340 tax subsidies requested. 340 tax subsidies approved. An I-Team analysis of the Public Authorities Control Board, a little-known but powerful New York State financial regulator, shows the oversight body rarely turns down requests for public money. In fact, between January 2017 and November 2018, the PACB approved $42 billion worth of grants, loans and government-backed bonds. Not a penny of requested money was denied. “All we are doing is throwing money out the door to have a shiny new object located here,” said Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria). “And part of that has been the PACB just rubber-stamping deals without really evaluating them properly.” Top Tri-State News Photos Getty Images Last month, the Democrat-controlled Senate nominated Gianaris for one of three voting seats on the PACB, but Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined to confirm the nomination. It was widely believed Cuomo blocked the nomination because Gianaris fiercely opposed the $3 billion … [Read more...] about Want a Tax Subsidy? This New York State Financial Regulator Almost Never Says No
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The New York State Department of Health has warned public stating that an Australian national diagnosed with measles has visited several attractions, hotels and the Metropolitan Museum of Art from February 16 to February 21, 2018. The Department of Health also informed that the infected person might have potentially exposed measles to others. However, the chances of getting infected with measles are pretty low, especially among people who are immunized. The authority has also asked people without immunization to contact a healthcare provider if they face symptoms of measles which includes, rash, cough, fever, pink eye and running nose. Symptoms of measles usually appear 10 to 12 days after the exposure. The Department of Health also released a chronology of the tourist's travel route. • Feb. 16-19: La Quinta Inn, 31 West 71st St., New York • Feb 16-17: Oasis Bible Tours at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Ave., New York • Feb. 19: Watchtower Educational … [Read more...] about Measles warning issued after Australian tourist visits New York City
By Meredith Goldstein Globe staff Sometimes I hear about a kind of jealousy between people in New York City and Boston. But it has nothing to do with baseball. It’s about a different thing. My single friends in Boston tell me it would be “sooo much easier” to find love if they lived in New York City. Those friends (and some Boston-area readers of my Globe advice column) believe that the dating options would be more plentiful in New York, and that there’d be a better night life scene for meeting strangers. They know for certain there’d be a more diverse dating pool — and perhaps fewer men on apps in TB12 hats. (Not judging the apparel, but that particular look and fandom isn’t for everyone.) Meanwhile, some of my single friends and readers in New York City have wondered whether it might be easier to find a partner in Boston. Those New Yorkers assume that in a smaller city, people might be less transient. Less fickle. They believe that in a … [Read more...] about Which city is better for singles: Boston or New York?
Despite New York City's tough reputation, it appears to have been out-negotiated by Virginia's Arlington County in the 238-city frenzy to snare Amazon's HQ2. That heated competition ended with the announcement Tuesday of two winners for the $5 billion development prize. Each location will get 25,000 jobs with six-figure salaries. Arlington promised $550 million in subsidies for its, while New York will shell out three times that amount. New York state is kicking in $1.5 billion in direct tax credits, $10 million in job-training costs and -- as skeptical Twitter users noted -- the cost of a corporate helipad for the Long Island City site. "Incentives are highly contentious today, but we call them a necessary evil," said John Boyd, principal at the Boyd Co., a site-selection firm that advises companies and municipalities. He pointed out that Amazon passed up a nearly $8 billion subsidy package just across the river in Newark, New Jersey, in favor of Long Island City, in the New York … [Read more...] about Can New York make back its Amazon investment?
Joseph Pisani, Ap Retail Writer Updated 9:09 pm PST, Tuesday, November 13, 2018 A sea gull flies off holding fish scraps near a former dock facility, with "Long Island" painted on old transfer bridges at Gantry State Park in the Long Island City section of the Queens Borough in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. Amazon announced Tuesday it has selected the Queens neighborhood as one of two sites for its headquarters. less A sea gull flies off holding fish scraps near a former dock facility, with "Long Island" painted on old transfer bridges at Gantry State Park in the Long Island City section of the Queens Borough in New York, ... more Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP Photo: Bebeto Matthews, AP Image 1 of / 15 Caption Close Image 1 of 15 A sea gull flies off holding fish scraps near a … [Read more...] about Amazon ends suspense over HQ by picking New York, DC suburb