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NYPD's Bratton: Less Tension Between City Officials, Union

NYPD's Bratton: Less Tension Between City Officials, Union
New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton says there's "much less tension" between the police union and city officials now than there was in the aftermath of the chokehold death of a Staten Island man last year. Bratton spoke Sunday on the CBS program "Face the Nation." New Yorkers protested the death last July of Eric Garner after police placed him in a chokehold on a Staten Island street. The incident was a flashpoint triggering discord between New York City officials and the police union. Bratton says he thinks New York has mostly ...

NY Special Election To Fill Congressional, Assembly Seats

NY Special Election To Fill Congressional, Assembly SeatsNew York is holding a special election on May 5, to fill a congressional vacancy as well as one in the state Assembly: ELEVENTH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT The 11th Congressional District, which covers Staten Island and a small part of southern Brooklyn, is vacant due to the resignation of Republican Rep. Michael Grimm. He had pleaded guilty in December to federal tax evasion. The Republican candidate looking to replace him is Dan Donovan, Staten Island's district attorney. The Democratic candidate is Vincent Gentile, a member of the New ...    Full Story »

NYC Council Speaker Partners With Sharpton And Calls To Decriminalize Public Urination And Other Crimes (3 opinions)

NYC Council Speaker Partners With Sharpton And Calls To Decriminalize Public Urination And Other CrimesThe New York City Council speaker said Saturday that fewer arrests for low-level offenses would help police improve their relations with some communities. At Rev. Al Sharpton's National Action Network headquarters, Melissa Mark-Viverito pushed for proposals to decriminalize such offenses as farebeating and public urination. "We're examining the way we can expand the use of summonses and desk appearance tickets as opposed to cuffing somebody for a low-level offense and possibly spending some time in jail," she said. Enforcing such laws ...    Full Story »

Robbery Suspect Shot By NYPD Detective In Struggle Dies

Robbery Suspect Shot By NYPD Detective In Struggle DiesA 22-year-old robbery suspect died Saturday after he was shot once by a detective during a violent struggle on Manhattan's East Village, police said. The shooting occurred after two detectives searched a building at 1:48 p.m. Saturday, looking for a man who had punched and stolen the purse two days earlier of a 21-year-old woman who stopped a presentation she was giving at City College when the man demanded to see her, police said. Police said the suspect, who was not immediately identified, fled out a sixth-floor apartment window and ...    Full Story »

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Driver Of NY Daily News Truck Killed In Early Morning Crash In Williamsburg (2 opinions)

VIDEO AND PHOTOS: Driver Of NY Daily News Truck Killed In Early Morning Crash In Williamsburg[VIDEO & PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On Sunday morning at at 5:49AM, the NYPD responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Nostrand Avenue and Flushing Avenue, in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn - within the confines of the 79 Precinct. Upon arrival, officers observed a 24-year-old male, unconscious and unresponsive, with serious traumatic injuries. EMS also responded to the location and transported the aided male to Woodhull Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased. Further investigation by the ...    Full Story »

New York City Transit Agency Moves to Ban All Political Ads (3 opinions)

New York City Transit Agency Moves to Ban All Political AdsNew York City transit agency lawyers are telling a judge who ordered the authority to display a controversial bus ad that it will vote on a plan to ban all political advertisements. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's letter was sent to Judge John Koeltl on Friday. The judge had ordered the MTA to accept a pro-Israel advocacy group's political advertisement containing the phrase "Hamas Killing Jews" because it is protected speech. MTA lawyer Peter Sistrom says the agency has long considered revising its advertising policy. He ...    Full Story »

Fire Officials: New York City Crane Accident Leaves Man Dead

Fire Officials: New York City Crane Accident Leaves Man DeadFire officials say a boom-crane accident in midtown Manhattan has left a man dead. The Fire Department of New York says the accident occurred shortly before noon Friday near 44th Street and Second Avenue in Manhattan. The small crane was attached to a flatbed truck. About an hour later, the man's body remained on the sidewalk, outside the construction site and next to the truck. Police are at the scene investigating the accident. (AP)

Councilman Deutsch Collaborates With Comptroller Stringer And State Officials To Ensure Swift Claims Settlements

Councilman Deutsch Collaborates With Comptroller Stringer And State Officials To Ensure Swift Claims SettlementsCouncilmember Chaim Deutsch and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer announced today multiple successful reimbursements for motorists who had sustained tire damage due to milling and paving work being done along Ocean Avenue for three weeks in November 2014 by the New York City Department of Transportation. Eleven cars had their tires punctured or their rims damaged after a manhole became exposed on Ocean Avenue and Avenue L during the roadwork. Councilmember Deutsch and Councilmember Jumaane Williams worked with Comptroller ...    Full Story »

BREAKING: Statue of Liberty Evacuated Amid Security Concern

BREAKING: Statue of Liberty Evacuated Amid Security ConcernThe Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island were both been evacuated Friday afternoon as a precaution amid security concerns, the National Parks Service said. The evacuation of the monument began shortly before 1 p.m., parks officials say. A security sweep of Liberty Island is being done. Tourists visiting the site tweeted photos of throngs of people waiting to leave a pier on Liberty Island. It's not clear what prompted the evacuation. It's not clear whether ferry service to Liberty Island has been affected. (AP)

Hikind: Potholes Continue To Danger New Yorkers (3 opinions)

Hikind: Potholes Continue To Danger New Yorkers“These conditions are inexcusable!” announced Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) while standing ankle-deep in one of the many potholes that are still found on 13th Avenue in Brooklyn nearly a month after the borough’s last snowfall. “These craters are endangering the lives and vehicles of everyone who comes through here, and this is one of the busiest areas of our community—one of the busiest streets in the entire borough.” Last week, Hikind complained of the many potholes on Ocean Parkway. He later praised the Department of ...    Full Story »

Man Fatally Shot by NYPD In Queens; Weapon Recovered

Man Fatally Shot by NYPD In Queens; Weapon RecoveredPolice say a man suspected of firing a gun inside a New York City bar was killed in a police-involved shooting after he fired at responding officers. They say it happened after 9 p.m. Wednesday as officers responded to the Irish Hillside Inn in Jamaica, Queens. Police say officers encountered the 30-year-old suspect as he ran out of the bar. They say officers chased the man for several blocks during which the suspect twice turned around and fired at them. Police say the officers discharged five shots. The suspect was hit in the ...    Full Story »

NYCLU: E-ZPass Readers Gathering Info Far Away From Toll Plazas (2 opinions)

NYCLU: E-ZPass Readers Gathering Info Far Away From Toll PlazasThe following is via WCBSTV: The New York Civil Liberties Union is alerting drivers that the E-ZPass tags on their windshields are being used for more than just tolls. The group released a map Wednesday pinpointing 149 locations in the five boroughs where E-ZPass is used for traffic management, WCBS 880’s Jim Smith reported. In some areas of Midtown Manhattan, the readers are at nearly every intersection. “Those people didn’t really know that their E-ZPass tags were being scanned in this way,” said Mariko Hirose, staff ...    Full Story »

NY Senate Leader Not Stepping Down Amid Federal Probe

NY Senate Leader Not Stepping Down Amid Federal ProbeThe leader of the New York state Senate says he won't resign his leadership post amid a federal investigation into the awarding of a $12 million stormwater contract on Long Island. Republican Dean Skelos tells reporters Wednesday that he is cooperating with authorities and has hired an attorney. The probe focuses on whether Skelos influenced Nassau County's decision to award the 2013 contract to Arizona-based AbTech, which had hired Skelos' son Adam as a consultant. The company said in a statement that it is cooperating with ...    Full Story »

Fast Moving Thunderstorms To Pass Through NYC Thursday Afternoon

Fast Moving Thunderstorms To Pass Through NYC Thursday AfternoonA cold front is currently moving through New Jersey and will be approaching the area soon. This will bring a brief period of heavy rain and wind gusts between 40 and 45 MPH. Isolated thunderstorms will also be possible. Thursday is expected to be mostly dry and sunny. TIMING/PRECIPITATION: Fast-moving, isolated thunderstorms are possible between noon and 7 PM. The steadiest rainfall will occur between 4 PM and 5:30 PM. Showers will begin to taper off between 7 and 8 PM. Total rain accumulation is expected to be around 0.25 of an inch, ...    Full Story »

PHOTOS: Flatbush Shomrim And NYPD Arrest 6 People For Crimes Overnight In Midwood (4 opinions)

PHOTOS: Flatbush Shomrim And NYPD Arrest 6 People For Crimes Overnight In Midwood[PHOTOS IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] Thanks to the members of Flatbush Shomrim, 6 suspects were arrested overnight while committing various crimes in the Flatbush / Midwood neighborhood. The incidents happened between 12:30AM and 2:30AM. One incident happened on East 24th Street and Quentin Road in the confines of the 61 Precinct when Shomrim witnessed two suspects breaking into vehicles. They turned out to be professional burglars. They were operating with two-way radio communication. The second incident happened on East 27 Street and ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Calls on Mayor de Blasio to Restore Priority 5 Vouchers in Budget

Greenfield Calls on Mayor de Blasio to Restore Priority 5 Vouchers in BudgetCouncilman David G. Greenfield is leading the call for Mayor Bill de Blasio's budget to include $17 million dollars for Priority 5 vouchers. This program is crucial for low-income orthodox families who rely on it for day-care assistance. Despite his promise that both Priority 5 and Priority 7 vouchers would be funded in this year's budget, Mayor de Blasio's budget in February had neither. The New York City Council released its budget response last week and it included a request that the Mayor restore Priority 5 vouchers. "Priority 5 child ...    Full Story »

Senators Stand By NY Senate Leader Amid Federal Probe (1 opinions)

Senators Stand By NY Senate Leader Amid Federal ProbeRepublican lawmakers in New York are backing Senate Leader Dean Skelos amid a federal investigation into whether he influenced Nassau County's decision to award a $12 million contract to a company that hired his son. Sen. John DeFrancisco told reporters Tuesday that Skelos is innocent until proven guilty. Sen. Kenneth LaValle says it would be "presumptuous" to rush to judgment. Skelos did not address reporters before the Senate reconvened Tuesday following a two-week break. He said last week he was cooperating with ...    Full Story »

Report: NY Assembly Speaker Heastie Profited From Mom's Embezzlement (2 opinions)

Report: NY Assembly Speaker Heastie Profited From Mom's EmbezzlementThe New York Times says New York state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (HAY’-stee) made money by selling an apartment that his mother had bought with embezzled money. The report in Tuesday’s Times says Heastie held onto the Bronx apartment even though a judge had told him to sell it. Heastie’s mother, Helene, pleaded guilty in 1999 to writing checks to herself from a nonprofit agency where she had worked. She was ordered to sell the Bronx apartment as part of her sentence. Helene Heastie died three weeks after she was ...    Full Story »

OU Expresses Disappointment at Mayor De Blasio's Continued Delay in Issuing Half-Day UPK RFP

OU Expresses Disappointment at Mayor De Blasio's Continued Delay in Issuing Half-Day UPK RFPAfter nearly five months since New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio pledged to release a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the City’s half-day Universal Pre-K (UPK) program, OU Advocacy-Teach NYS, the nonpartisan public policy arm of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America, has expressed its disappointment in the continued delay from City Hall regarding this key program for the City’s Jewish day school and yeshiva community. The half-day UPK program has historically been a viable option for New York City’s Jewish day schools ...    Full Story »
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