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New York: Thanks For Helping And Putting Your Life On The Line. Did We Mention The Tax?

This is a new low – even for New York.

After thousands of people in the medical profession from out of state answered New York’s desperate call for help and traveled to New York on their own dime, this is how New York repays them for their efforts and caring:

NEW YORK — Health care workers that came to New York to help fight the coronavirus pandemic at its epicenter will have to pay state taxes, according to the governor.

He addressed the issues Tuesday at a news conference.

“We’re not in a position to provide any subsidies right now because we have a $13 billion deficit,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “So there’s a lot of good things I’d like to do, and if we get federal funding, we can do, but it would be irresponsible for me to sit here looking at a $13 billion deficit and say I’m gonna spend more money, when I can’t even pay the essential services.”

Even though the state government asked thousands of people to come to New York from out of state to help fight coronavirus, they will have to pay New York state taxes, even on income they might make from their home states that they’re paid while in New York. (emphasis ours)

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Just When You Think New York Can’t Do Anything Dumber.

On March 20, New York Governor Cuomo made a plea for more masks for front line workers. There is no doubt that New York has been hit hard by COVID-19 (due in part to New York City’s own policies) but still, a need is a need.

🚨NY has a critical need for PPE including gloves, gowns & masks🚨

We need companies to be creative to supply the crucial gear our healthcare workers need. NY will pay a premium and offer funding.

Need Funding? 📞212-803-3100
Have Unused Supplies? 📞646-522-8477

SHARE widely.

— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 20, 2020

While we seldom have great faith in governments, we do have great faith in the American people who decided they could help.
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Tilting The Numbers.

Downstate New York (in blue) compared to the US.

You’ve heard that the US leads the world in positive COVID-19 cases which shows a failure of the system.

As people have more time at home, they do more examining of actual numbers. One of those folks is a guy by the name of Matt Margolis who looked at the numbers and the conclusions may surprise people.

Margolis takes a look at the numbers in a way that we all should – infections per capita and not just overall numbers.

After compiling data for the top 30 countries with the most cases of the coronavirus, I ranked the top ten countries by confirmed cases per capita (per million) based on the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University’s data as of 11:00 am ET on April 18, 2020.

    1. Spain (4,100.67)
    2. Belgium (3,208.30)
    3. Switzerland (3,166.40)
    4. Italy (2,851.95)
    5. Ireland (2,831.23)
    6. France (2,284.94)
    7. United States (2,135.43)
    8. Portugal (1,930.52)
    9. Netherlands (1,853.88)
    10. United Kingdom (1,698.42)

We’re not number one! We’re not number one!
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New Meaning For “Protect And Serve” In New York.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is not a condemnation of all police. It is a commentary on bad cops, the power they wield contrary to the public trust, and those both in outside the ranks that support police blindly.

New York police in at least four precincts are either under arrest, suspended or being investigated for protecting a prostitution and gambling ring. For their services, the police allegedly received massages and sex for the officers’ complicity in the illegal activities.

Three sergeants, two detectives and two police officers were arrested and stripped of their guns and shields after they were taken in for questioning by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Two other detectives were not criminally charged, but were placed on modified duty and forced to turn in their weapons and badges. They are expected to face departmental charges.

More than a dozen other cops are being investigated and could face internal charges later.

Sources said a large chunk of the investigation centered around the Brooklyn South Narcotics Squad.

The article states that the officers were brought into the crime ring by a retired NYPD Detective with ties to organized crime.

The officers allegedly provided a shady safety net for prostitution and gambling rings, which sources described as not being “high end.”

As part of the protection, the officers allegedly tipped off the honchos about investigations into their illegal business.

When we first read the article, we thought “New York has thousands of officers. Seven bad apples in the Big Apple is too many, but it is not like this was well known.”

That was before we read this line:
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How To (Illegally) Get A Gun And Permit In New York City.

Lichtenstein-NYPD-Badge-ROH
Alex Lichtenstein had a hot business going.

In New York City, where it is down right impossible to get a permit for a weapon, Lichtenstein had a way to get around that little roadblock of permits being denied to honest citizens.

For $18,000 you could pay Lichtenstein and he would come back to you later on and have a perfectly valid gun permit enabling you to go purchase a gun and keep it in the city. The “illegal” part of “How to Illegally Get A Gun and Permit in New York City” comes into play when one sees how Lichtenstein was obtaining the permits.

A Brooklyn volunteer safety patrol member was charged Monday with bribing cops with $6,000 in cash and other goodies to expedite gun permit requests, and three officers were transferred out of the licensing unit as part of the far-reaching NYPD corruption probe.

Shaya (Alex) Lichtenstein, 44, was so cozy with cops in the License Division that he’d spent nearly every day inside the office in police headquarters since 2014, federal court papers say.

Yep. To get the permits, Lichtenstein was bribing police officers who were in charge of the permitting process.

The amount of bribes to the officers were not too shabby when put together:
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The Sound You Just Heard Was Us Screaming In Anger.

Felx Cross was a 61 year old, beloved teacher at the Williamsburg Charter High School in Williamsburg, New York.

We use the past tense for Mr. Cross because on July 6, 2013, the Spanish teacher was run over by a New York Police Department van driven by Officer Paula Medrano. After being struck, Cross was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he died that night.

A local camera recorded the accident.

Cross was walking in the crosswalk, with the light when he was struck by Medrano.

What happened after this?

Nothing. Not one daggone thing.

A Spanish teacher who was hit and killed by a marked police van in Williamsburg had the right of way — but the plainclothes cop driving the vehicle is not likely to be charged, sources said.

“It was a tragic, unfortunate accident,” a police source told The Post.

Felix Coss, 61, had the pedestrian signal as he finished crossing Broadway at Hooper Street at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, sources said.

The veteran female officer was making a left-hand turn from Hooper Street to Broadway and failed to see the Coss, a teacher at the Beginning with Children Charter School, a source said. Coss was rushed to Bellevue Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

No criminality and no traffic-law violations are suspected, police said.

Witnesses say that Medrano was on her cell phone at the time of the accident.

NYPD’s Internal Affairs Unit subpoenaed Medrano’s phone records because Medrano refused to hand over the cell phone:

A livery car driver, who saw the accident from across the street but would not give his name for fear of the police, said he saw the officer talking on her phone at the time of the accident.

“She had her phone up to her ear,” said the man who would only give his name as Elvis. “She didn’t yield. She didn’t see him until she hit him.”

Elvis said he saw Medrano get out of the car with a worried expression and start apologizing.

Investigators asked for her phone immediately after the accident but Medrano refused to hand it over, telling them that they would have to subpoena her for the records, police sources said.

News outlets and bloggers have asked for the records and other information now that the investigation is closed. The NYPD, however, have refused to allow the public to view the records:
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No Good Deed Goes Unregulated By The Government.

NY-Cancer-Ride-ROHImagine if you will, volunteering your time to help cancer patients get to and from the hospital. You and others volunteer your time at no charge help others.

Imagine if you will, stopping to pick up a patient who flags you down by waving at you.

Imagine if you will, picking up the patient and as you head to the hospital, you are stopped by a “New York Taxi and Limousine Commission” (TLC) officer, issued a summons, and your car towed, leaving you and the cancer patient stranded for a time.

That is exactly what happened to Yeshaya Liebowitz of New York.

Yeshaya Liebowitz, a 25-year-old volunteer driver for the Borough Park organization Chesed, was pulled over 8:30 a.m. Monday after he appeared to pick up an illegal street hail, the TLC said.

“I said I didn’t pay him anything,” said his passenger, a 54-year-old grandmother traveling to Manhattan for a 9:30 a.m. chemotherapy appointment who declined to give her name. “It’s a volunteer organization.”

Another officer told her they had already written out the summons, and there was nothing they could do, the grandmother added.

“This is his good deed, and he got slapped in the face for it,” she added. “It’s hard for people to understand that people do good. He just did this out of the kindness of his heart.”

Liebowitz was incensed that his 2014 Altima was seized while trying to take two patients to Manhattan hospitals.

“I tried to explain to him that I drive people to the hospital. I don’t do it for money– I pay the tolls, I pay for gas, I pay my time,” he said. “The woman tried to explain to him that she is a cancer patient, and I have to go to the hospital. He just ignored them.”

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Speaking Truth To Power (Companies.)

Here in Florida, we are not unfamiliar with the devastation and anxiety a hurricane brings. So when mega-storm Sandy hit New Jersey and New York a few weeks ago, we understood the heartache and the uncertainty many of the people are going through.

While the damage is extensive and of course ranges from homes being totally wiped off the face of the earth, to trees down, to a few shingles being blown off a roof to just getting wet when you walked outside, one of the main challenges for the people in the affected areas has been the loss of electrical power.

We know how that plays out. The loss of power is one thing that when restored, gives people the most sense of safety and normalcy in their lives. When a disaster hits an area, power companies across the land send resources to the affected region to help restore power to homes and businesses. People want – and people pay – to have the power restored quickly and hopefully efficiently.

We doubt if either “restored” or “efficiently” applies to the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA).

As part of the restoration of power, LIPA requires an inspection of the home by a licensed electrician. And not just any licensed electrician. No, that would make too much sense. The electrician must be licensed within the city in which the home or business exists. This means that homes can’t be inspected by electricians from other cities or other counties.

The electrician fills out a form certifying the structure is safe and then LIPA will turn the power back on.

Where do you get the form?
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