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Community Service, Fine in World Trade Center Parachute Jump

Community Service, Fine in World Trade Center Parachute Jump
A man convicted of parachute-jumping from the top of New York's One World Trade Center with two other men has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service. A judge on Monday also ordered Marko Markovich to pay a $2,000 fine. James Brady and Andrew Rossig had to pay similar fines but received lesser community service sentences earlier this month. The men were convicted in June of reckless endangerment and other misdemeanors. Prosecutors say the men jumped from the building when it was under construction in the early morning ...

Historical Promotion Of Black Woman To NYPD Assistant Chief

Historical Promotion Of Black Woman To NYPD Assistant ChiefA veteran New York Police Department officer has reached the highest rank for a black woman in department history. Kim Royster was promoted to assistant chief at a ceremony on Monday. As a deputy chief, Royster was commanding officer of the NYPD’s public information operation for the past five years. She’ll now be in charge of its recruitment division. Assistant chief is the third-highest rank at the nation’s largest police department, behind bureau chief and chief of department. Royster first became a police officer in ...    Full Story »

NYPD Holds Annual High Holy Days Briefing

NYPD Holds Annual High Holy Days BriefingFirst Deputy NYPD Commissioner. Benjamin B. Tucker presided over the NYPD’s annual High Holiday security briefing at One Police Plaza, Tuesday morning. Community leaders from all sects of the Jewish community were in attendance. As in previous years, the NYPD is increasing protection in Jewish neighborhoods as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approach. Increased foot patrols and counterterror teams will be patrolling those areas. Police said although there is not any specific threat, synagogues are considered potential terror ...    Full Story »

NYC, Union Settle Lawsuit Over Pedestrian Safety Law

NYC, Union Settle Lawsuit Over Pedestrian Safety LawNew York City has reached a settlement with the Transport Workers Union regarding a lawsuit over the mayor's recently implemented "Vision Zero" program that aims to eliminate all pedestrian deaths. TWU Local 100 had filed suit claiming a provision in the law was unconstitutionally vague and led to the arrests of six bus drivers. The provision elevated a traffic infraction to a criminal misdemeanor when a driver fails to exercise "due care" in an accident that injures a pedestrian or bicyclist in a crosswalk. "This settlement makes ...    Full Story »

WILLIAMSBURG MISSING HAS BEEN FOUND! Hundreds Spend Night Searching For Missing 19-Year-Old Autistic Teenager (1 opinions)

WILLIAMSBURG MISSING HAS BEEN FOUND! Hundreds Spend Night Searching For Missing 19-Year-Old Autistic TeenagerThe 19-year-old missing autistic teenager from Williamsburg has thankfully been found. Sources confirm to YWN that he was located in Jamaica Hospital. He is in good condition, and has been rejoined with his family. The NYPD along with hundreds of volunteers from Williamsburg Shomrim (WSPU) and concerned neighbors had spent the entire night searching for the missing - who was last seen leaving his Shul on Monday morning. The NYPD and Williamsburg Shomrim were assisted by Shomrim divisions from many other neighborhoods, as well as ...    Full Story »

'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Arrives In NYC; Nissan NV200 Features Cellphone-Charging Outlets, Sunroot

'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Arrives In NYC; Nissan NV200 Features Cellphone-Charging Outlets, SunrootThe Nissan NV200 minivan is now the new standard for New York City's yellow cabs. The new design, known as the Taxi of Tomorrow, was unveiled on Tuesday. The New York Times reports that it'll be phased in as owners retire their cabs. Some owners still will be able to choose from a short list of hybrid and wheelchair-accessible vehicles. But taxi officials predict that 80 percent of the city's 14,000 yellow cabs eventually will be NV200s. About 750 of the models already are on the street. The vehicle features a sunroof and ...    Full Story »

George W. Bush Nervous About Post-9/11 World Series Pitch

George W. Bush Nervous About Post-9/11 World Series PitchFormer President George W. Bush says he was really nervous before throwing out a post-9/11 first pitch during the 2001 World Series Bush on Sunday night was at his presidential center in suburban Dallas for a screening of the ESPN Films "30 for 30" feature called "First Pitch." The documentary will debut Sept. 11, the 14th anniversary of the deadly attacks. Bush wore a bulletproof vest when he threw a strike before Game 3 of the 2001 World Series between New York and the Arizona Diamondbacks, at Yankee Stadium. The Dallas Morning News ...    Full Story »

New York: School's Open - Drive Carefully Campaign Begins September 2, 2015

New York: School's Open - Drive Carefully Campaign Begins September 2, 2015New York State Police Major Regan urges everyone to support the AAA’s annual “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign to help preserve the safety of children traveling to and from school. AAA’s yearly “School’s Open—Drive Carefully” campaign alerts motorists to the special risks to school-age children from motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for children from five to fourteen years old. The campaign begins September 2, 2015 and runs through October 14. Motorists will receive an additional reminder each ...    Full Story »

NY Reports Higher Tax Collections Through July

NY Reports Higher Tax Collections Through JulyNew York’s comptroller reports tax revenues so far this fiscal year are nearly 10 percent higher than the same four months last year. According to the comptroller’s office, the $25.3 billion in tax receipts through July reflect stronger personal income tax collections. Comptroller Thomas DiNappoli says settlement funds have also boosted the state’s available balance at the end of July to $9.6 billion. New York has reached settlements with several major banks following state and national investigations into troubled ...    Full Story »

After Push by Goldfeder, Health Department Announces Mosquito Spraying in Southern Queens

After Push by Goldfeder, Health Department Announces Mosquito Spraying in Southern QueensFollowing multiple requests by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Howard Beach) to combat mosquito breeding and West Nile virus in communities plagued by frequent flooding and multiple abandoned properties in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) has announced plans to conduct sprayings in southern Queens communities not included among scheduled sprayings. The spraying campaign, scheduled for September 1st, will include the neighborhoods of Howard Beach, Hamilton Beach and Lindenwood. “For too ...    Full Story »

De Blasio Says He Won't Let NYC Quality Of Life Go Down (3 opinions)

De Blasio Says He Won't Let NYC Quality Of Life Go DownMayor Bill de Blasio says New Yorkers have a lot to be proud of in their city. De Blasio talked about some of his administration’s accomplishments in an opinion piece published on Sunday in the Daily News. He promised he would “never allow the quality of life in New York City to erode.” The mayor has been facing a perception that the city is moving back toward the more dangerous times of previous decades. A Quinnipiac University poll early in August found an increase in the percentage of residents who disapprove of his job ...    Full Story »

Army Searching for Missile That Fell from Apache Helicopter Over New York (4 opinions)

Army Searching for Missile That Fell from Apache Helicopter Over New YorkOfficials from Fort Drum are looking for a M36 Captive Flight Training missile they lost during a flight to Stewart International Airport in New Windsor, Orange County. The device is not explosive or dangerous, the Army said. It is a “dummy” missile. According to Syracuse.com, the 100-pound inert missile was lost between 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Friday. Fort Drum officials are asking for the public’s help in locating the missile. Anyone with information is asked to call their local police agency or the 10th Mountain Division ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officer Wounds Suspect, Bystander Dies

NYPD Officer Wounds Suspect, Bystander DiesAn undercover gun buying sting involving NYPD cops and suspects went wrong Friday night. Police say a team from the organized firearms bureau had been running an ongoing operation involving undercover buying of illegal guns. A suspect then held a gun to an undercover officer's head. The officer signaled to backup, opened fire, striking one suspect and an innocent bystander who died later in a local hospital. That suspect was struck and fled, but was soon caught and arrested. The innocent bystander who was shot was a 63-year-old man named ...    Full Story »

NY Officials: 194 NYC Landlords Violating Rent Rules (2 opinions)

NY Officials: 194 NYC Landlords Violating Rent RulesAuthorities say 194 New York City landlords have violated state law by accepting lucrative tax breaks but then failing to extend rental protections to tenants. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City housing officials say Wednesday that they’ve sent compliance notices to the landlords, whose buildings house more than 2,400 families. The landlords received what are known as 421-A tax breaks, which made their buildings subject to regulations covering rental increases. But Schneiderman and the other ...    Full Story »

9/11 Survivor Seen in Iconic Photo Covered in Dust Dies (2 opinions)

9/11 Survivor Seen in Iconic Photo Covered in Dust DiesA New Jersey woman shown covered in dust in an iconic photo taken after the 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City has died. Marcy Borders died Monday night after a battle with stomach cancer, her daughter Noelle Borders said Wednesday. The 42-year-old Bayonne resident was working on the 81st floor inside one of the Twin Towers in the attack, but she managed to escape the building. She told news reporters afterward that as the north tower crumbled before her eyes, a stranger pulled her into a building lobby, out of harm's way. The ...    Full Story »

Holocaust Survivors Join Elected Officials to Oppose Iran Deal; Express Concerns about Dangerous Deal in Front of Congressman Jerrold Nadler's Office (6 opinions)

Holocaust Survivors Join Elected Officials to Oppose Iran Deal; Express Concerns about Dangerous Deal in Front of Congressman Jerrold Nadler's OfficeSeveral Holocaust survivors joined New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, New York State Senator Simcha Felder, and New York State Senator Jesse Hamilton to oppose the Iran nuclear deal. The group of survivors chose to voice their concerns in front of Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s office, who represents the largest number of Holocaust survivors in the United States, and who announced support for the Iran deal last week. Speakers included Shirley Feinbuch, who survived Auschwitz, and Jack Ratz, who survived the Gottendorf death camp. The ...    Full Story »

Pataki: Things Are Getting Worse' In New York City Under de Blasio (2 opinions)

Pataki: Things Are Getting Worse' In New York City Under de BlasioFormer Gov. George Pataki has bemoaned conditions in New York City, saying progress has been interrupted under the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio. The Republican White House contender says he hopes the Democratic mayor “gets his act together.” Mayoral spokeswoman Karen Hinton says that “with all due respect” to Pataki, his comments are “complete and utter nonsense.” Pataki said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that “things are getting worse” in the city. He said there are homeless people “lying all ...    Full Story »

Hikind Urges NYS Department of Transportation to Remove Double Penalties in Inactive Work Zones; Similar Exemptions Exist in Other States

Hikind Urges NYS Department of Transportation to Remove Double Penalties in Inactive Work Zones; Similar Exemptions Exist in Other StatesAssemblyman Dov Hikind is calling on the New York State Department of Transportation to change roadway work zone regulations resulting in the unfair issuance of double fines in inactive construction areas. Currently, road signs in work zones lower speed limits and indicate that speeding will result in fines being doubled. This is the case even when construction workers are not present, such as at night, when the work has not yet started, or has long been completed. Hikind has written to the DOT asking them to consider implementing changes so ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn Rally Wednesday Calling On Members of Congress to Vote Against Iran Deal (3 opinions)

Brooklyn Rally Wednesday Calling On Members of Congress to Vote Against Iran DealThis Wednesday at 6pm at the Brooklyn Jewish Children's Museum, Councilman David G. Greenfield, Senator Jesse Hamilton and Assemblyman Dov Hikind will host a rally to call on Brooklyn Congressmembers to oppose the Iran deal. Greenfield and the other Brooklyn elected officials will rally to urge their colleagues in Congress to oppose the deal with Iran. The museum is located on 792 Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Everyone who is opposed to the deal is encouraged to attend Wednesday's rally. "I am proud of Senator Schumer and other members of ...    Full Story »
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