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Welcome to the Manhattan Chamber of CommerceManhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a vibrant business membership organization comprised of a cross section of 10,000 business members and subscribers ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and multi-national firms. Connect with entrepreneurs, leaders and executives by becoming an MCC member today and help your business grow. Our mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan.

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    Ken Adams, Empire State Development (ESD) President & CEO and Commissioner of the New York State Department of Economic Development, spoke to a crowd of 100 MCC members about NY Ecominc Regional Councils, Start Up New York and legislative updates. We thank event sponsor MetLife for hosting.



    Ken Adams of Empire State Development speaking to the crowd of MCC members at Metlife

    A capacity crowd for the event!

    Nancy Poleger giving final words at the Chairman's Breakfast

    MCC Members tuning in to the speaker Ken Adams


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    Chiller Incentive Update!

    Con Edison is pleased to announce a major enhancement to its Commercial and Industrial (C&I) Energy Efficiency Incentive program: all future chiller measures will be incentivized through the Electric Custom C&I Program at an increased rate of $0.16/kWh saved.

    This new chiller custom incentive rate will be available to program participants effective immediately.
    We encourage you to contact us early in the planning stages for your chiller replacement projects – as with all C&I programs, applications must be submitted before work has started on the project. Contact your Energy Advisor today, or call 877-797-6347 to speak with a C&I team member.
    Questions?

    For further information regarding chiller rebates and other available incentives, please contact your Con Edison C&I Program representative directly or call our hotline at 877-797-6347.
    Con Edison’s C&I Program offers a wide range of energy efficiency rebates and incentives for everything from lighting upgrades and energy efficient motors, to control systems, HVAC, data centers, and many other measures.

    Visit: conEd.com/energysavings | Call: 1-877-797-6347 | E-mail: conedci@lmbps.com


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  • 07/01/13--13:03: 2nd Ave. Art Exhibition
  • 2nd Ave. Art Exhibition

    Date:6/28/2013
    Category:2nd Avenue News

     Many thanks to Robert Schwartz, Eneslow Shoes at 1504 Second Avenue @ 79th Street, and Joseph Pecora, Delizia 92, at 1762 2nd Ave @ 92nd Street, for exhibiting some of the 2nd Ave. Art Project works created by the Creative Arts Workships for Kids as well as the East Side Middle School and the Carl Schurz Family Day quilt done by elementary school children. The exhibition will be rotated during the summer and also be displayed at the new MTA Community Center on 2nd Ave. near 84th St. Stop by and see what visions these children have of 2nd Ave. and the subway!

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    By: Gil Effron

    Looking back at my recent blog posts, I've recognized a pattern that I just don't like. Basically, I'm negative!

    I always seem to be finding fault... always pointing out what's not working and how poorly businesses do what they do -- or don't do what they should do when coming in contact with prospects, customers, former clients, and so on.

    So I'm turning over a new leaf and I'm on a quest. I've decided to go looking for GOOD... for the positive. No more Mr. Negative for me.

    From now on, I'll be out there... proactively looking for best practices and for great or "surprising service" (to use Ron Kaufman's vernacular) that go above and beyond what's expected. I'll be looking for people within businesses are nice, happy, friendly, helpful, attentive, sincere, and pleasant and that, by virtue of their exceptional service or demeanor or ability to listen or smile, deserve a gold star!
    And when I find one of these outstanding employees, staff members, or team members that really gets it... that has a way of putting the customer first or following that simple Golden Rule... I'll give them a gold star. Continue reading...

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    Company

    Name

    Website

    Barrett Capital Corporation

    Barry Korn

    Carr Workplaces

    Gregg Reyes

    Colloquium Depot, LTD.

    R. Ashton Wall

    DL International

    Deborah Farkash

    Empire State College

    Christopher Rolley

    FCW Hospitality and Private Residence Consulting

    Fiona Cameron-Williams

    Haug Realty Corp.

    Hedi White

    Imagine a New Image

    Harriet Lehrer

    Jane O'Shaughnessy MD Emergency Medicine Consulting

    Jane O'Shaughnessy

    JB Carpentry Inc.

    John Bissell

    JETRO NY (Japan External Trade Organization)

    Masaki Fujihara

    JP Morgan Chase - Frank Apollo

    Frank Apollo

    JWU LLC

    Gustavo Rangel

    Language American Style

    Dennis Paget

    Maz Mezcal

    Mary Silva

    New York Habitat

    Francois Roux

    Pinnacle Medical PC DBA emergency medical care

    Steve Okhravi

    PKF LLP

    Leo Parmegiani

    SKALA International Holding Inc.

    Kamu KILINC

    Smith & Allen Consulting, Inc.

    Belinda Allen

    Snappy Solutions Inc.

    Maureen Fairlie

    Soozan Baxter Consulting, LLC

    Soozan Baxter

    SoundSense, LLC

    Bonnie Schnitta

    tsida

    Terry Stewart

    USA T.S.V LLC

    Jindan Lu




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  • 07/03/13--12:18: MCC Thanks June New Members
  • Company

    Name

    Website

    ADL Technology Consulting Group

    Fred Dupiton

    Alma Enterprises Usa Inc

    Mehmood Ahmed Bhutta

    ARM-Capacity of New York

    George Pipala

    BizKriti

    Aditi Gautam

    Blocadi Capital LLC

    Caroline Van Scheltinga

    CIRE Travel, A Division of Tzell

    Eric Hrubant

    DS Agency

    Andrew Mandel

    Dynamic Flooring Solutions

    Irene Jeanotte

    FARO Technologies

    Kathleen Murray

    Fish Hook Books, Ltd.

    Bruce Hurwitz

    Fujitsu America

    Jonathan Primeau

    Gilbert Albert

    Majid Pishyar

    ILORI & Optical Shop of ASPEN

    Alexis Velez

    Jen Mack Consulting LLC

    Jen Mack

    John, Jacob & Vayalumkal, LLP

    Augustine John

    Jones Lang LaSalle

    Alex Benisatto

    Marathon Energy Corporation

    Mauricio Rojas

    Mark Karten - Level Group

    Mark Karten

    Mixcraft Media, Inc.

    Freedom Justice

    Nueva Solutions Inc

    Veena Singh

    Paychex

    Raeellen Zekas

    Pioneers Bar NYC

    Adrian Davidson

    PMG

    Pam Giffin

    Princeton IT Services, Inc

    Ravi Karamsetty

    Sherpaa

    Tracy Avin

    SunEdison

    Jeff Gorman

    SwordStyle Guitar Studios

    Sam Fisher




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    TEMPERATURES RISING

    As the summer temperatures rise, many of your customers are seeking ways to beat the heat and save money in the process. Provide added value by educating them about the benefits of upgrading to a high-efficiency central air-conditioning unit this summer through Con Edison's Heating and Cooling Rebates for Homes program.

    The program helps you to grow your business by saving your customers both money and energy, enhancing the reliability of their equipment as well. According to energystar.gov, with proper sizing and installation, a customer can save up to 30% in annual energy costs by upgrading their equipment. To learn more about this program or sign up, click here.

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    APPLYING FOR REBATES IS EASY

    When submitting the rebate be sure to include an invoice that lists the following:

    - Install date
    - Contractor name and address
    - Customer name and address
    - Model and serial number of all equipment installed*
    - Notation that equipment is paid in full

    Also provide your customers with the AHRI certification number or a copy of the manufacturer's specification sheet.

    *Programmable thermostat serial numbers not required.
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    JOIN US

    The Con Edison Green Team will be available at various distributor locations. Stop by to pick up rebate forms and brochures, as well as get answers to questions that you may have about the program.

    Also, SAVE THE DATE for the 6th Annual Educational and Energy Efficiency Trade Expo, being held on October 8, 2013, at Russo's On the Bay, Howard Beach, NY. The event brings the industry together to learn about new advancements in product technology, installation methods and code changes.

    For more information, visit http://www.nycmpc.org/2013expo/

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    Please see the following opportunities to participate and sponsor this event:

    On September 20, 2013 at Citi Field in Queens, New York – Be A Hero-Hire A Hero will be hosting one of their largest Veteran Career Expos to date. Prior to the event and in partnership with Save-A-Suit Foundation we will be donating $1,000,000 worth of suits to 2,000 veterans in preparation for their job search that day!

    All veterans regardless of age or gender are eligible to receive a suit. However, in order to participate in this amazing event Veterans MUST register at: www.saveasuit.org/register

    NO EXCEPTIONS

    If a veteran does not register prior to the event, they cannot receive a suit from Save-A-Suit the day of the event.

    Once a Veteran registers at: www.saveasuit.org/register a confirmation notice will be EMAILED as your receipt to receive a suit. Should a Veteran not have email or access to a computer – they can call 1-855-SAV-SUIT and leave a voice-mail to register. A Save-A-Suit representative will call back to secure registration. In this event- Veterans must provide the telephone number of their affiliated Veterans Service Organization so that Save-A-Suit can be in contact with them prior to the event.

    http://www.beahero-hireahero.com/index.php/events/expo/12-events-home/43-attention-veterans-join-us-september-20th-2013-at-citi-field-queens-ny-for-the-million-pledge-suit-give-away

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    Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is a vibrant business membership organization comprised of a cross section of 10,000 business members and subscribers ranging from sole proprietors to large corporations and multi-national firms. Connect with entrepreneurs, leaders and executives by becoming an MCC member today and help your business grow!We were recognized by the Business Council of NY State as the NY State 2012 Chamber of the Year.
     
    Our mission is to advocate for, connect and educate the business community in Manhattan.


    MCC works to drive membership in a number of ways. We offer membership specials from time to time to garner new members and we promote our low annual fees. We also offer monthly credit card billing to make membership more accessible to those who prefer to pay on a monthly basis rather than a lump sum. And we promote engagement in our Business Referral Groups as well as in our active committees spanning many industry and focused sectors such as global, women’s, LGBT, tech, green and sustainability, healthcare and young professionals.

    We also hold quarterly new member breakfasts where new members meet some of our staff and Ambassadors and learn about how to get the most out of their membership.

    MCC works with its partners such as Microsoft to hold educational events for small business owners to learn how to run their businesses more effectively and enhance their growth opportunities. MCC is also heavily engaged in offering member companies networking opportunities to find potential clients and strategic partners. Businesses can also market their goods and services through MCC’s robust website, social media, meetings with members and community street fairs. MCC was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Friendly Chambers of Commerce. 

    And MCC works with the 5 Boro Chamber Alliance and GoBizNYC to advocate for positive business legislation, a huge challenge in an often anti-business climate. City, state and federal legislators tend to create bills that are anti-business and have many unintended consequences which we have to be on top of and point out to make the bills more business friendly. This is also an attraction for all size businesses to join the chamber in our quest to be the voice for businesses-and especially for small businesses who otherwise have no voice.

    MCC excels by addressing the specific needs of the Manhattan business community. Our chamber has special initiatives such as assisting businesses affected by construction of the 2nd avenue subway, teaching businesses about the Affordable Care ACT (ACA), the launch of MarketingWeekNYC (sponsored by Microsoft) which addresses the need to teach businesses how to attract and retain customers and the launch of and participation in the International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge (IWEC), a global program to support women owned businesses with revenue over $1 million. 

    “We are an active chamber with many tentacles out into the business community to help our members and their companies flourish,” says Nancy Ploeger, President of MCC for nearly 20 years.

     

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    Nancy Ploeger MCC, Kevin Sullivan Southwest Airlines, and Jill Simonson Southwest Airlines at today's MarketingWeekNYC event at the Southwest Porch






    In the sweltering heat, many still came to the Southwest Porch in Bryant Park today for the last of MCC's MarketingWeekNYC's events featuring Southwest's Jill Simonson and Kevin Sullivan. An attentive crowd learned about their airline, branding and marketing to attract and keep both leisure travel and business travel customers. Jill and Kevin raffled off 4 RT tickets to anywhere in the US where Southwest flies!
    Many thanks to them for hosting and creating a terrific final event for our successful week!

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    Will help leading negotiating skills training firm serve burgeoning West Coast business

    Parsippany, N.J., July 23 – Scotwork North America (www.scotworkusa.com), part of the world’s largest independent providers of negotiation skills training, has hired seasoned negotiating veteran Ross LaGumina of Los Angeles as associate tutor to work with its growing number of clients throughout the West Coast.

    “Ross brings an outstanding track record of negotiating successes that will enable our clients to achieve better outcomes.” said Marty Finkle, Scotwork NA CEO. LaGumina has effectively negotiated for a wide range of industries and departments, including business brokering/sales, multi-unit residential construction, multimillion dollar advertising campaigns and employee benefit packages.

    A certified business peak performance coach, LaGumina is known for fleshing out complex solutions and driving them to their professional benchmarks. He believes that every situation should be approached with a philosophy of, “There is always a way as long as you remain determined and resourceful.”
    LaGumina earned his BA in Psychology from Binghamton University and studied behavioral change at Columbia University. He resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two daughters.

    About Scotwork (NA) Inc.
    Scotwork NA is the North American division of Scotwork Negotiating Skills, the world's largest independent provider of negotiation skills training and consulting with offices in 35 countries. Its seasoned negotiators offer consulting and training in 22 languages to more than 9,000 executives and managers worldwide. Scotwork also offers exclusive one-company courses, more advanced training, and consultation to help with actual negotiations. Contact usa@scotworkusa.com(973.428.1991).
    Media contact

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    MANHATTAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE TO PROVIDE ENROLLMENTASSISTANCE TO NEW YORKERS IN MANHATTAN SEEKING HEALTH INSURACE THROUGH NEW YORK HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE

    One of 38 local and regional organizations partnering with the Community Service Society, a statewide designated “in-person assistor/navigator”
    New York, NY – The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) is preparing to help guide individuals, families and businesses in the borough of Manhattan access the New York Health Benefit Exchange (NYHBE), a health insurance marketplace where consumers and businesses can shop for insurance, compare prices and benefits, and enroll into health coverage.

    Under requirements of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), states must set up a health insurance “exchange” where individuals and businesses can do “one-stop-shopping” for qualified health plans in the private market. The new federal law gives participating states the ability to enter into agreements with state and local entities to carry out key provisions of the law, including facilitating enrollment of uninsured New Yorkers into the exchange.

    MCC will serve as a subcontractor to the nonprofit Community Service Society of New York (CSS), which has been awarded a grant by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) to provide in-person assistance and navigators at 350 sites in 61 counties statewide. CSS operates Community Health Advocates (CHA), a statewide consumer health assistance program that in the last decade has helped more than 200,000 New Yorkers navigate the health care system.

    Nancy Ploeger, President of MCC states, “This is such a critical issue and to all New Yorkers and we are very pleased to be able to help them navigate the new exchange and understand all their options. We are open to working with all organizations and community based associations to try and reach as many individuals and business owners as possible.”

    MCC will help individuals and small employers understand coverage options offered through NYHBE, as well as determine their eligibility for financial assistance, tax credits, and Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance. The NYHBE and CHA Web sites will provide a list of locations where individuals and small employers can meet one-on-one with in-person assisters from MCC. MCC will post the sites, send out emails and promote the availability through our social media outlets as well as promote at all the events we host. We will also have a booth at our 3rd Ave. Street Fair, attended by over half a million people attend..

    The New York Health Benefit Exchange will begin enrolling consumers and small employers in new coverage options on October 1, 2013, with health coverage starting on January 1, 2014. It is estimated that 1.1 million New Yorkers statewide will gain health coverage through New York’s exchange. Individuals and families that purchase coverage directly through the exchange will see their health insurance cost drop by as much as 50 percent. For small businesses, the cost to their employees for health insurance may drop by as much as 5 percent.

    For more information on The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce go towww.manhattancc.org. and if you are interested in working with us or want us to contact you, please send an email to info@manhattancc.org





    For more information on the Community Service Society go to www.cssny.org.

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    Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, Michael Horodniceanu, President of MTA Capital Construction, and NYC Council Member Dan Garodnick help cut the ribbon opening the Second Avenue Subway Community Information Center (CIC). The CIC is an interactive facility where visitors can find project staff, regular programming and activities, and biannual exhibits about different aspects of the Second Avenue Subway.

    Nancy Ploeger, President of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce, speaks on the importance of supporting the businesses in the Second Avenue subway construction corridor.


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    Hear what a recent attendee had to say about MCC Affordable Care Act (ACA) Presentations: Kudos to Marcia Okon MCC’s Healthcare Exchange Counselor!

    I went to my first MCOC event the other day -- the discussion of the Affordable Care Act at the NYPL. It was the best discussion I have heard or seen on the subject to date -- no right-wing or left-wing propaganda, just a clear and cogent presentation of the system and what it means for individuals and small businesses. Kudos to your organization on sponsoring this. Hopefully, you will do it again. Suffice it to say that Ms. Okon is a great presenter.

    G. Lamont Blackstone, Principal
    G. L. Blackstone & Associates LLC
    445 Gramatan Avenue, Mail Drop IA2
    Mount Vernon, NY 10552
    Urban Development Consulting & Energy Management for the Urban Core

    LinkedIn Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/glamontblackstoneassociates
    914-663-0498 (office) / 914-663-0480 (fax) / 914-656-6378 (cell)
    Member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

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    MCC Blog Post
    By Joe Kirk, New York/Connecticut Regional President, Wells Fargo

    Wells Fargo has a long history in New York City dating back to 1852 when William Fargo and Henry Wells founded the bank here, and today our presence in the city is as strong as ever. It’s an exciting time for us as we continue to grow and expand in Manhattan and throughout the state, enabling us to better serve our customers’ varying professional and personal financial needs, many of which are chamber members.
    In October, we celebrated the official opening of our New York City corporate headquarters in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. In an effort to foster closer collaboration among team members and provide a centralized touch point for Wells Fargo in New York City, we decided to consolidate several businesses into one “hub.” Associates from mortgage; wealth, brokerage, and retirement; wholesale, and community banking are in the process of or have already moved into the Class A, energy efficient office building. By the end of 2014, over 1,000 associates will occupy more than 400,000 square feet of space on 15 floors at 150 E. 42nd Street. One particularly unique feature of the building is the historic stagecoach displayed in the lobby. The stagecoach is a symbol of Wells Fargo’s image and brand. Everyone is welcome to visit this piece of history, and I invite you to stop by and take a look.
    In addition to our new administrative office, Wells Fargo is opening several store and ATM locations in and around Manhattan. Throughout the city, we have 21 stores and over 65 ATMs but that number is growing. On July 22, we opened a new retail store in the Union Square neighborhood at 104 E. 14 Street, which will serve the area’s 70,000 residents, 40,000 students, more than 12,000 businesses and thousands of visitors each day. Union Square is an important and historic intersection in New York City, and we’re thrilled to introduce our retail services to even more of the city’s residents. We’ve also added ATMs in Rockefeller Center and at the World Trade Center PATH station to better serve our customers wherever and whenever they need us. And later this year, we’ll be opening another new store in Chelsea.

    Wells Fargo also recognizes how important businesses are to the landscape of a city, and Manhattan’s thriving and diversified economy presents tremendous opportunities for entrepreneurs. We have bankers throughout Manhattan who can help business owners access the capital and financial services required to operate their businesses. And as America’s #1 SBA 7(a) lender, we are committed to providing the tools and resources an emerging company needs to help achieve long-term financial success.

    As important as business growth is to Manhattan, we are equally committed to strengthening our neighborhoods through volunteering and supporting local non-profits. Nationally, Wells Fargo is the top corporate donor to U.S. non-profits. In 2012, the company contributed $10.6 million to approximately 400 New York non-profits and schools through corporate and foundation giving.

    Again, I’m so excited about Wells Fargo’s growing presence in this great city. We have nearly 3,000 associates here ready to help satisfy all our customers’ financial needs, and I encourage you to start a conversation with one of them today. Visit www.wellsfargo.com or one of our local stores for more information on how we can help you plan for a secure financial future.

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    MCC congratulates MCC Board member Deborah Koenigsburger of Hearts of Gold on her success!


    Hearts of Gold's summer fundraising events have raised more than $123,000 for New York City's homeless mothers and their children. Hearts of Gold (http://www.heartsofgold.org), a not-for-profit organization that fosters sustainable change in lifestyle and levels of self-sufficiency for New York City’s homeless mothers and their children, today announced that its summer fundraising events have raised more than $123,000 in support of the organization.

    The “Kids Walk for Kids” event, held in New York City’s Riverside Park on June 8, drew a crowd of walkers who traced a two-mile path through the park, along with moms and kids from the four shelters the organization supports. At the finish line, participants celebrated with games, prizes and refreshments.


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    NEW YORK, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Century 21 Department Store has partnered with the 9/11 nonprofit organization Tuesday's Children and successfully raised $125,000 in just two months, halfway to their fundraising goal. The initiative will run through the month of September and allows shoppers to exclusively download the song "Survivor Tree" by Men In My Head for just $1, with all proceeds benefitting the charity.

    (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130625/NY37675 )

    (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121113/NY11144LOGO )

    The song, which was written and performed by Century 21 Co-Owner Eddie Gindi, hit #1 on the Billboard Singles Sales Chart this month and embodies the emotional journey of those affected by the 9/11 catastrophe. As a second generation, family-owned business, Century 21's downtown flagship location has been the area's fashion anchor for over 50 years. The store was at the center of the 9/11 disaster and its reopening marked a pivotal point in the rebirth of lower Manhattan.


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    FLUSHING MEADOWS PARK, NY. The City of New York is investing half a billion dollars in its municipal fleet this year, much of it focused on continuing efforts to create “the greenest fleet in the country,” according to Keith Kerman, deputy commissioner and chief fleet management officer.

    Representing a major renewal of the city’s Fire, Police and Sanitation Department fleets, the 2013 buy will include 1,000 hybrid and electric vehicles, Kerman told Fleet Owner. “For example, we will have replaced every gasoline [powered] sedan in the Dept. of Sanitation with a hybrid or EV within the next two months,” he said. “They have 500 sedans.”

    The new equipment will also include 20 CNG-powered heavy-duty trucks for refuse collection and other sanitation applications, and CNG-powered cargo vans from GMC for park maintenance and other chores, as well as 60 plug-in EVs from Ford and Nissan.

    Other green-fleet initiatives already undertaken by New York’s municipal fleet operations include a citywide mandate that all diesel-powered trucks – including emergency equipment such as fire trucks – run on B5 biodiesel, with non-emergency vehicles switching to B20 from April to November. The city has also embarked on a retrofit program for diesel particulate filters (DPFs) for older trucks and completed work on threenatural gas fueling facilities, one solely dedicated to heavy trucks run by the Sanitation department.

    Kerman was speaking at the 25th annual fleet show hosted by the N.Y.C. Parks Dept. in the old World’s Fair Grounds. The Parks’ fleet operations, which were once headed by Kerman, holds the show every spring to introduce other city agencies and nearby municipal fleets to new truck technology, much of it focused on clean diesel and alternative fuels.

    New this year at the show was a ceremony announcing the first “certified” fleets under a new Empire Green Fleets program sponsored by the area’s local Clean Cities organization, Empire Clean Cities. The group analyzes equipment and fuel-use data from fleets seeking the certification, focusing on reductions in petroleum use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, according to Christina Ficicchia, executive dir.

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    MUSEUM OF FOOD AND DRINK ANNOUNCES FIRST EXHIBIT: BOOM! THE PUFFING GUN AND THE RISE OF BREAKFAST CEREAL 

    EXHIBIT TO DEBUT AT NYC SUMMER STREETS ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH


    July 23, 2013 (New York, NY) - The Museum of Food and Drink has announced the public debut for its first exhibit, BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Breakfast Cereal. BOOM! will be stationed at Summer Streets on Saturday, August 17th in Foley Square, from 7 am-1 pm. During Summer Streets’ free, annual celebration, nearly seven miles of the city’s streets are closed to traffic and opened to the public. MOFAD's exhibit will be among other fun activities open to visitors, including art installations, performances, and a rock climbing wall.

    BOOM! The Puffing Gun and the Rise of Breakfast Cereal will explain the science behind cereal production, and explore how the cereal industry became the behemoth that it is. The centerpiece of the exhibit will be an authentic, fully-functioning puffing gun, a 3,200-pound machine based on technology that revolutionized the cereal industry in the early 1900s, and originally produced puffed cereals like Kix and Cheerios. BOOM! will be unlike any other museum exhibit ever seen before: the steaming, spinning puffing gun will pump out cereal before visitor’s eyes and provide a taste of the freshly puffed product.

    Founded by culinary innovator, Dave Arnold (Booker and Dax), MOFAD’s culinary board includes notable NYC chefs on its culinary board, including Mario Batali, Wylife Dufresne (wd~50 and Alder), Mark Ladner (Del Posto), Anita Lo (Annisa) and more. MOFAD’s long-term objective is to create a brick-and-mortar museum that will revolutionize the way people think about -- and experience -- food. Until MOFAD has a permanent home, the museum will consist of a series of mobile pop-up exhibits like BOOM!. By doing this, MOFAD can begin building the museum, exhibit by exhibit, and immediately take its dynamic educational approach into schools and communities in New York and beyond.

    For press inquiries contact: press@mofad.org // (212) 228-5482

    For more info visit: www.mofad.org // Twitter: @mofad

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    Part of City's Larger Set of Initiatives to Expand Broadband Connectivity and Increase High-Speed Internet Access for Industrial and Commercial Businesses

    Program Will Provide Services to Small or Medium-Sized Companies

    New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) has announced the launch of the second round of ConnectNYC Fiber Access, an innovative, City-sponsored program providing free construction and installation of fiber optic cable directly to businesses. The program is designed to assist small or medium-sized businesses in unwired or underwired buildings by providing an opportunity to connect the building to fiber infrastructure. It addresses challenges facing fiber optic expansion by expediting build-out and efficiently bringing together commercial and industrial business demand for fiber broadband connectivity. ConnectNYC Fiber Access is part of the suite of initiatives originally announced by the City in 2012 to ensure New York City continues to establish itself as a leader in connectivity and innovation in the 21st Century. Companies can apply to receive the free construction at www.nycfiberaccess.com.

    Applications for ConnectNYC Fiber Access will be evaluated based on the potential impact of fiber on the applicant’s business and feasibility of fiber construction at the building’s location. Companies based in New York City with fewer than 500 employees are eligible to apply. Approved applicants that
    successfully negotiate a one-year service contract with one of five participating Internet Service Providers (ISPs), including Time Warner Cable Business Class and Cablevision, will receive free construction and installation, a cost that can be prohibitive to new businesses looking to install fiber cable. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 12, 2013.

    The second iteration of ConnectNYC Fiber Access incorporates three additional ISPs – Lightower, tw telecom and Stealth Communications – which will join Time Warner Cable Business Class and Cablevision to provide program participants with additional options in selecting a fiber provider. Upon completion of installation for the second round of programming, up to $14 million worth of fiber wiring will have been provided in total by the five participating ISPs.

    ConnectNYC Fiber Access is being led by NYCEDC in partnership with ChallengePost, a New York City startup that enables competitive public problem-solving. The goal of the competition is to capitalize on New York City’s existing advantages in connectivity and innovation, while also addressing long-term challenges facing the City. The first round of ConnectNYC connected 24 companies with high-speed Internet through Time Warner Cable Business Class and Cablevision, with several more companies currently in negotiations. 3rd Ward, a business incubator that offers a series of educational classes located in the North Brooklyn Industrial Business Zone, is one of the companies to receive a free fiber build-out. Their multi-disciplinary creative classes and co-working space, which houses hundreds of small businesses, ensure that local manufacturers have the tools they need in order to succeed. Through the ConnectNYC program, 3rd Ward signed a contract with Time Warner Cable Business Class, which increased their Internet speed by 500%. The full list of businesses participating in the first round of ConnectNYC can be found on the first round’s website: http://nycfiberchallenge.com/submissions.

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