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Incumbents Joined By New State Senator as Tuesday’s Victors

Incumbents Joined By New State Senator as Tuesday’s Victors

BY JACKSON CHEN | The local political landscape in Midtown and on the Upper East and Upper West Sides will largely remain status quo as all incumbent elected officials earned another term on November 8. In the State Senate’s District 31, which runs uptown from the Upper West Side, an open seat was contested by […]

Landmarks to Take Up Waldorf Interiors Preservation

Landmarks to Take Up Waldorf Interiors Preservation

BY JACKSON CHEN | The Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided to calendar interior spaces within the Waldorf Astoria Hotel and will be determining a date for a public hearing on November 1. At that later hearing, the commissioners will deliberate on the interior spaces of the Waldorf Astoria’s ground, first, second, and third floors and […]

With Home-Sharing Crackdown Now Law, Airbnb Heads to Court

With Home-Sharing Crackdown Now Law, Airbnb Heads to Court

BY JACKSON CHEN | Governor Andrew Cuomo has signed into law a bill that imposes escalating fines on those who advertise rentals of unoccupied apartments for periods of less than 30 days. Cuomo signing the new law on October 21 triggered the popular home-sharing company Airbnb to file a lawsuit later that day. The new law, […]

Its Middle Class “Hosts” Stepping Up, Airbnb Launches Assault on NYS Fines

Its Middle Class “Hosts” Stepping Up, Airbnb Launches Assault on NYS Fines

BY JACKSON CHEN & PAUL SCHINDLER | To counter the threat of legislation passed earlier this year by the State Senate and Assembly, Airbnb, on September 10, launched a Fighting for Hosts campaign aimed at forestalling the possibility that Governor Andrew Cuomo will sign the measure. During a Host Day New York event in Manhattan, the […]

State Moves Against Ticket-Buying, Price-Ballooning Bots

State Moves Against Ticket-Buying, Price-Ballooning Bots

BY JACKSON CHEN | In the final hours of the 2016 regular session, the State Assembly moved to burst the bubble of scalpers who use the unfair advantage of ticket-purchasing software to inflate Broadway prices to outrageous levels. Anyone using ticket-purchasing software, which can secure hundreds of tickets within seconds, would be hit with a criminal […]

School Parents Step Up Fight Against New Nursing Home, Saying State Ignored Its Own Rules

School Parents Step Up Fight Against New Nursing Home, Saying State Ignored Its Own Rules

BY JACKSON CHEN | Seven parents on the Upper West Side filed a lawsuit on January 15 arguing that a nursing home development must completely redo its environmental review because the New York State Department of Health failed to follow proper procedures. The lawsuit comes on the heels of a December 9 decision by State Supreme […]

Manhattan Pols, Anti-Smoking Groups Decry E-Cigarette Marketing Toward Youth

Manhattan Pols, Anti-Smoking Groups Decry E-Cigarette Marketing Toward Youth

BY JACKSON CHEN | The city’s comptroller and public advocate teamed up on Sunday to make a stand against electronic cigarette companies whose advertising targets children, as they called for federal investigation and regulation of the industry. Joined by anti-smoking groups and other local politicians at the Godard Riverside Community Center on Columbus Avenue at […]

Cuomo Offers Bold Pledges to Finish the Job at Penn Station, Expand Javits Center

Cuomo Offers Bold Pledges to Finish the Job at Penn Station, Expand Javits Center

BY YANNIC RACK | In a double win for Manhattan’s West Side, Governor Andrew Cuomo laid out new plans last week to both finally expedite the stalled redevelopment of Pennsylvania Station and the James A. Farley Post Office on Eighth Avenue and to expand the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center to boost jobs and tourism in […]

Pols’ Pressure Forces MTA to Rethink Second Ave. Subway Funding Cut

Pols’ Pressure Forces MTA to Rethink Second Ave. Subway Funding Cut

BY JACKSON CHEN | Following outcries from politicians, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is taking another look at how to expedite the Second Avenue Subway project’s next phase. On November 12, the MTA’s chair and chief executive officer, Thomas F. Prendergast, met with a bevy of city and state politicians to explore different options for speeding up […]

Rosenthal Hails Enactment of Law Strengthening Support for Caregivers

Rosenthal Hails Enactment of Law Strengthening Support for Caregivers

BY PAUL SCHINDLER | Legislation aimed at ensuring better hospital training for caregivers — and empowering them to advocate on behalf of their loved ones — which was shepherded through the State Assembly by Upper West Side Democrat Linda B. Rosenthal, has been signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The Caregiver Advise, Record and Enable […]

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