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Editor's Note: Public opposition to building the Port Ambrose liquified natural gas port off the south shore of Long Island has been growing for months. On Wednesday, two federal agencies announced they were stopping the clock on the application process to review the outpouring of concern about the project expressed by both concerned citizens and elected officials from both parties.

Editor's Note: Public opposition to building the Port Ambrose liquified natural gas port off the south shore of Long Island has been growing for months. On Wednesday, two federal agencies announced they were stopping the clock on the application process to review the outpouring of concern about the project expressed by both concerned citizens and elected officials from both parties.

Watkins Glen, NY – In three speedy hearings on Wednesday night in the Town of Reading court, Judge Raymond Berry granted a motion to dismiss all charges “in the interests of justice” brought by 42 Seneca Lake protesters. All had been arrested as part of a sustained civil disobedience campaign at the gates of Crestwood Midstream.

The campaign, We Are Seneca Lake, opposes the expansion of gas storage in abandoned lakeside salt caverns owned by Crestwood. 

Assuming Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, much of her popular support will be based on her image as an advocate of women’s rights.

 

Scores of environmental advocates joined with their elected officials outside City Hall on Monday to urge Governor Andrew Cuomo to veto the Port Ambrose natural gas terminal, which would be built almost 20 miles off the coast of Long Island’s South Shore.

Last year Bay Ridge City Councilmember Vincent Gentile ignored the police killing of Eric Garner. Later, he chose to brown nose the NYPD by promoting a cop worship initiative that saw “Go Blue” flyers appear up and down Bay Ridge’s 5th Avenue commercial corridor where his district office is located.

Now suddenly Gentile is invoking and laying claim to the spirit and the tragedy of Eric Garner in his attempt to win an open U.S. House seat  he is vying for with Daniel Donovan, the Staten Island district attorney who oversaw the grand jury that let Garner's killers walk.

“There are some very bad apples who did something absolutely horrid,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a press conference at the end of January.

Was he referring to rogue members of his own police force such as Officer Daniel Pantaleo who choked Eric Garner to death on video more than seven months ago and still has not been disciplined by the NYPD? Not at all. Instead, the Mayor was chastising the Bronx Defenders, an organization that provides legal help to more than 20,000 poor New Yorkers last year and whose work he has also praised.

 

Calling for more oversight of healthcare delivery at local jails, a group of advocates rallied on the steps of City Hall Tuesday, slamming the for-profit correctional healthcare provider Corizon Health, which had been linked to several recent deaths at Rikers Island.

It’s fucking cold. Like eyeballs shattering in their sockets cold. The cold I imagine, deep space to be at the end of Time. And everyone’s going to work. It’s one of those days where all eight million New Yorkers stare from their windows, hearing the wind scream in the street, knowing their faces are about to get peeled.  

 

After traveling for hours by bus, hundreds of students poured into hallways of the state capitol building in Albany on Thursday to urge their representatives to provide more funding to New York’s public colleges and reform the state’s financial aid program to make it more accessible.

The trip was organized by the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) and supported by several higher education advocacy organizations and the faculty unions for New York’s public colleges (CUNY and SUNY).