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UJO of Williamsburg Thanks FDNY for Successful Smoke Detector Distribution in Williamsburg

UJO of Williamsburg Thanks FDNY for Successful Smoke Detector Distribution in WilliamsburgHeading into the week of the Passover Holiday, the New York City Fire Department today distributed Smoke Detectors to Williamsburg residents on the request of the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn (UJO). The Fire Department was joined by Red Cross representatives offering to install the smoke detectors in the apartments. In wake of the devastating tragedy two weeks ago Saturday that claimed the lives of seven members of the Sassoon family, the UJO reached out to the Fire Department to arrange a Smoke Detector ...    Full Story »

Disappointed At EITC'S Exclusion From Budget, Hikind Vows To Fight On (2 opinions)

Disappointed At EITC'S Exclusion From Budget, Hikind Vows To Fight OnAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) expressed his dismay at the exclusion of the Education Investment Tax Credits Act (EITC) from Albany’s budget. “My colleagues and I—along with many others—struggled for a long time to make the case for these tax credits,” he said. “I am utterly disappointed that something as basic as helping all children didn’t receive the full support it had been promised. “The problem is twofold. While Education Investment Tax Credits benefit public school children as well as children in private and ...    Full Story »

Speed Camera Tickets Bring Nearly $17M In Revenue For NYC

Speed Camera Tickets Bring Nearly $17M In Revenue For NYCSpeed cameras have produced a surge in tickets and generated nearly $17 million in revenue for New York City. The Daily News reports that last year more than 445,000 speed-camera tickets were issues. That’s compared to nearly 118,000 issued manually by police officers over the same period. According to data obtained via a Freedom of Information Law, the News says more than $5 million in outstanding speed camera tickets is still owed. The city had 49 speed cameras in operation last year. Currently, 57 are operational. The city plans ...    Full Story »

1 Of 2 Victims Of NYC Explosion Is Officially Identified (1 opinions)

1 Of 2 Victims Of NYC Explosion Is Officially IdentifiedAfter two bodies were pulled from the rubble of an apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to the cause of the massive explosion and fire and investigated the possibility that someone might have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings. "There's reason to believe so far that there may have been inappropriate tampering with the gas lines within the building, but until we get full evidence, we can't conclude that," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. About half the site had been cleared by midday Monday, ...    Full Story »

NY Starts Out-Of-Network Health Coverage Protections

NY Starts Out-Of-Network Health Coverage ProtectionsNew protections against big surprise medical bills are starting in New York. They require insurance payments for out-of-network medical treatment in emergencies, when similar services or specialists are unavailable within the insurer’s network or when care is provided without the patient’s knowledge. They don’t cover cases where consumers simply choose an outside physician or treatment over available network providers. Mandated coverage begins Tuesday with newly issued or renewal policies. The immediate requirement for ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Boro Park JCC Distributes Grape Juice For Pesach Joy (3 opinions)

PHOTOS: Boro Park JCC Distributes Grape Juice For Pesach JoyAs part of its effort to serve the community, the Boro Park Jewish Community Council (BPJCC) distributed over 2000 cases of grape juice for Pesach distribution. The grape juice, obtained through the efforts of the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, was in addition to the close to $100,000 in food vouchers that had been previously distributed. Joining JCC in assisting were a host of elected officials including Public Advocate Letitia James, Brooklyn Boro President Eric Adams, Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Senator Simcha Felder, Assemblyman Dov ...    Full Story »

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

Flatbush: Extra Garbage Pickups Before Pesach Arranged By Community Board 14Brooklyn Community Board 14 District Manager Shawn Campbell tells YWN that extra sanitation pickups have been arranged for the Flatbush community ahead of Pesach. Department of Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia has approved the Board's plan for additional Sanitation collection services in portions of the Flatbush, Midwood and Kensington areas to assist residents in preparation for Passover observances, which commences at sundown on Friday, April 3, 2015. The plan provides for additional collection services. For areas with regular ...    Full Story »

Focus Shifts to Cause of NYC Explosion After 2 Bodies Found

Focus Shifts to Cause of NYC Explosion After 2 Bodies FoundAfter two bodies were pulled from the rubble of a Manhattan apartment building collapse, authorities shifted their focus to what caused the massive explosion and fire and the possibility that someone may have improperly tapped a gas line serving one of the buildings. "There's reason to believe so far that there may have been inappropriate tampering with the gas lines within the building, but until we get full evidence we can't conclude that," Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday. Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said crews should reach the ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: Thousands Benefit from UJO and Met Council Annual Passover Food Distribution [PHOTOS By Hillel Engel]

Williamsburg: Thousands Benefit from UJO and Met Council Annual Passover Food Distribution [PHOTOS By Hillel Engel]The annual pre-Passover food distribution by the United Jewish Organizations of Williamsburg and North Brooklyn (UJO) in partnership with the Met Council - that took place today (Sunday) in the Brooklyn Navy Yard – will help feed many thousands during the upcoming Passover holiday. The UJO’s annual distribution is conducted in a drive thru system, with two rows of open-trunked cars passing pallets of the distributed items, and crews unloading cases of food products into their cars. It was amazing to watch, during the span of many hours, ...    Full Story »

Famed Coney Island Roller Coaster Mishap Briefly Strands Riders On First Day Of Opening

Famed Coney Island Roller Coaster Mishap Briefly Strands Riders On First Day Of OpeningA roller coaster at New York City's Coney Island amusement park got stuck on the first day of the season, leaving passengers briefly stranded atop the wooden structure. Witnesses tell the Daily News about 24 passengers on the first run of the Cyclone at Luna Park on Sunday were readying for the initial drop when it suddenly stopped. They say park employees went to the top of the ride and helped the passengers walk down on the wood planks. It wasn't clear when the ride would reopen. There were no reports of injuries. A telephone ...    Full Story »

Flatbush: Assemblywoman Weinstein Announces Return Of Pesach Dumpsters

Flatbush: Assemblywoman Weinstein Announces Return Of Pesach DumpstersAssemblywoman Helene Weinstein is pleased to announce the return of the successful “Chametz dumpster” program for residents of the greater East 30’s, Midwood, and Marine Park neighborhoods. For over two decades, the Assemblywoman has been coordinating with the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) on complementary Pesach garbage collections. The dumpster program, started in 2008 after meetings with local Rabbonim and community askanim, has expanded to five central locations for residents to deposit chametz and the remnants of their late ...    Full Story »

Williamsburg: NYPD Probes Possible Hate Crime After Chasidic Teens Hit With Paintballs

Williamsburg: NYPD Probes Possible Hate Crime After Chasidic Teens Hit With PaintballsThe NYPD is investigating a possible hate crime in Williamsburg. According to police, two Chasidic teenagers were hit with paintballs near Morton Street and Juliana Place on Saturday night. The 13- and 16-year-olds were walking with their grandfather at the time. He was not struck. The incident follows a previously reported paintball shooting involving a 41-year-old Chasidic man in the same neighborhood. Cops are urging anyone with information on either case to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS. (YWN Desk - NYC)

Furious At Abandoned Shaimos, Hikind Warns Community To Use Established Collectors

Furious At Abandoned Shaimos, Hikind Warns Community To Use Established CollectorsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) was visibly distraught this evening at the discovery today of abandoned shaimos (books or other sacred objects which can no longer be used but may not be destroyed) on McDonald Avenue and Avenue M. “This is terribly upsetting,” said the Assemblyman as he lifted a Chumash and a siddur from among the pile of garbage. “Who would do such a thing?” Just weeks ago, Hikind began warning the community to be careful regarding who they trusted with their shaimos. “It’s better to keep it home than to ...    Full Story »

NYC: Met Council Distributes 2.2 Million Lbs Of Food Ahead Of Passover (2 opinions)

NYC: Met Council Distributes 2.2 Million Lbs Of Food Ahead Of PassoverMetropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty today announced that recent analysis shows that there are more than 300,000 people living in approximately 80,000 poor and near-poor Jewish households that keep kosher (Jewish dietary laws), according to data collected in the most recent The Jewish Community Study of New York: 2011 Special Report on Poverty by UJA-Federation of NY in consultation with Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty. The high cost of kosher food presents a unique challenge for many New Yorkers: on average, a kosher meal is 30% ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: Greenfield and Treyger Host Fire Safety Event on Monday Night In Shaarei Zion

Brooklyn: Greenfield and Treyger Host Fire Safety Event on Monday Night In Shaarei ZionIn the wake of last week’s horrific tragedy, Councilman David G. Greenfield and Councilman Mark Treyger are teaming up this Monday night with the Fire Department of New York for a night on fire safety, prevention and education. It will be held at Congregation Shaare Zion at 2030 Ocean Parkway at 7:30pm. This crucial seminar will offer advice and key tips on what to when a dangerous situation erupts. The first 250 people to attend will also receive a free smoke detector sponsored by Renewal. “The tragic fire this past Shabbat that ...    Full Story »

Manhattan: 2nd Body Found at East Village Explosion Site

Manhattan: 2nd Body Found at East Village Explosion SiteEmergency workers found a body Sunday in the mass of rubble left behind by an apparent gas explosion three days earlier in Manhattan's East Village, police said. No identification was immediately released. Authorities had been looking for signs of two missing men, both believed to have been inside a ground floor sushi restaurant at the time of the explosion: 26-year-old Moises Lucon, who worked at the restaurant, and 23-year-old Nicholas Figueroa, a bowling alley worker who had been there on a date. The search of the rubble continued ...    Full Story »

One Body Located In Rubble At Manhattan Building Collapse

One Body Located In Rubble At Manhattan Building CollapseThe FDNY says that one body has just been located under the rubble of the last weeks building collapse on 2nd Avenue and East 7th Street. There is still one person missing. Meanwhile, some of the debris from explosion and fire in Manhattan's East Village is being taken to a secure site where it will be examined again for any human remains. An official with knowledge of the operation told The Associated Press of the plans. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the operation is ongoing. Emergency workers have been ...    Full Story »

Painstaking Search Continues After NYC Blast, but Hope Dims

Painstaking Search Continues After NYC Blast, but Hope DimsSearching with hands and dogs through scoops of rubble from three apartment buildings leveled in an apparent gas explosion, emergency workers painstakingly looked for signs of two missing people Saturday, though authorities acknowledged the chances were slim. Meanwhile, investigators worked to piece together exactly what caused the blast that injured 22 people in Manhattan's East Village. Officials estimated it could take a week of 24-hour-a-day work to sift through the heap of loose brick, wood and debris. "It's going to be slow and ...    Full Story »
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