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  • Medics who responded to deadly chokehold arrest suspended

    Medics who responded to deadly chokehold arrest suspended

    Monday, July 21 2014 11:07 PM EDT2014-07-22 03:07:56 GMT
    Four emergency workers involved in the medical response to a man who died in police custody have been barred from responding to 911 calls. The hospital that employs the two EMTs and two paramedics has suspended them without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into Eric Garner's death.
    Four emergency workers involved in the medical response to a man who died in police custody have been barred from responding to 911 calls. The hospital that employs the two EMTs and two paramedics has suspended them without pay pending the outcome of an investigation into Eric Garner's death.
  • Protesters want NYPD Commissioner Bratton fired

    Protesters want NYPD Commissioner Bratton fired

    Monday, July 21 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-07-21 22:48:52 GMT
    A group of demonstrators is calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. The group, known as "New Yorkers Against Bratton," held a small protest Monday outside City Hall. Protesters said Bratton needs to be fired after the death of a Staten Island man in police custody.
    A group of demonstrators is calling for the resignation of New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton. The group, known as "New Yorkers Against Bratton," held a small protest Monday outside City Hall. Protesters said Bratton needs to be fired after the death of a Staten Island man in police custody.
  • Cop who choked man during fatal arrest loses badge

    Cop who choked man during fatal arrest loses badge

    Monday, July 21 2014 5:48 AM EDT2014-07-21 09:48:57 GMT
    The police officer seen in a video apparently putting a chokehold on the man who later died has had his gun and badge taken away pending the outcome of investigations into what happened.  The NYPD announced over the weekend that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, has been placed on "modified assignment," pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. Eric Garner, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital after officers tried to apprehend him.
    The police officer seen in a video apparently putting a chokehold on the man who later died has had his gun and badge taken away pending the outcome of investigations into what happened.  The NYPD announced over the weekend that Officer Daniel Pantaleo, an 8-year veteran, has been placed on "modified assignment," pending the outcome of the dual probes by the district attorney and Internal Affairs. Eric Garner, 43, was pronounced dead at a hospital after officers tried to apprehend him.
  • Mayor de Blasio delays start of Italy vacation

    Mayor de Blasio delays start of Italy vacation

    Friday, July 18 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-07-18 22:57:01 GMT
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed his much-discussed family vacation to Italy by a day. Mayoral press secretary Phil Walzak said de Blasio moved the nine-day trip's departure date from Friday to Saturday "to attend to city business." The mayor's announcement came shortly after he addressed the Thursday death of a Staten Island man in police custody.
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has postponed his much-discussed family vacation to Italy by a day. Mayoral press secretary Phil Walzak said de Blasio moved the nine-day trip's departure date from Friday to Saturday "to attend to city business." The mayor's announcement came shortly after he addressed the Thursday death of a Staten Island man in police custody.
  • Lowe's workers fix Vietnam veteran's wheelchair

    Lowe's workers fix Vietnam veteran's wheelchair

    Thursday, July 17 2014 8:50 AM EDT2014-07-17 12:50:45 GMT
    Some big-hearted home improvement store employees stepped up to the plate to help a disabled war veteran on Staten Island recently. Michael Sulsona lost both of his legs in Vietnam. He said he has spent two years waiting for a new wheelchair from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Last week, while shopping at a Lowe's in Staten Island, Sulsona's wheelchair broke down.
    Some big-hearted home improvement store employees stepped up to the plate to help a disabled war veteran on Staten Island recently. Michael Sulsona lost both of his legs in Vietnam. He said he has spent two years waiting for a new wheelchair from the Department of Veterans Affairs. Last week, while shopping at a Lowe's in Staten Island, Sulsona's wheelchair broke down.
  • Powerful storm hit tristate region

    Powerful storm hit tristate region

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 12:50 AM EDT2014-07-16 04:50:17 GMT
    Powerful thunderstorms prompted the National Weather Service to issue several weather alerts for the New York City metropolitan area in effect through Wednesday morning. Many counties are under a Flash Flood Watch through 6 a.m. July 16. Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms moved across the area ahead of a cold front.
    Powerful thunderstorms prompted the National Weather Service to issue several weather alerts for the New York City metropolitan area in effect through Wednesday morning. Many counties are under a Flash Flood Watch through 6 a.m. July 16. Multiple rounds of showers and thunderstorms moved across the area ahead of a cold front.
  • 2015 FDNY calendar includes female firefighter

    2015 FDNY calendar includes female firefighter

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:26 PM EDT2014-07-16 01:26:27 GMT
    The 2015 FDNY Calendar of Heroes has something no prior calendar has had: a woman among the firefighter-models. Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran of the department, appears for March. She joins a dozen of her male colleagues posing for the annual souvenir.
    The 2015 FDNY Calendar of Heroes has something no prior calendar has had: a woman among the firefighter-models. Danae Mines, an 11-year veteran of the department, appears for March. She joins a dozen of her male colleagues posing for the annual souvenir.
  • De Blasio headed to Italy despite LIRR strike threat

    De Blasio headed to Italy despite LIRR strike threat

    Tuesday, July 15 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-15 13:15:40 GMT
    The unions representing workers for the Long Island Rail Road are set to strike beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday. On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and children will head to Italy on a 10-day vacation. While the time off had been in the works for the First Family of New York City for some time, it was not clear until Monday that the LIRR would essentially be shut down due to striking workers. De Blasio says he's going overseas anyway.
    The unions representing workers for the Long Island Rail Road are set to strike beginning at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday. On Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife and children will head to Italy on a 10-day vacation. While the time off had been in the works for the First Family of New York City for some time, it was not clear until Monday that the LIRR would essentially be shut down due to striking workers. De Blasio says he's going overseas anyway.
  • 'Manhattanhenge' illuminates NYC

    'Manhattanhenge' illuminates NYC

    Friday, July 11 2014 10:54 PM EDT2014-07-12 02:54:05 GMT
    The sunset on Friday and Saturday will be extraordinary as it will create the twice-a-year phenomenon known as 'Manhattanhenge.' The term was coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  The spectacle occurs when the sun sets and lines itself with the street grid of Manhattan, illuminating all east -west streets at the same time.
    The sunset on Friday and Saturday will be extraordinary as it will create the twice-a-year phenomenon known as 'Manhattanhenge.' The term was coined by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.  The spectacle occurs when the sun sets and lines itself with the street grid of Manhattan, illuminating all east -west streets at the same time.
  • Lyft to launch despite TLC warning

    Lyft to launch despite TLC warning

    Friday, July 11 2014 12:11 PM EDT2014-07-11 16:11:21 GMT
    Lyft, the pink-mustached cars, is an app-based car-sharing service. It launches Friday in New York City as a sort of outer-borough Uber except the drivers are ordinary folks, not professionals. At the end of the ride, a donation is asked for but not required. Lyft car sharing is operating in 60 cities already. But New York City may be different. Meera Joshi, the chair of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, says Lyft's business model is illegal.
    Lyft, the pink-mustached cars, is an app-based car-sharing service. It launches Friday in New York City as a sort of outer-borough Uber except the drivers are ordinary folks, not professionals. At the end of the ride, a donation is asked for but not required. Lyft car sharing is operating in 60 cities already. But New York City may be different. Meera Joshi, the chair of the Taxi and Limousine Commission, says Lyft's business model is illegal.
  • De Blasio family going to Italy for 10-day vacation

    De Blasio family going to Italy for 10-day vacation

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:31 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:31:23 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are going on vacation to Italy. First Lady Chirlane McCray made the announcement on her blog. “Bill and I have always wanted Chiara and Dante to know where they come from,” said McCray. The De Blasios will start their vacation on July 18 and stay in Italy for 10 days.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio and his family are going on vacation to Italy. First Lady Chirlane McCray made the announcement on her blog. “Bill and I have always wanted Chiara and Dante to know where they come from,” said McCray. The De Blasios will start their vacation on July 18 and stay in Italy for 10 days.
  • Large Rubik's Cube travels Hudson River for 40th anniversary

    Large Rubik's Cube travels Hudson River for 40th anniversary

    Friday, July 11 2014 11:17 AM EDT2014-07-11 15:17:47 GMT
    A large inflatable Rubik’s Cube is sailing around New York City to celebrate the birthday of its inventor and the toy’s 40th anniversary. Hungarian professor Erno Rubik is credited with inventing the world’s best-selling toy in 1974.  The colorful, solid cube, twists and turns, but does not break or fall apart. To commemorate both days, a tugboat is towing the Cube around city landmarks.
    A large inflatable Rubik’s Cube is sailing around New York City to celebrate the birthday of its inventor and the toy’s 40th anniversary. Hungarian professor Erno Rubik is credited with inventing the world’s best-selling toy in 1974.  The colorful, solid cube, twists and turns, but does not break or fall apart. To commemorate both days, a tugboat is towing the Cube around city landmarks.
  • Mayor signs legislation

    New York City to issue municipal ID cards

    New York City to issue municipal ID cards

    Thursday, July 10 2014 8:55 PM EDT2014-07-11 00:55:34 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a plan to offer identification cards to residents regardless of their immigration statuses, providing a valuable document to access certain services for those who struggled to get them. De Blasio, a Democrat, made the establishment of the ID card a central campaign. With its passage, New York City is now creating what will be the country's largest municipal identification card system.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday signed into law a plan to offer identification cards to residents regardless of their immigration statuses, providing a valuable document to access certain services for those who struggled to get them. De Blasio, a Democrat, made the establishment of the ID card a central campaign. With its passage, New York City is now creating what will be the country's largest municipal identification card system.
  • Changing face of New York real estate

    Changing face of New York real estate

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 9:45 PM EDT2014-07-10 01:45:04 GMT
    New York City has never been known for its affordability, but a new crop of mega-luxury buildings in Manhattan are redefining sky-high prices. One 57 is the 1,000-foot high building looming over Central Park where an apartment has closed for as much as $90 million.
    New York City has never been known for its affordability, but a new crop of mega-luxury buildings in Manhattan are redefining sky-high prices. One 57 is the 1,000-foot high building looming over Central Park where an apartment has closed for as much as $90 million.
  • Safety and security concerns about drones

    Safety and security concerns about drones

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 3:49 PM EDT2014-07-09 19:49:24 GMT
    Police say operators flew a drone too close to an NYPD helicopter that was on patrol at the George Washington Bridge and forced the chopper to change its course to avoid a collision early Monday morning. As a result, the two men were arrested. Aviation experts say a drone could bring down a jet if they were to collide. 
    Police say operators flew a drone too close to an NYPD helicopter that was on patrol at the George Washington Bridge and forced the chopper to change its course to avoid a collision early Monday morning. As a result, the two men were arrested. Aviation experts say a drone could bring down a jet if they were to collide. 
  • Google picks 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

    Google picks 5 charities to create ideas for Glass

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 8:11 AM EDT2014-07-09 12:11:39 GMT
    Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that will receive a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers. Among the charities is Mark Morris Dance Group of New York which will create dance-based tools for people with Parkinson's disease.
    Google has chosen five charities to develop ideas using Web-connected Google Glass to enhance their work. After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that will receive a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers. Among the charities is Mark Morris Dance Group of New York which will create dance-based tools for people with Parkinson's disease.
  • New database to track legal claims against NYC

    New database to track legal claims against NYC

    Wednesday, July 9 2014 7:59 AM EDT2014-07-09 11:59:09 GMT
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    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is unveiling a database aimed to reducing what the city pays in legal settlements and judgments.  The program will track the thousands of claims filed annually against the nation's largest city. It is modeled after the NYPD's Compstat program, which tracks the types and locations of crimes. That helped police respond to high-crime areas. It is widely credited for playing a role in the city's massive drop in crime.
    New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer is unveiling a database aimed to reducing what the city pays in legal settlements and judgments.  The program will track the thousands of claims filed annually against the nation's largest city. It is modeled after the NYPD's Compstat program, which tracks the types and locations of crimes. That helped police respond to high-crime areas. It is widely credited for playing a role in the city's massive drop in crime.
  • New safety programs for NYC public housing

    New safety programs for NYC public housing

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 11:11 PM EDT2014-07-09 03:11:10 GMT
    Faced with a surge in shootings at the city's public housing, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday detailed a $210 million to plan to improve safety at the buildings, which more than 400,000 people call home. Even as crime has dropped slightly citywide, shootings have gone up 31 percent so far this year in New York City Housing Authority buildings.
    Faced with a surge in shootings at the city's public housing, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday detailed a $210 million to plan to improve safety at the buildings, which more than 400,000 people call home. Even as crime has dropped slightly citywide, shootings have gone up 31 percent so far this year in New York City Housing Authority buildings.
  • Politics, corruption and pessimistic voters

    Politics, corruption and pessimistic voters

    Tuesday, July 8 2014 10:52 PM EDT2014-07-09 02:52:57 GMT
    This nowhere-near-exhaustive list only highlights some of the politicians from the state of New York who got caught and convicted of a crime in the last three years: William Boyland Jr; state assemblyman; briberyLarry Seabrook; New York City councilman; money laundering, extortion and fraudShirley Huntley; state senator; mail fraudCarl Kruger; state senator; corruption and briberyAlan Hevesi; state comptroller; corruption.
    This nowhere-near-exhaustive list only highlights some of the politicians from the state of New York who got caught and convicted of a crime in the last three years: William Boyland Jr; state assemblyman; briberyLarry Seabrook; New York City councilman; money laundering, extortion and fraudShirley Huntley; state senator; mail fraudCarl Kruger; state senator; corruption and briberyAlan Hevesi; state comptroller; corruption.
  • Thunderstorms hit New York, New Jersey

    Thunderstorms hit New York, New Jersey

    Friday, July 4 2014 5:58 AM EDT2014-07-04 09:58:34 GMT
    The National Weather Service issued several weather alerts -- including Flood Watches and Warnings and Severe Thunderstorms Warnings -- for a second day in a row for the New York and New Jersey area because of powerful storms.  The Flash Flood Watch remained in effect for certain counties until Friday, July 4, at noon.
    The National Weather Service issued several weather alerts -- including Flood Watches and Warnings and Severe Thunderstorms Warnings -- for a second day in a row for the New York and New Jersey area because of powerful storms.  The Flash Flood Watch remained in effect for certain counties until Friday, July 4, at noon.

  • NYC pre-kindergarten slots

    NYC pre-kindergarten slots

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:05 PM EDT2014-07-01 21:05:12 GMT
    New York City parents can still apply for pre-kindergarten. At this time, pre-kindergarten programs provided by community organizations. They have a variety of programs, some half-day and some full-day. These are approved by the Department of Education.
    New York City parents can still apply for pre-kindergarten. At this time, pre-kindergarten programs provided by community organizations. They have a variety of programs, some half-day and some full-day. These are approved by the Department of Education.
  • The Big Idea

    Can you fight a hurricane?

    Can you fight a hurricane?

    Monday, June 23 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-06-24 02:24:11 GMT
    Superstorm Sandy turned this region upside down, destroying homes, obliterating businesses, ruining coastlines, and uprooting lives. Like so many, I watched as Sandy reduced our beach-side towns to rubble. In the two years that have passed, the focus has been on rebuilding getting people back on their feet. But what if you could fight Mother Nature?Hurricanes are fueled by the heat and energy in warm ocean water.
    Superstorm Sandy turned this region upside down, destroying homes, obliterating businesses, ruining coastlines, and uprooting lives. Like so many, I watched as Sandy reduced our beach-side towns to rubble. In the two years that have passed, the focus has been on rebuilding getting people back on their feet. But what if you could fight Mother Nature?Hurricanes are fueled by the heat and energy in warm ocean water.
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