First Read Weekend November 9, 2019

November 09, 2019
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For $90 a night, it was one of the cheapest Airbnbs in Chelsea, an affluent neighborhood in Manhattan, but it was illegal, since it was in a public housing building run by the New York City Housing Authority.
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In a $7 million age-discrimination lawsuit brought by decorated detective Keith Dietrich against the NYPD, a federal judge may have to pin down the precise meaning of “hairbag,” a longtime slang term for an older officer.
Joshua Dietz, who has taught psychology at CUNY schools and St. Francis College, is an avowed white nationalist who co-hosts a podcast with Richard Spencer, perhaps the best known American neo-Nazi.
As former New York City Veterans Affairs Commissioner Loree Sutton announced her candidacy for mayor, a lawsuit was filed against Sutton by a Marine Corps veteran alleging disability discrimination, retaliation and interference.
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Michael Bloomberg is doing just about everything a serious presidential candidate would do, except actually announcing a campaign – securing a spot on Alabama’s Democratic primary ballot and reaching out to political power brokers across the country.
Up to 88% of the people arrested in New York City will be released without bail while their cases are pending under changes to the state’s criminal justice laws coming on Jan. 1 – up from about 50% now, according to the state Office of Court Administration.
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State Sen. Brad Hoylman is introducing legislation to establish a state-run title insurance agency that he believes will cut homebuyers’ closing costs and rein in an unregulated industry.
Nearly 30 years after Staten Island leaders fought exhaustively to secede from New York City, Councilman Joe Borelli plans to revive that fight, introducing legislation to look into the possibility of secession.
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MTA engineers have identified 2.4 million precarious pieces of equipment under the No. 7 train and other elevated lines around the city that could fall to the streets below, according to a preliminary audit.
Editorial Pages
It is a damnable disgrace that the new Queens Public Library branch at Hunters Point was intentionally designed to exclude people in wheelchairs – a $41 million work of art by esteemed architects, but those architects are idiots.
We’re no “enemy of the auto,” but in extreme situations, it can be better to bite the bullet and close a street or two – and the pre-Christmas mess at Rockefeller Center is about as extreme as it gets.
If Bloomberg is serious, we couldn’t be happier to have a contender in the Democratic field who can deliver pragmatic ideas and an impressive record of accomplishment
We have no idea if Michael Bloomberg has a chance at the Democratic nomination, but a run is certainly worth a shot – someone needs to try to drag the party back to sanity.
The $2 million settlement with the New York attorney general’s office over President Donald Trump’s personal charity seems unlikely to break the president’s bank, but it’s a rare instance in which someone is holding Trump accountable for his misbehavior.
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