Several hotels have quietly been converted to temporary shelters, angering local residents and public officials.
Mayor de Blasio announced a partnership with communication network, LinkNYC, that will replace over 7,500 phone booths with free WiFi kiosks. Along with free Internet access, the kiosks allow users to make phone calls and charge their mobile devices. The first kiosks rolled out on Third Avenue.
A television advertisement released on March 1 by the New York City Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, the largest police union representing NYPD officers, is the latest in an ongoing battle between union leaders and the CCRB –the Civilian Complaint Review Board.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, known as the PBA, called for the resignation of CCRB Chairman Richard Emery after his law firm represented a man suing an NYPD sergeant and an officer. The CCRB is a board of citizen investigators who look into cases of alleged police misconduct. The PBA felt Emery’s work on behalf of the CCRB was compromised after he began representing the plaintiff on behalf of his firm.
Emery refused to resign and said the union leaders were “squealing like a stuck pig.” The new television ad will run until March 14. It calls for Mayor de Blasio to step in and fire Emery from the CCRB.
The deadline to register for New York’s Pre-K for All Program is Wednesday, March 9th. The free, full-day preschools prepare students for kindergarten but have cost more than the city expected.
To learn more about New York’s Pre-K for All initiative, visit schools.nyc.gov/PreK.