When we last spoke to John Morgan Kimock, the drummer was gearing up to debut his exciting new project JMMY. Though Kimock is part of a number of bands, including that of Mike Gordon and K I M O C K, a project with his father Steve Kimock, JMMY is something totally unique. “JMMY is like an incubator for me to re-establish some of my core musicality that I feel like I didn’t get to work on as much as I would have liked to in the past.”After sharing the debut JMMY track “Low Lands” earlier this year, the collaboration between Kimock and Alex Luquet is pushing forward with a brand new music video. Titled “Telephone,” the new song and video takes a look at our generation’s obsession with phones. “The video came about with my bud Jason Gallagher just hearing the track, and putting it together with a library of telephone related footage that he had been collecting. He has a good eye for these types of audio/visual connections,” said Kimock.“I sort of see hints of the whole telephone addiction in there, which is starting to bubble up as an actual thing in today’s society.”We’re excited to premiere the new video! Produced by Todd Shied and directed by Jason Gallagher, watch “Telephone” streaming below.Kimock is keeping busy throughout the remainder of 2016, playing shows with all of his projects at different times. JMMY kicks off a run of shows throughout the Northeast this week, and the band will be joined by Justin Mazer (American Babies) for every show of the run! The drummer will also be touring with Mike Gordon and K I M O C K throughout October and November. Check out the full tour schedule below!JMMY DatesOctober 5 – Bishops Lounge Northampton MA w. Beau SasserOctober 6 – Burlington VT – TBAOctober 7 – The Funhouse Bethlehem PA w. DJ DiscreetOctober 8 – River St. Jazz Cafe w. Wayne KrantzMike Gordon Dates11/18 – Delmar Hall, St. Louis, MO11/19 – Majestic Theatre, Madison, WI11/20 – Park West, Chicago, IL11/22 – Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA11/23 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY11/25 – Higher Ground, Burlington, VT11/26 – The Egg, Albany, NY11/28 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA11/29 – Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC12/01 – Orange Peel, Asheville, NC12/02 – Cannery Ballroom, Nashville, TN12/03 – Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA12/09 – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA12/10 – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MA12/11 – The Sinclair, Cambridge, MAKIMOCK DatesOctober 26 – The HopMonk Sebastopol CAOctober 27 – Arcata Theatre Arcata CAOctober 28 – Rogue Theatre Grants Pass OROctober 29 – Aladdin Theatre Portland ORJan 12 – Club Quattro – Osaka JPJan 14 – Unit Tokyo JPJan 15 – Yokohama Bay Hall Yokohama JP
Governor Announces Secretary Kathy Manderino Leaving Department of Labor and Industry to Join Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board July 14, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Latest News, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today announced that Secretary Kathy Manderino is leaving the Department of Labor and Industry (L&I) to join the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, effective August 1. The Governor has named Robert O’Brien acting secretary.“Throughout her career, from her service in the state legislature to working in the private sector or leading the Department of Labor and Industry, Kathy has always served with distinction for the people of Pennsylvania,” Governor Wolf said. “I thank Kathy for her tremendous contributions to the department and I have great confidence in Bob to continue leading the department forward.”“Being chosen by Governor Wolf to lead the Department of Labor and Industry is one of my greatest honors, and I look forward to a new chapter on the gaming board.” said Secretary Manderino. “I am especially proud to have worked side by side with the agency’s dedicated public servants. Our accomplishments are transforming L&I to better provide services to the residents of Pennsylvania.”Under Secretary Manderino’s leadership, L&I:Increased overall efficiency at the State Workers Insurance Fund through the use of continued process improvements and targeted investments in employee skill development to improve the premium to loss ratio by 22 percent;Improved the Uninsured Employers Guaranty Fund expenses by bringing third party claims in-house and saving more than $500,000 annually;Implemented a virtual phone system and internet claims filing for unemployment insurance to enhance customer service and instituted continuous process improvements to enable the unemployment compensation system to exceed federal performance benchmarks, which the state had not been achieving for many years;Increased enforcement of safety provisions to protect Pennsylvania’s patients and workers through Acts 72 and 102;Added 1,714 new apprentices and 66 new registered apprenticeship occupations statewide through the newly-created Apprenticeship Training Office; andIncreased vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment – in 2016, Pennsylvania had 13,187 individuals with a disability enter the workforce, the largest of any state in the nation.Prior to her appointment in 2015, Secretary Manderino was campaign manager of The Campaign for Fair Education Funding, a broad-based statewide coalition that advocates for a fair and adequate funding formula for public education in Pennsylvania. She also served as senior vice president of Intercommunity Action Inc., and for 18 years was a Pennsylvania state representative for the 194th district in Philadelphia and Montgomery counties. Prior to being elected to public office, Secretary Manderino was a private practice attorney in Philadelphia.“It has been my honor to have worked with Secretary Manderino the past two years,” said O’Brien. “Her dedication to the department and the people of Pennsylvania has been truly inspiring. I want to thank Governor Wolf for the opportunity to serve as Acting Secretary.”O’Brien currently serves as L&I’s executive deputy secretary, assisting Secretary Manderino with the day-to-day operations of the department.After graduating from Pierce College in 1974, O’Brien began a 28-year career in the construction industry as a sheet metal journeyman, foreman and general foreman. He also held elected office in Sheet Metal Workers Union Local # 19 and served as director of political education from 1998 until March 2003.O’Brien joined L&I in 2003 as Director of the Bureau of Labor Law Compliance and was executive deputy secretary from 2008 until leaving the department in 2011 to become the principal and managing director of the North Second Street Group.O’Brien is also a member of the Pennsylvania Governor’s Occupational Safety and Health Advisory Committee (GOSH).