New york business – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 11:50:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://deborahjmiller.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-35-150x150.png New york business – Deborah J Miller http://deborahjmiller.com/ 32 32 New York consumers and small businesses face double-digit health insurance rate hikes https://deborahjmiller.com/new-york-consumers-and-small-businesses-face-double-digit-health-insurance-rate-hikes/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/new-york-consumers-and-small-businesses-face-double-digit-health-insurance-rate-hikes/ Syracuse, NY – Luigi “Lou” Sposito says his small metal fabrication business in Cayuga County will have less money available for employee pay raises next year if his health insurance rates go up 18 %. Sposito, one of the owners of Stonewell Bodies in Genoa, recently learned that his company’s insurance costs could rise as […]]]>

Syracuse, NY – Luigi “Lou” Sposito says his small metal fabrication business in Cayuga County will have less money available for employee pay raises next year if his health insurance rates go up 18 %.

Sposito, one of the owners of Stonewell Bodies in Genoa, recently learned that his company’s insurance costs could rise as much in 2023 if the state approves a request for higher rates by Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.

The company and its 28 employees split the cost of health insurance 50-50. Premium increases inevitably force some employees to switch to less expensive, less generous and higher-deductible plans that force them to pay more money out of pocket for health care, he said.

“We want to be good employers,” Sposito said. “But that kind of stuff rips the wind out of your sails.”

New York insurers are asking for rate increases in 2023 for two types of customers.

They want rate increases of up to 46% on small group plans covering companies with 100 or fewer workers, like Sposito’s company. They’re also asking for hikes of up to 35% for consumers who aren’t part of groups and buy individual plans.

More than 1.1 million New Yorkers are enrolled in small group and individual plans.

The proposed rate increases do not affect large employers, many of which are self-funded, meaning they pay employees’ medical claims.

The hikes are not done. Individuals and businesses affected by the proposals have until August to voice their concerns.

The average proposed statewide increase for individual plans is 18.7%, while the average proposed rate increase for small group plans is 16.5%.

The proposed big rate hikes come at a time when consumers are already grappling with soaring prices for gas, food and other items. Those same pressures are also affecting insurance companies, forcing them to raise rates to pay for more expensive drugs and treatments, insurers say.

Excellus, the largest insurer in central New York, is targeting increases of 6.3% to 18.1% on its small group plans.

Excellus is also targeting price increases ranging from 8.3% to 20.1% on its various individual plans. Health plan MVP wants increases ranging from 14.2% to 33.8% on its individual plans. Fidelis wants rate hikes of up to 34% on individual plans.

These changes affect New Yorkers who are enrolled in the state health insurance exchange, which is part of Obamacare.

The monthly cost of Excellus’ standard platinum plan for individuals sold on the state exchange would increase from approximately $1,059 to $1,210, an increase of more than 14%. Platinum plans have the highest monthly premiums, the most generous coverage, and the lowest fees.

About 181,000 people in upstate New York, or 12% of Excellus members, are enrolled in individual or small group plans.

The state Department of Financial Services could approve increases, reject them, or reduce them. It has significantly reduced the average size of rate increases in each of the past four years. The ministry is expected to announce its decision in August.

The approved rate increases will take effect on January 1.

Members of the public can share their views with state regulators on the proposed increases by submitting comments online.

Double-digit increases would weigh on employers and employees at a time when they are pressured by inflation, said Daniel Goetzmann, of Goetzmann & Associates, a Syracuse health insurance brokerage.

He hopes state regulators will reduce the size of increases to single digits.

Excellus says in documents filed with the state that the increases are necessary because the cost of health care, especially prescription drugs, is rising.

Each year, the FDA approves many new, expensive specialty drugs to treat both rare and common diseases.

“Specialty drugs are used by about 2% of our members, but they account for more than 46% of total drug spending,” Excellus said.

These high-priced drugs include drugs widely advertised on television such as Humira, for arthritis, and Ozempic and Trulicity, for diabetes.

Health care utilization plummeted at the start of the pandemic but has since rebounded, according to the New York Health Plan Association, an insurance trade group.

That group said some New York consumers could also see their health insurance costs rise if Congress doesn’t extend a temporary increase in tax credits. These tax credits have helped reduce premiums during the pandemic for New Yorkers who purchase insurance through the state health insurance exchange.

More than 138,000 New Yorkers have benefited from enhanced tax credits allowed under the US federal Rescue Plan Act. When those tax credits expire, premiums could increase by 58% for consumers eligible for the tax credit, according to state data.

Sposito said a big hike in health insurance rates would leave his company with less money to reinvest in his business and give his employees pay raises.

“It’s like that leaky faucet that you can’t fix,” he said.

James T. Mulder covers health and higher education. Do you have a topical tip? Contact him at (315) 470-2245 or jmulder@syracuse.com

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United States Container Homes Market Research Report 2022-2027: Duplex/Bungalow, Multi-Story Buildings/Apartments, and Small Homes – Focus on California, Florida, Illinois, New York, India Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas – ResearchAndMarkets.com https://deborahjmiller.com/united-states-container-homes-market-research-report-2022-2027-duplex-bungalow-multi-story-buildings-apartments-and-small-homes-focus-on-california-florida-illinois-new-york-india-ohio-penns/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:48:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/united-states-container-homes-market-research-report-2022-2027-duplex-bungalow-multi-story-buildings-apartments-and-small-homes-focus-on-california-florida-illinois-new-york-india-ohio-penns/ DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Container Home Market Research Report by Architecture (Duplex/Bungalow, Multi-Storey/Apartments and Tiny House), Construction, Offers, End User, Condition – U.S. Forecast to in 2027 – Report on the cumulative impact of COVID-19” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer. The US container home market size was estimated at USD 3,371.09 million in 2021, USD […]]]>

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The “Container Home Market Research Report by Architecture (Duplex/Bungalow, Multi-Storey/Apartments and Tiny House), Construction, Offers, End User, Condition – U.S. Forecast to in 2027 – Report on the cumulative impact of COVID-19” has been added to from ResearchAndMarkets.com offer.

The US container home market size was estimated at USD 3,371.09 million in 2021, USD 3,790.13 million in 2022, and is projected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.92% to reach US$5,629.67 million by 2027.

In this report, the years 2019 and 2020 are considered as historical years, 2021 as the base year, 2022 as the estimated year and the years from 2023 to 2027 as the forecast period.

Competitive Strategy Window:

The strategic competitive window analyzes the competitive landscape in terms of markets, applications and geographies to help the vendor define an alignment or match between its capabilities and opportunities for future growth prospects. It describes the optimal or favorable fit for vendors to adopt successive strategies of merger and acquisition, geographic expansion, research and development, and new product introduction strategies to execute further business expansion and growth. during a forecast period.

FPNV positioning matrix:

FPNV Positioning Matrix rates and categorizes vendors in the Container Homes Market based on business strategy (Business Growth, Industry Coverage, Financial Viability, and Channel Support) and Product Satisfaction (value for money, ease of use, product features, and customer support) that helps businesses make better decisions and better understand the competitive landscape.

Market share analysis:

The market share analysis offers the analysis of the vendors considering their contribution to the overall market. It gives the idea of ​​its revenue generation in the overall market compared to other providers in the space.

It provides information on the performance of vendors in terms of revenue generation and customer base compared to others. Knowing the market share gives an idea of ​​the size and competitiveness of suppliers for the reference year. It reveals market characteristics in terms of accumulation, fragmentation, dominance and melting traits.

Competitive scenario:

The competitive scenario provides an analysis of the prospects of the different business growth strategies adopted by the vendors. The news covered in this section provides valuable insights at various stages while keeping abreast of business news and engaging stakeholders in the economic debate.

The competitive scenario represents press releases or company news categorized into merger and acquisition, agreement, collaboration and partnership, new product launch and improvement, investment and funding, and awards, recognition and expansion. All the news gathered helps the vendor to understand the gaps in the market and the strength and weakness of the competitors, thus providing insights to improve the product and service.

Cumulative impact of COVID-19:

COVID-19 is an unparalleled global public health emergency that has affected almost every industry, and the long-term effects are expected to impact industry growth over the forecast period. Our ongoing research amplifies our research framework to ensure inclusion of the underlying issues of COVID-19 and potential pathways forward.

The report provides insights into COVID-19 considering shifts in consumer behavior and demand, shopping patterns, supply chain rerouting, current market force dynamics, and significant interventions governments. The updated study provides insights, analysis, estimates, and forecasts considering the impact of COVID-19 on the market.

Enterprise Usability Profiles:

  • Almar container group

  • Anderco Pte Ltd.

  • Ascension Porta Solutions

  • Champion Prefabs

  • Container Homes United States

  • Container refrigeration

  • CONTAINEX Container-Handelsgesellschaft mbH

  • DOMINO houses

  • E-Pack Polymers Private Limited

  • ELA Container GmbH

  • GIANT CONTAINERS

  • Hebei Weizhengheng Modular House Technology Co., Ltd.

  • HONOMOBO

  • PKG International Container (M)

  • Space Portable Ltd.

  • royal wolf

  • Royal Wolf Holdings Limited

  • SAMAN POS India Pvt Ltd

  • SEA BOX, Inc.

  • SG BLOCKS, INC.

  • Shanghai Haicheng Special Steel Container Co., Ltd.

  • Speed ​​House Group of Companies

  • SRI MPE INDUSTRIES

  • Supertech Industries

  • Temohounsing

Main topics covered:

1. Preface

1.1. Study objectives

1.2. Market segmentation and coverage

1.3. Years Considered for Study

1.4. Currency and price

1.5. Language

1.6. Limits

1.7. Hypotheses

1.8. Stakeholders

2. Research methodology

2.1. Define: research objective

2.2. Determine: research design

2.3. Prepare: finding aid

2.4. Collect: Data Source

2.5. Analysis: Interpretation of data

2.6. Formula: data verification

2.7. Publish: Research report

2.8. Repeat: report update

3. Executive Summary

4. Market Overview

5. Market Overview

5.1. Market dynamics

5.1.1. Drivers

5.1.2. Constraints

5.1.3. Opportunities

5.1.4. Challenges

5.2. Cumulative impact of COVID-19

6. Container Homes Market, By Architecture

6.1. Introduction

6.2. Duplex/Bungalow

6.3. Multi-storey building/Apartments

6.4. Little house

7. Container Homes Market, By Construction

7.1. Introduction

7.2. Fixed

7.3. Mobile

8. Container Homes Market, By Offers

8.1. Introduction

8.2. Factory built

8.3. Built on site

9. Container Homes Market, By End User

9.1. Introduction

9.2. emergency houses

9.3. Retirement homes

9.4. Leisure houses

9.5. Residential homes

10. California Container Home Market

11. Florida container home market

12. Illinois Container Home Market

13. New York Container Home Market

14. Ohio Container Home Market

15. Pennsylvania Container Home Market

16. Texas Container Home Market

17. Competitive Landscape

17.1. FPNV positioning matrix

17.1.1. Quadrants

17.1.2. Business strategy

17.1.3. Product Satisfaction

17.2. Market Ranking Analysis

17.3. Market share analysis, by key player

17.4. Competitive scenario

17.4.1. Merger & Acquisition

17.4.2. Agreement, collaboration and partnership

17.4.3. Launching and improving new products

17.4.4. Investment & Financing

17.4.5. Reward, recognition and expansion

18. Company Usability Profiles

For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/3lbt7e

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How We Got Addicted To Using Q-tips The Wrong Way https://deborahjmiller.com/how-we-got-addicted-to-using-q-tips-the-wrong-way/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 14:33:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/how-we-got-addicted-to-using-q-tips-the-wrong-way/ But extracting wax from our ear canals is precisely why most of us buy Q-tips in the first place. The humble Q-tip was so perfectly designed for this purpose that it became a generic word for a product. Yet somehow we use it for the very thing it specifically warns us not to do. The […]]]>
But extracting wax from our ear canals is precisely why most of us buy Q-tips in the first place. The humble Q-tip was so perfectly designed for this purpose that it became a generic word for a product.
Yet somehow we use it for the very thing it specifically warns us not to do.

The origins of this strange consumer phenomenon can be traced back to Leo Gerstenzang, a Polish immigrant.

In 1923, Gerstenzang supposedly thought he could improve on his wife Ziuta’s method of wrapping a cotton ball around a toothpick to clean their new daughter’s eyes, ears, navel and other sensitive areas. -born Betty while bathing.

Gerstenzang started a company that year to develop and manufacture the first ready-to-use sterilized cotton swabs for baby care. Over the next two years, he worked on designing a machine capable of producing swabs “untouched by human hands”.
“Baby Betty Gays” was the swabs’ original working name because his daughter Betty laughed when her parents tickled her with them, according to his 2017 paid obituary. newspapers for its invention in 1925, it was shortened to “Baby Gays”.

Soon, Gerstenzang changed the brand name to “Q-Tips Baby Gays”. In the mid-1930s, “Baby Gays” was dropped from the name.

There are competing stories behind the addition of “Q-tips”. According to a spokesperson for Unilever, (UL) the consumer goods conglomerate that purchased Q-tips in 1987, the “Q” stands for “quality” and “tips” describes the cotton swab at the end of the stick (early cotton swabs were sold single-sided in sliding tin boxes).

But, according to Betty’s obituary, “Q-tips” was a game of “Cutie-Tips” because she was so cute as a baby.

‘Adult Ear Care’

Q-tips never told us to stick the swabs in our ear canal to remove earwax. But, from its beginnings in the 1920s, it made ear care a key focus of its marketing strategy. It has formed generations of Americans to associate it with cleaning up there.

Mid-century advertisements often featured illustrations of men and women cleaning their ears or their babies’ ears with them, including one depicting a man removing water from his ears after a swim.
Older versions of the boxes listed “adult ear care” as the primary product use.
Even Betty White later appeared in TV spots for Q-tips in the 1970s and 1980s, promoting them as the “safest and gentlest” swabs on the market for your eyes, nose, and ears.
A Q-tips advertisement in Life Magazine from 1956. Some advertisements from the time showed men cleaning water from their ears with Q-tips.

Q-tips are almost addictive to use for wax removal and it becomes a vicious cycle when we do, said Douglas Backous, a neurotologist who specializes in treating ear and skull conditions. Removing earwax creates dry skin, which we then want to scrape off with – of course – a cotton swab.

Sticking cotton swabs in your ears can also damage the ear canal. Most people don’t need to remove earwax either, because the ears are self-cleaning. Inserting a swab can trap earwax deeper inside, he said, and “you’re actually working against yourself by using it.”

It wasn’t until the 1970s, under former owner Chesebrough-Pond, that Q-tips added a warning about not sticking the thing in your ear. It is unclear what prompted this change.

“The company has no details as to why they did this, and our search of records reveals no publicly available cases of anyone with a brain swab,” The Washington Post reported in 1990. “Some something must have happened, and Chesebrough-Pond’s didn’t want to be blamed.”

But by the time Q-tips added that warning label, it was too late. Consumer habits had become inescapable, and cotton swabs controlled about 75% of the cotton swab market.

“It was just accepted that that was how people used it,” said Aaron Calloway, Q-tips brand manager at Unilever in 2007 and 2008.

“Beauty Assistant”

So what should you use Q-tips for? The company has several suggestions. For decades, he tried to emphasize the versatility of cotton swabs.

During the 1940s, cotton swabs established themselves as an essential tool for women’s cosmetic and beauty routines.

“Mom, do you know that you can use cotton swabs for a lot of things?…You can use them yourself when you use cream or makeup, mom too!” read a print ad from 1941.

In the 1940s, Q-tips were marketed to women as a tool for their beauty routines.

Another print ad, a decade later, described Q-tips as a “beauty assistant” for women.

In the 1950s and 1960s, Q-tips began to tell consumers that they weren’t just for babies or women – they were handy for just about any project around the house or in their life.

“To lubricate electric saws and drills…guns and fishing reels…fix a teacup and clean jewelry…Antique furniture,” reads one advertisement from 1971.

Today, there are no ears in Q-tips advertising. A brand spokesperson claims that 80% of consumers use Q-tips for purposes other than personal care.

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Pension funds mobilized for political spending disclosure https://deborahjmiller.com/pension-funds-mobilized-for-political-spending-disclosure/ Thu, 23 Jun 2022 21:59:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/pension-funds-mobilized-for-political-spending-disclosure/ Five U.S. companies will disclose their political donations after reaching a settlement with New York’s pension fund, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced Thursday. The disclosure agreement reached with the companies comes after the fund used its leverage as a shareholder to push for change. “The American political system is so deeply divided that one wonders […]]]>

Five U.S. companies will disclose their political donations after reaching a settlement with New York’s pension fund, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced Thursday.

The disclosure agreement reached with the companies comes after the fund used its leverage as a shareholder to push for change.

“The American political system is so deeply divided that one wonders if it makes sense for corporations to spend money on political causes,” DiNapoli said. “At a minimum, investors need full transparency and accountability about the use of corporate money to advance political agendas so that we can determine whether it furthers a company’s business strategy or puts her in danger. Companies that have accepted these disclosures are setting a good example for their peers to follow.

The five companies that have agreed to disclose their campaign donations are Las Vegas Sands Corp., computer networking company VeriSign Inc., cruise line Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd., insurance company The Progressive Corp. and cosmetics retailer Ulta Beauty Inc. Meanwhile, a majority of Twitter, Inc. shareholders have asked the company to disclose its political donations as well, DiNapoli said.

Over the past decade, the Comptroller’s Office has sought to use pension fund investments in major U.S. corporations to enforce political donation disclosure rules after court rulings imposed limits on when contributions to political causes and candidates must be disclosed.

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Donald Trump is probably no longer despised, says New York Attorney General https://deborahjmiller.com/donald-trump-is-probably-no-longer-despised-says-new-york-attorney-general/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 05:08:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/donald-trump-is-probably-no-longer-despised-says-new-york-attorney-general/ NEW YORK, June 21 (Reuters) – Donald Trump is likely no longer in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena in a civil investigation in New York into the business practices of the former US president, the office of State Attorney General Letitia James said. Tuesday. In a letter filed in a […]]]>

NEW YORK, June 21 (Reuters) – Donald Trump is likely no longer in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena in a civil investigation in New York into the business practices of the former US president, the office of State Attorney General Letitia James said. Tuesday.

In a letter filed in a New York state court in Manhattan, an attorney for James said affidavits filed by employees of Trump companies appeared sufficient to lift a contempt order on April 25, which led to Trump being fined $110,000. Read more

“Respondent counsel must rely on current employees to provide the required information,” the letter states. “[We] are prepared to agree that the affidavits satisfy the court order because it is not clear what else, if anything, the respondent and his counsel may be ordered to do. »

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Alina Habba, Trump’s attorney, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The letter also renewed James’ concerns about Trump’s document retention policy, citing the “apparent absence” of financial records he should have that could shed light on the value of his businesses.

Judge Arthur Engoron, who found Trump contemptuous, will decide whether or not to lift this order.

James has been investigating the Trump Organization, which manages hotels, golf courses and other real estate around the world, for more than three years.

The attorney general said his investigation found evidence the company had overstated the value of assets to get favorable loans and understated the value of assets to get tax breaks.

Trump and two of his adult children, Donald Trump Jr and Ivanka Trump, agreed to testify under oath beginning July 15 after failing to convince two state courts to scuttle their depositions.

Trump, a Republican, called James’ investigation a politically motivated witch hunt. James is a Democrat.

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New rules on bulletproof vests in New York worn by Buffalo killer https://deborahjmiller.com/new-rules-on-bulletproof-vests-in-new-york-worn-by-buffalo-killer/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 05:45:25 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/new-rules-on-bulletproof-vests-in-new-york-worn-by-buffalo-killer/ FILE – Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, NY New York’s new law banning the sale of bulletproof vests to the Most civilians don’t cover the type of armor worn by the shooter who killed 10 people at the Buffalo […]]]>

FILE - Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, NY New York's new law banning the sale of bulletproof vests to the Most civilians don't cover the type of armor worn by the shooter who killed 10 people at the Buffalo supermarket, a shortcoming that could limit its effectiveness in deterring future military-style attacks.  (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP, File)

FILE – Police secure an area around a supermarket where several people were killed in a shooting, Saturday, May 14, 2022, in Buffalo, NY New York’s new law banning the sale of bulletproof vests to the Most civilians don’t cover the type of armor worn by the shooter who killed 10 people at the Buffalo supermarket, a shortcoming that could limit its effectiveness in deterring future military-style attacks. (Derek Gee/The Buffalo News via AP, File)

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New York’s new law banning the sale of body armor to most civilians does not cover the type of armor worn by the shooter who killed 10 people at a Buffalo supermarket, a shortcoming that could limit its effectiveness to deter future military-style attacks.

During the May 14 attack, Payton Gendron wore a steel-plated vest, armor strong enough to stop a handgun bullet fired by a store security guard who attempted to stop Gendron’s rampage.

A law hastily enacted by state lawmakers after the attack restricts sales of vests defined as “soft body armor”.

Soft vests, which are lightweight and can be concealed under clothing, can be effective against pistol shots. Vests bearing steel, ceramic or polyethylene plates, which can potentially stop shotgun shells, are not explicitly covered by the legislation.

It has left some retailers confused about what they can and cannot sell – and lawmakers are talking about a possible solution.

“I know you mentioned soft vests, but what about hard armor plates, plate carriers, or armor that’s not vests, but clothing that provides protection. That’s also banned? It’s so vague,” said Brad Pedell, who runs 221B Tactical, a tactical gear and body armor store in New York City. He said his store tended to sell more armor with hard plates than the soft type prohibits.

With the toughest armor still allowed to be sold, “I’m not convinced this legislation is very meaningful,” said Warren Eller, professor of public policy at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

Assemblyman Jonathon Jacobson, one of the key sponsors of the legislation, told The Associated Press he would be “happy to change the law to make it even stronger.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, is also aware of the need for changes, her office said.

“Governor Hochul was proud to sign the groundbreaking new law passed by the legislature to restrict the sales of body armor, and will work with the legislature to expand the law’s definitions at the earliest opportunity,” he said. .

Nationally, there are few limits on body armor sales. Before the New York law was passed, Connecticut had one of the few restrictions. It only allows people to buy it in person from resellers, not mail order.

Pedell says many customers at his New York store buy the armor for their own protection.

“It’s disappointing because the residents are just scared, and they come to us because they’re scared, and we’re offering help that makes them more confident that they won’t be stabbed or hurt or potentially killed,” Pedell said. “The fact (lawmakers) take that away, whatever purpose they have in mind, I find that really sad and unnecessary and morally wrong.”

New York’s ban aims to prevent criminals from gaining an advantage over peace officers or security guards like Aaron Salter, who was killed trying to stop the racist shooter attack on the Buffalo supermarket .

Among shooters who have killed four or more people in a public space since 1966, 12% were wearing life jackets, said sociologist James Densley, co-founder of The Violence Project, a nonprofit think tank with a mass shooting database.

New York law restricts soft body armor sales to individuals who work in law enforcement and the military, as well as individuals in certain other occupations that require protective equipment. The list of job types that qualify someone to purchase armor, and which ones do not, has yet to be determined by state officials.

The New York State Department said in an emailed statement that officials are reviewing the new law and plan to develop regulations for eligible occupations requiring the use of a lifejacket.

Leaders of the Deadline Club, the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, had urged Hochul to veto the bill, citing concerns about whether it would be difficult for news outlets to buy a armor for journalists who work in conflict zones or cover civil unrest in the United States

“I know of a number of photographers who have worn protective gear as a precaution when in situations that could turn violent,” said Peter Szekely, the group’s advocacy chairman.

New Yorkers are still allowed to own vests and buy them in other states, although Jacobson, a Democrat, said he would work to eliminate that option in the next legislative session in January.

“We wanted to get things done as quickly as possible and not let the perfect get in the way of the good,” Jacobson said. “Like all New York State laws, we are always trying to improve them in the future. Of course, we will try to improve this law.

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Maysoon Khan is a member of the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative. Report for America is a nonprofit national service program that places reporters in local newsrooms to report on underreported issues. Follow Maysoon Khan on Twitter.

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How a New York restaurateur survived his run-ins with the mob https://deborahjmiller.com/how-a-new-york-restaurateur-survived-his-run-ins-with-the-mob/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 23:14:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/how-a-new-york-restaurateur-survived-his-run-ins-with-the-mob/ When Stratis Morfogen opened his first restaurant in Manhattan in the 1990s, he had no intention of ever telling a member of John Gotti Jr.’s team to “fuck off.” But for “The Golden Greek” — a nickname Morfogen earned through his contacts with the mob for his money-making ways — standing up to the mob […]]]>

When Stratis Morfogen opened his first restaurant in Manhattan in the 1990s, he had no intention of ever telling a member of John Gotti Jr.’s team to “fuck off.”

But for “The Golden Greek” — a nickname Morfogen earned through his contacts with the mob for his money-making ways — standing up to the mob has become a way of life as a New York-based restaurateur. . Now, the owner of Brooklyn Chop House in lower Manhattan is naming names in his new book, “Be a Disruptor: Streetwise Lessons for Entrepreneurs ― from the Mob to Mandates,” which will be released Tuesday.

Morfogen opened Gotham City Diner on the Upper East Side in 1993. Soon after, crowds made their presence known.

“I had a promotions manager, his name was Noel Ashman…one night Noel comes in with a black eye, I said, ‘What’s going on?'” he said. Morfogen to the Post in an exclusive interview.

“Some gangsters said we had to pay them every month or they’ll keep beating us up,” Morfogen recalled. “[Ashman] pointed out names to me and I recognized they were Gambino guys.

Wise among the wise

Morfogen knew Carlo Gambino from an early age. Gambino slipped him $20 bills while eating at his family’s restaurant.
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Morfogen was not naive about the Cosa Nostra. He grew up on Long Island in the 1970s and his family owned a Howard Beach restaurant where the don Carlo Gambino crowd was a regular. Gambino swiped 6-year-old Morfogen’s $20 bills and asked him about school.

After opening his own spot, Morfogen enjoyed frequent visits from Ralph Coppola and Bobby “Bucky” Carbone of the Genovese family.

Underboss Coppola became so close that he called Morfogen “nephew”, and Carbone entertained him with stories from the other side. One night, Carbone even told him the story of the first man he killed, Morfogen said. It was in a bar, in a debt collection gone wrong.

But Gotti Jr.’s team was different.

Gambino died on Long Island in 1976 and John Gotti was behind bars thanks to the testimony of Sammy “the Bull” Gravano. In his absence, his son, Gotti Jr., ran the show — and intimidated restaurateurs — in the 1990s.

The people of John Gotti Jr demanded protection for the restaurant from Morfogen, he said.
John Gotti Jr.’s people sought protection for Morfogen’s restaurant, he said.
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“John Gotti, Jr. and his crew, that’s how they lived. They would rock every restaurant from the Upper East Side to Midtown,” Morfogen said.

As a new kid on the block, it was Pony Morfogen’s turn. Or at least that’s what two of Gotti Jr’s “big bosses” thought.

“I said, ‘What do you guys want? “, Morfogen recalled. They told him, “‘We want $5,000 a month or we’ll break your windows every week.’ »

“I said, ‘Let me give you the quick answer: fuck you. That’s how I was, I had no fear at all.

Take care of business

After Gotti Jr's crew made his threats, black paint was repeatedly thrown at the windows of Morfogen's restaurant, he said.
After Gotti Jr.’s team made their threats, black paint was repeatedly thrown at the windows of Morfogen’s restaurant, he said.
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Soon after, someone started throwing black paint on the restaurant windows every night. Morfogen scrubbed them every morning.

Coppola noticed this happening and told Morfogen to “keep still”.

Two days later, Morfogen got a call from one of Coppola’s guys, telling him to stop by the now defunct Ferrier Bistro restaurant at 10 p.m.

“When I arrived Ralph was there with Bucky and all the Gambino capos were in the back, seated…so I sat with Ralph, Bobby and the five heads of the Gambino family,” he said.

“Ralph basically says, ‘Listen, this kid is with us and you’re saying [Gotti] Jr. to back down and if he doesn’t back down, it’s going to get out of hand.

“And my head just spun… just like that, the guys turned around and said, ‘Hey, we love this kid, he’s a good kid. Don’t worry, we’ll talk to Jr. and crush this. Lo and behold, he was crushed.

Just like that, Morfogen was under the protection of the Genovese boys. Carbone even put an ice pick in the thigh of an employee who he claims stole $30,000 from the restaurant. He said they never asked for anything in return: “It was a real friendship,” Morfogen said.

A friend of ours – and a new enemy

Ralph Coppola, whom Morfogen called the
Ralph Coppola, whom Morfogen called the “underboss” of the Genovese family had become his silent business partner.
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Following Gotham City’s continued success, Morfogen opened a club called Rouge with Coppola’s silent support.

Things were fantastic. The club quickly rose to fame when New York Rangers captain Mark Messier won the Stanley Cup. One night, Morfogen accidentally kicked Madonna and Tupac out the door because he didn’t recognize them.

But he also caught the eye of a West Coast mobster who wanted to “buy” his way into nightlife.

A “Jewish gangster from Los Angeles” sat Morfogen down at his own club and tried to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

“He pulls out a pen, he writes on a napkin ‘$10,000’, then he pulls out a 9mm, pulls out a bullet and puts it on the table.” He told Morfogen, “It’s this or that.”

But Morfogen was not worried. “He didn’t get the memo,” he said. “He didn’t know that the most powerful people in the world were already protecting me.”

Morfogen immediately took the issue to Coppola and Carbone. They couldn’t stop laughing.

Funny how?

Stratis Morfogen learned firsthand what mob partners can do for a business.
Morfogen learned firsthand what mob partners can do for a business.
Stratis Morfogen went from being supported by the crowd to becoming a friend of theirs.
Morfogen went from being supported by the crowd to becoming a friend of theirs.

“I walk into the club at 1am on a Saturday night and [Coppola, Carbone and the LA gangster are] all sitting in the back in the VIP room having fun drinking champagne.”

Morfogen was not amused.

“Around 4:30 a.m., they are still drinking. I walked up to the table and said, ‘Are you having fun?’ I was a little pissed off. Ralph, I’ll never forget, he said, ‘Nephew, we’re having a good time,’ and he looked at me to walk away.

Morfogen got the message. “As I was walking away, I heard Ralph say, ‘Let’s get down to business. I heard your offer and here is my counter-offer,” and he took a 60-pound candelabra and hit it on the head. Then Bucky came running towards me to get me out of the nightclub and put me in a cab while this fight was going on.

“When I arrived at Rouge nightclub the next day, there was no blood on the floor, no blood on the walls. But I noticed the carpet was gone.

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Stratis Morfogen paints a very candid picture of life with mob ties in her forthcoming book.
Morfogen paints a very candid picture of life with mob ties in his upcoming book.

This kind of flawed loyalty was shown to Morfogen for years to come. He knew Coppola would always be behind him – which is why he was shocked when he didn’t show up at his wedding in 1998.

“At my wedding, I noticed two empty chairs. Ralph and his wife never came. I was blown away by that. Ralph was really like my uncle and I wouldn’t go a week without talking to him,” Morfogen said.

“Bucky came up to me that night and said, ‘Ralph is gone.’ I said, ‘What do you mean?’ He said, ‘Ralph is gone. Don’t ask anymore.'”

Years later, Morfogen was informed that Coppola “went to a meeting in Harlem and never left the house”. That’s all he knows, even now.

Coppola’s disappearance shook him. With his silent partner gone, he took it as a sign. “I really didn’t want to be a part of it anymore,” he said of mob life.

And, he felt like the crowd was no longer the friend it had been.

“In 2005, I was really in trouble – divorced, lost my [old] business and I didn’t get a call from any of these guys to see if I needed anything… [Ralph] would have called me every day,” he said.

But a few years and businesses later, the Mafia came knocking on the door again in 2006 through a Genovese associate.

The associate came on behalf of two capos who wanted “a wrap” from Morfogen, who had just gotten back on his feet.

The response was the same he gave Gotti’s team a few years ago when he was just starting out: “Tell them to fuck off,” Morfogen said.

“I said, ‘Don’t make a rat out of me…I’m done with you guys’…they never came back or bothered me again.”

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Raich Ende Malter & Company joins EisnerAmper https://deborahjmiller.com/raich-ende-malter-company-joins-eisneramper/ Thu, 16 Jun 2022 14:28:00 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/raich-ende-malter-company-joins-eisneramper/ Founded in 1972, REM has 200 professionals and 45 partners/principals serving clients from its offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida and the Cayman Islands. The firm has been ranked by major accounting and business media as one of the top 25 accounting firms in New York; among the top 20 accounting […]]]>

Founded in 1972, REM has 200 professionals and 45 partners/principals serving clients from its offices in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Florida and the Cayman Islands. The firm has been ranked by major accounting and business media as one of the top 25 accounting firms in New York; among the top 20 accounting firms in the Mid-Atlantic region; and one of the top 100 accounting firms in the country.

REM provides cutting-edge audit, attestation, tax, family office and business advisory services to organizations ranging from multi-generational family businesses to publicly traded companies to non-profit organizations. The company serves real estate, financial services, manufacturing, professional services, technology, hospitality, franchising, media and other industries.

“In EisnerAmper, we have found a partner who amplifies our efforts to create the highest level of value for our clients while providing our family of accounting professionals with an innovative culture in which they can thrive and thrive,” said said REM’s managing partner, Ellis Ende. “We look forward to continuing these efforts with our new colleagues at EisnerAmper.”

“This exciting combination significantly enhances EisnerAmper’s key service areas and adds exciting new industry groups,” said Christopher Loiacono, vice president of EisnerAmper Services. “The addition of 245 experienced professionals adds a huge amount of gray matter to the business that will add real and immediate value to our customers. We warmly welcome REM to the EisnerAmper family.”

About EisnerAmper

EisnerAmper, one of the largest business advisory firms in the world, includes EisnerAmper LLP, a licensed independent CPA firm that provides client attestation services; and Eisner Advisory Group LLC, an alternative practice structure that provides business advisory and non-certificate services in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, standards and codes of conduct. Clients span all industries and take advantage of a comprehensive menu of service offerings. Our combined entities include over 200 partners and over 2,500 employees. For more information, please visit eisneramper.com and be sure to follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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New York high court rejects Trump appeal, clearing way for testimony https://deborahjmiller.com/new-york-high-court-rejects-trump-appeal-clearing-way-for-testimony/ Tue, 14 Jun 2022 21:11:09 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/new-york-high-court-rejects-trump-appeal-clearing-way-for-testimony/ Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the George R. Brown Convention Center during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention May 27, 2022 in Houston, Texas. Brandon Bell | Getty Images New York’s highest court on Tuesday dismissed former President Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to avoid testifying in the state attorney general’s civil investigation […]]]>

Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks at the George R. Brown Convention Center during the National Rifle Association (NRA) annual convention May 27, 2022 in Houston, Texas.

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New York’s highest court on Tuesday dismissed former President Donald Trump’s last-ditch effort to avoid testifying in the state attorney general’s civil investigation into his business practices, setting the stage for his deposition the month before. next.

The state Court of Appeals said there was no ‘substantial constitutional issue’ that would warrant intervening in the case following a ruling by an interim appeals court last month. the latter imposing a subpoena for Trump’s testimony.

The court also denied a motion by Trump’s attorneys to suspend the subpoenas, saying it would be “academic” because it did not pick up on the former president’s appeal in the first place.

Trump and his two oldest children, Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., agreed last week to answer questions under oath beginning July 15 unless the Court of Appeals decides to intervene.

A message seeking comment on Tuesday’s decision was sent to Trump’s attorney. Alan Futerfas, attorney for Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr., declined to comment. A message was also left for a spokesperson for Attorney General Letitia James.

The state trial court’s Appeals Division ruled on May 26 that the Trumps should take a deposition, upholding a lower court’s ruling that James’ office had a “clear right” to question Trump and certain other figures from his company, the Trump Organization.

James said his three-year investigation uncovered evidence the Trump Organization had overstated the value of assets, including skyscrapers, golf courses and even his Manhattan penthouse, to obtain loans, insurance and tax breaks for land donations.

A lawyer in his office told a judge last month that evidence could support a lawsuit against the former president, his company or both, although the lawyer said no decision had been made. .

Trump has denounced the investigation as part of a politically motivated “witch hunt” against him.

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Anne Barge and Flora Petakas open a bridal wear boutique in New York – WWD https://deborahjmiller.com/anne-barge-and-flora-petakas-open-a-bridal-wear-boutique-in-new-york-wwd/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 04:58:17 +0000 https://deborahjmiller.com/anne-barge-and-flora-petakas-open-a-bridal-wear-boutique-in-new-york-wwd/ NEW YORK – Magnolias and olive branches adorn the banister leading to a staircase leading to the new Anne Barge New York/Flora on Madison store. The sunny Upper East Side boutique is a venture between Atlanta-based bridal company Anne Barge and multi-vendor eveningwear specialist Flora Petakas. Natural accents along the staircase evoke the southern heritage […]]]>

NEW YORK – Magnolias and olive branches adorn the banister leading to a staircase leading to the new Anne Barge New York/Flora on Madison store.

The sunny Upper East Side boutique is a venture between Atlanta-based bridal company Anne Barge and multi-vendor eveningwear specialist Flora Petakas. Natural accents along the staircase evoke the southern heritage of Anne Barge and the Mediterranean sensibility of Petakas. As the owner of Union Square Couture bridal salon, Petakas knows the industry well too.

The walk-in store opens to the public on Tuesday, but curious passers-by and a few supportive area retailers have passed through the 1,600-square-foot space in recent days. Strapless, ballgown and other Anne Barge wedding dresses line the south side and sparkly, colorful gowns are on display on the north side. Having always had one foot in a bride and one foot in evening wear throughout her 30-year career, Petakas said opening a store on Madison Avenue was on her to-do list.

During a Friday morning visit, Petakas said she was won over by the expanse of windows, although redesigning the interior of what was once a nail salon required a little imagination. Stylists and wedding planners will be essential to help raise awareness of the store. After 23 years in business, Anne Barge has her own clientele.

Other New York bridal salons have been very supportive and plan to help spread the word, as most don’t offer formal wear, Petakas said. Consumers will also experience the 766 Madison Avenue outpost through social media and each of the company’s sites. Overall business is “incredibly busy”, with many more than ready to celebrate as last year the mood was more hesitant, she said. “Maybe the guest lists aren’t as big as they used to be [to the pandemic]. But party attire is definitely more important than a year ago.

A halter dress in multicolored floral beaded tulle from Marco & Maria, a Canary Island resource run by Marco Marrero and Maria Diaz that sells for around $4,000, is a key item. Another style from Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika that sells for $8,000 is another, said Petakas, who said customers are also spending more this year. Other resources include Rachel Gilbert, Yolancris, Costarellos and Gemy Maalouf. The assortment is designed for the second most important woman at a wedding, whether it’s the mother of the bride, mother-in-law or event hostess. “She defers to the bride but her dress is very important,” Petakas said.

With mothers of the bride often asking in the past where they could buy evening wear suitable for the wedding, she said that outside of traditional department stores, options were limited in terms of salon-like settings. “I wanted to provide the same luxury service that the bride was providing at the next [important] wedding guest,” she said.

Despite the women’s willingness to get dressed, wedding guests continue to abide by the unspoken rule not to upstage the bride, according to Petakas. “There is still a calm, waiting [period] until the bride makes up her mind and then consults with her to some extent.

On the whole, however, people are ready to dress up, from his point of view. “It’s something people want to do. We’ve been rummaging through our closets for two years trying to compose outfits for the upcoming occasions. We realize that there is really nothing festive. We cleaned them. How many times have we cleaned out our closets in the past two years? »

The fact that Anne Barge’s business at her Atlanta store increased during COVID-19 made opening a New York flagship store with Petakas “a perfect opportunity to not only serve customers from the tri-state area, but also for international brides shopping in New York,” said Anne Barge. Chairman Shawne Jacobs in a telephone interview.

The pandemic has prompted brides to spend an average of $2,000 more on their wedding dresses, she said. This caused the average retail price range for a set to drop from $5,500-$6,000 to between $7,500-$8,000. While the media predicted the reverse would happen and brides would gravitate towards more casual styles, it didn’t.

“At the start of COVID[-19] and all the while people kept asking, ‘Are you going to start designing more short dresses or pantsuits to make it more casual?’ We have seen the opposite happen. Many other designers saw this as well,” Jacobs said.

With expectations of continued inflation and some economists predicting a recession, the company’s president said she was lucky enough to ride out the 2008 recession with namesake founder Anne Barge and saw the changes. which had to be provided.

“It bodes well to me if that were to happen. At that time we had a Le Fleur collection that looks a lot like our [current] The price of Blue Willow is between $1,900 and around $4,000. This collection got us through the recession. We still saw brides getting married, but their prices dropped. We don’t quite see it yet. If that were to happen, it would be the same in this case.

The Anne Barge signature collection sells for around $4,000 to $10,000. New York shoppers will find select dresses not offered at the Atlanta flagship store, where shoppers tend to embrace the Southern bridal vibe. New York brides are more sophisticated and aren’t afraid to take a risk with trendier styles, Jacobs said. Madison Avenue shoppers will also be able to pick up “fun, after-party” dresses from the bridal resource’s Little White Dress brand in the $1,500 to $4,000 range.

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