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The city's 911 system crashed several times yesterday, forcing responders to resort to pen and paper, creating a backlog of about 200 calls at one point. At least one elderly woman had to wait an hour for an ambulance. The Fire Department says no calls were lost, but were not yet able to explain the crashes. The system has come under fire for repeated failures recently.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 23 Jul 2013 11:56:37 +0000
Mayoral Candidate De Blasio Arrested At Protest Over Brooklyn Hospital http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/07/10/mayoral-candidate-de-blasio-arrested-at-protest-over-brooklyn-hospital- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/07/10/mayoral-candidate-de-blasio-arrested-at-protest-over-brooklyn-hospital-

Taking a stand to keep community hospitals in New York City open. RT if you're united to #SaveLICH. pic.twitter.com/c4AjYCsFpH

— Bill de Blasio (@deBlasioNYC) July 10, 2013

Bill de Blasio was escorted out a State University of New York school today, hands bound in a zip tie handcuff after the mayoral candidate and public advocate joined healthcare workers to protest talks of closing Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital.

De Blasio was among a handful of arrests at the protest, organized by healthcare union SEIU 1199, which endorsed de Blasio's mayoral campaign in mid-May.

Brooklyn Councilman Steve Levin — whose district includes LICH — was also arrested by the New York Police Department, as were a handful of protesters.

"Today, nurses, doctors, community members, and elected officials stand together against the blatant attempt by SUNY Downstate to shutdown Long Island College Hospital," Levin's office said in a statement earlier today. "Their actions fly in the face of the law and are literally risking the lives of Brooklyn residents. By getting arrested, we are sending a message that we will not tolerate SUNY’s disturbing disregard of the court's orders."

Reporters on the scene also tweeted that former Congressman Anthony Weiner and Comptroller John Liu — also in the race to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg — were on the scene, albeit safe from arrest.

The protest is the latest in a series of events organized by local leaders and unions in advance of the debt-ridden hospital's potential closure.

SUNY partially staved off a shutdown in late April after it withdrew its earlier plan to close the Cobble Hill location. "Don’t let this happen on your watch," de Blasio said at another protest in Brooklyn on Sunday as he called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to intervene. "Don’t let us lose more hospitals."

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Today's Lead: Quinn Wants Healthy Kids Meals At Chains http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/02/todays-lead-quinn-wants-healthy-kids-meals-at-chains http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/07/02/todays-lead-quinn-wants-healthy-kids-meals-at-chains

Christine Quinn yesterday said she wants to impose health standards on meals marketed towards kids at chain restaurants. She said those meals should meet the guidelines set by the USDA for school lunches. The standards would apply to chains with at least 15 locations in the city. The change would be made either through legislation, which she may try to pass while still council speaker, or through rules adopted by the Board of Health if she's elected mayor. The proposal was one part of a plan to combat childhood obesity.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 02 Jul 2013 12:15:47 +0000
NYC Council OKs #PaidSickDays Compromise http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/05/09/council-oks-paid-sick-days-compromise http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/05/09/council-oks-paid-sick-days-compromise NEW YORK — After almost four years of negotiations and months of political bickering, about one million working New Yorkers are a step closer to gaining paid sick days.

The City Council approved a bill today that will require many businesses to give sick workers time off. It passed 45 to 3.

The bill is much transformed from the one originally introduced in 2010 and kept from a vote by Speaker Christine Quinn until a near insurrection from her colleagues and criticism from advocates threatened to become a political liability as she seeks the Democratic nomination for mayor.

Under the bill approved by the Council, eligible workers would be guaranteed a minimum of five paid sick days. The bill also says that no one in New York can be fired for taking an unpaid sick day. Whereas the original bill would have forced businesses with five or more employees to provide paid sick days, the version passed today applies to those with 20 or more employees.

The law would go into effect in April of next year, with the possibility of expanding to businesses with 15 or more employees in late 2015, depending on the law's success. Full-time and part-time workers would be protected under the law, although it excludes interns and seasonal workers.

"Today’s vote projects a positive message to all New Yorkers that this government of the people is not only about those who have everything, but that each of us has a right to benefits created by the labor of all," said Manhattan Councilwoman Gale Brewer, the bill's lead sponsor, before today's vote.

For years, labor advocates and the local business community wrestled over the bill's impact on the city's public health and economic development. Quinn justified keeping the bill from a vote by repeating her belief that the city's economy was too fragile to mandate sick leave.

In responding to criticism about that decision, Quinn said that she had always supported the spirit of the bill. It has been more a matter of when it was appropriate for the city to enact the law, she added, not if she supported it.

At a press event today, Quinn said: "Clearly the economy is doing better now, than two or three years ago when I first said we should wait."

In March, she announced a deal to end political dilemma surrounding the bill after a drumbeat of criticism from advocates including Gloria Steinem and labor unions, her Council colleagues and rival candidates for the Democratic nomination for mayor. However, some were still unhappy with the outcome, with some business leaders not wanting to see any bill at all and a group of advocates for sick leave saying the Quinn deal would result in a weakened law.

Key Quinn ally Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced his continued opposition to the bill when the deal was struck in March.

"While this compromise version of the bill is better than previous iterations, it will still hurt small businesses and stifle job creation," Bloomberg wrote, calling the bill short-sighted policy that will hurt New York. "Supporters claim it will only take effect if the economy is healthy, but there is never a good time to make New York City less competitive."

Bloomberg has said he will veto even this compromise bill, though supporters say they have enough votes to override.

Among the many compromises that was negotiated into the bill is a trigger which Quinn has said will grant paid sick days only if the city's economy can handle the bill's impact.

That trigger will come from an economic index measured by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York that looks at a combination of wages, time sheets and the unemployment rate.

The unemployment rate is particularly relevant to Nancy Ploeger, president of the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. On the same day the Brooklyn and Queens Chambers of Commerce presidents stood with Quinn at the March rally, Ploeger said that everything came down to jobs, and whether or not the bill would be another burden on the city’s small businesses.

Ploeger hesitated to praise the compromise, arguing that the state has always been better equipped to deal with paid sick day legislation than the local government.

"We are against any type of City Council legislation," Ploeger said at the time.

Ploeger also called into question whether it was appropriate to have the law enforced by the city's Department for Consumer Affairs. While the state has its Department of Labor, she said, the city doesn't have a similar agency equipped to make sure employers comply with the law.

The DCA also said it was ill-prepared to handle the law's requirements.

"Among the many concerns about this legislation, the Council seems to not understand that the Department of Consumer Affairs regulates fairness in the marketplace, not labor and payroll issues," the agency said.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Thu, 09 May 2013 01:35:37 +0000
Today's Report: Sewage Overflows Caused By Sandy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/todays-report/2013/04/30/todays-report-sewage-overflows-caused-by-sandy http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/todays-report/2013/04/30/todays-report-sewage-overflows-caused-by-sandy Superstorm Sandy caused 11 billion gallons of partially or untreated sewage - the equivalent of Central Park stacked 41 feet high - to leak into rivers, lakes, and waterways, according to this report by Climate Central. New York City reported six sewage spills larger than 100,000,000 gallons, and 28 larger than 1 million gallons. New York authorities estimate it will cost nearly $2 billion to repair flood damaged sewage treatment facilities. Sewage overflow is common in the city, although not on this scale, and climate change will only make things worse, the group warns:

"Climate change is making sewage treatment plants more vulnerable to major failures and overflows due to rising seas, more intense coastal storms, and increasingly heavy precipitation events."

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) Today's Report Tue, 30 Apr 2013 11:28:59 +0000
Paid Sick Leave Vote Delayed, Again http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/24/paid-sick-leave-vote-delayed-again http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/24/paid-sick-leave-vote-delayed-again The City Council has once again delayed a vote on paid sick leave despite an earlier goal of a vote tomorrow.

After working to move the controversial bill to the Council floor for three years, Manhattan City Councilwoman Gale Brewer said yesterday that she hopes the bill will come to a vote in early May after negotiating the final language.

She added that only small, auxiliary verbs like "may" or "must."

"I think we'll be fine," Brewer said. "I still feel ecstatic."

Whatever language is eventually adopted into the bill is a result of weeks of negotiation between City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, labor advocates and the city's business leaders.

Changes to the original bill were made to satisfy critics who worried about a negative impact on the city's small businesses. Leaders from the groups, including the Partnership for a Better New York and the five borough's Chambers of Commerce, thanked Quinn after the new bill included a trigger that would prevent the bill from becoming law next year if the city's economy falters.

The bill now also exempts business with less than 20 employees from the law in the first year after being enacted, whereas labor advocates asked that it apply to businesses with five or more. The bill will also make it illegal for any business to fire employees for taking unpaid sick days.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Wed, 24 Apr 2013 17:48:30 +0000
Today's Headlines: City Proposes Higher Smoking Age http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/23/todays-headlines-city-proposes-higher-smoking-age http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/04/23/todays-headlines-city-proposes-higher-smoking-age

Speaker Christine Quinn yesterday announced legislation that would raise the legal age for purchasing cigarettes to 21, up from 18. The idea was originally proposed by Queens Councilman James Gennaro. Mayor Bloomberg supports the proposal, although he opposed a similar plan in 2006. His office said his position changed after seeing data from the UK showing that a higher age limit would cut smoking for among teens. Data from the journal Health Policy also found similar results.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 23 Apr 2013 12:52:09 +0000
NYC Council Wants To Make Legal Smoking Age 21 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/22/nyc-council-wants-to-make-legal-smoking-age-21 http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/22/nyc-council-wants-to-make-legal-smoking-age-21

Lawmakers want New York City to be the first city in the U.S. to raise the legal smoking age to 21 from 18.

The law would make ban vendors from selling any tobacco products to New Yorkers under the age of 21, which Council Speaker Christine Quinn cautiously likened to the sale of alcoholic drinks.

She pointed to an 80 percent decline in drunk driving deaths after the drinking age increased in the 1980s.

Quinn stood alongside Health Department Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, fellow council memebers and anti-smoking advocates when she unveiled the new legislation today. The bill would join a group of bills also recently endorsed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg aimed at curbing New Yorkers' smoking habits.

"This can work," Quinn said during a press event at City Hall.

Quinn and advocates cited a 2011 smoking study from the United Kingdom that found a 30 percent decline in smoking among 16- to 17-year-olds after England passed a law to increase the ban to 18 from 16.

Like the English law, only retailers would be punished for selling tobacco products to those younger than 21. While the details of the bill are still being negotiatiated, Farley said that the Department of Consumer Affairs — which currently oversees the ban for those under the age of 18 — would oversee its expansion.

The amount of penalties against retailers is also being negotiatioed.

Quinn said the bill would be introduced to committee on May 2, along with other bills that would legislate how retailers can display the sale of cigarettes and tobacco products and establish a minimum price for cigarettes.

While Bloomberg spoke in favor of the two previous bills in late March, he wasn't enthusasistic about an increase in the city's smoking age when the City Council first entertained the idea in 2006.

"The best ways to reduce smoking among young people is to raise cigarette taxes because cigarette taxes have been shown to directly impact the younger people's ability to buy cigarettes," the mayor said in 2006.

In response to the Council's bill, the Mayor's office said that Bloomberg had changed his mind on the increase.

"We have cut youth smoking in half, but recently the decline has plateaued," said Samantha Levine, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office, in a statement. "You may have seen we recently proposed some other measures we had not supported before — requiring stores to remove cigarettes from public view and setting a minimum price — to try to address this. So we revisited this proposal and found new data from the UK that shows it can have an impact.”

Four states currently have laws that make the smoking age 19, and similar laws were passed in New York's Ondandaga, Nassau and Suffolk counties. Texas briefly considered increasing its smoking age to 21, but the bill stalled in late February.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Mon, 22 Apr 2013 17:07:53 +0000
Paid Sick Leave Bill Likely To See Vote Next Week http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/16/paid-sick-leave-bill-likely-to-see-vote-next-week http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/16/paid-sick-leave-bill-likely-to-see-vote-next-week

After three years of waiting and debating, Councilwoman Gale Brewer said the controversial paid sick days bill could go to a vote as early as next week.

"April 25 -- that's the goal," Brewer said this afternoon. She said the language was still being finalized, but was confident it would go to a vote sooner rather than later.

The bill, Intro 0097, would be introduced through the Committee on Civil Service and Labor, which will convene the day before the bill heads to the Council's floor. It already has several cosponsors, including Speaker Christine Quinn, who held back a vote on the measure since Brewer first introduced the bill in 2010.

Quinn came under pressure in recent months as supporters of paid sick leave -- including unions and fellow mayoral candidates, most notably Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former Comptroller Bill Thompson -- demanded that the bill go to a vote. Quinn had long held that she didn't oppose the spirit of the bill, rather that the city's economy was too fragile to expect small business to offer paid sick leave to their employees.

However, despite initial opposition from chambers of commerce from all five boroughs and various business leaders, Quinn was able to draw up a compromise version of the bill that would not got into effect until next year, and only if it meets a minimum measure of a financial index released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

The bill will reportedly provide five sick days to all business with 20 or more employees, eventually expanding it to those with 15 or more.

Under the new law, all employees -- regardless of the business' size -- are also protected from being fired and can file violations with the city's Department of Consumer Affairs. Employers who are exempt from paid sick days must still offer workers at least five unpaid sick days a year.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already promised to veto the bill, which Quinn similarly promised to override.

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Photo by William Alatriste.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Tue, 16 Apr 2013 21:12:50 +0000
Quinn Launches Health Care Workforce Group http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/16/quinn-launches-health-care-workforce-group http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/16/quinn-launches-health-care-workforce-group

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has followed up on a promise to help prepare New Yorkers for the coming changes to the healthcare industry.

Quinn announced a new partnership today to help prioritize retraining for current healthcare workers to meet new standards and incentivize jobs in the industry. The effort comes as city leaders seek to capitalize on the expected demand for healthcare jobs stemming from the rollout of the national Affordable Care Act and the state's Medicaid redesign.

Quinn first announced the new partnership, called the New York Health Employment Coalition, during her State of the City address in February.

"If we get this right, it will mean thousands of new job opportunities for working and middle class New Yorkers," Quinn said when she introduced her proposal in February. "If we get it wrong, we’ll see major disruptions in our healthcare system, and healthcare professionals could actually lose their jobs.

The coalition is co-chaired by Health Committee Chairwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo, Greater New York Hospital Association President Kenneth Raske, 1199 SEIU Training and Employment Funds Executive Director Deborah King and the City University of New York's Dean of Health Bill Ebenstein.

King and Ebenstein also sat on the State's Medicaid Redesign Team's Workforce Flexibility group, which was also charged with redefining providers' roles and ensuring training requirements match up with the goals outlined by Governor Andrew Cuomo's 2011 executive order.

Quinn's coalition aims to coordinate its efforts with government agencies, healthcare groups and unions to strengthen the healthcare workforce as the legislative reforms roll out. During her February address, Quinn said the coalition's first project would be to translate English-only educational materials for home care workers as they catch up to new state standards. The Speaker's office confirmed that would still be a priority for the coalition, and that they are in talks with providers and the State to figure out the most efficient way to proceed.

"We’ll make sure that as many as 3,000 non-English speakers keep their jobs, and patients don’t lose their culturally competent home care workers," Quinn said in February.

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Photo courtesy of William Alatriste.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) State Tue, 16 Apr 2013 16:13:25 +0000
Today's Headlines: Bloomberg Wants Retailers To Hide Cigarettes http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/19/todays-headlines-bloomberg-wants-retailers-to-hide-cigarettes http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/19/todays-headlines-bloomberg-wants-retailers-to-hide-cigarettes

Mayor Bloomberg introduced a bill yesterday that would force retailers to keep cigarettes out of view from customers. It would not affect advertising, which falls under First Amendment protections. Speaker Quinn said she is very open to the idea. A Health Department study found that 80 percent of stores selling cigarettes devote most of their space behind the register to tobacco displays. A British study found that simply noticing tobacco on display raised the odds kids would try smoking by threefold. A second proposed bill would raise penalties for retailers who evade tobacco taxes and create a minimum price of $10.50 per pack. Retailers complain they will lose a lot of business.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:28:22 +0000
Today's Headlines: Judge Strikes Down Soda Ban http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/12/todays-headlines-judge-strikes-down-soda-ban http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/12/todays-headlines-judge-strikes-down-soda-ban

A judge struck down Mayor Bloomberg's sugary drink ban yesterday, calling the limits “arbitrary and capricious” with confusing loopholes and voluminous exemptions. The limits of city authority means some businesses, such as 7-Eleven, would still be able to sell the drinks banned in other stores if it passed. The administration will appeal, and likened the decision to a string of other lower court rulings against the city's initiatives that didn't stand up against appeal. The ruling was a surprise, as the judge had been expected to rule only on a request for a temporary restraining order. The mayoral candidates differed on the ban. For more, read our story on the ruling.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 12 Mar 2013 11:33:09 +0000
Public Advocate Announces Plan To Fight Mold Caused By Storm Flooding http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/23/public-advocate-announces-plan-to-fight-mold-caused-by-storm-flooding http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/23/public-advocate-announces-plan-to-fight-mold-caused-by-storm-flooding

Public Advocate Bill De Blasio has called on the Federal Emergency Management Administration to help pay for the removal of mold growing in homes that were flooded during Superstorm Sandy.

De Blasio also called yesterday for the creation of a hotline for mold-related inquiries, expanding mold inspections and the establishment of a health surveillance network to monitor respiratory illnesses in areas affected by the storm.

De Blasio, a presumptive candidate for mayor in 2013, posted his four-point plan for dealing with mold on his website.

Gotham Gazette reported earlier this month that public health officials and recovery workers are increasingly concerned about the health risks posed to residents living in homes where mold has been growing.

The city's health officials have been monitoring the situation in storm-ravaged areas.

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Sun, 23 Dec 2012 17:39:50 +0000
Today's Leads: Cuomo Optimistic About Aid; ERs Overwhelmed After Storm http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/04/todays-leads-cuomo-optimistic-about-aid-ers-overwhelmed-after-storm- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/04/todays-leads-cuomo-optimistic-about-aid-ers-overwhelmed-after-storm-

Gov. Cuomo says he's optimistic about his meetings yesterday with the White House and Congressional leaders where he pressed for aid to help rebuild from Superstorm Sandy. Congress and the president are currently trying to agree on how to avoid a possible fiscal crisis next month. The disaster aid will most likely be tied to those talks. Some in Congress have suggested the aid be offset by cuts elsewhere, a move that would put the money at risk. This is the first time Cuomo has visited Washington since being elected. Mayor Bloomberg made a similar visit last week. New Jersey is also seeking about $37 billion in aid.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 04 Dec 2012 13:17:05 +0000
Headlines: Cuomo Says Sandy Cost More Than Katrina http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/27/headlines-cuomo-sandy-cost-more-than-katrina- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/27/headlines-cuomo-sandy-cost-more-than-katrina- Gov. Cuomo said Hurricane Sandy affected more people than Katrina in his plea for nearly $42 billion in federal aid. He noted many more died in Katrina, but that the economic toll of Sandy was higher, reaching almost $33 billion in clean up costs. The aid request from Cuomo grew from his previous plea for $30 billion.The aid would be used to cover damage and restoration, but $9 billion of it would be used to prepare for future storms. Mayor Bloomberg is making his own plea for nearly $10 billion in aid. State health officials are also asking for almost a half-billion dollars in special Medicaid funding for hospitals, nursing homes and clinics affected by the storm.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 27 Nov 2012 13:11:25 +0000
Headlines: Hospitals Struggle to Recover; Most Sandy Looting Cases Tossed http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/20/headlines-hospitals-struggle-to-recover-most-sandy-looting-cases-tossed- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/20/headlines-hospitals-struggle-to-recover-most-sandy-looting-cases-tossed- Many city hospitals are still struggling to recover from the storm, and may be for a while. Bellevue won't reopen its emergency room until at least December, Coney Island Hospital fully operational until January, and the reopening timetable for NYU Langone Medical Center nor the Veterans Affairs Hospital is still murky. The extended shutdowns are stretching the resources of other hospitals, which are running at near capacity. Over 3,000 patients in the city had to be moved to other facilities due to the storm.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 20 Nov 2012 12:38:26 +0000
Headlines: Effects of Sandy Linger; Cuomo to Probe Utilities http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/13/headlines-effects-of-sandy-linger-cuomo-to-probe-utilities- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/13/headlines-effects-of-sandy-linger-cuomo-to-probe-utilities- In many pockets throughout the city, the effects of Sandy are still being felt. It could be weeks before damaged hospitals reopen, but Mayor Bloomberg $500 million emergency plan for those hospitals and also public schools. Out of the city's 1,750 schools, 37 remain shuttered. Public housing residents who still have no power will receive a rent credit for their time without services, but not until January. Rockaway is still a demolition zone and mold is becoming a large concern. The city is launching "one-stop restoration centers" that will provide recovery services and disaster relief. The extra money Gov. Cuomo requested from the federal government is far from definite.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Tue, 13 Nov 2012 13:24:15 +0000
Headlines: Tackling New York's Health Issues; New Campaign Finance Reform Groups http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/22/headlines-tackling-new-yorks-health-issues-new-campaign-finance-reform-groups http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/22/headlines-tackling-new-yorks-health-issues-new-campaign-finance-reform-groups

The Cuomo Administration plans to try offering cash bonuses to Medicaid recipients who get regular check ups. The incentive will initially target 16,700 people with health problems like diabetes and hypertension. Meanwhile, community health advocates in the Bronx say more jobs for the community could improve the overall health of the borough. Also, the Health and Hospitals Corporation's inspector general will make more records available to the public after it was exposed to have failed to follow up on hundreds of cases.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Mon, 22 Oct 2012 12:26:06 +0000
Today's report: Childhood lead poisoning drops http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/05/todays-report-childhood-lead-poisoning-drops- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/05/todays-report-childhood-lead-poisoning-drops- Childhood lead poisoning cases dropped 17 percent in 2011, achieving new historic low in New York City, according to this Health Department report. The number of lead poisoning cases in young children has declined 56% since 2005.

"While fewer children are suffering from lead poisoning in New York City, too many of our children are still vulnerable to this serious, but preventable, health problem,” said Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley. “It is critically important that landlords follow the law and promptly repair peeling lead paint in homes with young children."

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Fri, 05 Oct 2012 11:21:10 +0000
Headlines: More fracking delays; Gay marriage election vandals http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/01/headlines-more-fracking-delays-gay-marriage-election-vandals http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/01/headlines-more-fracking-delays-gay-marriage-election-vandals

The state announced on Friday it would restart the regulatory rule-making process over hydraulic fracturing, pushing back a decision about approval into next year. This comes after the move to study fracking's impact on public health. The industry is worried Gov. Cuomo may not approve the drilling after all.

In the Press...

An ugly message sent on marriage vote (Albany Times Union)

State Senate Democrats to get campaign cash lifeline from teachers union (Daily News)

In Southeast Queens, epicenter of housing bust, holding onto homes still elusive (WNYC)

Medicaid eyed for all ex-cons (NY Post)

Housing Authority seeks millions for 'desperately needed' repairs (Daily News)

Master keys for subway gates blasted as terrorist threat (NY Post)

Meningitis outbreak hits HIV-positive men in New York (ABC News)

Assemblyman Vito Lopez’s ties to a bishop seem frayed (NY Times)

Councilman Charles Barron considering run for public advocate (Politicker)

PATH fares going up on Monday (Associated Press)

Who is vying to replace Bloomberg in 2013? (Associated Press)

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) City Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:26:24 +0000