Borrello Blasts Cuomo’s Executive Order Redistributing Ventilators

first_imgNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol in Albany. Image by Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo.ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that he’d be signing an executive order allowing the state to take ventilators and redistribute to other hospitals, and a state senator says he’s opposed to the order. State Senator George Borrello (R-57th District) says that the health and wellness of Upstate New York residents is just as important as residents in New York City. Borrello released the following statement Friday afternoon:“With COVID-19 rapidly increasing in several upstate cities and communities, I was shocked to hear the Governor announce that he has signed an executive order allowing ventilators and personal protective equipment from upstate hospitals to be seized for distribution in downstate facilities.“We are seeing on a daily basis, the rapid spread of this unpredictable virus in cities and communities across upstate. Next door in Erie County, which borders the northernmost portion of the 57th District, cases are multiplying at lightning speed. Surrounding counties are also seeing sharp upticks in cases. Taking lifesaving ventilators and PPE from any of our hospitals creates the very real danger that residents and health care workers in the region could see their health, and even their lives, threatened by the lack of necessary equipment. “While we understand the extreme circumstances that hospitals in New York City and downstate are experiencing, the health and safety of our upstate residents is just as critical. I have sent a letter to Governor Cuomo asking him to reverse this reckless decision.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),He has to make sure his loyal voters get what they need. The city are the ones who keep re-electing him. You can ask anyone from UPSTATE NY, we agree cut off the shit show they call NYC and make them their own state!!! With him “stealing” the ventilators is that going to be before or after he sends citidots to UPSTATE NY hospitals??,We are nobody in UPSTATE regardless of your party, think about it,Oh borello and his soap box, little man with a big voice,Dirty politic.last_img read more

Congressman Slams Governor Over Nursing Home Employee Testing Order

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),Cuomo is such an ass. He sent all those with covid-19 back in to the nursing homes and killed how many? Now he’s gone completely off the deep end. Reed is correct.,GOP stated they do not represent democratic controlled states and do not plan to aid them, why is tommy concerned? Isnt dead NY’ers a win win for them or do you want democrats in camps too because they spread the virus? Hey Tommy did sell off your stocks in that two week window trump downplayed a pandemic that has currently killed more then 80,000 Americans, did ya tommy? Photo: PixabayCORNING – An official is calling out Governor Cuomo over his executive order this week requiring all nursing home staff be tested twice a week for the COVID-19 virus. Congressman Tom Reed was asked by WNYNewsNow about the mandate. Reed says the issue isn’t whether or not New York State will have the funding for the tests. He says the order may not be feasible.“The magnitude of the testing capacity and the actual performance that the Governor has put here would actually quadruple,” Reed said. “Quadrupling the tests…I just don’t know how you can comply with it. That’s why I’m looking forward to this open dialogue that we’ve put together with the nursing operators with our regular hospital call that we do on a daily basis and with our EMOs and our county officials this afternoon to say, ‘How is this even realistically achievable given the magnitude of the burden that you’ve just put on the entire New York State nursing home situation?’“My understanding is we do not have the resources to meet that twice weekly requirement that the Governor just issued from the hip, in my opinion,” Reed added. “And what will happen is if they lose their license, which is the penalty being put on the table, for our nursing homes to operate, or a significant fine of up to $10,000 a day, essentially you’re going to force these residents of nursing homes to be pretty much put out on the street.” Reed says he hopes the Governor has “something in mind in order to meet the requirements of the test kits.”“Really, you’re going to pull a nursing home’s license during this crisis and put all of those people on the street?,” Reed inquired. “That makes no sense to me.”Reed notes that all personnel would be tested, even if they don’t have direct contact with residents. For example, people who work in administrative roles or in food service will be part of the testing.“It’s not a question of money. It’s a question of one, is it practicable? And two, Governor, what are you trying to accomplish? Why would you limit it to twice a week?” Reed asked. “If the goal is to make sure nobody is going into a nursing home with a COVID-19 situation, you would have to do daily testing performance on the staffers, correct? Just because you weren’t exposed on Monday, doesn’t mean you’re not exposed on Wednesday.”WNYNewsNow will continue to cover the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic, putting facts over fear. last_img read more

Jonathan Groff, Jessie Mueller & Krysta Rodriguez Sign on For Broadway Backwards

first_img Jessie Mueller Krysta Rodriguez Star Files Joining Groff (Spring Awakening), Mueller (Beautiful) and Rodriguez (First Date) will be Bryan Batt (Mad Men), Tony nominee Stephanie J. Block (The Mystery of Edwin Drood), Tony winner Len Cariou (Sweeney Tood), Tony nominee Robin De Jesus (La Cage aux Folles), Tony nominee Judy Kuhn (Fun Home), Cass Morgan (The Bridges of Madison County) and Patricia Morison (Kiss Me, Kate). Additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Jonathan Groff, Jessie Mueller, Krysta Rodriguez and more will perform at the ninth annual Broadway Backwards. Directed and choreographed by Robert Bartley, the one-night-only show is set for March 24 at the Al Hirschfield Theatre. Proceeds for the event will benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center.center_img View Comments Broadway Backwards is an annual celebration of gay and lesbian culture through musical theater performances by some of Broadway’s favorite actors.

 2013’s sold-out show raised a record-breaking $347,060 for the two organizations. Jonathan Grofflast_img read more

The 2014 Tony Award Nominations by the Numbers

first_img Two Canadian actors have been nominated for 2014 Tony Awards: Les Miserables star Ramin Karimloo (who was born in Iran but raised in Canada) and Bullets Over Broadway’s Nick Cordero. Mark Rylance got two acting nominations this season, for repertory productions of Twelfth Night and Richard III. He joins previous double acting nominees Amanda Plummer, Dana Ivey, Kate Burton and Jan Maxwell in the history books. But wait, there’s more! McDonald is also the fifth person in history to have been nominated in all four performance categories—she’s in good company with Raul Esparza, Boyd Gaines, Jan Maxwell and Angela Lansbury. Hallelujah, Lady Day star Audra McDonald has now officially been nominated for eight Tony Awards! (Julie Harris is still the record holder for the most nominations, with 10.) Three Tony-nominated revivals are on the Great White Way for the first time: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, The Cripple of Inishmaan and Violet. The Velocity of Autumn star Estelle Parsons, 86, is the oldest acting nominee of the season. Woohoo! A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder scored 10 nominations, the most of any show this year. Wait, three stars from Twelfth Night are nominated in the Best Featured Actor in a Play category?! This has never happened before! (Only for musicals Big River, The Producers and Kiss Me Kate.) Congratulations to all of the 2014 Tony nominees! Six Tony-nominated men wore dresses during their performances: Neil Patrick Harris, Reed Birney, Samuel Barnett, Paul Chahidi, Mark Rylance and Jefferson Mays. Let’s be honest—theater people suck at math, so Tony nomination day is the only time you’ll ever catch us crunching numbers. Armed with a giant stack of statistics books and a calculator, we got to work figuring out which nominees will make history, which Tony-nominated men got glam, which Tony-winning actors have a chance to win big again this year and more. Check out’s Tony Award nominations by the numbers! Nine Tony-winning actors have a chance to win again this year: Mark Rylance, Tyne Daly, Cherry Jones, Audra McDonald, Adriane Lenox, Jefferson Mays, Sutton Foster, Idina Menzel and Anika Noni Rose. There are 21 first-time acting nominees, including celebs Bryan Cranston, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris O’Dowd and Sophie Okonedo. Five British actors were nominated: Samuel Barnett, Mark Rylance, Paul Chahidi, Stephen Fry and Sophie Okonedo. Two Irish actors also received nods: Of Mice and Men star Chris O’Dowd and The Cripple of Inishmaan’s Sarah Greene. The Glass Menagerie has been nominated for seven Tony Awards—believe it or not, it’s the first time the acclaimed play by Tennessee Williams has ever received any nods! Two actors who were nominated in 2013 are returning to the race again: Cabaret star Danny Burstein and Act One headliner Tony Shalhoub. View Commentslast_img read more

Downton’s Joanne Froggatt Will Star in London’s Rabbit Hole

first_img Froggatt’s stage credits include The Knowledge/Little Platoons, All About My Mother, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Playhouse Creatures and Be My Baby. In addition to her role on Downton, her screen credits include The Secrets, True Love, The Royle Family, Identity, Moving On, Murder in the Outback, The Street, Missing, Dinner Ladies and Coronation Street, Still Life, Filth, U Want Me 2 Kill Him?, In Our Name, Echoes, Outside Inn and Miranda. Downton fan spoiler alert: at the end of this piece is a nugget of information about Froggatt and Harman that you won’t want to read if you’ve not yet seen Season Four of the hit TV show. Back to the play, the Tony nominated Rabbit Hole follows the story of Becca and Howie Corbett, parents who have all that a family could wish for, until one day their world is suddenly turned upside down. Eight months following that life-shattering incident the young couple find themselves drifting perilously apart. Rabbit Hole charts their search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt will star as Becca in the U.K. premiere of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Rabbit Hole. Directed by Nigel Harman, the show will have a limited engagement in the West End September 11 through November 22. Opening night is set for September 24 at the Vaudeville Theatre. Rabbit Hole was first produced on Broadway in 2006, with Cynthia Nixon playing Becca. Nixon received the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her performance. Lindsay-Abaire later adapted his stage play into a film starring Nicole Kidman. And here’s the spoiler: Harman is also an actor, recently seen in the West End in I Can’t Sing! and on screen in Season Four of Downton Abbey, where he played evil valet Green. Green is the one who raped Froggat’s beloved character Anna and who then mysteriously died. View Commentslast_img read more

Watch King Lear’s John Lithgow Talk Beards, Swagger & Upset New Yorkers

first_img King Lear Related Shows Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014 John Lithgow View Comments Is that Santa Claus?! A well-bearded John Lithgow, fresh off the Delacorte stage from a King Lear tech rehearsal, stopped by The Tonight Show on July 17. The Tony winner sat down to chat with Jimmy Fallon about his latest stint with Shakespeare in the Park, including the facial hair that comes with playing the titular king. “It’s making me feel nice and old,” Lithgow said, before going on to explain how the beard has changed his swagger. Unfortunately, not everyone is a fan, including a particularly pissed off New Yorker who just wants the Oscar nominee to shave. Check out the clip below as Lithgow teases just a snippet of a famous Act III monologue, then catch him in King Lear beginning July 22!last_img read more

Neil LaBute’s The Money Shot Opens Off-Broadway

first_imgNeil LaBute’s The Money Shot officially opens off-Broadway on September 22 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Directed by Terry Kinney, Elizabeth Reaser and Frederick Weller star in the MCC production, which will play a limited engagement through October 19. Show Closed This production ended its run on Oct. 19, 2014 View Comments In addition to Reaser and Weller, the cast features Gia Crovatin and Callie Thorne. The Money Shot tells the story of Karen and Steve, two glamorous movie stars with one thing in common: desperation. The night before filming a big scene for the latest film by a hot shot European director, the two meet with their respective partners to make an important decision: how far will they let themselves go to keep from slipping further down the Hollywood food chain? The Money Shot Related Showslast_img read more

Bend It Like Beckham Musical to Receive World Premiere in London

first_img View Comments Goal! The stage adaptation of cult hit movie Bend It Like Beckham will make its world premiere at London’s Phoenix Theatre. Directed by Gurinder Chadha, the tuner will have music by Howard Goodall and lyrics by Charles Hart, with a book by Paul Mayeda Berges and Chadha. Previews will begin in the West End on May 15, 2015, with opening night set for June 24. Casting will be announced soon.The musical comedy is based on Chadha’s 2002 film, starring Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Jess needs extra time. She is facing the most important decision of her life; live up to family expectations of university, career and marriage, or follow in the footsteps of her hero David Beckham. When the talented teenage footballer is spotted playing football in Southall, a world of opportunities opens up before her. But as the day of her sister’s traditional Indian wedding approaches, Jess needs to pick sides.Bend It Like Beckham will feature choreography and musical staging by Aletta Collins, with set design by Miriam Buether, costume design by Katrina Lindsay, lighting design by Neil Austin, sound design by Richard Brooker and musical direction by Nigel Lilley.last_img read more

Hani Furstenberg Steps into Cabaret on Broadway

first_img View Comments Cabaret Cabaret marks the return of director Sam Mendes and co-director/choreographer Rob Marshall, who have recreated their Tony Award-nominated direction and choreography of the 1998 production. Studio 54 is transformed into the Kit Kat Klub, a seedy 1930s Berlin nightclub where a young English cabaret performer (Stone) encounters an American writer (Heck), under the watchful eye of a zealous Master of Ceremonies (Cumming). The Broadway production of Cabaret bids Hani Furstenberg “Willkommen” on December 22. The performer makes her Broadway debut in the Kander and Ebb musical at Studio 54, stepping into the role of Fraulein Kost. She replaces Gayle Rankin in the tuner, which is scheduled to play through March 29, 2015. Furstenberg’s screen credits include The Loneliest Planet, Yossi & Jagger and Campfire. She joins a cast that includes Alan Cumming, Emma Stone, Linda Emond, Bill Heck and Aaron Krohn. Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on March 29, 2015last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Kevin Spacey Wins Special Olivier & More

first_img View Comments Ramin Karimloo & Will Swenson Could Be Twins Well, Ramin Karimloo and Will Swenson have spent an awful lot of time together over the past year! Check out Karimloo’s Instagram photo below of the Les Miz stars arriving (accidentally, we presume) at their pre-show fight call in matching outfits. You can see them in person at the Imperial Theatre. Surflight Theatre Set to Shutter The Jersey Shore’s Surflight Theatre filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on February 23. According to, musicals have played at the venue for 65 years, but rising costs and damage from Hurricane Sandy contributed to Surflight’s troubles. We’re missing the Show Place Ice Cream Parlor already. New Aladdin Company Member Trevor Dion Nicholas will take over from Michael James Scott as the standby for Genie/Babkak in the Aladdin company from March 2015. Nicholas will be making his Broadway debut in the production—his regional credits include Big River and Ragtime. Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Special Olivier for Kevin Spacey  Tony and Oscar winner Kevin Spacey will be presented with a Special Award at the Olivier Awards on April 12 at London’s Royal Opera House. The honor will acknowledge the actor, director and producer’s extraordinary contribution to The Old Vic and to British theater. Congratulations, Mr. Spacey!last_img read more