Thursday, July 31, 2008

1199 strike looms, Gristedes Owner getting serious & More one liners....

A new book by New York Times labor reporter Steven Greenhouse examines how much of the American workforce is working more but earning less. Wages have stagnated, health and pension benefits have grown stingier, and job security has shriveled. Greenhouse joins Democracy Now! to talk about The Big Squeeze: Tough Times for the American Worker. Listen to the interview here.

A Salmonella strain was found in irrigation water at a Mexican farm.

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has reversed a lower court ruling that denied certification of a class-action suit brought by Hispanic workers at some of Bashas' Food City stores — stores at which questions of whether the workers are represented by the United Food and Commercial Workers Union are in dispute. The suit, filed in 2003 with the assistance of union officials, charges Bashas' with discriminating against those employees in pay and working conditions because of their Hispanic origin.

1199 SEIU intends to strike if contracts are not ratified with 25 area home care agencies by mid September, rally planned for Aug. 7

Republican businessman John Catsimatidis is ramping up a possible run for mayor, telling city GOP officials today that he's hiring staff and launching an exploratory committee.

The NY SUN also ran a story on Castimatidis.

With a Saturday contract deadline looming, several hundred Verizon Communications union workers staged a protest rally yesterday afternoon in Patchogue.

The Amish Hyde park closing continues to receive press.

Politics

Our endorsement of De Blasio was noted in the Queens Ledger.

The Times' Michael Barbaro questions Bill Thompson's spending.

Clinton reportedly accepted Barack Obama’s offer to speak on the second day of the Democratic convention.

Hillary Clinton had a private dinner with Diane Feinstein, the founder of Emily’s List, and two others.

New York City will join five states in suing the federal Environmental Protection Agency.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Costco in NYC, Fresh Direct's new online store & Wednesday Morning One Liners...

The proposal to bring Costco to the Upper West side just got some more steam, Mayor Bloomberg has endorsed the plan.

Here's yesterday's Costco NY SUN article.

To mark its sixth anniversary of service, online grocer FreshDirect has formed a partnership with Union Square Wines & Spirits to launch the USQ Wine Store. The new online venture offers a selection of over 200 fine wines and specialty liquors easily browsed with innovative web features.

Wild Edibles, the seafood wholesaler and retailer at the center of a battle with labor organizers over alleged violations of workers’ rights, has filed for bankruptcy protection.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals here yesterday reversed a lower court’s decision that allowed Whole Foods to acquire Wild Oats, but it was not clear what the net impact of the ruling would be since the two chains have become well-integrated during the past year.
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Wal-Mart Stores Inc. this week is taking the next step in its effort to provide in-home tech support for customers by offering the services of computer "geeks" through 20 of its Sam's Club outlets.


Prosecutors will appoint two officers to monitor a 1,500-member union that represents operators of cranes and heavy construction equipment.

Hillary is about to make a few appearances for Obama.

The Real Deal reports:

Big-box spaces available, but no tenants in sight


Retail spaces of 20,000 square feet and up are rising in supply, but big-box stores aren't looking to move in. Large spaces at 224 and 250 West 57th Street have been vacant since late last year, and another space at 300 West 57th Street has been on the market for more than two years. Shopping complexes like East River Plaza and the Rego Park Mall II are also planning to open up. Landlords are considering breaking up the spaces into smaller units.

More at: [Crain's]




From Yesterday


A year-long campaign by workers’ advocacy group to put pressure on seafood purveyor Wild Edibles to settle a dispute over alleged labor law violations appears to be paying off.

75% of 69 surveyed stores in Westchester are over-charging for Milk, including Gristedes.

The Poughkeepsie Journal reports that the Hyde Park Amish Market is officially going out of business

Here’s the full article in today’s Journal.

Amish Market’s new Long Island City store will be called the ‘Food Cellar’

One more blog regarding the Food Cellar.

Tesco’s Fresh & Easy chain is planning to incorporate local and community elements into its design for the first time at a store it plans to open here later this year, according to reports.
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Brian String was re-elected as president of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 152, one of the largest unions in southern New Jersey, after capturing about 85 percent of the votes in an election Friday. String earned 3,755 votes against rival Ken Marr, who received 611 votes, union officials said Monday.
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Building Blocks Conference gets some blog action.

According to Eliot Brown at the Observer, Extell Development may be looking to put a 150,000 sq, ft Costco into its Riverside Boulevard complex: "Extell Development is in talks with discount bulk retailer Costco to occupy a large underground store as part of a new 3.3 million-square-foot development of mostly residential buildings on the Upper West Side.

Politics

In this morning's Crain's Insider, UFCW Local 1500's Pat Purcell comes to the defense of Shelly Silver. Here's the item:

The Perils of Insurgency
Insurgent candidate Paul Newell’s claim that Shelly Silver overstated his efforts to keep a local Pathmark open a drew a harsh response from the union representing store workers. “The workers at Pathmark have never met Newell and have no idea who he is,” says Pat Purcell of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1500. “Silver was the linchpin in keeping that store open and our members employed. His opponent’s cheap, political shot is disgraceful.” Newell says that he has been working with other community groups.


Clinton Lauds Housing Pact For Starrett CitySenator Clinton, accompanied by a small army of elected officials, rallied at Starrett City in Brooklyn yesterday to celebrate an agreement that will preserve its "affordable" housing.

Other

Pop a bottle of champagne: The University at Albany got off the list of America's top party schools. In 1998 and 2004, the Princeton Review college guide annoyed many on campus by ranking UAlbany first on its honor roll of the country's most booze- and drug-addled campuses.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Monday Morning One Liners

Stop & Shop here may be closing some or all of the 132 Dunkin' Donuts locations in its stores and replacing them with Starbucks, according to local reports last week.
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Retail Stocks looks at A&P.

A&P's Pathmark banner will host a multicultural arts festival in Philadelphia on Aug. 2 and 3. The event will follow others held in New Jersey and New York in May and June.
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Voter Registration for Barrack Obama at Commack King Kullen next Saturday.

California's restaurants must be trans fat-free by 2010, and retail baked goods sold in the state must eliminate the artificial fats by 2011, according to new state legislation signed Friday by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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Amish Market in Hyde Park is closing.

The MTA has re-routed their bus route to stop at the shops at Atlas Park.

The government is giving incentives for Medicare E-Prescribing.

Complete with a new logo and streamlined appearance, the Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop grocery chain is celebrating its 94th year of business by revamping its image with a focus on convenience.

NY Daily News writes on the Myrtle Ave & Gristedes dilemma

Unions Rally, Vowing Strike at Verizon: The unions representing 65,000 Verizon workers on Saturday
resounded a pledge to strike if demands for higher wages, caps on health care payments and limits on outsourcing jobs are not honored

Political


The DFL Party filed a formal complaint this week against the sponsors of two ads that slam U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken for supporting federal legislation making union organizing easier.


With powerful labor heavy states such as Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana pivotal to victory in November's presidential election, Barack Obama is getting ready to play the union card.

In the aftermath of the soap-operalike spectacle that led to the decision by Representative Vito J. Fossella to not seek another term in Congress, much of the attention has centered on the troubles that his fellow Republicans have had in finding a candidate to succeed him in the 13th Congressional District.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Wal-Mart inks a Union Deal?? and Friday Morning One Liners

Morning Readme: 07/25/08

Wal-Mart has signed union contracts in China?!

Here's more Bloomberg News: Wal-Mart inks two Union Deals.

Stop & Shop is suing Whole Foods.

Here's more on the lawsuit.

Sen. John McCain’s “Straight Talk Express” made a stop at a Weis Markets-owned King’s grocery store in P.A. Wednesday where he addressed food cost inflation

Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover are planning to expand their “Affordable Food Summits,” where local politicians and economists visit stores to describe how consumers can best save money on groceries. Stop & Shop has staged three such events so far at stores in New York and New Jersey, but plans to schedule four more by September in New England and Baltimore,

The upcoming season of Top Chef takes place in NYC, contestants have been seen at Whole Foods.

NJ-Local officials have given their initial approval for a 280,000-sf shopping center at the intersection of Route 9 and Lanes Mill Road here. Proposed by YCC Development Inc., a locally based group, the project named Tropicana Commercial Center would be anchored by an 118,000-sf BJ's Wholesale Club.

A BJs employee triggered a dry chemical at a BJs Gas pump.

An analyst downgraded shares of BJ's Wholesale Club on Wednesday after rival Costco Wholesale Corp. offered an earnings outlook below Wall Street expectations, citing rising energy costs and plans to refrain from raising prices.Shares of BJ's fell $3.86, or 9.5 percent, to $36.89, while rival Costco declined $8.57, or 11.9 percent, to $63.43.

Costco Wholesale Corp. here yesterday saw its stock plummet more than 12% after it issued a warning that its net income for the current quarter will fall short of expectations, in part due to its effort to keep prices down amid rising product costs

A strike by United Parcel Service workers could hit the Chicago metropolitan area next week.

NYC is world's 22nd most expensive city; The only North American city to make the top 50, New York City fell seven spots; Moscow retained the top spot for the third consecutive year, followed by Tokyo and London.

PARIS — For Senator Barack Obama, who came to Europe once in the last four years, making a stop in London on his way to Russia, the response of many Europeans to his potential presidency has been gratifying — emotional, responsive, replete with the sense of hope he seeks to engender about a more flexible, less ideological America. (Pictured Below)

AP: Testing the waters for a swim in the Hudson The Hudson River is scenic, historic -- but swimmable?

Newsday writes on the 15th Leg District in Suffolk County.

Yesterday's One Liners...

Forgot to post these yesterday, sorry everyone...

07/24/08
Supermarkets in underserved communities in Michigan can qualify for tax exemptions under a new law passed last week by the state Legislature . The law — aimed at eliminating "food deserts," where access to fresh foods is usually more limited — amends the state's Commercial Rehabilitation Act to include "retail food establishments" as rehabilitated commercial properties that would be eligible to receive reductions in property taxes for periods of one to 10 years as determined by local government units.

Long Island's largest supermarkets, including Waldbaum's, A&P, Pathmark, have agreed to buy and sell more local produce.

Riverhead's local paper covered the story also.: "If you walked into a Waldbaum's last week, you didn't really know where the squash you we're buying came from. Now you're going to know that," he said. "Once you have that in the store, and this is what King Kullen found, the demand in their case actually went up. People wanted to buy local."

The Queens Ledger writes: "No Gristides for Myrtle Ave"

Ahold USA grocery chains Stop & Shop, Giant Food and Giant Food Stores yesterday announced their support of the Conservation Alliance for Seafood Solutions' Common Vision, a program focused on protecting the health of the oceans, and the long-term seafood supply, by working with companies to develop and implement sustainable seafood policies.
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A garment factory in Long Island City, Queens, was busted Wednesday by the state Department of Labor for underpaying its workers and deliberately concealing sweatshop conditions.

NY Times Steven Greenhouse writes more: It was one of the worst sweatshops that state inspectors have visited in years, they said, sometimes requiring its 100 employees to work seven days a week, sometimes for months in a row.

About 1.8 million New Yorkers use food stamps to pay for groceries, which is 30,000 more than two years ago and 500,000 more than seven years ago.

Costco Wholesale Corp. here yesterday saw its stock plummet more than 12% after it issued a warning that its net income for the current quarter will fall short of expectations, in part due to its effort to keep prices down amid rising product costs.
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Mayoral hopeful and Representative Anthony Weiner had a lot to say regarding Wal-Mart Tuesday.
  • Weiner to spur jobs in outer boroughs [Crain's (N.Y.)]
    He noted that private developers are betting that they will, and said non-union discounters like Wal-Mart were not welcome here. “What is the value of having a Wal-Mart on Queens Boulevard that wipes out the rest of Queens Boulevard?” he asked. “The big-box store undercuts local development.”
  • Weiner as a Middle-Class-Friendly Bloomberg [New York Observer]
    The crux of Weiner’s speech, at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Manhattan, focused on job development. He did not rule out raising taxes, but did say that high taxes stymie job development. He defended the policy that prevents Wal-Mart (but not other big box stores), from coming into the city because it does not pay adequate wages.
  • As Mayor, Anthony Weiner Won't Open NYC to Wal-Mart [Gothamist Blog]
    At a breakfast forum this morning, Representative Anthony Weiner - a likely mayoral candidate - handed out a 5,000 word manifesto about how he would keep the city affordable for the middle class. The Sun has it that Weiner also used his half-hour speech to criticize the proliferation of big-box chains in New York, wondering, "What is the value of having a Wal-Mart on Queens Boulevard that wipes out economic development on the rest of Queens Boulevard. What is the value of saving 15 or 20% on that pair of jeans, in terms of creating jobs for the rest of Queens?"
Politics/Policy/Development

Checking off another box for his carefully scripted mayoral campaign, Rep. Anthony Weiner Tuesday laid out a five-point plan for “keeping New York the capital of the middle class” by encouraging job growth in the boroughs outside Manhattan.

Under Governor David Paterson's bill, a proposed property tax cap would not apply to New York City, Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, and Yonkers. The Republican-led Senate has agreed to pass the bill when it returns to Albany for a special session. The bill would bar school districts from hiking taxes more than 4 percent per year, or 120 percent of inflation. Property taxes have grown by an average of 6 percent a year over the past decade. Read it here.

Gov. David A. Paterson plans to sign a bill into law on Wednesday that will significantly alter New York State’s program to encourage the redevelopment of polluted building sites, known as brownfields.

Here's more Newsday (Stacey Altherr): Focus on cleanup efforts

WASHINGTON — It started as a routine conference call. But at some point during the call, Representative Anthony D. Weiner became furious, convinced that his scheduler had not given him a crucial piece of information. His scheduler, John J. Graff, who was in the next room, suddenly heard the congressman yelling at him through the wall. Then, Mr. Graff recalled, Mr. Weiner started pounding his fists on his desk, kicked a chair and unleashed a string of expletives.Two weeks later, Mr. Graff, a Navy veteran, became the latest of a sizable number of staff members who have resigned after an abbreviated stint with Mr. Weiner, a Democrat who represents parts of Brooklyn and Queens. Read it here.

Other

Attention to Mets fans, get ready to pay double for ticket prices.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Tuesday Morning One Liners...

Sheepshead Bay Shopping center has been sold for $24 Million, the rent there is about $32.00 a square foot.

With the integration of Pathmark essentially complete, the Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. will ramp up the conversion of its stores to its Price Impact format, which emphasizes value, and its Fresh format, executives said at the company’s first-quarter conference call.

Whole Foods Market has implemented enhanced farmed seafood standards for all farmed seafood sold at the company's 270 stores in the US, Canada and the UK.

In a complex deal that has left some local residents suspicious and upset, the East Hampton Town Board and Peconic Land Trust signed a deal to purchase development rights to the Amagansett Farmers’ Market which allows Eli Zabar to open shop there for the next three years.

The coalition pushing a pair of pro-union ballot initiatives in Colorado said Monday that it will probably file signatures for one of the measures with the secretary of state's office by the end of this week

A new grocery store from the owners of the Amish Market, called Food Cellar, will open in one month on 47th Avenue, joining a new Duane Reade opening around the corner on 5th Street and 48th Avenue.

A&P here saw its stock fall by more than 25% Friday after reporting quarterly earnings and margin performance that fell short of market expectations despite strong sales figures.
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A mislabeled medication by Wal-Mart has put a teen into a coma.

The New York Times picked up the Zabar's Amanganesett Farmers Market story.

Gristedes continues to receive press from hosting an event for the show 'Project Runway'


Shares of Delhaize here plunged 8.6% in European trading on Friday after the company said its sales and profit growth would be weaker than expected this year.
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Whole Foods Markets will role out nationally a line of 13 environmentally friendly toys in October, according to reports.
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Policy/ Development

A report released Friday by a commission convened by the Alliance for Healthy and Responsible Grocery Stores, called on Los Angeles city leaders to take the lead in fixing how the grocery industry addresses underserved and affluent communities.

The anti-Willets Point alliance is growing [Queens Crap]

Politics

In November, the lines at voting booths on Staten Island will have a new look, with record numbers of Muslims and other newly registered residents from diverse ethnic groups casting ballots in some of the most crucial local and national races in decades.

At his first news conference as senate majority leader, Dean Skelos says he’ll work to pass a property tax cap.

Long Island republican rumors regarding the 2010 Governor race.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Top stories for the past three days

Been out of the office the first half of this week, so we'll sum up a few stories that we've missed...

07/16/08


The Amagansett Farmers Market will re-open for business, possibly by the end of this month, under the management of Eli Zabar, owner of Eli’s Bread and the brother of the owners of Zabar’s gourmet emporium in Manhattan.

Boston.com’s travel section highlights ‘Fairway Market’ as one of the hot spots to stop when in NYC.

East Hampton litter committee is seeking financial support from King Kullen and various other grocers in order to aid their attempt at removing all plastic bags from the town.

The Daily News says the ‘Labor Day Parade is Back!’

In the recent closings of many Starbucks locations, only 1 location in the five boroughs closed (Staten Island) while all in Manhattan were spared.

A Whole Foods supermarket in Chicago remained closed after city health inspectors again found mouse droppings and a dead mouse, officials said

The store re-opened Saturday after the company requested another inspection.

Politics

Bruno Says He Will Leave State Senate by Week's End

NY Sun writes more on the city council’s campaign finance laws.

The Greek News interviews Gristedes owner and mayoral hopeful John Casamatidis.

New York State extended unemployment checks by 13 weeks.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Friday Morning One Liners...

07/11/08 (Get to Sev, it's Free Slurpee Day)

Fresh Direct continues their superb PR: Most days, Fresh Direct delivers produce from Long Island farms to city nabes. But the online grocer recently made the reverse trip, toting 45 Brooklyn second-graders to the North Fork to pull carrots and milk goats. Read the story here.

Stop & Shop this week hosted the first of three scheduled “Affordable Food Summits” to help consumers cope with the rising cost of groceries.

Must Read:

A Mexican comic book containing a character that the White House once denounced as an offensive racial stereotype is again at the center of controversy after being sold at Houston-area Wal-Mart stores.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has won a permanent gag order and agreed to drop its lawsuit against a fired security employee who detailed to media what he said were the retailer's surveillance practices.

Congratulations to Wal-Mart, who was inducted to the 2008 Hall of Shame for employers.

A 37-year-old man was arrested on Saturday for going on a shopping spree with a stolen credit card in a Staten Island Pathmark store.

Claiming that odors from two nearby sewage plants have at times made them nauseous, forced them to stay indoors and possibly even caused medical problems, a group of residents in the South Bronx is suing the city and the owner of one of the plants.

UFCW in Seattle is facing a problem with the city's ban of plastic.

Political

Obama continues to raise cash in New York.

Bloomberg joins Pataki in Green Business Summit

McCain's ad aims at Spanish voters.

Enjoy the weekend

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Wednesday Morning One Liners...


The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union here said yesterday it will mobilize its 1.3 million members to support Health Care for America Now, a coalition of labor, medical and business organizations that announced a national campaign yesterday for affordable quality health care for all Americans.
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Here's the press release

And here's the UFCW Press Release.

Must read:

Lia Petridis of the Huffington Post writes on Hunger in NYC.

Union workers at Overwaitea’s Save-On Foods voted by 75% to approve a new contract, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1518 here said Tuesday.
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Brooklyn 'barley notices' the concrete truck drivers strike.

You can read the details of the new Con Ed contract here.

Fearing Southampton's busiest commercial highway could be built up even before the town can plan for its future development, town officials have proposed a yearlong moratorium on new construction along County Route 39 from Shinnecock Hills to Water Mill

Wal-Mart has lost its bid to overturn a 2005 Long Island jury verdict that found the nation's No. 1 retailer guilty of discrimination against a mentally disabled Centereach man.

Politics

Some prominent New York delegates who supported Hillary Clinton say it would be a bad idea for her name to be placed in nomination at the Democratic convention next month.

Kevin Sack writes on McCain's radical health plan.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tuesday Morning One Liners....



07/08/08

More supermarket closings: Last Wednesday, many shoppers walked into The Associated market on Tillary Street at the corner of Jay Street in Downtown Brooklyn completely unaware that the shop would be closing later this month.

Yesterday, Whole Foods gave a tour of their new location in Tribeca.

Stop & Shop planning to hold 'Food Summits' throughout their Long Island stores to discuss the rising costs of food. First one, today at Woodbury.

UFCW 1995 has ratified a new deal with Kroger.

A&P announced they'll be changing most Philly 'SuperFresh' stores to the Pathmark banner.

The Teamsters Local 282 and the Association of New York City Concrete Producers have resumed talks aimed at resolving disputes over wages and working conditions.

The Daily News explains why so many Rockaway residents venture out of the Rockaways to grocery shop..
Health Care for America Now, a coalition of unions, organizations, businesses and medical professionals, is launching a $40 million campaign to push for quality, affordable health care for all Americans....Read the story here.

Vancouver- Roughly 10 thousand Save On Foods and Overwaitea employees across the province have voted 75% in favor of accepting their company’s latest offer.

Development & Politics


Trying to nail down the Hispanic vote, Obama and McCain are speaking to before powerful Spanish advocacy groups today.

Obama will accept the Democratic nomination at Invesco Field, home of the Denver Broncos .

Here's the new eco-friendly police fleet. for the NYPD

Monday, July 7, 2008

Monday Morning One Liners

Downtown express writes on the new 69,000 square foot Whole Foods in Tribeca.

The union representing 5,000 workers at 27 Metro Vancouver Save-On-Foods stores has accepted a mediator's recommendations for a new five-year contract.

A&P has converted one of its freestanding liquor stores here to its new Best Cellars at A&P format, the first manifestation of the company's ownership of the Best Cellars wine chain.
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Two supervisors at a kosher meatpacking plant in Iowa where hundreds of illegal immigrants were rounded up in May were arrested Thursday on criminal immigration charges.

Wal-Mart is putting it's focus on local produce.

A Chowhound thread has bloggers conversing over Whole Foods consistently over charging customers.

Wegmans Food Markets here last week warned consumers not to fall victim to a scam that involves fraudulent checks bearing the company’s name.
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Following a three-month pause, Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market yesterday opened its 62nd store, in Manhattan Beach, Calif.

Other

Reverend Billy is back in the news.

The nation’s pediatricians are recommending wider cholesterol screening for children and more aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs starting as early as the age of 8 in hopes of preventing adult heart problems.


The Evidence Gap: Costly Cancer Drug Offers Hope, but Also a Dilemma
By GINA KOLATA and ANDREW POLLACK
Avastin, which can cost as much as $100,000 a year, has become one of the most popular cancer drugs, but studies show it prolongs life by only a few months.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Wednesday Afternoon One Liners...

Short one today folks...

Metro writes on FUREE: The lack of affordable and fresh produce was so dire along Myrtle Avenue that a local group had organized a free shuttle bus to the Pathmark on Atlantic Avenue

As New York’s poorest residents struggle to make ends meet amid sharply rising food prices, the administration of Gov. David A. Paterson has found a way to significantly increase federal food assistance — by more than 50 percent in some cases — for about 114,000 impoverished households around the state, officials said Tuesday.

New York pharmacists are criticizing a "drastic" cut in reimbursement rates, which they say could force some pharmacies out of business

New York State has some of the lowest voter turnout numbers in America, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

NY State Milk prices continue to grow.

AP: Utility union: Tentative deal with Con Ed in New York City

There is a new CONTENDER FOR FOSSELLA SEAT

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Tuesday morning One-Liners...

MORNING READ; TUESDAY, JULY 1ST 2008
Food
UFCW strike in Vancouver has been put on hold as a mediator has been called in.
More on the postponed strike.

Governor David Paterson has asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare 23 New York counties ag disaster areas, citing severe crop losses during damaging June 16 storms. He's also urging farmers to report their losses.

Con Edison says it can keep the power flowing if almost 9,000 union workers walk off the job early Wednesday - but the union says New Yorkers had better get ready.

Shoppers are criticizing Wal-Mart's new earth friendly 'Milk Jugs'

...And Wal-Mart wants to buy more local produce.

Politics

A community board in Queens has voted in favor of a plan backed by Mayor Bloomberg to develop a 60-acre site into a new neighborhood of homes, shops, offices and entertainment.

Anthony Weiner is grading Michael Bloomberg as Mayor.

Here's Obama's latest TV ad.

The town of Huntington continues to go 'Green'.
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