Category Archives: Law and Order

NY11 – Citizen’s Petition Urges Donovan to Unseal Transcripts of Garner Case

grimm3n-1-webAs Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan prepares to fill Michael Grimm’s vacant seat in the 11th Congressional District, the Eric Garner case threatens the success of his future if he gains the title in the special election.

Many are concerned that Donovan’s role in the Eric Garner case could infuriate residents and heighten the racial tensions in New York City. Now matters have gotten much worse as more than a thousand New Yorkers signed a petition urging Donovan to unseal the transcripts of the case.

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Behind Assembly Democrats’ Call for Sheldon Silver’s Resignation

Toobin-Silver-690Last night Assembly Democrats emerged from a private discussion and announced that Sheldon Silver era was over.

“He must resign,” said Assemblyman Brian Kavanagh, a Democrat from the East Side of Manhattan, of the often-inscrutable man who had run the chamber for 21 years. “If the speaker does not make that decision, he should understand that he’s lost the confidence of a majority of our conference.”

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Speaker Sheldon Silver Gradually Becomes Exposed, Witnesses Talk

Sheldon SilverAssembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is becoming exposed as witnesses talk. For fifteen years, Silver has been stealing from the city and its citizens, reports allege.

Silver even used the Sept. 11 attacks to justify navigating $500,000 in taxpayer dollars to a Columbia University doctor who was secretly helping him pocket millions in bogus “referral fees,” according to the Daily News.

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Rockland, NY – Spring Valley Mayor Being Sued By Three Local Residents

Spring Valley MayorIn Spring Valley, three village residents are suing Mayor Demeza Delhomme for alleged misconduct and malfeasance in an attempt to remove him from office.

Court papers filed with the state Supreme Court’s Appellate Division in Brooklyn on Friday spell out numerous allegations against Delhomme, who has been accused of religious discrimination, personal use of village funds and harassment of village officials, according to Lohud.

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Jewish Police Officers Express Their Complex Position on the Force

article-0-197330AC00000578-46_634x430As racial tension and police brutality run high, not just in New York City but throughout the entire country, where do Jewish police officers lie in the mix?

They sacrifice their lives every day to protect citizens across the nation, but still adhere to a strict religious and moral set of beliefs. At times citizens are perplexed by the uniformed man with a yarmulke. Read more »

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NYPD To Hold Anti-Terrorism Training in Flatbush On Monday, Organized By FJCC

FJCCThe Flatbush Jewish Community Coalition, (FJCC), is organizing on Monday an anti-terrorism training seminar in conjunction with the NYPD and NYS Department of Homeland Security.

The measures taken by the NYPD and the community are in response to the alarming rise in terror across the globe and the understanding that local Jewish institutions – Yeshivas, schools, and Shuls – need more protection. Read more »

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After Plot to Attack U.S. Capitol Emerged, Schumer Pushes For Law to Ban Homemade Bombs

Charles E. SchumerU.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer has launched a plan to criminalize homemade explosive-making, which is currently not illegal for an individual but only illegal for a business without a license.

Just this week an ISIS-inspired plot to attack the U.S. Capitol using a pipe-bomb emerged, raising awareness that changes need to be implemented immediately. Read more »

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Over 1,000 Officers Assigned To Counterterrosim Mission In Wake Of Paris Attacks: Bratton

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(AP). In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, New York’s police department is expanding training for what it sees as the most serious terror threat today — “active shooters,” terrorists who, rather than detonating a homemade bomb in busy a location like Times Square, simply arm themselves with high-powered rifle and open fire.

Commissioner William Bratton said the new training for the nation’s largest police force is based in part on lessons brought back from an NYPD team that was sent to Paris and given widespread access to the scene of the shootings. Read more »

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Brooklyn Man Who Shot At Cops In 2011 Sentenced To 40 Years In Jail

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via DCPI

A 33-year-old Brooklyn man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting at two New York City Police Officers after they stopped him for acting suspiciously on in the early morning hours of September 23, 2011. After firing at one of the officers the defendant fled and led multiple officers on a chase through East Flatbush before being caught. Read more »

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Poll: Voters, By Racial Divide, Think De Blasio Is Supportive Of Police Department

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(AP Photo/Tom McElroy)

While New Yorkers, by large, were ashamed to watch police officers turning their backs on Mayor Bill de Blasio at funerals for the two slain police officers, voters disapprove the mayor’s handling of police and community relations in his first year in office, a new Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday showed.

Relations between Mayor de Blasio and the police are “generally bad,” voters say 77 – 15 percent. Of those who say “bad,” 45 percent of voters say de Blasio is to blame, while 43 percent blame police. Read more »

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Newton Town Faces Lawsuit From Sandy Hook Shooting Victims’ Families

Sandy Hook ShootingTwo families of victims in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012 have filed a lawsuit against the town of Newtown and the school board. They claim there wasn’t sufficient security the day 20 first-graders and six adults were shot and killed by Adam Lanza.

According to Harford Courant, the 66-page lawsuit was given to a state marshal on Dec. 14, the last day under state statutes that legal action could be taken against the community, and recently served at the town clerk’s office.

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Borough Park – Three Teens Caught On Video Vandalizing Vehicles Arrested

IMG_4089Three 18-year-old teens have been placed under arrest Sunday night by officers of 66 Precinct after they were caught red handed spray painting graffiti on vehicles and property in Borough Park, cops said.

Around 9:30 pm, a Borough Park Shomrim volunteer on patrol witnessed Alex Astrella, Angel Pacheco, and Cevin Vidal spraying purple paint on parked cars and signs in the vicinity of 8th Avenue and 44th Street. Read more »

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Bratton Says NYPD Officers Have Embarrassed Themselves

Bill-BrattonDespite the discourteous actions of the NYPD when they turned their backs on Mayor de Blasio, NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is still standing tall. “I have not lost control of this department,” Bratton told Metro in an interview Tuesday evening.

Officers claim that Mayor de Blasio and Bratton have undermined public support for the NYPD, weakening the “public image of the department.”

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Dean Skelos: ‘Life A Little Easier’ As Sole State Senate President

skelos-and-klein1For the last two years the title of the temporary president of the state Senate alternated every two weeks, but that officially is no more as Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, stated he will be the majority leader and temporary president.

Although Skelos has claimed the position, the Senate Republicans are still willing to give the Independent Democratic Conference a role. Read more »

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Gun Smuggling Bust Urges TSA to Implement New Security Measures

tsaDue to a recent gun smuggling bust in Atlanta, Senator Charles E. Schumer is urging the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to immediately implement a national requirement that all airports physically screen airline and airport employees each day before they enter secured areas of the airport.

D.A. Ken Thompson discovered this large and deathly dangerous loophole in airport security when he busted an elaborate drug smuggling scheme, with 153 firearms heading from Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to the streets of New York. This occurred for six months in 2014.

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Assemblyman Keith Wright Said To Replace Rep. Charles Rangel

Keith WRIGHTRep. Charles Rangel, in his elderly state, is choosing not to run for re-election and everyone is wondering who will take his spot.

According the NY Daily News, State Assemblyman Keith Wright is forming an exploratory committee to investigate a bid to succeed his fellow Harlem Democrat. His supporters have suggested he would be a suitable candidate for the position. Read more »

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Community Board 12 Wins Fight to Deny Liquor License to Dangerous Bar

CoronitasFor almost a year the Community Board 12 have been fighting a local bar’s Liquor License Application. Coronitas, previously located on 756 McDonald Avenue, was a dangerous bar with constant complaints.

There was a high volume of criminal activity, diminishing the quality of life in the community. There were also numerous Fire Department and Building Department Violations that were brought into question when the State Liquor Authority (SLA) decided to revoke their liquor license.

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Killer of Rabbi Deemed Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity

princeton-mva-fatality-11jpg-60586ed98405455cEric Maltz, 22, facing aggravated manslaughter, assault by auto and death by auto for crashing into a rabbi in 2013; was found not guilty by reason of insanity by a superior court judge.

74-year-old Rabbi James Diamond, retired executive director of Princeton University’s Center for Jewish Life in 2003, was struck by Maltz’s speeding BMW.

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Ex Jewish Cop Shares NYPD Officers’ Anger At Mayor de Blasio

635553675259236286-635552959169176855-AP-NYPD-Officers-ShotOn Saturday 25,000 current and former NYPD police mourned Rafael Ramos, the officer murdered while sitting in his patrol car on Dec. 20 in Bedford-Stuyvesant. As if the tension wasn’t high enough, NYPD police officers made the controversial choice on turning their backs to Mayor de Blasio as he delivered the eulogy.

The Jewish Week caught up with a former sergeant of the New York City Police Department, Wilton Sekzer, who stated he shared the same sentiment but he would have not turned his back on the Mayor.

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Senator Rubio Predicts Major Movement on Iran, Keystone Pipline In 2015

marco rubioSen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), potential presidential candidate, states he is ready to vote on the sanctions on Iran today. He foresees the Republican-controlled senate passing laws demanding sanctions on Iran and approving the Keystone XL pipeline, an oil pipeline running from Canada into the U.S., by next year.

According to Politico, the senator suggests the bill should require congressional approval for sanctions and enforce them “upon a failure of the [nuclear] deal.”

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Wealthy Landlord in Connection with Sheldon Silver Also In Trouble

Sheldon Singer As New York Assembly Speaker, Sheldon Silver, continues to be investigated it has been discovered that he is tied to a wealthy landlord with some troubles of his own.

Baruch Singer, the landlord, used the same law firm as Silver to seek reductions in real estate tax assessments on several of his buildings in the Lower East Side and Harlem, according to the New York Times. Read more »

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Op-Ed: Let’s Stand United Rather than Divided – In Honor of Our Fallen Heroes

nypd ramos liu rip(By Rabbi Moshe Indig) The bodies were still warm; the wounds were still fresh; the tears have barely begun; but while monitoring the news, I was shocked and taken aback at some of the responses to the horrific murder of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos.

As members of the Jewish community, we all know that the Talmud demands us to pray for the peace and safety of our government. Therefore, we are known to be very supportive of government and respectful of our law enforcement. This senseless brutal murder of the two heroes in uniform has shaken us and the entire nation.

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NYPD Head Bratton: Anti-Cop Demonstrations ‘Significant Drain’ On Police Manpower

bratton nypd 1The numerous demonstrations and rallies that have been held in recent weeks in Manhattan and other parts of New York City in protest of alleged police violence against minorities have cost the city $22.9 million in police overtime since December 3, generating a “significant drain” of resources, NYPD commissioner Bill Bratton stated Monday evening. Read more »

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Retired Police Officer Gives Autism Safety Talk Across US

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(AP). A retired police officer from Michigan has made it his mission to educate first-responders and others about how to more effectively interact with people with autism spectrum disorder.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says one in 68 American children is affected by autism spectrum disorder, and research indicates autistic people are seven times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement. Read more »

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UPDATED: Professor Arrested For Assaulting Two NYPD Lieutenants On Brooklyn Bridge

NYPD patchA man who assaulted two Lieutenants Saturday on the Brooklyn bridge during a protest against the Eric Garner case was taken into custody Sunday morning, a law enforcement source told JP.

The suspect, identified as Eric Linsker, 29, a professor from Baruch College and a Brooklyn resident, was arrested earlier this morning and is currently being interviewed in a Manhattan precinct, the source said.

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