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Democratic mayoral candidate John Liu is scheduled to appear before the city's Campaign Finance Board this morning to learn whether he will be denied over $3.5 million in public matching funds. The Wall Street Journal reported that the board's staff recently sent a letter to Liu's campaign advising that "they are inclined to make an unfavorable recommendation." Losing the money would likely hobble -- or at least injure -- Liu's bid for mayor.

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NEW IN THE GOTHAM GAZETTE: A Conversation With Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn On The NYPD IG Bill, Member Items & More

Weekend Roundup: Bloomberg's Education Reputation Could Be Challenged With Release Of Test Scores (The New York Times) Six political groups not tied to candidates aim to spend millions shaping city races (Daily News) | Why Won't Weiner Drop Out? (The Associated Press)

Editorials: Fred leBrun on the price of the new Tappan Zee (Times Union) | Maureen Dowd on Christine Quinn (The New York Times)

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Kelly Defends Fatal Shooting Of Teen (WNYC)

Anti-Quinn Group Took In Donations Above Limits (Crain's)

De Blasio Surges On The Campaign Trail (NY Times)

Members of Cuomo's Anti-Corruption Panel Failed To Pursue Elections Cases (Daily News)

How NYC Mayoral Candidates Would Respond To Occupy-Style Protests (Wall Street Journal)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Mon, 05 Aug 2013 14:41:31 +0000
Weekend Roundup: Mayoral Candidates Spend Night At Public Housing http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/22/weekend-roundup-mayoral-candidates-spend-night-at-public-housing http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/22/weekend-roundup-mayoral-candidates-spend-night-at-public-housing

Five leading Democratic mayoral candidates spent Saturday night as guests of tenants of a Harlem public housing development. The sleepover was coordinated by the Rev. Al Sharpton's advocacy group. The unusual event gave the candidates the opportunity to not only hear from potential voters directly, but also to see for themselves the conditions of some of the apartments. The next day, the sleep-deprived candidates held a press conference to talk about the experience.

Other Stories We're Following

NY Comptroller Pushes For Gay Marriage Recognition (Associated Press)

Bloomberg Sues Over Contracts Held Up By Comptroller (NY Times)

Bloomberg Administration Officials Look For Exits (Crain's)

Water Tunnel Project Set To Be Finished (Crain's)

Stringer Trots Out His Toddler (New York Magazine)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Mon, 22 Jul 2013 14:47:24 +0000
Weekend Roundup: 'I Love NY LGBT'; Silver's Legal Defense; Bloomberg's Comments http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/01/weekend-roundup-i-love-ny-lgbt-silvers-legal-defense-bloombergs-comments http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/01/weekend-roundup-i-love-ny-lgbt-silvers-legal-defense-bloombergs-comments

Gov. Cuomo announced the "I Love NY LGBT" tourism website during pride weekend. Taxpayers will pay $500 an hour for Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's legal defense in the Vito Lopez sexual harassment case. Homicide rate in New York City continues declining, with fewer than one homicide a day likely in 2013. Bloomberg stood by comments that the city "disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Mon, 01 Jul 2013 14:40:41 +0000
Today's Lead Stories: Budget Deal | Weekend Roundup http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/24/todays-lead-stories-budget-deal--weekend-roundup http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/24/todays-lead-stories-budget-deal--weekend-roundup

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council agreed to a $70 billion budget deal last night. The Daily News reports that the agreement mostly avoids cuts to the public housing authority under the federal sequester. Other than that, the budget deal largely maintained last year's agreement: there are no tax cuts and planned cuts to funding of libraries and after-school programs won't happen. The budget also includes $250 million in new spending to prepare the city for future extreme weather.

Weekend Roundup: The governor said Sunday he will ask federal prosecutors to look into a report on the Long Island Power Authority that found "breathtaking waste and inefficiency." Albany approves speed cameras, but not the women's equality agenda at the end of session. Here's one take on why the women's equality agenda failed. And here's an editorial in the Daily News about some of the fallout. State voters will now get to decide whether to expand casinos upstate.

Other Stories We're Following

Labor Rallies To Have Role In Mayoral Election (Daily News)

Police Scrutinizing Deadly Crashes (NY Times)

Revitalizing Downtown Staten Island (Wall Street Journal)

'Freedom Tower' Name Sticks To One World Trade Center (Wall Street Journal)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:56:53 +0000
Today's Lead Story: Assemblyman's Resignation To Come Early http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/20/todays-lead-story-assemblyman-says-hell-resign http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/20/todays-lead-story-assemblyman-says-hell-resign

Once-powerful Brooklyn Democratic boss Vito Lopez has said he will resign from the Assembly this morning before his colleagues have the opportunity to expel him from the state Legislature.

Lopez had said on Friday that he woud finish out his term in June in spite of mounting calls for his immediate resignation following the release last week of a detailed report of sexual harassment allegations against him. A special prosecutor found no basis for bringing criminal charges against the 71-year-old political veteran last week.

Before the weekend, the Albany leadership began making plans for Lopez to depart sooner, with Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver backing a resolution that could lead to Lopez's expulsion. But Lopez said Saturday he would leave today instead.

Political science Professor Doug Muzzio of Baruch College told The Associated Press that Lopez's resignation amounted to "partial deodorizing" of Albany. He added, "Albany needs more extensive and permanent disinfectant."

Lopez said in a statement Friday that he was innocent of the allegations against him, and was leaving office largely to focus on winning a seat in the City Council. The New York Post reported that Lopez has more than $1 million left in his state campaign account and could redirect some of those funds to his Council campaign.

Meanwhile, the anti-Lopez movement is organizing to support Lopez's likely opponent, Antonio Reynoso, in the race for the 34th District. Reynoso is an aide to term-limited Councilwoman Diana Reyna, who currently represents the district.

Bill Hammond of the New York Daily News wonders how Lopez could, as the state ethics report charges, get away with harassing and humiliating female staffers for such a long timeand blames Speaker Silver and his aides.

And while political adversaries say Silver should go because of his handling of the allegations against Lopez, the editorial board of the Albany Times-Union disagrees: "His errors here were in matters of judgment and degree, not ill intent."

Fred Dicker writes in the Post that the state's top Republican wants the governor to name a special prosecutor to look into how Silver dealt with the Lopez allegations.


The Buffalo News began a series looking at how police serve on the front line of mental healthin New York. The Daily News scrutinized the political connections of employees at the city's Board of Elections. The Wall Street Journal writes that Republican mayoral hopeful John Catsimatidis has a lot of ideas, some of them more ad hoc than others.

Other Stories We're Following

Battle Lines Drawn In Fight Over Indian Point (WNYC)

Charges Filed In Killing Of Gay Man In Greenwich Village (NY Times)

Brooklyn DA Comes To Prime Time This Week (New York Magazine)

Stop-And-Frisk Trial Judge Responds To Govt Critics (Associated Press)

Who Will Be The Next City Planning Commissioner? (Crain's)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Mon, 20 May 2013 10:47:12 +0000
Weekend Roundup: Elections 2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/22/weekend-roundup-elections-2013 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/22/weekend-roundup-elections-2013

The Partnership for New York City, a coalition of top business leaders, weighed in with a plan on Friday to help the next mayor "maintain New York's status as the pre-eminent city of opportunity over the next decade." Recommendations include building a "tech campus" in every borough and launching a "job challenge."

Presumed Democratic mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn was called a "liar" at a forum on public housing hosted by the Community Service Society on Saturday night. The Times reported that the heckling started after the City Council speaker began to talk about her record as a tenant rights activist. Crain's New York reports that two businesswomen with a passion for animal and workers' rights, and the environment "will do whatever it takes to sink" Quinn and have poured $200,000 into the $1 million "NYC Not 4 Sale" campaign behind this season's first TV attack ad.

The Daily News reports that former political opponents of ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner, another possible mayoral candidate, warn that he can be fiesty on the campaign trail. Politico reports that any attempt by Weiner to return to politics after a sexting scandal ruined his career could make things awkward for the Clintons and former mentor Chuck Schumer.

Mayoral candidates come together again tonight for a forum about sustainability hosted by the New York League of Conservation Voters.

For more on election 2013 beyond the mayor's race, check out Who's Running For What, which was recently featured on NY1's Race for City Hall.

Other Stories We're Following

Cuomo's Strategy Is To Wait Until Last Minute To Make Legislation Public (Buffalo News)

Poverty Increased In NYC, Report Says (NY Times)

Judge In Stop-And-Frisk Case Warns of Perjury (New York Law Journal)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) The Eye-Opener Mon, 22 Apr 2013 04:18:24 +0000
Weekend Roundup: Bronx Courts | Jail Deaths http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/15/weekend-roundup-bronx-courts--jail-deaths http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/15/weekend-roundup-bronx-courts--jail-deaths

BRONX COURTS: The New York Times reported that the Bronx courts "are failing." In the first installment of a three-part series, William Glaberson writes that "a plague of delays in the Bronx criminal courts is undermining one of the central ideas of the justice system, the promise of a speedy trial." The story — based on an examination of court records, observations of trials, analyses of statistics and dozens of interviews — presents examples of the dysfunction of the Bronx criminal justice system. The second part was published today.

JAIL DEATHS: A state agency found that Correctional Medical Care Inc., a private health care provider for county jails, played a role in the deaths of nine inmates across New York between 2009 and 2011, the Binghamton Press & Sun-Bulletin reported Saturday. The state attorney general's office says it is investigating CMC. The company told the upstate newspaper that it hires qualified medical staff. The company says the jails it operates in consistently meet or exceed national standards in their jails.

Other Stories We're Following

Some Gun Law Provisions To Go Into Effect (Lower Hudson Journal)

Quinn Says Council Will Hold Hearing On School Safety Today (Huffington Post)

Gun Owners' Group Seeks To Stop Cuomo Law (NY Post)

Jury Selections Set To Begin In Trial of Liu Aide (Wall Street Journal)

Weiner Issues Policy Booklet (NY Times)

Businesses Complain About Rash Of New Regulations (Crain's)

Departing Congressman Doubles Staff Salaries (Queens Campaigner)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Mon, 15 Apr 2013 14:20:04 +0000
Today's Headlines: Public Corruption | Campaign Against Quinn http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/08/todays-headlines-public-corruption--campaign-against-quinn http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/08/todays-headlines-public-corruption--campaign-against-quinn

The arrests of two state lawmakers on federal corruption charges last week were unwelcome reminders that New York is among the nation’s go-to destinations for political scandal, graft and greed. They also helped to remind New Yorkers about how difficult it is to stop unscrupulous lawmakers from violating the public trust.

Bill Mahoney of the New York Public Interest Research Group tells the Gotham Gazette that some progress has been made in recent years in preventing corruption in Albany, but that the entire culture of the capital is to blame. To stem the tide of corruption, reformers have called for changes to the state campaign finance system (modeled after the city's much-lauded system) and expanding the power of the state attorney general to investigate public corruption.

One Republican consultant said the city's campaign finance system shouldn't be a model because it is too easy to game (Newsday). Meanwhile, some commentators are blaming Gov. Andrew Cuomo for failing to push hard enough for reforms. "At best, the governor made no impact on public integrity among New York’s native criminal class," wrote columnist Michael Goodwin in The New York Post over the weekend.

The Wall Street Journal reports in a story based on anonymous sources that the Cuomo administration is considering new policy remedies. Fred Dickers writes in the Post that the Cuomo administration is weighing whether to oust Assembly Leader Sheldon Silver over the scandals.

Read more about what some reformers are calling for on the Gotham Gazette.

Other Stories We're Following

Lhota Calls For Limits On Donations To Parties (Daily News)

Outside Group Runs Ad Campaign Against Quinn (NY Times)

Shore Homes Being Built To Withstand Hurricanes (Wall Street Journal)

Schumer Says Immigration Reform Deal Expected This Week (Reuters)

Renewed Attention For Central Park Jogger Case Lawsuit (Associated Press)

Growing Movement To Chase Madison Square Garden From Its Spot (Crain's)

State Senator's Guzzling From Wine Co.'s Coffers Could Cost Consumers (NY Post)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Mon, 08 Apr 2013 11:09:30 +0000
Weekend Roundup: Gas Drilling | Teen Pregnancy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/04/weekend-roundup-gas-drilling--teen-pregnancy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/04/weekend-roundup-gas-drilling--teen-pregnancy

GAS DRILLING: Gov. Andrew Cuomo was about to give the go-ahead to allow drilling for natural gas in New York using the contentious process known as hydraulic fracturing — until conversations with environmentalist Robert F. Kennedy Jr., convinced him to hold off, The Associated Press reported Saturday.

TEEN PREGNANCY ADS: A new public information campaign announced by the city Sunday aims to show teenagers the potential consequences of becoming parents when they do not have the emotional and financial means to support children. "We must encourage responsibility and send the right message, especially to young people," said Human Resources Administration Commissioner Richard Doar in a statement (Gothamist, Staten Island Advance).

Other Stories We're Following

'Vision' For Proposed Domino Factory Site Redevelopment (Capital)

Silver-Backed Constitutional Amendment Would Benefit Friend (NY Post)

How Cuomo Keeps Tabs On The Press (Albany Times Union)

Bracing For Bloomberg's Ban On Large Sugary Drinks (Wall Street Journal)

Struggle To Meet Demand For Pre-K Seats (Daily News)

Chelsea Galleries Squeezed By Development (WNYC)

Contractors Complain About Paid Sick Leave Proposal (Crain's)

The Battle Over Housing At Hudson River Park Pier (NY Times)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Mon, 04 Mar 2013 15:25:56 +0000
Today's Headlines: Mayoral Candidates Spar On Education And More http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/02/27/todays-headlines-mayoral-candidates-spar-on-education-and-more http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/02/27/todays-headlines-mayoral-candidates-spar-on-education-and-more

At an education forum for the mayoral candidates last night, a few issues separated them along party lines. All the Democrats supported the teachers union’s push for smaller class sizes and more education funding, while the Republicans supported merit-based pay for teachers. None of the candidates said whether teachers should receive retroactive pay raises when their next contract is negotiated. Meanwhile, Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion officially announced he's running for mayor. And Working Families Party officials weresubpoenaed about their ties to a company that provided campaign assistance to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, among other city candidates, in 2009.

Other Stories We're Following

Fracking Rules To Miss Deadline; Review Lingers (Associated Press)

Trade Center Classified As Flood Danger Zone In New FEMA Maps (Daily News)

Roosevelt Island Safety Officers Accused Of Excessive Force (WNYC)

Court Upholds City's Ban On Flavored Tobacco (NY 1)

How Dov Hikind Survived the Blackface Backlash (Politicker)

Ethics Panel Report In Lopez’s Harassment Case Is Withheld (NY Times)

Cheap Bus Fare Lures Riders Despite Company’s Troubles (NY Times)

Empire State Pride Agenda Calls For Collection Of Sexual Orientation Info (Albany Times Union)

Lopez Made Women Write Him Love Notes (NY Post)

$100,000 In Solar Equipment Swiped From Brooklyn Bridge Park (NY Post)

Subpoenas Issued In Working Families Party Probe (Wall Street Journal)

Why Can't Computers Determine Districts For Us? (The Atlantic Cities)

mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Wed, 27 Feb 2013 13:39:54 +0000
Today's Headlines: Brooklyn Lawmaker In Blackface http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/02/26/brooklyn-lawmaker-in-blackface http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/02/26/brooklyn-lawmaker-in-blackface

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind is under fire for wearing a blackface costume to a party this weekend celebrating the Jewish holiday Purim. He was dressed as a "black basketball player." Purim has a costume tradition similar to Halloween. Hikind initially called the criticism "absurd," but eventually apologized after mounting outrage. Then in a radio interview following the recantation, he asked the host if it would be alright if he "played a gay person next year."

Other Stories We're Following

Reclaiming Storm-Torn Homes, Step By Uncertain Step (NY Times)

To Curb Suits, City Now Opts To Fight Them (NY Times)

Pact, For Now, In Mayoral Campaign Donation Limit Case(Associated Press)

Quinn, Alone, Stands Firm On Upper East Side Waste Transfer Station (Capital)

Liu Signs Deal With Same Firm He Says Is Ripping Off City (NY Post)

South Street Seaport A ‘Ghost Town’ Months After Sandy (Daily News)

Report: Broadway Most Dangerous For Pedestrians, But City Is Safer For Walkers (Daily News)

Mayor: State Should Follow On Sugary Drinks (Wall Street Journal)

Brooklyn DA Unveils New Focus On Health Care Fraud(Associated Press)

John Catsimatidis Holds Court In Brooklyn (Politicker)

Downtown, West Side to Lose Voting Power Under Council Redistricting Plan (Gotham Gazette)

Canarsie Braces For Foreclosure Wave After Sandy (The Brooklyn Bureau)

mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:54:52 +0000
Today's Lead Story: Officials Demand Storm Aid http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/14/todays-lead-story-officials-demand-storm-aid http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/14/todays-lead-story-officials-demand-storm-aid

The governors of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and more than 100 influential business leaders called on the U.S. Congress to decide on $60 billion in aid for Superstorm Sandy relief before the holidays begin. The governors said Congress had taken longer to approve aid to their states than it had for relief efforts following Hurricane Katrina. Business executives also wrote a letter to congressional representatives. "We believe that failure to expeditiously fund storm relief and recovery will severely weaken this region and worsen our nation's overall fiscal condition," they wrote.

In the Press...

Utilities To Give Rebates For Lost Service During Sandy (Associated Press)

Republican Senator Who Voted For Gay Marriage Concedes (Gotham Gazette)

Countdown 'Til Senate Democrats Pick a New Leader? (Gotham Gazette)

NY Court Upholds 9/11 Benefits for 3 NYPD Officers (Associated Press)

MTA Head Recommends Fare Hike (Daily News)

Teachers' Pensions To Fund Post-Sandy Infrastructure Improvements (Gotham Schools)

State AG Looking At Elections Spending By Nonprofits (Albany Times Union)

Bloomberg Signs Pedicab Bill Into Law (Wall Street Journal)

Fight For Council Speaker's Seat Already Beginning (Wall Street Journal)

Brooklyn BP Wants To Lure Soccer Franchise To His Borough (NY Post)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Fri, 14 Dec 2012 17:38:25 +0000
Today's Lead Story: Bloomberg's Post-Storm Plan http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/07/todays-lead-story-bloombergs-post-storm-plan http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/07/todays-lead-story-bloombergs-post-storm-plan

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said yesterday that the city would rethink evacuation zones, electrical infrastructure, telecommunications networks, hospitals and transportations systems after Superstorm Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage, paralyzed communities and killed dozens of people.

But Bloomberg said that his administration would not abandon the waterfront and dismissed the possibility of building sea walls to hold back the ocean. Instead, he said the city would look at "coastline protections" such as berms, dunes, jetties and levies.

"No matter how much we do to make homes and businesses more resilient, the fact of the matter is we live next to the ocean, and the ocean comes with risks that we just cannot eliminate," the mayor said.

Bloomberg outlined the post-Sandy plan, his first major address since the storm, at a Lower Manhattan event, where former Vice President Al Gore also made an appearance and praised the mayor's previous efforts to respond to the effects of climate change.

In the Press...

State Senate Power-Sharing Agreement Criticized For Lack of Diversity (NY Times)

New York Civil Liberties Union Files Lawsuit Challenging Solitary Confinement (Albany Times Union)

NY's Transportation Infrastructure Suffered $7.5B In Damage Because Of Storm: Senator (Associated Press)

UFT president to help all 4 seeking Democratic mayoral nomination (Gotham Schools)

Small Historical Society Tries To Recover From Sandy (MetroFocus)

NY Comptroller Warns Fiscal Cliff Could Cost NY $43B (Crain's)


Image courtesy of the mayor's office.

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Fri, 07 Dec 2012 03:16:32 +0000
In The Press: Gas Rationing; Sandy's $33B Cost; Con Ed Rate Hike? http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/09/in-the-press-gas-rationing-sandys-33b-cost-con-ed-rate-hike http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/09/in-the-press-gas-rationing-sandys-33b-cost-con-ed-rate-hike

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the city would begin rationing gas for the first time since the 1970s, in response to fuel shortages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Drivers with cars with license plates ending in odd numbers or that end in a letter or other character will be able to fill up on odd-numbered days. Cars with plates ending in even numbers get their turn on even-numbered days. The odd-even rationing system begins today, Nov. 9, with odd-numbered plates. "Drivers are still facing long lines. Frustrations are only growing," Bloomberg said at a news conference at City Hall yesterday

More stories:

Sandy Troubles Won't Stop Con Ed From Seeking Rate Hike (Associated Press)

Gov Says Sandy Could Cost NY $33 Billion (Associated Press)

Coney Island Group Launches With Focus On Sandy Cleanup (NY Post)

Politicians Plan to Push Congress For Extra Sandy Aid (Wall Street Journal)

NY Racing Association To Conduct Open Board Meetings (Albany Times Union)

Barely Anyone Shows Up For MTA 'Video Conferences' On Fare Hikes (NY Post)

Parent Academy set to launch on Saturday (Inside Schools)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Fri, 09 Nov 2012 18:00:19 +0000
In The Press: Gas Shortages; Hospital Evacuations Examined http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/02/in-the-press-gas-shortages-hospital-evacuations-examined http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/02/in-the-press-gas-shortages-hospital-evacuations-examined

Gas Shortages As Recovery Continues

The slow, heart-wrenching reveal of Hurricane Sandy's devastating impact on the city continued yesterday.

So far, there were 40 confirmed deaths in the city related to Sandy, according to The New York Times. The bodies of two young boys, who had been swept from their mother's arms during flooding on Staten Island, were among those found yesterday.

A half-million residents were still without power in their homes, though city officials were saying that electricity likely would be restored in lower Manhattan by Saturday.

And residents relying on gas-powered generators found no relief at the pumps, where fuel was running short at stations and long lines left many frustrated. Gas stations also reported their own power problems.

Meanwhile, the mass transit system was brought to piecemeal life yesterday, with some subway lines and commuter rail restored. However, with no subway service in lower Manhattan because of continued power outages, people in Queens and Brooklyn were forced to use bridge crossings, shuttle buses, bikes and to carpool. Streetsblog found that the city's new bike infrastructure was "really proving its worth."

The storm spilled into national politics as well. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, citing his belief that the storm was in part the result of climate change, endorsed Barack Obama for a second term, saying the president was most likely to implement policies to address global warming.

The Times and ProPublica examined the decision to not require evacuations of critical hospitals in low-lying areas that ended up flooding and with their backup generators failing. Officials defended the decision, pointing out that no patient had died in "a storm-related incident" as of yesterday. "Outcomes matter," State Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav R. Shah told ProPublica. "Outcomes speak louder than anything else."

Officials also defended the decision not to call off the New York City Marathon, even though thousands were still without power and the transit system had only been partially restored. The New York Post reported that three diesel generators able to produce 800 kilowatts of electricity — enough to power 400 homes — were being operated 24/7 in Central Park for the race.

In the Press...

Statue of Liberty Closed Because of Storm (Daily News)

City Moves to Reopen Schools (Gotham Schools)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Fri, 02 Nov 2012 14:14:59 +0000
Headlines: Civil Rights Groups Sue Over Schools Policy; Paid Sick Leave; Stop-And-Frisk http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/28/civil-rights-groups-sue-over-schools-policy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/28/civil-rights-groups-sue-over-schools-policy

Civil rights and educational organizations are alleging that New York City's single-test admittance policy for eight top specialized high schools discriminates against black and Hispanic students. The groups filed a lawsuit yesterday to have the policy found in violation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the entrance exam, saying "life isn't always fair." “We’re not here about equal results. We’re here about equal opportunity," he continued.

In the Press...

NYC: World's Tallest Ferris Wheel Planned For Staten Island (Gotham Gazette)

McDonald to abandon re-election bid (Gotham Gazette)

City says it is improving compliance on English language learning (Gotham Schools)

MTA approves new guidelines for advertisements (NY Times)

Weakend paid sick leave gains favor in City Council (NY Times)

Espada lawyer files motion to withdraw from case (Daily News)

Bloomberg criticizes Bronx DA for stance on stop-and-frisk arrests (NY Post)

Prescription drug overdoses, deaths up: city health officials (NY Post)

webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Fri, 28 Sep 2012 16:36:36 +0000
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Buildings Department inspectors this year gained access to suspected illegal conversions less than half the time - a rate similar to that of previous years. And the department’s response time to nonemergency complaints, including illegal apartments, actually got worse. Last year Mayor Bloomberg had committed to cracking down on illegal apartment conversions after two fatal fires. The administration counters that it has increased its focus on the highest risk locations.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Mon, 24 Sep 2012 12:29:35 +0000