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NYC Mayor Proposes Tax Relief For Sandy Victims

NYC Mayor Proposes Tax Relief For Sandy Victims
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he's proposing tax legislation to help homeowners whose property was damaged by Superstorm Sandy. De Blasio's legislation would provide property tax relief to New York City residents who rebuilt or repaired their homes as a result of the hurricane. The Democrat says Wednesday that homeowners who put money into their homes because of storm damage could face increases on their property tax bills because of higher assessed valuations. The measure would lower property tax liability for the 2015 year ...

New York City Council Unveils Budget Proposal

New York City Council Unveils Budget ProposalThe City Council unveiled its budget recommendations on Wednesday, asking for 1,000 new police officers, free school lunches, more money to fight homelessness and a commission designed to overhaul the city's property tax system. Democratic Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, who unveiled the plan at City Hall, said the new programs would cost approximately $257 million, a tiny fraction of the city's $73 billion budget, and expressed confidence the upcoming negotiations with Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio would go smoothly. That optimistic ...    Full Story »

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter Campaign Backfires

Bashtag: NYPD Twitter Campaign BackfiresTo put it in social media terms, the New York Police Department got trolled. The nation's largest police force learned the hard way that there are legions online devoted to short-circuiting even the best-intentioned public relations campaign — in this case, the NYPD's Twitter invitation to people to post feel-good photos of themselves posing with New York's Finest. What #myNYPD got instead was a montage of hundreds of news images of baton-wielding cops arresting protesters, pulling suspects by the hair, unleashing pepper spray and ...    Full Story »

Statement By Rabbi David Niederman Of UJO / Satmar Williamsburg On Today's Arrests In Beating Of Taj Patterson

Statement By Rabbi David Niederman Of UJO / Satmar Williamsburg On Today's Arrests In Beating Of Taj PattersonAs was reported, five​ individuals were arrested this morning in connection to the assault on Taj Patterson in Williamsburg on December 1, 2013. The bedrock of the Williamsburg community is tolerance for one and ​an​other. Any act of violence by any individual ​, against anyone,​ for whatever reason ​,​ is condemned in the ...    Full Story »

NYC Proposing 3.35 Percent Water Rate Hike (1 opinions)

NYC Proposing 3.35 Percent Water Rate HikeNew York City is proposing a 3.35 percent water and sewer rate increase. It would be the lowest hike since fiscal 2006. Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Wall Street Journal that his proposal was "moving things in the right direction." During the mayoral campaign, he had criticized Mayor Michael Bloomberg's proposal for a 5.6 percent water-rate hike. The Water Board is to receive the proposal on Wednesday. It plans to hold public hearings in each borough in May and vote on the proposal May 23. If approved, the new rate would take ...    Full Story »

NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires

NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires A request by the New York City Police Department has backfired — in a very public way. Its request that Twitter users share pictures of them posing with police officers has caused people to start sending in photos of police brutality. The NYPD sent a tweet on Tuesday, saying it might feature the photographs on its Facebook page. The responses soon turned ugly when Occupy Wall Street tweeted a photograph of cops battling protesters with the caption “changing hearts and minds one baton at a time.” Other photos included an ...    Full Story »

NYPD Unleashing Large Balloon Over NYC For Two Days (1 opinions)

NYPD Unleashing Large Balloon Over NYC For Two DaysThe New York Police Department says a large balloon is being unleashed above the city for two days to measure the heights of the city’s buildings. The police department said the balloon will remain aloft for about nine hours on Sunday in lower Manhattan and more than 13 hours on Monday in midtown. Police said the balloon will be about 800 feet in the air as it collects data for a private architecture firm conducting height surveys of Manhattan buildings. (AP)

Flight From JFK Makes Emergency Landing With Cracked Windshield

Flight From JFK Makes Emergency Landing With Cracked Windshield A cracked windshield is blamed for forcing a United Airlines flight from JFK to make an emergency landing Saturday. United Flight 766, a Boeing 757, was headed to San Francisco when a crack appeared in a cockpit window. The flight was diverted to Indianapolis, where it landed safely Saturday night. United says the 138 passengers aboard were put on another plane. Maintenance crews are examining the aircraft. A passenger on board the plane posted a picture of the windshield on Twitter, and tweeted: "United Flight 766 New York to ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Officers Should Take The Stairs In Fires (1 opinions)

NYPD: Officers Should Take The Stairs In FiresPolice officials in New York City have changed the way officers respond to fires following the death of an officer. They’ll now require officers responding to structures on fire to take the stairs. Deputy Chief Kim Royster said Friday an internal memo detailing the preliminary guidelines has been distributed to precincts. Royster says the new protocol replaces a memo distributed April 9. It had instructed officers to use the elevator. She says the change came after consulting with fire officials in the wake of Officer Dennis ...    Full Story »

NYPD Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old In Flatbush (1 opinions)

NYPD Arrest Suspect In Shooting Of 13-Year-Old In FlatbushCommunity leaders are praising the leadership at the NYPD's 70 Precinct, after police apprehended 21-year-old Kareem Potomont, Thursday afternoon. Cops arrested Potomont in Queens, just hours after releasing his photo to the public. Potomont is the suspect in the shooting of 13-year-old Gamma Droiville. A stray bullet struck him in the eye as he waited for a bus on Flatbush Avenue on Monday. Droiville survived the shooting, but he may lose an eye. Police say the intended target, a 24-year-old man, was shot in the leg. He also ...    Full Story »

25-Mph Slow Zone Coming To Bronx Grand Concourse (1 opinions)

25-Mph Slow Zone Coming To Bronx Grand ConcourseTraffic signals will be retimed for 25 mph along the Grand Concourse in the Bronx to reduce dangerous speeding. The city's Department of Transportation says the 5.2 mile-corridor from East 140th Street to Mosholu Parkway has seen 12 fatalities between 2008 and 2012. Seven of those involved pedestrians. It says the Grand Concourse is the second of 25 planned Arterial Slow Zones to be installed on major streets across the city. The first was on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The Arterial Slow Zone program is one of 63 proposals ...    Full Story »

Next Phase Of Lincoln Tunnel Helix Work To Begin

Next Phase Of Lincoln Tunnel Helix Work To BeginMotorists will face detours as work continues on the Helix leading to the Lincoln Tunnel. The next phase of the roadway improvement project is set to begin on Tuesday when westbound lanes will be closed. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says commuters will still be able to travel westbound through the tunnel and onto Route 495 by detouring onto eastbound lanes. Eastbound Helix traffic will exit at the Pleasant Avenue off ramp and use local street access to the tunnel by JFK Boulevard East. Planned closures will take place ...    Full Story »

Pair robs 4 Brooklyn banks in 2-hour span (4 opinions)

Pair robs 4 Brooklyn banks in 2-hour spanThe NYPD is asking for the public's help in catching a pair of bank robbers who struck four times in Brooklyn Monday. Now, they're releasing surveillance photos they hope will lead to arrests. All of the robberies took place between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. on April 14. The spree started at a Capital One Bank on Ralph Avenue in the Flatlands section. The pair then hit a Chase Bank on Flatbush Avenue before moving on to a Northfield Bank on Kings Highway. The suspects ended at a Santander Bank on Avenue U in Gravesend. In total, they ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officer Can't Leave India Until Bullets Case Is Resolved: Court

NYPD Officer Can't Leave India Until Bullets Case Is Resolved: CourtAn Indian court says it won't rule before July 1 on the case of a New York City police officer arrested in New Delhi on a weapons charge. The NYPD says Manny Encarnacion was arrested in March after Indian authorities discovered three bullets he had accidentally packed in his luggage. He is out on bail but has been barred from leaving India until the case is resolved. On Thursday, the police officer's attorney, Samarjeet Pattnaik, said the court heard a petition to throw out the arrest but gave no ruling. The arrest follows a furor ...    Full Story »

Statement From NYC Health Commissioner On New Measles Outbreak (1 opinions)

Statement From NYC Health Commissioner On New Measles Outbreak“Two new cases of measles have been confirmed, bringing the total number of cases to 26. The outbreak remains centered in Northern Manhattan, with 12 pediatric and 14 adult cases confirmed to date. One of the new cases is unrelated to the outbreak and was associated with foreign travel. After more than two weeks since the last confirmed case, this is a reminder that we must continue to remain vigilant. “There are steps everyone can take to stop this outbreak. To prevent additional cases, I am calling on all urgent care centers, ...    Full Story »

Statement From NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio On The EVe Pesach (1 opinions)

Statement From NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio On The EVe Pesach“Starting tonight, families across the city will gather to celebrate Passover with food, wine and songs. They will read from the Haggadah and retell the story of liberation that makes this holiday so powerful. “Passover is a celebration of freedom for which people had to fight. With eyes to our past as well as our future, let us all reflect on the message of Passover and recommit ourselves and this city to fight for an end to inequality all across New York. “We will all need to dig deeper and fulfill our responsibilities to ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Thanks Agencies for Participating in Burning of Chametz

Greenfield Thanks Agencies for Participating in Burning of ChametzCouncilman Greenfield spent the morning visiting bread burning sites throughout Boro Park and Midwood and thanking FDNY, Shomrim and Chaverim members for their participation in the annual bread burning ritual. Prior to visiting several burning sites, Councilman Greenfield stopped by the firehouse at 4210 12th Avenue, which is home to Engine 282 and Ladder 148, where he thanked FDNY officials and firefighters for their hard work throughout the day to make sure the bread burning ran smoothly and safely this year. He also checked in with Boro ...    Full Story »

NYC: Self-Hating Jewish Lawyer For Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Faces Trial (1 opinions)

NYC: Self-Hating Jewish Lawyer For Bin Laden's Son-In-Law Faces TrialA trial is set to start in a Syracuse court for the New York City lawyer who represented Osama bin Laden's son-in-law. The Post-Standard of Syracuse reports that 63-year-old Stanley Cohen is scheduled to stand trial starting Monday in federal court on charges of trying to obstruct the IRS by under reporting cash payments from his clients. Federal prosecutors say Cohen didn't report cash payments totaling $35,000 he received in 2008 and 2010. Cohen has pleaded not guilty. He has said federal authorities filed the charges in retaliation ...    Full Story »

NYC Comptroller Stringer's Passover Message (1 opinions)

NYC Comptroller Stringer's Passover MessageMy warmest wishes go out to all Jewish New Yorkers during this joyous Passover holiday. Passover gives us the opportunity to celebrate the Jewish nation’s triumph over slavery and oppression and serves as a constant reminder of the strength of our people to endure and unite for freedom. Passover has always been a reminder to appreciate the gifts G-d has given us. So as we sit down at our tables, surrounded by family and friends, I encourage all Jewish New Yorkers to remember the great sacrifices of our ancestors and experience our ...    Full Story »