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NYPD Commish Defends Response In Custody Death

NYPD Commish Defends Response In Custody Death
New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton says it appears officers behaved appropriately in the custody death of a man who was high on drugs. Ronald Singleton’s death was ruled a homicide Friday. The medical examiner’s office says “physical restrain by police” was a factor, along with severe intoxication from the hallucinogenic drug PCP. Police say Singleton was acting erratically in a taxi July 13 when officers responding to an emergency call placed him in a protective body wrap. Bratton on Monday stressed the ...

New York House Candidates Tap Into Their Own Cash

New York House Candidates Tap Into Their Own CashSome House candidates across New York are digging deep into their own pockets this election. Democrat Aaron Woolf has devoted more than $400,000 of his own money in his race against Republican Elise Stefanik for an open U.S. House seat in northern New York. In the Hudson Valley, Democrat Sean Eldridge has contributed $1.34 million to his bid to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson, according to the most recent federal campaign filings. Farther south in the Hudson Valley, Republican Nan Hayworth made contributions and loans to her ...    Full Story »

5 Things To Know About New York's Election Season

5 Things To Know About New York's Election SeasonHere are some key things to watch as New York's election season unfolds: GOV. ANDREW CUOMO FACES A PRIMARY CHALLENGE Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout faces the governor in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary with little name recognition and daunting odds against the well-funded Cuomo. PRIMARIES FOR BREAKAWAY DEMOCRATS Independent Democratic Conference leader Jeff Klein is being challenged by former Assemblyman Oliver Koppell, and fellow IDC member Sen. Tony Avella faces former New York City Comptroller John Liu. Liu and Koppell say ...    Full Story »

Brooklyn Man Charged In Shooting Of NYPD Officer (1 opinions)

Brooklyn Man Charged In Shooting Of NYPD OfficerA Brooklyn man who allegedly shot a NYPD officer faces attempted murder charges after police officer was injured in a shooting in Brooklyn early Sunday morning. Naim Owens, 22, is also charged with assaulting a police officer and criminal weapons possession. Police say the altercation began around 2:30 a.m. near Gates Avenue and Marcus Garvey Boulevard. According to police, one sergeant and two officers were on duty in plain clothes and an unmarked car when they saw a man adjusting his waistband. They say the sergeant and one officer ...    Full Story »

3 NYPD Officers Hurt By Thrown Objects (1 opinions)

3 NYPD Officers Hurt By Thrown ObjectsPolice say three officers were hurt by objects that appeared to be thrown from a Manhattan rooftop. A spokeswoman says they're being treated Saturday night at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. She says the officers were hit around 10:30 p.m. near Edgecombe Avenue and West 163rd Street. (AP)

NYC Union: NYPD Officers Not To Blame For Drugged-Out Death (1 opinions)

NYC Union: NYPD Officers Not To Blame For Drugged-Out DeathOfficers shouldn't be held responsible for the death of a drugged-out man in police custody, the head of a police union said Saturday. The New York Police Department said Friday it was being investigated by Manhattan prosecutors for the July 13 death of Ronald Singleton. The 45-year-old was high on PCP, a hallucinogenic drug, and had been acting erratic in a taxi when officers responding to a 911 call restrained him, placing him in a protective body wrap, police said. He was headed to a hospital to undergo a psychiatric evaluation when he ...    Full Story »

Community Service Eyed For Brooklyn Bridge Stunt (1 opinions)

Community Service Eyed For Brooklyn Bridge StuntA judge is suggesting a Russian tourist who climbed the Brooklyn Bridge be sentenced to community service — like cleaning a bridge. Yaroslav Kolchin was arrested Sunday after he climbed to the top of the bridge to take pictures. He was charged with reckless endangerment, trespassing and disorderly conduct. The Daily News reports a judge said Friday she wasn’t condoning Kolchin’s actions but didn’t think they were malicious. Prosecutors are seeking a guilty plea to trespassing and a 90-day jail sentence. Judge ShawnDya ...    Full Story »

NYPD Monitoring Britain Terror Precautions

NYPD Monitoring Britain Terror PrecautionsNew York Police Commissioner William Bratton says the city is closely following developments overseas after Britain raised its terror threat level. Bratton said Friday there is “no specific credible threat” to New York City. He says the NYPD is working with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force to monitor any developments. The commissioner added that New York City’s “security posture” and NYPD resources are adjusted daily to conform to changing conditions around the globe. Britain’s decision was related to developments in ...    Full Story »

In First, Memorial Will Be Open On Night Of 9/11 (1 opinions)

In First, Memorial Will Be Open On Night Of 9/11The Sept. 11 memorial plaza will be open on the night of the attacks' anniversary this year, the first time the general public will be able to visit ground zero on the commemoration date. The plaza will be closed to the public during the remembrance ceremony and much of the rest of the day, but it will open from 6 p.m. to midnight for those who want to pay respects and view one of the most evocative observances — the twin beams called the Tribute in Light — from an especially "meaningful vantage point," memorial President Joe Daniels ...    Full Story »

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Presents Check to Agudath Israel To Expand Brooklyn Job Training Program (3 opinions)

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Presents Check to Agudath Israel To Expand Brooklyn Job Training ProgramAssemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) presented an oversized check for $250,000 this week to Leon Goldenberg (left) and Rabbi Shmuel Lefkowitz of Agudath Israel of America for the expansion of space for Agudath’s PCS (Professional Career Services)/COPE Institute, a career training program on 18th Avenue in Brooklyn. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz provided the money through a capital grant. “This is a worthwhile program that does more than provide job and career training. It transforms lives,” said Assemblyman Cymbrowitz. “With this ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor Touts Safety Measures In Public Housing

NYC Mayor Touts Safety Measures In Public HousingMayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday touted a series of safety improvements in public housing developments that followed a worrisome surge in violence. He said that more police officers have been dispatched to the housing projects, more cameras have been installed and even more scaffolding has been removed. De Blasio pledged to increase the rate of repairs in the New York City Housing Authority buildings, which in turn would lead to the removal of the scaffolding, also known as "sidewalk sheds." Some residents have complained that the ...    Full Story »

NYPD Head 'Gratified' By Some Poll Findings

NYPD Head 'Gratified' By Some Poll FindingsPolice Commissioner William Bratton says he's "gratified" that 56 percent of New York City residents support the crackdown on low-level offenses in an effort to prevent more violent crimes. But 35 percent of respondents in a Quinnipiac (KWIN'-ih-pee-ak) poll say the so-called "Broken Windows" tactic contributes to neighborhood tensions. Bratton says the key is to "do it in a way that is both lawful and respectful." Seventy-four percent say police brutality is a "very serious" or "somewhat serious" problem. That's the highest number ...    Full Story »

Poll: De Blasio's Approval Holds Steady

Poll: De Blasio's Approval Holds SteadyA new poll says New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's approval rating has held steady despite a tumultuous summer for the city. A Quinnipiac University survey released Tuesday finds that 50 percent of voters approved of de Blasio's job performance. That is down a tick from 51 percent on June 11. Since that poll was conducted, a budget deal was struck, de Blasio vacationed in Italy and the city was roiled by the death of a black Staten Island man who was placed in an illegal chokehold by a white police officer. There is a racial ...    Full Story »

Staten Island Gets $56M To Control Future Flooding (1 opinions)

Staten Island Gets $56M To Control Future FloodingNew York officials say $33 million in federal Sandy relief will be going toward the purchase of about 24 acres on Staten Island to control future flooding. Sen. Charles Schumer and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the U.S. Department of Agriculture funding on Monday. They also announced an additional $23 million in funding to purchase flood plain easements in Midland Beach and New Dorp. The city applied for the money through the Emergency Watershed Protection Program to fund Staten Island's Bluebelt, a storm water management ...    Full Story »

FDNY Gets Ship Firefighting Simulator

FDNY Gets Ship Firefighting SimulatorNew York City now has a simulator that reproduces the unique conditions that can arise while fighting fires aboard ships. Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro is presiding over a christening ceremony Tuesday at the department's training academy on Randall's Island. Nigro says there is a "real and present" possibility of shipboard fires in a city with "highly active" shipping and tourism industries. The challenges include the unique layouts and close quarters on ships. Firefighters also could face water supply woes and hazmat ...    Full Story »

Boro Park: CB12 & OJPC Announce Seminar For Local Businesses In Conjunction With The Dept. Of Consumer Affairs

Boro Park: CB12 & OJPC Announce Seminar For Local Businesses In Conjunction With The Dept. Of Consumer AffairsCommunity Board 12, the OJPC along with the Department of Consumer Affairs will be holding a seminar for retail store owners in the district. After receiving various complaints from local merchants and at the urging of the OJPC (Orthodox Jewish Political Club), Community Board 12 has reached out to the Department of Consumer Affairs and asked them to come down and meet with our local businesses to help them be DCA compliant, pass inspections and prevent them from getting excessive fines. We are happy to announce that the DCA agreed and will ...    Full Story »

New York City Subway Train Goes Wrong Way (2 opinions)

New York City Subway Train Goes Wrong WayNew York City transit officials say a subway operator and conductor have been taken out of service while they investigate how a train ended up going the wrong way. Officials say the uptown "A'' train pulled out of the Canal Street hub onto downtown tracks on Aug. 11. The crew apparently did not hear a dispatcher's radio warning. The operator stopped after seeing another train's headlights at West 4th Street. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says there was no danger because the oncoming train had been halted. The MTA says ...    Full Story »

Russian Tourist Charged in Brooklyn Bridge Climb

Russian Tourist Charged in Brooklyn Bridge ClimbA Russian tourist accused of climbing to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge is facing reckless endangerment and trespass charges. The episode marks the second security breach at the span in a month. Yaroslav Kolchin is being held on $5,000 bond after his arraignment Monday in Brooklyn. Police and prosecutors say they spotted the 24-year-old ascending a cable beam at about 12:15 p.m. Sunday. Authorities say the Moscow man reached the top of the tower, took pictures and was arrested as he descended. A court complaint says he told police he ...    Full Story »

NYC: Kickoff Of Pre-K Program Sets Up High Stakes For Mayor De Blasio

NYC: Kickoff Of Pre-K Program Sets Up High Stakes For Mayor De BlasioWith the school year less than two weeks away, New York City is racing to complete an unprecedented prekindergarten expansion – and its success or failure could have major political implications for its first-year mayor, Bill de Blasio. De Blasio made the establishment of universal prekindergarten – which a top aide called one of the biggest government undertakings in the city’s history – the centerpiece of his mayoral campaign a year ago. It took months of political dealing to obtain the hundreds of millions of dollars needed for ...    Full Story »
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