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Percentage of Uninsured Workers Rising in Construction Industry and Non-United States Citizens 39 Percent of Tradesman

January 13, 2011
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

A New York Building Congress analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau's 2010 American Community Survey found that 75 percent of New York City construction industry workers live in the five boroughs, led by residents of Queens and Brooklyn. As of 2010, there were 224,500 men and women in the construction industry, down 3.8 percent from 2009. The census data include both white-collar and blue-collar positions in private firms and on government payrolls.

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Driscoll Announces Website Launched

December 27, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

The Driscoll Group has launched a website www.driscollgroupny.com in conjunction with a new office located in the historic Anoroc Democratic Club Building in Sunnyside, Queens. “Being in the Anoroc again after all of these years truly makes me feel at home” said Bill Driscoll, Founder and Principal of The Driscoll Group.“Helping to breathe life into a building with such a rich history that has fallen on tough times feels invigorating. I look forward to being a vital part of the vibrant Sunnyside neighborhood.”

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Charter Rent Lawsuit Ruling

January 9, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

On December 28, State Supreme Court Judge Paul Feinman confirmed the need for a trial to determine whether or not charter schools co-located in public school buildings should be paying for space and services to the New York City Department of Education (“DOE”). The case, New York City Parents Union, ET AL vs. The Board of Education of the City School District of the City of New York, ET AL, and Harlem Success Academy Charter School 1, ET AL, was a request for a preliminary injunction which would have required the agency to immediately collect back rent and payment for services from all charter schools co-located in public school buildings.

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Livery Cars Legally Accept Street Hails and Sale of New Taxi Medallions Generate $1 Billion

December 26, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

An historic agreement brings legal taxi service to the 7 million New Yorkers who live outside Manhattan’s Central Business District. First announced in January in Mayor Bloomberg’s State of the City speech, the bill will create a new class of livery licenses, which will be able to pick up passengers on the street in Northern Manhattan and outside Manhattan. The Taxi and Limousine Commission will issue up to 18,000 of these new licenses, 20 percent of which will be wheelchair accessible. The agreement will also generate a billion dollars in revenue for the City through the sale of 2,000 new yellow medallions, all of which will be wheelchair accessible.

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RFP for Restaurant at Tavern on the Green

January 2, 2012
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

Parks & Recreation has announced the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the operation and maintenance of a restaurant and outdoor café at Tavern on the Green, located in Central Park just west of the Sheep Meadow near 67th Street. All proposals submitted in response to this RFP must be submitted by no later than Friday, March 30, 2012 at 3:00 p.m. Parks will hold a recommended proposer meeting and site tour on Wednesday, February 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m.

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Washington Report

December 19, 2011
By Neal Tepel

House and Senate leaders agreed to a combined fiscal year 2012 spending bill “megabus” for the nine federal funding bills that remained unfinished. Its expected that  both houses of Congress will pass the bill, and President Obama will sign it. Congress has passed a one-week continuing resolution to keep the government open.

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Judge Rules New Medallions Must Go To Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis

January 2, 2012
Around Town – By Neal Tepel

Days after a landmark taxi reform deal was reached, a federal judge ruled on December 23, 2011 that the city can only issue new medallions to drivers with wheelchair-accessible cabs. Advocates argued the city failed to take into account people with disabilities when selecting the design for the so-called "taxi of tomorrow". As a result, they say the winning design violates the Americans With Disabilities Act.

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Quinnipiac's Living Wage Poll

December 15, 2011
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

According to the most recent Quinnipiac's Living Wage Poll Findings, 74% of New York voters are in favor of the living wage bill. There is strong agreement among New Yorkers that city government should not continue to allow companies and developers that benefit from taxpayer subsidies to create poverty-wage jobs.

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