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FAA Investigating After Jet Blue Plane Collision Averted In NY

FAA Investigating After Jet Blue Plane Collision Averted In NY
The FAA says it's investigating a weekend incident involving two planes at New York's Westchester County Airport. JetBlue Flight 94 had begun its descent Sunday when its collision-warning system alerted pilots that an unidentified small plane coming toward it. JetBlue says its pilots' quick reaction averted a collision. A passenger, Megan Sikorski, tells WABC that as the JetBlue plane shot upward in a defensive maneuver, she could hear the "whoosh" of the small plane beneath it. Sikorski says she buried herself in her mother's lap ...

NY Wage Board To Discuss Raising Tipped Wage To $7

NY Wage Board To Discuss Raising Tipped Wage To $7A state board is poised to vote on whether to raise the hourly wage made by restaurant servers and other tipped workers. The state's wage board is scheduled to meet Friday in Albany. The board is charged with making a recommendation to the state's labor commissioner on whether the tipped wage should be raised. The law allows employers to pay tipped workers less than the minimum wage as long as gratuities make up the difference. Currently, servers make about $5 per hour before tips. Labor groups had pushed the wage board to recommend ...    Full Story »

NYC: Frigid Temps Expected On Friday Night - Range From Around Zero To 10 Degrees (2 opinions)

NYC: Frigid Temps Expected On Friday Night - Range From Around Zero To 10 DegreesSnow this morning along an arctic front will taper off by afternoon. One to two inches of snow is expected across portions of the area this morning. An arctic air mass will then move in this afternoon behind the front. Rapidly falling temperatures are forecast late this afternoon through tonight. Lows will range from around zero to 10 degrees tonight. These bitterly cold temperatures, along with strong winds will make it feel well below zero across the area tonight. Saturday will be sunny, windy and cold. Highs will struggle to reach 20 ...    Full Story »

35 Years After Boy Etan Patz Vanished, Murder Trial To Open

35 Years After Boy Etan Patz Vanished, Murder Trial To OpenAs police searched for a missing 6-year-old boy named Etan Patz, they jotted down the name of a teenage shop worker they met. But they didn't expect the clerk would become their suspect more than three decades later. After 35 years, Pedro Hernandez is going on trial in a case that shaped the nation's response to missing children. Opening statements are scheduled Friday. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty. Etan vanished in May 1979. He became one of the first missing children pictured on milk cartons. In 2012, Hernandez gave a ...    Full Story »

NYC Health Department Urges Flu Medication Use

NYC Health Department Urges Flu Medication UseNew York City's Health Department is urging clinicians to prescribe antiviral medications to all high-risk or severely ill patients suspected of having the flu. It's also urging New Yorkers who have flu-like symptoms and are at a higher risk for complications to ask their doctors about the medications. The department has distributed posters and patient flyers to emergency rooms, outpatient clinics and urgent care centers throughout the city. Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett says antiviral medications can help reduce complications ...    Full Story »

NBC New York: NYS Senate Majority Leader Skelos Under Criminal Investigation (4 opinions)

NBC New York: NYS Senate Majority Leader Skelos Under Criminal InvestigationOne week after the arrest of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, we have new information on what the U.S. attorney meant when he told reporters to "stay tuned" for new developments in his investigation of state government. NBC New York is reporting that Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos is under criminal investigation. Sources close to the investigation tell     Full Story »

Another Candidate To Replace Sheldon Silver As NY Assembly Speaker Drops Out

Another Candidate To Replace Sheldon Silver As NY Assembly Speaker Drops OutAssemblyman Joseph Lentol, a longtime legislator from Brooklyn, dropped his candidacy Thursday to become the new leader of the state Assembly, reducing the field to three. Saying he doesn't have enough support, Lentol said he's backing Assemblyman Carl Heastie of the Bronx, who appeared then to have most if not all the 76 votes needed. "For all practicality, I think Carl has the votes at hand to enable him," Lentol said. "Other members are going to come on board because the train is leaving the station." The 47-year-old Heastie was ...    Full Story »

Pot Arrests Plunge In NYC After Policy Change

Pot Arrests Plunge In NYC After Policy ChangeNew York City's pledge to stop making many marijuana arrests is playing out on the streets. New statistics show arrests and summonses for small-time pot possession have plummeted since the policy change this fall. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced in mid-November that police would turn toward violations and summonses instead of misdemeanor arrests for carrying modest amounts of pot. State Division of Criminal Justice statistics obtained by The Associated Press show such arrests plunged by 75 percent in December compared to a year ago, and ...    Full Story »

MTA Union: Develop Plan To Keep Some Subways Running In Storm

MTA Union: Develop Plan To Keep Some Subways Running In StormThe union president representing transit workers is calling on the MTA to develop a plan that could keep at least the underground portions of the subway system running in a severe snowstorm. John Samuelsen tells the Wall Street Journal that train operators and other transit employees don't believe a blizzard necessitates the full shutdown of the system. The president of the Transport Workers Union Local 100 says he plans to raise the issue with the MTA's chairman this week. But Samuelsen says he understands MTA Chairman Tom ...    Full Story »

New Counterterror Team, New Community Strategy At NYPD

New Counterterror Team, New Community Strategy At NYPDNew York City Police Commissioner William Bratton says 350 officers will be trained and outfitted to respond to counterterrorism calls. That's in addition to the 1,000 officers already dedicated to counterterror efforts. Previously, precinct officers were assigned to what's called a "critical response" — a show of force at sensitive locations like the Empire State Building. But now those officers will be a specialized unit. Bratton said Thursday in a speech that the move will build on the department's strong counterterror ...    Full Story »

NYC Comptroller: Removing Snow Costs $1.8 Million Per Inch

NYC Comptroller: Removing Snow Costs $1.8 Million Per InchA new study says the cost of removing snow in New York City is about $1.8 million per inch. City Comptroller Scott Stringer released a report Wednesday that analyzed more than 10 years of snowstorms. It does not include the storm that hit the city earlier this week. The most expensive years for removing snow were winters — like fiscal year 2011 and 2014 — in which the city received the most snow. But the cost per inch was also high in winters without much snow because the city had certain built-in winter expenses. Stringer ...    Full Story »

NY Gov. Cuomo Highlights Dramatic Decrease In DMV Wait Times

NY Gov. Cuomo Highlights Dramatic Decrease In DMV Wait TimesGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today highlighted a dramatic reduction in wait times at offices of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. In September 2014, the average wait time at State-run DMV offices was reduced to 30 minutes – down from an average of 72 minutes in March 2013. This represents a decrease of 58 percent in customer wait time, and was achieved through the DMV’s Customer Service Initiative, which the agency began at Governor Cuomo’s direction in 2012. “Our administration has taken an active role in improving the ...    Full Story »

New York Nonpublic Schools Welcome $83.7 Million in Mandated Services Funding; $28 Million To Yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs, Day Schools (2 opinions)

New York Nonpublic Schools Welcome $83.7 Million in Mandated Services Funding; $28 Million To Yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs, Day SchoolsNonpublic schools across New York State received notices from the State Education Department on Wednesday informing them that they will soon be receiving compensation for their mandated services costs incurred during the 2013-14 school year. It is anticipated that a total of approximately $84 million in Mandated Services Aid payments will be disbursed, approximately $28 million of which goes to New York's nearly 400 yeshivos, Bais Yaakovs and Hebrew day schools. The mandated services program was established by the New York State ...    Full Story »

NYC Emergency Management Issues Weather Advisory (2 opinions)

NYC Emergency Management Issues Weather AdvisoryThe New York City Office of Emergency Management today issued a weather advisory for light snow and cold temperatures Thursday night, January 29, through Saturday night, January 31. · As a cold front approaches Thursday, it will be accompanied by light snow that will begin around 9 PM and continue until early Friday morning. An accumulation of 1-2 inches of snow is expected with little to no ice formation, but roads could be slippery for Friday morning’s rush. · Decreasing temperatures and increased winds are expected Friday ...    Full Story »

NY Attorney General Proposes Limit On Late Fees In Storm (2 opinions)

NY Attorney General Proposes Limit On Late Fees In StormNew York's attorney general is sending letters to 62 banks, mortgage lenders and utilities asking they temporarily suspend late fees for customers on Long Island hit by this week's snowstorm. According to authorities, the storm interrupted mail service and banking on Tuesday, creating a potential backlog in delivering bills and credit card statements. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman says suspending late fees is the right thing to do as residents, families and businesses dig themselves out, recover from storm damage and need a grace ...    Full Story »

NY Assembly Considers Rewriting Rules After Speaker's Arrest (1 opinions)

NY Assembly Considers Rewriting Rules After Speaker's ArrestSheldon Silver's 21-year reign as the speaker of the New York state Assembly is ending - a tectonic shift in state government that many reform-minded lawmakers say provides an opportunity to rewrite Albany's political playbook. Greater transparency. Less centralized power. Technological innovations to help lawmakers share information with constituents. More input by rank-and-file lawmakers on which bills get votes and who sits on which committees. The first major changes have already been agreed to: Silver is out, and his successor will ...    Full Story »

How Much Snow Fell Vs. How Much Was Forecast (5 opinions)

How Much Snow Fell Vs. How Much Was ForecastA look at some snowfall totals across the Northeast by late Tuesday afternoon after a massive winter storm and the National Weather Service's forecast snow totals as Monday night: ___ CONNECTICUT Thompson — Actual: 33.5 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Putnam — Actual: 30 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Lisbon — Actual: 26 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. ___ MAINE Lewiston — Actual: 27 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. South Windham — Actual: 18 inches; Forecast: 18-24 inches. Portland — Actual: 25 ...    Full Story »

OU Calls on Mayor de Blasio to Make His Signature Universal Pre-K Program 'Universal'

OU Calls on Mayor de Blasio to Make His Signature Universal Pre-K Program 'Universal'After nearly a year of advocacy, working to ensure that New York City Jewish day schools would be included in Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature universal pre-kindergarten (UPK) program, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS has launched a campaign in New York City calling on the mayor to “Make Universal Pre-K Universal.” The campaign is targeted to raise awareness among New York City’s Jewish community and the greater public that Mayor de Blasio’s pledge to offer every child in New York City “truly universal, full-day pre-K” has left New York ...    Full Story »

Cuomo, de Blasio, Defend Strict NYC Storm Regulations (1 opinions)

Cuomo, de Blasio, Defend Strict NYC Storm RegulationsThey appeared to be scenes from a frozen apocalypse. Streets across the nation's largest city were empty, the only movement the changing traffic lights signaling to cars that weren't there. The subway system was shuttered, the city's pulse rendered still. Hardy souls who braved the snow were threatened with fines or arrest. And it could be the new normal. Though the snowstorm largely missed New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio staunchly defended their unprecedented, stringent restrictions, both saying they ...    Full Story »
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