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To Lure More Cyclists, MTA Drops Bicycle Permit On Commuter Rails


In an effort to draw riders again to the commuter rail strains, the MTA might be waiving the $5 greenback payment and allow requirement to deliver a motorbike on Metro-North and the Lengthy Island Railroad.

The change goes into impact September seventh, however the MTA may even have a one-day grace interval on August twenty second, the day the 5 Boro Bike Tour returns after a hiatus in the course of the pandemic.

Whereas the allow rule might be eliminated in September, all different bike guidelines stay in impact. That features a most allowance of 4 bikes per practice on weekdays, and eight on weekends.

Nonetheless, the MTA doesn’t assume this might be a difficulty.

“Having lots of bikers on the trains could be a very nice downside to have, so we’re simply making an attempt to welcome again as many individuals as we will and get rid of the obstacles to welcome again as many bicyclists as doable,” mentioned Catherine Rinaldi, president of Metro-North, at a information convention at Grand Central Terminal on Thursday.

Different guidelines that may stay in impact prohibit bikes on trains throughout rush hours, on a number of main holidays, and round vacation weekends.

The MTA has designated some weekend Metro-North trains as “Bicycle Trains” and may have a bicycle image on the schedule. These trains enable extra bikes on board than common trains.

The company introduced the looser bike insurance policies in tandem with the return of the 5 Boro Bike Tour, which was suspended final yr as a result of pandemic. Registration ends on Sunday. Prior to now, the variety of members was capped at 32,000, however this yr it should solely allow 20,000 individuals to journey.

Advocates and lawmakers have been pushing the MTA to do extra to attach the cyclists and transit networks.

Mayoral-hopeful Andrew Yang had known as for including a motorbike lane on MTA managed bridges, just like the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, as a part of his marketing campaign. And a invoice that handed each homes of the state legislature, launched by State Senator Alessandra Biaggi, would’ve arrange a committee on the MTA to enhance pedestrian and bike owner entry to MTA bridges, however Governor Andrew Cuomo by no means signed it.


With No Remote Learning Option This Fall, NYC Unsure How To Teach Quarantining Students


One month out from the primary day of public college, Mayor Invoice de Blasio stated town remains to be engaged on protocol for public college college students who should quarantine due to a COVID analysis and insisted that there is not going to be a distant studying choice this fall regardless of the rise of the extremely contagious delta variant within the metropolis.

“We’re not going to distant as we had beforehand. I’ve made that very clear. Everybody’s coming again to highschool,” de Blasio stated at a press convention in Brooklyn Thursday.

He added, “How we cope with a child who’s out for every week is one thing we’re working by proper now, however we will be on a totally in-person system.”

New York Metropolis public faculties open on September thirteenth. The Division of Schooling has not launched an replace to its steerage for faculties managing COVID outbreaks. Within the final college yr, town’s coverage to shut whole faculties for 2 or extra unrelated COVID circumstances in separate courses was criticized for being overly zealous, and the DOE finally loosened the protocol.

De Blasio stated he’s relying on vaccination of as many college students and adults as doable, and that he was assured that oldsters of youngsters who’re eligible for a vaccine will guarantee they’re vaccinated in time for the beginning of faculty on September thirteenth. (All academics, college students, and employees will put on masks.)

Town is pouring extra sources into vaccinating schoolkids and their households—the DOE lately stated they’ll name households with details about vaccines, and can arrange residence visits by request. Faculty PTAs can get $100 for each particular person they assist get vaccinated. Metropolis officers have stated almost 50% of New York Metropolis children ages 12-17 have gotten not less than one dose.

De Blasio didn’t immediately handle the inhabitants of youthful college students beneath the age of 12 who can’t be vaccinated, however stated the college system was in a position to function safely final yr when vaccines weren’t extensively obtainable.

“We’ve got an enormous variety of vaccinated individuals within the college system — children and adults alike. We will do that safely. We did it safely even once we did not have vaccinations. So there is no such thing as a query in my thoughts, the precise factor to do is get our children again into the classroom,” he stated.

Mark Cannizzarro, who heads the New York Metropolis principals’ union, questioned the feasibility of de Blasio’s plan whereas following the Facilities for Illness Management’s suggestion to keep up three toes of social distancing in lecture rooms with all 900,000 of the system’s college students again.

“What the mayor wants to grasp is he can not have it each methods. He needs no distant choice. And he needs all the youngsters again at school. And he needs three toes of distancing. These three issues mixed, cannot occur in too many faculties,” stated Cannizzaro, president of the Council of Faculty Supervisors and Directors. “So it doesn’t matter what he dictates from above, if it could’t be completed, it could’t be completed.”

De Blasio stated town had a singular purpose for faculties this fall.

“We have one plan, let’s be actually clear. One plan: all children again to the classroom,” he stated. “We will observe up and are available again between now and the opening of faculty on how we will deal with the short-term scenario like if a child is out for just a few days,” he stated, and added,

“Ultimately, Plan A is Plan A and the easiest way to get to plan A is to get as many individuals vaccinated as doable.”


Photos: MoMA PS1 Throws Exuberant, Fully Vaccinated Warm Up Party


Final summer time, MoMA PS1 needed to cancel its long-running live performance sequence Heat Up for the primary time in practically 25 years. However this previous weekend, the present went on, with its afternoon of DJs, reside music, and normal revelry.

The return was teeming with pleasure, although it undoubtedly felt a bit totally different than typical. Often one of many season’s hottest events with round 4,000 individuals packing the courtyard of the Queens modern artwork museum, Heat Up 2021 has a capability of about 750. All attendees even have to indicate both proof of vaccination or a current unfavourable COVID check.

The a number of bars and the superb meals service from Mina’s have been stored outdoors, and masks have been required anytime you went indoors, whether or not to make use of the bogs, to see some artwork, or to calm down within the spacious “cooling room” in one of many galleries on the museum’s second flooring. 

Performers have been moved from their pre-pandemic perch atop the steps to the big entrance courtyard the place they have been comfortably accommodated on Rashid Johnson’s set up, the brilliant yellow Stage. This gave everybody loads of room to distance whereas dancing, although the gravel floor does make for a lower than preferrred floor when actually ripping it up. 

Photographs of people dancing and drinking at Moma PS1's outdoor courtyard on a sunny day

MoMA PS 1 Heat Up, August 7, 2021


MoMA PS 1 Heat Up, August 7, 2021

Scott Lynch / Gothamist

The stage itself was framed by an artist collaboration referred to as Wretched Flowers, which additionally properly describes their work. Different new items out right here this summer time embrace Niki de Saint Phalle’s exultant fountain, a sequence of stained-glass collages by Raúl de Nieves, and a banner by Greg Bordowitz that reads “The AIDS Disaster Is Nonetheless Starting.” There are additionally exhibitions from Saint Phalle and Bordowitz contained in the museum.   

Heat Up performers on Saturday featured the DJ duo Joselo and Friedplatano, the many-membered rap crew Surf Gang, Patia Borja, Yung Child Tate, and Jubilee with Nigelthreetimes. The music at Heat Up can generally get extra experimental than dance-y, however this lineup stored issues bumping for many of the four-hour present. 

There are two extra Heat Up events scheduled this summer time, on August 14th and twenty first, however each are already bought out. The truth is, all three Saturdays bought out an hour after tickets went on sale.


Cuomo’s Resignation May Not Mean The End Of The Impeachment Process


When saying his upcoming resignation this week, Governor Andrew Cuomo defined that he was solely stepping down as a result of the New York Meeting’s Judiciary Committee had described “weeks of course of that may then result in months of litigation” whereas it thought-about whether or not to draft articles of impeachment in opposition to him. He stated the federal government ought to be spending that money and time on different issues, like coping with the pandemic, reopening the economic system, and public security. He added that “losing vitality on distractions is the very last thing that state authorities ought to be doing.”

Cuomo does not get to resolve whether or not there shall be an impeachment continuing, nonetheless—that is within the palms of the New York Meeting’s Judiciary Committee. And whereas he has resigned, an impeachment would imply he wouldn’t be capable to run for workplace once more, which some consider he could attempt to do.

The bipartisan 21-member committee, chaired by Assemblymember Charles Lavine, was already scheduled to fulfill on Monday, August sixteenth, at 9:30 a.m. to debate its investigation into a number of Cuomo controversies. Lavine had suggested earlier this week—if the governor resigned—that an impeachment course of wouldn’t be crucial as a result of if “he is already out of workplace, an impeachment itself goes to be moot. It is not going to be significant.”

Nonetheless, some members of the Meeting—together with these on the Judiciary Committee—wish to transfer ahead.

“We nonetheless intend to pursue this impeachment as a result of the governor must be held accountable for all the pieces that he is completed mistaken,” Assemblymember Michael Montesano, the rating Republican on the Judiciary Committee, instructed Gothamist/WNYC on Wednesday.

Montesano referenced areas of inquiry along with Cuomo’s sexual misconduct outlined in Legal professional Normal Letitia James’ report: “The nursing residence deaths of 15,000 individuals; the altering of the DOH report utilizing authorities sources; and [state] personnel to jot down his e book. All of these items, [Cuomo] must be held accountable for. And the one approach we’ll do that’s by, you realize, transferring ahead with the impeachment course of.”

The opposite Republican members of the Judiciary Committee joined Montesano’s perspective and launched an announcement, “The individuals of the state of New York deserve a full, public disclosure of the data obtained throughout our seek for the reality.”

The Judiciary Committee had retained legislation agency Davis Polk to guide its investigation, which would come with inspecting all proof from the AG’s report in addition to proof associated to the nursing residence deaths cowl up. Assemblymember David Weprin, a Democrat on the committee, stated on Tuesday that he personally felt “it could be a mistake to proceed at this level as a result of he did resign. It’s a big expense to go forward with an impeachment continuing that in of itself could be a distraction.” Nonetheless, Weprin stated it could be mentioned within the assembly on Monday.

Different State Democrats, most notably from the extra progressive wing, have known as for the impeachment course of to proceed. State Senator Julia Salazar said, “The projected prices of doing the individuals’s work, of doing our jobs as legislators, of constant the impeachment course of, have been the identical yesterday as they’re right this moment. I don’t discover this new ‘however impeachment makes use of sources’ argument compelling, nor does it appear earnest to me.”

Assemblymember Yuh-Line Niou, certainly one of Cuomo’s most vocal critics, added, “Impeachment means New York won’t be paying Andrew Cuomo’s pension for the remainder of his life after his disgusting agues of energy. Impeachment means Governor Cuomo won’t be able to run for workplace once more by claiming to be the sufferer and gaslighting the true victims.”

Cuomo’s bullying persona surfaced publicly in February whereas making an attempt to defend his administration’s dealing with of the nursing residence deaths cowl up, and that second helped result in his eventual reckoning.

In February, the governor spent 20 minutes of a press convention making an attempt to belittle Assemblymember Ron Kim, making accusations about his credibility. Kim, in flip, determined he had no selection however to disclose that Cuomo threatened him in a “10-minute, one-sided, screaming and yelling” cellphone name, with Cuomo telling him that if he “didn’t act in a sure approach” and subject an announcement, that there could be “retribution.”

Kim’s account led to others revealing that they had been bullied by the governor as effectively—together with ex-Cuomo staffer Lindsey Boylan, who had referenced Cuomo’s habits in a Tweet in December, however, after listening to Kim come ahead, wrote a prolonged Medium submit detailing how Cuomo sexually harassed her.

Kim additionally needs an impeachment continuing. In an interview with Gothamist/WNYC, he stated, “We spent a whole lot of time, sources and cash placing collectively a case for impeachment, to not get him to resign… We launched impeachment to hunt accountability and justice or its wrongdoings. For my part, that hasn’t modified.”

“We’ve not had a possibility to handle the nursing residence deaths and his determination to suppress [the nursing home] information, whereas pursuing a profitable e book deal,” Kim added. “Fraud is if you’re pointing to a deflated quantity”—the undercounted nursing residence deaths—”at a number of press conferences, citing in your e book and promoting that quantity to the general public. That is fraud that has deep penalties.”

“It is essential to get a full account of what we did mistaken,” he burdened. “So we do not repeat these errors transferring ahead.”

The New York state structure, because it occurs, doesn’t provide a transparent framework for impeachment. Election legislation lawyer Jerry Goldfeder steered that the Meeting can also not have the authorized standing to pursue impeachment. “At this level, it is questionable whether or not or not the meeting can transfer ahead with an impeachment course of [with] a governor who’s already resigned,” he stated. “I do know that occurred within the federal scheme in opposition to Trump, however we haven’t any precedent that I am conscious of right here in New York to question somebody who’s gone from workplace.”

When requested whether or not he feels impeachment ought to transfer ahead, Mayor Invoice de Blasio burdened that there “should be accountability.” He acknowledged there are a selection of different investigations on the native, state, and federal ranges, however he added, “The essential factor for the Legislature is to contemplate is what’s the easiest way to realize accountability. It might be an enormous mistake to depart this chapter and never discover out who did it and ensure it by no means occurs once more.

The committee will meet on Monday, August sixteenth.


Nassau County Executive Vetoes Bill That Allowed First Responders To Sue


Nassau County Government Laura Curran has vetoed the controversial invoice that gave Nassau County the power to sue extraordinary residents who harass police and different first responders. 

In her veto message, Curran known as the invoice well-intentioned however mentioned it left “open the chance that it could chill the rights of residents to peaceably assemble and freely categorical their views.”

The invoice was first proposed by the Democratic caucus, however was championed by Republicans who mentioned it merely gave police a civil pathway to sue for felony acts. The invoice used language from the state’s penal regulation to outline harassment as acts designed to “severely annoy.” It empowered the county to sue for as a lot as $50,000 and in addition lowered the usual of proof of harassment beneath that used for hate crimes.

After the invoice handed the legislature, Curran mentioned she would search the recommendation of New York’s Lawyer Normal. In a letter, Rick Sawyer, Particular Counsel for Hate Crimes for the AG’s workplace, wrote, “Even when courts in the end throw out frivolous lawsuits towards professional protesters, the specter of onerous and costly litigation is prone to chill protected speech.”

Sawyer added that the invoice would probably face many authorized challenges that the county alone must pay to defend.

Legislator Joshua Lafazan, the invoice’s sponsor, is unregistered with any political social gathering, however caucuses with Democrats. He mentioned the invoice was aimed toward defending first responders, however that he respects the Lawyer Normal’s authorized opinion and won’t search to override Curran’s veto.

Nassau’s police unions didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark relating to the letters. 

In social media posts, civil proper’s teams mentioned they are going to be concentrating on those that voted for the invoice within the upcoming election.


Twenty-Five Year Old Detainee Found Dead At Rikers


A 25-year-old on the Otis Bantum Correctional Heart on Rikers Island died on August tenth, corrections authorities confirmed to Gothamist/WNYC. Officers discovered Brandon Rodriguez unresponsive in his cell, tried to carry out CPR, and referred to as for medical workers. Quickly after the medical crew arrived, they declared the younger man to be deceased.

The town’s Workplace of Chief Medical Examiner didn’t affirm the reason for Rodriguez’s dying.

Court docket information present police arrested Rodriguez six days earlier, on August 4th. On the time of his dying, he was going through a misdemeanor cost for “prison obstruction of respiration or blood circulation.” Following his arrest, a decide imposed a $3,000 money bail and $10,000 bond, neither of which the detainee had posted on the time of his preliminary courtroom hearings.

“We’re working intently with all related companies to analyze the trigger and circumstances in order that we might higher perceive how this occurred,” stated Division of Correction Commissioner Vincent Schiraldi. “Mr. Rodriguez’s family members have our utmost sympathy, that is an terrible, painful tragedy.”

A healthcare employee at Rikers, who requested anonymity as a result of he was not approved to talk on the topic, informed Gothamist/WNYC that Rodriguez’s dying mirrored systemic dysfunction within the metropolis jails system.

“Rodriguez’s dying is within the context of an acute humanitarian disaster fueled by DOC workers shortages and poor facility administration,” he stated.

“Brandon’s dying is tragic however totally unsurprising,” stated Darren Mack, co-director of the jails reform group Freedom Agenda. “There have already been studies of complete housing models fully unstaffed for hours at a time. On Rikers, meaning there is no such thing as a technique to get medical consideration or the rest you might want.”

Rodriguez’s passing follows a number of different deaths on the troubled facility, which town has promised to shut within the coming years. In July, the NY Submit reported that the Division of Investigation is probing the dying of Robert Jackson, a detainee who was discovered useless after being left unsupervised by a correctional officer who allegedly left his submit.


Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul Says She’ll Run For Governor In 2022


Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul reiterated her means to guide New York—and stated she’d run for governor subsequent yr—in an interview on the At this time Present on Thursday morning.

“I am ready for this. I’ve led a life working in each degree of presidency from Congress to native authorities,” Hochul stated in her first televised interview as the following governor. “I’m essentially the most ready particular person to imagine this accountability, and I will ask the voters sooner or later for his or her religion in me once more, however proper now, I would like their religion, I would like their prayers, and I would like their assist to verify we get this proper.”

Hochul will turn out to be New York’s first feminine governor on August twenty fourth, when Governor Andrew Cuomo resigns. Cuomo introduced he was stepping down on Tuesday, every week after a scathing report from the New York Lawyer Common’s workplace was launched, detailing how the governor sexually harassed 11 ladies, together with state staff, and violated state and federal legal guidelines.

In the course of the interview, Hochul additionally emphasised that she was not concerned in any of the allegations.

“That was very a lot an insular state of affairs what was occurring in his workplace,” she stated. “I believe if anybody is aware of my profession they know that I’ve not been near the governor, it is no secret… So I’ve not been within the rooms when this has occurred, and it’s really sickening to me to see this floor. And my coronary heart goes out to the younger ladies specifically who’ve been toiling on this atmosphere.”

Whereas she was cautious to not make any statements as a result of, as she stated on Wednesday, she’s not governor but, Hochul did point out points she’s taking a look at for when she takes over.

“Once I turn out to be governor it will turn out to be a key subject… my view is that youngsters and everybody in a faculty atmosphere will probably be sporting masks,” she stated. “That is simply an opinion proper now, I haven’t got the authority to make that the coverage, and we’ll go away it as much as college districts proper now.”

In June, the New York State Division of Well being pushed to drop masks for college students, based mostly on research on the time; New York Metropolis had stated they’d proceed to require college students and workers to masks.

As for her future lieutenant governor—who could be a part of a 2022 gubernatorial ticket—there’s hypothesis that the particular person must be from downstate. Stan Lundine, who served as Mario Cuomo’s lieutenant governor from 1987 by 1994, stated to Politico, “An important factor is the lieutenant governor and governor relationship be a real partnership. The governor ought to select somebody that she or he believes will probably be an efficient associate, somebody who will probably be loyal but in addition unbiased of their judgments, not less than in non-public with the governor.” (Cuomo and Hochul didn’t have an in depth relationship; she was virtually by no means current for any of his COVID-19 briefings throughout the pandemic.)

The lieutenant governor may complement the governor; Politico studies, “The consensus amongst political observers appears to be that Hochul, who’s white and from Buffalo, will virtually definitely choose an individual of shade from New York Metropolis. And it’ll possible be any person who will keep along with her on the 2022 ticket, slightly than a placeholder.”

“She would not have to choose somebody from New York Metropolis,” political marketing consultant Basil Smikle informed NY1. “She will be able to decide from any of town suburbs, Westchester or Lengthy Island, however I believe she does want an individual of shade due to the demographic modifications within the state.”

Based on Politico and NY1, among the many doable lieutenant governor picks are State Senator Brian Benjamin (Harlem), Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., Assemblymember Alicia Hyndman (Queens), State Senator Jamaal Bailey (Bronx), and Rodneyse Bichoette (Brooklyn).

“I really like upstate, I really like downstate, I really like the entire state,” Hochul stated on Wednesday. “There are such a lot of certified people, however I’m cognizant of the necessity for range and an inclusive ticket.”