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Hikind To Cuomo: Education Investment Tax Credits Must Happen This Year

Hikind To Cuomo: Education Investment Tax Credits Must Happen This Year
NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed a large crowd at Bais Yaakov in Borough Park on Wednesday night. Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) was asked to speak as well and he took the occasion to praise the Governor profusely for all of his past accomplishments. “There’s still one job left to do,” said Assemblyman Hikind as he publicly called on Governor Cuomo to make Education Investment Tax Credits a personal issue. “Our parents are literally struggling to send their children to yeshivas,” said Hikind. “They do this because our ...

OU Advocacy Urges New York City Council Education Committee to Support Reform of DOE’s Management of Special Education Services

OU Advocacy Urges New York City Council Education Committee to Support Reform of DOE’s Management of Special Education ServicesIn his testimony before the New York City Council Education Committee and the Subcommittee on Non-Public Schools, Jake Adler, OU Advocacy’s New York City Director of Political Affairs, urged the City Council to consider even greater reforms for New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) in how it manages its special education services than those included in Proposed Intro 435. Proposed Intro 435 would require the DOE to submit an annual report to City Council about its special education services, which would include information about ...    Full Story »

NY Man Charged In False Threat Against Obama

NY Man Charged In False Threat Against ObamaProsecutors say the Secret Service got involved in a love triangle when a New York man falsely reported that his rival planned to kill President Barack Obama. The U.S. attorney says Juan Medina of Yonkers has been charged with making false statements. Medina allegedly made an anonymous 911 call on Aug. 29 accusing the other man of planning to attack Obama, who was coming to Westchester County that day. Secret Service agents found that man in Hamden, Connecticut, but found no evidence of any plot. After an investigation, Medina was ...    Full Story »

NYC Hatchet Attack Called Terrorism, But Why?

NYC Hatchet Attack Called Terrorism, But Why?What police have labeled the latest act of terror in New York City didn’t involve an international conspiracy, a high-profile target or a bomb — just an unemployed loner wielding a hardware-store hatchet on an unremarkable street. New York Police Department officials’ characterization of the assault on a group of officers last week in Queens by Zale Thompson raised questions about what qualifies as terrorism in an era 13 years removed from the Sept. 11 attacks. Though police say there is some evidence suggesting Thompson was ...    Full Story »

FDNY Commissioner Appoints James Leonard As Chief Of Department

FDNY Commissioner Appoints James Leonard As Chief Of DepartmentFire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro today announced the appointment of James E. Leonard as Chief of Department - the highest ranking uniformed position in the FDNY. Chief Leonard, a 35-year veteran and Brooklyn Borough Commander since 2010, will oversee the Department’s 15,000 uniformed firefighters and EMS personnel and four major agency Bureaus: Fire Operations, EMS Operations, Training and Fire Prevention. Chief Leonard’s appointment is effective Saturday, November 1, when he succeeds Chief Edward S. Kilduff, who is retiring. “Chief ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Says FDNY EMS Workers Who Transported Ebola Patient Are Like Navy SEALS

NYC Mayor Says FDNY EMS Workers Who Transported Ebola Patient Are Like Navy SEALSNew York's mayor says that medical workers who transported a doctor fighting Ebola are the equivalent of the U.S. Navy's elite SEALS. Mayor Bill de Blasio visited a fire department EMS crew on Manhattan's Upper East Side on Tuesday. Emergency medical workers had taken Dr. Craig Spencer to the Bellevue Hospital Center last week. Spencer tested positive for Ebola after returning from West Africa where he had worked with patients. The mayor says EMS workers demonstrated teamwork and exuded a spirit of calm. He also called the New ...    Full Story »

Grimm, Recchia Meet In NYC House Race Final Debate

Grimm, Recchia Meet In NYC House Race Final DebateThe candidates in a tight race to represent Staten Island and parts of Brooklyn in the House of Representatives faced off in a final contentious debate Tuesday night, sparring over who would be more effective in Congress and not shying away from taking shots at each other. Republican Rep. Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia revisited criticisms they had each made in combative earlier debates in the race for the 11th Congressional District at the event hosted by The Advance newspaper and NY-1 at the College of Staten ...    Full Story »

Developer Secures Funds to Build 3 WTC

Developer Secures Funds to Build 3 WTCDeveloper Larry Silverstein has secured the funds to build his long-planned 3 World Trade Center. Silverstein has sold $1.6 billion worth of tax-exempt bonds, paving the way for construction of the tower by 2018. The 1,170-foot tower would be the third to be constructed on the 16-acre site. Silverstein has so far signed up one tenant for the 2.5-million-square-foot building. Advertising firm GroupM has agreed to lease 515,000 square feet. (AP)

Greenfield Supports Bold Plan to Build Housing over Borough Park Rail Yards (13 opinions)

Greenfield Supports Bold Plan to Build Housing over Borough Park Rail YardsCouncilman David G. Greenfield today announced his support for the bold plan put forth by prominent local attorney Nachman Caller which would build as many as 2,000 housing units over the MTA tracks adjacent to 61st Street in Borough Park. “In the four years that I have been a member of the City Council, I have looked everywhere for opportunities to build housing in Borough Park,” said Councilman Greenfield. “The problem is simple: we don’t have empty land to build on. This Borough Park rail yard housing plan is the best and most ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Federal, State and City Officials Attend Flatbush Coalition Forum

PHOTOS: Federal, State and City Officials Attend Flatbush Coalition Forum[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Flatbush was the scene of a convergence of political power on Sunday, as elected officials paid tribute to the Flatbush Jewish Community at the Annual FJCC Leadership Forum. There was a constant flow of elected officials for over two hours, reflecting the political strength of the Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, formed just over a year ago in 2013. The FJCC leadership forum included many prominent community leaders including executives of some of the foremost Jewish social service and communal ...    Full Story »

FLASHBACK: Massive Destruction In Sea Gate Caused By Sandy [VIDEO]

FLASHBACK: Massive Destruction In Sea Gate Caused By Sandy [VIDEO][VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] YWN was the first news agency to publish photos and videos of the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy. This is what YWN published two years ago today: These photos will give the readers a view of the destruction in the Sea Gate area of Brooklyn. Surrounded by water on three sides, the surge completely covered the gated community, home to many Frum families. Bichasdei Hashem, most people had evacuated, and were not in ...    Full Story »

Greenfield to Host Free Legal Advice With NYLAG Wednesday (3 opinions)

Greenfield to Host Free Legal Advice With NYLAG WednesdayCouncilman David G. Greenfield is partnering with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to provide local residents access to free legal help at his district office this Wednesday October 29th. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the NYLAG's mobile van will be parked outside the Councilman's office to offer legal assistance to residents who need help but cannot afford an attorney. Anyone interested in taking advantage of these free services is encouraged to call Councilman Greenfield's office to schedule a 45 minute legal assistance appointment. Attorneys ...    Full Story »

Rabbonim Sign Endorsements For R' Nachman Caller In Race For 48 Assembly District (13 opinions)

Rabbonim Sign Endorsements For R' Nachman Caller In Race For 48 Assembly District On Tuesday, the campaign of R’ Nachman Caller for State Assembly published the names of Gedolei Rabbonim Shlit”a in Brooklyn, who have praised the lifetime community work of R’ Nachman Caller and wished him great success in his bid to represent the members of community, residing in the 48th Assembly District, in Albany. In separate letters of support, Gedoeli HaTorah in Borough Park and Flatbush have all expressed their appreciation of R’ Nachman Caller’s work letovas haklal, urging community members to support and back R’ ...    Full Story »

NYS To Lower Flags On Sandy Anniversary

NYS To Lower Flags On Sandy AnniversaryNew York state is marking the death and destruction caused by Superstorm Sandy by lowering flags and observing a moment of silence in honor of those who perished in the storm. Gov. Andrew Cuomo says flags will be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, the second anniversary of the storm. The governor says a moment of silence will be held at 9 p.m. Wednesday, which Cuomo says is the time when the storm's surge was first felt in New York City. Sandy brought widespread flooding and significant transportation and power outages. Sixty-one New ...    Full Story »

Assemblyman Goldfeder Blasts FEMA for Clawing Back Sandy Aid

Assemblyman Goldfeder Blasts FEMA for Clawing Back Sandy AidJust days before the 2nd Anniversary of Sandy, with many still struggling to recover, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D – Rockaway Beach) blasted the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) recent decision to demand Sandy victims return at least $5.8 million dollars in federal aid. “Families who received additional assistance, through no fault of their own, should not be asked to return money that was clearly spent on aiding their recovery from Sandy,” said Assemblyman Goldfeder. “For FEMA to ask victims to pay back funding ...    Full Story »

NYC Boy Tested For Ebola Has Respiratory Illness

NYC Boy Tested For Ebola Has Respiratory IllnessHealth officials say a 5-year-old New York City boy who tested negative for Ebola has a respiratory infection. The boy returned from Guinea with his family Saturday and felt sick Sunday, so his parents called 911. Emergency responders in protective gear took him and his mother to Manhattan's Bellevue Hospital. Health officials said Tuesday that further testing confirmed he does not have Ebola. He will remain hospitalized but has been removed from isolation. His mother is doing fine. A doctor who also was in Guinea remains in serious ...    Full Story »

NY Voters to Decide on Digital Legislation (3 opinions)

NY Voters to Decide on Digital LegislationIf New York voters approve proposition No. 2 on the ballot next week, their 213 legislators will join the digital age. Their desks in the ornate chambers of the Capitol will have computers instead of thick stacks of bills they're supposed to read. Other states have already made such efforts, but New York's change has required a number of hurdles because the state constitution requires bills to be printed and "upon the desks" of lawmakers for three days before they can be passed. The three-day "aging" period will still exist. The ...    Full Story »

NTSB Says Sleeping Engineer Caused Bronx Derailment

NTSB Says Sleeping Engineer Caused Bronx DerailmentA sleep-deprived engineer nodded off at the controls of a commuter train just before taking a 30 mph curve at 82 mph, causing a derailment that killed four people and injured more than 70, federal regulators said Tuesday. William Rockefeller's sleepiness was due to a combination of an undiagnosed disorder -- sleep apnea -- and a drastic shift in his work schedule, the National Transportation Board said. It said the railroad lacked a policy to screen engineers for sleep disorders, which also contributed to the Dec. 1 crash. It also said a ...    Full Story »

NYC Subway Feel More Crowded? You’re Not Imagining Things (1 opinions)

NYC Subway Feel More Crowded? You’re Not Imagining ThingsNew York City’s subways had five days of record ridership last month, and those in charge of the public transportation system have seized on the increased usage to push their multibillion-dollar capital plan. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced Wednesday that the subway system broke its single-day ridership record on five days last month. MTA figures show that 6,106,694 customers rode city subways on Sept. 23, the highest number since daily figures were first recorded in 1985. Ridership also topped 6 million on four ...    Full Story »
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