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President Obama fishes in the Adirondacks

Fishermen are known for their whoppers. But the one Vince Wilcox tells is no fish story.

On Thursday and Friday, he guided former President Barack Obama and five of his friends on a fly fishing excursion in the Adirondacks.

"The president has only done it one other time in 2009 in Montana," Wilcox, owner of Wiley's Flies in Ray Brook, said. "Apparently, when you are the president, you don't have a lot of time. But he did great. He's a natural athlete."

Wilcox could not say how many Obama caught or where he hooked them, but he did say the 44th president honored the tradition of catch and release for the brook trout with a single exception.

"He never ate one," Wilcox said. "He wanted to know what it tasted like."

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/President-Obama-fishes-in-the-Adirondacks-13021760.php

Cross-posted in the New York Group.

Cuomo directs agencies to expand, affirm transgender health protections

NEW YORK — Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday that he is directing state agencies to expand and affirm anti-discrimination protections for transgender New Yorkers seeking health care and insurance.

The action, Cuomo said, is in direct response to the Trump administration's plans to roll back an Obama-era rule from 2016 that prohibited doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies from discriminating against transgender people. Advocates said the rule helped increase access to gender-related treatments, as well as health care and insurance coverage in general.

"New York was founded upon the principles of fairness and equality and we won't stand idly by while Washington seeks to claw back hard-earned rights and protections," Cuomo said. "For every step the Trump Administration takes backwards, New York will take two steps forward, and these regulations will guarantee and expand protections for transgender New Yorkers to help ensure every resident has equal access to health care."

Approximately 90,300 transgender New Yorkers would be exposed to "unfair, blatant and unlawful discrimination" as a result of the Trump plan, Cuomo said.

Read more: https://www.timesunion.com/news/article/Cuomo-directs-agencies-to-expand-affirm-13022164.php

Skelos son made threats dad would block contract unless he got a raise

The son of former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos threatened to have his dad block a $12 million contract to an environmental company he was working for unless he got a massive raise, a witness testified Friday.

Adam Skelos, 35, had landed a job at AbTech Industries that federal prosecutors say his dad helped him secure. But when Adam learned engineers on a project the company was bidding on would be paid more than he, Adam demanded more money, real-estate exec Charles Dorego told jurors.

A “livid” Adam Skelos called Dorego and threatened to block AbTech from winning the $12 million Long Island project, Dorego testified in the Manhattan federal-court retrial of the father and son on public corruption charges.

“Adam was livid that the engineers were going to make more money than he was,” Dorego said.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/06/22/skelos-son-made-threats-dad-would-block-contract-unless-he-got-a-raise/

Dean Skelos vowed to run against 'full of s-t' Cuomo

Former state Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos (R) vowed to run against “full of s–t” Andrew Cuomo after the governor came out against fracking in late 2014, it emerged at Skelos’ corruption retrial on Thursday.

Skelos made the comment after his son, Adam, complained that the Cuomo administration was taking an anti-fracking stance at a time when Adam stood to make money from fracking through a company that Dean Skelos allegedly squeezed into giving him a job.

“Ahhh! This day sucks,” Adam whined the day the Cuomo administration concluded that fracking could pose significant health risks.

“He’s such a pussy. How do we beat him in the election?” Adam bawled.

“We will. I’m going to run against him,” the Long Island Republican responded.

Read more: https://nypost.com/2018/06/21/dean-skelos-vowed-to-run-against-full-of-s-t-cuomo/

Yonkers Man Charged With $150,000 Superstorm Sandy Scam

A 56-year-old Westchester man collected $150,000 in taxpayer-funded Superstorm Sandy relief by claiming his damaged Jersey Shore home as his primary residence, state authorities charged.

The home that Thomas Aquilino of Yonkers owns on Baltimore Avenue in Point Pleasant that was damaged by the historic storm is actually a summer/weekend property, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal said.

His real home was in Yonkers when Aquilino fraudulently applied for and received the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation (RREM) funds, Grewal said.

Aquilino was charged with theft by deception and released pending a hearing.

Read more: http://yonkers.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/yonkers-man-charged-with-150000-superstorm-sandy-scam/738856/

A Cartoon History of Trumps, 1869-2018: Three generations of plunder

1. Friedrich Trump is born in Kallstadt, in what was then Bavaria. At the age of thirteen he is apprenticed to a barber. He later leaves for Bremen, and in 1885, at sixteen, departs for New York to better his fortunes and avoid the draft.

2. In 1891, with savings from his barbering earnings in New York, Friedrich (now known as Frederick) moves to Seattle and buys a restaurant in the city’s red-light district. It was very common for establishments of this kind to feature a variety of forms of entertainment, including what were called “rooms for ladies.”

In 1894, Frederick Trump sells his establishment in Seattle and moves to the gold-mining town of Monte Cristo, Washington, staking a claim on previously claimed land for the mineral rights (a corrupt practice allowed at the time). Instead of mining, he built a hostelry for the miners (also most likely featuring women working at night).

3. In 1897 he sells his establishment in Monte Cristo and the following year leaves for the Yukon. He finds his gold not in prospecting but in providing services to miners. The tent restaurant he establishes takes advantage of the abundance of flash-frozen horse carcasses: animals abused in transit that were easily found where they’d fallen along the White Pass. The nearby town is, appropriately, named White Horse.

Read more: https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/06/14/a-cartoon-history-of-trumps-1869-2018/

New Yorkers Fight to Aid Child Victims of Trump's Family Separation Policy

On Thursday night, across the street from rows of garbage trucks parked under Metro-North train tracks, more than a hundred New Yorkers gathered for a silent vigil outside the headquarters of Cayuga Centers, a nonprofit foster care agency in Harlem.

Currently in the care of centers run by the agency in New York State are at least 239 unaccompanied immigrant children who were separated from their parents at the southern U.S. border by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Holding signs with such slogans as “Reunite the children with their parents” and “We are disgusted and upset,” the demonstrators lit candles and arranged dozens of child-sized shoes on a blanket laid out on the sidewalk.

“We are here to protect the children who were placed in our community — unannounced, and without the consent of their parents — and to give them all the love that we can, by monitoring what is happening to them,” Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, a local activist and honorary mayor of Harlem, told the Voice.

Read more: https://www.villagevoice.com/2018/06/22/new-yorkers-fight-to-aid-child-victims-of-trumps-family-separation-policy/

Houston heart transplant hospital could lose Medicaid funds

HOUSTON (AP) — A Houston hospital that suspended its renowned heart transplant program for two weeks amid scrutiny following the deaths of two patients could lose federal Medicaid funding.

Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center was notified Friday that Medicare plans to halt funding to its heart transplant program Aug. 17, the Houston Chronicle reports .

Federal officials, raising concerns about two deaths in May, said the hospital has not done enough to fix shortcomings that endanger patients.

St. Luke’s temporary suspension of its heart transplant program came after joint reports by the Chronicle and ProPublica.

Read more: https://www.victoriaadvocate.com/ap/national/houston-heart-transplant-hospital-could-lose-medicaid-funds/article_f299c33f-d1f5-566d-b2f6-8f1fe14156c1.html

'This is the America I grew up in': Muslim Democrats find a welcoming home at state convention

Zulikha Hussain wasn’t always a diehard Democrat. In the past, she’s even voted for a few Republicans, but that changed when Donald Trump secured his party’s nomination in 2016.

Her opinion of the party she once respected was forever tainted by the anti-Muslim rhetoric that played out during the campaign.

“The Republicans have forgotten what they stood for, what their values were, what American values are,” she said. “When you start defining me (as a Muslim), that’s when I have to say stop, that’s not who I am.”

On Saturday, she and her husband Mohammad joined fellow Texas Democrats at the state convention in Fort Worth, as the party prepares for the upcoming November elections. It was the Irving couple’s first time at a convention.

Read more: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/2018-elections/2018/06/23/america-grew-muslim-democrats-find-welcoming-home-state-convention

Democrats embrace Krist as he pledges tax reform, health care

Nebraska Democrats embraced Sen. Bob Krist as their gubernatorial nominee with a sustained standing ovation at their state convention Saturday as he pledged to work for property tax reform, health care expansion and policies that "treat all Nebraskans equally."

The two-term Omaha state senator, who abandoned his long affiliation with the Republican Party to challenge Gov. Pete Ricketts' re-election bid, switched his party registration to Democratic four months ago and won his new party's nomination in May.

Krist told the party gathering at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Innovation Campus that Democratic State Chair Jane Kleeb actively recruited him as a candidate and he is determined "to make the state whole again (and) unite the state."

And he intends to do that, he said, while championing a tax reform policy that centers on reducing the local property tax load while opposing tax policy that would mean "pizza for you and me, and caviar for Pete and his friends."

Read more: https://journalstar.com/news/state-and-regional/govt-and-politics/democrats-embrace-krist-as-he-pledges-tax-reform-health-care/article_424319be-494d-5b1f-b7b4-8f2a7236cba8.html
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