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Two of President Donald Trump's selections for the National Labor Relations Board faced skeptical questioning by Democratic senators during a confirmation session. At issue was alleged anti-union bias by Littler Mendelson shareholder William Emanuel and Occupational Safety and Health Administration attorney Marvin Kaplan.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is planning a $10 billion renovation to the John F. Kennedy International Airport and is seeking preliminary design and engineering proposals. The goal is to unify the various terminals as well as upgrade the roads, parking and public transportation.
The scope of a vast, mixed-use project at 6208 Eighth Ave. in Brooklyn remains about the same, but significant changes have been made since the original proposal by Raymond Chan Architects in 2014. Community Board 10 rejected the previous proposal on an advisory basis, but the changes -- including reduced heights and two buildings instead of four -- may accommodate the board's objections.
Several organizations are proposing that a community land trust be set up in the Bronx to allow residents to harvest some value from potential local development. The idea is one of two selected by the Design Trust for Public Space's 2017 Call for Projects, with the objective of allowing local residents to control real estate for lasting public benefit.
Manhattan's Inwood residents expressed strong objections to mayoral plans for rezoning to promote development at the latest public hearing on the subject. The administration notes current zoning is more than 50 years old and outdated, but residents complained that their rezoning input is largely being ignored or only selectively heard.
Jails would become "justice hubs" with benefits for local communities in architects' proposals to replace Rikers Island. The Justice in Design plan, which includes fenced-in outdoor areas, would "create healthy, normative environments and support rehabilitation for incarcerated or detained individuals, while simultaneously providing neighborhoods with new public amenities."
Heatstroke is a major problem for construction workers, and Fujitsu has developed a system that uses artificial intelligence and sensors integrated with wristwatches to alert workers of potential danger. The company plans to begin selling the product by the end of the month.
Employers will be able to submit illness and injury reports to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration through a new web-based application beginning Aug. 1. The agency has proposed delaying the new rule until December and has initiated another public comment period.