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HQ2 fight reverberates in 2020 elections
In at least three 2020 races in the city, Democratic primary challengers are taking on leading Amazon HQ2 opponents – including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who helped lead the anti-Amazon fight – with an explicit appeal to voters who supported the corporation’s bid to locate its second headquarters in Queens. (Politico)

Tisch prepares for new role at DoITT
When NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch takes over as New York City’s chief information officer next week, she will be working on projects including expanding 311, as well as the text-to-911 program, which has stalled amid tension between the NYPD and DoITT. (Government Technology)

Facebook could become one of New York’s largest corporate tenants
Facebook is in talks to lease a landmark Manhattan building in a deal that would make it one of New York’s largest corporate tenants and would help offset the lack of Amazon’s second headquarters earlier planned for the city. (The Wall Street Journal)

New York politicians scrutinize California law amid gig worker debate
As they prepare their own gig-economy legislation, New York state lawmakers said they had concerns about the phrasing of a new California law intended to reclassify contract workers for app-based companies as traditional employees. (The Journal)

De Blasio’s former TLC pick is leaving the country
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s nomination of Jeff Roth to lead to the Taxi and Limousine Commission ended up splintering on the shoals of the New York City Council. Now, Roth, the deputy commissioner at the city Department of Veterans’ Services, is deploying to Kuwait with the National Guard. (Politico)

Uber discloses more than 3,000 cases of sexual assault last year
Uber said that it had reports of 3,045 sexual assaults during its rides in the United States in 2018 – just 0.0002% of all U.S. rides that year – the first time it has revealed the scale of the safety problem that exists at ride-hailing companies. (The New York Times)

DHS drops facial recognition plan
The Department of Homeland Security has backtracked on a plan to require every person, including U.S. citizens and green-card holders, to submit to a facial recognition screening before entering or leaving the country. (Axios)


Turn Rikers Island into a laboratory for city planning
After its closure, Rikers Island should be boldly redeveloped as a smart city – a new intelligent island built to promote urban innovation and the delivery of government services and, in turn, improve the quality of life for all New Yorkers for decades to come. (Emil Skandul, Crain’s New York Business)

What New York’s gig workers deserve
As more and more companies move to shift their workforce to a freelance basis, lawmakers in Albany need to follow California’s lead and ensure that workers’ rights and interests are protected. (Leo Hindery Jr., Daily News)


5G will see wide rollout in 2020
Next year, 5G support will be baked into a wide range of devices and networks. Every new generation of cellular technology has an awkward initial phase, but 5G is actually poised to arrive more smoothly than its predecessors. (Axios)

Why aren’t more women riding electric scooters?
The reluctance of women and other groups to enter scooter-dom may be a barrier to the broad mode-shifts that little vehicles seem primed to deliver. Like bike usage, it may come down to feeling less comfortable in risky traffic situations and convenience. (CityLab)


Dawn Miller’s transition from TLC to Coord
Trained as an urban planner, Dawn Miller spent nearly a decade at the Taxi and Limousine Commission – a period that included years of unprecedented change in the ground transportation industry. In September, Miller moved to Coord, a mobility-data startup that last year was spun out of Sidewalk Labs. (Crain’s New York Business)

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