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NY Confirms Flu Cases In 44 Counties, All NYC Boroughs

NY Confirms Flu Cases In 44 Counties, All NYC Boroughs
New York's health commissioner has declared influenza prevalent in the state, requiring health care workers who aren't vaccinated against it to wear masks in areas where patients are typically present. Dr. Howard Zucker says some workers in medical settings choose not to get shots, which he says provide a safe and effective way to reduce the risk of getting the flu and transmitting it. Zucker says requiring unvaccinated workers to wear masks around patients helps protect the sick, elderly and other vulnerable people. According to the ...

NYC: Mayor De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Stay Warm And Safe During Extreme Cold This Weekend

NYC: Mayor De Blasio Urges New Yorkers To Stay Warm And Safe During Extreme Cold This WeekendAs temperatures continue to drop to dangerously cold levels with life-threatening wind chills through the weekend, Mayor de Blasio is urging New Yorkers to limit time outdoors, report heat and hot water conditions to 311, and check in on vulnerable friends, relatives and neighbors. The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Chill Advisory in effect from 4:00 PM Saturday through noon on Sunday for expected wind chills as low as 20 to 25 degrees below zero. “We are expecting extremely cold temperatures tonight and throughout the ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn Boro President Adams Leads Brooklyn Delegation To Israel, Focused On Public Safety, And Economic Development Partnership

Brooklyn Boro President Adams Leads Brooklyn Delegation To Israel, Focused On Public Safety, And Economic Development PartnershipToday, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced that he will be leaving tomorrow for Israel to lead a five-day mission focused on developing transatlantic partnership in public safety and economic development, traveling with a 11-person delegation of current and former NYPD officials as well as local business leaders. Highlights of the trip, sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Inc. (JCRC), will include a visit to an Israel Defense Forces base in the Golan Heights, a counterterrorism briefing with ...    Full Story »

NYPD Has Used Cell Tracking Technology 1,000 Times Since '08 (1 opinions)

NYPD Has Used Cell Tracking Technology 1,000 Times Since '08The New York Police Department has used secretive cellphone tracking technology more than 1,000 times since 2008, according to data released Thursday by the New York Civil Liberties Union. A cell-site simulator, also known as a Stingray, is a suitcase-sized device that can sweep up basic cellphone data from a neighborhood by tricking phones into believing it's a cell tower, allowing it to identify unique subscriber numbers. The data are then transmitted to the police, helping them determine the location of a phone without the user even ...    Full Story »

Judge Plans To Unseal Documents In Sheldon Silver Case

Judge Plans To Unseal Documents In Sheldon Silver CaseA judge says she plans to unseal redacted versions of documents she kept secret just before the trial of ex-state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver for fear they would taint prospective jurors. Manhattan federal Judge Valerie Caproni said Thursday she'll issue a written ruling next week and delay releasing documents for another week afterward so parties can appeal. The 71-year-old Democrat was convicted in November in a $5 million corruption case. Prosecutors said he traded favors to enrich himself and then lied about it. He is scheduled ...    Full Story »

NY Governor Cuomo Urges Caution Ahead Of Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecasted For This Weekend

NY Governor Cuomo Urges Caution Ahead Of Dangerously Cold Temperatures Forecasted For This WeekendGovernor Cuomo today urged New Yorkers to exercise caution ahead of dangerously cold temperatures forecasted for many areas of the state this weekend. The National Weather Service is predicting that temperatures will reach highs in the single digits and wind chill temperatures will drop to the negative teens and twenties on Saturday. The North Country in particular is predicted to see temperatures on Saturday as low as -8 degrees and wind chills dropping to -40 degrees. The temperature in New York has not been this low since February 2015. ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn DA Says 'Justice Was Done' In Conviction Of NYPD Officer (2 opinions)

Brooklyn DA Says 'Justice Was Done' In Conviction Of NYPD OfficerBrooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says "justice was done" when a jury convicted a New York City police officer of fatally shooting a man in the stairwell of a public housing building. Speaking after the jury reached a verdict Thursday evening, Thompson said Officer Peter Liang's trial "had nothing to do with Ferguson," a reference to the fatal shooting of an unarmed man by an officer in Missouri. He said Akai Gurley's death brought people from all walks of life together. The 28-year-old was shot and killed after being shot ...    Full Story »

GUILTY! NYPD Officer Liang Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Stairwell Shooting That Killed Akai Gurley (4 opinions)

GUILTY! NYPD Officer Liang Found Guilty Of Manslaughter In Stairwell Shooting That Killed Akai GurleyA rookie police officer who shot an unarmed man dead in a darkened public housing stairwell was convicted Thursday of manslaughter in a case closely watched by advocates for police accountability. The courtroom audience gasped and Officer Peter Liang, who had broken into tears as he testified about the 2014 shooting of Akai Gurley, buried his head in his hands as the verdict came after 17 hours of jury deliberations. The manslaughter charge carries up to 15 years in prison. Liang's sentencing is set for April 14. The shooting happened ...    Full Story »

Potential ally Record-Setting Cold On The Way For Tri-State Area

Potential ally Record-Setting Cold On The Way For Tri-State AreaA deep freeze is coming to the Tri-State area starting Thursday and continuing into the weekend. After a partly mild day Wednesday, which included some flurries, Thursday brings very bitter Arctic air -- the coldest of the season. ABC7 Meteorologist Bill Evans said Thursday's cold temperatures are nothing compared to what's coming over the weekend. Wind chills of 10 to 25 degrees below zero are possible late Saturday and Sunday.

NYPD: Crown Heights Stabbing Was Possible Hate Crime (1 opinions)

NYPD: Crown Heights Stabbing Was Possible Hate CrimeNew York City police are investigating the assault on a 25-year-old Lubavitcher Chosid man in Brooklyn. Police say the victim was walking in Crown Heights when he was stabbed in the back as was reported by YWN Wednesday. They say when he turned around he saw a man running away from him. Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce tells WINS-AM that police are looking at the ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: NYPD Releases Footage Of 4 Men Who Robbed Boro Park Man After Placing Him In Chokehold And Kicking His Face (2 opinions)

VIDEO: NYPD Releases Footage Of 4 Men Who Robbed Boro Park Man After Placing Him In Chokehold And Kicking His Face[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The NYPD has released video footage of the four suspects wanted in connection to the robbery in Boro Park as was reported earlier this week on YWN. According to the NYPD, on Monday, February 8, 2016 at approximately 9:40PM, the 49 year-old male victim was walking in the vicinity of 38 Street and 15 Avenue when he was ...    Full Story »

NYPD Office Shot Last Week Is Released From Hospital

NYPD Office Shot Last Week Is Released From HospitalA New York City police officer who was wounded by gunfire in the stairwell of a public housing project is out of the hospital. Officer Diara Cruz was released Wednesday from Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx. She was struck in the torso on Thursday night. Officer Patrick Espeut, who was shot in the cheek, was discharged from the hospital on Friday. (AP)

NY Speaker: Proposal To Hike Taxes On Millionaires Is Fair (2 opinions)

NY Speaker: Proposal To Hike Taxes On Millionaires Is FairNew York Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie isn't backing away from a proposal to raise taxes on millionaires, despite strong opposition from Senate Republicans and a shrug from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Heastie's plan would raise income taxes on 56,000 of the state's wealthiest residents, costing them an average of $33,000 more. It would also reduce rates for middle class workers to give them an average savings of $50, and increase the earned-income tax credit for low-income workers. Republican Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan says he's opposed ...    Full Story »

Rubio Vows More Aggressive Approach in Extended Campaign

Rubio Vows More Aggressive Approach in Extended CampaignFacing the biggest test of his presidential bid, Marco Rubio promised a more aggressive approach in what his team expects to become an extended Republican nomination fight that could result in a brokered national convention. "I don't need to start these fights, but if someone starts one in the future we're going to have to point out the differences in our records in a sharper way," Rubio told reporters Wednesday aboard his charter flight from New Hampshire to South Carolina. "I don't think we have the luxury any longer to basically say ...    Full Story »

Sharpton, Sanders Meet at a Harlem Landmark (5 opinions)

Sharpton, Sanders Meet at a Harlem LandmarkThe Rev. Al Sharpton and Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders shared breakfast tea at a Harlem landmark a day after the Democrat's New Hampshire victory. During their meeting Wednesday at Sylvia's restaurant, they discussed issues that affect the African-American community around the country. Sharpton says they talked at about affirmative action, police brutality and the water disaster in Flint, Michigan. Sharpton adds that he and various heads of national civil rights organizations plan to meet with Hillary Clinton next ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: FDNY: One World Trade Center Is Not On Fire, Despite Social Media Worries

VIDEO: FDNY: One World Trade Center Is Not On Fire, Despite Social Media Worries[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Many New Yorkers took to taking to social media believing that One World Trade Center was on fire, but that was not the case at all. Pictures and video posted to Twitter show what appears to be smoke emanating from the top of the skyscraper. However, the FDNY said there is no fire. “We can confirm that there is no fire to report at the WTC,” the FDNY tweeted. Officials said steam from an HVAC unit combined with lights gave the illusion of a fire. Despite the confirmation from the Fire ...    Full Story »

NY Lawmakers Propose Tax Deferrals To Defray Child Care Costs

NY Lawmakers Propose Tax Deferrals To Defray Child Care CostsDemocrats in the New York state Senate say the state should allow families with young children to defer some of their state income taxes to help them cover the cost of child care. The proposal announced Tuesday would allow families to keep up to $2,000 of their state taxes to pay for child care. The amount would be repaid over up to 10 years, interest-free, once the child has entered school. Other ideas from the Senate's Democratic minority include a law allowing workers to take paid time off to care for a new child or sick loved one, ...    Full Story »
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