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NYC Man Gets Prison for Subway Hammer Attacks

NYC Man Gets Prison for Subway Hammer Attacks
A mugger who hit two New York City subway riders on the head with a hammer has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson says Anthony Coward was sentenced Monday. The May 2014 attacks occurred in the Rockaway Avenue station in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The victims were ambushed from behind while they were buying fare cards. Coward stole $58 from one victim and $140 from the other. Prosecutors say he continued to hit one victim after he fell to the ground. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 25 to two counts of ...

Brooklyn: Councilman Deutsch Calls For Immediate Measures To Protect Waterfront

Brooklyn: Councilman Deutsch Calls For Immediate Measures To Protect WaterfrontAt high tide this morning, waterfront sections of Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s Southern Brooklyn district were flooded with the unanticipated overflow. Morning commuters drove through ankle-deep waters as they traveled to work. The sewer system in Southern Brooklyn is notoriously antiquated and overextended, and the introduction of multiple high-rise developments into the area is only expected to exacerbate the current conditions. There is a need for a broader resolution to prevent significant flooding in our area. “This morning’s ...    Full Story »

Poll Shows Clinton, Trump Favored Among NY Voters

Poll Shows Clinton, Trump Favored Among NY VotersA new poll shows Hillary Clinton favored by registered New York Democrats while Donald Trump leads among Republicans voters in the state. The Siena poll has Clinton beating Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 55 percent to 34 percent if the primary were held now. In a Republican primary, the poll shows 34 percent would vote for Trump. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz both were the choice of 16 percent of the voters. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has 11 percent support, followed by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush at 7 percent and ...    Full Story »

Senator Felder, NYS Comptroller Co-Sponsor Unclaimed Funds Events

Senator Felder, NYS Comptroller Co-Sponsor Unclaimed Funds EventsSenator Simcha Felder (Brooklyn) greeted residents from Flatbush and Midwood today as they visited his office in the hope of discovering “found money”. The Unclaimed Funds Event was co-sponsored by Senator Felder and the NYS Comptroller’s office. “We’re happy to hold this event every year,” said the Senator. “There’s over $14 billion currently in unclaimed funds, and over $24 million was already returned by the State of New York this year. Our annual event is always worthwhile and results in a number of my constituents ...    Full Story »

Greenfield, Land Use Committee Chair, Invites Public to Participate in Council Hearings on Citywide Rezonings

Greenfield, Land Use Committee Chair, Invites Public to Participate in Council Hearings on Citywide RezoningsBrooklyn, NY - Chair David G. Greenfield of the Council's Committee on Land Use urged members of the public to attend the New York City Council's hearings to be held this week Tuesday and Wednesday on the citywide, once-in-a-generation rezonings at the heart of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ambitious affordable housing programs. The two rezoning plans, known as Mandatory Inclusionary Housing and Zoning for Quality and Affordability, are intended to work hand-in-hand with one another to revitalize neighborhoods and produce hundreds of thousands of ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: FJCC Meets Congressman Dan Donovan

PHOTOS: FJCC Meets Congressman Dan DonovanIn keeping with his campaign pledge, Congressman Dan Donovan returned to meet with representatives of Brooklyn's orthodox Jewish community and update leaders on his first nine months in office. As the only Republican in the NYC delegation, Mr. Donovan has the unique ability to advocate for NYC as a member of the Republican majority in Congress. The Sunday morning meeting was hosted by FJCC, Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, executive board member Alan Esses, a longtime Flatbush Hatzoloh and Sephardic Bikur Cholim leader. FJCC executive ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officer Gets Choked Up While Testifying In Case Of Killing Unarmed Man (2 opinions)

NYPD Officer Gets Choked Up While Testifying In Case Of Killing Unarmed ManA New York City police officer testifying in his own defense got choked up while describing the moment he realized a man had been shot in a dark housing project stairwell in 2014. Peter Liang left the witness stand for about a minute to compose himself before resuming testimony Monday. Liang says he was startled by a noise as he opened the stairwell door in the Brooklyn complex, and his gun went off accidentally. He says he went to look for the bullet and that's when he discovered Akai Gurley's girlfriend leaning over him. Liang ...    Full Story »

Unannounced NYPD Drill On Brooklyn Bridge Has Social Media Buzzing With Photos

Unannounced NYPD Drill On Brooklyn Bridge Has Social Media Buzzing With Photos Dozens of people were seen climbing the Brooklyn Bridge on Monday morning, and social media lit up with people calling for police action. The only problem was, the people on the bridge WERE the police! Sources have confirmed to YWN that the folks photographed climbing the Brooklyn Bridge were in fact NYPD on an unannounced drill. A police source told YWN that they were thrilled that people "saw something and said something". It is unknown if the drill was specifically done in bad weather conditions to prepare officers for a rescue ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Tidal Flooding in Coastal Sections of Queens (Far Rockaway), Staten Island, and Brooklyn

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Tidal Flooding in Coastal Sections of Queens (Far Rockaway), Staten Island, and Brooklyn[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] The NYC Office of Emergency Management is responding to multiple reports of tidal flooding in coastal sections of Queens, Staten Island, and Brooklyn, Monday morning. The National Weather Service reports that tide levels are approximately a foot higher than forecast. Tides should be peaking at around 9:00AM and waters will begin receding shortly. NYCEM Citywide Interagency Coordinators have been deployed to these areas to evaluate the flooding conditions. The National Weather Service is ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Issues Construction Crane Safety Plan After Deadly Collapse

NYC Mayor Issues Construction Crane Safety Plan After Deadly CollapseMayor Bill de Blasio says New York City is implementing a four-point plan to increase safety when large construction cranes are operating. De Blasio made the announcement Sunday, in the wake of Friday's fatal crane collapse in Manhattan. The mayor said there will be new restrictions on crawler cranes during wind conditions. Fines for failure to safeguard equipment will be doubled. There will be increased enforcement of pedestrian safety alongside crane sites. And neighboring buildings will get more notifications about crane ...    Full Story »

NYC: Snow Alert Issued For Monday

NYC: Snow Alert Issued For MondayThe New York City Department of Sanitation has issued an agency preparedness "Snow Alert" for Monday, February 8 at 3:00 a.m. A snow alert is not a weather forecast, but indicates the potential for winter precipitation. Calling a “Snow Alert” allows DSNY to begin to prepare for a possible response by loading salt spreaders, attaching plows (if necessary), preparing tire chains and notifying other city agencies and supplementary personnel as needed. DSNY is coordinating with the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of ...    Full Story »

Empire State Building To Become Virtual Scoreboard For Superbowl 50 (3 opinions)

Empire State Building To Become Virtual Scoreboard For Superbowl 50You can follow the Super Bowl on the Empire State Building. The building will become a virtual scoreboard, tracking the game action. At kickoff, the building’s tower lights will be split in the colors of the Broncos and Panthers. Each score, the building will sparkle in the scoring team’s colors and remain lit for the team holding the lead. After the game, the building will sparkle in the winning team’s colors for one hour. It will remain lit for the Super Bowl champion until sunrise. (AP)

David Wichs Z'L Killed by Falling Crane Eulogized as Generous, Kind

David Wichs Z'L Killed by Falling Crane Eulogized as Generous, KindDavid Wichs Z"L who was R"L killed by a collapsing crane was eulogized Sunday as a man of kindness and generosity as the final remnants of the crumpled steel were removed from the Manhattan street where they fell. Wichs, 38, has been described by relatives as a mathematical whiz who graduated from Harvard University and worked at a computerized-trading firm. His good deeds also made him "an angel," said Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, rabbi emeritus of the Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun, where the funeral was held. "We honor a very unique man ...    Full Story »

A REAL HERO! Retired FDNY Firefghter Meets With Man He Saved From Building 14 Years Ago (3 opinions)

A REAL HERO! Retired FDNY Firefghter Meets With Man He Saved From Building 14 Years Ago"When we walked in, the fire was on the first floor and the flames were lapping up the stairs. Firefighter David Martin knocked back the flames with an extinguisher and we ran up to find the kids. It was very hot, and the smoke was so thick, we had no sight at all. I followed faint sounds to find one of the brothers. Normally I would have taken him to the window, but they were barred. The stairs were the only way out but the fire was coming up the steps we needed to go down. I put my body over his, told him to hold on, and dived down the ...    Full Story »

Crane That Collapsed, Killing 1, Is Removed From NYC Street

Crane That Collapsed, Killing 1, Is Removed From NYC StreetA construction crane has been removed from the New York City street where it collapsed, killing a pedestrian. The area in lower Manhattan was still blocked off Sunday morning, but the crumpled steel from the 565-foot-long crane is now gone. Work crews had sliced it up into dozens of pieces. They used other cranes to load the pieces onto flatbed trucks. Other workers have been concentrating on crushed water pipes and street repairs. Wall Street worker David Wichs was killed by the crane as he walked on the street Friday. Three other ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Young Girl Forcibly Touched By Man In Boro Park; Police Searching For Suspect

NYPD: Young Girl Forcibly Touched By Man In Boro Park; Police Searching For SuspectA 13-year-old girl was forcibly touched by a man in Boro Park on Friday morning. Police told YWN that the incident happened at approximately 7:30AM, near 9th Avenue and 53rd Street when she was approached by a male who asked her for directions. The unknown man then forcibly touched the female, and fled on foot. The male is described as a Hispanic male, approximately 30-40 years old, 5'10", 180lbs with a mustache. He was last seen wearing a black hat and gray jacket. There are no arrests and the investigation is ...    Full Story »

New York: Radioactive Material Found in Groundwater Below Indian Point Nuke Plant

New York: Radioactive Material Found in Groundwater Below Indian Point Nuke PlantA radioactive material has been detected in the groundwater below a nuclear power plant north of New York City. Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that water contaminated by tritium leaked into the groundwater at the Indian Point Energy Center in Buchanan, 40 miles north of Manhattan. Officials say the contamination has remained contained to the site and there's no risk to the public. Cuomo says the state's environmental conservation and health departments will investigate. A spokeswoman for Indian Point hasn't responded to ...    Full Story »

Cause of Crane Collapse Could Take Weeks to Know

Cause of Crane Collapse Could Take Weeks to KnowIt may take weeks to determine why a huge construction crane that was being lowered during strong winds came crashing down onto a street, killing a pedestrian and crushing a row of parked cars, city officials said Saturday. Investigators are reviewing surveillance footage from nearby buildings and poring over the twisted, crumpled steel of the 565-foot-long crane, which came thundering down onto a historic Manhattan street 10 blocks north of the World Trade Center during Friday morning's commute. Officials said they recovered the mobile ...    Full Story »
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