Airbnb Host Creates Petition To Confront New York Lawmakers

“The reason this is happening is because of a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments,” Mishelle writes. “As a New Yorker just trying to pay my bills, I don’t understand why they think I’m a slumlord.” “I figure that if we get 20,000 people to sign the petition, we’ll get the state Senate’s attention,” she continues. “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.

New York Giants Sign Peyton Hillis, but Don’t Expect Much from Him

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When he was 24 years old with the Browns in 2010, Hillis had 1,654 yards from scrimmage. That got him on the freakin’ Madden cover , but he’s been missing ever since. While with the Chiefs , Hillis ran for 101 yards against the Colts last December. That, however, was a day in which Indy also let Jamaal Charles to go for 226. And it was Hillis’ first triple-digit performance in exactly a year. In 2011 and 2012 with Cleveland and Kansas City, he averaged just 3.6 yards per carry and had only two 100-yard performances in 23 tries. The disappearance of Peyton Hillis Yards/game 4 Pro Football Reference During that stretch, he was riddled with injuries. He just looked like a back five years older than he actually was. That’s why the Browns didn’t even try to re-sign him, even after he offered them a hometown discount . It’s why he was cast aside this past offseason by a Chiefs team that was coming off a two-win season, and it’s why he was released last month by the winless Buccaneers . Tampa must have felt that its running gamecurrently averaging only 3.8 yards per carrycouldn’t benefit from Hillis’ presence. So don’t expect things to be any different for him in New York. He’s merely a body. A big (yet somewhat brittle), fast (yet somewhat tired) and experienced (yet somewhat worn out) body. One that can go through the motions in case of emergency, hopefully without doing more harm than good to a pass-first offense. Hillis is a decent enough blocker, but he has given up three pressures on 41 pass-blocking snaps the last two years. He gave up only four total on 120 such snaps in 2010, but he’s barely been used in blitz pickup and as a pass protector outside of that season.