Born to a Ballinakill father and a Connemara mother, Pat Donohue is dyed in the wool when it comes to his GAA loyalties. Still, he is very much a child of the Bronx. Tomorrow night he'll take his place beside Marty Morrissey in the cosy green press box in Gaelic Park and his view on what's unfolding will be beamed around the GAA world. It's his third year to commentate on the New York game. When Morrissey enquired about someone on that side of the pond that knew GAA in the city, he was put in touch with Donohue and the pair hit it off. It was the latest progression in his GAA life less ordinary. Donohue's story is at once typical of the Irish-American experience and yet truly remarkable. He followed the well-worn path from the green of Gaelic Park to the blue of the NYPD. Both organisations would shape him fundamentally. There's not many who can talk the Poc Fada and 9/11; organised crime in the Big Apple and the formative years of Dessie Farrell. "I often say that I was American … [Read more...] about Gaels of New York
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Advocates of what passes for the hard left in the US celebrated, arguing their ideas were finally gaining momentum. A writer for the conservative National Review, David Boaz, pronounced the results "frightening". Credit it to a reaction against Donald Trump's presidency, a hangover from the Great Recession or a slower accumulation of myriad frustrations - but the American left is enjoying its most vibrant moment in living memory. The evidence can be seen in the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential field, too. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and a self-described Democratic socialist, is one of the two leading candidates, snapping at the heels of former vice president Joe Biden in most opinion polls. (Biden had not declared his candidacy at the time of writing, though he is expected to do so soon.) Sanders had been a fringe figure in American politics until he stunned the establishment in 2016 by mounting a competitive challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic … [Read more...] about Code Red: Is AOC the new face of US politics or a step too far to the left?
Paul Davidson USA TODAY Published 12:11 PM EST Feb 25, 2019 It’s not exactly a tale of two cities. More like a saga of two stragglers. Nearly 10 years after the Great Recession ended, just two metro areas – former manufacturing strongholds Elmira, New York, and Danville, Illinois – are mired in an economic downturn, according to Moody’s Analytics’ recession tracker. That’s the fewest number in recession since the late 1990s, Moody’s data show. That’s good news: It means the U.S. economy is so strong that it has lifted even the handful of the 400 metro areas that were floundering. In 2018, the economy grew a healthy 3 percent and generated an average of 223,000 jobs a month. “The rising tide is lifting all boats, even places that have struggled,” says Moody’s economist Adam Kamins. The bad news: Despite the booming economy, Elmira and Danville remain outside the party looking in, stuck in a … [Read more...] about Recession: Elmira, New York, Danville, Illinois struggle amid US boom
Natasha Vaughn Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin Published 3:32 PM EST Feb 3, 2019 Water cascading over Niagara Falls is one of the most awe-inspiring natural features in the world. But for passengers aboard the famed Maid of the Mist boat tour in summer 2017, the setting was more nauseating then breathtaking. Three million gallons of untreated sewage spewed into the waterways of the popular tourist attraction. Water darkened, and the odor of feces permeated mist from the falls, according to dozens of reports from visitors aboard the tour boat that day. Sadly, the defilement — blamed on outdated equipment and human operator error at the Niagara Falls Wastewater Treatment Plant — is no anomaly. More: Small Alabama town raises a big stink about abandoned New York City 'poop train' More than 6.5 billion gallons of sewage spewed from antiquated sewer systems into New York waterways on 1,900 occasions between April 2017 and March 2018, according to a … [Read more...] about Sewage overflows: Untreated problem in New York waterways
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made national headlines this week when he announced a plan to spend $100 million a year to provide health care for 600,000 uninsured, low-income and undocumented immigrant New Yorkers. But the initiative raises more questions than answers: Just how will the plan work, and would that sum -- which comes out to a modest $170 per person -- really be enough to pay for what sounds like a massive increase in benefits? Details during the announcement on national TV, then later at a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, were sparse. But as Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at New York City's Community Service Society, pointed out, New York City may have a head start when it comes to providing health care for low-income and undocumented residents that makes the plan more feasible than it would seem otherwise.That's because the plan, called NYC Care, builds on the city's existing public-option health insurance program called … [Read more...] about New York City experiments with health care for all