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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Nov 02, 2012 Hardship Strains Emotions in New York
QUOTE: Emotions, frayed after almost a week of desperation, darkness and cold, approached a breaking point on Friday as the collective spirit that buoyed New York in the first few days after Hurricane Sandy gave way to angry complaints of neglect and unequal treatment. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, facing criticism that he was favoring marathon runners arriving from around the world over people in devastated neighborhoods, reversed himself and canceled the New York City Marathon.
New York Times May 07, 2012 No Room for Dissent in a Police Department Consumed by the Numbers
QUOTE: This, too, is Mr. Kelly’s police force, a department that can claim many victories but is consumed by a single imperative: crime and homicide rates must keep falling...There’s no definitive proof that top officials systematically manipulate crime data and set arrest quotas. But officers have stepped forward in recent years to talk of such practices in widely scattered precincts...
New York Times May 04, 2012 Using NYPD Warrant Squads to Monitor Protesters May Violate Constitution: Experts
QUOTE: Executing old warrants -- no matter how minor -- is legal. But legal experts say the tactic becomes illegal if it is done solely to investigate political activity.
WNYC Jan 02, 2012 The Rules on News Coverage Are Clear, but the Police Keep Pushing
QUOTE: But the decade-long trajectory in New York is toward expanded police power. Officers routinely infiltrate groups engaged in lawful dissent, spy on churches and mosques, and often toss demonstrators and reporters around with impunity. When this is challenged, the police commissioner and the mayor often shrug it off and fight court orders.
New York Times Dec 23, 2011 CIA report: No issue with spy agency's partnership with N.Y. police
QUOTE: the agency helped police conduct covert surveillance on Muslims living in New York, raising broader civil liberty questions about the legality of the methods and scope of federal efforts to counter terrorism.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 22, 2011 The First Amendment and the Obligation to Peacefully Disrupt in a Free Society
QUOTE: the First Amendment supersedes the restrictive permit laws now being invoked against protesters. The First Amendment was designed to allow for disruption of business as usual. It is not a quiet and subdued amendment or right. Indeed, our nation's founding was a series of rowdy and intense protests, disrupting business as usual for tax collectors and mercenaries up and down the eastern seaboard.
Huffington Post Jun 26, 2011 ‘Pilot’ Label Lets Mayor’s Projects Skip City Review
QUOTE: Dozens of [New York City Mayor Bloomberg's] marquee administration projects...ostensible experiments that are often exempt from the usual forms of city review...Admirers see an innovative way around red tape. Critics see a blunt tool that undermines democracy by minimizing the public’s role in scrutinizing the ideas of government.
New York Times Jun 15, 2011 Watching the Detectives
QUOTE: Because the department ignores lawsuits, it cannot analyze or learn from them; instead, the city effectively writes off these suits as the extraordinarily high cost of doing police business. In contrast, a small but growing group of police departments around the country have found innovative ways to analyze information gathered from lawsuits. They investigate lawsuit claims as they would civilian complaints, and they discipline, retrain or fire officers when the claims are substantiated.
New York Times Apr 12, 2011 Suit Alleges Bias in Disability Denials by Queens Judges
QUOTE: Now, a class-action lawsuit... says that five of the eight Queens judges are not just difficult, but also biased against the applicants — many of whom are poor or immigrants — and have systematically denied benefits to the disabled by making legal and factual errors.
New York Times Feb 01, 2011 Dakota Co-op Board Is Accused of Bias
QUOTE: The former board president, Alphonse Fletcher Jr., a prominent black Wall Street investor, has sued the Dakota, accusing the building and several of its board members of racial discrimination and defamation.
New York Times Dec 26, 2010 Hurdles Emerge in Rising Effort to Rate Teachers
QUOTE: It is becoming common practice nationally to rank teachers for their effectiveness....But the experience in New York City shows just how difficult it can be to come up with a system that gains acceptance as being fair and accurate. The rankings are based on an algorithm that few other than statisticians can understand, and on tests that the state has said were too narrow and predictable. Most teachers’ scores fall somewhere in a wide range, with perfection statistically impossible...
New York Times May 14, 2010 City Seeks to Revoke Licenses for Cab Overcharges
QUOTE: New York City moved on Friday to revoke the cab licenses of 633 taxi drivers who it said routinely charged customers higher out-of-town rates for trips within the five boroughs. The city said some of the overcharging was so egregious that it had asked prosecutors to investigate.
New York Times May 12, 2010 New York Minorities More Likely to Be Frisked
QUOTE: Blacks and Latinos were nine times as likely as whites to be stopped by the police in New York City in 2009, but, once stopped, were no more likely to be arrested....intense debate about the effectiveness and propriety of the tactic, but also litigation intended to force the department to reveal more information about the encounters.
New York Times Apr 16, 2010 Put Vendors in Their Place
QUOTE: An army of book sellers set up tables along Fifth Avenue, blocking the sidewalks, collecting no sales tax and paying no property tax, and in some instances selling stolen goods. My concern for a poet’s right to sell his poems by hand (the regulations wouldn’t limit artists who roam with their works) was never meant to encompass commercial vendors appropriating the public right of way for private business use.
New York Times Oct 20, 2009 Dead Law Walking: Why are New York cops arresting gay people on charges ruled unconstitutional 26 years ago?
QUOTE: n the 26 years since, on thousands of occasions, the New York Police Department has continued to enforce the defunct law [which made hitting on people in a public place a crime], historically used to target gay people.
Slate Oct 05, 2009 New York to fight terrorism with more street-corner cameras: Mayor Bloomberg moves to expand high-tech surveillance to midtown Manhattan. But civil liberties groups are concerned, and some security experts question its value.
QUOTE: On the heels of breaking up an alleged bomb terror plot, New York is planning to place high-tech security cameras, license plate readers, and "weapons sensors" in midtown Manhattan.... But some terrorism experts have questioned whether a camera network will deter terrorists. They also say that sensors are known to give off "false positives."
Christian Science Monitor Jun 28, 2009 Renters Get Swindled and Scammed
QUOTE: IN New York City, the rental market can seem a lot like the black market. Renters are accustomed to feeling hustled, fleeced, and generally at the mercy of predatory forces beyond their control — and that’s when everything goes O.K....the busy spring-summer rental season is unfolding in a time of falling rental prices, which means too-good-to-be-true deals — the con artist’s calling card — seem more credible than they have in recent years.
New York Times Jun 01, 2009 She Plays With Boys, and Rivals Don’t Like It
QUOTE: ...Hannah Berner... a run made all the more remarkable by the fact that she was competing against boys...
New York Times Apr 23, 2009 On the Gowanus Canal, Fear of Superfund Stigma
QUOTE: City [of New York] officials and many residents fear that the Superfund label, reserved for the worst contamination in the country and evoking health emergencies like the Love Canal debacle of the 1970s, could deter new development in Gowanus, Carroll Gardens and Red Hook.
New York Times Apr 20, 2009 Suit Says Faulty Elevators in Public Housing Violate Rights of Tenants
QUOTE: The city’s public housing agency is violating the rights of tenants with disabilities and other health problems by failing to properly maintain its elevators, leaving them stranded for hours during frequent breakdowns, according to a federal class-action lawsuit expected to be filed Tuesday.
New York Times Mar 07, 2009 Mortgage Fraud Case Poses Federal Quandary
QUOTE: she [Waver Brickhouse] fell behind on her mortgage payments and turned to a so-called rescue firm, which, court papers allege, tricked her into signing away the deed to her Brooklyn home. She says the company, Home Savers Consulting, secretly sold her home, with the help of a mortgage from IndyMac Federal Bank, and ran up huge new debts. ...faces a new problem. She must convince the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, which last year took control of IndyMac, now insolvent, that her mortgage payments should not include at least $150,000 tacked on by fraud.
New York Times Mar 05, 2009 Big Landlord Found to Have Wrongly Raised Rents
QUOTE: Tenants at Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village [New York, NY]... won a major victory over their landlord on Thursday when an appeals court ruled that the company had wrongfully raised rents and deregulated thousands of apartments after receiving special tax breaks.
New York Times Dec 18, 2008 Madoff Scandal Shaking Real Estate Industry
QUOTE: Almost no segment of New York City’s real estate industry was spared in the Madoff scandal, which may be history’s largest Ponzi scheme....Mr. Madoff (pronounced MAY-doff) managed his funds much the way that real estate leaders have operated successfully for decades: He provided little information and demanded a lot of trust.
New York Times Nov 29, 2008 Preservationists See Bulldozers Charging Through a Loophole
QUOTE: The strategy has become wearyingly familiar to preservationists. A property owner — in this case Sylgar Properties, which was under contract to sell the site to Related — is notified by the landmarks commission that its building or the neighborhood is being considered for landmark status. The owner then rushes to obtain a demolition or stripping permit from the city’s Department of Buildings so that notable qualities can be removed, rendering the structure unworthy of protection.
New York Times Nov 20, 2008 Defiant Mayor Won’t Promise to Send Rebate
QUOTE: After being dealt a rare public embarrassment by the City Council, which forced his administration to acknowledge on Monday that he was legally required to send out $400 rebate checks promised to hundreds of thousands of New York homeowners, a defiant Mr. Bloomberg said on Wednesday that he had no plans to release the money.
New York Times Nov 20, 2008 New York Police Fight U.S. Over Eavesdropping
QUOTE: The [New York] Police Department, with the largest municipal counterterrorism operation in the country, wants the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to loosen their approach to the federal law that governs electronic surveillance. But federal officials have refused to relax the standards, and have said requests submitted by the department could actually jeopardize surveillance efforts by casting doubt on their legality.
New York Times Nov 19, 2008 City Room: Costco and Food Stamps
QUOTE: Farmers’ markets accept food stamps. The Harlem Fairway accepts food stamps. So does Trader Joe’s in Brooklyn. Even Whole Foods, which has been trying to shake that “Whole Paycheck” image, accepts food stamps. But Costco, the warehouse retailer that made its reputation as the anti-Wal-Mart, generous not only to Costco’s customers but to its workers as well, does not.
New York Times Nov 13, 2008 School Chief Takes on Tenure, and Stirs a Fight
QUOTE: Ms. Rhee has proposed spectacular raises of as much as $40,000, financed by private foundations, for teachers willing to give up tenure....Ms. Rhee said she could no longer wait for a union response to her proposal, first outlined last summer, and announced an effort to identify and fire ineffective teachers, including those with tenure.
New York Times Oct 24, 2008 The Future of Term Limits Is in Court
QUOTE: Now that the City Council has approved changing term limits to allow Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg to run again, this much is certain: The battle will move to the courtroom. Two lawsuits challenging the move are already in the legal system and more are expected.
New York Times Sep 17, 2008 N.Y. City's Qualms Turned Aside in 9/11 Cases
QUOTE: [A New York judge] yesterday turned aside objections from New York City over how to proceed with the 10,800 claims of respiratory and other illnesses allegedly caused by toxic dust at Ground Zero.
New York Law Journal (NYLJ) Aug 21, 2008 Inquiry Lays Out Chain of Failures in High-Rise Fire
QUOTE: Contractors tearing down the contaminated former Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan never had a formal demolition permit, even though they were undertaking one of the most complicated efforts ever to dismantle a skyscraper.
New York Times Jun 20, 2008 Board Backs Rise in Rent Up to 8.5%
QUOTE: The board that regulates rents for New York City’s one million rent-stabilized apartments approved its highest rent increases in years at a raucous meeting on Thursday, angering tenants who said high rents were forcing the poor and working class out of the city. At a meeting punctuated by ear-splitting whistle-blowing and shouting matches between sign-waving tenants and landlords, the city’s Rent Guidelines Board authorized rent increases of up to 4.5 percent on one-year leases and 8.5 percent on two-year leases.
New York Times Jun 18, 2008 Money for Needy Goes to Wealthy Schools, Report Says (City Room)
QUOTE: According to the analysis, the Education Department is distributing much of that money -– more than 40 percent -– to schools that are either high-performing, wealthy, or both. Under state law, 75 percent of the money should be distributed to schools with the “greatest educational needs.”
New York Times Jun 08, 2008 As Teenagers Leave Group Homes, a Challenge Placing Those Who Remain
QUOTE: Some child-welfare experts are worried they may soon be unable to recruit enough qualified foster parents, while others say the city has moved too slowly in putting support systems in place to help these older children flourish in private homes.
New York Times May 28, 2008 M.T.A. Board Will Fight for Its Free E-ZPass Tags (City Room)
QUOTE: For years, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has given its board members free passes to drive across its bridges and tunnels...the authority said it will go to court to defend the practice in the face of a challenge by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who said that giving E-ZPass tags to board members violates a law that they must serve without compensation.
New York Times May 08, 2008 216 Held in Protests of Police Acquittals
QUOTE: The protesters expressed outrage over a Queens judge’s decision on April 25 to acquit the three detectives — Michael Oliver, Gescard F. Isnora and Marc Cooper — over the November 2006 death of Mr. Bell, who died in a hail of police bullets outside a nightclub in Jamaica, Queens, hours before he was to have been married. Mr. Sharpton and his National Action Network coordinated the protests...
New York Times May 08, 2008 Questions of Rent Tactics by Private Equity
QUOTE: Some residents and tenant advocates say that they began seeing what they consider a pattern of harassment of low-income tenants this year and suspect that it is a result of the new owners’ business models. Tenants have been sued repeatedly for unpaid rent that has already been received by the landlords; they have been sent false notices of rent bills, lease terminations and nonrenewals; and they have been accused of illegal sublets.
New York Times Mar 27, 2008 Law Enacted to Protect Tenants Using Vouchers
QUOTE: Many Section 8 tenants are low-income residents, and supporters of the bill argued that landlords were frequently turning away voucher holders to keep poor tenants out and were thus cutting off a much-needed form of housing for them.
New York Times Mar 05, 2008 Next Question: Can Students Be Paid to Excel?
QUOTE: School districts nationwide have seized on the idea that a key to improving schools is to pay for performance...Critics of these efforts say that children should be inspired to learn for knowledge’s sake, not to earn money, and question whether prizes will ultimately lift achievement.
New York Times Feb 19, 2008 Defender in the Case of a Slain 7-Year-Old Girl Has His Admirers: Other Lawyers
QUOTE: Whatever it takes to acquit Nixzmary’s stepfather, Cesar Rodriguez, of one of the more notorious child murders in the city’s recent history, Mr. Schwartz says he is morally and professionally obligated to try it, if it is legal. In Mr. Schwartz’s ethical universe, the decision to represent Mr. Rodriguez has the air of a sacred mission.
New York Times Feb 04, 2008 Private Schools Cry ‘Unfair’ Over a Grade
QUOTE: The [New York] Sun...published a front-page article on Thursday in which it assigned letter grades to the city’s elite private schools...The paper said that its sole criteria were “the school’s net assets and the number of students it sends to Harvard.”
New York Times Jan 27, 2008 Officers’ Arrests Put Spotlight on Police Use of Informants
QUOTE: ...police officers’ trading of drugs for information in the pursuit of arrests could be described as “noble-cause corruption.” The practice would, however, shatter police policy, break the law and, in the view of police commanders and prosecutors, erode the integrity of officers.
New York Times Jan 19, 2008 Genetic Bank Raises Issues of Practicality and Privacy
QUOTE: ...officials at the New York Civil Liberties Union said that privacy issues aside, the [Mayor Michael Bloomberg's] proposal [that DNA samples be taken from all criminal suspects] would require turning the collection and analysis of DNA samples into a mass-production operation. That, said Donna Lieberman, the group’s executive director, would be an invitation to error, inefficiency and fraud.
New York Times Nov 17, 2007 Pigeon-Rights Groups Rush to Defend Their Feathered Friends
QUOTE: Unlike some animal rights groups, which favor humane methods of reducing the pigeon population, these activists are opposed to any governmental intervention into the lives of what they say are unjustly maligned creatures.
New York Times Nov 13, 2007 Witnesses: Police shot man holding hairbrush
QUOTE: After officers arrived at the mother's Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment, the teen refused to stop as he approached police with a black object in his hand hidden under his shirt, Browne said. Police then fired 20 shots at the teen, killing him, said Browne. But he said Coppin was found unarmed and only carrying a black hairbrush.
CNN (Cable News Network) Nov 05, 2007 50 New York City Schools Fail Under New Rating System
QUOTE: Because the grades are based largely on improvement, not simply meeting state standards, some high-performing schools received low grades. The Clove Valley School in Staten Island, for instance, received an F, although 86.5 percent of the students at the school met state standards in reading on the 2007 tests.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 Foster Children at Risk, and an Opportunity Lost (A History of Neglect)
QUOTE: It is as much a story of trouble as of triumph. The Miracle Makers Inc. of Brooklyn, which swiftly grew into one of the largest of the minority agencies, was banished from foster care in 2005 after years of poor performance that shortchanged children. Two other minority agencies, responsible for hundreds of children, were shuttered and their officials convicted of stealing money. Another closed after city investigators found that agency staff members were giving jobs and contracts to relatives.
New York Times Oct 24, 2007 Child Care Workers in New York City Vote to Unionize
QUOTE: Many child care workers favored unionization because they were dissatisfied with their pay, averaging $19,000 a year, according to a recent survey, and with the lack of health insurance and paid vacations.
New York Times Oct 19, 2007 Mother fears 'stinky neighborhood' caused son's cancer
QUOTE: No one can say for certain that Valentin's illness was caused by the air he breathed, but earlier this year, the University of Texas released a study showing that children who live within two miles of the ship channel have a 56 percent greater chance of getting leukemia than kids living elsewhere.
CNN (Cable News Network) Oct 15, 2007 Study Finds Disparities in Mortgages by Race
QUOTE: But the Furman Center study, a summary of which is being released today, still raises questions about the role of race in lending practices. A separate analysis of mortgage data by The New York Times shows that even at higher income levels, black borrowers in New York City were far more likely than white borrowers with similar incomes and mortgage amounts to receive a subprime loan.
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