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Big New York rats overtaking Central Park and the UWS



Rat college is in session as fed-up New Yorkers attempt to discover ways to take care of a surging rodent inhabitants.

Rats as massive as bunnies are roaming the streets in broad daylight, nesting in timber and chewing via automotive engine wires that may price hundreds to repair. And there are such a lot of that residents are kvetching about them each likelihood they get — 311 hotline complaints about rats have totaled 12,632 to this point this yr — a 3rd greater than the 9,042 for all of 2019.

With the Higher West Aspect teeming with the hungry critters, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and town Well being Division sponsored the newest incarnation of “Rat Academy,” two hours of rat prevention coaching livestreamed Tuesday to just about 4 dozen supers, tenants and owners. Town started such coaching periods about 10 years in the past.

Gail Dubov, president of the West 83rd Road Block Affiliation, has a “Ph.D in Rat Academy” from sitting in on a few periods, together with Tuesday’s. “Rats are devious,” she pronounced with authority, “they usually’re sensible.”

Dozens who belong to Higher West Siders for Safer Streets have posted their gargantuan vermin sightings on Fb, together with Melanie Sloan, whose daughter is Scarlett Johansson.

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“Central Park is overrun with big fats rats,” Sloan wrote. “I noticed a person on a bench within the rambles swatting them unsuccessfully with a rake.”

Not a day goes by that Amanda Levine doesn’t see a minimum of one rat. She sprays her Jeep Grand Cherokee with a cocktail of cinnamon and mint oils and water — beneath the hood and on all 4 wheel bearings — to keep at bay the critters. In her house complicated, at 107th Road between Amsterdam and Broadway, her neighbors inform her they hear scratching behind the partitions.

Levine ticks off 4 explanation why she thinks rats have invaded the UWS: out of doors eating, extra homeless New Yorkers, shoddy avenue cleansing and the largest — trash not being picked up typically sufficient, each from the cans on sidewalk corners and the stacks of luggage hauled to the curb by constructing supers.

The Division of Sanitation is answerable for each avenue cleansing and rubbish assortment. Spokesman Joshua Goodman informed The Submit that DSNY is dedicated to conserving town clear and lowering the rat inhabitants.

“Solely when residents, companies, and the Metropolis work collectively can we deal with an issue that’s as outdated and as persistent because the Metropolis of New York itself,” Goodman stated.

So far as Levine is anxious, the one one accountable is Mayor de Blasio. Not within the 20 years she has lived on the block have rats been so thick.

She is satisfied that Hizzoner desires to eliminate the Sanitation Division: “He’s a f–king waste. He’s turned this metropolis right into a s—gap.”

Amanda Levine with her anti-rat spray
Amanda Levine together with her anti-rat spray.J.C.Rice

Metropolis Corridor denied the notion. “The mayor clearly doesn’t wish to ‘get rid’ of the sanitation division,” de Blasio spokesman Mitch Schwartz informed The Submit. “I can’t think about the place anybody would get that impression.”

Dalia Schwalb was traumatized by a gang of 10 to 15 rats exterior the 96th Road subway cease final Sunday evening.

“You used to see the rats … on the tracks,” she stated. “Now they’re actually a part of the neighborhood. They need to pay hire.”

She in contrast her encounter to the invasion scene from the film “Ratatouille.”

“We want the Guardian Angels for the rats. I want them to be gone. “


Unqualified au pairs are slipping via the cracks amid COVID-19



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Troublemakers are out and about because the pandemic has plunged the au pair business into chaos.

In June, the Trump administration signed a brief ban till a minimum of Dec. 31 on the au pair visa program — which guarantees inexpensive little one care in alternate for room, board and a modest stipend for host households — due to COVID-19 job issues. In consequence, there’s a scarcity of certified, authorized, international au pairs.

“This system has been paused precisely on the time when American households are struggling to remain at work with many colleges and day cares closed,” Michael McHugh, senior vp at New York-based Au Pair USA for host households, informed The Publish.

From a peak of 20,000 final yr, in response to US State Division information, the variety of obtainable
au pairs now in America has sharply declined. One placement company not too long ago confessed to a New York household that its provide was down from a whole bunch of au pairs to 5. And among the many au pairs who had been already within the US when the ban got here down are some who aren’t minimize out for the job.

Final month, Mattress-Stuy residents Lauren and Mark filed a grievance with the Higher Enterprise Bureau in opposition to AuPairCare, the San Francisco-based company they contracted to supply an au pair for his or her son, who was born in April.

“She confided to us she had no expertise caring for newborns, opposite to what the company assured us,” Mark informed The Publish of the 20-something from Brazil who joined his family in July. (She first got here to the US on an au pair work visa final November.)

He mentioned the girl additionally appeared to have little curiosity in working as a baby carer — regardless of the very fact her visa, which continues to be doubtlessly renewable, is conditional on her working as an au pair.

“[She] requested us if she might get a [side] job as a bartender as a result of she is aware of of locations that ‘rent illegals for a lot of these jobs,’ ” wrote Mark in his grievance. “You possibly can think about the priority that came to visit us as we heard that our au pair needed to work inside a bar illegally throughout COVID, and doubtlessly placing our well being in danger.”

The household needed to let the au pair go after solely three weeks, as their nervousness grew about her credentials and loyalty.

“AuPairCare didn’t do its due ­diligence,” Mark added in his grievance, “when it matched us with an au pair who by no means deliberate on being an au pair, however was solely utilizing the visa to get into [the US].”

The couple are in search of a full refund of the almost $4,000 they paid AuPairCare, as a substitute of the partial refund and credit score provided. “Nobody [at Au PairCare] has returned a name or an e-mail,” Mark mentioned.

In an announcement to The Publish, ­AuPairCare mentioned that as a result of it “values the privateness of all our members, we’re unable to deal with your particular inquiry. Our prime priorities stay the well being, security, and well-being of each our au pairs and host households.”

Mark, who works in public relations, realizes he isn’t the one mother or father stressed by a defiant caretaker. “[Our former au pair] mentioned quite a lot of au pairs will not be following COVID-19 guidelines,” he informed The Publish.

One Morningside Heights mother or father, who wished to stay nameless, concurred.

“Our au pair didn’t appear to grasp how harmful COVID was,” the daddy informed The Publish. “This frightened us as a result of she would go away the home for hours, was gone the entire day on weekends. We didn’t know who she was seeing. So we ended up not renewing the au pair after her settlement was up in Could.”

“Our au pair needed to work inside a bar illegally throughout COVID.”

 – Brooklyn dad, Mark

Vanessa Gordon, a Hamptons resident and mom of two younger kids, mentioned she’s shocked by a change she’s now seeing within the ­demeanor of au pairs.

“It’s simply so unimaginable how these au pairs barely take note of the youngsters — they allow them to go to the toilet in the course of the playground, although there’s a public restroom 100 ft away.
A lot of the au pairs are on their cellphones 90 % of the time,” Gordon, who publishes East Finish Style Journal, informed The Publish.

She chalks it as much as there being fewer au pairs obtainable within the US. “Companies are letting the issue instances — au pairs who don’t have any curiosity or expertise in doing the job — slip via the cracks to fulfill excessive parental demand, with households sucking it up as a result of they ­typically don’t have any different alternative.”

Mark and Lauren have now employed a neighborhood nanny who lives together with her family in Brooklyn. “[My friends and I] can’t take our kids to day care facilities — they’re not protected and never even open,” he mentioned. However “there’s no approach on the planet we’d ever rent an au pair once more.”

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Megan Fox, Mindy Kaling hit by alleged Ponzi-scheming PR exec: lawsuit



An alleged Ponzi-scheming public relations exec apparently ensnared actors Megan Fox and Mindy Kaling in his net of deceit, claims a Manhattan agency which says it was duped out of $2.5 million within the con.

Hotshot advertising and marketing guru Andrew Garson, who in July 2018 was named to the “Prime 40 below 40” checklist by PR Week Journal, was indicted on wire fraud prices final yr for allegedly conning his bosses at MWW Group to pay money owed he owed distributors at a earlier firm, in line with courtroom papers.

However Garson’s cash machinations at MWW went even additional, the corporate prices in a $10 million Manhattan Supreme Court docket lawsuit.

The Lengthy Island man allegedly created budgets for “fictitious” advertising and marketing campaigns, and incurred debt to expertise like Fox and Kaling on tasks or budgets MWW hadn’t authorized.

The rip-off left MWW fielding lawsuits and calls for for cost the corporate knew nothing about, together with $450,000 from Fox, in line with courtroom papers.

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In some circumstances, Garson is accused of creating agreements on behalf of MWW that exceeded budgets the corporate had set, leaving the agency holding the bag for the overage, together with $1.75 million to Kaling, who in 2018 starred in an MWW advert marketing campaign for Barefoot Wine, the corporate claims.

Garson additionally misappropriated monies engaged on tasks for varied promoting shoppers, together with $58,000 from Jack within the Field, $125,000 with Purple Lobster and $270,000 from Cox Automotive, MWW prices.

The felony prices in opposition to Garson are pending.

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Kamala Harris outlets, promotes small companies at vacation market



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Vice President-elect Kamala Harris hit up a Washington, DC outside vacation market Saturday — and located herself the right stocking stuffer.

With husband Doug Emhoff at her aspect, a laughing Harris hoisted her discovery: a lightweight blue T-shirt emblazoned with the phrases “Madam Vice President.”

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted a photograph of the second, alongside together with her thanks for Harris’s help of the annual “Small Enterprise Saturday.”

Harris and Emhoff spent 25 minutes strolling by the cubicles close to Gallery Place within the district’s downtown, native information station WTOP reported, selecting up puzzles, an ornamental print of varied cheeses — and, finally, Harris’s chosen tee.

Afterward, Harris took lower than one minute’s value of questions from reporters.

She stated that she and President-elect Joe Biden are making ready for his or her transition by “specializing in the specialists.”

“We’ve been assembly with everybody from labor leaders to heads of Fortune 500 corporations,” she stated. She and Biden will obtain their first labeled intelligence briefings Monday.

However she barely entertained a second question, about whether or not she and Biden could be prepared for a attainable rematch with President Trump in 2024.

“Please,” she stated, elevating a dismissive hand earlier than breaking into giggles and strolling away.

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