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Just When I Thought I Heard it All Governor Cuomo is Giving Himself a 25k Raise

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He is already America’s highest paid Governor. He has helped decimate the economy of Manhattan’s businesses, tourism and has left its citizens fighting to survive financially. Yet New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will receive a $25,000 pay raise January 2021, increasing his salary from $225,000 to $250,000. His raise was approved by a joint resolution by the State Senate and Assembly. 

New York’s public servants, judges and commissioners are denied increases due to budget constraints for reasons such as a deficit that is slated to arrive at almost $63 billion. Their raises will not happen for at least 4 years, which is when the commission who decides raises is set to meet again.

Lieutenant Gov Kathy Hochul, Attorney General Letitia James and Comptroller Tom DiNapoli will also get raises starting in January.

Cuomo is lobbying the federal government for additional funding, stating he will cut health care and education by 20 percent. Has he thought of ponying up his own raise and caring about others?

Cuomo expects the government to bail out his faulty judgements, while he allowed seniors to die, riots to destroy and de Blasio to ruin NYC.

Tourism is not expected to return until 2025 and yet when Manhattan was the safest, he refused to help the restaurants, theaters and he allowed de Blasio to bus in the homeless from other boroughs to 4 and 5 star hotels. Who is going to want to pay those exorbitant rates to sleep there now?

By banning other states from entering Manhattan, Cuomo sent a message to the world that New York is not safe. By letting criminals out of jail, he sent the message New York is not safe. By allowing protestors to destroy already hurting business, he sent the message New York is not safe. By cutting off theater, he sent a message of poverty and the reason why tourists came to visit in the first place. And for this he is getting a raise? There is something terribly wring with this picture! Don’t you think?

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret, opera and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. She has a screenplay and a TV show in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She is a proud member of the Drama Desk and the Outer Critics Circle and was a nominator. Email: suzanna@t2conline.com

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Earthy Set to Launch as Groundbreaking Web3 Global Framework with Ideal Ways to Give to Altruistic Causes

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Earthy is a new platform compassionately created to take out the frustration in giving to charities and organizations in need. Revolutionizing the way you donate by using a prolific Web3 framework, the trailblazing foundation is setting the bar high for a new and highly approachable way to give. The mission of the visionary organization is to finance and execute impact projects around the globe.

Imagine a world where your resources make it directly to the source in need. All too often as seen in modern headline news, large charitable organizations lean more into the world of business rather than focusing on the individuals in need of help. Intentions may seem decent on paper, but the corporate infrastructure of some of these well-known institutions has turned into a level of outlandish greed. The money you give frequently goes into the deep pockets of high-earning CEOs who sit on the thrones of lavish C-suites. Wanting to break the old-fashioned standard and shatter the outdated chain of command is what Earthy intends to do by paving the way for elevated giving with groundbreaking Web3 functions.

Sam Singer

Created by Sam Singer after a personal need to improve the world, he has taken his profound talents to establish a truly remarkable foundation that will transfigure giving in an unprecedented way. His knowledge is key to the success of Earthy.

“I have extensive experience working in blockchain and software systems, so I was able to put the pieces together on how to create a scalable system that can address these problems around the world,” he says. “Now, Earthy is nearing its launch and has come further than I could have imagined. It is making great strides toward truly impacting the environment and people of the planet.”

Providing a solution that is an ecosystem- based social platform for financing and executing impact projects on an unparalleled scale, Earthy ensures capital for impact causes that is leveraged effectively to solve real world issues in real time. The comprehensive blockchain is designed to fund and support projects as well as provide financing, data, and utility for direct and meaningful impact on a global scale.

The guesswork is replaced with logic and reasoning thanks to Earthy. It works by a person taking the initial step to submit their impact projects to the platform. Once approved, they are added to the network and become eligible for funding. Developers build applications to support the various projects as users earn rewards by staking their tokens in apps and projects. Over time these projects can withdraw funds through the efficient app. In turn, impact projects are funded in an organized manner.

The brainchild of the system that solves the problems that run rampant around the planet by mingled efforts of governments and old-fashioned nonprofits. It also takes away Blockchain’s struggle to impact people outside of the Web3 ecosystem.

Singer with Earthy has successfully bridged this gap. He has found a way to resolve issues in communities through powerful social and financial tools all at the same time providing funding for projects that offsets carbon by generating carbon credits on a chain.

Earthy also helps you hire and find like-minded individuals to volunteer and create real change along with you on such issues as hunger relief, homeless support, environmental conservation, community development, cultural and arts program support, wellness programs, and even educational support.

Singer being no stranger to hardships after growing up impoverished and with a single mother struggling to make ends meet, he recognized from an early age that just one person caring to want to create a better existence can change the lives of so many.

“I grew up often surrounded by drugs and gang culture. I was smoking weed constantly by the age of 12. Not only that, but I was kicked out of every single school I had ever attended for fighting or being a menace of some sort, even though when I was in 6th grade, I had a college-level math and reading level. One of the ways I escaped from my reality was through reading,” he reflects. “After a series of spiritual experiences, I decided to change my life and focus on improving my body and mind through yoga and health. I began a journey of self-improvement and mastery, during which I developed the necessary inner and technical skills to create what is now Earthy.”

He goes on to state, “The initial idea and inspiration for Earthy came to me in a dream and was the result of various life experiences and situations that allowed me to see the whole picture. I realized how we can create a world where people give to each other and end up having more than if they only cared about themselves. This idea was inspired by a very remote Siberian society I visited, which did not use money among its people. Instead, everyone selflessly helped everyone else in the community, and they were all very happy and flourishing as a society. If they needed to purchase anything, they would pool resources and buy it from outside the group.”

 Now auditing and releasing the blockchain network, the set goal on the timeline is that by September 2024 Earthy will onboard projects and environmental data en masse on the Earthy network. There is also the projected hope by the quarter that partnerships with global festivities, concerts and events will help grow a powerful networking system.

With so many opportunities to elevate the way to give, the platform of Earthy is destined to reach soaring heights by the end of the year. The time is now to embark on the journey together with a system that will have a long-lasting impact on humanity for the better.

For more information, please Earthy.tech

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My View: SUMMERTIME Starring Norm Lewis Just Keeps Getting HOTTER!

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I don’t usually post multiple photo essays of the same show/event, but, in this case, I simply must or I wouldn’t be doing my job of “reporting” here in Times Square Chronicles. The fact of the matter is that my wife, Eda, and I have been to Norm Lewis’s new show SUMMERTIME (Special Tony Edition) 3 times now and it has been “delivering” on a nightly basis more thrills and excitement than any other run of a show we have previously witnessed. The show is beautifully directed by the gifted Richard Jay-Alexander, with musical direction and arrangements from the equally gifted Joseph Joubert. What Norm and his artistic posse have put together is so satisfying that you get drawn in and forget you’ve already seen it. Add to this unexplainable phenomenon the array of Broadway Guests and each night has been a delight for so many different reasons. Because I live conveniently close, I am able to capture historic pairings of creative giants and I had to put this together so you could witness the kind of history that has already been made each of these nights at 54 Below. Norm has 4 more shows and many more Special Guests on June 10, 11, 12 and 13 and I can only heartily recommend you go see this man who is so comfortable in his stardom, that he easily seduces you into his world of music and Broadway. You will not be disappointed. I must also note that there has been as much star power in his audiences as there are on stage, adding extra excitement to every night.

( I couldn’t catch all the celebs in the audience but here are a few photo highlights)

NORM LEWIS & LEN CARIOU

NORM LEWIS (Sweeny Todd)

LEN CARIOU

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & WALTER MARKS

STEPHEN SCHWARTZ & NORM LEWIS

MARC SHAIMAN & NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS & MARC SHAIMAN

LEN CARIOU, NORM LEWIS, MARC SHAIMAN

MELBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

MELBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

MALBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

MARILYN MAYE & NORM LEWIS

MARILYN MAYE

LEE ROY REAMS & MARILYN MAYE

WALTER MARKS, JENNIFER HALLIE DIAMOND, ROBERT DIAMOND, founder/owner BROADWAYWORLD, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER

NORM LEWIS, ROBERT DIAMOND, JENNIFER HALLIE DIAMOND

HUGH PANARO, EDA SOROKOFF, STEVEN REINEKE, music director/conductor The New York Pops, ERIC GABBARD

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, EDA SOROKOFF, STEVEN REINEKE, ERIC GABBARD

LORNA DALLAS BROWN, LEE ROY REAMS, MARILYN MAYE

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER & NORM LEWIS

PASTOR BOBBY LEWIS (Norm’s cousin) & NORM LEWIS

JOSEPH JOUBERT, music director

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, NORM LEWIS, CATHERINE ADLER

JENNIFER ASHLEY TEPPER & RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER

MARK SENDROFF, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, RICHARD SKIPPER

54 BELOW

MACON PRICKETT

CARLOS CLEMENZ & MARC SHAIMAN

NORM LEWIS

EDA SOROKOFF & CATHERINE ADLER

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My View: Norm Lewis Brings On The Summer Heat at 54 Below

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“The Heat is On” at 54 Below with a new show Norm Lewis is performing, called SUMMERTIME (Special TONY Edition). From his dazzling entrance to his beautiful “goodnight” the evening is wall-to wall Broadway treasure. Yes, summer arrived early ,last night, and whatever the kinship and connection between the star, his musical director Joseph Joubert and his director Richard Jay-Alexander, is, it bathed us in magic with stunning music, beautiful arrangements, humor, glamour, stories and vocals that are, quite honestly, beyond just having a powerful skill set. Norm is a sublime actor who happens to possess a magnificent voice and he uses every dimension of it.

During the run he will have special guests who are both friends and Broadway royalty. Last night, he “blew up” this concept by introducing us to the legendary TONY winner, Melba Moore. I don’t usually write about specific material, but when your brain can’t comprehend that Miss Moore tore into “Aquarius” and “Let The Sunshine In” from HAIR with Mr. Lewis, hearts were jumping and joy exploded in the room. Only to be followed by Melba singing “I Got Love” from PURLIE (wait for it) in the original key! The 3 piece band, led by Joubert, also consisted of Perry Cavari on drums and percussion and Dylan Shamat on both acoustic and electric bass. The sounds they made all night were as versatile as could be accomplished and have become a trademark, of sorts, for Norm. Don’t hesitate to get to 54 Below and start your summer early. This man brings the heat with him onto the stage. 

Norm Lewis

NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS

MELBA MOORE

MELBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

MELBA MOORE

MELBA MOORE

54 BELOW

54 BELOW

NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS

NORM LEWIS

NAACP Lifetime Achievement Award

JOSEPH JOUBERT

54 BELOW

MELBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER & NORM LEWIS

MELBA MOORE & NORM LEWIS

HUGH PANARO, EDA SOROKOFF, STEVEN REINEKE, ERIC GABBARD

STEVEN REINEKE, ERIC GABBARD, NORM LEWIS

RICHARD SKIPPER, RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER, NORM LEWIS, MARK SENDROFF

CARLOS CLEMENZ & NORM LEWIS

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER & NORM LEWIS

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My View:Times Square Moved A Bit North Last Night…Happy Belated Birthday Richard Jay-Alexander

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Happy to report that Times Square moved a little bit North, last night, to the Upper West Side and it was with good reason to celebrate a Broadway Baby’s Birthday.

Richard Jay-Alexander affects a room by filling it with excitement, creativity, artistry, humor, intelligence, along with love and respect, just by entering it.  And so it was, last night, as his friends and often time hosts while in New York, Lisa Sharkey and Paul Gleicher, hosted a birthday (actual was May 24th) party for him in their spectacular town home in Manhattan. Ms. Sharkey, who works at Harper Collins decided to call the gathering “71 on 71st Street,” filling its rooms with (as RJ emotionally put it) “ people who are important in my life and who I love dearly.” Richard, as Eda and I are more recent additions to his tribe of friends, have witnessed, many times, his kindness, authenticity and specific communication skills in a world of fake news and casual showbiz fraternity. He is truly a beacon of humanity and has always been a people person. Once he’s a true friend, it seems to last a lifetime and that’s what we observed last night and ever since we’ve known him, striking up “our” famous friendship, while living in Florida. Happy Birthday Richard Jay-Alexander and now on with the show……here are some photos of a special night for a special guy. I’m only sorry I was so distracted by everything that was going on, that I often forgot to pick up my camera. Forgive me. Maybe it was the BESPOKE JELL-O SHOTS?????

RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER & LISA SHARKEY

LISA SHARKEY

RICHIE RIDGE, RJA, ROBERT DIAMOND, JENNIFER HALLEY DIAMOND

RJA & HUGH PANARO

RJA & MARK SENDROFF

MO ROCCA, LISA SHARKEY,

RJA & JULIE

RJA & CARLOS

BRUCE GLIKAS & RJA

RJA

CARLOS CLEMENZ

SSTEPHEN SOROKOFF, RJA, EDA SOROKOFF

JENNIFER HALLEY DIAMOND & RJA

RICHIE RIDGE & TOM VIOLA

RJA & TOM VIOLA

RJA, LISA SHARKEY, MO ROCCA

RJA & LISA SHARKEY

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MARK SENDROFF & RJA

JENNIFER HALLEY DIAMOND & MO ROCCA

PAUL GLEICHER & LISA SHARKEY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RJA

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

HAPPY BIRTHDAY RICHARD JAY-ALEXANDER

 

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We Say Good-Bye To Janice Paige

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Janice Paige turned 100 was born on September 16, 2022, and died at her on June 2, 2024, at the age of 101. Paige was an American actress and singer. With a career spanning nearly 60 years, she was one of the last surviving stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood.

Born in Tacoma, Washington, Paige began singing in local amateur shows at the age of five. After high school, she moved to Los Angeles, where she became a singer at the Hollywood Canteen during World War II, as well as posing as a pin-up model. This led to a film contract with Warner Bros. She later left the studio to pursue live theatre work, appearing in a number of Broadway shows. She continued to alternate between film and theatre work for much of her career. Beginning in the mid-1950s, she also made numerous television appearances, as well as starring in her own sitcom It’s Always Jan.

Paige began co-starring in low-budget musicals, often paired with Dennis Morgan or Jack Carson. She co-starred in Romance on the High Seas (1948), the film in which Doris Day made her movie debut. Paige later co-starred in adventures and dramas, in which she felt out of place. Following her role in Two Gals and a Guy (1951), she decided to leave Hollywood.

Paige appeared on Broadway in a 1951 comedy-mystery play Remains to Be Seen. She also toured successfully as a cabaret singer. 


Stardom came in 1954 with her role as Babe in the Broadway musical The Pajama Game.  For the screen version, the studio wanted one major movie star to guarantee the film’s success, so John Raitt’s role of Sid was offered to Frank Sinatra, who would have been paired with Paige. When Sinatra declined, the producers offered Paige’s role of Babe to Doris Day, who accepted and was paired with Raitt.

Paige returned to Hollywood in Silk Stockings (1957), which starred Fred Astaire and Cyd Charisse, the Doris Day/David Niven comedy Please Don’t Eat the Daisies (1960), and as a love-starved married neighbor in Bachelor in Paradise (1961) with Bob Hope. A rare dramatic role was as Marion, an institutionalized prostitute, in The Caretakers (1963).


Paige returned to Broadway in 1963 in the short-lived Here’s Love. In 1968, when after nearly two years Angela Lansbury left the Broadway production of the musical Mame to take the show on a limited U.S. tour, Paige was the star chosen to be the first Broadway replacement.

Paige appeared in touring productions of musicals such as Annie Get Your Gun, Applause, Sweet Charity, Ballroom, Gypsy: A Musical Fable, and Guys and Dolls. In 1984, back on Broadway in a nonmusical play, Alone Together


Paige made her live dramatic TV debut June 27, 1957 in “The Latch Key” on Lux Video Theatre. She appeared as troubadour Hallie Martin in The Fugitive episode “Ballad for a Ghost” (1964). She also had a recurring role as Auntie V, Tom Bradford’s sister, in Eight Is Enough. Paige appeared as a waitress named Denise in both the seventh and ninth seasons of All in the Family. In her first appearance, she has a flirtation with Archie Bunker that threatens to become serious.

Paige appeared on episodes of 87th Precinct; Trapper John, M.D.;Columbo; Night Court; Caroline in the City; and in the 1975 television movie John O’Hara’s Gibbsville (also known as The Turning Point of Jim Malloy). In 1982, she appeared on St. Elsewhere as a female flasher who stalked the hallways of the hospital to “cheer up” the male patients. She also appeared on a season 11 episode of Happy Days, as a roadside diner waitress named Angela who may or may not be Fonzie’s long lost mother; Fonzie has a heartfelt talk with Angela, and it is left up to the viewer to determine if she is his mother or not. In the 1980s and 1990s, she was seen on several soap operas, including Capitol (1987, as Sam Clegg’s first wife, Laureen), General Hospital(1989–1990, as Katharine Delafield’s flashy Aunt Iona, a lady counterfeiter), and Santa Barbara (1990–1993, replacing Dame Judith Anderson as matriarch Minx Lockridge).


Paige was given a star in the Motion Picture section of the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6624 Hollywood Boulevard on February 9, 1960.


In 2017, Paige wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter in which she stated that Alfred Bloomingdale had attempted to rape her when she was 22 years old. She alleges that she was sexually assaulted after being lured into Bloomingdale’s apartment under false pretenses.

Paige was married three times.

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