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US Prosecutor Warns NY State Gov. Cuomo Over Corruption Probe

US Prosecutor Warns NY State Gov. Cuomo Over Corruption Probe
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo faced more questions about his handling of a special anti-corruption commission Thursday after Manhattan's federal prosecutor threatened to investigate his office for possible witness tampering and obstruction for allegedly encouraging members of the panel to speak out on Cuomo's behalf. The New York Times reports that U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who took over the commission's investigations after Cuomo dismantled it, wrote to the commission's attorney Wednesday saying he has "reason to believe" some ...

Queens: NYPD Looking For Assistance In Apprehending Burglar Of Shul Pushka (3 opinions)

Queens: NYPD Looking For Assistance In Apprehending Burglar Of Shul PushkaThe New York City Police Department is asking the public's assistance identifying an individual wanted for burglary of a Shul in Queens, within the confines of the 102nd Precinct. Police tell YWN that on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 12:25PM, the suspect entered Congregation Adas Yerem located at 122-31 Metropolitan Avenue, and removed approximately $75 dollars from the Pushka (donation box). The suspect gained entry from unknown entrance and then fled in unknown direction. The suspect is described as white male, approximately 5'10" in ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Too Busy To Heed State Corruption Probe (2 opinions)

NYC Mayor: Too Busy To Heed State Corruption ProbeMayor Bill de Blasio says he has not been following accusations that Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s administration interfered with a state anti-corruption commission. Cuomo has been fielding questions about a top aide’s efforts to stop the commission from issuing subpoenas to groups linked to the governor. Cuomo says the now-disbanded commission’s decision to ignore mere suggestions by the aide shows his office didn’t interfere. De Blasio said Wednesday that he has “a lot of other things to do” and hasn’t monitored the ...    Full Story »

Bias Crime In Williamsburg: Mezuzah Ripped Off Door & Stolen At 75 Wilson Street (1 opinions)

Bias Crime In Williamsburg: Mezuzah Ripped Off Door & Stolen At 75 Wilson StreetThe NYPD is investigating a hate crime in Williamsburg, after a Mezuzah was ripped off a door. Sources tell YWN that Shomrim (WSPU) had received a phone call on Wednesday evening reporting the incident at 75 Wilson Street at the Taylor-Wythe Houses. Police arrived as well, and confirmed that a Mezuzah was in fact stolen. The NYPD Bias Crimes Unit was called to investigate. Council Member Stephen Levin issued the following statement to YWN regarding the incident: “I am shocked and disturbed that a mezuzah -- a religious symbol of deep ...    Full Story »

3 Hurt When Glass Falls From NYC Office Tower

3 Hurt When Glass Falls From NYC Office TowerThree people are reported hurt after glass fell from a midtown Manhattan office tower. FDNY, FDNY EMS, and NYPD were all on the scene at 40 West 57th Street and 6th Avenue, for falling glass from the 25th floor of a 36 story commercial office building. CBS New York says one person was taken to a hospital following the 9:00 AM incident. It says a window appears to have shattered around the 18th floor, sending broken glass onto the sidewalk. West 57th Street was temporarily closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic between 5th and ...    Full Story »

Judge Dismisses Claims Brought By Police Unions In NYC Stop-And-Frisk Litigation

Judge Dismisses Claims Brought By Police Unions In NYC Stop-And-Frisk LitigationPolice unions lost their bid Wednesday to challenge a ruling concluding that New York City's stop-and-frisk tactics are sometimes discriminatory, moving the city a step closer toward changing the program, which has drawn criticism for its effect on minorities but won praise for its role in reducing crime. In a written ruling, U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres said five police unions representing the majority of the police department's 35,000 employees lacked legal standing to pick up where the city left off when it decided to settle the ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Midwood: NYPD Looking For Suspects In Robbery On Ave M & East 18th Street (6 opinions)

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the following individual's wanted in connection to a robbery in the confines of the 70th Precinct. The circumstances are as follows: On Sunday, July 27th, 2014 at approximately 9:40PM two males followed a 18 year old female into her apartment building in the vicinity of Avenue M and East 18th Street in the ...    Full Story »

Beware of Bus Lane Tickets in Brooklyn (6 opinions)

Beware of Bus Lane Tickets in BrooklynCouncilman Greenfield is spreading the word – bus lane cameras have come to Brooklyn. If you drive, park, or stand in a Select Bus Service (SBS) lane during hours of operation, you will face a fine ranging from $115 to $150. Bus lane cameras have been installed along bus lanes to catch violators and NYPD routinely patrol bus lanes and issues tickets in the form of both parking and moving violations. Many Brooklyn residents have received bus lane tickets along the B44 route on Nostrand and Rogers Avenues months after the violations occurred, ...    Full Story »

Political Foe Faults NY Attorney General's Silence On Gov. Cuomo

 Political Foe Faults NY Attorney General's Silence On Gov. CuomoThe Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor’s office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman. John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general’s office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the attorney general. He says Schneiderman hasn’t said anything about the alleged interference or what he knew about it. Cahill says New Yorkers deserve to ...    Full Story »

George Washington Bridge Getting A Fence To Curb Suicide Rate (1 opinions)

George Washington Bridge Getting A Fence To Curb Suicide RateThe George Washington Bridge spanning New York and New Jersey is getting a fence to help curb suicides as the number of deaths there approaches record levels. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says there have been 13 suicides and 40 rescues on the span so far this year. There were 16 deaths for all of 2013. Plans call for erecting a 9-foot fence to replace the current railing to make jumping from the bridge difficult. Chief structural engineer Bernie Yostpile tells The Record ( http://bit.ly/1nT76nY ) newspaper that the ...    Full Story »

NYU Hospital Awarded $1.13B In Sandy Recovery Aid

NYU Hospital Awarded $1.13B In Sandy Recovery AidNYU Langone Medical Center will receive $1.13 billion in storm recovery aid. Hospital and federal officials say it's the second-largest award for a single project in the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The facility, located by the East River, was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The New York Times says the money will be used for the installation of interior flood doors and barriers, reinforced walls, seals and pumps. Sen. Charles Schumer helped negotiate the award. He said the money will be awarded in a ...    Full Story »

Corruption Probe Poses NY Gov's Biggest Test (1 opinions)

Corruption Probe Poses NY Gov's Biggest TestAllegations that his administration meddled with a state anti-corruption commission are posing the greatest political test of New York Gov. Andrew Coumo's tenure — and producing some verbal gymnastics. The New York Times reported last week that a top Cuomo aide pressured the commission to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm that Cuomo used and to a real estate organization whose members financially supported his campaign. The Democratic governor says the commission's ultimate rejection of his administration's request shows there was ...    Full Story »

Governments Seek To Dismiss NYC Tax Challenge (1 opinions)

Governments Seek To Dismiss NYC Tax ChallengeNew York City and the state want the courts to dismiss a challenge to the city's property-tax system. A lawsuit filed in February alleges the city's property tax system discriminates against blacks and Hispanics living in rental buildings. It says the system favors owners of co-ops, condos and single-family homes, where the residents are more likely to be white. According to The Wall Street Journal the city and state say any changes to the property-tax assessment system should be addressed by the legislature, rather than the ...    Full Story »

NJ Transit Train Stuck In Tunnel [9:48AM]

NJ Transit Train Stuck In Tunnel [9:48AM]Authorities are trying to remove a New Jersey Transit commuter train that became disabled just outside the Hudson River tunnel in New York City. NJ Transit spokesman William Smith says the Northeast Corridor train was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station at 8:39 a.m. Tuesday when it broke down near 10th Avenue. Smith does not know how many passengers are on the train or what caused the mechanical problem. The incident is causing delays on Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley. Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton ...    Full Story »

Mayor de Blasio Vows To Improve NYPD-Community Relations

Mayor de Blasio Vows To Improve NYPD-Community RelationsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is saying that more trust is needed between police and residents in the wake of a death in police custody. De Blasio, a Democrat who took office in January, made improving relations between the NYPD and communities of color a centerpiece of his mayoral campaign. He is facing his first significant test on test on that score. Eric Garner died in police custody July 17 after being placed in an apparent chokehold. The death has inflamed portions of the African-American community who feel victimized by ...    Full Story »

De Blasio: Brooklyn Bridge Security Breach A Worry (3 opinions)

De Blasio: Brooklyn Bridge Security Breach A WorryNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio says a security breach involving the changing of flags at the Brooklyn Bridge last week is “a wake-up call.” De Blasio said Monday police have increased security on all the city’s bridges. Police believe four or five people climbed the bridge’s two towers on July 22 and replaced the giant American flags with white ones. The operation involved disabling a pair of spotlights and appears carefully planned. The culprits remain at large, and their motives are unknown. De Blasio was in Italy during ...    Full Story »

After Gillibrand's Push, VA Replaces Cross With Star Of David On WWII Veteran's Grave (2 opinions)

After Gillibrand's Push, VA Replaces Cross With Star Of David On WWII Veteran's GraveAfter a Queens rabbi discovered that the grave of his distant relative, a Jewish World War II soldier, was marked with a Christian cross instead of a Star of David, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand immediately urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that the soldier’s resting place is properly honored by replacing the incorrect symbol with the Star of David on his headstone. A headstone, known as matzeivah, signifies the final resting-place of a Jewish person. It is Jewish custom to show honor toward the deceased by marking ...    Full Story »

Two U.S. Marshals & 1 NYPD Officer Shot In Manhattan [UPDATED 2:03PM ET] (2 opinions)

Two U.S. Marshals & 1 NYPD Officer Shot In Manhattan [UPDATED 2:03PM ET]2:03PM ET: Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded. The U.S. Marshals Service says it happened in the West Village when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to make an arrest. The mayor and police commissioner say the suspect is dead. The law enforcement officials’ exact injuries are unclear. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the three are stable and that, “We pray everything we are hearing is true and ...    Full Story »

NYC: de Blasio Family Now Live In Historic Gracie Mansion

NYC: de Blasio Family Now Live In Historic Gracie MansionA historic New York City mansion is once again filled with the sounds of family activities. Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife and their two children woke up in their official Manhattan residence for the first time on Monday. No one had lived at Gracie Mansion since Rudolph Giuliani left office in 2001. Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained in his opulent Upper East Side town house during his 12-year administration, though he oversaw extensive renovations to Gracie Mansion. De Blasio and his family had long lived in Park Slope. The ...    Full Story »
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