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Bankrupt Detroit Retirees Vote in Favor of Pension Cuts

Kevyn Orr(AP). Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit’s bankruptcy by a landslide, the city reported Monday, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history.

The city disclosed results from two months of balloting, which ended July 11. Judge Steven Rhodes still must hold a trial in August to determine if Detroit’s overall bankruptcy plan is fair and feasible to all creditors, from Wall Street to Main Street, but support from retirees is vital. Read more »

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State Budgets Across US Shift From Cuts to Surpluses

2012-Federal-BudgetYears after a recession decimated state budgets across the country, forcing across-the-board cuts to programs and services, the economic recovery is once again raising personal and corporate incomes, and unexpectedly generating state surpluses.

Many states reportedly ended Fiscal Year 2014 with budget surpluses, the result of growing tax revenue collections. In some cases, states even have hundreds of millions or billions of dollars available for spending, while other states took in just enough funds to break even. Read more »

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US Economy Shrank To Lowest In 5 Years

(AP). The U.S. economy shrank at a steep annual rate of 2.9 percent in the January-March quarter as a harsh winter contributed to the biggest contraction since the depths of the recession five years ago. But the setback is widely thought to be temporary, with growth rebounding solidly since spring.

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While Gov. Deal Visits Israel, Georgia Is Named Top State for Business

Gov Deal on Georgia 'Top State' for businessGeorgia’s Governor Nathan Deal is currently visiting Israel with members of his state’s trade delegation, where he met with Jerusalem’s mayor to celebrate their mutually beneficial partnership.

Gov. Deal, fighting for his re-election against his opponent, State Sen. Jason Carter, a grandson of former president Jimmy Carter, is looking to highlight his strong support for Israel, unlike his opponents grandfather, who once compared Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the apartheid that once enveloped South Africa. Read more »

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Boys’ Kidnapping Inspires Startup To Create Emergency Alert App

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Courtesy of Twitter

While the IDF is searching for the three kidnapped boys, some have gathered to pray, some have expressed thier support on social media, And some have created an app.

Prompted by the kidnapping and set to launch in the near future, the ‘SOS Israel’ app will allow anyone in Israel facing an emergency to trigger an SOS call to emergency services, which will be notified of the person’s location via their smartphone, according to media reports. Read more »

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Community Board 12, Maimonides Medical Center Announce Job & Business Opportunities Deal

barry spitzerIn an effort to bring more business and jobs to the district, Community Board 12 announced on Tuesday that on June 24, 2014 – the last meeting before the summer, Dominick Stanzione, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Maimonides Medical Center, will be giving a special presentation that will benefit the community in the immediate future. Read more »

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Bobov Philantropist Izzy Englander Lands Record-Breaking Purchase Of Famous NYC Residence

israel-englanderThe official residence of the French ambassador to the United Nations was sold for $70 million — well over the initial $48 million when price when it hit the market in April, 2014.

Bobov Philanthropist Israel “Izzy” Englander, founder of the hedge fund Millennium, purchased the 18-room duplex at 740 Park Avenue, French magazine Paris Match indicated. Englander reportedly bought the apartment to serve as a pied-à-terre for his children when they are in New York. Read more »

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NYGov – GOP TV Ad Attacks Cuomo on Claims of Economic Success

trump GOPThe first attack ad in New York’s gubernatorial election is about to go on the air, with Republicans set to challenge Gov. Cuomo with a spot that counters his claim that the state is going through an economic renaissance. The new ad campaign, entitled “Cuomo’s New York,” will slam the governor’s months-long, multimillion-dollar “Start Up NY” TV ads that trumpet New York’s alleged economic upswing under his stewardship. Read more »

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JP Travel: El Al Launches Credit Cards For Frequent Flyers

El-Al El Al IsraelEl Al Israel Airlines is launching credit cards announced Friday that it had signed agreements with three credit card companies to issue cards jointly for members of the Matmid frequent flyers’ club.

Acocrding to the report on globes, the credit cards will carry preferential terms for redeeming points towards airline tickets. The primary agreement is with Diners Club, which is owned by Cal-Israel Credit Cards Ltd. Read more »

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U.S. Senate Confirms Stanley Fischer as Vice Chairman of The US Federal Reserve

Staney Fischer Fed vice chairStanley Fischer, the former head of the Bank of Israel, won approval from the U.S. Senate on Thursday to serve as vice chairman at the Federal Reserve.

Fischer, confirmed last month as a member of the board, was approved to be the central bank’s influential No. 2 on a 63 to 24 vote. Powell, already a member of the board, was granted a new 14-year term on a 67 to 24 vote. Brainard, a former top official at the US Treasury, was backed 61 to 31 Read more »

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Son of Lewis Katz, Killed In Jet Crash, Withdraws From Inquirer Sale

(AP). The son of a Philadelphia Inquirer investor won’t go forward with plans to buy its parent company this week, citing “the turmoil” of his father’s recent plane crash death.

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Deputy Mayor Richard Buery: Pre-K Will Dramatically Boost Economy

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A deputy mayor to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is asserting that the nascent universal pre-kindergarten program will ultimately pump as much as $2 billion into the city’s economy.

Richard Buery, New York City’s Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives, declared at a Crain’s New York business forum that de Blasio’s heavily touted universal pre-K has the potential to generate $7 in “individual and social return over the lifetime of students. Read more »

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Cold Winter Had No Effect On City’s Economy, Says Comptroller Stringer

scott stringerNew York City’s economy grew by almost 3 percent last quarter, outpacing the nation’s 0.1 percent growth, Comptroller Scott Stringer said on Wednesday. Job growth in the first three months of 2014 increased 1.9 percent, with most gains in education and health services, according to a report Stringer’s office released today. Read more »

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Israel – Bennett Introduces Legislation That’ll Increase Haredi Participation In Workforce

Naftali Bennett - Jewish PressIsrael Minister for Economics Naftali Bennett on Wednesday announced that he would push legislation for affirmative action in employing haredim in the Civil Service, Jpost reports.

Bennett said that this coming Sunday he would present a proposal to the cabinet that would oblige the Prime Minister’s Office and the Ministry of the Economics to draft legislation that would increase haredi participation in the public sector. Read more »

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Israel – Finance Minister Lapid On Tax Exempt Discrimination: Those Who Give More, Get More’

lapid deriIsrael’s Finance Minister Yair Lapid is under fire for issuing what some say is a discriminatory criteria for tax exemption program giving Israelis who serve in the military a substantial discount on purchase of first home, with lesser benefits for Israelis who don’t serve.

According to the Finance Ministry, former soldiers and Israelis who take part in national service programs will enjoy a value added tax exemption when buying homes worth up to 1.6 million shekels ($462,000). Israelis who do not serve will only enjoy an exemption on houses worth up to 600,000 shekels ($173,000). Read more »

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Kornbluh: A New Mayor, A New Era For Small Businesses

jacob city hallMayor Bill de Blasio’s executive budget presentation on Thursday included a significant change of policy that may have gone diluted in the news.

The new budget, the first presented by mayor de Blasio, included a drop of 8% in projected small-business fines revenue. Tickets issued by the Department of Health, as part of the grading system implemented during the Bloomberg administration, is projected to drop a whopping 44 percent — a decline from $54 million in FY2012 to $30 million in FY2015.

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NYGov – Astorino Blasts Cuomo On NY’s Rank As Worst State For Retirement [Video]

rob astorino govWestchester County Executive and Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Rob Astorino ripped into Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday following a poll published that shows New York State ranked the worst place to retire in America.

The poll commissioned by Bankrate ranked all 50 states according to their cost of living, crime rate (violence and property crimes), health care quality, state and local tax burden, personal well-being and weather. The overall ranks of 1 to 50 go from best to worst.
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Stanley Fischer’s Nomination for Fed Vice Chairman Approved by Senate Committee

Staney Fischer Fed vice chairThe former governor of the Bank of Israel, Stanley Fischer, has been unanimously approved by the Senate Banking Committee as a nominee to take over as vice chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Board. The appointment would make Fischer the second-ranked Federal Reserve official after Chairwoman Janet Yellen.

Fischer’s nomination, along with the approved nominations of former Under Secretary of the Treasury for International Affairs Lael Brainard and Fed Governor Jerome Powell for another term, now requires confirmation from the full Senate. Read more »

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De Blasio Promises To Speed Up City Agencies’ Timelines In Assisting Small Businesses

Photo/Rob Bennett

Photo/Rob Bennett

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised Thursday to work on a comprehensive reform that will ease the burden on small businesses across the city, not only in reducing fines and ending the quota system but also in making sure City agencies coordinate with the varies agencies assisting store owners building their businesses and getting it running.

At a press conference announcing the appointment of Julie Menin as the Commissioner for the Department of Consumer Affairs, mayor de Blasio admitted that the lagging of issuing building permits and the regulatory red tape currently in place are hurting small businesses. Read more »

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NYGov – Perry, Cuomo And Astorino Eye New York Businesses In Pitch Over Jobs

rick_perryTexas Gov. Rick Perry was in New York today to make his pitch to business leaders about the State he has held for 14 years. But in the process, he was proud to get in between Governor Cuomo and Rob Astorino over the state of New York’s economic policies, and tout his accomplishments ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.

“Yes, I’m here recruiting business. I’m don’t shy away from that. I’m very upfront about that. But I’m also here to help stimulate a conversation with the people of New York state, the people in New York City, the legislators, the governor,” Mr. Perry told reporters after a lunch with business owners in the City.

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NYC Comptroller Report: Rent Is Too Damn High; Skyrocketing in Brooklyn

scott stringerThe rent is too damn high. As a matter of fact, 75% higher than what it was in 2000, according to a report released by NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.

Median rents across the five boroughs skyrocketed 75 percent from $630 per month 2000 to $1,100 per month 2012, even as median real income declined by 4.8 percent over the same time period, the report found. Read more »

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NYGov – Astorino Rips Into Cuomo For Slow Employment Growth Rate In Upstate NY

rob astorino govOn Friday, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino seized the opportunity to blast Gov. Andrew Cuomo for this week’s Department of Labor jobs report that showed a 0.1 percent increase in the State’s unemployment rate.

“You don’t need yesterday’s jobs numbers to understand the answer. You just have to ask your neighbors wherever you live in New York. They know and so do you probably,” Astorino said in an online video. “New Yorkers continue to get hammered by government policies poisonous to economic growth.” Read more »

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Former Likud Minister Announces Political Comeback; Bashes Likud Party

moshe kahlonA highly popular former Likud minister credited with revolutionizing prices in Israel’s communications market, Moshe Kahlon announced Tuesday he is returning to politics, forming a centrist-socioeconomic party to run in the next Knesset elections.

“I have decided to return to politics,” Kahlon, 54, told Yediot Ahronoth on Tuesday. “I just don’t know with which framework yet… I have an issue with returning to the Likud as it is today.” Read more »

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Cuomo Aides Push Back Against Criticism Of Budget Deal

CuomoA top aide to Governor Andrew Cuomo offered Thursday some harsh words for good-government groups upset that the budget compromise dismantled the anti-corruption Moreland commission and offers only a limited system of public campaign finance.

“When you grow and you add jobs, it benefits everybody,” Larry Schwartz, Cuomo’s secretary told WNYC’s Brian Lehrer. “It means additional revenue into the budget, and that revenue gets to be used to spend on programs that help the poor, that help the homeless, that help the working class.”

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Israel To Grant Special Visas to U.S. Investors

Flags US-IsraelThe Israeli government approved Sunday a proposal by Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar to set unique entry visas to American investors who seek to visit Israel frequently for business. The arrangement is a part of an experimental program in which Israelis seeking to invest in the US and wish to stay there temporarily in order to develop and manage their business, will be given similar special conditions.

The American embassy in Israel conditioned the approval of the plan by requiring the granting of benefits to American investors in Israel. Read more »

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