The City of new York is undertaking some significant ways in order to sell Mayor Bill de Blasio’s ‘Vision Zero’ plan. Over the past few weeks, council members along with government officials have been participating in several town hall meetings in all of the five Boroughs in order to educate the public of the new measures that are supposed to dramatically reduce traffic fatalities to zero.
Westchester County Executive and Republican gubernatorial candidate, Rob Astorino laughed off Thursday the Democrats’ claim that Bruce Berger, who was fired right before the start of Passover from his job as head of the County’s Solid Waste Commission, was a victim of discrimination and political retaliation.
“I didn’t even know he was Jewish to be honest with you,” Astorino said with surprise, when asked about it in a radio interview Thursday morning.
The U.S. isn’t ready to give up on the Middle-East peace process just yet, even after Israel halted all talks with the Palestinians in response to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement, Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier today..
“There is always a way forward,” Kerry told reporters in brief remarks at the State Department.
Cleveland County Investigators Want To Question Frazier Cross For Possible Role In ’87 Triple Homicide
Shelby, Cleveland – County authorities want to question Frazier Glenn Cross charged with killing three people near Kansas City earlier this month about any role he may have played in a triple homicide at a same-gender adult bookstore, in the county of Shelby, in 1987, according to The Charlotte Observer.
Sheriff Alan Norman said cold case officers will go to Kansas soon to interview Frazier Glenn Cross Jr., 73, who also goes by the name Glenn Frazier Miller. According to the report, Cross (Miller) was a witness for the prosecution in the 1989 trial of a man charged in the shooting deaths of three people at a Shelby adult bookstore two years earlier. Testimony linked Miller to the homicides, although he was never charged.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo deferred recent claims about possible interference by his administration into the operations of the recently disbanded Moreland Commission.
In an interview Wednesday with the Crain’s editorial board, Gov. Cuomo responded to recent comments by Southern District U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara that he would take “very, very seriously any suggestion” that Mr. Cuomo’s office interfered with the Moreland Commission, which Mr. Cuomo empaneled in 2013 to investigate corruption in the state Legislature.
American-Israeli journalist Simon Ostrovsky has been released by pro-Russian militiamen, who abducted him earlier this week, the BBC reports.
“We are delighted to confirm that our colleague and friend Simon Ostrovsky has been safely released, and is in good health, Vice News, who Ostrovsky reports for in Brooklyn, said in a statement. “We would like to thank everyone for their support during this difficult time. Out of respect for Simon and his family’s privacy, we have no further statement at this time.”
Ostrovsky was taken hostage in Slavyansk by a group led by Vyacheslav Ponomaryov, the rebel town’s self-proclaimed “People’s Mayor.” Stella Khorosheva, a spokeswoman for the rebels, said Wednesday that Ostrovsky was being held because he was suspected of spying for Right Sector, the far-right Ukrainian nationalist party, or other “enemy groups.”
Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Thursday Julie Menin, a former restaurant owner, as New York City’s Department of Consumer Affairs Commissioner.
Menin will lead the administration’s engagement efforts to ease the burden off the backs of businesses and consumers from neighborhoods across the five boroughs, to ensure inspector fines are fairly levied, and consumer complaints are handled quickly and efficiently, the mayor announced at a press conference.
Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman rejected a connection raised by many between the five-months unrest in Ukraine and the situation of the 200,000 Jews living in fear of growing antisemitism.
“There is no specific action against Jews which is an outcome of the political crisis,” Lieberman told Israel radio Thursday morning.
City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras released Wednesday the City Council’s response to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Fiscal Year 2015 Preliminary budget.
Among the many recommendations included in the Council’s fiscal proposal for the upcoming year are – hiring an additional 1,000 NYPD officers to implement new policing measures and ‘Vision Zero’ rules, eliminating school lunch fees and tackling the affordable housing crisis.
The Israeli cabinet decided Thursday afternoon to halt negotiations with the Palestinians and impose economic sanctions on the Palestinian Authority in response to the Hamas-Fatah reconciliation agreement, according to reports. The decision was announced following an emergency inner security cabinet Thursday morning, convened by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for urgent consultations on Israel’s next move.
According to Israel Radio, the Cabinet’s decision to suspend negotiations with the Palestinians was adopted unanimously – that includes centrist Ministers Tzipi Livni and Yair Lapid. The cabinet decided that in addition to suspending negotiations with the Palestinians, Israel will also take punitive measures towards the Palestinian Authority “until the matter is clarified.”
The man suspected of opening fire at two Jewish centers earlier this month, Frazier Glenn Cross is expected to be in court Thursday, per local media reports.
The Johnson County District Court has 73-year old Frazier Glenn Miller on the calendar, but it’s listed as a “no go preliminary hearing,” according to KSPR. In Johnson County, Kan., that’s described as a case not set for a preliminary hearing, just for a scheduling date. Miller has asked for a court-appointed attorney, no attorney of record is yet listed for him.
A senior Fatah official argued Thursday that the future Palestinian unity government would in fact recognize Israel, under the policy of the current PA president Mahmud Abbas.
“The reconciliation with Hamas is founded on the two-state solution within the 1967 borders. Hamas will also accept all of the international community’s conditions,” Jibril Rajoub told Israel’s Army Radio on Thursday.
US President Barack Obama said on Wednesday that Russia is not abiding by agreements aimed at defusing the crisis in Ukraine.
“So far at least, we have seen them not abide by the spirit or the letter of the agreement in Geneva,” Obama said in Tokyo at the start of a four-nation tour of Asia, adding that if Russia continued to flout the deal there would be “consequences and we will ramp up further sanctions.”
This time is was myself who personally witnessed this incident as a passenger on the train en route to Williamsburg. A male, possibly a teenager, was struck by G train between classon and Bedford avenue station in Brooklyn. He was pronounced dead on arrival.
The incident occurred Wednesday night at around 9:45p.m. The male had no pulse when EMS and FDNY arrived at the scene – at around 10:10pm. The body, along with white striped sneakers and a backpack were removed from the tracks under the last car at 10:43PM.
Israel is reaching out to its Christian Arab citizens and encouraging them to enlist and join the Israeli military service. Currently there are some 160,000 Christian Arabs living in Israel, roughly around two percent of the eight million people living in Israel and about 100 are enlisted in the military, but that number is expected to rise, a senior military officer told Reuters.
“We intend to appeal to the Christian population of conscription age (17 and 18) and will send them call-up notices to volunteer for service,” Lieutenant-Colonel Amir Hai told reporters in a telephone briefing on Tuesday.
The U.S. government has agreed to distribute the proceeds from the sale of a Manhattan skyscraper linked to Iran to families who were affected by attacks aided by the Islamic republic, according to a court document filed last week, Israel Hayom reported.
The settlement between the Justice Department and the families marks the latest step in a long-running case over ties between the building and Iran.
Readers of the Chicago Sun Times were shocked last week when they found an article that compared black supporters of Illinois’ Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner, to Jews who collaborated with the Nazis against their fellow Jews.
“As a general rule, individuals will sell out the interests of their groups in return for personal benefit,” Neil Steinberg wrote in his column, which claimed that Rauner is buying off the black community and its leaders. “It isn’t just a black thing. Jews collaborated with the Nazis during World War II, helping them to round up their own people in the hopes they’d be the last to go.”
In response to a shooting attack that killed an Israeli Jewish policeman and wounded his wife and son last week, Palestinian Religious Affairs Minister Mahmoud Al Habbash said that Palestinians “reject all forms of violence, whether they be directed against Israelis or Palestinians. Palestinians blood is like Israel blood. It is human blood and precious and no one wants anyone killed.”
The Jewish policeman Baruch Mizrachi, his wife, and 9-year-old son were driving in an area on the outskirts of Hebron on the way to a Passover seder. He was killed. His wife and son were wounded.
On Tuesday, Associated Press reporter Matt Lee asked the State Dept.’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki to “identify one tangible achievement” from a key project executed under Clinton’s leadership – the first audit of the State Department.
“I am certain that those who were here at the time, who worked hard on that effort, could point out one,” Psaki responded.
The following is a statement by Williamsburg Shomrim Safety Patrol, following the indictment of five Hasidic men from Williamsburg for their participation in the brutal gang assault of Taj Patterson, a 23-year-old Fort Greene resident on December 1, 2013.
Two of the defendants are associated with the Williamsburg Shomrim Safety.
Yesh Atid leader and Israel’s Finance Minister, Yair Lapid accused Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday of tricking Israel and the United States by negotiating a unity agreement with Hamas at the same time. Lapid said that the move Hamas is “a game-changer” and that Abbas had violated Israel’s trust by reaching the agreement with Hamas.
“We transferred some of the most vicious killers to the Palestinian Authority, only to find that they have this agreement or they were working on this agreement with Hamas without telling anybody,” Lapid told members of the European Jewish Congress executive Wednesday night.
(JNS). The Israeli embassy in Kiev is communicating with Ukrainian authorities in the eastern city of Slovyansk regarding an American-Israeli journalist being held by pro-Russia separatists. Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for global news channel Vice News, holds dual Israeli-American citizenship and was abducted Tuesday, according to Ukrainian media reports.
The NYPD is asking the public to help them identify a Hispanic male who throw a cocktail into a 24-hour mini mart located at 3901 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Brooklyn.
According to the NYPD’s 66th precinct detectives, on Wednesday, April 23, at approximately 12:55a.m., an unknown Hispanic male walked into the mini-mart and started an argument with the clerk. After a short argument, he walked out. He later returned at 1:55 a.m. and threw a molotov cocktail into the store.The firebomb set the mini-mart on fire.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry was in New York today to make his pitch to business leaders about the State he has held for 14 years. But in the process, he was proud to get in between Governor Cuomo and Rob Astorino over the state of New York’s economic policies, and tout his accomplishments ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.
“Yes, I’m here recruiting business. I’m don’t shy away from that. I’m very upfront about that. But I’m also here to help stimulate a conversation with the people of New York state, the people in New York City, the legislators, the governor,” Mr. Perry told reporters after a lunch with business owners in the City.
Embattled Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams are playing it all out in defending their respected City, but no crack or alcohol is involved.
Mr. Adams first brought up the idea of a playoff bet in a statement Saturday night responding to Raptors General Manager Masai Ujuri shouting an inappropriate word about Brooklyn at a rally Saturday.