Crime Waves: ‘One Idea All New Yorkers Agree On’

A rapist who used elaborate lies to lure two women to the same Manhattan rooftop has been arrested, report The Times and the Post. On New Year’s Eve, he claimed to be a police detective; in October, he claimed to be a hit man hired to kill the victim’s mother. He was out on bail for the first attack when the second occurred.

“We’re scared,” a resident of the West 153rd Street building told the Post. “We hope they fix the door because people come in and out and we don’t even know them.”

Meanwhile, sources tell the Daily News that security costs for the 9/11 trials will be about $200 million. The previous estimate was $75 million.

The decision to hold the trials in New York has been controversial, but at a press conference yesterday, Senator Chuck Schumer put forth a unifying sentiment: the desire not to pay for things.

“Some New Yorkers think the trials are a good idea. Some New Yorkers think the trials are a bad idea,” Schumer said. “One idea all New Yorkers agree on is that New York taxpayers should not have to pay a dime for these trials.

Elsewhere in not paying for things, public officials continue to weasel out of parking regulations through the use of questionable police placards, and the Post continues to be outraged. Today’s offender is State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada, who is not exactly an angel anyway. A constituent photographed Espada’s Mercedes parked in front of a Bronx fire hydrant and posted the picture online, noting:
Seeing Pedro roll up and park illegally right in front of our building (while at the same time throwing any concerns for his constituents’ safety and well-being right out the window) makes me quite angry.
Parking in front of a fire hydrant is illegal “at all times,” the Post points out, “even for those with official permits.” Contacted for comment, Espada offered no explanation.
Owning stolen goods also tends to be illegal “at all times,” to the disappointment of interior designer Sheryl Davis. Davis purchased a stolen Pissarro (“Le Marche,” 1884) from a Texas antique dealer, but now a French museum is demanding its return. Davis feels that as the “innocent owner” of a work purchased “in good faith” she should get to keep it, reports the Post. The six-inch-by-eight-inch painting has been appraised at as much as $80,000.
Crime Waves: ‘One Idea All New Yorkers Agree On’