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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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A proposed ban on booze cruises in Sheepshead Bay gained a Senate sponsor in Albany, while critics of the local industry fight back against allegations that the ban is fueled by racial tensions. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz introduced a bill on February 20 prohibiting boats that throw late-night, alcohol-fueled parties from docking at Sheepshead Bay’s piers, operated by the New…

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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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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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The city is cracking down on hookah sales, and they may be coming for Brooklyn next. As City Council proposes a bill to limit the sale of hookah supplies in stores, the city’s Health Department has moved to shut down a dozen hookah bars frequented by college students in Manhattan and Queens, after finding that they were illegally serving sheesha containing…

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Last month, Councilman Mark Treyger proposed a comprehensive bike safety legislation package to help minimize bike casualties, winning support from the City Council’s Transportation Committee, the mayor, and bike advocacy groups like Bike New York. But while no one thinks it’s a smart idea to text and cycle at the same time, not all bike advocates think the law would…

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