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Williamsburg: Health Warning Issued For NYC Warehouse Fire

Williamsburg: Health Warning Issued For NYC Warehouse Fire
New York City health officials are advising people who are downwind of a massive warehouse fire to stay inside. Hundreds of firefighters are battling the 7-alarm fire that started Saturday morning in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Fire Department officials say crews will be at the scene of the fire for two to three weeks. The city Health Department says anyone who lives near the fire or downwind of it should stay inside and keep windows closed. Health officials say air quality has been affected and people with respiratory ...

Brooklyn Boro President Expresses Gratitude To FDNY For Battling Massive Blaze

Brooklyn Boro President Expresses Gratitude To FDNY For Battling Massive BlazeToday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams expressed his gratitude for the hundreds of FDNY firefighters that have been battling a massive warehouse blaze in Williamsburg since early yesterday morning. The fire, which reached seven-alarm status, has been particularly challenging due to extreme cold, significant wind, and the fact that the flames are being fueled by paper documents stored inside the facility. “The courage and fortitude of ‘New York’s Bravest’, in some of the most adverse conditions possible, is helping to keep ...    Full Story »

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Warning Issued for NYC and Other Parts of NY, Parts of NJ (1 opinions)

WEATHER ALERT: Winter Storm Warning Issued for NYC and Other Parts of NY, Parts of NJAn area of low pressure will ride along the frontal boundary and approach from the west bringing light snow into the NYC area late today and tonight. The snow will become heavy overnight. The Monday morning commute will be treacherous with a mixture of snow sleet and freezing rain forecasted along the coast. Any rain or wintry mix will transition back to snow late Monday afternoon into the evening hours. Due to the low temperatures in the evening there is an additional chance of ice accumulation negatively impacting the evening ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: 250 Firefighters Battle Massive 7 Alarm Blaze In Warehouse In Frigid Temps

Williamsburg: 250 Firefighters Battle Massive 7 Alarm Blaze In Warehouse In Frigid TempsMore than 250 firefighters are working in freezing cold conditions to control the fire, which started on the first floor of the four-story building on North 11th Street in Williamsburg. It's the site of CitiStorage, which houses documents. Officials say the fire, which has gone up to a seven-alarm, was reported around 6 a.m. Saturday. The smoke continued billowing throughout the morning, making it difficult to breathe at times. The weather conditions did not make it easy for firefighters who were braving freezing temperatures, ...    Full Story »

New York Assembly Facing Historic Change In Leadership

New York Assembly Facing Historic Change In LeadershipThe contest to succeed longtime New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver was supposed to be an open process, giving lawmakers two weeks to mull their options. Instead, it's looking increasingly likely that the decision will be made before Silver's resignation from the post amid federal corruption charges takes effect Monday night. That outcome would dash the hopes of some lawmakers and reformers who pushed for a departure from Albany's usual backroom politics. Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx has emerged as the clear favorite from a ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor de Blasio Says He Has Moved Past Police Crisis (1 opinions)

NYC Mayor de Blasio Says He Has Moved Past Police CrisisMayor Bill de Blasio says he has moved past the crisis with police that threatened to derail his administration. He says in an interview with The Associated Press that much work remains to repair the hard feelings over the chokehold death of Eric Garner. But he says he has regained the footing to move on to other matters, including an agenda he plans to outline in next week's State of the City address. De Blasio says he strike a tenuous truce by sticking to a strategy to maintain the moral high ground and avoid confrontation with police ...    Full Story »

Cuomo Vetoes Bill To Change Police Discipline

Cuomo Vetoes Bill To Change Police DisciplineNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation to subject police disciplinary proceedings to arbitration under their union contracts, reversing Court of Appeals rulings since 2006 involving New York City and Hudson Valley towns. A spokesman for the governor says the Legislature has passed versions of the same measure four times, and prior administrations believed police discipline "is best left in the purview of publicly accountable elected officials." Spokesman Richard Azzopardi says Friday the Cuomo administration "does not see a ...    Full Story »

NYPD Says Counterterror Officers Will Not Police Protests (1 opinions)

NYPD Says Counterterror Officers Will Not Police ProtestsNew York Police Department officials say 300 to 350 officers will receive special training in counterterrorism tactics - but they won't be used to police protests. Department spokesman Stephen Davis says Friday the group will learn how to respond to active threats like the attack earlier this month in Paris. They'll be armed with assault rifles and protective gear and will visit sensitive locations like the Empire State Building regularly. That so-called "critical response" show of force is currently done by precinct officers from the ...    Full Story »

FAA Investigating After Jet Blue Plane Collision Averted In NY

FAA Investigating After Jet Blue Plane Collision Averted In NYThe FAA says it's investigating a weekend incident involving two planes at New York's Westchester County Airport. JetBlue Flight 94 had begun its descent Sunday when its collision-warning system alerted pilots that an unidentified small plane coming toward it. JetBlue says its pilots' quick reaction averted a collision. A passenger, Megan Sikorski, tells WABC that as the JetBlue plane shot upward in a defensive maneuver, she could hear the "whoosh" of the small plane beneath it. Sikorski says she buried herself in her mother's lap ...    Full Story »

NY Wage Board To Discuss Raising Tipped Wage To $7

NY Wage Board To Discuss Raising Tipped Wage To $7A state board is poised to vote on whether to raise the hourly wage made by restaurant servers and other tipped workers. The state's wage board is scheduled to meet Friday in Albany. The board is charged with making a recommendation to the state's labor commissioner on whether the tipped wage should be raised. The law allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage as long as gratuities make up the difference. Currently, servers make about $5 per hour before tips. Labor groups had pushed the wage board to recommend ...    Full Story »

NYC: Frigid Temps Expected On Friday Night - Range From Around Zero To 10 Degrees (2 opinions)

NYC: Frigid Temps Expected On Friday Night - Range From Around Zero To 10 DegreesSnow this morning along an arctic front will taper off by afternoon. One to two inches of snow is expected across portions of the area this morning. An arctic air mass will then move in this afternoon behind the front. Rapidly falling temperatures are forecast late this afternoon through tonight. Lows will range from around zero to 10 degrees tonight. These bitterly cold temperatures, along with strong winds will make it feel well below zero across the area tonight. Saturday will be sunny, windy and cold. Highs will struggle to reach 20 ...    Full Story »

35 Years After Boy Etan Patz Vanished, Murder Trial To Open (1 opinions)

35 Years After Boy Etan Patz Vanished, Murder Trial To OpenAs police searched for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz, they jotted down the name of a teenage shop worker they met. But they didn't expect the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later. After 35 years, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that shaped the nation's response to missing children. Opening statements are scheduled Friday. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. Etan vanished in May 1979. He became one of the first missing children pictured on milk cartons. In 2012, Hernandez gave a ...    Full Story »

NYC Health Department Urges Flu Medication Use

NYC Health Department Urges Flu Medication UseNew York City's Health Department is urging clinicians to prescribe antiviral medications to all high-risk or severely ill patients suspected of having the flu. It's also urging New Yorkers who have flu-like symptoms and are at a higher risk for complications to ask their doctors about the medications. The department has distributed posters and patient flyers to emergency rooms, outpatient clinics and urgent care centers throughout the city. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett says antiviral medications can help reduce complications ...    Full Story »

NBC New York: NYS Senate Majority Leader Skelos Under Criminal Investigation (4 opinions)

NBC New York: NYS Senate Majority Leader Skelos Under Criminal InvestigationOne week after the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, we have new information on what the U.S. attorney meant when he told reporters to "stay tuned" for new developments in his investigation of state government. NBC New York is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is under criminal investigation. Sources close to the investigation tell     Full Story »

Another Candidate To Replace Sheldon Silver As NY Assembly Speaker Drops Out

Another Candidate To Replace Sheldon Silver As NY Assembly Speaker Drops OutAssemblyman Joseph Lentol, a longtime legislator from Brooklyn, dropped his candidacy Thursday to become the new leader of the state Assembly, reducing the field to three. Saying he doesn't have enough support, Lentol said he's backing Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx, who appeared then to have most if not all the 76 votes needed. "For all practicality, I think Carl has the votes at hand to enable him," Lentol said. "Other members are going to come on board because the train is leaving the station." The 47-year-old Heastie was ...    Full Story »

Pot Arrests Plunge In NYC After Policy Change

Pot Arrests Plunge In NYC After Policy ChangeNew York City's pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets. New statistics show arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in mid-November that police would turn toward violations and summonses instead of misdemeanor arrests for carrying modest amounts of pot. State Division of Criminal Justice statistics obtained by The Associated Press show such arrests plunged by 75 percent in December compared to a year ago, and ...    Full Story »

MTA Union: Develop Plan To Keep Some Subways Running In Storm

MTA Union: Develop Plan To Keep Some Subways Running In StormThe union president representing transit workers is calling on the MTA to develop a plan that could keep at least the underground portions of the subway system running in a severe snowstorm. John Samuelsen tells the Wall Street Journal that train operators and other transit employees don't believe a blizzard necessitates the full shutdown of the system. The president of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 says he plans to raise the issue with the MTA's chairman this week. But Samuelsen says he understands MTA Chairman Tom ...    Full Story »

New Counterterror Team, New Community Strategy At NYPD

New Counterterror Team, New Community Strategy At NYPDNew York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says 350 officers will be trained and outfitted to respond to counterterrorism calls. That's in addition to the 1,000 officers already dedicated to counterterror efforts. Previously, precinct officers were assigned to what's called a "critical response" — a show of force at sensitive locations like the Empire State Building. But now those officers will be a specialized unit. Bratton said Thursday in a speech that the move will build on the department's strong counterterror ...    Full Story »

NYC Comptroller: Removing Snow Costs $1.8 Million Per Inch

NYC Comptroller: Removing Snow Costs $1.8 Million Per InchA new study says the cost of removing snow in New York City is about $1.8 million per inch. City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report Wednesday that analyzed more than 10 years of snowstorms. It does not include the storm that hit the city earlier this week. The most expensive years for removing snow were winters — like fiscal year 2011 and 2014 — in which the city received the most snow. But the cost per inch was also high in winters without much snow because the city had certain built-in winter expenses. Stringer ...    Full Story »
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