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FBI: 3 Arrested For Breaking Into Banks In Boro Park And Queens, Cutting Through Roof, Stealing $5 Million In Cash, Valuables

FBI: 3 Arrested For Breaking Into Banks In Boro Park And Queens, Cutting Through Roof, Stealing $5 Million In Cash, Valuables
Authorities say New York City bank burglars stole about $5 million in cash, diamonds, jewelry, coins and baseball cards. The FBI says three men charged Tuesday were part of a crew it's been investigating with the New York Police Department. A criminal complaint focuses on two burglaries this year in Brooklyn and Queens. On a bank roof in Queens, the burglars left behind empty safe deposit boxes, grinding wheels and a fuel tank for a cutting torch. Near a hole in the roof was a black plywood structure that the burglars apparently built to ...

Every NYPD Patrol Officer to be Equipped with Heavy Ballistic Vests and Helmets (1 opinions)

Every NYPD Patrol Officer to be Equipped with Heavy Ballistic Vests and HelmetsThe events of the last month have once again brought the issue of officer safety to the forefront. Instances of localized terror attacks, active shooter incidents, and even direct ambushes of police officers have all played out across our nation. The NYPD has begun a $7.5 million project to purchase personal protective equipment, including heavy ballistic vests and helmets, to further enhance the safety of responding officers in the event of an active shooter situation. Twenty thousand ballistic helmets will be distributed to all uniformed ...    Full Story »

Police Commissioner Bratton Won’t Stay on the Job Past 2017

Police Commissioner Bratton Won’t Stay on the Job Past 2017William Bratton says he will not remain commissioner of the New York Police Department past 2017. The New York Times, which interviewed Bratton, says he also left open the possibility that he could leave even sooner. The 68-year-old commissioner says he's "still young enough" to take on "additional challenges." He also says he's already created a line of succession. Bratton is in his second stint as commissioner in New York. He led the department for more than two years in the mid-1990s and began serving as Mayor Bill de Blasio's ...    Full Story »

Busy NYC Subway Tunnel to Close for 18 Months for Repairs

Busy NYC Subway Tunnel to Close for 18 Months for RepairsAn East River tunnel that carries one of New York City's most crowded subway lines will be closed for a year and a half starting in January 2019. Transit officials tell The New York Times that several alternatives are being considered for tens of thousands of L train riders between Manhattan and Brooklyn. They include extra subway service on nearby lines and a new bus and ferry service. Cars also could be added to trains on the G line. All five L train stops in Manhattan will close. L trains will continue to operate in Brooklyn ...    Full Story »

Heatwave Continues To Grip NYC Area - Heavy Thunderstorms Possible On Monday Afternoon (1 opinions)

Heatwave Continues To Grip NYC Area - Heavy Thunderstorms Possible On Monday AfternoonExpect heavy heat and humidity to continue as the week begins, with temperatures continuing in the 90s through Thursday. There is a heat advisory across New York's boroughs, and in Essex, Union, Hudson, Ocean, Monmouth, Middlesex and Burlington counties in New Jersey until Monday at 6 p.m. Meteorologist Bill Evans says temperatures Monday will reach a high of 94, short of the record of 97 set in 1999. The real feel will be about 100. There could also be showers and thunderstorms Monday afternoon with drenching downpours. (Source: ...    Full Story »

Schumer Asks Feds To Sweep Local Airports For Security ‘Blind Spots’

Schumer Asks Feds To Sweep Local Airports For Security ‘Blind Spots’U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer has asked federal officials to review New York City area airports to ensure they don’t have “blind spots” terrorists could exploit. The New York Democrat says Sunday that he has written to the Department of Homeland Security following an investigation that found certain key areas of LaGuardia International Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport do not have full video surveillance, CBS2 reported. Schumer ...    Full Story »

Union Official: Operator Error Didn't Cause Crane Collapse On Tappan Zee Bridge

Union Official: Operator Error Didn't Cause Crane Collapse On Tappan Zee BridgeA union official said operator error isn't what caused a crane's 250-foot-long boom to collapse across New York's Tappan Zee Bridge. Jeff Loughlin, business manager for International Union of Operating Engineers Local 137, told The New York Times ) on Friday he'd spoken with the operator who claims to know what spurred the collapse. But Loughlin says he promised investigators he wouldn't publicly reveal the cause. Two drivers were injured after the sudden fall Tuesday snarled traffic, closed all seven lanes for hours and caused extensive ...    Full Story »

Ex-NYC Jail Guard Union Boss Pleads Not Guilty To Bribery

Ex-NYC Jail Guard Union Boss Pleads Not Guilty To BriberyThe former head of New York City's jail guard union has pleaded not guilty in his bribery case. Norman Seabrook entered the plea Friday in his federal indictment in Manhattan. He's been charged with funneling $20 million in union funds to a hedge fund through a middleman in exchange for a $60,000 kickback. He told reporters outside court Friday that he expects to be vindicated. Seabrook was removed as president of the Correction Officers' Benevolent Association following his arrest last month. Overlapping federal corruption probes ...    Full Story »

New York Lawmakers Vow To Fight Plan For New Bus Terminal

New York Lawmakers Vow To Fight Plan For New Bus TerminalBattle lines over a proposed new, $10 billion bus terminal in Manhattan were drawn in ink Thursday as city, state and federal lawmakers charged the project has ignored them and the needs of local residents, and called for a halt to an international competition scheduled to produce a winning design in two months. Speaking at the monthly board meeting of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Democratic U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and others said the plan to build a new terminal one block west of ...    Full Story »

After Times Square Fake Bomb Scare, Officers Called Heroes (1 opinions)

After Times Square Fake Bomb Scare, Officers Called HeroesWhen a passing driver hurled a flashing, clicking object into their police van in Times Square, it looked like danger to Sgt. Hameed Armani and Officer Peter Cybulski. "Boss, this is a bomb," Cybulski said. But rather than run to safety, Armani hit the gas, determined to get the device away from the crowds. "We're gonna go, but I'm not going to have anybody else go with us," he thought. The partners were hailed for their quick-thinking courage Thursday after the dramatic episode, which evolved into an overnight police standoff with ...    Full Story »

What Pollution? Brooklyn Area Thrives Along Superfund Canal

What Pollution? Brooklyn Area Thrives Along Superfund CanalIt could be a postcard for Brooklyn's hip resurgence: a shimmering new building of modern apartments renting for $5,000 a month, a gourmet grocery with a rooftop greenhouse, and a funky barbecue joint with drinks flowing on the outdoor deck. Except all of it overlooks the Gowanus Canal, a murky, smelly Superfund site choked with raw sewage and an iridescent sheen of oil, PCBs, coal tar and other industrial wastes. It could take more than a decade to clean it up, but for now people seem willing to overlook some of the worst of old ...    Full Story »

Paramedic Rescues Orthodox Jewish Woman on Ventilator After Tappan Zee Bridge Crane Collapse (7 opinions)

Paramedic Rescues Orthodox Jewish Woman on Ventilator After Tappan Zee Bridge Crane CollapseA paramedic is being hailed as a hero for coming to the aid of a woman on a respirator who was just minutes away from death after a construction crane collapsed across the Tappan Zee Bridge north of New York City. WCBS-TV reports an ambulette was carrying a 26-year-old woman Tuesday when a crane crashed across the bridge, shutting down Thruway traffic in both directions. Ambulance company officials say the patient couldn't breathe on her own, and the respirator was running out of power. Paramedic Ailyea Langbaum drove the wrong way ...    Full Story »

NYPD Ends Standoff With Man Suspected of Tossing Hoax Device Into Police Car

NYPD Ends Standoff With Man Suspected of Tossing Hoax Device Into Police CarA man suspected of tossing a hoax bomb through the open window of a police vehicle in Times Square was taken into custody after an overnight standoff, the New York Police Department said Thursday. The standoff ended around 8 a.m. after police sent a robot to check out the vehicle because they didn't know what was inside it. Chief of Department James O'Neill said a cylindrical object was tossed into the police car late Wednesday night. He said the object was thrown from another vehicle and turned out to include a candle and a harmless ...    Full Story »

Woodmere: Impersonating Police Officer Pulls Over Car, Robs Victim (4 opinions)

Woodmere: Impersonating Police Officer Pulls Over Car, Robs VictimThe following is via News12: Police are searching for a man who posed as a police officer and robbed a driver in Woodmere. Police released a sketch of a bearded man who targeted a driver in broad daylight. According to police, a man turned on his red lights and pulled over a driver at 3:45 p.m. on Broadway. Police say the man made the victim remove his belongings, sent him back to his car and then took ...    Full Story »

NY Man Heard Pledging Allegiance to Al-Qaida Affiliate (1 opinions)

NY Man Heard Pledging Allegiance to Al-Qaida AffiliateA New York man who admitted trying to join an al-Qaida affiliate is heard on a video made days before his January 2013 arrest saying he had no qualms about traveling to the Middle East to join the terror organization. "I pledge my loyalty, allegiance and fidelity" to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, Justin Kaliebe tells an undercover operative posing as an al-Qaida official during a recorded conversation inside a vehicle. The video was played Tuesday during a pre-sentencing hearing for Kaliebe, who was an 18-year-old Long Island high ...    Full Story »

Flatbush: Shots Fired At Two NYPD Officers, Narrowly Missing Them (1 opinions)

Flatbush: Shots Fired At Two NYPD Officers, Narrowly Missing ThemPolice say shots have been fired at two New York Police Department officers, narrowly missing them. It happened late Tuesday night in Brooklyn. The officers were not hit. The Sergeants Benevolent Association says four males drove past the officers in a car and shot at them as they were walking. Union officials say the suspects then fled the scene and dumped the car. No arrests have been made. It's unclear if the officers returned fire. The union is urging other officers to remain alert at all times. The investigation is ...    Full Story »

Prosecutor: No More Arrests Imminent In NYPD Corruption Probe

Prosecutor: No More Arrests Imminent In NYPD Corruption ProbeNo new charges are pending in a New York Police Department corruption probe, although a prosecutor didn't rule it out Tuesday after saying authorities are studying evidence recovered after a family member of one defendant was spotted during a raid carrying cellphones and other materials from the home of a Boro Park businessman. "All things are possible, but nothing is imminent," Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin Bell told U.S. District Judge Gregory Woods at a pretrial hearing. Last month, two high-ranking NYPD officers pleaded not guilty ...    Full Story »

New NYC Subway Cars Coming, but Funding Questions Remain

New NYC Subway Cars Coming, but Funding Questions RemainNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has unveiled designs for New York City subway cars equipped with wider doors, Wi-Fi and phone charging stations — but questions remain about how the state intends to help pay for them. The Democratic governor said Monday that the upgrades at the city's Metropolitan Transit Authority represent the greatest mass transit investment in city history. The $27 billion plan calls for new and upgraded subway cars and buses, better control technology and redesigned subway stations. Cuomo says the state will ...    Full Story »

For House Speaker Ryan, Opportunity, and Risk, at Convention

For House Speaker Ryan, Opportunity, and Risk, at ConventionFor House Speaker Paul Ryan, the Republican National Convention offers opportunity and risk as he tentatively embraces Donald Trump while eyeing his own political future. Ryan's cautious approach toward the soon-to-be GOP presidential nominee was on display Monday as the speaker kicked off his convention stand with breakfast remarks to his home-state Wisconsin delegation. Ryan didn't even mention Trump's name. Instead he focused on the six-plank governing agenda he has proposed in the House that deals with taxes, health care, national ...    Full Story »
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