John Liu Tag All blog entries tagged as John Liu http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/latest Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:03:09 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Today's Lead: Liu Denied Matching Funds http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/06/todays-lead-liu-denied-matching-funds http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/08/06/todays-lead-liu-denied-matching-funds

Yesterday the Campaign Finance Board denied $3.5 million in matching funds for John Liu's mayoral campaign, citing evidence of pervasive violations of campaign finance laws. It is largest penalty in the history of the program. Liu's lawyer called it a "death penalty." The campaign has already spent hundreds of thousands on legal fees and only has $1.5 million left. Liu argued that the irregularities were due to the make up of his donors, who are "overwhelmingly immigrant and first-time donors to any campaign." But a probe by the firm Thacher Associates found straw donors and other problems with the campaign's fundraising.

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mmuller@gothamgazette.com (Mike Muller) The Eye-Opener Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:17:36 +0000
Today's Lead: Last-Ditch Effort For Campaign Finance Reform Fails http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/21/todays-lead-last-ditch-effort-for-campaign-finance-reform-fails- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/21/todays-lead-last-ditch-effort-for-campaign-finance-reform-fails-

Last-Ditch Effort For Campaign Finance Reform Fails in Senate

Senate Democrats tried to bring a campaign finance proposal to a votethrough a hostile amendment last night but the measure failed. Republicans ruled the amendment not germane but Democrats requested a vote of the entire chamber to rule on whether it was appropriate. Thirty legislators voted to support the amendment. Those legislators included the four members of the Independent Democratic Conference who have come under attack by advocates for not bringing campaign finance to a vote. Sen. Malcolm Smith who last caucused with the IDC voted against the amendment. Smith is currently under indictment for fraud and bribery. Sen. Ruben Diaz, who conferences with Democrats, also voted against the measure. All of the Republican conference voted against the amendment. Democrats had a press release ready blaming the Republican/IDC conference for the amendment's failure but all of the IDC did vote for the amendment.

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Senate Approves New MTA Chair (Gotham Gazette)

In Albany, Allies Clash Over Campaign Finance Reform (Gotham Gazette)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 21 Jun 2013 11:30:57 +0000
Today's Lead: Cuomo to Investigate the Legislature http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/20/todays-lead-cuomo-to-investigate-the-legislature- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/06/20/todays-lead-cuomo-to-investigate-the-legislature-

Cuomo to Investigate Legislature

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday that he could not come to terms with the state legislature on campaign finance reform and anti-corruption legislation and as a result will empanel a Moreland Commission to investigate campaign finance practices at the State Board of Election. Cuomo has long threatened such a move but after a session marred by multiple indictments of sitting legislators on federal corruption charges, Cuomo pledged he is prepared to act. Cuomo said a deal with the legislature failed because he felt they wanted to police themselves. A Moreland Commission would not be able to prosecute legislators but could refer cases. "I want to restore a level of trust," said Cuomo.

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Weiner Demands New York City's Independence From Authorities(Capital)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 20 Jun 2013 12:37:53 +0000
Literacy Advocates Rally Against NYC Budget Cuts http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/11/literacy-advocates-rally-against-nyc-budget-cuts http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/06/11/literacy-advocates-rally-against-nyc-budget-cuts

By Maya Miller and Latima Stephens

As the budget dance enters its final steps, advocates still have some moves left for Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

At least 200 adult literacy advocates congregated at City Hall Park today to protest cuts to at least three education programs. Joined by Comptroller John Liu as well as Council members Gale Brewer, Sara Gonzalez and Matthieu Eugene, those in attendance said they are in it for the long haul.

“It’s a fight every year to get the City Council and the mayor to work together to put funding back in the budget,” said Sierra Stoneman-Bell, co-director of the Neighborhood Family Services Coalition.

The most recent budget put forth by the Bloomberg administration would cut approximately $7 million from the adult literacy programs. As a result, the cuts would eliminate 7,000 seats saved for helping New Yorkers learn English, which those at the protest said is vital to their and their families' livelihoods.

“We need to speak more English to help our children with their homework and to get a better job,” Maria Beroa, 35, said.

Born in the Dominican Republic, Beroa now lives in Brooklyn and takes English as a Second Language classes at Borough of Manhattan Community College.

“Maybe if they see the people here they will know we truly need the program,” she added.

The programs at risk include: the Department of Youth and Community Development’s adult literacy program, which teaches adults the reading and writing skills to get a job; the Adult Literacy Services Initiative, which offer programs in basic education and English as a second language; and the Immigrant Opportunities Initiative, which provides affordable legal services and English classes to immigrant communities.

The Bloomberg administration and the Council have until June 30 to finalize the 2014 budget.

Liu, whose People’s Budget project ranked adult literacy as the number one budget priority, expressed his support for the restoration of money to the programs, especially those that cater to immigrant communities.

“This is a city that if you come here, you work hard, you dream big and then you work a little harder, you can achieve great success,” said Liu, also a Democratic mayoral hopeful. “But not if they cut off the funding. Not if they don’t allow our people to get the education they need.”

Amy Mereson, director of Youth Education and Arts Programs at University Settlement, echoed Liu’s call for comprehensive support for education.

Things are moving in the wrong direction,” Mereson said before criticizing Bloomberg’s record. “The ‘education mayor’ cannot limit his definition of education to young children. The city is full of immigrants where English is a requisite to jobs. It is a necessity.”

Those in attendance said that they are more than familiar with the budget dance, this being the third year of budget cuts to adult literacy programs in New York.

Mae Dick, 62, retired last year after having spent over 40 years in the adult education field and said she has seen it happen again and again.

"I've been in this field forever. We're here every year," Mae said, "and we always have to fight."

Photo by Latima Stephens/Gotham Gazette.

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guest@gothamgazette.com (Guest) City Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:55:16 +0000
Today's Lead: Leaders Shielded Lopez http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/16/todays-lead-leaders-shielded-lopez http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/16/todays-lead-leaders-shielded-lopez

The state's ethics commission issued a report yesterday that not only detailed a torrent of inappropriate behavior by Assemblyman Vito Lopez but that tore into Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and his staff for shielding the lawmaker. At one point after two women made sexual harassment complaints against Lopez the report states that Silver's office relocated the women to other positions which enabled Lopez to hire two more women who he also harassed. The report details Lopez asking a staffer to give him eye drops for pink eye, demanding staffers share hotels with them, forcing them to feel his tumors, looking for a large apartment in Albany to share with one of them and perhaps most shockingly Lopez demanded a female staffer continue massaging his hand after the woman told Lopez she was uncomfortable because she had been raped in college. The Joint Commission on Public Ethics' report was released after a special prosecutor found no criminal wrongdoing by Lopez or Silver. Lopez issued a statement saying he was under attack by people wishing to destroy him. JCOPE's report was released by the legislature after facing mounting pressure. Members of the legislature also tried to redact large swaths of the report relating to the performance of Assembly staffers during the matter. JCOPE, which has members appointed by Silver, did not authorize an investigation into the behavior of Silver and the Assembly in the matter. Yesterday, Silver's spokesman defended him in a statement and Silver renewed his call for Lopez to resign.


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Liu Returned $14G in Improper Campaign Funds (Daily News)

Judge Tosses Indictment of NYPD Cop in Shooting of Unarmed Teen (Daily News)

Judge Orders Hotel Shelters For Sandy Victims Stay Open (Wall Street Journal)

Labor Gridlocked in Mayor's Race (Crain's)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Thu, 16 May 2013 12:25:32 +0000
Today's Headlines: Feds Approve City's Sandy Recovery Plan http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/10/feds-approve-citys-sandy-recovery-plan http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/10/feds-approve-citys-sandy-recovery-plan

The City's plan for spending federal disaster recovery aid has been approved by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The first $1.7 billion in federal funding will be released this summer. Most of the funds, $648 million, will go to repairing homes and strengthening them against future flooding. There is also funding for low income rentals subsidies, city infrastructure and loans for businesses. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and HUD secretary Shaun Donovan are scheduled to announce the plan's approval today at City Hall. Those looking for grants will be able to apply by calling the city's 311 help line or by going to nyc.gov.


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Peralta Won't Comment on Legal Fees (Crain's)

State Senator Huntley Sentenced to a Year For Corruption (NY Times)

In Wake of Scandals, Cuomo Defends His Ethics Agency (Capital Tonight)

City Council Offers Treasure Trove of Archives (City Room)

Proposals Seek to Curb Bias By Co-Op Boards (NY Times)

Bike Share to Start May 27 (NY 1)

Rally For SUNY Downstate Medical Center (NY 1)

Liu Campaign In Tight Spot On Matching Funds (Wall Street Journal)

Carrion Opposes Voting Rights For Non-Citizens (Capital)

Cuomo Says No NYC Casino For 5 Years (Crain's)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 10 May 2013 11:48:58 +0000
NYPIRG's Mahoney: Senate Hearing on NYC Campaign Financing A 'Kangaroo Court' *Updated* http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/05/06/nypirgs-mahoney-senate-hearing-on-nyc-campaign-financing-a-kangaroo-court http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/05/06/nypirgs-mahoney-senate-hearing-on-nyc-campaign-financing-a-kangaroo-court The Senate elections committee will hold hearings on corruption in the New York City public campaign finance system at 11 a.m. tomorrow. Oral testimony is by invite-only, and it just so happens that a good number of campaign finance experts from New York are not welcome to speak.

Bill Mahoney, New York Public Interest Research Group's number-cruncher extraordinare, just happens to be one of those campaign finance experts.

"Oral testimony is by invitation only," Mahoney said. "I suppose they are not interested in hearing from actual New Yorkers who have been effected by the system. They just want to hear people criticize a system that works better than ours."

Members of some of the state's largest government watchdog groups wrote the committe chairs — Sens. Thomas O'Mara and Diane Savino — to ask to be allowed to testify but they were not allowed to give oral testimony. The groups include Common Cause/NY, The Brennan Center, Citizen Action New York and Center For Working Families.

When asked about why good government groups were not allowed to give oral testimony, Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif replied:"I don't believe that is accurate. Dick Dadey, from Citizens Union, is on our confirmed speaker list."

When the Gazette clarified that the quesiton was about specific watchdog groups, Reif replied:

"The witness list reflects a wide range of views on taxpayer-funded political campaigns. Anyone who is not testifying is welcome to submit written testimony for the committee to review and consider."

Jessica Wisnewski of Citizen Action New York has her own thoughts on why Republicans wouldn't want to have a group of diverse experts speaking on the issue. "Report after report shows massive corporate donations benefit the Senate Republcians. Big money goes where power is," she said. "Senate Republicans are protecting the status quo rather than bringing real people's voices into the process."

Speaking of reports, Mahoney will issue one tomorrow showing that there have been 103,805 campaign finance violations since 2011. Mahoney and a number of people who have not been allowed to testify before the elections committee are in favor of the state adopting a public campaign financing system like New York City's.

Senate Republicans have spent a great deal of time recently attacking the city's financing system, calling it corrupt and pointing to scandals like one involving two former members of Comptroller John Liu's campaign staff.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb recently told the Gazette that he is "excited" to hear about more corruption in the New York City system.

Senate Republicans have mailed constituents in the recent past attacking Democrats for wanting the public to fund their campaigns but they have been loathe to talk about campaign finance reform in public. Until, that is, the recent string of legislative scandals that has brought campaign finance reform to the forefront of public discussion.

"It certainly seems like the most urgent time in recent memory," said Mahoney of campaign finance reform. "The longer politicians like Thomas O'Mara hold off on real hearings and real discussion of reform, the more indictments and scandals we are going to see."

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Mon, 06 May 2013 21:09:13 +0000
Today's Headlines: Liu's Campaign Workers Found Guilty http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/03/todays-headlines-lius-campaign-workers-found-guilty http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/headlines/2013/05/03/todays-headlines-lius-campaign-workers-found-guilty

The campaign manager and a fundraiser of New York City comptroller John Liu were found guilty yesterday in a trial over illegal contributions to Liu's campaign. Jia Hou, Liu's campaign manager and Xing Wu Pan a fundraiser were found guilty in a scheme to use straw donors to with thousands of dollars in matching funds from the city for Liu's campaign. Hou and Pan were found guilty of wire fraud while Hou was also found guilty of obstruction of justice and making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Both face up to 20 years in prison and will be sentenced after the mayoral primary. Their attorney's say they plan to appeal. Liu is currenly running a campaign for mayor. Prosecutors portrayed the Liu campaign as condoing the behavior of Hou and Pan. Liu held an emergency press conference last night. Liu noted the investigation has been going on for 4 years and that his phones have been tapped. “They can look at anything and everything they want," Liu said. "I’ve got nothing to hide. I’ve got a clear conscious. And we are gong to present a very strong case directly to the voters of New York City.”




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Grieving Mother Tells of Son's Police Stop (NY Times)

Appeals Court Says New York Towns Can Ban Fracking (Democrat and Chronicle)

City to Get EPA Cash to Upgrade Water Plans In Areas Hit By Sandy (Lower Hudson Journal)

Cuomo Warns City, Teachers Union to Reach Evaluations Deal (Daily News)

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City Emails Show Push For Cathie Black (Wall Street Journal)

Bike Share War Rages at Village Forum (DNAinfo)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) The Eye-Opener Fri, 03 May 2013 12:03:44 +0000
Kolb: Excited for Senate Hearings on NYC Public Financing http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/26/kolb-excited-for-senate-hearings-on-nyc-public-financing- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/state/2013/04/26/kolb-excited-for-senate-hearings-on-nyc-public-financing-

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb and his conference presented a package of reform legislation last week that includes creating a system to recall state officials. One thing that is not on the Republican's to-do list is public financing of campaigns.

"It is the same old, same old public financing pitch" Kolb said of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's plan for a public campaign finance system. "That idea is not going to happen upstate beause people don't want tax dollars going to campaigns."

Senate Republicans are also against public funding of campaigns and are holding a hearing in New York City in May to look at corruption in the system. The city's public finance system has been held up as a more ideal system by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Speaker Sheldon Silver and Senate Democrats.

When asked if he expected to hear stories about political corruption, Kolb responded: "I would hope so. This keeps being used as a model for reform, but we've seen that there have been problems. Look at John Liu and the irregularities with his fundraising, and he is using the public system. You also have the problem of having only rich people being able to run for public office. Bloomberg can write a check and go after a legisaltor who did something he didn't like. He can take the regular guy right out of the mix. So, I think we should have public hearings."

As for a recall system, Kolb says he does not think being able to recall officials will create instability in Albany or the need for more campaign cash. Kolb points out that 19 other states have the ability to recall officials, and around 12 legislators have been recalled in 36 recall elections that have taken place. The New York law would require a pettition with signatures equaling 20 percent of the voters in the official's last election.

Kolb also wants to strip officials of their pensions if convicted of a crime and restrict the use of campaign cash so that legislators can't spend it on lawyers, cars and other luxuries. "Not enough punishment factors do exist. We've seen that you can have the toughest gun laws in the country but people still do bad things. Bad legislators are still going to do bad things but we want to try and restrict that as much as possible," Kolb said.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) State Fri, 26 Apr 2013 13:15:58 +0000
Today's Headlines: Weiner's Return? http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/11/todays-headlines-weiners-return- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/04/11/todays-headlines-weiners-return-

Today's Lead Story

Weiner's Return?

Former Rep. Anthony Weiner's admission in a New York Times Magazine article that he is considering a run for mayor has jolted the current pack of candidates. Weiner has considerable baggage to overcome as he resigned from Congress in disgrace after lying about sending sexually explicit internet messages to women. Weiner's wife Human Abedin has remained supportive of her husband throughout the ordeal. Even Weiner's possible opponents acknowledge he is a shrewd politician who can run a serious campaign. Most major candidates gave statements that indicated they weren't particularly concered with Weiner's entrance into the race. Comptroller John Liu playfully welcomed Weiner but warned, "Just stop Tweeting."


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Powell Eying Rangel Seat (NY Post)

Liu Bombs With Biz Crowd (Crain's)

Brooklyn Apartment Supply Sees Steepest Fall in 5 Years (Crain's)

Manhattan DA Probed Pay-to-Play Scheme Involving Pols (DNAinfo)

Investigators Question Evacuation Plans in Event of Nuclear Accident (NY 1)

Nelson Castro Arraigned (NY Times)

Quinn Loses Popularity, but Retains Lead (City Room)

De Blasio Pushes Anti-Corruption Plan (Wall Street Journal)

Pork Items Survive Cuomo's Veto Ax (Albany Times Union)

City's First Immigration Commissioner Writes About Being Undocumented (Quartz)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 11 Apr 2013 11:59:25 +0000
Today's Headlines: Stop-And-Frisk | Liu Declares http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/18/todays-headlines-stop-and-frisk--liu-declares http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2013/03/18/todays-headlines-stop-and-frisk--liu-declares

STOP-AND-FRISK ON TRIAL: A federal judge begins hearing key testimony today in a trial to determine whether the New York Police Department has been unlawfully targeting blacks and Hispanics with its tactic of stopping, questioning and frisking people on the street. The New York Times writes that the outcome "will help define the terms under which the department patrols large swaths of the city long after Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg leaves office." The U.S. District Judge in the case, Shira Scheindlin, has expressed misgivings about the NYPD's stop-and-frisk tactics (Bloomberg, The Associated Press).

LIU DECLARES: Comptroller John Liu (@JohnCLiu2013) officially declared that he is running for mayor on the steps of City Hall in front of hundreds of people Sunday. Striking a populist tone, the Democrat took aim at Mayor Michael Bloomberg's as beholden to the wealthiest New Yorkers. Liu defiantly cast the legal cloud surrounding an investigation into his campaign's fundraising as a result of his willingness to stand up to powerful interests. "When you go after powerful people and rich corporations, they're going to come after you," he said in his speech (Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, many others).

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Cuomo And State Lawmakers In Deep Budget Talks (Capital Tonight)

State Senate Underdog Drives Campaign Finance Reform (Associated Press)

School Aid Could Be Restored Under State Budget (Gotham Schools)

NY's First Muslim Democratic Club (Capital)

City Becoming Shelter System For Nation? (NY Times)

Weiner Campaign Spends Cash On Polling (Wall Street Journal)

City's Tab For Sheltering Homeless Decreases (Wall Street Journal)

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webmaster@gothamgazette.com (Administrator) City Mon, 18 Mar 2013 05:37:35 +0000
Today's Lead Story: State Looks For Quick Action on Gun Laws http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/21/todays-lead-story-state-looks-for-quick-action-on-gun-laws- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/12/21/todays-lead-story-state-looks-for-quick-action-on-gun-laws-

State Looks For Quick Action on Gun Laws

Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to toughen New York's gun laws and according to The Times Union Cuomo wants to do it as soon as next week. A source told the times union that a gubernatorial aide presented Senate Republicans with a draft of proposed gun legislation on Wednesday but Republicans turned it down. Republicans deny turning down any legislation. A myriad of Assemblyman have confirmed they were asked to stay in Albany on Wednesday in case a special session came to fruition this week but now all eyes or on Dec. 28. Cuomo has said he will address the issue of gun violence in his Jan. 9 State of the State Address but with the action in Albany it seems like something could happen much sooner. Cuomo has said he wants to eliminate loopholes in the state's assault weapons ban. Meanwhile, the Times Union reports that the same venue Cuomo will give his State of the State address in next year will also scheduled to host a gun show two weeks after the speech.




In the Press...

Fear, Death and Rumors in Queens High Rise (NY Times)

City's Incarceration Rate Plummets (City Room)

Bloomberg Vows to Redouble Efforts on Gun Control (NY Times)

New York Stock Exchange Sells Itself (Crain's)

Unemployment Rate Tumbles (Crain's)

Former Gov. Paterson Loses Radio Show (NY Post)

Volunteers Try to Plug Gaps in Hurricane Response (Capital)

Suit On Police Stops is Reinstated (NY Times)

Liu Calls for Increase in Minimum Wage and Sick Pay (NY Times)

Legislators Rally For Tougher Gun Laws (Gotham Gazette)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 21 Dec 2012 13:50:24 +0000
Today's Lead: Hypothermia, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on the Rise http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/29/todays-lead-hypothermia-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-on-the-rise http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/29/todays-lead-hypothermia-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-on-the-rise

Hypothermia, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning on the Rise


Following Hurricane Sandy the City has seen a rise in carbon monoxide poisoning and hypothermia cases due to city residents living in unheated homes, or simply living on the street. The New York Times reports that the number of cold-exposure cases tripled after Sandy as compared to the same time frame last year. The City Health Department issued a letter warning doctors and health care providers of the issue. Carbon monoxide poisoning was 10-times higher the week of Hurricane Sandy and continued at an elevated rate due to people heating their homes with unsafe alternative methods. The findings seem to give further weight to recent pleas from advocates for the city to deploy temporary housing in areas hard-hit by Sandy.




In the Press...

Bloomberg Lobbies Washington For Storm Aid (NY Times)

Cuomo, Christie Issue Joint Request For Relief Funds (Albany Times Union)

Flood Insurance Costs to Rise (NY Times)

Details on Proposed NY Senate Coalition (Albany Times Union)

Hotel Rooms For Sandy Victims Sitting Vacant (Wall Street Journal)

Liu Calls For Ending Tax Subsidies for Business (Crain's)

Manhattan Fast Food Strike (Crain's)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 29 Nov 2012 13:14:32 +0000
Liu Changes His Mind on Marathon http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/02/liu-changes-his-mind-on-marathon- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/11/02/liu-changes-his-mind-on-marathon-

City Comptroller John Liu has issued this statement on his support of holding the New York City Marathon this weekend:

Earlier this week, I stated support for keeping the New York City Marathon, which is a huge economic generator for the City, on schedule assuming that the City’s infrastructure would be able to support the race and New Yorkers’ safety can be ensured. Unfortunately, it has become apparent over the last couple of days that there are still large parts of the City where recovery efforts are falling short, where fellow New Yorkers remain hungry and cold, and where there is now more and more looting. As I have traveled throughout the boroughs since Sandy struck, it has become clear that the Marathon would compromise the City’s ability to protect and provide for the residents most affected by the hurricane. Recovery efforts must come before the Marathon and it's time to re-evaluate whether the resources needed for the Marathon can really be spared on Sunday.”

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer and Julie Menin have both come out against holding the marathon this weekend. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has defended it.

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Fri, 02 Nov 2012 18:19:57 +0000
Headlines:Council Debates Police Tactics http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/11/headlinescouncil-debates-police-tactics- http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/10/11/headlinescouncil-debates-police-tactics-

Today's Lead Stories...

Council Hearing on Policing


The City Council held a 6-hour hearing on police tactics yesterday that focused on stop-and-frisk. Four bills were mainly at issue. One bill would require officers to identify themselves and provide their name and rank during stops. Another bill would require officers to inform suspects of their right to refuse a search. Another bill would establish an Office of the Inspector General to oversee the police department. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Chief Ray Kelly were not present at the hearing and they oppose the measures. Bloomberg's council Michael Best argued that the council does not have the legal authority to legislate police tactics. Council Speaker Christine Quinn declined to say whether she supports the package of legislation.




In the Press...

Shootings by Police Down Last Year (NY Times)

Silver Supports Higher Taxes For Wealthy (Capitol Confidential)

Bloomberg Compares Himself to Churchill (NY Times)

Voter Registration Frenzy as Deadline Looms (Daily News)

Manhattan Apartment Rents up 8 Percent Per Year (Crain's)

Prosecutors Deny Making up Case Against Liu (NY Times)

Seabrook Had Worst Council Attendance (Daily News)

Wall Street Wants to Overturn State Lobby Law (Wall Street Journal)

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dking@gothamgazette.com (David Howard King) City Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:41:54 +0000
Comptroller Backs Sikhs' Call to Change NYPD Dress Rule http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/28/comptroller-backs-sikhs-call-to-change-nypd-dress-rule http://www.gothamgazette.com/index.php/the-eye-opener/entry/city/2012/09/28/comptroller-backs-sikhs-call-to-change-nypd-dress-rule

Members of the city’s Sikh community are calling on the New York Police Department to lift its restrictions on the type of turbans that officers can wear and the length of beards they can keep.

Sikh organizations held a news conference at the offices of City Comptroller John C. Liu today announcing an initiative to bring pressure on the NYPD to change their rules.

The NYPD currently allows Sikh officers to wear a dark-blue “patka” — a head garment commonly worn by younger male children of the faith — underneath their official police hats.

“I know lots of Sikhs who want to join the NYPD, but don’t because of this regressive policy,” said Prabjhot Singh Narula, the co-founder of the Sikh Coalition, in a statement.

Liu has said he would also petition the police to change the regulations.

Turbans are mandatory articles of faith for male Sikhs, and hair is traditionally left untrimmed.

The NYPD has said it makes “reasonable accommodations” for religious beliefs and “already allows Sikh members of the service to wear turbans that fit under department headgear,” said NYPD spokesman Paul Browne in a New York Post article in August. Browne also cited the challenges of having a full beard and wearing emergency equipment, such as a gas mask.

Liu spokesman Michael Loughran said the issue is not only about the ban against turbans and maintaining full beards in the NYPD, but also about the inclusion of the Sikh community.

“It’s about a police department seeking to be reflective of the community it serves,” he said.

The comptroller, who is also a potential candidate for mayor, plans to visit with members of the Sikh community at their temples, known as gurdwaras, over the next few weeks to gather petition signatures.

Sikhism is a monotheistic religion and the fifth largest organized religion in the world. It was founded by Guru Nanak Dev in the 15th Century. Sikhs follow a set of principles under ten Sikh gurus who succeeded Guru Nanak Dev.

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Image from NYC Sikh Day Parade 2010 by Flickr user Shinya, used under Creative Commons license.

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