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Survey: NYC Homelessness Rose In 2014

Survey: NYC Homelessness Rose In 2014
A new survey shows the number of homeless people in New York City has grown this year in almost every category: individuals, families and the chronically homeless. The New York Times says the report was conducted by the Department of Housing and Urban Development. It's based on a nationwide "point-in-time" survey conducted on a single night in January. It found that while the number of homeless people living on the streets and in shelters fell across the country, it grew in New York ...
(Add your opinion  |   October 31 )

Union Appeal Denied in NY Stop and Frisk Case

Union Appeal Denied in NY Stop and Frisk Case
A federal appeals court panel has denied a request by police unions to continue challenging New York City's stop and frisk ruling. A judge ruled last year that the city sometimes discriminated against minorities with the New York Police Department's stop, question and frisk policy and ordered changes to departmental training and procedures. Then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration appealed the decision. Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped the appeal when he came into office this ...
(Add your opinion  |   October 31 )

AUDIO: YWN Exclusive: Greenfield Explains Bold Plan To Build 2,000 New Housing Units in Boro Park

AUDIO: YWN Exclusive: Greenfield Explains Bold Plan To Build 2,000 New Housing Units in Boro Park
[AUDIO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] On his weekly radio program last night, Councilman David Greenfield laid out his support of a bold new housing plan proposed by R' Nachman Caller to build as many as 2,000 units of affordable housing in Borough Park. Councilman Greenfield addresses critical questions such as: Why weren't we able to build housing before? Why do we even need more housing in Boro Park? Where will all these new people park their cars? Greenfield also took live calls from ...
(3 opinions  |   October 31 )

Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas Reps Voice Concerns About UPK Program At OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Meeting

Jewish Day Schools and Yeshivas Reps Voice Concerns About UPK Program At OU Advocacy-Teach NYS Meeting
Representatives of more than 30 New York City Jewish day schools and yeshivas convened this week at a community forum sponsored by OU Advocacy-Teach NYS to voice their frustrations over New York City’s universal pre-K (UPK) program and suggest ways the program could be improved. OU Advocacy-Teach NYS is working with state and city legislators to enhance the program for non-public schools and ensure the greatest utilization of the program by Jewish day schools and yeshivas. Participating ...
(2 opinions  |   October 31 )

Gas Almost Under $3 Nationwide: What To Know

Gas Almost Under $3 Nationwide: What To Know
The sight is so surprising that Americans are sharing photos of it, along with all those cute Halloween costumes, sweeping vistas and special meals: The gas station sign, with a price under $3 a gallon. "It's stunning what's happening here," says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. "I'm a little bit shocked." The national average price of gasoline has fallen 33 cents in October, landing Friday at $3.00, according to AAA, and will soon dip under $3 for the ...
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Bill Clinton Stumps For New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Bill Clinton Stumps For New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Bill Clinton threw his political weight behind New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's re-election bid on Thursday, lauding the governor's focus on causes like a higher minimum wage and preschool programs. "He has made this a more progressive, more fair, more forward-looking state — and it's turned out to be good for the economy," Clinton said at the Manhattan headquarters of 1199 SEIU, the powerful health care workers union. Cuomo and Clinton addressed union members at their headquarters near ...
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Author of Bin Laden Book Is Under Criminal Probe

Author of Bin Laden Book Is Under Criminal Probe
U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges. Publication of Matt Bissonnette's book, "No Easy Day," in 2012 prompted a Pentagon inquiry that evolved several months ago into a criminal probe by the Justice Department. A Pentagon spokeswoman, Navy Cmdr. Amy Derrick-Frost, said the matter has been under review ...
(Add your opinion  |   October 31 )

Nepotism at the Port of Ashdod - You Decide

Nepotism at the Port of Ashdod - You Decide
While labor leaders and officials at the Port of Ashdod insist the port is run in accordance to law regarding hiring. Nevertheless, a recent state comptroller’s report documents that 36% of the employees at the port are related. The report released on Wednesday 5 Marcheshvan documents the nepotism that exists at the port despite claims of denial from all level of labor and management. The State Comptroller’s Office probed hiring policies at the port along with other large government ...
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Switzerland: IS Suspects Arrested Over Attack Plan

Switzerland: IS Suspects Arrested Over Attack Plan
Three people suspected of supporting the Islamic State group and thought to have been planning an attack in Europe were arrested in Switzerland earlier this year, prosecutors said Friday. The Iraqi citizens were arrested in late March and have been held in pre-trial detention since then, Swiss federal prosecutors said in a statement. They didn't give the names or any other details of the suspects. The arrests weren't previously confirmed "so as not to jeopardize the outcome of enquiries ...
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Moetzes Gedolei Yisrael of Agudas Yisroel In Eretz Yisroel Say Not To Cooperate With IDF Draft In Any Way

Moetzes Gedolei Yisrael of Agudas Yisroel In Eretz Yisroel Say Not To Cooperate With IDF Draft In Any Way
Following the meeting this week of the admorim shlita of the Moetzas Gedolei Hatorah of Agudas Yisrael, a kol korei was published in the chareidi media on erev Shabbos that the tzibur is not to cooperate with IDF authorities in any way. This includes reporting for a first draft notice and joining any of the specially tailored programs for chareidim, including Shachar and civilian service. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(8 opinions  |   October 31 )

R' Nachman Caller to Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Promise To Serve As A Committee Member If Elected

R' Nachman Caller to Assemblyman Dov Hikind: Promise To Serve As A Committee Member If Elected
On Thursday, the campaign of R' Nachman Caller for the State Assembly demanded that Assemblyman Dov Hikind publicly commits himself to serve as a committee member in the State Assembly, if reelected on Tuesday. In a statement on Thursday, Assemblyman Dov Hikind shamelessly claimed that a representative elected by voters in the district would be ineffective in Albany. He, however, did not disclose that he has not served as a member of a single committee since elected 3 decades ago. Not to ...
(8 opinions  |   October 31 )

Op-Ed by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz: Anti-Israel Sentiment Has Crossed a Dangerous Line

Op-Ed by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz: Anti-Israel Sentiment Has Crossed a Dangerous Line
This week an anonymous U.S. official used a vulgar and disrespectful term to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Even though the White House distanced itself from this utterance (which I won’t repeat here) and re-emphasized the close relationship between the U.S. and Israel, the damage was already done. In a world where anti-Semitic attacks are on the rise and relations between the Obama Administration and Israel are perceived as being not quite as unshakable as during ...
(Add your opinion  |   October 31 )

European Rabbis Propose 'Ground-Breaking' Law To Hlp Agunos

European Rabbis Propose 'Ground-Breaking' Law To Hlp Agunos
The Knesset is considering ground-breaking new legislation proposed by the Conference of European Rabbis (CER) at their meeting in Berlin in 2013. The legislation will help innumerable women across Europe who are currently Agunos. Although all Batei Din already have powers against men who withhold a get, previously the laws of Agunos have left many women around the world stranded when their husbands have ignored Rabbinic instructions. The CER has proposed that Israeli Batei Din should have ...
(4 opinions  |   October 31 )

Home of Jerusalem Terrorist to be Destroyed

Home of Jerusalem Terrorist to be Destroyed
Officials have informed the family of the terrorist who attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick, Mutaz Hijazi, 32 YM"S that their home is going to be razed. A search of the home following the attack led to uncovering two Kalashnikov AK-47 rifles as well as magazines and ammunition. Hijazi was killed by an Israel Police Yomam commando force when he resisted arrest on the morning following the attack. (YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)
(4 opinions  |   October 31 )

Felder Endorses Hikind; Says Whoever Votes For Caller Should Move To Another Neighborhood

Felder Endorses Hikind; Says Whoever Votes For Caller Should Move To Another Neighborhood
Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) received a glowing endorsement this evening from long-time ally NYS Senator Simcha Felder. On Hikind’s radio show, the popular Senator dismissed the validity of Hikind’s challenger. “An endorsement means there are choices,” said Felder. “Sometimes there’s no question. I don’t even know why there are signs all over the place ‘Vote for Hikind.’ If people don’t understand that there’s only one choice, and that choice is Assemblyman ...
(8 opinions  |   October 31 )