Share via Shortlink It isn’t unusual for the administration to appoint members to the board last minute. In 2019, Stone was appointed alongside three new public members and a new chair in late April, ahead of the May 7 preliminary vote. The mayor appointed new representatives for owners, tenants and the public in late April 2018, announcing the members one day before the board’s scheduled preliminary vote.Scott Walsh, currently the sole owner representative on the board, is frustrated that the mayor hasn’t named Stone’s successor, saying it “highlights the complete disregard toward owner issues.” He said even if a replacement is named before the hearing, the member is being “set up for failure,” having missed multiple meetings where the board went over reports detailing the state of the city’s rent stabilized housing stock.Landlord groups echoed that sentiment. Jay Martin, executive director of the Community Housing Improvement Program, said the lack of action is “emblematic of how the city has treated the needs of rent-stabilized property owners during the de Blasio administration.”Owners have long criticized research reports put out by the RGB, saying they fail to take into account certain costs incurred by landlords and leave out rent-stabilized buildings with fewer than 10 units. There is also a general feeling among owners that the outcome of the board’s deliberations is preordained, largely by the mayor. When de Blasio called for a freeze on rents last year, groups accused him of trying to steer the board’s decision. Ultimately, the body approved a freeze on one-year leases and a 1 percent increase on the second year of two-year leases.Joseph Strasburg, president of the Rent Stabilization Board, a landlord group, said for that reason, the lack of one owner representative doesn’t really matter.“It is another indication of this administration’s disrespect for the process and its attitude toward the industry,” he said. “This is his last hurrah.”Ahead of Wednesday’s vote, landlord groups are advocating for increases of between 2 and 4 percent on one-year leases and between 3 and 5 percent on two-year leases. Tenant groups are calling for a rent freeze or a 5 percent rollback on rent. During a hearing last week, tenant groups warned that approving an increase would incentivize landlords to reject federal rent relief, given that as a condition of receiving back rent, landlords can’t increase rents for a year.Contact Kathryn Brenzel Full Name* Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)With just three days until its preliminary vote, the city’s rent board is still one landlord voice short.The nine-person Rent Guidelines Board is poised to cast its preliminary vote Wednesday on what rent increases should be permitted on stabilized apartments for one- and two-year leases. The board usually consists of the chair, two tenant representatives, two owner representatives and four members who represent the general public. All are appointed by the mayor.Patti Stone, an attorney with Rosenberg & Estis who was named to the board in 2019, said she gave the city notice of her departure several months ago. Her seat, however, has remained vacant for the board’s meetings and hearings this year.ADVERTISEMENTThe mayor is expected to name a replacement in time for Wednesday’s vote, according to the administration. But a replacement landlord representative doesn’t have to be named for that vote to happen: The board already has enough members for a quorum.Read moreCity board freezes rents for stabilized apartmentsNotorious RGB? Rent panel under microscope during pandemicRent-stabilized housing income fell for the first time in 15 years: report Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Tags Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the date of the preliminary vote. It is slated for May 5. Bill de BlasioMultifamilyRent Guidelines BoardRental Market
View post tag: LCS USS Wichita (LCS 13), the US Navy’s seventh Freedom-variant littoral combat ship, was brought to life during a commissioning ceremony at Naval Station Mayport on January 12.“The LCS, like your favorite mobile device, offers more portability and maneuverability, while being much less conspicuous,” said Cmdr. Nathan Rowan, commanding officer of Wichita. “And, like a smartphone, the LCS packs quite a hefty punch for such a small package.”Wichita has a crew of approximately 70 sailors, and is designed to work close to shore and in the open ocean. The LCS is enabled with the COMBATSS-21 combat management system, built from the Aegis Common Source Library, which drives commonality among the fleet.Wichita is the third ship honoring Kansas’ largest city. It sails with the motto, “Keeper of the Seas.”The first USS Wichita (CA 45), a heavy cruiser, was commissioned in 1939 and served in World War II. The second was the lead ship of Wichita-class replenishment oilers and designated Wichita (AOR 1) upon its commissioning in 1968.There are seven ships in various stages of production and test at Fincantieri Marinette Marine in Wisconsin, where the Freedom-variant LCS is built. The next Freedom-variant in the class is LCS 15, the future USS Billings, slated for delivery this spring. Share this article View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Wichita Photo: Photo: US Navy
Requisition ID: req2940Job Title: Adjunct- Social Welfare & Policy/Introductionto Social Work (Pool)Department: Human ServicesLocation: Columbus CampusEmployment Type: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorEmployment Status: Adjunct/Non-Credit InstructorBargaining Unit: Non-Bargaining UnitFLSA Status: ExemptCompensation Type: ContractCompensation: $52.88 per contact hourSchedule: Hours vary depending upon course assignment. Day,evening or weekend hours.The College Community colleges are uniquely positioned to respond toworkforce needs and make higher education an affordable reality.There has never been a better time to join a two-year college, andthere’s no better place to do it than at Columbus State. A laserfocus on student success and a partnership mindset have establishedColumbus State as a key talent provider in a thriving regionaleconomy, and a premier community college that is changing thenation’s education and workforce landscapes.With more than 46,000 students across two campuses, severalregional learning centers and online, Columbus State is thenation’s only institution recognized as an Achieving the Dream(ATD) college, an AACC Guided Pathways institution, and aparticipant in The Right Signals Initiative through the LuminaFoundation. The College is also a proud partner to over 40 highschools in the Central Ohio area to create pathways from highschool to college that encourage qualified young people to earndual credit – high school and college credit – while they are stillin high school.Columbus State employees benefit from an engaging, collaborative,and supportive culture that rewards innovation and vision. Ouradjunct faculty enjoy competitive compensation and professionaldevelopment opportunities. We are dedicated to ensuring that thediversity of Columbus State faculty and staff reflects that of ourstudents and region. We are proud to be a central part of acommunity that embraces differences and celebrates the manycultures, beliefs, and lifestyles that define Central Ohio. The City Columbus, Ohio is also home to The Ohio State Universityand more than 30 other colleges and universities as well as theheadquarters of multiple Fortune 500 companies. Columbus is one ofAmerica’s fastest-growing cities, offering a wealth of culturalexperiences, dining, entertainment, shopping opportunities, andmore. That’s why Central Ohio residents find living here sofulfilling, both professionally and personally. The Ideal Candidate Columbus State seeks to attract faculty who believe inthe community college mission; who are academically and culturallydiverse; who believe the student comes first, always; and who sharein our commitment to student success. The ideal candidate iscommitted to academic excellence, continuous improvement throughprofessional development, assessment, contributing to program andcourse development, and creating a collegial environment ofcivility, collaboration and open communication. There is a particular need for qualified adjuncts toteach during the day at central Ohio area high schools as a part ofthe Columbus State College Credit Plus program and also at ourDelaware campus and regional centers located in Dublin,Reynoldsburg and Westerville.Position SummaryThe Adjunct – Social Work position provides quality instruction andmaintains a positive learning environment in the classroom, withmajor emphasis placed on teaching, supporting and evaluatingstudents. The Adjunct role provides instruction and monitorsteaching/learning effectiveness in courses assigned by theDepartment Chair, or other leadership members. The incumbent mustexhibit strong organizational skills and the ability to multitaskwhile engaging large groups of people with complicatedmaterial.Core Competencies Required Professionalism, Quality Focus, Managing Work,Communication, Continuous Improvement, Guiding Interactions,Customer/Student/Employee Focus, Positive Approach, Collaboration,Planning & Organizing,ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:INSTRUCTION & STUDENT LEARNINGTeaches assigned courses as scheduled and assumes primaryresponsibility for and exercises oversight of the curriculum inconjunction with the Department’s policies, ensuring both the rigorof programs and the quality of instruction. Considers individualdifferences of students in order to design and support a range ofappropriate learning activities. Participates in the identificationof students with academic or other needs and responds by utilizingan appropriate resource. Uses technology in a manner appropriate tothe nature and objectives of courses and programs and communicatesclearly to students the expectations concerning the use of suchtechnology. Keeps accurate and appropriate records in accordancewith departmental policies.Maintains attendance records, determines and submits grades timely,and in accordance with established policies and procedures of theCollege, and communicates progress feedback as well as otherrelevant information to students throughout the semester.Distributes and maintain accurate syllabi that incorporatesdepartmental, college, cross-college, and instructor requirements.Conducts classes punctually and in accordance with the prescribedmeeting schedule. Employs appropriate assessment techniques tomeasure students’ performance in achieving course goals andobjectives. 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Refers students to appropriate student andacademic support services available at the College or in thecommunity.OTHER DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIESAttend all department meetings and required trainings.Usual Physical Requirements While performing duties of this job, the employeeregularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering information intocomputer. The employee regularly sits, stands and walks forextended periods of time. Employee converses verbally with othersin person and by telephone. Employee occasionally reaches withhands or arms, climbs or balances and stoops, kneels, crouches orcrawls. Employee occasionally lifts or exerts force of up to 10pounds.Working ConditionsTypical office and classroom environment. Regular exposure tomoderate noise typical to business offices.Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:Knowledge of: online instruction techniques and methods; MicrosoftOffice; Blackboard; internet research; online communication andrecord-keeping.Skill in: providing quality instruction; learning technologies andthe use multi-media technology to enhance student learning;instructional planning and presentation; incorporating criticalthinking, effective communication and other general educationoutcomes in course content; effective time management; proficiencywith online communication record-keeping.Ability to: effectively communicate and use interpersonal skills;create engaging learning environments that respect a wide varietyof viewpoints; be sensitive to the needs and concerns of a diversestudent population, socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgroundsand students with disabilities; work independently without ongoingdirect supervision; meet deadlines; perform student learningoutcomes; maintain confidential and sensitive information,including FERPA.Minimum Qualifications:Master’s Degree in Social Work. 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× Water rates in Bayonne are scheduled to rise 3.5 percent in January of 2017, consistent with projections made by the Municipal Utilities Authority in 2015. That’s on top of a 13.25 percent rate increase last year. The 3.5 percent increase amounts to a five-cent increase per 100 gallons, or an average monthly increase of $3.60 per user, according to MUA Director Tim Boyle. These rates are set by the MUA based on a 40-year contract with Bayonne Water Joint Venture, LLC, a partnership between Suez (formerly United Water) and Kohlberg Kravis, Roberts, & Co, a multinational private equity firm based in Manhattan, according to Boyle. The private partnership runs Bayonne’s sewage and water system, including payment collections. Click here for more.Just about everyone has a home on his or her block that seems to have enough lighting for the entire neighborhood. That holiday cheer was rewarded at nine homes this year as more than 50 residents entered the City of Bayonne’s home decoration contest. Winners were selected for each of the First, Second, and Third Wards, with four judges traveling to contestants’ homes from December 19 to December 21, judging by curbside appeal. Judges did not enter the contest. Winners received gift cards to Lowe’s. Click here for more.
City officials want the construction work to wrap up as quickly as possible. By Donald WittkowskiThe neighborhoods between 28th and 34th streets remain cluttered with heavy construction equipment and “Road Closed” signs, but there may finally be an end in sight for a troubled drainage project that has frustrated city officials.Responding to complaints from local residents, Ocean City officials have been trying to pressure the contractor to wrap up the disruptive drainage and road work this month. Related construction on three new pumping stations will likely extend into July, a city councilman said.Fourth Ward Councilman Bob Barr, who represents the neighborhoods within the construction zone, said Thursday he is encouraged by recent talks between the city and the general contractor, A.E. Stone Inc., of Egg Harbor Township.“We’re having a positive dialogue and I’m confident this will come to a resolution shortly,” Barr said.City spokesman Doug Bergen said in a brief statement Thursday that the city “is continuing to work with the contractor to make sure the project gets done as quickly and effectively as possible.” He did not give any dates for completing the work.As negotiations with the contractor continue, Barr remains hopeful that the city’s new interim business administrator, George Savastano, can “iron out the details” for the project’s completion. Savastano was appointed last week by Mayor Jay Gillian after the city’s former business administrator, Jim Mallon, resigned to take a job in the private sector.“I hope the new business administrator is able to work something out,” Barr said. “I’m confident we’ll be able to get the project done in a matter of weeks, except for the pumping stations.”A view of 33rd Street at Simpson Avenue shows a ripped-up road and orange construction cones.Up to this point, Barr has been a vocal critic of A.E. Stone. At the May 24 City Council meeting, he blasted the company and said he believes it should never work again for Ocean City.“The people are frustrated, tired and exhausted. I’m frustrated, tired and exhausted,” Barr said in an interview Thursday.Gillian expressed his anger with the project on May 25 in his weekly “Mayor’s Corner” message that appears on the city’s website.“I can assure you that – aside from the neighbors who have put up with this major construction project for more than a year now – nobody is more frustrated with this failure to meet deadlines than I am,” Gillian said.The contractor is overseeing a $6.5 million road and drainage project designed to ease persistent flooding in the neighborhoods from 28th to 34th streets between West Avenue and the bay.City officials had thought construction would be finished by Memorial Day weekend, just in time for the start of the bustling summer tourism season. However, the work continues to drag on, forcing the neighbors to endure ripped-up streets, detours and noisy construction equipment.One of the neighbors, Sheena DiStefano, who lives at the corner of 33rd Street and Simpson Avenue, called the project “a disaster” during an interview last week with OCNJDaily.com.“It’s absolutely horrible,” DiStefano said while explaining that her 2-year-old daughter, Penelope, has had trouble sleeping amid the rumble of construction vehicles rolling past the house.Construction equipment rumbling down the streets has added to the disruptions endured by neighbors.Barr noted that the neighbors have also had to put up with piles of dirt and trash left behind by construction crews. He said Savastano is working with the contractor on a plan to clean up the area.Construction consists of three major parts, including repaving the streets, installing new drainage pipes to replace some that are 40 to 60 years old and building three pumping stations.The pumping stations, a crucial component of the plan, will help remove storm water from the neighborhoods and channel it to drainage pipes leading to the bay.
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Union GMB is planning to stage a series of protests outside supermarket chains Lidl and Morrisons, over a dispute at Warburtons-owned supplier Giles Foods.The union said the dispute with Giles Foods, owned by Warburtons, was related to breaks and lunchtimes being reduced, because staff now have to change in and out of work overalls in their own time.The GMB said that crowded changing facilities and the position of the clocking machine meant the length of lunch breaks was significantly shortened.Giles Foods is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Warburtons, and manufactures Chelsea buns, croissants and other speciality baked goods, sold as own-label by Morrisons and Lidl.The first protest is set to take place on 10 May at the Lidl store on Barnfield Road, Swindon.On 17 March, GMB members at Giles Food presented the management with a collective grievance signed by the affected staff. The dispute has also escalated, as GMB members presented a further petition to the management concerning the suspension of a shop steward.Looking into itWhen British Baker approached Morrisons, it did not want to comment. Lidl said it would be looking into it.Earlier this month, British Baker reported that Ginsters’ manufacturer Samworth Brothers remains embroiled in controversy surrounding alleged cuts to pay and conditions, which have been made in a bid to offset the impact of the National Living Wage.
William W. Chin has been named the executive dean for research at Harvard Medical School. In the newly created senior position he will have the overarching responsibility of overseeing biomedical research at HMS. Chin, who will start on May 1, comes to HMS from Eli Lilly and Co., where he was senior vice president for discovery research and clinical investigation.In his new role, Chin will spearhead efforts to design and implement a vision for research at HMS, with special emphasis on interdisciplinary research that crosses departmental and institutional boundaries.“There are very few people capable of rising to such a challenge,” Jeffrey Flier, dean of Harvard Medical School, wrote in a letter to the Harvard community, “and it is for this reason that I am thrilled that Bill will be joining the HMS leadership team.”One of Chin’s priorities will be to conceptualize and develop new research initiatives, such as the therapeutics discovery initiative, which focuses on bringing together the enormous expertise within the HMS community to find effective new ways of transforming the world’s most vital biomedical research into therapies that can directly improve human health.To read the full release, visit the Harvard Medical School Web site.
MVP Health Care,Rejecting rate increases initially sought by health insurer MVP after departmental review, BISHCA Commissioner Steve Kimbell approved new rates but only after sending MVP back to sharpen their pencils and reduce their initial request.Kimbell said, ‘MVP’s initial rate filings reflected’inappropriately, we believe’the inherent uncertainty of reliance on high-deductible health care plans. MVP apparently misunderstood the impact of moving so aggressively toward these unpredictable product designs. Vermont businesses and individuals are not going to bear the full cost of this miscalculation.’ MVP had submitted significant rate increases for network-based insurance products, citing unforeseen performance results from new high-deductible products.A high deductible plan requires an insured person to pay a larger amount of his or her own money for care before insurance pays any part of medical bills. The new rates go into effect July 1, 2011.In recent years Vermont health insurance carriers have asked for large rate increases for individuals and small employer groups. ‘This is a trend that has to be fought, not just by the Department but by insurers and providers if we are to have any hope of success in our efforts to achieve real health reform effort in Vermont,’ Kimbell said. Source: Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities & Health Care Administration. May 24, 2011
By Álvaro Algarra / Voice of America January 22, 2020 Problems with the supply of basic services in Venezuela have worsened during 2019, Venezuelans told Voice of America (VOA). They addressed the consequences of living in a country going through a crisis that, in their opinion, has interrupted the supply of public services, such as drinking water, electricity, garbage collection, and gas for residential use.According to Venezuelan residents, the public services crisis went beyond short term solutions during 2019, and has become a structural problem that will require coordinating a series of policies to restore the right path toward providing services.Eighty-year-old Antonia Arraneo who has lived in the country for 60 years, was upset about the lack of the water supply that lasted for more than a month.“They announce that they are working on restoring the water supply, but it’s getting worse, so I ask the government: ‘Where are you sending the water?’ Because all of Venezuela is suffering from water [scarcity],” Arraneo said.Others say that 2019 has been the worst year in terms of services and that the government is now violating the rights of its citizens.“Public services don’t work, none of them, and not only this year . Obviously, if we talk about this year, the situation is much worse, but the provision of public electricity, water, gas for residential use, etc., has been deteriorating for years,” said Libardo Rodríguez, one of those consulted.Silvia Serrano, another interviewee, said that “all Venezuelans deserve to have good services. Here, electricity surges and dips: Our fridges get damaged, our washing machines get damaged. How is it possible that in downtown Caracas, minutes away from Miraflores Palace, we don’t have good services?”