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High Grade Means No Fines July 2016

On the one-year anniversary of restaurant letter grading, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that 8,000 NYC restaurants had fines for violations waived because they received A grades during their recent food safety inspections. The waiving of fines saved these restaurants a total of over $3 million. A report released by the Health Department, which included a Read More »

By Dave Gordon

More Sanitation Workers Employed For The Coming Winter July 2016

The Sanitation Department is hiring 300 new workers over the next few months in time for winter. Sanitation union officials have often complained about a dwindling number of staff. The city is also trying to avoid the problems encountered last winter when snow cleanup was embarrassingly slow after a December blizzard.

By Dave Gordon

Bloomberg Keeps School Cell Phone Ban July 2016

In the wake of the Leiby Kletzky tragedy, some parents are asking Mayor Bloomberg to lift the ban on cell phones in public school, so they can keep track of their children. Students have been forbidden from bringing cell phones into school since a Department of Education ban began in 2006. The mayor, on his Read More »

By Dave Gordon

“leiby’s Initiative” Would Encourage Surveillance Camera Use July 2016

Following the tragic events surrounding the murder of eight-year-old Hasidic boy Leiby Kletzky in July, lawmakers are asking for government incentives that would entice businesses to install more security cameras. Assemblymen Dov Hikind and Peter Abbate, along with State Sen. Diane Savino, introduced “Leiby’s Initiative,” a program that would grant a $500 annual tax credit Read More »

By Dave Gordon

New Traffic Plan For Midtown July 2016

A new traffic management system in Midtown Manhattan allows city traffic engineers to monitor and respond to conditions in real time, improving traffic flow through the use of 32 cameras, 100 motion sensors and E-ZPass Readers at 23 intersections. The system, called Midtown in Motion, measures traffic volumes, congestion and travel times in the 110-square Read More »

By Dave Gordon
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