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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

public housing, buildings (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

Must-reads headlines from around the city, curated by the WNYC Newsroom.

POLITICS
Make $10 Million Report on NYCHA Public, Council Speaker Christine Quinn Says
(NYDN)
Tina Moore and Greg Smith report: “Council Speaker Christine Quinn Tuesday demanded that the city Housing Authority immediately make public a $10 million consultant’s report the agency has been keeping secret. The report by Boston Consulting Group has yet to see the light of day, though the Daily News has revealed parts of it that are critical of NYCHA’s inability to spend millions of dollars in repair funds.”

POLICY
Police Sought Cellphones for Video of Times Square Shooting
(NYT)
Wendy Ruderman and Aaron Edwards report: “In the age of the ubiquitous smartphone, it is increasingly common for crimes, shootings involving the police and catastrophes to be captured on video, often prompting investigators to seek the video as evidence to help them piece together what happened.
But the quests also raise questions of what rights the police have to witnesses’ smartphones and whether police officers make clear that bystanders are not legally obligated to turn over their phones.”

POLITICS
New Tax Slap vs. Liu Aide
(NYP)
David Seifman reports: “The state Department of Taxation and Finance has slapped Chung Seto with a warrant for $25,924 in back taxes. An agency spokesman said the money Seto owed was from 2008 and 2009. The warrant was issued on April 24. The Post previously reported that the IRS is also on Seto’s case, slapping her with liens of $100,871 for 2007 and $74,206 for 2008.”

ECONOMY
Report: NYC Women Fare Worse in Economic Recovery
(WSJ)
Anjali Athavaley reports: “New York’s recovery from the economic downturn coincided with rising unemployment for the city’s female workforce and a lower rate of joblessness among men, according to a new report... The jobless rate among women in city ticked up to 8.8% last year from 8.4% in 2009. For the male side of the city workforce, unemployment dropped more than one percentage point during the period, falling from 10.4% to 9.1%.”

BUSINESS
Spanish Construction Rivals Battle on New York Turf
(NYT)
Landon Thomas Jr. reports: “[F]or two ambitious Spanish construction conglomerates, underground Manhattan has emerged as the battleground in a furious legal dispute over which company will bear the brunt of losses plentiful enough to raise questions about the management of one of New York’s biggest public works projects ever — and the capacity of one of Spain’s most indebted public companies to stomach them.”

POLITICS
Crowded Field for Bronx Council Seat Vacated by Disgraced Larry Seabrook
(NYDN)
Daniel Beekman reports: “Disgraced City Councilman Larry Seabrook is headed to federal prison, leaving his Bronx seat vacant, and as many as seven candidates could vie to fill it this fall. But a favorite has emerged. The Bronx Democratic County Committee will support fundraising frontrunner Andy King, a source close to the organization told the Daily News Tuesday.”

CULTURE
More Than 100K Visitors Expected to go Eye-to-Eye With Columbus
(DNAinfo)
Emily Frost reports: “For eight weeks, viewers will climb 70-feet to be at face level with the statue of America's founder. The viewing area will be a "living room" built six stories above the streets by Japanese artist Tatzu Nishi.”

RELIGION
Most New Yorkers Are Biased Against Atheists & Born-Agains in Politics: Poll
(NYDN)
Tina Moore reports: “Some 30% of voters reported they would be less likely to vote for an atheist and 27% said they would be less likely to vote for a born-again Christian, the poll found. In each case, 61% of voters say the religious positions would not affect their vote. A total of 24% said they were less likely to vote for a Mormon, while 70% answered that it wouldn't matter. On the question of a Muslim, 19% said they were less likely to vote for a Muslim while 76% said it wouldn't matter.”

CRIME
Inside the Most Dangerous Neighborhood in New York City
(NYDN)
Three NYDN reporters write: “Four youths were wounded in the Monday evening shooting, bringing the number of people shot in Brownsville to 69 this year — up from 57 at this time in 2011. In addition to the gunplay, overall crime is up 5% in the 73rd Precinct this year — slightly above the citywide rate.”

SPORTS
City Could Lose the Ironman Race
(WSJ)
Chris Herring reports: “Officials have suspended the registration process for next year's 140-mile swim-bike-run race, highlighting the underwhelming number of athletes that initially signed up for the competition. Spots sold out in 11 minutes for this year's race even though it was the country's costliest Ironman, at $895. The $1,200 price tag for next year—which wasn't announced ahead of the registration—appeared to play a part in the suspension.”

CRIME
‘Sigh’ Vance: My ID Was Pilfered
(NYDN)
Three NYDN reporters write: “Vance was one of three elected officials who revealed having their identities stolen while announcing a $4.2 million grant to upgrade the cyber unit at the Manhattan DA’s Office. Another victim was City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a mayoral contender in 2013 and one of the city’s top officials. Vance said he was going through documents in an ongoing cyber-theft case in his office when he noticed that his own name and Social Security number were on the list of those whose IDs had been compromised.”

OWS
OWS Protesters Plan Blockade of West Side Gas Pipeline Construction
(DNAInfo)
Andrea Swalec reports: “As construction of a natural gas pipeline that will snake under the Meatpacking District advances, Occupy Wall Street protesters said they planned to physically block additional equipment from being set up there this week. More than 100 demonstrators affiliated with OWS and environmental groups handed out fliers at the construction site Monday night to passing bikers and joggers and were already planning their next move to try to prevent Spectra Energy Corp. from installing a nearly 20-mile, $857 million pipeline that will start in Linden, N.J.”

HOUSING
SoHo Tootsie Roll factory in sweet deal
(Crain’s)
Amanda Fung reports: “After years of sitting idle, a former Tootsie Roll factory in SoHo is in contract for as much as $39 million and is one big step closer to becoming a luxury condominium, according to sources. DDG Partners is in contract to purchase the vacant factory, which is made up of four buildings located at 325 West Broadway at Grand Street, for $650 to $700 per square foot, sources said. The developer beat out four other developers who had been eyeing the site.”

TRANSPORTATION
Throughout the City, a New Generation of Street Signs
(NYT)
David Dunlap reports: “This message is addressed to New Yorkers who were more surprised to see a street sign with uppercase and lowercase letters than they were to learn that an intersection in Harlem had been named for Judge Bruce McM. Wright: Get used to it. Mixed-case signs, mandated by the Federal Highway Administration, are the wave of the future.”

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