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first_imgOne of the most talked-about sets from Jam Cruise 2016 was that of Electron’s, as the jammed out super group kept things grooving into the night with a “Fearless” Pink Floyd set. Electron features Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, Tom Hamilton, and Mike Greenfield, and the group gets together for occasional performances like this magical one.The group brought their Pink Floyd tribute concept to Jam Cruise, where it was met with an incredible reaction. Thankfully, Jam Cruise has been sharing pro-shot videos from their voyage earlier this year, and have wrapped up the series with a stellar 20-minute version of Electron’s rendition of “Dogs.”Watch Electron take on the Animals classic on the open seas, in the video below.last_img read more

first_imgOn Tuesday night, Stevie Wonder made a guest appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. He performed a medley of two love-struck originals to celebrate Michelle Obama‘s undeniable grace as our country’s First Lady. With help from The Roots, the Presidential Metal of Freedom recipient took to his piano to demonstrate his admiration for The First Lady in “Isn’t She Lovely” and “My Cherie Amour”, which he unabashedly transformed into “My Michelle Amour”, changing the lyrics to sing “You’ll always be First Lady in our lives.”The room sang along in honor, with television personalities Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, and Jimmy Fallon alongside Michelle Obama during the touching tribute. At the end of his performance, Stevie explained one more time, “We love you, we love you! And your husband too, of course.”Watch the full performance below:last_img read more

first_imgTwiddle and Aqueous returned to the Town Ballroom last night, March 5th, for the second consecutive night of music at the renowned Buffalo, NY venue. As with the first night, the two bands traded sit-ins to provide some extra love for the fans in attendance.It all started during Aqueous’s set, when the band busted out a cover of David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance” for the first time in 67 shows. Drummer Rob Houk took lead vocals, allowing an empty seat for one Brook Jordan to sit in on drums. After “Let’s Dance,” Jordan left the stage, and Aqueous made their way through “Complex Pt. I” and “Origami” to close their supporting set. You can watch video of Aqueous’ full performance below, courtesy of Youtube user, TheKamherst.Setlist: Aqueous | Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 3/5/2017Set 1: Underlyer > Marty, Eon Don > Let’s Dance¹ ² > Complex Pt. I, OrigamiNotes:¹ Rob on vocals² Brook Jordan [Twiddle] on drumsNext up, Twiddle took the stage to throw down for the second night of their sold-out run at Town Ballroom. The first set was kicked off by “Subconscious Prelude,” followed by an “Apples” sandwich with “Funky Town” placed squarely in between “Apples.” After this upbeat combination, Twiddle moved into “Gatsby The Great,” video of which can be seen below, courtesy of TheKamherst, and then used “Dusk ‘Til Dawn” and “The Catapillar” to close out the first set.“Gatsby The Great”Twiddle’s second set was a massive and sprawling four-song salute. After “Earth Mama” opened the set, the band used “Wasabi Eruption” as a springboard into “The Box,” video of which can be seen below, courtesy of The Kamherst.“The Box”However, it was really the end of the show during which things got special and they paid Aqueous back for Brook Jordan’s sit-in earlier in the evening. For “Syncopated Healing,” Twiddle brought out Mike Gantzer of opening act, Aqueous, to join them on guitar. After a quick break, Twiddle returned to the stage for the encore with Gantzer again to help out, this time on Radiohead’s “Karma Police.” You can check out videos of Mike Gantzer sitting in on “Syncopated Healing” and “Karma Police” below, courtesy of The Kamherst.“Syncopated Healing” with Mike Gantzer“Karma Police” with Mike GantzerSetlist: Twiddle | Town Ballroom | Buffalo, NY | 3/5/2017Set 1: Subconscious Prelude, Apples -> Funky Town -> Apples, Gatsby The Great, Dusk ‘Til Dawn, The CatapillarSet 2: Earth Mama, Wasabi Eruption -> The Box, Syncopated Healing [1]Encore: Karma Police [1][1] “Syncopated Healing” and “Karma Police” featured Mike Gantzer (Aqueous) on guitar.last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Musical ShowcaseBenjamin Metzger, a local music teacher, organized an exciting lineup of bands that includes some of his students. The Hub Billiard Club & Music Hall, 4060 Austin Blvd., Island Park. Free. 7 p.m. March 26. Michael W. SmithFamed Christian music singer Michael W. Smith, the proud owner of three Grammy Awards, is bringing his tour to Westbury, where he’ll be singing hits from his latest album Sovereign. Smith, who has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide, is the epitome of an artist who sings from the soul while managing to take everyone’s breath away. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50. 8 p.m. March 26.Blackhawk & The OutlawsIt’s more than 20 years since Blackhawk—then a three-man band—released its self-titled album, which rocketed up the charts before going platinum. Now down to just the two members, country musicians Henry Paul and Dave Robbins are on track to release another studio album. The due will be joined by The Outlaws, the four-decade old Southern rock band intent on reliving the glory days. Rockin’ Country Tour. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$45. 8 p.m. March 26.Annie Minogue BandIt was as if Annie Minogue was destined to be a singer/songwriter. Growing up in New York City, Minogue learned to appreciate music from her father, a professional musician. But Minogue paved her path, releasing her debut album Home in 2000. Her music—a blend of rock, pop and blues—has aired on a number of TV networks and radio stations as she’s turned a childhood dream into an inspiring professional career. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. Free. 8 p.m. March 26.By Default: The Work of Jeffrey K. FisherThis award-winning local artist had displayed his mesmerizing work across the covers of many books and magazines, as well as posters, murals and advertisements. His client list has included Readers Digest, Doubleday, Harper Collins, Smithsonian and Newsday. Come realize the supreme beauty that is this visionary Long Islander’s creations. Come feel their power. Come revel in their intimate, emotional and electrifying gorgeousness. This is his first solo show. Gallery North, 90 North Country Rd., East Setauket. Free. 5 p.m. March 27.Piano ConcertTo translate raw human emotion into song is not merely a gift, to do so is a true transcendental miracle. Martin Kasík ranks among the foremost Czech pianists of the present time, and he will surely meld the worlds of life and love, passion and pain, while melodically painting an endless barrage of colors sure to heal the mortal woes of all in attendance on this truly magical evening. The award-winning performer has take the stage in many major concert venues throughout the world, and now he plays LI. Amen, dear readers. Amen. Grace Auditorium, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, One Bungtown Rd., Cold Spring Harbor. $20. 6 p.m. March 27.Barry ManilowLegendary Brooklyn-born singer-songwriter Barry Manilow is bringing his “One Last Time” tour to The Old Barn—where he’ll be serenading Long Islanders with such decades-old classics as “Copacabana.” Grammy Award-nominated saxophonist Dave Koz will join Manilow as a special guest. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale. $14.75-$244.75. 7:30 p.m. March 27.Karla BonoffWhen this truly original singer/songwriter was a teenager growing up in southern California, she learned how to play guitar from Frank Hamilton of the famed folk group The Weavers. She had a lot of close calls with fame early in her career: a demo done by Doors’ engineer Bruce Botnick, an album recorded for A&M with a track produced by the Mamas & Papas’ Lou Adler. Neither was ever released. But the connection she made eventually led Bonoff to Linda Rondstadt, who used three of her songs, “Someone to Lay Down Beside Me,” “If He’s Ever Near” and “Lose Again,” on her 1976 ablum, Hasten Down the Wind. This tribute to her talents enabled Bonoff to get her own deal with Columbia Records, and the rest is history. Soon she was opening for James Taylor and Jackson Browne on tour, and going on to work with Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd, John Prine, J.D. Souther and other great artists. Regarding her life’s work in music, Billboard Magazine called Bonoff one of “a breed of singer/songwriters whose earthy anthems of soul-searching, heartache and joy touched souls in a way few can muster today.” Boulton Center for the Performing Arts, 37 West Main St., Bay Shore. $35-$40. 8 p.m. March 27.Lewis BlackNobody channels his anger to better effect than this caustic comedian, whose well-reasoned rage percolates through his pores the way an athlete sweats. This guy’s ill-humor is a tonic for the troubles of our time. He rants, he raves, he ravages against the hypocrites on a righteous rampage—at full volume when all cylinders are clicking—like a man possessed. And he clearly is, which makes us all the more appreciative to see what makes him tick and what ticks him off. West Hampton Beach Performance Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach. $95-$150. 8 p.m. March 27.Blues to BlackstreetThese talented local musicians return to one of their favorite Long Island venues to serve up what they do best, their unique blend of blues and jazz with a twist. Featuring the sultry elegance of June Eysel on vocals and the virtuoso chops of John Vop on electric guitar, they’re joined regularly by Rob LaMonica on drums, Paul Gilmore on bass, Arno Hecht on sax, and Joe Roberts on keyboards. From the back streets to the boulevard of blues, this band will take you where you wanna go, and you’ll be sure to enjoy the ride. They won’t let you down, they’ll give you a lift. Treme Blues and Jazz Club, 553 Main St., Islip. 10. 8 p.m. March 27.Big ShotThe only Billy Joel tribute band featuring musicians, namely Mike DelGuidice, who have actually shared a stage with the most famous Long Islander, The Piano Man himself. Big Shot schedules tour dates around Billy Joel’s monthly Madison Square Garden concerts. A true fan, DelGuidice guarantees a proper homage to his idol. Free buffet and two-for-one drink specials 6-8 p.m. The Emporium, 9 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $7 before 8 p.m., $10 after. 10 p.m. March 27. Also playing at Mulcahy’s Pub & Concert Hall. 3232 Railroad Ave., Wantagh. 9 p.m March 28.Moody BluesTalk about classic rock—what about classical rock! When Days of Future Passed hit the FM airwaves in 1967, the Moody Blues broke ground with a fusion genre that combined the latest in electronic instruments, the Mellotron, with the classical performers of the London Festival Orchestra as their back-up band. The ambitious songs these English musicians composed were almost metaphysical in their approach, certainly bordering on the psychedelic and the profound. One song might invoke the universe, the next be a meditation on love. “Nights in White Satin” may be the most romantic rock epic every recorded. Thinking way ahead, they called one of their albums To Our Children’s Children’s Children; getting mystical, they titled another On the Threshold of a Dream. If any group of visionaries ever cracked the secrets of time travel, it would likely be them. So take a trip down memory lane with the Moodies, and remember new recollections you never had before, whether from “10,000 Light Years Ago,” or “Tuesday Afternoon.” Timeless Flight-The Polydor Years. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $49.50-$79.50. 3 p.m., 8 p.m. March 27-29.Volunteer FairThose looking for a chance to volunteer will be able to meet with representatives from local nonprofits looking for help. There will be about 20 organizations in attendance, including Bide-a-wee, Family Service League, Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lake Ronkonkoma Historical Society, Literacy Suffolk, Make the Road NY, New York Blood Center, Options for Community Living, Special Olympics and United Veterans. After all, research has shown that those who volunteer have lower mortality rates and lower rates of depression than those who do not. SO what are you waiting for!? There are so many amazing causes and people who need your help! Sachem Public Library, 150 Holbrook Rd., Holbrook. Free. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. March 28.The Enchantment of SpringOne of the best-kept secrets of the Nassau County Museum System, this South Shore gem is loaded with exhibits featuring the inhabitants and wonders of the absolutely gorgeous and fascinating nature preserve named after a grand Native American sachem. Turtles, rabbits, even a Red-Tailed Hawk–this magical forest is home to so many precious creatures and flora. It is a must-visit. Children of all ages are invited to participate in native plant and bird watching trail walks, guided by a local naturalist, followed by a live animal presentation. Light refreshments will be served. Tackapausha Museum and Preserve, 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford. Free with museum admission. 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 28.The Crystals & Shirley Alston Reeves “Up Close & Personal”The original sexy songstress from The Shirelles and a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Reeves is bound to amaze, fascinate and inspire. This will undoubtedly be one of the best opportunities for fans to catch her up close and personal, and this intimate performance will unquestionably be memorable. Wow. Patchogue Theatre for the Performing Arts, 71 E. Main St., Patchogue. $28. 3 p.m. March 28.10,000 Maniacs is playing at the Long Island Aquarium.10,000 ManiacsNatalie Merchant may no longer front the alt-rock quintet from upstate Jamestown, but the group is still producing albums and performing their hits, including “Because The Night,” “These Are Days” and “Candy Everybody Wants.” Give ’em what they want, and rock out among the resident penguins, seals and walruses in the process! Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, 431 East Main St., Riverhead. $35-$75. 7 p.m. March 28.Uke Hampton FestivalUkes, not nukes! That’s the ticket for some scrumptious strumming. It’s a music festival, and it’s filled with the tickling notes of utterly incredible ukuleles and their plucky performers. The ukulele may be a small stringed instrument, when compared with, say, a cello, but it turned Tiny Tim into a giant pop star. Who knows what it will do to the folks making music with their ukes on Saturday night in the Hamptons? Think big, think ukes! Fun uke fact: A “D” chord on the guitar translates into a “G” chord on the ukeler! Imagine that! Wild! The Stephen Talkhouse, 161 Main St., Amagansett. $15. 7 p.m. March 28.Bowling for SinglesBowling is a sport. Bowling is an art. Bowling can be cathartic. It can also bring two completely unsuspecting hearts together through the shared, communal experience of hurling very large (and very heavy) spheres down a wooden lane toward glory–or misery. In a way, this entire act can be interpreted to symbolize the paths of these lucky participants. Bowling requires strength and skill to successfully navigate and achieve its goals. Together, you and the ball take the plunge down the aisle (as in “walking down the aisle”), moving toward uncertainty while always hoping for the best. Yes, you most definitely want to stay on a straight course, occasionally maybe veering to the left or right, though always returning to the center. You want to stay out of the gutter, for sure. But you most certainly also want to realize that this bowling, this life, this love, this relationship, if you will, is a two-way street, and we both need each other to make it not only work, but last, long past the frozen pizza and flat soda from the shoe rental counter is closed. Hopefully, just maybe, if we do this right, we’ll find true love. And hopefully, just maybe, it can last forever. The Singles Association of Long Island is hosting this event for singles ready to mingle…while bowling. Social gathering to follow at Empress Diner, 2490 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. South Levittown Lanes, 56 Tanners Lane, Levittown. $7 per game, $4 for shoes. 7 p.m. March 28.The Get Up KidsGushy, poppy emo at its most infectious, these Missouri rockers will have you up and dancing along–or crying in your beer, thinking back to the last time you saw her, the last time you spoke, the last time you laughed together before it all went up in flames. With special guests PUP & Restorations. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20-$40. 7:30 p.m. March 28.Mary Gauthier & David WilcoxTwo artists whose will will make you laugh, whose lyrics will make you cry, and whose performances will ensure you leave the show smiling! Landmark on Main Street, 232 Main St., Suite 1, Port Washington. $37-$188. 8 p.m. March 28.John Pizzarelli Big BandIn celebration of Ol’ Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, this renowned jazz guitarist/singer/songwriter and bandleader will be revisiting some of Sinatra’s most glorious tunes while adding his own mesmerizing, melodic, simply awe-inspiring stamp. Come celebrate the Frank Sinatra Centennial, all Big Band-Style. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvrd., Brookville. $53-$83. 8 p.m. March 28.H20No, not the seminal hardcore band! This is a reception held for a fascinating art exhibit celebrating–you guessed it, that magical natural elixir that hydrates us and from which nearly every life form on this planet has both spawned from, and primarily consists of, water! “Long Island is surrounded by water,” the curator writes. “We celebrate the magic around us.” Next time you enjoy a cool, sparkling glass, reflect upon its healing powers and evolutionary significance to all of life! Cheers! Phoenix Gallery, 139 South Country Rd., Bellport. 1 p.m., March 29.Springtime SpectacularAn afternoon of family-fun with a wide variety of nature and music activities for people of all ages to enjoy, including “Planting A Pizza Garden,” “Let’s Drum with Jonathan Duda” for ongoing drumming workshops, live animal presentations, photo opportunities, musical performances with the popular teen rock band Pursuing JC, outdoor trail activities for all ages, outdoor bubbles, springtime crafts and destination family-walks to the beach and pond. Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point. $25. 1-3 p.m. March 29. Steve IsraelThe recently re-elected congressman from Huntington will be discussing and signing copies of his book The Global War on Morris, which is billed as a satire about a pharmaceutical sales representative who is targeted by spies. Barnes and Noble, 1542 Northern Blvd., Manhasset. Price of book. 2 p.m. March 29.SwingtimeSwingtime!The Jive Aces, known for their superb musicianship, high energy, original songs and fresh arrangements of swing/jive/R&B classics, join The Tinseltown Jitterbugs, a troupe of high-energy swing dancers, along with Hollywood vocalist Makinna Ridgway. Adelphi University’s Performing Arts Center, Westerman Stage, One South Ave., Garden City. $35-$40. 3 p.m. March 29.Remembering Things PastA discussion will be held on the theme of this art exhibit, which features foreign-born artists working in America. The artists in this exhibition all came to America at different stages in their lives and incorporate past interests, memories and experiences of their home country into their artwork. The variety of their forms and subject matter reflect the uniqueness of their experiences. Islip Art Museum, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Free. 4:30 p.m. March 29.Long Island Food and Film FeastAn enchanted evening highlighting our local food, the people who produce it and the difference it can make. Each of eight short films will be paired with the food featured in the film, prepared by iEat Green and Slow Food North Shore, along with a guest speaker, providing a glorious, local, seasonal and informative feast. Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington. $50 members, $60 public. 6:30 p.m. March 29.Lions LionsThese hardcore hellraisers from Boston are headlining this nuclear sensory assault on the minds and souls of all those in attendance, capping off an evening of intense, glorious rock from an arsenal of bands that everyone reading this post should get to know, immediately. Warming up the crowd are Everyone Dies In Utah, One Year Later, I Still Believe In Heroes, After The Outbreak and Critical Era. Amityville Music Hall, 198 Broadway, Amityville. $12, $14 DOS. 5:30 p.m. March 29.MephiskaphelesOfficially back from an unofficial hiatus is this Lowe East Side-based mock-Satanist ska band that was among the most memorable from the genre’s 1990s revival era. And they’d better play LI, since it’s where the brassy sextet played their first-ever show in ’91. Bonus: They’re reportedly working on a new album! Will they play cult favorite “The Bumblebees Tuna Song”? One can only hope. Skank the night away, fellow dance freaks! Opening the show are The Shipwrecks, Samurai Pizza Cats [great band name, btw], Flak Jacket and Crisis Crayons. Revolution Bar and Music Hall, 140 Merrick Rd., Amityville. $12, $15 DOS. 6:30 p.m. March 29.New Found GloryThese bubblegum pop-punklers are out sharing their emotional brand of power-chord-driven tunes on their “Sleep When I Die Tour” with opening acts Turnstile, The Wild Life & Turnover. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $20.50-$40.50. 7 p.m. March 29.George WinstonOne of the most recognized solo pianists in the world will perform his “Summer Show” featuring spring and summer songs, including melodic folk piano songs from his recordings, Vince Guaraldi’s Peanuts pieces, those inspired by the New Orleans R&B piano tradition & the Harlem stride piano tradition, and songs from his upcoming album, Spring Carousel – A Cancer Research Benefit, scheduled for release in 2015. West Hampton Beach Performance Arts Center, 76 Main St., Westhampton Beach.  $20-$50. 8 p.m. March 29.Marc Peyser & Timothy DwyerThese two authors will speak and sign their new book Hissing Cousins: The Untold Story of Eleanor Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt Longworth. Vivid, intimate and stylishly written, Hissing Cousins finally sets this relationship center stage, revealing the contentious bond between two political trailblazers who short-circuited the rules of gender and power, each in her own way. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. March 31.Dawn Upshaw and Gilbert KalishSinger Dawn Upshaw and her longtime collaborator, pianist Gilbert Kalish, bring a deeply engaging recital to the stage. Staller Center, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook University, Stony Brook. $48. 8 p.m. April 1.Compiled by Spencer Rumsey, Rashed Mian, Jaime Franchi, Timothy Bolger & Zachary B. Tirana IIIlast_img read more

first_img 57SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Each year, Credit Union Magazine honors some of the credit union movement’s heroes—those individuals who relentlessly promote credit union philosophy, dedicate themselves to credit union principles, and make a difference in their communities.It’s time to select Credit Union Magazine’s 2016 Credit Union Hero of the Year, sponsored by CSCU.This year’s nominees are:• Suzy Fonsecav• Dorothy Orr• Steven Post• Mignhon TournéVoting will take place through May 2. We’ll honor this year’s winner (or a representative) at CUNA’s America’s Credit Union Conference in Seattle, June 26-29. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgNCUA’s revised member business lending (MBL) rule has been in effect for more than 6 months now, and according to the agency, it has received a number of questions about the rule and its implementation. In this quarter’s NCUA Report, the agency tackled some of the most frequently asked questions.Chief among those questions is: What are NCUA’s expectations under the new MBL and commercial loan rule?The answer: NCUA expects credit unions to offer commercial loans in a safe and sound manner and structured appropriately for the member’s needs and within the member’s financial abilities.The new rule requires active oversight by senior managers and the board, but also extends flexibility to credit unions to establish policies and program controls instead of prescriptive regulatory requirements.The rule now takes a more principles-based approach to managing a commercial loan program and allows management to tailor appropriate risk-management practices to suit their individual circumstances. continue reading » 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) suspects New York State may have broken federal law when it recently opened a store at the Long Island Expressway rest stop in Dix Hills, officials said.State Department of Transportation (DOT) officials maintain that the new rest area—and several others like it that recently opened statewide—is a legally permissible welcome center and market designed to promote tourism in addition to selling locally made products.But the FHA suspects otherwise, and it has scheduled a meeting with state DOT leaders next month to discuss it and a related issue regarding state tourism signs that federal officials say are also not in compliance. If the two sides can’t come to an agreement, portions of $1.7 billion in federal highway funding to the state could be withheld.In a related matter, upstate Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi (D-Utica) has issued a public complaint that the new “I Love NY” highway signs were printed out of state. “It’s simply a bad sign when New York picks Arkansas for a project promoting our state,” Brindisi said in a press release.As for the federal matter, that issue is still under investigation.“FHWA is evaluating whether the rest area, which was not constructed with federal funds, conforms with applicable federal requirements,” Neil Gaffney, a spokesman for the agency, said in a statement. “If the facility violates federal law, we intend to work with NYSDOT to bring it into compliance both with the rest area and with the signage. We have reached out to the state DOT and are confident we will be able to work with NYSDOT to resolve this matter in the coming weeks.”Besides the market, the $20-million, 15,200-square-foot rest area—located on the eastbound side of the LIE near exit 51—also features a “Long Island Walk of Fame,” a miniature lighthouse, a statue of a breaching whale, light-up maps of LI, police facilities and a DMV kiosk.Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in June that he was inspired to rebuild the rest area after he was stranded there for several hours before he ran for governor—an experience he called a “nightmare from hell.” The rest stop opened Oct. 20, and the federal review followed earlier this month, although Gaffney noted that the FHWA has been warning the state about the legality of its tourism road signs since 2011.State DOT Commissioner Matthew Driscoll defended the signs and rest stops in a letter to the FHWA earlier this month, The Poughkeepsie Journal reported. At issue is whether the rest stop is in compliance with a ban on most over-the-counter food sales at rest areas under a federal law designed to encourage drivers to exit interstates and patronize local businesses, the paper reported.“The roadside welcome centers complement and do not compete with full scale service vendors or local businesses,” Driscoll wrote in a letter to the FHWA.Cuomo echoed the sentiment Tuesday in a news release touting the Taste of New York program.“By promoting these great New York products, we are helping to support local farms and businesses, create jobs and increase economic growth across New York,” he said.As for the hundreds of road signs promoting the “I Love NY,” “Taste of New York” and related tourism promotion initiatives, FHWA officials said they are distracting to drivers, violating federal law. The agency said that if the signs are not brought into compliance, it could withhold funding for federal highway projects.“Our hope is to explore all other options, short of penalizing the state,” Gaffney said. He noted that at the upcoming meeting, Driscoll and FHWA Administrator Greg Nadeau “will specifically discuss how these signs violate national standards and a plan to bring the state into compliance.”Driscoll wrote that he “recognizes the disagreement with FHWA’s interpretation of permissible signage and rest area activities in support of promoting tourism” and looks forward to the meeting.last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement Arsene Wenger has a warning for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger believes Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is yet to be fully tested in his role as Manchester United caretaker boss as he’s yet to face a ‘crisis’.The Norwegian’s made a remarkable start to life as interim boss at Old Trafford, winning 10 of his first 11 matches in charge.Solskjaer faces the toughest test of his career when Paris Saint-Germain take on United at Old Trafford tonight, in what will be his first Champions League tie as a manager.And Wenger, who admits Solskjaer has made a ‘fantastic’ start as caretaker, says the true test of his management will come during the tougher times.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Arsene Wenger fires warning to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after ‘fantastic’ start at Manchester United Solskjaer is unbeaten at United (Picture: Getty)‘The managers – their real job comes in a crisis,’ Wenger told beIN Sports.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘The good managers are managers that – when you have a flow it is all going good – but when you have a crisis the talent of a manger uses the crisis.‘Solskjaer has given them something fantastic. An impulse, a freedom and a positiveness.‘That is of course interesting to see tonight what will happen there.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWenger is yet to reveal his future plans and has not ruled out a return to management.The Frenchman’s been offered a number of roles in football, including one with United’s opponents PSG in a director capacity.MORE: Lucas Torreira not in Chelsea star N’Golo Kante’s class claims Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 12 Feb 2019 7:33 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link608Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe super-agent has rubbished fears over his growing role at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Kia Joorabchian has swatted away concerns over his influence on Arsenal’s transfer business, instead attacking former head of recruitment Sven Mislintat, while he says Willian will announce his next club soon.Arsenal controversially announced 55 redundancies last week, with the majority of the staff let go coming in the scouting department as technical director Edu and head of football Raul Sanllehi pivot towards a more contact-led approach to signings.One agent who looks set to play a big role in the Gunners’ transfer business is Joorabchian, who already represents David Luiz and Cedric Soares in the Arsenal squad and has reportedly offered them Willian and Philippe Coutinho. Comment Kia Joorabchian slams former Arsenal chief Sven Mislintat and provides Willian update Metro Sport ReporterThursday 13 Aug 2020 2:07 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Advertisementcenter_img Willian’s move to Arsenal should be announced in the coming days (Picture: Getty)‘He’s been under various managers, he’s won multiple trophies and he has a fantastic relationship with Frank [Lampard], he respected him a lot.‘But I think that particular cycle had come to a moment where it’s a good moment to leave. At the moment, just for now I can’t say where he’s going to go. But it won’t be long before we announce it. We know where he’s going, so it won’t be long.’MORE: Willian passes Arsenal medical after suffering injury at ChelseaMORE: Mikel Arteta plans on playing Willian in new position after move from ChelseaFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Joorabchian took a surprising dig at Mislintat, who now works at Stuttgart (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s shift in approach has concerned a number of fans but Joorabchian has allayed those fears, saying the club are in much better hands now with Edu and Sanllehi than they were previously with Mislintat.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTDenying he has any say on Arsenal’s transfer business, Joorabchian told talkSPORT: ‘People forget about the previous guy, Sven.‘He made a bunch of, I don’t like to use the word, but, cock-ups with players he brought in at very, very large numbers.’He added: ‘I actually think a lot of rumours have occurred and I don’t know why. But obviously I think when Covid happened there was not much to say so people figured David Luiz was the key picture to speak about.‘And the situation of David because he is a big player, he is an important player, created this vibe of: “Oh, I have such great influence at Arsenal”.’Back in January 2019, just 14 months after being prised away from Borussia Dortmund, Mislintat parted ways with Arsenal having signed the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Sokratis, Bernd Leno and Lucas Torreira.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalArsenal are expected to announce the signing of former Chelsea winger and free agent Willian on a three-year contract worth £100,000-a-week, with Joorabchian confirming the Brazilian had chosen his next club – though refused to reveal his destination.He continued: ‘He is a free player. He had a fantastic seven years at Chelsea when he left [Anzhi]. Advertisementlast_img read more