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Observatory At One World Trade Center Opens To Public

Observatory At One World Trade Center Opens To Public
There's a new bird's eye view of New York City. The One World Trade Center observatory is officially opening to the public on Friday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Visitors will get a view of the city and its surroundings from above 1,250 feet and stretching 50 miles past the Manhattan skyline and Statue of Liberty to the Atlantic Ocean. The observatory is on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors. It opens at 9 a.m.. The building is the nation's tallest, at 1,776 feet. Tickets are $32 for adults and $26 for children, ages 6 to 12. ...

NYC: 4 Pilots Say A Green Laser Was Pointed At Their Planes

NYC: 4 Pilots Say A Green Laser Was Pointed At Their PlanesSeveral pilots say a green laser was pointed at their planes while they were flying over Long Island. The Federal Aviation Administration says it happened to four planes Thursday between 9:30 p.m. and 10 p.m., about four miles northwest of Farmingdale. The planes were at about 8,000 feet when the pilots say their planes were illuminated by the laser. Pointing a laser at a plane is a federal crime. No injuries were reported and the FAA has alerted New York State Police. (AP)

Gov. Cuomo Proclaims Hurricane Preparedness Week In New York

Gov. Cuomo Proclaims Hurricane Preparedness Week In New YorkGov. Andrew Cuomo is encouraging New Yorkers to prepare for dangerous storms as hurricane season nears. Cuomo has proclaimed this week as hurricane preparedness week in New York state. Division of Homeland Security Commissioner John Melville says Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm Lee, and Superstorm Sandy have shown everybody there's not a single area of the state that will never have to think about hurricanes and severe weather. Officials are urging people to talk to family, neighbors, and community leaders, and have the tools and ...    Full Story »

NY Cracks Down On Drivers For Passing Stopped School Busses

NY Cracks Down On Drivers For Passing Stopped School BussesState traffic safety officials say they're serious about enforcing laws against passing stopped school busses. The Governor's Traffic Safety Committee says police issued 1,186 tickets to drivers for illegally passing a stopped school bus on April 16, the date of an annual safety initiative. State officials say there are 2.3 million students in New York who ride school buses each day. And they estimate that roughly 50,000 drivers illegally pass stopped school buses in New York every day. Passing a stopped school bus can cost drivers ...    Full Story »

NYC Subway Service Back On A, C After Massive Copper Theft

NYC Subway Service Back On A, C After Massive Copper TheftFull subway service has been restored on the A and C lines following a massive theft of copper cable from train tracks. Transit crew worked through the night to repair the damage. The crime caused delays and overcrowding for hundreds of thousands of commuters Wednesday along the entire length of the two heavily used lines. The A and C carry 775,000 riders a day and traverse Manhattan's west side. Officials say 500 feet of cable was stolen from about 12 locations along the tracks. The theft was discovered late Tuesday when a train ...    Full Story »

NYC: DOT Responds To Greenfield And Treyger Request To Restore Ocean Parkway to 30 MPH (8 opinions)

NYC: DOT Responds To Greenfield And Treyger Request To Restore Ocean Parkway to 30 MPHLast week, YWN reported that NYC Councilmembers David G. Greenfield and Mark Treyger urged 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 ...    Full Story »

Uber, Lyft Push Back Against Proposed NYC Regulations (1 opinions)

Uber, Lyft Push Back Against Proposed NYC RegulationsUber and Lyft are pushing back against a New York City effort to regulate app-based ride-hailing services. The proposal before the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission would require car services that riders can book with their smartphones to comply with many of the rules that govern the yellow cabs with which they compete. The proposed rule changes would address fares, the availability of wheelchair-accessible cars and restrictions on picking up passengers at airports. San Francisco-based Uber and Lyft say the regulations would ...    Full Story »

Ex-NY Senate Leader And Son Indicted On Corruption Charges

Ex-NY Senate Leader And Son Indicted On Corruption ChargesThe former New York Senate leader and his son have been indicted on corruption charges in Manhattan federal court. The indictment was returned Thursday against 67-year-old Dean Skelos and his 32-year-old son, Adam. The Long Island men were released on bail earlier this month. Dean Skelos was New York state's most powerful Republican when he was arrested on conspiracy and extortion charges. He was accused by prosecutors of taking official actions so his son could receive more than $200,000. The indictment added to the accusations by ...    Full Story »

Shomrim And Hatzolah Searching For Missing Woman In Far Rockaway / Nassau Area (8 opinions)

Shomrim And Hatzolah Searching For Missing Woman In Far Rockaway / Nassau AreaVolunteers from Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol (Shomrim) and Rockaway Hatzolah are searching for a missing woman in the Far Rockaway / Nassau area, and are asking for the public's assistance. Missing is Tovah Rosenbaum 33-years-old. She is described as 4 foot 11 inches, weighs 110 lbs, and has brown hair. She was wearing black/blue skirt, black boots, and a pink wind breaker. She was last seen on Wednesday morning 5/27/15 at around 10:00AM. Shomrim and Hatzolah have searched all Shuls and parks in the Rockaway / Nassau area. She is ...    Full Story »

JFK, LaGuardia, Newark-Liberty Worst For Tarmac Delays

JFK, LaGuardia, Newark-Liberty Worst For Tarmac DelaysThe New York City area's three major airports rank the worst in the country for the percentage of flights delayed on the tarmac at takeoff and landing, according to the Global Gateway Alliance. The organization advocates for improvements to airports and related infrastructure. The study found LaGuardia, JFK and Newark were the top three airports in the country during 2014 with the highest rate of tarmac delays lasting between 61 and 300 minutes, the measure used by the FAA. At nearly 2,500 tarmac delays, LaGuardia had the highest ...    Full Story »

Goldfeder Demands Immediate Investigation into MTA Transit Nightmare

Goldfeder Demands Immediate Investigation into MTA Transit NightmareAmidst massive transit delays and gridlock due to disrupted A train service this morning between Howard Beach and Rockaway, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Howard Beach) is calling on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to immediately investigate alarming security breaches that reportedly allowed thieves to remove copper track wiring and cut service to the line. Goldfeder also blasted the agency for catastrophic breakdowns in contingency transit plans, including reports of buses blocking vital roadways and leaving thousands stranded ...    Full Story »

NY Assembly Votes For Universal Health Coverage (1 opinions)

NY Assembly Votes For Universal Health CoverageThe New York Assembly has voted 89-47 for legislation to establish publicly funded universal health coverage in a so-called single payer system. All New Yorkers could enroll. With no patient premiums, deductibles or co-payments for hospital and doctor visits, testing, drugs or other care, New York Health would pay providers through collectively negotiated rates. It would take insurers out of the mix, funded instead through a progressive payroll tax paid 80 percent by employers and 20 percent by employees. Waivers would be sought so ...    Full Story »

Agudath Israel Rallies Community Support for Historic Tuition Relief Bill

Agudath Israel Rallies Community Support for Historic Tuition Relief BillAt an emergency meeting yesterday, in the offices of Agudath Israel of America, yeshiva menahalim from all over New York State gathered with askonim and legislators to discuss strategies to rally support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's groundbreaking education tax credit bill. Chaired by Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, executive vice president of Agudath Israel, the meeting underscored the bill's special benefits for yeshiva parents and called for vigorous community support to ensure it passes the state legislature in Albany next month. "This is ...    Full Story »

Queens: 10-Week-Old Jewish Infant Found Dead In Stroller In Forest Hills Park (9 opinions)

Queens: 10-Week-Old Jewish Infant Found Dead In Stroller In Forest Hills ParkA 10-week-old infant was found dead in her stroller in a Queens park Wednesday afternoon, police said. On Wednesday at approximately 12:30PM, police officers responded to a 911 call of an unconscious baby inside of a park located at Borage Place and Burns Street in the Forest Hills section of Queens – within the confines of the 112th Precinct. Upon arrival, officers discovered a 10 week old female to be unconscious and unresponsive. EMS also responded and transported the infant female to North Shore Hospital where she was pronounced ...    Full Story »

NYC Comptroller Says City Pays 'Invisible Fare' To Run MTA (2 opinions)

NYC Comptroller Says City Pays 'Invisible Fare' To Run MTANew York City Comptroller Scott Stringer says city residents are paying an "invisible fare" of $130 a month per household to run the MTA. Stringer said Tuesday that in addition to the $5.3 billion city residents paid in fares and tolls last year, New Yorkers paid $4.8 billion in taxes, subsidies and direct expenditures to the MTA. The $4.8 billion includes taxes and fees levied on city residents such as the 50-cent-a-ride taxi surcharge as well as $612.5 million for debt service payments and policing the subway system. Stringer said ...    Full Story »

NYC Elected Officials, Community Leaders, and Students Hold School Safety Rally

NYC Elected Officials, Community Leaders, and Students Hold School Safety RallyCity Hall - Today, Councilman David G. Greenfield, 20 New York City Council Members, and Public Advocate Letitia James held a school safety rally alongside students from Beth Jacob of Boro Park, Barkai Yeshiva, Al-Madinah School, Razi School, Al-lhsan, St. Saviour Catholic Academy, Queen of Rosary Catholic Academy, and Queen of All Saints. In addition, representatives of the following organizations were present: United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York, Agudath Israel of America, Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations, Islamic Schools ...    Full Story »

NYC: Mayor De Blasio Signals Some Support For Warrant Amnesty Plan

NYC: Mayor De Blasio Signals Some Support For Warrant Amnesty PlanMayor Bill de Blasio is signaling some support to offer amnesty to New York City residents who have outstanding warrants for low-level offenses. De Blasio said Tuesday that he could be open to the idea, which was floated by Police Commissioner William Bratton last week in an interview with The Associated Press. New York's court system has 1.2 million open warrants for sometimes decades-old infractions for low-level offenses such as drinking in public or disorderly conduct. Those warrants do not expire, so an individual could be ...    Full Story »

Felder: Don't Let Trees Stump Us (2 opinions)

Felder: Don't Let Trees Stump Us“While trees can often help beautify our neighborhood, stumps that are left behind after a tree has been removed present an unsightly and often dangerous obstruction to homeowners and pedestrians,” said Senator Felder. “As part of the Senator On Site program, I make every effort to visit homes and help the owners resolve any issues they may have.” Senator Felder was joined by homeowners Martin and Sonia Rosenbaum who, together with the Brooklyn Parks Commissioner and representatives from Brooklyn Forestry, helped to remove the ...    Full Story »

Hundreds of Non-Public School Parents, Children Call On NYC Council to Pass School Safety Bill For All NYC Schoolchildren (1 opinions)

Hundreds of Non-Public School Parents, Children Call On NYC Council to Pass School Safety Bill For All NYC SchoolchildrenHundreds of parents and children from Jewish, Catholic, Muslim and other non-public schools joined together today on the steps of City Hall with dozens of City Council members to demonstrate that all schoolchildren—public and non-public alike—deserve to be safe at school. The group rallied for the passage of Intro 65, a bill now before City Council, which will provide the same uniformed NYPD School Safety Agents to a non-public school that a public school receives. Intro 65 is sponsored by Council Member David Greenfield and has 46 ...    Full Story »
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