Airbnb Host Creates Petition To Confront New York Lawmakers

New York City: Home of Wall Street and…a Tech Boom?

That means many hauling companies avoid driving through the state or have to use different trucks for New York deliveries. “It adds cost to the consumer goods that get here,” he said. Most people asking questions today were worried about possible health concerns, not consumer costs. “These regulations are not regulations,” said Sandra Steingraber, a biologist who teaches at Ithaca College, before the meeting began. “They are a license to kill the climate.” English said the state is relying on National Fire Protection Association standards, which other states use, to ensure the fuel is stored safely. Much of the proposed regulations are based on those safety issues. But today’s crowd wanted more answers about LNG’s potential effects on public health. “The regulations that we are discussing today have been designed to protect the public,” Karl Berger, of the DEC’s Bureau of Public Outreach, said. “We note your opinion, and we are moving forward.” The crowd moaned. The DEC will collect comments on the proposed rules until 5 p.m., Nov. 4.

“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 .

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Did you ever think you would see a day when the tech sector would become New York City’s second-largest driver of jobs, trailing only finance? Finance is still an important part of the New York City economy and industry. It’s an important jobs contributor and even more important in terms of tax revenue, so it’s still important to focus on. What you see is that technology isn’t just an industry. It’s a skill that’s spreading through all industries. New York City needs to have start-up companies that are begun here like Tumblr or Etsy, but we also want the very large established companies to come here, whether that is Yahoo or Google. All industries, whether it’s advertising, communications, publishing, or retail, are being changed by technology. They’re not tech companies, but every industry needs the skills of knowing how to use data and manage it accordingly. How can New York compete with Silicon Valley, which outranks New York with the amount of venture capital funding it has and with its built-in advantages, such as its close ties to universities like Stanford? I think the real question is how Silicon Valley is going to compete with us. What you’re seeing with technology is that as it moves from being hardware-driven, it’s all about how you use the technology. I would argue quite strongly that NYC has much better skills because the industries in which it’s going to be used–advertising, communications, publishing, retail, fashionthese are here. So, I don’t know how Silicon Valley will be able to keep up, as the focus of how technology is applied moves to New York. If you look at the companies that are being successful here, they are basically application-based. I don’t think the software that enabled entertainment is going to be birthed in Silicon Valley.

Capital New York Hires Three Columnists As Relaunch Nears

Now that Capital is close to filling up its reporter ranks on the politics and media desks, editors are lining up several weekly city columnists for the site’s early November relaunch. Capital’s first three columnists will be Jim Windolf, a Vanity Fair contributing editor who has written for several publications and started the New York Observer’s “New York World” column; Joanna Molloy, a veteran Daily News gossip writer and co-author of a new book on the subject; and Glynnis MacNicol, a writer and co-founder of TheLi.st and former media editor at Business Insider and Mediaite. The model will be more Jimmy Breslin than Joe Scarborough. While Politico columnists, like Scarborough or National Review editor Rich Lowry, comment on political and policy debates, Capital’s writers will produce reported columns that also express a point of view. They’ll draw from the city columnist tradition that extends from tabloid muckraking, a la Breslin, to the New York Times’ Clyde Haberman. Capital co-editor Tom McGeveran told HuffPost the new columns will focus on “New York issues, New York personalities and New York places.” “This is a tradition in which the best columns always entertain,” McGeveran said. “Sometimes they even change the minds of the city’s big decision makers; better yet is when a columnist changes their plans.” The new columnists are not joining full-time, but will write weekly for the site. However, Capital has been filling up the newsroom with full-time reporters and editors since Politico purchased the three-year-old site in September. On the politics front, Capital’s hired Daily News veteran Joanne Wasserman , the Albany Times Union’s Jimmy Vielkind , the New York Post’s Sally Goldenberg . Capital media reporter Joe Pompeo will now be joined on the desk by several additional reporters, including TV Newser’s Alex Weprin, Women’s Wear Daily’s Matthew Lynch, former Newsday and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reporter Nicole Levy, and World Policy Journal’s Johana Bhuiyan. In addition, Peter Sterne will cover media part-time for the site while finishing at Columbia University.