NY Eyes Extra Revenue But Forecasters Warn About New Virus

first_imgPhoto: Jim Bowen / CC BY 2.0ALBANY — New York could see at least $700 million in extra tax revenue through March 2021, but the state’s economic outlook is nonetheless uncertain because of the new coronavirus outbreak.The state’s latest economic forecast says the spread of the disease could end up severely restraining global and domestic growth and hurting global supply chains. But forecasters say a quick resolution to the outbreak could make the economic outlook less bleak.The governor and Legislature’s annual consensus forecast was released Sunday — the same day that the state confirmed its first case of COVID-19 in a woman who had recently returned from Iran.Amid worries about how the outbreak might affect the state’s economy, there was some good news: The forecast estimated that the state could have at least $700 million in extra revenue over the next year, and two separate reports by the state Senate and Assembly say New York could see even more money, predicting over $1 billion more in additional tax revenues through March 2021. Lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo are currently discussing how to use any extra revenues in the state budget, which is due by April 1.The state’s Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and fiscal watchdog groups are calling for more money in the state rainy day fund in case the economy worsens. Liberal advocacy groups want the state to direct more spending to education and the state’s increasingly costly Medicaid system serving 3 million low-income New Yorkers.The consensus forecast says the national economy will keep growing but at a slower pace due to declining global growth, a tight labor market and the waning impact of 2017 corporate tax cuts.The report estimates that personal income and wage growth will increase over the next two years but also at a slowing pace. Any increase to interest rates could also hit New York particularly hard, forecasters warn. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Cattaraugus County Receives First Positive Coronavirus Case

first_imgPhoto: CDCLITTLE VALLEY – Cattaraugus County received its first positive COVID-19 case Friday. Officials say the case was reported in the northwestern region of the county. Thirteen people remain in precautionary quarantine while 58 are in mandatory quarantine.The county has administered 126 total tests, with 108 coming back negative.WNYNewsNow is attempting to learn more information on the specifics. That can be found here when it becomes available. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

Western New York Takes One Step Closer To Reopening

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Graphic.BUFFALO – Western New York is one step closer to reopening after meeting 6 of the 7 guidelines on Sunday.Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the region is one step closer to phase one of the process after meeting all hospitalization metrics.The governor says more contact tracers are needed to reopen and he is working with local leaders to meet that goal.Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz says the names of 291 employees have been provided to New York State to be trained as contact tracers. “Per the 30 contact tracers for every 100,000 residents we would need 276 contact tracers for Erie County,” explained Poloncarz  in a tweet. “So our 291 identified employees is greater than our allotment, but if we have to do more to meet all of WNY’s counties requirements we will. I guarantee it.”On Friday, officials in Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Allegany County announced they are seeking to reopen as a sub-region, separate from the Buffalo Metro area.Chautauqua County Executive PJ Wendel says Chautauqua County meets all seven of the state’s reopening requirement metrics, when judged independently.last_img read more

Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Allegro Opens Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Allegro, starring Claybourne Elder and Elizabeth A. Davis, officially opens off-Broadway on November 19. Directed by John Doyle, the production is playing a limited engagement through December 14 at Classic Stage Company. The cast also includes George Abud, Alma Cuervo, Malcolm Gets, Maggie Lakis, Megan Loomis, Paul Lincoln, Jane Pfitsch, Randy Redd, Ed Romanoff and Jessica Tyler Wright. Allegro was Richard Rodgers’ and Oscar Hammerstein II’s third collaboration and first premiered on Broadway in 1947. The musical chronicles nearly four decades in the life of an Everyman, Joseph Taylor Jr. (Elder), from cradle through a mid-life discovery of who he is and what his life is truly about. The saga takes us from Joe’s birth through his childhood, from college dorm to marriage altar, and on to his career; from the tranquility of his small Midwestern hometown to the hectic din of big city life. View Comments Allegro Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 14, 2014last_img read more

This Week’s Picks! Kristin Chenoweth, Idina Menzel & More

first_imgGo Window Shopping with Idina MenzelNovember 24 at Beacon CourtIn most towns, the unveiling of the signature store’s holiday window is no big deal. You get appearances from the mayor, the (talent-free) glee club, and colossal indifference. New York is a different, much more entertaining story. So head to Bloomingdale’s, where Idina Menzel will songs from her latest album, Holiday Wishes, and other favorites. Please sing “Let It Go,” please sing “Let It Go…” Kristin Chenoweth Share a Memory with Alice RipleyNovember 25 at the Irish Repertory TheatreNew York is filled with holiday traditions: the tree at Rockefeller Center, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, and the Giant Line to Go Ice Skating, just to name a few. How about something new? In the off-Broadway premiere of A Christmas Memory, the musical adaptation of Truman Capote’s beloved autobiographical short story, a young boy celebrates a special Christmas with his three eccentric cousins in 1933 Alabama. The production, running through January 4, stars Tony winner Alice Ripley. Click for tickets! View Comments See Kristin Chenoweth’s HomecomingNovember 28, check local listingsHere’s proof that PBS isn’t all reruns of The Lawrence Welk Show. The Tony-winning powerhouse sasses up public television in Kristin Chenoweth: Coming Home, belting songs from Wicked, Glee, and The Phantom of the Opera with help from a 13-piece orchestra. Plus, there are special Broadway guests! The coolest part: Chenoweth performs in her hometown, Broken Arrow, OK, in a theatre named after her. Now that’s called winning at life. Idina Menzelcenter_img Star Files Partake in Peter Pan PatterNovember 26, check local listingsThanksgiving is a big day. Usually, rest is advised so you can eat double your body weight in candied yams and pretend to like football. Not tonight, because Allison Williams, star of the upcoming Peter Pan Live!, is scheduled to visit Late Night with Seth Meyers. You’d rather sleep than possibly hear stories about Christopher Walken or the secret club Williams is in with Sandy Duncan and Cathy Rigby? Priorities, people! Hit the Streets with Broadway’s BestNovember 27, check local listingsThe holidays are tough—Black Friday, cheesy holiday movies, awkward encounters with irritating relatives—so why not start with something pleasant? Specifically, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which starts at 77th St. and Central Park West and ends at Herald Square. It has everything: massive cartoon balloons, Santa’s first appearance, and performances from an array of Broadway shows, including On the Town, The Last Ship, and Side Show. Stay in or go out—you win either way! Hey you, making three kinds of stuffing to accommodate your Thanksgiving guests’ allergies! Back away from the gluten-free breadcrumbs and partake in all of the great theater events the city has to offer, including a new holiday musical, a classic parade and a shopping trip at Bloomingdale’s with Idina Menzel. Make way for this week’s picks!last_img read more

The Cast of It’s Only a Play Makes ‘Em Laugh at Actors Fund Performance

first_img It’s Only a Play Show Closed This production ended its run on June 7, 2015 Star Files Nathan Lane Related Shows View Comments It was opening night all over again on December 7, when Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Stockard Channing, Rupert Grint, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham and Micah Stock appeared in a special performance of the hit comedy It’s Only a Play to benefit The Actors Fund. The national human services organization directly benefits more than 12,000 performers and crew members each year, providing emergency assistance, health care and insurance, housing and employment and training services. Check out this Hot Shot of the cast with Actors Fund president and CEO Joseph P. Benincasa, then see It’s Only a Play at the Schoenfeld Theatre.last_img read more

James Earl Jones Joins Kurt Vonnegut’s God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater

first_img View Comments Stage and screen legend James Earl Jones has joined the cast of God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater as part of New York City Center Encores!’ Off-Center series. The roster also includes the previously announced Santino Fontana and Skylar Astin. Michael Mayer will direct the production, which will run from July 27 through July 30.Jones, who last appeared on Broadway in The Gin Game, won Tony Awards for Fences and The Great White Hope. His additional credits include Tony-nominated turns in The Best Man and On Golden Pond, as well as memorable screen performances including Star Wars, The Great White Hope and The Lion King.The 1979 musical, which marks the first musical collaboration between Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, follows Eliot Rosewater (Fontana), a millionaire who (drunkenly) spends his fortune on a town in poverty after being inspired by novelist Kilgore Trout (Jones). Astin will play Norman Mushari, a lawyer who plots to have Eliot declared insane in order to stop his goodwill.In addition to Jones, Astin and Fontana, the cast will include Derrick Baskin, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Nick Choksi, Eddie Cooper, Kevin Del Aguila, Clark Johnson, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Eddie Korbich, Marla Louissaint, Liz McCartney, Bonnie Milligan, Brynn O’Malley and Kate Wetherhead. James Earl Jones(Photo: Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

Harvesttime Rains Costly

first_imgWhatever the yields, market prices are dropping, said Don Shurley, a CAES extensioneconomist. “The rain the weekend of Oct. 25-26 adversely affected the Georgia cotton crop,” said SteveM. Brown, an Extension Service cotton scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences. Brown said drought through August and September, then heavy rain in late September,brought the estimates down. “At this point, we’ll be fortunate to average close to 700 poundsper acre,” he said. Rains totaling 5 inches to 8 inches fell on most of the Georgia cotton belt through the lastOctober weekend. Brown said some farmers reported 60 mph winds, too. Almost half of Georgia’s 1.4 million acres of cotton remain unharvested. The U.S.Department of Agriculture’s Oct. 1 yield estimate has cotton at 702 pounds per acre, downfrom 736 pounds earlier in the season. The potential for more losses grows every day. Soggy fields make farmers unable to pickcotton and raise the risk of further weather damage. “If we had gotten this rain in August,” he said, “we could have seen a $100 million increase invalue, instead of these continuing losses.” Farmers face further losses in the hidden second cotton crop: the seeds. Last year, cottonseedearned the state’s farmers $77 million, adding 10 percent to the overall value of Georgiacotton. Processors must treat rain-stained fibers to make them white again before the fiber can be spuninto threads for clothing. That extra step adds to their costs. So the price farmers get isdiscounted based on the extra processing costs. “We’re estimating a $30 to $50 quality loss per 480-pound bale,” he said. Adding to thoselosses, cotton already picked and waiting in modules to be picked up could sustain waterdamage, too — about $600 per 15-bale module. “Those two factors combined with the normal pattern of price decline through the season areall contributing to a slight price drop,” Shurley said. Rainwater damages cotton fibers and turns them grayish, cutting their value. When cottonbolls first open, the fibers are a brilliant white — its most valuable color. Unstained cottonfetches the highest price. Wet weather can cause seeds to sprout, dropping their feed value for livestock. “So really,”Brown said, “farmers lose money on two counts in a situation like this.” Georgia cotton farmers have lost another $40 million to $50 million to excess late-seasonrains, says a University of Georgia agricultural scientist. Worldwide stock markets affect cotton prices, too. The recent wild fluctuations rooted insoutheast Asian markets indicate their economies are weakening. As economies in that regionlose strength, so does their ability to buy U.S. cotton. The hard rain and wind did knock some cotton off the stalk, Brown said. He said the biggestcotton loss, though, was to quality. Other factors contribute to the price drop. “The yield declines in the Southeast are being offsetby yield increases elsewhere in the cotton belt,” Shurley said. “So the national yield is stable.” Brown tells farmers to get wet modules ginned as quickly as possible to avoid further losses.The value of each module, he said, is at least $5,000. The combination of soggy fields, humid, foggy mornings and shortened days is pushingharvest back. “I expect we’ll see farmers harvesting cotton well past Thanksgiving,” Brownsaid. Brown said many modules, the densely packed cotton stored in the fields, got wet during theheavy rains. Others are soaking up water from the saturated ground around them. No matterhow the lint gets wet, cotton can rot quickly. Prices for December cotton entered November at 70 cents to 72 cents per pound. Shurley saidcontracting cotton for later sale and paying storage costs could prove profitable for farmers.last_img read more

Garden Records.

first_img Jefferson was the master plantsman and gardener. You can follow in his footsteps by keeping a detailed record of your gardening accomplishments. Adaptability to area. Did it grow? Some varieties do well in either north or south Georgia, but not both. Others may do well in both areas. The microclimate (the plant’s immediate vicinity) may also affect the success of a particular variety. Earliness. When did it grow? The number of days from planting to maturity can vary considerably from one variety to another. You can use successive plantings of the same variety or several varieties of different maturity dates at the same time to extend the harvest season. Maturity. How long did it grow? Some tomato varieties (determinate) set one crop, and the plant is through when you harvest the crop. Others (indeterminate tomatoes) can keep producing over time if you properly care for the plants and then pick the fruit as it matures. Productivity. How much did it produce? With the same care, some varieties yield much more than others. Usually, hybrids outyield nonhybrids. Quality. Was it good? Varieties differ greatly in flavor, texture, keeping ability and adaptability to canning and freezing. How you will use it may influence the variety you choose. Disease resistance. What type of problems did I have growing it? Some varieties resist leaf and soil-borne diseases and nematodes. Resistance is important where these problems are known to exist or where you haven’t taken proper prevention measures. Your county Extension Service office has a current list of recommended varieties. “I wish I could remember the name of that great tomato I planted two years ago. I tossed the seed pack, though, and can’t find my order form.” Sound familiar? Keep records. That’s hardly new advice. “Thomas Jefferson’s Garden Book” is fascinating reading because America’s greatest gardener was an avid record keeper. If you haven’t read this book, do it soon. It’s a must for all gardeners. You, too, can have a garden book. It may not go down in history, but it will be helpful over the years to come. Enter the name of each variety, the seed source, lot number (if available), date planted and date harvested. Write down your evaluation of the crop, too. Keep records on chemicals used, fertilizer analysis and anything of personal interest. All of these notes will help you plan next year’s garden a little more efficiently. Your garden record headings might look something like this.last_img read more

A perennial “Hardy”

first_imgJan. 23, 2003Writer: Cat Holmes (706) 542-8960 (clholmes@uga.edu)Source: Hardy Edwards (706) 542-1351 (hedwards@uga.edu)A perennial ‘hardy’: Edwards still excels at UGABy Cat HolmesUniversity of GeorgiaWhen Hardy Edwards began his University of Georgia research and teaching career on Nov. 1,1957, Sputnik I had been orbiting Earth less than a month. Television was black-and-white, andthe campus wasn’t ? it was still four years before integration.Nearly everything has changed, said Edwards, a renowned poultry scientist who was recentlyrecognized for his 45 years at UGA, the longest tenure of any faculty member now.“One of the things you learn to adjust to, if you stay around an institution as long as I’ve stayed atthe University of Georgia, is change,” Edwards said with a laugh. “Mine is a dynamic field. Andboth the university and the world have changed a great deal.”At 73, Edwards continues to conduct research, guide graduate students and teach classes. Indeed,“the last 20 years have been particularly fruitful,” he said. “I’ve had a really fun and rewardingcareer here. When I came to UGA, I decided I would not lay around, and I haven’t.”Born in Ruston, La., in 1929, Edwards graduated from Southwestern Louisiana Institute in 1949.He got a master’s degree from Florida in 1950 and a PhD from Cornell in 1953, when he was just23.“I was the youngest person at Cornell at that time to have received a PhD,” Edwards said. “Canyou imagine what a big head I had as a young man?”Drafted into the Army then, he served for two years. “The army did me a lot of good,” he said.“You know what they say about Cornell students: ‘You can always tell them because you can’ttell them much.’ In the Army, I was a private and spent two years picking up cigarette butts offthe ground. I needed that.”For Edwards’ first 15 years, he developed a highly respected research program in poultry andanimal nutrition, with emphasis on lipid and mineral metabolism. He co-discovered thecondition, cause and prevention of X disease in chickens and the antibiotic growth response inanimals.Edwards spent a year as a research associate in physiological chemistry at the University of Lundin Sweden in 1964-65.He was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1972 and spent it at the Institute of NationalResearch in Agriculture in Tours, France, and the Applied Biology Department at Cambridge,England.Promoted to professor in 1966, Edwards became the UGA graduate dean in 1972. For the nextseven years, he came to appreciate the UGA’s “top-notch” programs.In 1979, he returned to poultry science, building a new research program focused on the causeand prevention of leg abnormalities in poultry and on phytate phosphorous utilization by poultry.This work has resulted in four U.S. patents.In 1984, he was a visiting professor for the National Institute of Animal Science in Copenhagen,Denmark, and a Danish Agricultural and Veterinary Research Council Fellow.In 1991, in the House of Commons in London, he was presented the Tom Newman InternationalAward for contributions to poultry research.Edwards now studies vitamin D requirements of broiler/breeder chickens and the vitamin’seffects on their progeny.“I’m interested in how this may affect immune responses,” he said. “All kinds of cancers havebeen linked to Vitamin D deficiency. This isn’t a backwater area. This is an area that’s movingfast.”Edwards still lives on the same farm he bought with his wife, Aldies, in 1957 and where theirson, Hardy III, grew up. On 170 acres between Winterville and Hull, he continues to manage acow-calf farm, though he says he’s starting to slow down.“Five years ago I could stack a hay wagon by myself,” he said. “But some of these things requirephysical labor I’m no longer equal to.”He may not be stacking hay wagons, but with three articles being published, a graduate coursethis semester and an active research program, he’s certainly living up to his name.(Cat Holmes is a science writer with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.)last_img read more