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NYPD Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old In Flatbush

NYPD Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old In Flatbush
Community leaders are praising the leadership at the NYPD's 70 Precinct, after police apprehended 21-year-old Kareem Potomont, Thursday afternoon. Cops arrested Potomont in Queens, just hours after releasing his photo to the public. Potomont is the suspect in the shooting of 13-year-old Gamma Droiville. A stray bullet struck him in the eye as he waited for a bus on Flatbush Avenue on Monday. Droiville survived the shooting, but he may lose an eye. Police say the intended target, a 24-year-old man, was shot in the leg. He also ...

25-Mph Slow Zone Coming To Bronx Grand Concourse

25-Mph Slow Zone Coming To Bronx Grand ConcourseTraffic signals will be retimed for 25 mph along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to reduce dangerous speeding. The city's Department of Transportation says the 5.2 mile-corridor from East 140th Street to Mosholu Parkway has seen 12 fatalities between 2008 and 2012. Seven of those involved pedestrians. It says the Grand Concourse is the second of 25 planned Arterial Slow Zones to be installed on major streets across the city. The first was on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The Arterial Slow Zone program is one of 63 proposals ...    Full Story »

Next Phase Of Lincoln Tunnel Helix Work To Begin

Next Phase Of Lincoln Tunnel Helix Work To BeginMotorists will face detours as work continues on the Helix leading to the Lincoln Tunnel. The next phase of the roadway improvement project is set to begin on Tuesday when westbound lanes will be closed. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says commuters will still be able to travel westbound through the tunnel and onto Route 495 by detouring onto eastbound lanes. Eastbound Helix traffic will exit at the Pleasant Avenue off ramp and use local street access to the tunnel by JFK Boulevard East. Planned closures will take place ...    Full Story »

Pair robs 4 Brooklyn banks in 2-hour span (3 opinions)

Pair robs 4 Brooklyn banks in 2-hour spanThe NYPD is asking for the public's help in catching a pair of bank robbers who struck four times in Brooklyn Monday. Now, they're releasing surveillance photos they hope will lead to arrests. All of the robberies took place between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on April 14. The spree started at a Capital One Bank on Ralph Avenue in the Flatlands section. The pair then hit a Chase Bank on Flatbush Avenue before moving on to a Northfield Bank on Kings Highway. The suspects ended at a Santander Bank on Avenue U in Gravesend. In total, they ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officer Can't Leave India Until Bullets Case Is Resolved: Court

NYPD Officer Can't Leave India Until Bullets Case Is Resolved: CourtAn Indian court says it won't rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge. The NYPD says Manny Encarnacion was arrested in March after Indian authorities discovered three bullets he had accidentally packed in his luggage. He is out on bail but has been barred from leaving India until the case is resolved. On Thursday, the police officer's attorney, Samarjeet Pattnaik, said the court heard a petition to throw out the arrest but gave no ruling. The arrest follows a furor ...    Full Story »

Statement From NYC Health Commissioner On New Measles Outbreak (1 opinions)

Statement From NYC Health Commissioner On New Measles Outbreak“Two new cases of measles have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 26. The outbreak remains centered in Northern Manhattan, with 12 pediatric and 14 adult cases confirmed to date. One of the new cases is unrelated to the outbreak and was associated with foreign travel. After more than two weeks since the last confirmed case, this is a reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant. “There are steps everyone can take to stop this outbreak. To prevent additional cases, I am calling on all urgent care centers, ...    Full Story »

Statement From NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio On The EVe Pesach (1 opinions)

Statement From NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio On The EVe Pesach“Starting tonight, families across the city will gather to celebrate Passover with food, wine and songs. They will read from the Haggadah and retell the story of liberation that makes this holiday so powerful. “Passover is a celebration of freedom for which people had to fight. With eyes to our past as well as our future, let us all reflect on the message of Passover and recommit ourselves and this city to fight for an end to inequality all across New York. “We will all need to dig deeper and fulfill our responsibilities to ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Thanks Agencies for Participating in Burning of Chametz

Greenfield Thanks Agencies for Participating in Burning of ChametzCouncilman Greenfield spent the morning visiting bread burning sites throughout Boro Park and Midwood and thanking FDNY, Shomrim and Chaverim members for their participation in the annual bread burning ritual. Prior to visiting several burning sites, Councilman Greenfield stopped by the firehouse at 4210 12th Avenue, which is home to Engine 282 and Ladder 148, where he thanked FDNY officials and firefighters for their hard work throughout the day to make sure the bread burning ran smoothly and safely this year. He also checked in with Boro ...    Full Story »

NYC: Self-Hating Jewish Lawyer For Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Faces Trial (1 opinions)

NYC: Self-Hating Jewish Lawyer For Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Faces TrialA trial is set to start in a Syracuse court for the New York City lawyer who represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that 63-year-old Stanley Cohen is scheduled to stand trial starting Monday in federal court on charges of trying to obstruct the IRS by under reporting cash payments from his clients. Federal prosecutors say Cohen didn't report cash payments totaling $35,000 he received in 2008 and 2010. Cohen has pleaded not guilty. He has said federal authorities filed the charges in retaliation ...    Full Story »

NYC Comptroller Stringer's Passover Message (1 opinions)

NYC Comptroller Stringer's Passover MessageMy warmest wishes go out to all Jewish New Yorkers during this joyous Passover holiday. Passover gives us the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish nation’s triumph over slavery and oppression and serves as a constant reminder of the strength of our people to endure and unite for freedom. Passover has always been a reminder to appreciate the gifts G-d has given us. So as we sit down at our tables, surrounded by family and friends, I encourage all Jewish New Yorkers to remember the great sacrifices of our ancestors and experience our ...    Full Story »

Acquitted Man Files $25M Lawsuit Against NYS (2 opinions)

Acquitted Man Files $25M Lawsuit Against NYSA Brooklyn man who spent a quarter of a century behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the state. Derrick Deacon was convicted in the 1989 shooting death of teenager during a robbery in a Flatbush apartment complex. He was freed on new evidence last year. The 58-year-old was granted a new trial in 2012 after an FBI cooperator identified a different man as the shooter and the recantation of a separate witness. It took a jury just nine minutes to declare Deacon not guilty. Deacon told ...    Full Story »

Coney Island Amusement Park Opens for Season (1 opinions)

Coney Island Amusement Park Opens for SeasonConey Island's Luna Park has officially opened for the season. Crews were wrapping up maintenance work Sunday morning and put the finishing touches on the new attractions in the theme park this year. A new ride called Luna 360 spins riders 360 degrees, while shooting up 60 feet in the air. And of course, the 86-year-old Cyclone is back. The coaster has been getting new wooden tracks installed over the past three years. What's missing this year is the Astro Tower. The defunct ride was demolished after it was seen swaying ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: NYPD Taking Steps To Ensure Jewish Security Following Kansas Shootings

NYC Mayor: NYPD Taking Steps To Ensure Jewish Security Following Kansas ShootingsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the police department is taking all steps to ensure the safety of Jewish individuals and institutions. De Blasio made the comments after the fatal shootings of three people at Jewish-affiliated facilities near Kansas City Sunday. The alleged gunman has been arrested. In a statement, the mayor also offered condolences and prayers for the victims, their families and the entire Jewish community. Earlier this month, police officials said there was no credible terrorist threat detected in New York ...    Full Story »

Jury Selection to Begin in Latest Terror Trial Downtown (1 opinions)

Jury Selection to Begin in Latest Terror Trial DowntownJury selection is set to begin Monday in the trial of an Islamic preacher charged with conspiring to support al-Qaeda. It's the latest trial of an alleged terrorist to come to a New York court. Al-Qaeda spokesman Sulaiman Abu Ghaith was convicted here last month. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, also known as Abu Hamza al Basri, has been in the United States since his extradition from Great Britain in 2012. Prosecutors say he tried to support the terror network in the late 1990s by attempting to set up a terrorist training camp in ...    Full Story »

Flatbush / Marine Park: Assemblywoman Weinstein Expands 'Chametz Dumpster' Program

Flatbush / Marine Park: Assemblywoman Weinstein Expands 'Chametz Dumpster' ProgramAssemblywoman Helene Weinstein is pleased to announce the return of the successful “Chametz dumpster” program for residents of the greater East 30’s, Midwood, and Marine Park neighborhoods. For over two decades, the Assemblywoman has been coordinating with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to coordinate complementary Pesach garbage collections. The dumpster program, started in 2008 after meetings with local Rabbonim and community askanim, has expanded to five central and convenient locations for residents to deposit chametz and ...    Full Story »

Far Rockaway: Assemblyman Goldfeder, Councilman Richards, JCCRP Announce Pesach Preparations

Far Rockaway: Assemblyman Goldfeder, Councilman Richards, JCCRP Announce Pesach PreparationsAssemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Far Rockaway) and Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Far Rockaway) joined the Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) in announcing additional garbage collections and a centralized location for chometz burning in anticipation of Pesach for the Far Rockaway Jewish community. “It is great to see city agencies working together to carry on the traditions and cultures of our community in Far Rockaway,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder. “I commend the Department of Sanitation, Parks Department and ...    Full Story »

Extra Trash Collection, Dumpsters & Chametz Burning Sites in Boro Park & Midwood (1 opinions)

Extra Trash Collection, Dumpsters & Chametz Burning Sites in Boro Park & MidwoodCouncilman David G. Greenfield worked closely with the Department of Sanitation and the Fire Department to ensure that the proper preparations including additional trash collections are in place for Pesach. This year there will be more trash collection, more dumpsters and more chametz burning sites than ever before. To serve the needs of the community’s Pesach celebrations, the Sanitation Department will place large Dumpsters at the following locations in Boro Park & Midwood starting Sunday, April 13th to midnight Monday April ...    Full Story »

NY Congresswoman Warns Against Tax Fraud

NY Congresswoman Warns Against Tax FraudA congresswoman is warning New Yorkers to watch out for tax preparers who charge exorbitant fees and file fraudulent taxes. Rep. Carolyn Maloney's office says Saturday it is creating legislation that would crack down on such scam artists. Federal data shows 42 million individual income tax refunds filed in 2011 were filled out by unlicensed preparers. One New York state investigation found about 40 percent of preparers was using fraudulent practices. The legislation proposed by Maloney would grant the Treasury Department authority to ...    Full Story »

NYPD Fatally Shot 86-Year-Old Gunman After He Killed Daughter (1 opinions)

NYPD Fatally Shot 86-Year-Old Gunman After He Killed DaughterPolice shot and killed an 86-year-old New York City man who they say killed his daughter then pointed a shotgun at officers. Authorities say Jack Calvello called 911 Saturday and said he'd shot his daughter. Police say Calvello refused to put down his gun when officers arrived at the scene and was shot once in the torso. Officers found 65-year-old Carolann Matyka in the kitchen of the Queens home with a gunshot wound to the head. Calvello and Matyka were both pronounced dead at a hospital. Investigators recovered a loaded ...    Full Story »
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