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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 22: Former New York Mets third baseman, David Wright  during the 101st PGA Championship Ambassador Announcement at Mets Spring Training on March 22, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)

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The New York Mets are searching for a new manager after parting ways with Carlos Beltran, but fan-favorite David Wright is not going to replace him.

“I am not interested in coaching,” Wright told Jon Heyman of MLB Network. “Full transparency I did accept a position as a coach on my daughter’s three-to-four-year-old coed tee-ball team this spring.”

Beltran was hired as the team’s manager in November despite having no prior coaching experience, only an extended playing career that included parts of seven seasons with the Mets.

Wright has a similar resume, spending his entire 15-year career in New York before retiring in 2018. The seven-time All-Star is the Mets all-time leader in hits with 1,777 and was an extremely popular player during his time with the team, leading fans to speculate about him coming back to manage the squad.

However, he has not shown a willingness to even consider a coaching position.

“I don’t want to sound cold, and I don’t want to sound disinterested, but I just don’t want to coach,” he said recently, per David Hall of the Virginia Pilot.

The 37-year-old does have a role in the front office, officially listed as special advisor to Mets chief operating officer and general manager. He also is still on the payroll through 2023 after restructuring his contract upon retirement.

Still, it seems he would prefer to spend more time with his family rather than take on a full-time position with the team.

Internal candidates Hensley Meulens, Luis Rojas and Tony DeFrancesco are considered candidates to replace Beltran with less than a month before the start of spring training, per Andy Martino of SNY. Other options include Tim Bogar and Eduardo Perez.  

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USC is working on an agreement to make Todd Orlando its next defensive coordinator, a source told ESPN.

Orlando’s deal could be finalized later Monday. He served as Texas’ defensive coordinator the past three seasons before being fired Dec. 1 as part of a staff overhaul. Orlando in January took a job with Texas Tech as assistant head coach and linebackers coach. Yahoo first reported Orlando’s expected hire at USC.

USC also will retain offensive coordinator Graham Harrell, a source said. Harrell last week spoke with the Philadelphia Eagles about their offensive coordinator job. The 34-year-old Harrell also had been mentioned as a candidate for Washington State’s head-coaching job. Last month, he agreed to a new three-year, $3.6 million contract with USC. The Athletic first reported Monday that Harrell would remain at USC.

Orlando would replace Clancy Pendergast, who was fired following USC’s Holiday Bowl loss to Iowa. Pendergast served as USC’s defensive coordinator for the past four seasons and twice worked with head coach Clay Helton on the Trojans’ staff.

Orlando, 48, has held defensive coordinator positions at five FBS programs: Connecticut, Florida International, Utah State, Houston and Texas. USC also considered New Orleans Saints defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen and Los Angeles Rams linebackers coach Joe Barry among others for the defensive coordinator job, according to a source.

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Anthony Joshua prostrated before Muhammadu Buhari as a sign of respect

British boxer Anthony Joshua has been pictured prostrating before Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in London.

Joshua, who is of Nigerian descent, also told the gathering he would “stand up for Nigeria” whenever it was needed.

The pictures have had a mixed response on social media, with critics of Mr Buhari angry that Joshua didn’t raise the challenges faced by Nigerian youth.

Joshua said in an Instagram story: “It’s not about politics. It’s about culture and respect for our elders.”

Others, however, have praised Joshua for embracing his Nigerian roots, and for prostrating before Mr Buhari – a traditional show of respect to one’s elders.

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Photos of the two together were met with mixed responses

President Buhari is in London for the first UK-Africa Investment Summit, which is being held on 20 January.

Footage of the earlier meeting in the British capital was also later posted on YouTube by Nigerian broadcaster Channels.

One of President Buhari’s aides, Tolu Ogunlesi, posted photos of the meeting on Twitter, writing: “AJ!!! Today in London with the president.”

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Martin Luther King Jr., the only African American for whom a federal holiday has ever been established, is so widely revered that 90 percent of Americans regarded him favorably, according to a 2019 poll.

But those who have researched King say much of what he truly thought is misunderstood or ignored, or has been supplanted by warm and fuzzy fiction.

Today, King is so deeply misunderstood that his description of a utopian colorblind future has been twisted to undermine the need for a Voting Rights Act and other policies and programs that integrate schools, said Tommie Shelby, a professor of philosophy at Harvard and chair of the department of Africana and African American studies.

King’s modern-day political opponents frequently quote him and misappropriate his ideas, experts said. And his philosophy of nonviolent resistance — organized boycotts, sit-ins, rent strikes and other forms of collective action and civil disobedience — has been inaccurately recast as passive, inoffensive, even widely supported during his lifetime, Shelby said.

“Some of this is a feature of American political culture,” Shelby, who co-edited the collection of essays “To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King,” said.

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“But also some things are easier to swallow,” he added. “It is easier for affluent people, people who do not want to think of themselves as racist, to be opposed to segregated facilities and violent racial discrimination, than contend with King’s support for the radical redistribution of wealth and opportunity.”

Reducing King to a teddy bear of a civil rights figure robs King of how much he risked, how much he sacrificed and makes it easier to vilify modern-day civil rights activists, said Jeanne Theoharis, a professor of political science at Brooklyn College, City University of New York. It also allows the country to pretend that racism is a mostly a resolved matter that exists only in extremes, she said.

“There’s no question, we live in a horrible political climate today,” said Theoharis, author of “A More Beautiful and Terrible History: The Uses and Misuses of Civil Rights History.”

“Among the many problems is this weird self-satisfaction about what a racist looks like,” Theoharis said. “They say nasty things and go to nasty rallies as opposed to what King himself repeatedly said. After Watts, he writes this piece that has this great line about how he has gotten disillusioned with Northern leaders who shower praise on the movement in the South but when attention turns to their city then, only the language is polite. The resistance is hard.”

Public understanding of King as a man opposed to the Vietnam War, militarism and vast inequality has expanded, Theoharis and Smith said. But, during his lifetime, King also supported collective bargaining and public provisions for basic needs as technological innovations gobbled up the jobs of less-skilled workers. He condemned the scourge of unchecked police misconduct and the racism inherent in arguments against police accountability.

King abhorred the idea that time itself would produce racial equality. He believed urgent action and disruption were required. The truth, experts said, is there in the speeches, five books, letters, interviews and other public statements King left behind — no interpretation or misappropriation necessary.

King is the best authority on King.

“But, if any of us are going to have a more accurate understanding of King,” Theoharis said, “we need to, as a general rule, commit to read the whole damn thing. The whole thing.”

So, on this, the 34th Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday, Shelby and Theoharis, two of the nation’s leading King experts, have shared a list of critical King reading.

They advised reading King’s books — including the lesser-known “The Trumpet of Conscious” and “All Labor Has Dignity” — and collected speeches and essays in “A Testament of Hope” and a “Single Garment of Destiny: A Global Vision of Justice.”

They also recommend the following speeches:

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NFL DFS players get a final opportunity to cash in this season when the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers meet in the 2020 Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 2. FanDuel is hosting a $3M Big Game Bowl, while DraftKings is running a $4M Super Bowl LIV Millionaire. Those are just a few of the daily Fantasy football tournaments available for Chiefs vs. 49ers, and the key to nailing your NFL DFS strategy will be finding overlooked NFL DFS picks that can return plenty of value.

Players like Patrick Mahomes, Jimmy Garoppolo, Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Raheem Mostert will be popular parts of NFL DFS stacks, but which players are undervalued and should be among the top 2020 Super Bowl DFS picks? Before finalizing any Chiefs vs. 49ers DFS lineups, be sure to see the NFL DFS advice from SportsLine’s Mike McClure, a daily Fantasy pro who has won almost $2 million in his career. 

McClure is also a predictive data engineer at SportsLine who uses a powerful prediction model that simulates every snap of every game 10,000 times, taking factors like matchups, statistical trends and injuries into account. This allows him to find the best NFL DFS values and create optimal lineups that he shares only over at SportsLine. They’re a must-see for any NFL DFS player.

McClure rolled through the 2019 NFL season, including a strong 3x return on DraftKings in the Week 3 main slate. On Sunday of Week 5, his optimal lineup finished in the top 1 percent of tournaments on DraftKings, with his four core players — Deshaun Watson, Michael Thomas, Christian McCaffrey and Will Fuller — combining for a whopping 196.34 points, enough to cash in tournaments by themselves. He followed that up by cashing his FanDuel and DraftKings lineups on Sunday Night Football and Monday Night Football in Week 6 and then cashed everywhere on his SNF lineups yet again in Week 7.

He continued his run with wins on both sites on the main slate, SNF and MNF in Week 8. He added 5x returns on his optimal lineups on both sites in Week 9 and cashed in main slate tournaments on both sites in Week 11. His Week 13 main slate lineups returned at least 10x on DraftKings and produced returns as high as 40x in higher-stakes tournaments. In Week 15, all of his lineups cashed handily, and then he continued his success in the divisional round, cashing on every lineup he posted on SportsLine. Anybody who has been following him has seen huge returns. 

Now, he has turned his attention to the NFL DFS player pool for the Super Bowl 2020 and locked in his top daily Fantasy football picks. You can only see them by heading to SportsLine.

Top NFL DFS picks for Super Bowl LIV

One of McClure’s top NFL DFS picks for the 2020 Super Bowl is 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. San Francisco’s dominant run game and big lead in the NFC Championship Game allowed Garoppolo to be a game-manager, but McClure is projecting a higher-scoring matchup that will force him into more passing attempts, and gaudier numbers, against the Chiefs.

Garoppolo has provided big returns for NFL DFS backers recently, hitting close to 5x value on DraftKings three times over the last eight weeks of the regular season. That span included four-touchdown performances against the Cardinals and Saints. The Chiefs will need to respect San Francisco’s run game after Raheem Mostert went off for four touchdown against the Packers, opening the door for big numbers for Garoppolo. 

Part of McClure’s optimal Super Bowl DFS strategy includes rostering Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill, who exploded for two touchdowns against the Titans in the AFC Championship Game. Despite missing several weeks with a shoulder injury this season, Hill still posted a solid 58-860-7 receiving line.

The Niners were stingy against the pass this season, but allowed Davante Adams to go off for nine catches for 138 yards last week and also gave up monster numbers late in the regular season to receivers like Julio Jones (13-134-2) and Robert Woods (8-117), so you can confidently lock Hill in as one of your top 49ers vs. Chiefs DFS picks. 

How to set your Super Bowl LIV DFS lineups

McClure is also targeting a player who could go off for massive numbers in Chiefs vs. 49ers because of a dream matchup. The stars are aligning for him to go for 30, even 40 points on FanDuel and DraftKings. This pick could be the difference between winning your tournaments or going home with nothing.

So who is DFS pro Mike McClure putting in his optimal NFL DFS lineups for the 2020 Super Bowl? And which player could put up tournament-winning numbers? Visit SportsLine now to see the full optimal tournament and cash game lineups from a professional DFS player who has almost $2 million in career winnings, and find out.

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A Chinese theme park has publicly apologized following their horrifying publicity stunt involving a bungee jumping pig.

Animal rights activists, as well as social-media users, are blasting Meixin Red Wine Town amusement park in southwestern municipality of Chongqing for the “disgusting” exploit, which was organized in celebration of their new bungee jumping attraction, as well as the upcoming Lunar New Year.

“We sincerely accept [the internet’s] criticism and advice and apologize to the public,” a spokesperson from the park said in a statement. “We will improve [our] marketing of the tourist site, to provide tourists with better services.”

The park denied accusations of animal cruelty, claiming it was an “experiment,” according to Beijing News.

The pig has reportedly been taken to the slaughterhouse since the plunge.

Via the park’s Weibo account, a Chinese social-media site, they wrote to followers, “We sincerely accept the criticism and advice given by many web users and hereby extend our sincere apology to web users and all communities of the society.”

Video footage taken on Saturday shows two men hoisting the approximately 165-pound pig up the 223-foot bungee drop.

“Humans are literally the worst creatures on planet earth,” a disgusted Twitter user posted.

“The pig’s screams are heart-rending,” wrote one critic in Chinese on social media.

“This is a super vulgar marketing tactic,” accused another.

PETA naturally got involved.

“A bungee jump is a scary experience even for consenting humans — just imagine the outright terror of being forcibly strung up by your legs and thrown from a high platform,” Jason Baker, PETA senior vice president of international campaigns, told Daily Mail.

In a separate statement to BBC News, Baker added that “pigs experience pain and fear in the same ways that we do, and this disgusting PR stunt should be illegal. The Chinese public’s angry response should be a wake-up call to China’s policy-makers to implement animal protection laws immediately.”

Chinese courts do not recognize animal cruelty as a crime. Nevertheless, there is growing concern of animal welfare among Chinese citizens.

“The theme park deserves every shred of the backlash it’s receiving online, and the Chinese public’s angry response should be a wake-up call to China’s policymakers that they must implement animal protection laws immediately,” Baker said.

Wendy Higgins, a spokesperson for Humane Society International, added to the outcry.

“Causing animals fear or suffering for a commercially motivated publicity stunt is truly vulgar,” she told the Daily Mail. “Unfortunately this kind of exploitation is not uncommon in China, symptomatic of a system that provides no legal protection for animals and no legal incentive to respect them as sentient beings and consider their welfare or feelings.”

She agrees the act should push the Chinese government to reckon with public opinion on animal cruelty.

“The outrage online to this incident is indicative of how out of step this cruelty is with the growing concern for animal protection among Chinese citizens, and it really is time that policymakers in China caught up with that sentiment.”

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The Cleveland Browns could hire Minnesota Vikings vice president of player personnel/assistant general manager George Paton as their next general manager in the coming days, according to Cleveland.com. Paton interviewed for the position Saturday. 

The other finalist is presumably Philadelphia Eagles vice president of football operations Andrew Berry. Berry was with the Browns from 2016-2018 and is a favorite of ownership as well as chief strategy officer Paul DePodesta. New England Patriots college scouting director Monti Ossenfort also interviewed for the position. 

The Browns hired Minnesota Vikings offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski as their head coach earlier this month. During the search, owner Jimmy Haslam stated his intentions to hire a head coach and allow that person to be involved in the team’s general manager search. 

“We are going to hire the coach first and then we will do the GM search. The coach will be involved in that process but will not have the final say.  [The head coach] will not have the final say but will be heavily involved in that process. In you all’s terms, we will not have an ‘arranged marriage.’ Let me just continue on because I think I know what you are going to ask, the coach and the GM will report to ownership as equals and obviously married up with each other,” Haslam said.   

Stefanski spent his entire NFL coaching career with Minnesota from 2006-2019. Paton was alongside him for all but one of those years, so the two have a strong relationship. With a similar philosophy in mind, the organization’s thinking should be stream-lined. Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has been in Minnesota since 2006 as well. His respect and admiration for Stefanski run deep. Paton has turned down multiple general manager opportunities over the years. He was a finalist for the San Francisco 49ers vacancy in 2017 but lost out to John Lynch. 

Cleveland reportedly offered former general manager John Dorsey a re-structured role within the organization but the seasoned personnel executive declined, which led to a parting of ways on Dec. 31. For at least the time being, the team still employs his loyal deputies: assistant general manager Eliot Wolf and vice president of player personnel Alonzo Highsmith

The Browns do not have many unrestricted free agents this offseason but there are some key names slated to hit the open market if Cleveland doesn’t act fast including Pro Bowl inside linebacker Joe Schobert’s, starting left tackle Greg Robinson and free safety Damarious Randall. Armed with the No. 10 overall selection, the franchise has ample assets to address their biggest offseason needs, which can be found at CBS Sports along with some potential prospects to watch.

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Syracuse, N.Y. — Shakeup in the men’s basketball Top 25 has been routine this season. Every week, seemingly bizarre results happen, which by now makes them not all that bizarre.

At any rate, it was a good week for New Jersey in the Top 25. (Hello, Rutgers.) And yep, there’s a new No. 1. Baylor, which has been my No. 1 for a couple weeks, convinced more voters to move it to the top spot.

The ACC is represented by Florida State (5), Louisville (6) and Duke (8). Syracuse, by the way, has yet to play any of those teams and faces them just once each this season. Duke is at home, FSU and Louisville on the road.

Here’s the poll, which was delayed today by technical trouble:

1 Baylor 1591 (33) 15-1 2

2 Gonzaga 1588 (31) 20-1 1

3 Kansas 1470 (1) 14-3 6

4 San Diego State 1422 19-0 7

5 Florida State 1335 16-2 9

6 Louisville 1303 15-3 11

7 Dayton 1139 16-2 13

8 Duke 1065 15-3 3

9 Villanova 1055 14-3 14

10 Seton Hall 1034 14-4 18

11 Michigan State 1004 14-4 15

12 Oregon 886 15-4 8

13 Butler 867 15-3 5

14 West Virginia 758 14-3 12

15 Kentucky 755 13-4 10

16 Auburn 637 15-2 4

17 Maryland 525 14-4 17

18 Texas Tech 399 56 12-5 23

19 Iowa 398 61 13-5 –

20 Memphis 394 53 14-3 22

21 Illinois 280 54 13-5 24

22 Arizona 225 40 13-5 –

23 Colorado 154 36 14-4 20

24 Rutgers 152 41 14-4 –

25 Houston 151 38 14-4 –

Also receiving votes: Wichita State 94, LSU 83, Michigan 73, UNI 42 , Ohio State 36, Stanford 28, Wisconsin 28, Penn State 24, Liberty 21, Florida 21, Arkansas 19, Virginia 13, Creighton 13, Duquesne 13, Purdue 9, East Tennessee State 6, Indiana 6, Southern California 4, Marquette 2, Brigham Young 2, Harvard 1

I’m voting again this season in the Top 25. Scroll below to see the ballot I submitted Sunday.

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Florida State guard Anthony Polite (2) reacts to the team’s 54-50 win over Virginia in an NCAA college basketball game in Tallahassee, Fla., Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Wallheiser) APAP

The top three on my ballot seemed pretty simple. But then, the rest of the ballot was difficult, daunting exercise.

I kept Baylor at No. 1, but moved Gonzaga to No. 2 after Duke inexplicably lost twice last week. The Blue Devils were a bit exposed in both of those losses: How do they play without foul-plagued Vernon Carey? And who can make jump shots? Also, they did not guard Clemson all that well in that loss.

Florida State has won nine straight, just barely surviving on the road in Miami on Saturday. Louisville beat Duke, but just slipped past Pittsburgh. Seton Hall, to me, had the best week, with big wins over Butler and St. John’s to stay unbeaten in the competitive Big East. The Pirates have two home games this week; they have been very good in their own building.

I don’t know how good San Diego State is, since it has rarely been challenged its league, but 19-0 is 19-0 and that record includes wins over Iowa and Creighton. Dayton is one of those national treasure teams that hasn’t registered yet with me. I think the Flyers are good. But are they Top 10 good? Not sure about that. I don’t think the A-10 is all that special this season and at this point, a win over St. Mary’s is the best win on Dayton’s resume.

I added Houston this week at No. 23. I added Rutgers at 24. I added back Florida at 25. The Gators, to me, might be the most puzzling team in college basketball, though there are plenty of contenders. They seem to have a ton of talent. But they haven’t won a ton of games. Still, they throttled Auburn, which has finally played some good teams, and they have decent wins over Alabama and Xavier. This week, they’ve got LSU and Baylor to prove themselves.

And welcome, Rutgers. It’s been awhile. (1979, to be exact.)

My ballot:

1) Baylor

2) Gonzaga

3) Kansas

4) San Diego State

5) Florida State

6) Seton Hall

7) Louisville

8) Michigan State

9) Duke

10) Villanova

11) Dayton

12) West Virginia

13) Butler

14) Kentucky

15) Maryland

16) Oregon

17) Iowa

18) Auburn

19) Texas Tech

20) Arizona

21) Illinois

22) Wisconsin

23) Houston

24) Rutgers

25) Florida

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Niagara University's offers electric vehicle charging stations in front of the Castellani art Museum. They were unveiled in 2017 by Katelyn Ruszkowski, a graduate student and member of the NU Goes Green club; Dr. Mark Gallo, professor of biology and co-chair of the sustainability committee; and the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of NU.

Niagara University’s offers electric vehicle charging stations in front of the Castellani art Museum. They were unveiled in 2017 by Katelyn Ruszkowski, a graduate student and member of the NU Goes Green club; Dr. Mark Gallo, professor of biology and co-chair of the sustainability committee; and the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of NU.

Utility support will accelerate development of electric vehicle charging stations

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recently announced the New York State Department of Public Service issued a report recommending the establishment of a statewide utility-supported “make-ready” program to promote responsible electric vehicle charging station deployment. In addition, the governor announced more than 20,000 rebates have been approved for New Yorkers to purchase electric cars under the Drive Clean Rebate initiative, which provides residents with a rebate of up to $2,000 for the purchase or lease of a new electric car from participating dealers.

In his 2020 State of the State address Cuomo underscored New York’s commitment to further encourage electric vehicle, or EV, ownership. Specifically, the governor directed the Department of Public Service, in consultation with stakeholders, to propose a make-ready initiative that provides utility support to accelerate the development of the EV charging infrastructure needed to meet the expected EV growth in the next five years.

“Accelerating electric vehicle ownership is a key component of New York’s nation-leading plan to fight clime change and grow our clean energy economy,”  Cuomo said. “The ‘make-ready’ initiative will direct the state’s utilities to build the grid infrastructure needed to enable the installation of publicly accessible chargers, encouraging more New Yorkers to choose electric vehicles while creating jobs and ensuring our energy dollars stay in-state.”

The report recommends the Public Service Commission direct the state’s major electric utilities to build the grid infrastructure needed to enable installation of publicly accessible EV charging stations. To support EV deployment in New York, the report recommends a number of actions to leverage the utilities’ expertise and unique position to promote zero-emission vehicle adoption. The PSC has already approved initiatives to encourage the zero emission’s market, including residential time-of-use rates for EV charging and annual per-plug incentives to buy down the cost of installing publicly accessible direct current fast charger stations. The PSC has also approved a number of EV demonstration and pilot projects, and the utilities have developed the framework needed to rollout EVs.

The “make-ready” program would run through 2025 to coincide with New York’s goal of deploying 850,000 zero-emission vehicles by the end of that year. The program will improve EV economics for developers by covering up to 90% of the costs to make-ready a site for EV charging. The report also proposes the utilities be required to incorporate EV charging scenarios into their annual capital planning processes to encourage thoughtful siting of charging infrastructure. This proposal will encourage accelerated, forward-thinking development of charging infrastructure that is estimated to provide New Yorkers with over $2.6 billion in net benefits and supports the achievement of the State’s transportation electrification and clean energy goals.

A press release explained, “Thoughtful siting of charging infrastructure will support reduced installation costs, improved site host acceptance and maximized use from drivers. An EV charging infrastructure forecast would require electric utilities to identify locations suitable for electric vehicle supply equipment and infrastructure siting, and to proactively educate developers on synergistic cost-saving opportunities. The report recommends that the utilities establish a common suitability criterion to identify potential public charging sites, with the objective of maximizing public charging utilization to ensure efficient use of customer funds invested and provide fair and equitable access and benefit to all utility customers, including those in disadvantaged communities.

“As EV prices come down and more EVs come to the market, it will be appropriate to develop more charging infrastructure in environmental justice communities – who have been disproportionately impacted by air pollution – and rural neighborhoods. Additionally, communities with low vehicle ownership rates, which are disproportionately impacted by air pollutants due to their proximity to heavily trafficked roads and highways, will benefit from a greater share of EVs on the roads.

“New York state has a number of initiatives to support medium and heavy-duty vehicle electrification underway, including bus fleets, which provide additional access to EVs and improved air quality for many disadvantaged communities.

Fast-charger EV stations developed in the first year of the “make-ready” program are expected to have positive financial returns for all regions and site configurations, except for the larger 150 kW stations located in upstate New York. Given publicly visible and accessible infrastructure’s vital role in assuaging range anxiety, the report recommends each region in upstate New York be eligible for additional incentives to make four or more fast charging locations available in every region.

The EVolve NY initiative, administered by the New York Power Authority, has committed $250 million to expand public fast charging along key transit corridors, creating new charging hubs in major cities and airports, and establishing electric vehicle-friendly model communities that will encourage residents to transition to driving electric vehicles.

The additional infrastructure will complement the goals of the state’s Drive Clean Rebate initiative, a $70 million plug-in hybrid and electric car rebate and outreach initiative to encourage the growth of clean and non-polluting car use in New York, promote the reduction of carbon emissions in the transportation sector and help reduce vehicle prices for consumers. Of this, $55 million is dedicated to rebates of up to $2,000 for the purchase of a new plug-in hybrid electric car, all-electric car or hydrogen fuel cell car.

The remaining $15 million is to support improving consumer awareness of electric cars and their benefits, installing more charging stations across the state, developing and demonstrating new electric car-enabling technologies and other efforts to put more electric cars on New York’s roadways.

Since it was launched, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, which administers the initiative, has approved more than $29 million in rebates for New Yorkers who purchased or leased 45 different types of cars. Overall, most people received rebates of $1,100 or more for their new electric cars.

News Yorkers in each county of the state received rebates. Approximately 33% of the approved rebates were received by Long Island consumers, followed by drivers in the Mid-Hudson region.

Below is a complete breakdown of rebate applications by region:

John B. Rhodes, Department of Public Service CEO, said, “The energy system of the future and the transportation system of the future need electric vehicles. This report proposes smart, forward-looking utility investments that are good for both electric customers and for car owners, and that accelerate Gov. Cuomo’s clean energy and clean transportation strategy.”

Alicia Barton, president and CEO, NYSERDA said, “The ‘make-ready’ program is the latest signal to New Yorkers that they can confidently and reliably transition to electric vehicles under Gov. Cuomo’s vision for advancing the use of cleaner, greener vehicles across the state and ultimately eliminating our carbon footprint. We have already approved more than 20,000 rebates under the Drive Clean Rebate program making it clear that the state is laser-focused on providing residents with affordable clean energy solutions that will reduce emissions, safeguard our environment and ensure cleaner communities.”

Gil C. Quiniones, NYPA president and CEO, said, “Accelerating the addition of more charging stations statewide is key to the successful encouragement and support of electric car adoption in New York state. The ‘make-ready’ program will further encourage the important collaboration between utilities and developers so that more charging infrastructure can be built. New York state is committed to creating an environment of convenience and ease for current and potential EV drivers. Our comprehensive approach will help make zero-emission vehicles the natural option for both business and personal travel for New Yorkers.”

The “make-ready” program supports the governor’s recent State of the State announcement on electric vehicles calling on NYPA to install 10 or more fast-charging locations in every Regional Economic Development Council region by the end of 2022. The governor’s EV policy also calls for every travel plaza on the New York State Thruway to have charging stations installed by NYPA by the end of 2024 and for at least 800 new chargers to be installed over the next five years.

The recommendations in the report also build on New York’s EV expansion efforts through Cuomo’s Charge NY initiative, which set and exceeded its ambitious goals of 30,000 EVs and 3,000 EV charging stations by the end of 2018. More than 45,000 electric vehicles have been purchased in New York since 2013 – more than 48 other states – and New York has installed roughly 4,000 charging stations during the same period.

New York has climate change mitigation policies that are reflected in the adoption of the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act. The CLCPA establishes the state goal of economy-wide net zero greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a reduction of GHG emissions from all anthropogenic sources by at least 85% over 1990 levels by the year 2050, with an interim target of at least a 40% reduction by the year 2030. The CLCPA requires both substantial emissions reductions and complementary adaptation measures to address the severe impacts of climate change, including transportation electrification as a mitigation measure to harness substantial emissions reductions. New York’s transportation sector is responsible for more of the state’s carbon dioxide emissions than any other sector, and these emissions are growing.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s legal team called on the Senate on Monday to “swiftly reject” the impeachment charges and acquit him, arguing that lawmakers would “permanently weaken the presidency” by removing him from office over what it characterized as policy and political differences.

In a 110-page brief submitted to the Senate the day before his trial begins in earnest, the president’s lawyers advanced their first sustained legal argument since the House opened its inquiry last fall, contending that the two articles of impeachment approved largely along party lines were constitutionally flawed and set a dangerous precedent.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers insisted that neither of the two charges lodged against Mr. Trump — abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — is valid, because they do not state any specific violation of the law. They maintained that the accusations in effect seek to punish the president for foreign policy decisions and efforts to preserve executive prerogatives.

“They do not remotely approach the constitutional threshold for removing a president from office,” the brief said. “The diluted standard asserted here would permanently weaken the presidency and forever alter the balance among the branches of government in a matter that offends the constitutional design established by the founders.”

In their own detailed legal brief submitted on Saturday, the House impeachment managers outlined their case that Mr. Trump corruptly solicited foreign interference in the 2020 election for his own benefit, by pressuring Ukraine to announce investigations into his political rivals while withholding a nearly $400 million package of military aid the country desperately needed.

The president’s brief did not deny that Mr. Trump leaned on Ukraine to announce the investigations into Democrats, including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., but argued that the president had the right to conduct relations with other countries as he saw fit and that he had valid reasons to raise those issues with Ukraine to fight corruption.

The lawyers dismissed the notion that doing so was an abuse of power, as outlined in the first article of impeachment, calling that a “novel theory” and a “newly invented” offense that would allow Congress to second-guess presidents for legitimate policy choices.

“House Democrats’ concocted theory that the president can be impeached for taking permissible actions if he does them for what they believe to be the wrong reasons would also expand the impeachment power beyond constitutional bounds,” the brief said. “It is the president who defines foreign policy,” it added, and said Mr. Trump had “legitimate concerns” in raising the issues involving Democrats with the Ukrainians.

The lawyers argued that the second article, accusing Mr. Trump of obstructing Congress by blocking testimony and refusing to turn over documents during the House impeachment inquiry, was “frivolous and dangerous” because it would invalidate a president’s right to confidential deliberations in violation of separation of powers.

While the White House brief argued that the articles did not allege an actual crime, a report released last week by the Government Accountability Office, an independent, nonpartisan government agency, found that the Trump administration did violate the law by withholding $391 million in security aid to Ukraine allocated by Congress. The decision to freeze the aid was directed by the president himself, and during the House impeachment inquiry, administration officials testified that they had raised concerns that were ignored.

The president’s legal team took issue with that interpretation and said that in any case it was irrelevant because it was not included in the articles of impeachment themselves. The brief stressed that Mr. Trump ultimately did release the aid without the Ukrainians announcing the investigations he sought. But the money was only delivered only after a whistle-blower had filed a complaint alleging impropriety by the president and lawmakers had opened their own investigation into why the money had been blocked.

The House Democratic managers had their own noon deadline to produce a response to a shorter filing by Mr. Trump’s team on Saturday that responded to the impeachment charges against him. Democrats argued that Mr. Trump’s behavior was not only amply proven during the course of their inquiry but clearly met the standard laid out by the framers of the Constitution for impeachable offenses.

The president weighed in himself from Florida, where he was spending the holiday weekend, complaining that he had not been treated fairly and dismissing demands by Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the minority leader, and other Democrats for a trial that would include witnesses and testimony that the president has so far blocked.

“Cryin’ Chuck Schumer is now asking for ‘fairness’, when he and the Democrat House members worked together to make sure I got ZERO fairness in the House,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “So, what else is new?”

He specifically mocked suggestions that the Senate call John R. Bolton, his former national security adviser, as a witness during the trial.

“They didn’t want John Bolton and others in the House,” Mr. Trump wrote. “They were in too much of a rush. Now they want them all in the Senate. Not supposed to be that way!”

In fact, House Democrats did want Mr. Bolton to testify in their proceedings, but he refused, citing Mr. Trump’s insistence that his current and former advisers not participate. House Democrats did not issue a subpoena or otherwise pursue the matter, concluding that a lengthy, drawn-out court fight to compel Mr. Bolton’s testimony would drag out the matter for months. Mr. Bolton has since said he would testify in a Senate trial if subpoenaed.

Mr. Bolton would be an important witness not only because his position gave him access to the president and his decisions on Ukraine, but because other witnesses have testified that he opposed the pressure campaign to obtain incriminating information about Democrats. He referred to it as a “drug deal” and called Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer who was pressing the Ukrainians to help, a “hand grenade” that would blow up in everyone’s face, according to testimony.

The Senate will dive head first into the trial with when it returns to Washington on Tuesday, beginning with what is expected to be a contentious partisan debate over the ground rules before moving to live oral arguments later in the week.

But by midday Monday, Republicans had not yet released a draft of the resolution governing the proceedings that they plan to muscle through along party lines, leaving the House managers and Senate Democrats grumbling and mostly in the dark about what was to come.

Modeled on the procedures for President Bill Clinton’s 1999 trial, a draft of the resolution prepared by Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Republican majority leader, affords the managers and the president’s lawyers 24 hours each to present their case. Unlike that earlier trial, however, this time Republicans are contemplating insisting that the prosecution and defense use their time over just two marathon days — allowing the Senate to get through opening arguments this week.

If it did, senators would then have time early next week to pose questions to the two sides before a undertaking a debate over whether to call witnesses or new documentary evidence. Democrats plan to oppose the organizing resolution on Tuesday because they want a built-in guarantee of witnesses at the outset, arguing that anything less constitutes an attempt by Mr. McConnell and his allies to rush an acquittal of the president.

A draft of the resolution also proposes giving Mr. Trump’s lawyers the right to make a motion early in the trial, before oral arguments, to dismiss the case altogether, according to Republicans who have reviewed it.

That presents Mr. Trump’s legal team with a dilemma. The president has called for an outright dismissal and his outspoken conservative allies say they want the opportunity to vote. But with moderate Senate Republicans insistent on hearing the case out, any motion to dismiss would almost certainly fail in a vote on the Senate floor, dealing Mr. Trump a setback at the outset of the trial.

Peter Baker reported from Washington, and Maggie Haberman from New York. Nicholas Fandos contributed reporting from Washington.

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