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The Bobster
09-19-2017, 09:44 AM
http://nypost.com/2017/09/18/de-blasio-touts-citys-safety-plans-to-go-even-greener/

De Blasio touts city’s safety, plans to go even greener
By Yoav Gonen and Michael Gartland
September 18, 2017 | 10:56pm

Mayor de Blasio touted the city’s safety and his plan to reduce emissions in the Big Apple at two global conferences in Midtown on Monday.

The mayor quickly attacked President Trump for backing out of the Paris climate accords at the first event, a meeting of the C40 Climate Leadership Group :mad:, and talked up his plan to fine city building owners if they don’t meet emissions goals.

He blamed businesses in the city for not offering suggestions that may have made pushing for a new emissions law unnecessary.

“We spent several years talking to our colleagues in the business community, in the private sector, looking for voluntary measures that would work, looking for enough progress to not necessitate a mandate, but we did not see it,” he said.

“Meanwhile, the Earth was waiting :rolleyes: and meanwhile, our national government was going in the wrong direction.”

At the second event, the Global Mayors Summit at the Grand Hyatt, he noted that New York is “now the safest big city in America” — a point of pride since at least as early as 2013, the year before de Blasio became mayor.

The Bobster
09-19-2017, 09:51 AM
http://nypost.com/2017/09/18/jail-violence-is-increasing-under-de-blasios-watch/

Jail violence is increasing under de Blasio’s watch
By Yoav Gonen
September 18, 2017 | 10:36pm

The city’s jails have grown more dangerous every year under Mayor de Blasio, according to figures released Monday.

The inmate-on-inmate violence rate, inmate assaults on staff and the number of fights behind bars are all increasing, the Department of Correction said in the Mayor’s Management Report released on Monday.

The surges came under former jails chief Joseph Ponte, who retired in June amid questions about his misuse of a city vehicle and the significant time he was spending out of state.

Despite having de Blasio’s backing to the end, Ponte oversaw a 68 percent jump in the monthly rate of violent inmate-on-inmate incidents during his three-year tenure — from 32.9 per 1,000 inmates in fiscal 2014 to 55.2 in fiscal 2017.

The rate of incidents increased every single year under Ponte, including a 15 percent bump through June 30 of this year.

Serious injuries per 1,000 inmates grew to 2.7 in fiscal 2017 — a 50 percent increase from the 1.8 rate three years earlier.

The rate of inmate assaults on staff also rose, to 8.4 per 1,000 inmates in the latest fiscal year — up 42 percent from the rate of 5.9 in fiscal 2014.

“The latest jail violence statistics reaffirm the warnings we’ve made year after year for the past four years. We said that inmate assaults would go up when punitive segregation was eliminated for inmates 21 and under while failing to impose any restrictions for the same individuals who commit violent crimes behind bars,” said Correction Officers Benevolent Association president Elias Husamudeen.

“Unless this administration starts focusing on how to make the jails safer immediately, instead of closing Rikers in the distant future, these numbers are never going to go down. In fact, they will only get far worse.”

City officials argue that they’ve reduced the number of nonviolent, low-level crime offenders in the system, which has raised the concentration of inmates who are more likely to cause trouble.

They have repeatedly pointed to a decrease in the number of assaults, even though the number of inmates has also dropped — by 20 percent — since fiscal 2014.

“Our reforms are working even while DOC is managing a more difficult population,” said agency spokesman Peter Thorne.

“We have more people in custody with felony charges and gang affiliations, who are significant drivers of violence.”

The mayor has yet to appoint a replacement for Ponte.

The Bobster
09-19-2017, 08:17 PM
http://nypost.com/2017/09/19/chirlane-mccray-unveils-initiative-for-lgbtq-community/

Chirlane McCray unveils initiative for LGBTQ community
By Selim Algar
September 19, 2017 | 11:03pm

City First Sheboon Chirlane McCray wants New Yorkers to know there’s always a way “out.”

McCray, who has written of being a lesbian when she fell for future Mayor Bill de Blasio, unveiled a citywide *LGBTQ support initiative Tuesday and recalled her own challenges.

“For me, it was 1977, and I had just made the move here as a black, feminist, lesbian, writer, poet in search of a community,” McCray said during an address at the The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in the Village. “I was fortunate because I had a place to stay.”

The new initiative, The Unity Project, would help to alleviate some of the stresses of LGBTQ life, McCray said.

The program would include a campaign to train 500 city doctors in *LGBTQ-specific medicine, including matters related to gender transition.

To offer immediate help, the city will open a new 24-hour drop-in center in Jamaica, Queens, next month.

McCray said LGBTQ youth — many of whom are compelled to live apart from their families — often face bullying and violence.

The demographic also has elevated rates of attempted suicide — and McCray ripped the Trump administration for “dangerous” anti-LGBTQ rhetoric.

The Bobster
09-19-2017, 08:30 PM
http://nypost.com/2017/09/19/city-took-away-raises-vacation-days-to-pay-for-new-parental-leave-policy/

City took away raises, vacation days to pay for new parental leave policy
By Yoav Gonen
September 19, 2017 | 2:29pm | Updated

City managerial employees gave up more than they got back under Mayor de Blasio’s paid parental leave policy — which netted the city $5.8 million in its first year, a new analysis found.

The mayor initiated a program by executive order in December 2015 that gave non-union municipal workers 30 days of paid leave at full salary.

But to pay for the program, the city rescinded a 0.47 percent raise for managers scheduled for July 2017.

Employees with more than 15 years of city employment also lost 2 of their 27 days of vacation.

In the first year of the program, only 230 employees took advantage of the offer — at a cost of $2.4 million, according to the city’s Independent Budget Office.

But the salary and vacation hits added up to $8.2 million — producing a net gain for the city while irking reps for the municipal managers.

“It’s what we thought was going to happen – they took away too much,” said Stuart Eber, president of the New York City Management Employees Association.

His group filed an age discrimination lawsuit against the de Blasio administration over the program — which Eber said took away vacation days largely from older employees, to pay for benefits largely used by younger ones.

The IBO report found that the average age for workers who lost vacation days was 55.

The average age of workers who used parental leave was 37.

The Bobster
09-21-2017, 01:13 PM
http://nypost.com/2017/09/20/de-blasio-wants-to-install-1000-electric-car-charging-stations-by-2020/

De Blasio wants to install 1,000 electric-car charging stations by 2020
By Michael Gartland
September 20, 2017 | 11:34pm

Mayor de Blasio on Wednesday rolled out a $10 million plan to install as many as 1,000 new electric-car charging stations throughout the city by 2020.

The plan, which aims to have one new charging hub in each borough by 2018, is part of a larger effort to have one-fifth of all city vehicles be electric by 2035.

Each new hub will include 20 “fast-charging” stations, which can power up vehicles in 30 minutes, instead of the eight hours it can take on lower-level chargers.

“The easier we make it for electric vehicles, the more manufacturers will build and the more prices will go down,” de Blasio said. “The future is electric.”

The city is also setting aside at least 100 parking spots for slow-charging electric vehicles and is looking to bring in 50 more charging stations exclusively for cabs and other for-hire cars to encourage a switch from gasoline.

There are currently 307 charge sites in the city with 526 low-level chargers and just 16 fast chargers.