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NY Mayor: Someone May Have 'Inappropriately' Tapped Gas Line

NY Mayor: Someone May Have 'Inappropriately' Tapped Gas Line
Someone may have improperly tapped a gas line before an explosion that leveled three apartment buildings and injured nearly two dozen people, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday as firefighters soaked the still-smoldering buildings and police searched for at least two missing people. "There is a possibility here that the gas line was inappropriately accessed internally" by people in one of the destroyed buildings, but officials need to get access to its basement to explore it further, said de Blasio, who wouldn't say more about why officials ...

Boro Park: Man Robbed Of His Wallet On 60th Street - NYPD Make Arrest Minutes Later (6 opinions)

Boro Park: Man Robbed Of His Wallet On 60th Street - NYPD Make Arrest Minutes LaterThanks to the fast response of officers from the the NYPD's 66th Precinct, a man who robbed someone of their wallet was quickly apprehended. The call to police came in around 12:45PM, Friday afternoon. The caller stated that a Hispanic male has just robbed someone of his wallet on 60th Street and 15th Avenue. A details description of the perp was given. Within 5 minutes, the suspect was apprehended just two blocks away at 60th Street and 17th Avenue - across the street from the Novaminsker Yeshiva building.. The wallet with around ...    Full Story »

PHOTO: Chasidic Man Makes Kiddush Hashem At Scene of Manhattan Building Collapse By Handing Out Pastries (12 opinions)

PHOTO: Chasidic Man Makes Kiddush Hashem At Scene of Manhattan Building Collapse By Handing Out Pastries Mr. Chaim Mordche Perlmuter, who owns “Moshes Bakery” in Manhattan at 2nd Ave and 7th Street, made a national Kiddush Hashem after the building collapse at that location. The photo speaks for itself.

Williamsburg: Suspect Assaults Woman In South 3rd Street Building

Williamsburg: Suspect Assaults Woman In South 3rd Street BuildingThe NYPD is asking the public's assistance identifying the suspect wanted for "assault" in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Police tell YWN that on Wednesday, March 25, 2015, at 11:55PM, the suspect followed the victim, a 36-year-old female, into her building on South 3 Street in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. Once on the third floor, the suspect assaulted the victim. The suspect then fled the scene. The victim refused medical attention on scene. The suspect is a 25 to 35-year-old black male, 6'2" tall, weighing 180 pounds ...    Full Story »

Authorities: 2 People Unaccounted For In NYC Blast

Authorities: 2 People Unaccounted For In NYC BlastAuthorities say two people are unaccounted for following an apparent gas explosion that leveled three buildings in Manhattan's East Village. The mayor's office said Friday morning that the two individuals were not yet official missing person reports. Nineteen people were injured, four critically after an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying on Thursday. Preliminary evidence suggested a gas explosion amid plumbing and gas work inside the building was to blame. (AP)

Utility: Inspectors Found Faulty Work Before NYC Blast

Utility: Inspectors Found Faulty Work Before NYC BlastAn hour before an apparent gas explosion sent flames soaring and debris flying at a Manhattan apartment building, injuring 19 people, utility company inspectors decided the work being done there was faulty. The powerful blast on Thursday in the East Village caused the collapse of three buildings and fire damage to a fourth, the fire department said. It left four people in critical condition, more than a dozen others injured and one family searching for a loved one. Firefighters worked through the night to put out pockets of fire, pouring ...    Full Story »

Frum Man R"L Killed After Falling Off Ladder In Brooklyn [UPDATED 8:44PM] (14 opinions)

Frum Man RSources confirm to YWN that the victim who fell off a ladder earlier in Brooklyn, has R"L been Niftar at the hospital. Doctors at the Lutheran Trauma Center tried desperately to save the mans life, but he was Niftar due to massive internal injuries. Additional information will be published pending proper notifications. Earlier article follows below: A man was reportedly in traumatic arrest Thursday afternoon, after falling off a high ladder. Boro Park Hatzolah was called to 20th Street and 8th Avenue at around 6:35PM, for reports ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Gas Caused Explosion And Building Collapse; More Than Dozen Hospitalized

NYC Mayor: Gas Caused Explosion And Building Collapse; More Than Dozen HospitalizedNew York City's mayor says preliminary evidence suggests a gas-related explosion is to blame for a fire and building collapse in Manhattan. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the initial impact appears to have been caused by plumbing and gas work inside one building, which then partially collapsed in a fire and blast that ultimately affected four buildings near New York University and Washington Square Park. At least a dozen people were injured Thursday. The mayor says his thoughts and prayers are with every one of them and their families. (AP)

Remarks By NYC Mayor De Blaiso At Scene Of Manhattan Building Collapse

Remarks By NYC Mayor De Blaiso At Scene Of Manhattan Building CollapseMayor Bill de Blasio: We want to give you an update about the tragedy that's occurred here at 2nd Avenue and 7th Street. Everything we're going to tell you is preliminary, based on the information we have at this moment. Obviously, investigation underway – a lot of information being gathered, so we'll be giving you regular updates. I'd like to first acknowledge and thank for joining us Fire Commissioner Dan Nigro, OEM Commissioner Esposito, NYPD Commissioner Bratton, our first deputy commissioner – our First Deputy Mayor Tony Shorris, ...    Full Story »

UPDATED 5:20PM: Building Collapses After Massive Explosion; 7 Alarm Fire; Injured (4 opinions)

UPDATED 5:20PM: Building Collapses After Massive Explosion; 7 Alarm Fire; Injured[VIDEOS A PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] An apartment building on fire near New York University collapsed on Thursday, two nearby buildings began burning and several people were injured, firefighters said. Orange flames and black smoke billowed from the facade and roof of the five-story building in Manhattan, near several NYU buildings and the Washington Square Park area. Flames were spreading to other buildings. Investigators were looking into whether there had been a gas leak. There were some reports of an explosion before the ...    Full Story »

TODAY- Far Rockaway: Community-Wide Symposium On Counter-Terrorism And Safety Awareness Event

TODAY- Far Rockaway: Community-Wide Symposium On Counter-Terrorism And Safety Awareness EventThe Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol (Shomrim), and the NYPD Counter-Terrorism Unit have scheduled a community-wide symposium on counter-terrorism and safety awareness, and a pre-Pesach Holiday briefing". The event is open to the public and is being done in coordination with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer, NYS Assemblyman Phil Goldfedder, NYC Councilmember Donovan Richards, Achiezer, the JCCRP, Hatzalah, and Chaverim RNSP encourage all school parents, administrators teachers and staff to attend. Additionally, Houses of Worship and ...    Full Story »

Crown Heights: Armed Robbery Thwarted by Shomrim (5 opinions)

Crown Heights: Armed Robbery Thwarted by ShomrimThe following is via CHI: This morning, in the heart of Crown Heights and in broad daylight, a group of teenagers attempted to mug a Jewish man with a firearm. A volunteer for the Crown Heights Shomrim witnessed the mugging, and successfully put a stop to it. The incident occurred near the corner of Kingston Ave. and Crown Street at around 11:30am. A Jewish man was surrounded by five African-American teenagers, one of whom brandished a ...    Full Story »

Important Safety Information From The FDNY For Pesach And All Year-Round (2 opinions)

Important Safety Information From The FDNY For Pesach And All Year-RoundNew York Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro met with a broad array of leaders of Jewish communities in New York. While the meeting was scheduled to focus on fire safety on Passover, Commissioner Nigro and the assembled chiefs were still devastated that they could not save the Sassoon children. The Commissioner suggested, and the attendees agreed that one of the best possible memorials to these “seven innocent lambs” is for us to take steps to ensure that such a tragedy never reoccurs. Please pray for a Please pray for their Refuah Sheleima ...    Full Story »

Hikind Will Not Vote For Budget Without Education Investment Tax Credits (1 opinions)

Hikind Will Not Vote For Budget Without Education Investment Tax CreditsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) says he will not be voting for the proposed Budget in Albany if it does not include Education Investment Tax Credits (EITC). He is urging his colleagues in the Assembly who genuinely support EITC to also stand up and be counted on this vital issue. “This is a matter of principle,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “Everyone talks about the importance of education, how dedicated they are to education, how the State of New York must make education a priority. “When we speak of the importance of education, ...    Full Story »

As Budget Looms, NY Legislators Tell OU Mission To Keep Up Pressure On Albany For Education Tax Credit

As Budget Looms, NY Legislators Tell OU Mission To Keep Up Pressure On Albany For Education Tax CreditWith just days left until the April 1st deadline to pass the New York state budget, state legislators urged the OU Advocacy-Teach NYS delegation in Albany today to keep up the pressure on elected officials to support the Education Investment Incentives Act, commonly known as the Education Tax Credit. The nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS has brought four advocacy missions to Albany in support of the Education Tax Credit, its top legislative priority for the 2015 Legislative Sessions. Today’s ...    Full Story »

Rubio Pins Presidential Hopes on Foreign Policy Focus (1 opinions)

Rubio Pins Presidential Hopes on Foreign Policy FocusFlorida Sen. Marco Rubio is pinning his presidential hopes on the prospect that Republican voters will have the troubled world on their minds in the 2016 primaries — and that they'll see a 43-year-old freshman lawmaker who argues for an aggressive U.S. posture abroad as the best candidate to take on global crises. For Rubio, who remains unknown to many Americans, it's a gamble of necessity as he searches for a way to break through the GOP pack. In an interview with The Associated Press, Rubio said tumult in the Middle East, Eastern ...    Full Story »

Hikind To Speaker Heastie: Let us Vote On Education Investment Tax Credits! (1 opinions)

Hikind To Speaker Heastie: Let us Vote On Education Investment Tax Credits!Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) isn’t giving up the fight for Education Investment Tax Credits (EITC). He says that support is strong, but what’s needed is a push from Albany’s leadership. Hikind, a powerful voice for the tax credits, is calling on Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie to bring EITC to a vote in the Assembly, and on Governor Andrew Cuomo to keep his word and deliver the tax credits once and for all. “In the Assembly, we have close to 80 sponsors for the Education Investment Tax Credits bill,” said Hikind. “I’ve ...    Full Story »
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