New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio made national headlines this week when he announced a plan to spend $100 million a year to provide health care for 600,000 uninsured, low-income and undocumented immigrant New Yorkers. But the initiative raises more questions than answers: Just how will the plan work, and would that sum -- which comes out to a modest $170 per person -- really be enough to pay for what sounds like a massive increase in benefits? Details during the announcement on national TV, then later at a news conference at Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx, were sparse. But as Elisabeth Benjamin, vice president of health initiatives at New York City's Community Service Society, pointed out, New York City may have a head start when it comes to providing health care for low-income and undocumented residents that makes the plan more feasible than it would seem otherwise.That's because the plan, called NYC Care, builds on the city's existing public-option health insurance program called … [Read more...] about New York City experiments with health care for all
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New York City is a place where attitude and strong opinions are in the DNA. New Yorkers might not agree on much, but there is one thing on which millions of them do agree: the subway is a mess. Trains are packed, breakdowns and delays are routine, some say it's gone off the rails. After an actual derailment last year injured more than 40 people, the governor declared a state of emergency. When it first opened more than a century ago, the New York City subway was considered a feat of American engineering, now it's another example of the country's ailing infrastructure. Luckily, there's a man with a plan, an Englishman in New York who proposes the city's largest infrastructure expenditure since the 1950s. More on that in a moment. First, if you have never ridden the sprawling New York City subway, welcome aboard. When the trains are moving, there's no better way to get around New York City, than on the subway. These 400-ton behemoths crisscross the underbelly of the city, zipping … [Read more...] about Why has the New York City subway gone off the rails?
Mike Snider USA TODAY Published 5:05 PM EDT Oct 8, 2018 The state of New York might have some of the nation's toughest regulations for limousines, but that still did not prevent the country's worst transportation accident in nearly a decade Saturday. All 18 people in an SUV limo and two pedestrians were killed when the vehicle crashed Saturday in upstate New York, about 160 miles north of New York City. The limo group, who were heading to a Cooperstown, New York, brewery for a surprise birthday party, originally rented a bus, but it broke down and the limousine was substituted. One of the passengers complained about the condition of the Ford Excursion limo in a text message to her mother shortly before the crash, The Washington Post reported. Any limousine operating in the state of New York must meet vehicle and driver's license regulations that are among the toughest in the nation, said Kevin Barwell, president of the Limousine, Bus, Taxi, Operators of … [Read more...] about New York limo crash: How are limousines, drivers regulated for safety
The driver of a supersized limousine involved in a crash that killed 20 people outside an upstate New York country store wasn't properly licensed, and the limo failed a state safety inspection just last month and shouldn't have been on the road, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. The state ordered the owner, Prestige Limousine, shut down while an investigation continues into what Saturday's wreck in Schoharie. "In my opinion, the owner of this company had no business putting a failed vehicle on the road," the governor said while attending a Columbus Day Parade in New York City. "Prestige has a lot of questions to answer." A call to the company's office in Gansevoort rang unanswered Monday. Federal records show the company has undergone five inspections and had four vehicles pulled from service in the last two years. The crash killed two pedestrians and 18 occupants of the limousine, which was headed to a birthday party. Among the victims were four sisters. Authorities didn't say whether … [Read more...] about Limo in New York crash “not supposed to be on the road,” governor says
Few questions are more urgent than where to eat when you’re traveling to a place with more than two restaurants.It’s certainly omnipresent for people who are visiting New York. (“Where should I eat?” is a question any local food critic hopes to never hear again.) The city has one of the best and deepest restaurant rosters in the world, and the amount is increasing: in 2017, there were 26,697 restaurants in the city, up from 26,110 in 2016 and roughly 1,500 more places than there were five years ago.Of course you can make a list of must-try restaurants; that never hurts. But for a city as big and fast moving as New York, having a solid set of strategies to maximize your meals is the expert way to go. Here’s how you’ve been messing it up.1. You skip breakfast. Unlike some breakfast-oriented cities like Atlanta and San Francisco, New York hasn’t always taken the first meal of the day seriously, beyond a bagel and … [Read more...] about 12 Ways You’re Eating in New York City Wrong