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Progress Cycles goes light w/ Air Disc LTD wheels + new matte finish option!

first_imgProgress Cycles offers an array of different wheels, and launched the Air Disc LTD as a top-end choice for your disc brake road bike. With a 30mm width and 38mm depth, the wheels are quite light at 1,350 grams – and they just added a matte finish option that drops it to 1,331 grams complete.Progress Cycles Air Disc LTD tubeless carbon clincher disc brake road wheelsProgress makes a variety of wheels for mountain bikes, e-bikes, and the category of today’s topic – road wheels. The Air Disc LTD uses a carbon fiber and graphene construction, along with graphics safely applied under the clear coat.The rims measure a wide 30mm external and 21mm internal width, comparable to the HED Vanquish or ENVE AR series. Rim depth clocks in at 38mm.Nitto ceramic road disc hubs come stock, with Center Lock disc brake compatibility. Freehubs are available in Shimano 11, SRAM XDR, and Campaganolo. The stock axle configuration is 12x100mm front, 12x142mm rear.In an effort to drop weight even further, Progress just released an unpainted matte finish option, reducing the complete set to 1,331 grams.The Air Disc LTD wheel set with standard finish is available now for €1,590. Matte finish pricing is TBD.en.ProgressCycles.comlast_img read more

Sizzling Six and Stephanie J. Block Spark Our Must-Do Events for the Week of February 10 to 16

first_imgTHURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13THE MERRY WIVES OF HENRYThe buzzy new musical Six summarizes the marriages of King Henry VIII in an easy to remember rhyme: “Divorced, beheaded, died; divorced, beheaded, survived.” Written as a lark by Cambridge University classmates Toby Marlow and Lucy Moss, the show turns Henry’s six queens into the sassiest possible girl group, belting 21st-century pop songs designed to reclaim their 16th-century power. The musical that inspired a flash mob at the Tower of London and a raucous sing-along at BroadwayCon is finally on Broadway beginning February 13. Grab your coronet and corset and rock out with vlogger Abby Mueller, Adrianna Hicks, Andrea Macasaet, Brittney Mack, Anna Uzele and Samantha Pauly.INFO: Opens on March 12 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre (256 West 47th Street). Tickets start at $49. For more details, click here. Frank Wood TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11HERE COMES THE BRIDEThere’s nothing like a wedding to unleash the dark side in every family—and nobody better equipped to address this enduring truth on stage than Richard Greenberg. A master of the ensemble comedy, Greenberg assembles two rival Fifth Avenue clans about to be joined in matrimony in his new play The Perplexed. We can’t wait to eavesdrop on the grudge-bearing future in-laws played by Margaret Colin, Frank Wood, Ilana Levine and Gregg Edelman. Lynne Meadow’s world premiere production kicks off an exciting spring for Greenberg, whose Tony-winning baseball drama Take Me Out returns to Broadway on April 2. See them both (and read Three Days of Rain) for a mini-seminar in playwriting versatility.INFO: Limited run through March 29 at Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I (131 West 55th Street). Tickets start at $101.50. For more details, click here. Star Files TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11A MOTHER’S NIGHTMARELucas Hnath burst onto the theatrical scene with the daring sequel A Doll’s House, Part 2 and the cheeky biographical drama Hillary and Clinton. In Dana H., Hnath gets personal, adapting the true story of his mother’s kidnapping by a mentally ill member of the Aryan Brotherhood. The great Deirdre O’Connell plays the title role, with a twist that captivated critics in L.A. and Chicago: Wearing earphones, O’Connell lip syncs to tapes of the real Dana H. speaking about being held captive for five months by a man she befriended as chaplain at a psych hospital. This 80-minute solo play allows off-Broadway audiences to hear Dana’s searing account while experiencing O’Connell’s riveting embodiment of trauma. INFO: Limited run through March 22 at the Vineyard Theatre (108 East 15th Street). For more details, click here. Deirdre O’Connell Samantha Pauly View Comments Stephanie J. Block View All (9)center_img Be our Valentine in a week of must-do events centering on love, marriage and a couple of beheadings. Our list for February 10 through 16 includes six wives, an engaged couple, a family in crisis and a mother whose survival is honored by her son.   Adrianna Hicks Abby Mueller Andrea Macasaet TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11STEPHANIE GOES SOLOArmed with a shiny new Tony Award and a boatload of songs she’s sung on Broadway, Stephanie J. Block begins a mostly sold-out five-night engagement at Café Carlyle on February 11. (With luck and big bucks, you might still score a table in the beautiful cabaret space on Valentine’s Day.) Block’s Café Carlyle debut will surely include selections from The Cher Show, Falsettos and Wicked, with possible side dishes from Anything Goes, 9 to 5, The Pirate Queen and The Boy from Oz. What better warm-up to Block’s starring role in the forthcoming off-Broadway musical The Bedwetter than an intimate evening on Madison Avenue, singing for her fans? INFO: 8:45PM on February 11-15 at Café Carlyle (35 East 76th Street). For more details, click here. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13CROSSING THE BORDERHilary Bettis’ timely drama 72 Miles to Go… depicts the ripple effects of a mother’s deportation to Nogales, Mexico, on her American-born husband and three children over the course of a decade. (The title refers to the distance between Nogales and Tucson, where the rest of the family lives.) A Writers Guild award winner for the FX series The Americans, Bettis turned to playwriting after a nomadic childhood in which she often felt like an outsider. She began developing 72 Miles to Go… in the wake of the 2016 election as a way to honor the sacrifices of her Mexican-born relatives. Maria Elena Ramirez leads a cast of five in Roundabout Theatre Company’s world premiere off-Broadway production, directed by Jo Bonney.  INFO: Limited run through May 3 at the Laura Pels Theatre (111 West 46th Street). Tickets start at $79. For more details, click here. Illustrations by Tug Rice for Brittney Mack Anna Uzelelast_img read more

Trek sponsors women’s triathlon series

first_imgTrek Bicycle Corp has announced its title sponsorship of the new Trek Women’s Triathlon Series. Aimed at breaking down barriers for women athletes, the Trek Women’s Triathlon Series is a collection of race events around the US designed to provide a fun, non-intimidating atmosphere for both aspiring and experienced triathletes. With events planned in a dozen states across the country in 2009, the Trek Women’s Triathlon Series anticipates nearly 25,000 participants in its first year, making it one of the largest multi-sport events in the world.”When Maggie Sullivan, Director of the Danskin Women’s Triathlon series for the last 17 years, asked me if Trek Women’s Specific Design (WSD) would be interested in being title sponsor of a new women’s series, I was thrilled,” said Krista Rettig, Trek’s WSD Brand Manager. “Knowing the amount of experience behind Maggie and her team, and the quality of race she puts on, there was never a doubt we wanted to make it happen. And having an incredible asset like Sally Edwards on board as the spokeswoman for the new series aligns perfectly with our WSD mission.””I’ve dedicated my life to encouraging women to become more physically active, to use triathlons as a means of achieving their life goals,” noted Edwards, a Hall of Fame triathlete, CEO of Heart Zones USA, and best selling author of 22 books on triathlon and fitness training. “I am so proud to be joining this series with Trek and to take our efforts to a whole new level.”In addition to its title sponsorship role, Trek WSD plans to support the Women’s Triathlon Series with its ‘Fit For Women’ Demo team, who will be on hand during each event to offer test rides of the latest Trek women’s bikes, provide product advice, and discuss proper bike fit. Trek WSD will also develop special promotions in conjunction with the events for its Ride Club members, giving them VIP access and special product opportunities. Finally, members of Trek’s ‘Women Who Ride’ crew will be on hand at the events to blog their experiences with the rest of the online community.Owned and operated by The Xxtra Mile, a New York-based company focused on promoting active lifestyles for women and girls, the Trek Women’s Triathlon Series is built around the sprint distance format (a 1/2-mile swim, 12-mile bike, and 3-mile run) and includes events scheduled for California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, New York Metro, North Carolina, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Selected cities within the series will also include ‘youth focused’triathlons. The first Trek Women’s Triathlon will debut in Florida in 2009.A final 2009 schedule is expected to be announced by 31 December 2008. Further details are available at or via 877-221-9665 (toll free within the US).   Relatedlast_img read more

Up at NCUA today: Fixed assets, NCUSIF, mid-year budget review

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A proposal for an eased fixed-assets rule – one of NAFCU’s “Dirty Dozen” goals – plus a National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund quarterly report and mid-year NCUA operating budget are slated for discussion during today’s open NCUA Board meeting.NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz announced plans to ease the fixed-assets rule last week during NAFCU’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas. She said the agency is looking to remove the requirement for federal credit unions to get NCUA approval or waivers to exceed a 5 percent investment in fixed assets.Regarding NCUA budgetary matters, NAFCU is continuing to press NCUA to find cost savings in its budget, which rose 6.7 percent to $268.3 million this year, and to be more transparent in its reporting for the NCUSIF, Temporary Corporate Credit Union Stabilization Fund and Central Liquidity Facility.NAFCU President and CEO Dan Berger, in a letter to Matz this Monday, reiterated the association’s concerns about NCUA’s budget and transparency in its financial reporting. He urged specifically for more transparency in how funds transferred from the NCUSIF through the overhead transfer rate in 2013 were allocated to the operating budget. continue reading »last_img read more

Rules panel examines witness ID requirements

first_img Oct 20, 2020 Top Stories Rules panel examines witness ID requirements Noting inconsistencies between Supreme Court emergency administrative orders, the remote notary law, and its own proposed procedural rule, the Rules of Judicial Administration Committee is taking a new look at how judges can verify witness identification during court proceedings.The committee, at its session during the Bar’s Fall Meeting, deferred final passage of amendments to Rule 2.530, which governs remote testimony and court appearances.Committee member and Administrative Law Judge John Newton, chair of the RJAC Drafting Subcommittee, said his subcommittee was reviewing the amendments for final passage at the October meeting when Ninth Circuit Judge Alan Apte raised substantive concerns that were beyond the scope of the drafting panel.Apte, as well as other members of the committee, noted the Supreme Court has issued COVID-19-related administrative orders on taking remote testimony, which are different from the statutory requirements in F.S. Ch. 117 for remote notarizations, and which are both different from the proposed rule amendments.Apte said he discussed the proposed rule with fellow judges in the Ninth Circuit and the largest concern was the lack of detail and uniformity in how judges can verify the identity of witnesses testifying remotely.“As a trial judge, we need consistency so that when we administer the oath remotely, we have a consistent methodology of doing so,” Apte said. “The goal should be not having a rule that leaves it open to interpretation by the 1,000 judges in the state of Florida on what would be sufficient proof of positively identifying a witness….“The information I got back from my fellow judges, it was criminal, it was civil, it was family judges, is we need consistency that each follows the rule so we have a consistent result when witnesses want to testify.”The lack of uniformity also could raise due process questions in criminal cases, he said.Committee member Matt Wilson said other procedural rule committees may have to consider their individual rules on remote witness identification because there is “diversity” in how they address the issue.Committee member Sandy Solomon, who chairs the subcommittee that will revisit the rule, said there are differences among rules, the law, and administrative orders.“I think the question is not whether it’s inconsistent, the question is whether we should address it in this interim period,” he said, adding the subcommittee is ready to tackle that job.Committee Chair Michael Korn said he expects the RJAC can take a final vote on the rule amendments at its next meeting in January.last_img read more

Developer’s Dream of a Sterling Collection of Luxury Villas Comes True

first_imgBack in 2011 in the midst of the recession, everyone in the residential development industry was scaling back, tightening their belts and putting their projects on hold.For one young, up-and-coming developer, the changing tides were an opportunity to dive in – head first. In one of the most depressed real estate markets in the country, Nathan Day, who was 28 at the time, launched Sterling at Silverleaf in November 2011.Sterling is a 12-acre luxury development within the sought-after Silverleaf community in north Scottsdale featuring a collection of 16 villas designed by world-renowned architect Bing Hu.“We were able to position ourselves on the leading edge of luxury development as the market began to recover,” said Day, president of Scottsdale-based Sterling Collection Development Group (SCDG).“It was a big risk to launch a luxury residential community in an economy that indicated the timing wasn’t right. But, for us, we wanted to get ahead of the market and we knew our product was unlike anything in the area. We priced the community aggressively. Buyers took notice of our value-driven approach and our rapid sales success proves it was the right decision.”A few months later, Sterling at Silverleaf made national headlines for being named the greenest homes in Arizona after the community was awarded gold-level certification by the National Association of Homebuilders green building program, NAHBGreen.This is the first and only single-family, new-home construction project to be awarded this level of certification in Arizona. There are fewer than 400 communities nationwide to hold this distinction and Day is the youngest developer to ever achieve this level of green certification.Green development has become an important aspect of SCDG’s vision for future projects.“At Sterling, we’ve accomplished something that no other homebuilder in the country has – we’ve built a luxury-home community that is gold-level certified,” Day said. “When people think of “green” homes, they think they have to sacrifice comfort. We’ve proven that you can actually improve a luxury home by going green – you decrease energy costs, increase its value and improve health benefits.”Day has sold more than $11M of real estate, with just two villas remaining available for purchase in phase one. His company has plans to break ground on phase two of Sterling in early 2014 on 213 luxury condominiums that are adjacent to the villas.The condominiums, also being developed to green standards, will average 1,892 SF and residents will have access to five-star amenities including a dedicated concierge, valet service, an elevator attendant, among others. These will be the first and only condominiums in the entire master-planned community of DC Ranch.“I’m overwhelmed with how the market has responded to our homes,” Day said. “We feel like we timed things perfectly and offered a product that exceeds anything else in the market. The success of phase one has allowed us to expand our offering and begin phase two, where we hope to have the same success.”Before his entrance into real estate development, Day was an accomplished bond trader, venture capitalist and also specialized in private equity financing for development and deployment of intellectual property.A financial expert with a keen eye for market trends, Day funded several successful projects that achieved national and international brand status as well as raised funds for multiple rounds of Neodyne Biosciences, an IP-based company that develops innovative tissue repair devices to minimize scar formation.Today, Day’s 5-year-old company, Sterling Collection Development Group, has a portfolio that includes multiple real estate investments totaling more than $30M. The vision for his company is to constantly challenge his team to move in a different direction and to defy convention. He believes there is always a smarter, faster, easier way to do something.“You have to have the ability to swim upstream when everyone wants to go the other way. You need to think with your gut sometimes when adversity is telling you something different,” he said.last_img read more

Political environment can explain why conservatives are happier than liberals

first_imgLinkedIn Share Pinterest Past studies have found that conservatives are happier than liberals. Dr. Olga Stavrova from the Institute of Sociology and Social Psychology (ISS) and Junior Professor Maike Luhmann from the Psychology Department at the University of Cologne were able to show in two studies that the positive effect of a conservative ideology on people also depends on the ideological orientation of their social surroundings.If the dominant ideology in society is rather conservative, adherents of a conservative ideology tend to be happier than liberals. With decreasing social conservatism, the conservatives tended to forfeit their “satisfaction advantage.” In the studies, the scientists used the data of 200,000 survey respondents from the USA and 92 countries around the world. The results of the studies will be published in the Journal of Research in Personality (Volume 63, August 2016, Pages 29-35).In recent years, psychologists have scrutinized the correlation between people’s political attitudes and their life satisfaction. Studies on the influence of the political mainstream on the life satisfaction of conservatives or liberals found out that, all in all, conservatives are happier. “The influence of ideological convictions on life satisfaction is not quite as high as, for example, personality or social relations. But it does matter,” says Stavrova. Share on Facebookcenter_img Email Share on Twitter However, most studies have been based on data from the United States. “That is why it makes sense to check whether this small correlation between conservatism and life satisfaction also exists in Europe.” The two researchers believe a prevailing conservative mood in society to have a positive effect on the life satisfaction of conservatives.In order to verify or disprove this thesis, in their first study Stavrova and Luhmann relied on the data of the General Social Survey (GSS) from the past forty years. The GSS is a recognized survey of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago and conducted biennially. It serves as the basis of various scientific studies. For their research, Stavrova and Luhmann used the data of more than 40 000 respondents.“At the individual level, we looked at the correlation between individual political attitude and life satisfaction,” Stavrova explains. “At the level of time, we looked at the general political climate.” They first determined the overall number of people with a conservative attitude. If they were the largest absolute group, all in all the year was rather conservative. “Then we checked whether the correlation between personal life satisfaction and political attitude could be explained by the overall political climate.”In their second study, Stavrova and Luhmann added the data of more than 150 000 respondents from 92 countries from the World Values Survey to the data from the United States. The World Values Survey is compiled by an international network of political and social scientists. For the United States, the researchers concluded that the correlation between a person’s individual political attitude and happiness is stronger in those years in which this political attitude is broadly accepted and widespread – conservative Americans were at their happiest when the overall political climate was rather conservative. In those years in which a more liberal climate prevailed, they were not generally happier than liberals. This explains the fluctuations that can be observed for the United States over the past 40 years. “In 2004, when the climate was decidedly conservative, there was a particularly strong correlation. In that year, life satisfaction was very high among conservatives,” says Stavrova. Similar phenomena can be observed around the world. Generally, conservatives are happier than non-conservatives. However, “that is mostly the case in conservative countries. In liberal countries, they do not have any advantage.” In Germany, there is hardly any correlation between political ideology and life satisfaction.It is mostly conservatives who are influenced by their environment. No such correlation was discernible in for people with a liberal attitude. In this context, the researchers noted that all the characteristics facilitating life satisfaction, for example religiosity or personality, help an individual attain popularity and respect in society.” In this regard, conservatives feel better. They have better relationships with others, feel understood and validated in their views.”Scientists call this the “person-culture fit” — the individual “fits” into his or her environment. “We believe this to be at the heart of our results. It is nothing intrinsic to the conservative ideology,” Stavrova argues. “For conservatives, social belonging seems to matter a great deal. Liberals are more autonomous.”last_img read more

Retail therapy for jealous partners

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on Twitter Email The researchers also found that the desire for eye-grabbing products disappeared when there was little chance that the product would be noticed by others in public. Participants who were experiencing feelings of jealously in one experiment were more likely to buy a noticeable gold lamp for their office, a public place. But if they were buying a lamp for their bedroom, interest in a gold lamp versus a plain grey one was equal.The researchers were surprised to discover that the desire to recapture someone’s attention with eye-catching products even outweighed the risk of public embarrassment. In one experiment, participants were asked to imagine that they had been invited to a party. One group had been invited to a costume party organized by friends, and the other group had been invited to a formal welcoming party for new staff members at their company.Then they were asked to choose whether they’d prefer to wear an ordinary pair of sunglasses to the party or a unique and eye-catching pair. The researchers found that participants who were experiencing feelings of jealously opted to wear the eye-catching sunglasses to both types of parties, even though they could garner negative attention for this at a formal work party.These findings also have implications for marketing, Huang says. Print advertisements and in-store displays can capture situations in which jealously is at play, which could motivate consumers to buy products that will attract someone’s attention. Television commercials that promote attention-grabbing products might also be effective during sit-coms in which jealously is a common theme. Sharecenter_img Have you ever felt jealous about the attention your romantic partner was giving to someone else? Perhaps your significant other seems to be enjoying a conversation with someone a little too much, or a co-worker is flirting with your partner at a company holiday party.Researcher Xun (Irene) Huang, PhD, was eager to investigate whether these feelings of jealously motivated consumers to buy things that were more likely to recapture the attention of their partners. She and her team conducted a series of five different experiments, and the results revealed that feelings of jealousy increase the desire for eye-catching products–such as a bright colored coat instead of a dull-colored one, or a T-shirt with a big logo design versus a low-key design. A summary of their findings is available online in the Journal of Consumer Psychology.“We believe that this effect is not just restricted to jealousy in romantic relationships,” says Huang, a professor at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. “Children can be jealous of a sibling’s relationship with their parents, or workers might be jealous of a colleague’s close relationship with a supervisor.” LinkedIn Pinterestlast_img read more

Seminar, exhibition for Caribbean Statistics Day

first_img Oct 14, 2020 Oct 15, 2020 Oct 12, 2020 Pandemic highlights importance of statistics – CARICOM… Special Topic Statistical Bulletin – COVID-19 Issue…   A section of the display mounted for Caribbean Statistics Day Dr. Philomen Harrison, Project Director, Regional Statistics at the forum to mark Caribbean Statistics Day. Flanking her are Ms. Marissa Ramotar (l) Senior Statistics Clerk and Ms. Ann Marie-Williams, Deputy Programme Manager, Gender and Development, at the CARICOM Secretariat Publications on display The Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics was the focus of the discussions on Tuesday Sweet statistics? CARICOM Secretariat Members of Staff at the discourse on Tuesday The exhibition opened on Monday, Caribbean Statistics Day, while the seminar was held on Tuesday, both at the CARICOM Secretariat. Protect World from Sliding into Global Recession, Urges UN… On Caribbean Statistics Day, PM Mitchell Hails Unwavering… You may be interested in… Sep 30, 2020 Statistics must play vital role in reconstruction of hurricane-hit islands – Dr. Philomen HarrisonThere is a vital role for statistics to play in the reconstruction of Caribbean islands that were severely damaged by the recent hurricanes that swept through the Region, Project Director, Regional Statistics, Dr. Philomen Harrison said last week. At the opening of several regional Statistics events in the Cayman Islands,…November 1, 2017In “Anguilla”Spotlight on Statistics Strategy – PM Mitchell to address High Level Forum in Grenada next weekA High Level Advocacy Forum on Statistics will be held next week as the Region continues to place more emphasis on the production and use of quality statistics. The Forum, the third of its kind in the Region, will be held in St. George’s, Grenada, on 22 February 2018 under…February 15, 2019In “CARICOM”Statisticians mull new approaches for 2020 Round of CensusThe CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), the Community’s Strategic Plan, and internationally agreed goals, including those from the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, will be taken into account as preparations begin for the upcoming Round of Population and Housing Census. This is in an effort to ensure that issues…May 24, 2017In “General”Share this on WhatsApp Caribbean Statistics Day was observed under the theme ‘Building Resilience of the Caribbean Community’. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… As part of activities to observe Caribbean Statistics Day, the Regional Statistics Programme at the CARICOM Secretariat mounted an exhibition and held a seminar on the Regional Strategy for the Development of Statistics. The seminar also focused on the status of the Region with respect to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. There was a brief presentation on the draft CARICOM Strategy for the 2020 Round of Population and Housing Census in the Caribbean.last_img read more

A Shift In Immigration Policy?

first_imgThe Latino population on the East End, already leery of Trump administration rhetoric, faces a palpable new threat, warned Minerva Perez, the Executive Director of the Organización Latino-Americana of Eastern Long Island.An apparent shift in policy by US Immigration and Custom Enforcement officials is putting undocumented immigrants in the crosshairs of agents even though their perceived crimes are relatively benign. Perez said several local arrests of productive members of our community have given rise to fears a wholesale purging may be underway.ICE agents in the New York region made a sweep in response to increased threats from Latino gangs, some of which targeted immigration enforcement officials.“The thing about the gangs is that there is not one Latino I know who says, ‘Let the gangs run wild.’ Most victims of gang violence are Latino,” Perez said in an interview. “It’s all connected. We are the victims.”Perez said OLA has worked diligently, and with success, to keep an open dialogue with local law enforcement agencies. But ICE agents that operate independently short circuit the process of building trust and relationships with local police, she said.ICE officials, until recently, focused on convicted and accused felons, gang members, and cases where a deported person reentered the country again.During a six-day sweep beginning April 14, ICE agents arrested 225 individuals for violating US immigration laws. “Of those arrested, more than 180 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 80 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally,” according to a press release.But Perez said not all those arrested fit the profile of dangerous criminals. The effect on the Latino community goes beyond fearing an early morning bust by ICE: Latinos who themselves are victimized are reluctant to report the crime, fearing their undocumented status will result in their own arrest.“Local police need to say, ‘I don’t want to talk about your status when they show up at the house,’” Perez said. “You can’t separate the documented from the undocumented.”Luis Marin-Castro, 31, has become the poster child for what’s wrong with the current ICE policy. An East Hampton local for 20 years and a well-known employee at Nick & Toni’s, Marin-Castro was charged with a misdemeanor count of Driving While Intoxicated in 2015.Agents picked up Marin-Castro, he said, because they said he lacked citizenship status. He spent nearly two days in a New Jersey jail and then transferred to the Cibola County Correctional Center in Milan, New Mexico. He is targeted for deportation.“Luis did not do the right thing that day,” Perez said of his arrest. “But he was two months away from [being a legal citizen]. The last thing we want is more DWIs, but it is simply not true when they say they are targeting felons.”Recently ICE put up a roadblock on Flanders Road where witnesses said they were stopping cars at random, targeting Latino drivers. An ICE spokesman denied it; Pérez said it was “absolutely true.”Perez said a recurring problem locally is that those caught driving without a license tend to commit the crime again. “The cars are impounded, making it costly to get them back. If it happens three times, they are detained. But they are not ‘looking for the bad guys’ when they do this.”Suffolk County has a recent agreement in place with the federal government to use part of the county jail in Riverhead to house immigrants facing deportation, records show.As many as 150 federal detainees — immigrants as well as individuals held on criminal offenses — are housed in the facility, including men, women, and minors, according to the agreement. Many are being held on misdemeanor charges, Perez noted.New York Governor Andrew Cuomo blasted ICE at a recent press conference, noting the Marin-Castro case. “ICE’s hyper-aggressive raids on hardworking New Yorkers are immoral and un-New York, and we stand more determined than ever to support the rights of all immigrants in the Empire State through our nation-leading legal defense funds,” Cuomo said.“Just as Lady Liberty holds her torch high in our harbor, New York will always stand for freedom and tolerance, and while the federal government tries to tear families apart and betray our core values, we will never back down from fighting for the most vulnerable among us,” the governor added.ICE declined to comment on the record for this article. Thomas Decker, the field office director for ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations called the recent sweep, “a great success.” Sharelast_img read more