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NYSNYS NEWS WEEK IN REVIEW for August 4-10: Rep. Chris Collins arrested. Molinaro demands investigation of Cuomo campaign. Board of Elections reins in investigations.
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NYSNYS NEWS WEEK IN REVIEW for August 4-10: Rep. Chris Collins arrested. Molinaro demands investigation of Cuomo campaign. Board of Elections reins in investigations.

By Kyle Hughes
NYSNYS News


ALBANY, N.Y. (August 10) -- Rep. Chris Collins is arrested for insider trading. GOP candidate Marc Molinaro demands an investigation of Gov. Andrew Cuomo using his state office for campaign work. The Board of Elections curtails its enforcement investigations. Plus, a look ahead to next week.



COLLINS ARRESTED FOR INSIDER TRADING

MOLINARO DEMANDS CUOMO INVESTIGATION

BOARD OF ELECTION CURTAILS INVESTIGATIONS

POLITICAL NOTES

UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS

A LOOK AHEAD



COLLINS ARRESTED FOR INSIDER TRADING

U.S. Rep. Chris Collins (R-Clarence), the most prominent House GOP member from New York, was arrested along with his son and another associate. All were charged in what prosecutors said was an insider-trading scheme involving an Australian drug company called Innate Immunotherapeutics whose board members include Collins.

Collins and his co-defendants face as much as 20 years in prison if convicted of conspiracy, securities fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to the FBI.

The insider trading allegedly took place after Collins learned of the failure of a drug trial. Prosecutors said he immediately called his son, Cameron, who in turn alerted his fiancee's father, Stephen Zarsky, who also owned stock in the company, as well as others who were not charged.

The group scrambled to sell the stock before the news was made public, avoiding $768,000 in losses. Rep. Collins did not attempt to sell his shares, since he was already under investigation for his involvement with the company. Prosecutors says he lost millions of dollars when Innate's stock price collapsed.

"Congressman Christopher Collins is charged with insider trading and lying to the FBI, as are his son, Cameron Collins, and Stephen Zarsky, the father of Cameron’s fiancée," U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said. "As alleged, Christopher Collins tipped confidential corporate information to his son, who traded on the inside information and passed it on to others, including Zarsky. Zarsky allegedly also traded on the information and tipped others. Representative Collins, who, by virtue of his office, helps write the laws of this country, acted as if the law did not apply to him. These charges are a reminder that this is a nation of laws, and everyone stands equal before the bar of justice. The charges demonstrate again that no matter what the alleged crime, or who allegedly committed it, we stand dedicated to the pursuit of justice, without fear or favor."

Collins is a well known figure in national GOP politics, and was the first member of Congress to endorse Donald Trump for president. Since the election, he has been a fierce defender of Trump and a critic of Democrats. The Schenectady native is a business executive, wealthy investor and former Erie County Executive. He was elected to Congress by defeating then Rep. Kathy Hochul, who is now New York's lieutenant governor.

Following his arrest, Collins was stripped of all his committee assignments by House Speaker Paul Ryan. The Buffalo News reported that GOP leaders were angry and upset with Collins, who vowed to fight the charges and continue his re-election campaign.

Collins is facing off in the NY27 race against Democratic nominee Nate McMurray, a local official who lives in Grand Island just outside the district.

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MOLINARO DEMANDS CUOMO INVESTIGATION

GOP candidate Marc Molinaro called this week for an investigation of whether Gov. Andrew Cuomo used taxpayer resources to run his 2014 re-election campaign. He cited cited testimony indicating that Cuomo's top aide Joe Percoco worked out of the governor's office in New York City when he was on a leave of absence from his state job to work as the campaign manager.

Molinaro tried to file a complaint with the NYPD precinct, but was told to contact the attorney general's office. He subsequently filed a complaint there.

Molinaro's campaign said Cuomo "broke at least two criminal laws over a period of more than two months in 2014, Official Misconduct and Theft of Services under New York penal law 165.15 sub. 5, in authorizing and/or directing his then campaign manager, Joseph Percoco, to run thousands of dollars worth of campaign activities out of Mr. Cuomo’s government offices, during which Mr. Cuomo had $35 million in his campaign account. Mr. Percoco, who was convicted on federal bribery charges earlier this year and is now awaiting criminal sentencing, was given an office directly adjoining the governor's, 24/7 security access to the governor’s suite, and full office personnel and services, made at least 837 telephone calls over a period of 68 days on the public’s dime, it was documented both in trial testimony and unchallenged news reports. It was also shown that Mr. Cuomo and Mr. Percoco were at the office on the same days during the same hours, in case after case."

"Governor Cuomo had $35 million in the bank, yet he used taxpayer dollars to house and accommodate his 2014 campaign manager to save money and inconvenience -- that’s called stealing," Molinaro said. "A prime midtown office suite with 24-hour security access, executive services, and full internet and telephone access would cost an ordinary civilian thousands of dollars a month. Mr. Cuomo clearly didn’t want to pay that in renting Mr. Percoco a separate office within his building, so he used our money. I’m not alone in saying a crime was committed here; the question is whether anyone in New York law enforcement will do something about it. That’s yet to be seen."

Cuomo has said Percoco was engaged in transition work and he knew nothing of any illegal activities on his part.

The complaint came as Molinaro also compared Cuomo to "a Putin on the Hudson," calling him a "megalomaniac" for attacking Charter Spectrum and one of its NY1 news reporters.

Polls put Cuomo far ahead of Molinaro as well as his Democratic primary challenger, Cynthia Nixon. He has mostly ignored them in favor of criticizing President Donald Trump and the NRA, but did take a shot a Nixon his week for her suggestion that public employees be permitted to go on strike.

He said give police, firefighters and transit workers permission to strike would cause "chaos." Nixon's campaign later said that the the proposal was aimed at the teachers unions and other non-public safety workers.

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BOARD OF ELECTION CURTAILS INVESTIGATIONS

The state Board of Elections voted this week to regain control over any investigations launched by staff.

By a 3-1 margin, they voted to restrict the ability of Chief Enforcement Counsel Risa Sugarman to issue subpoenas on her own. The counsel will have make a case for why a subpoena is necessary and the board will have the power to modify or quash the subpoenas.

"The commissioners have granted to themselves the authority to determine what is relevant and material, who shall be investigated and what information may be obtained," Sugarman told reporters, according to the Times Union. "Under these rules the commissioners control the course and content of the investigations."

The investigation post was created in 2014 as part of a deal between Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators that also including shutting down the Moreland Commission that was investigating corruption in the Legislature and governor's office.

Cuomo said this week he opposed the plan to weaken the enforcement counsel's powers.

The move was condemned by the League of Women Voters and Attorney General Barbara Underwood. "Our partnership with a strong, independent Enforcement Counsel has allowed us to hold public officials to account for breaking campaign finance laws and cheating New Yorkers," Underwood said in a press release. "With today's vote, that work is jeopardized by potential political interference in law enforcement investigations."

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POLITICAL NOTES

HOCHUL AD ATTACKS WILLIAMS: Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul drew a backlash for an ad that said Jumaane Williams was unfit to serve in public office because he has significant debt and owes back taxes. Williams's defenders said that he was in the same situation that many other New Yorkers face. The ad came as Williams was convicted of civil disobedience in a protest defending immigrants. Hochul is facing what most expect will be a close race in the Democratic primary, since Williams is a well known activist as well as a New York City council member.

CHARGES AGAINST SEN. SAMPSON: A federal appeals court reinstated embezzlement charges against former Senate Democratic leader John Sampson, who is now in federal prison on corruption charges. He was charged with skimming off money from real estate funds he had access to as a court appointed monitor, the New York Post reported. He is not scheduled to be freed until 2021 and it was not clear if he would face a new trial for embezzlement.

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UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS:

PARTY COMMITTEES
NYS GOP Committee, August 15, event with Sean Spicer, Julie Chlopecki residence, 85 Union Ave., Saratoga Springs 5:30 p.m. $85-$125
Lewis County GOP, August 15, family picnic, Whittaker Park, Martinsburgh, 5:30 p.m. $15-$35

HOUSE
Claudia Tenney, August 14, event with President Trump, undisclosed location in Utica, 4:30 p.m. $1,000-$15,000
Anthony Brindisi, August 14, counter-fundraiser to Trump event, Chesterfield Restaurant, Utica $10

SENATE
George Amedore, August 13, Pinehaven Country Club, Guilderland, 11 a.m. $300-$1,100
Dave Valesky, August 13, Kanon Valley Country Club, Oneida, 11 a.m. $500-$1,500
Patty Ritchie, August 16, Ives Hill Country Club, Watertown, 10 a.m. $175-$700

ASSEMBLY
Mary Beth Walsh, August 15, National Museum of Racing, Saratoga Springs 5:30 p.m. $150
RACC, August 16, Yankees vs. Tampa Bay, Yankee Stadium, 1 p.m. $700

[CLICK HERE] to submit a fundraiser listing.

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A LOOK AHEAD

TRUMP UPSTATE: Monday, President Donald Trump will join Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) at Fort Drum to sign the annual National Defense Authorization Act. Tuesday, he will attend a fundraiser for Rep. Claudia Tenney. Invisible Mohawk Valley has announced an "epic protest" in Liberty Bell Park in Utica, near two hotels that may host the fundraiser.

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SHARPTON GROUP VIGILS: National Action Network (Nan) To Lead Citywide “Occupy The Streets” Effort To Bring Awareness To Senseless Violence In Communities Of Color. National Action Network leaders will sleep in the streets overnight to raise awareness about rising violence throughout the Five Boroughs
 
WHO:
Minister Kirsten John Foy, NE Regional Director, NAN
Rev. Kevin McCall, National Crisis Director, NAN
NAN Youth Huddle & Local Activists
WHAT:
NAN leaders to march from each location at 7:00 p.m. in respective borough and will sleep in streets overnight to raise awareness about growing threat of violence throughout NYC
WHEN:
**All stops to begin at 7p.m.**
  
August 11, 2018
Cypress Hills Project
Fountain & Sutter Aves.

August 12, 2018
Manhattan Polo Grounds
155th St. & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
New York, NY 10039

August 13, 2018
Manhattan Polo Grounds
East 110th St. & Park Ave.
New York, NY 10029
 
August 14, 2018
Jersey St. & Winter Ave.
Staten Island, NY 10301
 
August 15, 2018
Tompkinsville Park
Bay St. & Victory Blvd.
Staten Island, NY 10301

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SARATOGA RACING:

SATURDAY, AUGUST 11
Fourstardave, Adirondack and Fasig-Tipton Lure: The headlining Grade 1, $500,000 Fourstardave will be accompanied by the Grade 2, $200,000 Adirondack. The card will also include the $100,000 Fasig-Tipton Lure rescheduled from Whitney Day.
NYRA Bets Seminar: Join host Pete Fornatale with Hall of Fame jockey Angel Cordero, Jr. and handicappers Jake Ballis and Jonathon Kinchen for a special seminar at the NYRA Bets Simulcast Center, located on the second floor of the Grandstand near The Stretch. The seminar begins at 11 a.m.
Fourstardave Challenge: Saturday marks the second in a pair of live money challenges which will occur as two separate one-day contests. The Fourstardave Challenge on Saturday will guarantee a first-place payout of $25,000, as well as awarding the same entries as on Friday. The challenge will consist of wagering exclusively on Saratoga races through the following pools only: Win, Place, Show, Exacta, Trifecta, Quinella and Daily Double. Friday is a $2,000 minimum buy-in. For more information about the Saratoga Challenges, visit NYRA.com/Challenge. 
Fashion Saturdays: Designed to showcase the tradition of style in thoroughbred racing, Fashion Saturdays will feature women's and men's apparel and accessories from local retailers, as well as a selection of home décor, spa care and jewelry items at the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Woodford Reserve and Jeff Brisbin at the Jim Dandy Bar: Guests are invited to the Jim Dandy Bar to sample Woodford Reserve Saratoga Personal Selection, crafted exclusively for racing fans at the Spa, from 2 to 4 p.m.
Ketel One Saturdays at The Post: The fun will continue each Saturday of the season with the Ketel One Saturdays at The Post. Fans are invited to sample the new Ketel One Botanicals from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
The Last Race Showcase at The Stretch: NYRA invites fans who are in attendance on Whitney Day to experience The Stretch for free from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Stretch is Saratoga's exclusive new hospitality area located in the Grandstand at the Top of the Stretch. There will be food and drink specials and live DJ entertainment. Fans can enjoy the new amenities at The Stretch, including a private bar, concessions, hi-def video screens and televisions, and dramatic views of the Stretch run.
Community Outreach Booth: The Community Outreach Booth will host TAKE THE LEAD, which was launched by the New York Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association to find homes for retired racehorses. TAKE THE LEAD partners with established aftercare programs to provide rehabilitation and retraining placements for thoroughbreds retiring from competition on the New York circuit.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
Saratoga Special and Fasig-Tipton Waya: Sunday will feature the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special, presented by Miller Lite, and the Grade 3, $200,000 Fasig-Tipton Waya rescheduled from Whitney Day.
SaraYoga: Racing fans will be able to enjoy the tranquility of SaraYoga, a one-hour yoga session, which also includes brunch, a complimentary mimosa or Bloody Mary, admission and gratuity. The yoga session will begin at 8 a.m. and yoga mat rentals will be available. Those interested can purchase tickets by calling the NYRA Box Office at (844) NYRA-TIX
Low Roller Challenge: Sunday will include the Low Roller Challenge which allows aspiring handicappers the opportunity to experience the thrill of tournament play for $40, with $30 going towards live bankroll and $10 to the prize pool. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.
Taste NY: Food and Artisans: Each Sunday of the season will welcome guests to a lively on-track market of numerous food and artisan vendors featuring products made exclusively in New York State. The market will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion
Community Outreach Booth: The Community Outreach Booth will host The Joseph Ahmed Foundation, which aims to promote treatment and cure of Ewing's Sarcoma and other sarcomas by funding research, promoting the development of treatments, developing awareness, and providing support for patients and their loved ones.

MONDAY, AUGUST 13
Saratoga Dew (NYB): The day's feature is the $100,000 Saratoga Dew for New York-bred fillies and mares. 
Berkshire Bank Family Mondays: Monday will be highlighted by Berkshire Bank Family Mondays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Coca-Cola Saratoga Pavilion. Free Jockey Autograph Books are available for children while supplies last. All kid-friendly games and activities, including the opportunity to pet a retired thoroughbred, are free of charge, with the exception of one designated activity which carries a suggested donation to benefit a local school or PTA. This week's beneficiary is Stevens Elementary School in Ballston Lake. Berkshire Bank Family Mondays takes place just across from the Berkshire Bank Family Zone, an interactive play area featuring games, attractions, an Adirondack-style chair and Berkshire Bank charging station. The Berkshire Bank Family Zone is open every day of racing during the Saratoga season.
Low Roller Challenge: Monday will include the continuation of the Low Roller Challenge which allows aspiring handicappers the opportunity to experience the thrill of tournament play for $40, with $30 going towards live bankroll and $10 to the prize pool. Registration begins at 11 a.m. near the Fourstardave Sports Bar.
Community Outreach Booth: The Community Outreach Booth will host Friends of Moreau Lake, which partners with New York State Parks to enhance the experience for every visitor with education, events, and stewardship.

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ESPAILLAT EVENT: Saturday, August 11th at 10:00 a.m., Representative Adriano Espaillat (NY-13) will host a ceremony in honor of New York City Councilman Stanley Michels to rename the United States Post Office facility located at 4558 Broadway the “Stanley Michels Post Office Building.”
Stanley E. Michels was born in Manhattan and served as a New York City councilman from 1978 through 2001. He was elected to the City Council a total of seven times to represent District Six which includes Washington Heights, West Harlem, Inwood, and parts of Morningside Heights and central Harlem. 
During his tenure, Mr. Michels made significant contributions to environmental reform in New York City and was a key sponsor of the Clean Indoor Air Act, the city’s first law regulating smoking in public places. In 1982, he sponsored Local Law I, the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Act, making the presence of peeling lead-based paint in apartments housing children under 6 one of the most serious violations of the city housing code. Mr. Michels was also instrumental in repairing and renovating parks throughout the city, particularly in Northern Manhattan:  Ft. Tryon Park, Inwood Hill Park, Highbridge Park and Public Swimming Pool, Bennett and Isham Parks. 

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ENCON FISH COUNT: The 7th annual Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count will take place at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson from the Capital Region to New York City on Saturday, August 11. During this family-friendly event, participants are invited to explore the wide variety of slippery, wriggly, and fascinating creatures usually hidden below the river’s surface. Sponsored by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Hudson River Estuary Program, the Great Hudson River Fish Count takes place at multiple sites along the banks and piers of the Hudson from the Capital Region to New York City.
When: Saturday, August 11, 2018. Times at specific sites vary according to the tides and are listed below.
Where: More than 19 sites along waterfronts from Hudson River Park Pier in Manhattan to Peebles Island State Park at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk Rivers in Waterford. (The schedule below indicates the sites, from south to north.)
Why: A primary goal of DEC’s work is to connect New Yorkers to nature. This annual event offers participants firsthand experience on the tidal Hudson River, with its diverse fishes and habitats influenced by tides, currents, and salinity.
A list of participating sites follows. For more information, visit the Great Hudson River Estuary Fish Count page on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/lands/97891.html. While there, watch a clip about seining in the Hudson River on DEC’s YouTube Channel. For more information email hrep@dec.ny.gov or call (845) 256-3115.
Sites and participating organizations (south to north):

Brooklyn
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 4: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy
Manhattan
Hudson River Park Pier 25: 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.; minnow pots & crab traps, rod and reel at West St & North Moore St., end of the pier; Hudson River Park Trust
Riverside Park, Manhattan: 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.  Seining, 66th and Hudson River. Sloop Clearwater
Randall's Island Park: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.; seining on Harlem River north of pedestrian bridge from Manhattan at 103rd St.; Randall's Island Parks Alliance
Staten Island
Freshkills Park: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; rod and reel, meeting at the southern end of the LA Fitness parking lot located at 145 E Service Rd, Staten Island, NY 10314.  Pre-registration required; please contact Cait Field cait.field@parks.nyc.gov
Yonkers
Habirshaw Park: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.; seining at 35 Alexander St, 1 block from Yonkers Metro North Station (Hudson Line); Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at Beczak
Piermont
Piermont Pier: 12:30 - 2:30 p.m.; seining at blockhouse at pier's end; Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University
Sleepy Hollow
Kingsland Pt. Park: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.; seining at Kathryn W. Davis RiverWalk Center; Teatown Lake Reservation
Croton on Hudson
Croton Point Park: 3:00 - 4:30 p.m.; seining at Mother's Lap waterfront just west of swimming beach; Westchester County Parks Department
Cold Spring
Little Stony Point: 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.; seining at north end of Sandy Beach; Steve Stanne
New Windsor
Kowawese Unique Area/Plum Point: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.; seining on county park beach; Hudson River Estuary Program/Hudson River Almanac
Beacon
Long Dock Park: 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.; seining; Scenic Hudson
Poughkeepsie
Waryas Park: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; seining at north south end of park near Main street traffic circle; Scenic Hudson
Staatsburg
Norrie Point: 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.; seining next to Environmental Center; Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve Kingston
Kingston
Kingston Point Beach: 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.; seining; Hudson River Estuary Program.
Castleton-on-Hudson
Schodack Island State Park: 11:00 a.m.; seining at boat launch; River Haggie Outdoors/Rensselaer Land Trust
Albany
Corning Preserve: 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; seining on boat ramp, fish display from DEC boat catch; DEC
Waterford
Peebles Island State Park: 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; seining just east of bridge to Waterford. DEC/Mohawk River Basin Program/Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and volunteers

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CUOMO BILL PRESS CONFERENCE:   Wrongfully convicted New Yorkers, who served a combined 278 years incarcerated due to prosecutorial misconduct; Assembly Member Nick Perry; and representatives of a broad-based coalition of over 100 international, national, statewide and regional organizations, municipalities, unions, judges and lawyers will call on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation (S2412D and A5285C) that would establish a national precedent with a New York State Commission on Prosecutorial Conduct. This legislation passed both houses of the Legislature with bipartisan support earlier this year. On August 8th, the Senate delivered the bill Governor Cuomo's desk, giving him until Aug. 20th to sign or veto it.
What: Press conference and rally calling on New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign legislation that would establish a commission on prosecutorial conduct.
 
Who: Seven Exonerees, It Could Happen To You, New York Assembly Member Nick Perry - Chair of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic & Asian Legislative Caucus, New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, The Legal Aid Society, Innocence Project, The Bronx Defenders, Brooklyn Defender Services, VOCAL-NY, JustLeadership USA, The Katal Center, and other stakeholders.
When: Monday, August 13, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.  
Where: Outside of the Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse 40 Centre Street, New York, NY 10007

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DINAPOLI SCHEDULE:

Monday, Aug. 13
State Comptroller DiNapoli is in NYC.

Tuesday, Aug. 14
State Comptroller DiNapoli is in NYC.

Wednesday, Aug. 15
State Comptroller DiNapoli is in Albany.

Thursday, Aug.  16
State Comptroller DiNapoli is in Albany and on Long Island.

Friday, Aug. 17
State Comptroller DiNapoli is in NYC.

Saturday, Aug. 18
State Comptroller DiNapoli is on Long Island.

Sunday, Aug. 19
State Comptroller DiNapoli is on Long Island.

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ENCON LISTENING SESSIONS: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Department of Transportation (DOT), and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced seven listening sessions in locations across the state to help advance a cleaner, safer, and more reliable low-carbon transportation future. In his 2018 State of the State address, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed DEC, DOT, and NYSERDA to advance the State’s transportation future by sponsoring a series of discussions with key stakeholders to promote a public conversation around low-carbon transportation policy development.
The clean transportation listening sessions are designed to engage stakeholders with diverse interests and concerns in discussion of the economic and social considerations for deploying clean transportation options, opportunities to enhance environmental and public health benefits through a modernized transportation system, how innovative, low-carbon transportation can enhance quality of life and boost economic competitiveness, and what policies and programs may help advance a clean transportation future.Clean Transportation Listening Sessions are scheduled for:

Hudson Valley
August 13, 2018 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
SUNY New Paltz Student Union Multipurpose Room, 1 Hawk Drive, New Paltz, NY 12561
REGISTER - https://bit.ly/2NTkyHG
 
Western New York
August 16, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Erie Community College North Campus Cafeteria, 6205 Main Street, Williamsville, NY 14221 
REGISTER for a.m. - https://conta.cc/2ApQXEb
REGISTER for p.m. - https://conta.cc/2v5zED5
 
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HEALTH DEPARTMENT MEETINGS: The New York State HIV Advisory Body (HAB) will meet on August 15th at 10:30 a.m. and on August 16th at 9:00 a.m. at the TRYP Hotel by Wyndam, 345 West 35th Street, New York, NY 10001.
The HAB is an advisory body to the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute. It is constituted to serve as a forum to draw from the expertise and experiences of consumers, providers and community members to provide advice on service needs, affected populations and emerging issues related to HIV prevention, health care and supportive services throughout New York State. The HAB serves to identify and address prevention and health care needs and gaps of HIV infected/affected populations with an emphasis on linkage, retention and viral suppression.
Advisory Body members represent all geographical areas of the State. Membership is representative of individuals living with HIV, others who have been or may be affected by the epidemic, as well as HIV/AIDS service providers, technical experts, and representatives of government agencies.
For further information or to register to attend the meeting, please contact the New York State Department of Health, AIDS Institute, Office of Planning and Community Affairs at (518) 473-8484.

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ESDC EVENTS:

Meeting of the Directors of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corporation (ECHDC), an ESD subsidiary.
When:           Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.
Where:         Empire State Development
Main Conference Room
95 Perry Street – Suite 500
Buffalo, NY 14203

Western New York Regional Economic Development Council to Hold Tour and Public Meeting Monday in Olean. A downtown tour of the City of Olean, a 2018 Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) awardee, followed by a public meeting of the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council (WNYREDC). 
The city and its leaders, including Mayor William Aiello and WNYREDC Co-Chair Jeff Belt, will lead a 10 a.m. tour of downtown Olean and the revitalization taking place in the city.  The tour will highlight REDC investments in projects planned and underway, as well as projects supported by the city’s Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) award.  Read more about Olean’s DRI award here. A REDC meeting will take place at 1 pm. 
Where:          Old Library Events
116 South Union Street
Olean, NY 14760
When:            Monday, August 13
9:45 a.m. – Meet at Old Library Events in Olean
10 a.m. to noon – Tour of Downtown Olean (**to ensure there is room on the bus, media must RSVP to Laura Magee by 4 p.m. on Friday, August 10)
1-2:30 p.m. – REDC Meeting at the Old Library Events

Meeting of the Directors of the USA Niagara Development Corporation, an ESD subsidiary.
When:          Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Where:         USA Niagara Development Corporation
Giacomo – 222 First Street, 7th Floor
Niagara Falls, NY 14303

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LCA PRESS CONFERENCES: None scheduled.

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LEGISLATIVE HEARINGS: Aug. 13 Joint -- Senate Standing Committee on Labor Senate Standing Committee on Economic Development
Sponsors: Senator Frederick J. Akshar II and Senator Patty Ritchie
Co-Sponsors: Senator Betty Little, Senator George A. Amedore, Jr., Senator Terrence Murphy, Senator Sue Serino, Senator Elaine Phillips, Senator Pamela Helming
Public Hearing:
To examine the Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises program, and consider potential legislative solutions to create a more effective and efficient program to enhance New York's business climate
Place:
Symposium Hall, Binghamton University, Center of Excellence Building, 85 Murray Hill Road, Vestal, New York
Time:
1:00 P.M.
 
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