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New Warden, Security Measures After New York Prison Escape

New Warden, Security Measures After New York Prison Escape
A range of new security measures is being put in place at a maximum-security prison to close gaps exploited by two inmates who escaped last month. The state correction department said Wednesday that includes stepped-up searches of inmates' cells, staffing changes to ensure bed checks are more effective and installation of security gates in the facility's tunnels. The department also announced that 30-year correction veteran Michael Kirkpatrick will be the new superintendent of the prison, the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora. ...

Met Council Board of Directors Appoints Abraham Biderman as its President

Met Council Board of Directors Appoints Abraham Biderman as its PresidentThe Board of Directors of Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (Met Council) unanimously appointed Abraham Biderman as President. Steven Price, Met Council’s current Board President, will continue to serve on the Executive Committee as a Co-Chair, and current board member Joseph Allerhand will assume the role of Vice President. The changes are effective July 1. Biderman brings broad experience in government, not-for-profits and financial services. He is currently the Chairman of Eagle Advisers, LLC, a diversified financial services and ...    Full Story »

Reports: Average Manhattan Home Price Is Over $1.8 Million (1 opinions)

Reports: Average Manhattan Home Price Is Over $1.8 MillionThe average sales price of a Manhattan apartment has eclipsed $1.8 million - a new high. The appraisal firm Miller Samuel says in a report for Douglas Elliman Real Estate that its figure - $1.87 million - compares to $1.77 million reached in the first quarter of last year. The Corcoran Group puts the average Manhattan sales price at $1.81 million. Corcoran says the median sales price is now $960,000. The Douglas Elliman report puts it at $980,000. The median price measures the middle of the market and is less affected by high-end ...    Full Story »

Felder: City Must Stop Illegal American Flag Burning Rally Scheduled For Tonight (3 opinions)

Felder: City Must Stop Illegal American Flag Burning Rally Scheduled For TonightState Senator Simcha Felder, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Cities and former NYC Councilmember who instituted the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance before every Council meeting, issued the following statement: “I join my colleague, Senator Marty Golden, in calling upon Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to immediately arrest any “DisarmNYPD” protesters who attend tonight’s unlawful event and prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. They do NOT have a permit. ...    Full Story »

Hikind Outraged at American Flag Burning in Brooklyn Scheduled For Tonight (2 opinions)

Hikind Outraged at American Flag Burning in Brooklyn Scheduled For TonightAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) condemned a plan to burn an American flag at Brooklyn’s Fort Greene Park by a group calling itself “Disarm NYPD.” “This is just a sick effort to get negative attention,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “Even the name of this group is disgusting. The last thing that we need in the Borough of Brooklyn, or for that matter the City of New York, are people purposely undermining the police.” The group announced that it planned to burn both the Confederate Flag and the American Flag near the park’s ...    Full Story »

NYC Enacts Ban On Plastic Foam Containers (3 opinions)

NYC Enacts Ban On Plastic Foam ContainersNew York City's ban on plastic foam is now in effect. The ban applies to single-use food packing products, including takeout containers and coffee cups. It also applies to so-called "packing peanuts." The ban was first passed into law at the end of December 2013, near the end of then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's time in office. The current mayor, Bill de Blasio, also supports the prohibition. In 2014, New York's sanitation department collected 28,500 tons of the material. The move brings New York, the nation's largest city, into ...    Full Story »

Greenfield's Muni-Meter Law Goes Into Effect Today (2 opinions)

Greenfield's Muni-Meter Law Goes Into Effect TodayCouncilman David G. Greenfield's historic muni-meter legislation goes into effect citywide today. Greenfield's law has three parts: it allows drivers to pre-pay New York City’s muni-meters up to one hour before the meter regulations go into effect, it forces meters to shut off and not accept payment when the driver is not required to pay for parking like in the evening and it shuts down muni-meters when it runs out of paper receipts. “Today marks an important day for driving New Yorkers. Now, muni-meters across the city will allow you ...    Full Story »

Cuomo Announces Suspension Of Construction-Related Lane Closures During July 4th Weekend

Cuomo Announces Suspension Of Construction-Related Lane Closures During July 4th WeekendGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that temporary lane closures associated with road and bridge construction projects on New York State highways will not be allowed from 6 a.m. on Friday, July 3, to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 5, in order to accommodate travelers during the busy Independence Day holiday weekend. Some work may continue behind permanent concrete barriers or for emergency repairs. “This weekend is one of the busiest travel times of the year and by temporarily suspending non-essential construction on state roads, we're putting ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Former NY Senator Smith Gets 7 Years in Prison for Mayoral Race Bribe Plot (3 opinions)

BREAKING: Former NY Senator Smith Gets 7 Years in Prison for Mayoral Race Bribe PlotFormer Democratic state Sen. Malcolm Smith was sentenced Wednesday to seven years in prison in a scheme to bribe his way onto the ballot for the 2013 New York City mayoral election. His co-defendant, Vincent Tabone, the former Queens Republican vice chairman, was awaiting sentencing later Wednesday. A federal jury found Smith guilty of bribery conspiracy, wire fraud, use of interstate facilities to commit bribery and extortion. He and a co-defendant are to be sentenced Wednesday. Smith wanted to be mayor but sought to avoid a ...    Full Story »

AGAIN - THE FOURTH TIME IN A YEAR: Tourist Climbs Brooklyn Bridge Undetected, Takes Selfie (3 opinions)

AGAIN - THE FOURTH TIME IN A YEAR: Tourist Climbs Brooklyn Bridge Undetected, Takes SelfieThe following is via MyFoxNY: Another tourist has climbed the Brooklyn Bridge and this one took a selfie and published it to social media. David Karnauch, an engineering student at the University of Tennessee, posted the picture with the Manhattan skyline behind him on his Instagram account. He says he accessed the bridge from the pedestrian walkway and was never stopped on the way up or down. Deputy Commissioner John ...    Full Story »

West Nile Virus Detected In NYC Mosquitoes

West Nile Virus Detected In NYC MosquitoesFor the first time this season, the Health Department has detected West Nile virus in New York City mosquitoes. The infected mosquitoes were collected from the neighborhoods of Glen Oaks in Queens and New Dorp Beach in Staten Island. No human cases have been reported this season. The Health Department will increase mosquito surveillance by setting up additional traps and treating catch basins in the affected areas. The Health Department will continue its efforts to kill mosquito larvae before they can bite by applying larvicide in the city’s ...    Full Story »

At Last, NYC Mayor De Blasio Takes Off Gloves And Hits Back At Gov. Cuomo (2 opinions)

At Last, NYC Mayor De Blasio Takes Off Gloves And Hits Back At Gov. CuomoMayor Bill de Blasio, who 18 months ago in his inaugural address pledged to stand "shoulder to shoulder" with his one-time boss and friend of more than two decades Gov. Andrew Cuomo, revised his opinion of him on Tuesday in a highly unusual and extraordinarily personal news conference. "I started with, meaning a year and a half ago, with the hope of a very strong partnership," de Blasio said. "I have been disappointed at every turn, and these last couple of examples really are beyond the pale." Though the governor has been far more foe ...    Full Story »

United Nations Secretary General Applies For NYC ID Card

United Nations Secretary General Applies For NYC ID CardUnited Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is becoming the proud owner of a New York City municipal identification card. The card provides documentation for anyone who can prove New York City residence. It also offers discounts at scores of cultural institutions. The ID was launched earlier this year. It's a creation of Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. It's aimed at those who don't have a government-issued identification, including the elderly, homeless and immigrants. Ban applied for his own card ...    Full Story »

Deutsch Announces Repaving of Worst Brooklyn Streets This Summer (1 opinions)

Deutsch Announces Repaving of Worst Brooklyn Streets This SummerIn an effort to maintain and improve our streets after a harsh winter, NYC Department of Transportation will be milling and paving roadways within the 48th Council District. Councilman Deutsch has released the following DOT repaving schedule in order to alert residents in advance of repairs that will be taking place within the neighborhood. Residents will be notified beforehand, as signs will be posted in advance where the work will occur. Councilman Deutsch has also allocated additional funds to the NYC Department of Transportation to ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Announces Repaving of Worst Brooklyn Streets This Summer (7 opinions)

Greenfield Announces Repaving of Worst Brooklyn Streets This SummerCouncilman David G. Greenfield is thrilled to announce an ambitious summer street re-pavement schedule throughout Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst. The streets slated for re-pavement include portions of 18th Avenue, 14th Avenue, 10th Avenue, 23rd Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway, 52nd Street, 57th Street, 60th Street, Ryder Avenue, Kings Highway, Ocean Avenue, East 18th Street, East 9th Street, Avenue I and Coney Island Avenue. Greenfield secured extra money in this year's budget for these crucial road work projects. "Every year I work ...    Full Story »

Queens DA: Man Made False Bomb Threats Targeting JFK Airport

Queens DA: Man Made False Bomb Threats Targeting JFK AirportAuthorities say a 64-year-old man has been arrested on charges he called in nearly a dozen bomb threats targeting John F. Kennedy Airport travelers and law enforcement officers. The Queens district attorney's office says Philip Ngom, of Manhattan, was arraigned Saturday on charges of falsely reporting an incident and making a terroristic threat. He's being held on $750,000 bail. Information on his lawyer was not immediately available. Prosecutors say the man called 911 11 times in the span of 16 days in June, sometimes calling in more ...    Full Story »

Gov. Cuomo: Inmates Had Sights On Mexico But Ride Backed Out

Gov. Cuomo: Inmates Had Sights On Mexico But Ride Backed OutTwo convicted murderers who eluded a massive manhunt for three weeks planned to drive to Mexico after escaping prison but ended up walking toward Canada when their ride backed out — finally splitting up in their final days of freedom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday. David Sweat, 35, was hospitalized in serious condition after being shot twice in the torso by a trooper and captured Sunday near the Canadian border. Cuomo said Sweat has begun providing information about his audacious escape from the maximum-security Clinton Correctional ...    Full Story »

Police Commissioner To City Council: NYPD Can Reform Itself

Police Commissioner To City Council: NYPD Can Reform ItselfPolice Commissioner William Bratton renewed his opposition on Monday to a set of proposed regulations on use of force and other policing issues, telling City Council members that the New York Police Department can reform itself. New policies "are better achieved through collaboration and dialogue between the council and the department, and among the various city agencies and community stakeholders, rather than through legislation," Bratton said at a hearing held by the council's Public Safety Committee. Bratton argued that the ...    Full Story »

NY State Trooper Had The Law On His Side When He Shot Unarmed Escapee (3 opinions)

NY State Trooper Had The Law On His Side When He Shot Unarmed EscapeeA New York State trooper had the law on his side when he shot unarmed escapee David Sweat, apparently in the back, as the convicted killer ran toward a forest near the Canadian border. Law enforcement experts say state and federal law allows officers to use deadly force to prevent an escape if the suspect poses a significant threat. And experts say this shooting was clear-cut. Sweat's accomplice, convicted murderer Richard Matt, was shot and killed on Friday, but Sweat eluded capture for two more days. Sgt. Jay Cook was alone on ...    Full Story »
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