Cuomo re-ups commercial eviction ban

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Message* Email Address* Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty; iStock)Landlords hoping to rid themselves of non-paying commercial tenants will have to wait a little longer.In an executive order issued Dec. 11, Gov. Andrew Cuomo extended New York’s ban on commercial evictions and foreclosures through Jan. 31, 2021. The ban was set to expire at the end of this year. Cuomo has repeatedly extended the ban, but cannot do so for more than a month at a time.Read moreCRE lawyers: You’re stuck with that leaseLawmakers mull action on evictions as rent relief expansion stallsLandlords jarred by sudden drop in rent collection There are still some avenues for landlords stuck with non-paying tenants to seek recourse. As was the case with the previous bans, the restrictions apply only to foreclosures and evictions due to non-payment. Commercial evictions initiated before March 17 have been able to proceed since Sept. 4.The governor’s order made no mention of residential evictions, which are subject to limits through the end of the year. Currently, the Tenant Safe Harbor Act allows landlords to seek money judgments from residential tenants rather than an eviction, as long as the tenant can demonstrate financial hardship as a result of the pandemic.The TSHA does not prevent the filing of residential evictions, however. Between June and November 2020, there have been 28,490 eviction filings in New York City — a little less than half the usual amount of eviction filings. Only a handful of evictions have been executed in New York City, although evictions are ramping up elsewhere in the state.Although the legislature has largely taken a subordinate role to Cuomo during the state’s response to the pandemic, Democratc lawmakers have signaled that could change.According to political sources, the state Senate intends to take action before the end of the year to extend limits on residential evictions. In order for the state legislature to do so before Christmas, a bill would need to be crafted and printed by the end of this week.Contact Georgia Kromreicenter_img Share via Shortlink Full Name* TagsAndrew CuomoCoronavirusEvictionslast_img read more

A shrill in Cobble Hill: Eerie noise from condo tower haunts locals

first_imgCobble Hill residents are complaining about a sharp whistling noise coming from a luxury condo at 347 Henry Street. (Douglas Elliman, Getty)In the otherwise quiet neighborhood of Cobble Hill, residents often hear a piercing howl that’s enough to make their teeth hurt. The shrill sound, which they liken to amplified fingernails on a blackboard, is emanating from Fortis Property Group’s luxury tower known as 5 River Park.The condo project at 347 Henry Street has been shrieking for months, disrupting the lives of residents who live within blocks of the building, Brooklyn Paper reported. The sound rings in their ears from Joralemon Street south to Warren Street.Local politicians asked state Attorney General Letitia James and the Department of Buildings on Tuesday asking not to sign off on a condo offering plan or certificate of occupancy, respectively, until the noise ends, the publication reported. Their fear is that once Fortis sells the units, it will have no incentive to fix the noise issue.An engineer hired by the developer concluded that the sound comes from wind against the 15-story building’s balcony railings, the local news site reported.ADVERTISEMENTThe problem has persisted since December, waking up the Cobble Hill Association’s president, Ezana Bocresion, who lives half a block away. Bocresion and other members of the civic group have expressed concerns at its construction task force’s monthly meetings.Read more$6.4M Cobble Hill townhouse tops list of Brooklyn luxury contracts432 Park tenants plagued by creaks, leaks and design flawsBrooklyn sees huge boom in luxury contracts signed Full Name* cobble hillLuxury Real EstateNYC Luxury MarketResidential Real Estate Share via Shortlink Fortis tried zip-tying boards to the railings, but powerful winds blew them off within a couple of days. The Cobble Hill Association is calling for the developer to find a long-term fix.A spokesperson for Fortis told the paper that noises like this are common in new buildings and that it is searching for ways to resolve the issue.The controversial development, which was built as-of-right after Fortis and Brooklyn City Council member Brad Lander could not agree on a rezoning, is at the site of the former Long Island College Hospital campus. A one-bedroom apartment starts at $1.3 million, the publication reported.[Brooklyn Paper] — Cordilia JamesContact Cordilia James Message* Email Address* Tags Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinklast_img read more

Group delay times of whistler-mode signals from VLF transmitters observed at Faraday, Antarctica

first_imgThe group delay times (tg) of whistler-mode waves generated by the NAA (f= 24.0 kHz) and NSS (f = 21.4 kHz) U.S. Navy transmitters and recorded at Faraday, Antarctica (L= 2.3), after following a ducted field-aligned path are analysed theoretically for different L-shells of propagation using models of electron density, temperature, and ion composition distribution for typical day and night-time conditions. tg is presented as the sum of (1) a group delay time calculated for the simplest model of wave propagation parallel to the magnetic field in a cold, dense plasma with the effects of ions neglected (tgo) and (2) the corrections due to finite electron density, that is, finite ratio of electron plasma frequency to electron gyro frequency (Δtgc), contribution of ions (Δtgr), and non-zero electron temperature (Δtgh). It is pointed out that the correctionΔtgcis the dominant one, while the ratioΔtgh/Δtgc is only about 1 % for L close to 2.3. The total correction Δtgs, = Δtgc + Δtgr + Δtgh at L = 2.3is about 10 ms and is to be taken into account when interpreting the measurements of tg. However, on the assumption of strictly longitudinal propagation, the parameter [tgm(NSS) – tgm(NAA)]tgm(NSS) [index m indicates measured parameters] can be used for estimating L without taking into account the corrections Δtgs, if we do not require an accuracy better than ± 0.02.last_img read more

Stable isotope evidence of diverse species-specific and individual wintering strategies in seabirds

first_imgAlthough there is increasing evidence that climatic variations during the non-breeding season shape population dynamics of seabirds, most aspects of their winter distribution and ecology remain essentially unknown. We used stable isotope signatures in feathers to infer and compare the moulting (wintering) habitat of subantarctic petrels breeding at two distant localities (South Georgia and Kerguelen). Petrels showed species-specific wintering habitat preferences, with a similar pattern of latitudinal segregation for all but one taxon. At both localities, δ13C values indicated that blue petrels (Halobaena caerulea) moult in Antarctic waters, South Georgian diving petrels (Pelecanoides georgicus) in the vicinity of the archipelagos and/or in the Polar Frontal Zone and Antarctic prions (Pachyptila desolata) in warmer waters. In contrast, common diving petrels (Pelecanoides urinatrix) showed divergent strategies, with low and high intrapopulation variation at South Georgia and Kerguelen, respectively. Birds from Kerguelen dispersed over a much wider range of habitats, from coastal to oceanic waters and from Antarctica to the subtropics, whereas those from South Georgia wintered mainly in waters around the archipelago. This study is the first to show such striking between-population heterogeneity in individual wintering strategies, which could have important implications for likely demographic responses to environmental perturbation.last_img read more

Jets and topography: jet transitions and the impact on transport in the Antarctic Circumpolar Current

first_imgThe Southern Ocean’s Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC) naturally lends itself to interpretations using a zonally averaged framework. Yet, navigation around steep and complicated bathymetric obstacles suggests that local dynamics may be far removed from those described by zonally symmetric models. In this study, both observational and numerical results indicate that zonal asymmetries, in the form of topography, impact global flow structure and transport properties. The conclusions are based on a suite of more than 1.5 million virtual drifter trajectories advected using a satellite altimetry–derived surface velocity field spanning 17 years. The focus is on sites of ‘‘cross front’’ transport as defined by movement across selected sea surface height contours that correspond to jets along most of the ACC. Cross-front exchange is localized in the lee of bathymetric features with more than 75% of crossing events occurring in regions corresponding to only 20% of the ACC’s zonal extent. These observations motivate a series of numerical experiments using a two-layer quasigeostrophic model with simple, zonally asymmetric topography, which often produces transitions in the front structure along the channel. Significantly, regimes occur where the equilibrated number of coherent jets is a function of longitude and transport barriers are not periodic. Jet reorganization is carried out by eddy flux divergences acting to both accelerate and decelerate the mean flow of the jets. Eddy kinetic energy is amplified downstream of topography due to increased baroclinicity related to topographic steering. The combination of high eddy kinetic energy and recirculation features enhances particle exchange. These results stress the complications indeveloping consistent circumpolar definitions of the ACC fronts.last_img read more

Love thy neighbour or opposites attract? Patterns of spatial segregation and association among crested penguin populations during winter

first_imgCompetition for food among populations of closely related species and conspecifics that occur in both sympatry and parapatry can be reduced by interspecific and intraspecific spatial segregation. According to predictions of niche partitioning, segregation is expected to occur at habitat boundaries among congeners and within habitats among conspecifics, while negative relationships in the density of species or populations will occur in areas of overlap. We tested these predictions by modelling the winter distributions of two crested penguin species from three colonies in the south-western Atlantic. Penguins were tracked from two large colonies on the Falkland Islands and one in South Georgia, from where they dispersed through the South Atlantic, Southern Ocean and south-eastern Pacific. Forty macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus) from South Georgia and 82 southern rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome) from two colonies in the Falkland Islands were equipped with global location sensors which log time and light, allowing positions to be estimated twice-daily, from April to August in 2011. Positions were gridded and converted into maps of penguin density. Metrics of overlap were calculated and density was related to remote-sensed oceanographic variables and competitor density using generalized additive models. Macaroni penguins from western South Georgia and southern rockhopper penguins from Steeple Jason Island, Falkland Islands, were spatially segregated by differences in their habitat preferences thus supporting our first prediction regarding interspecific segregation. However, southern rockhopper penguins from Beauchêne Island showed a marked spatial overlap with macaroni penguins as the two had similar habitat preferences and strong mutual associations when controlling for habitat. Contrary to our predictions relating to intraspecific segregation, southern rockhopper penguins from Beauchêne Island and Steeple Jason Island were segregated by differences in habitat selection. Morphological differentiation probably allows macaroni penguins from South Georgia and southern rockhopper penguins from Beauchêne Island to coexist in areas of spatial overlap, whereas segregation of the two Falkland rockhopper penguin populations may have arisen from two distinct lineages retaining cultural fidelity to ancestral wintering areas.last_img read more

Perspective: Increasing Blue Carbon around Antarctica is an ecosystem service of considerable societal and economic value worth protecting

first_imgPrecautionary conservation and cooperative global governance are needed to protect Antarctic blue carbon: the world’s largest increasing natural form of carbon storage with high sequestration potential. As patterns of ice‐loss around Antarctica become more uniform, there is an underlying increase in carbon capture‐to‐storage‐to‐sequestration on the seafloor. The amount of carbon captured per unit area is increasing and the area available to blue carbon is also increasing. Carbon sequestration could further increase under moderate (+1 °C) ocean warming, contrary to decreasing global blue carbon stocks elsewhere. For example, in warmer waters, mangroves and seagrasses are in decline and benthic organisms are close to their physiological limits, so a 1°C increase in water temperature could push them above their thermal tolerance (e.g. bleaching of coral reefs). In contrast, on the basis of past change and current research we expect that Antarctic blue carbon could increase by orders of magnitude.last_img read more

Cardinals Acquire first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from Diamondbacks

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAllen Kee / ESPN Images(ST. LOUIS) — The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired Paul Goldschmidt from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the teams announced on Wednesday.In exchange for the six-time National League All-Star first baseman, the Cardinals traded catcher Carson Kelly, right-handed pitcher Luke Weaver and minor league infielder Andy Young to the Diamondbacks. St. Louis also gave Arizona its 2019 Competitive Balance Round B draft pick.“We’ve been busy this off-season working to upgrade our lineup, and today we are excited to announce the acquisition of one of the game’s premier players in first baseman Paul Goldschmidt,” Cardinals President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak said in a statement.Goldschmidt, 31, was drafted by the Diamondbacks in 2009 and was promoted to the majors in 2011. Since then, he has compiled a .297 batting average with 209 home runs and 710 RBI. This past season with Arizona he batted .290 with 33 home runs and 83 RBI.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Beau Lund December 6, 2018 /Sports News – National Cardinals Acquire first baseman Paul Goldschmidt from Diamondbackscenter_img Written bylast_img read more

SUU Football Commences Fall Camp Saturday

first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Wednesday, Southern Utah University football confirmed they will commence fall camp Saturday with a morning practice preceded by the Thunderbirds reporting on Friday.Head coach Demario Warren has given his squad all Sundays off during August but otherwise, the Thunderbirds will practice daily.They will be hosting their annual watermelon bust August 17 which is an opportunity for fans to come out and meet the team and witness a scrimmage.The Thunderbirds will also have a scrimmage in St. George August 21 from 6:00-7:30 pm. As of August 26, they will go into their conventional weekly routine as they prepare to face UNLV at Las Vegas August 31. Brad James Tags: Demario Warren/fall practice/SUU Football/UNLV/watermelon bust July 31, 2019 /Sports News – Local SUU Football Commences Fall Camp Saturdaylast_img read more

BYU Men’s Basketball’s Yoeli Childs Named To Karl Malone Award Watch List

first_imgOctober 17, 2019 /Sports News – Local BYU Men’s Basketball’s Yoeli Childs Named To Karl Malone Award Watch List Tags: Beehive State/Deandre Ayton/Georges Niang/Johnathan Motley/Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award/Montrezl Harrell/Yoeli Childs/Zion Williamson FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSPRINGFIELD, Mass.-Thursday, BYU men’s basketball senior forward Yoeli Childs has been named to the watch list for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award for the second consecutive year.This honor, now in its sixth year, recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball.Childs, who averaged 21.2 points and 9.7 rebounds per game last season, while netting 17 double-doubles in 2018-19, is the only representative from a school in the Beehive State on the list.Childs was named to the all-West Coast Conference first team and the NABC and USBWA all-district first teams last season.Childs currently ranks 14th in program history in points (1,609), ninth in field goals made (626), fifth in rebounds (882) and fifth in blocks (142).Previous winners of the Karl Malone Award include Zion Williamson of Duke (2019), Arizona’s DeAndre Ayton (2018), Johnathan Motley of Baylor (2017), Iowa State’s Georges Niang (2016) and Montrezl Harrell of Louisville (2015). Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more