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Campaign's Rising Rent at Trump Tower Came as Space Expanded

Campaign's Rising Rent at Trump Tower Came as Space Expanded
Donald Trump's campaign is taking up more space inside Trump Tower in New York -- and paying a lot more in rent. The Republican presidential nominee's campaign paid $35,457 per month for rent and utilities to Trump Tower Commercial LLC between last August and this April, Federal Election Commission reports show. The payment began increasing in May and hit $169,758 last month. The rent hike at the Manhattan skyscraper came as the Trump team expanded from using only the fifth floor to add two additional levels, according to a statement ...

NYC Launches Mosquito Information Website In Battle Against Zika

NYC Launches Mosquito Information Website In Battle Against ZikaNew York City’s health department has launched a new, interactive mosquito information website as part of its three-year, $21 million effort to keep the Zika virus from spreading. The new site includes information about mosquito surveillance and control activities across the city as well as recent mosquito control events by neighborhood. “Every day, members of our mosquito control team are collecting surveillance traps, investigating complaints of standing water, and using our tools to reduce the mosquito population,” Health ...    Full Story »

Ex-Aide to NY Gov. Cuomo Among 5 Killed in Long Island Crash

Ex-Aide to NY Gov. Cuomo Among 5 Killed in Long Island CrashA driver lost control and struck two other vehicles on a major Long Island roadway Sunday, and police said a former aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and four other people including a 10-year-old boy were killed and six others were injured. Among those killed was Scott Martella, 29, of Northport, a communications director for Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone and a former aide to Cuomo. The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. Sunday on the Long Island Expressway, near Manorville. Police said the driver of an eastbound Subaru ...    Full Story »

NYC Remembers Dark Chapter of Crown Heights Race Riot (2 opinions)

NYC Remembers Dark Chapter of Crown Heights Race RiotTwenty-five years after race riots scarred a New York City neighborhood, residents of Crown Heights gathered Sunday to mark the quarter-century anniversary with a memorial service, march, and street festival that organizers said showed how far the community had come. Critics, however, condemned the events as insensitive. About three dozen people gathered for a series of commemorative events, held as part of "One Crown Heights," which organizers said was a way to bring children of different backgrounds together and acknowledge years of ...    Full Story »

Schumer Calls For 'Swift' Review Of Kennedy Airport Incident

Schumer Calls For 'Swift' Review Of Kennedy Airport IncidentSen. Charles Schumer says the recent scare at Kennedy Airport raises “disturbing” questions about the facility’s vulnerability to an actual attack. The New York Democrat says Sunday that he wants a “swift” review by federal agencies of the incident and the security response to it. Loud celebrations by passengers watching the Olympics have been offered as one possible explanation for the cause of the incident on Aug. 14. The reports of gunfire led to chaos and evacuations. Authorities later determined no shots were ...    Full Story »

NY Tax Collections Lower Than Last Year

NY Tax Collections Lower Than Last YearNew York's comptroller reports that state tax collections of $24.2 billion for the first four months of this fiscal year are down $1.1 billion from last year and more than $500 million below initial budget projections. In his July cash report, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli says that's primarily from income tax collections that were lower than expected. The report shows total state receipts, including miscellaneous and federal receipts, have declined $1.5 billion from last year, with drops in both taxes and court settlement revenue while ...    Full Story »

Christie Faces Decision on Raising Minimum Wage

Christie Faces Decision on Raising Minimum WageGov. Chris Christie is facing a deadline to act on raising New Jersey's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour in the next year and to at least $15 over the next five. The Republican Christie has criticized the proposal, which the Democrat-led Legislature sent to him in June. When lawmakers return from an August break, likely after Labor Day, Christie will have to veto the law if he wants to block its enactment. Legislation may become law in New Jersey if the governor fails to take action after 45 legislative days. If it were enacted, New Jersey ...    Full Story »

New York City Eliminates English Test for Yellow Cab Drivers (4 opinions)

New York City Eliminates English Test for Yellow Cab DriversNew York City taxi drivers will no longer have to pass an English test under new rules designed to make it easier for immigrants to get behind the wheel of a yellow cab. The test for a taxi license will be available in several languages under regulations that went into effect Friday. The change was approved by the City Council in April and signed into law by Mayor Bill de Blasio. The New York Times reports that city officials sought parity with app-based ride services such as Uber, which don't require an English test. The city's ...    Full Story »

NY Governor Signs Felder-Simanowitz Unclaimed Bodies Bill Into Law (3 opinions)

NY Governor Signs Felder-Simanowitz Unclaimed Bodies Bill Into LawIt is no longer legal for unclaimed bodies to be released to medical schools without the consent of the deceased’s spouse or next of kin. Today, NY State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Unclaimed Bodies bill, which was sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz. “After numerous cases of unclaimed bodies being delivered to medical schools for uses that may have been in stark contrast with the religious or personal wishes of next of kin, this law now makes it illegal to show such disrespect to the deceased,” ...    Full Story »

Driver Killed, 19 Injured When 2 New Jersey Buses Crash (2 opinions)

Driver Killed, 19 Injured When 2 New Jersey Buses CrashTwo commuter buses collided in New Jersey's largest city Friday morning, pushing one of the vehicles onto its side, killing one of the drivers and critically injuring seven other people, authorities said. The person killed in the Newark crash was the driver of a New Jersey Transit bus that had no passengers when it slammed into the side of another NJ Transit bus that was carrying about 20 passengers around 6 a.m. Mayor Ras Baraka said 19 people were injured, including seven critically. "We're praying for all of those in the hospital," ...    Full Story »

NYC Muslims Grapple With Surveillance After Imam's Killing

NYC Muslims Grapple With Surveillance After Imam's KillingAt an emotional funeral service for a New York City imam and his assistant who were gunned down on a Queens street, one friend of the victims took the microphone and demanded that the city install security cameras outside mosques citywide to help protect Muslims from harassment or violence. "Each street corner should have security cameras around our places of worship," said Anwar Hussein Khan, a teacher. But in the days following that impassioned plea, the city's Muslim community has since backed away from that request. Muslim ...    Full Story »

DeBlasio, NYPD Commish Say Obama Admin Are Making NYC Unsafe By Withholding Terror Funding

DeBlasio, NYPD Commish Say Obama Admin Are Making NYC Unsafe By Withholding Terror FundingFor the second time in six months, the Mayor, Police Commissioner and top city officials called on Congress and the White House to swiftly give New York City counterterrorism funding — $180 million is at stake. Flanked by three members of Congress, the Mayor and the city's top cop said Washington was letting an appropriations bill languish. It was time for it to move. "How many conferences have I had with you, the media, talking about this issue that they have to spend so much time urging that they do something," Bratton said. "It's ...    Full Story »

NYPD Consider Ways To Use NYC Streetlights To Fight Crime

NYPD Consider Ways To Use NYC Streetlights To Fight CrimePolice are looking at possible ways to use New York City’s streetlights to fight crime. Police Commissioner William Bratton said Wednesday that the NYPD is considering introducing high-tech streetlights that would double as security cameras. He said the streetlights also could be outfitted with so-called ShotSpotter sensors that pinpoint the sound of gunfire. Last year, the NYPD began using the technology in neighborhoods in Brooklyn and the Bronx that had seen an uptick in violence. According to a city Department of Transportation ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Wants Review of JFK Airport Scare

NY Gov. Cuomo Wants Review of JFK Airport ScareNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced a review of the recent scare at Kennedy Airport prompted by unfounded reports of gunfire. The Democratic governor said Wednesday a multi-agency panel will examine what happened Sunday night and how authorities can use the experience to improve emergency response. Port Authority Police have jurisdiction over the airport, though New York City police also responded Sunday. Loud celebrations of Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt's Olympic 100-meter dash victory have been offered as one possible explanation for ...    Full Story »

Trump Tower Climber Had Planned It, Practiced, Prosecutors Say (1 opinions)

Trump Tower Climber Had Planned It, Practiced, Prosecutors SayA Virginia man who scaled the all-glass face of Trump Tower last week using suction cups planned his climb, ordering equipment on Amazon, practicing ahead of time and waiting until his parents were away before traveling to New York City, according to prosecutors. Stephen Rogata, 19, dressed in blue hospital garb, answered a judge's questions but made no other comments during his court appearance Wednesday via video linkup from a Manhattan psychiatric hospital. "This was a well-thought-out, planned stunt," said Pierre Griffith, an ...    Full Story »

NYC Prepares to Mark 25 Years Since Crown Heights Riots (8 opinions)

NYC Prepares to Mark 25 Years Since Crown Heights RiotsThe following is via NY1: Twenty-five years ago this Friday, the accidental death of a boy in Crown Heights sparked one of the ugliest episodes in the city’s history: three days of violence that featured violent clashes between Brooklyn’s Jewish and black communities. It began when a station wagon, part of a motorcade carrying the leader of a Jewish sect, veered onto a sidewalk and struck ...    Full Story »

US Flags Ordered Removed From Upstate New York Fire Trucks

US Flags Ordered Removed From Upstate New York Fire TrucksFire commissioners in upstate New York have ordered a department to take American flags off its trucks, sparking a heated online debate. The Poughkeepsie Journal reports the flags were removed Tuesday from the Arlington Fire District trucks in the town of Poughkeepsie following Monday's order. Arlington Fire Commissioners Board Chairman Jim Beretta tells the newspaper the majority of the board saw the flags as a "liability during normal operations for our people and other motorists." The Journal reports the flags were recently put up ...    Full Story »

Trump in NYC for First Classified Intelligence Briefing

Trump in NYC for First Classified Intelligence BriefingRepublican Presidential contender Donald Trump is set to receive his first classified intelligence briefing with government officials later today here in the city. Meanwhile, with fewer than 90 days before the election, Trump is again shaking up his campaign team. He appointed Stephen Bannon, the chair of conservative news website Breitbart, as his campaign's CEO. Pollster Kellyanne Conway was promoted to the position of campaign manager. Campaign chairman Paul Manafort is keeping his title, even as an Associated Press ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Suspect in Imam's Slaying Had Gun Stashed in Wall (4 opinions)

NYPD: Suspect in Imam's Slaying Had Gun Stashed in WallThe suspect in the "assassination" of an imam and his friend after they left a mosque had the murder weapon stashed in the wall of his basement apartment, investigators said Tuesday. New York Police Department investigators determined the .38-caliber revolver was the weapon used in the ambush slayings near the Al-Furqan Jame Masjid mosque in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens, a prosecutor told a judge at Oscar Morel's initial court appearance. "This was a most horrendous and despicable act that can only be described as as a ...    Full Story »
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