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Eric Garner NYPD Chokehold Case Rolls On, But Future Is Cloudy

Eric Garner NYPD Chokehold Case Rolls On, But Future Is Cloudy
A federal investigation into the police chokehold death of Eric Garner is moving forward in New York, but its future could be up in the air as a new U.S. attorney general with a law-and-order bent takes over the Justice Department. Two people with inside knowledge of the probe say a grand jury in Brooklyn met as late as last week to hear evidence in the deadly confrontation between Garner and police on Staten Island in 2014. Garner's dying words, "I can't breathe," became a slogan for the Black Lives Matter movement. Both people were not ...

Appeals Court Gives Kiryas Joel Okay To Rezone Annexed Property

Appeals Court Gives Kiryas Joel Okay To Rezone Annexed PropertyThe Appellate Division of State Supreme Court denied an appeal of a State Supreme Court decision to stay efforts by the Village of Kiryas Joel to rezone the property it annexed from the Town of Monroe last year. The attempt to block the rezoning was filed by the Village of South Blooming Grove, other area municipalities and the Preserve Hudson Valley group. Orange County had joined in the lawsuit and County Executive Steven Neuhaus said on Thursday the lawsuits should stop. “It’s really time for the county and the towns to sit ...    Full Story »

Teach NYS Calls for Increased Security Funding in Wake of Rising Hate Crimes (1 opinions)

Teach NYS Calls for Increased Security Funding in Wake of Rising Hate CrimesTeach NYS, a project of Orthodox Union Advocacy, called for increasing security funding for nonpublic schools from $15 million to $80 million in the wake of rising hate crimes. According to the New York Police Department, there were 56 hate crimes reported in New York City for the year – compared to 31 crimes during the same time period last year. This increase was partly fueled by an increase in anti-Semitic crimes. According to CNN, in January of this year, 48 Jewish Community Centers in 27 states and one Canadian province received ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: As Budget Season Heats Up Agudath Israel Advocates in Albany for Over 140,000 Students

PHOTOS: As Budget Season Heats Up Agudath Israel Advocates in Albany for Over 140,000 StudentsAgudath Israel of America continued its months-long effort on behalf of New York State's nonpublic students with a day of advocacy in the state's capitol this past Tuesday. These meetings were part of an ongoing campaign in advance of the legislature's upcoming budget negotiations. A team of Agudath Israel activists spent a full day in Albany building support with legislators for tuition relief and other education-related bills that would greatly benefit the Orthodox Jewish community. These include a Tax Education Credit bill for struggling ...    Full Story »

Con Ed To Pay $153M To Settle NYC Explosion Charges (1 opinions)

Con Ed To Pay $153M To Settle NYC Explosion ChargesConsolidated Edison has agreed to pay $153 million to settle charges over a 2014 gas explosion in East Harlem that killed eight people and injured about 50. The settlement was approved on Thursday by the state's Public Service Commission. The commission had found that Con Ed violated state safety regulations. A gas leak has been reported before the blast. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said it's the highest payment for a gas safety incident in New York State history. The settlement includes a $25 million fund to benefit Con Ed gas customers. The ...    Full Story »

President Trump To Chris Christie: Try The Meatloaf

President Trump To Chris Christie: Try The MeatloafNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says President Donald Trump made him order meatloaf when they dined together at the White House this week. Christie and his wife, Mary Pat, joined Trump at the White House on Tuesday. The Republican governor said while guest hosting a New York sports talk radio show Thursday that Trump pointed out the menu and told people to get whatever they want. Then he said he and Christie were going to have the meatloaf. “This is what it’s like to be with Trump,” Christie said. “He says, ‘There’s the ...    Full Story »

Tennessee Man Convicted Of Planning To Attack NY Mosque (1 opinions)

Tennessee Man Convicted Of Planning To Attack NY MosqueA federal jury Thursday convicted a Tennessee man of planning to attack a mosque in New York. Media outlets report that 65-year-old Robert Doggart was found guilty of solicitation to commit a civil rights violation, solicitation to commit arson of a building and making a threat in interstate commerce. The jury told U.S. District Judge Curtis Collier that it was deadlocked Wednesday. Collier didn't declare a mistrial and told jurors to return Thursday for more deliberations. Prosecutors said Doggart stockpiled weapons and communicated ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officers Fatally Shoot Suspect During Gun Battle

NYPD Officers Fatally Shoot Suspect During Gun BattleNew York City police say they've shot and killed a suspect during a gun battle. Police say the shooting occurred at about 3:50 p.m. Thursday in the East New York section of Brooklyn after plainclothes officers spotted a man with a gun. Police say the gunman shot at the officers, who were in a vehicle. The officers pursued the man behind a building where they exchanged gunfire with him. Police say the man was struck and ran into the building where he was found dead with a silver revolver at his side. The officers weren't ...    Full Story »

Immigration Agents In New York Detain 30 People Over 2 Days

Immigration Agents In New York Detain 30 People Over 2 DaysImmigration officers in western New York have detained 30 people accused of being in the country illegally. Among those detailed this week is a convicted offender who had previously been deported. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says Thursday the sex offender was among seven men from Mexico and Honduras detained by Border Patrol agents on Grand Island, north of Buffalo, on Tuesday. A day earlier, 23 people were arrested in the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg. Authorities say the previously deported man was from Mexico and had been ...    Full Story »

Judge: Bridge Case Complaint Against Christie Can Proceed (1 opinions)

Judge: Bridge Case Complaint Against Christie Can ProceedA New Jersey judge ruled for the second time that a criminal complaint against Gov. Chris Christie can go forward, saying Thursday evidence establishes the Republican had reason to believe lane closings at the George Washington Bridge in 2013 were more than just a routine traffic study and failed to take action to stop it. Applause erupted in Municipal Court Judge Roy McGeady's courtroom when he said there was probable cause to charge Christie with official misconduct for failing to act to stop the lane closures and subsequent gridlock, ...    Full Story »

Frum Iranian Man Found Dead In Manhattan Jewelry Store - Police Suspect Homicide (5 opinions)

Frum Iranian Man Found Dead In Manhattan Jewelry Store - Police Suspect HomicideA Jewish man was found dead with zip-ties around his neck inside his TriBeCa jewelry store, NYPD sources said Thursday. The grisly discovery was made around 6 p.m. Wednesday at the family-owned World of Gold N Diamond, on the corner of Church and Duane streets, police said. Sources told YWN that the victim had not been heard from in two days and reached out to the police as well as Jewish community activists to try and locate him. Police went to the cash-for-gold shop using a key that his brother. Upon arrival, officers found ...    Full Story »

Tri-State Area Expected To Take Part In Nationwide 'A Day Without Immigrants' Protests On Thursday (19 opinions)

Tri-State Area Expected To Take Part In Nationwide 'A Day Without Immigrants' Protests On ThursdayImmigrants in the tri-state area are expected to take part in a nationwide protest on Thursday against recent policies put in place by the Trump administration. Organizers for "A Day Without Immigrants" are urging immigrants across the U.S. to miss work, skip class, and not shop to show the country just how important they are to America's economy. They say the protests are in response to President Donald Trump's pledges to increase deportation, build a wall along the U.S. and Mexican border, and his proposed, but legally stalled travel ...    Full Story »

New York State Factories Expand At Fastest Pace In 2 Years

New York State Factories Expand At Fastest Pace In 2 YearsManufacturing in New York state expanded at the fastest pace in more than two years as factories received more new orders and stepped up hiring. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York said that its Empire State manufacturing index in February rose to 18.7 from 6.5, reaching the highest level since 2014. Any reading above zero indicates expansion. The survey adds to recent evidence that the U.S. manufacturing sector is recovering after nearly two years of mostly flat output. Businesses are spending more on machinery and other big-ticket ...    Full Story »

NYC Officials: 1 Person Dies, 2 Ill From Rat-Related Disease (2 opinions)

NYC Officials: 1 Person Dies, 2 Ill From Rat-Related DiseaseThe New York City health department says one person has died and two others have become severely ill after they contracted a rare disease transmitted by rats. The three cases occurred in the last two months in a Bronx neighborhood. City officials say it's the first time a cluster of cases has been identified. The disease is called leptospirosis. Infections commonly occur through exposure to rat urine. The disease is rarely spread from person to person. It can be treated with antibiotics. The city says it's reducing the rat ...    Full Story »

Report: More Than 55,000 US Bridges Structurally Deficient

Report: More Than 55,000 US Bridges Structurally DeficientA new report says the Brooklyn Bridge and Washington's Arlington Memorial Bridge are among thousands of spans considered structurally deficient. Although the numbers of deficient bridges have declined in recent years, the American Road & Transportation Builders Association's analysis of transportation department data shows more than 55,000 bridges in the U.S. have been deemed deficient. ARBTA says deficient bridges are crossed about 185 million times a day. The top 14 most-traveled deficient bridges are located in ...    Full Story »

Purge Outdated Voter Rolls? NYC Tried It, With Bad Results (2 opinions)

Purge Outdated Voter Rolls? NYC Tried It, With Bad ResultsWhether or not you believe that voting fraud is a problem in the U.S., one thing is certain: Tidying up outdated voter rolls is sometimes easier said than done. Just ask election officials in the nation's largest city. After an independent review found that New York City's voting lists contained people who were dead or in prison, elections officials began an aggressive purge in 2014 and 2015 that eliminated more than 200,000 supposedly invalid registrations. The result? A record number of complaints during the 2016 presidential primary ...    Full Story »

Frum Councilman Schaer Condemns Trump for Failing to Mention Jews or anti-Semitism in Holocaust Statement (13 opinions)

Frum Councilman Schaer Condemns Trump for Failing to Mention Jews or anti-Semitism in Holocaust StatementAssemblyman Gary Schaer has introduced legislation rebuking the White House for issuing an International Holocaust Remembrance Day statement that failed to mention Jews or the anti-Semitism that led to the Nazi genocide. “It’s unconscionable that the leader of the United States of America - a nation that was founded on the principles of religious freedom, justice, tolerance and human rights - would purposely fail to remember and condemn one of the worst atrocities in recorded history perpetuated against a people who observed a ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor DeBlasio Touts Plans To Make NYC More Affordable (3 opinions)

NYC Mayor DeBlasio Touts Plans To Make NYC More AffordableNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio touted his plans to address the city's "affordability crisis" during his annual State of the City address. In his address Monday night at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, the Democratic mayor discussed his concern that New Yorkers are afraid they can't afford to live in the city they love. His plan includes a mansion tax on high-end real estate sales that would help pay for affordable housing for seniors and an initiative to provide free legal advice for tenants facing eviction in housing court. Besides ...    Full Story »

Man Found Guilty of Murdering 6-Year-Old NYC Boy, Eitan Patz, Who Vanished in 1979 (2 opinions)

Man Found Guilty of Murdering 6-Year-Old NYC Boy, Eitan Patz, Who Vanished in 1979A former store clerk was convicted Tuesday in one of the nation's most haunting missing-child cases, nearly 38 years after 6-year-old Etan Patz disappeared while heading to his school bus stop. Pedro Hernandez showed no reaction as jurors delivered their verdict. Another jury had deadlocked following 18 days of deliberation in 2015, leading to a retrial that spanned more than three months. Hernandez, who once worked in a convenience store in Etan's neighborhood, had confessed, but his lawyers said his admissions were the false imaginings of ...    Full Story »
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