first_imgMGN Stock Image.ALBANY – A new bill proposed in Albany aims to expose sexual harassment claims in local governments around the state.Supporters of the legislation say the ‘Sunshine Bill’ would require county legislators, and village or town board members to be notified of an alleged violation within one business day.They say in addition to protecting victims, officials must protect taxpayers from types of behaviors that could lead to litigation against a municipality.Furthermore, the bill allows for personnel situations to be addressed privately in order to protect the victim. The bill also has sponsorship in the Assembly. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNY News Now.LOUDONVILLE – A new poll finds that over 60 percent of New Yorkers say recent police killings are “part of a broader patter of excessive police violence toward Black people,” and are not isolated instances.Released by Siena College on Tuesday, the poll found that 81% of people believe that systemic racism in the country is a very (51%) or somewhat (30%) serious problem, while 18% say it’s not very (10%) or not at all (8%) a serious problem.Around 80% of those polled say recent new New York laws to improve policing will be good for the state.However, a majority of New Yorkers oppose reducing police funding and strongly oppose defunding the police, while a plurality supports demilitarizing the police. Some other findings include:More than 80% support: national police misconduct database, federal ban on chokeholds & mental health professionals riding with police on certain callsStrong support for recent demonstrations across the nation, 60-36%When seeing a police officer, 51% of white New Yorkers feel more secure & 13% less Secure; However, 46% of Black New Yorkers feel less secure & 13% more secureEliminating qualified immunity (63-26% support) has strong support from Democrats and independents and small plurality support from Republicans.Viewers can read the full report below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more infolast_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),I will have to read this bill.After all the attacks on conservation and our natural preserves by the Trump administration, I can only imagine what’s in the small print. Pixabay Stock Image.WASHINGTON – The Problem Solvers Caucus has endorsed the Great American Outdoors Act, a landmark conservation bill that will help ensure public lands are protected and preserved.“America’s public lands are some of the most beautiful and majestic places in the world and they must be protected,” said Problem Solvers Co-Chair Rep. Tom Reed (R-NY). “I’m proud to see the Problem Solvers Caucus endorse this bipartisan and bicameral bill that will help ensure public lands across the country are protected today and the years to come.”The bipartisan legislation passed the Senate 73-25 and if signed into law would provide full, permanent funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) at a level of $900 million every year and address the approximately $20 billion maintenance backlog on federal public lands.The Great American Outdoors Act was introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Joe Manchin (D-WV), Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). Problem Solvers Representatives Joe Cunningham (D-SC), Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), Kendra Horn (D-OK), John Katko (R-NY), and Xochitl Torres Small (D-NM) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives. Reps. Cunningham and Fitzpatrick brought the bill to the Problem Solvers Caucus for endorsement where more than 75 percent of the 50-member caucus agreed to support the bill.House leadership announced it will consider the Great American Outdoors Act under a rule on the Floor at the end of July. President Trump has signaled he will sign the bill into law.last_img read more

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pixabay NEW YORK STATE – It’s here! Fall lovers, pack your pumpkin spice, jean jackets, and get ready to head out.I Love NY is reporting the first signs of the state’s colorful fall foliage is appearing in upstate regions, including the Adirondacks, Capital-Saratoga, Catskills, Central New York, Hudson Valley, and Thousand Islands-Seaway.The reports come from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend.Officials are urging travelers to follow state health guidelines, including wearing a face covering and maintaining appropriate social distancing. Here are the current color reports for the week of September 9-15:AdirondacksIn the Adirondacks, Herkimer County spotters reporting from Old Forge in the Town of Webb predict about 20% color change by the weekend, with average leaves of gold and yellow. Spotters in Essex County checking in from Lake Placid predict just 10% color change for the coming weekend with some muted shades of red, orange, and yellow beginning to appear. Spotters at Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington expect about 10% color change this weekend with some bright red, yellow, and orange leaves. The area around Whiteface Mountain should also see about 10% color change with slightly muted fall colors beginning.In Franklin County, spotters in Saranac Lake project a still mostly green landscape by the weekend with about 10% color change including some pops of red and yellow. Spotters reporting from Tupper Lake and Mt. Arab project 5-10% color change as the summer greens are starting the progression to autumn splendor with traces of mustard, goldenrod, and copper. As usual, the soft maples are supplying a sporadic, scarlet splash. Spotters in the Malone area of the county predict up to 10% color change this weekend with some vibrant shades of yellow and red emerging. Spotters reporting from the Adirondacks portion of St. Lawrence County expect 5-10% color change this weekend with average touches of red beginning to appear.Capital-SaratogaIn the Capital-Saratoga region, Fulton County spotters at Lapland Lake Nordic Vacation Center in Northville predict just about 10% color change this weekend, with a few places showing nice touches of dark red and pale yellow leaves.CatskillsIn the Catskills region, spotters in Ferndale in Sullivan County expect no more than 10% color change this weekend, with mostly muted green leaves. In the southeastern portion of the county, spotters in Forestburgh predict up to 15% change by the weekend, with touches of red emerging from the mostly green backdrop.Sullivan County spotters in Ferndale expect 15-20% color change by the weekend, with some touches of yellow and orange beginning to emerge. In Delaware County, look for just over 10% of the leaves to be changed by the weekend, with mostly green leaves, and some fall color just beginning to appear. In Ulster County, foliage spotters reporting from Kingston predict 5-10% color change this weekend with mostly green leaves accompanied by touches of color here and there.Central New YorkIn Central New York, Madison County spotters reporting from Chittenango Falls State Park in Cazenovia predict 10% color change this weekend with some yellow and orange leaves just beginning to appear.Hudson ValleyIn the Hudson Valley, color change is just beginning in Columbia County, according to spotters in Hudson. Look for slightly over 10% leaf transition with some yellow leaves, along with bright splashes of red.Thousand Islands-SeawayIn the Thousand Islands-Seaway region, spotters reporting from Alexandria Bay expect less than 10% color change this weekend, with mostly green leaves. Look for a 5-10% change in color this weekend in Oswego County, according to spotters in Oswego. Average pops of orange and red are appearing, along with plum shades sneaking up along the landscape.Reports obtained from field observers.I Love NY says reports are issued every Wednesday afternoon.You can see the Fall Foliage Report for Week 1 below:last_img read more

first_imgWNY News Now Stock Image.LAKEWOOD – A Village of Sherman man is facing DWI charges after allegedly driving to a local cemetery while intoxicated.Lakewood-Busti Police say Kevin Cole, 56, was found slumped over his steering wheel while parked at Sunset Hill Cemetery on Saturday just before 5:30 p.m.Through investigation police allege Cole was drinking at a local establishment before he drove himself to the cemetery.Police say after Cole failed field sobriety tests he was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated. Officers report a record check revealed that Cole had a pervious DWI conviction in 2015, upgrading his charge to a felony.Cole additionally, police say, has a revoked driver’s license and did not have an interlock device installed in his vehicle. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgMGN ImageLITTLE VALLEY – Three new COVID-19 related deaths were reported in Cattaraugus County on Thursday, bringing the county’s death toll to 50.The Cattaraugus County Health Department says an 80-year-old man, 57-year-old man and 90-year-old man all developed respiratory failure and were unable to overcome their illnesses.There have been 23 COVID-19 related deaths reported in the county in December.Health officials also reported 79 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the county’s total to 2,565 with 504 active. The county’s seven-day average infection rate is up to 9.9 percent; with 46 hospitalizations.Of the total cases, 2,011 have recovered. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_img Star Files Neil Patrick Harris Related Shows No one said it was easy being a transgender rock goddess. Hedwig and the Angry Inch star Neil Patrick Harris stopped by Good Morning America on April 17 (after appearing on the show earlier this week) to speak with Robin Roberts about becoming Hedwig and yes, what it feels like “having a snake down your pants.” The Emmy winner, who was sporting black nail polish, explained the “micromanaging on multi-tasky levels” required for the role. He also revealed that nail polish and glitter are not the only Hedwig-isms that stick around after the curtain call, saying, “fishnets are not cute on your feet…I’m bruised up all over the place.” And what do his kids have to say about Dad’s dressing room? “They think it’s hilarious,” Harris says. “Harper loves the glitter.” So do we, Harper. So do we. Take a look at the interview below, and catch Hedwig live at the Belasco Theatre! Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 View Comments Hedwig and the Angry Inchlast_img read more

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 Pippin With a score by Schwartz and a book by Roger O. Hirson, Pippin tells the story of a young prince searching for his corner of the sky. In addition to Massey, the current cast includes Tony winner Andrea Martin, John Dossett, Charlotte d’Amboise and Rachel Bay Jones. Carly Hughes will begin performances as the Leading Player beginning September 19. The Tony-winning revival is directed by Diane Paulus. Kaufman will make his Broadway debut in the Stephen Schwartz tuner. He was crowned the winner of the sixth season of the NBC hit in May, having been coached by Grammy winner Usher. Related Shows View Comments The Voice Season 6 winner Josh Kaufman will take center stage at the Music Box Theatre as the titular prince in Pippin. Kaufman will begin performances on November 4 and play a limited engagement through January 4, 2015. He steps in for video blogger Kyle Dean Massey, who will take his final bow on November 2.last_img read more

first_img Reed Birney Star Files I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard Show Closed This production ended its run on March 1, 2015 View Comments Related Shows Tony nominee Reed Birney and Nurse Jackie’s Betty Gilpin will explore the eternal struggle of parents and kids finding common ground in I’m Gonna Pray For You So Hard. Written by Halley Feiffer and directed by Trip Cullman, the Atlantic Theater Company production will begin previews off-Broadway on January 7, 2015 and officially open on January 20. The world premiere will play a limited engagement through February 15 at Atlantic Stage 2.Ella (Gilpin) is a precocious and fiercely competitive actress whose sole aim in life is making her famous playwright father David (Birney) proud. Over the course of a boozy, drug-fueled evening, Ella and David deliberate over whether to read the reviews of her off-Broadway debut…and things unravel from there.Birney received a Tony nod for Casa Valentina and has also been seen on Broadway in Picnic and Gemini. Other stage credits include Dreams of Flying Dreams of Falling and Uncle Vanya. He is featured as Donald Blythe on Netflix’s House of Cards. Gilpin plays Dr. Carrie Roman in the Showtime series Nurse Jackie. Stage credits include Where We’re Born, Heartless and Good Boys and True.The production will feature scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Jessica Pabst, lighting design by Ben Stanton and sound design by Daniel Kluger.last_img read more

first_imgCynthia Nixon is once again directing off-Broadway! The Tony winner will helm the world premiere of MotherStruck written and performed by Staceyann Chin, beginning September 24 at Culture Project’s Lynn Redgrave Theater. Opening night is set for October 7.The producers include Rosie O’Donnell, who said in a statement: “[Chin’s] account of growing up alone in Jamaica, without parents, of her plucky and deeply funny perspective about her unlikely survival, and of finding her voice in New York City, moved me deeply.”MotherStruck sets forth Chin’s personal journey to motherhood as a single woman, lesbian and activist who does not have health insurance or a “serious, stable financial set up,” but wants to have a child. Told through Chin’s uniquely personal and poetic lens, this solo show explores how the process changed her life and how she makes peace with what she learns from the experience. View Commentslast_img read more