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NYC Announces Rules To Implement Greenfield's School Safety Law

NYC Announces Rules To Implement Greenfield's School Safety Law
New York City Councilman David G. Greenfield announced that the Department of Citywide Administrative Services has released the steps that non-public schools must take to receive funding for security guards, as well as information on what types of activities will be eligible for security guard reimbursement. This is the final step before Greenfield's school security law can be implemented. “Every child in our city has the right to be safe in his or her place of learning,” said Greenfield. “With the rules announced last week, there is ...

Free Wi-Fi, Charging Spots Coming to More NYC Parks

Free Wi-Fi, Charging Spots Coming to More NYC ParksNew Yorkers will soon be able to access free Wi-Fi and charge their devices at more parks around the city. AT&T is extending its "Free Wi-Fi in the Parks" program for five years. As part of the program, the company will bring free Wi-Fi and free solar-powered charging stations to more parks and beaches. According to the Daily News, the expansion will bring Wi-Fi to a total of 21 parks across the city. The new charging stations will be installed in parks like Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens and Joyce Kilmer Park in the ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: RNSP (Rockaway Shomrim) Holds First of Two Bike Etching Events (1 opinions)

PHOTOS: RNSP (Rockaway Shomrim) Holds First of Two Bike Etching Events[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol held the first of its two annual Bike and Electronic Device Etching events today. (Sunday June 5th is the second and main event, an event that is expected to draw a crowd in excess of 1500.) Etching is when a serial number is placed in an inconspicuous location on one's bike or electronic device. In the event that an etched bike or electronic device is found after being lost or stolen, the serial number that was etched on the lost or stolen item would facilitate its return to ...    Full Story »

Bronx: Tractor Trailer Hanging Over Sheridan Expressway Following Accident

Bronx: Tractor Trailer Hanging Over Sheridan Expressway Following AccidentA tractor trailer is hanging over the Sheridan Expressway following an accident. The westbound Cross Bronx Expressway is closed and it’s unknown at this time when it will reopen. The truck overturned soon after 12 p.m. near the intersection of the Sheridan Expressway, authorities said. The driver was travelling on the Cross Bronx Expressway when he lost control and hit the car in front of him, fire officials said. Two other cars were also hit in the accident. The cab of the truck flipped over the fence and the driver climbed down ...    Full Story »

13-Year-Old Accused Of Giving Younger Brother Loaded Gun He Brought To School (1 opinions)

13-Year-Old Accused Of Giving Younger Brother Loaded Gun He Brought To SchoolA 13-year-old boy was arrested after police accused him of giving his 8-year-old brother a loaded gun that he brought to school. Investigators said the younger brother took the gun to P.S. 91 The Albany Avenue School, at 532 Albany Ave. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, on Friday during Spirit Day. The boy was discovered with a loaded .380 Taurus handgun, police said. The children were in the schoolyard enjoying the nice day when the teachers asked the children to sit on their book bags, but one of them refused. He was acting strange, and they ...    Full Story »

WWII Plane Pulled From Hudson After Crash That Killed Pilot

WWII Plane Pulled From Hudson After Crash That Killed PilotPolice divers and Army Corps of Engineers personnel retrieved the wreckage of a World War II plane from the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey on Saturday after the vintage aircraft crashed during a promotional flight, killing the pilot. The P-47 Thunderbolt crashed Friday during a promotion for the American Airpower Museum, which is celebrating the 75th anniversary of the P-47 this weekend. Scuba divers recovered the body of the pilot, 56-year-old William Gordon, of Key West, Florida, about three hours after the ...    Full Story »

Felder's Agency Fair Draws Many Residents

Felder's Agency Fair Draws Many ResidentsSenator Simcha Felder sponsored an Agency Fair today at the Midwood Library where nearly two hundred community members turned out to take advantage of available services. Representatives were on hand from numerous New York City, State and non-profit organizations including The American Italian Cancer Foundation, Brooklyn Housing, COJO Flatbush, FDNY, Hamaspik, National Grid, the NYC Department for the Aging, the NYC Department of Finance, NYLAG (New York Legal Assistance Group), the NYPD, New York Energy Audits, and Premium ...    Full Story »

NY State Police To Deploy Quick Response Mobile Command Vehicles To Enhance Emergency Response

NY State Police To Deploy Quick Response Mobile Command Vehicles To Enhance Emergency Response[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico today announced the State has acquired three new quick response mobile command and communications vehicles outfitted with advanced, state of the art technology that will greatly enhance communication and coordination between first responders at emergency scenes and large public events. The three trucks, which will be staffed and operated by the State Police, expands the State’s fleet of command vehicles, allowing for quick deployment of a mobile command ...    Full Story »

NYC Gets OK To Issue Salt-Warning Fines As Lawsuit Continues (1 opinions)

NYC Gets OK To Issue Salt-Warning Fines As Lawsuit ContinuesNew York City plans to start enforcing a first-of-its-kind requirement for chain restaurants to use icons to warn patrons of salty foods after getting an appeals court's go-ahead Thursday to start issuing fines. But it's not the final word on whether the regulation will stand. The novel rule took effect in December, and some eateries already have added the requisite salt-shaker-like icons to menu items that contain more salt than doctors recommend ingesting in an entire day. But penalties have been in limbo as the National Restaurant ...    Full Story »

NYC To Close Separate Gender Swimming Hours Program (2 opinions)

NYC To Close Separate Gender Swimming Hours ProgramAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) slammed a citywide decision to close separate gender swimming hours at the Metropolitan Pool and Recreation Center in Williamsburg, arguing that the separate hours are about being more sensitive to different cultures and religions. After receiving numerous complaints, Assemblyman Hikind’s office confirmed that the center, located at 261 Bedford Avenue, is discontinuing the separate swimming hours program, which has been in place for many years. Hikind spoke with several women in the community, who ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Trump Advisor Meets FJCC Leadership In Flatbush (2 opinions)

PHOTOS: Trump Advisor Meets FJCC Leadership In Flatbush[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition (FJCC) recently hosted the Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at the Trump Organization, and advisor to Donald Trump on Israel Policy, Jason Dov Greenblatt. This was Mr. Greenblatt's first visit to any Jewish community since Mr. Trump named Mr. Greenblatt as one of his top Israel advisors. Mr. Greenblatt, accompanied by FJCC Chairman Josh Mehlman, started his visit to Flatbush by meeting with a group of Rabbonim including Rabbi Moshe Bergman, Rabbi Joey ...    Full Story »

NJ Senate Speaker: Start Campaigning for Casinos Near NYC

NJ Senate Speaker: Start Campaigning for Casinos Near NYCThe head of New Jersey's state Senate says it's time to start a campaign to drum up support for two new casinos in the northern part of the state, near New York City. Steve Sweeney told the East Coast Gaming Congress and iGaming Institute that it won't be easy to get voters to approve the new casinos in a November referendum. Gov. Chris Christie says those proposed casinos are on life support right now with the public, due to the turmoil surrounding Atlantic City and its inability to balance its books, even with eight casinos in ...    Full Story »

Intruders Breached Security Perimeter at JFK Airport 4 Times in 2015; Most in Over a Decade (1 opinions)

Intruders Breached Security Perimeter at JFK Airport 4 Times in 2015; Most in Over a DecadeLast June, a teenager hoping to stow away on a Morocco-bound flight jumped a fence surrounding John F. Kennedy International Airport — and tried to take a selfie when he was caught. In September, a man followed a United Nations diplomatic convoy and lingered on the airfield in an attempt to meet Pope Francis. Two months later, another fence jumper was stopped while walking up a restricted ramp to a passenger terminal. And in a fourth case that remains unsolved, a man confronted on JFK's tarmac menaced an airport worker in December ...    Full Story »

New York State Police Are Warning Residents Of An IRS Phone Scam

New York State Police Are Warning Residents Of An IRS Phone ScamThe New York State Police is warning residents of Orange, Rockland, Ulster, Sullivan and Greene Counties of an IRS phone scam that's been happening here in the Hudson Valley. Troopers have been notified of and received complaints from citizens who received phone calls from someone claiming to be a representative of the IRS. The callers use various scare tactics to deceive individuals into providing personal information such as social security numbers and bank account numbers or threatening arrest. The scam targets those who may not readily ...    Full Story »

NYC: Retrial Set for Man Accused of Killing Etan Patz in 1979

NYC: Retrial Set for Man Accused of Killing Etan Patz in 1979A retrial for a New Jersey man accused of killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 will begin in New York City after Labor Day. The New York Times reports jury selection is expected to start Sept. 6 or 7 in the trial of Maple Shade resident Pedro Hernandez. Etan vanished on his way to school in New York City. He became one of the first missing children pictured on milk cartons. Etan was declared dead in 2001. The defense says Hernandez has low intelligence and falsely confessed because of a personality disorder. His May 2015 trial ended ...    Full Story »

NYC Is Testing Park Benches With Built-In Charging Stations (4 opinions)

NYC Is Testing Park Benches With Built-In Charging StationsNew York City is testing park benches with built-in charging stations for mobile devices. Five of the benches are being installed at parks in the Bronx and upper Manhattan. The Daily News says the benches can also help keep track of how many people are visiting the parks. The Parks Department will spend about $24,000 on the solar-powered benches. They’ve been used in several other cities, including Boston and Los Angeles. The two-year pilot program is part of a city initiative called Parks Without Borders . It aims to make ...    Full Story »

World Trade Center Observatory Marks Anniversary

World Trade Center Observatory Marks AnniversaryIt's been about a year since the observatory at One World Trade Center opened to the public. The attraction, called One World Observatory, opened on May 29, 2015. Organizers say 1,776 members of the public got tickets through a lottery to attend an anniversary open house Tuesday. The observatory is on the 100th, 101st and 102nd floors. It provides panoramic views of New York City and the surrounding area. (AP)

Sophisticated Burglary of NYC Bank Through Roof Is the Latest in Series of Heists by 'Pros,' Police Say

Sophisticated Burglary of NYC Bank Through Roof Is the Latest in Series of Heists by 'Pros,' Police SayThe following is via ABC News: Thieves robbed a New York City bank over the weekend, apparently by cutting a wide hole in the roof, police said, noting that the sophisticated heist at the Maspeth Federal Savings branch in Rego Park, Queens, is the tenth of its kind across New York City. A bank employee first saw the gaping hole in the roof of the building upon arriving for work shortly before 8:30 a.m. ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Rallies Councilmembers, Community Groups in Support of NYC Cleanup Initiative

Greenfield Rallies Councilmembers, Community Groups in Support of NYC Cleanup InitiativeCouncilman David G. Greenfield held a rally today on the steps of City Hall to call for renewed and enhanced funding to his popular NYC Cleanup Initiative, which provides funding for each City Council member to clean the streets and sidewalks of their districts. Joining Greenfield in support of the initiative were several other members of the City Council, including Councilmembers Mark Treyger, Vanessa Gibson, Vincent Gentile, Costa Constantinides and Margaret Chin, as well as community organizations including ACE New York, the Doe Fund, ...    Full Story »
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