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Mayor Eric Adams Proposes Illegal Immigrants as Solution to NYC Lifeguard Shortage

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New York NY, New York City Mayor Eric Adams has suggested an innovative solution to the city’s ongoing lifeguard shortage: hiring (illegal)immigrants. “They’re excellent swimmers,” he stated during a City Hall briefing on Tuesday.

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NYC’s Congestion Pricing System Set to Roll Out June 30: What You Need to Know

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New York NY, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has announced that New York City’s congestion pricing tolling system will officially commence on June 30, 2024, below 60th Street in Manhattan. This milestone, aimed at alleviating traffic congestion and raising funds for transportation improvements, marks a significant step in the city’s efforts to manage its bustling streets more efficiently.

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New York Ponies Up For New Port Authority Midtown Bus Terminal

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New York NY, Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey today announced a new agreement to support the $10 billion replacement and expansion of the 73-year-old Port Authority Bus Terminal in Midtown Manhattan. Recognizing the importance and catalytic potential of the project, the city has committed 40 years of tax revenue — expected to help the Port Authority raise an estimated total of up to $2 billion, 20 percent of the project cost — from three potential new commercial developments on three sites, two of which will be positioned atop the new bus terminal and the third to be built at a nearby site owned by the Port Authority and private owners, subject to market demand. This deal brings the vision of a reimagined bus terminal one step closer to reality.

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The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Announces the New $10 Billion Midtown Bus Terminal

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New York NY, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey announced the publication by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) of the draft environmental impact statement for the proposed Midtown Bus Terminal replacement and released revised project plans in response to feedback from key stakeholders, including commuters and the surrounding community.

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Sen. Menendez Denied Request to Delay His Criminal Trial

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New York NY,  Judge Sidney H. Stein, of the Southern District of New York slated to oversee the bribery trial involving U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, has rejected the defense’s plea to postpone the commencement of jury selection from May to July, as reported by the Associated Press on Thursday.

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New York City is experiencing its first Christmas season without Airbnb

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New York NY, New York City is experiencing its first Christmas season without Airbnb, and the cost of accommodations is on the rise. In September, the city implemented a stringent short-term rental policy that essentially excluded Airbnb, providing benefits to renters but limiting choices for tourists. Expedia Group reports a 25% year-over-year increase in hotel searches this month, with average nightly rates reaching $477, compared to last year’s still-high $416.

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New York Police Department Will Have Robots Patrolling in Manhattan Subway Stations this Summer

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New York NY,  Knightscope, Inc. (Nasdaq: KSCP) a leading developer of autonomous security robots and blue light emergency communication systems, today announced that the City of New York Police Department (“NYPD”) signed a pilot contract for Knightscope’s K5 robot to begin patrolling in a Manhattan subway station this summer.

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Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is moving forward with its plan to reimagine the world’s busiest bus terminal

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New York NY, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is moving forward with its plan to reimagine the world’s busiest bus terminal with the launch today of the federal environmental review process and announcement of a total of four public meetings to be held virtually on June 23 and 24.

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