GUILDERLAND, N.Y. — Standing outside the Guilderland Travel Plaza and waiving his right against self-incrimination, Ryan Lynch said what many drivers on the New York State Thruway have signaled for years: They can’t drive 65. “ I try and stay around 80,” said Mr. Lynch, 22, a student at Rochester Institute of Technology who was midway through a six-hour trek home to central Massachusetts on a recent afternoon. “People want to go where they’re going.” Mr. Lynch was just one of several motorists interviewed during a recent pit stop who said they liked the idea of a new state bill that would raise the speed limit on some of the state’s major highways to 70 miles per hour, a five m.p.h increase that would bring New York in line with many other states . Indeed, only a handful of states — including many of New York’s Northeastern neighbors — cap the limit at 65, something that Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara says doesn’t take into account major advances in automotive … [Read more...] about Is 70 M.P.H. the New 65? Legislators Say N.Y. Roads Are Just Too Slow.
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New York Put Recovering Virus Patients in Hotels. Soon, 4 Were Dead.
When Robert Rowe Jr. was discharged from the hospital this month after testing positive for the coronavirus, he needed a place to stay so he would not put his 84-year-old father at risk. New York City health officials put him up at a three-star hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The room was provided under a city program that was intended to protect recovering patients’ families and roommates. Case workers are supposed to check on the patients twice a day by telephone. But on Saturday, Mr. Rowe, 56, was found dead in his room at the Hilton Garden Inn on West 37th Street, nearly 20 hours after a city worker last phoned him, though it was unclear whether he picked up. Two other men sent to the same hotel — Julio Melendez, 42, and Sung Mo Ping, 64 — also died last weekend, and a fourth man in the program died early this month at a Queens hotel. The deaths exposed holes in the way the city monitors isolated patients and underscored the difficulty in containing the outbreak in New … [Read more...] about New York Put Recovering Virus Patients in Hotels. Soon, 4 Were Dead.
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul proposes legislation to crack down on illegal pot shops
close Video Fox News Flash top headlines for March 23 Fox News Flash top headlines are here. Check out what's clicking on Foxnews.com. New York authorities would be given expanded power to shut down illegal pot shops and levy fines of up to $200,000 under legislation proposed Wednesday by Gov. Kathy Hochul, who's seeking to protect the state's fledgling legal market for recreational marijuana. New York is trying to get its potentially massive adult legal market into high gear, but has just three shops opened so far in New York City , two in upstate New York and more shops planned. Legal operations in the city are being undermined by a proliferation of unlicensed stores. City officials have already gone after landlords who have allowed illicit shops to operate. The new bill before Legislature would give the state Office of Cannabis Management and state tax officials new powers to crack down on unlicensed activity. NYC CONMAN PERCHES ON … [Read more...] about New York Gov. Kathy Hochul proposes legislation to crack down on illegal pot shops
How Manhattan Hotels Became Refuges for Thousands of Migrants
Just steps from Times Square and surrounded by Broadway theaters, the Row NYC hotel advertises itself as “more New York than New York,” bringing together “urban grit with grandeur.” But for months, it has been at the center of a humanitarian crisis. It is one of about 100 hotels and other facilities, from iconic skyscrapers to humble airport motels, that the city has converted into temporary housing for some of the 50,000 migrants who have arrived on buses from the southern border since last spring. The effort may ultimately cost as much as $4 billion over the next two years and could result in cuts to city services, the mayor has warned. For migrants, the housing, while at times imperfect, has provided welcome respite as they begin to eke out new lives in a frenetic city. And it has been something of a boon for hotels, which have suffered as the city tries to boost its economy as it emerges from the pandemic. Contracts obtained through Freedom of Information Law requests and a … [Read more...] about How Manhattan Hotels Became Refuges for Thousands of Migrants
What is a second mortgage and how does it work?
Not all mortgages are the same — nor do they have the same uses. Some can help you buy a home or refinance your old loan, while others can be used to cover home repairs , pay off debts, or even provide cash in a pinch. Second mortgages fall into the latter category and are an option for existing homeowners. They’ve been especially popular in recent months as U.S. homeowners rush to tap $29.6 trillion in home equity — a record high. Do you have home improvements to pay for or need funds for medical bills, college tuition, debts or other expenses you’re facing? Here’s what you need to know about second mortgages — and how they can help. What is a second mortgage? Second mortgages allow you to borrow against the equity you have in your home — or the portion of the home’s value you actually own. For example, if your home was worth $500,000 and your current mortgage loan had $400,000 on it, you’d have $100,000 in equity. A second mortgage would let you borrow a … [Read more...] about What is a second mortgage and how does it work?