🌱Government drones fly over NYC: report + school bus delays

Good morning, NYC!

  • 🛸 According to NYCLU, at least 33 drones are flying overhead.
  • ğŸŽŸ Congresswoman Maloney faces an investigation for allegedly soliciting a ticket to the Met Gala.
  • 🚌 School buses in NYC faced major delays this fall.

But first today’s weather:

Plenty of sunshine. High: 50 Low: 37.

Here are the five best stories in New York City today:

  1. According to a study by the New York Civil Liberties Union, at least 33 state drones could be flying over the heads of New Yorkers at any given time – most of them owned by the NYPD. The study raised concerns that they are being used “almost without regulation” and contain “biometric surveillance features such as facial recognition, gait recognition, emotion recognition or behavioral recognition.” (New York City patch)
  2. Outgoing New York Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney is facing a possible House ethics probe for allegedly asking for a ticket to the 2016 Met Gala after failing to make the invitation list. Per House Rules, Members may only accept gifts of US$50 or less and attend events to which they have not been invited. (Gothamist)
  3. Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s office is “launching” a criminal investigation into former President Donald Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. Investigations are now focused on a “hush-money payment” to actress Stormy Daniels, who claims to have had an affair with Trump. (Subscription/The New York Times)
  4. Most of the fires caused by exploding lithium-ion e-bike batteries in New York City have occurred in low-income neighborhoods, with the recent Midtown apartment building fire being an exception, according to city data. The batteries themselves are not inherently dangerous, experts say. The problem is that many of the ones used come from the black market without a safety check. (THE TOWN)
  5. Delays in NYC school bus service last month averaged 41 minutes, with more than 22,000 occurring this fall, compared to 14,000 for the same period last year, according to a city council analysis. The city is also facing a 300-person bus driver shortage and some bus routes are looking “nonsensical,” according to Councilman Rita Joseph. (Gothamist)

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Today in New York City:

  • Take a trip to the newly opened Broadway Museum (10 am)
  • An Evening with Itzhak Perlman — Midtown (6:30 p.m.)
  • Drunk Planet Earth — comedy show (7 p.m.)
  • Eddie Palmieri — Blue Note Jazz Club (8pm)
  • Sean Paul to host Dutty Rock’s 20th Anniversary in the fog (10 p.m.)

Crime and Safety Corner:

  • The owners of a gay bar in Hell’s Kitchen are reportedly upset by what they say is a lack of police response after the bar was attacked by a vandal for the third time in a week. (New York City patch)
  • The family of a 63-year-old cab driver and grandfather who was killed last year while working in Upper Manhattan are demanding justice while an arrest has yet to be made in connection with his hit and run death. (New York City patch)

From my notebook:

  • Meet the NYC TikTok Creator walking around town asking New Yorkers how much they spend on rent. (Spectrum NY 1)
  • Innovation QNS, a massive proposal to build thousands of housing units across Western Queens, has won the support of local councilwoman Julie Wonafter reaching an agreement to double the number of affordable units in the project to 1,436, compared to the developers’ original 711. (New York City Patch)
  • Seven trailers to be used in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade went up in smoke in a fire in New Jersey on Monday. (New York City patch)
  • A homeless New Yorker who was the target of several of the city’s warehouse raids earlier this year has been left disabled after suffering a stroke she says was partly caused by the way she was treated. (AMNY)

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You’re all caught up for today! I’ll catch up with you bright and early tomorrow morning with your next update.

— Dashiell Allen

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