Afternoon Bulletin: TLC Sexual Harassment Crackdown, the Artist Behind ‘Selfie Rat’

New York City is becoming saturated with services competing for the on-demand taxi market. (Photo: Getty)

The TLC has proposed rule changes in an effort to curb sexual harassment in cabS. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The Taxi and Limousine Commission has proposed rule changes in an effort to curb sexual harassment in cabs. A plan drafted by TLC officials would include updating the commission’s rule book for drivers with new language about what constitutes inappropriate behavior, such as “any conversation related to sexual acts and sexual contact,” and harsher consequences if these rules are violated. Proposed penalties for harassment include a $1,000 fine and a 30-day suspension. (Daily News)

For Brooklyn-based actor Greg Boz, a job offer came with a strange twist. Last fall he got a call from Zardulu, the secretive artist behind the ‘Selfie Rat’ and, possibly, the notorious ‘Pizza Rat’ as well, who specializes in the art of the viral video. Mr. Boz was soon part of an elaborate hoax involving a few taxidermied catfish with fake third eyes and the Gowanus Canal. The artist, a sort of modern day myth-maker, thinks the power of mystery is undervalued. She told the Times “It upsets me when I hear people refer to them as lies.” (New York Times)

Documents have revealed that water leaks at the Hudson Yards subway station aren’t a new concern. The ongoing problem at the station became apparent to riders less than six months after the new subway stop opened last September, however documents from a legal dispute between contractors used for the project show the leaks were already an issue while the station was under construction. Specifically, a 2011 letter sent to the site’s main contractor raised questions about the materials used in the station’s waterproofing system, warning it could increase potential for leaks. (New York Times)

For two families of Syrian refugees settled in Elizabeth, New Jersey, navigating public schools has not been easy. Thirteen-year old Aisha, whose family withheld her last name, was bullied at an Elizabeth public school for wearing a hijab, until scholarships offered to her family by a local Islamic private school allowed her to transfer there. At the Academy of Greatness and Excellence in Teaneck, where girls’ uniforms include hijabs, she said she feels more comfortable and at home. (WNYC)

A week after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order banning non-essential state travel to North Carolina in response to the passage of a law in the southern state that overturned LGBT community protections, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced a similar ban for New York City employees. “My hope is that both these states will relent, but we certainly are not going to have any non-essential travel to those states if these laws do continue in effect,” he said. In March 2015, a ban on travel to Indiana was ordered by both Mr. Cuomo and Mr. de Blasio in response to a similar law passed there. (Politico)

Afternoon Bulletin: TLC Sexual Harassment Crackdown, the Artist Behind ‘Selfie Rat’