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Flatbush: Councilman Chaim Deutsch And Area Elected Officials Blast MTA For Lack Of Collaboration

Flatbush: Councilman Chaim Deutsch And Area Elected Officials Blast MTA For Lack Of Collaboration
Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-BROOKLYN), with the support of his colleagues in government – Senator Simcha Felder, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, and Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz, today blasted the MTA for proceeding with routine weekend track work that will close off a section of Avenue O between East 15th Street and East 16th Street to through traffic on Sunday, despite severe congestion implications. Councilman Deutsch said: "It is irresponsible of the MTA to continue with non-emergency work that will result in serious traffic backups, despite ...

World Trade Center Skyscrapers: 3 Up, 1 To Go

World Trade Center Skyscrapers: 3 Up, 1 To GoThe World Trade Center's newest skyscraper has reached its full height of 80 stories. About 1,000 workers are attending the topping out of 3 World Trade Center in New York City on Thursday morning. They signed a 2-ton bucket that's used to haul concrete and it was hoisted to the top of the $2.5 billion high-rise to signal the construction milestone as a recording of "God Bless America" was played. The building is one of three new skyscrapers that replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The others are 4 ...    Full Story »

Greenfield, Felder Team Up With DOT and NY Knicks to Host Bike Helmet Giveaway, Basketball Activities This Sunday

Greenfield, Felder Team Up With DOT and NY Knicks to Host Bike Helmet Giveaway, Basketball Activities This SundayCouncilman David G. Greenfield and NYS Senator Simcha Felder are partnering with the NYC Department of Transportation to host another free bike helmet fitting and giveaway this Sunday at Friends Field in Midwood. The event is open to the public, with helmets available for all ages, including children and adults. All you need to do is stop by Friends Field between noon and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 26 in order to receive a free helmet on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Additionally, from noon to 2 p.m., the New York ...    Full Story »

Judge To NYPD: Pay Muslim Officer Who Sued Over Beard Length (1 opinions)

Judge To NYPD: Pay Muslim Officer Who Sued Over Beard LengthA Muslim police officer, who sued the New York Police Department over a policy limiting beards allowed for religious reasons, would face irreparable harm without protection from the courts, a judge said Wednesday as he ordered the city to reinstate the officer's pay and benefits a day after he was suspended and escorted from police headquarters. U.S. District Judge P. Kevin Castel criticized the city repeatedly before finding it was probable Officer Masood Syed would succeed and issuing a temporary restraining order that will remain in ...    Full Story »

New York Sets 7-Day Limit on Initial Opioid Prescriptions

New York Sets 7-Day Limit on Initial Opioid PrescriptionsNew York is limiting opioid drug prescriptions to seven days of painkillers following a patient's initial visit to a doctor. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, signing the new law Wednesday, said it's among four significant measures that he and state lawmakers are enacting to address the opioid and heroin addiction crisis. The changes also require insurers to cover initial inpatient drug treatment without prior approval; extend from 48 to 72 hours the time someone can be held for emergency treatment; and add 2,500 addiction-treatment slots ...    Full Story »

Gender-Neutral Restroom Bill Approved By NYC Council (12 opinions)

Gender-Neutral Restroom Bill Approved By NYC CouncilThe New York City Council has approved a bill that would require all single-occupant restrooms to become gender neutral. The Council voted 47 to 2 on Tuesday in favor of the legislation, which Mayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign. It would apply to bars, restaurants and other businesses throughout the city. (AP)

WCBSTV: More Charges Expected For NYPD Top Cops (5 opinions)

WCBSTV: More Charges Expected For NYPD Top CopsThe NYPD is reeling after the arrest of two senior commanders as more charges are expected to other top cops. CBS2 political reporter Marcia Kramer reported that Deputy Inspector James Grant and Deputy Chief Michael Harrington were arrested on charges of accepting expensive gifts from two politically connected businessmen, including a trip to Las Vegas on a private jet. Sources told CBS2’s Kramer that more charges are expected at the NYPD involving senior people. They include conflicts of interest charges, department charges and the ...    Full Story »

NY Governor Cuomo Seeks Probe on Tunnel Closure Tied to Corruption Case Involving Boro Park Man Accused Of Bribing Cops (8 opinions)

NY Governor Cuomo Seeks Probe on Tunnel Closure Tied to Corruption Case Involving Boro Park Man Accused Of Bribing CopsNew York's governor demanded an investigation Tuesday into allegations that a lane in one of the traffic-clogged tunnels connecting Manhattan to New Jersey was shut down as a special favor to a politically connected businessman accused of paying bribes to police commanders. Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed the inspector generals for both the state and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct investigations to figure out what role, if any, the Port Authority played in allowing the closure at the Lincoln Tunnel. "If members of ...    Full Story »

Group On 'Vigilante Mission' Caught With Weapons In Holland Tunnel Due In Court

Group On 'Vigilante Mission' Caught With Weapons In Holland Tunnel Due In CourtThree people are expected to appear in court Wednesday after being caught on an alleged vigilante mission with an arsenal of weapons during a routine traffic stop at the Holland Tunnel. John Cramsey, 50, and Dean Smith, 53, both of Zionsville, Pennsylvania, and Kimberly Arendt, 29, of Lehighton, each face several weapons charges. They were arrested as they passed through the tunnel around 7:40 a.m. after being pulled over by a Port Authority police officer for a cracked windshield. When the cop ordered Smith out of the truck, the officer ...    Full Story »

NYS: Felder-Simanowitz Bill Protects Unclaimed Bodies

NYS: Felder-Simanowitz Bill Protects Unclaimed BodiesFor three years, Senator Simcha Felder and Assemblyman Mike Simanowitz have been working together to protect the dignity of the deceased. Now the New York State Senate and Assembly have passed their bill to prohibit the release of unclaimed bodies without the consent of the deceased’s spouse or next of kin. “Currently, unclaimed bodies can be released after only 48 hours,” said Senator Felder. “In many cases, family would object to what takes place after the body is released. People want to bury their loved ones according to their ...    Full Story »

NY Governor Cuomo Sends Letter to Port Authority Officials Regarding Reported Lane Closure in the Lincoln Tunnel

NY Governor Cuomo Sends Letter to Port Authority Officials Regarding Reported Lane Closure in the Lincoln TunnelGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today sent a letter to Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Chairman John Degnan, Vice Chairman Steven Cohen and Executive Director Patrick Foye regarding a reported lane closure in the Lincoln Tunnel. A copy of the letter follows: June 21, 2016 Dear Chairman Degnan, Vice Chairman Cohen and Executive Director Foye: In recent court papers detailing corruption charges against members of the New York City Police Department, it was noted that a businessman “using his connections in local law enforcement ...    Full Story »

FJCC - Flatbush Hatzoloh Safety Event Huge Success

FJCC - Flatbush Hatzoloh Safety Event Huge SuccessA capacity crowd of hundreds of women attended the recent FJCC and Flatbush Hatzoloh safety event titled: Know what to do BEFORE Hatzoloh arrives. The Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition and Flatbush Hatzoloh introduced this innovative concept, to train parents on how to remain calm and take action to save a child's life in critical situations, like choking, burning and bleeding, where every second counts. Moshe Wulliger, Flatbush Hatzoloh coordinator stressed “the importance for community members to participate in these training ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: 3 Heavily Armed People Arrested At Holland Tunnel Entering NYC (6 opinions)

BREAKING: 3 Heavily Armed People Arrested At Holland Tunnel Entering NYCThree people were arrested when police discovered a weapons cache and ballistic vests in a vehicle on the New Jersey side of the Holland Tunnel on Tuesday, officials told NBC4. Authorities arrested two men in their 50s and a woman in her 30s after finding multiple loaded long-range weapons, handguns, ballistic vests and a camouflage helmet in the vehicle. The trio, who may be from ...    Full Story »

Mezuzzah Affixed At Felder's New Boro Park Office; New, Extended Office Hours (2 opinions)

Mezuzzah Affixed At Felder's New Boro Park Office; New, Extended Office HoursSenator Simcha Felder’s new Boro Park location was the scene for celebration on Sunday as HaRav Yitzchok Stein, the Faltcheiner Dayan, affixed a mezuzah and the Senator greeted well-wishers for a l’chaim. “Constituents are invited to visit our Boro Park office which is now more centrally located for their convenience,” said Senator Felder. “We’ve also extended our office hours so everyone has a greater opportunity to come in.” Senator Felder’s new Boro Park office, which is managed by R’ Herzka Grunfeld, is located in ...    Full Story »

New York Congressional Primaries Include 4 For Open Seats

New York Congressional Primaries Include 4 For Open SeatsPrimary races to replace a retiring congressman from the Hudson Valley feature two past candidates for New York governor facing off against lesser-known but spirited challengers. Republican Rep. Chris Gibson is one of four New York congressmen retiring this year, and primary elections are being held June 28 in each of those districts. In New York City, Democrat Charles Rangel's retirement after 23 terms has sparked a nine-person stampede for the party's line. The Democratic primary for Steve Israel's Long Island seat is slightly less ...    Full Story »

Three NYPD Officers Fire 31 Rounds And Kill Armed Bronx Man (3 opinions)

Three NYPD Officers Fire 31 Rounds And Kill Armed Bronx ManA man was shot and killed in the Bronx early Sunday after police say he pointed a gun at officers. The NYPD says police responded to a shooting at about 1:50 a.m. on Randall Avenue in the Clason Point section. When officers arrived, they found a 25-year-old man with a firearm in front of that location at the Soundview Houses. When given a number of verbal commands to drop the 9 mm handgun, he refused and then pointed the weapon at officers, according to the NYPD. Three officers fired a total of 31 shots, some of which struck the ...    Full Story »

TRAGIC UPDATE: Body And PaddelBoard Of Gary Turkel Z'L Recovered In Atlantic Ocean

TRAGIC UPDATE: Body And PaddelBoard Of Gary Turkel Z'L Recovered In Atlantic OceanThe extensive search for Gary Turkel has come to a sad ending moments ago. A tugboat travelling around 30 miles off the coast of Johns Beach - on the Atlantic Ocean - came across a body along with a paddelboard on Friday morning. The Coast Guard was immediately notified, and the body was brought ashore. Family members were driven from Riverdale, and sadly, the confirmation was made at 10:15AM - that Mr. Gary [Chaim Yosef] Turkel Z"L was Niftar. The Rockaway Nassau Safety Patrol gave YWN the following statement: With mixed ...    Full Story »
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