Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An alleged hit-and-run driver died after Suffolk County police said he crashed his SUV while fleeing the scene of another crash moments earlier in Brentwood on Sunday evening, according to authorities.Anthony Lapicola, 50, of Shoreham, was backing his Toyota RAV 4 out of a driveway on Candlewood Road when he struck an eastbound BMW and fled the scene northbound on Bishop Road at 4:45 p.m., police said.Lapicola then crashed his SUV into a tree at the corner of Bishop Road and 9th Avenue, police said. He was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where he was pronounced dead shortly later. The other driver was not injured in the initial crash.Third Squad detectives impounded the Toyota, are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information about this crash to call them at 631-854-8352.
The Blog, Videos, Weekly Update This week, Governor Wolf continued to highlight his initiative to combat the opioid abuse epidemic in Pennsylvania. The governor, who fought for funding to in the budget to increase treatment for individuals with substance use disorder, began touring the newly announced Centers of Excellence. Governor Wolf and Department of Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas made stops in Harrisburg, Allentown, Johnstown, and Washington County to visit the centers and discuss next steps to fight the opioid addiction crisis.Continuing the battle against opioid abuse, Governor Wolf was joined by Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Karen Murphy, Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs Secretary Gary Tennis and Department of State Secretary Pedro Cortes at a press conference on Tuesday to announce new opioid prescribing guidelines. Dr. Levine had presented the guidelines to the State Board of Medicine, the State Board of Pharmacy, and the State Board of Dentistry. The Boards of Pharmacy and Dentistry have voted to adopt the guidelines. The Board of Medicine has voted to adopt two of the four sets of prescribing guidelines, and will take up the remaining guidelines next month.Governor Wolf also hosted two roundtable discussions in Pittsburgh and Beaver County focused on the economic opportunities and workforce needs following the recent announcement by Royal Dutch Shell that the company plans to build a new ethane cracker plant in Beaver County. Both roundtables were attended by legislators, local government officials, businesses, and other stakeholders. Former Governor Tom Corbett participated in the Pittsburgh roundtable.Next week, Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention. On Monday, Governor Wolf welcomed potential visitors of the convention to Philadelphia and throughout the week highlighted some of his favorite spots in Philly, as well as sharing important travel and tourism information.Governor Wolf’s Week, July 17 – July 23, 2016Monday, July 18, 2016Continuing the Fight Against Pennsylvania’s Opioid Epidemic (VIDEO)Meet Jane – A Center of Excellence PatientGovernor Wolf Visits Centers of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid EpidemicTuesday, July 19, 2016Democratic National Convention Visitors: Welcome to PhiladelphiaGovernor Wolf Orders Flags to Remain at Half-Staff to Honor the Victims of the Attack in Baton Rouge, LouisianaGovernor Wolf Announces Public Service Fellowship Program for Advanced Degree GraduatesWolf Administration Announces New Opioid Prescribing Guideline RecommendationsWednesday, July 20, 2016Disaster Assistance Approved for Victims of Severe Storms in Fayette CountyGovernor Wolf Orders Flags to Remain at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Correctional Officer at Luzerne County Correctional FacilityGO-TIME: Governor Wolf announces Reverse Auction for Road Salt Saved $17.5 Million This YearGovernor Wolf Announces $68.1 Million Investment in Water Infrastructure Projects in 14 CountiesGovernor Wolf Signs Fifteen Bills Into Law, Including ICA Ethics Reformed and Industrial Hemp RegulationThursday, July 21, 2016Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Promote Study of Computer Science in High SchoolGovernor Wolf Visits Johnstown Center of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid EpidemicGovernor Wolf Holds Roundtable Discussion on Economic Impact of New Shell Plant in Western PAGovernor Wolf Announces 5,000 New, Full-Time Jobs with Statewide Amazon ExpansionFriday, July 22, 2016GO-TIME: Advanced Cyber Analytics Saving Over $600,000 per Year While Strengthening SecurityGovernor Wolf Announces LGBT-Owned and Disabled-Owned Businesses to be Recognized as Small Diverse BusinessesGovernors Wolf, Corbett, Legislators, Stakeholders Host Roundtable to Discuss Economic Impact of New Shell PlantGovernor Wolf Visits Washington Center of Excellence, Touts Strides Made in 2016-17 Budget to Combat Opioid EpidemicHighlights from The Blog:Democratic National Convention Visitors: Welcome to PhiladelphiaTravel Tools Available for Residents, DNC VisitorsGovernor Wolf Continues Fight Against Opioid Epidemic in Pennsylvania (Round-up)The 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia: What Do I Need to Know?Governor Wolf’s guide to the Best Hot Dog in PhillyGovernor and First Lady Wolf’s Philly Favorites Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter July 22, 2016 Governor Wolf’s Week, July 17 – July 23, 2016 By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf
Share141TweetShare11Email152 SharesDecember 5, 2016; New York TimesIn one of the more surprising moves in a surprising political year, Donald Trump has named Dr. Ben Carson to become the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The move is surprising because Carson, a 2016 candidate for president, has no professional experience in housing issues or urban development. It’s also surprising because Carson himself remarked on his lack of experience when the idea was first floated in the press about two weeks ago.Make no mistake: Carson’s personal and professional story is nothing short of amazing. “Carson’s mother was only 13 when she married Carson’s father, who was 28. Carson’s mother subsequently discovered her husband had another family, for which Carson’s father eventually abandoned her.” Carson was raised in Detroit, attended college at Yale and graduated from medical school at the University of Michigan. At 33, he became the youngest chief of pediatric neurosurgery in the country (at Johns Hopkins). His pioneering neurosurgery on conjoined twins and first-ever neurosurgery on a fetus in the womb were among the accomplishments for which he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, more than 60 honorary doctorates, and made him the subject of a biographical movie in 2009 based on his book, Gifted Hands.Being a great doctor, however, doesn’t make one a great government administrator or political leader. Carson has never worked in government and never managed a large organization in either the private or public sector. He has served on corporate boards, including those of Costco and Kellogg’s, but has no formal connection to housing which is an enormous and complex field. The HUD secretary oversees a $47 billion budget serving 5 million families a year.As a presidential candidate last year, he wrote an op-ed piece in which he compared a HUD initiative to place affordable housing in more affluent areas with the “failed” policy of school busing in the 1970s and 1980s and claimed that the new HUD policy would not only harm affluent areas by imposing multifamily housing in single-family neighborhoods, but also stop places like New York City from building needed affordable housing units already planned.Statements like these have traditional advocates and partners worried that Carson’s appointment signals significant change in how HUD will pursue its mission. There is little publicly available information about what specific housing policy and program changes the Trump administration will pursue. Both the GOP platform and the Trump transition website are almost silent on HUD-related issues. This might make one feel that the appointment has left a dangerous void.Sarah Edelman, director of housing policy for the liberal Center for American Progress, comments, “The two biggest risks I see with a Carson administration are 1) that HUD sits on the sidelines, allowing Congress to chop funds for affordable housing, while our nation’s housing problems get worse, [or] 2) HUD abdicates responsibility for enforcing the Fair Housing Act, which would leave women, families with children, people with disabilities, and people of color less defended against a landlord or mortgage lender who discriminates against them and stall important economic mobility work.”Tom Sugrue, an urban historian, further observes, “The possibilities for corruption are legion with a HUD secretary who knows nothing about the agency, its programs and its vastly complex budget.” (Especially with a callous real-estate developer as president.)“It’s really unknown what kind of HUD secretary Carson will be, if he is confirmed,” says Barbara Sard, vice president for housing policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a progressive D.C.-based research and advocacy organization. “There’s cause for concern if he’s not committed to sustaining vital federal rental assistance and continuing to make rental assistance more effective.”In NextCity, Oscar Perry Abello writes that the impression of an as-yet-unknowable void is the same among major nonprofit housing organizations:“The president-elect has not talked a great deal about his proposed housing policies, so we don’t have anything to react to at this point,” says Marion McFadden, vice president for public policy at Enterprise Community Partners.“Whatever agenda or whatever priority they have, I look forward to learning what that is,” says Maurice Jones, a former HUD official and current CEO of Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).As recently as mid-November, Carson’s own business manager, Armstrong Williams, denied that Carson would take a cabinet post in the Trump administration. “His life has not prepared him to be a cabinet secretary,” Armstrong said. The call to duty is strong for some people, especially when issued by an incoming president. There is something paradoxically reassuring about an accomplished person being unsure of their own suitability for a high-profile, difficult task. The challenge in this case is that there is apparent justification for Carson’s self-doubts—justification that could be used to override the sense of duty owed to an incoming president and a nation seeking leadership.Cabinet secretaries represent their departments and administration priorities to Congress, the media, stakeholders, and the public. They are expected to be familiar with their agency’s programs as well as the external environment in which their departments operate. At the very least, Ben Carson has a lot to learn before he can exercise that responsibility at HUD.Meanwhile, as advocates point out, Carson would not himself be entering a void. HUD has 8,500 staff, who tend to hang in through changes in administration and which may blunt the effect of his leadership.“I think people underestimate the actual dedication to the cause that civil servants of HUD have,” said Jones. “That’s where the rubber hits the road. We need to make sure people don’t forget.”—Michael Wyland and Ruth McCambridgeShare141TweetShare11Email152 Shares