items like a pinhole gum rejuvenation treatment and a class that teaches you how to use a teleprompter make you seriously doubt that any celebrity who receives the swag bag will actually take advantage of it. GRAMMY AWARDS:  Many stars wear white roses on red carpet Some of the items included aren't just seemingly useless, but also verge on pseudoscience. Among them are a reading from a psychic over the phone, weight loss supplements and a belt that claims to help you burn fat with "LED light therapy technology." window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: Continue Reading

Hot models at this year’s New York Auto Show

By DEE-ANN DURBIN, AP Auto Writer Updated 4:11 pm, Wednesday, April 16, 2014 window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-5', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 5', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-10', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 10', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-15', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 15', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-20', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 20', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-25', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 25', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-30', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 30', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-35', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 35', target_type: 'mix' }); _taboola.push({flush: true}); window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-c', container: 'taboola-interstitial-gallery-thumbnails-40', placement: 'Interstitial Gallery Thumbnails 40', target_type: Continue Reading

When New York City Was a (Literal) Battlefield

When New York City Was a (Literal) Battlefield By RUSSELL SHORTO, New York Times News Service November 15, 2017 Updated: November 15, 2017 7:01am NEW YORK — New York City is a battlefield. I know what you’re thinking — psychological warfare, the endless grim clashing of economic forces — but I am being literal. When we ponder America’s defining war, the Revolutionary War, we think of Bunker Hill, or Saratoga, or Lexington and Concord, yet its largest battle, a vast and ferociously fought chess match in August and September of 1776, right after the formal declaration of the colonies’ independence, ranged over what are now the five boroughs. As to why the place was so hotly contested, you already know the answer. Then, as now, as ever, New York City was the center of it all. Both sides believed that if the British took control of New York and the Hudson River, the American resistance would likely collapse. Express Newsletters Get the latest news, sports and food features sent directly to your inbox. Sign up Most Popular 1 Woman killed after losing control of SUV on slick Wurzbach... 2 Bush to resign from Alamo Trust 3 Zachry reveals design for $200M Hemisfair development as... 4 Judge calls FourWinds ‘a scam’ in Uresti criminal trial,... 5 La Gordiloca: Texas law is unconstitutional The battle isn’t as well known today as other encounters during the Revolution, in part because the city has done an excellent job of removing most traces of it. Where Boston sets aside hallowed historic precincts and wends a handsome brick Freedom Trail through its Revolutionary sites, New York City buries its past under mountains of concrete and steel. Hills have been flattened, islands swallowed up by landfill, shorelines redrawn. But I was determined to find Revolutionary New York, and I did eventually, after a fashion. It helped that I had an organizing principle. I was researching a book, Continue Reading

Top 10 New Jersey arts and entertainment stories of 2017

2017 was a year of beauty and sadness for the New Jersey arts and entertainment scene.Certainly, “Springsteen on Broadway,” in which Freehold-native Bruce Springsteen tells the story of his life, is a thing of  beauty. It conveys  the hopes, dreams and ambitions of a hardscrabble outsider looking for the big time and a personal connection in a way that often leaves audience members in tears.Speaking of tears, the Jersey music world lost one of its finest talents and most engaging personalities in 2017. Pat DiNizio, the lead singer of the Smithereens, passed away on Dec. 12 at the age of 62.“The  music in New Jersey is a little quieter today with the passing of Smithereens’ frontman Pat DiNizio, who wrote memorable riffs and proudly called Scotch Plains home,” said New Jersey Gov.-elect Phil Murphy. Best of 2017: The year in music: Top 10 albums Best of 2017: Music at the center of year's most significant moments The band’s hits included “Blood and Roses,” “Drown in My Own Tears” and “Only a Memory” and “Beauty and Sadness.”Theater news, festival happenings, a museum opening, the emergence of a new Jersey singing star, a Beatle having dinner in Asbury Park, Bon Jovi finally getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more make our list of the Top 10 New Jersey arts and entertainment stories of 2017.1. Bruce Springsteen on Broadway“Springsteen on Broadway,” which opened at the Walter Kerr Theatre in early October, is a Jersey story at its heart. A  young Bruce Springsteen grows up in the shadow of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Freehold, goes to Asbury Park, where he fits in with the other ne’er-do-wells of early ‘70s Asbury Park, and from there he becomes a superstar. More: Bruce Springsteen on Broadway: James Comey subtweets Donald Trump moment So after years of singing songs about getting out of Continue Reading

New York City terror attack fails to deter tourists flocking to the city for holiday fun

NEW YORK — The men and women selling tickets for New York City bus tours looked forlorn Monday morning.Instead of the Eighth Avenue blacktop in front of them being full of traffic and the sidewalks swirling with tourists, the only vehicles were dozens of fire engines, ambulances and police cars.And tourists were distracted by what was happening a few blocks south: an explosion in a subway pathway below the Port Authority bus terminal in Manhattan's Midtown area.The busiest season in the city had come to a temporary halt.The blast, in which four people, including the suspected bomber, were injured, turned the tourists’ attentions from amusement to variations of bemusement — and anxiety.“I am wondering what this is all about,” said German visitor Dietrich Goettingen of Ulm as he watched the scene from the sidewalk at 45th Street, which is a block from Times Square. “We heard all the noise of the police cars from our hotel and now we find this. I have never seen anything like it.”Goettingen said he was impressed by the speed and extent of the law-enforcement response and that he continued to feel safe in the city.Another tourist, Jenny Owens of Columbia, S.C., was not as calm. “To think something like this happened only three blocks from our hotel is kind of worrying,” she said. “But I guess if something like this is going to occur, it will be in a place like this rather than a small city.”The incident came at a time when New York, and the Times Square area in particular, is especially packed for the holiday season with hotels full of visitors taking in Broadway shows, visiting the huge Rockefeller Center Christmas tree and shopping in stores on Fifth Avenue and other thoroughfares.Despite several terror-related incidents since the 9/11 attacks, tourism in the city has boomed in recent years:  60.5 million tourists flocked to the city in 2016, Continue Reading

New York Rangers defeat Edmonton Oilers 4-2 for 6th win in a row

NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Rangers have gone from an awful start to the hottest team in the NHL, using the man advantage to help them to a season-high sixth straight win on Saturday.New York scored two second-period power-play goals en route to a 4-2 victory against the Edmonton Oilers as the Rangers won their fifth straight at Madison Square Garden.“We went out there tonight knowing that they are a penalty kill that is struggling,” Kevin Shattenkirk said after he extended his point streak to seven games. “We just tried to expose them the best way that we could. We worked for each other to get in the spots that were open and made some good plays.”Rick Nash scored twice, Mats Zuccarello picked up two assists and Pavel Buchnevich had a goal for the Rangers. Henrik Lundqvist made 26 saves and Ryan McDonagh registered an assist in the fourth consecutive game.Jesse Puljujarvi and Connor McDavid each scored as the Oilers fell to the Rangers for the fourth consecutive time.Nash scored the eventual game winner when defenseman Brady Skjei found Nash darting toward the back post at 18:53 of the second period. McDonagh also assisted on the play.“We kind of talked about that play before the game and we knew there’s going to be a chance it would be open,” Nash said of his power-play goal. “Brady and I talked about it and he made a great pass. You just try to build a wall with your skates and your sticks and you hope it hits something. When you get a goalie like Cam (Talbot), we know him pretty well. He challenges hard. He leaves that backdoor play open.”New York jumped in front when Nash and Kevin Hayes completed an odd-man-rush at 12:19 of the first period. Nash extended his point streak to six games against the Oilers. Zuccarello also assisted on the play.“I just look to see what stick the defenseman has, when it’s a lefty on lefty, you just wait for him to move his stick,” Hayes said of the Continue Reading

New York’s best hospitals: New York-Presbyterian Hospital tops U.S. News & World Report rankings in 2013

New York-Presbyterian Hospital is — once again — king of the hospital hill, named the No. 1 medical center in the Big Apple. The hospital — affiliated with Columbia and Cornell, with locations in Washington Heights and the upper East Side — also kept its rank of No. 7 in the nation, according to the latest U.S News & World Report Best Hospitals 2013-2014 survey. “We are very pleased,” said Dr. Steven Corwin, the hospital’s chief executive. “We believe we are one of the premier hospitals in the country and we think this validates that.” Corwin credited New York-Presbyterians’s 19,000 staffers — including 6,000 doctors and 5,500 nurses — for the institution’s consistently ranked top-notch care. The hospital excelled in 15 of the 16 nationally ranked medical specialties — including No. 3 in the country for cardiology/cardiac surgery; neurology/neurosurgery and nephrology; No. 4 in psychiatry; No. 5 in urology and No. 7 in both diabetes/endocrinology and gastroenterology. The rankings also earned them the No. 7 spot on US News’ elite 18-member honor roll list. Only 3% of all hospitals in the country made the honor roll. “New York deserves great healthcare institutions and we are glad we are one of the hospitals able to provide great care,” added Corwin. “It’s ultimately about caring for patients and their families.” Bernadette Hogan, whose 22-year-old son, Nathaniel, underwent a life-saving kidney transplant last year at New York-Presbyterian’s Weill Cornell campus, was not surprised the institution was singled out as the best. “In addition to phenomenal surgeons like Dr. Sandip Kapur and Dr. Joseph Del Pizzo, what is so impressive is the entire team and how responsive, organized and compassionate they are,” said Hogan, a Manhattan therapist. “The transplant Continue Reading

New York’s medical marijuana contracts shrouded in secrecy

Peckham Industries, a politically active road construction company in White Plains, has hundreds of thousands of dollars invested in real estate and other assets connected to a company that received one of New York's coveted licenses to sell medical marijuana, an investigation by The Journal News/ found.But that is where a paper trail linking Peckham Industries to medical cannabis in New York — an industry potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars — runs cold, as questions arise about the state Health Department's oversight of the previously illegal venture.Many details remain hidden about the five companies awarded licenses July 31 to grow and sell the drug, even while thousands of New Yorkers suffering from serious illnesses such as cancer and epilepsy await access to medical marijuana. Planned White Plains medical marijuana dispensary raises concerns Medical marijuana's war against the 'Wild West' State officials have refused to discuss the process they used to pick those five companies, which beat out 38 competitors. Applications and related documents that could shed light on the process have also been withheld, at least temporarily, based on privacy laws.Concerns about New York’s licensing process kept Terra Tech, a California-based medical marijuana company, from submitting an application, said Derek Peterson, president and chief executive officer.“We had much less clarity on many important details in New York, which was the major reason we ultimately decided against applying in this first round,” Peterson said.Terra Tech, which is the first cannabis-based business to be publicly traded, has instead focused on investing in its operations in California, Nevada and New Jersey, he said, adding the company would likely pursue a license if New York’s program eventually expanded beyond five companies.New York Continue Reading