Equal Access to Diaper Changing Stations

April 09, 2018

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced the passage of legislation in the FY 2019 Budget to ensure equal access to diaper changing stations and to provide lactation rooms in state buildings that are open to public. The policy is part of the Governor's 2018 Women's Agenda.

"New York proudly leads the nation in fighting for the rights of working parents, and by ensuring access to these amenities, we will help ensure all New Yorkers can give their children the care they need at this critical stage of their lives," Governor Cuomo said.


Building on the Governor's record of accomplishments to support new parents and the health of infants, including the strongest paid family leave policy in the nation, the FY1 2019 Budget changes New York's Uniform Building Code to require all new or substantially renovated buildings with publicly accessible restrooms to provide safe and compliant changing tables. This policy applies to businesses, including restaurants, stores and movie theaters, as well as State facilities, like parks and DMV offices.


Changing tables will be available to both men and women, and there must be at least one changing table accessible to both genders per publicly-accessible floor. Building owners or managers must post clear signs directing the public to the location of the nearest available changing table.


Senator Brad Hoylman said, "It's not just moms who change diapers. Dads need to step up and do their part of the dirty work, too.


By including my bill for requiring baby changing stations in both male and female restrooms in the final budget, Governor Cuomo and the legislature are taking an important step in recognizing changing parental norms, including a new generation of gay dads like me who no longer should have to change their babies on the bathroom floor because there's no changing station in the men's restroom. "

9/11 Hero Dies of Cancer At Age 45

March 19, 2018

After terrorists struck the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, a New York ferry captain who later became a city firefighter helped evacuate hundreds of people from Lower Manhattan. Family and friends told the New York Daily News they believe Phelan got cancer from toxic fumes at ground zero.

Mayor Bill de Blasio praised Phelan's heroism and mourned his death in a tweet.

"In our city's darkest hour, @FDNY firefighter Thomas Phelan's heroism saved hundreds of lives," de Blasio said. "We will never forget his service and his sacrifice," he said.


Thousands of people have been diagnosed with cancers linked to the 9/11 attacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's World Trade Center Health Program. Many of the cancer diagnoses are believed to have resulted from exposure to known and suspected carcinogens and pollutants after the attacks.


Among the victims are first responders, emergency responders, recovery and cleanup workers, and volunteers who helped in the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the crash site near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

Five Die In New York Helicopter Crash

March 12, 2018

Footage of the deadly incident, which was posted on social media before the deaths were confirmed, showed the copter progressively losing altitude until it slammed into the water, bounced and tilted over.


A helicopter chartered for a photo shoot plunged into the East River Sunday evening, killing all five of its passengers in a devastating crash. “Mayday, mayday, mayday,” the frantic pilot called to an air traffic controller moments before the splash landing. “East River. Engine failure.”


“There were six people on the helicopter,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro. “The pilot freed himself. The other five did not. The police, fire divers entered the water and removed the other five.”

Nigro said the harnesses designed to be worn for safety may have actually hindered the passengers’ escape. First responders were not only operating in frigid water, but they were working against time inside a helicopter that by the time they arrived had turned upside down.


Investigators concluded that the helicopter was flying too high and the pilot of the Piper PA-32R was distracted by a Teterboro Airport dispatcher and failed to see the chopper, according to National Transportation Safety Board records.


A privately operated tugboat managed to rescue the pilot, authorities said. Police and fire recovered the five passengers.

Young Leaders in Riverhead

Feb. 28, 2018

Educators and parents alike shared in the Riverhead Central School District's Riley Avenue Elementary School's "Leader in Me" pilot program during the school's first Leadership Day on Feb. 7, according to the district.


As part of the event, students utilized new skills they had acquired through the initiative, such as public speaking, eye contact and data tracking, to present attendees with a tour of classrooms that have employed the program, the district added.

Photo courtesy of the Riverhead Central School District.

All of the activities and challenges presented in the program are based on Stephen Covey's books "The Leader in Me" and "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," and Sean Covey's "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids," district officials added.

Harvey Weinstein's

Amagansett Home Sells For $10M

Jan. 24, 2018

According to the report of the sale in Newsday, which said property records indicated the $10 million sale, the film producer's 7-bedroom abode, previously owned by producer and director Barry Sonnenfeld and producer Roy Furman, was purchased under Taisho Holdings LLC.


Within hours of Harvey Weinstein's ousting, A-list celebrities and aspiring actresses came forward in October with allegations of sexual harassment and rape at the hands of one of the most powerful people in Hollywood.


Soon after the scandal broke, Weinstein's home was yanked off the market in Amagansett, according to a post on Realtor.com.


According to Realtor.com, in July, Weinstein and estranged wife Georgina Chapman relisted their gated, 9,000-square-foot mansion for $12.4 million. The home was originally listed for $13.5 million in 2016, the post says.


Weinstein and Chapman originally listed the home because they said they weren't getting out to the East End as much as they would have liked, according to Realtor.com. They purchased the home for $11.65 million in 2014, the post said.


Photo courtesy Realtor.com.

SJC Long Island Hosts Future Of Education Policy Seminar

Jan. 23, 2018

The Center for Community Solutions at St. Joseph’s College (SJC) and the Department of Child Study present “The Future of Education Policy” on Friday, February 9 from 8:30 – 11 a.m. in the McGann Conference Center at SJC Long Island in Patchogue, New York.


The event will feature a panel of distinguished speakers from various areas of education who will discuss the future of education policy in America. Panelists include:

Donald Boomgaarden, Ph.D., president of St. Joseph’s College; Michael Hynes, Ed.D., superintendent of schools for the Patchogue-Medford District; Joseph Lenke ’04, Ed.D., director of social studies, K-12 for Bay Shore Schools, and professor at SJC and Long Island University; Timothy McNiff, Ed.D., superintendent of schools for the Archdiocese of New York; and Laquita Outlaw, Ed.D., principal of Bay Shore Middle School and adjunct professor at SJC Long Island.


“The future of America's education policy is always an extremely important topic, but particularly now,” said Tim Bishop, visiting professor of civic engagement and public service at SJC Long Island. “This group of experts will help us shed light on some of the most pressing issues and what it all means for us, for our children and for our country.”


This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Contact Valerie Esposito at vesposito@sjcny.edu or 631.687.2643.


SJC Long Island is located at 155 W. Roe Blvd. in Patchogue, and is accessible via the South Service Road of Sunrise Highway, just east of Exit 52 (Waverly Ave.).

Statue Of Liberty Will Be Open

Jan. 22, 2018

The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island will be open for visitors, with New York state picking up the tab for the federal workers.


Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement on Jan 21 afternoon. The two sites have been closed due to the federal government shutdown.


Cuomo said the sites are vital to the state’s tourism industry, so the state will spend about $65,000 per day for the federal employees who operate the sites.


“From our point of view, it is a good investment because the revenue we gain from the tourists is multiples of what it will cost to actually pay to open the Statue of Liberty,” he said.


Some owners of tour boat companies told the governor’s office their business had declined about 70 percent since the shutdown began.


The governor said the state will pay for the duration of the shutdown, and the sites will be open every day. New York had the same arrangement in 2013, during the last government shutdown.

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