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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 23, 2015 Uber wins, liberals lose
QUOTE: The model for these big new disruptors, like Uber (for rides) and Airbnb (for rooms), in the so-called sharing economy is simple: 1) Make markets, while treating workers as independent contractors or eliminating them altogether, 2) Build scale quickly and then negotiate from strength with would-be regulators, 3) Use the money they're raking in to sway if possible and crush if not any politician who tries to interfere with (1) or (2).
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 03, 2014 Wave of Protests After Grand Jury Doesn’t Indict Officer in Eric Garner Chokehold Case
QUOTE: A Staten Island grand jury on Wednesday ended the criminal case against a white New York police officer whose chokehold on an unarmed black man led to the man’s death, a decision that drew condemnation from elected officials and touched off a wave of protests....The decision came barely a week after a grand jury found no criminality in the actions of another white police officer, Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old black man in Ferguson, Mo.
New York Times Mar 06, 2014 Pitfalls Seen in a Turn to Privately Run Long-Term Care
QUOTE: a closer look at Tennessee, widely cited as a model, reveals hidden pitfalls as the system of caring for the frail comes under the twin pressures of cost containment and profit motive. In many cases, care was denied after needs grew costlier — including care that people would have received under the old system. “The notion of prevention saving money in the long run only works if you actually provide care in the long run,”
New York Times Jan 09, 2014 Bridge scandal: Chris Christie, in me-me-me mode, is very sad. Very.
QUOTE: Not once in nearly 120 minutes did Christie describe the damage that was caused when his deputy chief of staff and his appointee to the Port Authority of New York decided to take revenge on the Democratic mayor who did not endorse their boss for reelection by closing off lanes to the bridge, causing three days of massive gridlock.
Los Angeles Times Jan 03, 2013 Write Gambling Software, Go to Prison
QUOTE: In a criminal case sure to make programmers nervous, a software maker who licenses a program used by online casinos and bookmakers overseas is being charged with promoting gambling in New York because authorities say his software was used by others for illegal betting in that state....Stuart, who has been charged along with his wife and brother-in-law with one felony count for promoting gambling in New York through their software firm, says that his company sells the software only to entities outside the U.S...
Wired Feb 10, 2012 N.Y. Law on Contraceptives Already in Place, and Catholic Institutions Comply
QUOTE: Some New York Catholic institutions...chose to self-insure rather than pay for contraception after New York State adopted a requirement in 2002 that any insurance policy with a prescription drug benefit provide coverage for birth control. The requirement has a narrow exemption that applies to policies provided by houses of worship, but not to most other religiously affiliated employers. But some Catholic institutions now offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs among the services they cover for employees and students, though with caveats.
New York Times Jan 30, 2012 Pregnant, and Pushed Out of a Job
QUOTE: Federal and state laws ban discrimination against pregnant women in the workplace. And amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act require employers to provide reasonable accommodations to disabled employees (including most employees with medical complications arising from pregnancies) who need them to do their jobs. But because pregnancy itself is not considered a disability, employers are not obligated to accommodate most pregnant workers in any way.
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) Dec 22, 2011 In Treating Disabled, Potent Drugs and Few Rules
QUOTE: psychotropic medications, which alter the brain’s chemistry, are often dispensed sloppily, without rigorous or regular review, by general practitioners with little expertise in the area. And low-level workers at state group homes are frequently given discretion to increase the medication “as needed,” despite their lack of significant training.
New York Times Nov 30, 2011 Patient sues dentist over gag order, gets Medical Justice to backtrack
QUOTE: A patient has filed a class-action lawsuit against his New York dentist over her attempts to use copyright law to gag the patient's online reviews of her services. Robert Lee, who recently moved to Maryland, has asked a New York federal court to declare that his comments are protected under copyright's fair use doctrine, that the dentist's attempts to gag him breach dental ethics, and that the "privacy agreement" the patient was forced to sign is invalid and illegal under New York law.
Ars Technica Nov 11, 2011 For Disabled Care Complaints, Vow of Anonymity Was False
QUOTE: For years, New York State has assured its employees who care for the developmentally disabled that there was a way they could confidentially report any concerns they had about the treatment of those in their care. And for years the state has been routinely breaking its promise.
New York Times Sep 08, 2011 The Lingering Injustice of Attica
QUOTE: FORTY years ago today, more than 1,000 inmates at Attica Correctional Facility began a major civil and human rights protest — an uprising that is barely mentioned in textbooks but nevertheless was one of the most important rebellions in American history....more than 500 state troopers burst in, riddling catwalks and exercise yards with thousands of bullets. Within 15 minutes the air was filled with screams, and the prison was littered with the bodies of 39 people — 29 inmates and 10 hostages — who lay dead or dying.
New York Times Aug 02, 2011 Reaping Millions in Nonprofit Care for Disabled
QUOTE: [Young Adult Institute Network] and the Levys have earned many admirers in the field for the quality and range of their programs...But their spending is seldom scrutinized, and, even when state officials turn up questionable expenses, there are few consequences.
New York Times Jul 08, 2011 As Same-Sex Marriage Becomes Legal, Some Choices May Be Lost
QUOTE: Now that same-sex marriage has been legalized in New York, at least a few large companies are requiring their employees to tie the knot if they want their partners to qualify for health insurance....But some gay and lesbian advocates are arguing that the change may have come too soon: some couples may face complications, since their unions are not recognized by the federal government.
New York Times Jun 24, 2011 New York Allows Same-Sex Marriage, Becoming Largest State to Pass Law
QUOTE: Lawmakers voted late Friday to legalize same-sex marriage, making New York the largest state where gay and lesbian couples will be able to wed and giving the national gay-rights movement new momentum from the state where it was born....Passage of same-sex marriage here followed a daunting run of defeats in other states where voters barred same-sex marriage by legislative action, constitutional amendment or referendum. Just five states currently permit same-sex marriage...
New York Times Jun 14, 2011 Court upholds gay judge's ruling on Proposition 8
QUOTE: A federal judge who ruled against a ban on same-sex marriage in California and later revealed that he is gay showed no evidence he was prejudiced in the case, according to a ruling Tuesday...."It is not reasonable to presume that a judge is incapable of making an impartial decision about the constitutionality of a law, solely because, as a citizen, the judge could be affected by the proceedings,"...
CNN (Cable News Network) 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 Mar 12, 2011 At State-Run Homes, Abuse and Impunity
QUOTE: In hundreds of cases reviewed by The Times, employees who sexually abused, beat or taunted residents were rarely fired, even after repeated offenses, and in many cases, were simply transferred to other group homes run by the state... Only a quarter of sexual abuse cases were reported... Former regulators, employees within the system and advocates have grown increasingly dismayed at what they say is the state’s tolerance of abuse of the residents, whom the state refers to as “consumers” in its records.
New York Times Jan 30, 2011 Issues of Race Bubble Up as Republicans Assert New Power in Albany
QUOTE: An otherwise routine session last Monday in the New York State Senate erupted into an argument over seating arrangements and office space that hinted at issues of race and gender that are percolating as Republicans assert their authority as the majority party.
New York Times Dec 22, 2010 N.Y. Attorney General Cuomo sues Ernst & Young, alleging Lehman accounting fraud
QUOTE: The big accounting firm Ernst & Young helped Wall Street investment bank Lehman Brothers conceal its deteriorating financial condition before Lehman's historic collapse, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo charged...
Washington Post Jun 16, 2010 Divorce, No-Fault Style
QUOTE: ...New York appears to be on the verge of finally joining the other 49 states in allowing people to end a marriage without having to establish that their spouse was at fault. Supporters argue that no-fault will reduce litigation and conflict between divorcing couples. Opponents claim it will raise New York’s divorce rate and hurt women financially. So who’s right?
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 Apr 08, 2010 Colleges Skirt Rules on Health Plans, Cuomo Says
QUOTE: College-sponsored health plans often pay out far less in benefits than they collect in premiums, skirting state regulations and shortchanging students, according to an investigation by Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo’s office. Many plans also do not cover common situations that affect students...
New York Times Mar 03, 2010 Paterson’s Ethics Breach Is Turned Over to Prosecutors
QUOTE: Gov. David A. Paterson falsely testified under oath during an ethics investigation into his acceptance of free World Series tickets last fall, according to the State Commission on Public Integrity, which announced on Wednesday that it had asked prosecutors to determine if criminal charges should be brought against the governor.
New York Times Aug 24, 2009 Report Cites Abuse at State Juvenile Prison Centers
QUOTE: Children at four juvenile detention centers in New York were so severely abused by workers that it constituted a violation of their constitutional rights, according to a report by the United States Department of Justice made public on Monday.
New York Times Aug 09, 2009 Airspace Above Hudson a Highway With Few Signs
QUOTE: Over the years, the air above the Hudson River, from the estuary’s surface to an altitude of 1,100 feet, and the business at the heart of it — helicopters conducting tours — has not escaped calls for greater government control.
New York Times Aug 07, 2009 Meet “the world’s most annoying Web site:” Social-networking site Tagged.com has become a target of New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and the bane of a multitude of customers. (Brainstorm Tech)
QUOTE: New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo says he plans to sue [Tagged.com] for false advertising, deceptive business, and identity theft.
Fortune Aug 06, 2009 No More Perks: Coffee Shops Pull the Plug on Laptop Users: They Sit for Hours and Don't Spend Much; Getting the Bum's Rush in the Big Apple
QUOTE: a decade-old love affair between coffee shops and laptop-wielding customers is fading.
Wall Street Journal, The (WSJ) Jul 30, 2009 Room service not included: Criminal justice
QUOTE: PAY-IF-YOU-GO will be the new model for the criminal justice system if Jim Tedisco, a New York state assemblyman, gets his way.
Jul 23, 2009 2 N.J. Mayors Arrested in Broad Inquiry on Corruption
QUOTE: The mayors of Hoboken and Secaucus, two state assemblymen, five rabbis and dozens of others were rounded up early Thursday as the F.B.I. swept across New Jersey and Brooklyn as part of a two-year corruption and international money-laundering investigation...
New York Times Jul 23, 2009 Chinese-American Children Sent to Live With Kin Abroad Face a Tough Return
QUOTE: The phenomenon of American-born children who spend their infancy in China has been known for years to social workers, who say it is widespread and worrying....Their repeatedly disrupted attachments to family members “could potentially add up to a mental health crisis for some immigrant communities,” Dr. Bohr wrote in an article in May in The Infant Mental Health Journal.
New York Times Jul 21, 2009 Report Says Immigration Agents Broke Laws and Agency Rules in Home Raids
QUOTE: Armed federal immigration agents have illegally pushed and shoved their way into homes in New York and New Jersey in hundreds of predawn raids that violated their own agency rules as well as the Constitution, according to a study...
New York Times Jul 15, 2009 N.Y. Quadrangle Probe Intensifies
QUOTE: New York Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo has stepped up his investigation of an investment firm founded by the former head of the Obama administration's autos task force,
Washington Post Jun 06, 2009 Bank Accused of Pushing Mortgage Deals on Blacks
QUOTE: systematically singling out blacks in Baltimore and suburban Maryland for high-interest subprime mortgages. These loans, Baltimore officials have claimed in a federal lawsuit against Wells Fargo, tipped hundreds of homeowners into foreclosure and cost the city tens of millions of dollars in taxes and city services.
New York Times Jun 03, 2009 Inspector Predicted Problems a Year Before Buffalo Crash
ABSTRACT: [Inspector] Mr. Monteleon said his supervisors [FAA] were too “cozy” with Colgan [Airline]...
New York Times Mar 30, 2009 For Injured Workers, a Costly Legal Swamp (A World of Hurt)
QUOTE: an examination by The New York Times found, [that the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board] struggles to treat workers with due speed, protect employers from fraud or mute tensions in the workplace.
New York Times Jan 08, 2009 Latinos Recall Pattern of Attacks Before Killing
QUOTE: While some Latino immigrants say they are reluctant to report crimes because they are in the country illegally or fear the police will assume they are, they and their advocates believe the police did not see a pattern because they did not want to see one. “I told people, here the authorities are waiting for a white to kill a Hispanic or a Hispanic to kill a white,” Mr. Orellana said. “They keep attacking and robbing, and nothing changes. There had to be a death...
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 Dec 09, 2008 Solicitation or Shrewd Tactics? Ethics of Speaking for Ex-Workers
QUOTE: ethical controversy concerning a practice that is not uncommon -- a company's litigation counsel offers to represent, at the company's expense, a former employee who is a witness in pending litigation....while the practice of representing former employees may strike some as unfair, there are substantial arguments why it does not violate the Code of Professional Responsibility's bar on solicitation.
New York Law Journal (NYLJ) Dec 08, 2008 The Evidence Gap: Weak Patchwork of Oversight Lets Bad Hospitals Stay Open
QUOTE: in late 2006 a state commission recommended that it be scaled back and merged with another hospital. The state’s inability to follow through on that plan for University provides a stark example of how hard it can be — not just in New York, but around the nation — to close or shrink hospitals, even when there is evidence they are providing costly and below-average care.
New York Times Nov 14, 2008 A Killing in a Town Where Latinos Sense Hate
QUOTE: teenagers declared that they were going to attack “a Mexican” and headed to the more ethnically diverse village of Patchogue to hunt...Interviews with business owners, students, government officials and immigrants in the area suggest that illegal immigration has been a wellspring for anger and tension in the neighborhood, with day laborers drawing the greatest fire.
New York Times Nov 08, 2008 Citing Workload, Public Lawyers Reject New Cases
QUOTE: Public defenders’ offices in at least seven states are refusing to take on new cases or have sued to limit them, citing overwhelming workloads that they say undermine the constitutional right to counsel for the poor...in the most open revolt by public defenders in memory, many of the government-appointed lawyers say that state budget cuts and rising caseloads have pushed them to the breaking point.
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 10, 2008 After 100 Years, Tribe’s Ancestors Head Home
QUOTE: T“Our people are humans; we aren’t tokens,” said Chief Vern Jacks, who heads the Tseycum First Nation, a tiny native tribe from northern Vancouver Island, in British Columbia. With the museum’s full consent, the Tseycum tribe will be repatriating the remains of 55 of their ancestors to Canada this week.
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.
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