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Friday, August 17, 2007

News Roundup for August 17

Several papers reported on the Mayor's new Street Conditions Observation Unit, or SCOUT. It's a team of 15 inspectors who will patrol the city in small golf-cart-like vehicles to look for unfilled potholes, overflowing trash basins and other quality of life complaints. This is a way for the city to take more initiative in finding and resolving these problems, rather than depending on irate New Yorkers to call 311. Here's the New York Times coverage.

The Times also has an item on the 19-year-old leak in the tunnel that carries half of NYC's water supply from the Catskills. A report by Comptroller Tom DiNapoli estimates that the spilled water costs the city $24 to $28 million a year. Added to the constantly growing costs of the Croton water filtration plant, and this could represent another burden for ratepayers.

The Sun takes a shot at the dozen city commissioners and elected officials who take off early on Fridays in the summer.

Newsday reported yesterday that New York's unemployment rate is up to 4.9 percent, with the City's unemployment up to 5.7 percent and the Bronx at 8.1 percent.

The Daily News reports that a Bronx Family Court judge caught the attention of TV producers after reports that she's been called before the state commission on judicial conduct for allegedly making rude comments toward lawyers, court officers and litigants.


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