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VIDEO And PHOTOS: 25 Elected Officials Call for More Action to Combat Shocking Rise in Anti-Semitic Crimes

VIDEO And PHOTOS: 25 Elected Officials Call for More Action to Combat Shocking Rise in Anti-Semitic Crimes
[VIDEO & PHOTOS BY HILLEL ENGEL IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The NYC Comptroller, Council Members, and members of the state legislature joined Council Members David G. Greenfield, Mark Levine, Mark Treyger and Steve Levin who hosted a rally denouncing the 39% rise in anti-Semitic crimes this year on the steps of City Hall. They were joined by Comptroller Scott Stringer, Council Members Corey Johnson, Jumaane Williams, Vanessa Gibson, Ydanis Rodriquez, Brad Lander, Helen Rosenthal, Mathieu Eugene, Andy Cohen, Costa Constantinides, Brad Lander, ...

New York: New Policy, New Hope For Parents Of Nonpublic School Students With Special Needs (3 opinions)

New York: New Policy, New Hope For Parents Of Nonpublic School Students With Special NeedsOn Wednesday, September 17, the mood was both jubilant and hopeful at New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's offices in Manhattan, where approximately 120 New York City parents of children with special needs, legislators and community activists gathered. The event, a workshop run by Agudath Israel of America's Project LEARN, detailed sweeping changes in NYCDOE policy that will make these parents' lives much easier. Parents listened intently as Agudath Israel activists, the elected officials instrumental in shaping the policy ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Police Chopper Has Near Miss With Drone Over Brooklyn (2 opinions)

NYPD: Police Chopper Has Near Miss With Drone Over BrooklynPolice say a man has been arrested after an NYPD helicopter had a near miss with a drone in Brooklyn. CBS New York reports it happened early Wednesday morning over Greene Avenue in Bushwick. The chopper was helping to search for a missing person when police said the drone came within 50 feet of the aircraft. That's when the helicopter had to suddenly change course, police said. Isaac Rosa, 34, was arrested for illegally operating the drone, which was equipped with a GoPro camera, police said. He's charged with reckless endangerment ...    Full Story »

Hikind Thanks NYS Dept Of Health For Accommodating Jewish Community Due To Rosh Hashanah (1 opinions)

Hikind Thanks NYS Dept Of Health For Accommodating Jewish Community Due To Rosh HashanahAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) and NYC Public Advocate Letitia James had the highest praise for NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health (DOH) after being promised that the DOH system upgrade date/time will be changed to accommodate the Jewish community. Yesterday, Assemblyman Hikind brought attention to how disruptive it would be for community residents to have EBT (electronic benefit transfer), including food stamps and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits unavailable this Sunday, September 21, ...    Full Story »

Virus Afflicting Children Shows Up In NYC Area

Virus Afflicting Children Shows Up In NYC AreaThe New York City area is seeing its first cases of the uncommon respiratory illness that has shown up in children in a dozen states. Health officials said Wednesday that a New York City child and a Long Island elementary school student have been diagnosed with enterovirus 68. Officials say the Long Island patient is recovering at home in North Hempstead. They didn't provide information on the other child's condition. At least 130 cases have been confirmed nationwide, the worst needing life support for breathing ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: BP Adams Hosts Emergency Preparedness Forum To Prepare Brooklynites For Future Disaster Scenarios

Brooklyn: BP Adams Hosts Emergency Preparedness Forum To Prepare Brooklynites For Future Disaster ScenariosBrooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams hosted a forum on emergency preparedness and hurricane readiness with the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner Joseph Esposito in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Along with representatives from the NYPD and FDNY, the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), the American Red Cross, Con Edison, and National Grid, the group discussed the plans in place with city agencies as well as the procedures for citizens to follow during a natural disaster, such as Superstorm Sandy, or ...    Full Story »

NYC Report: Murders Down, Homelessness Up (1 opinions)

NYC Report: Murders Down, Homelessness UpNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is releasing the first partial report card of his administration. The Mayor's Management Report is an annual snapshot of city operations. It covers the fiscal year, which runs from July 2013 to June 2014. De Blasio took office January 1. Prior to that, the city was led by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The city, which has benefited from improved local economy, has avoided layoffs that would impact services. The number of homicides has gone down even as the overall crime rate increased ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officer Suspended After Kick Video Surfaces

NYPD Officer Suspended After Kick Video SurfacesA New York City police officer has been suspended after a video surfaced of a street fair altercation in Brooklyn. Police Commissioner William Bratton said Wednesday the officer has been stripped of his gun, badge and police duties while the department investigates. The video surfaced following the street fair last weekend. Bratton said the fair was supposed to end at 6 p.m. but it was still going a half hour later. Officers tried to clear the street for traffic. The amateur video shows officers arresting a man in a black and white ...    Full Story »

This Sunday: Hachnosas Sefer Torah Lizecher Nishmas R' Shlomo Zakheim Z"L (2 opinions)

This Sunday: Hachnosas Sefer Torah Lizecher Nishmas R' Shlomo Zakheim ZIt has been one year since the Petira of R' Shlomo Zakheim Z”L, one of the greatest Baalei Chesed in this generation, and this coming Sunday, the Zakheim family will be completing Sefer Torah which was written in his memory. The Kesivas Osios will be at the Zakheim home, 1048 East 28th Street, starting at 3:00PM. The procession will leave the home at 5:00PM to Kollel Bnei Torah, 1323 East 32nd Street. R' Shlomo was just 59 years old when he was Niftar last Rosh Hashanah, but accomplished more than dozens of people could accomplish in ...    Full Story »

NYC Police Increase Security in Times Square

NYC Police Increase Security in Times SquarePolice stepped up security in Times Square on Wednesday amid concerns that the mounting hostilities between the United States and the Islamic State group could have repercussions on U.S. soil. New York Police Department officials asserted that there's no credible information pointing to any terror plot against New York City. Nevertheless, they said residents and visitors will see more patrols and other signs of heightened security in Times Square, the subways and elsewhere during the upcoming Jewish holidays and for the arrival of ...    Full Story »

NYC Council Members Condemn Rising Anti-Semitic Crime in NYC Before Jewish High Holidays

NYC Council Members Condemn Rising Anti-Semitic Crime in NYC Before Jewish High HolidaysTomorrow, one week in advance of the beginning of the Jewish High Holidays of Rosh Hashanah, Council Members, other elected officials and community leaders will join together on the steps of City Hall to denounce the sharp increase in anti-Semitic attacks across New York City and demand increased enforcement of this disturbing trend of hate. New York City Council Members scheduled to attend will be David ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish People (1 opinions)

NYPD: Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish PeopleNew York City police say suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people are up following unrest overseas. Deputy Chief Michael Osgood says there’s especially been an increase since July 1, when reports about unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news. Osgood says the attacks are random and spontaneous. There have been 89 suspected anti-Semitic attacks so far this year, up from 64. There have been 17 reported attacks against Muslims, up from 7 last year. (AP)

NYPD Holds Annual High Holy Days Briefing (1 opinions)

NYPD Holds Annual High Holy Days BriefingPolice Commissioner William Bratton Kelly presided over the NYPD’s annual High Holiday security briefing at One Police Plaza, Wednesday 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 targets. Some ...    Full Story »

Judge OKs NYC Taxi-Access Deal For Disabled People

Judge OKs NYC Taxi-Access Deal For Disabled PeopleCiting a historic baseball moment, a federal judge has formally approved a deal making at least half of New York City’s taxi fleet wheelchair-accessible by 2020. Judge George Daniels approved the deal Tuesday. He said the plan to make taxis accessible to people with disabilities was one of the most significant acts of inclusion in the city since baseball great Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers. The judge said the deal makes New York a better city. The agreement reached last year settles a lawsuit brought in 2011 by advocacy ...    Full Story »

Person Struck, Injured By Bus In Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Person Struck, Injured By Bus In Williamsburg, Brooklyn A person was struck and wounded by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus Tuesday evening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The person was hit by a B62 bus at Wythe and Division avenues in Brooklyn, according to the FDNY. The victim was taken to Woodhull Medical Center in serious condition. The MTA said the incident was under investigation late Tuesday. Further details were not immediately available. (Source: WCBSTV)

Clinton Urges Renewal Of 9/11 Compensation Act

Clinton Urges Renewal Of 9/11 Compensation ActFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is joining the fight to reauthorize federal legislation that compensates first responders who got sick working at ground zero in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks. The former U.S. senator from New York and potential 2016 presidential candidate called on union members to mobilize to fight for the extension of the James Zadroga Act. The 2010 law provides medical treatment and compensation to those affected by the attack. It is set to expire in 2015 and 2016. Clinton made the remarks ...    Full Story »

Councilman Deutsch To Reunite First Responders In Disaster Preparedness - Invites Community To Attend

Councilman Deutsch To Reunite First Responders In Disaster Preparedness - Invites Community To AttendAs the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Council Member Chaim Deutsch is reuniting various first responders who were instrumental in assisting thousands of residents during Hurricane Sandy in affected neighborhoods throughout the 48th District. Council Member Deutsch is organizing an event for his constituents that will offer training under the auspices of Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in crisis intervention, emergency response and disaster preparedness. Participating in the kick off will be members of United ...    Full Story »

NYPD Boss: Islamic State Terror Group Threat Expanding

NYPD Boss: Islamic State Terror Group Threat ExpandingNew York City has entered a "new era" of potential terror threats as hostilities between the United States and extremists from the Islamic State group intensify, Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday. Bratton told reporters that there is no current information pointing to a specific threat against the city. But he said that the New York Police Department continues to worry that American citizens who have joined forces with the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq could return home to New York to commit acts of terror. "This ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: Fliers With Swastika Found In Williamsburg - NYPD Hate Crimes Investigating (2 opinions)

Williamsburg: Fliers With Swastika Found In Williamsburg - NYPD Hate Crimes InvestigatingFliers showing swastikas above the word "Uber" that were found in Williamsburg Monday night are being investigated as a hate crime, police said. "Numerous" fliers were discovered on Bedford Avenue at Williamsburg Street — near where many Hasidic Jewish people live — at about 10 p.m., police said. The black-and-white fliers had the word "Uber" written in the same style as the logo of the Uber taxi share service. Asked if the fliers were related to the taxi company, police said only that the incident was under investigation. "Uber ...    Full Story »
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