Afternoon Bulletin: Vote on Ferrets, Chick-Fil-A Coming to NYC and More

The first Chick-fil-A restaurant will be opening up in NYC late this summer (Photo: Getty)

The first Chick-fil-A restaurant will be opening up in NYC late this summer (Photo: Getty) Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A troubling story involving a doctor and an inmate at the Manhattan Detention Complex has come to light. Last June, Rudolph Richardson was using a bathroom in his cell when a guard shut an electronic door on his left middle finger, partially severing it. When Mr. Richardson sought medical attention the doctor on duty told the prisoner to throw his finger in the trash because it could not be saved. In this instance disobeying authority worked in Mr. Richardson’s favor, as he refused to listen to the doctor and ultimately had his finger fully reattached at Bellevue Hospital. Mr. Richardson filed a suit back in January, and is now one of several cases against Corizon, the Tennessee-based for-profit company that deals with medical care for all of New York City Jails. (Gawker)

The popular yet controversial Atlanta based chicken chain, Chick-fil-A, will soon be firing up their grills in New York City. The fast food company is planning on opening a three-level, 5,000 square foot eatery at 1000 Sixth Avenue, near 37th street, Crain’s first reported. The Herald Square location is expected to be “the first of many” stores in New York City, according to a company spokeswoman. Chick-fil-A gained some unwanted attention in 2012, after President Dan Cathy revealed his anti-gay marriage stance. The chain does have religious ties, as it does not permit stores to be open on Sundays. (DNAinfo)

It appears the city is teaming up with citizens to try and crack down on its idle car problem. City Council Members Helen Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) and Donovan Rickets (D-Queens) will introduce a bill on Wednesday that would allow citizens to earn up to 50 percent of the summons revenue if they catch someone breaking the idling law on video and submit the tape to the Department of Environmental Protection. This could be a way for conscious citizens to earn some serious extra cash, as despite the bill only warning first time violators, second offense fines would be boosted to between $350 and $1,500. But the city is not making it that simple: citizens hoping to cash in on the new bill will have to undergo training by the DEP, which is scheduled to be offered five days per year under current plans. (New York Post)

Not quite the diabolical “Laser Beam” catastrophe Dr. Evil had in mind, but NYPD officers have been cracking down on the harmful use of laser pointers directed at airline pilots. The most recent arrest came Monday night, when Frank Egan, 36, was arrested on charges of assault to a police officer, felony assault, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of a weapon. The Bronx resident was flashing a small yet powerful laser pointer at pilots of inbound and outbound aircrafts from his apartment on Coddington Avenue. The laser pointer was precise enough to injure the eyes of two officers in an NYPD helicopter and a third pilot manning an Air Canada commercial airliner. Over the past year the FBI has begun a national campaign to deter what has become an increasing number of laser strikes, and in New York alone the number of incidents nearly doubled to 99 from 2010 to 2013. (The New York Times)

In more urgent matters, the New York City Board of Health voted to continue the ban on ferrets as pets in New York City. Pet ferrets are legal in New York State, but were specifically banned by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1999, who was their most vicious critic, and is even famously remembered for calling a fan’s obsession with the sloth like creature, “a sickness.” Mayor de Blasio does not have as strong an opinion, but backed the Board of Health’s decision, saying that it was their decision to make and that he is, “comfortable with their judgement.” Well, it appears cute ferrets like the one Jennifer Aniston named Rodolfo in Along Came Polly will have to continue to be domesticated in secret. (Observer)


Afternoon Bulletin: Vote on Ferrets, Chick-Fil-A Coming to NYC and More