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New York Bomber Was Twice Flagged By U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials

New York Bomber Was Twice Flagged By U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officials
The man accused of carrying out bombings in New York and New Jersey was flagged by Customs and Border Protection officials for questioning at least twice over the past few years after returning from Pakistan, but in both cases they found no reason to deny him entry to the United States, law enforcement officials said. Ahmad Khan Rahami, who remains heavily sedated in a New Jersey hospital after a police shootout that resulted in his arrest Monday, was one of thousands of such individuals traveling from high-risk countries who are stopped ...

NY Senator: Wireless Emergency Alerts Must Include Photos

NY Senator: Wireless Emergency Alerts Must Include PhotosAs police and federal agents hunted for the man suspected of setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey, millions of people received an alert on their cellphones asking for help finding the bombing suspect. But a phrase in the short message, "See media for pic," has put a spotlight on the limitations of the nation's emergency alert system. The alerts, including the one sent last Monday about bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami, are sent to cellphones to alert people in a geographic area of imminent threats to safety. They are currently ...    Full Story »

Key Developments in the New Jersey Bridge Lane-Closing Trial

Key Developments in the New Jersey Bridge Lane-Closing TrialThe first week's testimony in the George Washington Bridge lane-closing trial has been aimed at putting two former allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at the center of a plot to punish a local mayor who didn't endorse the Republican governor. But revelations about Christie's office behind-the-scenes and at the Port Authority that operates the bridge have gotten at least as much attention. Christie acquaintance David Wildstein testified the Port Authority, where he previously worked, was used by Christie's office as a source of ...    Full Story »

NYC 'Trump Tombstone' on Display After Police Confiscate It

NYC 'Trump Tombstone' on Display After Police Confiscate ItA granite tombstone bearing the name Donald J. Trump that police confiscated in Central Park months ago is now on display at a Brooklyn gallery. The year of Trump's birth and the words "Made America Hate Again" also are chiseled into the 500-pound slab. Artist Brian Andrew Whiteley said he created it to remind the Republican presidential nominee that he has "stirred the pot of racism, anger and fear and to help Donald reflect on the legacy he's leaving behind." Dubbed "The Trump Tombstone," it first appeared last spring in Central ...    Full Story »

JUST IN: Williamsburg Resident Convicted On 'Gang Assault' Charges In Beating Of Taj Patterson (3 opinions)

JUST IN: Williamsburg Resident Convicted On 'Gang Assault' Charges In Beating Of Taj PattersonThe following statement was delivered moments ago to YWN by Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson. The name of the defendant has been removed to prevent any further unnecessary Lashon Hara. It is being posted as this case has been so closely watched and followed by so many Orthodox Jews. A 24-year-old man from Williamsburg, Brooklyn was convicted of gang assault and related charges for his role in the brutal beating of Taj Patterson, a young man who was walking in the street when he was set upon by over a dozen people. District ...    Full Story »

Rahami's Father Says He Told FBI That Son Had 'Become Bad' (2 opinions)

Rahami's Father Says He Told FBI That Son Had 'Become Bad'The father of the man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey informed the FBI in 2014 about his son's apparent radicalization, he said. Speaking to The Associated Press early Friday in a telephone interview, Mohammad Rahami, father of alleged bomber Ahmad Khan Rahami, said his son underwent a personality shift after visiting Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2013. Speaking in Urdu, Mohammed Rahami said his son was not the same after that trip. "I found a change in his personality. His mind was not the same. He had become bad ...    Full Story »

Muslim Terror Suspect Still Too Injured To Question, Official Says (1 opinions)

Muslim Terror Suspect Still Too Injured To Question, Official SaysInvestigators haven't been able to question a man charged with setting off bombs in New York and New Jersey because he's too severely injured from his shootout with police, a law enforcement official said Thursday as the man's father said he'd warned federal authorities about the man's interest in jihadist material. Ahmad Khan Rahami remained hospitalized after his gunbattle with police officers Monday, and it was unclear when he might be taken to court to face federal terrorism charges in the blasts, which injured 31 people Saturday. A ...    Full Story »

UPDATED 12:10AM ET: Terminal B At LGA Airport Evacuated After Unattended SUV Left In front Of Building [PHOTOS] (3 opinions)

UPDATED 12:10AM ET: Terminal B At LGA Airport Evacuated After Unattended SUV Left In front Of Building [PHOTOS][ADDITIONAL PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Terminal B at La Guardia Airport in Queens has been evacuated due to an unattended vehicle left in front of the terminal. The NYPD Bomb Squad as well as the Port Authority Police are on the scene. Many heavily armed military personnel were seen securing the building and assisting in the evacuations. They had been stationed in the airport due to the recent terror attack in Manhattan. There is heavy traffic in the area because of the police activity. Additional information will be ...    Full Story »

NY Bombing Case Most High-Profile Since Boston Bombing

NY Bombing Case Most High-Profile Since Boston BombingThe federal charges portraying Manhattan bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami as a man bent on murderous destruction set the stage for the most anticipated terror prosecution since the Boston Marathon bombing. As separate cases wind through federal courts in New Jersey and New York, prosecutors are sure to reveal more about the bombings that injured 31 people and the evidence that led to Rahami's capture early Monday morning after a shootout with police. A courtroom airing of those allegations is likely to conjure memories of the attempted ...    Full Story »

NY Governor's Ex-Aide, University Head Charged With Bribery

NY Governor's Ex-Aide, University Head Charged With BriberyA federal prosecutor on Thursday accused two people close to Gov. Andrew Cuomo of bribery and fraud relating to Cuomo's high-profile economic development projects in a significant blow to the Democratic governor's administration. Joseph Percoco, Cuomo's former executive deputy secretary, and Alain Kaloyeros, president of SUNY Polytechnic Institute, are among nine who face charges, according to a criminal complaint by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. As the leader of SUNY Polytechnic, Kaloyeros was instrumental to Cuomo's efforts to bring ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Rips Trump’s Call To Expand Stop-And-Frisk (7 opinions)

NYC Mayor Rips Trump’s Call To Expand Stop-And-FriskNew York City Mayor Bill de Blaiso is sharply criticizing Donald Trump’s call for expanded use of stop-and-frisk, a police tactic that a federal judge has ruled can be discriminatory against minorities. De Blasio, a Democrat who supports Hillary Clinton, on Wednesday called Trump’s proposal “appalling” and suggested that “he’s either ignorant about the history of the city or he’s lying about it.” Stop-and-frisk, which allows police to search anyone they deem suspicious, was widely used in New York though critics said it ...    Full Story »

Orthodox Jewish Father Of Five Victimized At Yankee Stadium - Hikind Says 'Yankees Strike Out At Addressing A Bias Act' (15 opinions)

Orthodox Jewish Father Of Five Victimized At Yankee Stadium - Hikind Says 'Yankees Strike Out At Addressing A Bias Act'In a letter to Yankee President Randy Levine, Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) called for swift action to address an incident that occurred during a game at Yankee Stadium back on September 12, 2016. A couple of weeks ago, Mr. Ben Lapin, a life-long Yankee fan and Orthodox Jew, attended a Yankee game at Yankee Stadium. There was nothing out of the ordinary until Mr. Lapin had his yarmulke (skullcap) pulled off his head by a fellow patron seated behind him. This patron proceeded to taunt Mr. Lapin and finally after numerous pleas, ...    Full Story »

2 Potential Bombing Witnesses Seen With Suitcase Are Sought

2 Potential Bombing Witnesses Seen With Suitcase Are SoughtInvestigators of last weekend's bombings have released an image of two men who took a suitcase they found on a city street, possibly without realizing a wired pressure cooker they removed from it and left behind could have blown them to bits. Police investigating the bombings in New York and New Jersey have been saying for several days they were looking for the men, who they stressed were being sought as potential witnesses in the case, not as suspects. "They're not in any jeopardy of being arrested," Jim Watters, chief of the New York ...    Full Story »

100s of 'Suspicious Package' 911 Calls in NYC Since Terror Attack

100s of 'Suspicious Package' 911 Calls in NYC Since Terror AttackPolice in New York City say hundreds of 911 callers have reported suspicious packages since the Saturday night explosion in Manhattan. Police say they've received 406 phone calls of suspicious packages throughout the five boroughs between 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Monday. None of the packages turned out to contain explosives. Police Commissioner James O'Neill told reporters Wednesday he wants New Yorkers to report what they see. A pressure-cooker bomb packed with shrapnel exploded Saturday evening in Manhattan's Chelsea ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: HIkind Takes NYC DOT Commissioner On Tour Of Community To Address Safety Concerns (1 opinions)

PHOTOS: HIkind Takes NYC DOT Commissioner On Tour Of Community To Address Safety Concerns[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) toured the community with NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on Monday, along with Commanding Officer Ken Quick of the 66th Precinct, to address numerous safety concerns within the district. The Assemblyman took Commissioner Trottenberg to several different locations to highlight many safety hazards, while suggesting additional traffic signage in an effort to improve driver and pedestrian safety. This meeting was held to continue Assemblyman Hikind’s efforts to ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Security for Yomim Noraim the Focus at High-Level Agudath Israel Shul Branch Meeting

PHOTOS: Security for Yomim Noraim the Focus at High-Level Agudath Israel Shul Branch Meeting[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Just days after the terrorist attacks in Chelsea and with the Yomim Noraim on the horizon, Agudath Israel held an emergency meeting at its National Headquarters for representatives of its member shuls. Speakers from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) provided expert advice on the growing security threat to Jews in the United States, along with a full battery of strategies to help prevent future attacks. Rabbi Chaim Dovid Zwiebel, Agudath Israel's Executive ...    Full Story »

UPDATE: 'Sonic Boom' By F-22 Fighter Jet In Area Of JFK Airport Causes Thousands To Panic [UPDATED 2:49PM ET] (3 opinions)

UPDATE: 'Sonic Boom' By F-22 Fighter Jet In Area Of JFK Airport Causes Thousands To Panic [UPDATED 2:49PM ET]A "sonic boom" by an F-22 fighter jet in the area of JFK Airport caused mass panic, Wednesday afternoon. At around 2:30PM, YWN started receiving dozens of emails from people reporting hearing a massive explosion in the area between Queens and parts of the Five Towns in Nassau County. YWN then confirmed that the NYPD received "hundreds of calls reporting the explosion". The Nassau County Police Department was flooded with calls as well. Many people took to Twitter and other social media stating that the ground shook and there was ...    Full Story »

Join Greenfield Tonight on a Conference Call Where You Can Propose $1 Million in Neighborhood Improvements

Join Greenfield Tonight on a Conference Call Where You Can Propose $1 Million in Neighborhood ImprovementsCouncilman David G. Greenfield is kicking off another year of participatory budgeting this week by hosting an interactive conference call tonight, Wednesday, September 21 at 6 p.m. Participatory budgeting is a unique democratic process in which New Yorkers get a direct say in how their tax dollars are spent. Greenfield has secured $1 million to be allocated to projects selected by the residents of his district. This is the fifth year in which Greenfield has secured funds for the Participatory Budgeting process. Last year’s winning ...    Full Story »
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