Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014

Elusive Companies Targeted By City Crackdown on Job Scams

Elusive Companies Targeted By City Crackdown on Job Scams

The de Blasio administration is stepping up oversight of employment agencies, which need to be licensed and can only charge certain fees. But the targeted firms can change names and locations to keep operating in spite of the crackdown.
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The Men Who Ride the Homeless Bus

Neighbors of the M35's 125th Street stop are frustrated by garbage and bad behavior they blame on men who use the bus to get to and from Ward's Island. The guys on the bus have their own frustrations.

Foreclosure Crisis: Buzz Fades, Protests Continue

Four years after the housing crisis transformed the presidential race, it's barely mentioned on the campaign trail. But foreclosure is still an issue in New York, and some believe federally-chartered agencies can do more to help.

Beyond Scandal, NYCHA Residents Seek More Power

Amid the controversy over the management of New York's public housing, NYCHA officials are contemplating historic changes to how the agency operates. Tenants are looking for more ways to weigh in on those ideas.

Illegal Hotels Survive Crackdown, Some Say

Fifteen months after a move to strengthen enforcement against unauthorized rentals, the number of citations is up, but complaints continue. Some say the fines are too low. Others believe the law is unfair.

City Investigating Home for LGBT Youth

Current and former residents of a group home for LGBT youth say physical abuse, sexual misconduct and financial mismanagement were common.

For Some, Occupy Movement is a Test of Faith

Many in the Occupy Wall Street movement frame their advocacy in religious terms. For one Brooklyn clergyman, that means tension with some churches, and challenges for his own congregation.

Who's Afraid of NYU? School's Neighbors Air Gripes

In its push to expand, the school faces residual distrust from earlier development projects. We visited two recent university construction sites to see what it's like to be NYU's next-door neighbor.

East Harlem: Of 500 Budget Ideas, a Few Survive

Delegates in Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito's district had to get savvy about how to get the maximum out of their million. So they expanded the scope of potential projects and limited the number they'd consider.

Amid Court Fight, Formerly Homeless In Limbo

The end of the Advantage subsidy program leaves advocates battling to salvage a policy they criticized, the city bracing for more demand for scarce shelter beds and low-income families wondering what comes next.

Sales of HIV Meds Catch Lawmakers' Eyes

Prosecutors and legislators report an increase in illegal sales of HIV medication by people looking to feed their families or support drug habits. Will tougher criminal penalties slow the market?



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Watch the Mayoral Debate on Low-Income Issues - Jarrett Murphy

Seven candidates representing four parties discussed wages, sick leave, stop-and-frisk and other issues—to cheers and jeers from the crowd, and occasional jabs from one another.

As NYCHA Seeks Flexibility, Tenant Advocates Concerned - Jarrett Murphy

The city's public housing agency wants rules relaxed to allow creative budgeting. But advocates for residents want stronger assurances that financial flexibility won't come at the cost of tenant rights.

Closing Schools More Poor, Less White - Jarrett Murphy

Schools the Bloomberg administration has targeted for closure have student populations demographically different from the average facility. And many had absorbed an increasing number of struggling students.

City Says New Bus Service Works; Job Numbers Dip - Jarrett Murphy

As the mayor unveils a scaled-back Select Bus System for 34th Street, a look at how bus experiments on 1st and 2nd Avenues have worked out. Plus, new city employment data and a look at City Councilmembers' human rights records.

March to Bring Communities of Color to Occupy Wall Street - Jarrett Murphy

Critics of Occupy Wall Street fault its lack of racial diversity on one hand, and the diversity of its political messages on the other. A march planned for Monday will challenge the first critique. A visit to Zuccotti questions the second.

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MULTIMEDIA

Voter Registration Profile: Upper West Side Manhattan

A voter registration profile of the 67th assembly district covering the Upper West Side of Manhattan.

Poverty in Manhattan: Block by Block

A block by block assessment of the percentage of people living below the federal poverty line in New York City's Manhattan borough.

Extreme Weather Events Cost Counties $1 Billion

67 percent of U.S. households were in counties hit by extreme weather events that cost over $1 billion in 2011-2012

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Culturally Relevant Financial Literacy Curriculum

The Workforce Development Division (WFDD) of the National Urban League (NUL) is seeking an experienced curriculum developer with the ability to deliver a high-impact Financial Literacy Curriculum. Curriculum should include 1) facilitator’s guide and 2) participant handbook. Funding for this project is provided by the Walmart Foundation.

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American Museum of Natural History Presents: Margaret Mead Film Festival

2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival—the preeminent showcase for contemporary cultural media and conversation in the unique setting of the American Museum of Natural History—will screen 43 outstanding films from more than 50 countries and host special events and performances. This year, the festival’s selections— including 14 U.S. premieres— will focus on the tension between tradition and its relevance in a contemporary context. With the theme “Past Forward,” the Mead explores how cultural touch stones needn’t be trapped in amber but can serve as important guides for modern life. The festival offerings include subjects spanning communities coping with water shortages and climate change, the power of rhythm and music to revive the human spirit, and the pull of globalization versus staying faithful to traditional ways. $15 Opening and closing night screenings $12 General Admission $10 Members, seniors, students

AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY PRESENTS THE 2014 MARGARET MEAD FILM FESTIVAL: “PAST FORWARD”

The Four-Day Festival Will Screen More Than 40 Films and Feature Forums, Performances, and Lively Parties How do traditions help cultures survive and thrive? The 2014 Margaret Mead Film Festival, themed “Past Forward,” explores how cultural touchstones can serve as important guides for modern life. This year, more than 40 films from 28 countries will focus on how tradition moves cultural values forward while seizing relevance to support contemporary life issues.

Out of the Basement

Performances

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