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Greenfield Yeshiva Security Bill Gains Super-Majority Support in NYC Council @NYCGreenfield

Greenfield Yeshiva Security Bill Gains Super-Majority Support in NYC Council @NYCGreenfield
Brooklyn - Since taking office in 2010 Councilman Greenfield has been working on legislation to ensure that non-public schools would receive the same security as public schools. That security, provided by the NYPD, comes in the form of a NYPD School Safety Agent. Greenfield's bill, Introduction 65, has passed a critical threshold: as of this week 45 of the 51 members of the Council have co-sponsored Greenfield's non-public school safety legislation. This council-wide support is a significant step forward in the bill's journey to becoming ...

Police: Man Hid Gun Parts In Luggage At JFK Airport

Police: Man Hid Gun Parts In Luggage At JFK AirportPolice say a New York City man has been arrested at Kennedy International Airport after TSA agents found handgun parts hidden in his luggage. Port Authority Police Department spokesman Joe Pentangelo says that Oscar Ramirez was arrested Wednesday attempting to board a plane to Mexico City. Pentangelo says agents found pieces of a .22 caliber semi-automatic handgun hidden inside a PlayStation 2 game and alongside a tripod in the 48-year-old Brooklyn man's luggage. The spokesman says parts of the handgun found in the videogame were ...    Full Story »

Fires In Queens, Brooklyn Destroy Buildings (1 opinions)

Fires In Queens, Brooklyn Destroy BuildingsSeparate fires ravaged buildings in Queens and Brooklyn. A blaze at a structure on 97th Street in Queens went to five alarms Thursday afternoon, sending flames through the residential building and forcing the evacuation of multiple families. On Thursday night, fire broke out at a building on Stillwell Avenue in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn. The Fire Department requested a third alarm, and said the building contained businesses on the first floor and was vacant on the two floors above. No injuries were reported at either ...    Full Story »

NY Electronics Recycling Law Starts Jan. 1

NY Electronics Recycling Law Starts Jan. 1The state Department of Environmental Conservation is reminding New Yorkers that as of January 1, old electronic equipment must be recycled, not thrown in the trash. That includes computers, cell phones, televisions, stereos and other devices that plug in or run on batteries. On DEC’s electronics recycling web page, consumers will find the brand of equipment they wish to recycle, as well as a link to the manufacturer’s recycling program webpage and a toll-free number for information about recycling. Electronic equipment ...    Full Story »

Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn for New York Fracking Ban (2 opinions)

Cuomo Gets Kudos, Scorn for New York Fracking BanNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is getting heaped with praise by environmentalists and scorn by business interests for a planned state ban on hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, even as he insists the decision wasn't his. Residents statewide remain almost evenly split on the issue, and the divisions are clear, pollsters said Thursday. The decision announced Wednesday followed Cuomo's re-election last month, which the Democrat won easily as expected. Quinnipiac University Poll's Mickey Carroll said the political impact is likely to be ...    Full Story »

Poll: NYC Mayor's Rating Dips After Garner Decision (3 opinions)

Poll: NYC Mayor's Rating Dips After Garner DecisionA new poll finds Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating is slipping in the wake of protests surrounding the Eric Garner grand jury decision. A Quinnipiac University survey released Thursday said that 47 percent of New Yorkers approve of his job as mayor while 38 percent do not. His job approval was 49 percent last month. Fifty-six percent of those polled disapprove of the way de Blasio is handling relations between police and community. De Blaiso's vow to improve those relations is a centerpiece of his administration. There have ...    Full Story »

One of Seven Wanted in Connection With NYPD Lieutenant Assault Turns Self In

One of Seven Wanted in Connection With NYPD Lieutenant Assault Turns Self InOne of the men wanted for assaulting two police lieutenants over the weekend has turned himself in. Police say one of the seven people they were looking for in connection to the assault on the Brooklyn Bridge Saturday night is now in police custody. They haven't charged the individual and details on his role in the assault are not yet known. Police say three women interfered with the arrest of Eric Linsker, who was about to thrown a trash can at officers. One lieutenant suffered a broken nose. Police identified nine people who they ...    Full Story »

NY Proposes Rules For Medical Marijuana

NY Proposes Rules For Medical MarijuanaNew York officials have proposed regulations for a medical marijuana program expected to start in 2016. The rules, expected to be posted online Thursday by the health department and published Dec. 31 in the state Register, will be subject to 45 days of public comments and possible amendments. The Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo authorized the program under a law signed in July. It authorizes patients with one of 10 diseases to be able to obtain non-smokeable versions of the drug, which can be ingested or vaporized. The proposed ...    Full Story »

Levi Rosenblatt Released From Hospital 8 Days After Being Stabbed Inside Chabad World Headquarters (5 opinions)

Levi Rosenblatt Released From Hospital 8 Days After Being Stabbed Inside Chabad World HeadquartersA Lubavitcher Yeshiva Bochur was released from the Bellevue Hospital Wednesday, about eight days after being stabbed by a man who was later shot and killed by police inside 770 Eastern parkway - Chabad World Headquarters. Levi Rosenblatt was released from Bellevue Hospital Center after being treated successfully for a stab wound to the head, according to a news release. “Mr. Rosenblatt suffered a knife injury to the blood vessels in an extremely sensitive area of his brain,” hospital chief of neurosurgery Dr. Paul Huang said in a ...    Full Story »

Judge Recuses Himself In NYPD Chokehold Panel Case

Judge Recuses Himself In NYPD Chokehold Panel CaseA New York judge overseeing a request for grand jury records in the Eric Garner chokehold case has recused himself. The New York Times reports Thursday that State Supreme Court Justice Stephen Rooney hoped to avoid an appearance of a conflict of interest. Rooney's wife serves on the board of the Staten Island hospital whose workers responded to Garner after his deadly confrontation with police in July. The New York City public advocate and others are seeking grand jury minutes and other evidence in the case. A hearing on that was ...    Full Story »

Bills Would Ban Or Restrict Drones In NYC

Bills Would Ban Or Restrict Drones In NYCA City Council proposal seeks to ban drones in New York City. Police could use drones — but they'd have to get a warrant. Another bill would restrict drones to limited public spaces like parks, while banning them from heavily populated areas, such as sports arenas or airports. The Wall Street Journal says Councilman Daniel Garodnick is sponsoring the proposal for a broader ban. Garodnick says he fears drones could be used as weapons, or cause mid-air collisions. He noted that in September, an NYPD helicopter had a near-miss with ...    Full Story »

NYC To Try Settling Suit With Eric Garner's Family (2 opinions)

NYC To Try Settling Suit With Eric Garner's FamilyNew York City Comptroller Scott Stringer will attempt to negotiate a settlement of the $75 million civil rights claim brought forth by Eric Garner's family. If an agreement is reached, it would avoid what could be a long trial in federal court. And if a settlement is pursued now, it would also keep Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration out of the process. Officials with the comptroller's office said Wednesday that the push is part of Stringer's strategy to settle major civil rights claims before lawsuits are even filed. It was not ...    Full Story »

Crown Heights: Hammer Wielding Thug on Kingston Ave Arrested By NYPD (1 opinions)

Crown Heights: Hammer Wielding Thug on Kingston Ave Arrested By NYPDCrown Heights Shmira members responded to a scene Wednesday afternoon, on Kingston Avenue near President Street where a male black, who bystanders overheard yelling anti-Semitic slurs, took a hammer out of his car and smashed the window of a parked car. The perpetrator claimed that the owner of the vehicle had thrown an onion at his car and therefore felt justified in his actions. Police soon arrived and after questioning the perpetrator, he readily admitted to the crime, and was placed under arrest. He is being charged with criminal ...    Full Story »

NYC: Treyger Proposes Task Force to Help Houses of Worship and Non-Profits Recover from Sandy and Prepare for Next Major Storm

NYC: Treyger Proposes Task Force to Help Houses of Worship and Non-Profits Recover from Sandy and Prepare for Next Major StormThe Committee on Recovery and Resiliency held a hearing yesterday on Council Member Mark Treyger’s proposal to create a task force to study the damage that houses of worship and charitable organizations suffered during Hurricane Sandy and the expenses they incurred in helping storm victims. In many cases, local religious congregations and community-based non-profit groups were among the first to respond to the storm and begin assisting residents, before government agencies reached impacted neighborhoods. The task force’s ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor To Meet With Garner Protesters (2 opinions)

NYC Mayor To Meet With Garner ProtestersNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is planning to meet with organizers of the protests over the death of Eric Garner. Administration officials confirmed that de Blasio, a Democrat who took office in January, will meet with members of the Justice League at City Hall on Friday. The Justice League held a small protest Monday outside the mayor's home, Gracie Mansion. It also has organized larger events across the city since a Staten Island grand jury declined to indict a white police officer for the chokehold death of Garner, who is ...    Full Story »

Statement From NY Governor Cuomo On Chanukah

Statement From NY Governor Cuomo On Chanukah“This evening at sundown, members of the Jewish community all across New York State will begin the celebration of Hanukkah. Hanukkah celebrates the spirit of resilience and dedication of the Jewish people who faced adversity and persecution with fierce determination. As New Yorkers, we have all been confronted with adversity, challenges and destruction but the message of Hanukkah teaches us to commit to build back better and stronger. I join with all New Yorkers in honoring the message of Hanukkah and commend the willingness of the ...    Full Story »

Video: Hikind, Daskal Offer Important Community Safety Tips (2 opinions)

Video: Hikind, Daskal Offer Important Community Safety Tips[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) and Yanky Daskal, the founder and coordinator of the Boro Park Shomrim, released a video today offering safety tips to community members. The 8-minute video presents a wealth of information designed to remind people of things that everyone can do that will assure greater safety and security for themselves and the community. The key issue that Hikind and Daskal discuss is cars passing school buses while children are either boarding or being dropped off. “Everyone is in a ...    Full Story »

NYPD Hunts For Seven Suspects After Police Assaulted (2 opinions)

NYPD Hunts For Seven Suspects After Police Assaulted[SEE FLYERS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Saturday, December 13, 2014 at approximately 7:30PM, two New York City Police Department lieutenants were walking along the pedestrian walkway of the Brooklyn Bridge, monitoring a large crowd of demonstrators crossing into Brooklyn on the vehicular roadway below. While following the crowd, the two lieutenants, both of whom were wearing NYPD jackets, observed a male suspect attempt to throw a large garbage can down onto the roadway below, where other demonstrators and police officers were walking. The ...    Full Story »
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