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It’s halfway open for business!

Drivers can finally cross the Belt Parkway’s long-awaited new Mill Basin Bridge. The Department of Transportation shifted all Brooklyn-bound traffic to the new drawbridge over the Mill Basin inlet on Aug. 30.

Queens-bound traffic will still head over the old span, but the opening of the new lane is finally a wheel in the right direction, because the long-delayed construction has caused major backups, especially when it rains, said the district manager of Community Board 18.

“We anxiously await the completion of this project, which has been the cause of extensive traffic congestion,” said Dottie Turano.

Commuters traveling along the Belt Parkway into Brooklyn, between Flatbush Avenue and the old

Read more at: http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2017/35/mm-new-mill-basin-drawbridge-2017-09-01-bk.html

Critics throw shade at Cuomo’s plan to light NYC bridges – New York’s PIX11 / WPIX

ALBANY, N.Y. — Critics are throwing shade at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pricey plan to install high-tech, color-changing lights on New York City’s bridges, questioning whether the investment is the best use of public money.

Republican lawmakers and Mayor Bill de Blasio say the money should instead go toward fixing the city’s troubled subways. A government watchdog group this month called for a state probe into what it says are conflicting explanations for how much the lights cost and where that money will come from. Estimates have ranged from $216 million to $350 million. Administration officials say the details are still being worked out.

“It’s a transparency issue,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause-New York, which formally requested the investigation. “The taxpayers are entitled to a straight answer.”

Cuomo has repeatedly talked up the lights, envisioning them as an “international tourist attraction” that would add a “breathtaking” touch to the city’s already

Read more at: http://pix11.com/2017/08/13/critics-throw-shade-at-cuomos-plan-to-light-nyc-bridges/

Critics throw shade at Cuomo’s plan to light NYC bridges

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Critics are throwing shade at Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s pricey plan to install high-tech, color-changing lights on New York City’s bridges, questioning whether the investment is the best use of public money.

Republican lawmakers and Mayor Bill de Blasio say the money should instead go toward fixing the city’s troubled subways. A government watchdog group this month called for a state probe into what it says are conflicting explanations for how much the lights cost and where that money will come from. Estimates have ranged from $216 million to $350 million. Administration officials say the details are still being worked out.

“It’s a transparency issue,” said Susan Lerner, executive director of Common Cause-New York, which formally requested the investigation. “The taxpayers are entitled to a straight answer.”

Cuomo has

Read more at: https://www.seattletimes.com/business/critics-throw-shade-at-cuomos-plan-to-light-nyc-bridges/

‘A big step’: Cleanup of Gurney Street heroin camp begins

Finally.

Heroin Crisis

That’s what Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez said Monday morning, hours after contractors began cleanup work along the Gurney Street railroad

Read more at: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/cleanup-of-gurney-street-heroin-camp-underway-20170731.html

Gadkari announces Rs 200 crore for NH repair in flood-hit Assam

New Delhi: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on July 26 sanctioned Rs 200 crore for immediate repair of national highways ravaged by flood in Assam and promised more funds after a central team takes stock of the situation.

The Road Transport and Highways Minister also sanctioned Rs 400 crore for dredging work in Brahmaputra and said Brahmaputra Express Highway will be constructed in Assam as a highway-cum-embankment to check flood.

The sanctions came after a delegation from Assam, led by Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, called on Gadkari.

“We reviewed the situation in Assam due to flood and heavy rain. We have immediately sanctioned Rs 200 crore for repairing damaged national highways and will be releasing more funds if required after the final report on central team’s observations,” Gadkari told PTI after the meeting.

Moreover, he said, Rs 400 crore has been sanctioned for dredging in Brahmaputra which will also check flood.

“Flood situation gets worse in

Read more at: http://www.deccanchronicle.com/business/economy/260717/gadkari-announces-rs-200-crore-for-nh-repair-in-flood-hit-assam.html

One killed, roads cut off by heavy rain in Karnataka’s Belagavi

BELAGAVI: Heavy rain killed one person and disrupted normal life in Karnataka’s Belagavi district. 

The rains disrupted the movement of people in various parts of the district today as several bridges were submerged by the flood water.

In the Ramadurg taluk of the district, a young man died after a wall of his house collapsed on him. Local police said, the deceased, identified as Mallikarjun Maski was sleeping at his residence in Salahalli village when the incident occurred.

Road washed away

There has been a total shut down of road traffic between Goa and Belagavi via Chorla Ghat road.

In Kankumbi, where the construction of Kalasa-Banduri canal project was underway, water from an overflowing river washed away a road. A parked vehicle was also washed away. 

In Chikkodi taluk, seven bridges are facing the threat of submergence. One of the major connecting bridges, Chikkodi-Kallol bridge is already submerged, cutting off many villages from the mainland.

In Karadiguddi,

Read more at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/states/karnataka/2017/jul/19/one-killed-roads-cut-off-by-heavy-rain-in-karnatakas-belagavi-1630746.html

KC events July 6-12: Noah Hawley, Summerfest, Jim Breuer, ‘An American in Paris’

“Million Dollar Quartet”

Opens 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at New Theatre Restaurant

With inflation, maybe this should be called the “Billion Dollar Quartet.” Inspired by a 1956 recording session involving Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins at Sun Records in Memphis, the musical takes the audience inside the recording studio for a night of rock ’n’ roll. The hits include “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Hound Dog” and many more. Runs through Sept. 24. 913-649-7469. newtheatre.com. $36-$61.

Noah Hawley

6 p.m. Thursday, July 6, at Rainy Day Books

The genius behind the hit TV shows “Fargo” and “Legion” will appear for his novel, “Before the Fall.” It won the Edgar Award for best novel from the Mystery Writers of America and was named one of the 100 Notable Books of 2016 by The New

Read more at: http://www.kansascity.com/entertainment/article159452844.html

Ribbon cutting planned at Cucina Berto

FRANKFORT — The Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting for new member Cucina Berto, located at the Frankfort Marina.

The event will take place at 5 p.m. on June 1, with food sampling to follow.

John Scarano, Chamber executive director, said owner Chef Robert Fiorentino is encouraging customers to take advantage of their outside, to-go window as well as their outside deck seating with a view of the canal.

Some of the specials include their ice cream creations as well as a “Brunch/Brinner” menu, Italian cookies and the usual handheld sandwiches and appetizers.

Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Cucina Berto’s social media pages lists specials and events at the marina.

Read more at: http://www.timestelegram.com/news/20170530/ribbon-cutting-planned-at-cucina-berto

Herkimer Co. launches effort to combat human trafficking

HERKIMER — The Herkimer County Department of Social Services is leading the effort to combat human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation of children in the county through a new state-funded program.

Safe Harbour: NY is a program that implements a system-level approach within existing child welfare and allied youth-serving systems, according to the state Office of Children and Family Services website.

This approach, according to the website, “leverages existing system strengths to create a more effective and efficient response to youth who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation or trafficking, or who are vulnerable to it.”

“There have been a couple of cases,” Timothy Seymour, commissioner of the county Department of Social Services, said when asked there have been any cases of human trafficking or commercial sexual exploitation in Herkimer County. “More importantly, this awareness campaign might help us identify what we might be

Read more at: http://www.timestelegram.com/news/20170522/herkimer-co-launches-effort-to-combat-human-trafficking