The city’s transit system faced a different threat this week than the coastal storm surges it endured during Hurricane Sandy: A sewer system overwhelmed by increasing rain, even at higher elevations.
The law replaces earlier protections that expired Aug. 31 but had been gutted by the Supreme Court ruling last month.
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Flash floods from historic rains Wednesday night killed nine New Yorkers, eight of whom died in basements of residential homes, officials said Thursday. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Kathy Hochul said their administrations are assessing the damage and preparing for a “whole new world” of extreme weather.
The NYPD has made 1,483 arrests for syringe possession since 2006, with 17 people arrested so far this year for the offense, police department data shows. Advocates say the law is demonstrative of the “massive inconsistencies between the penal code and the health code.”