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Author Archives: Ken Wilhelm

New York City Has Spent More Than Half a Billion Due to Its Workers Reckless Driving

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New York City has paid more than $550 million since 2013 to victims of car accidents caused by reckless employees of five key city agencies. According to an investigative report by Streetsblog, the grand total over a six-year period is $557,994,577 in claim settlements against the Departments of Sanitation, Police, Fire, Transportation and Parks. That […]

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New York City’s Housing Chief Has Poor Record with Lead Cases

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The head of the New York City Housing Authority (The Projects) who is currently tackling its lead paint crisis had failed to protect the city’s private buildings from lead contamination in his previous position, according to an investigation by the New York Post. Vito Mustaciuolo had earlier overseen the enforcement division of the city’s Department […]

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New Study Links Mesothelioma to Asbestos-Tainted Talcum Powder

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A new 33-patient case study published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine provides some of the strongest evidence yet that exposure to talcum powder contaminated with asbestos may cause malignant mesothelioma, a rare and lethal cancer that affects the tissue that lines internal organs. According to a report in Time.com, this is not […]

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New York City Construction Sites Hit by Surprise Worksite Inspections

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New York City Department of Buildings officials have been conducting surprise inspections at worksites in a move to tighten their oversight after a recent surge in construction accidents. According to a report in The New York Times, this is coming at a time when New York City is undergoing its biggest building boom in more […]

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Road Safety Tips for a Busy Thanksgiving Holiday

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According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 55 million travelers are taking to the roads and skies this Thanksgiving. This is projected to be the second highest Thanksgiving travel volume since AAA began tracking this statistic back in 2000, trailing only the record that was set in 2005. Overall, an additional 1.6 […]

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Thousands of Roundup Weed Killer Lawsuits Filed Over Cancer Link

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The number of lawsuits alleging that Bayer AG’s Roundup weed killer causes cancer has more than doubled over the past three months to 42,700, a number that has increased from 18,400 in July. According to a report in Fortune.com, Bayer paid $63 billion last year to acquire Monsanto thereby acquiring Roundup and other weed killers […]

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Elevated Blood-Lead Levels Reported in Fewer New York City Children

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City officials are reporting that New York City has seen a slight decrease this year in the number of children with elevated blood-lead levels. According to a news report in The Wall Street Journal, 1,794 children were reported to have an elevated blood-level of 5 micrograms per deciliter. Officials said that represents a 10 percent […]

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J&J’s Independent Findings on Recalled Baby Powder Questioned

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Johnson & Johnson (J&J) conducted tests on its popular baby powder products last month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had found asbestos in a bottle, triggering a recall of 33,000 bottles. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, just 11 days after the recall, the company announced that it conducted […]

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NYPD Officer Killed in High Speed Crash on the FDR Drive

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An off-duty NYPD officer died and an off-duty FDNY firefighter was critically injured early morning on Nov. 16 when the police officer’s speeding car crashed into a median on the FDR Drive. According to a report in the New York Daily News, the fatal car accident happened when the off-duty police officer was racing with […]

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NYCHA’s (The Projects) Replacement Plan for Boilers Gets Federal Approval

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The federal watchdog for the New York City Housing Authority (The Projects) has signed off on the agency’s plan to use $450 million in state aid to replace broken boilers and elevators in many of its developments. According to the New York Post, agency officials said this is a significant first step toward improving the […]

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