New York Jets Shouldn’t Worry About Winning During 2013 Season

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He has not missed any workouts since returning, but he also did not appear in any preseason games. Stamina is still an issue for him and he has not faced full-speed blocking or double teams, which the Cowboys will certainly throw at him. Its only three days of practice, Pierre-Paul said of preparations this week. Its not like a real game situation. I am facing my players and we are going against Dallas this week. Its different when you are playing against your teammates. You know when to lay off on them. Its different than going against another player. Well see. The one concession that Pierre-Paul made was saying that maybe he would play if he didnt have a setback before the game. Either way, hes feeling better and his back is strong. If somebody cant go, somebody has to step up, Pierre-Paul said. If I cant go, the next person in line has to step up.

New York City Democrats wrap up last of three mayor’s race debates

Credit: Reuters/Steve Sisney By Edward McAllister NEW YORK | Wed Sep 4, 2013 5:48pm EDT NEW YORK (Reuters) – Chesapeake Energy Corp (CHK.N) will finalize an agreement next week to drop about 12,000 acres of land leased for energy drilling in New York state, as a moratorium on fracking continues into its sixth year. Reuters reported last month that Chesapeake decided to walk away from about 100 leases in Broome and Tioga Counties in the south of the state, ending a two-year legal battle with landowners who wanted to cancel expired leases or renegotiate for better terms. Lawyers representing Chesapeake said in a letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Tuesday that they were in the final stages of negotiating a settlement and that a deal is expected to be made official next week. Lawyers representing landowners confirmed the impending agreement. “Assuming there are no objections, we should sign the stipulation of settlement sometime next week,” said Scott Kurkoski, a partner at Levene Gouldin & Thompson, who has sent the final settlement to his landowner clients for review. The 12,000 or so acres are a small portion of the 2.5 million acres Chesapeake holds in natural gas shale plays across the United States, according to company filings, but is a meaningful amount for New York, where the company is one of the biggest leaseholders. Chesapeake was one of the first energy companies to enter New York on a major scale, securing leases from hundreds of landowners, some for as little as $3 an acre, since 2000. But a moratorium imposed in 2008 on high volume fracking largely halted drilling in the state. The company had been appealing a decision by a federal court in New York state that ruled in November that Chesapeake could not use the state fracking ban as a reason to declare force majeure and hold on to leases beyond their expiry without offering landowners better terms. Chesapeake’s decision to drop the appeal, and the leases, is a sign of the growing frustration of energy firms over operating in the Empire State, where most drilling is on hold. It is also an indication that the Oklahoma-based company is reining in spending after years of aggressive acreage buying left it with a huge debt. (Reporting By Edward McAllister.

New York’s Plan for Post-Sandy Wastewater Infrastructure Projects Doesn’t Go Far Enough to Promote Resilience

Related: Jennifer Lawrence Looks Predictably Photoshopped in New Miss Dior Ads Typically, right before New York Fashion Week kicks off, there’s an intangible current running through the industry, and an almost endless amount of pre-coverage-whether it’s sites like ours competing for scoops, creating too-insidery-for-comfort “survival guides,” and endless strategizing about ways to cover the madness of the week that’s separate from everyone else. Related: Miley Cyrus is Pantless On New Single Cover This season though, things just feel, well, different. In fact, some could argue that the buzz has been waning among insiders for a few seasons, thanks to the prevalence of things like digital media and the hordes of preening street style stars trumping the actual collections, all of which raise questions about why-and if-New York Fashion Week is important anymore. Naturally, just as we’re all asking that question, the New York Times comes along and tries to give us an answer. In an article today titled “Is New York Fashion Week Near the End of the Runway,” fashion journalist Eric Wilson succintly puts into words what several industry folks have been thinking for the past few seasons. To the outside world, Fashion Week may look like the most fabulous party on earth, but insiders are getting a little tired of all the fuss. In its present form, it is more like Fashion Month, beginning Thursday with the overscheduled spring collections in New York and ending with those in Paris on Oct. 3, with no breaks in between for the now thousands of writers, retailers, photographers, videographers, bloggers and hordes of indeterminate somebodies who for various reasons Really Must Be There. Wilson also points out that just when fashion at large has become a very present force in popular culture “attracting a new generation of designers (and wannabes),” Fashion Week is losing its relevance. To be fair, one could argue that’s true of anything that starts out elite or cool then gets adopted by the masses, whether it be wedge sneakers, Celine bags (“so over them” we memorably heard one fairly prominent print editor mutter at last season’s fashion week), or Hushpuppies, the terminally uncool shoes that got a mass-market following in the ’90s after a group of fringe hipsters starting wearing them. Photographers clamor to shoot Russian It-girl Miroslava Duma outside Jason Wu last season. So, why exactly is NYFW losing its relevance?

BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 06:  A Chinese reporter stands the waterfront to see a 18 meters high rubber duck at Beijing Garden Expo Park on September 6, 2013 in Beijing, China. After touring 13 cities in 10 countries, a gaint rubber duck designed by Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman will float first at Beijing Garden Expo Park and then at the Summer Palace from September to October in Beijing.  (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

Courthouse in lower Manhattan during the arraignment of Faisal Shahzad, who tried but failed to set off a car bomb in 2010 in New Yorks Times Square. Already strained by years of budget cuts, the federal courts serving New York City and Long Island are on the brink of crisis as sequestration forces more reductions that compromise public safety and security, according to a new report out this week. The New York federal courts are unique, and thus, cuts to the budget have particularly detrimental effects, according to the report from the New York County Lawyers Association. The docket in New York is huge, rivaled only by that of the Los Angeles federal courts. The reports conclusions underscore complaints voiced last month by U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska, Chief Judge of the Southern District of New York. She said the district was hampered by aging equipment and that cuts to the budget for federal defenders had delayed the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, Osama bin Ladens son-in-law. . . . .

Chesapeake New York gas lease deal expected next week

A sixth candidate, Sal Albanese, is polling at 1%. The rest of the respondents were undecided. During the debate, de Blasio came back numerous times to his proposal to tax anyone making more than $500,000 and put the money toward education. “This is a city which has always believed in big, bold ideas,” de Blasio said in response to a question from Thompson. Other candidates stressed the importance of early education, with Thompson noting the importance of an “intensive curriculum” and help with “professional development.” The front-runner also fended off attacks from other candidates on his changing position on term limits and accusations regarding his record with a worst landlords list. According to a New York Daily News article on Sunday , de Blasio, who created the list in 2010 in his role as public advocate, “went to bat” for one landlord with a “rash of violations” when the landlord steered donations his way. Quinn cited the “horrible conditions” of some of the buildings on de Blasio’s list, claiming some people in the buildings complained of still living in “squalor.” De Blasio cited the “300 buildings” that were fixed, saying, “I’m proud of what we did.” Moderators from WNBC News, which broadcast the debate, Telemundo and The Wall Street Journal asked each candidate a specific question, including how much each candidate earned per year. When asked about using a slush fund, Quinn said it was a practice that has been dropped. Thompson was asked why he has not taken a stronger stance on stop and frisk, to which he forcefully replied he believed the policy had been misused and abused and people were targeted for “who they are and what they looked like.” Weiner was asked about his credibility as a candidate. Calling himself “an imperfect messenger,” Weiner indicated he would still be effective if elected mayor. Liu, who spoke over the allotted time limit more than once during the debate, called for a comprehensive plan from childhood to high school and “restoring a learning environment” when answering on education. The New York Democratic mayoral primary will be held on Tuesday, September 10. If a candidate does not cross the 40% threshold, there will be a runoff between the two top contenders on October 1.

Cascading Cuts Cripple New York Federal Courts, Report Says

First, some background on the Storm Mitigation Loan Program. The program is intended to help avoid future damage like that experienced by wastewater utilities in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Many wastewater treatment plans were heavily damaged by flooding and storm surge; the cost of repairing the damage to New York plants is nearly $2 billion . Some treatment plants like Long Islands Bay Park plant were not fully operational for weeks after the storm. Together, these affected facilities discharged hundreds of millions of gallons of untreated sewage into the waters off of New York City, Long Island, and New Jersey. Sandy demonstrated just how vulnerable our infrastructure is, and how important it is to make these facilities more resilient and sustainable. A wastewater treatment plant flooded by Hurricane Sandy storm surge. Photo credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers . Through the Storm Mitigation Loan Program, which is part of the federal Sandy relief package enacted by Congress, the federal government is providing $283 million in funding. New York is required to match that amount with an additional 20%, or about $56 million. The total of $340 million will be used to fund projects that will reduce the risk of damage from future storms or other natural disasters to municipal wastewater treatment works in the 14 New York counties affected by Hurricane Sandy. The SMLP is a one-time opportunity, but it will be administered through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund , an ongoing program under the Clean Water Act that provides funding to the states so that they can offer low-interest loans to wastewater utilities. New Yorks draft plan for spending the post-Sandy SMLP funds states that all projects should protect public health and the environment, and that they should use sustainable practices in their design and construction. These are worthy goals. But if theyre going to be met, New York needs to improve the plans requirements for funded projects in three ways. (1) Climate resilience should be a fundamental requirement for all projects. As Hurricane Sandy illustrated so vividly, New York is vulnerable to a wide variety of climate-change impacts , including sea level rise, changes in storm intensity, and increased flooding. These impacts will affect wastewater utilities throughout the state: intense precipitation events can flood and damage infrastructure like treatment plants and conveyance systems, and they can lead to sewer overflows in systems that use the same pipes for rainwater and sewage . The effects of climate change can even influence the level of treatment needed to maintain clean rivers and streams that receive wastewater discharges. Utilities cant ignore these changes. They must begin to prepare for them immediately to ensure that theyll be able to carry out their responsibilities in the future. These preparations must not be an afterthought they need to be considered as part of every project that a utility carries out. New Yorks draft plan lists preparation for climate change as one of four optional purposes that funded projects must serve. Since this isnt a requirement for all projects, the plan allows for the possibility that utilities will spend their grant and loan money on things like emergency plan development or treatment capacity increases without accounting for the fact that projected future conditions might be different due to climate change. We shouldnt be wasting critical dollars on projects that have to be adjusted or completely redone in a few years because utilities didnt plan ahead. New York should revise the plan to make climate change impacts a required consideration for every SMLP-funded project. (2) The drafts flood risk guidance should be clarified and strengthened.

It’s lights out for New York International Latino Film Festival

Alex Smith was a bust, the Seahawks were changing coaches on an annual basis, the Cardinals were still trying to win with Matt Leinart and the Rams were picking first in the 2010 draft. NFC South and NFC West play each other this year. Best two divisions in football. gregg rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) August 31, 2013 Fast-forward to 2013, and the NFC West is declared the best division in the game littered with Super Bowl contenders, while the Jets are considered by some to be the worst team in football. For the PM crowd: #Jets ranked 32nd in ESPN power rankings. Rex Ryan finds that “comical.” Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) September 4, 2013 How have things changed so quickly? While there are plenty of outlying factors that led to the rise and fall of these teams, this is a product of the organic life cycle of NFL teams. After spending so many years picking high in the first round, the 49ers and Seahawks have been able to build juggernaut rosters, aided by progressive thinking from their relatively new head coaches. After all, if the 49ers were a playoff team in 2010, they would not have been able to select Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick in the same draft, both players who are now young cornerstones of the franchise. The Jets were the beneficiaries of favorable draft position not long ago. From 2006 to 2008, the Jets had tremendous success in the first round that led to their golden years in 2009 and 2010 when their building blocks blossomed into star players.

To Discuss: Is New York Fashion Week Losing Its Relevance?

Chinchilla said he was shutting the festival down after 13 years because of economics, but a day later Gardner told The News the showcase could have gone on. Related Stories Ultimate Fall Guide: New music from Lady Gaga, Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Pearl Jam & Drake A film festival that helped launch the careers of hundreds Latino actors and filmmakers has reached the end of its reel, and now the co-directors are offering conflicting explanations for its demise. Calixto Chinchilla announced this week that he is closing the curtains on the New York International Latino Film Festival. The festival founder chalked up his decision to end its 13-year run to “economics.” It certainly wasnt a fly-by-night decision; it was a decision that was well over a year in the making, said Chinchilla, 35, the festival founder. I cried over it.” Chinchilla said the costs of booking theaters, printing festival brochures and paying for everything else that was needed to produce the event led to the demise. He didnt want to downsize the weeklong festival, which drew an audience of 25,000 at its peak. Falco Navaja (r,) and Kareem Savinon in “Kiss of Chaos,” which premiered at festival in 2009. It grew because the need was there, and the demand was there, he said, adding the festival didnt end because of a lack of community support. A day after the story was published online, Chinchilla’s partner disputed his claims, saying the annual showcase didn’t have to end. RELATED: QUEENS LATINO FESTIVAL IS CANCELED Elizabeth Gardner, who was co-executive director, insisted that the festival could have gone on. “I chose to leave the NYILFF, and Calixto opted not to continue without me,” Gardner told the Daily News on Friday. Gardner, who said she left the festival for “personal reasons” and because it was “too consuming,” denied Chinchilla’s assertion that the festival had become too costly. “To be clear, although the economy has been a challenge for all companies including NYILFF, this was not a decision based on economy, nor the company’s financial status, which, in fact, is healthy,”said Gardner, who wants to pursue a career as a movie producer.