More on Sunday’s fatal bus crash in Delaware. The Chinatown-based operator was “cited in July for working a driver too many hours, and collected 18 safety violations since August 2012.” Also, the ownership of the company is ambiguous (Delaware Online).
Could Sheldon Silver end up shouldering the entire burden in a federal harassment lawsuit tied to the Vito Lopez scandal? (Post)
Today the City Council will consider legislation co-sponsored by Margaret Chin that would stiffen fines for landlords who harass tenants. it would also require the city to list bad property owners online. “It’s important to let the landlords know that if they try to bully the tenants, these are shameful acts and their name will be listed on the HPD website for all to know,” Chin says (WSJ).
There’s a new tax proposal aimed at wealthy foreigners who buy high-end apartments in New York City (Post).
Plans take shape for an East River conservancy (NY Press).
E- World Travel (operator of the deadly bus) is just like TakeTours, which rents long-distance buses for their more than 20 illegal bus stops in this area! Take a look: http://www.ourstreetsnewyork.org/news/this-one-tour-bus-operator-is-plaguing-our-area-with-almost-20-bus-stops/
While the USDOT, NYSDOT, NYCDOT, CB3, elected officials, and the SPaCE community group do virtually nothing effective on the intercity bus issue, Chinatown bus companies are emboldened and continue to expand their numbers. Ticketing by the NYPD will do little to stop them. Aren’t you tired of having 97 bus companies- 75 of them operating illegally without permits? Isn’t the deadly Chinatown bus crash last Sunday kind of a wake-up call to the community?
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