3 event with the backpacks. Related Stories New York Post sued for labeling two young men as Boston Marathon bombers This year’s New York City Marathon is going to be a drier run. Security prompted by the lethal Boston Marathon bombings led race officials to ban CamelBaks hydration backpacks filled with water or containers bigger than 1 liter. Some of the 48,000 runners expected after Hurricane Sandy washed out last years race were hardly in step with the crackdown. RELATED: HALF-MARATHONER ACCIDENTALLY WINS WHOLE MARATHON IN ONTARIO, CANADA Ive been training with my CamelBak all this time! runner Tami Mask wrote on Facebook in response to a rules notice posted Friday on the New York Road Runners Club page. Im screwed! Other banned items for the Nov. 3 event include strollers, vests with pockets and costumes covering the face or any nonformfitting, bulky outfits extending beyond the perimeter of the body. The changes were instituted immediately after the April terrorist attack that killed three people and wounded more than 260 near the Boston finish line. RELATED: CELEBS JOIN PAMELA ANDERSON IN RUNNING NYC MARATHON Strollers and costumes ‘covering the face,’ like the one seen here, are also banned from the New York City Marathon. Runner Lisa McGarry, prepping for her 11th New York City Marathon, called hydration packs lifesavers for those who need water but dont want to lug bottles in their hands. I opened (the New York Road Runners) email to see that I can carry water or tea in anything but a vest or a pack, she said. I know this is just one race in one city. And I can adapt and deal … but I had just solved my issue and now I need to come up with another, new solution just for New York. Joanna Prisco, making her city marathon debut, shared McGarrys pain but she took the new rules in stride.
Wells Fargo Sued by New York Over Mortgage-Service Accord
Schneiderman said Wells Fargo sent a letter to a committee monitoring the mortgage settlement offering to voluntarily take steps, but the bank refused to acknowledge its shortcomings. Their communication with customers is terrible, Schneiderman told reporters Wednesday at his offices in Manhattan. Theyre not providing the right folks with the ability to close a deal. And, Schneiderman added, the bank continues to enter into servicing contracts with other companies, forcing homeowners to start all over again with a new servicer. At a news conference at his Manhattan offices, Schneiderman mocked a Wells Fargo letter to a homeowner. Brandishing a copy, he read excerpts riddled with unclear writing, typos and stray characters not from any recognizable alphabet. I appreciate their efforts at honoring the diversity of New York and the fact that they are looking out for the Martian-speaking population, Schneiderman said. The Wells Fargo lawsuit was announced along with a parallel agreement with Bank of America over similar claims. B of A agreed to designate high-level staff to work with counseling and legal-services agencies to speed up pending or delayed modification requests. The bank also agreed, for example, to improve its communications with borrowers over missing documents. Schneiderman left open the possibility of an agreement with Wells Fargo. There is nothing stopping them from stepping forward and negotiating something, the attorney general said. Their offer of voluntary changes and no deadlines, and no specific procedures or policies is simply not good enough. Wells Fargo has been, if not the, then certainly one of the, most difficult banks all across America in dealing with homeowners, Schneiderman said. Wells Fargo said in a statement Tuesday that New York’s lawsuit was “very disappointing.” The bank said it was committed to the terms of the mortgage settlement.
New York claims Wells Fargo mortgage-servicing fixes ‘not good enough’
Uptown, colored regions show large parcels of land that were in the process of being broken up and sold. The grid was taking over. Central Park didn’t yet exist. But it would soon. The city used eminent domain to take the property. But it wasn’t uninhabited. Many poor Irish and German immigrants and free blacks lived in an area called Seneca Village, near where Strawberry Fields is today. It may not have been the shanty town city officials made it out to be, as the next map in this gallery shows. The large green block to the east of Central Park (below it on the map above) is an area called Jones’s Wood. The city considered putting its large public park here instead of where Central Park is today, but the owners were reluctant to sell the land. In the 1860s and 70s the area was a weekend refuge for working class people, who’d come to relax and play by the banks of the East River.
New York City’s Turbulent Past Comes to Life in Maps
Wells Fargo is one of the most difficult banks for distressed homeowners to deal with, Schneiderman said at the press conference. The bank sends incomprehensible communications to borrowers, he said, reading aloud from an April letter sent by the bank to an upstate New York homeowner that stated urees are present on 2011 taxes IAO $4250. Is B1 claiming ureeduring the year? If so, how much per pay period. After months of discussions with both banks, Wells Fargo refused to acknowledge theres a problem, Schneiderman said. Vickee Adams, a spokeswoman for Wells Fargo, said yesterday in a statement that it is very disappointing that the New York attorney general continues to pursue his course, given our commitment to the terms of the national mortgage settlement. Track Record Wells Fargo is proud of its track record of providing important relief to borrowers in New York and nationwide, she said, describing the company as a leader in preventing foreclosures, helping families maintain homeownership with more than 880,000 modifications nationwide and 26,000 in New York over the last four years. Adams said that the bank has modified six loans for every foreclosure sale in New York since the beginning of 2009. The bank has found it has been able to avoid foreclosure for 75 percent of New York borrowers who seek modifications after falling behind by one or two mortgage payments, she said. Dan Frahm , a Bank of America spokesman, said yesterday the bank was pleased to resolve the issues raised by Schneidermans office without litigation. Were pleased with the significant assistance Bank of America has extended, and continues to extend, to homeowners through the national mortgage settlement and we will continue working with attorneys general nationwide to continually improve the experience for customers eligible for these important programs, Frahm said in an e-mail. Monetary Relief The practices Bank of America agreed to change to bring itself in line with the settlement apply in New York only, although the bank is expected to try to expand those reforms nationwide, Schneiderman said. Under terms of the national deal, the banks agreed to streamline processes for distressed mortgage borrowers seeking to modify loan terms, among making other reforms. The deal also provided monetary relief for homeowners. The New York attorney generals action is welcome news for homeowners who at best get the run-around and at worst lose their homes because Wells Fargo refuses to act in good faith, said Brian Kettenring, executive director of Campaign for a Fair Settlement, an organization that advocates for accountability from big banks for their role in the financial crisis. Wells Fargo was particularly aggressive in targeting communities for predatory lending before the crash and has been singled out by community groups as one of the worst perpetrators of unnecessary foreclosures, he said in a statement.