New York unveiled its latest weapon today in the city’s long-running war against rats — alcohol. City officials have spent millions of dollars trying to cull the rat population over the years, deploying everything from rodent birth control to vermin-proof trash cans. Now they say they have finally found a solution: a machine that attracts rats with bait and then triggers a trap door that drops them into a pool of alcohol-based liquid.
Power was fully restored in New York early Sunday after an outage left parts of the city in darkness for hours, leaving thousands trapped in subway cars and elevators, and people guiding traffic at intersections. The outage started Saturday evening and the lights were back on shortly after midnight, officials said. It mostly affected midtown Manhattan and parts of the Upper West Side. No injuries were reported.
Cynthia Nixon, known for her role as Miranda Hobbs on Sex and the City, announced Monday, she is launching a bid for New York governor. Nixon, an advocate for access to quality education in New York, has never held elected office and would become the first female and openly gay governor of New York.
The bacteria which is responsible for Legionnaires Disease, Legionella, was found in the water at an NYC police station after reports of an officer who fell ill were investigated by the health department. The contamination was found at the 23rd Precinct station house on East 102nd Street in East Harlem. In 2015, 12 people were killed and 128 got sick due to an outbreak of Legionnaires disease in South Bronx; the largest outbreak on record in the city.
During Thursday’s lunchtime rush, a car, maroon Honda Accord, driven by 26-year-old Richard Rojas, a Navy veteran with a history of drunken driving, plowed into pedestrians leaving 1 dead and 22 injured. The crash immediately sparked a terrorism scare. “Based on information we have at this moment, there is no indication that this was an act of terrorism,” Mayor Bill de Blasio commented to reporters at a news conference near the area.
Three New York taxi companies, Northern Taxi, Town Taxi and C & L Taxi, are being charged for taking advantage of immigrants fleeing the US to go to Canada. The taxi drivers had been scamming scared immigrants trying to flee the company by price gouging and not publicizing fares. The three companies have yet to make a comment on the charges.