|Sen. Brian Schatz with the late Madeleine Albright and Sen. Chris Coons. Schatz praised Albright today and explained that she is family to him. Albright's daughter is married to Schatz's brother. Photo from twitter.|
"MADELEINE ALBRIGHT'S STORY IS AN INSPIRATION TO MANY IN HAWAI'I," said Gov. Ige today, after the announcement of her death at age 84.
"She was a refugee and immigrant who believed in the ideals of our nation and dedicated her life to upholding them. Her leadership as the nation's top diplomat and first female Secretary of State changed the course of world history. During her years of unwavering service, she was a source of inspiration to women and girls everywhere. Dawn and I send our deepest condolences to her family and loved ones," said the governor.
Schatz described Albright as "a tireless and sharp political strategist, the kind of person who would watch CSPAN for fun, who was endlessly fascinated by politics at all levels, from municipal elections to the United Nations. I remember all of our long talks about everything, but mostly about our two shared loves, family and politics over a meal, which she would let me pay for occasionally.
Albright spoke at a League of Conservation Voters Action Fund fundraising breakfast for Schatz in 2013. Both Albright and Schatz served on the board of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation. According to a Civil Beat report, contributions to Schatz campaigns have come from Albright herself as well as Albright Capital Management executive Gregory Bowes, Wyoming rancher Joe Albright, Katie Albright, and Schatz's brother, San Francisco attorney Jacob Schatz.
of State's National Museum of Diplomacy. See https://readmypins.state.gov/see-the-pins/
With 55 vehicles and free ridership, the county aims to attract more people to forgo their private vehicles for public transportation.
New transportation chief for Hawai'i County,
John Andoh. Photo from Hele On
Andoh, who assumed the county's top transportation post in early January, presented the mass transit master plan to County Council's Committee on Public Works & Mass Transportation. He said that five of the electric buses plus solar voltaic charging stations at Hilo baseyard, Mo'oheau bus station and Puna Kai shopping center will be operated through a state contract with Sustainability Partners, LLC. Five additional electric buses will come through a federal grant. According to the plan, which requires Council approval, Sustainability Partners will receive income from the county for their buses, maintenance and for building out and running the charging stations to serve some 20 electric buses.
With he busses running at no cost to riders, the county will pay for public transportation using income from general excise taxes. The goal is to use solar and hydrogen to eventually get the fleet off fossil fuel and avoid drawing electricity from the grid to run the buses. Another proposal presented by Andoh to the County Council is approval of accepting a dozen buses being retired from the City & County of Honolulu as a stopgap along the way to fossil-fuel free transportation.
"However, some private vendors may maintain COVID-19 testing operations islandwide, and the County of Hawaiʻi Civil Defense Administration will maintain its database on alternative testing locations, which may be found at hawaiicounty.gov/testing."