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Here at 60 Bay Street, we are privileged to be able to view Fleet Week's Parade of Sail traveling beneath the Verrazano Bridge towards the Statue of Liberty. This year's celebration marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812 and the penning of the Star-Spangled Banner which was first a poem by Francis Scott Key written while he watched the bombardment of Fort McHenry by the British Royal Navy. As we honor our U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, we sit here high atop our office watching glorious sailing vessels pass our windows, and with pride, our grand military ships.

"The Staten Island Chamber of Commerce's Legislative Trip to Washington D.C."

I had the pleasure of accompanying five of my colleagues from the Staten Island Chamber of Commerce on our annual trip to Washington D.C. on May 9th and May 10th. As a member of the Board of Directors at the Chamber as well as the Executive Board's Treasurer, and co-chair of the Chamber's Small Business Committee, I was well aware of the work we had in front of us to convince our legislators that serious consideration of a plan to relieve Staten Island businesses and residents from the tremendous burdens imposed by the recently-increased tolls connecting Staten Island to New Jersey and the rest of New York City was warranted.

Getting What You Pay For?

A recent study from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) was done comparing the quality of nursing home care around the country. This study was the first of its kind, focusing on quality and staffing amongst the ten (10) largest for-profit nursing home chains. The major complaint of families and residents alike is poor quality of nursing home care and the study found that this complaint was most common in for-profit facilities. Charlene Harrington, RN, PhD, professor emeritus of sociology and nursing at the UCSF School of Nursing found "the top 10 chains have a strategy of keeping labor costs low to increase profits... they are not making quality a priority." The study further showed that the ten (10) largest for-profit chains were cited for thirty six (36%) more deficiencies and forty one (41%) more serious deficiencies than the top rated facilities. Deficiencies range from resident weight loss, failure to prevent pressure sores and falls to infections and other problems that can seriously harm residents.

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