Anonymity is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the United States was founded, in part, thanks to Thomas Paine's anonymously written, pro-revolution pamphlet Common Sense. On the other hand, 12-year-olds who post anonymously on the internet can be rather unpleasant and cause real problems by cyberbullying. Whether you think the good outweighs the bad, this news is troubling indeed: A far-reaching bill introduced in the New York State Senate could end the practice of posting online once and for all.
Sen. Thomas F. O'Mara / NY SenateIntroduced by New York State Sen. Thomas F. O'Mara (R—Big Flats), S6779 would require that any anonymous post online is subject to removal if the poster refuses to post — and verify — their legal name, their IP address, and their home address. From the (likely well intentioned) bill (from a senator who clearly does not "get" the internet):
"A web site administrator upon request shall remove any comments posted on his or her web site by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post and confirms that his or her IP address, legal name, and home address are accurate. All web site administrators shall have a contact number or e-mail address posted for such removal requests, clearly visible in any sections where comments are posted."Spotted here
TRENTON, NJ (CBSNewYork/AP) – Drivers are paying more at the pump once again with prices nationwide up 9 cents. story continues..
The latest data from AAA shows the national average for a gallon of regular is now $3.74.
JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Towering flames engulfed a playground at Lincoln Park just after midnight Tuesday, but investigators said it was was no accident. story continues..
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Four New Yorkers were arrested by Suffolk County Police on Friday for their alleged connection to several burglaries dating back to February 8. The burglaries are believed to have taken place in the towns of Centereach, Selden and Coram on Long Island.
Police were called to a house when an alarm went off Friday afternoon and detectives in the area noticed that a car near the scene matched that of one involved in a burglary from March 1.
After looking into it further, detectives say that the four people inside the car were responsible for multiple burglaries that took place in the area over the past month.Spotted here
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – A struggling hospital in Queens that was partially shut down by the state is laying off more than 200 employees.
Peninsula Hospital reportedly informed employees of the job cuts on Friday.
Last week, the New York State Health Department ordered the hospital to stop admitting new patients and end all surgeries for 30 days and develop a plan to transfer current patients.
The decision came after inspectors found “problems that failed to meet the accepted standards of care” with Peninsula’s clinical lab which the state said put patients at risk.Spotted here
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - The state attorney general’s office has begun a preliminary investigation into a CVS pharmacy’s mistaken distribution of pills for the treatment of breast cancer to children. The popular pharmacy in Chatham, NJ, mixed up children’s fluoride pills with the breast cancer drug Tamoxifen.
The attorney general’s consumer affairs division on Friday ordered the pharmacy to explain the mistake and provide the names of all its employees, along with all emails, telephone calls, complaints, and other information related to the mix-up.Spotted here
New York's mayor has issued the city's first-ever mandatory evacuation notices, as the US faces up to the arrival of Hurricane Irene. story continues..
Low-lying areas around Manhattan and into Staten Island are at particular risk, according to projections issued by city authorities.
By Samantha Stamler, CNN story continues..
New York (CNN) -- Apple Inc. has submitted plans to New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board to open a new store in Grand Central Terminal, potentially bringing in $5 million in revenue for the MTA, officials said.
by drake 01:41PM Wednesday Jul 20 2011 43% of subway fare-beaters are kids, report finds, costing the MTA millions
said by BY TREVOR KAPP AND PETE DONOHUE :
Some of the subway's littlest riders are its biggest fare-beaters, a new study says.
Kids taller than 44 inches - the height limit for a free ride - made up 43% of fare-beaters observed by NYC Transit surveyors last year, an agency staff report says.
The "predominant mode of evasion is children over 44 inches ducking under turnstiles," the report says.
The surveyors noted that a subway surveillance camera even spotted a young boy enter without paying - and then open an emergency exit gate from the inside so his stroller-pushing mother could also ride free.
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by drake 04:43PM Tuesday May 17 2011
By: NY1 News
The city is considering a proposal that would shift thousands of yellow cabs outside Manhattan.
It's the latest attempt to improve taxi service for New Yorkers outside Manhattan.
The plan would create a new class of 6,000 so-called "borough taxis" that would only be allowed to make pickups outside Manhattan.
•Continued at NY1.com
By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN and WILLIAM K. RASHBAUM / Published: May 10, 2011 story continues..
Ticket-fixing was so prevalent among police officers in the Bronx that even a highway officer whose job was to administer Breathalyzer tests — the very tool used to determine if a driver is drunk — was himself caught on a wiretap trying to fix a ticket for someone, according to a person with knowledge of the contents of the wiretap.
by cabana 01:23PM Wednesday May 11 2011
By DAN BILEFSKY / Published: May 10, 2011
Deirdre Ruiz, left, and Sherry Davis ralled against the city's assessments of co-op buildings.
But last week, amid fears that the assessed value of her co-op in Douglaston, Queens, could more than double, she took to the streets near City Hall in Manhattan as part of a boroughwide tax revolt that has combined Queens-style gumption with the antitax indignation of the Tea Party movement.
“How it is possible that the values of our properties can go up by more than 100 percent during one of the biggest real estate declines in a generation?” asked Ms. Davis, 63, a sales representative for a Korean brush maker, during a public hearing last week on the issue at Queens Borough Hall. “This is the last affordable part of New York City — this isn’t Chelsea or the Upper East Side for goodness’ sake — and we risk being priced out of our own neighborhood.”
The visceral anger of the rebels — many of them silver-haired school teachers, taxi drivers and retired nurses — was first fanned in January, when it began to emerge that the city’s Finance Department appeared to have made a mistake in assessing some properties in Queens and had accidentally inflated market values on some co-ops by as much as 147 percent, clearing the way for an increase in the owners’ property taxesSpotted here
By DAVID SEIFMAN story continues..
The city's Finance Department made a monumental blunder in the property-tax rolls, mistakenly boosting market values on some co-ops by as much as 147 percent, The Post has learned.
The whopping error then left the department scrambling to reduce the values of the 139 affected co-ops -- mostly in Queens -- by more than $300 million.
By CHUCK BENNETT
Two power plants in Queens are getting a massive windfall courtesy of everyday New Yorkers due to a controversial ruling that allows their owner to jack up electricity rates to make up for property taxes -- which the company is already excused from paying, a Post analysis found.
Astoria Energy, a privately held company, pays zero in property taxes for its two massive facilities located along the East River in Astoria, according to city Finance Department records.
Yet a recent ruling by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission will allow it to factor in anywhere from $10 million to $20 million in property-tax payments when wholesale electricity prices are set.
That could represent an undeserved windfall for the company when the new rates go into effect May 28, critics warn, as household customers could see their summer Con Ed bills leap by 12 percent or $5 to $8 a month.Spotted here
By Philip Newman story continues..
An annual report on the state of health in counties throughout the United States includes many examples of healthy counties next door to not-so-healthy neighbors with Queens and Brooklyn providing a telling contrast.
In the report “How Healthy Is Your County?” by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Queens is rated the city’s healthiest at No.
The District Attorney of Organized Crime & Rackets Bureau in Queens New York busted an illegal gambling ring run by at least four organized crime members. Among those busted in this Mafia connected sports gambling ring which had a website and an offshore bank account to process over $8 million in two an a half years are Michael Palmaccio who’s charged with bookmaking, Ronald Salerno who’s charges are collecting debts, Cono Natale who’s charges are “being a runner” for the operation and Gerry Gullotti charged with loansharking. story continues..
by drake 06:28AM Monday Apr 04 2011
By: NY1 News
Senator Charles Schumer is trying to save New Yorkers from a rate hike on their electric bill.
The head of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has agreed to another hearing on an approved utility surcharge granted to power companies.
... continued here at NY1.com
NEW YORK (AP/CBS New York) – Armies of emergency workers with plows and salt spreaders are hitting the streets across the Tri-State area as the snowstorm that caused mayhem in the South moved into the region, dumping more than a foot in some areas overnight. story continues..
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said crews would work even harder after criticism of how the city handled a storm just after Christmas, when hundreds of streets went unplowed, subway riders were stranded and medical calls unanswered because ambulances were unable to navigate snowy streets.
by Martin LaMonica story continues..
Lithium ion batteries aren't just for your laptop anymore. A group of truck-size battery banks are delivering quick bursts of power to the electricity grid in upstate New York.
By Mike Mazzeo story continues..
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Most athletes prefer Wheaties, “The Breakfast of Champions.”
New York Jets kicker Nick Folk, however, would rather start his day off with something a little more apropos.