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NY Senate Passes Senator Felder's Bill to Stop de Blasio's Bag Tax

NY Senate Passes Senator Felder's Bill to Stop de Blasio's Bag Tax
The New York State Senate today overwhelmingly passed a bill (S362) to prevent Mayor de Blasio from taxing New Yorkers for using plastic or paper shopping bags. The Senate’s bill has been sent to the Assembly, where it is being sponsored by Assemblyman Michael Cusick (A1250) and must now be voted on. Mayor de Blasio's legislation is due to take effect on February 15 unless the NYS Assembly stops it. The Mayor mandates that a five-cent tax be paid by every customer when they shop and use a plastic or paper bag to carry home their ...

Donald Trump Waits In His Tower - Accessible Yet Isolated

Donald Trump Waits In His Tower - Accessible Yet IsolatedExactly one week after becoming president-elect, Donald Trump stepped outside his namesake fortress here for the first time. He ventured just five blocks, to dinner at the 21 Club - a dark-mahogany-and-red-leather-banquette throwback, where model airplanes and sports memorabilia hang from the ceiling and jackets are de rigueur for men. The vintage haunt, where Trump dined with family members, feels like home. The waiters know his preferred table (No. 14, where Frank Sinatra and Richard M. Nixon once ate) and his regular order (the $36 ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn Boro President Adams Honors 'Heros Of The Month' Which Included Two Incidents Where Orthodox Jews Were Helped

Brooklyn Boro President Adams Honors 'Heros Of The Month' Which Included Two Incidents Where Orthodox Jews Were HelpedBrooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams honored a trio of crime fighters, including some unconventional community champions, as his latest “Heroes of the Month.” His diverse array of honorees include Luis Ruiz and his stepson Antonio Piña, a pair of karate instructors from East Williamsburg who rescued a woman from an attempted assault; Ahmed Khalifa, a Muslim high school student from Midwood who helped cops arrest the assailant of an Orthodox Jewish woman on the subway, and NYPD Detective Steven Franzel, the lead investigator on an ...    Full Story »

Planes Clip Wings on LaGuardia Tarmac; No Injuries Reported

Planes Clip Wings on LaGuardia Tarmac; No Injuries ReportedAn American Airlines plane has clipped another plane with its wingtip while backing up at New York's LaGuardia Airport. No injuries were reported in the incident, which happened Tuesday at Terminal B. A spokesman for Fort Worth, Texas-based American Airlines Group Inc. says the Boeing 737 was pushing back from its gate when it struck a wing of an American Eagle aircraft operated by Republic Airlines. Spokesman Ross Feinstein says the Miami-bound passengers on the Boeing jet were placed on a different aircraft. Passengers on the ...    Full Story »

NYPD Hold Trial for Officer Who Killed Unarmed Man

NYPD Hold Trial for Officer Who Killed Unarmed ManA disciplinary trial has begun for a white New York City officer in a case that was an early catalyst for outrage over police use of deadly force against black men. Richard Haste appeared Tuesday at an administrative court on departmental charges accusing him of failing to use proper tactics in the killing of an unarmed drug suspect in 2012. In opening statements, New York Police Department lawyer Beth Douglas said Haste used poor judgment by forcing his way into a Bronx apartment and firing on Ramarley Graham. Other officers had ...    Full Story »

Governor Cuomo Throws Cold Water On Talk Of 2020 Run For The White House (1 opinions)

Governor Cuomo Throws Cold Water On Talk Of 2020 Run For The White HouseAfter months of speculation, Governor Andrew Cuomo puts the possibility of a Presidential run to rest. On a local radio show hosted by former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, he shut down rumors that he might run for the White House in 2020. He says the presidential talk is flattering, but he is just focused on winning re-election in 2018. "I hope that I am blessed by the people of this state with a chance to continue to serve," Cuomo said. "We have a lot of good things going on right now and I want to make sure that we finish ...    Full Story »

New York State Lawmakers Pushing To Block New York City's Plastic Bag Tax (2 opinions)

New York State Lawmakers Pushing To Block New York City's Plastic Bag TaxSome New York State lawmakers are hoping to halt an upcoming tax on plastic bags in New York City. The five cent fee for disposable shopping bags is scheduled to take effect on Feb. 15th. New York State Senators Simcha Felder, Martin Golden, and Tony Avella and Assemblyman Michael Cusick will join colleagues on both sides of the aisle at a news conference Sunday at City Hall to discuss their efforts to stop the tax. They say there is still time to stop the Mayor and City Council from implementing it. Critics argue the tax is a bad ...    Full Story »

Hikind Slams NYS DOT As Chaos Ensues On Ocean Parkway (10 opinions)

Hikind Slams NYS DOT As Chaos Ensues On Ocean ParkwayAssemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) slammed the NYS Department of Transportation and its implementation of chaotic traffic changes Friday morning after a car collision occurred on January 11 at Avenue P and Ocean Parkway just days after the changes took effect. One motorist was driving southbound toward Belt Parkway as the other driver was attempting to cross Avenue P eastbound toward Coney Island Avenue when the two cars collided. According to the motorists, each claimed to have a green light and the right of way. “What a nightmare; ...    Full Story »

Senator Felder Leads Bipartisan Push To Stop The Bag Tax (2 opinions)

Senator Felder Leads Bipartisan Push To Stop The Bag TaxNew Tax Goes Into Effect Feb. 15, But Lawmakers Can Put an End to the Financial Burden on City Residents; Time to Act is Now New York State Senator Simcha Felder (D, Brooklyn), was joined at City Hall by Senators Marty Golden and Tony Avella, Assemblyman Michael Cusick, and other colleagues on both sides of the aisle today to call on Mayor de Blasio and the City Council to stop a regressive tax on plastic bags slated to begin next month. The legislators called the five-cent tax on each disposable plastic bag a bad deal for working- and ...    Full Story »

New York State Police To Get New Chopper For Governor Cuomo

New York State Police To Get New Chopper For Governor CuomoGov. Andrew Cuomo will soon have a new chopper. The State Police plans to buy a $12.5 million Sikorsky S-76D to transport the Democratic governor and perform other public safety missions as needed. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said Friday that his office approved the purchase after initially rejecting it last year. The decision was reversed after Cuomo's office provided more information. The vehicle will be used for a variety of missions, including search and rescue, helping police on the ground and for transporting Cuomo. The ...    Full Story »

NYPD: 2 Men in Williamsburg Tried to Lure Young Girl, Boy Into Van (1 opinions)

NYPD: 2 Men in Williamsburg Tried to Lure Young Girl, Boy Into VanPolice are looking for two men they say tried to lure a young boy and girl into a van in Brooklyn on Tuesday. The incidents happened just blocks apart in Williamsburg, according to police. The first took place at the corner of Hewes St. and Williamsburg East around 6:15 pm. Sources said the two men promised the boy candy in Yiddish, speaking in a Russian accent. Police said the 12-year-old boy kept on walking. A few hours later, the two men attempted the same ploy on a 10-year-old girl on Williamsburg East and Lee Ave., ...    Full Story »

NJ Man Arrested For Owing More Than 1 Million Dollars In EZ Pass Tolls (5 opinions)

NJ Man Arrested For Owing More Than 1 Million Dollars In EZ Pass Tolls A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday while trying to board a plane to Aruba at Newark Liberty International Airport. Police say 34-year-old, Lester Morales, of Little Ferry, has been charged with theft of services for racking up more than a million dollars in unpaid tolls and fees through E-ZPass. An investigation found Morales' trucking company, EAB Transport LLC/Do it Right Trucking, was using a delinquent E-ZPass account for over a year. Police say Morales had trucks driving through tolls more than a hundred times per day using ...    Full Story »

Major Spike In Flu Cases Seen Across New Jersey (3 opinions)

Major Spike In Flu Cases Seen Across New JerseyFlu fears have mounted in New Jersey after a high number of cases were reported – especially in the northeast and central parts of the state. Area doctors and officials at the New Jersey Department of Health wish more people would guard against the flu before they get caught in its grip. “We’ve had a bunch of kids with flu,” said Dr. David Namerow, founder of Pediatric Care Associates. “Fever, chills, headache, cough.” According to Garden State Health Statistics, flu cases are spiking. The most recent figures do not ...    Full Story »

Elderly Jewish Woman Dies In Queens House Fire

Elderly Jewish Woman Dies In Queens House FireAuthorities are working to determine the cause of a fatal house fire in Queens that left an elderly woman dead Friday night. Police say they responded to a 911 call for a residential fire inside of 69-77 180th Street in Fresh Meadows just after 9:30 p.m. Officers arrived to find firefighters extinguishing the blaze. Medics transported the two residents — an elderly husband and wife — to Queens General Hospital where the wife succumbed to her injuries. The victim has been identified as 78-year old Linda Landau, according to police. ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Officers Shoot, Kill Queens Man Who Threatened Mom With Tool

NYPD: Officers Shoot, Kill Queens Man Who Threatened Mom With ToolPolice fatally shot a man who threatened his mother with a screwdriver and wouldn't drop it as he struggled with officers in a New York City home, a police official said Saturday. Officers arrived to the sounds of screaming at a Queens house around 3:30 a.m. and found the man holding his mother and threatening her with the tool in a stairwell to a basement apartment, Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan said. A 911 caller had told authorities she was yelling, "He's going to kill me!" Monahan said preliminary information gathered in the hours ...    Full Story »

MIRACLE: Jewish Teen Girl Miraculously Survives After Car Jumps Curb In Borough Park (4 opinions)

An Orthodox Jewish girl on her way to school in Borough Park is out of the hospital after being struck this morning by an out of control car. Police said that the girl was at the corner of 18th Avenue and 55th Street at 8:12 AM when she was struck by a northbound 2015 Toyota Camry that jumped the curb. According to police, the 48 year old driver of the car suffered an apparent heart attack and was unconscious at ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Invites Nonprofits Seeking Funding to Annual Budget Training

Greenfield Invites Nonprofits Seeking Funding to Annual Budget TrainingAs part of his ongoing effort to make the annual city budget funding process as transparent and open as possible, Councilman David G. Greenfield is again inviting all non-profit organizations to attend his seventh annualbudget workshop. At this meeting, non-profit groups that serve the people of Greenfield’s 44th Council District will learn about the city’s application process for applying for discretionary funding and have their questions answered. The meeting, which is mandatory for groups that want to be considered for funding from ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn: 7 Defendants, including National Grid Employees, Charged for Operating Shadow Utility Company that Illegally Installed Gas Meters (9 opinions)

Brooklyn: 7 Defendants, including National Grid Employees, Charged for Operating Shadow Utility Company that Illegally Installed Gas MetersActing Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, together with New York City Department of Investigation Commissioner Mark G. Peters, today announced the indictment of a former National Grid employee who infiltrated the public utility and corrupted a number of its employees. He and other defendants are charged with enterprise corruption and related offenses for operating a shadow utility company that violated New York City Department of Buildings and National Grid regulations and procedures, installing illegal gas meters across Brooklyn for ...    Full Story »

New York City Traffic Deaths Dropped to Record Low in 2016

New York City Traffic Deaths Dropped to Record Low in 2016Traffic deaths in New York City have declined for the third straight year, dropping to a record low of 229 in 2016. Mayor Bill de Blasio said Wednesday that the downward trend in traffic deaths shows his Vision Zero traffic-safety campaign is working. The 229 traffic fatalities were pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists and people in cars. The number fell from 234 in 2015. City officials say 229 is the lowest number of traffic deaths since record-keeping began in 1910. Pedestrian deaths increased slightly to 144, up from 139 in ...    Full Story »
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