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Mayor De Blasio: NYC Ready For Pre-Thanksgiving Snowstorm

Mayor De Blasio: NYC Ready For Pre-Thanksgiving Snowstorm
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says the nation's largest city "is ready" for any potential snow around Thanksgiving. Forecasters say New York could receive several inches of snow during a storm hitting Wednesday. Higher elevation areas west of the Interstate 95 corridor could see up to a foot of snow. The nasty weather threatens to hinder travel on the day before Thanksgiving, which is one of the busiest days of the year. De Blasio said the city had "very substantial" salt reserves needed to treat any slippery roads. New York ...

NY Gov. Cuomo Announces MTA Preparations For Winter Storms

NY Gov. Cuomo Announces MTA Preparations For Winter StormsGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that with four to eight inches of snow predicted to coat the New York region, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is closely monitoring weather forecasts and readying its forces to keep the region’s network of subways, buses, railroads, bridges, tunnels and paratransit operating in the event of significant snowfall. New York City Transit MTA New York City Transit has been hard at work preparing an impressive fleet of snow and ice-fighting equipment to be deployed in order to keep hundreds ...    Full Story »

NEW: Greenfield Introduces Bill to Rein In Uber's Surge Pricing (1 opinions)

NEW: Greenfield Introduces Bill to Rein In Uber's Surge PricingToday, Councilman Greenfield will introduce legislation in the City Council to rein in Uber's exorbitant "surge pricing" and protect consumers from price gouging fares. Uber, a car service company which allows customers to hail a private car or taxi from a mobile app, has faced increasing scrutiny over its surge pricing model. Surge pricing allows for normal rates for car service to increase during peak demand hours, such as during rush hour, inclement weather or holidays to as much as nine times the original price. Many consumers who have ...    Full Story »

PHOTO: Protester Throws Fake Blood At NYPD's Commissioner Bratton (1 opinions)

PHOTO: Protester Throws Fake Blood At NYPD's Commissioner BrattonAmid a mostly peaceful march and protest in New York City after the announcement of the grand jury's decision in the killing of Michael Brown, at least one protester hurled a red liquid at Police Commissioner Bill Bratton in Times Square, according to several accounts. Photos circulating on Twitter show Bratton with some streaks of red on his face, but another man -- likely a plainclothes police official in Bratton's entourage -- appeared to have taken the brunt of the tossed liquid, which resembled blood, according to Fox 5's Stacey ...    Full Story »

NYC: Grand Jury Indicts Man In Fatal Subway Push (1 opinions)

NYC: Grand Jury Indicts Man In Fatal Subway PushA grand jury has indicted a 34-year-old man on second-degree murder and manslaughter charges for pushing a stranger in front of a moving New York City subway train, killing him. Bronx prosecutors announced the indictment Monday, shortly after suspect Kevin Darden made a brief court appearance. He had waived his right to appear before the grand jury. Prosecutors say 61-year-old Wai Kuen Kwok (wy koon kwok) was standing with his wife on a Bronx subway platform when Darden shoved him in front of an oncoming train on Nov. 16. Police say ...    Full Story »

Calls Grow To Charge NYPD Officer In Shooting Of Unarmed Man In NYC Housing Project

Calls Grow To Charge NYPD Officer In Shooting Of Unarmed Man In NYC Housing ProjectElected officials in New York City say prosecutors should charge a police officer who killed an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell. City Councilwoman Inez Barron and Assemblyman-elect Charles Barron met Monday with officials in the Brooklyn district attorney's office. Afterward, Charles Barron told reporters he thinks the shooting of Akai Gurley warrants a charge of criminally negligent homicide. Gurley was killed Thursday night. Police say he and his girlfriend had opened a door into a stairway, and an officer patrolling ...    Full Story »

New York Casino Decision Expected Dec. 17

New York Casino Decision Expected Dec. 17A decision on where up to four casinos will be located in upstate New York is expected to be announced Dec. 17. That's the date a board reviewing casino applications is expected to meet for the final time. The board is tasked with picking the winners from among 16 casino applications. New York State Gaming Commission Executive Director Robert Williams announced plans for the meeting Monday during a meeting of the commission. Up to four casino licenses are set to be awarded for three different upstate regions: the Albany-Saratoga area, ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Chabad Shluchim Pose For Annual 'Class Picture' This Morning Outside 770 (4 opinions)

PHOTOS: Thousands Of Chabad Shluchim Pose For Annual 'Class Picture' This Morning Outside 770[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Thousands of Shluchim pose for a group photo in front of Chabad-Lubavitch world headquarters in the Brooklyn borough of New York, Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014. They are among 4,200 rabbis from around the world who are in New York for the International Conference of Chabad-Lubavitch Emissaries, an annual event aimed at reviving Jewish awareness and practice around the world. This year’s conference carries an added significance as millions around the world mark twenty years since the passing of the Rebbe, Rabbi ...    Full Story »

Crown Heights: Shmira Patrol Recovers Stolen Sefer Torah, Tefillin, And 100 Mezuzos (3 opinions)

Crown Heights: Shmira Patrol Recovers Stolen Sefer Torah, Tefillin, And 100 Mezuzos[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A family who just arrived from a day long trip from Montreal, were unloading their luggage on union street and Albany avenue. A male black passing by noticed the luggage sitting near the rear of the car. Realizing that one family member was sitting in the car, he approached her and asked her some questions in an attempt to distract her. Afterwards, he casually walked behind the car and picked up a small package. The thief went off to stash his goods, returned, and stole a duffle bag containing a Sefer Torah ...    Full Story »

NYC Health Dept. Launches New Texting Campaign To Help New Yorkers Sign Up For Health Insurance

NYC Health Dept. Launches New Texting Campaign To Help New Yorkers Sign Up For Health InsuranceThe Health Department today announced the launch of a new texting campaign to make it easier for New Yorkers to sign up for health insurance during the Affordable Care Act open enrollment period. New Yorkers can text “CoveredNYC” to 877877 to get connected with someone who can help them enroll for health insurance in person. To receive help in Spanish, New Yorkers can text “SeguroNYC” to 877877. The Health Department launched a texting campaign to reach uninsured New York City residents, particularly those in our most underserved ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: NYPD KIll Man Inside NYC Housing Complex

Brooklyn: NYPD KIll Man Inside NYC Housing ComplexAn NYPD officer patrolling a public housing complex shot and killed a man he encountered in a stairwell. The NYPD is investigating the circumstances that led to the shooting around 11:15 p.m. Thursday inside of 2724 Linden Boulevard (Pink Houses), within the confines of the 75 Precinct. The man's friend tells the Daily News the shooting was unprompted and he was unarmed. Police say two officers were conducting "a vertical patrol" in the Pink Houses complex in the East New York neighborhood when they encountered the man between the ...    Full Story »

NYC: Staten Island Officials Are Boycotting Verrazano Bridge's 50th Anniversary Over Proposed Toll Hike (2 opinions)

NYC: Staten Island Officials Are Boycotting Verrazano Bridge's 50th Anniversary Over Proposed Toll HikeThe Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City is 50 years old but not everyone is celebrating. Staten Island's politicians are boycotting the anniversary ceremony Friday because of a proposed toll hike announced earlier this week. The double-decked suspension bridge links the borough with Brooklyn. The Staten Island Advance reports that the borough's 11 elected officials say they won't attend. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has proposed raising the one-way cash toll for cars by $1 to $16. Toll increases also would be ...    Full Story »

NY Tax Amnesty Program Nets $530 Million

NY Tax Amnesty Program Nets $530 MillionA tax amnesty program in New York state has exceeded the half-billion dollar mark. The state’s Department of Taxation and Finance said Wednesday that the program has collected $530 million so far from nearly 9,000 taxpayers. Individuals participating in the program can avoid penalties, fines and the threat of prosecution if they agree to pay their back taxes and promise to pay them going forward. State tax Commissioner Thomas Mattox says the program has collected more than $100 million each year since it was started in ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Person Who Arrived From Mali Is Quarantined At Bellevue Hospital With #Ebola Symptoms (1 opinions)

BREAKING: Person Who Arrived From Mali Is Quarantined At Bellevue Hospital With #Ebola SymptomsAn individual who came to the United States from Mali, a country with limited Ebola transmission, was taken to HHC Bellevue Hospital Center today. Due to the individual’s travel history and symptoms, the patient has been isolated, and an Ebola test will be performed. Results are expected later today. (YWN Desk - NYC)

Hikind Hosts Yeshiva Bus Managers Meeting; Works To Eliminate Early A.M. Sanitation Runs (2 opinions)

Hikind Hosts Yeshiva Bus Managers Meeting; Works To Eliminate Early A.M. Sanitation RunsAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) hosted a meeting today with representatives of Boro Park’s yeshiva bus managers to help resolve issues impacting their bus drivers, the yeshivas and ultimately the entire community. Following up on concerns recently raised in a meeting with the bus managers, Assemblyman Hikind made it clear that his top priority is finding a solution to the traffic nightmare caused by sanitation pick-ups which occur concurrently with school bus runs in the morning. The Assemblyman has approached the Sanitation ...    Full Story »

Feds Investigating Drone Sightings at NYC's JFK Airport

Feds Investigating Drone Sightings at NYC's JFK AirportFederal officials are investigating after three commercial pilots reported drones flying near their planes as they approached New York City's Kennedy Airport this week. The FAA says the latest incident occurred Wednesday as a JetBlue flight from Savannah, Georgia, reported spotting a drone when it was about two miles from the runway. Authorities say on Sunday a Virgin Atlantic flight from London reported a drone sighting at about 3,000 feet near the jet. At about the same time, a Delta flight from San Diego reported a drone near one of ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Democrats Must Keep Progressive Vision (8 opinions)

NYC Mayor: Democrats Must Keep Progressive VisionNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday urged his fellow Democrats to articulate a clear progressive message and reject the "safe" campaign themes that he said doomed them in this month's midterm elections. "The results speak for themselves," de Blasio told Politico's chief White House correspondent Mike Allen. "Folks who didn't try this message lost, sadly, overwhelmingly. The safe messages didn't work." De Blasio also reiterated that he hopes to host the Democrats' 2016 national convention and said he has secured $10 million ...    Full Story »

Ferocious Snowstorm Blankets Parts Of New York; Arctic Blast Delivers Freezing Temps Around US

Ferocious Snowstorm Blankets Parts Of New York; Arctic Blast Delivers Freezing Temps Around USA ferocious storm dumped massive piles of snow on parts of upstate New York, trapping residents in their homes and stranding motorists on roadways, as temperatures in all 50 states fell to freezing or below. Even hardened Buffalo residents were caught off-guard Tuesday as more than 4 feet fell in parts of the city. Authorities said snow totals by Wednesday afternoon could top 6 feet in the hardest-hit areas south of Buffalo, with another storm expected Thursday. Cold weather enveloped the entire country Tuesday, leading to record-low ...    Full Story »

Policemen From NYPD 66 Pct Receive Citation From Hikind

Policemen From NYPD 66 Pct Receive Citation From HikindAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) presented citations today to Officers Igor Smolyakov and Joseph Droge of Brooklyn’s 66th Police Precinct for distinguished service. The officers had been seen stopping traffic and exiting their vehicle to personally and carefully escort an elderly woman across the street. “One of my staff members called me to say that he’d watched two policemen stop their car in the middle of the street, get out, and help an elderly woman cross the street,” said Assemblyman Hikind. “I immediately thought of my ...    Full Story »
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