Christie Treasury Official: State Revenue Surplus Will Go To Pensions

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — State revenues in New Jersey are on pace to exceed expectations, and Gov. Chris Christie’s administration will put the cash toward the state’s public pensions, his top treasury official said Wednesday.

The development contrasts sharply with last year’s revenue projections, which were below expectations and resulted in the governor’s paying less into the public pension fund than a 2011 law called for. Unions sued, and a lower court ruled Christie and lawmakers are obligated to pay about $1.6 billion.

Christie appealed, and the state Supreme Court heard arguments in the case Wednesday.

The government expects about $200 million more in tax revenue for the current fiscal year, Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff told the Assembly Budget Committee on Wednesday.

He said the cash will go toward the state’s outstanding pension payment.

“Gov. Christie is committed to making as large a pension payment as possible while we pursue reforms to fix the pension system once and for all,” Sidamon-Eristoff said.

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Democrats who control the Legislature said the development was welcome news but pointed out the payment is still short of what is owed.

Christie regularly says he has paid more into pensions than previous governors combined. For the next fiscal year, he has proposed making a $1.3 billion payment, less than half the nearly $3 billion called for in the 2011 law. Unions have sued over the next fiscal year’s payment as well. The next fiscal year begins July 1.

Sidamon-Eristoff has said it would be very difficult so late in the fiscal year for the state to come up with $1.5 billion and added that the administration will be seeking a special appropriation from lawmakers to direct the $200 million when the payment is made in June.

Last month, Christie slammed Democratic lawmakers for getting involved in the lawsuit over pension payments, saying they were “essentially suing themselves.”

The treasurer is set to testify again about state revenues before lawmakers later this month.

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Boy, 12, Dead After Being Hit By Livery Cab In Hamilton Heights

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 12-year-old boy is dead after being struck by a livery cab in Hamilton Heights Wednesday afternoon.

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As CBS2’s Joe Biermann reported, the boy was struck around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in the southbound lanes of Adam Clayton Powell Boulevard near 149th Street.

The livery cab driver struck the boy — identified as Ervi Secundino — in the middle of the road as he crossed the street, police said. Ervi was rushed to Harlem Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Phillis Miles told 1010 WINS’ Holli Haerr she saw the boy get hit in the intersection.

“He didn’t have the light, he just ran right across the street and that’s when the car just hit him. He flew up and landed on the car. That’s how the car is dented,” she said.

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Authorities said Secundino suffered severe head and body trauma.

Miles said the cab appeared to be speeding at the time.

“The car came zooming and hit him,” she said.

The driver remained on the scene, authorities said.

The NYPD Accident Investigation Squad was on the scene as of 5 p.m. trying to determine exactly how the accident happened.

As CBS2’s Valerie Castro reported, police were driving the car involved in the accident and conducting brake tests at the scene Wednesday evening, driving down the road at a high rate of speed and slamming on the brakes.

Following Secundino’s death, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña released a statement saying she is “heartbroken by this tragedy.”

“Ervi’s family is in my thoughts as they mourn the unbearable loss of a child so young. I also want to extend my deepest condolences to the entire Frederick Douglas Academy community,” Fariña said in a statement. “We’ll be providing additional guidance counselors and ongoing support for as long as the school community needs.”

So far, no charges or tickets have been issued in the incident.

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Alex Tagliani at Indy 500 for Foyt with throwback Gurney livery

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AJ Foyt won Le Mans with Dan Gurney back in ’67. Now he’ll be fielding a third car at Indy this year with a tribute livery to Gurney’s Eagle, driven by Alex Tagliani.

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Ed Reed Retires: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

One of the greatest safeties in NFL history has decided to call it quits, as Ed Reed has officially retired.  

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The Baltimore Ravens confirmed the news on Wednesday: 

Reed spent 12 years in the NFL, 11 of them with the Baltimore Ravens, the team he won a Super Bowl title with in 2012. Reed played for both the Houston Texans and New York Jets in 2013, though he was out of the NFL in 2014.    

He was a nine-time Pro Bowler, five-time first-team All-NFL selection by The Associated Press and finished his career with 64 interceptions (sixth all-time), 13 non-offensive touchdowns (fifth) and 1,590 interception yards (first). He was also the 2004 AP Defensive Player of the Year and led the league in interceptions three times (2004, 2008, 2009).

Few players had better instincts than Reed, and few defensive players in NFL history were more dangerous with the ball in their hands after a turnover. Alongside Ray Lewis, he led the Ravens to the playoffs seven times in his career. 

He’s almost assuredly a first-ballot Hall of Famer, and he most assuredly belongs in the conversation about which player was the greatest safety in NFL history. 

 

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Watch Part 2 of the Boosie Badazz Documentary

It would be best if you cleared a path for Boosie Badazz. The Baton Rouge legend has been on a tear since he was released from Angola 14 months ago; the run has been bolstered by stellar singles like “Crazy,” “Black Rain” and “Retaliation.” Now, WorldStar Hip Hop has taken it upon themselves to make sure the entire process is documented, from Boosie’s first days as a free man through the completion of his comeback album, Touchdown 2 Cause Hell. The second installment of the documentary is available now, jumps way back, attempting to paint a picture of Boosie’s Baton Rouge as early as 1990. We also get to see him at low moments, shortly after a two-year sentence is handed down. Like everything with the Bad Azz rapper, it’s tense, human and gripping, anchored by his unerring charisma.

Boosie remains on parole until 2018, but his acquittal on first-degree murder charges stemming from the 2009 killing of a man named Terry Boyd. The case received national attention, not just for Boosie’s stature in hip-hop, but for the use of his lyrics as evidence against him. Watch the first installment below and prepare your stereo systems and souls for Touchdown 2 Cause Hell, out July 15.

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Built to sleep the modern couple or family, the Cinch tent pitches in seconds and includes integrated LED lighting and an available power supply that keeps gadgets topped off using sunlight. Campers enjoy full weatherproof protection with some of the wired-in convenience of home…
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P.A.M. Spring/Summer 2015 “Psy Active Mutation” Lookbook

Australian streetwear label-cum-art project P.A.M. take to psychedelic graphics and mystifying mutations in the latest lookbook for their Spring/Summer 2015 collection. Featuring Odd Future’s Hodgy Beats and Mikla, the cult brand’s “Psy Active Mutation” line features a range of t-shirts, jackets, sweatpants and long-sleeves adorned with distinctive color patterns and bold “post-internet” typography we’ve come to expect from P.A.M. Finished by some hallucinatory editing, the lookbook embodies the collection’s overall themes of human transcendence, fusing a retro sci-fi aesthetic with the label’s contemporary clothing.

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Some Woman In Nebraska Just Filed A Suit — On Behalf Of Jesus Christ — Against All Homosexuals For Being Gay

“Burn in Hell!” – Sylvia Ann Driskell as she exits her salon despite her hairdresser doing the best he could with what she’s got up there.

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Not everyone is in love with this whole “gay” thing that’s sweeping our nation, but one woman is doing her best to fight the good fight!

Sylvia Ann Driskell, a 66-year-old woman from Nebraska, just filed a suit against every homosexual on the planet for being gross, basically.

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As the self-appointed ambassador for God and His Son, Jesus Christ, Sylvia felt that it was her duty to hand-write a seven-page petition to once and for all figure out if not liking the opposite sex is a sin.

While the court shamefully didn’t put any thought towards her righteous attempt to save humanity, we certainly hope Sylvia finds a way to rid herself of us pesky gays.

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