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Muslims In Brooklyn Feel Backlash From Middle East Unrest (7 opinions)

Muslims In Brooklyn Feel Backlash From Middle East Unrest
Some 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 ...

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 »

Far Rockaway: Assemblyman Goldfeder and Councilman Richards Get Green Light (3 opinions)

Far Rockaway: Assemblyman Goldfeder and Councilman Richards Get Green LightIn response to Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) and Councilman Donovan Richards’ (D-Far Rockaway) request for traffic calming devices on Beach 9th Street and Roosevelt Court, which at times becomes a dangerous speedway, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to install additional traffic signals by September 30th. “I am proud to announce the Department of Transportation has listened to the concerns of our community and decided to take the necessary corrective actions,” said Assemblyman Phil ...    Full Story »

NYPD: No Reported Terror Threat For US Open

NYPD: No Reported Terror Threat For US OpenA top New York City police official says there are no reported terror threats for the upcoming US Open tennis tournament despite its being named as a potential target by an al-Qaeda group. NYPD Director of Intelligence Analysis Rebecca Weiner (WEE'-nur) spoke at a briefing Wednesday. She says the Queens venue was suggested as a target in the most recent edition of Inspire magazine. That's the English-language online publication of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Weiner says the magazine detailed how to build a car bomb and ...    Full Story »

Lyft Still Trying To Start NYC Service

Lyft Still Trying To Start NYC ServiceWith its bid to enter the New York City market challenged in court, the on-demand ride-sharing app Lyft says it's trying to resolve issues with authorities about insurance and operations and expects to start soon. The state suit was filed Friday, alleging the company actually operates as a traditional for-hire livery service using mobile technology that is subject to regulations, not a peer-to-peer transportation platform as claimed. A state judge has asked all sides to return to court Friday morning unless they settle first. Lyft ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor's Plan For Rail Strike? I'm Outta Here (3 opinions)

NYC Mayor's Plan For Rail Strike? I'm Outta HereThe city's tabloid newspaper front pages next week are easy to imagine: a photo of a nightmarish traffic jam caused by a strike at the nation's largest commuter railroad juxtaposed with a shot of Mayor Bill de Blasio sunning himself on an Italian beach. Despite the potentially damaging political optics, the Democratic mayor appears set on embarking Friday on a 10-day Italian vacation in the face of a looming Long Island Rail Road strike, which if it happens Sunday could paralyze portions of the nation's largest city. The mayor had said he ...    Full Story »

Lawsuit: Medicaid Home Care Cuts Unjust

Lawsuit: Medicaid Home Care Cuts UnjustA lawsuit accuses New York State health officials of cutting or denying Medicaid home care services to disabled and chronically ill people without proper notice. The federal class action suit was filed in Manhattan Tuesday by the New York Legal Assistance Group on behalf of tens of thousands of disabled Medicaid beneficiaries. It names the state commissioners of the health department and the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The agencies said the state doesn't comment on pending litigation. The New York Times says the ...    Full Story »

Lawsuit Seeks Right To Record NYPD Activity

Lawsuit Seeks Right To Record NYPD ActivityA Manhattan federal lawsuit says people should have the right under the First Amendment to record police working in public places. The suit cites arrests of people who photographed or videotaped police confrontations. It was filed Tuesday on behalf of a person who was arrested. It seeks a permanent injunction barring New York City employees from retaliating against those who record them in public. The city Law Department tells The New York Times it hasn't seen the lawsuit. But it says the NYPD's policy clearly states people can record ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: Disabled Person Assaulted On F Train Near 18th Avenue (4 opinions)

Boro Park: Disabled Person Assaulted On F Train Near 18th AvenueThe NYPD is asking the public's assistance identifying a suspect wanted for assault on a subway within the confines of the 66 Precinct. Police tell YWN that on Monday, July 7, 2014, at 4:07PM, the victim, a 44-year-old deaf and mute male, was on the south bound 'F' train when the suspect walked over to him and struck him in the face numerous times with his hands. The victim got off the train at the 18 Avenue station while the suspect remained on the train. The victim was removed to Maimonides Hospital where he was treated for lacerations to ...    Full Story »

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Hits Boro Park Again - Greenfield Thanks NYPD For Responding with Quick Arrests

Anti-Semitic Graffiti Hits Boro Park Again - Greenfield Thanks NYPD For Responding with Quick ArrestsCouncilman David G. Greenfield thanked the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force and the 66 police precinct for quickly responding with arrests to anti-Semitic graffiti found sprayed across locations near 58th Street and 17thAvenue in Boro Park. "I am very pleased that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has made quick arrests of young punks trying to intimidate our community by scrawling messages of hate. It's appalling that these guys would come into our neighborhood simply to spread their anti-Semitic views. I trust that they will be prosecuted to ...    Full Story »
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