August 2010

Sean Coffey, a plaintiffs’ attorney and self-funding candidate for attorney general, has given at least $150,000 in political contributions to elected officials who later awarded Coffey legal work that netted the multimillionaire and his firm hundreds of millions of dollars in fees, according to a story that appeared in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal.

Visionary precision, fearless exploration, and unlimited scope have placed the Kronos Quartet at the forefront of contemporary music for nearly 40 years. Friday, August 13th’s far-reaching repertoire features works by Steve Reich, Café Tacuba, and the world premiere of Christine Southworth’s Super Collider. Performed by Kronos with the 14 musicians of Gamelan Galak Tika (Evan Ziporyn, artistic director) using the virtual Gamelan Elektrika, designed and developed by Harmonix’s Alex Rigopulos (of Guitar Hero and Rock Band), Super Collider juxtaposes two sound worlds and traditions, the string quartet and the ancient gamelan, through the unlimited sonic universe of electronics.

(1) Take your Office’s Green Footprint: The website, an online retailer specializing in green office products, makes available a free Office Footprint Calculator to gauge what kind of effect you and your co-workers are having on the environment and identify how to make improvements.

“The defendant’s reckless attempt to evade the police threatened the lives of the responding police officers, as well as nearby pedestrians and drivers,” said District Attorney Vance. “The severity of this sentence reflects the potentially deadly consequences of the defendant’s actions.

Do you know about Pelham Parkway? There is nothing quite like it in the City of New York, in terms of greenery and grandeur enhancing a public thoroughfare. Today it is threatened - by, of all entities, the City of New York, whose Department of Transportation is planning to improve the park's roadways, and remove 87 mature trees that give the parkway its character and beauty. The project is slated to begin this fall and conclude in 2012.


In its first statewide endorsement of the election cycle, Empire State Pride Agenda, New York’s largest statewide lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, today announced its strong support for Eric Schneiderman for Attorney General. Reflecting broad support for Eric’s record as a progressive champion for LGBT equality, ESPA joins Marriage Equality New York, the Stonewall Democrats of New York City, Gay and Lesbian Independent Democrats (GLID), Lesbian and Gay Democratic Club of Queens and Lambda Independent Democrats (LID) in endorsing his candidacy.


The ice broke at about 8:30 p.m. last night, the 125th day that the New York State budget was overdue. The state's fiscal year begins on April 1, and FY 2010-2011 was more than one-third over when the State Senate passed a revenue bill that purportedly closed the budget gap.

Wearable Collections is a non-profit organization dedicated to textile recycling. Each year New Yorkers discard 386 million pounds of textiles, representing close to 6% of total waste. Wearable collections places textile recycling bins throughout the City allowing them to distribute the donated clothes to people across the world who need it and to raise money for charitable organizations.

Brooklyn Democratic District Leader Jo Anne Simon and others tell why they're supporting Nassau DA Kathleen Rice for attorney general.

STOREFRONT is pleased to announce On Display, a three-person exhibition curated by Hrag Vartanian featuring paintings by Sharon Butler and Cathy Nan Quinlan with sculptural objects by Joy Curtis. On Display offers three challenging new perspectives on abstraction. Each artist employs familiar forms, but in different and idiosyncratic ways. Their work thus embodies an inventive and wide-ranging exploration of crucial elements of visual language: framing, illusion, and ultimately imperfection.

As always, it’s hard to pin specific year-to-year weather-variations and related phenomena—including altered blooming schedules for wildflowers—on global warming. But longer term analysis of seasonal flowering patterns and other natural events do indicate that global warming may be playing a role in how early wildflowers begin popping up in the high country. 


The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is requesting assistance regarding defendant HUGUES AKASSY, who was charged in a complaint earlier this week with Rape and Sexual Abuse in connection with an incident in Riverside Park on Tuesday, July 27.  The Office asks that anyone with information about this person contact the District Attorney’s Office’s Sex Crimes Unit as soon as possible.  If you or someone you know has had any contact with AKASSY, please call the Sex Crimes Unit’s hotline at 212-335-9373.