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Nassau Pols Pitch Dueling Lobbying Disclosure Bills After Skelos Report

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Republican and Democratic Nassau County lawmakers proposed competing lobbying disclosure bills this week, days after news broke that federal authorities are investigating New York State Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R-Rockville Centre) and the business dealings of his son, Adam.On Monday, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, a Republican, was first out of the gate with a press release announcing a bill that would require lobbyists for entities seeking contracts with Nassau government to register with the County Attorney “for the first-time in history.” The next day, Nassau Legis. Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport), the county legislature’s Democratic minority leader, held a news conference to tout his party’s own lobbying disclosure legislation.“This new law will bring additional transparency by requiring contractors and vendors to disclose their lobbying activities—by registering with the County Attorney and Clerk of the Legislature—and file annual and quarterly reports, which will be available on the county website,” said Mangano in a statement.Under the current law,  contracts require approval by the county attorney, the county legislature, the comptroller and the Nassau Interim Finance Authority. But Nassau does not have any lobbying disclosures like that of neighboring Suffolk County, New York City and the state.The Democrats said their proposal is more thorough than Mangano’s.“Although any disclosure is a helpful start, what we really need, that our bill provides today, is clarification that will force clear disclosure of relationships and communications between consultants and lobbyists, County employees and elected officials,” Legis. Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) said in a statement. “The administration’s bill only requires lobbyists, a term which is hard to define… Each contract has to clearly delineate any relationship between the County and the prospective participant in said contract.”The focus on lobbying reforms stems from a report in The New York Times that Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, was looking into the actions of Sen. Skelos and his son, Adam, who had been hired as a consultant to an Arizona company, AbTech Industries, that was awarded a lucrative storm-water treatment contract by the Nassau legislature with no questions asked.No charges have been filed and the federal investigation is ongoing, sources say. AbTech said in a Facebook post the day after the Times story broke that it “is a company of integrity and transparency, from its executive officers to its field employees.” Also a day after the report, the Nassau County district attorney’s office announced an overall review of the county’s contract bidding process.The dueling proposals come despite the fact that Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin said in a statement last week  that “Nassau County has the most transparent process known to government” in response to a request to confirm reports that the county executive had testified before the grand jury.But the approval process of the AbTech contract has since raised concerns, because Adam Skelos’ connection to the company was not disclosed before lawmakers approved it.“Our hope is that this legislation will avoid another ‘AbTech’ and clearly inform the public and County Legislature who exactly is influencing the award of hundreds of millions of dollars of County contracts annually,” said Abrahams. “We have been calling upon the County to take further steps to bring real disclosure measures for some time and it has fallen on deaf ears. It’s time County lawmakers work bi-partisanly to bring transparency measures that will bring public integrity back to governing here in Nassau.”last_img read more

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Helix Names New CFO

first_imgHelix Energy Solutions has announced certain changes within its executive management team consistent with the company’s succession plan, effective June 5, 2017. Namely, Erik Staffeldt, who has served as Helix’s vice president – Finance and Accounting since July of 2015, has been promoted to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer.Furthermore, Tony Tripodo, who has served as Helix’s executive vice president and chief financial officer since June of 2008, will be transitioning to the position of executive vice president and senior advisor. In his new role Tripodo will be responsible for assisting Owen Kratz, Helix’s president and chief executive officer, in continuing to develop the long term business and financial strategy of the company. He will continue to remain involved in the company’s financial planning and in generally assisting with the orderly transition of some of his former responsibilities as CFO.In connection with these appointments, Owen Kratz, president and CEOf of Helix, said: “Erik has earned the confidence of the board and the executive management team and has demonstrated the ability to take on increasing responsibilities since joining Helix in 2009. In addition, Tony’s demonstrated capabilities in managing the financial affairs of the company and his intimate knowledge of the business make him well suited for the new role we have asked him to perform.”last_img read more

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Guardiola in need of Tottenham turnaround

first_img“It is a good challenge for us. You have to live as a club, as players if we can do that,” said Guardiola after the first leg.“We have a second game. It looks a little more complicated but every day, every hour is going to pass we will see it closer.”Guardiola is also under the spotlight after he was accused of again over-thinking his team selection and tactics in the Champions League after defeat in north London last week.It is now 10 games and eight years since a Guardiola side won an away Champions League quarter or semi-final, despite boasting three immensely talented teams in Barca, Bayern and City.Guardiola made his name in winning the competition twice among 14 trophies in four golden years at Barcelona.His three years at Bayern also produced domestic dominance in three Bundesliga titles and two German cups, but was coloured by three Champions League semi-final exits to Real Madrid, Barca and Atletico Madrid.Failure to even reach the last four in his first three seasons at City would see his credentials as a Champions League specialist further diminished.Against Tottenham, it’s time for his “teenagers” to come of age on the biggest stage. Pep Guardiola Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City remain in contention for a historic haul of four trophies this season, but winning the one by which Pep Guardiola’s time at the Etihad will be judged depends on overturning a 1-0 Champions League quarter-final, first leg deficit against Tottenham on Wednesday.City’s long-term pursuit of Guardiola has delivered what it promised domestically.Premier League records for points, goals and wins were smashed in romping to the title last season.Guardiola’s men are on course to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League despite Liverpool, 18 times English champions, posting what is likely to be a club record points tally.City have already retained the League Cup and will be heavy favourites to claim more silverware when they face Watford in next month’s FA Cup final.However, the far less heralded Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini also won Premier League titles in the decade since the club’s Abu Dhabi backers began pouring in billions of pounds of investment.The grand plan was for Guardiola to lead City to the promised land in the Champions League, which so far he has failed to do.The Catalan has constantly used City’s lack of history in European football as a shield. Should the English champions turn the Tottenham tie around, it will be just their second ever appearance in the semi-finals.“We are teenagers in this competition,” said Guardiola before his side swotted aside Schalke 7-0 in the second leg of their last 16 tie.Yet, it is not Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich that have dumped City out in Guardiola’s first two seasons, but Monaco and Liverpool.Bowing out to a Spurs side 16 points behind City in the league and that spend nearly half the wage bill of Guardiola’s squad would leave a significant stain on an almost flawless season to this point. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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Four English amateurs join the superstars at Muirfield

first_img4 Jul 2013 Four English amateurs join the superstars at Muirfield Four English amateurs will parade their skills alongside the cream of the professional game in the Open Championship at Muirfield in a couple of weeks following superb performances in Wednesday’s Final Qualifying. At Gullane No1, England international Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) led the way with round of 72 and 68, while boy cap Matthew Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) was tied second a shot further back after signing for 69 and 72. Only the leading three qualified. Meanwhile, at North Berwick, where only three again qualified, Jimmy Mullen (Royal North Devon) produced two 68s to top the leaderboard on 136, six under par. It’s been quite a week for the 19 year old from Bideford. He finished tied third in the Brabazon Trophy at Formby on Saturday, his closing 71 containing a hole-in-one with an eight-iron at the 139-yard 16thhole. In another qualifying event at The Musselburgh, William Bowe (Workington, Cumbria) finished fourth with a pair of 69s and missed qualifying by two strokes, while England international Callum Shinkwin (Moor Park, Hertfordshire) also missed by two at Dunbar after finishing equal eighth with rounds of 68 and 67. The fourth amateur on the start sheet at Muirfield will be Garrick Porteous (Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland), who qualified automatically as Amateur champion. He won the title at Royal Cinque Ports in Kent 12 days ago, beating Finland’s Toni Hakula 6 and 5 in the 36-hole final. Photo Caption: Ben Stow. Image copyright Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

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Overtime

first_img:08—I don’t know if my editor will let me get away with this but I’ll give it a shot…the winner of The Dumb-Ass Award, hands down, far and away goes to Samuel Hurd, the clown that just signed a $5 million dollar contract, and used to play with the Chicago Bears. He tried to buy all the dope in Chicago at one time now the dope is going to jail for a lifetime. C’mon, C’mon, C’mon Man!:07—Let the record show that Barry Bonds is still the home run king (no offense “Hammering Hank”) but when you get 30 days house arrest and 2 years probation, that’s a home run of major proportions. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not endorsing steroid use by any means. But if the man said he didn’t do it I believe him. But the government spent about $100 million just to make an example out of Bonds. Do you know how much food you can buy for homeless people with that much money! I am just saying!:06—Your boy Todd Graham, the past “punk” football coach for the Pitt football team went straight-up ghetto on the Panthers…he packed up his stuff and left. Left the crib…the kids …his woman (that being the A.D.) and just hit the road. Cold man…just cold!:05—What’s the chances that the best team in football (the Packers) loses and the worst team in football (the Colts) wins on the same day! Un-be-live-able!:04—Here’s your movie review. Go see “New Year’s Eve.” Good movie, take your woman mmaann it’s that kind of movie. I give it three basketballs. Now shut up!:03—Mr. Solomon White stopped me while he was counting his money going into the bank, not coming out, to tell me he reads “Overtime.” Well Solomon, I told you if you say it I’ll write it. You are now in “The Locker Room”.:02—Here’s a Big Santa Helper thank you to everybody that made the 36th Annual Toys for Champions, aka Toys for Tots Christmas Party and Toy Giveaway held at the Penn Avenue McDonalds in Wilkinsburg this past Saturday. Listen, more than 750 toys were given out to more than 400 children in need. Ho, Ho, Ho and thanks to Penn Avenue McDonalds and owner Iftakar Milick, Chuck Sanders Charities, Savoy Restaurant, The Pittsburgh Chapter Black MBA Association, the Pittsburgh Force Women’s Pro Football Team, Artistree—(national R&B recording artists), the Diamond Models, Champion Enterprises executive staff, advisory board, and volunteers, all the contributors and most especially the wonderful families that came out to be a part of our best day ever!:01—“No Overtime” here boys and girls, it’s Christmas. Everybody go home!!MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY …~ Game Over ~ :10—Merry Christmas Baby…the Packers lose the Packers lose. Don’t ask me why but I just don’t like Green Bay. Anyway, on behalf of the Great Eugene “Mercury” Morris and the 1972 Miami Dolphins, rest easy boys your undefeated season is still safe.:09—Tee Bow…Tee Bow …Tee Bow…no more! As much as I love Mighty Tim, the Bronco’s run came to an end. New England just had too much offense. BILL NEAL last_img read more

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Turner Sports hires Candace Parker as NBA, NCAA analyst

first_imgATLANTA (AP) — Candace Parker has been hired by Turner Sports as an analyst and commentator for NBA games this season on TNT and NBA TV. Los Angeles Sparks forward Candace Parker reacts against the Minnesota Lynx in the second half of a single elimination WNBA basketball playoff game, Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Sparks won 75-68. (Keith Birmingham/The Orange County Register via AP) Turner announced Wednesday that Parker, who is still playing for the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, will provide analysis on NBA TV’s “GameTime” studio show and will be part of the “Players Only” telecasts on both networks.The two-time league MVP and 2016 WNBA champion also will be a part of Turner’s and CBS’ coverage of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. She was a studio analyst for Turner during last year’s tournament.Parker says in a statement that she is happy to resume broadcasting with Turner and that it allows her to share her love of the sport with viewers.___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Newcomer Wins Big In Monmouth Beach Election

first_imgHoward, who is serving as mayor, received 332 votes; Cunniff garnered 365; and Mitchell rounded out the count with 320 votes. The three-member commission is non-partisan and the members serve four-year terms, as designated by the state Walsh Act. The borough has maintained that form of government since 1929.The mayor is selected by the commission. The commission re-organization meeting is scheduled for May 16.This article was first published in the May 11-18, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By John Burton |MONMOUTH BEACH – A challenger taking on the three incumbent commissioners won the lion’s share of votes in the borough’s May 9 election. The incumbent ticket, which ran under the banner “Proven Leadership Putting You First,” had Susan Howard, James F. Cunniff and Jeffrey W. Mitchell Jr.center_img David Stickle, who was running under “Your Voice In Government” banner, won decisively this week. According to unofficial totals compiled by the county clerk’s office, Stickle won 525 votes, which equates to 33.21 percent of the total cast. Mitchell was selected to fill the vacancy when Commissioner William McBride resigned earlier this year.last_img read more

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Paul Georges Legacy Could Be Dr Js … Or Danny Grangers

NBA’s free agency period begins on July 1, and some big names might switch teams, whether by choosing to sign elsewhere or getting traded. In the video above, Nate Silver looks at FiveThirtyEight’s player projections for three players — Paul George, Gordon Hayward and Blake Griffin — who might be on the move.

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Haitian Ambassador Pays Courtesy Call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 16, 2017 – Nassau – Haitian Ambassador to the Commonwealth of The Bahamas His Excellency Jean Victor Geneus, left, paid a courtesy call on the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Hon. Darren Henfield at the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, August 14, 2017.(BIS Photo/Derek Smith)last_img

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Mourinho plays down rumours of becoming Madrid manager

first_imgSacked Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho played down rumours that he will return to Real Madrid as manager.The Portuguese professional football coach added that he is happy where he is right now despite losing Manchester United job.“When a manager or a player returns, it’s because they did something positive,” he says as quoted in AS.“I felt that when I arrived at Chelsea. When a professional returns or is offered a return to a club, it’s a tremendous honour. It’s not a blind bet, the club are trying to bring in a player or manager that they already know, who was already there and if they offer it is because they know the value of this person.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…Mourinho signed a three-year deal as manager of Manchester United in May 2016 and won the Community Shield, the League Cup and the UEFA Europa League  in his first season in charge of the club.United finished second behind their city rivals in 2017/18 and lost the FA Cup final to  Chelsea.Mourinho laws sacked from Manchester United in December 2018, leaving the club in sixth place after 17 matches.last_img read more