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Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Round-the-Clock WTC Work Disturbs Downtown Residents (DNAinfo)
Residents of luxury apartments overlooking the World Trade Center construction site say jackhammers wake them up in the morning and keep them up at night. The Port Authority says it plans to continue working 19 hours a day, seven days a week, to get the project done by 2013.
Newark Council Rejects Mayor Booker’s Proposed Budget (Star-Ledger)
The Council says a proposed 7 percent property tax increase is far too high. The $774 million plan would have cost the average Newark resident $400 more dollars a year. A revised budget is due August 3rd.
Rep. Michael Grimm in Bed With Tanning Lobby (NY Daily News)
Republican Congressman Michael Grimm of Staten Island sponsored legislation to repeal a 10 percent tax on the tanning industry. He received a $500 donation from the president of the tanning lobby soon thereafter. Alison Gendar reports that “Grimm pushed for the repeal June 2, claiming it was unfair to make small business and middle-class sun-worshipers pay for ‘Obamacare.’”
St. Ann’s Warehouse Moves On; Will Find New Home Outside DUMBO (Brooklyn Paper)
The artistic director sent an email to supporters saying that the company will have to leave DUMBO since it wasn’t able to secure a location at the old Tobacco Warehouse. A federal judge ruled last week that the park service violated the rules when it agreed to let St. Ann’s Warehouse convert the building to a performance space. The director mostly blamed neighborhood preservation groups for suing.
Cuomo Says Jobs Will Be Focus of His Next 6 Months (NYT)
After a string of legislative victories, Andrew Cuomo is promoting a new agenda for his next phase as governor. Cuomo plans to create 10 regional economic development councils that will create jobs thanks to $130 million in grants and tax credits. He says his administration will spend more time outside of Albany in the coming months.
Two 14-Year-Olds Labeled Sex Offenders for Life (Star-Ledger)
An appellate court says rough housing “with a sexual connotation” is a sex crime and requires the two teens to be labeled sex offenders for life. The three-judge panel acknowledged the severity of the decision but ruled it was in line with New Jersey’s Megan’s Law. One of the boys, told a family court judge he had sat on the faces of a pair of 12-year-old schoolmates with his bare buttocks in November 2008 "cause I thought it was funny and I was trying to get my friends to laugh.”
43% of Subway Fare Jumpers Are Children (NY Daily News)
Officially, children taller than 44 inches must pay the fare, but parents rarely follow through. And they ask why should they when the MTA doesn’t enforce the rule anyway? An MTA report says the agency misses out on millions each year because of kids ducking under the turnstiles.
City Reverses Course on Protections for School Bus Drivers (NYT)
The Bloomberg Administration had for years been arguing alongside transportation union lawyers for an extension on protections for school bus drivers. But now it’s asking the Cuomo Administration to help them get out of its obligations.
Editorial: Ray Kelly Is Right, Crimefighting Isn’t Free (NY Post)
Yesterday Ray Kelly said the NYPD cannot continue to function if Washington or City Hall budget gaps cause the agency’s budget to be trimmed. Mayor Bloomberg has no cuts planned, but the city faces a multi-billion dollar budget gap next year. The editorial board writes: “Kelly deserves the benefit of the doubt when he says his headcount, now around 35,000, can't go lower.”