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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

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


SANDY                                                  
Cuomo Gets Flak for Comparing Hurricane Sandy to Hurricane Katrina (New York)
Margaret Hartmann reports: “Throughout their response to Hurricane Sandy, politicians have gone to great lengths to avoid conjuring up images of Hurricane Katrina. Mainly they didn't want to repeat the mistakes made in 2005, but now Andrew Cuomo is learning that comparing disasters is problematic, even when you're just trying to help your state recover...  Unsurprisingly, people aren't reacting well to Cuomo suggesting that a storm with a death toll under 200 is worse than one that killed more than 1,800 people.”

LABOR                                      
400 laid off at Ellis Island, Statue of Liberty (Crain’s)
Lisa Fickenscher reports: “When Superstorm Sandy swept through Liberty and Ellis Islands last month, the damage it caused not only closed the attractions to the public through the end of the year—but about 400 people lost their jobs.”

POLICE                                      
City Is Amassing Trove of Cellphone Logs (NYT)
Joseph Goldstein reports: “When a cellphone is reported stolen in New York, the Police Department routinely subpoenas the phone’s call records, from the day of the theft onward. The logic is simple: If a thief uses the phone, a list of incoming and outgoing calls could lead to the suspect. But in the process, the Police Department has quietly amassed a trove of telephone logs, all obtained without a court order, that could conceivably be used for any investigative purpose.”

LABOR
A Study of Home Help Finds Low Worker Pay (NYT)
Steven Greenhouse reports on the first-ever national statistical study of domestic workers: “Called ‘Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work,’ the study was based on interviews with nannies, caregivers and housecleaners who now work in the United States but originally came from 71 countries. The interviews were conducted in nine languages: English, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Tagalog, Mandarin, Cantonese, Haitian Creole and Nepali.”

LABOR
Bronx Bakery, Zaro, Hit With $118,000 in Fines (NYDN)
Dan Beekman and Greg Smith report: “The bakery that cranks out thousands of Zaro’s bagels and bialys subjected its South Bronx workers to dangerous and frightening conditions, the feds charged Monday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration whacked the Bruckner Blvd.-based Zaro Bakery Shop with $118,000 in fines for a long list of what it dubbed serious violations stemming from an April inspection after part of the ceiling fell on workers’ heads.”

SANDY
Sandy Insurance Complaints Growing in N.J. (Asbury Park Press)
Bob Jordan reports: “Consumers are hounding state insurance regulators to combat slow action by insurers or for help on other claim matters. The state Department of Banking and Insurance has fielded 481 Sandy-related inquiries and complaints. Seventeen cases are formal written complaints that have been assigned to investigators, department spokesman Marshall McKnight said. The department received 570 inquiries and complaints after Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last year.”

SANDY
At N.J. Fuel Terminal, Sandy’s Scars to Linger for Months (Reuters)
Jonathan Leff reports: “At the small Gulf Oil terminal just south of Newark, New Jersey, mobile power generators are being packed up and tanker trucks are again loading gasoline, one month after Superstorm Sandy. But for the seven workers who run the terminal around the clock, life is still far from normal.”

FOOD
Superstorm Sandy Leaves Late-Fall Crops Struggling (Star-Ledger)
Rebecca Forand reports: “Kale, collard greens, brussel sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower are some of New Jersey’s most popular late year crops, which finish up their harvest season in mid-to-late November. For George Cassidy, who owns a farm in Upper Pittsgrove Township, his broccoli and cauliflower crops should be finishing up their season with bountiful final harvests. But with an extraordinarily cold November and Sandy’s high winds many of the plants were scarred and destroyed.”

POLITICS
Budget Analyst: N.J.’s Income Tax Surge in October Was ‘Artificially’ Boosted (Star-Ledger)
Jarrett Renshaw reports: “The state’s top legislative budget analyst said today the Christie administration’s optimism over a hefty surge in income tax revenue was misguided and claimed the figures were "artificially" boosted by special circumstances. State Treasurer Andrew Sidamon-Eristoff on Friday hailed October’s tax collections as ‘record-breaking’ and noted revenue rose nearly 7 percent when compared with the same period last year.”

SPORTS
MLS Could Bring David Beckham to Queens in 2013 (NYDN)
Bill Price reports: “Major League Soccer — and with it Beckham-mania — could soon come to Queens.
MLS Commissioner Don Garber said Monday the league is “at the finish line” in talks with the city to acquire land in soccer-crazed Queens for a stadium to house the league’s 20th team. Garber told The Associated Press the league hopes to build a stadium on a 10-acre site in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and expects to have an expansion team play there starting in 2016. That team could be the Cosmos, which has reportedly offered world megastar David Beckham a role as both player and executive.”

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