🌱 NYPD Cop Car Redesign? + Madison Square Garden Facial Recognition

Good morning, New York City!

  • 🎨 The NYPD’s cars could be getting a new look along with the cops’ 2023 plans.
  • 📸 Madison Square Gardens comes under scrutiny for its use of facial recognition technology.
  • 〰 Read about the lines of people popping up across the boroughs.

But first, today’s weather:

Windy with variable clouds. High: 47 Low: 34.

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Here are the top five stories today in New York City:

  1. A lawsuit filed today by a former female employee of Fox News, accusing the broadcasting company’s former CEO of sexual abuse and blackmail, could have a new legal avenue given the recent passage of New York’s Adult Survivors Act, which creates a one-year window for victims to sue their alleged harassers. (New York City Patch)
  2. The police department’s patrol cars could be getting a makeover, with a new green paint job, Commissioner Keechant Sewell unveiled on Wednesday. The redesign to the vehicles described in a tweet as “iconic” came alongside the police’s 2023 strategic plans including, “strengthening the NYPD’s workforce, transforming policing through continuous improvement and innovation, community engagement and promoting public safety and respect though neighborhood policing.” (New York City Patch)
  3. Madison Square Garden is coming under increased scrutiny for admitting it’s used facial recognition technology to prevent people perceived to be enemies of the entertainment and sports venue from entry. NY Attorney General Letitia James wrote a letter earlier this week stating it could be in violation of state and city laws. (Gothamist)
  4. Approximately 14,400 students that had previously dropped out of college returned to classes at CUNY on Wednesday for the first day of the new semester. That’s thanks to an initiative that began in the fall called “CUNY Reconnect,” spurred by a paper that previously found at least 700,000 New Yorkers had taken college classes without getting a degree. (Subscription/New York Daily News)
  5. The New York City Housing Authority’s Chair, Greg Russ, is expected to announce today he’s stepping down from his role managing the city’s public housing. During his tenure, he at one time received a large six-figure salary of over $400,000, and even when that dropped to $258,000, he was still making more than Gov. Kathy Hochul. In contrast, NYCHA’s next chair is set to only receive a $250 monthly stipend. (THE CITY)

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  • There’s now a bobblehead figure of Congressman George Santos for sale, unveiled apparently due to “popular demand.” (QNS)
  • New York City’s wildlife rehabilitation center, The Wild Bird Fund, is opening up a new location next to Prospect Park, in addition to its Upper West Side outpost. (New York City Patch)
  • Is your neighborhood favorite featured on the list of James Beard semifinalist NYC restaurants? More than 30 made the cut for the prestigious award. (New York City Patch)
  • “Fun lines” for exclusive sales, elusive croissants and more are popping up across the city, replacing the pandemic-era ones for COVID-19 tests or vaccines. (Subscription/The New York Times)
  • A Brooklyn landlord recently spent eight days on Rikers Island over failing to perform repairs on a building he owns. According to court records not only did he ignore his tenants’ needs, he also “ghosted” the court. (Gothamist)

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Dashiell Allen

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