New Yorker's Multi-Billion Dollar Corporate Welfare For Three Nuclear Reactors


By Jon Campbell for Democrat and Chronicle – ALBANY – A state-approved bailout of three upstate nuclear power plants was the focus of a legislative hearing Monday, but New York’s top energy officials declined to attend. The state Assembly held a hearing Monday on the state’s “zero-emissions credit” plan, which kicks in on April 1 and will require ratepayers across the state to pay several billion dollars over 12 years to keep open the three aging plants, including the R.E. Ginna Nuclear Power Plant near Rochester. The hearing, however, was absent the key decision-makers in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration who were behind the initiative.

New York Protesters Camp Out At Goldman Sachs To Oppose Trump

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By Staff of Reuters – Dozens of protesters gathered outside of Goldman Sachs Group Inc headquarters on Tuesday to rally against President-elect Donald Trump’s picking several former executives of the Wall Street bank for top jobs in his administration. Some of the 50 or so protesters wore swamp-monster masks in reference to Trump’s pledge to “drain the swamp” that he said Washington has become and get rid of special interests. About 20 of them brought sleeping bags, intending to camp outside 200 West Street until Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Goldman Sachs security guards sent employees and guests to entrances on the north side of the building on the rainy evening as protesters unrolled green sleeping bags on the southwest corner.

Pipeline Protesters Have Message For Cuomo


By Mia Summerson for Niagara Gazette – AMHERST — Locals who have been vocally opposed to the construction of a natural gas pipeline and related structures in Niagara Country attempted to get their message to Gov. Andrew Cuomo during his State of the State address on Monday. Despite frigid temperatures, protestors stood outside the University at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts to request that the governor take action by denying the state Department of Environmental Conservation’s water permit for the project. The Northern Access Pipeline, proposed by National Fuel, includes constructing a pipeline between Wheatfield and Pendleton…

Momentive Workers Fight Trump’s Billionaire Appointee Schwarzman

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By Philip Guelpa for WSWS – With the strike of 700 workers against Momentive Performance Materials in Waterford, New York, north of Albany, entering its third month and the plant manned with scab labor, it is clear the company is determined to break the workers’ resistance to sweeping concessions. At the same time, the International Union of Electrical Workers/Communications Workers of America (IUE/CWA), Locals 81359 and 81380, have collaborated in the slow strangulation of the strike. The company is seeking major cuts in health care, pensions and other benefits.

‘Massive Fleet’ Of Buses Now Taking New Yorkers To Women’s March


By Catherine Pearson for The Huffington Post – The Women’s March on Washington is happening. It has permits. It has a starting location. More than 150,000 people have indicated on Facebook that they will be there ― a number that grows by the day. Now march organizers are helping attendees get from New York City to Washington D.C., running what the New York City chapter of the Women’s March described in a statement as a “massive fleet of buses.” The buses will pick up marchers in 56 neighborhoods, traveling 70 distinct routes, and return to the city the same day. Tickets cost $62 (plus tax) round-trip. “It is our highest priority to ensure that this march is accessible for people from every demographic in New York.

Walking Tour Of New York’s Massive Surveillance Network

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By Cora Currier for The Intercept – EARLIER THIS MONTH, on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the lower tip of Manhattan was thronged with soldiers in uniform, firefighters marching with photos of lost friends pinned to their backpacks, and tourists bumbling around the new mall at the World Trade Center. Firetrucks and police cars ringed Zuccotti Park and white ribbons adorned the iron fence around the churchyard on Broadway. Trash cans were closed up, with signs announcing “temporary security lockdown.”

Joining Trend, NY Suspends Review Of Oil Train Terminal Permit

New York regulators have suspended the application of a major oil-by-rail terminal project pending review of potential environmental, health and climate change impacts. Credit: STEEVE DUGUAY/AFP/Getty Images

By Zahra Hirji for Inside Climate News – New York environmental regulators have suspended their review of two proposals to renew and expand operations at a Port of Albany oil terminal until Global Partners LP addresses a laundry list of concerns over environmental, public health, safety and climate change. Officials at the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) told the company in a letter on Sept. 16 it has three months to provide plans for the following…

From Maryland To New York, Kayaktivists Protest Fossil Fuels

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By Staff of We Are Cove Point – Verplanck, NY, and Annapolis, MD – Saturday afternoon, as Spectra Energy prepared to drag its 42-inch diameter, high pressure, fracked-methane gas pipeline under the Hudson River adjacent to Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant, activists boated out on the Hudson to the pipeline site to protest the pipeline project. Spectra Energy’s proposed Algonquin Incremental Market (AIM) pipeline would bring fracked gas from Pennsylvania to New England, despite a report from the Massachusetts Attorney General that shows no need for this gas.

A Muslim Woman Was Set On Fire In New York.

‘All people of faith, Muslims included, should be able to practice their religion freely.’ Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

By Linda Sarsour for The Guardian – Each year, I look so forward to Eid Al Adha – the holiest holiday for Muslims worldwide – but not this year. As I watched my daughters prepare for the celebrations with joy, I learned of a horrific crime. A 36-year-old woman dressed in traditional garb was set on fire on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. She was the same age as me, walking in the city where I was born and raised. This comes at the heels of two Muslim women in Brooklyn who were physically assaulted by a woman as they pushed their babies in strollers.

Report Need To Rein In NYPD Surveillance Of US Muslims

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By Staff of NYCLU – The NYPD Inspector General today released a report that examined the NYPD’s compliance with the HandschuGuidelines — which protect New Yorkers’ lawful political and religious activities from unwarranted surveillance – while investigating a sample of cases closed between 2010 and 2015 that mostly involved American Muslims. The report found that the NYPD failed to adhere to important safeguards that protect people’s rights and the integrity of investigations

New York To Pay $4.5 Million To Settle Police Killing Lawsuit

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By Staff of Reuters – The city of New York has settled for $4.5 million a lawsuit over the 2014 police killing of an unarmed black man in an unlit stairwell that sparked demonstrations around the city, officials said. The settlement comes amid a wave of angry protests that have roiled the United States over the past two years in response to high-profile police killings of unarmed black men, with the most recent killing in Milwaukee unleashing rioting.

New York’s Newest Protesters Are Right: It’s Time To Defund Police

Police departments are clearly failing, and they should be taken over. Photograph: Erik Mc/Pacific/Barcroft Images

By Steven W Thrasher for The Guardian – My professor friend AJ and I led a walking tour of college students earlier this week about protest and policing in New York City. Between our stop at One Police Plaza, where “broken windows” policing was unleashed on our city, and the site of Eric Garner’s death on Staten Island, we stopped at the newest occupation in town at City Hall Park. Mayor Bill de Blasio had just announced police commissioner Bill Bratton’sresignation as we walked through the park, quickly achieving one of the occupying group’s three ambitious goals when they appeared on Monday.

White Plains, NY, Spies On Residents With Drone

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By David Swanson for War Is A Crime – At right is a photo of a drone taken by Sue McAnanama at a July 14, 2016, march, in White Plains, N.Y. Nick Mottern of says, “I just spoke with White Plains Assistant Chief of Police Anne Fitzsimmons who declined to acknowledge whether or not the White Plains Police have a drone much less whether the police used a drone to undertake surveillance of people at the County-wide March for Justice held in White Plains last Thursday, July 14.

How Banks Stole Homes From Most Vulnerable New Yorkers

A foreclosed home up for auction is seen in the Queens borough of New York. (Reuters / Shannon Stapleton)

By Michelle Chen for The Nation – The Great Recession has technically started to recede, but the banks that sparked it have mostly been allowed to walk. Some even prospered in the aftermath. But a jury just hit back against one predatory lender, restoring a little of the confidence in the system that Wall Street stripped away from Brooklyn during the financial crisis.

Meet The Photographer Behind Activists Of New York

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By Jenny Pierson for AlterNet – Cindy Trinh’s photo blog, Activists of New York, covers more than its name might imply. Founded in the spirit of the photo blog Humans of New York (HONY), Activists of New York is not limited by its city or its seeming similarity to HONY. Activists of New York has more in common with photographer Jacob Riis and Occupy Wall Street than it does with HONY. HONY has become so well known that when its founder, Brandon Stanton, publicly spoke out against Donald Trump