Orange County unemployment rate drops to 2.6% in October

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate *Compared to All the Metro Areas in the StateThe Villages MSA: Third Fastest Annual Job Growth Rate*Professional and Business Services (+7.7%) Fastest Annual Job Growth Rate*Manufacturing (+7.2%) Please enter your name here Nonagricultural Employment in The Villages MSA was 30,700, an increase of 800 jobs (+2.7%) over the year. The Anatomy of Fear Source: Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, Bureau of Workforce Statistics and Economic Research.Next Release Scheduled for December 20th, 2019. Unemployment Rates The following HGIs Grew Faster in the CSCF Region than Statewide Over the Year:Professional and Business services (+7.7%)Manufacturing (+7.2%)Mining, Logging, and Construction (+3.7%)Government (+3.1%) Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.  Nonagricultural was 1,356,800, an Increase of 44,900 Jobs (+3.4%) Over the Year. Additional Information Central Florida’s Lowest Unemployment Rates:Orange County and Seminole County had the lowest unemployment rate (2.6%) in the CSCF region followed by Lake County (2.9%), Osceola County (3.0%), and Sumter County (4.0%). Second Highest Annual Job Growth*Mining, Logging, and Construction (+5,100 jobs)center_img TAGSCareerSource Central FloridaUnemployment Previous articleHope CommUnity Center hosts its 45th Annual Toy Sale Next articleDemings introduces Digital Evidence Bill Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR From CareerSource The Trade, Transportation, and Utilities Industry (-100 jobs) Lost Jobs Over the Year. Highest Annual Job Growth*Professional and Business Services (+18,300 Jobs)Leisure and Hospitality (+9,800 Jobs)Mining, Logging, and Construction (+5,100 Jobs)Government (+4,000 Jobs)Manufacturing (+3,400 Jobs)Education and Health Services (+3,300 Jobs)Financial Activities (+1,100 Jobs) Trends in High Growth Industries (HGIs) Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your comment! The unemployment rate in the CareerSource Central Florida (CSCF) region (Lake, Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Sumter counties) was 2.7% in October 2019, which was 0.2 percentage points lower than the state rate of 2.9%. —0.3 percentage point lower than the rate of 3.0% during the same time frame last year. The labor force was 1,428,380, up 41,879 (+3.0) over the year. There were 39,023 unemployed residents in the region. down graph Job Growth TrendsOrlando-Kissimmee-Sanford MSA:last_img read more

FirstGroup nominates Save the Children as its charity of

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Transport company FirstGroup has nominated Save the Children as its charity of choice in a partnership worth £1m. First has committed to supporting Save the Children’s UK programmes, and also to help create three new staff positions – Assistant Programme Directors who will work with local organisations in the UK to expand Save the Children’s work and reach the children most in need. From this autumn, First trains and buses featuring Save the Children’s logo will be seen by millions of passengers throughout the UK, helping to raise profile and funds for Save the Children. Advertisement FirstGroup nominates Save the Children as its charity of Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropycenter_img First have also unveiled plans to stage a series of fund-raising events throughout 2007 and 2008 which aim to get everyone, whatever their level of fitness, up, running and raising vital money for Save the Children. The first major fundraising event, the First Monster 120km team duathlon challenge, will see around 1,000 people taking part on the shores of Loch Ness on Sunday 2nd September. Celebrities and high-profile figures such as Nell McAndrew, Dancing on Ice winner Kyran Bracken and the former Labour Government head of communications and strategy, Alastair Campbell, have already signed up for the First Monster Challenge. Howard Lake | 10 July 2007 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

New round of LIBOR funding opens for applications

first_img  203 total views,  1 views today Tagged with: Funding Libor matched giving HM Treasury is now accepting applications for the latest round of LIBOR funding. Projects that support the Armed Forces and Emergency Services communities can now apply.The LIBOR Fund was announced in 2012, following banking scandals related to the rigging of the benchmark rate that some of the world’s leading banks charge each other for short-term loans.A HM Treasury statement announced that “the proceeds from LIBOR fines would be used to support Armed Forces and Emergency Services charities and other related good causes that represent those that demonstrate the very best of values.”2017 funding roundThe latest funding will support projects that benefit people from one or more of the following categories:Serving members of the Armed ForcesFamily members of those serving in the Armed ForcesVeterans of the Armed ForcesServing Emergency Services personnelFamily members of Emergency Services personnelFormer and retired Emergency Services personnel‘Emergency Services personnel’ are defined as “Police Officers, Fire Fighters, Paramedics, and other professionals called to scenes of crisis or crime.” Advertisement New round of LIBOR funding opens for applications Eligible projectsApplications are accepted from:a registered charitya Community Interest Company oran Armed Forces unit with a Unit Identification Number (UIN)Cadet Units are also eligible to apply but they should apply through their parent organisation.Funding can be used for capital projects, including building projects. However, applicant organisations will need to secure match funding for at least 50% for the project.Projects can be funded for up to three years, providing it will end by March 2021.Only online applications will be accepted, and applications must be submitted by 25 August 2017. Final decisions on the successful project will be made in November 2017.There is guidance on applying, a sample application form and the application process. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis47  204 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis47 Howard Lake | 26 June 2017 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Kiewit-Parsons Joint Venture Nears Completion of Gold Line Operations Campus in Monrovia, CA

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. The Kiewit–Parsons Joint Venture (JV) announced that it is nearing completion of the $265 million Gold Line Operations Campus in Monrovia, CA, built as part of the 11.5-mi Foothill Gold Line light rail transit (LRT) project from Pasadena to Azusa in California. The JV—known as Foothill Transit Constructors—will deliver the project to the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority in late May, 3 months ahead of schedule.We are pleased to once again complete an outstanding project for the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority,” said Todd Wager, Parsons Group President. “The Gold Line Operations Campus is one of the only facilities of its kind designed and built to meet the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standards.”Matt Scott, Kiewit Vice President and District Manager, added, “The Foothill Gold Line is a tremendous asset for the community, providing residents with a great alternative to congested freeways. It’s been an honor to work with the Authority on such an important project.”The 24-acre Gold Line Operations Campus will operate 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, housing up to 84 light rail vehicles and nearly 200 employees. It will contain offices and training facilities for operations and maintenance staff, as well as accommodations for light rail vehicle inspection and maintenance services. The main shop building was designed to achieve 35% more water efficiency and 32.5% more optimized energy performance than a typical building of its kind.Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority CEO Habib F. Balian commented, “The Operations Campus provided us a unique challenge to reduce water and energy usage, without significantly impacting the project schedule and budget. With Parsons’ support and guidance, this facility is now a model for others around the county and the nation.”The Gold Line Operations Campus is part of a Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority contract in which the Kiewit–Parsons team designed and built 11.5 mi of double mainline track, 6 light rail stations, 10 traction power substations, communications systems, and an LRT train control/signals system, as well as a freight signals system for a new freight track on the eastern 3.8 mi of the project. The extension will be substantially complete in September 2015.About KiewitKiewit is one of North America’s largest and most respected construction, mining and engineering organizations. With its roots dating back to 1884, the employee-owned organization operates through a network of subsidiaries in the United States, Canada and Australia. Kiewit offers construction and engineering services in a variety of markets including transportation, water/wastewater, power, oil, gas and chemical, building and mining. Kiewit had 2014 revenues of $10.4 billion and employs more than 25,700 staff and craft employees.About ParsonsParsons, celebrating 70 years of growth in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries, is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on defense/security, industrial, and infrastructure. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com. 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LA Metro To Get Federal Boost; Service To Fully Resume By September

first_img LA Metro courtesy LA Metro FacbookThe Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s service will return to pre-pandemic levels by September, thanks to $1.6 billion allocated to the L.A. region’s transit systems from the federal American Rescue Plan, Mayor Eric Garcetti announced Thursday.L.A. Metro initially anticipated service to return to regular levels by September 2022, however that goal was later moved up to December by Metro’s board, Garcetti said.The $1.6 billion is given to the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim region, and the Southern California Association of Governments will divide it between agencies.“It’s hard to overstate what this money means for Los Angeles. It means more buses on the streets, it means more trains on the tracks, it means more frequent and reliable service for our customers, and more Angelenos getting to where they need to go, to work, to an appointment, maybe even to get to their vaccine,” Garcetti said.An additional $275 million will go to Metro’s capital projects, including $59 million for the Regional Connector, $66.5 million for the Purple Line Extension Section 1, $58.5 million for the Purple Line Extension Section 2, and $93.5 million for the Purple Line Extension Section 3. Those projects are typically funded through sales taxes, and that revenue decreased during the COVID-19 pandemic.The funding “will help us keep those projects on track and even accelerate them a bit as well,” L.A. Metro CEO Phillip Washington said.Los Angeles lobbied the federal government to address funding problems within transit systems during the pandemic. In July 2020, the American Public Transportation Association reported that almost half of the nation’s transit agencies had implemented or were planning reductions and layoffs, as well as deferring or canceling capital projects.At that time, Metro predicted a $1.8 billion revenue reduction and estimated that ridership wouldn’t return to normal for up to two years.Washington called the American Rescue Plan a silver lining in the midst of a devastating pandemic.“As we move through and as we think about these many initiatives that we are working, we will be able to inject new money into that so let me just say … this is a lifeline,” he said.Seleta Reynolds, general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, praised the way her staff adjusted during the pandemic and assisted Los Angeles in new ways.“We had traffic officers, instead of directing traffic at Lakers games, showing up at testing sites and vaccine sites, serving an unbelievable 88,000 hours of directing traffic last year, really unprecedented. We repurposed our streets, we built 60 miles of bike lanes, we built transit-only lanes through a partnership with Metro, we repurposed parking spaces to allow restaurants to be able to welcome customers back,” she said.“Their crisis response was really about showing that transportation can be a pathway to mobility justice, to climate justice, to racial justice, because that is the role that it plays in the region.” Community News Top of the News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Business News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe 19 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEase Up! Snake Massages Are Real And Do Wonders!HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News LA Metro To Get Federal Boost; Service To Fully Resume By September CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 7:35 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Pregnant survivor of New Mexico bus crash gave birth to twins hours later

first_imgKRQE(THOREAU, N.M.) — A pregnant survivor of the New Mexico bus crash that claimed eight lives gave birth to twins hours after the devastating accident, officials said.The crash took place Thursday when a tire on a tractor trailer blew, causing it to veer into oncoming traffic. The tractor trailer hit a Greyhound bus head-on, according to New Mexico State Police.Forty-nine passengers were on board the bus and most were taken to local hospitals with injuries.Among those injured was a pregnant woman who delivered twins after the accident.The mother was listed in stable condition Friday at Rehoboth McKinley Christian Health Care Services while the twins were admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit at the University of New Mexico Hospital, officials said.Seventeen people — including the newborn twins — were still receiving medical attention across five hospitals as of Friday afternoon.Dr. Kurt Nolte, New Mexico’s chief medical investigator, would not say whether any of the eight people killed were children.Christopher Jones told ABC News he got to the accident site on Interstate 40 just after the crash.“There was multiple fatalities that I could see,” Jones said, adding that he was “just trying to help other people that were critical and help them calm down.”Jones, who said he used to be a volunteer firefighter and EMT, described the scene as “one of the hardest” he’s ever experienced: “It was a pretty rough site.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

New York City marathon canceled due to coronavirus

first_imgRightFramePhotoVideo/iStockBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — New York City’s marathon, scheduled to take place Nov. 1, has been canceled because of coronavirus, according to New York Road Runners.Runners can get a refund or a guaranteed free entry in 2021, 2022 or 2023.Runners will also be invited to take part in a virtual marathon from Oct. 17 through Nov. 1. New York City’s marathon, which has become the world’s largest, was set to celebrate its 50th running this year.“While the marathon is an iconic and beloved event in our city, I applaud New York Road Runners for putting the health and safety of both spectators and runners first,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. “We look forward to hosting the 50th running of the marathon in November of 2021.”Next year’s marathon will be held on Nov. 7, 2021.  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Tens of thousands set to march in ‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’ protest

first_imgAnthony Peltier/iStockBy ADIA ROBINSON, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — Tens of thousands of protestors seeking criminal justice reform are planning to gather at the National Mall on Friday under the rallying cry “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks,” a reference to the manner in which George Floyd was killed while in police custody in May and reminiscent of the 1963 March on Washington.“We are tired of the mistreatment and the violence that we, as Black Americans, have been subjected to for hundreds of years,” Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement. “Like those who marched before us, we are standing up and telling the police, telling lawmakers, telling the people and systems that have kept us down for years, ‘Get your knee off our necks.’”Sharpton announced the march in June during his eulogy at Floyd’s Minneapolis memorial service. It occurs on the 57th anniversary of the original March on Washington and in conjunction with the NAACP’s virtual March on Washington.Martin Luther King III, who also will help lead Friday’s march, told ABC News’ 2020 in an interview scheduled to air on Friday that normally there wouldn’t be a march for the 57th anniversary of his father’s historic march.“But because of what is going on,” the oldest son of Martin Luther King Jr. said, “the climate in this nation — more civil rights demonstrations we’ve seen in our nation and really throughout the world that are finally acknowledging that Black Lives Matter — when you realize the reasons why, police brutality and misconduct is still occurring, it is beyond time for immediate action.”“We all saw some things begin to move a short period of time after, tragically, George Floyd was killed, but we haven’t made the kind of steps that we need to, certainly not at the national level,” he added.The “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March comes toward the end of a summer of unrest sparked by more Blacks being killed or severely injured by police. Floyd, 46, died after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than eight minutes. Chauven was fired and now faces murder charges.Protesters have called for the arrest and prosecution of the Louisville, Kentucky, officers involved in the March shooting of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was shot at least eight times when plainclothes officers fired “blindly” into her apartment as they executed a no-knock warrant, alleges a lawsuit by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer.Most recently, Jacob Blake, 29, was shot by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin Sunday night. According to Blake’s family, he was shot seven times in the back and is now paralyzed from the waist down.The Department of Justice identified the officer as Rusten Sheskey Wednesday.Speakers at Friday’s march are expected to include Sharpton, King and the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner. Jacob Blake, the father of the man shot by police in Wisconsin, also is expected to speak, as first reported by USA Today.People are expected to begin gathering at the Lincoln Memorial around 7 a.m. Speeches are scheduled to being at 11 a.m., followed by a march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial.Due to COVID-19 concerns, all participants are required to wear masks and get their temperatures checked before entering the event. While buses are bringing participants in from outside of the region, the organizers are discouraging people living in states on D.C.’s mandatory quarantine list from traveling there for the march.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Staff share best practice in IBM ‘WorldJam’ chatroom

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Computer giant IBM opened a massive online chatroom for three days to allowstaff from around the world to share ideas and best practice. More than 52,000 IBM staff participated in what was called”WorldJam” in May. They could enter 10 different forums through theintranet-based chatroom, two of which concerned work-life balance issues. A senior manager facilitated the session, suggesting ideas and encouragingindividuals to join in. There were also breakout rooms where mini-brainstormingsessions took place. Employees submitted ideas on how to tackle the issues orproblems and “jammers” voted on them. The most popular forum asked staff for ideas on how to retain employees. Itreceived 1,265 out of the 6,048 replies, the most popular of which was to starta support network for new staff. Louise Wadman, internal communications manager for IBM, EMEA, said, “Itwas a fast, engaging and far-reaching way of surfacing best practices. WorldJamwas a way of putting our 325,000 imaginations to work. We shared views on thecustomer and operational issues we face today.” Of the 1,500 jammers surveyed, 85 per cent said they would engage in asimilar event, 62 per cent said they had learned new things and 56 per centsaid it had given them specifics that they can use in their work. Staff share best practice in IBM ‘WorldJam’ chatroomOn 11 Sep 2001 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. last_img read more

Chelsea Hotel owners sue city for $100M over renovation delays

first_imgThe lawsuit is the latest twist in the hotel’s long, at times agonizing history.In 2016, Drukier, Born and MacPherson bought the hotel for $250 million with the goal of bringing new life to the dilapidated property. The previous ownership group, led by Joseph Chetrit and Ed Scheetz, had already received construction permits in 2012, and the new owners wanted to finish carrying out that work, including renovating the lobby and completing interior work on new rooms.Those plans hit a roadblock two years later, when HPD allegedly changed the hotel’s occupancy designation to “single-room occupancy multiple dwelling,‘’ where some units had a shared element such as a kitchen or bathroom. Under that classification, the developers could not proceed with planned unless they obtained a certificate of no harassment, a document that stated that the landlords were not harassing tenants. The developers applied for one in early 2019, and HPD began an investigation soon thereafter.Tensions had already reached a boiling point between the developers and a group of tenants who had previously been allowed to live at the hotel on a long-term basis under rent-stabilized leases. Some of these tenants complained to the city about the construction, claiming it made their living conditions worse. The remainder of the 50 or so tenants supported the developer’s plan, according to the lawsuit.In August 2019, HPD said there was cause to believe that harassment occurred at the hotel. A month later, HPD filed a petition against Drukier, the certificate’s applicant, and the case was moved to the city’s internal law court. In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs call the OATH hearing, which took place between last March and November, “a brutal uphill battle.”Shortly before the trial was set to resume in January 2021, the ownership group found a document showing that the hotel had been classified as a luxury hotel in 1997. This exempted the hotel from the SROMD designation. HPD withdrew its case in January, claiming that it had no record of the luxury exemption.Two days later, DOB rescinded its stop work order. Construction has since resumed, and the owners recently told the New York Times they aim to open the hotel by the end of the year.Contact Keith Larsen Full Name* Email Address* Ira Drukier with the Hotel Chelsea (Getty, Patrick McMullan/Getty)The Chelsea Hotel was once a bohemian utopia, home to the likes of Leonard Cohen and Patti Smith, and inspiring countless other artists.But in the past decade, the historic property has become more of a dystopia, both for its owners and a small but vocal group of longtime tenants. Residents have sued owners past and present, alleging harassment via construction. And plans to renovate the hotel, which have been in the works since at least 2012, were temporarily halted in 2018 after the city issued a stop-work order.Now, the current owners — hoteliers Ira Drukier, Richard Born and Sean MacPherson, who also own the Jane Hotel and the Bowery Hotel — have filed a lawsuit against the city, the Department of Buildings and the Department of Housing Preservation and Development, alleging that the delays cost them at least $100 million.ADVERTISEMENTThe complaint alleges the city relied heavily on tenants’ complaints, which it says were “hyperbolic, exceedingly exaggerated, misleading, or outright false,” to stop construction at the property. It further alleges that HPD “arbitrarily and capriciously” forced a change to the city’s official records without basis. This resulted in two years of delays and hefty costs to the developers, according to the suit.“Not only did the city wrongfully stop construction under valid permits years into the hotel’s redevelopment, but it hid how and why it did so,” said Jennifer Recine, an attorney at Kasowitz Benson Torres, who is representing the development group.Neither the city’s Law Department or HPD responded to a request to comment.The lawsuit also alleges that prior to a hearing in front of the city’s Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings, the tenants’ lawyers demanded $25 million from the hotel owners in exchange for withholding testimony. The tenants then allegedly bumped up their demand to $47 million closer to the hearing, according to the complaint.The tenants’ lawyer refuted that allegation. “Our negotiations were confidential discussions between attorneys, and we dispute the accuracy of that statement,” said attorney Leon Behar.Read moreChelsea hotel reno can resume after housing department drops fight Chelsea hotel owner notches court win againt tenants over work at iconic property Chelsea hotel renovation amounted to tenant harassment, city says BD HotelsChelseahotel chelseaReal Estate Lawsuits Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Message* Tagslast_img read more