Prevailing Wage Law ruled invalid by court
A state Supreme Court justice on Aug. 2 struck down the city’s Prevailing Wage Law, which the City Council passed over Mayor Bloomberg’s veto last year.
The law would have forced companies that receive $1 million or more in city subsidies, or that have the city as a major tenant, to pay their building service workers prevailing wages as determined by the city comptroller.
After his veto was overridden, Bloomberg sued the Council to block the law, which was not enforced as the case went forward. Justice Geoffrey Wright said the law is pre-empted by the state’s minimum wage.
A Bloomberg spokeswoman said the law would have made the city less attractive to companies looking to locate here, costing jobs.
Bikini bars now must bare all their plans
Applicants for liquor licenses will have to state if they planned to have servers or dancers wearing only bikinis or underwear, under a law signed by Gov. Cuomo July 31.
Authored by Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), the Community Full Disclosure Act requires applicants to say if their employees will be scantily clad or if they will be pole dancing or lap dancing. Applicants already must state if they will have strippers.
The bill was prompted by the opening of a club called Queen of Hearts in Astoria, whose license renewal Community Board 1 approved without knowing it would have scantily clad go-go dancers. The state Liquor Authority recently turned down another bikini bar, Racks, that planned to open in Astoria, in a former pool hall of the same name.
Temp fed jobs coming
The Census Bureau needs 500 temporary workers for this fall’s New York City Housing & Vacancy Survey, which is required by rent regulations. Workers will be paid $16.92 per hour. Applicants must be city residents. For details, one should call 1 (800) 991-2520 and select option 2 for recruiting; or send an e-mail with their complete address and phone number to: email@example.com, according to a notice state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) posted on his Facebook page.
Hooker candidate a drug dealer too: FBI
Kristin Davis, the ex-madam, ex-con, author and candidate for city comptroller, was charged on Aug. 5 with selling prescription pills to a drug dealer who had become an informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Davis was hit with four counts of distributing and possessing with intent to distribute a controlled substance. She allegedly sold hundreds of pills with ingredients such as amphetamine and oxycodone, and could be sentenced to 80 years in prison if convicted.
Author of “The Manhattan Madam,” Davis is the Libertarian candidate for comptroller. One of her possible Democratic opponents is ex-Gov. Eliot Spitzer, a former patron of prostitutes. Davis said she was the madam who supplied some of the women Spitzer paid for sex.
Noting that drug dealing is illegal for anyone, FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge George Venizelos said in a statement that it is “especially unbecoming for a person seeking public office in the City of New York.”
Sunscreen for kids
Another new law just signed by Gov. Cuomo allows children to use sunscreen in schools and at camp with a parent’s OK. Until now they had needed a doctor’s note because sunscreen is considered a medication. The bill’s author, state Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria), and Assembly co-sponsor Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria) said the new law is just common sense.
$2M for cop cameras
The NYPD is getting $2 million from the Department of Investigation to buy more cameras to record both outdoor events and interrogations. The need for outdoor cameras was highlighted by the Boston Marathon bombing, and the recording of police interviews expands a program started in 2011, the DOI said.