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Holland Tunnel Into New Jersey To Close For Drill

Holland Tunnel Into New Jersey To Close For Drill
Motorists heading to New Jersey will not be able to use the Holland Tunnel early Sunday. The westbound lanes will be closed between midnight and 6 a.m. because of an emergency response drill. Motorists should use the Lincoln Tunnel or George Washington Bridge instead. The Holland Tunnel's New York-bound lanes will remain open during the drill. The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey says the public may notice smoke and emergency vehicles as part of the drill. (AP)

Astorino Begins Last Leg Of NY Gov. Race With $1M

Astorino Begins Last Leg Of NY Gov. Race With $1M5Republican Rob Astorino has raised another $711,000 for his challenge against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and is entering the final weeks of the campaign with a little over $1 million in his campaign account. The numbers come from a campaign finance disclosure filed Friday. Cuomo's campaign has not yet filed a new disclosure but reported having nearly $24 million available earlier this month. Astorino's report shows he spent more than $500,000 on advertisements in the last three weeks. Cuomo, a Democrat, has raised some $45 million ...    Full Story »

NYPD: Man In NYC Hatchet Attack Converted To Islam, Hated America And Ranted Online - But Say No International Terror Link

NYPD: Man In NYC Hatchet Attack Converted To Islam, Hated America And Ranted Online - But Say No International Terror LinkA man who brazenly attacked a group of police officers with a hatchet on a busy street described himself as a Muslim convert and ranted online against America, but he had no clear ties to international terrorism, police said Friday. Police were still examining the computer of Zale Thompson for clues about a motive for the Thursday assault that left one of the officers seriously injured and ended with Thompson being shot dead by police. They also were trying to determine if he had any history of mental illness. Thompson, 32, had once ...    Full Story »

NYC Mayor: Use 911 Or ER If You Suspect Ebola

NYC Mayor: Use 911 Or ER If You Suspect EbolaMayor Bill de Blasio says New Yorkers should call 911 or go to an emergency room if they have possible Ebola symptoms and were in affected countries in the last 21 days. He said people in that situation should not go to a doctor's office. De Blasio said people should not worry about their documentation status if they think they might have the disease. The mayor noted that flu and Ebola might have similar symptoms. He said it's important to get a flu shot. (AP)

Ebola Jitters For Some - But Not All - New Yorkers

Ebola Jitters For Some - But Not All - New YorkersTraveling into Manhattan by subway from Brooklyn on Friday, the day after a New York doctor was diagnosed with Ebola, Dennis Johnson and his fiancee, Lian Robinson, were trying to be sensible about the odds of the disease spreading. Still, they found themselves discussing possible escape routes out of the city, just in case. "I think we'd have to drive," said Johnson, 42, noting that planes, trains and ferries were modes of transport he'd avoid. New York, he added, "is a big city. It's a melting pot." Veronica Lopez had another way of ...    Full Story »

NY Transit: Subway System Is Safe To Ride

NY Transit: Subway System Is Safe To RideNew York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority says there’s no indication the Ebola patient was contagious when he rode the subway. The MTA also said Friday there were “no reports of bodily fluids on any of the subway lines he rode.” The agency says it has updated its protocols on the advice of health experts. Workers get protective equipment and training to remove potentially harmful waste and safely dispose of it. Employees are issued special gloves. They also use 10 percent bleach solution for disinfection. And they ...    Full Story »

Mayor's Adviser: Ebola Patient 'Relatively Stable'

Mayor's Adviser: Ebola Patient 'Relatively Stable'An adviser to Mayor Bill de Blasio says the New York City Ebola patient is in "relatively stable" condition. Dr. Irwin Redlener spoke Friday outside Bellevue Hospital, where Dr. Craig Spencer is being treated. Redlener says Spencer's fiance also is hospitalized in isolation. He said Spencer is not "out of the woods" yet, but the chances of his condition dramatically worsening are "very, very limited." Redlener says some Ebola patients have relatively mild symptoms and then "things get much worse." But he strongly doubts that will ...    Full Story »

NYPD Can't Rule Out Terrorism In Hatchet Attack (1 opinions)

NYPD Can't Rule Out Terrorism In Hatchet AttackInvestigators were working on Friday to determine why a man attacked a group of New York Police Department officers with a hatchet before they shot him dead. Police obtained a warrant to search Zale Thompson’s computer for clues about Thursday’s daytime assault, which left one officer with a serious head injury. Thompson’s activity on social media indicated he was a convert to Islam and included rants about injustices in American society and oppression abroad but offered no clear evidence of any affiliation with terror groups, police ...    Full Story »

Obama Offers Federal Help To NY With Ebola Case

Obama Offers Federal Help To NY With Ebola CasePresident Barack Obama is offering federal support to New York as it responds to its first Ebola case. Obama spoke Thursday night to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) and Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The White House says some officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention were already on the ground, with another team expected to have arrived late Thursday. Obama is asking Cuomo and de Blasio to stay in close touch with Ron Klain, Obama’s “Ebola czar,” and public health officials in Washington. He’s pledging ...    Full Story »

NYPD Officer Critical But Stable After Hatchet Attack

NYPD Officer Critical But Stable After Hatchet AttackA New York City police officer who suffered a serious head wound after being attacked by a hatchet-wielding man remains in critical but stable condition, police said Friday. Police say another officer who was hit in the back of the head in the Thursday attack is in stable condition on Friday. The attacker was shot and killed by police. Security videotape and witness accounts appeared to leave no doubt that the man purposely targeted four rookie New York Police Department officers, police said. Moments before the attack, he was seen on ...    Full Story »

NY Officials Urge Calm After Doctor's Ebola Diagnosis

NY Officials Urge Calm After Doctor's Ebola DiagnosisA doctor who became New York City’s first Ebola patient was praised for getting treatment immediately upon showing symptoms, and health officials stressed that the nation’s most populous city need not fear his wide-ranging travel in the days before his illness began. Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents not to be alarmed by the doctor’s diagnosis Thursday, even as they described him riding the subway, taking a cab and bowling since returning to New York from Guinea a week ago. De Blasio said all city officials ...    Full Story »

Governor Cuomo Outlines NYS Response To Positive Test For Ebola In Patient In NYC

Governor Cuomo Outlines NYS Response To Positive Test For Ebola In Patient In NYCGovernor Andrew M. Cuomo today outlined New York State’s response to a positive test for Ebola in a patient at Bellevue Hospital in New York City – in order to ensure public health and safety and contain the disease. Bellevue Hospital is one of the eight hospitals statewide that Governor Cuomo specially designated earlier this month to treat Ebola patients as part of the State’s Ebola Preparedness Plan. Bellevue has been prepared and equipped for the isolation, identification and treatment of Ebola patients. As part of Governor Cuomo’s ...    Full Story »

Flatbush: NYPD Looking For 3 Men Who Robbed Jewelry Store At Gunpoint On Kings Highway (1 opinions)

Flatbush: NYPD Looking For 3 Men Who Robbed Jewelry Store At Gunpoint On Kings HighwayThe New York City Police Department is seeking the public's assistance with the whereabouts and identity of the following individuals wanted in connection to an attempted gunpoint robbery. The circumstances are as follows: On Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at approximately 3:15PM, three unidentified males entered "Scott Jewelers", located at 1220 Kings Highway. One of the suspects displayed a black revolver at the armed security guard working in the store. The guard swatted the suspect’s hand, at which time a shot was fired from the ...    Full Story »

Forfeited Funds Will Be Used For NYPD Technology

Forfeited Funds Will Be Used For NYPD TechnologyThousands of New York Police Department patrol officers will soon be armed with tablet computers that can give them instantaneous crime-fighting data, part of a $160 million program paid for with funds from a massive penalty against the French bank BNP Paribas, officials said Thursday. At a news conference, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Police Commissioner William Bratton and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. touted the plan to outfit the nation's largest police department with 6,000 tablets and 35,000 other handheld computers as a way ...    Full Story »

Treyger Offers Free Flu Shots in Partnership with Coney Island Hospital

Treyger Offers Free Flu Shots in Partnership with Coney Island HospitalCouncil Member Mark Treyger has partnered with Coney Island Hospital to hold a free flu shot clinic next Thursday (October 30th) at Warbasse Houses (2770 West 5th Street, Community Room 4C). Residents must register in advance by contacting Council Member Treyger’s district office at (718) 373-9673. Appointments are available between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., and residents are asked to reserve their time as soon as possible. “This is a chance for residents to receive a free flu shot right in our community in order to protect against the ...    Full Story »

FIRST CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN NYC (11 opinions)

FIRST CASE OF EBOLA CONFIRMED IN NYCA doctor in New York City who recently returned from treating Ebola patients in Guinea tested positive for the Ebola virus Thursday, becoming the city’s first diagnosed case. The doctor, Craig Spencer, was rushed to Bellevue Hospital on Thursday and placed in isolation while health care workers spread out across the city to trace anyone he might have come into contact with in recent days. A further test will be conducted by the federal Centers for Disease Control to confirm the initial test. While officials have said they expected ...    Full Story »

Hillary Clinton Supports Cuomo for NY Governor

Hillary Clinton Supports Cuomo for NY GovernorFormer Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is backing New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in his bid for a second term. Clinton appeared Thursday at a Manhattan rally with the Democratic incumbent and his pick for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul. Clinton says Cuomo is the "right leader at the right time." The rally was run by the Woman's Equality Party, a political organization founded by Cuomo. Clinton is considered the presumptive front-runner for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination if she decides to run. She lives in a ...    Full Story »

NYPD Investigating Anti-Police Graffiti In Queens

NYPD Investigating Anti-Police Graffiti In QueensThe NYPD is investigating anti-police graffiti found scrawled on a public phone booth in Queens. They say the words "Become a hero, shoot a cop" were found on the outside of the booth at 31st Street and 36th Avenue in Astoria. Police say they are reviewing surveillance video as part of the investigation. It's believed the graffiti appeared sometime between Tuesday and Wednesday. (AP)

Free Tree Giveaway Sunday Sponsored by Councilman Greenfield

Free Tree Giveaway Sunday Sponsored by Councilman GreenfieldOn Sunday, October 26th, Councilman David G. Greenfield will host his fourth biannual tree giveaway at Friends Field House. The event is a collaboration between Councilman Greenfield, Million Trees NYC and the New York Restoration Project (NYRP). The giveaway will begin at noon and continue until 2 pm or until the 100 free trees have been distributed. Due to high demand, all interested in receiving a tree are encouraged to register for a tree online prior ...    Full Story »
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