Afternoon Bulletin: Hoverboards Could Be Legal, Fast Food Wage Raise and More

A bill could make hoverboards legal in New York City (Photo: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images).

A bill could make hoverboards legal in New York City. (Photo: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images) (Photo by Christopher Furlong, Getty Images).

Hoverboards might still stand a chance of becoming legal in NYC. A state senator from Queens, Jose Peralta, has introduced a bill to bring them back onto the streets—it would both legalize hoverboards and exempt them from their current status as motor vehicles that cannot be licensed by the DMV. Right now, someone caught hoverboarding around the city could be fined up to $200. “Talk to me about delivery food scooters and other things we should be addressing. But a hoverboard that goes less than 8 mph? It’s ridiculous,” Mr. Peralta said. (Daily News)

By 2021, some fast food workers will be seeing a larger paycheck with a wage of $15.00 an hour. On Wednesday, a state appeals panel upheld the order from the state Labor Department. The National Restaurant Association said they would appeal the decision to the New York State Supreme Court. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s labor commissioner created the Fast Food Wage Board, which recommended the raise. The order applies to fast food chains with more than 30 locations nationwide. (am New York)

Rental vacancies are the highest they’ve been in nine years, according to a Douglas Elliman report released Thursday. The rate of vacancy in November of 2015 was 2.9 percent, an increase from the 2.3 percent vacancy rate last year; the highest vacancy rates were in the East Village at 3.2 percent and West Village at 2.6 percent. The median rental price in the city hit $3,361 per month, but rentals will likely level off rather than increase or decrease. To compensate for vacancies, some landlords have been offering concessions or deals with rentals. The number of rentals with concessions is a huge 13.5 percent compared to last year’s 4.8 percent. (DNAinfo)

Homeless people housed in hotels are costing the city about $4,830 a month per person. The city pays for about 1,100 hotel rooms each day. The short-term use of hotel rooms to house them has increased over the past two years, Homeless Services Commisioner Gilbert Taylor said at a City Council hearing. The city houses 58,000 homeless persons. Last year, officials complained that $3000-a-month rents for the homeless were too steep. “It raises a question, and there’s no good option here, but $4,000 or more a month on a hotel room is obviously very expensive,” said Council General Welfare Committee chair Steve Levin. (New York Post)

A truck driver in Midwood, Brooklyn on Wednesday made the epic mistake of running a red light as Mayor Bill de Blasio was about to step into a crosswalk. The mayor told his security detail, which pulled the truck to the side of the road. Truck driver Franky Matarrese and owner Rav Aphraemov were slapped with 13 violations, including failure to yield to a pedestrian. The truck had a dealer license plate and was uninsured, according to Peter Kadushin, a spokesman from the mayor’s office.(The New York Times)

Afternoon Bulletin: Hoverboards Could Be Legal, Fast Food Wage Raise and More