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Friday, January 30, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg paints grim economic picture for New York City 2009 budget

More at NY Daily News: “Mayor Bloomberg's bad-news budget tries to plug a $4 billion hole with less than $2 billion worth of spending cuts and new sales taxes - and counts on unions, Albany and the federal govermment to come up with the rest.
He proposed a $43.4 billion budget Friday for the fiscal year starting July 1, up $123 million from the year before - one that slices deep into the pockets of city residents and the ranks of city workers.
"Are we going to go through some difficult times? I don't think there's any question about that. But we have a plan to balance our budget," Bloomberg said. "It is serious, but I think it is manageable."”

Cecil "Katie" Suwal OF EMPEROR'S CLUB VIP SENTENCED TO 6 MONTHS IN JAIL - New York Post

More at New York Post: “She was the property of her overbearing partner, and the madam who helped run the prostitution ring that brought down Gov. Eliot Spitzer has the tattoo to prove it.

Cecil "Katie" Suwal was sentenced yesterday to six months in jail for her role in operating the Emperors Club VIP that serviced the notorious "Client 9," but not before her lawyer said she was controlled by her Svengali-like boss who branded her in the most humiliating of places.

"Her strategically placed tattoo eliminated any doubt," said her lawyer, Alberto Ebanks, as he made quote marks in the air. "Property of Mark Brener."”

Monday, January 26, 2009

Blagojevich Prepares for PR Blitz - Associated Press

AssociatedPress - Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is in New York City this morning for a public relations blitz. He will appear on several morning talk shows. His impeachment trial also starts today in the Illinois capital. (Jan. 26)

WLNG's Paul Sidney inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Association

dubin76 - From WLNG 92.1fm's Paul Sidney induction ceremony into the New York State Broadcasters Association in 2007.

Monday, January 12, 2009

State Ethics Commission Chairman Resigns - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

More at NYTimes.com: “John D. Feerick, the chairman of the state Commission on Public Integrity, has resigned.

The commission, which oversees ethics and lobbying rules in Albany, announced the surprise resignation on Monday afternoon. The commission is mired in an investigation by the state inspector general.

Inspector General Joseph Fisch has been examining whether Herbert Teitelbaum, the commission’s executive director, or any other commission staff member improperly passed information to the staff of former Gov. Eliot Spitzer in the midst of the so-called Troopergate scandal.

The commission has said nothing improper occurred.

Mr. Feerick, a respected former dean of Fordham Law School, was appointed by Mr. Spitzer in 2007. In a statement, Mr. Feerick, 73, said “my health and energy have declined and I no longer believe that I can give my responsibilities the attention they require.”

His resignation will be effective on Feb. 12.”

Dawnell Batista - KIDNEY WOMAN DENIES AFFAIR - New York Post

More at New York Post: “The lawyer for Dawnell Batista, 44, asked Judge Jeffrey Grob to place a gag order on the case after her estranged husband, Richard Batista, held a news conference last week accusing her of adultery.

Though Grob denied the motion, lawyer Douglas Rothkopf also argued that his client was the victim of a "hyper-suspicious" husband and that no adultery had ever taken place.

"He would rummage through her underwear drawer sniffing her underwear [to see if she had cheated]," Rothkopf said inside a Mineola courtroom.

Batista, a vascular surgeon at Nassau University Medical Center, said that his wife left him after having an affair with her physical therapist.

The Batista's were both in court this morning, but never made eye contact with one other throughout the proceeding.

"This is a man who put his life on the line and his wife has treated him like a piece of dirt," said Richard Batista's lawyer, Dominic Barbara, adding that his client has the right to speak publicly about what he had been through.”

Friday, January 9, 2009

Seeing a Pattern of Hate in Attacks on Immigrants on Long Island - NYTimes.com

Seeing a Pattern of Hate in Attacks on Immigrants on Long Island - NYTimes.com: “ Marcelo Lucero, another Ecuadorean immigrant, was stabbed to death on Nov. 8 near Main Street. Prosecutors say seven 16- and 17-year-old boys, mostly from neighboring Medford, were attacking Mr. Lucero when one of them rushed at him with a knife. The attacks were such an established pastime that the youths, who have pleaded not guilty, had a casual and derogatory term for it, “beaner hopping.” One of the youths told the authorities, “I don’t go out doing this very often, maybe once a week.”

That was not news to Latinos in Patchogue, who say that regular harassment, muggings and assaults have had them living in fear — 11 men told The New York Times of 13 attacks, nine of them in the past two years.

But the Suffolk County police said it was news to them.

“We hadn’t noticed this,” Richard Dormer, the Suffolk County police commissioner, said in an interview last month when asked about the attacks by groups of young men. “And that’s a concern to us.””

In New York, Would-Be Senators Provide Exhaustive Background Details - NYTimes.com

More at NYTimes.com: “ALBANY — Gov. David A. Paterson continued to play down suggestions that he has already decided upon Caroline Kennedy to replace Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, as candidates seeking the appointment submitted lengthy vetting forms to the governor’s office on Thursday.”

Bloggers Get Press Credentials From NY Police - City Room Blog - NYTimes.com

More at NYTimes.com: “Three bloggers who had sued New York City after the Police Department denied them press credentials because they work for online or nontraditional news outlets were issued credentials on Friday after the police relented, the bloggers’ lawyer, Norman Siegel, said.

The three men — Rafael Mart√≠nez Alequin, Ralph E. Smith and David Wallis — filed a federal lawsuit in November asserting that they were denied press credentials in 2007 “with little explanation or opportunity for appeal.” They argued that the system for issuing press credentials was “inconsistent and constitutionally flawed.”

Mr. Siegel walked out of 1 Police Plaza on Friday morning with the three men, who were issued press identification cards, one of the types of press credentials issued by the Police Department. Mr. Siegel sad he was delighted with the outcome, but he vowed to continue the lawsuit, saying further reforms were needed.”

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Mysterious sweet syrup smell wafts over Manhattan again

More at NY Daily News: “It's back!
That sweet smell that wafted over the city a few years ago - described as maple syrup, French toast, pancakes and even coffee cake - is in the air again, officials said Tuesday.
The city's 311 system received about 35 calls Monday night from New Yorkers reporting the mysterious scent drifting through parts of upper Manhattan and Queens.
[DO YOU SMELL IT?  Tell us where you are in the city and where you're smelling it in the comments section below.]
"The maple scent was light," a reader with the screen name LuckyLady wrote on nydailynews.com. "While moving around my apartment ... the scent hit me again, only this time it was stronger."
The city Department of Environmental Protection sent inspectors to the areas to conduct air tests.
They confirmed the scent, but the source of the smell is still unknown, officials said.
Another Daily News reader initially thought the smell came from a pine tree.
"I noticed it, and it was strong enough to make me want to know what it was before I got to my corner when I left my apartment," the reader, Page One, wrote on the Web site.”

Monday, January 5, 2009

Vivian Squires, 86, Victim of Queens Slasher - New York Post

QNS. SLASHER HUNT - New York Post: “A man crept into an elderly Queens woman's home through an open window yesterday and viciously slashed her, robbed her and fled in her car, authorities said.

Vivian Squires, 86, a grandmother who lives in Jamaica, was asleep in her bed when an unidentified man climbed though a window in her single-family home at 6:17 a.m., sources said.

He put a pillow over her face and repeatedly slashed her head, neck and back. He then took cash and jewelry before driving away in her tan Chrysler sedan, police and family members said.”

BLOOMBERG RUNS FOR SHELTER DURING ISRAEL BOMB SCARE

BLOOMBERG Has a blast in Israel New York Post: “Mayor Bloomberg yesterday got a firsthand experience of what it's like for Israelis living under constant threat from Hamas rockets.

On a trip from one southern Israeli town, Ashkelon, to another, Sderot, the mayor yesterday heard missile sirens and a rocket explode five seconds later.”

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Woman Slashed While Jogging in Park Behind Gracie Mansion - NYTimes.com

More at NYTimes.com: “A 39-year-old woman jogging in a park behind Gracie Mansion on Sunday afternoon was slashed across the forehead by a man who walked away after the attack, the police said.

The attack occurred in Carl Schurz Park, near the corner of East 88th Street and East End Avenue, shortly before 2 p.m..”

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Gov. David Paterson: Risk in Passing Over Kennedy for Senate Seat - NYTimes.com

More at NYTimes.com: “It has been opined on chat shows and blogs, insisted on publicly and whispered privately. It has somehow been concluded — with delight in some quarters and aggravation in others — that Gov. David A. Paterson has little choice but to appoint Caroline Kennedy, she of the royal political lineage, fund-raising prowess and pure star power, to the United States Senate.

“I’ve heard this a hundred times: ‘He has to pick her,’ ” said Erick C. Mullen, a Democratic political consultant who has worked extensively in New York. “Or what? If he doesn’t pick her, what happens?””

--- What happens is he takes it in the rear in fund-raising, assuming a viable alternative candidate comes forward for Governor.

21 Club New York - Jef Klein Interview on Discovery Channel

This is my favorite restaurant in the World. I've visited 21 Club every year of the last four years as I was in New York City to attend The NFL Draft. I love the history, the ambiance, and the celebrity, and the food. It's a classic and modern place. But what I love is that the staff is attentive and friendly and helpful.

I also love that one has to wear a jacket and tie to get it. That sets the tone for 21 Club.

PredictoTV New York City - December 17, 2008

PredictoTV on YouTube reports:

"Brandhyze Stanley Owens, aka Miss Predicto, heads to 5th Avenue in New York City to find out what people are predicting will happen next in celeb news, pop culture, politics and more. "

Not a bad job. Kind of reminds me of the work The Resident is doing in Brookyn.

Michael Bloomberg Mayor of New York City - arriving at World's Largest Hannukah Menorah

This video is by RyanReporting on YouTube.

New York Live New Years Eve at Times Square 08/09

This is a great live -- not tv -- video of the scene from Fifth Avenue and Times Square.

The crowd at Times Square - New Year's Eve in NYC #4

This video from the same person on YouTube is just view of the buildings, people, and chatter as they wait for nightfall and the New Year's Eve event.

Beach balls in Times Square - New Year's Eve in NYC

It seems when there's a crowd waiting for a party event to happen, someone has to start the fun early. This YouTuber captured New Year's Eve revelers tossing beach balls around the Times Square area during the day.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

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