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NYSEG Asking State Officials For Rate Hike

NYSEG Asking State Officials For Rate Hike
New York State Electric & Gas Corp. is seeking a rate hike. The utility is proposing an increase that would raise average residential electric bills by $8 a month and average residential natural gas bills by $10 a month. Increases could be higher or lower based on usage and service classification. If approved, the increase would raise around $164 million. The money would be used to enhance maintenance of the company's 35,000-mile electric distribution system and strengthen overall security and automation of the network. The ...

PM Meets with Joint Arab List Leader

PM Meets with Joint Arab List LeaderPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Thursday, 3 Sivan, in his Jerusalem office, met with Joint Arab List Chairman MK Ayman Udeh. The two men discussed the socio-economic advancement of Israel's Arab citizens. The Prime Minister noted the many investments that his governments have made in this important area over the past six years and added that it was necessary to continue reducing ...    Full Story »

Obama Tells People Of Israel: 'America Has Its Back'

Obama Tells People Of Israel: 'America Has Its Back'President Barack Obama said Friday he "forcefully" objects to suggestions that policy differences between his administration and the Israeli government signal his lack of support for the longtime U.S. ally. Speaking at one of Washington's most prominent conservative synagogues, Obama said the U.S. and Israel should not be expected to paper over differences on Israel's settlement ...    Full Story »

Clinton Got Now-Classified Benghazi Info On Private Email

Clinton Got Now-Classified Benghazi Info On Private EmailFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton received information on her private email server about the deadly attack on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi that has now been classified. The email in question, forwarded to Clinton by her deputy chief of staff, Jake Sullivan, relates to reports of arrests in Libya of possible suspects in the attack. Because the information ...    Full Story »

Canadian PM Honored By Jewish Dinner; Says Canada Stands By Israel 'Through Fire And Water'

Canadian PM Honored By Jewish Dinner; Says Canada Stands By Israel 'Through Fire And Water'Canada will continue to stand by Israel “through fire and water” as it defends itself against terrorist threats on Canadian soil that have created a “dark and dangerous time” for this nation, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said in a speech to members of the Jewish community who honored him in Montreal on Thursday. “What is the difference between Hamas and Israel, and ISIS ...    Full Story »

Greenfield and Treyger Urge Mayor De Blasio To Restore Ocean Parkway to 30 MPH

Greenfield and Treyger Urge Mayor De Blasio To Restore Ocean Parkway to 30 MPHBrooklyn- Councilmembers David G. Greenfield and Mark Treyger are urging Mayor de Blasio to reconsider changing the speed limit on Ocean Parkway from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour. In November, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed legislation that lowered the default speed limit citywide from 30 mph to 25 mph. However, the expectation was that major through-routes like Ocean Parkway and ...    Full Story »

Rav Ba'adani: Bennett is Religious Too

Rav Ba'adani: Bennett is Religious TooHaGaon HaRav Shimon Ba’adani, a member of the Shas party Moetzas Gedolei Yisrael, has in the past released harsh statements pertaining to the dati leumi camp and its leaders. This time however he had a different tone regarding the Bayit Yehudi party leader, now a coalition partner. Rav Ba’adani spoke with Kol Chai Radio and addressed a number of issues including the recent ...    Full Story »

Aish International Receives National Recognition By U.s. Senate For Enriching American Society

Aish International Receives National Recognition By U.s. Senate For Enriching American Society For more than 350 years, Jews have been making major contributions to American society. Accordingly, President Obama and the United States Congress declared May 2015 as Jewish American Heritage Month. On May 20th, Members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives gathered in the U.S. Capitol to honor the Jewish American experience at the Congressional Jewish Heritage ...    Full Story »

NY State Police Arrest Man For Intentionally Starting Brush Fires

NY State Police Arrest Man For Intentionally Starting Brush Fires The New York State Police at Wurtsboro announce the arrest of an 18 year old male from Wurtsboro for two counts of Arson in the Fifth Degree, misdemeanors, with several similar charges pending. This arrest was the result of an investigation conducted by the New York State Police and the New York State Forest Rangers during which it was determined that someone had intentionally set ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Hagaon Rav Dovid Feinstein Inspects Possible Parah Adumah (4 opinions)

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Hagaon Rav Dovid Feinstein Inspects Possible Parah Adumah[VIDEO & PHOTOS VIA TLS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The possible Parah Adumah, first reported about by TLS in January, received a prestigious visit on Tuesday from Hagaon HaRav Dovid Feinstein Shlita, son of Hagaon HaRav Moshe Feinstein ...    Full Story »

YWN Wishes All Our Readers A Gut Yom Tov!

YWN Wishes All Our Readers A Gut Yom Tov!Whether you will be traveling, at home, with family or with friends; YWN would like to wish all of our devoted readers and advertisers, a wonderful Yom Tov of Kabolas Hatorah. Shomrim have asked YWN to post the following request: KNOW WHERE YOUR CHILDREN ARE SHAVUOS NIGHT! –YWN Admin

Maran Rav Elyashiv ZATZAL: Erev Shavuos, A Time For Healing

Maran Rav Elyashiv ZATZAL: Erev Shavuos, A Time For HealingFrom the YWN archives: In one of his shiurim, HaGaon HaRav Yitzchak Zilberstein explained that his father-in-law, Maran HaGaon Rav Yosef Sholom Elyashiv ZATZAL would on erev Shavuos visit the sick, remembering that we learn that prior to giving Bnei Yisrael the Torah on Shavuos, Hashem healed all the sick, including the blind, deaf and mute – all were healed. Rav Elyashiv ...    Full Story »

PM Meeting with Lapid to Bring Yesh Atid on Board (2 opinions)

PM Meeting with Lapid to Bring Yesh Atid on BoardPrime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday, isru chag Shavuos in Eretz Yisrael will be meeting with Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid in an effort to bring his party and its 11 seats into the coalition. It appears the meeting will be more leisurely than official, with Yesh Atid officials signaling that if the Prime Minister actually makes an offer, Lapid will decline since the party is ...    Full Story »

Obama To Address Anti-Semitism At D.C.'s Largest Conservative Jewish Congregation (1 opinions)

Obama To Address Anti-Semitism At D.C.'s Largest Conservative Jewish CongregationPresident Barack Obama is addressing one of the largest Jewish congregations in Washington to highlight efforts to combat anti-Semitism, a problem he says has created an intimidating environment worldwide for Jewish families. Obama was to speak to Congregation Adas Israel on Friday in observance of Jewish American Heritage Month. The appearance coincides with Solidarity Shabbat, ...    Full Story »

Molid on Yom Tov (2 opinions)

Molid on Yom TovBy Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times This article is written for the refuah shleima of Boruch Zev ben Bracha. The head of a match is made of sulfur, glass powder, phosphorus and an oxidizing agent. When the match is struck on Yom Tov two things happen: • The first thing that happens is the friction caused by the glass powder rubbing together produces enough ...    Full Story »

Bratton Says He's 'Optimistic' He'll Get More Officers

Bratton Says He's 'Optimistic' He'll Get More OfficersNew York Police Commissioner William Bratton says he's optimistic he will be able to hire more officers, even though there was no allotment in the city's budget for it. Bratton spoke Thursday after a City Council budget meeting where he detailed how the NYPD's $4.9 billion budget would be used. City council members had asked for as many as 1,000 more officers, a measure supported ...    Full Story »

IDF Officer on Educational Leave Compelled to Reimburse the IDF

IDF Officer on Educational Leave Compelled to Reimburse the IDFAn IDF officer of the rank of major has been found guilty of unacceptable behavior and imprisoned for one month for not informing her superior officers that she was thrown out of school. As is the case for IDF officers as they move up the ranks, the major was sent on a leave of absence to permit her to get a bachelor degree, which is paid for by the IDF. In this case she was sent to ...    Full Story »

Hilchos Uminhagei Shavuos: By Rabbi Y. Dov Krakowski

Hilchos Uminhagei Shavuos: By Rabbi Y. Dov KrakowskiThe following is meant as a convenient review of Halachos pertaining to Shavuos. The Piskei Din for the most part are based purely on the Sugyos, Shulchan Aruch and Ramah, and the Mishna Berura, unless stated otherwise. They are based on my understanding of the aforementioned texts through the teachings of my Rebeim. As individual circumstances are often important in determining the ...    Full Story »

Lieberman Calls Head of Joint Arab List a Fifth Column (1 opinions)

Lieberman Calls Head of Joint Arab List a Fifth ColumnYisrael Beitenu party leader MK Avigdor Lieberman is calling on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu not to meet with MK Ayman Udeh, who heads the Joint Arab List which has 13 seats, calling Udeh “a fifth column”. Lieberman accuses Udeh of being a “supporter of terror”, insisting the Arab parliamentarian is working to destroy Israel from the inside. He compared Udeh to former MK ...    Full Story »

Pentagon Okays the Sale of Bunker-Busting Bombs to Israel (5 opinions)

Pentagon Okays the Sale of Bunker-Busting Bombs to IsraelAmerica has given the approval for the sale of 5,000 pound laser-guided bunker-busting bombs to Israel. The $1.87 billion deal has received Pentagon and State Department approval. The deal also approves the transfer of 3,000 hellfire missiles, which were held back last summer during Operation Protective Edge, the IDF counter-terrorism offensive against Hamas in Gaza. Congress must ...    Full Story »
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Man Who Landed Gyrocopter at US Capitol Pleads Not Guilty

Man Who Landed Gyrocopter at US Capitol Pleads Not GuiltyA Florida man who landed a gyrocopter at the U.S. Capitol said Thursday that he will never pull a similar stunt again — and doesn't recommend anyone else try it either. Douglas Hughes made the comments after appearing in federal court in Washington where his lawyer entered a not-guilty plea to the six charges Hughes now faces. Speaking outside of court, Hughes said he wouldn't ...    Full Story »

Six F-16 'Thunderbirds' To Fly Over NYC On Friday At Low Altitudes For Photo-Up (1 opinions)

Six F-16 'Thunderbirds' To Fly Over NYC On Friday At Low Altitudes For Photo-UpThe following ia via Breaking911.com: The US Air Force Thunderbirds are scheduled to conduct a flyover photo mission tomorrow, Friday, 5/22, from 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM, over various areas around NYC. The event will consist of six F-16 ...    Full Story »

MK Peretz Cancels Planned Participation in Parliamentarian Conference in Morocco

MK Peretz Cancels Planned Participation in Parliamentarian Conference in MoroccoMK (Labor) Amir Peretz was compelled to cancel his planned trip to Morocco next week where he was planning to take part in a regional conference of parliamentarians. Party leader MK Yitzchak Herzog did not give Peretz permission to participate in the conference, compelling him to cancel his ticket. Officials in Peretz’s office told the media he canceled his planned participation ...    Full Story »

Shavuos - A Primer Parts 1-3

Shavuos - A Primer Parts 1-3By Rabbi Yair Hoffman for the Five Towns Jewish Times For the refuah shleima of Boruch Zev Ben Bracha PREPARING FOR SHAVUOS Shavuos is called Z’man Matan Toraseinu. Originally, this event occurred in the Hebrew year 2448 (3324 years ago). As we know, Rav Dessler in his Michtav M’Eliyahu explains that time does not flow as a straight line, but rather as a circle. The day ...    Full Story »

Huckabee Is Latest Straw Poll No-Show. Is Event in Jeopardy? (1 opinions)

Huckabee Is Latest Straw Poll No-Show. Is Event in Jeopardy?The people running Iowa's Republican presidential straw poll want less money and glitz involved as they try to take this summer's event back to basics. But now they are facing a different kind of downsizing — fewer candidates. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is the latest 2016 prospect to opt out of the Iowa tradition, announcing Thursday that he won't participate in this year's ...    Full Story »

Israel: Gershon Mesika Agrees to Become a State Witness In Yisrael Beitenu Corruption Case

Israel: Gershon Mesika Agrees to Become a State Witness In Yisrael Beitenu Corruption CaseShomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika is going to be a state witness in the corruption trial involving a number of officials from the Yisrael Beitenu party. Mesika was arrested in December 2014 as part of the Israel Police major investigation into widespread political corruption. The investigation led to     Full Story »

Family Of Man Fatally Shot By Police Sues NYC

Family Of Man Fatally Shot By Police Sues NYCThe family of an unarmed Brooklyn man shot by police in November has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against New York City. The lawsuit, filed Thursday, names the officer who shot Akai Gurley; his partner; and the city's Housing Authority. Police say Gurley was accidentally shot after opening a door in a dark stairway that Officer Peter Liang was patrolling. Liang was indicted ...    Full Story »

Israel's National Judo Team Detained by Authorities in Morocco (1 opinions)

Israel's National Judo Team Detained by Authorities in MoroccoPreferring to ignore warnings from the ISA (Israel Security Agency – Shin Bet), Israel’s national judo team flew to Morocco to take part in a competition. ISA officials explained that things being what they are between Israel and Morocco, the delegation cannot be escorted with armed Israeli security, strongly advising the team not to take part in the event. The Israel Judo ...    Full Story »

OU Kosher Presents FAQ'S On Cheese In Honor Of Shavuos (1 opinions)

OU Kosher Presents FAQ'S On Cheese In Honor Of ShavuosThe following is via OU.org: How is cheese made kosher? As with any food, all of the ingredients in the cheese as well as the equipment used during the manufacturing process must be kosher. However, a special prohibition makes kosher certification of cheese a bit more challenging: the ban on gevinat Akum, which means that cheese not made under special rabbinical supervision is not ...    Full Story »

Waterbury Hatzalah One Step Closer To Being Licensed To Serve Growing Community (1 opinions)

Waterbury Hatzalah One Step Closer To Being Licensed To Serve Growing CommunityConnecticut - The House voted today to permit the licensing of Hatzolah of Waterbury to assist with emergency medical calls in the growing Orthodox Jewish community in Waterbury. The proposed change in state law will allow Hatzalah of Waterbury to independently obtain a “supplemental first responder” license from the Department of Public Health. Under current law, a ...    Full Story »

Amazon Adds One-Hour Store Delivery in New York City (1 opinions)

Amazon Adds One-Hour Store Delivery in New York CityAmazon will begin offering one-hour delivery from local stores in New York City as competition in the delivery arena increases. The service, offered in the city's Manhattan borough, is part of Amazon's Prime Now delivery service and will initially include grocery chains D'Agostino and Gourmet Garage and bakery Billy's Bakery, with Italian food marketplace Eataly launching ...    Full Story »

Lapid Continues Apologizing to the Chareidi Tzibur (3 opinions)

Lapid Continues Apologizing to the Chareidi TziburYesh Atid opposition party leader Yesh Atid was interviewed by Kol Berama Radio. Lapid used the opportunity to once again apologize to the chareidi tzibur for not conducting a dialogue but blacklisting the parties instead. Following are excerpts from the 30-minute interview. “Ask anything for I know there was too much disinformation concerning me and relations with the chareidi ...    Full Story »

NYPD, Lawmakers Forming Group On Low-Level Arrests

NYPD, Lawmakers Forming Group On Low-Level ArrestsPolice Commissioner William Bratton says his department and lawmakers are forming a working group to discuss how to handle low-level arrests. Bratton spoke Thursday at a City Council meeting on the budget. City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has proposed decriminalizing some offenses like turnstile jumping and possessing an open container of alcohol. Bratton has steadfastly ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: 6 Baltimore Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray Death (1 opinions)

BREAKING: 6 Baltimore Officers Indicted in Freddie Gray DeathThe state's attorney in Baltimore says all six officers charged in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray have been indicted by a grand jury. State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby made the announcement Thursday. The charges returned by the grand jury were similar to the charges Mosby announced about three weeks ago. Mosby has said Gray's neck was broken because he was injured while ...    Full Story »

Israel: Court Remand Minors Involved in Acts of Terror

Israel: Court Remand Minors Involved in Acts of TerrorThe Jerusalem Magistrate Court on Wednesday, 2 Sivan, ordered six minors held without bail. They were indicted for their involvement in firebomb attacks. The six, Arab residents of the A-Tur area of the capital, range in age from 14-to-16-years-old. They are charged for targeting area Jewish homes with firebombs. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


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