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Morning Brief: July 16

by Jeff Coltin
Madison Square Park

Jeffrey Zeldman, flickr

Yesterday’s planned performance of the New York Philharmonic at Van Cortlandt Park was rained out, but for those still looking for a bit of piano in the park can find it at Madison Square Park in Manhattan tonight.  Famed French jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson plays in a quartet there from 7-8:30.  Admission is free.

Governor Cuomo Taking "See How it Goes" Approach to Possible LIRR Strike

by Associated Press
LIRR Train.

ShellyS, Flickr

Anxiety is growing among the nearly 300,000 daily riders caught in the middle of a labor dispute involving the Long Island Road.

   Unions have threatened a strike at 12:01 a.m. Sunday unless they get a new contract.

   No talks were scheduled Tuesday between the unions and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. That's the agency that operates the LIRR.

   Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he is taking a "see how it goes" approach to the dispute.

New York's Data Breach

by Associated Press

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/stacy-baird/like-don-quixote-tilting-_b_5482224.html

Nearly 23 million private records of New Yorkers have been exposed in data security breaches reported by more than 3,000 businesses, nonprofits and governments over the past eight years, New York's attorney general reported.

Morning Brief: July 15

by Jeff Coltin
Van Cortlandt Park

Rich Mitchell, flickr

Bronxites (and anybody who wants, really), will be treated to some beautiful music from the New York Philharmonic in Van Cortlandt Park tonight—but only if the weather holds up.  A planned show for Central Park last night was rained out, so classical music fans will be praying for a dry evening.  If it happens, it’ll be 8-9:30.  Enter from Broadway, near 251st as the site is north of the ball fields.  Entrance is free.

 

WEATHER

Democrats Question NY Gubernatorial Candidate for Work with Media Company

by Associated Press
Rob Astorino at Press Conference.

New York District US Army Corps of Engineers, Flickr

Democrats criticized Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino on Friday over work he does for a national media company, saying it may violate ethics rules in Westchester County, where Astorino is county executive.

   Astorino makes about $30,000 a year advising Townsquare Media on radio station programming. He is a former radio producer who was elected county executive in 2009.

   Mike Morey, spokesman for an anti-Astorino group organized by Westchester Democrats, said the county charter requires the executive to be a full-time staffer.

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