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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Marianne GarvinI’ve been involved in the effort to build affordable housing on Long Island for more than three decades–most of that time at the Community Development Corporation of Long Island. One of the most encouraging trends that I’ve seen is the increasing decline of the NIMBY (“Not In My Back Yard”) attitude that has been far too prevalent on Long Island. I’m more hopeful than ever that its decline will now pick up speed.I understand the instinct. LI is primarily a community of single-family homes. Our homes represent a sizeable investment for every property owner, and it’s natural to want to protect that investment. Local home rule also gives us residents the chance to participate in decisions about how our communities grow, and I’m part of that process in Stony Brook, where I live, as well.The problem is that the Island is cutting itself out of the job market, because our housing is so expensive. Neighboring suburbs in Westchester, southern Connecticut and northern New Jersey are attracting the businesses and jobs that should be coming here and should be providing employment for our children and growing our tax base.Affordable housing now addresses a broader need than ever: young people who want to live here but can’t afford it, seniors who want to downsize, people in transitions of one kind or another, and others with lower incomes. The good news is that affordable housing—and the need for it—has evolved to a point where there is growing momentum behind it for a number of reasons.First, there are more and more positive examples of high-quality affordable housing on Long Island that have now been in place for years and have proven to be an asset to their community. A great example is Patchogue village, which is thriving after about a decade. It’s attracting people who want to live downtown, and they are adding vitality to the area, its restaurants and performing arts.Early supporters of affordable housing had to operate on faith. Later adopters can see positive examples and operate on proof.Second, affordable housing is helping rejuvenate many downtowns, and those downtowns are growing in popularity, precisely because they offer added opportunities for dining and entertainment. Even in our single-family homes, we like having more choices when we go out to eat or attend art events and performances.Third, in communities across LI, residents and government officials are increasingly discussing their planning priorities for downtown development including greater density. That opens up the possibility of affordable housing, because density is key to affordability.A great example is Wincoram Commons, which recently opened in a new hamlet center in Coram. Creating the hamlet center was a community priority. Wincoram Commons adds 176 affordable apartments as well as shops along the main street, bringing new vitality to the area.Communities that have embraced these discussions—and the planning that results—have made clear their priorities. Those of us involved in creating affordable housing can then address them.Fourth, more Long Islanders know people who want and need affordable housing. They may well include their own family members and even their own children.Part of the change is generational. Young people want rental properties they can afford. They want a lively downtown, where they can live near a train station with easy access to New York City and can have dinner with friends and be entertained.While the Island has the extraordinary infrastructure of the Long Island Rail Road, which serves many downtowns, affordable transit-oriented housing is far too rare. That reality poses a great threat to the region, because 70 percent of Long Islanders 18- to 34-years-old say they will leave Long Island by 2020, according to the Long Island Index. But that reality also holds great promise.The housing that we at CDCLI develop serves people with incomes up to 120 percent of the area median income, because we want it to represent a broader mix of income levels. In the last seven years or so, nearly all of the housing that we’ve developed has been rental property that is transit-oriented and also removes blight. These developments are, therefore, a win-win-win–addressing a range of incomes, revitalizing downtowns and removing blight.Similar victories are stacking up on LI, and their appeal is the reason that I’m optimistic about the future of affordable housing here. NIMBY must increasingly compete with the benefits of well-planned, well-designed, affordable housing and the added reality that building it will enable our children and grandchildren to stay in our region.Marianne Garvin is president and CEO of the Community Development Corporation of Long Island and president of the National NeighborWorks Association.Illustration by two-time Pulitzer Prize-winner Walt Handelsmanlast_img read more

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first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Sep 2020 9:35 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.2kShares Don’t bring this bastard near my club. @Arsenal pic.twitter.com/sDaM1pdsu7— qaliil (@qaliilshaafto) September 14, 2020 Comment Advertisement Runarsson quickly deleted the tweets after they were brought to light, with some Arsenal fans even suggesting he should not be signed as a result of the posts – though most recognise he was a young kid tweeting in anger during a difficult period for the club.Arsenal had originally targeted Brentford’s David Raya as a replacement for Martinez, though the Championship club refused to sell, with Runarsson’s looming bargain arrival freeing up more funds to be spent on a new midfielder.MORE: Sead Kolasinac set to stay at Arsenal after talks with Mikel ArtetaMORE: Arsenal target Runar Alex Runarsson as Emiliano Martinez joins Aston Villa for £20mFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Runar Alex was just 14 when he posted the tweets nearly a decade ago (Picture: Twitter)A month later, with Fabregas now having left and Nasri primed to join Manchester City, he tweeted again, saying: ‘Arsene Wenger is definitely the dumbest man on this planet!’ and once again hashtagged the term ‘French f**k’.That tweet also coincided with a defeat, with Arsenal having lost 2-0 at home to Liverpool the day before, and just a week later they would be ripped apart at Old Trafford, losing 8-2.center_img Runarsson will cost significantly less than previous target David Raya (Picture: Getty)However, some eagled-eyed Arsenal fans have dug up tweets made by the Icelandic shot-stopper when he was a teenager – which Runarsson has since deleted – in which he slams the north London club’s legendary former manager.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBack in July 2011, the keeper – who appears to be a very frustrated Arsenal fan – tweeted: ‘Arsene Wenger is a little too stupid!’ and hashtagging ‘French f**k’.It is not entirely clear what might have riled the young Runarsson, who would have been just 14 at the time, though Arsenal would sell both Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri that summer. The goalkeeper was just a teenager when he posted the messages almost a decade ago (Pictures: Getty)Prospective new Arsenal signing Runar Alex Runarsson may have some bridges to build at the Emirates after branding Arsene Wenger a ‘French f**k’ in now deleted tweets.The Iceland international has emerged as a bargain replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who is on the verge of joining Aston Villa in a £20million deal that means the Gunners are in need of a new deputy to Bernd Leno.Runarsson has been identified as the man to plug that gap, with goalkeeper coach Inaki Cana having worked with him at Nordsjaelland and current club Dijon setting a price tag of just £1.5m. Advertisement Arsenal target Runar Alex Runarsson deletes tweets calling Arsene Wenger a ‘French f**k’last_img read more

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first_imgAdvertisement William Saliba and Gabriel are yet to start alongside one another for Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Summer signing Gabriel Magalhaes has made an encouraging start to his Arsenal career, but eyebrows were raised when he was missing from the starting XI against Liverpool on Monday night.The Brazilian centre-half won the man-of-the-match award following an impressive debut against Fulham on the opening weekend of the new season, despite having trained on only several occasions with his new team-mates. Gabriel impressed again in the narrow 2-1 home victory against West Ham, but the return to full fitness of David Luiz saw the former Chelsea star’s Brazilian compatriot dropped to the bench at Anfield. William Saliba, meanwhile, is still waiting to make his senior debut following his return from a loan spell at Saint-Etienne. The Gunners beat off strong competition to sign the French centre-half last summer, but were forced to return him to the Ligue 1 club as pat of the deal.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe 19-year-old, who was handed Arsenal’s iconic No.4 squad number, could make his bow in the Carabao Cup against Liverpool tomorrow having been an unused substitute in the same competition last week at Leicester. Comment Advertisement David Luiz was restored to the starting line-up as Arsenal were beaten 3-1 at Anfield by Liverpool on Monday (Picture: Getty)Arsenal fans had hoped to see the pair form a burgeoning partnership from the get-go, but according to the Daily Telegraph, Arteta has been hesitant to pitch the new additions to his squad into battle and would never have selected Gabriel for the match at Craven Cottage had it not been for a central defensive injury crisis. Arteta’s insistence on his defenders playing out from the back is a style of play new arrivals require time to perfect, while both players are attempting to overcome a significant language barrier.Still, the Arsenal manager’s decision to leave Gabriel out of the firing line on Monday was heavily criticised by club legend Tony Adams who was baffled by the 22-year-old’s omission as the Gunners lost 3-1 and surrendered their 100% start to the new campaign.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 Arsenal‘I think it was a bad decision not to play Gabriel,’ he told Astro SuperSport after the game. ‘You’ve brought him into the team, he’s had two good games, and you bring Luiz in. I think that was an error. I’m screaming. ‘The problem that the coach has got is the system has been really working, they’ve [lifted] the FA Cup, you kind of go, “Okay, I’ll run with it, it seems to be working, the lads seem to know what they’re doing”. ‘Arsene Wenger came the first year and we were playing three at the back and he didn’t want it. He didn’t want it but we persevered for the rest of the year and then in pre-season the next season we went in to a back four and we got solid again.‘For me, it’s done Arteta a disservice by winning the FA Cup in the system they’ve got. ‘Because I think they have got to get Holding alongside Gabriel, get Tierney in at left-back, and let’s put a back four in place with a three [in midfield]. Copy Liverpool! You know, the 4-3-3 has been hugely successful for them. They’re champions, it’s a great model, let’s copy it.’AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar? Arsenal legend Nigel Winterburn makes his choiceMORE: Arsenal defender Sead Kolasinac close to reaching agreement with Bayer LeverkusenFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Why Mikel Arteta has held back new Arsenal signings Gabriel and William Saliba Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 30 Sep 2020 1:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kShareslast_img read more

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first_imgA woman is reporting that her 2-year-old son was injured at an Atlanta airport after he climbed up on a baggage claim conveyor belt and was taxied into a baggage room.The incident occurred Monday at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.According to the report, the two-year-old’s mother says she put him down so that she could print her airline ticket at an unmanned Spirit ticket counter. When she looked up she saw her son on the conveyor belt behind the counter.The Atlanta police department reported that they received a call from a TSA staff member in the baggage room stating that they found a child with a broken hand.Spirit Airlines has since released a statement saying the station the woman and child were using was closed and that they are working with TSA agents to make sure the correct procedures were followed.last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0ELMA, WA, JULY 14, 2011: The Regional Education and Training Center at Satsop recently hosted the 6th Annual Energy and Construction Best Practices Summit. The theme for this year’s event was Smarter Grid Innovations 2011 focusing on evolution of our national electrical grid. The conference was attended by nearly 200 sector professionals from 11 different states representing industry, labor, public sector, and educational institutions. The annual summit is presented by the Pacific Northwest Center of Excellence for Clean Energy at Centralia College, the Construction Center of Excellence at Renton Technical College, and the Regional Education and Training Center at Satsop.The Keynote address was delivered by Roger Woodworth, the Chief Strategy Officer from Avista Utilities. The Summit featured roundtable discussions on smart grid technologies, skill standards, changes in energy careers, and new educational programs. The summit was funded by a Department of Energy Smart Grid Workforce Grant to Centralia College, a National Science Foundation Grant to Edmonds Community College, and support from sponsors including IBEW 46, Lab Volt, Incremental Systems, and Overton Safety Training.“The Satsop site is an ideal training ground for the energy sector and the summit highlights the opportunities for education and innovation that exist in Grays Harbor County for the energy sector” said Ryan Davis, Executive Director of the RETC. “We look forward to next year’s event being even larger.”The RETC is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization dedicated to the improvement of the Workforce in the Pacific Mountain Region and beyond. The RETC works with private industry, educational institutions, government agencies, labor partners, and other community organizations to provide training opportunities at our Satsop Campus and through online learning opportunities.Satsop Business Park is a 1,700-acre mixed-use business and technology park attracting diverse manufacturing, telecommunications, technology, commercial and distribution companies. Satsop is home to more than 30 businesses and 440 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure and surrounded by 1,300 acres of forest land. The Park is managed by the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority, a public corporation whose mission is to create new jobs and investment for the region.# # #If you have questions or would like more information about this event, contact the RETC by phone at 360-482-1755, or email at [email protected] Please visit our website at http://retcs.org/ for information on training and events.last_img read more

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