Northeast legal services rocks

first_imgDear Editor: Located near the Hudson County Court House this legal organization helps countless low income individual, from appellant cases involving Food Stamps, SSI and Unemployment Benefits, to Landlord/Tennant cases.Recently, my lawyer Kirk Stadnika accompanied me to Landlord/Tenant court and was instrumental in resolving some of the complicated issues at hand. Had I handled matters myself, no doubt the landlord and his lawyer would have taken complete advantage of the situation. The outcome could have been disastrous.Also want to give a shout to Gregory Diebold, the head of Jersey City Division. Last year he accompanied my neighbor to a property tax appeal. This involved the Hoboken rent and Stabilization Board and his presentation was on point and top notch.Legal services also help qualified low income individuals with tax return and bankruptcies.Thanks guys on a job well done! Eric D. Garrisonlast_img read more

Mother Jones wins Shorenstein Center’s 2017 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

first_img Read Full Story Cambridge, Mass. — The $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School has been awarded to Shane Bauer of Mother Jones for his investigative report “My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard.”Bauer spent four months working as a guard to get a deep look inside the secretive world of private prisons, exposing mismanagement. Within a few weeks, the Department of Justice announced it would end its use of private prisons and the Department of Homeland Security said it would consider doing the same.“The judges agonized over this year’s decision,” said Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele. “Ultimately, the Mother Jones piece was an exceptional piece of reporting that deserved special attention and recognition. It was a brave and unusual story, full of challenges that were deftly navigated in the finest tradition of deep reporting.”Additionally, the Shorenstein Center awarded the Career Award for Excellence in Journalism to Jorge Ramos. The Goldsmith Book Prizes were awarded to James T. Hamilton for Democracy’s Detectives: The Economics of Investigative Journalism and David Greenberg for Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency.The five finalists for the Investigative Reporting Prize were The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, and The Wall Street Journal.last_img read more

Governor Wolf: U.S. Withdraw from Paris Climate Accord Would Hurt Pennsylvania’s Economy, Health

first_img Energy,  Environment,  National Issues,  Press Release,  Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today reiterated his call for President Trump to remain in the Paris Agreement on climate change, which was signed by every country in the world besides Syria and Nicaragua.“I urge President Trump not to abdicate the United States’ global leadership and seat at the table on climate change – a pressing issue for Pennsylvania’s economy, especially energy, agriculture and tourism, and our resident’s health,” Governor Wolf said. “Pennsylvania is an energy leader and addressing emissions presents opportunities for Pennsylvania’s natural gas, renewable energy and energy efficiency industries to grow and create new jobs.“Many of America’s largest corporations – from energy to technology – agree with environmental advocates, faith leaders and scientists that staying in the Paris agreement is the right choice for America. We cannot ignore the scientific evidence and economic significance of climate change and put our economy and population at risk.”In 2015, the Pennsylvania Climate Impacts Assessment Update, prepared by Penn State University professor Dr. James Shortle, warned of serious consequences of climate change for Pennsylvania residents, industries and communities.Some key takeaways from the report include:Climate change could worsen air quality: increasing pollen concentration, mold concentration, and ground-level ozone, causing longer allergy seasons, aggravating asthma, and increasing mortality among at-risk populations.Vector-borne diseases like West Nile virus and Lyme disease could increase due to more favorable conditions for mosquitoes and deer ticks.Increased precipitation in many parts of the state could lead to higher flood risks and threaten safe drinking water supplies.Warmer temperatures will bring more favorable conditions for agricultural pests like weeds and insects.Severe storms – strengthened by warmer temperatures – could affect reliable electric service and threaten current electric infrastructure. Governor Wolf: U.S. Withdraw from Paris Climate Accord Would Hurt Pennsylvania’s Economy, Health SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img June 01, 2017last_img read more

Western Connecticut running back McKoy sets single-game rushing record

first_imgOctavias McKoy found his speed playing flag football when he was 4 years old. Even then, he was rarely stopped.He carried that with him through college and into his record-setting 455-yard day.On Saturday, McKoy, a senior running back at Division III Western Connecticut State University, broke the NCAA single-game rushing record in a 55-35 win against Worcester State. He carried the ball 43 times and scored five touchdowns on runs of 15, 1, 41, 53 and 71 yards. He couldn’t be stopped.“There won’t be another game where he doesn’t get the ball at least 25-30 times,” Western Connecticut head coach Joe Loth said.The previous mark, 441 yards, was set by Dante Brown of D-III Marietta College in 1996.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’ve been playing college football since 1869 and nobody in its history has rushed for more than he has in a game. No one. Not in 130 years,” Loth said.At the end of the first half at Worcester, McKoy had already rushed for more than 200 yards, exceeding his single-game numbers from earlier in the season. And he more than doubled that number by the end of the game, despite being taken out halfway through the fourth quarter.The total distance he ran on Saturday spanned four and a half lengths of the field.“No one was thinking about any records,” McKoy said. “I just focused on staying hydrated, drinking Gatorade and keeping myself fresh so I could just keep running.”McKoy came out of Stratford (Conn.) High School as an unranked recruit, but it was because of his academics, not for a lack of talent, Loth said. McKoy planned to accept a scholarship from Iowa, but he didn’t qualify academically and bounced around a couple of junior colleges before landing at Western Connecticut.Now McKoy’s team is 5-2. And with only two games left, it will have its first winning season since 2005.“There’s more that goes into it than just me,” he said. “My offensive line, my coaches, they all do a great job for me. Everyone is making great blocks.”During the third week, McKoy was splitting carries with another running back on the team. But after posting more than 150 yards on about 19 carries in back-to-back games, he saw a lot more playing time, Loth said.Since then, McKoy has averaged about 10 yards a carry and has rushed for at least 150 yards in each of the following four games.Two weeks before playing Worcester, McKoy ran for 372 yards. The week after that, he rushed for 226. He had been building up to the record-breaking game, said Eric Yates, Western Connecticut’s running backs coach. It wasn’t just a “one-game-wonder.”“This kid has a wolf mentality. He is bred for football,” Yates said. “His commitment to the game is unreal.”Since Saturday’s game, McKoy has been recognized as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, theBeyond Sports Network Athlete of the Week and was interviewed on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday night.What he didn’t know — until being asked about it — was that he had been nominated for the network’s Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week award, an honor typically reserved for Division I players.“That’s an honor right there,” McKoy said. “As a child, you grow up always thinking, ‘I want to be on SportsCenter.’” Comments Published on October 31, 2013 at 1:10 am Contact Joe: [email protected] | @joeinfantino Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more