Airbnb Host Creates Petition To Confront New York Lawmakers

The image has been used again and again in TV series such as “Sex in the City,” “Seinfeld” and “30 Rock.” “People come to us for the clip-clop,” said Hansen. “Nobody wants to pet a fender.” ‘VERY NEW YORK’ Clinton Park Stables, home to 78 horses, sits on the far west side of Manhattan, a 20 minute ride from Central Park. It was built in the 1880s for street sweepers’ horses. “Because this is an urban stable, every square foot is used for something,” said Hansen, as she led a tour past old-fashioned carriages, manufactured in Indiana, and a blacksmith working on a horseshoe along a row of 80-square-foot stalls. The rules regulating the carriage industry are set by the city. Horses work no more than 9 hours a day, and every year spend at least five weeks on a farm. A veterinarian examines every horse twice a year and city inspectors visit regularly. Hansen, a former doctoral student in French history, jokes that the stable has more inspections “than a day-care facility.” Over the last 30 years, three horses have died in traffic accidents – in 1985, 1990 and 2006. New York Class counts 19 accidents over the last two years that resulted in injury, but the carriage industry says most of them were minor incidents. For Allie Feldman, executive director of New York Class, the solution is simple: Horses don’t belong in traffic and an eco-friendly motorized alternative could catch on with tourists. “It retains the romantic, classic, nostalgic feel that you would get in a horse-drawn carriage, only it doesn’t have the smell, it doesn’t have the cruelty and it’s much more safe,” she said. “We think we’re offering a really fair compromise.” On Central Park South, across from the Plaza Hotel, Charlene Dertinger, 46, a native New Yorker celebrating a new job with a ride around the park, said it would be a shame to lose that tradition. “I want to treat myself,” said Dertinger. “I’m just going to sit by myself and enjoy the scenery.” A few strides away, Hazel and Terry Watkins, retired visitors from Australia, were disembarking from their trip, which included a stop at the John Lennon “Imagine” memorial.

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“As a New Yorker just trying to pay my bills, I don’t understand why they think I’m a slumlord.” “I figure that if we get 20,000 people to sign the petition, we’ll get the state Senate’s attention,” she continues. “If we hit that goal by October 20th, I pledge to deliver the signatures to every senator myself.” As of this writing the petition has surpassed 20,000 signatures, the majority of which were gathered within the last 24 hours. Airbnb also got behind the petition on Monday by sending out an e-mail to its thousands of New York members. “The New York attorney general has subpoenaed the records of almost all of our New York hosts,” Airbnb’s global head of community Douglas Atkin wrote in the e-mail. “We are fighting the subpoena with all we’ve got, but poorly written laws make for even worse enforcement, and unless you help to stop it once and for all, the laws may never get better and New Yorkers will continue to suffer.” The debacle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb has been ongoing over the past year, but it got heated when Schneiderman filed a subpoena earlier this month. The subpoena requests three years’ worth of data on thousands of Airbnb New York hosts. Airbnb has said that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s office is specifically looking for data on 15,000 hosts — it’s unclear if this includes almost all of Airbnb’s New York hosts. While Airbnb has said that it will cooperate with New York’s lawmakers to root out illegal hotel operators and slumlords, it also filed a motion last week stating the subpoena was “unreasonably broad” and it won’t turn over sweeping amounts of information on hosts who have done no wrong. Schneiderman’s subpoena is based on a 2011 New York state law that makes it illegal for New York residents to rent out a property for less than 29 days. The law is meant to protect renters, so that slumlords don’t force them to leave to make a quick buck on unlicensed hotels and short-term stays. After the petition popped up and Airbnb sent out its e-mail to New York members on Monday, a spokesman from Schneiderman’s office accused the service of fear mongering, according to the Wall Street Journal . Airbnb is “scaring and misleading thousands of well-intentioned New Yorkers and sending lobbyists to Albany to create legal loopholes,” spokesman Matt Mittenthal told the Journal. Airbnb and the New York Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment.

How the New York Rangers Have Improved the Power Play Early in 2013-14

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11:15 on the ice, Arniel said. Power play. Tomorrow. As a result, the repetition has allowed players to gain chemistry, and the Blueshirts are currently clicking at 20 percent. The improvements on the power play have been so noticeable that there have even been situations where the power play has failed to score but looked good in the process. This year, players are moving the puck instead of standing around looking for the perfect shot. Brad Richards and Derek Stepan have been great on the power play, as the duo have recorded a total of six power-play points through six games. Richards has spent an average of3:40 a game on the power play, whileStepan has averaged 3:11. The two lead the team in power-play ice time, and the consistent playing time has really helped the two gain chemistry. A lot of the Rangers’ power-play success has come through the passing of Richards and Stepan, and that has allowed the team to cycle the puck around. The cycling has led to shots on goal, and four of them have entered the net thus far. Ryan Callahan has been another player that has really helped the Blueshirtspower play. In the past, he would set up in the slot, but Arniel has had the Rangers captain park himself in front of the goal crease. Puck movement by Richards and Stepan led to this goal. Callahan has done a good job screening down low, and as a result, he has two power-play goals. The team announced that he suffered a broken thumb on Thursday, and that loss could certainly impact the effectiveness of the power-play unit.

New York court to hear Bloomberg’s appeal to restore soda ban

The law would have barred restaurants, movie theaters, food carts and other businesses regulated by the city’s health department from selling sodas and other sugary beverages larger than 16 ounces (473 ml). In March, just one day before it was to take effect, a state judge found the policy to be illegal. A mid-level state appeals court agreed in July that the city’s mayoral-appointed health board had exceeded its authority when it approved the new regulation. It also noted that loopholes would have exempted grocery and convenience stores, such as 7-Eleven, known for its 64-ounce (1.9 liter) Big Gulp, as well as high-calorie milkshakes and coffee drinks, such as Starbucks Frappuccinos. The ruling was a victory for companies including Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple, which had argued that the law would do little to address obesity while imposing unnecessary costs. The restaurant industry and several business groups also had filed papers in support of the lawsuit. Bloomberg said on Thursday he expects the state’s top court to overturn the lower-court rulings. The soda ban “would help save lives, and we are confident the Appeals court will uphold the Board of Health’s rule,” he said in a statement, noting that excessive soda consumption is linked to obesity and diabetes, which kill at least 5,000 New Yorkers each year. A spokesman for the American Beverage Association, a trade group and the lead plaintiff in the case, said the group looked forward to a final decision on the ban. The city had argued that the lower appeals court had ignored decades of case law establishing that the health board has unique powers to regulate public health. “(The Court of Appeals) has long recognized that the board of health is not a typical administrative agency, but rather, is an entity with legislative authority,” city lawyer Fay Ng wrote.