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Comptroller Notes NY State Spending Up, Debt Down

Comptroller Notes NY State Spending Up, Debt Down
New York's comptroller reports that state government spending increased 3.3 percent to $137.5 billion in its last fiscal year, while its debt declined slightly to $63.3 billion. The report on the state's fiscal condition for the 2013-14 year, which ended March 31, says spending increases have been in line with inflation, growing 8.4 percent since 2010. Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says budgeting and the strengthening economy have helped address New York's structural financial imbalance, with a better cash outlook than a few years ago. But ...

New York Congressman's Trial Put Off Until 2015

New York Congressman's Trial Put Off Until 2015A New York congressman's tax evasion trial has been put off until next year. U.S. District Judge Pamela Chen told lawyers at a hearing Tuesday jury selection for Michael Grimm's trial will begin Feb. 2, not Dec. 1. She set the new trial date after rejecting defense claims the prosecution is politically motivated. The Republican congressman from Staten Island has pleaded not guilty to charges he evaded taxes by hiding more than $1 million in sales and wages while running a small Manhattan restaurant. Grimm is fighting the charges as he ...    Full Story »

4 Candidates For NY Governor To Debate

4 Candidates For NY Governor To DebateA debate between Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Republican Rob Astorino and two third-party candidates is likely to be the only opportunity voters have to see the candidates for New York governor interact before Election Day. The hour-long exchange begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday and will be broadcast statewide on public television. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins and Libertarian Michael McDermott will participate alongside the major party candidates. Viewers can expect to see the contenders grapple with education policy, taxes, gun ...    Full Story »

Report: FDNY's Flawed Dispatch System Caused Delay (2 opinions)

Report: FDNY's Flawed Dispatch System Caused DelayThe New York City Fire Department's "highly cumbersome" dispatch system contributed to delays in sending ambulances to a fire in Queens in April that killed two 4-year-old siblings, according to a new report released Tuesday by the city Department of Investigation. The department's investigation "exposed an antiquated, unwieldy system for dispatching ambulances to the scene of an active fire that substantially increases the opportunity for human error," said DOI Commissioner Mark G. Peters. The blaze, which was sparked when a child was ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: R' Nachman Caller Takes Housing Plan To The Streets Of Borough Park and Flatbush, Offering Specific Solutions To Solve Housing and Jobs Crisis (4 opinions)

VIDEO: R' Nachman Caller Takes Housing Plan To The Streets Of Borough Park and Flatbush, Offering Specific Solutions To Solve Housing and Jobs Crisis[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Tuesday evening, State Assembly candidate R’ Nachman Caller presented his candidacy and plan to solve the housing crisis in the 48th District to a packed room of local activists in Borough Park. In a speech to some 50 activists at the Orthodox Jewish Political Club (OJPC) monthly meeting in Seville Manor, R’ Nachman Caller stressed that “changes must be made at the top” to help the families who are struggling to obtain housing and jobs. “This stress is unbearable and has caused family ...    Full Story »

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Urges Brooklyn D.A. To Treat Attack on Kings Bay Y Director as Bias Crime

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Urges Brooklyn D.A. To Treat Attack on Kings Bay Y Director as Bias CrimeAssemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) has asked Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson to charge the suspect arrested in the attack on Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y, with a bias crime. The suspect, identified as Shawn Schraeder, was charged with assault in the third degree in the October 7th attack outside Barclays Center that left Petlakh with a broken nose and severe lacerations. Petlakh had just left the Nets-Maccabi Tel Aviv exhibition game with his children when he was attacked. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz ...    Full Story »

NY AG Warns Against Ebola Scams And Solicitations

NY AG Warns Against Ebola Scams And SolicitationsNew York’s attorney general is warning consumers about scammers preying on Ebola fears with fundraising scams claiming to benefit victims and dubious offers of so-called preparedness kits that claim to contain preventive medicines. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says there is no approved vaccine. He says scammers are “shamefully exploiting” heightened concerns since a few cases have been documented in the U.S. following an outbreak earlier this year in Africa. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control says Ebola isn’t ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Boro Park: Person Severely Burned By Fire On McDonald Ave And 18th Ave (1 opinions)

PHOTOS: Boro Park: Person Severely Burned By Fire On McDonald Ave And 18th Ave[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A person was in critical condition with severe burns after a fire erupted inside a Borough Park building Tuesday afternoon, DNAInfo is reporting. WABC is reporting that there was a small explosion. The person, whose identity was not immediately released, was hurt when the blaze broke out on the first floor of 910 McDonald Ave., near 18th Avenue, about 1:40 p.m., an FDNY spokesman said. He was taken to Maimonides Medical Center in critical condition with severe burns. Dozens of firefighters brought the ...    Full Story »

NYC Council Members Meet With NYPD Commissioner Bratton To Combat Rise In Anti-Semitic Crimes (1 opinions)

NYC Council Members Meet With NYPD Commissioner Bratton To Combat Rise In Anti-Semitic CrimesWednesday, just hours before Shemini Atzeres, Councilman David G. Greenfield met with New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton and his top staff to discuss the recent rise in anti-Semitic crimes around New York City. Council Members Mark Treyger and Stephen Levin joined the meeting to review recent hate crimes and strategize on ways to put an end to the rise in violent anti-Semitic attacks and vandalism. Also in attendance was the Deputy Chief of the NYPD James W. Murtagh, members of the Hate Crimes Task Force, Chief of ...    Full Story »

Cuomo: Washington Should Consider Ebola Travel Ban (1 opinions)

Cuomo: Washington Should Consider Ebola Travel BanNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo is saying the federal government "should seriously consider" a ban on flights traveling to New York from three West African nations plagued by Ebola. Cuomo, a Democrat up for re-election next month, said Monday it was "not in his job description" to make decisions about closing airports. He also noted that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which runs New York City's airports, doesn't have the authority to stop the flights. But he said Washington should consider a ban on travel from Guinea, ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Sandy Home-Repair Effort Working Better

NYC Mayor: Sandy Home-Repair Effort Working BetterNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says a program to help city homeowners with Superstorm Sandy home-repair efforts has made progress following his administration's overhaul. De Blasio said Monday that there have been 727 construction starts and 878 reimbursement checks through the Build it Back program so far this year. That's compared to none at the start of the year, when he took office. The program had come under criticism for its sluggish pace. A report earlier this month from the city's Department of Investigation found that about ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Announces Modernization And Revitalization Plan For JFK, LaGuardia, Republic And Stewart Airports

NY Gov. Cuomo Announces Modernization And Revitalization Plan For JFK, LaGuardia, Republic And Stewart AirportsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today hosted Vice President Joe Biden at an event to unveil the Governor's comprehensive plan to modernize and revitalize LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International, Republic and Stewart International Airports – bringing them up to 21st Century standards for service, access and amenities. In January 2014, Governor Cuomo announced in his State of the State Address that the State would assume management responsibility for construction at LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports to help break gridlock and make ...    Full Story »

NYC Launching Ad Campaign Seeking Volunteers (1 opinions)

NYC Launching Ad Campaign Seeking VolunteersNew York City wants more people to volunteer. A new ad campaign that targets people who don't volunteer will start appearing on 1,000 subway cars and 75 bus shelters on Monday. It emphasizes that volunteering is good for you and good for the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio's chief service officer tells the Daily News more people don't volunteer in part because they don't know where to start. Paula Gavin says it's a lot about "knowing what's out there and finding something that uses your talent and sparks your passion." The city's ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Raises Profile - But For What?

NY Gov. Cuomo Raises Profile - But For What?With a new book, an appearance on David Letterman, high-profile trips overseas and a bigger campaign account than any other governor, New York's Andrew Cuomo might look like someone running for president. But with no pilgrimages planned to Iowa or New Hampshire and no stump speeches for Democrats elsewhere in the country, Cuomo's recent efforts to boost his national profile are more likely about his immediate re-election plans — though a future run for the White House can't be ruled out. The next presidential election is still two ...    Full Story »

Treyger Thanks NYPD for Arrest in Assault of Kings Bay Y Executive Director and Calls for Hate Crime Charges Against Suspect (1 opinions)

Treyger Thanks NYPD for Arrest in Assault of Kings Bay Y Executive Director and Calls for Hate Crime Charges Against SuspectCouncil Member Mark Treyger released the following statement in response to reports that the NYPD has charged 25-year-old Shawn Schraeder in the recent assault of Kings Bay Y Executive Director Leonard Petlakh outside Barclay's Center following the Brooklyn Nets - Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball game: "I applaud the NYPD for recognizing the seriousness of this attack and for making a quick arrest, despite the fact that the suspect was halfway across the country. This sends a clear message that our city will not tolerate violence against anyone ...    Full Story »

NYC To Prepare Workers For Possible Ebola Cases

NYC To Prepare Workers For Possible Ebola CasesNew York City will offer specialized training on how to handle Ebola cases to the city workers who could be at the front lines if the deadly disease were found in the country's largest city. Top city officials will meet with the leadership of the Municipal Labor Committee, an umbrella group that represents more than 300,000 public employees, on Monday to review the city's strategy with battling any Ebola cases, members of Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration told The Associated Press. Those expected to attend include firefighters, ...    Full Story »

Statement by Assemblyman Cymbrowitz on Arrest of Suspect in Attack on Kings Bay Y Executive Director

Statement by Assemblyman Cymbrowitz on Arrest of Suspect in Attack on Kings Bay Y Executive DirectorAssemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) released a statement following today’s announcement by police of an arrest in the October 7th attack on Leonard Petlakh, executive director of the Kings Bay Y. Petlakh was attacked outside Barclays Center after the Nets-Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball game as protestors shouted anti-Semitic slurs. The suspect, identified as Shawn Schraeder, was arrested in St. Louis and is now in Brooklyn awaiting arraignment. The statement follows: “I’m pleased that police arrested a suspect in the brutal ...    Full Story »

Kosher Delight [KD] On Avenue J Closes After 35 Years (31 opinions)

Kosher Delight [KD] On Avenue J Closes After 35 YearsKosher Delight, the iconic restaurant which has been an Avenue J landmark since, has sadly closed. Kosher Delight, founded and operated by the Huberfeld family, has been serving the Flatbush community since 1979. After closing its other branches in Boro Park (in 2011) and Manhattan (    Full Story »

NY Officials Warn About Scam Tax Calls (1 opinions)

NY Officials Warn About Scam Tax CallsNew York state officials are warning people to beware of scam phone calls claiming back taxes are owed. State tax officials say the scammers claim to work for an attorney and attempt to convince people to send money to settle an outstanding state tax debt. Tax officials say they never call without first mailing the taxpayer an official notice. People who have been targeted by this scam are advised to file a consumer complaint online with the New York state attorney general's office or to call the office's hotline at (800) ...    Full Story »
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