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Hurricane Ida’s fatal flooding has urged NYC policymakers to discuss how the government can better assist homeowners with making basement apartments more compliant with housing regulations so tenants are not forced into poor living conditions.

The deadly flooding brought to New York City by the remnants of Hurricane Ida has sparked conversations among policymakers about the tens of thousands of New Yorkers living in dangerous and likely illegal basement apartments. As City and State reported last week, basement apartments are defined as those where at least half the unit is above grade, as opposed to cellars, in which most of the unit is underground. Basement apartments can legally be lived in, while cellars generally cannot. Continue reading

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Experts discuss how they can prepare for any future flooding after at least 22 people were killed in NYC and New Jersey as a direct result of Hurricane Ida’s flooding.

In the wake of the flash flooding that killed at least 22 in New York and New Jersey last week, local news publication City and State spoke with a variety of “climate experts and activists” about what what can be done to prepare New York City for future flooding events and protect New Yorkers from deadly floodwaters. Continue reading

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As companies begin introducing automated, driverless vehicles which they believe to be safer, residents worry about their safety on New York City streets and fear that these vehicles will not function properly.

Self-driving car manufacturers strenuously protested New York City’s proposed rules for automated vehicles in a recent city hearing, according to a report by StreetsBlog. The biggest point of contention: a proposed mandate that automated vehicles drive “more safely than a human driver.” According to the report, representatives for the vehicles’ manufacturers said the rule would make New York City inhospitable for them. As one advocate said, “New York City has always been a place of creativity and innovation, but these rules would make New York one of the least hospitable cities in the U.S. for AV development.” Continue reading

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Just last week the DOT announced that bike lanes along Wythe Avenue in Brooklyn will be separated from traffic lanes after a cyclist was killed last year.

The New York City Department of Transportation announced last week that it would implement safety measures along a segment of Brooklyn’s Wythe Avenue where a cyclist was struck and killed last year, and where other pedestrians and cyclists have been injured over the years. The DOT said specifically that it would erect physical barriers separating the bike lane from the traffic lane on Wythe Avenue between Williamsburg St. W. and Penn St. Continue reading

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Concerns emerge for the safety of motorists and pedestrians in New York City as scooter companies begin to launch their new electric scooter sharing program.

The launch of a new electric scooter sharing program in New York City has raised concerns about safety issues for motorists and pedestrians. According to a report by The Verge, scooter companies Bird, Lime, and VeroRide have installed one thousand scooters per company in the East Bronx as part of a pilot program to see how micromobility fares in New York City. As the report notes, however, the city itself may not be prepared. Continue reading

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Officials in New York City push for speed cameras to be on 24 hours a day as reckless driving and traffic fatalities continue to increase.

New York City officials are ramping up their advocacy for increased automated traffic enforcement by the city’s speed cameras, according to a recent report by Gothamist. As reckless driving and traffic fatalities increase throughout the city, officials like Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Transportation Commissioner Hank Gutman are arguing that speed cameras be turned on 24 hours a day. Continue reading

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A report by the New York City Independent Budget Office found that injurious or fatal DWI crashes are rising.

A new report by the New York City Independent Budget Office found that even though impaired driving arrests have decreased in NYC in recent years, there’s been an increase in fatality- or injury-causing crashes by impaired drivers. According to the report, “DWI crashes with injuries or fatalities” increased from a total of 942 in 2015 to a total of 1,234 in 2019. In the same period, arrests for impaired driving declined 40% between 2013 and 2019, from 9,879 to 5,339. Continue reading

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A Staten Island man alleges the Catholic Church sponsored the Boy Scout troop whose leader abused him.

A Staten Island man has sued the Greater New York Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Staten Island Council of the Boy Scouts of America, the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church in Westerleigh, Staten Island, and the Archdiocese of New York allegations a Scout leader sexually abused him in the late 1970s, when he was about 11 years old. According to a report by Staten Island Live, the former Boy Scout alleges that the volunteer “sexually abused him multiple times during camping trips to Ten Mile River Scout Camps in upstate New York and in Alpine, N.J,” and seeks unspecified damages. Continue reading

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A new study suggests rising pedestrian deaths are correlated with the increasing popularity of heavy vehicles like SUVs and pickup trucks.

A new study published in the journal Economics of Transportation finds that the rise of “light trucks”—SUVs, minivans, and pickup trucks—in the US may be correlated with increases in pedestrian deaths from traffic crashes. According to a report by StreetsBlog, the study found that “as the number of SUVs on the street tripled from 2000 to 2019, pedestrian deaths surged nationwide by 30 percent.” Continue reading

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A Senator and a House member have introduced a non-binding resolution calling for a national Vision Zero campaign.

Two lawmakers have introduced a resolution that would call for a “National Vision Zero” campaign, according to a recent report by StreetsBlog. Vision Zero is an effort to eliminate traffic fatalities. The resolution, introduced by Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Representative Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, calls on Congress and the Department of Transportation to “commit to working together to 6 achieve zero roadway fatalities by the year 2050.” Continue reading

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