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“We recognize our service is not where it needs to be…” This admission from NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco came just one day after the MTA raised fares for the fifth time in eight years. From Crains New York Business: “Overall, weekday trains finished their route late 26% of the time, versus 19% in the previous 12 months. Weekend trains finished late 19% of the time, up from 14%.” So, what can the average NYC commuter do to protest against the drop in service and rise in out-of-pocket travel expenses? Foster Kamer has an article over on Matter with a great way to stick it to the MTA while also helping out fellow New Yorkers…#SwipeItForward! – According to a report by New York Lawyers for the Public Interest (NYLPI), New Yorkers with physical disabilities that hinder their mobility are not receiving equal access to the justice system. Everything from serving…

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N.Y. Attorney General Pressed Red Cross on Post-Sandy Spending, Then Retreated

Last month we explored the role of the American Red Cross after Hurricane Sandy and the lack of transparency in how the charity spent more than $300 million raised after the storm. Experts criticized the group for not offering a detailed accounting of its post-Sandy efforts. It turns out New York’s attorney general had similar questions for the prominent charity, according to a previously unpublished letter the office sent to the Red Cross. The office of Attorney General Eric Schneiderman last year asked the Red Cross for much of the same detailed financial information that we sought from the group. But no such information was released. And when the attorney general’s office later came to an agreement with the group about its reporting of financial information after disasters, there were no requirements for anything beyond summary data. That means that it will continue to be difficult to assess the response of…

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NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid

[repostus]NJ has distributed less than 25 percent of Sandy aid (via Though the federal government allocated more than $1.8 billion in Hurricane Sandy disaster relief aid for New Jersey more than a year ago, less that a quarter has been distributed to cash-strapped residents struggling to rebuild, according to a new…

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Long After Sandy, Red Cross Post-Storm Spending Still a Black Box

Following Superstorm Sandy, donors gave $312 million to the American Red Cross. How did the aid organization spend that money? A year and a half after the storm, it’s surprisingly difficult to get a detailed answer. Red Cross officials told ProPublica the organization has spent or committed $291 million on Sandy through the end of February 2014. But the organization has not given a breakdown showing how, where, and when the money was spent. “The Red Cross is too big and too important to be allowed to be this secretive,” said Doug White, a charity expert who has written extensively on nonprofit finances. White said such a lack of transparency is common among charities. Like other non-profits, the Red Cross is required to disclose only top-line numbers on its fundraising and spending, which it publishes in an annual report and a standard tax filing. But the Red Cross stands out both for the…

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Sandy Survivors Heckle Corporate Shill Chris Christie, Christie Flips Out

Voters, furious over the corruption, greed and bullying of New Jersey Governor (and local Corporate Fanboy) Chris Christie, demanded answers of the patronage-peddling shame of the Garden State for his severe misappropriation and political manipulation of Sandy recovery funds. As one angry resident yelled, Christie “spent two-and-a-half times as much money on advertisements with himself in them … than on small businesses affected by Hurricane Sandy.” The governor, who has a widely-known reputation for bullying tactics that include harassing and belittling both local voters and media who question his runaway agenda of patronage and corporate favors, is shown scrambling in the video below to get back to his bully ways. Alas, there’s nothing more sociopathic than a bully who’s finally been called out on their bunk. David Edwards breaks down the action. –MJ