With the power of a new state law behind him, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is cracking down on the city's illegal hotels.
The Office of Special Enforcement has shuttered or given citations to 15 of the illegal inns, defined as any residence with a "transient occupant" whose stay is less than 30 days. Under the previous law, a majority of the building's occupants had to be transient for the building to be illegal.
"Owners of illegal hotels put profits above safety, allowing renters to stay in extremely dangerous conditions and it’s disgraceful," Bloomberg said.
All of the buildings busted so far under the new law, which went effect on May, are in Manhattan and Brooklyn.
On Friday evening, May 6, Senator Jack M. Martins attended an Eagle Court of Honor for the newest Eagle Scouts from Mineola Boy Scout Troop 45.
In its 90-year history, Troop 45 has a rich tradition of producing Eagle Scouts, which is the highest honor a scout can achieve. It takes years of dedication and commitment to reach the rank of Eagle Scout. Vincent Buonincontro, Nicholas Fiori, Glenn Peters, Nickolas D’Annunzio, Perry Llanes and Zachary Rachell joined the apex of scouting, making 122 Eagle Scout for Troop 45 including Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss, who earned the rank in 1981.
Brook Peters insists he has not become an overnight celebrity and the most popular eighth grader at his school. That, however, is hard to believe.
In the past month the 14-year-old has been featured on nearly every cable news network, including NY1, PIX11, FOX, NBC, CBS and CNN. He has a full page spread in the current edition of New York Magazine and last Friday he was “Person of the Week” on ABC’s World News.
Meanwhile, in the middle of the media blitz, Peters has somehow managed to increase his math grade from a B average to an A, and study for his Regents Exams.
This past Friday morning, the LES Jewish Conservancy had lots of help from its friends in celebrating the grand opening of the Kling & Niman Family Visitor Center at 400 Grand Street. The storefront gives the organization a visible presence in the heart of the Lower East Side — a “brick and mortar” launching pad for neighborhood walking tours and a venue for events and education about the neighborhood’s rich legacy.
Clarence, N.Y. – Upstate New York Transplant Services (UNYTS) Representative Michele Holder congratulates State Senator Michael H. Ranzenhofer for the “Best Donor Day to Date” in front of the Hometown Heroes Wall at the UNYTS Eastern Hills fixed site. Thirty-four donors participated in a UNYTS blood drive sponsored by Senator Ranzenhofer.
For Immediate Release May 8, 2011 Squadron Presents Peters Family with Resolution, Joined by Local Firefighters
NEW YORK – Following last week’s historic events and as New York prepares for the tenth anniversary of September 11th, State Senator Daniel Squadron presented Lower Manhattan teen Brook Peters with a Senate resolution honoring the selection of his 9/11 documentary for screening at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Senator Jack M. Martins was back in the Elmont community again continuing his listening tour this past Saturday. This time, Senator Martins visited with parents and leaders of the Elmont Soccer Club. Elmont Soccer President Richard "Kiki" DeBrosse greeted Senator Martins and led him on a tour of the games Elmont children were playing. Games for children ages 4 and up were being played at the Dutch Broadway School athletic fields. Five games were in action during Senator Martins visit.
Parents spoke with the Senator about the Elmont community and their hopes for revitalization, tax relief and positive athletic programs like Elmont Soccer being accessible to Elmont's young people.
“I am extremely pleased that Governor Cuomo has made the passage of marriage equality legislation one of his top priorities for this legislative session. With polls now showing a clear majority of New Yorkers supporting marriage equality, I am more and more optimistic that if the Senate Majority allows the bill to come to the floor for a vote, it will have a good chance of passing.
DC37 Union representative and Elmont resident Magaly Polo visited with Senator Jack M. Martins this past week to discuss state budget issues, labor matters and creating jobs for working men and women in Albany. Senator Martins welcomed Magaly to the State Capitol, visited with her, and took her on a tour of the New York State Senate chamber before legislative session.