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Friday, June 29, 2012

NYPD
Crime Report Manipulation Is Common Among NY Police, Study Finds (NYT)
Wendy Ruderman reports: “An anonymous survey of nearly 2,000 retired officers found that the manipulation of crime reports — downgrading crimes to lesser offenses and discouraging victims from filing complaints to make crime statistics look better — has long been part of the culture of the New York Police Department. The results showed that pressure on officers to artificially reduce crime rates, while simultaneously increasing summonses and the number of people stopped and often frisked on the street, has intensified in the last decade, the two criminologists who conducted the research said in interviews this week.”

BUSINESS
Another Food Company Deepens Roots in the Bronx, But Reception is Mixed (NYT)
Winnie Hu reports: “In the first major expansion of Hunts Point in three years, the Chefs’ Warehouse, a specialty-foods distributor, has agreed to take over a 176,000-square-foot building next June that it has shared space in since 2003. The deal is expected to create 100 new jobs in the next five years.”

BUSINESS
New York No. 3 in Corporate Venture Capital (Crain’s)
Mary Shell reports: “Despite holding silver to California in overall venture capital deals last quarter, New York lags behind both California and Massachusetts for investments from corporations, according to a new report.
The Empire State trailed in both volume and dollar value during the first quarter of 2012. It claimed just 5% of corporate venture capital funding nationally, or $50 million, and 6 out of 84 deals, according to the report issued by CB Insights.”

MEDIA
‘Good Day New York’ Co-Host Greg Kelly Leaving Show (NYDN)
Corky Siemaszko reports: “‘Good Day New York’ co-host Greg Kelly, whose career was on the ropes just six months ago after he was accused of rape, is kissing Rosanna Scotto goodbye and becoming an anchorman. In a remarkable turnaround, Kelly will take over Monday as co-anchor of WNYW’s 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts, where he will be teamed up with Dari Alexander.”

EDUCATION
Computer Scientist Deborah Estrin Hired for Cornell’s NYC Campus (NYDN)
Ben Chapman reports: “A brilliant computer scientist whose cutting-edge work links technology and health care is the first professor hired to work at the city’s new genius school. Deborah Estrin, 52, has been tapped for a teaching and research post at CornellNYC Tech, Cornell University’s soon-to-be-built Roosevelt Island campus that Mayor Bloomberg calls a “game-changer” for the city’s engineering and tech industries.”

POLITICS
City Councilman Daniel Garodnick Wants More Transparency in Council Member Items (NYDN)
Erin Durkin reports: “City Councilman Daniel Garodnick (D-Manhattan) is posting copies of all the letters pleading for cash he received and all the meetings his office had with lobbyists and advocates seeking funding. The candidate for city Controller hopes to give the public a glimpse of how the pork gets sliced.”

LABOR
Cablevision workers reject union (Crain’s)
Daniel Massey reports: “Cablevision Systems Corp. technicians in the Bronx voted resoundingly Thursday to reject unionization, marking a victory for the company, which had campaigned aggressively against the organizing drive. The workers voted 121 to 43 not to join the Communications Workers of America, a far different result from January, when Cablevision's Brooklyn technicians chose overwhelmingly to unionize.”

LABOR
$15M Fix Needed to Keep Andrew H. Green Park From Falling into East River (Crain’s)
Amy Zimmer reports: “When $5 million in city funding was raised to renovate a neglected piece of the East River esplanade at East 60th Street, nobody figured that the area's moorings may have been eaten. When the Parks Department started an engineering study for the second phase of improvements at Andrew Haswell Green Park last June, it found that marine borers — underwater organisms that feed on wood — had been chomping on the pilings supporting it. Now they estimate the pilings holding up the park have another eight years before they start to crumble into the East River unless $15 million is found for repairs.”

LOVE
DSK and Wife Split (NYDN)
Tracy Connor reports: “She stood by him when he was accused of attempted rape, but Dominique Strauss-Kahn's wife has finally kicked him to the curb. Anne Sinclair, heir to an art fortune, threw the scandal-scarred, skirt-chasing Socialist out of their Paris house a month ago, Reuters reported.”

DESSERT
'Cake Boss Cafe' opening in Port Authority Bus Terminal (NYPost)
Jennifer Fermino reports: “There’s a new boss in town. Cake Boss — the popular cable TV reality show set in a family-run Hoboken bakery — is opening an offshoot in the Port Authority Bus Terminal, it was announced today. The 2,774 square foot “Cake Boss Cafe” will take up a substantial chunk of the busy bus terminal’s ground floor, according to the $4.3 million lease inked with the Port Authority, which operates the space.”

 

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