New York Taxi-of-Tomorrow Plan Struck Down by State Court

(Credit: CBS) Airbnb, the social service that provides an in-home alternative to hotels, is under fire from the New York Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has subpoenaed data on all Airbnb users in New York who have offered to rent out their homes to customers. According to a person familiar with the investigation, Schneiderman’s effort stems from a New York state law signed in 2010 that places limits on residents’ ability to rent out their homes to others. Airbnb, which helps people rent out their houses or apartments for a period of time, said last week that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s office has been investigating Airbnb for more than a month, a person familiar with the investigation told CNET. The investigation stemmed from complaints by lawmakers and housing advocates. Related stories Tampa is the nicest city in America, says Airbnb The crux of the issue appears to be so-called “bad actors” who find short-term rentals and run amok, according to a person familiar with the investigation. Some of those renters could be sidestepping paying taxes, the person indicated. In addition, the attorney general’s office wants to target those who are renting out multiple units in violation of state law or who are renting out their properties for longer than expressly allowed under the state’s tax laws, a person familiar with the investigation said. A person who is simply trying to rent out their units every now and then — a so-called “casual user” — will not be targeted in the investigation, according to the person. In its statement on the matter, Airbnb said that it agrees that “bad actors” are an issue, and indicated that it believes the attorney general’s office “is only seeking to target an incredibly small number of bad actors who abuse the Airbnb platform.” Despite that cooperation, Airbnb bristled a bit at the subpoena, indicating that the attorney general’s office wants access to all New York-based short-term renters on the company’s service, despite plans to go after those bad actors.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs New York Jets: Spread Analysis and Pick Prediction

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The good news is that all three running backs, Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory, all looked healthy for the first time all season. The Jets now have the stable of running backs that they envisioned having when they acquired Goodson and Ivory in the spring. What Must Improve: Defend the Middle The Jets defense made a handful of “splash” plays to keep the score down just enough, but they were victimized far too often in the middle of the field, specifically by Tony Gonzalez. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images During the first four games, it was the Jets’ cornerbacks that were often victimized in coverage. Antonio Cromartie struggled while dealing with a lame hip, as he is the 98th-ranked cornerback in’s rankings . Meanwhile, Dee Milliner played poorly enough to lose his job by the middle of the second game. However, that was not the story of Monday night’s game against the Falcons . The Jets were content with leaving their cornerbacks in single coverage against the Falcons’ elite wide receivers, with some success. Instead, the Falcons chose to attack the middle of the fieldoccupied by safeties and linebackersto generate most of their offense. Thanks to some quality throws from Matt Ryan and Tony Gonzalez being his usual, uncoverable self, the Jets simply had no answer for the Falcons’ approach. All of the Jets’ linebackers and safeties that were used significantly in coverage gave up gaudy numbers in the passing game: Linebacker and Safety Coverage in Week 5 Player 118.8 These stats don’t include the illegal contact and pass interference penalties that cost the Jets multiple touchdowns in the red zone. Before Monday’s game, tight ends have not been a significant problem for the Jets, but they have not exactly faced a murder’s row of hybrid pass-catchers. The best tight end the Jets have faced before Week 5 was Scott Chandler, who caught five passes for 79 yards and a touchdown. The good news is that the Jets don’t play against Tony Gonzalez every week, but there is no doubt that every team on their schedule will take notice of their vulnerability over the middle of the field and attack it until the Jets prove that they can stop it.

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Cox/Getty Images History shows that the home team usually wins when the New York Jets face the Pittsburgh Steelers . The line for their game on Sunday opened with the visiting Steelers favored, but has swung five points to the Jets in Week 6 action. The betting consensus at was 50-50 as of Wednesday. Point spread:The Steelers opened as 2.5-point favorites, but were 2.5-point dogs by Wednesday with the total at 40. (Line updates and Matchup report) Computer Prediction: 14.7-9.9 Jets Why the Steelers can cover the spread Pittsburgh is 0-4 for the first time in 45 years, and 0-4 against the spread (ATS0, so good news is hard to come by, but good news can emerge from adversity. The Steelers still have a fighting chance, as long as Big Ben is behind center, and they haven’t really been blown out yet this year. So maybe there’s still hope. If they could just get some production from rookie running back Le’Veon Bell, Roethlisberger might be more effective out of play action. Historically, the Steelers perform well in New York, going 6-2 ATS in their past eight road games against the Jets. Why the Jets can cover the spread New York is 3-2 straight up (SU) and a profitable 4-1 ATS this season, coming off of its upset of the Falcons in Atlanta on Monday night. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith is coming off the best performance of his young career, hitting on 16 of 20 throws with three touchdowns and nary a pick to upset the Falcons. The Jets’ defense ranks second n the league, both overall and against the run. The home team has won seven of eight straight-up games in this series and the Steelers are limping to a 3-10 ATS run in their last 13 road games. Smart Pick The OddsShark computer is calling for a Jets’ 15-10 victory, but New York is coming off a short week while the Steelers had last week off. The Jets also have alternated wins and losses on a weekly basis so far and they won last Monday night.

Taxi fleet operators sued the city in December seeking to block the requirement, and a judge in May halted the program, saying it violated the administrative code because there was no option for medallion owners to buy a hybrid vehicle. In June, the city revised the rules to let medallion owners buy hybrids until Nissan develops a hybrid version of the NV200. The fleet operators sued again in July, and State Supreme Court Justice Shlomo S. Hagler in Manhattan blocked the plan in a ruling dated today, saying the commission exceeded its authority under the city charter by requiring the purchase of a specific vehicle. TLC Authority If the TLC was vested with the authority to contract for the medallion owners with third party vendors, the TLC may, for instance, also have the authority to mandate the purchase of special insurance from a particular insurance company or even to purchase a more efficient fuel from a designated vendor at pre-determined prices, Hagler said. The decision is fundamentally wrong, because it was within the commissions authority to authorize the Taxi of Tomorrow, Michael A. Cardozo, New York corporation counsel, said in a statement. The city intends to appeal immediately, he said. Aside from its being by far the safest taxicab ever designed, the NV200 has superior legroom, a panoramic roof and a host of other comforts and amenities, Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky said in a statement. We remain committed to bringing it to the riding public. The Taxi of Tomorrow program is a plan by Mayor Michael Bloomberg s administration to standardize and expand the citys fleet of 13,237 yellow cabs with 15,237 yellow vans built by Nissan, of which more than 2,000 would be accessible for wheelchairs. The mayor is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg News parent Bloomberg LP.