New York Ag Subpoenas Airbnb In ‘bad Actors’ Battle

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Benjamin Perez said. “He never assaulted this man. He never tried to assault him in any way. And he does not know any of the other motorcyclists who were involved in this beating.” A second biker, who was in custody, was released Wednesday, when authorities determined that he may have been trying to help. The NYPD released photos Sunday of two other men they want to find and question as part of the investigation and asked for the public’s help in identifying them. Mieses’ family, meanwhile, says he is the real victim. “All of his ribs are fractured. His lungs are so badly bruised that he’s still on a ventilator,” Yolanda Santiago, his mother, told CNN affiliate WCBS. Mieses’ wife, Dayana, told CNN affiliate WBZ that he got off his bike to help the SUV driver. She blamed Lien. “He got scared; he peeled off, and he paralyzed my husband on the way,” she said. ‘We could not have done anything differently’ Lien was treated at a hospital for slashes to his face.

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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. Airbnb wants to work with the attorney general to weed out the troublesome renters and keep the rest of its data secure and outside the prying eyes of lawmakers. “We are confident we can reach a solution that protects your personal information and cracks down on people who abuse the system,” Airbnb said today in a statement. The Attorney General’s legal action is just the latest issue Airbnb has faced over the last year .

New York Jets: What You Need to Know Heading into Week 6

#nyj Manish Mehta (@MMehtaNYDN) October 8, 2013 As of this writing, the Jets have no practiced yet so it is difficult to determine if they will try to bring Santonio Holmes back this week or allow him another week to treat his pulled hamstring. 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 ProFootballFocus.com’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. What Must Improve: Run Blocking Scott Cunningham/Getty Images The Jets may have averaged 5.4 yards per carry on Monday night, but the statistic is misleading. 21 yards came from a few Geno Smith scrambles, while most of the yards gained by the running backs were created because the runner created yards on their own. According to Pro Football Focus , the Jets racked up 65 yards after contact between Mike Goodson, Bilal Powell and Chris Ivory. While most of the blame falls on execution, the Jets could have been a bit more varied in terms of the gaps they attacked.

regulators, is also being banned for seven years from decision-making roles at Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance, a unit of his firm, New York officials said Monday. Falcone is banned during that period from serving as an officer or director of Fidelity & Guaranty Life and its subsidiaries or any New York-licensed insurer, as well as participating in the selection of any such officers or directors, the New York State Department of Financial Services said. Fidelity & Guaranty Life is a unit of Harbinger Group, which is majority-owned by Falcones Harbinger Capital. The insurance unit is planning to sell shares to the public. Falcone is also forbidden from exercising direct or indirect control over the management, policies, operations and investment funds of Fidelity & Guaranty Life or any other New York-licensed insurers, according to a news release from the state agency. The ban also applies to employees of Harbinger Capital Partners. A representative for Falcone did not respond to a request for comment. Falcone admitted wrongdoing and agreed to pay an $18 million fine to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in August to settle civil fraud charges that he improperly used Harbinger hedge-fund money and favored some of his investors. The agreement was the first to require a defendant to admit wrongdoing since SEC Chairman Mary Jo White announced a much tougher policy in June that would require such admissions more often. Reuters CONSUMERS Credit card debt declines in the U.S.

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

Nissan won a contract in May 2011 valued at $1 billion over 10 years to supply the minivans, which feature sliding doors, more luggage space and airbags in the back. The commission in September 2012 designated the Nissan NV200 as the official Taxi of Tomorrow and required owners of the medallions that confer the right to operate yellow cabs in New York to buy the $29,700 vehicle starting this month. 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. $1 Billion Revenue The Nissans, already being made, were to hit the streets Oct. 28.