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Hikind, Lander Meet To Resolve Community issue (4 opinions)

Hikind, Lander Meet To Resolve Community issue
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) met with NYC Councilman Brad Lander this morning at Hikind’s home to discuss a variety of community issues, including transportation matters, such as overnight layovers for yeshiva school buses, and delays due to simultaneous school bus runs and sanitation pick-ups. The two elected officials also went over matters revolving around the city budget and how proposed items will impact the community. “It’s all about getting things done,” said Hikind, who also recently met with NYC Councilman Carlos ...

NYS Attorney General Sues To Shut Down 2 Debt Collectors For Threatening People To Pay

NYS Attorney General Sues To Shut Down 2 Debt Collectors For Threatening People To PayNew York's attorney general is moving to shut down two Buffalo-area debt collections agencies, saying they illegally used threats and other abusive tactics to pressure consumers to pay. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Thursday that his office and the Federal Trade Commission have filed joint lawsuits against Four Star Resolution LLC and Vantage Point Services LLC. Schneiderman said in a news release that the two debt collection firms and related businesses illegally used abusive language and threatened people with arrest and jail ...    Full Story »

NYPD Commissioner Bratton: DHS Funding Vital To NYC's Security

NYPD Commissioner Bratton: DHS Funding Vital To NYC's SecurityNew York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security would be irresponsible and dangerous. He urged Congress "not to play politics." House Republicans recently passed a DHS funding bill with immigration amendments that Democrats say are unacceptable. Hours from a partial agency shutdown, Congress on Friday moved to approve a three-week stopgap measure. It would allow lawmakers to keep the Homeland Security Department running at a time of heightened threats worldwide. Bratton says ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: Bar Fight Ends With Stabbed In Critical Condition On New Utrecht Avenue

Boro Park: Bar Fight Ends With Stabbed In Critical Condition On New Utrecht AvenueA fight in a Boro Park bar ended with a man being stabbed in critical condition early Friday morning. Sources tell YWN that around 4:42AM, two suspects stabbed the victim at the intersection of New Utrecht Avenue and 59th Street after a fight in a bar just one block away. A police source told YWN that the victim is familiar with his attackers. The victim is reportedly a 25-year-old Hispanic male, and was rushed by EMS Paramedics to the Lutheran Trauma Center where he underwent emergency surgery. Police are searching for two suspects ...    Full Story »

New York Daily News May Be Up For Sale (1 opinions)

New York Daily News May Be Up For SaleThe New York Daily News may be up for sale. Mort Zuckerman, the owner and publisher of the New York City tabloid newspaper, sent a memo to employees on Thursday that said he was approached about a potential sale a few weeks ago. The memo was sent to The Associated Press. "Although there were no immediate plans to consider a sale, we thought it would be prudent to explore the possibility and talk to potential buyers and/or investors," Zuckerman wrote in the memo. He has hired the financial advisory firm Lazard to help with the ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officer's Lawsuit Over Arrest Quotas Gets Revived (1 opinions)

NYPD Officer's Lawsuit Over Arrest Quotas Gets RevivedA New York City police officer who said his superiors punished him for complaining about what he said were arrest quotas has gotten his lawsuit reinstated. In a ruling Thursday, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court's decision dismissing Officer Craig Matthews' suit. The New York Civil Liberties Union represented Matthews. It calls the ruling a victory for public employees' free speech rights. The city Law Department says it's reviewing the decision. The New York Police Department has said it doesn't have ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: Attempted Bank Robbery On 13th Avenue And 54th Street [UPDATED With Photos By JDN] (2 opinions)

Boro Park: Attempted Bank Robbery On 13th Avenue And 54th Street [UPDATED With Photos By JDN][PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] 5:20PM EST: The NYPD is looking for a suspect who attempted to rob a bank on 13th Avenue, Thursday afternoon. Sources tell YWN that a suspect entered the CitiBank located at 5420 13th Avenue near 54th Street, and passed a note to the bank teller demanding that money be handed over. The teller refused, and the suspect fled the bank on foot. The NYPD requested a Level 1 Mobilization response, and officers are searching the area. The suspect is reportedly a white male, approximately 5 foot 10 inches. He was ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Greenfield Secures Pay for Special Education Providers

Brooklyn: Greenfield Secures Pay for Special Education ProvidersCouncilman David G. Greenfield has long been committed to ensuring that non-public school students and special education providers receive their fair share from the Department of Education (DOE). After hearing from several parents and providers concerned about a sudden rate cut for Oral Transliterators, Councilman Greenfield immediately reached out to the Department of Education and was able to secure a guarantee from the DOE that rates would remain unchanged for the remainder of the academic year. Oral Transliterators or Oral Interpreters ...    Full Story »

TODAY- Flatbush: Council Member Chaim Deutsch to Hold Important Two-part Community Symposium on Counter-Terrorism & Safety Awareness (1 opinions)

TODAY- Flatbush: Council Member Chaim Deutsch to Hold Important Two-part Community Symposium on Counter-Terrorism & Safety AwarenessCouncil Member Chaim Deutsch invites residents to participate in a two-part Community Symposium featuring presentations by the NYS National Guard, the NYC Office of Emergency Management, NYPD and FDNY. The NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services will also be in attendance to answer questions. These seminars will discuss how our community can meet the growing challenges involved in countering terrorist threats and attacks that could impact our security. In the wake of events overseas and here in our City, Council Member ...    Full Story »

NY Surveying Banks On Cyber Security Defenses

NY Surveying Banks On Cyber Security DefensesNew York's top financial regulator says his office is considering tougher cyber security requirements for banks with more complex computer sign-ins and certifications from their contractors of their defenses. Department of Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky says they are already revamping regular examinations of banks and insurance companies by adding targeted assessments of barriers against hackers. Lawsky says he's "deeply worried" that within the next decade, or sooner, there will soon be "a major cyberattack aimed at the ...    Full Story »

3 Nabbed In NY, Florida In Plot To Join ISIS, Plans To Attack President Obama, Plant Bomb In Coney Island (4 opinions)

3 Nabbed In NY, Florida In Plot To Join ISIS, Plans To Attack President Obama, Plant Bomb In Coney IslandThree men were arrested Wednesday on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and wage war against the U.S., and federal officials said one of them spoke of attacking President Barack Obama or planting a bomb on Coney Island. Akhror Saidakhmetov was arrested at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, authorities said. Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev had a ticket to travel to Istanbul next month and was arrested in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors said. Abror Habibov, 30, accused of ...    Full Story »

Documents From Osama bin Laden Raid Read At US Terror Trial

Documents From Osama bin Laden Raid Read At US Terror TrialDeclassified al-Qaida documents obtained after the 2011 raid of Osama bin Laden's Pakistan compound have been presented at the U.S. trial of a suspect charged in a British terrorism plot. Prosecutors rested their case after presenting the evidence Wednesday against Abid Naseer. The 28-year-old Pakistani man is defending himself in federal court in Brooklyn. He has pleaded not guilty and plans to take the stand in his defense. Prosecutors say the British plot was part of a broader al-Qaida conspiracy calling on other cells to attack ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Brooklyn Boro President Eric Adams Hosts Event Paying Tribute To Two Retiring NYPD Chief's

PHOTOS: Brooklyn Boro President Eric Adams Hosts Event Paying Tribute To Two Retiring NYPD Chief's[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Last week, President Eric Adams held an event paying tribute to NYPD Chief Gerald Nelson, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn North and Chief Owen Monaghan, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South. This tribute event at Borough Hall was an opportunity for elected officials and communal leaders to honor these two respected and life-long dedicated public servants. Some of the elected officials who participated were Council Member Chaim Deutsch, Council Members Laurie Cumbo, Mathieu ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn Jewish, Catholic High School Students to Stump for Education Tax Credit tomorrow in Albany

Brooklyn Jewish, Catholic High School Students to Stump for Education Tax Credit tomorrow in AlbanyA group of 30 Brooklyn high school juniors, half from the Yeshivah of Flatbush and half from Nazareth High School, will appeal for passage of the Education Tax Credit during a day of meetings with lawmakers on Thursday, February 26. The advocacy mission was organized by OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Orthodox Union. School officials have scheduled 60 meetings with state legislators, asking them to push their leaders to include the tax credit in the enacted State Budget. The students will attend the meetings ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Calls Islamic State Arrests 'Very Sensitive'

NYC Mayor Calls Islamic State Arrests 'Very Sensitive'New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is calling the arrests of three men on charges of plotting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group "a very sensitive situation." Authorities said one of the men was arrested Wednesday at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul. A second suspect was arrested in Brooklyn and a third in Florida. They are charged with attempt and conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization. De Blasio said the working relationship between the city and the ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Won't Say If Aides Have Been Contacted By Feds

NY Gov. Cuomo Won't Say If Aides Have Been Contacted By FedsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he has not been subpoenaed or contacted by federal investigators probing Albany corruption, but he won't say if the same is true for his aides. The Democratic governor's comments were in response to a reporter's question Wednesday. When pressed about others, he said reporters would have to ask his staff individually. Ex-Speaker Sheldon Silver pleaded not guilty Tuesday to federal charges that he accepted nearly $4 million in bribes. U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has said his Albany investigation is ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: Community Board 12 Honors Retiring NYPD Chief Owen J. Monaghan

Boro Park: Community Board 12 Honors Retiring NYPD Chief Owen J. MonaghanAt its monthly meeting on Tuesday night, Community Board 12 honored outgoing Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, Chief Owen Monaghan, for 34 years of exemplary service to the NYPD. Board Chairman Yidel Perlstein introduced the Chief as a “different kind of Chief” and remarked, “I found out very quickly that to this Chief, community relations are at a premium. He not only valued it but practiced it. He was always ready to listen and always available when needed. In fact, you never had to call him if you needed ...    Full Story »

Backstory: American Official Defies State Department and Wears his Yarmulke in Ramallah [UPDATED WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS] (12 opinions)

Backstory: American Official Defies State Department and Wears his Yarmulke in Ramallah [UPDATED WITH EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS]Fifteen New York City Council Members traveled to Israel last week. They were scheduled to meet with the Mayor of Sderot, the Foreign Minister of Israel and even Israel's President - Rubi Rivlin. Also on the itinerary - a visit to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian Council Members. It was supposed to be one of the highlights of their trip, but for one member of the New York City Council it became a very public test of his faith. After interviews with several of the trip participants, here's what we know happened: Councilman David Greenfield ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Building Collapse Reported In Manhattan [UPDATED]

BREAKING: Building Collapse Reported In Manhattan [UPDATED]FDNY is on scene of a partial building collapse at 642 West 57 Street and 11th Avenue. The building is three stories and is under construction. FDNY EMS reports that all construction workers have been accounted for. There is one person injured - and does not appear to be a serious injury. FDNY has transmitted a major collapse response, and the NYPD has called for a Level 1 Mobilization Response. DEVELOPING STORY
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