New York

Perpetuating the bias in Ulster County

Ulster County is between Albany and New York City and contains the cities of Poughkeepsie and Kingston. A committee of the County Legislature unanimously endorsed a resolution to schedule a July 11 public hearing on a proposed law to protect people from being discriminated against on the basis of their gender identity.

Hate Criminality

It's something one doesn't see every day. Well, the hate is often visible, but labeling an attack of a transgender person as a hate crime just doesn't happen all that much. Even when a trans woman, usually a trans woman of color, is murdered, investigators have this way of looking for other reasons as to why it happened. Often there is a blame-the-victim mentality.

Last Friday a New York man beat two transgender women in Jackson Heights, Queens as they attempted to enter a McDonald's.

Sunday Train: Is Cuomo Dragging His Feet on the Empire Rapid Rail Corridor?

It's been two and a half years since I started working full time for my University here in Beijing, and in that time, the frequency of the Sunday Train dropped from once a week a week with only the occasional missed week, to a few scattered runs during Semester breaks.

Back in January 2014, more than half a year before I started my job in Beijing, the Draft Tier I Environmental Impact Statement for the New York State Empire Corridor High Speed Rail study was signed off on by Joseph Szabo, then Administrator of the Federal Rail Authority. It was released with a comment period through to March 24, 2014.

So, let's catch up to the current state of play. As Albany's Times Union reported on 8 Oct, 2016:

Although the public comment period on the draft of the study ended April 30, 2014, the final environmental impact statement has yet to be released.

Now, the state Department of Transportation, which led the study, says it hopes to have the final document completed by the end of March, agency spokeswoman Jennifer Post said. The Federal Railroad Administration, at the state DOT's request, has extended the deadline to Sept. 30, 2017.

Well, then, haven't missed much. Join me for a look at what is up with the Empire Corridor, and why the NY DOT has been slow-walking the completion of this report, below the fold.

Hellraisers Journal: Irish of New York City Hold Mass Meeting to Voice Support for Rebels of Dublin

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones
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Wednesday May 3, 1916
New York, New York - Packed Meeting of Irish Society Supports Dublin Revolt

Easter Rising, Irish Republic Flag, GPO 1916.png

Hellraisers Journal: May Day in New York City! Unionists & Socialist Turn Out by Tens of Thousands!

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones
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Tuesday May 2, 1916
From The New York Times: Thousands March Singing Marseillaise

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Hellraisers Journal: New York May Day Parade to Be Led by Locked Out Garment Workers

You ought to be out raising hell. This is the fighting age.
Put on your fighting clothes.
-Mother Jones
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Monday May 1, 1916
New York City - Locked Out Garment Workers to March up Fifth Avenue

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Garment Workers of New York City
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Crowd cheers as Danny Glover introduces Bernie Sanders at Long Island City South Park New York Rally

MONDAY APRIL 18, 2016,
The Day Before the New York Primary

"This is our one moment in history when we can make a choice..as ordinary citizens..on how we're gonna change the world...!" -Danny Glover

"We need a Political Revolution, and you are that Revolution."

EMERSON POLL FAIL (only 3% polled were 18-26!!!!)

Wow, just wow and LOL!!!

The Emerson poll just released shows Clinton with a 15 point lead

They actually put out cross tabs but they bundle up the age groups of 18-34 (only 22%)

But for the record they interviewed 438 registered democrats

and only 15 (FIFTEEN!) did NOT vote in 2012

That means that, even if ALL OF THESE VOTERS WERE AGE LIMITED TO VOTE then the 18-26 age group polled was 3.4%

3 Million Calls for Bernie into New York this Weekend!!!

from reddit

Team: we hit our goal—and then some!

Today, Bernie volunteers made over 1.7 MILLION calls into New York, beating yesterday's incredible total of 1.3 million calls, for a weekend total of over 3 MILLION CALLS in our #TakeNYbyPhone weekend! That's over 1 million MORE calls than our original goal of 2 million calls in 48 hours!

Hamlin Marsh April 16th, 2016

The Hamlin Marsh Wildlife Management Area is about a mile from my house. At some point, I'm not really sure when, the DEC put in a wheelchair accessible hunting blind. The parking area and trail to the blind, as well as the blind itself, are a prime birding area. All a two minute drive from my front door :).

Hamlin Marsh Wildlife Management Area - NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation

Bernie's Magic Carpet Ride T-6: NY Polling Trend Lines


Hello, c99 friends, just got in from the weekly trip into the city. Running behind on everything: darn good thing I got retired; now I have more time in which to run behind on all my projects :=) No time for digging today either. Grr.
Yesterday the classic catch-up "horns" were forming nicely in the respective NY trendlines, but Clinton's has flattened out today. (A new NBC/WSJ/Marist poll included has Clinton 57-40 - in line with their poll earlier and same methodology and error rate - which can be taken with the same grain or two of salt.) Below is the National Dem Race trend lines.

Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge April 14th, 2016

Spring has finally arrived in Central New York. Today was the first of what is supposed to be 4 beautiful days in a row. So it was time to drive out to one of my favorite places in the world for the first time this year.

The Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and the adjacent state owned Northern Montezuma Wildlife Management Area are designated by the Audubon Society as a Globally Important Bird Area.

Bernie's Magic Carpet Ride T-8: NY Polling Trend Lines


Update: New Quinnipiac has Clint0n 53-40. More on that tomorrow.
We're featuring the NY polls every day until the election in 10 days on 19 April. NY has 247 delegates at stake. Plus, the little matter of momentum and narrative.

Bernie's magic carpet hit some turbulence this weekend. His 55.7%-44.3% win in Wyoming wasn't as big as hoped and he lost a bit in the delegate math. And the weekend brought two disappointing polls, although they both had a b it of a thumb on the scale. More below.

NBC Marist Poll shows 7 point Clinton Lead among Registered Dems

I posted earlier about how the "likely primary" voter category necessarily excludes many younger voters.

Interestingly, the just released NBC Marist poll that shows Clinton up by 14 points (+/- 4.2%) in NY among likely primary voters does not show the age breakdowns.

However, it DOES show male vs. female polled

Bernie's Magic Carpet Ride T-9: NY Polling Trend Lines


We're featuring the NY polls every day until the election in 10 days on 19 April. NY has 247 delegates at stake. Plus, the little matter of momentum and narrative.

Bernie's magic carpet hit some turbulence this weekend. His 55.7%-44.3% win in Wyoming wasn't as big as hoped and he lost a bit in the delegate math. And the weekend brought two disappointing polls, although they both had a b it of a thumb on the scale. More below.

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