Since money makes the world go round, Mr. Bloomberg has been re-elected. His $90 million certainly made the difference, but not enough to give him any kind of “mandate” (though listening to him, he has one of those as well). The incredible slimness of Bloomberg’s (AKA “Bloom- bucks”) victory has been noted by those journalists who still write a few lines not favorable to our well heeled mayor.
The pace of construction has slowed Downtown. The new projects that are moving forward are primarily hotels. In part, this is due to the fact that little community review is needed when building as-of-right structures in a manufacturing zone. The Trump SoHo project is nearly completed and both the Tunnel Garage and Moondance Diner sites are in final stages of construction. The condo project at 350 West Broadway is also nearly completed...
Senator Squadron and Assembly Member Millman’s bill that will close a loophole in the 200-foot law, intended to keep nightlife establishments a reasonable distance from schools and places of worship, passed the New York State Senate today. The bill clarifies the 200-foot law, requiring the 200-foot separation to be measured from the property line of the nightlife establishment. The clarification creates a clear, enforceable law that nightlife operators can adhere to and communities can rely on. It will similarly amend the 500-foot law to clarify that the measurement take place from the property line of the nightlife establishments in question.
"The SLA and DCA Licensing Committee of Community Board #3 meets on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 6:30 pm at the JASA/Green Residence (200 East Fifth Street at Third Avenue) to look at various new and renewal liquor license applications in our immediate vicinity. Please attend this meeting to press the committee to reject these applications. We do not need one more bar around here."
"This is not a matter of legal nuance - this is a matter of right and wrong. Any effort to intimidate or control a victim of domestic violence is just plain wrong. It is despicable. And it is unlawful. We pay the State Police to uphold the law and to protect victims, not to intimidate and pressure them."
A funny thing happened on the way to Housing Court. A few people who have been very unhappy with Hi-rise Mike, who has been blamed for the over-development of Downtown, have made a slight turn to the right. Apparently, the Mayor has recently made a few moves that even the die-hard left of center Liberals have had to applaud...
In a new Op-Ed piece in the New York Times former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton challenges the Citizen’s Crime Commission’s questioning of the accuracy of crime statistics. Says Bratton, “One thing is abundantly clear. New York City is irrefutably a far safer place than it was 16 years ago. You can’t manipulate that reality.”
In order to best address continuing questions that some of the NYPD crime reporting may have been compromised due to pressure asserted by the Compstat process, the Citizens Crime Commission said today The New York Police Department (NYPD) could remove any doubt about the integrity of its crime numbers by embracing transparency and releasing all details from its internal audits of crime statistics. The call comes as a new survey conducted by John Eterno and Eli Silverman suggests that officials felt pressure to downgrade index crime to the point of manipulation of statistics.