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Local Updates from ABC News Radio for New York.

Friday
Jul252014

Lyft to Begin Operations in New York City

(NEW YORK) -- Ride-sharing service Lyft plans to begin operations in New York on a limited basis Friday evening and will rollout full service in the "coming weeks."

Lyft pairs users with regular drivers looking for extra cash. Users then reserve the car through a smartphone app and pay online.

As part of the agreement to operate in New York City, they will pause operations in Buffalo and Rochester by August 1.


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Friday
Jul252014

Gov. Cuomo Signs Legislation to Update, Destigmatize Accessibility Signage

(NEW YORK) -- On Friday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation to update the state of New York's accessibility signage and logos.

According to a statement from the Governor's Office, the legislation amends existing laws to remove the word "handicapped," from new or replaced state signs, only to be replaced by the word "accessible." It will also update the accessibility logo to remove the existing stigma as the new signage will feature a "more active" representation.

"New York has long been a leader when it comes to fighting discrimination to protect New Yorkers," Cuomo said. The governor called the bill "an important step toward correcting society's understanding of accessibility and eliminating a stigma for more than one million New Yorkers."


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Friday
Jul252014

Deputy Mayor on Chokehold Case: 'Make Sure This Doesn't Happen Again'

(NEW YORK) -- In an exclusive interview with ABC News, first deputy mayor Anthony Shorris, who is in charge of managing the New York City Police Department chokehold case, says "things are very different."

"Over the last six months, this administration has entirely changed the entire nature of police-community relations," Shorris added.

While Shorris acknowledges that there is still a lot to do in eliminating the gulf that separates New York's minority communities from the NYPD, he says that in the first seven months of de Blasio's term, the administration has started putting the city back together. He says that, more than anything, that's why there has been no unrest or violence in the wake of Eric Garner's death in NYPD custody last week.

De Blasio and his top aides wasted no time in condemning the videotaped incident in which Garner was apparently choked by a cop as two plainclothes officers tried to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes.

"This was a tragedy and there's no question that what happened to Eric Garner here was troubling to everybody," Shorris said. "We have to make sure this doesn't happen again and that's the most significant action we can take."

In the wake of Garner's death, Bratton announced a sweeping program of retraining every one of New York's 35,000 cops so they understand the proper way to use force and make arrests when suspects resist.

"We need to understand what happened and make sure what happened never happens again," Shorris said.


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Thursday
Jul242014

CBS, Gov. Cuomo Announce "The Late Show" to Remain in NYC

(NEW YORK) -- CBS and Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Wednesday that The Late Show will remain in New York and continue to broadcast from the Ed Sullivan Theater when Stephen Colbert takes over next year.

Colbert, slated to take over the show from current host David Letterman, films his Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report, from a studio in New York City.

In keeping The Late Show in New York, CBS also committed to keeping about 200 jobs in New York in connection to the show, CBS noted.

In discussing the announcement, Cuomo said that "the television and film industries are thriving in the Empire State...creating jobs and fueling dozens of other sectors across the state."


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Thursday
Jul242014

Wage Board to Convene to Address Wages for Tipped Workers

(NEW YORK) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday directed New York State Labor Commissioner Peter Rivera to convene a Wage Board to determine whether regulations should be changed in regards to wages for tipped workers.

According to the Governor's Office, the Wage Board will make their recommendation to the Governor as to whether food service workers and service employees in New York State are sufficiently compensated. Currently, tipped workers are paid a required base rate. That rate plus tips must meet or exceed $8 per hour. That minimum combined wage is set to increase to $8.75 per hour on Dec. 31 and $9 on Dec. 31, 2015.

The Wage Board is made up of members representing businesses, labor and the public, the Governor's Office says. Public hearings will be held as part of the Wage Board's recommendation process. 


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