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Posted: Thursday, May 8, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 11:44 am, Thu May 15, 2014.

Increase in subway alerts a sign service is worsening: study

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority sent out 35 percent more electronic alerts of incidents causing subway delays in 2013 than it did in 2011, according to a new study by the Straphangers Campaign, an advocacy group, which sees the figures as a sign service is deteriorating.

The number of alerts, which the MTA says are triggered by events causing “a significant service impact that is expected to last 8 to 10 minutes or more,” went from 2,967 in 2011 to 3,998 in 2013, according to the Straphangers Campaign, a division of the New York Public Interest Research Group.

The F line — on which a train derailed last week due to a broken track — had the highest number of alerts, 8 percent of the 2013 total.

The J/Z line had the fewest, with only 1 percent of the total, and also showed the most improvement.

The number of alerts rose 39 percent in Manhattan, 39 percent in Brooklyn, 25 percent in the Bronx and 24 percent in Queens.

The alerts used in the study do not include any for delays caused by what the Straphangers deem events that are “uncontrollable” by the MTA, such as police activity or passengers getting sick. There were another 1,958 of those in 2013, it reported.

New York a good state for working mothers

A new report by WalletHub, a personal financial social network, found that New York is the fifth-best state in the country for a working mother to live in. The study, which also examined the District of Columbia, was released this week due to Mother’s Day being celebrated this Sunday.

WalletHub measured nine metrics to reach its conclusions. Though New York came in fifth overall, it finished last in one category, childcare costs, and second to last in another, commuting time.

But the Empire State ranked first in daycare quality; as well as 13th in access to pediatric services; 12th in public school quality; 12th in gender pay gap; 13th in the ratio of female to male executives; eighth in parental leave policy; and 25th in the length of the average woman’s workday.

The full study is posted at WalletHub.com.

Queens ‘sex principal’ says she was framed

The Long Island City school principal fired for allegedly having sex with different men on multiple occasions in the building denied the charges and filed a criminal complaint of her own this week.

Annie Schmutz-Seifullah, who had led the Robert Wagner Secondary School of Arts and Technology, was dismissed after investigators determined she had had sex during school hours in the building and kept lewd photos of herself on computers there.

But Schmutz-Seifullah’s attorney said in an email sent to the media Wednesday that she is actually the victim in the case. The lawyer, Peter Gleason, headed the email “NYC SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DENIES HAVING SEX IN THE WORKPLACE” and said she was the victim of larceny by extortion, perpetrated by an ex-boyfriend who used to live with her. The former paramour, whom Gleason did not name, allegedly demanded that Schmutz-Seifullah pay the “producers of his reality TV show” $10,000, or else he would expose details of her personal life using files he stole from her computer. Even though she paid the money, he went ahead and provided news outlets with her “personal effects,” Gleason said.

Job aid for ex-cons?

A new bill introduced by City Councilman Juumane Williams (D-Brooklyn) would ban employers in the city from asking job applicants if they have criminal records.

It is already illegal in New York State to deny employment to someone solely because of a criminal record. State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman recently forced national retailer Bed, Bath & Beyond to pay $125,000 after discovering it refused to hire any ex-convicts.

— compiled by Peter C. Mastrosimone

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