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Thug Who Assaulted And Robbed Shul Caretaker In Custody; Second Suspect Being Sought

Thug Who Assaulted And Robbed Shul Caretaker In Custody; Second Suspect Being Sought
An arrest has been made in the assault and robbery of a Chabad Shul caretaker in Flatbush. Sources tell YWN that a suspect was taken into custody early Wednesday morning in connection with the violent attack. As YWN had reported on Sunday, the NYPD was looking for two men who broke into the Chabad Shul on Avenue J and East 17 Street and proceeded to the third floor apartment. They broke the door down and assaulted a 45 year old victim – who is the caretaker of the Shul. He was hit with a broom stick and suffered a laceration to his ...

Man Gets 25 Years In 1979 Case Of Missing Boy Etan Patz (1 opinions)

Man Gets 25 Years In 1979 Case Of Missing Boy Etan PatzAlmost four decades after first-grader Etan Patz set out for school and ended up at the heart of one of America's most influential missing-child cases, a former store clerk convicted of killing him was sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. In a few angry words, Etan's father condemned the convicted man. "Pedro Hernandez, after all these years, we finally know what dark secret you had locked in your heart," Stan Patz said. "I will never forgive you. The god you pray to will never forgive you. You are the monster in your ...    Full Story »

Will Free College Offer Catch Fire? Ny Details Raise Doubts

Will Free College Offer Catch Fire? Ny Details Raise DoubtsWill New York's first-in-the-nation free tuition program for middle-class college students spread to other states? That's the hope of proponents such as Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, who made debt-free college a key talking point in their Democratic presidential campaigns. And that's the prediction of its main champion, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who called the plan a "model for the nation." But even as higher education experts applaud the concept of free tuition, they question finer points of New York's plan and ...    Full Story »

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Calls For More Training After Taser, Panic At Penn Station

Gov. Andrew Cuomo Calls For More Training After Taser, Panic At Penn StationNew York Governor Andrew Cuomo is now calling for more first responder training after the chaos at Penn Station on Friday. Cuomo discussed the situation Saturday after an open house in Albany. He said first responders have to be trained not to panic and to be trained further in how to handle an anxious public. "People are so on edge, they're so nervous, they're so now attuned to terrorist attack, etc. They're very quick to panic," said Cuomo. "When you have hundreds of people panicking, that in itself causes chaos." The mass ...    Full Story »

Flatbush: Shul Caretaker Assaulted And Robbed In Home Invasion (1 opinions)

Flatbush: Shul Caretaker Assaulted And Robbed In Home InvasionPolice are looking for two men that robbed and assaulted the caretaker of a Synagogue residing in the building in Flatbush. Sources tell YWN that at around 5:00AM Sunday morning, two black males broke into the Chabad Shul on Avenue J and East 17 Street and proceeded to the third floor apartment. They broke the door down and assaulted a 45 year old victim - who is the caretaker of the Shul. He was hit with a broom stick and suffered a laceration to his head. His cell phone, computer and $300 in cash was taken. The NYPD was first ...    Full Story »

New York State Allots $1M To Create Hate Crimes Task Force

New York State Allots $1M To Create Hate Crimes Task ForceNew York state will use $1 million set aside in its new budget to establish a hate crimes task force. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office says the group will include members of the New York State Police working with the state Division of Human Rights as well as prosecutors and local school and law enforcement officials. The task force will be charged with identifying and investigating hate crimes and discriminatory practices. Cuomo has said the state has an obligation to protect its residents from crimes motivated by bias or ...    Full Story »

Thousands In NYC Call For President To Release Tax Returns (2 opinions)

Thousands In NYC Call For President To Release Tax ReturnsThousands of protesters marched through New York City streets Saturday to demand that President Donald Trump release his tax returns. The protesters chanted, "Show me what your taxes look like" and "We pay our taxes in this town" as they marched from Bryant Park toward Trump Tower. Police made the march turn left just before they got to the tower. The Manhattan march was one of about 150 protests taking place in cities across the United States. Organizers said 20,000 people marched in New York. "We're here to say we care," said Ilene ...    Full Story »

NYC: Police Take Hands-Off Approach For Overbooked Flights (1 opinions)

NYC: Police Take Hands-Off Approach For Overbooked FlightsPolice at airports in the New York City metropolitan area are taking a hands-off approach when it comes to removing passengers from overbooked flights. Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Superintendent Michael Fedorko on Thursday issued a new policy after a passenger was dragged from an oversold United Airlines flight Sunday evening at Chicago's O'Hare International Airport. The policy says officers will not assist in the physical removal of passengers to accommodate the airline's request. Officers are to examine each ...    Full Story »

Cuomo's New York Agenda Feeds Talk Of Presidential Run (1 opinions)

Cuomo's New York Agenda Feeds Talk Of Presidential RunWhen Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his first-in-the-nation proposal to make state college tuition free for middle-class students, he stood next to Bernie Sanders. This week when Cuomo celebrated its approval, he was arm in arm with Hillary Clinton. Democrats still smarting from Clinton's presidential loss are already looking for a new standard bearer for 2020. And some observers say Cuomo is already acting like it, increasingly positioning himself with party leaders, aiming his message at middle-class angst and touting measures such as free ...    Full Story »

About 2 Dozen People Arrested At Protest Inside Trump Tower

About 2 Dozen People Arrested At Protest Inside Trump TowerPolice say about two dozen people have been arrested inside Trump Tower after staging a protest there against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. A video posted Thursday afternoon on Twitter shows someone on the second floor of the building's atrium unfurling a large banner that reads "No Raids." Another clip shows a sit-in on the marble floor near a bank of elevators at the Fifth Avenue skyscraper. Demonstrators held signs saying "No Ban" and "No Wall." The New York Police Department says officers arrested the protesters ...    Full Story »

Daughter Of NYC Cop Killed In 9/11 Attacks Joins NYPD

Daughter Of NYC Cop Killed In 9/11 Attacks Joins NYPDThe daughter of a New York Police Department officer killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks has been sworn in as a member of the force. Brittney Roy, of Massapequa Park on Long Island, was sworn in Thursday along with 473 other recruits during a ceremony held at the city's police academy in Queens. Her father, Sgt. Timothy Roy, was assigned to the NYPD's surface transit enforcement division. He was working in Brooklyn courts when the terrorists flew two planes into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The 36-year-old Roy rushed to ...    Full Story »

Accident On Tugboat In NY Harbor Severs Crew Member's Arm

Accident On Tugboat In NY Harbor Severs Crew Member's ArmPolice say a tugboat crew member is hospitalized after he lost part of an arm in an accident in New York Harbor. New York City police tells the Daily News that the 27-year-old man was working on the Mr. T near the Statue of Liberty around 9:20 p.m. Thursday when his left arm became caught in one of the vessel's ropes. The line cut through the man's arm below the elbow, sending the severed part into the water. A boat from the NYPD's harbor unit responded, and officers applied a tourniquet to the man's arm. They took the man to Brooklyn, ...    Full Story »

No Signs Of Criminality In Death Of First Muslim Black Woman Appointed To NY Highest Court Who Was Found In River

No Signs Of Criminality In Death Of First Muslim Black Woman Appointed To NY Highest Court Who Was Found In RiverPolice say there are no signs of criminality in the death of the first black woman appointed to New York state's highest court whose body was found on the bank of the Hudson River. An autopsy will be conducted on 65-year-old Sheila Abdus-Salaam. The New York City police harbor unit retrieved her body from the Hudson on Wednesday, a day after she was reported missing. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who appointed Abdus-Salaam to the state's Court of Appeals in 2013, called her a "trailblazing jurist." Abdus-Salaam graduated from ...    Full Story »

NYC Train Commute Back To Normal A Week After Derailment

NYC Train Commute Back To Normal A Week After DerailmentThe morning commute is expected to return to normal for tens of thousands of New York City-bound train riders whose trip was snarled by last week's derailment at Penn Station. Officials with the Long Island Rail Road tell Newsday they don't expect any delays Monday morning, while Amtrak says normal operations are expected. New Jersey Transit trains headed to Penn Station are also back on schedule. Major service disruptions emerged after a NJ Transit train derailed when a weakened railroad tie gave way at Penn Station. The incident shut ...    Full Story »

New York To Become The Largest State To Offer Tuition-Free Public Higher Education (2 opinions)

New York To Become The Largest State To Offer Tuition-Free Public Higher EducationBudget negotiators struck a deal late Friday night that will could make New York the largest state to offer tuition-free public higher education to residents. The $153 billion state budget agreement includes the Excelsior Scholarship, which covers tuition for any New Yorker accepted to one of the state's community colleges or four-year universities, provided their family earns less than $125,000 a year. Proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in January, the scholarship taps into one of the Democratic Party's most popular ideas and advances a ...    Full Story »

Midwood / Flatbush: Extra Garbage Pickups Before Pesach Arranged By Community Board 14

Midwood / Flatbush: Extra Garbage Pickups Before Pesach Arranged By Community Board 14Brooklyn Community Board 14 District Manager Shawn Campbell has worked tirelessly the past few weeks, and tells YWN that extra sanitation pickups have been arranged for the Flatbush community ahead of Pesach. Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has approved additional Sanitation collection services in portions of the Flatbush, Midwood and Kensington areas to assist residents in preparation for Passover observances, which commence at sundown on Monday, April 10, 2017. The plan provides for additional collection. For areas ...    Full Story »

Important Pre-Pesach Information For Boro Park And Those In Community Board 12 Zone (1 opinions)

Important Pre-Pesach Information For Boro Park And Those In Community Board 12 ZoneBoro Park, Brooklyn - Following a yearly tradition, Community Board 12 met two weeks ago with the New York City’s Fire, Sanitation and Police Departments, along with community leaders and organizations and elected officials, to go over plans in anticipation of the upcoming Pesach Holiday. These meetings serve to plan extra city services that help clean up our community before the holiday, ensure that the community is safe throughout the holiday, to notify the community about the special sanitation pickup schedule and the bread burning and ...    Full Story »

New York Derailment Highlights US Infrastructure Concerns

New York Derailment Highlights US Infrastructure ConcernsWhen a train jumped the tracks this past week at New York's Penn Station, the seemingly minor accident led to a cascade of exasperating delays for hundreds of thousands of commuters. When a flood forced authorities to condemn a one-lane, century-old bridge in rural Ozark, Missouri, it was no less frustrating for the residents and business owners cut off from their shortest route into town. The two episodes highlight a reality about the U.S. transportation system — it is aging, congested and so vital that when things go wrong, big and ...    Full Story »
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