Airbnb Host Creates Petition To Confront New York Lawmakers

Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs ‘Humans of New York’ fascinate photographer Brandon Stanton Jocelyn McClurg, USA TODAY 6:45 p.m. EDT October 14, 2013 Brandon Stanton explores the ‘Humans of New York.’ Flip through his photos. Brandon Stanton “Jealousy. Depression. Love. They pretty much demonstrate the whole range of human emotion.” Brandon Stanton “He’s going to be a player.” Brandon Stanton “Bet it’??d be hard to have a bad day if you were holding hands with these two.” Brandon Stanton “While surveying hurricane damage on Staten Island, I came across these volunteers from the Muslim-American Society. They paused for a quick picture before heading back to their car for more supplies.” Brandon Stanton “These two were raising money for the boya?’s athletic league. ‘It’s a great program,’ explained the father. ‘I found it while searching for things he could do.'” Brandon Stanton The photographer becomes the subject. John Berube Like this topic? You may also like these photo galleries: Replay Last Slide Next Slide Blog becomes a book filled with New Yorkers of every stripe. Brandon Stanton explores the ‘Humans of New York’ in his blog, which is being published as a book. Story Highlights His new book of photos grew from his blog He interviews his subjects throughout the city “Storytelling” as important as the photography SHARE 73 CONNECT 28 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE It’s a gloomy day in New York, not great for taking pictures, and photographer Brandon Stanton is at home in Brooklyn. But not for long. When it gets dark, he says, he’ll take out his camera he doesn’t use a flash and go looking for “pockets of light” or well-lit streets and see what he finds. The random anonymous people (and occasional dog) he snaps will join his voluminous collection, Humans of New York, an ongoing blog and now a book (St.

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“If we hit that goal by October 20th, I pledge to deliver the signatures to every senator myself.” As of this writing the petition has surpassed 20,000 signatures, the majority of which were gathered within the last 24 hours. Airbnb also got behind the petition on Monday by sending out an e-mail to its thousands of New York members. “The New York attorney general has subpoenaed the records of almost all of our New York hosts,” Airbnb’s global head of community Douglas Atkin wrote in the e-mail. “We are fighting the subpoena with all we’ve got, but poorly written laws make for even worse enforcement, and unless you help to stop it once and for all, the laws may never get better and New Yorkers will continue to suffer.” The debacle between New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Airbnb has been ongoing over the past year, but it got heated when Schneiderman filed a subpoena earlier this month. The subpoena requests three years’ worth of data on thousands of Airbnb New York hosts. Airbnb has said that it has 225,000 community members in New York. The Attorney General’s office is specifically looking for data on 15,000 hosts — it’s unclear if this includes almost all of Airbnb’s New York hosts. While Airbnb has said that it will cooperate with New York’s lawmakers to root out illegal hotel operators and slumlords, it also filed a motion last week stating the subpoena was “unreasonably broad” and it won’t turn over sweeping amounts of information on hosts who have done no wrong. Schneiderman’s subpoena is based on a 2011 New York state law that makes it illegal for New York residents to rent out a property for less than 29 days. The law is meant to protect renters, so that slumlords don’t force them to leave to make a quick buck on unlicensed hotels and short-term stays. After the petition popped up and Airbnb sent out its e-mail to New York members on Monday, a spokesman from Schneiderman’s office accused the service of fear mongering, according to the Wall Street Journal . Airbnb is “scaring and misleading thousands of well-intentioned New Yorkers and sending lobbyists to Albany to create legal loopholes,” spokesman Matt Mittenthal told the Journal. Airbnb and the New York Attorney General’s office did not immediately respond to CNET’s request for comment. This article originally appeared on CNET .

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The best opportunity among those came when Callahan sent a backhander to Richards out front, but the center’s shot clanged off the post. When Richards became the facilitator moments later, New York was able to get the puck in the net. He has four goals and three assists the past five games. The Capitals entered the night second in the NHL on the power play, at better than 35 percent, but went 0 for 4. Notes New York lost its preceding three games by a combined 20-5. … Rangers D Michael del Zotto was scratched because of illness. … Capitals F Jason Chimera played his first game since being fined nearly $4,500 by the NHL for boarding Edmonton Oilers defenseman Justin Schultz in the first period of Washington’s 4-2 victory Monday. … The Rangers won’t play their first home game until Oct.

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EDT ad:tech New York Startup Spotlight Finalists Announced Finalists Recognized as Most Enterprising and Innovative New Companies in Digital Marketing Today DALLAS, Oct 16, 2013 (BUSINESS WIRE) — ad:tech New York 2013, the largest digital marketing event of the year, held November 6-7 at Javits Center, today announced the finalists for its Startup Spotlight Series, a competition that acknowledges and rewards the most disruptive and innovative new companies in today’s digital marketing world. The Call for Startups launched in August and received over 80 submissions, but only eight were chosen as finalists. Partnering with MasterCard and Tourneau as brand judges, ad:tech New York sought to find the most inventive new companies in the industry. MasterCard Startup Spotlight Series Finalists: — Eventable: Eventable is a marketing channel that connects brands and customers through calendars, helping brands stay top-of-mind by integrating promoted events into customers’ daily schedules. — Jana: Jana is the world’s largest rewards platform. With integrations into the billing systems of 237 mobile operators, Jana can instantly reward 3.48 billion emerging market consumers in 70 local currencies with prepaid airtime. — Plink: Plink is an online-to-offline rewards program that motivates members to make offline purchases. — Sensegon Technologies: Sensegon specializes in persona-based targeting of social media advertising campaigns. Tourneau Startup Spotlight Series Finalists: — Buzztala: Buzztala is a scalable, safe and efficient platform for brands and retailers that gives them a way to allow their best customers and biggest fans a fast and frictionless way to create video content with brand context. — Curalate: Curalate is leading the pack in developing a new breed of marketing tools for the visual web, starting with Pinterest and Instagram. — OneSpot: OneSpot marries content marketing with the power, data intelligence and infrastructure of online advertising. — Shillster: Shillster is a social marketing platform that enables businesses to create and distribute their marketing message via their customers.