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Kayakers Breach New York's JFK Airport Security (1 opinions)

Kayakers Breach New York's JFK Airport Security
Two kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a security perimeter at New York's Kennedy Airport. Airport workers found the men on a navigational pier at the end of a runway around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The men tell the New York Post they rowed to the closest point on shore after overturning their kayak and losing a pair of paddles in Jamaica Bay. It was the same runway where a dripping wet man scaled an 8-foot fence and walked into the airport after his personal watercraft ran out of gas in August 2012. In both cases ...

Guilty Plea In Shooting Of Rookie NYPD Officer

Guilty Plea In Shooting Of Rookie NYPD OfficerA Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to shooting a rookie police officer who confronted him for boarding a bus without paying fare in February. Rashun Robinson pleaded guilty Friday to an aggravated assault that a judge says will keep him in prison for the next 25 years. Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says the 29-year-old Robinson showed "utter contempt" for officers when he fired three shots at them. Bullets struck Officer James Li in the leg and groin. Li, in just his second month on the force, suffered significant ...    Full Story »

Custody Death To Mar NYC Mayor's Return From Italy (1 opinions)

Custody Death To Mar NYC Mayor's Return From ItalyNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork. But the city he is returning to Sunday is still roiled by the death of a suspect in police custody after he was put in an apparent chokehold. The videotaped scuffle threatens to reignite distrust of the New York Police Department in minority communities, a long-standing problem that de Blasio has vowed to ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Fights for More Parking at Avenue L Mega Development (10 opinions)

Greenfield Fights for More Parking at Avenue L Mega DevelopmentCouncilman David G. Greenfield spoke out against a request for a reduction in required parking spaces at a new office and retail building soon coming to Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L. The proposed mega development at 1504 Coney Island Avenue will bring over 160,000 square feet of new development to the intersection. The plans include a 49,332 square foot department store, 23,737 square feet of additional retail space, 3,413 of office space, 56,569 square feet of health care facilities 28,314. Zoning regulations for this site would require a ...    Full Story »

NYPD Investigate Another Apparent Chokehold

NYPD Investigate Another Apparent ChokeholdThe New York Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after a video surfaced of another officer using an apparent chokehold on a suspect during an arrest. Police say the July 14 incident happened at a subway station in East Harlem. They say 22-year-old Ronald Johns was arrested on a fare-evading charge after walking through an emergency gate without paying. It happened three days before another man, Eric Garner, died in police custody after an officer apparently placed him in a chokehold. That officer has been placed ...    Full Story »

NYS Gov. Cuomo Adding Cameras For Drivers Running Red Lights

NYS Gov. Cuomo Adding Cameras For Drivers Running Red LightsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed bills to expand the use of traffic cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights. Bills recently approved by the Legislature will continue programs in New York City, as well Suffolk and Nassau counties and Rochester through 2019. Sponsors say New York City’s cameras, first authorized in 1994, have reduced crash injuries and violations and more than 8 million vehicles have been cited for violations. Other bills signed Tuesday authorize five-year programs in New Rochelle, Mt. ...    Full Story »

NYPD Eyes Training After Custody Death

NYPD Eyes Training After Custody DeathThe New York Police Department will revamp its training on the use of force amid outrage over the custody death of a man suspected of selling untaxed cigarettes, officials said Tuesday. Police Commissioner William Bratton said the nation’s largest police force will receive additional instruction following the death last week of Eric Garner, who was asthmatic. “The department needs to do a lot more in terms of training,” Bratton said at a news conference. Garner’s arrest last week was captured on a widely distributed amateur ...    Full Story »

Flatbush Shomrim Get Purse Snatchers off Community Streets (3 opinions)

Flatbush Shomrim Get Purse Snatchers off Community StreetsThanks to alert Flatbush Shomrim members, three purse-snatchers that were targeting our area for the last few weeks are now behind bars. Over the last few weeks, 5 women were brazenly attacked during the day from behind while walking along Ave. J and other community streets, their pocket books taken. The NYPD 70th Pct. commander reached out to Flatbush Shomrim for assistance. They began daytime patrols searching for the perpetrators with no success, until a keen Shomrim volunteer spotted an attack about to happen on Ave. J and E. 26 St. ...    Full Story »

Muslims In Brooklyn Feel Backlash From Middle East Unrest (9 opinions)

Muslims In Brooklyn Feel Backlash From Middle East UnrestSome Muslims in Brooklyn are feeling a backlash from the unrest in the Middle East. The NYPD's Hate Crime Unit is investigating several incidents, including racial slurs and even eggs being thrown at worshippers wearing traditional Muslim clothing. Muslim worshipers gathered for Ramadan prayers after sundown Monday night. Some will pray until sunrise. But as they do, they will struggle with a growing sense of vulnerability. Early Sunday morning, witnesses say the men in a car circled the local Islamic center, waving Israeli flags and ...    Full Story »

NY: Feds Want October Start Trial For Rep. Grimm

NY: Feds Want October Start Trial For Rep. GrimmFederal prosecutors want to start Republican New York Rep. Michael Grimm's tax evasion trial in October, a month before Election Day. Assistant U.S. Attorney James Gatta said in court Monday that motion procedures and hearings in the case could be held by the end of September with a trial starting the following month. Grimm has been indicted on 20 counts for allegedly evading taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a small Manhattan restaurant. The Staten Island lawmaker and former FBI agent has pleaded ...    Full Story »

Mysterious White Flags Appear Atop Brooklyn Bridge (1 opinions)

Mysterious White Flags Appear Atop Brooklyn BridgeSomeone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. They were fluttering Tuesday from poles that were perched on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge. Police said it was not clear what time they were placed there — or by whom. The city’s Department of Transportation had no immediate comment. (AP)

Christie: No Plans To Campaign In NY For Astorino (1 opinions)

Christie: No Plans To Campaign In NY For AstorinoRepublican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Monday he doesn't have plans to campaign for New York's Republican candidate for governor because he doesn't campaign for candidates he doesn't think can win. Christie was in Greenwich, Connecticut, to raise cash for GOP candidate Tom Foley when he was asked whether he planned to spend any time campaigning in New York, where Republican challenger Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, trails incumbent Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo by a large margin in public polls. "You know, I will ...    Full Story »

More Studies Needed in Apparent NYPD Chokehold Death (1 opinions)

More Studies Needed in Apparent NYPD Chokehold DeathThe medical examiner’s office has not yet determined what caused the death of a New York City man who appeared to be held in a chokehold as police attempted to arrest him. “The cause and manner of death are pending further studies, and no findings will be released until the investigation is complete,” the city’s medical examiner’s office said in a statement released Sunday. It was not clear when the medical examiner might issue its findings. A spokeswoman for the office declined to comment further on Monday. Meanwhile, the ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officer in Fatal NY Arrest Stripped of Gun, Badge (1 opinions)

NYPD Officer in Fatal NY Arrest Stripped of Gun, BadgeA New York City police officer involved in the arrest of a man who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold has been stripped of his gun and badge and placed on desk duty, police said Saturday. Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an eight-year NYPD veteran, and an officer who has been with the force for four years were both taken off the street after the death Thursday of 43-year-old Eric Garner on Staten Island, police said. The department would not identify the second officer but said he would retain his gun and badge while on ...    Full Story »

Attorney Tapped To Head NYPD Civilian Complaint Panel

Attorney Tapped To Head NYPD Civilian Complaint PanelA prominent lawyer with a civil-rights background has been named to lead the civilian panel that reviews misconduct complaints against New York police officers. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that Richard Emery will chair the Civilian Complaint Review Board. The former chairman stepped down last winter. Emery is a former New York Civil Liberties Union lawyer. More recently, he's represented clients including one of the former Duke lacrosse players who were falsely accused of rape. The decades-old CCRB has been criticized as ...    Full Story »

168 New State Troopers Graduate Grom NY Academy

168 New State Troopers Graduate Grom NY AcademyAfter 26 weeks of classwork and training, 168 new troopers have graduated from the New York State Police Academy and will report for duty around the state beginning July 24. Gov. Andrew Cuomo congratulated the troopers who were at the 201st graduation ceremony on Thursday. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico presented the academic performance award to 29-year-old Eric Courcelle of Albany. The winner of the physical training award was 32-year-old Patrick Rodgers of Lockport, and the firearms proficiency award was presented to ...    Full Story »

Riverdale: 'Kill Jews' Found Painted On NYC Playground (1 opinions)

Riverdale: 'Kill Jews' Found Painted On NYC PlaygroundPolice are investigating after a Fieldston resident discovered four swastikas and an anti-Semitic phrase drawn in chalk next to the playground equipment at McLaughlin Playground. David Pulver discovered the images, along with a chalk-inscription reading “Kill Jews,” after bringing his two grandchildren to the playground on Greystone Avenue near West 238th Street around 7 a.m. on July 11. “My most immediate thought was, thank God my two grandchildren are not yet able to read, and had no idea what the symbols meant,” said Mr. ...    Full Story »

BREAKING IN NYC: Union Says LIRR Strike Averted

BREAKING IN NYC: Union Says LIRR Strike AvertedUnion negotiators for the Long Island Rail Road workers threatening to strike say they have reached a tentative deal with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to avert a strike. The railroad has not confirmed that information. "We are not done yet, but we are very close," said Anthony Simon, of the United Transportation Union, said earlier in the day. Just after 11:30 a.m. the union posted the following message on their strike website: "STRIKE AVERTED! TENTATIVE DEAL REACHED, MORE DETAILS TO FOLLOW" NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo had ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Jury Awards Shoplifter Awarded $500,000 For Broken Ankle During Arrest (6 opinions)

Brooklyn: Jury Awards Shoplifter Awarded $500,000 For Broken Ankle During ArrestA Brooklyn jury has awarded $510,000 to a man who sued the city for a broken ankle he suffered during an arrest for shoplifting. The jury awarded Kevin Jarman $510,000 on Wednesday for the injury. Jarman had filed the suit after pleading guilty to shoplifting at a Queens Pathmark in 2011. The New York Post  says it’s not the first payout Jarman has received from the city. In 2005, he sued the NYPD for false arrest after a drug sale charge was dropped. The city settled for $15,000. Then last month the city settled for $20,000 ...    Full Story »
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