The vast majority of Airbnbs business in New York Cityshort-term rentals of apartments in residential buildings without any permanent residents presentremains unambiguously illegal, she said in a statement. Airbnb has faced questions about whether its business runs afoul of illegal-hotel legislation that is already on the books in several cities. From the companys perspective, Airbnb users are getting picked on, largely because the startup poses a vital threat to the hotel industry. An analysis by the blog Priceonomics showed that the median hotel price for New York was $245, while the median Airbnb apartment rental cost $180. Critics cite public safety rules and point out that tenants have often signed leases that prohibit them from renting their apartments to strangers. A law in New York makes it illegal to rent an apartment for less than 30 days if the owner is not around. The issues that turned the Warren case around are pretty specific: TheNew York City Environmental Control Board reversed Warrens fine because his roommate was home during the time that he had rented out the apartment. There are over 1,000 Airbnb listings for spaces in shared apartments in New York. The rest of the listings remain vulnerable to challenge under New York law. Airbnb recently added a pop-up window to its site, reminding users of their obligation to obey all laws when they list apartments. Nonetheless, the company acknowledges that it will operate in muddy legal waters for some time. This episode highlights how complicated the New York law is, and it took far too long for Nigel to be vindicated. That is why we are continuing our work to clarify the law and ensure New Yorkers can share their homes and their city with travelers from around the world, wrote Hantman. It seems likely that Airbnb will continue to face resistance in New York.
The department says it spends $30.3 million annually alone on transportation costs, running three bus services that usher inmates to and from court throughout the five boroughs, staff from a central parking lot to Rikers jails and visitors to and around the island. There were 261,158 inmates delivered to court last year. A way to bring down the costs, Horn has long said, would be to replace Rikers Island with more robust jails next door to courthouses. But his attempts to do that failed in part because of political opposition from residential areas near courthouses in Brooklyn, Manhattan and elsewhere. “My point is: Have you seen a whole lot of outcry on this? Why doesn’t anything happen?” Horn said of the $167,731 annual figure. “Because nobody cares.” “That’s the reason we have Rikers Island,” he said. “We want these guys put away out of public view.” New York’s annual costs dwarf the annual per-inmate costs in other big cities. Los Angeles spent $128.94 a day, or $47,063 a year, for 17,400 inmates in fiscal year 2011-12, its sheriff’s office said. Chicago spent $145 a day, or $52,925 a year, for 13,200 inmates in 2010, the most recent figures available from that county’s sheriff’s office. Those costs included debt-service and fringe benefits. Experts note that New York’s high annual price tag is deceiving because it reflects considerable pensions and salary responsibilities, debt service and the expensive fixed costs.
New York, D.C.-area workers face longest commutes
To make things more complicated, one of their few remaining true superstars, second baseman Robinson Cano , has finished his contract and is reportedly seeking a new 10-year deal worth $305 million, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney. The general consensus around the sports world seems to be that the Yankees would be making a mistake by agreeing to this deal. Mike Lupica of the NY Daily News pointed out as much: We are about to see if the Yankees will learn their lesson this time around, not be as monumentally boneheaded with Cano as they were six years ago with that broken-down heap they have at third base and DH, meaning Alex Rodriguez . Ian O’Connor at ESPN New York added that,”Really long-term deals (and not just A-Rod’s) haven’t been kind to the Yanks, so they need to be smart here.” I have to throw my hat into the ring and agree that handing Cano a contract that huge would be a terrible mistake. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sport Obviously. the Yankees are in a bad way right now and need to retain all the all-star talent they can. Cano is a five-time all-star, a two-time Gold Glover and a four-time Silver Slugger winner, making him arguably the best second baseman in MLB . On the other hand, he has a reputation for not hustling at times and is already 30 years old, making him a bad candidate for continuing to produce at his historical rate. The numbers don’t lie. In 2007, a research study found that a typical MLB player only lasts 5.6 years in the majors with most players experiencing a rapid decline in their skill set right around their 30th birthday. Cautionary tales such as that of Adam Dunn , Hall of Famer Ralph Kiner or Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim mistakes Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton show us that even top performers usually see their abilities drop off once they enter their 30s. Cano turns 31 on Oct. 22and while his numbers for this season were right in line with his historical averages, I can’t help but wonder when we’ll start to see things tail off for him. It might be next year or it might be the year after, but it is coming and he won’t be worth $30 million per season when it happens. In fact, if Cano falls apart like his over-priced teammate Alex Rodriguez, he might not be worth $30 a season before too long. The bottom line is that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman would be a fool to cave in to Cano’s current contract demands.
New York Yankees Paying Robinson Cano $300 Million Is a Terrible Idea
The data show people who live in New York and near Washington rely most heavily on public transportation. Six in 10 residents of Kings County and Bronx County took trains, subways or buses to work, as did 38 percent of residents of the District of Columbia. Virginia and Maryland residents take less advantage of public transportation than those who live in Washington itself. The suburban counties where travel times are the highest are all dependent on traffic-choked roads like Interstate 95, the Beltway and the Inter-County Connector in Maryland. Those who commute via public transportation spend more time on the road than those who drive their own cars. Twenty percent of residents of New York County the island of Manhattan walked to work every day, by far the highest percentage in the country. More than 11 percent of Boston and Washington residents, along with those who live in and around Ithaca, New York, also eschewed vehicles in favor of their own two feet. Meanwhile, residents of smaller rural counties were less likely to rely on public transportation. Almost 93 percent of residents in Greenwood County, S.C., west of Columbia, drove to work alone. They spent an average of 20.8 minutes commuting every day. More than nine in 10 workers in Ascension and Ouachita parishes, Louisiana and Putnam County, Tennessee drove to work alone as well. Nationally, Americans spent an average of 25.7 minutes traveling to and from work, the new estimates from the American Community Survey found. About three quarters of us, 76.3 percent, drove to work alone, while just 5 percent chose public transportation and 2.8 percent walked to work. Reid Wilson covers state politics and policy for the Washington Post’s GovBeat blog. He’s a former editor in chief of The Hotline, the premier tip sheet on campaigns and elections, and he’s a complete political junkie.