Kushner Real Estate Company In Center Of Investigation

The New York City Council has began an investigation into documentation that was filed by the real estate company that belongs to the Kushner family, Kushner Cos., under the belief that the company avoided certain rent laws in order to widen their profit margin.

After meeting with tenants of Kushner Cos. properties, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman discovered that while hundreds of the buildings that belonged to the company fell under the protection of a New York City law that prevented them from having to push major rent hikes on their tenants or forcing out tenants under new ownership, it appears that the real estate company often filed falsified documentation stating that the buildings had no tenants under rent regulations from 2013 through 2016. During the years stated, Jared Kushner was serving as the CEO of Kushner Cos., Jared Kushner is also married to first daughter Ivanka Trump.

Per information that was received from Housing Rights Initiative, a watchdog group, there were at least 80 applications filed for construction permits on 34 separate buildings during that time period that included false information. Each application stated that the buildings had no rent-regulated tenants living in them, but in reality, they had about 300 rent-regulated tenants. The false information led to a lack of city supervision at the construction sites which in turn left vulnerable tenants who were harassed to leave or forced to endure the constant upheaval that came with the construction.

The move was one that allowed the real estate company to force certain tenants out of the building in order to renovate then bring in tenants who were able to pay new and higher rents. This type of accusation goes beyond just falsifying certain information in documentation, according to some city council members, it threatens the very existence of affordable rents and the safety of tenants who are living in construction zones.

While it is clear that New York is not fond of the President and his family, city council members made it clear that fault also lies with the city for failing to properly vet the paperwork which clearly disagreed with city tax documents. For his part, Kushner was quick to point out that a third party was hired to file the paperwork, he and his family had no knowledge of what was actually happening. Since the 2016 election when President Trump took office, Jared Kushner stepped down as CEO of his company but still has major holdings in the company as well as Westminster Management, a real estate company located in Maryland that carries residential properties that were recently hit with their own lawsuit by tenants who claimed they had been charge strange fees which occurred simply to force them from the properties. For more detailed information on this topic, click here.

New York Joins Others In Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

New York state has joined sixteen other states who have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration. The lawsuit raises concerns about the legality of a question that is slated to appear on the 2020 United States Census. The controversial question that seems to be causing all the stir is a simple yet powerful one, are you a citizen of the United States?

The United States Census began in 1790 and has occurred every ten years since then. As outlined in the United States Constitution, the taxes shall be divided among the states in amounts that are respective to the population. In layman’s terms, this means the government needs to know how many people reside in each state in order for them to properly divide up the resources such as funding. Population also affects the amount of electoral votes each state receives in a presidential election as well as the number of representatives states, meaning these numbers could have a widespread political effect as well.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneierman (D) joined with sixteen other states as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the District of Columbia and six separate cities to file a federal lawsuit that is intended to stop the 2020 census from including a question that requests a persons citizenship in the United States. The group filing the federal lawsuit believes that this question violates the very laws of the census, which, when outlined in the Constitution, state that the purpose of the census is to simply count the population, not determine citizenship status. This group feels that many people who are not legal citizens of the country will refuse to answer the questions which would therefore make the numbers inaccurate when it comes to the needs of the state. This group also feels as though this is a personal attack on states that have high immigrant populations that are aimed to cut the congressional representation of these states.

It is, in fact, highly likely that those that are in the country without documentation would avoid answering this type of question. The Trump administration has made it quite clear that they have every intention of removing those who do not have proper documentation and new stories arise on a regular basis of deportations happening around the United States. The Department of Justice defended the decision to include the question, which has not been on the census since 1950, stating that they require better information in order for them to properly enforce the Voting Rights Act, a law that was created in order to help secure voting rights to minorities in the country. Section 2, which the DOJ specifically noted, refers to prohibiting any voting practices that are deemed discriminatory. Schneiderman was quick to note that the DOJ has yet to bring a single case under Section 2 of the act under the Trump administration, leading everyone to believe he thinks this is a smokescreen for the real motive.

These types of cases are often slow to play out, and with nearly two years before the census even happens it might be awhile before we have answers and a long fight could take place. It is clear that the Trump administration intends to push this topic heavily and will continue to meet adversaries at every turn. For more information on this topic, click here.

New York Bars Domestic Abusers From Owning Guns

While the nation as a whole cannot come to an agreement on how to handle gun laws, states have been stepping up and providing laws for their citizens, and New York just passed one of their own. The new bill, which was just recently passed by the New York State Legislature, will make it so that those who have been convicted on domestic abuse charges will no longer have the right to purchase or own any type of firearms.

The state gave themselves a big pat on the back calling the new law a “common sense bill” and claiming that their state is heading the pack on the road to prevention of gun violence across the nation. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) stated that this is just another building block on New York’s gun laws, laws he referred to as the strongest in the entire nation, and stated that this was a step to make the state even stronger. Cuomo advocated for this bill at his 2018 Women’s Agenda, and it passed through both the State Assembly and Senate with little opposition. This legislation will require that all people who have been convicted of domestic abuse must surrender all of their firearms as well as bans them from purchasing new guns. This closes a loophole that was left in previous legislature that only required them to surrender handguns, but allowed them to maintain ownership of other firearms. Likewise, the previous bill stated that domestic abusers convicted on felony charges or other serious offenses were not allowed to purchase guns, the new bill adds some new assault and battery charges to the list of offenses that bar their right to purchase guns.

While the new bill hopes to lessen the amount of gun crimes that occur in the state of New York, the legislators also believe that it can aid in lessening the chances of mass shootings as it has been proven that the majority of mass shootings that have occurred in the past often involved some history of domestic abuse. Per a report from NPR in 2017, roughly 54% of mass shootings that occurred between 2009 and 2016 were committed by someone who had a history of domestic violence. Likewise, a gun being present in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by about 500%, and there is astounding data from the FBI that shows that every 16 hours in the United States, a woman is fatally shot by either her current or former intimate partner.

This new law is one that is likely to make a difference. Cuomo stated it was a common sense law, and those words seem like a very accurate description. While the national government bickers on the topic and accomplishes nothing, states like New York are slowly stepping up and making changes that are sure to alter the future. For more information, click here.

New York Chefs Are Using Caramelle More, And It Looks Delicious

There is a type of pasta that is making a semi comeback in some New York restaurants. I say semi comeback because this is not a well know type of pasta to begin with. Caramelle is a variety of pasta the looks just like it’s candyish namesake. Caramelle is pinched on both ends about an inch before the pasta ends. The middle of the pasta is rounded and, of course is stuffed with whatever your heart would desire. Just like a Ravioli pillow with ties on the end. Pasta candy!

Several New York City chefs have been using this little known pasta shape in unique ways, making the pasta pertly striped or brightly colored such as the pink offering from Barano that is made from the juices of beets. The restaurants brave enough to use this quirky pasta shape (Don Angie, Faro, Legacy Records, and Osteria Morini to name a few) have been well received. New York has always been a literal melting pot for different cuisine, but Caramelle has made the rounds of several New York restaurants in the 1990’s. It is believed that this type of pasta was originally used in Northern Italian homes as a “holiday pasta” and is not even included in “Encyclopedia Of Pasta” English or Italian version.

Wherever this pasta came from, Caramelle sounds fun to make and eat. Almost like adults are allowed to play with their food. In a world where pratically everyone takes photos of their perfect plate of food before eating, these pasta would steal the show. I would love to find a recipe for this type of nooodle and give it a try myself. I could hide all sorts of small chopped vegatables in those candy shaped pillows, tricking my kids with a fun shape and great taste. If you happen to be in New York or visiting soon, here is a link to the original article with a restaurant listing, complete with colorful photos of this fun pasta shape. Happy eating!

Non-Profit Organization Seeks To Provide East Harlem Groups With More Access To Neighborhood Recreational Spaces

East Harlem is home to more space for recreation than most neighborhoods in the borough of Manhattan. The problem as some sees it is that most of the permits to use these rec spaces have not been given to local athletic groups. Information regarding the situation is available in a recently published report that studied how the city can even the playing field for young athletes in the area.

It was revealed that approximately 44% of the land area in East Harlem is recreational space or public parks in a 44-page report on the matter that was prepared by the Aspen Institute. The institute is a non-profit organization working in conjunction with Mount Sinai Health Systems as well as other charitable organizations in the area in hopes of expanding youth sports options.

The report that 80% of the available athletic spaces in East Harlem were used by athletic groups based in other neighborhoods for the 2017-2018 winter season.

The report further detailed the situation at Thomas Jefferson Park, which contains a large area used for recreation. It was observed by the Aspen Institute that 57% of the track and field reservations for the park in November went to leagues that are not based in East Harlem.

The Department of Parks and Recreation for New York City did not provide a careful review of the report but countered the findings by saying that a full-year review of reservations at Thomas Jefferson Park would show more usage by local leagues. The reinforce their point, the department explained that the East Harlem Little League is the entity that uses the field more than any other.

Sam Biederman, a spokesman for the Parks Department said that the ballfields are available to any group in the city and that all have equal access to them.

Ranya Bautista, working with the Aspen Institute, explains that sports groups in East Harlem find it more difficult to manage the issues with bureaucracy that is necessary to reserve the athletic spaces.

The institute suggested that to remedy the problem the city could give priority to athletic groups from East Harlem when issuing permits for usage of the neighborhood recreational spaces.

The city has not yet provided a response to the suggestions made by the Aspen Institute.

Princeton Billionaire Peter Briger Creates College Venture Fund

There are many concentrations of valuable human and financial capital around the world. Certain cities seem to breed success. That is why Princeton Alum Peter Briger has created a venture capital fund at his alma mater.

 Ivy League Credentials

Longevity is a sign of success. It means that you have withstood the “slings and arrows” of the world and can lay claim to being a conqueror. You are a winner.While many businesses are proud of being around for a decade or so, they can’t compete with the Ivy League. A century for a multinational corporation is very commendable. But, Ivy League schools simply scoff at that – how much ivy grows in a century?Of course the ivy is a sign of longevity. It has taken a long time for these schools to grow their ivy, credentials and networks. The Ivy League schools pre-date the United States of America. The Princeton mindset has stood the test of time.

Princeton Mindset

Princeton grad Peter Briger is giving back to his alma mater. He is really investing in himself. He is making his own degree even more valuable. That is why he is a billionaire – he is smart when it comes to investments.Peter Briger understands the value of his Princeton investment. It is an investment in the past, present and future.If you think about all that Princeton has gone through, it is simply amazing. Imagine, the first European-Americans founding the Ivy League schools when much of the nation was controlled by the Native-Americans. There were no railroads, automobiles or airplanes.The Princeton mindset is what is especially valuable to Peter Briger. It is what attracted him to study at the school in the first place. It helped him to be successful.Princeton allowed him to meet some of the most influential financial movers and shakers of the world. Peter Briger learned about finance and made the connections to get his great jobs at Goldman Sachs and the Fortress Investment Group. In the world of finance, it is still about who you know.

Proud Princeton Alum

As a proud Princeton alum, Peter Briger was never too far away from his roots. Princeton is located in New Jersey and New York City is only a hop, skip and jump away. Of course, he could have easily commuted between the two cities.Once, Peter Briger became a billionaire, it was only normal that he should return to his roots. Princeton had invested in Mr. Briger and now it was time for him to return the favor. That is how Princeton has survived for so long.The Ivy League is a life long network. Once you join, you have connections that no one else has. This has enabled Peter Briger to become wealthy and now he has invested in the future Princeton grads by setting up a startup fund.Princeton alums can get money and assistance to start their own businesses. Peter Briger has completed the circle of wealth.

Democrats Are Taking Back New York

For many it may be surprising to learn that a left leaning state like New York had any sort of Republican control, but until recently, they did. For many years there was a small breakaway group of Democrats known as Independent Democratic Conference (IDC) who helped Republicans control the Senate in New York.

Many people, especially in the state of New York, were unaware of a secret deal between the IDC and Felder’s coalition with the Republicans that dated all the way back to 2012. There are eight members of the IDC who have a power sharing agreement with the Republicans in the Senate. This power sharing deal allows them to hold leadership posts in committees as well as have financial stipends. Even though Democrats held a one-seat numerical majority in the state Senate, with this agreement Republicans were able to control the chamber.

Following the 2016 election, the people of New York were angered over the election of President Donald Trump and this anger spurred a new enthusiasm in the New York Democrats that has placed high scrutiny on the IDC. The members of IDC were quick to blame Brooklyn Democrat Simcha Felder, who they stated had created the arrangement. Progressive party members have placed the blame on the GOP controlled Senate for the prevention of single-payer health care bills and other progressive action that passed the state Assembly but never came up to vote. Critics have also point out that due to the current system, budget negotiations are done between four men, Gov. Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan and IDC Leader Klien. This prevents the current Democratic Senate leader fro playing a proper role in these negotiations.

2018 is shaping up to be a much different year as the IDC is facing stiff competition in the primary where Biaggi is one of seven different Democrats who is challenging IDC members. Gov. Cuomo faces his own competition in Cynthia Nixon, a progressive education activist, and she stands a good chance as Cuomo has been accused in being complacent by not leveraging his power against the IDC and Felder. A recent meeting at a steakhouse between Cuomo, the Democratic Senate Leader Stewart-Cousins and IDC leader Klein might alter the course of events. Cuomo played peacemaker and requested Klein come back into the Democratic fold. The request was tentatively accepted with a handshake and the Democrats seem to be welcoming.

Weather the challengers or the sitting members hold their seats is yet to be known, but it looks like no matter what the future holds, Democrats are back in full control of New York. For more information on this, click here.

Teen Vogue Goes Political in NYC in June

In 2017, Teen Vogue had its first summit in Los Angeles. The second summit is in June in New York City and promises to be what they used to call a star-studded event.

The New York City summit will be called Teen Vogue Summit: Turn Up and will bring celebrities, politicians and other know leaders to discuss issues that are important to them.

Some of the issues could be the environment, LGBYQ+ rights, and gun control.

This second event will last for three days. The important people that are expected to come are Al Gore, former Vice President, Cecile Richards, the so0n-to-be ex-president of Planned Parenthood, Activist Dolores Huerta, Jessica Williams, actress and comedian and Danica Roem, a Virginia politician.

Phillip Picardi , the chief content officer, feels that it was the right time to bring people for a real-life experience where they could talk to each other and become new friends.

Picardi was recently promoted to being the leader of the Conde Nast.

If you are planning to go to the event in June, you will have to visit the New School. At the New School, you will get to enjoy a meditation seminar and products by Philosophy. PBTeen will run a video studio and Rock the Vote will continue to rock by having people get to register to vote.

On the third day, you will get to see the charities that have formed partnerships with Teen Vogue.

Teen Vogue has noticed that there has been an increased interest in politics after the 2016 election. It thinks that a political-themed summit would be perfect for its audience.

If you look at the Teen Vogue website from November 2016 to March 2017, you will find that Politics and News made up 26 percent of the top-performing stories on this website.

If you had visited the first summit last December in Los Angeles, you would have found that it had focused on innovation, activism, and creation. Some of the VIPs were Amandia Stenberg, Rowan Blandhard, Ava Duverny, and Cleo Wade.

The political them will continue at the second even and it looks like something to look forward to.

Gov. Cuomo Signs State Of Emergency

New York states Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency for the Housing Authority in New York City. The state of emergency comes after numerous complaints about health issues have come in. After receiving so many complaints, the Health Commissioner was sent out and returned with a full report that showed the emergency at hand and spurred the Governor into action.

Cuomo gave a recent news conference where he outlined his recent tour through some of the city’s public housing which he stated were some of the worst living conditions he had ever seen. The housing authority is responsible for roughly 1,462 buildings in the city. The state has never really offered much financially to the housing authority because it has fallen somewhere between the city and federal government. Along the way, things got out of control, but now that the problems have been brought to light, Cuomo is looking to rectify the situation.

The executive order, which was a $250 million emergency state resource expenditure for the necessary repairs and upgrades, follows the $300 million that was previously promised to the housing authority for necessary improvements over the last few years by the state. At the recent press conference where Cuomo signed the executive order, he also announced the need for an independent manager who would be responsible for overseeing the repairs and construction. This position will be filled by someone who is unanimously selected by the speaker of the City Council, President of NYHA and the mayor of New York within the next two months.

Noticeably absent from the signing was Mayor Bill de Blasio. This came as no shock as Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio have been embattled in a long feud over both money and management issues. The mayor was slow to comment publicly on Cuomo’s move to declare a state of emergency but eventually did publicly defend both the Housing Authority and its chairwoman, Shola Olatoye, stating that he knows she is the right person for the job. Along with arguing over who is going to pay for the Housing Authority’s necessary repairs, de Blasio and Cuomo have also fiercely debated who is financially responsible for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, though both sides do agree that it needs much improvement. De Blasio has openly stated he believes the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is a state run agency and the state should be financially responsible. Cuomo, who feels the city should handle the financial burden, included a stipulation in the recent $168 billion budget deal which includes $250 million additional funding for the Housing Authority but comes with a stipulation that allows the state to withhold the city’s funding if the mayor’s administration failed to cover the $418 million cost of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s emergency repairs.

While it is likely that the mayor is less than pleased at the deal, he did agree to it. It is unfortunate that people were living in dangerous conditions that could cause illness among other health issues, but the state has stepped forward with a solution that will hopefully improve the lives of many of the citizens of New York City. For more information, click here.

Dr. Mark McKenna: Aesthetic Maverick and visionary.

Dr. Mark achieved his medical degree at Tulane Medical School. He completed his degree in 1999. During his session in the school, he discovered that by just being a doctor he would not make a fortune. He instead started a business in New Orleans that deals with real estate business. After Hurricane Katrina of 2005, he liquidated his company. He later started a company called ShapeMed in Atlanta. It specialized in and treated cosmetic problems. He then sold the company to Lifetime Fitness.

Before Dr. Mark McKenna started his first business, he worked for his father for five years. During his time in the university, he offered services at prisons for $50 per hour.

Presently Dr. Mark is venturing into a new business which will be launched next year. His business OVME will entail a group of medical clinics. The patients will acquire the clinics’ services using an OVME application. This app will link the clinic to the patient and a self-employed practitioner registered in the clinic will head to the patient as required. This ShapeMed is a pay-for-service medical business. It does not need any form of insurance.

Dr. Mark used Google AdWords to make his company be at the top of the search results once somebody searched for anything related to what services the company provides. OVME is expressed as “of me.” This means attention to the patient. Its mission is to undertake medical procedures that are not abrasive but enhance self-worth and confidence of the patient.

Dr. Mark McKenna is ecstatic to bring his practice to Buckhead, Atlanta. OVME will entail four states of the art treatment rooms with an office. The four rooms will be private, and the office will act as the consultation room. He focuses on merging medical cosmetics with the top of the line technology. This union will produce perfect results and also improve the health care.

All patients who have passed through Dr. Mark McKenna have confidence in what he is doing and have fully trusted OVME. This is due to his non-abrasive procedures and his advocacy towards his patients’ health.

Dr. Mark McKenna through OVME collaborated with a non-profit organization, Make-a-Wish Foundation. He opened OVME on the 1st of March, 2018.