🌱 NYPD and NY Fire Department must involuntarily commit more New Yorkers with mental illness

Good morning, New York!

  • Mayor Adams is ordering the police and fire departments to involuntarily remove more mentally ill New Yorkers from the streets.
  • Subway and bus fares may need to go up by as much as $3.50 per trip, a new study finds.
  • The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting is tonight!

But first, today’s weather:

The winds get strong; rain. High: 57 Low: 34.

Here are today’s top stories in New York City:

  1. Mayor Eric Adams has announced his plan to have more New Yorkers who appear to be mentally ill and have an “inability to provide” for their own basic needs to be involuntarily taken off the streets by the NYPD and FDNY. The directive drew strong criticism from the New York Civil Liberties Union and other groups, including Vocal-NYC. (New York City Patch)
  2. New York City subways and buses may need to increase fare prices by 28 percent to $3.50 per trip to avoid a looming budget shortfall by 2024, an analysis by the Office of the State Comptroller found. Both the MTA and the Comptroller agree that it’s an unpleasant prospect. The MTA is already proposing a 4 percent fare increase for 2023, with another 4 percent in 2025. (New York City patch)
  3. New York City has agreed to issue $3,500 payments to people who were detained on Rikers Island for more than three hours after posting bail between 2014 and October 21 of this year, if a judge approves the deal. With an estimate of more than 71,000 eligible people, the city would pay more than $300 million. (NY1 Spectrum News)
  4. State legislation would require New York City to buy the salt it uses to clear streets when it snows in the country, instead of importing it from Chile as it does now. That could potentially benefit salt mines in upstate New York. Governor Kathy Hochul has until the end of the year to consider the bill. (Gothamist)
  5. The MTA is prepared to spend nearly $1 billion on subway and commuter rail accessibility improvements, making eight subway stations compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The agency settled a pair of lawsuits in June that required it to bring 95 percent of stations into compliance by 2055. (AMNY)

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Today in New York City:

  • Welcome to NY Food and Coat Drive (11am)
  • Euphoria by Julian Rosefeldt — Park Avenue Armory (12:00 p.m.)
  • Vermeer and the art of love (3 p.m.)
  • “SHEETS” by Victor Vauban Jr. @ NYTheater Festival on November 30, December 2 and 4 (4 pm)
  • All Star Comedy-All Queer Lineup @ Greenwich Village Comedy Club (7 pm)

From my notebook:

  • Don’t miss the Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting tonight at 8:00 pm After the lighting, the tree will be lit throughout the day. and for a full 24 hours at Christmas. (New York City Patch)
  • A cat named Smells was brought to Orlando almost inadvertently after it snuck into a suitcase, according to TSA agents who captured it in an X-ray machine at the airport. (New York City Patch)
  • New York is now auctioning off items that were given to New York City mayors. Here are some of the weirder items up for grabs: a Louis Vuitton soccer ball given to Guiliani in commemoration of the 1998 World Cup, Michael Bloomberg’s stainless steel cake cutter, and more. (artnet news)
  • Two brothers set up a pop-up store in Manhattan encouraging shoppers to “buy blind.” and find a cure for blindness. (Pix 11 New York News)
  • The Phantom of the Opera will extend its last curtain on Broadway from February to April, after raising millions from a sold-out performance last week. (NY1 Spectrum News)
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30 will begin at 8 pm ET and will air live on NBC. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

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