Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Gov. Cuomo’s Tropical Storm Response (NYT)
The New York Times is mostly positive in its assessment of Gov. Cuomo’s response to Tropical Storm Irene. It recounts how the governor -- who has experience dealing with hurricanes from his time in the Clinton Administration -- immediately sprung into action, dispatching staffers throughout New York to ride out the storm and traveling to the hardest hit areas of the state afterwards. The governor might stumble if the recovery doesn’t go well, but he’s managing expectations: “There will be months of work,” the governor said. “You have road projects, bridge projects that will be months and months of work.”
New Jersey’s Tough Anti-Bullying Law Goes Into Effect Sept. 1 (NYT)
The law calls for bullied students to report their tormentors to the police and teaches elementary schoolchildren the difference between telling and tattling. High school students will also learn that if they see bullying, they have an obligation to try and report it. But some superintendents and school board members say they haven’t been given resources to implement the new law.
Four Major Events Will Put a Strain on the NYPD (Daily News)
The U.S. Open, the West Indian American Day Carnival Parade, the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and a U.N. General Assembly meeting will spread NYPD resources thin in the coming weeks.
Leaders of 9/11 Panel Call Action Plan Unfinished (WSJ)
Former 9/11 Commission co-chairmen Tom Kean and Lee Hamilton will issue a report today calling attention to “glaring gaps” in the implementation of the commission’s original recommendations that require urgent attention "because the threat from al Qaeda, related terrorist groups, and individual adherents to violent Islamist extremism persists."
Man Who Framed Ex-Girlfriend May Have Framed Others (NYT)
A Queens woman was released from prison in December after police discovered they’d been tricked into believing she’d committed a series of stickup robberies by her ex-boyfriend. Now prosecutors say they’re investigating whether Jerry Ramrattan may have done this before to others. Ramrattan allegedly set up Seemona Sumasar after she refused to drop rape charges against him. Prosecutors say after the New York Times published an article last month about the scheme, more people came forward accusing Ramrattan of the same thing.
Top Designers Ditch Garment District (DNAinfo)
Vera Wang, Oscar de la Renta, Erin Fetherston and Alice+Olivia are the latest New York designers to leave the historic garment district. New York-based designer de la Renta points out that the area has been in decline for years as the center of New York fashion: "Whether we have designers still on Seventh Avenue or somewhere else, we are all New York designers, and that’s what matters.”
Besides Outages, Another Bone to Pick with Con Ed (Daily News)
Some Brooklyn residents are complaining that Con Edison is pruning city street trees into odd shapes - like the letter Y and doughnut holes. "It looks pathetic. I cry. It makes the tree look terrible," said one woman. Con Ed officials said the practice is widespread and has gone on for decades around the city.
Former President of National Arts Club Sues to Stay in Club-Owned Apartments (DNAinfo)
The latest chapter in this ongoing saga finds former National Arts Club president O. Aldon James suing the group to ward off its attempts to eject him, his twin brother and a family friend from three apartments owned by the club. The National Arts Club is investigating the three men for misusing the club’s finances for personal expenses and taking over the apartments and using them to hoard personal items.