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DEC encourages commuters to use more sustainable modes of transportation on May 18

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos on Monday encouraged New Yorkers to participate in “Green Your Commute Day” on Friday, May 18. DEC is encouraging all commuters to utilize a more sustainable form of transportation to get to work on this day.

Seggos made the announcement at the Green Your Commute Fair at Tricentennial Park in Albany. Nearly 2,000 State agency workers are expected to green their commutes this week.

He said, “A threat as large as climate change requires an all hands-on deck approach and I call on all New Yorkers to join in this fight by utilizing a more sustainable mode of transportation on Green Your Commute Day. Today there are more options than ever to choose a green commute. I look forward to seeing you out there!”

On this day, New Yorkers are encouraged to utilize a more sustainable method of getting to work, such as: walking, biking, taking transit, carpooling, driving an electric vehicle or any other means that is not driving alone in a single occupancy, fossil fuel-powered vehicle.

New Yorkers are also encouraged to post a selfie of their green commute to social media using #GYCD18.
Last year, New York state employees led by example on Green Your Commute Day. More than 1,700 workers participated in the annual event, the largest number of green commuters to date. Their actions offset 19.5 tons of carbon emissions, the equivalent of burning 1,579 gallons of gas.

The transportation sector is the largest source of carbon emissions in New York, representing 34 percent of the state’s total emissions. Green Your Commute Day builds upon the state’s aggressive actions to lower greenhouse gas emissions from this sector, including; investing a record amount of funding in public transportation, launching the Drive Clean Rebate program for electric vehicles and installing electric vehicle charging stations through the ChargeNY initiative, promoting smart growth, revitalizing downtowns, and holding a series of listening sessions in coordination with the eight other transportation and climate initiative jurisdictions to explore coordinated state action to lower greenhouse gas emissions from transportation.

Source: https://www.wnypapers.com/news/article/current/2018/05/14/132645/state-agencies-encourage-new-yorkers-to-green-their-commutes

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‘Sesame Street Live’ added to NYS Fair entertainment lineup

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Cookie Monster, Elmo, Grover and other “Sesame Street” characters will be part of a stage show at the upcoming New York State Fair.

There will be 10 performances of “Sesame Street Live: C is for Celebration” at the fair’s Empire Theater, according to a news release. The performances are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. daily from Wednesday, Aug. 22 through Sunday, Aug. 26.

The cost to attend is $5 per person. Adults and children must have tickets to enter the theater. Tickets are available online at etix.com.

Any tickets not sold online will be available the day of the show at the Art & Home Center office.
“We are thrilled to have ‘Sesame Street’ with us as we kick off the 2018 fair,” said Troy Waffner, the fair’s acting director. “We know young people, as well as fans of the show who have grown up with it, will have a wonderful time with Grover, Abby and Rosita, and the show’s message of inclusion and diversity is our message, too.”

According to the show’s website, “Sesame Street Live: C is for Celebration!” runs for 45 minutes.

The fair opens Aug. 22. The event’s 13-day run concludes Monday, Sept. 3.

Source: https://auburnpub.com/blogs/eye_on_ny/sesame-street-live-added-to-nys-fair-entertainment-lineup/article_4d562fc4-9ccd-11e8-9946-83dac8cf6525.html

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Coens, Cuaron, Jenkins heading to New York Film Festival

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The 56th New York Film Festival will feature films from the Coen brothers, Barry Jenkins and 88-year-old documentarian Frederick Wiseman.

The Film Society of Lincoln Center on Tuesday announced its main slate, including the Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner “Shoplifters,” by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. Most of the festival’s 30 selections will be making their United States premiere after debuting at either Cannes, Venice or Toronto.

Those include Jenkins’ “Moonlight” follow-up “If Beale Street Could Talk,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s Netflix feature “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and Wiseman’s American heartland portrait “Monrovia, Indiana.”

As previously announced, the festival will open with Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Favourite.” Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” is the centerpiece and closing night is Julian Schnabel’s “At Eternity’s Gate.”

The festival runs Sept. 28 through Oct. 14.

Source: http://www.gazettextra.com/entertainment/coens-cuaron-jenkins-heading-to-new-york-film-festival/article_dda3c65b-ec7b-5176-8785-292447a362ee.html

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2019 New and Future Cars: Genesis G70

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Genesis will attempt to snare its share of the compact luxury sport sedan pie with the launch of the 2019 G70, which is expected to start at around $33,000. The G70 shares much of its hardware with the Kia Stinger, including the engines—a 2.0-liter turbo-four good for 252 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and a 3.3-liter twin-turbo V-6 that makes 365 hp and 376 lb-ft. Both engines will be available with all-wheel drive. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard, but unlike the Stinger, the G70 will have a manual transmission as an option. Although the manual is limited to rear-drive, four-cylinder-powered variants, its availability is still a pleasant surprise.

“The 2019 Genesis G70 is the car we’ve been asking for,” wrote senior editor Aaron Gold after getting behind the wheel of a U.S.-spec G70 in Maine. “It’s luxurious, affordable, reasonably practical, great to drive, aggressively priced—and you can get it with a manual trans. Every time I review a car, I ask myself if I would spend my own money to buy one. In the case of the Genesis G70, the answer is an unqualified yes.”

Next up for Genesis is a production version of the GV80 concept, which made its debut at the 2017 New York auto show. It will give Genesis an all-important crossover that will serve as a showcase of the marque’s upscale direction and advanced powertrain capability. Expect it to arrive sometime in 2019 as a 2020 model.

On sale: August-September 2018
Base price: $35,000 (est)

Source: https://www.automobilemag.com/news/2019-new-and-future-cars-genesis-g70/

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