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Community Service Eyed For Brooklyn Bridge Stunt

Community Service Eyed For Brooklyn Bridge Stunt
A judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service — like cleaning a bridge. Yaroslav Kolchin was arrested Sunday after he climbed to the top of the bridge to take pictures. He was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct. The Daily News reports a judge said Friday she wasn’t condoning Kolchin’s actions but didn’t think they were malicious. Prosecutors are seeking a guilty plea to trespassing and a 90-day jail sentence. Judge ShawnDya ...

NYPD Monitoring Britain Terror Precautions

NYPD Monitoring Britain Terror PrecautionsNew York Police Commissioner William Bratton says the city is closely following developments overseas after Britain raised its terror threat level. Bratton said Friday there is “no specific credible threat” to New York City. He says the NYPD is working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any developments. The commissioner added that New York City’s “security posture” and NYPD resources are adjusted daily to conform to changing conditions around the globe. Britain’s decision was related to developments in ...    Full Story »

In First, Memorial Will Be Open On Night Of 9/11 (1 opinions)

In First, Memorial Will Be Open On Night Of 9/11The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date. The plaza will be closed to the public during the remembrance ceremony and much of the rest of the day, but it will open from 6 p.m. to midnight for those who want to pay respects and view one of the most evocative observances — the twin beams called the Tribute in Light — from an especially "meaningful vantage point," memorial President Joe Daniels ...    Full Story »

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Presents Check to Agudath Israel To Expand Brooklyn Job Training Program (1 opinions)

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Presents Check to Agudath Israel To Expand Brooklyn Job Training ProgramAssemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) presented an oversized check for $250,000 this week to Leon Goldenberg (left) and Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz of Agudath Israel of America for the expansion of space for Agudath’s PCS (Professional Career Services)/COPE Institute, a career training program on 18th Avenue in Brooklyn. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz provided the money through a capital grant. “This is a worthwhile program that does more than provide job and career training. It transforms lives,” said Assemblyman Cymbrowitz. “With this ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Touts Safety Measures In Public Housing

NYC Mayor Touts Safety Measures In Public HousingMayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday touted a series of safety improvements in public housing developments that followed a worrisome surge in violence. He said that more police officers have been dispatched to the housing projects, more cameras have been installed and even more scaffolding has been removed. De Blasio pledged to increase the rate of repairs in the New York City Housing Authority buildings, which in turn would lead to the removal of the scaffolding, also known as "sidewalk sheds." Some residents have complained that the ...    Full Story »

NYPD Head 'Gratified' By Some Poll Findings

NYPD Head 'Gratified' By Some Poll FindingsPolice Commissioner William Bratton says he's "gratified" that 56 percent of New York City residents support the crackdown on low-level offenses in an effort to prevent more violent crimes. But 35 percent of respondents in a Quinnipiac (KWIN'-ih-pee-ak) poll say the so-called "Broken Windows" tactic contributes to neighborhood tensions. Bratton says the key is to "do it in a way that is both lawful and respectful." Seventy-four percent say police brutality is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. That's the highest number ...    Full Story »

Poll: De Blasio's Approval Holds Steady

Poll: De Blasio's Approval Holds SteadyA new poll says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating has held steady despite a tumultuous summer for the city. A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday finds that 50 percent of voters approved of de Blasio's job performance. That is down a tick from 51 percent on June 11. Since that poll was conducted, a budget deal was struck, de Blasio vacationed in Italy and the city was roiled by the death of a black Staten Island man who was placed in an illegal chokehold by a white police officer. There is a racial ...    Full Story »

Staten Island Gets $56M To Control Future Flooding (1 opinions)

Staten Island Gets $56M To Control Future FloodingNew York officials say $33 million in federal Sandy relief will be going toward the purchase of about 24 acres on Staten Island to control future flooding. Sen. Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture funding on Monday. They also announced an additional $23 million in funding to purchase flood plain easements in Midland Beach and New Dorp. The city applied for the money through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program to fund Staten Island's Bluebelt, a storm water management ...    Full Story »

FDNY Gets Ship Firefighting Simulator

FDNY Gets Ship Firefighting SimulatorNew York City now has a simulator that reproduces the unique conditions that can arise while fighting fires aboard ships. Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro is presiding over a christening ceremony Tuesday at the department's training academy on Randall's Island. Nigro says there is a "real and present" possibility of shipboard fires in a city with "highly active" shipping and tourism industries. The challenges include the unique layouts and close quarters on ships. Firefighters also could face water supply woes and hazmat ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: CB12 & OJPC Announce Seminar For Local Businesses In Conjunction With The Dept. Of Consumer Affairs

Boro Park: CB12 & OJPC Announce Seminar For Local Businesses In Conjunction With The Dept. Of Consumer AffairsCommunity Board 12, the OJPC along with the Department of Consumer Affairs will be holding a seminar for retail store owners in the district. After receiving various complaints from local merchants and at the urging of the OJPC (Orthodox Jewish Political Club), Community Board 12 has reached out to the Department of Consumer Affairs and asked them to come down and meet with our local businesses to help them be DCA compliant, pass inspections and prevent them from getting excessive fines. We are happy to announce that the DCA agreed and will ...    Full Story »

New York City Subway Train Goes Wrong Way (2 opinions)

New York City Subway Train Goes Wrong WayNew York City transit officials say a subway operator and conductor have been taken out of service while they investigate how a train ended up going the wrong way. Officials say the uptown "A'' train pulled out of the Canal Street hub onto downtown tracks on Aug. 11. The crew apparently did not hear a dispatcher's radio warning. The operator stopped after seeing another train's headlights at West 4th Street. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says there was no danger because the oncoming train had been halted. The MTA says ...    Full Story »

Russian Tourist Charged in Brooklyn Bridge Climb

Russian Tourist Charged in Brooklyn Bridge ClimbA Russian tourist accused of climbing to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge is facing reckless endangerment and trespass charges. The episode marks the second security breach at the span in a month. Yaroslav Kolchin is being held on $5,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in Brooklyn. Police and prosecutors say they spotted the 24-year-old ascending a cable beam at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say the Moscow man reached the top of the tower, took pictures and was arrested as he descended. A court complaint says he told police he ...    Full Story »

NYC: Kickoff Of Pre-K Program Sets Up High Stakes For Mayor De Blasio

NYC: Kickoff Of Pre-K Program Sets Up High Stakes For Mayor De BlasioWith the school year less than two weeks away, New York City is racing to complete an unprecedented prekindergarten expansion – and its success or failure could have major political implications for its first-year mayor, Bill de Blasio. De Blasio made the establishment of universal prekindergarten – which a top aide called one of the biggest government undertakings in the city’s history – the centerpiece of his mayoral campaign a year ago. It took months of political dealing to obtain the hundreds of millions of dollars needed for ...    Full Story »

Man Arrested After Climbing Up Brooklyn Bridge (5 opinions)

Man Arrested After Climbing Up Brooklyn BridgeA 24-year-old man was arrested after police say he climbed to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge and took pictures with his smartphone. It was the second security breach at the span in less than a month. Police say they spotted Yaroslav Kolchin ascending a cable beam from the Brooklyn side of the bridge at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. They say the Manhattan resident reached the top of the tower and was seen taking photos as aviation and harbor units responded. Kolchin then descended the same way. He was met by officers who arrested him on ...    Full Story »

Staten Island: No Arrests As Thousands Rally Over NYPD Chokehold Death (3 opinions)

Staten Island: No Arrests As Thousands Rally Over NYPD Chokehold DeathThousands of people expressing grief, anger and hope for a better future marched peacefully through Staten Island on Saturday to protest the chokehold death of an unarmed black man by a white police officer. Police reported no arrests after the afternoon rally and march that drew well over 2,500 people to the streets where Eric Garner was taken to the ground on July 17 by a New York Police Department officer using a prohibited martial arts maneuver. "This is a Birmingham, Alabama, moment!" the Rev. Herbert Daughtry announced to about 100 ...    Full Story »

NY State Police, Local Cops Get New Bulletproof Vests

NY State Police, Local Cops Get New Bulletproof VestsNearly $300,000 has been awarded to help the New York State Police and local law enforcement agencies purchase 708 new bulletproof vests. The New York Attorney General's office announced the funding on Thursday. The money comes from civil and criminal forfeitures and is intended to make up for a reduction in federal funding for vests. The New York State Police will use its $112,000 share of the funds to help pay for 277 vests. Police in Utica and Syracuse will also get a portion of the money to purchase new vests for their ...    Full Story »

Warning About E-ZPass 'Phishing' Scam (1 opinions)

Warning About E-ZPass 'Phishing' ScamThe New York State Thruway Authority is warning E-ZPass customers about a phishing scam. People have received bogus emails made to appear official stating that people have unpaid tolls. "Please be advised this is not an authorized communication from E-ZPass, the New York State Thruway Authority or any other toll agency associated with E-ZPass," the Thruway Authority said in a statement. "We advise you not to open or respond to such a message should you receive one." The bogus email includes a clickable link to download a supposed ...    Full Story »

NYC Public Advocate Shows Off Police Body Camera

NYC Public Advocate Shows Off Police Body CameraA top city official is showing off cameras she says could curb police brutality allegations and save the city millions of dollars in legal costs. Public Advocate Letitia James demonstrated the body-worn cameras Thursday at a news conference at her Lower Manhattan office. James proposed the cameras earlier this month, in the wake of Eric Garner's death from a police chokehold. She wants police to start a pilot program covering officers in areas with high crime and misconduct complaint rates. James says the city spent $152 million ...    Full Story »

NYC Doctor-In-Chief Seeks Community Approach

NYC Doctor-In-Chief Seeks Community ApproachNew York City's new health boss doesn't want to be your nanny. Think of her more as a tutor. After years of pronouncements from on high, including the fight to limit big, sugary drinks, the city's health department is shifting priorities under its newest commissioner, Dr. Mary Bassett: less telling and more listening to people about what they need. "It means getting out, talking to people and realizing that the health department is only part of the solution," said Bassett, explaining a philosophy she developed as a resident in a Harlem ...    Full Story »
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