3 Players New York Mets Can Sign After Contracts of Santana, Bay Expire
The PSC, NYPA and other New York utilities asked the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to reconsider its August decision allowing the state’s power grid operator, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO), to create a new capacity zone in the Lower Hudson Valley that includes New York City. The NYISO has said it designed the new capacity zone to maintain system reliability and attract investments in new and existing generation and demand response resources. In basic terms, capacity markets pay generators to help keep existing power plants in service and build new units in order to maintain system reliability. Demand response providers who agree to reduce power usage when needed can also participate in capacity markets. The new zone will include the current NYISO zones G, H and I in the Lower Hudson Valley and zone J in New York City. The PSC and NYPA said the state is already working on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s so-called Energy Highway initiative to expand the state’s transmission resources to bring more power from upstate New York to the Lower Hudson Valley and New York City area. The PSC and NYPA said the Energy Highway could negate the need for FERC to offer financial incentives to build more power plants downstate. “We strongly urged FERC to reconsider its decision to create a new capacity zone in New York, which it says is needed to build more power plants downstate to alleviate demand for electricity,” PSC Chairwoman Audrey Zibelman said in the release. “We are well aware of the downstate demand for electricity…However, in its decision, FERC did not take into consideration the ongoing initiatives included in the Governor’s Energy Highway,” Zibelman said. The biggest power companies in New York include units of Consolidated Edison Inc, National Grid Plc, Iberdrola SA, Entergy Corp, TransCanada Corp and NRG Energy Inc. COSTS TO RISE The PSC said if FERC’s plan goes into effect, typical residential customers in the Lower Hudson Valley could see monthly bill increases ranging from 5 percent to almost 10 percent, depending on the utility. The increases for industrial and commercial customers could be even higher, the PSC said.
It would be absolutely appalling to imagine a city as great as New York not being able to have two major opera companies, said Kasper Holten, director of opera at Londons Covent Garden. If you look at London, if you look at Berlin, if you look at Moscow, if you look at Vienna, they have two opera houses, and of course New York should have two opera houses. Having presented 12 to 16 operas with a peak of about 130 performances in a season, the company has shrunk to four stagings and 16 performances in each of the past two seasons. Its endowment dwindled from $48 million in 2008 to just over $5 million at the end of June 2012, according to tax records, and its staff has been pared to only 25. New York City Opera announced Sept. 12 that it needs $7 million by the end of this month and said it hopes to raise $1 million of that total on Kickstarter.com . As of Thursday, $156,663 had been raised from 972 backers on the website. Its incredibly difficult to run an organization of this size with our eye so closely fixed on the week-to-week cash flow. It saps the energy of the staff and . . . undermines the bigger point, which is that the company by many measures is in better financial shape than it has been in a long time, said the operas general manager, George Steel. Weve been creating some of the best work we have ever done. The company says an additional $13 million has to be raised by the end of this year to fund its 2014-2015 season.
New York Giants Burned by an Old Super Bowl Friend
With that in mind, let’s take a look at three players who New York can sign this coming offseason now that the contracts of Santana and Bay are about to expire. Robinson Cano would sure look good in a Mets uniform Patrick Smith/Getty Images The Mets should ink Robinson Cano to a five-year, $125 million pact this winter. Ah, yes. What a free agent splash that would be for the Mets. The New York Yankees star second baseman is in his prime and would instantly make the Mets a legitimate contender for the National League East crown. The five-time All-Star has a .309 career batting average and has driven in over 100 runs in three of his last four seasons. Not only that, but the Dominican Republic native is also a two-time Gold Glove winner as well. He is simply the best second baseman in baseball. The Mets could move current second baseman Daniel Murphy to first base, say goodbye to Ike Davis and bat Cano third in manager Terry Collins’ lineup. David Wright could easily slip into the cleanup spot and give New York a very formidable 2-3-4 trio. If the Mets are serious about winning again, they should sign Cano away from the Yankees and become a team to be reckoned with again. After all, the Mets’ last trip to the World Series in 1986 was a long, long time ago.
Ailing New York City Opera fears bankruptcy
But he was a part of New York’s Super Bowl XLII upset over the New England Patriots in the last of those years, before breaking out with 61 and 60 tackles, respectively, over the next two seasons. Considering a New Career Limited primarily to special teams duties, he had just 20 tackles from the linebacker spot a year later. After six NFL seasons with the Giants, Blackburn found himself out of football for the majority of the 2011 season, and he was ready to become a substitute math teacher at a middle school in his home state. Playing a Key Role in Another Giants Super Bowl Win That is, until linebacker injuries started piling up for New York. With nowhere else to turn, the Giants brought Blackburn back just prior to a big Week 13 game against the Green Bay Packers. Although New York ultimately lost that contest, 38-35, Blackburn made what was at the time, a key second-quarter interception against star quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The play led to a Giants touchdown and a short-lived 17-14 New York lead. More importantly, it let the Giants know that they could play with the best team in the league for the rest of the game. The victory was the Packers’ 18th in a row and moved Green Bay to a record of 12-0, while New York fell to 6-6. However, Giants players and coaches used the close loss as a major confidence builder the same way they did following a home defeat to the New England Patriots by the same score four years earlier, on a night when New England completed what remains to this day, the only 16-0 regular season in NFL history. New York knew it could win a rematch then — and it did, with Blackburn — over the Patriots, in Super Bowl XLII. And the Giants knew they could do the same — and they did — in Green Bay, during the 2011 playoffs, en route to their Super Bowl XLVI win, once again, over the Patriots. In that Super Bowl, Blackburn’s interception of Tom Brady might have very well saved New York’s championship. Momentum was already on the Patriots’ side, with New England having rallied from a 9-0 deficit to lead 17-9 , and then 17-15. What seemed certain to be a big completion from Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski deep in the Giants’ end — which could have easily led to a 24-15 New England lead early in the fourth quarter — was rather shockingly thwarted by Blackburn, who raced back and made an acrobatic leaping pick to account for the game’s only turnover.