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New York City Transit Agency Moves to Ban All Political Ads

New York City Transit Agency Moves to Ban All Political Ads
New York City transit agency lawyers are telling a judge who ordered the authority to display a controversial bus ad that it will vote on a plan to ban all political advertisements. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's letter was sent to Judge John Koeltl on Friday. The judge had ordered the MTA to accept a pro-Israel advocacy group's political advertisement containing the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" because it is protected speech. MTA lawyer Peter Sistrom says the agency has long considered revising its advertising policy. He ...

Fire Officials: New York City Crane Accident Leaves Man Dead

Fire Officials: New York City Crane Accident Leaves Man DeadFire officials say a boom-crane accident in midtown Manhattan has left a man dead. The Fire Department of New York says the accident occurred shortly before noon Friday near 44th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. The small crane was attached to a flatbed truck. About an hour later, the man's body remained on the sidewalk, outside the construction site and next to the truck. Police are at the scene investigating the accident. (AP)

Councilman Deutsch Collaborates With Comptroller Stringer And State Officials To Ensure Swift Claims Settlements

Councilman Deutsch Collaborates With Comptroller Stringer And State Officials To Ensure Swift Claims SettlementsCouncilmember Chaim Deutsch and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced today multiple successful reimbursements for motorists who had sustained tire damage due to milling and paving work being done along Ocean Avenue for three weeks in November 2014 by the New York City Department of Transportation. Eleven cars had their tires punctured or their rims damaged after a manhole became exposed on Ocean Avenue and Avenue L during the roadwork. Councilmember Deutsch and Councilmember Jumaane Williams worked with Comptroller ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Statue of Liberty Evacuated Amid Security Concern

BREAKING: Statue of Liberty Evacuated Amid Security ConcernThe Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were both been evacuated Friday afternoon as a precaution amid security concerns, the National Parks Service said. The evacuation of the monument began shortly before 1 p.m., parks officials say. A security sweep of Liberty Island is being done. Tourists visiting the site tweeted photos of throngs of people waiting to leave a pier on Liberty Island. It's not clear what prompted the evacuation. It's not clear whether ferry service to Liberty Island has been affected. (AP)

Hikind: Potholes Continue To Danger New Yorkers (1 opinions)

Hikind: Potholes Continue To Danger New Yorkers“These conditions are inexcusable!” announced Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) while standing ankle-deep in one of the many potholes that are still found on 13th Avenue in Brooklyn nearly a month after the borough’s last snowfall. “These craters are endangering the lives and vehicles of everyone who comes through here, and this is one of the busiest areas of our community—one of the busiest streets in the entire borough.” Last week, Hikind complained of the many potholes on Ocean Parkway. He later praised the Department of ...    Full Story »

Man Fatally Shot by NYPD In Queens; Weapon Recovered

Man Fatally Shot by NYPD In Queens; Weapon RecoveredPolice say a man suspected of firing a gun inside a New York City bar was killed in a police-involved shooting after he fired at responding officers. They say it happened after 9 p.m. Wednesday as officers responded to the Irish Hillside Inn in Jamaica, Queens. Police say officers encountered the 30-year-old suspect as he ran out of the bar. They say officers chased the man for several blocks during which the suspect twice turned around and fired at them. Police say the officers discharged five shots. The suspect was hit in the ...    Full Story »

NYCLU: E-ZPass Readers Gathering Info Far Away From Toll Plazas (2 opinions)

NYCLU: E-ZPass Readers Gathering Info Far Away From Toll PlazasThe following is via WCBSTV: The New York Civil Liberties Union is alerting drivers that the E-ZPass tags on their windshields are being used for more than just tolls. The group released a map Wednesday pinpointing 149 locations in the five boroughs where E-ZPass is used for traffic management, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported. In some areas of Midtown Manhattan, the readers are at nearly every intersection. “Those people didn’t really know that their E-ZPass tags were being scanned in this way,” said Mariko Hirose, staff ...    Full Story »

NY Senate Leader Not Stepping Down Amid Federal Probe

NY Senate Leader Not Stepping Down Amid Federal ProbeThe leader of the New York state Senate says he won't resign his leadership post amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million stormwater contract on Long Island. Republican Dean Skelos tells reporters Wednesday that he is cooperating with authorities and has hired an attorney. The probe focuses on whether Skelos influenced Nassau County's decision to award the 2013 contract to Arizona-based AbTech, which had hired Skelos' son Adam as a consultant. The company said in a statement that it is cooperating with ...    Full Story »

Fast Moving Thunderstorms To Pass Through NYC Thursday Afternoon

Fast Moving Thunderstorms To Pass Through NYC Thursday AfternoonA cold front is currently moving through New Jersey and will be approaching the area soon. This will bring a brief period of heavy rain and wind gusts between 40 and 45 MPH. Isolated thunderstorms will also be possible. Thursday is expected to be mostly dry and sunny. TIMING/PRECIPITATION: Fast-moving, isolated thunderstorms are possible between noon and 7 PM. The steadiest rainfall will occur between 4 PM and 5:30 PM. Showers will begin to taper off between 7 and 8 PM. Total rain accumulation is expected to be around 0.25 of an inch, ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Flatbush Shomrim And NYPD Arrest 6 People For Crimes Overnight In Midwood (4 opinions)

PHOTOS: Flatbush Shomrim And NYPD Arrest 6 People For Crimes Overnight In Midwood[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Thanks to the members of Flatbush Shomrim, 6 suspects were arrested overnight while committing various crimes in the Flatbush / Midwood neighborhood. The incidents happened between 12:30AM and 2:30AM. One incident happened on East 24th Street and Quentin Road in the confines of the 61 Precinct when Shomrim witnessed two suspects breaking into vehicles. They turned out to be professional burglars. They were operating with two-way radio communication. The second incident happened on East 27 Street and ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Calls on Mayor de Blasio to Restore Priority 5 Vouchers in Budget

Greenfield Calls on Mayor de Blasio to Restore Priority 5 Vouchers in BudgetCouncilman David G. Greenfield is leading the call for Mayor Bill de Blasio's budget to include $17 million dollars for Priority 5 vouchers. This program is crucial for low-income orthodox families who rely on it for day-care assistance. Despite his promise that both Priority 5 and Priority 7 vouchers would be funded in this year's budget, Mayor de Blasio's budget in February had neither. The New York City Council released its budget response last week and it included a request that the Mayor restore Priority 5 vouchers. "Priority 5 child ...    Full Story »

Senators Stand By NY Senate Leader Amid Federal Probe (1 opinions)

Senators Stand By NY Senate Leader Amid Federal ProbeRepublican lawmakers in New York are backing Senate Leader Dean Skelos amid a federal investigation into whether he influenced Nassau County's decision to award a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son. Sen. John DeFrancisco told reporters Tuesday that Skelos is innocent until proven guilty. Sen. Kenneth LaValle says it would be "presumptuous" to rush to judgment. Skelos did not address reporters before the Senate reconvened Tuesday following a two-week break. He said last week he was cooperating with ...    Full Story »

Report: NY Assembly Speaker Heastie Profited From Mom's Embezzlement (2 opinions)

Report: NY Assembly Speaker Heastie Profited From Mom's EmbezzlementThe New York Times says New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (HAY’-stee) made money by selling an apartment that his mother had bought with embezzled money. The report in Tuesday’s Times says Heastie held onto the Bronx apartment even though a judge had told him to sell it. Heastie’s mother, Helene, pleaded guilty in 1999 to writing checks to herself from a nonprofit agency where she had worked. She was ordered to sell the Bronx apartment as part of her sentence. Helene Heastie died three weeks after she was ...    Full Story »

OU Expresses Disappointment at Mayor De Blasio's Continued Delay in Issuing Half-Day UPK RFP

OU Expresses Disappointment at Mayor De Blasio's Continued Delay in Issuing Half-Day UPK RFPAfter nearly five months since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the City’s half-day Universal Pre-K (UPK) program, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, has expressed its disappointment in the continued delay from City Hall regarding this key program for the City’s Jewish day school and yeshiva community. The half-day UPK program has historically been a viable option for New York City’s Jewish day schools ...    Full Story »

NY State Troopers Issue 17,447 Tickets During 5 Day 'Operation Hang Up'

NY State Troopers Issue 17,447 Tickets During 5 Day 'Operation Hang Up'New York State Police say they issued 17,447 tickets during their five-day “Operation Hang Up” distracted driving crackdown. From April 10 through April 15, troopers were on the lookout for drivers using cell phones, not properly buckled up, violating the “Move Over” law or driving while impaired or distracted. They issued 2,752 tickets for talking or texting on a cell phone, 5,557 for speeding, 187 for driving while intoxicated, 924 for safety restraint violations, and 223 for failing to move over when passing police pulled over ...    Full Story »

NYC Subway Ridership Grows to Highest Point in 65 Years

NYC Subway Ridership Grows to Highest Point in 65 YearsNew York City subway ridership has reached its highest level in more than 65 years. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says more than 1.7 billion people rode the subway last year. That's a 2.6 percent increase from 2013. Figures released Monday show that 5.6 million people rode the system on weekdays and 6 million took it on an average weekend. The MTA says at its busiest, it carried more than 6 million customers on 29 weekdays in the last four months of 2014. That's a level it hasn't seen since the post-World War II ...    Full Story »

Felder: NYC Must Stop Body Snatchers

Felder: NYC Must Stop Body SnatchersSenator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), together with Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz of Queens, is calling on Mayor de Blasio to prevent the release of unclaimed bodies without prior written authorization by the deceased person or their next of kin. “Releasing unclaimed bodies for embalming or dissection without receiving authorization from the spouse or next of kin of a deceased person is shocking and fails to take into consideration that person’s religious practices or personal beliefs,” wrote Senator Felder in a letter to New York ...    Full Story »

Council Member Julissa Ferreras Joins Goldfeder to Visit Far Rockaway Organizations

Council Member Julissa Ferreras Joins Goldfeder to Visit Far Rockaway OrganizationsAssemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D - Far Rockaway) and City Council Member Julissa Ferreras (D - Elmhurst), Chair of the powerful City Council Committee on Finance, met in Far Rockaway to discuss ongoing Sandy recovery efforts and to visit vital educational and nonprofit organizations serving the community. The whirlwind tour included stops to Ohel Regional Family Center, Yeshiva Darchei Torah, and Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula. "The Far Rockaway community is fortunate to have strong institutions working to educate our ...    Full Story »

A Look At Other Issues Facing The NY Legislature

A Look At Other Issues Facing The NY LegislatureRent control, a minimum wage hike, the Dream Act and mayoral control of schools aren't the only issues facing New York lawmakers when they return to Albany on Tuesday. Here's a look at some of the other items on the agenda: Tax cap: Senate Republicans want to make permanent a law that caps property tax increases in local governments. Campus Sexual Assault: Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to apply a new sexual assault policy in place at the state's public universities to private schools too. The measure includes new training policies for staff, ...    Full Story »
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