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9/11 Recovery Workers: Congress Must Renew Health Programs

9/11 Recovery Workers: Congress Must Renew Health Programs
Dozens of 9/11 recovery workers are demanding that Congress renew programs offering money and heath care to people exposed to toxic dust after the terror attacks. The former ground zero workers and survivors were joined at the World Trade Center site on Thursday by members of New York's congressional delegation. Congress authorized billions of dollars in payments and health services for people with illnesses potentially linked to dust released when the twin towers collapsed after they were struck by hijacked planes in 2001. But those ...

PHOTOS: NY Area Hospital Liaisons Gather At Achiezer Headquarters

PHOTOS: NY Area Hospital Liaisons Gather At Achiezer Headquarters[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Wednesday evening September 2nd, the annual gathering of hospital liaisons and representatives took place at the Achiezer offices in Long Island. More than 30 attendees from nearly every hospital in NYC, Long Island, New Jersey, Catskills, Westchester and Rockland County were present. For the past several years this fledgling group which started out as a simple group of 3-4 liaisons, Hatzolah members and Bikur Cholim’s have gotten together throughout the year and tackled the incredibly difficult and ...    Full Story »

De Blasio Is Left Off New York Officials' Puerto Rico Trip

De Blasio Is Left Off New York Officials' Puerto Rico TripGovernor Andrew Cuomo and other New York elected officials are traveling to Puerto Rico next week. But Mayor Bill de Blasio won't be joining them. A mayoral spokesman said Thursday that de Blasio wasn't invited to join the delegation. Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito are among those traveling Monday. They are journeying to the island to discuss Puerto Rico's debt woes and health care problems. The apparent snub of the mayor seems to be the latest chapter in the ongoing feud ...    Full Story »

New York State Police Protect Your Children's Future, Get Your Child Seat Checked

New York State Police Protect Your Children's Future, Get Your Child Seat CheckedState Police Troop F Commander Major Patrick J. Regan announced today that local troopers will be participating in the National Child Passenger Safety Week from September 13 through September 19, 2015. To make sure all parents and caregivers are properly securing their children in the correct vehicle restraints, the State Police, local law enforcement agencies, and highway safety professionals will unite in this nationwide effort. In addition to enforcing the state’s safety belt laws through vigilant enforcement, the State Police will be ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: 3 Injured When Wall Collapses At Construction Site In Williamsburg [PHOTOS]

BREAKING: 3 Injured When Wall Collapses At Construction Site In Williamsburg [PHOTOS][PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] 12:05PM: A wall collapsed at a construction site in Williamsburg on Thursday around noon time. At least three people were injured - and one of them was reportedly in traumatic arrest. The collapse took place at 656 Myrtle Avenue near Franklin Avenue. Numerous Hatzolah and FDNY, EMS and NYPD emergency personnel were operating on the scene. No further information was immediately available. (Chaim Shaprio - YWN)

For NYC Landlords, New Rules Loom On Buying Tenants Out (1 opinions)

For NYC Landlords, New Rules Loom On Buying Tenants OutNew York City is poised to rein in landlords seeking to buy tenants out of rent-regulated apartments. The practice has come under scrutiny in a roaring real estate market. Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected Thursday to sign legislation that would bar repeated buyout offers within six months if tenants don’t want them. Other provisions would require reminders that tenants can refuse or consult lawyers. De Blasio and other proponents say the measures will help keep residents from being browbeaten by landlords and professional “tenant ...    Full Story »

HIkind Meets With Community Mosdos To Discuss Kapparos (1 opinions)

HIkind Meets With Community Mosdos To Discuss KapparosWith the upcoming yomim noraim, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) met with community mosdos regarding the minhag of kapparos—specifically the use of chickens. Hikind said, “Kapparos is a beautiful minhag practiced by Jewish communities all over the world, year after year. I remember fondly going with my mother when I was little. Unfortunately, there are those who are trying to undermine this tradition. Their ultimate goal is to ban kapparos. This year, more than ever, they will be looking for any opportunity to further their agenda, ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: 5 Injured In Suspicious Brooklyn Blaze On Glenwood Road (2 opinions)

PHOTOS: 5 Injured In Suspicious Brooklyn Blaze On Glenwood RoadFive people were hurt and at least one house was destroyed in a suspicious fire that spread to a neighboring home in Brooklyn Thursday morning, fire officials say. The blaze broke out just before 5:00AM on the porch of a house at 1312 Glenwood Road, near Argyle Road, at 4:42AM, and swept through the three-story home, officials said. The fire, at a home undergoing renovations, quickly spread throughout the structure and another house. The four-alarm blaze took about two hours to get under control, fire officials say. Three children ...    Full Story »

NYPD Reports Lowest Summer Shootings, Murders In 20 Years (2 opinions)

NYPD Reports Lowest Summer Shootings, Murders In 20 YearsThe New York City Police Department is saying this has been the safest summer in over 20 years. Deputy Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said Wednesday there were 82 murders and 345 shootings in the city between June 1 and Aug, 31. He says that's the lowest number recorded for that period since the police department began tracking crime statistics in the 1990s. Officers made 79 more gun-related arrests compared to the same time last year. While overall crime was down about 4 percent so far this year, police said there were 13 more ...    Full Story »

NYC Council Speaker Endorses Hillary Clinton for President

NYC Council Speaker Endorses Hillary Clinton for PresidentNew York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, a liberal who is becoming a national voice on issues such as immigration, has endorsed Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. Mark-Viverito, a Democrat, made the announcement Wednesday in an op-ed for El Nuevo Dia, Puerto Rico's largest newspaper. The speaker, one of the most prominent U.S. politicians of Puerto Rican descent, offered her endorsement just days before she travels to her native island with Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other New York elected officials. "Hillary understands that ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: NYPD Hold Annual 'High Holy Days Briefing' At Police Headquarters

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: NYPD Hold Annual 'High Holy Days Briefing' At Police Headquarters[VIDEO & PHOTOS BY HILLEL ENGEL IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The annual High Holy Days briefing was held at Police Headquarters this morning as the NYPD continues to promote open communication between the Jewish community and the Department in advance of the Jewish religious observances beginning with Rosh Hashanah and extending through Yom Kippur. The event featured remarks from First Deputy Commissioner Tucker, Chief Chaplain Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass, Intelligence Research Specialist Jordan Reimer, and Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor's ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Says Economy Is Reason For Many Homeless (4 opinions)

NYC Mayor Says Economy Is Reason For Many HomelessMayor Bill de Blasio says many of the city’s homeless simply can’t afford the cost of living in New York City. He says the problem for many is economic. The mayor spoke on the topic Tuesday on WYNC radio’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.” Calls to 311 about homeless people in need of aid have risen. There were about 13,000 in the last year of the Bloomberg administration and about 20,000 so far this year. De Blasio says part of the issue is the end of housing subsidies that kept many people off the streets. He says his ...    Full Story »

Community Service, Fine in World Trade Center Parachute Jump

Community Service, Fine in World Trade Center Parachute JumpA man convicted of parachute-jumping from the top of New York's One World Trade Center with two other men has been sentenced to 300 hours of community service. A judge on Monday also ordered Marko Markovich to pay a $2,000 fine. James Brady and Andrew Rossig had to pay similar fines but received lesser community service sentences earlier this month. The men were convicted in June of reckless endangerment and other misdemeanors. Prosecutors say the men jumped from the building when it was under construction in the early morning ...    Full Story »

Historical Promotion Of Black Woman To NYPD Assistant Chief (1 opinions)

Historical Promotion Of Black Woman To NYPD Assistant ChiefA veteran New York Police Department officer has reached the highest rank for a black woman in department history. Kim Royster was promoted to assistant chief at a ceremony on Monday. As a deputy chief, Royster was commanding officer of the NYPD’s public information operation for the past five years. She’ll now be in charge of its recruitment division. Assistant chief is the third-highest rank at the nation’s largest police department, behind bureau chief and chief of department. Royster first became a police officer in ...    Full Story »

NYPD Holds Annual High Holy Days Briefing (1 opinions)

NYPD Holds Annual High Holy Days BriefingFirst Deputy NYPD Commissioner. Benjamin B. Tucker presided over the NYPD’s annual High Holiday security briefing at One Police Plaza, Tuesday morning. Community leaders from all sects of the Jewish community were in attendance. As in previous years, the NYPD is increasing protection in Jewish neighborhoods as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approach. Increased foot patrols and counterterror teams will be patrolling those areas. Police said although there is not any specific threat, synagogues are considered potential terror ...    Full Story »

NYC, Union Settle Lawsuit Over Pedestrian Safety Law (1 opinions)

NYC, Union Settle Lawsuit Over Pedestrian Safety LawNew York City has reached a settlement with the Transport Workers Union regarding a lawsuit over the mayor's recently implemented "Vision Zero" program that aims to eliminate all pedestrian deaths. TWU Local 100 had filed suit claiming a provision in the law was unconstitutionally vague and led to the arrests of six bus drivers. The provision elevated a traffic infraction to a criminal misdemeanor when a driver fails to exercise "due care" in an accident that injures a pedestrian or bicyclist in a crosswalk. "This settlement makes ...    Full Story »

WILLIAMSBURG MISSING HAS BEEN FOUND! Hundreds Spend Night Searching For Missing 19-Year-Old Autistic Teenager (1 opinions)

WILLIAMSBURG MISSING HAS BEEN FOUND! Hundreds Spend Night Searching For Missing 19-Year-Old Autistic TeenagerThe 19-year-old missing autistic teenager from Williamsburg has thankfully been found. Sources confirm to YWN that he was located in Jamaica Hospital. He is in good condition, and has been rejoined with his family. The NYPD along with hundreds of volunteers from Williamsburg Shomrim (WSPU) and concerned neighbors had spent the entire night searching for the missing - who was last seen leaving his Shul on Monday morning. The NYPD and Williamsburg Shomrim were assisted by Shomrim divisions from many other neighborhoods, as well as ...    Full Story »

'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Arrives In NYC; Nissan NV200 Features Cellphone-Charging Outlets, Sunroot

'Taxi Of Tomorrow' Arrives In NYC; Nissan NV200 Features Cellphone-Charging Outlets, SunrootThe Nissan NV200 minivan is now the new standard for New York City's yellow cabs. The new design, known as the Taxi of Tomorrow, was unveiled on Tuesday. The New York Times reports that it'll be phased in as owners retire their cabs. Some owners still will be able to choose from a short list of hybrid and wheelchair-accessible vehicles. But taxi officials predict that 80 percent of the city's 14,000 yellow cabs eventually will be NV200s. About 750 of the models already are on the street. The vehicle features a sunroof and ...    Full Story »
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