Long Island Proponents Push for NY Rent Law Fix

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Activists, lawmakers and tenants rallied Monday in Mineola to urge the New York State Senate to pass a bill that would improve protections for renters, including those on Long Island.The legislation would decrease the vacancy bonus that incentivizes landlords to push tenants out, would make temporary rent increases for apartment complex improvements and strengthen protections for tenants with preferred rents so they are not at risk of being evicted.“Rent laws are a city issue, but also a Long Island issue,” said Nassau County Legis. Carrié Solanges (D-Elmont).Rent laws in New York are set to expire on June 15, two days before the state Legislature adjourns for the summer.READ MORE” Nassau Residents Protest Tax Cuts For Ultra-Wealthy at Sen. Dean Skelos’ Rockville Centre Office The New York Communities for Change, which organized the rally, determined that there are more than 23,000 rent-regulated tenants on LI, most of which are in Nassau. The group said that thousands of rent-regulated apartments have been lost over the last 20 years under the law, which the group argued is too weak.Those people struggling the most include low-income families, the elderly and young adults who have been moving out of state to find cheaper housing, depriving LI of its next workforce in what is known as the “brain drain.”“We’re seeing our young people, our young population, shrinking, shrinking and shrinking,” Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams (D-Freeport) said. “It’s happening because we’re not focused on making sure we protect the rights of renters.”The Long Island Tenants Union, a group that formed to help push for the changes, also attended the rally.“Weak rent laws create incentives to push us away from our homes,” said T.J. Shivers, the group’s vice president. “Our state senators have done nothing, and without their support, we could be homeless.”last_img read more

USDA to run more tests in possible BSE case

first_img See also: Most cattle tested in the USDA’s BSE surveillance program are animals that can’t walk or that show signs of disease when they arrive at a slaughterhouse; they are diverted and brain samples are sent to laboratories for screening tests. Clifford explained that as an extension of the surveillance program, “accredited private veterinarians, who often visit farms in remote areas, collect samples when warranted.” Calling the original IHC test on the sample “nondefinitive,” Clifford said it revealed some staining indicating the abnormal prion protein associated with BSE, but it “did not match a normal pattern” for BSE. He said the USDA decided to run additional IHC tests at its national laboratory in Ames, Iowa, and also send samples to the BSE reference lab in Weybridge, England. Results are expected next week. “The carcass of this animal was destroyed, therefore there is absolutely no risk to human or animal health from this animal,” Clifford said. He said the veterinarian preserved the sample in formalin, which is suitable for the immunohistochemistry (IHC) test for BSE but rules out the use of rapid screening tests and the Western blot test. Use of the preservative was permitted under USDA guidelines at the time, but the protocols were changed in June to require that samples be sent in while still fresh. Since June, USDA policy calls for using both IHC and Western blot testing to confirm BSE when screening tests are inconclusive. Jul 28, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – Federal officials said yesterday that testing of a 12-year-old cow yielded possible signs of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and that further tests are being conducted to clarify whether the disease was present. Statement by Dr. John Clifford of USDAhttp://www.aphis.usda.gov/lpa/news/2005/07/bsestatement_vs.html “As we have previously experienced, it is possible for an IHC test to yield differing results depending on the ‘slice’ of tissue that is tested,” Clifford stated. “Therefore, scientists at our laboratory and at Weybridge will run the IHC test on additional ‘slices’ of tissue from this animal to determine whether or not it was infected with BSE.”center_img If tests confirm the disease, it would be the third BSE case found in the United States. The first case surfaced in a Canadian-born cow in Washington state in 2003, the second in a Texas cow that died last November, though the disease was not confirmed until last month. The carcass was destroyed and did not enter the human food or animal feed chain, said Dr. John Clifford, chief veterinarian for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). He did not disclose where the cow lived. Transcript of Jul 27 USDA news briefinghttp://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/!ut/p/_s.7_0_A/7_0_1OB?contentidonly=true&contentid=2005/07/0280.xml The cow died of calving complications on a farm in April, Clifford said. A private veterinarian took a sample of brain tissue but forgot to send it to the USDA for testing until last week, he explained. He said it appears that the cow was born in the United States. Because BSE has not been confirmed, officials have not imposed a quarantine on the farm. Given the cow’s age, it was born years before the government banned the use of cattle protein in cattle feed in 1997. Cattle contract the disease by consuming protein from infected animals.last_img read more