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PHOTOS: Fire Causes Heavy Damage At Satmar Matzah Bakery In Williamsburg (2 opinions)

PHOTOS: Fire Causes Heavy Damage At Satmar Matzah Bakery In Williamsburg
[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] An early morning fire caused heavy damage to the Satmar Williamsburg Matzah Bakery. The FDNY responded to the scene at around 4:30AM after receiving reports of fire at the premises located at 427 Broadway near Hooper Street. A second alarm was transmitted around 15 minutes later due to the heavy fire conditions. The fire was placed under control around an hour later, but heavy damage was reported. The bakery belongs to the Satmar Williamsburg Kehilla (Rav Zalman Leib Shlita), and produces Matzah for ...

11 People Got Through Security Checkpoint at JFK Without Being Screened (2 opinions)

11 People Got Through Security Checkpoint at JFK Without Being ScreenedThe Port Authority says 11 people got through an unattended TSA security checkpoint in Terminal 5 of JFK Airport Monday morning. Port Authority officials say it happened around 6 a.m., but they weren't notified by TSA until 8 a.m. They say the people went through an unattended lane in Terminal 5 and boarded various flights before they could be found. The TSA says it has identified three people who got onto a plane to California. Authorities say those three are being screened properly upon landing. The TSA also says it's confident ...    Full Story »

Vehicles Traveling Again On Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge

Vehicles Traveling Again On Newly Raised Bayonne BridgeThe newly raised Bayonne Bridge is back in business. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the bridge connecting Bayonne, New Jersey, to Staten Island, New York, opened for vehicles at 5 a.m. Monday after years of work to raise the deck. Construction on the $1.3 billion project to allow bigger cargo ships to reach New York City-area ports began in 2013. The roadway was raised to 215 feet above the Kill van Kull, 64 feet above the original deck. The previous height limited the size of vessels that could pass underneath on ...    Full Story »

New York Attorney General Bids To Become Trump's No. 1 Enemy (9 opinions)

New York Attorney General Bids To Become Trump's No. 1 EnemyMore than most, Eric Schneiderman understands the risks of taking on Donald Trump. New York's attorney general was a target of Trump's Twitter feed years before the president's assaults on "Little Marco" Rubio or "Lyin' Ted" Cruz. He was once depicted as a deranged Clockwork Orange character on the cover of a newspaper owned by Trump's son-in-law. And he faced intense anti-Semitic attacks from Trump loyalists on social media that continue even today. "It's really vile stuff. It's a picture of your face going into a gas chamber, your ...    Full Story »

Pilot Encountered Mechanical Issues Shortly Before Crash In NJ

Pilot Encountered Mechanical Issues Shortly Before Crash In NJAuthorities say the pilot of a small plane that crashed in a New Jersey neighborhood encountered mechanical issues just before it went down. But federal officials are still probing the crash that occurred shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday in Bayonne. Authorities say the 56-year-old pilot, George Pettway, was alone in the Piper PA-28. The Long Island, New York man suffered a broken left forearm, several broken ribs and numerous contusions and abrasions. The plane had departed from an airport in East Farmingdale, New York earlier Sunday. ...    Full Story »

Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge To Open To Drivers Monday (2 opinions)

Newly Raised Bayonne Bridge To Open To Drivers MondayThe Bayonne Bridge is set to open to drivers next week, authorities said. The bridge connecting Bayonne, New Jersey, to Staten Island, New York, will open Monday after years of work to raise the deck, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said. Construction on the $1.3 billion project to allow bigger cargo ships to reach New York City-area ports began in 2013. The roadway was raised to 215 feet above the Kill van Kull, 64 feet above the original deck. The previous height limited the size of vessels that could pass underneath ...    Full Story »

Powerball Jackpot Soars To $403 Million After No One Matches Winning Numbers

Powerball Jackpot Soars To $403 Million After No One Matches Winning NumbersThe Powerball jackpot is climbing again, after no one matched the winning numbers in Saturday night's drawing. The jackpot now stands at $403 million, with a $243.9 million cash option. That is up from $361 million on Saturday night. The winning numbers for Saturday were: 03-07-09-31-33, Powerball: 20 Although big, this is not even close the biggest Powerball jackpot ever. The winning amount peaked at 1.586 billion for the January 13, 2016, drawing. There were three winners of that jackpot - they were from California, Florida and ...    Full Story »

Armed Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot By NYPD In Brooklyn (3 opinions)

Armed Robbery Suspect Fatally Shot By NYPD In BrooklynPolice shot and killed a man in Brooklyn early Sunday after he held up a bodega, then pointed what appeared to be a gun at officers. According to the NYPD, at about 12:40 a.m., a three person anti-crime unit consisting of one sergeant and two police officers responded to a 911 call of a gunpoint robbery in progress at the Garden Deli in Bushwick. The officers observed the suspect walking west on Starr Street and gave verbal commands. The suspect had a black firearm in his hand and raised it towards the officers, police say. The ...    Full Story »

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

Eric Garner NYPD Chokehold Case Rolls On, But Future Is CloudyA 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 ...    Full Story »

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 »
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