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Beware of Bus Lane Tickets in Brooklyn (4 opinions)

Beware of Bus Lane Tickets in Brooklyn
Councilman Greenfield is spreading the word – bus lane cameras have come to Brooklyn. If you drive, park, or stand in a Select Bus Service (SBS) lane during hours of operation, you will face a fine ranging from $115 to $150. Bus lane cameras have been installed along bus lanes to catch violators and NYPD routinely patrol bus lanes and issues tickets in the form of both parking and moving violations. Many Brooklyn residents have received bus lane tickets along the B44 route on Nostrand and Rogers Avenues months after the violations occurred, ...

Political Foe Faults NY Attorney General's Silence On Gov. Cuomo

 Political Foe Faults NY Attorney General's Silence On Gov. CuomoThe Republican challenger for New York attorney general is calling for incumbent Democrat Eric Schneiderman to break his silence on reports that the governor’s office interfered with the corruption commission whose members were deputized by Schneiderman. John Cahill, standing Monday outside the attorney general’s office in Albany, says the deputies were obligated to report to the attorney general. He says Schneiderman hasn’t said anything about the alleged interference or what he knew about it. Cahill says New Yorkers deserve to ...    Full Story »

George Washington Bridge Getting A Fence To Curb Suicide Rate (1 opinions)

George Washington Bridge Getting A Fence To Curb Suicide RateThe George Washington Bridge spanning New York and New Jersey is getting a fence to help curb suicides as the number of deaths there approaches record levels. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says there have been 13 suicides and 40 rescues on the span so far this year. There were 16 deaths for all of 2013. Plans call for erecting a 9-foot fence to replace the current railing to make jumping from the bridge difficult. Chief structural engineer Bernie Yostpile tells The Record ( http://bit.ly/1nT76nY ) newspaper that the ...    Full Story »

NYU Hospital Awarded $1.13B In Sandy Recovery Aid

NYU Hospital Awarded $1.13B In Sandy Recovery AidNYU Langone Medical Center will receive $1.13 billion in storm recovery aid. Hospital and federal officials say it's the second-largest award for a single project in the history of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. The facility, located by the East River, was badly damaged during Superstorm Sandy. The New York Times says the money will be used for the installation of interior flood doors and barriers, reinforced walls, seals and pumps. Sen. Charles Schumer helped negotiate the award. He said the money will be awarded in a ...    Full Story »

Corruption Probe Poses NY Gov's Biggest Test (1 opinions)

Corruption Probe Poses NY Gov's Biggest TestAllegations that his administration meddled with a state anti-corruption commission are posing the greatest political test of New York Gov. Andrew Coumo's tenure — and producing some verbal gymnastics. The New York Times reported last week that a top Cuomo aide pressured the commission to stop subpoenas to a media-buying firm that Cuomo used and to a real estate organization whose members financially supported his campaign. The Democratic governor says the commission's ultimate rejection of his administration's request shows there was ...    Full Story »

VIDEO: Midwood: NYPD Looking For Suspects In Robbery On Ave M & East 18th Street (3 opinions)

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the following individual's wanted in connection to a robbery in the confines of the 70th Precinct. The circumstances are as follows: On Sunday, July 27th, 2014 at approximately 9:40PM two males followed a 18 year old female into her apartment building in the vicinity of Avenue M and East 18th Street in the ...    Full Story »

Governments Seek To Dismiss NYC Tax Challenge (1 opinions)

Governments Seek To Dismiss NYC Tax ChallengeNew York City and the state want the courts to dismiss a challenge to the city's property-tax system. A lawsuit filed in February alleges the city's property tax system discriminates against blacks and Hispanics living in rental buildings. It says the system favors owners of co-ops, condos and single-family homes, where the residents are more likely to be white. According to The Wall Street Journal the city and state say any changes to the property-tax assessment system should be addressed by the legislature, rather than the ...    Full Story »

NJ Transit Train Stuck In Tunnel [9:48AM]

NJ Transit Train Stuck In Tunnel [9:48AM]Authorities are trying to remove a New Jersey Transit commuter train that became disabled just outside the Hudson River tunnel in New York City. NJ Transit spokesman William Smith says the Northeast Corridor train was scheduled to arrive at Penn Station at 8:39 a.m. Tuesday when it broke down near 10th Avenue. Smith does not know how many passengers are on the train or what caused the mechanical problem. The incident is causing delays on Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast, Raritan Valley. Morris & Essex and Montclair-Boonton ...    Full Story »

Mayor de Blasio Vows To Improve NYPD-Community Relations

Mayor de Blasio Vows To Improve NYPD-Community RelationsNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is saying that more trust is needed between police and residents in the wake of a death in police custody. De Blasio, a Democrat who took office in January, made improving relations between the NYPD and communities of color a centerpiece of his mayoral campaign. He is facing his first significant test on test on that score. Eric Garner died in police custody July 17 after being placed in an apparent chokehold. The death has inflamed portions of the African-American community who feel victimized by ...    Full Story »

De Blasio: Brooklyn Bridge Security Breach A Worry (3 opinions)

De Blasio: Brooklyn Bridge Security Breach A WorryNew York Mayor Bill de Blasio says a security breach involving the changing of flags at the Brooklyn Bridge last week is “a wake-up call.” De Blasio said Monday police have increased security on all the city’s bridges. Police believe four or five people climbed the bridge’s two towers on July 22 and replaced the giant American flags with white ones. The operation involved disabling a pair of spotlights and appears carefully planned. The culprits remain at large, and their motives are unknown. De Blasio was in Italy during ...    Full Story »

After Gillibrand's Push, VA Replaces Cross With Star Of David On WWII Veteran's Grave (2 opinions)

After Gillibrand's Push, VA Replaces Cross With Star Of David On WWII Veteran's GraveAfter a Queens rabbi discovered that the grave of his distant relative, a Jewish World War II soldier, was marked with a Christian cross instead of a Star of David, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand immediately urged the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that the soldier’s resting place is properly honored by replacing the incorrect symbol with the Star of David on his headstone. A headstone, known as matzeivah, signifies the final resting-place of a Jewish person. It is Jewish custom to show honor toward the deceased by marking ...    Full Story »

Two U.S. Marshals & 1 NYPD Officer Shot In Manhattan [UPDATED 2:03PM ET] (2 opinions)

Two U.S. Marshals & 1 NYPD Officer Shot In Manhattan [UPDATED 2:03PM ET]2:03PM ET: Authorities say a sex-assault suspect got in a shootout with law enforcement in New York City that left the suspect dead and two federal marshals and a police officer wounded. The U.S. Marshals Service says it happened in the West Village when a fugitive apprehension task force tried to make an arrest. The mayor and police commissioner say the suspect is dead. The law enforcement officials’ exact injuries are unclear. Mayor Bill de Blasio says the three are stable and that, “We pray everything we are hearing is true and ...    Full Story »

NYC: de Blasio Family Now Live In Historic Gracie Mansion

NYC: de Blasio Family Now Live In Historic Gracie MansionA historic New York City mansion is once again filled with the sounds of family activities. Mayor Bill de Blasio, his wife and their two children woke up in their official Manhattan residence for the first time on Monday. No one had lived at Gracie Mansion since Rudolph Giuliani left office in 2001. Mayor Michael Bloomberg remained in his opulent Upper East Side town house during his 12-year administration, though he oversaw extensive renovations to Gracie Mansion. De Blasio and his family had long lived in Park Slope. The ...    Full Story »

Kayakers Breach New York's JFK Airport Security (1 opinions)

Kayakers Breach New York's JFK Airport SecurityTwo kayakers have been cited for trespassing after breaching a security perimeter at New York's Kennedy Airport. Airport workers found the men on a navigational pier at the end of a runway around 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The men tell the New York Post they rowed to the closest point on shore after overturning their kayak and losing a pair of paddles in Jamaica Bay. It was the same runway where a dripping wet man scaled an 8-foot fence and walked into the airport after his personal watercraft ran out of gas in August 2012. In both cases ...    Full Story »

Guilty Plea In Shooting Of Rookie NYPD Officer

Guilty Plea In Shooting Of Rookie NYPD OfficerA Brooklyn man has pleaded guilty to shooting a rookie police officer who confronted him for boarding a bus without paying fare in February. Rashun Robinson pleaded guilty Friday to an aggravated assault that a judge says will keep him in prison for the next 25 years. Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson says the 29-year-old Robinson showed "utter contempt" for officers when he fired three shots at them. Bullets struck Officer James Li in the leg and groin. Li, in just his second month on the force, suffered significant ...    Full Story »

Custody Death To Mar NYC Mayor's Return From Italy (1 opinions)

Custody Death To Mar NYC Mayor's Return From ItalyNew York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are wrapping up a whirlwind vacation in his ancestral homeland of Italy, complete with cheering crowds, paparazzi and, yes, even proof Italians do eat pizza with a knife and fork. But the city he is returning to Sunday is still roiled by the death of a suspect in police custody after he was put in an apparent chokehold. The videotaped scuffle threatens to reignite distrust of the New York Police Department in minority communities, a long-standing problem that de Blasio has vowed to ...    Full Story »

Greenfield Fights for More Parking at Avenue L Mega Development (10 opinions)

Greenfield Fights for More Parking at Avenue L Mega DevelopmentCouncilman David G. Greenfield spoke out against a request for a reduction in required parking spaces at a new office and retail building soon coming to Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L. The proposed mega development at 1504 Coney Island Avenue will bring over 160,000 square feet of new development to the intersection. The plans include a 49,332 square foot department store, 23,737 square feet of additional retail space, 3,413 of office space, 56,569 square feet of health care facilities 28,314. Zoning regulations for this site would require a ...    Full Story »

NYPD Investigate Another Apparent Chokehold

NYPD Investigate Another Apparent ChokeholdThe New York Police Department is conducting an internal investigation after a video surfaced of another officer using an apparent chokehold on a suspect during an arrest. Police say the July 14 incident happened at a subway station in East Harlem. They say 22-year-old Ronald Johns was arrested on a fare-evading charge after walking through an emergency gate without paying. It happened three days before another man, Eric Garner, died in police custody after an officer apparently placed him in a chokehold. That officer has been placed ...    Full Story »

NYS Gov. Cuomo Adding Cameras For Drivers Running Red Lights

NYS Gov. Cuomo Adding Cameras For Drivers Running Red LightsNew York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed bills to expand the use of traffic cameras at intersections to catch drivers running red lights. Bills recently approved by the Legislature will continue programs in New York City, as well Suffolk and Nassau counties and Rochester through 2019. Sponsors say New York City’s cameras, first authorized in 1994, have reduced crash injuries and violations and more than 8 million vehicles have been cited for violations. Other bills signed Tuesday authorize five-year programs in New Rochelle, Mt. ...    Full Story »
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