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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Daffy's, the local off price retailer, is going out of business after 51 years. (Caitlyn Kim)

D.C. Think Tank Puts NY Dead Last for Business Climate (NYDN)
Glenn Blain reports: “Though Gov. Cuomo last year created the slogan “New York Open for Business” to tout his administration’s job creation efforts, a Washington think tank put the state dead last on its annual ranking of state business tax climates. ‘New York scores at the bottom this year by having the worst individual income tax, the sixth-worst unemployment insurance taxes, and the sixth-worst property taxes,’ the nonpartisan Tax Foundation wrote in its annual report.” New Jersey is ranked second worst.

NYC Homeless Boom Puts Shelters in Lap of Wealthy (AP)
Meghan Barr reports: “Faced with unprecedented overcrowding in New York City's homeless shelters, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has cut through the bureaucracy to open up new shelters across the city, pushing some into wealthy areas where residents fear their new neighbors will bring in crime and drugs. ‘It sort of felt almost like a bomb landing,’ said Gwynne Rivers, a mother of three who lives near a new shelter for homeless adults on the city's Upper West Side. ‘We just have lots of concerns about safety. And no one really seemed to care about what we thought.’"

Booker Mulling Union Agreement in Newark, But Tradesman Say It May Not Be Enough (PolitickerNJ)
Darryl R. Isherwood reports: “The City of Newark may soon adopt an ordinance requiring union labor on a large portion of all construction that occurs in the city. The ordinance, passed in a unanimous vote by the city council last week, would require a project labor agreement on all construction projects of $25 million or more where the developer has been offered a tax abatement by the city.”

New Style of Health Care Emerges to Fill Hospital’s Void (NYT)
Anemona Hartocollis reports: “Without building a hospital, one large chain, Continuum Health Partners, is establishing a beachhead in Chelsea and the Village by connecting with outpatient clinics, trying to dominate the market and create a feeder network for its hospitals in other neighborhoods. It is joining forces not just with traditional clinics but also with newer experiments like doctors working out of drugstores. A competitor, NYU Langone Medical Center, is expanding its physician practices downtown, and like Continuum, it has hired dozens of stranded St. Vincent’s doctors.”

Stopped-and-Frisked: ‘For Being a Mutt’ (Nation)
Ross Tuttle and Erin Schneider report: “On June 3, 2011, three plainclothes New York City Police officers stopped a Harlem teenager named Alvin and two of the officers questioned and frisked him while the third remained in their unmarked car. Alvin secretly captured the interaction on his cell phone, and the resulting audio is one of the only known recordings of stop-and-frisk in action. In the course of the two-minute recording, the officers give no legally valid reason for the stop, use racially charged language and threaten Alvin with violence. Early in the stop, one of the officers asks, ‘You want me to smack you?’”

Authorities to Weigh Charges for Driver in Fatal Crash (Newsday)
Tania Lopez and Lauren R. Harrison report: “Toxicology tests and crash reconstruction reports will determine whether a teenage driver with a learner permit will face charges in an early-morning Southern State Parkway wreck that killed four of his friends, authorities said Tuesday.”

Suspect in Fatal Stabbing of Soccer Coach Flees to Mexico, Police Say (NYT)
J. David Goodman reports: “The man suspected in the slashing murder of a British soccer coach on West 14th Street over the weekend has fled the country for Mexico, the police said Wednesday. The suspect, Orlando Orea, 32, also known as Orlando Gutierrez, left Tuesday morning on an Aero Mexico flight from Kennedy International Airport, the police said.”

Are You Surviving New Jersey? (Asbury Park Press)
John Schoonejongen reports: “A Monmouth University Poll quality of life index, released this week, shows a dip in how satisfied New Jerseyans are with the Garden State, recording its second-straight quarterly drop. Nearly two-thirds of those polled said New Jersey was either excellent or good, but that 65 percent was down from a high of 70 percent in April. That one question accounted for half of the index score, which uses a scale of -100 to +100 to rate five questions. A score of +100 would be the Garden State’s version of nirvana.”

‘Labor’ Pain for School (NYP)
Yoav Gonen and Ikimulisa Livingston report: “The city teacher union’s bid to show it could run a charter school as well as any non-unionized shop has blown up in its face, the latest school results show. Fewer than 10 percent of eighth-graders at The UFT Charter School in Brooklyn passed this year’s state English exams — the worst performance among charters citywide.”

A Fat, Mustachioed Orphan Finds a Home (NYT)
Lisa W. Foderaro reports: “Mitik will arrive at an important moment for the Brooklyn aquarium. Situated just off the Coney Island Boardwalk, the aquarium, part of the Wildlife Conservation Society, is one of only several institutions in the United States that exhibit walruses. One of its two walruses, Nuka, is 30, an old-timer by walrus standards.”


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