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Hundreds of SUNY New Paltz students demonstrate, storm administration building

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Saturday, October 22, 2005

New Paltz, New York — More than 350 U.S. students took part in a demonstration Friday outside the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building where student leaders used a bullhorn from the rooftop to rally the gathering on the concourse below. University police dispersed student leaders from the roof which was followed by more than 100 students storming the Haggerty Administration Building (HAB).

During the 2004–2005 academic year, students lobbied for a $10 million renovation project for their Student Union Building, which has not been renovated since its construction more than 30 years ago.

HAB spokesman Eric Gullickson said that the supplemental appropriation for the project is the largest in the history of the college and that the six-member advisory committee includes three students but that; “the Student Association, which was offered the first seat on this committee, declined the opportunity,” Gullickson said.

Student leaders, including Student Body President R.J. Partington III and Student Senate ChairJustin Holmes, who played a role in organizing this demonstration, testified during the Spring 2005 semester before the New York State Assembly Committee on Higher Education, eventually winning the renovation project. Holmes says that Gullickson’s assertions are; “an out-and-out lie. The SA was never offered such a seat. We were offered 1 seat on a seven seat committee, with the administration selecting the other six members.”

The major arguments for a capital project on the Student Union Building were that it:

  • did not accommodate organizations and organization office needs
  • lacked crucial technology for student mobilization
  • was built for a student population less than half the size of 2005, and
  • was one of the longest standing Student Unions in the SUNY system which had not undergone a renovation

During the Fall 2005 semester the HAB claimed that it would oversee the renovation project, citing the need for a larger lobby and bookstore.

The Kingston Daily Freeman reported:

The crystallizing issue for the demonstration was the upcoming $10 million renovation of the Student Union building. The renovation, scheduled to begin in about two years, will be the first major change to the building since it was built 34 years ago, according to college spokesman Eric Gullickson, who said the supplemental appropriation for the project in the state budget is the largest in the college’s history.

Gullickson also said that a six-member committee had been formed to guide the design process, but student leaders, including Partington, were told that the proposed committee would be seven members, including four non-students and two students who were appointed by the HAB.

“No matter the size and makeup of the HAB’s so-called renovation committee, it has nothing to do with the actual renovation process, which will be administered by a student committee, with input from other parties of course considered,” responded Holmes.

During the Fall 2005 semester, Student Body President R.J. Partington III attempted to negotiate with Administrators, including HAB President Steven G. Poskanzer, over the project.

The HAB refused to concede to student demands.

At this point, the Student Senate passed legislation proclaiming that the project would be overseen by a committee where students constitute a majority, and Partington announced that he “did not recognize and would not sit on” any committee that did not meet the needs of students.

Vice President of Acacdemic Affairs & Governance, Stephanie Adika said, “If the HAB won’t even listen to us about our own building, how are they going to listen to us about all the other problems the students have with SUNY New Paltz.”

Hundreds of SUNY New Paltz students demonstrate, storm administration building

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Posted by zqJ54N | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 11-09-2017

Saturday, October 22, 2005

New Paltz, New York — More than 350 U.S. students took part in a demonstration Friday outside the SUNY New Paltz Student Union Building where student leaders used a bullhorn from the rooftop to rally the gathering on the concourse below. University police dispersed student leaders from the roof which was followed by more than 100 students storming the Haggerty Administration Building (HAB).

During the 2004–2005 academic year, students lobbied for a $10 million renovation project for their Student Union Building, which has not been renovated since its construction more than 30 years ago.

HAB spokesman Eric Gullickson said that the supplemental appropriation for the project is the largest in the history of the college and that the six-member advisory committee includes three students but that; “the Student Association, which was offered the first seat on this committee, declined the opportunity,” Gullickson said.

Student leaders, including Student Body President R.J. Partington III and Student Senate ChairJustin Holmes, who played a role in organizing this demonstration, testified during the Spring 2005 semester before the New York State Assembly Committee on Higher Education, eventually winning the renovation project. Holmes says that Gullickson’s assertions are; “an out-and-out lie. The SA was never offered such a seat. We were offered 1 seat on a seven seat committee, with the administration selecting the other six members.”

The major arguments for a capital project on the Student Union Building were that it:

  • did not accommodate organizations and organization office needs
  • lacked crucial technology for student mobilization
  • was built for a student population less than half the size of 2005, and
  • was one of the longest standing Student Unions in the SUNY system which had not undergone a renovation

During the Fall 2005 semester the HAB claimed that it would oversee the renovation project, citing the need for a larger lobby and bookstore.

The Kingston Daily Freeman reported:

The crystallizing issue for the demonstration was the upcoming $10 million renovation of the Student Union building. The renovation, scheduled to begin in about two years, will be the first major change to the building since it was built 34 years ago, according to college spokesman Eric Gullickson, who said the supplemental appropriation for the project in the state budget is the largest in the college’s history.

Gullickson also said that a six-member committee had been formed to guide the design process, but student leaders, including Partington, were told that the proposed committee would be seven members, including four non-students and two students who were appointed by the HAB.

“No matter the size and makeup of the HAB’s so-called renovation committee, it has nothing to do with the actual renovation process, which will be administered by a student committee, with input from other parties of course considered,” responded Holmes.

During the Fall 2005 semester, Student Body President R.J. Partington III attempted to negotiate with Administrators, including HAB President Steven G. Poskanzer, over the project.

The HAB refused to concede to student demands.

At this point, the Student Senate passed legislation proclaiming that the project would be overseen by a committee where students constitute a majority, and Partington announced that he “did not recognize and would not sit on” any committee that did not meet the needs of students.

Vice President of Acacdemic Affairs & Governance, Stephanie Adika said, “If the HAB won’t even listen to us about our own building, how are they going to listen to us about all the other problems the students have with SUNY New Paltz.”

Guide To Writing A Small Business Plan

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By Adriana Noton

A small business plan details business ideas of an individual. It can be useful in many ways as intended by the planner whose goal may either be externally or internally focused. External parties who may have interest in the plan include the government agencies, lenders, banks, customers and investors. Internally, the plan describes internal operations not in the interest of outside stakeholders.

Business plans may be developed for both new and already established ventures. They outline fresh ideas in a move to seek financing or even to lay down the strategies to start the ventures. For established enterprises, it entails review of old plans or developing new ones. With the world constantly changing with time and technology, such plans will involve decision to introduce new products, acquisition of new markets, and many more.

There are some predetermined formats of presenting the document in a systematic and orderly manner. The actual presentation of the plan greatly defines you to the audience. If presented to investors when seeking funding, the manner you have laid down the plan in writing can describe what kind of a person you are. The presentation should win the audience whether in written, oral or visual formats.

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Also, there are some specific contents which should be covered in the document. Remember, it should be comprehensive enough to cover every aspect of the establishment in detail. A vision statement is one of the definitive clauses which concern the business. It should be short and precise in outlining the general purpose and goal of the venture.

A description of your products and services must appear on the document. It has to be convincing as to why customer would buy whatever it is that you are selling. Bring out the unique characteristics of your product which offer you a competitive advantage over other producers of the same. Information relevant to such as product patents and copyright for artistic ideas should be clearly outlined.

A section covering your marketing strategies should be included in the document. Tactics to be employed to win customers are clearly defined in this section. Talk about advertisement and promotion strategies you intend to put in use to make sure you stay ahead of the competition. Make sure to talk about realistic and do-able things.

The market analysis section requires that you specify your target customers for your product and services. Prior market testing and research can be used to obtain such data. Employ statistic techniques to estimate the market share you predict to gain once you join the industry. This gives you the surety that you will manage to sell your product.

Developing a realistic small business plan provides ease of execution. It guides the process preventing omissions which may occur. It is also a very effective time saving tool. If you lack the knowledge regarding the procedure, you can find advisers to help you. The internet has several websites discussing the ways to approach this activity. Careful consideration of the discussed points will definitely bear fruits

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Commerce Commission fines BNZ $5 million

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has fined the Bank of New Zealand (BNZ). It has been forced to pay NZ$5 million in compensation to its customers, $500,000 in fines and $80,000 in costs to the Commerce Commission. The money will be placed into a bank account to be monitored by an auditor, and if there is any money left over it will be donated to a consumer organization.

BNZ has been forced to pay these fines for failing to disclose that they were charging their customers for the exchange of foreign currency during February, 2002 until May, 2004 on its credit and debit cards, which is a breach of the Fair Trading Act. They pleaded guilty to 21 counts of breaching the act. The BNZ say that they will contact their affected customers and that they should get their compensation by November this year. The bank is responsible for contacting all their customers.

The BNZ is the third bank to be charged, the two others were ANZ and the National Bank, which were charged $11.325 million combined as they had since become a single company.

There are still other ongoing prosecutions on these other financial services: Westpac, ASB, TSB, American Express, Diners Club and The Warehouse Financial Services. The Commission would not comment on these cases.

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Paula Rebsotck, Commerce Commission Chairperson, said “the result was a victory for New Zealand consumers, many of whom would have unknowingly paid the currency transaction charges. While fees like these remain hidden, banks have no incentive to offer lower fees.”

US President Obama proposes financial reform

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Friday, January 22, 2010

Speaking Thursday in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, United States President Barack Obama presented new proposals for financial reform.

“While the financial system is far stronger today than it was a year one year ago, it is still operating under the exact same rules that led to its near collapse,” said President Barack Obama. “My resolve to reform the system is only strengthened when I see a return to old practices at some of the very firms fighting reform; and when I see record profits at some of the very firms claiming that they cannot lend more to small business, cannot keep credit card rates low, and cannot refund taxpayers for the bailout. It is exactly this kind of irresponsibility that makes clear reform is necessary.”

Obama’s two key proposals were to limit the types of operations that a bank may undertake and to limit the size of the largest financial firms.

Under the proposals banks would be prevented from owning or investing in hedge fund or a private equity fund. Nor would they be allowed to sponsor such funds. To limit size of financial institutions, further consolidation of the financial sector by restricting growth in the market share of their liabilities.

Obama called the restrictions on banking operations the “Volcker Rule” in reference to Paul Volcker, the chair of the President’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board. These activities are “unrelated to serving their customers,” Obama said.

According to Obama, the current “economic crisis began as a financial crisis, when banks and financial institutions took huge, reckless risks in pursuit of quick profits and massive bonuses. When the dust settled, and this binge of irresponsibility was over, several of the world’s oldest and largest financial institutions had collapsed, or were on the verge of doing so. Markets plummeted, credit dried up, and jobs were vanishing by the hundreds of thousands each month. We were on the precipice of a second Great Depression.”

The President said his administration is seeking to protect consumers and close loopholes that allowed financial products such as credit default swaps without oversight. The goal would be to strengthen capital and liquidity requirements to make the financial system more stable. Another goal of Obama’s reforms would be to ensure that the failure of one firm could not take the entire economy.

“We’ve come through a terrible crisis. The American people have paid a very high price. We simply cannot return to business as usual. That’s why we’re going to ensure that Wall Street pays back the American people for the bailout. That’s why we’re going to rein in the excess and abuse that nearly brought down our financial system,” Obama said in closing.

Before any of the proposals can go into effect, they will have to be passed into law by both houses of the United States Congress.

Polish President Andrzej Duda vetoes law placing Supreme Court under power of ruling party

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

President of Poland Andrzej Duda promised on Monday to veto the Senate’s plans to change the arrangement of the country’s Supreme Court. The new law, which passed 55 to 23 on Saturday, would place the selection of judges in the hands of the ruling political party, the Law and Justice Party (PiS). The proposed law was met with protesters across Poland asking Duda to veto the bill and objections from officials of the European Union, who described the measure as anti-democratic. Duda also planned to veto another law that would have placed the council that proposes candidates for judgeship under the power of government officials.

“I have decided to send back to parliament — in which case to veto — the law on the supreme court, as well as the law on the National Council of the Judiciary.” These laws “would not strengthen the sense of justice in society,” Duda told the public. He said he made this decision after extensive consultation with experts in a variety of areas, including legal experts, and particularly anti-communist activist Zofia Romaszewska.

Specifically, the law would require every one of Poland’s more than 80 Supreme Court justices resign and would empower the justice minister of the governing party to choose which justices will return to the bench and which must be replaced, and with whom. It would also require that judges take religious values into account in their work: “In social life, apart from legal norms there also operates a system of norms and values, undefined in law but equally established, derived from morality and Christian values […] The supreme court should take this duality into account in its rulings,” it reads.

Duda expressed his intent to sign a third bill that would allow the justice minister under some circumstances to select judges and assign cases for Poland’s local courts.

Supporters of the laws argued they are needed to eliminate corruption and render the court system more efficient. Deputy Justice Minister Marcin Warchol said the laws would prevent justice from “becom[ing] a form of privilege” and ensure all Poles are subject to the law. Warchol said in an essay, of PiS’s legal reforms in general, “If we do not ensure a minimum of democratic control over the judiciary, there will be no counterbalance for the growing corporatism of judges. And that would mean the creation of a new order: a judiciocracy instead of democracy.” Since coming to power in 2015 on a populist and anti-immigrant platform, PiS has taken control of Polish public media, limited the authority of the constitutional tribunal, the body that can rule acts of Parliament unconstitutional, and attempted a no-exception anti-abortion law, though plans for this last were cancelled in response to widespread protests. Some of these measures have been passed without any opportunity for public commentary or during nighttime sessions.

“Courts in our opinion are the stronghold of post-communists in Poland,” said party leader Jaros?aw Kaczy?ski. He went on to accuse the supreme court of “protecting people who had served the old [Communist] regime” and of being “controlled by lefties” and foreign elements.

Miko?aj Pietrzak of the Warsaw Bar Association told the press, “The courts are sometimes too slow, some of the fees payable by citizens are too high, the system of legal aid is inadequate and under-financed — we can see the problems […] But this is like going to the doctor with the flu and he treats you by amputating your leg.”

The protesters numbered in the tens of thousands in Warsaw alone, some of them singing “Highway to Hell” outside the Presidential palace, in reference to Duda’s location at the time in his vacation home on the Hel Peninsula. Protests across Poland continued through the weekend, with many holding up signs reading “3 X veto,” calling for President Duda not to support the new laws and candlelit vigils on Sunday night.

Some protesters did support the government’s decision. When ombudsman Adam Bodnar gave a speech asking the Senate not to pass the bill, spectators called out, “Who elected you? No one! No one!”

University of Warsaw constitutional law expert Marek Chmaj told Gazeta Wyborcza, “The act means the abolishment of the Supreme Court in its current shape, creating a substitute court composed of completely new judges […] Moreover, a disciplinary chamber is being created to watch the obedience of judges and representatives of legal professions.”

The State Department of the United States, one of Poland’s NATO allies, issued the following last Friday: “The Polish government has continued to pursue legislation that appears to undermine judicial independence and weaken the rule of law in Poland […] We urge all sides to ensure that any judicial reform does not violate Poland’s constitution or international legal obligations and respects the principles of judicial independence and separation of powers.”

The European Union threatened legal proceedings if Poland were to enact this measure, which it sees as a lapse in Poland’s treaty obligations to uphold democracy and the rule of law. President of the European Council Donald Tusk, himself a Pole, said, “It is my conviction that they are a negation of European values and standards, and that they put our reputation at risk […] Politically, they move us back in time and space — backward and to the East.” Legal action could result in economic sanctions or a loss of Poland’s voting rights, though this last would require a unanimous vote among the E.U.’s other 27 countries, and Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary — one of the 27 — likened the plans for measures against Poland to an “inquisition campaign.”

How To Choose Well When Gifting A Charter Bus In Washington Dc For Prom}

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How to Choose Well When Gifting a Charter Bus in Washington DC for Prom

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The reasonably priced travel accommodations offered by the booking of a charter bus in Washington, DC make it an ideal choice for civic and social organizations seeking to provide prom transportation for students in the area. In order to create a convenient and fun ride worthy of the students, take a moment and ensure that the business with which you book meets requisite standards for safe and quality rides.

Safe and Reliable Vehicles

Obviously, when gifting teens with an appropriate ride to prom, the primary concern is safety. These concerns are critical, especially on prom night when some students make poor decisions and allow feelings of immortality to overwhelm good sense. We hold a fleet that is full of comprehensively insured, bonded, and licensed machines that meet our rigorous standards. You’ll find that the mechanical functioning and aesthetic properties of our fleet are remarkable and undoubtedly high quality. Make sure that the company chosen for a Charter Bus Rental DC meets similar standards of quality and reliability.

The Customer Support Provided Must Be Flexible and Accommodating

Offering a service makes customer service essential. Since your transport service will be outside of office hours, we make sure that we are accessible 24/7. You will be able to make fast and simple modifications, complaints, and feedback. With Gaithersburg Limo Service, make sure that prom travel is a worthy gift to the students in your neighborhood who need a ride to the event.

The Chauffeurs Must Be Tested and Proven

Another key element of safety is drivers. To ensure that your driver is safe, we require instructions and testing to ensure qualifications as well as mandated drug testing and background checks. Transportation with us will ensure that students ride in capable hands by professionals who know the roads and are accustomed to driving with distractions and according to schedule.

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Access in the modern age should be simple. We offer a networked, straightforward process whereby customers can book online. Additionally, limited notice is no problem, and we demand few loopholes. Businesses that demand a huge, sustained booking process should be eliminated because their processes aren’t modernized.

Prom transportation is a perfect gift for the community. It will keep students safe while offering them an avenue to participate in an occasion that has high expectations. Once you decide to make the project a reality, turn to us to facilitate the process easily, affordably, and quickly.

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Rely on us to behave in a manner that is courteous and professional. Our drivers clear screenings related to drug use and criminal backgrounds because we care about your safety and comfort level. Additionally, should obstacles to your honeymoon come up, our around the clock customer service team is always ready to assist. Your honeymoon won’t suffer due to unavailability of customer support staff; office hours don’t hold us back.

Your honeymoon trip should consist of joy and romance, not stress and frustration. By securing professional travel arrangements, you’ll enjoy prompt transport that is detailed and personalized. Maximize every moment by concentrating on each other instead of traffic, parking, and navigation concerns.

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Wal-Mart accused of workers rights violations

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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

A class-action suit has been filed with the Superior court of the state of California accusing Wal-Mart of failing to ensure their suppliers’ employees work in acceptable conditions.

The suit, representing workers from six countries across four continents, conceals the identities of 17 workers from China, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Swaziland and Nicaragua in addition to four Californians cited as also representing others from the state.

The complaint accuses Wal-Mart of failing to adequately police garment suppliers and ensure that workers are not kept in sweatshop conditions, and that this is in breach of their own Code of Conduct for foreign suppliers. Wal-Mart counters that they have an extensive programme to ensure suppliers adhere to their Code of Conduct; that 200 full-time inspectors are employed to check supplier factories, and 108 factories have been permanently banned as suppliers. However, this is mainly for child labor violations.

This is part of an ongoing campaign against Wal-Mart by the International Labor Rights Fund [1]; a labor rights group opposed to many of the business practices of Wal-Mart that they claim encourage unacceptable working conditions and salaries in developing countries.

British Chancellor George Osborne downgrades growth forecast in annual budget

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered the budget today, an annually-held audit of the country’s finances deciding how taxpayers’ money should be spent. He set out plans to boost the housing market in his fourth budget, as well as stating the economy will grow by 0.6% — half his prediction four months ago.

George Osborne revealed plans to improve the housing market, including a “Help to Buy” shared equity scheme which would offer buyers who can place a 5% deposit on a new house, a 20% loan to buy it. He said: “This is a budget for those who aspire to own their own home”. He also offered a new Mortgage Guarantee, created in conjunction with mortgage lenders — the scheme would allow them to offer loans to homeowners without the need for a large deposit and offer guarantees to support up to £130bn of lending for three years beginning in 2014.

As a measure to attract investment to the British economy, he announced to reduce corporation tax from 21% to 20% taking effect from April 2015. The rate of corporation tax has fallen from 28% in 2010 to the current level of 21%. The United Kingdom is to have lower rates of corporation tax than the USA at 40%, France at 33%, and Germany at 29%.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) stated the government debt reduction programme to reduce the budget deficit will miss its targets. The government has forecast the total public sector debt will begin to fall by the financial year 2015/2016, while OBR says national debt will reach a high of 85.6% of GDP, £1.58 trillion, in 2016/17. Osborne defended the government efforts to reduce the deficit and said: “Our judgement has since been supported by the IMF, the OECD and the Governor of the Bank of England.”

In response to the Budget speech, the Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband said: “At the worst possible time for the country. It’s a downgraded budget from a downgraded Chancellor […] Debt is higher in every year of this Parliament than he forecast at the last Budget. He is going to borrow £200 billion more than he planned.”

The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls said to The Independent, “They are borrowing £245bn more in this Parliament, we said all along …said this two years ago, if they had moved more quickly with a sensible, targeted package of measures to kick-start the economy, which would have meant at that time more borrowing for a VAT [Value Added Tax] cut to bring forward housing investment, then we would have got the economy growing and the deficit coming down.”

The Business Secretary Vince Cable told the BBC in an interview, the “age of austerity” would probably end within the current decade, but made no more definite forecast.

The head of the British Federation of Small Businesses, John Walker, said: “The Budget opens the door for small businesses to grow and create jobs. The Chancellor has pulled out all the stops with a wide ranging package of measures to support small business. […] [W]e are pleased to see the scrapping of the 3p fuel duty due in September”.

Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of Unite the Union, criticized the budget for not helping working families. He said: “This is a Budget for the few by the few that attacks the many. Millionaires are days away from getting a £40,000 tax cut from the Tories, but George Osborne is using the budget to attack hard-working public sector workers. The worst chancellor in British history has gone further by giving big business another tax cut while staff caring for the sick get pay cuts. […] [H]e should have raised the national minimum wage by £1 and drop the senseless plan to give millionaires a tax break in a few days’ time”.

Early morning fire kills four New York group home residents

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Sunday, March 22, 2009

After an early morning fire began, four out of the nine people living at the Riverview Individual Residential Alternative group home located in Wells, New York were killed by the blaze. The Sunmount Developmental Disabilities Services Office, which supervises the home, told the media that the fire started at approximately 5:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. Two staff members were at the home at the time, who safely evacuated four of the five survivors.

The names of the residents killed in the fire were not able to be released due to New York’s Mental Hygiene Law, but are able to be identified as two adult men, aged 32 and 52, and two adult women, aged 43 and 60. A 71-year-old male was injured in the fire, and was taken to a hospital in Utica, a nearby city. The other four residents have been relocated to an unnamed group home. Both staff members are also being examined at the hospital.

“On behalf of all New Yorkers, I wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of the four victims and to continue to pray for the full recovery of those five people and two staff members who survived this incident. I also want to express my thanks and appreciation for the first responders and volunteers who worked swiftly and diligently to respond to this tragedy,” David Patterson, the governor of New York, said to the media.

The exact cause of the fire has yet to be determined. However, the New York Civil Liberties Union stated that “the blaze appears to have been an electrical fire and the sprinkler system was knocked out immediately.” They also called for “an immediate investigation into the causes of and contributing factors of the fire.”

The New York State Department of State Office of Fire Prevention and Control is currently investigating the causes of the blaze, with help from New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation and the New York State Commission on Quality of Care and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities.