New York Police Believe They’ve Found Baby Hope’s Mother

. . . This summer, the police returned to the area where she was found to ask residents for help in solving the case. They put up posters and handed out fliers with police sketches of how the girl might have looked at the time of her death. They offered a $12,000 reward for any information leading to an arrest or a conviction. The campaign appears to have worked. The tip was received at a Crime Stoppers phone line in July. A woman who lives in New York reported that she had spoken to a woman who said she had a sister who had been killed, the law enforcement official said. The woman who provided the tip said she had seen the recent news coverage about the case and suggested it was possible that this woman was Baby Hopes sister. In 2011, the medical examiners office obtained a complete DNA profile for Baby Hope after exhuming her body from St. Raymonds Cemetery in the Bronx, where she had been buried. But there were no matches when they tested it against DNA databases of convicted felons or active missing person cases.

New York’s ‘Taxi of Tomorrow’ deal with Nissan voided by judge

The “Taxi of Tomorrow” initiative, which was to go into effect October 28, would have required every new taxi to be a Nissan NV200. Nissan was given a contract worth an estimated $1 billion in 2011 after a competition. Manhattan State Supreme Court Justice Shlomo Hagler ruled that the Taxi and Limousine Commission had overstepped its authority. In part, he relied on the same legal argument that doomed Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to ban large sugary drinks from city eateries, saying the commission had infringed upon the City Council’s powers. “The notion that New York City should have one exclusive ‘iconic’ New York City taxicab is a policy decision that is reserved for the City Council,” he wrote. The city’s chief lawyer, Michael Cardozo, said in a statement, “We believe the Court’s decision is fundamentally wrong, and we intend to appeal immediately.” When the 10-year contract was awarded, Nissan officials said they expected to provide as many as 26,000 vehicles to the city’s taxi fleet over the deal’s lifetime. Travis Parman, a Nissan spokesman, said the company was considering its options, but it would still sell the vehicle to interested fleet owners. “We are disappointed in the court’s decision, but it will not prevent our plan to start upgrading the NYC taxi fleet with the Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow at the end of the month,” he said. The ruling was the second time a state judge has blocked the plan, after Justice Peter Moulton in Manhattan ruled in May that the initiative failed to comply with city regulations allowing taxi operators to buy hybrid vehicles. The taxi commission then revised the plan to permit hybrid models until Nissan provides a hybrid version of the NV200. The lawsuit was brought by Evgeny Freidman, a major city fleet operator, and the Greater New York Taxi Association, who claimed the commission did not have the power to force taxi operators to purchase a particular vehicle.