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Weather: Rain, mostly this morning, with a high of fifty one, then behind clearing. The following day the solar returns.
Fine to meet you: My name is Azi (pronounced AH-zee). I mature to report for The Queens Tribune, The Sleek York Observer, WNYC and Politico sooner than joining The Cases final month because the reporter for the unusual Sleek York This day.
1. Amazon nears expansion deal
What we know: Amazon will impart this present day its plans to open a headquarters in Queens, which may perchance seemingly well at final raise as many as 25,000 jobs to town.
Take up: Every Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio are pushing for the deal. Local lawmakers are hesitant to give Amazon tax breaks to depart here.
My colleagues bask in reported that an influx of Amazon workers into the realm can even very well be problematic for Lengthy Island Metropolis, and the job boost received’t originate or ruin Sleek York’s economy.
The politics: Alliances are shifting. My colleague David Goodman bought a letter despatched final three hundred and sixty five days to Amazon’s C.E.O., Jeff Bezos, that turned into signed by six politicians and exhibits that a neighborhood councilman, Jimmy Van Bramer, and a issue senator, Michael Gianaris, who describe the realm and bask in neutral now not too long within the past been severe of the deal, were at the starting put supportive.
“We write to you this present day because we know that Lengthy Island Metropolis will be the exact plan for Amazon,” the letter reads.
Asked about the letter, Mr. Gianaris acknowledged nothing about his role had changed since final October.
“My feeling is the letter is entirely in line with my most modern role,” he acknowledged. “I welcome the roles if it capacity Amazon investment in L.I.C. infrastructure, without us having to pay a ransom for them to be here.”
Mr. Van Bramer moreover acknowledged he stood by his role, acknowledged within the letter, and his most modern opposition to the seemingly Amazon deal.
“At no time were any of us advisable that Amazon would receive a billion-greenback equipment of subsidies and tax breaks,” Mr. Van Bramer acknowledged Monday. “And I by no capacity would bask in signed on to a direction of that seeks to evade valuable and binding evaluate by neighborhood and elected officers. The entirety has changed since we allowed our names on that letter.”
Why it issues: A few of Amazon’s capacity neighbors in Lengthy Island Metropolis will seemingly be residents of Queensbridge, the nation’s finest housing challenge.
The respect will be a nationwide image of “the social and financial tensions coursing by American society — a widening profits gap, an absence of receive admission to to high-paying jobs for rather a lot of minorities and a skills sector struggling to diversify,” writes The Cases’s Corey Kilgannon.
2. Lifestyles and misfortune in a crowded city
A subway platform, a hurried passenger, a push, then a tumble and in a roundabout plan a death.
My colleague Ashley Southall reported on the death of 89-three hundred and sixty five days-mature Kurt Salzinger, a behavioral psychologist who had fled Austria after the Nazi invasion. Mr. Salzinger died after he turned into pushed by a passer-by on a subway platform at Penn Space.
I asked Emma Fitzsimmons, The Cases’s transit reporter, what the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is doing to prevent all these accidents. She notes:
1) The M.T.A. has deployed workers, acknowledged as platform controllers, at busy stations to support pronounce traffic.
2) The M.T.A. has concept to be installing glass partitions, acknowledged as platform veil doors, at busy stations to prevent folks and objects from falling onto the tracks.
Three) Andy Byford, the president of the Sleek York Metropolis Transit, desires to set up unusual signals to permit extra trains to high-tail each hour and aid determined platforms extra hastily.
Three. Honest Rate range Enviornment of job director to retire in 1,356 days
Scoop: Ronnie Lowenstein, the director of the Honest Rate range Enviornment of job, acknowledged in an interview that she can retire when her most modern length of time ends on July 31, 2022. She turned into appointed director on Aug. thirteen, 2000.
Whereas the mayor has an Enviornment of job of Management and Rate range that crunches numbers on earnings and charges and gives estimates to originate policy, the I.B.O. does identical work independently.
The motive: To spend additional time along with her three grandchildren and to bask in extra leisure time. “Being at the Met at Three o’clock within the afternoon when there aren’t 1000’s of oldsters crowding in entrance of you is appropriate an capable making an are trying trip,” acknowledged Ms. Lowenstein, sixty seven.
The work: Ms. Lowenstein, who has a Ph.D. in economics from Columbia, interprets budgets into easy-to-be conscious numbers. In 2004, her agency calculated that a latte tax would generate $12 million for town.
Picking a alternative: An advisory board will originate a advice to a four-individual panel that’s appointed by town comptroller, public advocate and the borough presidents.
four. The 2016 election documentary, starring college students
Title-calling. Harassment. Hidden emails. Made-up info. The 2016 election turned into, in a sense, childish. Fortunately, a college in Queens let college students in on the action.
In “The Candidates,” Townsend Harris High College seniors play precise candidates, and vie for the votes of underclassmen.
All of us know how the precise vote casting went in 2016. I received’t repeat how Pupil Trump, Pupil Clinton and Pupil Stein did in their election.
5. What else is occurring
A red tax? A survey on the so-known as “Pink Tax” by Sleek York University’s Rudin Middle for Transportation chanced on that females spend a median of $25 to $50 extra per month than men for safer transportation within town. But a more in-depth examination exhibits the participants didn’t accurately describe Sleek York’s demographics. [Wired]
Advocating no advocate: On Monday, Sleek York This day wrote about the upcoming election to occupy the soon-to-be vacant role of town’s public advocate. On Tuesday, a neighborhood of Metropolis Council people advocated casting off the role. “They don’t create nothing,” Councilman Rubén Díaz Sr. advisable Politico.
Espinal joins the fray: Councilman Rafael Espinal says that he, too, is working for public advocate. [Sleek York Cases]
Once homeless, now going by eviction: As many as one hundred formerly homeless households at a station strategy Prospect Park in Brooklyn face eviction after a resolve ruled that their residences aren’t rent stabilized. [Patch]
Stan Lee, 1922-2018: And Stan Lee, who turned into born in Manhattan as Stanley Martin Lieber and bask in turn into a creator and editor for Shock Comics who helped produce about a of the most well-known comic heroes, died at age ninety five. [Sleek York Cases]
6. We heard you. Metropolitan Diary is back.
Many readers wrote on Monday to bid that Sleek York This day can even aloof continue highlighting Metropolitan Diary, so we’re going to retain it as a characteristic.
Unable to get our marriage license, I’ve taken the pronounce from rural Columbia County to Decrease Manhattan to check a marriage made Forty five years within the past. Social Safety requires it for survivor advantages.
The Enviornment of job of the Metropolis Clerk hides the bustle of lifestyles interior. “Enter by the glass doors,” a be conscious says. Brides in white gowns or brilliant apparel light the wet December day. Couples, some with early life in strollers, surround me as they pose for photos. A white-haired girl in jeans and fleece catches my leer. Has she too lost her husband? All of us file in together.
Down a long hall, contemporary roses and orchids look forward to investors. The Files Room opens esteem a cave. I exhaust a seat. Overhead, my number looks: B073. The clerk’s diamond engagement ring flashes as she fingers me the marriage license.
Time shifts. Our zero.33-ground stroll-up at fifty seven Charles Freeway comes alive esteem a well-lit stage put: makeshift kitchen, gray partitions, a sound asleep alcove off the lounge and a skylight over the bathtub.
We cooked on a hot plate. I turned into very much surprised by Jerry’s fondness for canned ham; he turned into appalled by my occasional dinner of chilly cereal. On Saturday evenings, we picked up the paper at Sheridan Sq.. On Sundays, we watched “Elizabeth R” on “Masterpiece Theater” on Jerry’s mature TV, cuddling on an orange couch that cranked correct into a recliner. Three tremendous home windows framed our beginnings.
A be conscious directs me towards the wreck of the hall: “Save now not exit by the doorway.”
Newly wed to widow. No, I received’t be leaving the vogue I entered.
I exit down the steps to Rate Freeway.
— Cecele Kraus
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