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May 8, 2015

Gay Bashing Attack over Spill drinks at NY Bar

 This Man is Wanted for attacking a gay couple with chair while yelling gay epithets
On Tuesday night, a diner at Dallas BBQ in Chelsea was hit over the head with a wooden chair in an alleged bias attack. The Hate Crimes Task Force says they are now investigating the attack on Jonathan Snipes and his boyfriend Ethan York-Adams, who were celebrating Cinco de Mayo when they ended up in a brawl with another patron who they say repeatedly called them gay slurs.

Snipes spent hours with detectives yesterday going over the events of the assault: the two men had accidentally knocked over a drink as they were leaving the restaurant, which led to a verbal confrontation with the other table, which then became a physical one. "A table near us audibly started making pretty gross comments about the two of us like, 'White f----ts, spilling drinks,'" Snipes told DNAInfo. "I don't let anyone talk to me like that. I went over there and asked, ‘What did you say about us?’”
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 Witnesses described the fight to CBS: "He was on the floor being stomped — like he was stomping to kill," Isaam Sharef, who captured video of the assault, told them. "Like, it was violently dangerous. It was out of control to even see it...In all my years, I had never seen anything like that. I had never seen somebody crack — 
I mean like, you could hear the wood break; like, that heavy, thick wood upside that man’s head." Snipes wrote on Facebook: “ than and I want to extend our most heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone for their support.                                                                                                               
We are in better spirits and believe that our assailants will be found and brought to justice. We live in the finest city in the world and have the VERY BEST police officers to match! I am humbled and immensely thankful for their help. Even in the midst of turmoil we feel so blessed to have been shown such compassion.                                                                                                    
Thank you all again. Please have a safe and happy evening."Corey Johnson, the councilman who represents Chelsea, said in a statement that such attacks are intolerable: "The fact that this attack took place in the neighborhood of Chelsea, a place known around the world for its acceptance of all people, is particularly outrageous."No arrests have been made in connection with the assault.
pic: CBS Gothamist

April 24, 2015

The Plan in NY to END AIDS will Save $4.5B by 2020 in Medicaid Alone

$4.5 Billions  $4.5 Billions

NY Plan to End AIDS Will Save $4.5B in Medicaid by 2020, Says Report

If New York State implements all the recommendations of a blueprint created to end the AIDS epidemic, it will save a net $4.5 billion in Medicaid costs by 2020 and an additional $120 million through improving the lives of HIV-positive New Yorkers who are homeless or in unstable housing, according to a press release and report by the Treatment Action Group (TAG) and Housing Works.

Last year, Governor Andrew Cuomo formed the Ending the Epidemic (ETE) Task Force, which was made of HIV/AIDS experts, including members of TAG and Housing Works. The group’s goal was to create a blueprint to end the epidemic in the Empire State by 2020. Specifically, this meant reducing new infections from the 3,200 cases in 2013 to fewer than 750 a year by 2020. It included the goals of identifying undiagnosed people and linking more HIV-positive New Yorkers to care and helping them remain undetectable, as well as providing more access to pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to HIV-negative people.

This January, the task force completed its blueprint to attain these goals. According to the press release, the plan requires the state to invest an additional $2.5 billion in Medicaid spending between now and 2020—but that investment will result in a net savings of $4.5 billion for that program alone.

The fiscal report released this week from Housing Works and TAG focuses on the costs and savings of the plan, specifically in terms of the New York State Medicaid program, because it covers half of people with HIV in the Empire State.

“[The blueprint] will pay for itself because the number of averted infections will be so great it will save billions of dollars,” Mark Harrington, TAG’s executive director, told The Associated Press. “Which then can be spent on treatment, and on housing, and on many other services we need for people living with HIV.”

November 7, 2012

NY {} Lets Start The Great Work Sandy Warned Us About

  By Kevin Baker 

The great thing about living in New York used to be that you didn’t have to give a damn about the natural world.
Sadly, those days seem to be gone. Even in my neighborhood, which was lucky enough to be high and relatively dry, things began to resemble a zombie movie by last Wednesday. With nowhere to go and nothing to do, hordes of Upper West Siders staggered about the sidewalks, searching for brunch instead of brains: “Rrrrrr … smoked fish … rrr … hollandaise!”
Now, it seems, we’re all ready to give ourselves a big pat on the back for how we weathered the storm.
Not so fast. Yes, the firemen, cops and emergency workers deserve all the gratitude their weary bones can carry. Yes, plenty of average New Yorkers helped their friends and neighbors.
But as for the institutional response, public or private … Sorry, but 85 dead and counting, over $60 billion in damages, a subway system still not fully operational a week after it shut down, massive blackouts throughout the region, days of gas-line fistfights and raging fires in Queens just doesn’t add up to a good response. (Note to ConEd: when a piece of equipment that’s absolutely vital to keeping the lights on blows up in the first hours of a storm everyone was predicting for days … you’re not doing your job.).
New York has been under assault, human or otherwise, pretty continually for almost 20 years now. And yet the response of our leaders remains basically reactive.
Yes, it’s nice that FEMA is now run by people with detectable brain patterns, and that Gov. Cuomo and Mayor Bloomberg have become staunch believers in climate change. But more needs to be done—much more. And it is probably up to us to do it.
IT’S NOT THAT NO ONE could see this coming. Scientists have been talking about global warming for a generation now. The dean of the city’s investigative reporters, Wayne Barrett, warned five years ago that Bloomberg deputy Dan Doctoroff was deliberately and grossly minimizing the possible effects of hurricanes and rising sea levels in putting together the administration’s much-vaunted blueprint for the future, PlaNYC.
Nonetheless, the Bloomberg administration did all it could to promote massive new developments in nearly every part of the city that ended up underwater last week: the West Side of Manhattan, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, the Queens riverfront, Red Hook, the Rockaways. And plenty more is coming. Remember watching the flood waters sweep over Coney Island? Thanks to an elaborate masquerade the city played with developers, Coney was rezoned two years ago to allow the development of 30 30-story buildings. That’s enough luxury condos to spark a financial crisis as well as an environmental one.
And while global warming is new, New York has been bedeviled by similar weather patterns throughout its history. In the past, we generally managed to learn something from them. The question is if we’ll do so again.
Back near the end of the last Little Ice Age, fierce winds off the Atlantic frequently combined with cold fronts from Canada to batter the city. The “hard winter” of 1779-1780 brought snowdrifts 18 feet deep and a record low temperature of 16 degrees below zero, and froze the harbor solid for five consecutive weeks. New Yorkers adjusted by harvesting the waterways for ice to get them through the summer, and turning them into roadways to get out of town. In the winter of 1821, they even set up makeshift taverns on the Hudson to attract the foot traffic crossing to Jersey.
In March of 1888, a cold front combined with—surprise, surprise—heavy winds off the ocean to suddenly turn a warm spring rain into a howling snowstorm. “The Blizzard of ’88”—or as it was known at the time, “The Great White Hurricane”—became shorthand for natural disaster. In the city, some 40 inches of snow fell, and severe flooding and conflagrations swept New York. The fires alone caused $25 million worth of damage, or more than $600 million in today’s money.
When temperatures dropped to 6 degrees—the coldest ever recorded here in March—the region came to a standstill. New York’s vast webs of telegraph and telephone wires were encased in ice and its many elevated railroads ground to a halt. More than 200 New Yorkers died, some of them freezing to death in the street.
In response, the city began to bury its wires, cables and trains, and professionalized its street-cleaning department. But today, the city’s underground is more vulnerable than ever.
So what to do?
The good news is that many very smart people have already spent a good deal of time thinking about this. Some of their ideas were all over last Sunday’s New York Times, ranging from gigantic, high-tech solutions—vast barriers or gates to seal off much of the city at key chokepoints—to incredibly inventive, low-tech solutions, such as “absorptive streets,” or natural barriers of marshes and oyster beds.
The bad news is that they require leadership and money to be implemented. Neither is likely to come from Washington anytime soon. So we’ll have to do it ourselves. A special tax on, say, stock transactions, or luxury items, or the very highest incomes might raise enough cash—though the usual suspects are likely to balk at a tax for even such an urgent and worthy purpose.
So here’s another idea. Once upon a time, when no government would shell out the money for a pediment on which to place the Statue of Liberty, a newspaper started a campaign to raise the money through thousands of individual donations. In exchange for donations of as little as a penny, Joseph Pulitzer would print their names in the pages of the New York World.
Maybe some newspaper today could start the “Keep Lady Liberty’s Head Above Water Fund,” dedicated to not only preserving our city and region, but also to making it the hub of global climate research and solutions. (Then again, maybe someone else should take this on, given how busy newspapers are trying to keep their own heads above water.)
Our local universities could be persuaded to open new climate change centers, in exchange for the vast amounts of land and legal support we’ve given them lately. Abandoned or underused facilities, such as the Brooklyn Navy Yard or Governor’s Island or the Kingsbridge Armory could be devoted to this purpose. The unemployed could find work building these wondrous new projects. The Bloomberg administration could finally find a reason for its third term.
Of course, simply getting their names in the paperwould hardly suffice for people today. The enterprise I have in mind would operate as an investment fund. As the new technologies, devices and clean energy solutions we produce are put into place around the world—as they surely would be—each investor would get a return on his dollar, once the city’s safety is secured.
New York has been reacting to storms for almost four centuries now. It’s time we got ahead of the next one.

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