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Jamestown Plastics Pivots Production In Response To COVID-19 Crisis

first_imgImage by the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency.BROCTON — A northern Chautauqua County based manufacture has adjusted its production in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.Jamestown Plastics’ owner Jay Baker, says his team has begun work designing face shields for the health care and emergency response industries.Rather than simply copy the style of face shields that have been around for decades, Baker says his company will be constructing an original design.“Innovation is hardwired into how we approach life here, and none of it would be possible without our ‘Jamestown Plastics Family’ of incredible employees who know going above and beyond is in all of our job descriptions,” said Baker. The TrueHero™ Extreme Coverage Face Shields, produced by the company, will first be deployed to a medical office in Mayville.Constructed of Clearon™, a medical grade, PETG plastic, the face shields offer exceptional visual clarity, explained Baker.Additionally, the reinforced shield features a proprietary flanged edge that, unlike flat shields, maximizes protection from the periphery. Multi-Port Exhaust channels release heat and moisture, yet preclude the entry of germs.The shield offers full-range view ability, is extremely lightweight, and easily grasped from behind to satisfy handling protocol. It attaches with an infinitely adjustable hook-and-loop strap for all-day comfort, and a foam forehead pad enhances comfort. The shield can be customized by simply trimming the material with scissors.Locally, the Chautauqua County and the County of Chautauqua Industrial Development Agency have led the charge in communicating the need for additional PPE production countywide, encouraging manufacturers to retool, where able, to produce supplies needed for COVID-19 pandemic response.The team created a logistics plan to fulfill the 14,000 face shields needed locally, followed by order coordination for the additional 59 statewide emergency operations centers. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New York Demands More Federal Funds To Bolster State Budget

first_imgJanuary 8, 2020 – Albany, NY – Governor Andrew M. Cuomo delivers his 2020 State of the State Address in Albany. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo)ALBANY — New York lawmakers on Thursday delayed immediate decisions on how to find $10 billion in potential spending cuts in an elastic state budget aimed at keeping state government running amid a crisis brought on by a virus outbreak that has hammered New York City and upended the economy.Seated in their offices or far apart from one another in the largely vacant chambers, lawmakers took final votes on budget bills. The exact size of the budget for the next year was unclear, but lawmakers are attempting to slash as much as $10 billion from the $178 billion originally proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.The extent of spending cuts will depend on whether New York receives enough federal funding or if the economy recovers enough to make up for a potential $10 to $15 billion loss in state revenue.“We can all agree that the budget we are passing is not the budget that any of us hoped to pass at the beginning of the session,” Democratic Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said. “It’s not even the budget we expected to pass a month ago. Our state’s financial situation has been thrust into true economic crisis.” Lawmakers have agreed that the ongoing epidemic necessitates expanding the governor’s role over state spending and response efforts. The governor’s budget office would have to notify lawmakers about 1% revenue shortfalls or overspending, and the administration could cut spending if lawmakers don’t come up with their own plan in ten days.The budget deal is also set to include at least $8 billion in short-term borrowing to help the state handle a tax deadline delayed to July 15. The state can also access a $3 billion line of credit.Cuomo, a Democrat, and Stewart-Cousins called for urgent, additional federal funding to help New York respond to the outbreak.New York state government is set to receive at least $5 billion in federal aid for the cost of responding to the virus, on top of over $1 billion in emergency education funding. But Cuomo has said the amount is not enough to offset possible revenue loss and response costs that have already exceeded $1 billion.Schools are receiving nearly the same amount of funding as last year — about $28 million. Cuomo had proposed $800 million in extra school aid in January. New York will lose out on extra federal education aid if funding falls further.The budget also allows Cuomo’s administration to reduce healthcare spending this year or next.Cuomo had complained New York would lose out on billions of dollars in emergency Medicaid funds because Congress prohibited states from restricting Medicaid until the outbreak is declared over. A state task force was tasked this year to propose trimming $2.5 billion in Medicaid spending.The budget allows Cuomo’s administration to delay some Medicaid proposals amid the crisis — including another 0.5% in across-the-board Medicaid payment cuts, a cap on managed long-term care enrollment and restrictions on Medicaid-funded personal care aide programs.A coalition of several health consumer groups said cuts during or after the pandemic will devastate struggling hospitals shouldering the brunt of the outbreak.Several left-leaning advocacy groups including VOCAL-NY slammed lawmakers for failing to consider higher taxes on the state’s wealthiest residents to help provide more revenue for schools.Republicans criticized Democrats for including a host of new laws in the budget that have received little public scrutiny in recent weeks: from the legalization of paid surrogacy, to a ban on Styrofoam containers, a sweeping new paid sick leave law, an expansion of prevailing wage mandates, a ban on flavored vaping, a new small-donor public financing system, and an increased ballot threshold making it harder for third parties to qualify for the ballot.New York will also legalize e-bikes and e-scooters, add E Pluribus Unum to the state’s coat of arms, seize weapons from certain individuals linked to possible domestic abuse, establish a new “domestic act of terrorism motivated by hate” felony, and ban high-risk sexual offenders from rising the MTA.New York is also tweaking a law allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers’ licenses that drew rebuke from President Trump’s administration, which had halted the import and export of used vehicles in New York and cut residents from “trusted traveler” programs. New York can now share certain state motor vehicle records that federal officials say is needed to import and export vehicles and vet New Yorkers applying to trusted traveler programs. The law aims to ensure that data can’t be used for immigration enforcement.Another budget measure backed by Cuomo would also tweak a new state law that started in January to end cash bail for 90% of crimes, allowing thousands of New Yorkers facing charges for mostly non-violent crimes to avoid being held in jail while awaiting trial.Republicans and many law enforcement officials around the state initially raised concerns that the law was emptying jails and endangering the public, while supporters said cash bail unjustly oppresses poor and minority communities.Cuomo’s proposed tweak includes making more crimes eligible for bail starting in 90 days — including felony sex trafficking, money laundering, strangulation, certain hate crimes, criminal possession of a weapon on school grounds, grand larceny, escape and failing to register as a sex offender.Cuomo said Thursday that his administration has looked at the roll-out of the new law: “I think we made the right change now.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New York State Teachers Union Calls For Mandatory Mask Wearing In Schools

first_imgPexels Stock Photo.ALBANY – New York State’s Teachers Union is urging state health officials to make mask wearing mandatory in school this fall.In a statement to the media Thursday morning, New York State United Teachers says that current guidance that mandates the use of masks when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained doesn’t go far enough.“The governor has said — and we agree — that parents and educators must be confident in their school district’s reopening plan in order for this to work,” said Union President Andy Pallotta in a statement. “As we hear of disparate mask procedures and other issues in reopening plans across the state, it’s clear that the state must step in. Making masks mandatory at all times is one step toward helping address the reservations that still exist regarding reopening school buildings.”The union is calling on state leaders to make masks mandatory indoors at all times during the school day, in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in buildings that reopen for in-person instruction. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Broadway Theaters to Dim Lights in Memory of Nicholas Martin

first_img Martin’s additional Broadway directed credits included Present Laughter, Mauritius, Butley, Match, Hedda Gabler and The Rehearsal. He appeared on the Great White Way in productions including Alice in Wonderland, The Man Who Came to Dinner, Pantagleize, Exit the King, You Can’t Take It With You, The Wild Duck, Right You are If You Think You Are and The School for Scandal. Off-Broadway directing credits included Why Torture is Wrong, and the People Who Love Them, Saturn Returns, The New Century, Observe the Sons of Ulster, The Time of the Cuckoo, Chaucer in Rome, Fully Committed, Full Gallop, You Never Can Tell, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Sophistry and Bosoms and Neglect. Martin also served as artistic director at two theater companies: Boston’s Huntington Theatre Company from 2000 to 2008 and the Williamstown Theatre Festival from 2008 to 2010. “Nicky Martin spent his life dedicated to the theatre. I felt fortunate that I was able to get to know him last year during Tony Awards season when he was nominated for Best Direction of a Play for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike—a lovely last act to a long and prolific career directing and acting on stage,” said Broadway League Executive Director Charlotte St. Martin in a statement. “Our thoughts are with his family, friends, and colleagues.” View Commentscenter_img Broadway theaters will dim their lights to pay tribute to the passing of distinguished director and actor Nicholas Martin, who died on April 30 after a long illness at the age of 75. Marquees will go dark for one minute at 7:45 PM on May 2.last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Shailene Woodley Wants to Star in Once & More

first_img Star Files View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today.Shailene Woodley Wants to Star in OnceShailene Woodley, who has been making a big name for herself in Tinseltown with stellar performances in films including Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars and The Descendants, wants to do a movie musical. “I think it’d be great to sing in a film. I love to sing,” the actress told Women’s Health. Along with playing Stevie Nicks, “another dream movie would be a movie like Once. It’s so romantic and sensual and musical but doesn’t feel like a musical necessarily.” We can totally see Woodley as Girl. Are you listening, Hollywood?Tony Winner Lillias White & More Will Appear in Billy Porter’s While I Yet Live Off-BroadwayThe previously reported Billy Porter penned While I Yet Live will star Tony winner Lillias White (The Life, Fela!), Emmy winner S. Epatha Merkerson (Come Back, Little Sheba), Elain Graham (Smash), Susan Heyward (The Trip to Bountiful), Kevyn Morrow (Dreamgirls) and Sharon Washington (The Scottsboro Boys). Helmed by Sheryl Kaller, the new work tells the tale of a young man’s coming of age in Pittsburgh amongst a bevy of strong-willed women. The show will run September 23 through October 31, with opening night set for October 12 at Primary Stages at the Duke.Cristin Milioti Returns to the New York Stage Tony nominee Cristin Milioti (Once), who recently wrapped her role as “the mother” on CBS’s hit comedy show How I Met Your Mother, is returning to her stage roots and appearing at Joe’s Pub on June 19. Worried you’ll miss her? Never fear, you’ll soon be able to catch the busy Wolf of Wall Street star in the new NBC comedy series A to Z.Fantasia Talks After Midnight’s Premature EndFormer After Midnight star Fantasia Barrino has opened up about the show’s premature shuttering on Broadway. “It makes me sad,” the Grammy winner revealed to Billboard. “Those young people I worked with became like family to me…I felt it was a much-needed play for people to know that jazz still lives.” You have until June 29 to catch the tuner, currently starring Patti LaBelle along with Adriane Lenox and Dule Hill, at the Brooks Atkinson.Watch Josh Groban & Boy George Channel John Travolta and Olivia Newton-JohnIf we didn’t have video footage of this, none of us would have quite believed it actually happened. Josh Groban, Boy George, David Byrne, Ezra Koenig, Steven Page and Rufus Wainwright, amongst others, recently got together for If I Loved You: Gentlemen Prefer Broadway at Toronto’s Luminato Festival and performed a number. And not just any number. Grease’s “Summer Nights.” Watch below to see who got into it, who looked embarrassed and who rocked, and we mean rocked, a falsetto. Josh Groban Billy Portercenter_img View All (4) Fantasia Barrino Cristin Miliotilast_img read more

Lindsay Lohan Confirmed for London’s Speed-the-Plow

first_img View Comments Lohan will play Karen, the role originated by Madonna in the 1988 Broadway production. She rose to fame as a child actress in The Parent Trap. She later starred in Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, Mean Girls, Herbie: Fully Loaded and Georgia Rule. Last year she starred in the film The Canyons opposite Broadway alum Nolan Gerard Funk. On TV, Lohan has guest-starred on King of the Hill, That 70’s Show, Ugly Betty and Glee. Dates are announced; all the notoriously tardy leading lady has to do now is turn up on time for eight shows a week. As previously speculated, Lindsay Lohan will headline David Mamet’ Speed-the-Plow in London. Directed by Lindsay Posner, the Mean Girls star will make her stage debut at London’s Playhouse Theatre. The limited engagement will begin performances on September 24 and run through November 30. Press night is set for October 2.center_img Speed-the-Plow focuses on two high-powered Hollywood executives, Charlie Fox and Bobby Gould, who have come up from the mailroom together. Charlie brings Bobby a surefire hit with a major star attached. Bobby seems certain to give the green light, until his beautiful new secretary gets involved. The play received its London premiere in 1989 and was revived in the West End in 2000 and at The Old Vic in 2008. A Broadway revival played the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in 2008. No word yet on further casting or who is understudying the role of Karen.last_img read more

Broadway.com Summer Camp, Day 23! Julie Andrews & Carol Burnett Rock Out

first_img View Comments MOST GIF-ABLE MOMENT LOOK OUT FOR… 11:55, when Andrews and Burnett give up on the medley and have a “Strangers in the Night” sob session instead. OVERALL CAMP FACTOR Two out of two matching sparkly vests.center_img We’re gonna be honest: Things around the Broadway.com offices have gotten really boring the last few weeks. It’s sweltering, it’s humid, and worst of all, no new Broadway shows open until after Labor Day. But never fear, dear readers, we’ve got a great way to spice up the month of August: Broadway.com Summer Camp! Each day for 31 days, we’re highlighting the campiest, craziest, wildest—and did we mention campiest?—videos we can find. Put on your gaudy bathing suit and dive in! WHY WE LOVE IT Julie Andrews and Carol Burnett make an adorable duo in this oh-so-campy 1971 Lincoln Center concert. They start off strong with a selection of Beatles songs including “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Halfway through, they start to get a little weird, throwing the Sesame Street theme song, “Age of Aquarius” and “Son of a Preacher Man” in there. Ladies, you can sing anything you want, but Ms. Andrews, we do not believe for one second that you get high with a little help from your friends.last_img read more

Wicked’s Michael Wartella on Life in Oz & His Drag Alter Ego

first_img “I went to Circle in the Square Theatre School for the first two years out of high school, which is right next door to Wicked. It took a lot of work and determination to get here. It took me 10 years to go 10 feet.” “I have a drag character, a punk rocker named Freddie Couture. I started blowing people’s minds in the sense that I’m straight. Even some of my close friends said, ‘Oh, you’re doing drag now, so you must be gay.’ For me it’s become politically important to say, ‘This is OK, too.’” Stage Cred: Before touring the country with Wicked, Wartella appeared off-Broadway in Rent at New World Stages and in regional productions of Seussical, Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol. View Comments “When I was seven, I saw Rocky Horror for the first time. I asked my mother if I could dress up like Frank-N-Furter for a party, and there I was in my fishnets and high heels and pearls, having a great time. My parents knew from a young age that I was going to be an actor.” “There are a lot of crush fans on Twitter, people making their names ‘ILoveMikeWartella’ and stuff like that. It really blows my mind. It’s not me they love necessarily, it’s Boq and Wicked. This show has touched so many lives and I’m so glad to be a part of that.” Current Role: A Broadway debut as Boq, the Munchkin torn between Glinda and Nessarose in Broadway’s Wicked. Related Showscenter_img from $95.00 “My job is to come to work every day and perform, and I’m so grateful. Even on the days when I can’t muster the energy and I’m really tired, I think to myself, hey, at least I’m not working brunch!” Hometown: The Berkshires, MA Age: 28 Wicked “My five-year-old son Hunter is my world. He’s everything to me. If he told me he wanted to be an actor I think I’d cry a little on the inside—probably on the outside, too. But I’ll encourage it if that’s what he wants to do, and really be there for him.”last_img read more

London Odds & Ends: Ben Forster Will Headline Elf & More

first_img High Society Will Star Broadway Alums Broadway alums Tony nominee Kate Fleetwood (Macbeth) and Jamie Parker (The History Boys), along with Barbara Flynn (Donmar’s Versailles), Annabel Scholey (BBC’s Being Human) and Rupert Young (BBC’s Merlin), have been tapped to appear in the previously reported High Society. Directed by Maria Friedman, with Joe Stilgoe and the High Society Band, Cole Porter’s classic will run at the Old Vic from April 30. The show will officially open on May 14. Prime Ministers Set for The Audience Her Majesty Kristin Scott Thomas’ Prime Ministers have been appointed! David Calder will play Winston Churchill, with Mark Dexter as David Cameron, Michael Gould as John Major, Gordon Kennedy as Gordon Brown, Sylvestra Le Touzel as Margaret Thatcher, David Robb as Anthony Eden and Nicholas Woodeson as Harold Wilson in the West End’s upcoming new and updated version of Peter Morgan’s The Audience. David Peart, Charlotte Moore, Marnie Brighton, Madeleine Jackson-Smith and Izzy Meikle-Small will also join the cast. Directed by Stephen Daldry, the production will begin performances at the West End’s Apollo Theatre from April 21 and open on May 5. Sinatra to Play the Palladium Sinatra: The Man & His Music will run at the London Palladium this summer. “Come Fly With Me,” “My Way“ and more of the icon’s classic numbers will be heard at the venue July 10 through October 10. Opening night is set for July 20. This show is not to be confused with Sinatra 100, which had been set to play the venue this year but has disappeared without nary a press release. Maybe it’s flown to the moon. Or something. Here’s a quick roundup of London stories today. Ben Forster & More to Headline London’s Elf  Ben Forster (Superstar) will play Buddy, with Girls Aloud star Kimberley Walsh as Jovie, Joe McGann (Oliver!) as Walter Hobbs and Jessica Martin (Me and My Girl) as Emily Hobbs in the previously announced West End premiere of Elf. They will be joined by Jennie Dale, Mark McKerracher and Graham Lappin in the production, which will play a limited run from October 24 through January 2. Opening night is scheduled for November 5 at the Dominion Theatre.center_img Carrie: The Musical to (Finally) Receive London Premiere 27 years after its first appearance on Broadway, Carrie: The Musical will receive its London premiere. Michael Gore, Dean Pitchford and Lawrence D. Cohen’s reworked and re-imagined tuner will play the Southwark Playhouse May 1 through May 30. Directed by Gary Lloyd, the production will officially open on May 6. We are praying for our salvation already. View Commentslast_img read more

Brandy Norwood Starts Performances in Chicago on Broadway

first_imgThe name on everybody’s lips is gonna be…Brandy! Grammy Award winner Brandy Norwood will step into the Broadway revival of Chicago as Roxie Hart on April 28. The pop/R&B star will play an eight-week engagement through June 21 at the Ambassador Theatre, taking over for Paige Davis.Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide, and her hit record “The Boy Is Mine” is the longest running number-one song and best-selling duet of all time. Screen credits include Moesha, Cinderella and The Game.The cast also includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma, John Dossett as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine.Check out Broadway.com’s interview with Norwood about raking in the chips for her Great White Way debut below! from $49.50 Related Shows View Comments Chicagolast_img read more