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Union Appeal Denied in NY Stop and Frisk Case

Union Appeal Denied in NY Stop and Frisk Case
A federal appeals court panel has denied a request by police unions to continue challenging New York City's stop and frisk ruling. A judge ruled last year that the city sometimes discriminated against minorities with the New York Police Department's stop, question and frisk policy and ordered changes to departmental training and procedures. Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appealed the decision. Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the appeal when he came into office this year. The police unions wanted to continue the ...

Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas Reps Voice Concerns About UPK Program At OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Meeting (2 opinions)

Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas Reps Voice Concerns About UPK Program At OU Advocacy-Teach NYS MeetingRepresentatives of more than 30 New York City Jewish day schools and yeshivas convened this week at a community forum sponsored by OU Advocacy-Teach NYS to voice their frustrations over New York City’s universal pre-K (UPK) program and suggest ways the program could be improved. OU Advocacy-Teach NYS is working with state and city legislators to enhance the program for non-public schools and ensure the greatest utilization of the program by Jewish day schools and yeshivas. Participating schools represented a wide cross-section of the ...    Full Story »

Felder Endorses Hikind; Says Whoever Votes For Caller Should Move To Another Neighborhood (8 opinions)

Felder Endorses Hikind; Says Whoever Votes For Caller Should Move To Another Neighborhood Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) received a glowing endorsement this evening from long-time ally NYS Senator Simcha Felder. On Hikind’s radio show, the popular Senator dismissed the validity of Hikind’s challenger. “An endorsement means there are choices,” said Felder. “Sometimes there’s no question. I don’t even know why there are signs all over the place ‘Vote for Hikind.’ If people don’t understand that there’s only one choice, and that choice is Assemblyman Dov Hikind, then they should move to another ...    Full Story »

NYPD Chief Of Department Phil Banks Abruptly Resignes (1 opinions)

NYPD Chief Of Department Phil Banks Abruptly ResignesThe NYPD's Chief of Department, Philip Banks, has just resigned. Chief Banks is a 28-year veteran of the department, and was expected to become first deputy commissioner, the number two spot in the department. Sources tell YWN that Banks allegedly had a disagreement with Commissioner Bratton which led to Banks resigning. The news has sent shock waves through the department. Chief Banks, 50, joined the New York City Police Department in July 1986, and began his career on patrol in the 81st Precinct. He was promoted to Sergeant in March ...    Full Story »

Bratton: No Credible Threats Against NYC Marathon

Bratton: No Credible Threats Against NYC MarathonNYPD Commissioner William Bratton says there are no credible threats against Sunday's New York City Marathon. This is the second time the race has been run since the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Security was stepped up last year, and organizers plan similar measures Sunday. Mayor Bill de Blasio said at a news conference Thursday that he and Bratton attended a meeting the day before that included various city agencies and the FBI to go over preparations. Last year, barriers were erected around Central Park, where the race ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Hosts Governor Cuomo Tonight at 7PM on Weekly Radio Show on 620AM (1 opinions)

Greenfield Hosts Governor Cuomo Tonight at 7PM on Weekly Radio Show on 620AMTonight Councilman David Greenfield will host Governor Andrew Cuomo on Greenfield's weekly radio show on 620 AM radio starting at 7 pm. Greenfield will also discuss his support of the bold Boro Park rail yard housing proposal that may lead to as many as 2,000 new units of housing in Boro Park along 61st Street. Each week Councilman Greenfield hosts a live radio show from 7 to 8 pm on 620 AM radio to discuss current events and politics and has featured many elected officials as special guests and commentators. This week Governor Cuomo will ...    Full Story »

NYC Subway Fare To Go Up 4 Percent Next Year

NYC Subway Fare To Go Up 4 Percent Next YearThe Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to raise subway and bus fare by 4 percent next year. WNBC-TV says Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast said Wednesday that the hike would begin in March. It wasn't immediately clear how it would affect base fare, weekly and monthly MetroCards, commuter train passes or pay-per-ride discounts. Details were to be worked out after public hearings and a board vote in December. (AP)

Williamsburg: NYPD Investigating Milk Crate Assault on Jewish Woman as Hate Crime (2 opinions)

Williamsburg: NYPD Investigating Milk Crate Assault on Jewish Woman as Hate CrimeThe following is via DNA Info: A Jewish woman was struck in the head with a milk crate by unknown attackers in an incident being investigated as a hate crime, the NYPD said. The victim, 29, was sitting on a bench in De Hostos Playground at the corner of Walton Street and Harrison Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 25, about 4 p.m. when she was hit, police said. The woman said she suffered pain ...    Full Story »

R' Nachman Caller: A Plan Not To Have A Plan Is Not A Plan (18 opinions)

R' Nachman Caller: A Plan Not To Have A Plan Is Not A PlanOn Wednesday, Assemblyman Dov Hikind offered a plan to solve the housing crisis: give up hope, don’t seek solutions, just live with it and allow your kids to move away from this community. In an interview with a major Hebrew publication, Mr. Hikind was quoted as saying, “There won’t be 2,000 or 10,000 housing units, simply because we can’t build… if I could’ve helped people build apartments I would have done it a long time ago… we just can’t build more housing... More housing will not happen.” Instead of giving up, ...    Full Story »

Hikind To Cuomo: Education Investment Tax Credits Must Happen This Year (4 opinions)

Hikind To Cuomo: Education Investment Tax Credits Must Happen This Year NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed a large crowd at Bais Yaakov in Borough Park on Wednesday night. Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) was asked to speak as well and he took the occasion to praise the Governor profusely for all of his past accomplishments. “There’s still one job left to do,” said Assemblyman Hikind as he publicly called on Governor Cuomo to make Education Investment Tax Credits a personal issue. “Our parents are literally struggling to send their children to yeshivas,” said Hikind. “They do this because our ...    Full Story »

OU Advocacy Urges New York City Council Education Committee to Support Reform of DOE’s Management of Special Education Services

OU Advocacy Urges New York City Council Education Committee to Support Reform of DOE’s Management of Special Education ServicesIn his testimony before the New York City Council Education Committee and the Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools, Jake Adler, OU Advocacy’s New York City Director of Political Affairs, urged the City Council to consider even greater reforms for New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) in how it manages its special education services than those included in Proposed Intro 435. Proposed Intro 435 would require the DOE to submit an annual report to City Council about its special education services, which would include information about ...    Full Story »

NY Man Charged In False Threat Against Obama

NY Man Charged In False Threat Against ObamaProsecutors say the Secret Service got involved in a love triangle when a New York man falsely reported that his rival planned to kill President Barack Obama. The U.S. attorney says Juan Medina of Yonkers has been charged with making false statements. Medina allegedly made an anonymous 911 call on Aug. 29 accusing the other man of planning to attack Obama, who was coming to Westchester County that day. Secret Service agents found that man in Hamden, Connecticut, but found no evidence of any plot. After an investigation, Medina was ...    Full Story »

NYC Hatchet Attack Called Terrorism, But Why? (1 opinions)

NYC Hatchet Attack Called Terrorism, But Why?What police have labeled the latest act of terror in New York City didn’t involve an international conspiracy, a high-profile target or a bomb — just an unemployed loner wielding a hardware-store hatchet on an unremarkable street. New York Police Department officials’ characterization of the assault on a group of officers last week in Queens by Zale Thompson raised questions about what qualifies as terrorism in an era 13 years removed from the Sept. 11 attacks. Though police say there is some evidence suggesting Thompson was ...    Full Story »

FDNY Commissioner Appoints James Leonard As Chief Of Department

FDNY Commissioner Appoints James Leonard As Chief Of DepartmentFire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced the appointment of James E. Leonard as Chief of Department - the highest ranking uniformed position in the FDNY. Chief Leonard, a 35-year veteran and Brooklyn Borough Commander since 2010, will oversee the Department’s 15,000 uniformed firefighters and EMS personnel and four major agency Bureaus: Fire Operations, EMS Operations, Training and Fire Prevention. Chief Leonard’s appointment is effective Saturday, November 1, when he succeeds Chief Edward S. Kilduff, who is retiring. “Chief ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Says FDNY EMS Workers Who Transported Ebola Patient Are Like Navy SEALS (1 opinions)

NYC Mayor Says FDNY EMS Workers Who Transported Ebola Patient Are Like Navy SEALSNew York's mayor says that medical workers who transported a doctor fighting Ebola are the equivalent of the U.S. Navy's elite SEALS. Mayor Bill de Blasio visited a fire department EMS crew on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Tuesday. Emergency medical workers had taken Dr. Craig Spencer to the Bellevue Hospital Center last week. Spencer tested positive for Ebola after returning from West Africa where he had worked with patients. The mayor says EMS workers demonstrated teamwork and exuded a spirit of calm. He also called the New ...    Full Story »

Grimm, Recchia Meet In NYC House Race Final Debate

Grimm, Recchia Meet In NYC House Race Final DebateThe candidates in a tight race to represent Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn in the House of Representatives faced off in a final contentious debate Tuesday night, sparring over who would be more effective in Congress and not shying away from taking shots at each other. Republican Rep. Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia revisited criticisms they had each made in combative earlier debates in the race for the 11th Congressional District at the event hosted by The Advance newspaper and NY-1 at the College of Staten ...    Full Story »

Developer Secures Funds to Build 3 WTC

Developer Secures Funds to Build 3 WTCDeveloper Larry Silverstein has secured the funds to build his long-planned 3 World Trade Center. Silverstein has sold $1.6 billion worth of tax-exempt bonds, paving the way for construction of the tower by 2018. The 1,170-foot tower would be the third to be constructed on the 16-acre site. Silverstein has so far signed up one tenant for the 2.5-million-square-foot building. Advertising firm GroupM has agreed to lease 515,000 square feet. (AP)

Greenfield Supports Bold Plan to Build Housing over Borough Park Rail Yards (13 opinions)

Greenfield Supports Bold Plan to Build Housing over Borough Park Rail YardsCouncilman David G. Greenfield today announced his support for the bold plan put forth by prominent local attorney Nachman Caller which would build as many as 2,000 housing units over the MTA tracks adjacent to 61st Street in Borough Park. “In the four years that I have been a member of the City Council, I have looked everywhere for opportunities to build housing in Borough Park,” said Councilman Greenfield. “The problem is simple: we don’t have empty land to build on. This Borough Park rail yard housing plan is the best and most ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Federal, State and City Officials Attend Flatbush Coalition Forum

PHOTOS: Federal, State and City Officials Attend Flatbush Coalition Forum[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Flatbush was the scene of a convergence of political power on Sunday, as elected officials paid tribute to the Flatbush Jewish Community at the Annual FJCC Leadership Forum. There was a constant flow of elected officials for over two hours, reflecting the political strength of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, formed just over a year ago in 2013. The FJCC leadership forum included many prominent community leaders including executives of some of the foremost Jewish social service and communal ...    Full Story »
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