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Nassau County, NY: Police Warn About New 'IRS Phone Scam' (1 opinions)

Nassau County, NY: Police Warn About New 'IRS Phone Scam'
County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Acting Police Commissioner Thomas C. Krumpter are urging citizens to be vigilant when receiving telephone solicitations or emails from persons identifying themselves as employees of the Internal Revenue Service. It has come to the attention of the Nassau County Police Department that individuals are receiving calls from persons claiming that they or a family member owe money for unpaid taxes. In these cases individuals are contacted by scammers claiming that they are federal employees and that the ...

No. 7 Subway Extension Could Open In February

No. 7 Subway Extension Could Open In FebruaryNew York City's No. 7 subway extension to the far West Side could be open to riders in February. The Daily News says the MTA and the general contractor have signed a pact that includes up to $4.75 million in incentive payments if the project is finished by Feb. 24. The extension of No. 7 west from its current terminus at Times Square-42n Street will create a new station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue. The MTA's capital construction division president tells the News the station will be very airy and modern. Michael Horodniceanu says ...    Full Story »

2 Injured By Falling Debris In Mid-Manhattan

2 Injured By Falling Debris In Mid-ManhattanAuthorities say two people have been injured by falling debris in midtown Manhattan. Fire officials say it happened at 48th Street and Seventh Avenue around 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. They say the two victims were taken to Bellevue with non-life threatening injuries. Further information wasn't immediately available. (AP)

NY Republican Candidate To Talk Jobs, Taxes

NY Republican Candidate To Talk Jobs, TaxesRepublican Rob Astorino will be discussing his plans to create jobs in New York State. The gubernatorial candidate is to address members of the Association for a Better New York at a breakfast meeting in Manhattan on Wednesday. The Westchester County executive will also talk about the budget and taxes. Polls have consistently shown Gov. Andrew Cuomo well ahead in his bid for a second term. A Siena College survey released last week shows Cuomo with 56 percent of the vote compared to 27 for Astorino. Green Party candidate Howie Hawkins ...    Full Story »

New Yorkers Are Warned About Tax Rebate Scam

New Yorkers Are Warned About Tax Rebate ScamNew Yorkers are being warned about scam artists trying to get personal information by offering to help them get tax rebates. New York State Taxpayer Rights Advocate Margaret Neri says anyone who gets such a phone call should hang up and report the call to the attorney general's consumer protection line (800-771-7755). She says the state Tax Department has learned that scam artists have contacted taxpayers and offered to help them receive a tax rebate. The callers are seeking personal information such as Social Security numbers. She ...    Full Story »

Queens: NYS Assemblyman William Scarborough Arrested

Queens: NYS Assemblyman William Scarborough ArrestedAn official with knowledge of the investigation says a New York legislator has been arrested and is headed for an Albany courtroom. The official, who was not authorized to discuss the case publicly before Wednesday morning's arraignment, says the arrest of Assemblyman William Scarborough follows a joint investigation by the state comptroller and attorney general's offices. The Queens Democrat was first elected to the Assembly in 1994. Scarborough acknowledged in March that investigators raided his home, offices and hotel room in an ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn Man Indicted For Posing As Police Officer, Pulling Over Driver And Threatening To Shoot Him (2 opinions)

Brooklyn Man Indicted For Posing As Police Officer, Pulling Over Driver And Threatening To Shoot HimKings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson announced on Tuesday that a 20-year-old Brooklyn man has been indicted on charges including impersonating a police officer and menacing for threatening to kill a driver he had pulled over in a phony “traffic stop” in Crown Heights. District Attorney Thompson said, “This defendant allegedly posed as a police officer and not only terrorized an innocent man, he eroded the public trust in our real police, who face danger while keeping us all safe every day.” The defendant, Maurice ...    Full Story »

NYPD Aviation Unit Takes Down Laser, Drone Users

NYPD Aviation Unit Takes Down Laser, Drone UsersTwo New York City men have been arrested and charged with felonies for interfering with the actions of NYPD helicopters conducting critical searches in separate incidents recently. The episodes, one week apart, include a Brooklyn man flying an unmanned aerial vehicle – commonly known as a drone – to within 50 feet of a police helicopter operating at an altitude of about 800 feet, and a Queens man who deliberately shone a high-powered laser beam into the eyes of an NYPD pilot maneuvering about 750 feet in the air. “I put the ...    Full Story »

Ex-NY Gov. Pataki Mulling Presidential Run (2 opinions)

Ex-NY Gov. Pataki Mulling Presidential RunFormer New York Gov. George Pataki is reportedly considering running for president in 2016, though a former aide says talk of a campaign is premature. The New York Post reported Tuesday that Pataki is privately weighing whether to enter the wide-open Republican field. The paper says Pataki recently met with Republican donor David Koch. Pataki was governor from 1995 to 2006 and was mentioned as a potential presidential contender in the 2008 and 2012 elections. David Catalfamo, a former top Pataki adviser, says it’s premature to talk ...    Full Story »

NYC Cracking Down On Unsafe Taxi Drivers (2 opinions)

NYC Cracking Down On Unsafe Taxi DriversNew York City is cracking down on unsafe taxi drivers. The Taxi and Limousine Commission issued 5,000 safety-related summonses so far this year. That's a 95 percent increase from last year. The New York Post reports that the jump came even as the number of issued summonses fell in the first three months of this year. The tickets are for such infractions as speeding, tailgating and unsafe lane changes. The number rose sharply in April when the TLC increased enforcement as part of the city's Vision Zero campaign to reduce traffic ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor To Sign Order Expanding Living Wage Law

NYC Mayor To Sign Order Expanding Living Wage LawMayor Bill de Blasio is expected to sign an executive order expanding New York City's living-wage law, increasing the hourly rate to $13.13 from $11.90. The New York Times says the order would immediately cover employees working on commercial projects that receive more than $1 million in city subsidies. It's expected an estimated 18,000 workers would be covered under the law over the next five years. The current law, passed in 2012, covers about 1,200 workers. The mayor tells the paper "We cannot continue to allow rampant and growing ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Man Stabbed To Death, Another Man Fatally Shot By NYPD In Kensington (7 opinions)

PHOTOS: Man Stabbed To Death, Another Man Fatally Shot By NYPD In Kensington[PHOTOS BY HILLEL ENGEL IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Monday evening at 7:18PM, police responded to a 911 call of a male assaulting a female with a knife inside of 820 Ocean Parkway near Foster Avenue. Upon arrival, officers entered apartment 714 and encountered a 47-year-old male armed with a knife. A 51-year-old male also entered the apartment. After ordering the suspect to drop the knife multiple times, police discharged their firearms striking the armed individual. The 47-year-old male was pronounced DOA at the scene. The second individual, ...    Full Story »

Hikind Defends Community's Right To Use Chickens As Kapparos (9 opinions)

Hikind Defends Community's Right To Use Chickens As KapparosAssemblyman Hikind (D-Brooklyn) called recent attacks on the community’s right to use chickens as kaporos “an attack on the First Amendment to the United States Constitution,” which prohibits interfering with the free exercise of religion. The Assemblyman’s comments came in response to the group The Alliance to End Chickens as Kaporos, which filed an order at the Supreme Court of Kings County to enjoin Brooklyn residents from organizing, conducting or participating in the kaporos events involving chickens during the week of ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn D.A. Sets Up 'Hate Crimes Unit' Due To Rise In Incidents

Brooklyn D.A. Sets Up 'Hate Crimes Unit' Due To Rise In IncidentsThe Brooklyn district attorney has created a hate crimes unit to deal with a rise in reported racially and religiously motivated attacks across the borough. The Wall Street Journal says the unit will initially have five prosecutors. It will be led by Marc Fliedner, District Attorney Kenneth Thompson's civil rights bureau chief. The prosecutors will have access to tools more commonly used in organized crime investigations. But Fliedner declined to detail what tools would be available to the unit. According to the NYPD, Brooklyn had ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: NYPD Shoots & Kills Two People - 1 Who Was In Middle Of Stabbing Someone - On Ocean Parkway And Foster Ave (3 opinions)

Brooklyn: NYPD Shoots & Kills Two People - 1 Who Was In Middle Of Stabbing Someone - On Ocean Parkway And Foster AveThe NYPD shot and killed two people on Ocean Parkway just before 8:00PM, Monday evening. Although details are still developing, sources tell YWN that police received calls for a man holding a knife and trying to kill his girlfriend in an apartment located at 820 Ocean Parkway and Foster Avenue. Police arrived on the scene and allegedly found the suspect stabbing his girlfriend, while another person was trying to break them apart. Police were forced to open fire on the man, and it appears both the suspect - as well as the second male - were ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: NYPD Arrests Man Wearing 'Mercy For Animals' Shirt After Stealing Chickens From Kapparos Center in Boro Park (2 opinions)

PHOTOS: NYPD Arrests Man Wearing 'Mercy For Animals' Shirt After Stealing Chickens From Kapparos Center in Boro Park[PHOTOS BY JDN IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A New Jersey man was arrested by the NYPD after he stole chickens from a Boro park Kapparos Center. SOurces tell YWN that Hesa Tushar (39) of New Jersey was arrested on Sunday with the assistance of the Boro Park Shomrim. Tushar - who was wearing a shirt which said “Mercy For Animals” on the front, suddenly arrived at the Sanz-Klausenberger Kapparos Center on 50th Street and 14th Avenue, grabbed a few chickens, and fled the scene in a vehicle. He was apprehended at 15th Avenue and 48th ...    Full Story »

NYPD Chokehold Death Goes To Grand Jury

NYPD Chokehold Death Goes To Grand JuryA grand jury has begun deciding whether there should be criminal charges in the case of an unarmed man who died after being put in a chokehold by New York City police. Police union officials said the grand jury began hearing evidence Monday in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. The proceedings come five weeks after the medical examiner found that a banned chokehold used by Officer Daniel Pantaleo contributed to Garner’s July death on Staten Island. The death was ruled a homicide. Pantaleo’s lawyer says he expects it will take ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Ducks Dead Groundhog Questions (6 opinions)

NYC Mayor Ducks Dead Groundhog QuestionsMayor Bill de Blasio is declining to discuss the groundhog that died a week after slipping from his grasp. The Staten Island Zoo confirmed last week that the rodent died seven days after this year's Groundhog Day ceremony. Staten Island Chuck fell several feet from de Blasio's hands. The zoo said there is no evidence the fall led to the animal's death. The zoo said Chuck was actually a stand-in named Charlotte. It also said it may change the proceedings next year so the mayor won't hold the groundhog. De Blasio on Monday deferred ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor de Blasio Appoints Pinny Ringel As Senior Liaison To Jewish Community (2 opinions)

NYC Mayor de Blasio Appoints Pinny Ringel As Senior Liaison To Jewish CommunityPinnt Ringel, A well-known community activist has been appointed as a Senior Community Liaison to the Jewish community, YWN has learned. Ringel started his new job at the Community Affairs Unit some time last week. "New York City's Jewish community is vast and has many issues. This is an important appointment by the Mayor and recognition of the needs of our community," said Councilman David G. Greenfield. "Pinny Ringel is an outstanding selection for this position. He is a trusted Bill de Blasio adviser who is also trusted across the ...    Full Story »
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