Assemblyman Murray Rips Dream Act Bill, Slams Cuomo

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State Assemb. Dean Murray (R-East Patchogue) slammed the Dream Act that, if passed, would help children of undocumented immigrants get college scholarships and ripped Gov. Andrew Cuomo during a speech he gave Monday at the Conservative Party Political Action Conference (CPPAC) in Albany.“Through liberal agendas and ideas like the Dream Act, where some would like to actually use taxpayer dollars to fund college education for illegal immigrants while denying those funds to the children of law-abiding, tax-paying, legal citizens we continue to move toward punishing those that do it right,” said Murray. “This makes no sense. Just last year, the governor floated the idea of giving a taxpayer-funded college education to prison inmates.”The prison proposal Murray took issue with didn’t pass last year and wasn’t re-introduced in this year’s budget proposal. The proposal was based on research that has shown that prisoners that spend their incarceration being educated are less likely to become recidivists, according to a 2013 study by the RAND Corporation and the Department of Justice. As for his chief gripe, the Long Island Dream Act Coalition has argued that this bill would grant “equal access to state-funded financial aid” for undocumented students at public colleges.Speaking in Albany, Murray deplored the Democratic governor’s policies for ignoring “thousands of hardworking, law-abiding citizens going into debt to send their kids to college or, worse, kids graduating with mounds of debt and no jobs to show for it.“We are sending the wrong message and rewarding the wrong people,” Murray told the conservative crowd. “How does anyone expect to get any kind of meaningful immigration reform if we give taxpayer-funded incentives for those that come here illegally? How do we expect to reduce crime when we reward criminals? We must change the mentality and change the discussion.”After a request from the Press, a spokesman for the newly elected Assemblyman clarified that Murray was not referring to “the children of illegal immigrants as criminals.”The keynote speech at the Conservative Party’s conference was delivered by Carly Fiorina, the former chairwoman and chief executive officer of Hewlett Packard who spent almost $7 million in 2010 on a losing campaign to unseat U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.). Fiorina, who has been making appearances at political gatherings across the country recently,  is currently considered the “dark horse” candidate for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, according to Fox News. She and her husband Frank reportedly have a combined net worth of between $30 million and $120 million. When Hewlett Packard’s board forced her out in 2005, she was reportedly given a $21 million “golden handshake.”  She had laid off 18,000 workers in 2003.Murray, an advertising company owner, initially won his Assembly seat in a 2010 special election and was re-elected the following year. Then in 2012 he lost by 226 votes to Edward Hennessey, a lawyer and former Brookhaven town councilman, but he took back the seat in last November’s election by a margin of 526 votes after absentee and other paper ballots were counted. Barely 29 percent of the 78,195 registered voters in the 3rd Assembly district turned out to vote, nearly the lowest turnout in decades.During his race, one of Murray’s GOP campaign workers had put a GPS tracking device on Hennessy’s car, trying to prove he didn’t reside in the district and therefore couldn’t run. The move has since led to legislation outlawing private citizens from using GPS trackers without the vehicle owner’s permission in Suffolk County, after a bill sponsored by Suffolk County Legis. Kate Browning (WF-Shirley) passed unanimously last week.Since returning to Albany, Murray hasn’t proposed any legislation to help address the high cost of college tuition in New York State, but his aide said the session is still early and the Assemblyman may yet look into it.last_img read more

Venezuelan Youth Symphony Orchestra donates $38,000 to UN fund against torture

first_img Share Share 19 Views   no discussions InternationalNewsPrintRegional Venezuelan Youth Symphony Orchestra donates $38,000 to UN fund against torture by: – October 10, 2011 Sharecenter_img Venezuela will donate US 38,000 dollars to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. This amount was collected during a concert performed by the Simon Bolivar Youth Symphony Orchestra in Geneva, Switzerland, on the occasion of the UN Universal Periodic Review of human rights, Venezuela is participating in this review next October 07. Venezuelan Foreign Minister, Nicolás Maduro, thanked to all those who made possible the particpation on the Venezuelan orchestra in the concert labeled “Let’s have a more human humankind”, performed on the current Tuesday 04 and Wednesday 05 in Geneva.“We believe in the construction of a human homeland, in the construction of a great Latin American homeland. Thus, we bring you a little bit of the deepest love and the sensibility of our people, through our youth” said Maduro.Press ReleaseEmbassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Commonwealth of Dominica Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

The ups and downs of ‘The Tinkerman’ Claudio Ranieri at Chelsea

first_img FA CUP HEARTBREAK During his four years at Chelsea Ranieri failed to win a trophy but came close when they reached the 2002 FA Cup final at the Millennium Stadium. Having beaten Fulham 1-0 in the semi-final Chelsea faced Arsenal looking to regain the cup they won in 2000. Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was a major doubt with a calf injury and he was a passenger as Chelsea struggled to match the Gunners. Two goals in 10 minutes from Ray Parlour and Freddie Ljungberg gave Arsenal a deserved win. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFICATION After finishing sixth in 2001-02 the pressure was on Ranieri to deliver in 2002-03 and it came down to a final day shoot-out against Liverpool. Gerard Houllier’s side came to Stamford Bridge knowing a win would send them into the top four at Chelsea’s expense. Sami Hyppia gave Liverpool an 11th-minute lead but Marcel Desailly levelled almost immediately. Jesper Gronkjaer won it before Milan Baros had a goal disallowed and Steven Gerrard was sent off late on. Victory sent Chelsea into the Champions League for the first time and they have qualified every season since – although needed to rely on winning the competition to qualify in 2012 after finishing sixth in the Barclays Premier League. Press Association Claudio Ranieri faces Chelsea with Leicester on Monday, the first time he has come up against the Blues in English football since leaving Stamford Bridge in 2004. He earned the nickname ‘the Tinkerman’ while at the club for his rotation policy while also taking them into the Champions League for the first time. Between 2000 and 2004 Ranieri saw huge change at Chelsea and, here, Press Association Sport looks at the highs and lows of Ranieri’s four-year reign. ROMAN’S RICHES 2003-04 Roman Abramovich’s takeover in 2003 gave Ranieri unrivalled spending power and Chelsea flexed their financial muscles. Glen Johnson was the first to sign under Ranieri’s revolution as Damien Duff, Joe Cole, Wayne Bridge, Juan Sebastian Veron, Alexei Smertin, Hernan Crespo, Adrian Mutu and Claude Makelele followed. It was a new dawn at Stamford Bridge and time in English football as Abramovich ushered in the era of foreign ownership. Scott Parker was added to the squad in the January but only Makelele, Cole and Bridge can be labelled as total successes. Yet all the money could not stop Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ beating Chelsea to the title by 11 points. CHAMPIONS LEAGUE AGONY As well as missing out on the title Chelsea came agonisingly close to reaching the Champions League final in 2004 after a 5-3 aggregate semi-final defeat to Monaco. Having beaten Arsenal in the quarter-final Ranieri was criticised after Chelsea lost the first leg 3-1 to 10-man Monaco as he made a series of strange substitutes, replacing Mario Melchiot with Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink then removing Scott Parker for Robert Huth. It unbalanced the side and they conceded two late goals from Fernando Morientes and Shabani Nonda to gift Monaco the advantage. A 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge sealed Chelsea’s fate, after Jesper Gronkjaer and Frank Lampard gave the Blues a 2-0 lead. Monaco were beaten by Jose Mourinho’s Porto in the final, Mourinho’s last game before he replaced Ranieri in west London in 2004. RUMOURS AND SPECULATION The writing was on the wall before Jose Mourinho swept into Stamford Bridge to succeed Ranieri and the Italian’s final year at the Bridge was blighted by speculation over his job once Roman Abramovich took charge. Sven-Goran Eriksson was heavily linked to Chelsea as soon as Abramovich bought the club in 2003 while Mourinho was touted as Ranieri’s replacement long before he was appointed. Ranieri earned praise for his poise during the speculation surrounding his job as he knew the writing was on the wall with the Italian telling the press “Hello my sharks, welcome to the funeral,” before the second leg against Monaco. last_img read more