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first_imgAmong its many provisions, the bill removes enhanced supervision of companies with between $50 billion and $250 billion in assets. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said this will increase the chance of a taxpayer-funded bank bailout.The bill makes it easier for mortgage companies to sell dangerous adjustable-rate mortgages without properly verifying a borrower’s ability to repay. It also makes appraisal fraud and discrimination against black and Latino borrowers more likely.The president has already signed the bill into law.However, constituents of Rep. Paul Tonko can be proud of him for doing the right thing by voting against this bill and for being part of a bulwark against additional attacks on Americans’ personal financial security.Ellie PepperSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stopSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusMotorcyclist injured in Thursday afternoon Schenectady crash At the urging of Wall Street lobbyists, Congress passed a bill, S.2155, that loosens many financial reform rules established for banks after their recklessness tanked our economy a decade ago. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter November 04, 2016 Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf Bill Signing Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf today signed the following bills into law:Act 145 (Farry) – Amends the Enforcement Officer Disability Benefits Law, amending the title; & providing for eligibility of firemen of airport authorities, firemen employed by Commonwealth & EMS personnel of cities.Act 146 (Boback) – Amends Title 40 (Insurance), in regulation of insurers and related persons generally, providing for retroactive denial of reimbursements.Act 147 (Miccareli) – Amends the act entitled “An act to establish a Board of Wardens for the port of Philadelphia, & for the regulation of pilots & pilotages, & for other purposes therein mentioned,” further providing for fees.Act 148 (Miccareli) – Amends act entitled “A further supplement to an act, entitled ‘An act to establish a board of wardens for the port of Philadelphia’ & for regulating the rates of pilotages & number of pilots” providing for rates & charges.Act 149 (Gabler) – Act providing for student protection during the transition of a postsecondary education institution to new accreditation.Act 150 (Folmer) – Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act, in consolidated collection of local income taxes, providing for the definition of “farming” & further providing for declaration & payment of income taxesAct 151 (Raferty) – Amends the Transit Revitalization Investment District Act, in general provisions; for defs.; in TRID creation & location; TRID planning study; land development powers; for development or redevelopment; for public meeting.Act 152 (Argall) – Amends Recorder of Deeds Fee Law authorizing an additional fee to be imposed and used for demolition; and making an editorial change.Act 153 (Vance) – Amends the Public Welfare Code, in human services block grant pilot program, for defs.; for human services block grant, for powers & duties, for allocation, use of funds, appeals, limitations & construction & editorial changes.Act 154 (Blake) – Amends Title 66 (Public Utilities), in general provisions, further providing for definitions.Act 155 (Hutchinson) – Amends the Second Class County Code, in fiscal affairs, further providing for limits on counties of the second class.Act 156 (Hutchinson) – Amends Title 53 (Municipalities), in consolidated county assessment, further providing for limitation on tax increase after countywide reassessment.Act 157 (Browne) – Amends CPA Law further providing for defs., for requirements for issuance of certificate, for certificates issued by domestic reciprocity, for licenses to practice & licensing of firms and for peer review.Act 158 (Rafferty) – Amending Titles 18 (Crimes and Offenses) and 42 (Judiciary and Judicial Procedure) of the Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes, in burglary and other criminal intrusions, further providing for burglary; and, in sentencing, providing for sentencing for burglary.Act 159 (Mensch) – Act designating a portion of State Route 663 in Montgomery County as the Army Specialist Ray Ira Haas Memorial Highway; various other road & bridge designations.Act 160 (Baker) – Amends Underground Utility Line Protection Law further providing for expiration.Act 161 (White) – Amends an Act further providing for electronic funds transfers; providing for defs.; for consumer protections; payroll card accounts; and making editorial changes.Act 162 (Wagner) – Amends Title 68 (Real & Personal Property), in creation, alteration & termination of condominiums, for amendment of declaration; in cooperatives, for amendment of declaration; &, in planned communities, for amendment of declarationGovernor Wolf vetoed the following bill:HB 245 PN 4110 (Dunbar) – Amends the Local Tax Enabling Act, in local taxes, further providing for defs., payroll tax, payment of tax, and withholding tax; for tax collection committees, powers of DCED, for penalties & costs of collection, local services & taxes.View Governor Wolf’s veto message below: Governor Wolf Acts on Legislationlast_img read more

first_imgThe ripple effect took hold of Syracuse and never let go. From one shooter to another, Syracuse found its stroke for the second consecutive game, elevating its confidence and building a lead that ballooned to as much as 33.The shooting woes of the past have, for now, been transformed into a complete offensive performance combining outside shooting with the Orange’s trademark high-low game plan.‘I think it’s kind of a ripple effect,’ SU guard Elashier Hall said. ‘Once one person gets going, it gets them confident, and then the confidence just builds throughout the whole team.’Syracuse rode a 45 percent shooting performance to a 76-61 victory over South Florida on Saturday in front of 860 inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange (15-9, 4-6 Big East) drained four 3-pointers, two coming from guard La’Shay Taft, and also saw center Kayla Alexander provide 17 points from the low post. Hall shot 6-of-8 for 15 points, and forward Iasia Hemingway led the balanced scoring effort with 24 points, going 9-of-14 from the field.After SU’s 80-54 blowout win over Providence last Tuesday, during which it shot nearly 58 percent, the Orange came into its game against the Bulls (12-12, 4-6) with a renewed belief that the shots it has been taking all season might finally start to fall on a consistent basis.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘The shots we’ve had all year are starting to fall,’ head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘We’ve always gotten good looks. They did a good job of getting the floor spaced and getting themselves to areas where they can score. So now, they’re just falling. They’re shooting the ball with confidence.’Defenses have routinely been packing the paint to strip SU of its go-to options inside on offense. And for much of the season, the Orange’s shooters have been essentially nonfactors.But on Saturday, Syracuse finally provided some punch from the outside, forcing the Bulls to open up the low post and defend around the perimeter. And for the entire first half, SU had little trouble beating the USF defense.Hemingway gave SU offensive production in just about every way possible. She started the game off by dishing the ball down low to Alexander for a layup to give SU an early 2-0 lead. Then the forward drained two free throws, and less than a minute later, she took a pass from guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas at the top of the lane for a catch-and-shoot jumper.And Hemingway did all of that with USF’s defense collapsing on her every move.‘Honestly, I just want to give the credit to my teammates getting the ball back to me,’ Hemingway said. ‘In the first half, they were pancaking, and they weren’t letting me get the throwback. But my teammates found a way to get me the ball.’With about five minutes remaining in the first half, Syracuse also had a rare five-point play from Alexander after the center made a layup. South Florida center Akila McDonald was called for both a personal and technical foul.Alexander drained all three free throws to cap off a 10-0 run that put SU up 34-14 en route to a 39-20 halftime lead. During that span, SU had a 3 from Taft, a jumper from Hemingway and the layup from Alexander.Syracuse’s dominant first half established its offense for the second and also put the Bulls in a hole they couldn’t climb out of.Late in the game, South Florida began to amp up the intensity of its full-court press, at one point forcing two straight turnovers by SU guard Rachel Coffey. But by that point, USF had no chance to put together a comeback.‘The same sort of thing happened at Providence, we got up, had a few turnovers late,’ Hillsman said. ‘So we just have to work on that late-game situation of people scrambling and pressing us a little bit. … I’m glad we were up 30 so it didn’t matter.’As the season winds down, Syracuse appears to be hitting its stroke at the right time. For now, the Orange’s offense is becoming significantly better with contributions from the outside to go with its hallmarks of rebounding and post play.‘The one thing I told our players was that we needed to come out and rebound the basketball and make shots and shoot at least 40 percent to win this basketball game,’ Hillsman said. ‘That’s what we did. We came out, made some shots and did a very good job of getting good shots.’cjiseman@syr.edu  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on February 4, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_isemanlast_img read more