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NBC New York: NYS Senate Majority Leader Skelos Under Criminal Investigation

NBC New York: NYS Senate Majority Leader Skelos Under Criminal Investigation
One week after the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, we have new information on what the U.S. attorney meant when he told reporters to "stay tuned" for new developments in his investigation of state government. NBC New York is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is under criminal investigation. Sources close to the investigation tell NBC New York that the U.S. attorney is looking into Skelos' ties to the real estate industry. Skelos, a Republican from Long Island, has not been charged with a crime. Neither ...

Another Candidate To Replace Sheldon Silver As NY Assembly Speaker Drops Out

Another Candidate To Replace Sheldon Silver As NY Assembly Speaker Drops OutAssemblyman Joseph Lentol, a longtime legislator from Brooklyn, dropped his candidacy Thursday to become the new leader of the state Assembly, reducing the field to three. Saying he doesn't have enough support, Lentol said he's backing Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx, who appeared then to have most if not all the 76 votes needed. "For all practicality, I think Carl has the ...    Full Story »

Pot Arrests Plunge In NYC After Policy Change

Pot Arrests Plunge In NYC After Policy ChangeNew York City's pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets. New statistics show arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in mid-November that police would turn toward violations and summonses instead of misdemeanor arrests for carrying modest amounts of ...    Full Story »

As Romney Weighs '16 Bid, His Past Donors Commit To Jeb Bush

As Romney Weighs '16 Bid, His Past Donors Commit To Jeb BushClosing in on a decision about whether to again run for president, Mitt Romney is finding that several past major fundraisers and donors in key states have defected to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. The donors, in interviews with The Associated Press, said they see in Bush what they liked about Romney in 2012, namely what they believe it takes to serve successfully as president, but ...    Full Story »

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Hosts Jerusalem's Religious Leaders in Honor of New Year (1 opinions)

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Hosts Jerusalem's Religious Leaders in Honor of New YearJerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat on Wednesday, 8 Shevat, hosted religious leaders in Jerusalem, as well as representatives of the diplomatic corps, in honor of the 2015 New Year. This event has taken place annually for over 30 years, and this year, for the first time in a decade, the Chief Rabbi of Jerusalem, Rabbi Aryeh Stern, participated in the event. Speakers at the event included ...    Full Story »

Republicans: House to Begin Work on Health Care Alternative

Republicans: House to Begin Work on Health Care AlternativeThe House will vote next week to repeal the health care law Republicans have vowed to undo. They'll also direct work to start on a replacement bill the GOP promised more than four years ago. The House voted more than 50 times in the past two years to repeal the law in whole or in part. Next week's vote will be the first for such a bill in the new Congress. It will also be the first ...    Full Story »

MTA Union: Develop Plan To Keep Some Subways Running In Storm

MTA Union: Develop Plan To Keep Some Subways Running In StormThe union president representing transit workers is calling on the MTA to develop a plan that could keep at least the underground portions of the subway system running in a severe snowstorm. John Samuelsen tells the Wall Street Journal that train operators and other transit employees don't believe a blizzard necessitates the full shutdown of the system. The president of the ...    Full Story »

Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn't That Anonymous, Study Shows

Anonymous Credit Card Data Isn't That Anonymous, Study ShowsCredit card data isn't quite as anonymous as promised, a new study says. Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90 percent accuracy by looking at just four purchases, three if the price is included — and this is after companies "anonymized" the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details. The study out of MIT, published Thursday in ...    Full Story »

New Counterterror Team, New Community Strategy At NYPD

New Counterterror Team, New Community Strategy At NYPDNew York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says 350 officers will be trained and outfitted to respond to counterterrorism calls. That's in addition to the 1,000 officers already dedicated to counterterror efforts. Previously, precinct officers were assigned to what's called a "critical response" — a show of force at sensitive locations like the Empire State Building. But ...    Full Story »

WATCH: John McCain Slams Protesters At Budget Hearing

WATCH: John McCain Slams Protesters At Budget Hearing[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain has kicked protesters out of a budget hearing, calling them “low-life scum.” The upheaval came Thursday on Capitol Hill after members of an anti-war group calling itself Code Pink approached a witness table where former secretaries of state Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and George P. Shultz ...    Full Story »

WATCH: The Kaliver Rebbe's Message IN ENGLISH To President Barack Obama (Video Credit: SimchaVision)

WATCH: The Kaliver Rebbe's Message IN ENGLISH To President Barack Obama (Video Credit: SimchaVision)[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Below is a powerful message by Rabbi Menachem Mendel Taub, the Admor of Kaliv to United States President Barack Obama. The Kaliver Rebbe, Rav Menachem Mendel Taub, is the seventh in a direct paternal line to the founder of the Kaliver dynasty, Rav Yitzchok Isaac of Kaliv, a disciple of Rav Elimelech of Lizensk. The Rebbe, who is 92 years old, is a ...    Full Story »

Ruling in Rabbi Berland Case Delayed for Two Weeks - Court Accepts New Evidence

Ruling in Rabbi Berland Case Delayed for Two Weeks - Court Accepts New EvidenceA Dutch court on Thursday, 9 Shevat was expected to render its verdict in the case of Rabbi Eliezer Berland Shlita. The court to date has permitted the rabbi to remain free on bail regarding an Israel Police extradition request. The court on Thursday announced it was delaying its decision for two weeks. Defense attorney Sharon Nahari explained the rabbi is pleased with the outcome of ...    Full Story »

NYC Comptroller: Removing Snow Costs $1.8 Million Per Inch

NYC Comptroller: Removing Snow Costs $1.8 Million Per InchA new study says the cost of removing snow in New York City is about $1.8 million per inch. City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report Wednesday that analyzed more than 10 years of snowstorms. It does not include the storm that hit the city earlier this week. The most expensive years for removing snow were winters — like fiscal year 2011 and 2014 — in which the city ...    Full Story »

Daughter Of Rav Shalom Arush: My Emunah in HKBH Carries Me During this Difficult Period

Daughter Of Rav Shalom Arush: My Emunah in HKBH Carries Me During this Difficult PeriodMrs. Daniella Arush, 25, whose toddler daughter was killed in a vehicular accident earlier in the week told reporters at Barzilai Hospital “My emunah in HKBH is ...    Full Story »

MAILBAG: I Found a Job Through The YWN Free Classifieds

MAILBAG: I Found a Job Through The YWN Free ClassifiedsDear YWN Editor, I would just like to thank you for helping me find a job. I have been looking for awhile to find the right company that fits into my life as a Frum yid. I tried many different forums but I never found a company that  felt comfortable with my religious obligations ie. Minyamim, Chagim, ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Highlights Dramatic Decrease In DMV Wait Times

NY Gov. Cuomo Highlights Dramatic Decrease In DMV Wait TimesGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today highlighted a dramatic reduction in wait times at offices of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. In September 2014, the average wait time at State-run DMV offices was reduced to 30 minutes – down from an average of 72 minutes in March 2013. This represents a decrease of 58 percent in customer wait time, and was achieved through the DMV’s ...    Full Story »

Dagan No Longer Trusts PM Netanyahu (2 opinions)

Dagan No Longer Trusts PM NetanyahuFormer Mossad Intelligence Agency Director Meir Dagan at a Tel Aviv University event told reporter Elena Dayan on Wednesday, 8 Shevat, that he no longer trust the leadership decisions of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. He told her “Bennett and Netanyahu are leading us to a binational state and this will result in the loss of the Zionist dream. I want to live in a Jewish nation and ...    Full Story »

Portugal Approves Citizenship Plan for Sephardic Jews (1 opinions)

Portugal Approves Citizenship Plan for Sephardic JewsFive centuries after burning thousands of Jews at the stake, forcing them to convert to Christianity or expelling them, Portugal is granting citizenship rights to their descendants as part of an attempt to make amends. The Portuguese Cabinet on Thursday approved a law offering dual citizenship to the descendants of those Sephardic Jews - the term commonly used for those who once ...    Full Story »

Rav David Yosef: The Torah World is in Danger (4 opinions)

Rav David Yosef: The Torah World is in DangerRabbi David Yosef Shlita, a member of the Shas party Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael is concerned regarding the upcoming national elections for the 20th Knesset. Rabbi Yosef explains that “we have nothing at all against the dati leumi but we are chareidim”. He explained that Shas cannot and will not begin adding non-religious and others to the list to find favor in the eyes of others I the ...    Full Story »

Obama To Seek To Bust Limits On Domestic, Defense Spending

Obama To Seek To Bust Limits On Domestic, Defense SpendingPresident Barack Obama will seek to bust through spending limits for both domestic and defense programs, the White House said Thursday, negating the effects of across-the-board cuts agreed to by both Democrats and Republicans and signed by Obama into law. Obama's budget proposal to Congress will "fully reverse" the so-called sequestration cuts on the domestic side, while boosting ...    Full Story »

Spain Calls for an Investigation into the Death of its UNIFIL Soldier (5 opinions)

Spain Calls for an Investigation into the Death of its UNIFIL SoldierSpain is calling on the United Nations to conduct a probe into the death of its soldier assigned to the UNIFIL peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon. The soldier was killed on Wednesday, 8 Shevat, reportedly from IDF artillery fire. The IDF was retaliating for a Hizbullah attack directed at a number of military vehicles that killed an officer and a soldier and left seven others ...    Full Story »

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.66 Percent

Average US Rate on 30-Year Mortgage Rises to 3.66 PercentAverage long-term U.S. mortgage rates rose slightly this week after four straight weeks of declines, while remaining near historically low levels. Mortgage company Freddie Mac says the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage edged up to 3.66 percent from 3.63 percent last week. The new average rate is still at its lowest level since May 2013. The rate for the 15-year loan, a ...    Full Story »

New York Nonpublic Schools Welcome $83.7 Million in Mandated Services Funding; $28 Million To Yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs, Day Schools (1 opinions)

New York Nonpublic Schools Welcome $83.7 Million in Mandated Services Funding; $28 Million To Yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs, Day SchoolsNonpublic schools across New York State received notices from the State Education Department on Wednesday informing them that they will soon be receiving compensation for their mandated services costs incurred during the 2013-14 school year. It is anticipated that a total of approximately $84 million in Mandated Services Aid payments will be disbursed, approximately $28 million of ...    Full Story »

President Rivlin Lays a Wreath at NYC 9/11 Memorial Site

President Rivlin Lays a Wreath at NYC 9/11 Memorial SiteIn the final hours of his curtailed visit to New York, President of Israel, Reuven Rivlin, visited and laid a wreath at the 9/11 memorial on the site of the World Trade Towers. The President said, “Once to stand at this place, was to stand in the shadows of two magnificent towers, examples of modern development and human achievement. But now, we stand in the shadow of the valley of ...    Full Story »
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NYC Emergency Management Issues Weather Advisory (2 opinions)

NYC Emergency Management Issues Weather AdvisoryThe New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a weather advisory for light snow and cold temperatures Thursday night, January 29, through Saturday night, January 31. · As a cold front approaches Thursday, it will be accompanied by light snow that will begin around 9 PM and continue until early Friday morning. An accumulation of 1-2 inches of snow is expected with ...    Full Story »

Hikind Concerned About Cross Harbor Freight Program (2 opinions)

Hikind Concerned About Cross Harbor Freight ProgramAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is raising concerns about the Cross Harbor Freight Program, which was an issue of great concern to the community years ago and has now returned. CHFP, a program championed by Congressman Jerold Nadler, is intended to evaluate alternatives designed to improve the movement of freight across the New York Harbor. The results would bring a network of ...    Full Story »

Tzvika Cohen Declined an Offer to Enter Shas Knesset List

Tzvika Cohen Declined an Offer to Enter Shas Knesset ListTzvika Cohen, who heads the Shas faction list in the Jerusalem Municipality, declined to accept a realistic slot on the Shas Knesset ticket. Cohen explains that he is not able to abandon the needs of the Sephardi girls. He is quoted telling Shas leader Aryeh Deri that he is flattered by the offer but he cannot abandon the Sephardi girls who are the subject of ongoing discrimination in ...    Full Story »

Senate Panel Approves Iran Sanctions Bill

Senate Panel Approves Iran Sanctions BillA Senate panel has approved a bill that would levy new sanctions on Iran if it doesn't reach an international agreement that would prevent Tehran from being able to develop a nuclear weapon. The bipartisan vote on Thursday was 18-4. The bill, though, is not headed for a full Senate vote anytime soon. On Tuesday, Sen. Bob Menendez, a leading proponent of the legislation, and nine ...    Full Story »

France Says EU to Move to Increase Sanctions on Russia

France Says EU to Move to Increase Sanctions on RussiaFrance says European Union sanctions against separatists in eastern Ukraine and their Russian backers will be reinforced in an attempt to force all sides back to the negotiating table. French European Affairs Minister Harlem Desir said ahead of Thursday's meeting of EU foreign ministers that the bloc needs "the maximum toughness" in the face of continued fighting against government ...    Full Story »

Chabad Rabbonim Pressuring Yishai to Bring Rav Tau Back (2 opinions)

Chabad Rabbonim Pressuring Yishai to Bring Rav Tau BackRabbonim affiliated with Chabad on Thursday afternoon, 9 Shevat applied considerable pressure on Yachad party leader Eli Yishai. The Chabad rabbonim want to see Rabbi Tzvi Tau to return his support for the party. Rav Tau explained he is withdrawing his support for the party because of Yishai’s planned inclusion of the Otzma Yehudit party. Rabbi Tau is among the poskim who oppose ...    Full Story »

Former Yesha Council Leader Dayan Leaves Bayit Yehudi

Former Yesha Council Leader Dayan Leaves Bayit YehudiIt appears as party leaders are working to close and submit their lists for the elections for 20th Knesset, some candidates are having second thoughts. There have been a number of last-minute pullouts from the race in a number of parties, including Danny Dayan, a former leader of the Yesha Settlement Council. Hours earlier Eli Ochana announced his resignation from the party. Dayan ...    Full Story »

Rome's Jewish Leader Triggers Alarm At Auschwitz Visitor Center, Brings Police Intervention (2 opinions)

Rome's Jewish Leader Triggers Alarm At Auschwitz Visitor Center, Brings Police InterventionThe head of Rome's Jewish community and four other Italians were questioned by police after triggering an alarm at the visitor's center at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. Riccardo Pacifici, whose grandparents were murdered at Auschwitz, and the others were questioned for several hours at a police station before being released. The incident began late Tuesday after ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Hillel Horowitz to Replace Chetboun on Yishai's Yachad List (4 opinions)

Rabbi Hillel Horowitz to Replace Chetboun on Yishai's Yachad ListIt would appear the ultimatum given to Yachad party leader Eli Yishai by Yoni Chetboun will result in Chetboun leaving the party. With hours remaining before the deadline for submitting lists, it appears veteran Hebron resident and community leader Rabbi Hillel Horowitz will replace Chetboun as Eli Yishai remains determined to close a deal with the Otzma Yehudit party. Chetboun ...    Full Story »

Eli Ochana Leaving Bayit Yehudi

Eli Ochana Leaving Bayit YehudiIt appears public pressure has had an impact as Bayit Yehudi’s number 11 on the list, retired soccer player Eli Ochana, will not be running. Ochana was the personal selection of party leader Naftali Bennett. The ...    Full Story »

Putin: They Were Murdered Only Because They Were Jews' (Photos By JDN)

Putin: They Were Murdered Only Because They Were Jews' (Photos By JDN)[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Russian President Vladimir Putin participated in a memorial event for international Holocaust Remembrance Day, the day that Auschwitz was liberated by the Soviet army 70 years ago. The event took place at the world’s largest Jewish Museum at the Marina Roscha Synagogue in Moscow, directed by Chief Rabbi of Russia, Rabbi Berel Lazar. Rabbi Lazar ...    Full Story »

NY Attorney General Proposes Limit On Late Fees In Storm (2 opinions)

NY Attorney General Proposes Limit On Late Fees In StormNew York's attorney general is sending letters to 62 banks, mortgage lenders and utilities asking they temporarily suspend late fees for customers on Long Island hit by this week's snowstorm. According to authorities, the storm interrupted mail service and banking on Tuesday, creating a potential backlog in delivering bills and credit card statements. Attorney General Eric ...    Full Story »

Otzma Yehudit Between a Rock & a Hard Place Regarding Har Habayis (1 opinions)

Otzma Yehudit Between a Rock & a Hard Place Regarding Har HabayisOtzma Yisrael on Wednesday 8 Shevat found itself between a rock and a hard place regarding negotiations to run in the upcoming elections with the Yachad party. The party’s spiritual leader, HaGaon HaRav Meir Mazuz Shlita is opposed to visiting Har Habayis. This is a big issue for Otzma Yehudit, which is a strong supporter of permitting Jews to visit Har Habayis. Since the ...    Full Story »

Rabbi Moshe Hager Will Not Run On Yishai's Yachad List

Rabbi Moshe Hager Will Not Run On Yishai's Yachad ListYachad candidate Rabbi Moshe Hager announced he will not be running. He explained “for the sake of achdus I am giving up my slot”. Behind the scenes however, it appears the reason is that Rabbi Tzvi Tau Shlita was planning to withdraw his support for Yachad because of the planned alignment with the Otzma Yehudit party. Rav Tau is among the poskim opposing visiting Har Habayis and ...    Full Story »

Chetboun May Leave Yishai's Yachad List (1 opinions)

Chetboun May Leave Yishai's Yachad ListFormer Bayit Yehudi MK Yoni Chetboun hold the number 2 slot on the new Yachad party list headed by Eli Yishai. Chetboun has proven to be a man of integrity as he voted against his own party and paid a heavy political price when he did not feel he could back the chareidi draft law. Chetboun is now threatening to leave Yachad over the planned inclusion of the Otzma Yehudit party and ...    Full Story »


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