The Briefly for May 16, 2018 – Paid Sick and Safe Leave, Dog Flu, Betsy DeVos Visits, Moving A Shark, Fergie Rides the Rails, and More

There’s a Laurel Ave in Brooklyn, but no Yanny anywhere in the city. Debate settled.

bkskymay18-4 by bslax28 via Flickr

The Paid Sick and Safe Leave Law is now the law of the city. It allows victims of domestic violence, unwanted sexual contact, stalking, or human trafficking to go on paid leave. It includes paid leave for a family member to support the victim. This applies to employers with five or more employees who work more than 80 hours per calendar year. Employers with under five employees must provide unpaid safe and sick leave. You accrue one hour of leave for every 30 hours worked, for up to 40 hours per year and 40 hours can be carried over from one year to the next.

Have you ever been as happy as Fergie was on the subway during last night’s storm?

There’s a dog flu outbreak in Brooklyn that is fatal for up to 10% of dogs who contract the flu.

A trio of bills aimed at encouraging voter turnout would amend the state’s constitution to allow voting by mail without stating a reason, expand voting hours, align state primaries with federal primaries, maintain complete and accurate voter lists, and establish an early voting system. New York ranked 42 in voter turnout in 2016.

Filming around the city: Sunlit Night (Jenny Slate) at Adams St and Plymouth St, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel  (Rachel Brosnahan) at Broadway and Driggs, Brooklyn, The Torture Report (Jon Hamm) at Orange St and Henry St, Brooklyn, The Punisher at Hampton St in Jackson Heights, and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Ellie Kemper) at Greenpoint Ave in Brooklyn.

Spring visit to Central Park and 3 Midtown museums by Terry Ballard via Flickr

Moving a shark isn’t as easy as buying a goldfish. NY Times shows how sharks are being moved to Coney Island ahead of the aquarium’s June 30 shark exhibit opening.

There will be eight new Target stores in the city by the end of next year, the latest opens on July 21 and will be on the corner of 14th and Avenue A.

“Every person I listen to—he’s speaking it, she’s speaking it. This is America.” –local racist Aaron Schlossberg at Fresh Kitchen in Midtown who called ICE on a woman speaking Spanish.

The city’s trash bins haven’t changed in design since the 1930s. Think you have a better design? Prove it!

Frames by Billie Grace Ward

E-bikes continue to remain illegal, but the city is moving forward to exempt the much more expensive than the ones being confiscated from delivery workers ($5,000 vs $1,500) e-Bikes. Jump, a Brooklyn-based e-bike sharing company acquired by Uber, is spending $25k/month lobbying for the change.

Say hello to Velina Mitchel, the new voice of the MTA.

Betsy DeVos was in the city yesterday to visit exactly none of the 1,800 schools in the city, choosing to visit a yeshiva instead and not speak to the press. Last week the NY Post published an interview with former yeshiva students who claimed they were being denied an education that includes science, math and English books.

What would you do if you found $52,000 in buried treasure in your backyard?

The Briefly for May 15, 2018 – Coney Island Boardwalk is Landmarked, Police Body Cam Footage in Question, NY is Suing Ben Carson, and More

Stay dry tonight!

Coney Island’s Riegelmann Boardwalk has been named a landmark, which could protect it against the city’s plan to tear out the wood and replace it with concrete and plastic.

The district attorneys in Manhattan said he has no plans to prosecute marijuana possession and smoking cases beginning in August. Historically, 87% of those arrested for marijuana charges have been black or Hispanic. He expects a 96 percent decrease in marijuana prosecutions.

Hosts find themselves as a target in the center of a war between lobbyists for the city’s hotels, the city government, and Airbnb. The city’s latest salvo against Airbnb might be a bill that would force hosts to register with the city.

It’s tick season, so please be careful out there.

New York is joining an anti-segregation lawsuit against Ben Carson and HUD for its failure to enforce the Fair Housing Act.

$28.43 a month for a two bedroom in Greenwich Village. Take a look at Patricia O’Grady’s “dump with character.”

A state judge issued a temporary order blocking the release of body cam footage from the NYPD. The police union is arguing in a lawsuit that body cam footage is a personnel record and should be protected from the state’s Civil Rights Law.

There’s a decades old legend who lives in the lakes of Green-Wood Cemetery.

Day drinking and day driving don’t mix. A woman in her underwear drove her Jeep into a house in Queens. No one was seriously hurt and the driver was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving while impaired.

The federal jail guard who was identified by his weird shaped penis was convicted of sexually assaulting five female inmates and could face life in prison.

You don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables.

Thomas Groarke was sentenced to three to nine years for second-degree manslaughter for the 2017 drunk driving crash that took the like of seventeen year old Sean Ryan in Gerritsen Beach.

CB6’s former District Manager, Craig Hammerman, forged his boss’ signature to give himself a near $40k raise and faces a 17-count indictment for his troubles.

An NYU startup, Sounds of New York City, is installing microphones in Downtown Brooklyn with the goal of curbing noise pollution. That’s a nice, but does installing microphones in public places make anyone else uncomfortable?

NYC Train Sign customers are turning to the Attorney General’s office for help among concerns the company selling has disappeared.


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The Briefly for May 14, 2018 – Bootlegger Busted, Don’t Feed Rats, Ferry Subsidies, AriZona Tattoos, and More

A prominent Staten Island Doctor was sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of taking more than $80k in bribes from a blood lab in New Jersey. Literal blood money!

A Queens principal earning $157,000 salary was reassigned after multiple sexual harassment and discrimination lawsuits cost the city over $600,000 to settle. Must be nice to have that kind of job security.

Following last week’s arrest of the Shomrim Safety Patrol president on rape charges, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle outlines a troubling history of the Shomrim. BKLYNER has more about why the Shomrim president’s arrest is important.

A former CB6 manager got a pay raise of $38,345 by forging the signature of his boss. He would’ve have gotten away with it too if it wasn’t for those pesky cops.

Sheldon Silver? Still guilty of fraud, money laundering, and extortion!

Congrats to the owner of Red Hook Winery for being the first bootlegger bust in the city since 1960.

The city, unable to let a single fad pass it by, announced a blockchain resource center and a contest for best way to use it in the public sector. “It’s, uh, like bitcoin but for reporting jaywalking and, hmmm, ordering pizza.

A woman was killed in an execution-style murder in a Brooklyn public housing development bear the Broadway Triangle in Brooklyn last week and over the weekend the man who lived next door to her was found shot dead.

Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte makes the case for Little Haiti in Brooklyn.

New Jersey won a SCOTUS case that will allow legalized betting on sports in casinos and racetracks. Assembly member Joe Lentol wants sports betting in New York.

A new law will require all buildings with three or more apartments to develop a smoking policy. Get ready for in-home smoking bans.

Get ready for midtown-style pedestrian areas in the financial district.

Free AriZona iced tea tattoos at the AriZona iced tea pop up shop this week. Reminder: tattoo removal costs more than 99 cents.

City hall is fighting NYC’s growing rat population with… an information campaign telling you not to feed the rats.


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