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Pandemic Teaching Webinar To Provide Tips on Remote Learning

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When Covid-19 forced schools to close in March 2020, the world of education changed in an instant. Remote learning became a staple of Long Island’s youngest to oldest students, and teachers needed to adapt quickly.

Luckily, the technology to teach and learn from home has existed for many years now. But there were — and still are — many challenges to overcome and questions to be answered. 

On Jan. 12, Schneps Media hosts a panel of professionals for a webinar called “Pandemic Teaching: How to Make the Best Out of a Bad Situation.” Speakers will include Tom Franson, Vice President of Support Services at Custom Computer Specialists; Dr. Joan Neehall, a clinical psychologist; David Zimbler, principal of Westbury High School; and Eudes Budhai, superintendent of Westbury Schools.

With this paradigm shift in education comes technical challenges, issues, and questions from parents, students, and educators.

How do all students get access to technology? How do they learn physical education? Who supervises them? What expectations do teachers have for grading? How do students maintain social interactions?

The questions differ in every grade level and school, including at the preschool level and all the way up through college.

Get answers to your questions about effective teaching during the pandemic, tips on maintaining positive social and mental health, and how innovation in technology can help students and educators succeed. 

Register here for the “Pandemic Teaching” webinar.

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Kaufman Astoria Studios: 100 Years in the Making With President/CEO Hal Rosenbluth and Vice President Tracy Capune

Kaufman Astoria Studios, 100 Years in the Making with President/CEO, Hal Rosenbluth and Vice President, Tracy Capune

Hollywood has long been known as the center of film and television production, but New York City has grown to be a fierce competitor for that title propelled by both our landmarks, unmistakable street scapes, a deep talent pool and tax incentives. But it wasn’t always that way and one of the City’s first pioneers was the site of the current Kaufman Astoria Studios with roots in production dating back to 1920.

Both the President/CEO, Hal Rosenbluth and Vice President, Tracy Capune of Kaufman Astoria Studios discuss the evolution of the studios in Astoria along with the surrounding community and their big plans for the future.

Every week as part of our new Schneps Connects Podcast Series, we will feature exceptional leaders like Hal and Tracy while we pull back the curtain on their proudest accomplishments, biggest challenges and all the lessons they’ve learned along the way. Make sure to check out a new episode of Schneps Connects every week wherever you get your podcasts or stream us online at podcasts.schnepsmedia.com

Produced by Jill Carvajal and Josh Schneps

Kaufman Astoria Studios, 100 Years in the Making with President/CEO, Hal Rosenbluth and Vice President, Tracy Capune

New York Health Welcomes Nephrologist to Practice

Dr. Darren S. Kaufman

New York Health is pleased to announce board-certified Darren S. Kaufman, MD, MS has joined its nephrology team and will be practicing at 2500 Route 347, Bldg. #14A Stony Brook, NY 11790. 

Dr. Kaufman has special interest and expertise in the pathophysiology and management of hypertension, renal tubular acidosis, and nephrolithiasis, as well as acid-base/fluid-electrolyte disorders. In addition, he has a great interest in clinical practice operations and the integration of evidence-based practice into the workflow of physicians and PAs. 

Dr. Kaufman obtained a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at SUNY Stony Brook before attending Ross University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Jersey City Medical Center where he was Chief Resident. His fellowships in nephrology were completed at New York Medical College and SUNY Stony Brook which included an additional year of research in acid-base physiology. Dr. Kaufman earned a Master of Science in Management and Policy at Stony Brook’s Harriman School of Management and Policy. 

He has published multiple articles on topics including basic research into acid-base physiology, oxygen-free radicals, health care management, and inpatient care using project management methodology. 

Excited to join New York Health and practice in his own community, Dr. Kaufman is thrilled to be part of a network of well-respected and trusted physicians with shared values. Prior to joining, Dr. Kaufman served as Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Healthcare Partners. 

“We are in the middle of a once in a lifetime global disaster and I am excited to practice again and contribute to the well-being of others,” Dr. Kaufman said. 

If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Kaufman, please call (631) 689-7800. For more information, please visit our website at www.NYHealth.com. 

-New York Health

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Bringing Tourism Back to New York with Fred Dixon, President of NYC & Co., and Cristyne Nicholas, Chair of NY State Tourism

Bringing Tourism Back to New York with Fred Dixon, President of NYC & Co. and Cristyne Nicholas, Chair of NY State Tourism

New York City and particularly Manhattan have lost a lot of residents, let alone tourists. We forget how much NYC relies on tourists until they are no longer around. This is especially hard on a city like New York, which relies heavily on international visitors that spend money at our hotels, restaurants, iconic attractions, street vendors, taxis, museums, shopping venues and recreational facilities.

Hear from Fred Dixon, President and CEO of NYC & Company, New York City’s official destination marketing organization and Cristyne Nicholas, former President of NYC & Co. during the 9/11 tragedy and now serves as the Chair of New York State Tourism Advisory Council, as well as Chairman of the Broadway Association on what innovative ideas they have to lure local residents to look for new experiences in the area, how they will get the industry back on its feet, and what theatergoers and fans can expect differently from Broadway shows coming out of this pandemic.

Listen to the episode here:

Bringing Tourism Back to New York with Fred Dixon, President of NYC & Co. and Cristyne Nicholas, Chair of NY State Tourism

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Why Long Island Homeowners Should Grieve Their Property Taxes

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By Sean Acosta

While it’s usually a good thing to be on a Top 10 list, the fact that Nassau County ranks fourth on the list of highest property taxes in the country makes homeowners cringe. Suffolk County is slightly better, ranked at 12th.

Now the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic and its devastating economic ramifications have created another cause for concern. According to a recent Newsday article, Nassau and Suffolk County homeowners may be facing property tax increases as high as 60 percent in 2021, as counties grapple with budget deficits stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

The Covid-19 pandemic has punched a hole in all county and local municipality budgets, and it will fall on the shoulders of homeowners to plug that hole. This means bracing for a property tax increase. 

Wading into the world of tax assessment, market values, and tax grievances may have you shaking your head. Sure, we all know what property taxes are, but how are they calculated and how can I challenge my assessment and get them lowered?

WHAT IS A PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT?

Your property’s assessment is one of the factors used by your local governments and school district to determine the amount of your property taxes. A property’s assessment is based on its market value. 

WHAT IS MARKET VALUE?

Market value is the price at which a property would sell if offered for sale under ordinary circumstances. Market value is usually determined by comparison with similar homes.

WHAT DETERMINES THE AMOUNT OF A PROPERTY TAX BILL?

To calculate the amount you pay in property taxes, multiply your property’s assessment (your assessment minus any exemptions) by the tax rates issued by your school district, municipalities, counties, and special districts. Your tax bill can change each year due to changes in your school district or local government budgets, revenue, total assessed value, and tax rates.

 

Changes in your assessment or exemptions can also impact your tax bill.

Property tax bills: Tax bill calendars differ in different counties, as well as in some cities.

Rather than receiving tax bills, those who have their property taxes held in escrow receive receipts.

 

As a homeowner, you are entitled to file a Property Tax Grievance. A Property Tax Grievance allows your assessment to be reviewed by the Assessor to see if a reduction is warranted. If the Assessor does not reduce your assessment, an appeal can be filed to have an impartial hearing officer determine if your house is overvalued for tax purposes.

As the founder and CEO of Property Tax Reduction Consultants, I’m an expert on property tax reductions. I’ve successfully handled more than 335,000 property tax assessment challenges over the past 30 years in business, saving hard-working homeowners millions of dollars. 

While there has always been a path to property tax relief through the tax grievance process, it has never been more critical than now. The ability to hold on to your home and ride out these tough economic times will demand that you do all that you can. That means scrutinizing your tax bill for accuracy and considering challenging your property taxes. 

 

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Schneps Connects Podcast Launches ‘New Yorkers in the News’

Join Josh Schneps, CEO of Schneps Media, as he talks to exceptional New York leaders to pull back the curtain on their proudest accomplishments, biggest challenges and all the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Kathryn Wylde, President of Partnership for NYC and Andrew Rigie, Executive Director of New York Restaurant & Hospitality Alliance among other influential New York leaders discuss bringing New York City back to recovery.

You may know of Schneps Media from many of the hyper local news outlets they publish or events they host in your neighborhood throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester and Philadelphia.

Schneps reporters and editors cover local news and tell stories you won’t find anywhere else. Their reporting is full of interesting and amazing people advocating, fighting, building, protecting and doing the work that impacts your lives in ways you may not even know.

Until now.

We hope you enjoy and make sure to subscribe for free to Schneps Connects wherever you get your podcasts or stream them on podcasts.SchnepsMedia.com

Listen to the first episode with Andrew Rigie here: podcasts.schnepsmedia.com

Podcast Produced by Josh Schneps, Jill Carvajal and Bobby Hankinson

To submit guests to appear on Schneps Connects:

Contact: Jill Carvajal

Email: schnepsconnects@schnepsmedia.com

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New York, NY – For more than 35 years, Schneps Media’s award-winning content reaches over 2 million readers per week across two daily newspapers, the largest group of community newspapers, magazines, websites, email newsletters, social media channels and targeted business and community events as well as festivals. Schneps Media’s content and relationships in the communities they serve is as grass roots as it gets covering and working with local residents, business, community, civic, political and religious leaders.

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Your Voice, Your Viewpoint: An Open Call for Students to Speak Out

Middle, high school and college students have a chance to win $500 in Schneps Media’s Your Voice, Your Viewpoint by sharing their stories of when they experienced racism.

Our latest submission is from 18-year-old Jordan Lindsey of Virginia Commonwealth University:

I first experienced racism when I went over to my neighbor’s house. I was about seven or eight years old. They were Asian, and I think one of their family members was over. My brother was already over there, and he asked me why I had come. I came because I just wanted to come and hang out with them too. He said their family member (maybe aunt) is racist; she doesn’t like Black people. She looked disgusted when I had come in, and that saddened me because I was so young and was thinking did I do something? I ended up leaving and was confused as to why.

Another instance of racism happened in fifth grade. The teacher asked us all to state an opinion and then to form a line. I remember saying something along the lines about how I thought country music was not good. Later, sometime in the library, one of my classmates who was white walks up to me and says, “rap music isn’t good.” Mind you in fifth grade, I didn’t listen to rap and I still don’t really care for it. He was basically thinking, well, because she’s Black, she likes rap music. I was very confused after he said that because it didn’t even apply to me. I never realized that he was racially stereotyping me until years later.

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3 middle school students and 3 high school students will each be awarded a prize of $500 by a panel of Queensborough Community College students. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Oct. 30, and winners of the prize will be announced on Nov. 6.

Submission can be emailed YourVoiceYourViewpoint@schnepsmedia.com

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Your Voice, Your Viewpoint: An Open Call For Students To Speak Out

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As our region has been through many challenges these last few months, we know one issue is relevant and part of what so many kids live with: racism. And we want you to be heard! 

We want middle school and high school students to submit their stories to us. The cool thing? We want your story to be the best path that represents who you are. This can be in a story, essay, poem, or a video share with the New York community on your viewpoint or experience with racism. You have until September 25 at midnight to submit your voice and viewpoint entry to Schneps Media.

The Details:

Schneps Media and the Claire Friedlander Family Foundation want to hear your voice and your viewpoint on your experiences with racism. We invite students, our future leaders, to share your thoughts and feelings about your experiences with racism. 

Middle and high school students are invited to submit essays, videos, poems, or other expressive media that you feel capture your experiences. 

Students can either choose from the following prompts, or choose to submit work beyond the prompts, but still related to the overall goal of sharing your voice and your viewpoint.

I experienced racism when… 

I’ve fought against racism by… 

I was racially profiled when… 

My first experience with racism was when… 

Submit virtual or written entries limited to 250 words either by email or by using the hashtag #YourVoiceYourViewpoint on social media including Instagram or TikTok. Video entries can be emailed to YourVoiceYourViewpoint@schnepsmedia.com. Please include your name, age, and school with your entry.

Submissions will be published in Schneps Media’s multiple platforms of print, digital, and broadcasting. Three middle school students and three high school students will each be awarded a prize of $500 by a panel of Queensborough Community College students. Submissions will be accepted through Friday, Sept. 25, and winners of the prize will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 1. For additional information please call 718-260-2500.

Schneps Media is the parent company of the Long Island Press.

Back To School Webinar: Top Education, Health Experts Discuss How To Keep Children Safe

Are you still debating sending your children back to school? Have many questions that need answers?

Join Schneps Media for its first Spanish language free webinar “Cómo proteger a tus hijos en este regreso a clases (How to keep children safe as they head back to school)”, a discussion about New York’s safety plan to resume in person learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Schneps’ Spanish publications, Noticia and El Correo NY will host the discussion with education and health experts followed by a Q&A session on back to school safety for students and teachers, including important recommendations from our panelists.

Panelists include Richard A. Carranza, NYC Education Chancellor; Eudes S. Budhai, Westbury School District Superintendent; Alexandra Hernandez, Member United Federation of Teachers; Dr. Jacqueline Delmont, Chief Medical Officer of SOMOS Community Care & Founder of Delmont Medical Care and Dr. Luis O. Herrera, Pediatrician and Founder of Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine.

Moderated by El Correo NY’s editor, Karmina Fonseca and Noticia’s editor, Walter Garces, the free webinar will take place on Thursday, Sep. 3, from 6 to 7 p.m.

Register for the discussion here.

Editor’s note: Schneps Media is the parent company of the Long Island Press.

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Business as (Un)Usual: Schneps Media Kicks Off Virtual Event Series

Schneps Media founder Victoria Schneps-Yunis at the Kings of New York awards.

In addition to Schneps Media’s award-winning local newspapers and websites, the company is also one of the largest producers of business to business networking events in New York market.

Last year, Schneps Media’s event division hosted more than 50 events. Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic has created an extremely challenging business environment for many companies, Schneps Media, the parent company of the Long Island Press, has worked over the past few months to create a series of virtual events kicking off with the Kings of the Long Island on Oct. 22, Power Women of Long Island on Dec. 3, the Healthcare Heroes virtual gala on Oct. 7.

The events are completely FREE to attend and only require advanced registration. Virtual attendees can network with other attendees to meet business leaders and learn about our honorees who are each trailblazers in the industries and communities.

For a full list of upcoming virtual events visit SchnepsMedia.com/Upcoming-Events. We encourage you to register today, download the event app and start meeting new people! For more information email dmattone@schnepsmedia.com or call 718-260-4581.

Related Story: Schneps Media To Honor Healthcare Heroes at Virtual Gala

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