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Patterson, NJ: Muslim Cleric Appears in Court Fighting Against Deportation (2 opinions)

Patterson, NJ: Muslim Cleric Appears in Court Fighting Against Deportation
The leader of one of New Jersey's largest mosques, who is accused of lying on his green card application, was in court Monday to fight deportation. Imam Mohammad Qatanani, the leader of the Islamic Center of Passaic County, didn't disclose being convicted in Israel for being a member of Hamas, federal officials have said. Qatanani denies that he was ever a member of Hamas, which is classified as a terrorist organization by the U.S. government. He says that he was only detained — like many others at the time — and was never told that ...

Man Accused of Threatening Muslim NYPD Officer Faces Hate Charge

Man Accused of Threatening Muslim NYPD Officer Faces Hate ChargeA man who authorities said shouted "go back to your country" at a Muslim woman wearing a religious head covering may have picked the wrong target: a decorated New York City police officer. Officer Aml Elsokary, a New York City native who joined the force after the Sept. 11 attacks, said she was off duty in her Brooklyn neighborhood Saturday when she encountered a man yelling and pushing her 16-year-old son. When she intervened, she said, the man referenced the Islamic State group and threatened to slit her throat. It was the first ...    Full Story »

Muslim MTA Employee Is Attacked At Grand Central (1 opinions)

Muslim MTA Employee Is Attacked At Grand CentralAt approximately 6:20 a.m. this morning, a uniformed off-duty Muslim New York City Transit employee on her way to work was assaulted by a male passenger at Grand Central Terminal. After exiting the 7 Train in the station, the suspect allegedly called the station agent a ‘terrorist’ and pushed her down the stairs, injuring both her ankle and knee. The employee was swiftly transported to NYU Langone for the treatment of her injuries. The incident follows a wave of bias events targeting the MTA since the Presidential election. On Saturday, ...    Full Story »

Police Say Subway 'Surfer' Falls To Death In NYC

Police Say Subway 'Surfer' Falls To Death In NYCPolice say a man who was "surfing" on the outside of a New York City subway car has fallen to his death. The accident happened shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday just north of the West Fourth Street station in Greenwich Village. Police say the unidentified man was holding onto one of the doors of a subway car when he lost his grip and fell. Service on several subway lines was rerouted while police investigated the death. (AP)

Bronx District Attorney Calls for Grand Jury in Deadly NYPD Shooting of Deborah Danner

Bronx District Attorney Calls for Grand Jury in Deadly NYPD Shooting of Deborah DannerThe Bronx district attorney says she will convene a grand jury to consider whether criminal charges should be brought against the NYPD sergeant who shot 66-year-old Deborah Danner to death in her apartment earlier this year. Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark said there was no timetable for the grand jury to be impaneled. The DA gave the following statement to YWN: “I will ask the Administrative Judge of the Supreme Court to impanel a special grand jury to investigate the fatal shooting of Deborah Danner, a 66-year-old woman, in ...    Full Story »

De Blasio Seeks $35 Million In Reimbursement For Trump Security (2 opinions)

De Blasio Seeks $35 Million In Reimbursement For Trump SecurityMayor Bill de Blasio is requesting the federal government reimburse the city to cover the cost of providing security around Trump Tower as President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office. “Last month was the first time we had NYPD taking such a crucial role and huge role in providing security around Trump Tower,” de Blasio said Monday, announcing that he is seeking up to $35 million in reimbursement for providing security between Nov. 8 through Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20. De Blasio is sending a letter to President Barack ...    Full Story »

Off-Duty New York City Correction Officer Fatally Shot

Off-Duty New York City Correction Officer Fatally ShotAn off-duty New York City correction officer has been fatally shot. Police say 25-year-old Alastasia Bryan was shot Sunday night while sitting in a car outside a home in the Flatlands neighborhood of Brooklyn. Officers say they found her with gunshot wounds to her head and torso. She was pronounced dead at the scene. The Correction Officers' Benevolent Association has issued a statement saying the correction family is "shocked and grieving the horrific murder" of Bryan. A motive for the shooting remains unclear. No arrests have ...    Full Story »

NYPD Arrests Man Accused of Harassing Muslim Police Officer

NYPD Arrests Man Accused of Harassing Muslim Police OfficerThe New York Police Department has arrested a man accused of harassing an off-duty Muslim police officer previously commended for heroism. The NYPD said Monday that 36-year-old Christopher Nelson has been arrested on charges of menacing as a hate crime and aggravated harassment. Authorities say the officer, who was wearing a Muslim head covering, encountered a man yelling and pushing her 16-year-old son on Saturday evening in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. When she intervened the man referenced the Islamic State group and threatened to slit her ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Man Arrested For Taking City Bus On Joyride

NYPD: Man Arrested For Taking City Bus On JoyrideAuthorities say a Staten Island man who took an empty city bus for a joy ride two years ago has done it again. Police say Nicholas Ellias entered the parked MTA bus at the Saint George Ferry Terminal on Friday morning and drove it about four miles. Police say he did the same thing two years ago, driving off in a bus from the same terminal. Ellias faces charges of grand larceny and criminal mischief. It wasn’t immediately clear if he had a lawyer who could comment on the charges. (AP)

NY Tweaks Medical Marijuana Law but Still No Talk of Legalization

NY Tweaks Medical Marijuana Law but Still No Talk of LegalizationNew York is loosening restrictions in its nearly year-old medical marijuana law but, to the dismay of some pot advocates, there is no sign the state is in any hurry to join eight other states in embracing full legalization. Among the latest to do so are two in the Northeast — Massachusetts and Maine — and the huge state of California. Still, Gov. Andrew Cuomo remains a skeptic of outright recreational use and legalization faces challenges in the Legislature too. "It's unlikely to happen in the short term," predicted physician Kyle ...    Full Story »

As Transit Fares Soar, NYC Advocates Push For Discounts (3 opinions)

As Transit Fares Soar, NYC Advocates Push For DiscountsFor most New Yorkers, subways and buses are necessities of city living that fall right behind food, clothing and shelter. But with the price of 30-day MetroCard transit pass at $116.50, and possibly primed to rise as high as $121, they're also on the verge of becoming unaffordable for the 1.7 million city residents living in poverty. The cost of getting around has gotten so high, some advocates are proposing that New York join a handful of other cities, including Seattle and San Francisco, in offering discounted rides to some low-income ...    Full Story »

Hikind to Be Joined by Public Advocate Tih James, Comptroller Stringer and Brooklyn BP Adams at Save Ocean Parkway Rally (4 opinions)

Hikind to Be Joined by Public Advocate Tih James, Comptroller Stringer and Brooklyn BP Adams at Save Ocean Parkway RallyAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) announced Friday morning that NYC Public Advocate Tish James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be joining hundreds of outraged community members at the “Save Ocean Parkway” rally this Sunday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. on the corner of Avenue J and Ocean Parkway. Local elected officials and community leaders will also attend in an effort to prevent these dangerous traffic changes from going into effect. “I applaud Comptroller Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James, our ...    Full Story »

NYPD Plans to Expand Smart Car Fleet to Replace Scooters (1 opinions)

NYPD Plans to Expand Smart Car Fleet to Replace ScootersThe New York City Police Department has announced plans to expand its fleet of Smart cars to replace the three-wheeled scooters that officers utilized for decades. The New York Times reports the NYPD is among the first public safety organizations in the world to introduce the cars, with 150 vehicles already in service. The department has contracted to add at least 75 more Smart cars, which are made by German automaker Daimler AG. In addition to being described as more approachable by civilians, the vehicles are said to be safer, ...    Full Story »

Police Raid On Coney Island Ave Near Ave R Yields More Than $10M in Fake Smartphones (2 opinions)

Police Raid On Coney Island Ave Near Ave R Yields More Than $10M in Fake SmartphonesPolice in New York City raided two warehouses in Brooklyn that yielded three arrests and the seizure of more than $10 million worth of counterfeit electronics. Authorities say Thursday night's bust was the culmination of a nine-month investigation launched in response to a string of suspicious packages that started trickling through customs at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Police and federal agents with Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Customs recovered 31,000 fake Apple and Samsung phones from the two buildings, along ...    Full Story »

Governor's Ex-Aide, 7 Others Deny Guilt in Corruption Case

Governor's Ex-Aide, 7 Others Deny Guilt in Corruption CaseA former top adviser for New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and seven other people have pleaded not guilty in their federal corruption case. Joseph Percoco and his co-defendants appeared Thursday in federal court. A November indictment alleges bid-rigging and bribery. Percoco is from South Salem and was Cuomo's executive deputy secretary and one of his most loyal advisers. The Democratic governor is not accused of wrongdoing. The government says evidence including about 2 million pages of documents will be ready for defense review in 45 ...    Full Story »

Weiner Fined $65,000 in Violations for 2013 Mayoral Campaign

Weiner Fined $65,000 in Violations for 2013 Mayoral CampaignThe New York City Campaign Finance Board has fined former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner nearly $65,000 for violating election spending rules during his failed 2013 bid for mayor. Some of the penalties, approved by the board Thursday, were for using campaign funds to pay for regular living expenses, including dry cleaning and personal cellphone service. Other fines covered expenses that the board said were never properly justified as being related to the election, including payments to a consultant after the race had ended. Weiner's campaign ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Joins Hikind's Call to DOT to Reconsider Turn Restrictions on Ocean Parkway (1 opinions)

Greenfield Joins Hikind's Call to DOT to Reconsider Turn Restrictions on Ocean ParkwayCouncilman David G. Greenfield is joining Assemblyman Dov Hikind in calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to delay the implementation of planned right-turn prohibitions at multiple intersections on Ocean Parkway. The new right-turn restrictions, which are set to be imposed at the intersections ...    Full Story »

The Official NYPD Statement Given to YWN On The Williamsburg Tragedy (3 opinions)

The Official NYPD Statement Given to YWN On The Williamsburg TragedyThe following is the official NYPD statement given to YWN regarding the tragedy in Williamsburg which took the life of 21-year-old Moshe Yehuda Viner Z"L. On Thursday, December 01, 2016 at approximately 1112 hours police responded to the corner of South 10th Street and Kent Ave for a 911 call of a pedestrian struck within the confines of the 90 ...    Full Story »
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