The Briefly for July 16, 2018 – Baby Steps Towards Legal Pot, Cuomo Has a Buffalo Billions Problems, and More

The city is looking into helping renters with security deposits, the woman tax hits Washington, Cuomo tries to distance himself from multiple scandals, the red-tailed hawks are flying in Tompkins Square Park, and more in today’s NYC news digest.

Up to 90% of the speedometers on D trains aren’t functioning properly. The MTA tells operators they should be able to tell their speed “by feel.”

The city’s nightlife advisory board has 14 new members.

“It hasn’t been a problem for the past 100 years, so I don’t know why it would be today” Governor Cuomo is trying to distance himself from former SUNY Poly president Alan Kaloyeros after Kaloyeros was convicted of bid-rigging last week as part of the “Buffalo Billions” program. This is the second scandal related to Governor Cuomo’s economic development projects.

New York took another baby step towards legalizing marijuana.

The parents of the four-year-old girl who was killed by a hit-and-run in Bushwick didn’t attend her funeral in her native Mexico out of fears of being unable to return to the US. They are both in the process of applying for green cards.

Shawn Williams was the 14th person to have their conviction overturned as a result of NYPD Detective Louis Scarella’s misconduct. Williams was in prison for 24 years.

Filming around town: The Other Two w/Robbie DeRaffele is at Marion Ave and E 188th in the Bronx, Erase w/Denis Leary is at 46th Ave and Vernon Boulevard in Queens, John Wick 3 w/Keanu Reeves is at Front St and Jay St in Brooklyn, Tell Me A Story w/Kim Cattrall is at Queens Plaza and 23rd Stis Queens, The Sun Is Also A Star w/Yara Shahidi is at Rutgers and Broadway, Amazon’s Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is at 21st Ave and Crescent St in Queens, Showtime’s Ray Donovan is at Church and Leonard St, Crashing w/Pete Holmes is at 3rd and 6th, and The Deuce w/James Franco is at E 96th and Madison.

An off-duty corrections officer pointed his gun at a stripper when she refused to go home with him.

Michael Palamar continues to work as a supervisor for the Parks Department earning over $100k annually after a 2009 conviction for sexually abusing a woman while he was on the job, a 1982 conviction for manslaughter, and now a lawsuit that alleges he pressured young female trainees for sexual favors, earning him the nickname of “pedophile” from his male co-workers.

Congresswoman Grace Meng from Flushing is fighting the woman tax in Washington after being denied reimbursement from Paul Ryan for feminine hygiene products for congressional staff and office visitors by requesting those items be made available for those who need them.

The city is paying $950k to a disabled teen after she was gang-assaulted in the stairwell of her high school and suspended when the school told her it was her fault.

The city is looking into helping renters when it comes to security deposits. Recommendations include capping security deposits at one month’s rent, paying security deposits monthly, or not requiring a security deposit in a renter has security insurance coverage.

A library card from the Brooklyn Library, Queens Library, or New York Public Library will get you free admission into 33 different cultural institutions once a year. The only catch is that you have to make reservations in advance.

The red-tailed hawks in Tompkins Square Park are growing up so fast!