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You are a signature away from being able to legally dine with your dog at outdoor and sidewalk cafes — as long as the bar or restaurant owner allows it — in New York State, thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 4327/Assembly Bill 5956, also known as the Dining With Dogs Bill. The bill…

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Senator Diane Savino re-introduced “Caroline’s Law” last week, creating a class A misdemeanor for public servants who distribute photographs of crime victims outside of their official duties. “Publishing trophy photos of a crime victim on Facebook is one of the cruelest things a person could do. Caroline Wimmer’s family suffered twice because of the actions of an…

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Senator Diane Savino is cracking down on sleezy straphangers. The senator passed her “subway grinder” bill today which creates a felony charge for anyone who sexually assault commuters on public transportation. “The disturbing trend where perverts grind and grope straphangers on crowded subways, buses and ferries needs to end,” said Savino. “Even more distressing is that these perverts get…

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The City Council took up Councilman Mark Treyger’s controversial biking and texting bill this week, which seeks to fine cyclists caught using mobile devices while riding. Biking advocates and at least one elected official slammed the councilman’s proposal at Wednesday’s hearing with the council’s Committee on Transportation, arguing it addresses a nonexistent problem, reports Streets Blog. A vocal critic of the…

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Fraudsters beware: a new task force launched yesterday to put phony lawyers who prey on vulnerable immigrants behind bars. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio are teaming up on the initiative, dedicating enforcement resources to root out “immigrant service provider fraud,” among other scams targeting immigrants. The joint task force’s priority will…

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A new bill requiring the city to provide financial outreach and education to young adults was signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday, March 30. The legislation was sponsored by Councilman Treyger after he witnessed first-hand as a public school teacher the aggressive marketing tactics that banks and credit card companies use to…

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Concerned by rapidly increasing property taxes for middle-class New Yorkers, the City Council is pushing a bill that would offer a property tax rebate of $500 for qualifying homeowners. A similar law was passed in 2004 under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, but it was cut in 2007 due to the economic recession. Now that the city is rumored to be less…

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Senator Martin Golden is looking to crack down on illegal home conversions. Any serious injuries that occur in or around a home that has been subdivided illegally could result in the owner of the home being slapped with a felony, according to legislation proposed by the senator Friday. In addition, anyone who subdivides a residence without the…

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