Month: July 2016

Government Approves Limited Number of Flights to Havana, Cuba

Havana, Cuba pic

Havana, Cuba
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Kevin Martoken works as a fund accountant for Grassi and Co, an accounting service in New York City. Also an avid traveler, Kevin Martoken has spent time visiting the Caribbean Islands.

Cuba is currently being opened to US visitors. The United States government recently approved a limited number of flights to and from the once-embargoed country.

Earlier this year, President Obama announced his intent to re-establish a relationship with Cuba, declaring his plan to end the embargo. A number of United States-based airlines have since been approved to eventually offer flights to Cuba, but none were approved to offer them directly into the country’s capital of Havana. In July, the Obama administration awarded eight airlines the approval to fly directly into Havana.

American Airlines, JetBlue, Delta, United, Southwest, and several others received the okay for flights into Cuba’s capital. The government also approved 10 cities from which flights to Havana can originate. The approval included New York City, Houston, Atlanta, Newark, and Los Angeles. Also approved are Charlotte, North Carolina, and the Florida cities of Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Fort Lauderdale. Flights into Cuba, both Havana and other areas, are expected to start in late 2016.

Mets Community Ticket Program

Mets Community Ticket Program pic

Mets Community Ticket Program
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Kevin Martoken is a fund accountant with Grassi & Co in New York City, New York, where he has been since 2013. Previously he held employment with Ryan Associates and the Avenue Capital Group. An athlete, Kevin Martoken enjoys playing in local leagues and also supports the New York Mets and the Giants.

The New York Mets offer complimentary tickets to nonprofit organizations through the Community Ticket Program, which is a part of the Commissioner’s Community Initiative and the MLB & Players Give Back programs. The initiative is intended to enhance the lives of the less fortunate, including underprivileged and at-risk youth, senior citizens, and medically dependant or disabled citizens. The organization accepts applications on a rolling basis and gives a response within two weeks.

Tickets are for specific dates and include several stipulations. They cannot be used for raffles or fundraisers, they cannot be resold, and they cannot be exchanged. To learn about the additional guidelines or more about the program, visit https://secure.mlb.com/nym/community/community_ticket_program.jsp.