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Real Estate Market Bounces Back, Giving a Voice to Charter School Parents, the SLA’s Dysfunction

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Third quarter reports indicate the Manhattan residential real estate market may be recovering. 

District 1 Community Education Council is inviting representation by charter school parents.

A new report by the State Law Revision Commission is highly critical of the State Liquor Authority. The Albany Times Union sums up the key findings:

The SLA, the report contends, has become hamstrung by bureaucracy,
antiquated laws, outdated technology and a lax internal culture that
allowed corruption to flourish. The result is a regulatory and
enforcement agency that "jeopardizes public health and safety and
exacerbates the economic crisis currently plaguing New York," the
report says… A nine-month backlog of 3,000 liquor-license applications awaiting
processing that grows by at least 150 new applications per month… the report characterizes morale at the authority as "extremely low"
because of factors including mountains of paperwork from lengthy
applications that must be entered by hand or scanned; licensing
software that is incompatible with enforcement software, hampering
investigations; a voicemail system that was simply turned off because
of an overwhelming volume of calls; and employees being forced to work
above their pay grades or in jobs for which they are not trained, such
as clerks pressed into service reviewing applications.

New York City's war on graffiti.

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