New York Election Leaders Cancel Democratic Presidential Primary

first_imgMGN ImageNEW YORK – New York State’s Board of Elections voted Monday to cancel the Democratic presidential primary originally scheduled for June 23 amid the Coronavirus pandemic.Officials say New York will still hold its congressional and state-level primaries on June 23.New York Democratic Party chair Jay Jacobs said that the cancellation of the state’s presidential primary would mean a lower expected turnout and a reduced need for polling places.“It just makes so much sense given the extraordinary nature of the challenge,” Jacobs said last week. Local election officials and voting groups have called on the state to use federal funds to purchase cleaning supplies and protective gear, and boost staff ahead of 2020 elections.Both the state’s Democratic Party and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have said they didn’t ask election commissioners to make the change, which is allowed thanks to a little-known provision in the recently passed state budget that allows the New York board of elections to remove names of any candidates who have suspended or terminated their campaign from the ballot.The decision to cancel a Democratic primary is left up to Democratic state election commissioners.The Associated Press contributed to this report. 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

Moratorium on Postal Service cuts saves Vermont jobs, for now

first_imgSome 15 Post Offices across Vermont, plus two service centers, will be spared elimination, saving 245 jobs, at least foSenator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) joined senators from around the country today to announce that the US Postal Service voluntarily agreed to their request for a five-month moratorium until May 15 on closing postal facilities. The moratorium would give Congress more time to consider postal reform legislation, including a bill introduced by Sanders. ‘I am pleased that the Postal Service has announced that it will impose a moratorium on closing or consolidating post offices and mail processing facilities.  This moratorium will give Congress the breathing room it needs to enact comprehensive postal reform and protect universal service while ensuring the postal service will succeed in the 21st century.’ Sanders authored a letter signed by 22 senators calling for a similar moratorium to be imposed by Congress. The letter was sent to Senate leaders on Friday. The announcement today follows a meeting yesterday between Sanders and several other senators with U.S. Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe and the U.S. Postal Service Board of Governors Chairman Thurgood Marshall. At the meeting, the senators expressed concern over the impact of reduced service and the loss of thousands of jobs. The Postal Service is in the process of studying the potential closure of nearly 3,700 mostly-rural post offices, including 15 in Vermont.  In addition, the Postal Service is considering closing the mail processing facility in White River Junction, Vt., which would cost 245 jobs.  Nationwide, as many as 100,000 jobs are at stake. The moratorium would prevent the Postal Service from closing facilities in Vermont and elsewhere until May 15, 2012. The Postal Service in September announced plans to review its mail processing network in the hopes of reducing costs and increasing efficiencies.  The Postal Service is currently considering the elimination of overnight delivery and studying the possibility of closing 3,700 mostly rural post offices and 252 mail processing facilities.WASHINGTON, Dec. 13, 2011last_img read more

Should the Fed raise interest rates?

first_imgCUNA’s Mike Schenk debates fellow economist Steve Rick of CUNA Mutual Adam MertzBy maintaining near-zero interest rates, is the Federal Reserve helping or hampering the economy?That question served as the basis for a stimulating one-hour debate between economists Mike Schenk of CUNA and Steve Rick of CUNA Mutual Group on the final day of the CUNA CFO Council Conference in New Orleans.Leaning heavily on a narrative indicating underlying “bifurcation” of the economy, and particularly weakness in construction and manufacturing sectors of the labor market, Schenk argued during his share of the point-counterpoint presentation that the Fed should stay the course, pushing off any interest-rate increase until 2017.An increasing interest-rate environment sows the seeds for a recession,” Schenk says.“Extreme caution is the rule of the day here, especially because the economy remains extremely weak, because labor markets have a long way to go, and incomes have not been increasing. continue reading » 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more