The Briefly for February 27, 2019 – The “Paying For The Subways With Legal Marijuana” Edition

Jumaane Williams is the city’s new Public Advocate, Cuomo and de Blasio are working together on the MTA, NY moves to decriminalizing sex work, and more in today’s daily NYC news digest.

Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio unveiled a 10-point plan for MTA reform. Reorganize the MTA, congestion pricing, fare hike caps, MTA board appointments that end with a mayor or governor’s term, crack down on fare evaders, an audit, a new Regional Transit Committee, the Columbia and Cornell experts will return, expedite Andy Byford’s subway action plan, and the governor and mayor will actually have to work together. That last part is the most unrealistic. (Second Avenue Sagas)

Once marijuana is legal, a portion of the taxes will go towards funding the MTA under the ten-point plan. (NY Post)

Who doesn’t want another boozy Taco Bell in the city? Brooklyn Heights’ community board. (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Jumaane Williams is New York City’s new Public Advocate. (NY Times)

Watch Public Advocate Elect Jumaane Williams’ post-election speech. (@JumaaneWilliams)

The NY Islanders are expecting a new $1.18 billion arena for a 2021 opening, but State Senator Leroy Comrie is a member of the Public Authorities Control Board and won’t allow the project to move forward unless concessions are made. We have ourselves a new Amazon-style showdown. (Gothamist)

Therese “Patricia” Okoumou, the woman who climbed the Statue of Liberty last July 4, pulled a similar stunt in Austin, TX. Federal prosecutors asked a judge to revoke her bail. (NY Post)

How much do you need to earn to think about buying a home in NYC? $105,684.33. (Patch)

New York is a baseball state. Soon it may be the law. (amNY)

After $773 million over four years, Mayor de Blasio has pulled the plug on his Renewal turnaround program, which hoped to turn around the city’s 100 lowest performing schools. Unfortunately the new program looks a lot like the old one. (Chalkbeat)

If you love combined sewer overrun, this is the perfect Twitter account for you. (@combinedsewers)

The first eight months of last year, there were 934 schools in the city that had critical health code violations, the kind that would shut a restaurant down. Mice, roaches, flies, mold, and rats. (NY1)

The barnacle Citi Bike likely spent time in the Hudson River, but it’s more fun to believe that the last rider was Aquaman. (Gothamist)

The only good left on the internet is the “Bag Dogs” Instagram account. (Gothamist)

File is under the city’s nightmare file. A man fell down an elevator shaft from the third floor in SoHo and survived. (Gothamist)

Stop feeding the animals in city parks before the City Council makes it illegal. (amNY)

The NYPD still doesn’t know who shot and killed Detective Brian Simonsen in a robbery turned friendly fire in Richmond Hill, Queens. (amNY)

Community Board 3 approved naming the Northeast Corner of 79th Street and 37th Avenue after State Senator Jose Peralta, who died unexpectedly last year. (Jackson Heights Post)

10 historical buildings in Gowanus at risk of demolition. (Untapped Cities)

The city’s compost is potentially worth $22.5 million annually, but we are literally trashing it. (Patch)

State Senators Jessica Ramos and Julia Salazar and Assemblymember Richard Gottfried introduced a series of bills to decriminalize sex work in New York. As Ramos puts it “Ultimately sex work is work.” (Brooklyn Daily Eagle)

Where to go after you delete Tinder in frustration. (The Infatuation)

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The Briefly for November 5, 2018 – The “You Have to Hear About the Election for One More Day” Edition

A focus on the three ballot initiatives on the back of tomorrow’s ballot, 15 years after the “tiger in Harlem” story, smash your pumpkins, and more in your daily NYC news digest.

A Focus on Tomorrow’s Election
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89 polling locations were moved, affecting 200,000 voters in the city. Was yours on the list? (Curbed)

There is a lot of information about nearly every election on your ballot on Tuesday except your votes on judges. Even if you wanted to find more information about the judges on your ballot, you won’t find much. 10/12 judges in Manhattan, 2/18 judges in Brooklyn, 2/11 judges in Queens, 7/20 judges in the Bronx, and 4/6 judges in Staten Island have submitted bios to the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center to educate voters.

Why do we vote for judges?

10 things to watch on election day. (Gotham Gazette)

The Brooklyn Paper highlights the following races:

The ballot proposals:

Proposal 1: Campaign Finance
This proposal would lower the amount that anyone would be able to donate to any candidate for city office and would increase public matching funds from 6:1 to 8:1. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 arguments in favor of the proposal and four against.

Proposal 2: Civic Engagement Commission
This proposal would create a Civic Engagement Commission. The commission will be tasked with implementing a participatory budgeting program, support and encourage civic engagement efforts, and provide language interpreters at city poll sites in 2020. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and eight for no.

Proposal 3: Community Boards
This proposal would impose term limits on community boards to four consecutive two-year terms. The Campaign Finance Board lists 20 endorsements for yes and 16 for no.

A look at the three proposals on the back of Tuesday’s ballot. (NY Times)


There’s no such thing as free parking, right Alec Baldwin? (Gothamist)

“Kill N******” That’s what was spray painted on the African Burial Ground Monument in Manhattan. What the hell is going on? (NY Times) “Gov. Cuomo, your silence is deafening. Mayor de Blasio, your silence is deafening” The mayor and governor have both been silent about the African Burial Ground vandalism, as pointed out by City Assemblyman Charles Barron. De Blasio and Cuomo have both made public comment about the defacement of Jewish temples. (NY Post)

The racist and anti-Semitic graffiti continues to be found across the city, this time on the Upper West Side. (West Side Rag) 26-year-old James Polite was arrested for writing “Kill all Jews” inside a Brooklyn Heights synagogue. (NY Post) A group of teens threw a metal pole through synagogue window in Clinton Hill. (NY Post)

The more we know about the Saudi sisters who were found dead in the Hudson River, the sadder the story gets. (NY Times) The sisters were denied asylum in the United States and had previously said they would rather commit suicide than go back to Saudi Arabia. (Gothamist)

Mayor de Blasio is “not happy” with his administration at times. Join the club, buddy. (NY Post)

Meet the city’s clock master, 79 year old Marvin Schneider, who resets the city’s grandest clocks by hand. (NY Times)

The city’s new electric buses won’t be ready for the L train shutdown and weekend work will severely limit L train service leading up to the April’s full-time shutdown. (Town & Village)

The history of why Staten Island has never, and likely will never, be connected to the rest of the city via the subway. (amNY)

Does the city’s fight against climate change mean rising rents? (HuffPost)

Capitol Prep Bronx has someone watching over them. Diddy pledged $1 million to the charter school, which will open in September 2019. (Bronx Times)

16 year’s after Jam Master Jay’s shooting death, a new Run-D.M.C. mural is up on the corner of 12th and Ave A. (Bedford + Bowery)

Does the city have room or patience for The Goods Mart, the upscale Los Angeles convenience store? (Gothamist)

How many times have you said “I’m going to go to the Botanical Garden this year” and never gone? Don’t worry, now there’s a live camera so you can look at the foliage without having to, you know, actually look</em at the foliage. (6sqft)

It’s been fifteen years since the “Tiger in Harlem” story, and it’s still one of the city’s strangest. (NY Post)

Smash those pumpkins! The city has multiple pumpkin smashing events happening across the city, some with catapults! It’s not only fun, but it’s what’s best for the environment. (amNY)


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