If you reside in New York, then you probably know it is one of the busiest states in the world. With a population of about 20,201,249, so much is happening all over. As a New Yorker, you need to know what is happening around you. Take a look at some of the stories that have made headlines in this state.
Police Misconduct Results in Millions in Lawsuit Settlement
Civil Rights Violations, false arrests, and excessive use of false information are just a few of the claims made by police departments all over New York. After the death of George Floyd, protestors in different states, including New York, took the streets to protest the unjust killing. During those demonstrations, law enforcers and demonstrators are harassed and, as a result, some officers were disciplined for alleged misconduct. This opened up the door to the possibility of countless civil lawsuits. It is estimated that about 15 million lawsuits are filed every year in the US. Imagine how high the number will go when people start filing lawsuits against law enforcement?
The New York Police Department is the largest force in the country, with around 36 000 members serving a city of about 8.3 million residents. In 2019, the city paid out about $175.9 million because of lawsuits related to police misconduct. Unfortunately, according to Jennvine Wong, a staff attorney with The Cop Accountability Project, the city of New York does not budget for police lawsuits. That means it is the taxpayers that bear the brunt of this cost.
A Shift in How People are Listening to Radio
Over the last couple of years, there have been changes in how people listen to the radio. Radio listeners would tune in by simply twisting the knob in the past. Today, most young listeners find radio stations online or download a podcast. And with the rise of online stations and other streaming services, the face of radio has shifted dramatically. Besides more listeners enjoying radio online, they are also using different devices to listen. Smartphones take the lead, with about 73% of listeners saying they use their phones-the other percentage claim to use desktops and laptops.
What people listen to online is a mixture of streaming platforms like Tidal and Spotify or user-controlled stations like Pandora. Something else that has changed in ‘drive time’. Over the last couple of years, about 7 to 8 am and 5 to 7 pm when people are driving to and from work was considered ‘drive time’. There is nothing else one can do while driving to work apart from listening to the radio or music. But with the changing working culture, driving time is no longer limited to early morning or evening. Most online listeners are young people. A survey found that 76% of millennials and 82% of Gen Z are likely to be listening to music in their car. This is something that advertisers can take advantage of, especially with targeted Ads.
The New York Economy
New York state is one of the most powerful states in America. Its economic output is so big that if it were a country, it would be number 11 in the list of the biggest economies. According to the New York State Comptroller’s office, in 2017, the state’s GDP was over 1.5 trillion and has been growing. The GDP of New York City alone was expected to be 2.5 trillion. However, with the pandemic, there are a few doubts about whether this dream is still achievable. In the first six months of 2020, global trading volumes dropped by 9.5%. Compared to the same period the previous year, the total international trading dropped by about 16%. And even if small and vulnerable economies were hit the most, resource-rich states like New York State have been affected as well. Experts believe that the state’s economy might take time to rebuild.
These are some of the changes that have been seen in New York State in the last couple of years and continue to be seen. Stay updated to know what is happening in your state.