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Crown Heights Banners Target Rep. Clarke Over Iran Deal Vote

Crown Heights Banners Target Rep. Clarke Over Iran Deal Vote
A grassroots campaign is underway in Crown Heights to urge Congresswoman Yvette Clarke to vote against the proposed nuclear deal with Iran. Some thirty Crown Heights synagogues and community organizations emailed their members expressing deep concern with the deal. Opponents hung several twenty foot banners across Kingston Ave, targeting the deal. One of the anti Iran banners read "Death to Israel. Death to the USA", a quote from Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in the days following the agreement. Other banners read "Deal gives ...

Hikind Cautions Pedestrians and Bicyclists on Road Safety on Ocean Parkway Malls (4 opinions)

Hikind Cautions Pedestrians and Bicyclists on Road Safety on Ocean Parkway MallsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) is urging pedestrians and bicyclists to use caution when utilizing the Ocean Parkway Malls. Assemblyman Hikind recently allocated $6 million for signage and other improvements along the stretch of Ocean Parkway. The allocations are part of the NY Works program and supplement the existing State Road and Bridge Capital Plan. “Along with my colleagues, I was proud to allocate millions of dollars for Ocean Parkway to protect bicyclists and pedestrians and to improve road safety. For years, while walking ...    Full Story »

Another Mass Shooting In Brooklyn: This One Leaves 5 Injured (2 opinions)

Another Mass Shooting In Brooklyn: This One Leaves 5 InjuredAuthorities say five people have been wounded in a shooting in Brooklyn, and one of has suffered serious injuries. Fire Department officials say ambulances responded to reports of gunshot victims at an address in the borough's Red Hook neighborhood shortly before 11 p.m. Monday. Police say it appeared three of the victims are women and two are men. A spokesman said one person's injuries were serious. The other conditions weren't immediately known. The officials say four of the victims were taken by ambulance to Lutheran Medical Center ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Sinkhole Devours Large Part Of Intersection At 5 Ave And 64 Street; No Injuries (2 opinions)

Brooklyn: Sinkhole Devours Large Part Of Intersection At 5 Ave And 64 Street; No InjuriesThe FDNY says no injuries are reported after a sinkhole devoured part of a Brooklyn street. The incident occurred around 7 a.m. Tuesday at Fifth Avenue and 64th Street in Sunset Park. Photos show a crater that sprawls across two lanes and stretches into an intersection. WABC says National Grid is on the scene because gas lines are affected. (AP)

Police: 9/11 Memorial Visitor Carried 2 Loaded Handguns

Police: 9/11 Memorial Visitor Carried 2 Loaded HandgunsAuthorities say a tourist has been arrested on charges she carried two loaded handguns at the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City. A criminal complaint says Elizabeth Enderli was visiting the site Saturday in lower Manhattan when she informed a police officer she had the weapons in her backpack. She was charged with criminal possession of a weapon. The name of her attorney was not immediately available. However, friends and family tell the New York Post that the 31-year-old military veteran has a permit to carry weapons in Texas. They ...    Full Story »

Drivers Weigh In On Uber Boom In NYC

Drivers Weigh In On Uber Boom In NYCThe rise of smartphone ride-hailing services has given New York City riders increasingly more choices in how to get from here to there. But some drivers who keep cars moving say they are stuck in the middle. Uber, the leader in ride-hailing services, has in four years gone from nearly non-existent to more than 20,000 drivers, joining the city's 13,437 taxis. Some traditional yellow cab drivers say that since the arrival of Uber, the increased competition has cost them about 30 percent of their earnings. Uber drivers also have ...    Full Story »

Drone Spotted At Kennedy Airport; 2nd In Days

Drone Spotted At Kennedy Airport; 2nd In DaysFederal officials say a pilot reported an unmanned aircraft while approaching John F. Kennedy International Airport Sunday night. It was the second drone sighting in days. The FAA says Shuttle America 5911 reported the device off the left side of the aircraft as it approached the runway around 6 p.m. The flight originated in Richmond, Virginia. On Friday, Delta Flight 407 was about 1,400 feet off ground when its pilot spotted an unmanned aircraft. Both planes landed safely. FAA rules don't permit unmanned objects above 400 ...    Full Story »

Separate NYC Gunfire Incidents Leave 2 Dead, 11 Wounded (10 opinions)

Separate NYC Gunfire Incidents Leave 2 Dead, 11 WoundedTwo people were killed and 11 others wounded in three overnight shootings in New York City, including nine people hurt when gunfire broke out at a backyard party in Brooklyn, police said Sunday. The gunfire at the party in the East New York section of Brooklyn started around 2:15 a.m., after a dispute, police said. Nine people were shot — six women and three men, most with wounds to their legs. Police said the injuries weren't life-threatening. Four other people sustained cuts and bruises from the disturbance. A neighbor told the Daily ...    Full Story »

NY Health Exchange Says 2.1 Million Enrolled For Coverage

NY Health Exchange Says 2.1 Million Enrolled For CoverageNew York's health exchange reports connecting 2.1 million residents to health coverage following its second open enrollment period, including 89 percent who said they were uninsured when they applied. Exchange Executive Director Donna Frescatore says the second year's enrollment built on the first year's base. Totals include 415,352 enrollees through commercial plans, 159,716 in the state's Child Health Plus program and 1,568,345 in government-funded Medicaid. Meanwhile, insurance regulators have approved 2016 rates for the private ...    Full Story »

NYPD: 9 People Shot At Brooklyn Backyard Party

NYPD: 9 People Shot At Brooklyn Backyard PartyPolice say gunfire broke out at a backyard party in Brooklyn overnight, injuring nine people. Sgt. Daniel Doody of the New York Police Department says the shooting happened at about 2:15 a.m. Sunday in the East New York section after an argument. He says nine people were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds, but all their injuries are not life-threatening. He says four others were taken to hospitals with cuts and bruises from the melee. He says the gunmen have not been arrested, and no additional information is available. A witness ...    Full Story »

AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey Gas Prices Down Sharply

AAA Mid-Atlantic: New Jersey Gas Prices Down SharplyMotorists are seeing sharply lower prices at the pumps in New Jersey. AAA Mid-Atlantic says the average price of a gallon of regular gas in the state on Friday was $2.48, down 6 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the price from a year ago, when motorists were paying $3.43. This marks the sixth straight week that pump prices have fallen in New Jersey. The national average price on Friday was $2.67, down 6 cents from last week. That's also much lower than the national average from a year ago, when motorists were paying ...    Full Story »

Officials: 4th NYC Person With Legionnaires' Disease Dies

Officials: 4th NYC Person With Legionnaires' Disease DiesA New York City health official says there likely will be more cases of Legionnaires' disease over the coming days amid an outbreak that has sickened dozens. Dr. Jay Varma tells The Associated Press Saturday he believes people may have been infected before the city cleaned cooling towers where the disease-causing bacteria had been found. City officials say four people have died and 65 cases have been reported in the Bronx since July 10. The legionella bacteria were discovered at five buildings in the South Bronx. Varma, a deputy ...    Full Story »

NY's Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's Evolution (1 opinions)

NY's Medical Pot Distributors Reflect Industry's EvolutionAmerica's medical marijuana industry has come a long way from its beginnings 20 years ago. Entrepreneurs, physicians and well-heeled investors are now getting into the business as New York works toward becoming the latest state to authorize cannabis for conditions like cancer, epilepsy and AIDS. State health officials on Friday announced five companies that will grow and dispense the medication when the program begins next year. They include three organizations with experience in other states. Each one will operate one greenhouse ...    Full Story »

Saudi Arabia Asks NY Judge To Drop It From Sept. 11 Lawsuit (3 opinions)

Saudi Arabia Asks NY Judge To Drop It From Sept. 11 LawsuitAn attorney for Saudi Arabia says that nation had nothing to do with the Sept. 11 attacks and should be dismissed as a defendant in lawsuits brought by victims' families. Attorney Michael Kellogg made the argument Thursday during a hearing in New York. Saudi Arabia was dismissed nine years ago from the litigation but was restored as a defendant in 2013 by a federal appeals court in Manhattan. Kellogg says there are no facts showing Saudi Arabia knew of the attacks in advance or knowingly aided terrorists. The lawsuits were brought ...    Full Story »

Comptroller Says NYC Should Be Quicker To Fix Potholes (1 opinions)

Comptroller Says NYC Should Be Quicker To Fix PotholesComptroller Scott Stringer says New York City should be quicker to repair the potholes that have cost taxpayers $138 million in settlements over the last six years. Stringer released an analysis of pothole and trip-and-fall claims Thursday. He says filling potholes "remains an uphill battle." He said it took an average of 6.7 days for the Department of Transportation to complete a pothole work order in the first four months of fiscal year 2015. The transportation department responded that it has filled 370,000 potholes since the ...    Full Story »

Ex-NY Senate Leader, Son Plead Not Guilty To Latest Charges

Ex-NY Senate Leader, Son Plead Not Guilty To Latest ChargesA former New York state Senate leader and his son have pleaded not guilty to the latest charges against them in a corruption case. Dean Skelos and his 33-year-old son, Adam, entered the pleas Thursday at their arraignment in Manhattan federal court. They've been free on bail since their May arrests. Dean Skelos was the state's most powerful Republican before stepping down from the leadership position after his arrest on conspiracy and extortion charges. He retains his Senate seat. Prosecutors say he took official actions so his son ...    Full Story »

Treyger Applauds Rep. Meng and Congress for Reintroducing Bill to Provide FEMA Aid to Houses of Worship

Treyger Applauds Rep. Meng and Congress for Reintroducing Bill to Provide FEMA Aid to Houses of WorshipCouncil Member Mark Treyger, Chairman of the Committee on Recovery & Resiliency, strongly applauds members of Congress, including Rep. Grace Meng of Queens, for reintroducing the Federal Disaster Assistance Nonprofit Fairness Act (H.R. 3066), which would allow houses of worship to apply for Federal Emergency Management Agency aid. Current FEMA regulations exclude houses of worship from eligibility for disaster relief, even though there is no federal law specifically prohibiting congregations from receiving FEMA aid. In February, Council ...    Full Story »

Queens: MTA Worker Accused of Murder in Jewish Jeweler Hit-Run Death (5 opinions)

Queens: MTA Worker Accused of Murder in Jewish Jeweler Hit-Run DeathAn MTA train operator has been arrested in connection with the hit-and-run death of jeweler-to-the-stars Aranbayev in Queens. The suspect, 46-year-old Charles Jordan, was taken into custody at his Valley Stream home Thursday morning after an auto body shop working on his damaged Dodge Magnum called police. NYPD detectives are searching the Jordan's house now. Police say Jordan got into a verbal dispute with Aranbayev after the victim was dropped off outside his Forest Hills home just after 11 p.m. on July 19. Apparently, Jordan was ...    Full Story »

IG Report: NYPD Body Cameras Should Record All Interactions

IG Report: NYPD Body Cameras Should Record All InteractionsBefore the NYPD moves forward with its body camera program for officers, the department's inspector general wants his own say on how the program should be expanded. In December, the NYPD outfitted 54 of its officers with body cameras in six precincts. In the first examination of this pilot program, the inspector general is urging One Police Plaza to broaden its standard for when officers should record interactions with the public. The inspector general's report suggests officers record all street encounters or all investigative ...    Full Story »
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