Gowanus rezoning gets green light

first_img Message* Full Name* Share via Shortlink Bill de Blasiobreakingcity planningGowanusMarisa LagoPolitics Email Address*center_img City Planning Commission Chair Marisa Lago (Getty, Dept. of City Planning)UPDATED, April 19, 2021, 4:30 p.m.: The Gowanus rezoning is a go.Judge Katherine Levine on Monday agreed to lift a temporary restraining order, allowing the proposal to enter the city’s seven-month approval process.The City Planning Commission certified the neighborhood rezoning application Monday afternoon, officially kicking off the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure. City Planning Chair Marisa Lago called the move a “giant step closer” to building a more “inclusive” and “green future” for the neighborhood.“The Gowanus plan is an antidote to the status quo, a status quo that has long put wealthy, amenity-rich neighborhoods under glass and out-of-reach for too many New Yorkers,” she said.ADVERTISEMENTThe move comes three months after the state judge halted the rezoning in response to a lawsuit by community groups. Their complaint accused City Planning of not properly notifying the public of its intention to start the rezoning process and claimed that Ulurp hearings must be in-person under city law.As a condition of the rezoning moving forward, Brooklyn Community Boards 6 and 2 have agreed to a joint hearing, with one outdoor location held simultaneously with virtual proceedings, according to an attorney on the case.“The effort to prevent public participation in the guise of increasing public participation has failed,” declared Ken Fisher, who represents a community that intervened in support of the rezoning moving forward.“The judge properly concluded that she could not block a virtual hearing and that she couldn’t hold the process up any longer,” the attorney said. “She will order the city to have an in-person location in addition for people who don’t have Internet service, but they are well on their way to figuring out the logistics.”The Department of City Planning had announced Friday that Levine might lift the restraining order as soon as Monday. That angered Voice of Gowanus, one of the groups fighting the rezoning, which said the administration “shamefully opted to divulge details of confidential settlement discussions.”In a statement on Monday, an attorney for the group noted that the judge’s order is “provisional and is contingent upon the city meeting certain requirements.”“The court proceeding continues, and Voice of Gowanus will not waver in its fight on behalf of the community to ensure there is increased public participation, access and transparency at any Ulurp public hearings on the controversial Gowanus rezoning plan,” said Jason Zakai, an attorney for the group.To be sure, Voice of Gowanus is also trying to stop the rezoning itself, which it calls “enormous, socially irresponsible, extremely expensive, unjust and developer-led.”The 80-block rezoning would allow for the construction of 8,000 new apartments, of which 3,000 would be set aside as affordable. The administration has not yet committed funding for upgrades to public housing complexes in the neighborhood, which local City Council members have indicated are necessary for them to approve the new zoning.Because the review process takes seven months, any further delay could push its conclusion beyond the end of the de Blasio administration and the tenure of the two City Council members, Brad Lander and Steve Levin, who collectively control its fate.The lifting of the restraining order means the rezoning review can proceed while the lawsuit plays out. Whatever the trial-court judge decides is likely to be appealed, but supporters of the rezoning saw the delay as the main threat to it.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tagslast_img read more

Two Music Pier Shows Rescheduled to 2021

first_imgJackie Evancho will perform in a rescheduled show in May 2021. A concert featuring singer Jackie Evancho at the Music Pier with the Ocean City Pops that originally had been scheduled for May 9, then moved to Aug. 16, will now be held on May 8, 2021, the city announced.In addition, The Doo Wop Project concert at the Music Pier scheduled for Sept. 12, will be moved to Sept. 11, 2021.All ticketholders for these events will receive a full refund. Tickets for the 2020 events will not be honored in 2021. Tickets for the rescheduled events will go on sale later in 2020.All ticketholders will be contacted by email or phone with information about refunds within the next two weeks, according to a city news release.last_img read more

Goshen Health update on Elkhart County coronavirus fight

first_img Facebook Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Google+ Previous articleBowen Center looking to fill more than 100 positionsNext articlePolice searching for missing South Bend man Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Goshen Health update on Elkhart County coronavirus fight CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews (“stethoscope” by PROjasleen_kaur, CC BY-SA 2.0) There is a bit of good news from Goshen Health regarding coronavirus.The health system reports seeing fewer hospitalizations in the past week. However, they say the number of positive cases continues to rise. Doctors are concerned because data has shown that some of these individuals will likely land in the hospital soon.Since March, Goshen Health has completed more than 9,100 COVID-19 tests and an overall positivity rate of 14%.Testing:9,102 tests completed1,163 positive test results (overall positivity rate of 14%)7,076 negative test resultsTest results outstanding: 822 Hospitalizations:Admitted 160Discharged 147Confirmed 13 COVID-positive related mortalities WhatsApp Pinterest By Jon Zimney – July 8, 2020 0 488 Pinterest Google+last_img read more

Seven tips for losing weight — without dieting

first_imgBy slowing down our eating and being more mindful of where our food comes from, we can shed extra pounds without following a particular diet, Lilian Cheung, lecturer in nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), wrote September 25, 2012 in a Huffington Post blog.“It is possible to attain a healthy weight and have a more satisfying life at the same time by simply paying attention to what and how we eat,” she wrote. The editorial director of HSPH’s The Nutrition Source, Cheung co-authored the book Savor: Mindful Eating, Mindful Life with Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh in 2010.In the Huffington Post article, Cheung challenges readers to try seven mindful eating techniques for one week. “My guess: You will be pleasantly surprised and ready for more,” she wrote. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Man pleads guilty in conspiracy to kidnap Michigan governor

first_imgDETROIT (AP) — One of six men charged in an alleged plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has pleaded guilty to conspiracy. Ty Garbin appeared in federal court in Grand Rapids, a few hours after prosecutors filed a plea agreement that’s loaded with details about the operation and his pledge to cooperate with investigators. The deal signed by Garbin says the group discussed an incredible scheme to snatch Whitmer at her lakeside vacation home and destroy a bridge to slow down police. The FBI in October said it broke up a plot to kidnap the Democratic governor by anti-government extremists upset over her coronavirus restrictions. Six people are charged in federal court; eight more are charged in state court.last_img read more

Chautauqua County Fair Postponed Due To COVID-19 Concerns

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) WNY News Now File ImageDUNKIRK – The Chautauqua County Fair’s 2020 season has been postponed until next year due to COVID-19 concerns.Fair President Dave Wilson tells WNYNewsNow this was one of the toughest decisions the fair board has ever made.Wilson says because of continued uncertainty surrounding the pandemic and the reopening effort, the board decided to postpone this year’s event.“According to the Governor’s plan, fairs and festivals are in phase four, well, phase four probably really won’t happen until about the First of July or so, you know there are going to be some stipulations, (and) not knowing what those stipulations are going to be (contributed to our decision),” explained Wilson. “We had to make a decision.” Wilson said efforts like social distancing will likely be impossible in an environment like the fair.Furthermore, officials were running out of time to coordinate activities and hire venders.“We are heartbroken for small businesses, family farms, competitors, exhibitors, and everyone who relies on income and exposure from the Chautauqua County fair,” furthered Wilson. “But that was the decision, it was a tough one, and we made it.”This would have been the 139th fair held in the county. Wilson says this is not the first time the fair was postponed. During WWII from 1942 to 1944 the grounds were used as a prisoner of war camp.In 2021 Wilson says that the fair will be “bigger and better” serving as one of the county’s largest celebrations.last_img read more

Weekend Poll: Which Summer Movie Star Would You Like to See on Broadway?

first_imgThings get a little quiet around the Great White Way during the summer—so instead of seeing a new play or musical every night, the Broadway.com staff is catching up on movies! From Transformers: Age of Extinction to The Fault in Our Stars to Guardians of the Galaxy, this summer has been packed with awesome blockbusters led by some of Hollywood’s biggest stars. So we want to know: Which summer movie star would you like to see make his or her Broadway debut? Cast your vote below! View Commentslast_img read more

Talk to me: Are you prepared for voice banking?

first_imgWhen consumers talk, it’s always a good idea to listen. And right now, they’re talking about voice banking. In response, you should ask an important question: Is our financial institution ready to meet those consumer expectations?The popularity of voice banking – or conversational banking, which includes chat messaging functions – is evident across multiple market indicators, including the most recent quarterly consumer trends survey by Fiserv. The Expectations & Experiences: Channels and New Entrants survey found that half of consumers used a voice-activated device in the past year, with 79 percent of them doing so through their smartphones. The research, conducted in February by Harris Poll on behalf of Fiserv, surveyed 3,116 U.S. adults who used their checking accounts to pay a bill or make a purchase in the 30 days prior to the survey.The survey also found that 8 percent of consumers used a hands-free voice-activated device, such as Amazon Echo or Google Home in the past year. That percentage doesn’t seem so small when you consider the product category wasn’t even widely available until mid-2015. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Broome County to distribute 30,000 masks Monday

first_imgFor a map detailing where cases are located on the county, click here. Check your school district’s website for more information. (WBNG) — Broome County Executive Jason Garnar announced the county handed out 16,000 masks Friday. The county executive says an additional 10,000 masks will be handed out Saturday at the old Macy’s building in the Oakdale Mall and at Otsiningo Park. Broome County April 24 coronavirus update In total, 259 cases of the coronavirus have been reported in Broome County. There are 143 active cases of the coronavirus in Broome County. 17 people have died from the virus and 89 people have recovered. Masks distribution Garnar announced the deaths of two more Broome County residents Friday. center_img One was a male in his 80s and the other was a female in their 70s. On Monday, Garnar says 30,000 masks will be distributed at school-meal sites. Coronavirus numbers Masks can be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Garnar recommends going to these sites early. On Friday, UHS and Lourdes hospitals began taking down their coronavirus-testing tents. Garnar says the reason for the move is because they believe they are “flattening the curve.” He says the hospitals “are not in crisis mode.” Additionally, Garnar says few COVID-19 patients in the hospitals are on ventilators.last_img read more

Dunlop Heywood Lorenz Manchester retail team joins Grimley

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