Category Archives: Law and Order

Willie Rapfogel Repotedly Set To Plead Guilty In Met Council Scam

quinn rapfogel met councilWilliam Rapfogel, former head of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty and close friend to Assembly Speaker Shelly Silver, is expected to accept a plea deal in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, The Daily News reports.

Rapfogel, accused for playing a role in running a $7 million dollar embezzlement scheme, worked out the deal with the state Attorney General’s Office that will put him behind bars for three to 10 years, the sources said. Read more »

U.S. Intelligence Wants To Punish Israeli Students Seeking Entry In Fear Of Mass Flooding Of Spies

U.S. intelligence officials are opposed to the State Department’s admission of Israel – it’s closest ally in the Middle East – to the Visa Waver program for fear that it would make it easier for Israeli spies to enter the U.S, according to Roll Call.

The Visa Waver program pushed by NY Democratic representatives, which already includes 38 countries, would allow Israelis to visit the U.S. for up to 90 days without a visa.

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NYC – Rabbi Teaches Fire Commissioner’s Son Tolerance After Anti-Semitic Twitter Rant

Rabbi Burg (seen standing from the left) officiating a Tu B'Shvat seder for City elected officials

Rabbi Burg (seen standing from the left) officiating a Tu B’Shvat seder for City elected officials

One of the most respected rabbis in New York City’s political landscape, helped a high-ranking City official’s son recant and rehabilitate his cyber-activity by learning about tolerance, after anti-Semitic Twitter rant.

Joseph Cassano, son of Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and former EMS worker, voluntarily met with Rabbi Steven Burg, Eastern Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center & Museum of Tolerance, a year ago, seeking cyberbullying sensitivity training after he posted hateful, anti-Semitic messages on Twitter, The Daily News reported Thursday. Read more »

Prosecutor, Rep. King: Disbandment of Muslim Surveillance Unit ‘Dangerous’ To NYC’s Security

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The NYPD has ended its controversial Muslim surveillance program, which began in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks. The NYPD’s Demographics Unit (Zone Assessment Unit) has acknowledged that it engaged in monitoring that included Muslim-owned business and mosques across the New York region.

“The Zone Assessment Unit, previously referred to as the demographics unit, has been largely inactive since January,” the department said in a statement Tuesday. “Recently, as part of an ongoing assessment of Intelligence Bureau operations, personnel assigned to the Zone Assessment Unit were reassigned to other duties within the Intelligence Bureau.” Read more »

Suspicious ‘Pretending’ Hasidic Jew Detained By Australian Police After Coming Close To Royal Couple

20140417-074606.jpgAustralia – Police stopped and searched two suspects who were ‘acting suspiciously’ and ‘causing a disturbance’ just meters from where the UK Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were traveling during their visit to Australia’s Blue Mountains, The Daily Mail online reported.

One of the men was wearing a Chabad hat and frak on top of what looked like a bullet-proof vest, talking on a headset. However, the vest was in fact made of mesh, with pro-Israel stickers attached. The men were searched completely and had to take off ‘all their clothes including their socks,’ according to a witness on the scene.

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Government Officials Brief Jewish Organizations on KC Shooting and Security Measures

In the wake of the Kansas City-area shootings at the Jewish Community Center and Village Shalom Assisted Living Center on April 13, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) convened a high-level security briefing with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Secure Community Network (SCN), the national homeland security initiative of The Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

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Boro Park – Klausenberger Rebbe Calls FDNY Marshal ‘Nazi, Germany’ [Video]

klausenberger rebbe[VIDEO IN EXTENDED ARTICLE] A fight broke out Monday morning between Klausenberger Hasidim and FDNY officers over a Chametz burning site. The brawl broke out on 14th ave and 50th street in Borough Park after the Fire Department wanted to extinguish the fire at the time agreed upon with local agencies and elected officials. Read more »

Jewish Community Members Raising Money For Pal Willi Rapfogel

Some members of the Jewish community are raising money in support of former MET Council executive William Rapfogel, who has been charged with heading a $7 million kickback scam while heading the biggest and most powerful Jewish organization for two decades, The Daily News reports.

One source within the community told The Daily News the goal is to raise as much as $3.1 million that Rapfogel can put toward restitution in hopes of lowering any potential prison sentence.

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British Abu Hamza Goes On Trial in New York On Monday

abu_hamza_prayingBritish hate preacher Abu Hamza goes on trial in New York on Monday, facing the rest of his life behind bars if found guilty on kidnapping and terror charges that predate the 9/11 attacks, AFP reports. Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, better known in Britain as Abu Hamza Al-Masri, is blind in one eye and lost both arms, blown off above the elbow, in an explosion in Afghanistan years ago.

This marks the second high-profile terror trial to be heard by a Manhattan jury since Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law and former Al-Qaeda spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith was convicted on March 26. Read more »

Rabbi: Frescada Lettuce ‘Too Sweet’ For Maror (Bitter Herbs)

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Alex Rapaport, never shy of innovative projects, took his kids on a mission in the snowy winter months to discover whether the new ‘Frescada’ romaine lettuce is kosher for ‘maror’ (bitter herbs) at the seder.

The lettuce – a combination of romaine and iceburg – was first invented by Monsanto organic company by novel strains of familiar food crops. “The lettuce is sweeter and crunchier than romaine and has the stay-fresh quality of iceberg,” the company took pride of the new lettuce invented in 2012. Read more »

Secret Lev Tahor Court Docs, Ordering Protective Custody For All Children, Revealed

lev_tahor-3A Quebec Provincial Court has issued apprehension orders for all 128 Lev Tahor children, documents revealed on Thursday shows. The secret Quebec court orders against the children were revealed by Denis Baraby, whose office initiated the child protection case against the Jewish group.

Apparently, Baraby sent all of the judicial orders to his counterparts in Ontario hoping they would carry out the warrant. Read more »

Dallas, Texas – Homeowners Association Loses Battle To Shut Down Orthodox Jewish Shul

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Collin County judge has ruled against a North Texas homeowners association that was trying to prevent an Orthodox Jewish congregation from using the residential area as a shul.

The Highlands of McKamy homeowners association in Dallas filed an injunction on April 7 asking the court to halt religious services in the neighborhood, citing breach of use. David Schneider, who filed the suit, said the congregation conducts more than 14 services per week in the home. “There are over 40 persons coming and going daily, from dawn until dusk,” he said. “This is far in excess of any reasonable expectation my family has for the quiet enjoyment of our neighborhood.” Read more »

Heroic NYPD Officer Responding To Brooklyn Fire Has Died

Dennis Guerra, an NYPD officer overcome by smoke and carbon monoxide while responding to a fire in Coney Island allegedly set by a 16-year-old boy has died, police say.

Guerra, 38, had been in critical condition since the fire Sunday at an apartment building on Surf Avenue. He died shortly before 7 a.m. Wednesday, police say.

36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez remains in critical condition at a at the burn unit Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Midtown – 5 People Hurt When Car Slams Into News Corp. Building, FDNY Says

news corpFive people were hurt — 2 of them seriously — when a car hopped a Midtown curb Monday morning and slammed into the corner of the News Corp. building, witnesses and the FDNY said.

The small white car carrying four people slammed into the northwest corner of 47th Street and Sixth Avenue about 3:40 a.m., FDNY spokesman said.  Read more »

Two Police Officers In Critical Condition In Coney Island Fire [Updated with Horrific Audio]

bdb bratton copsTwo police officers were critically injured Sunday in a fire on Coney Island, local authorities say.

The fire broke out around 12:30 pm on the 13th floor of a residential high-rise on Surf Avenue, across from MCU Park. The fire was extinguished less than an hour later, FDNY said.

According to the Police, Dennis Guerra, a 38-year-old married dad of three, and his partner, 36-year-old Rosa Rodriguez, were heading up to the 13th floor of 2007 Surf Ave. to check out the report of smoke around 12:30 p.m. when their elevator suddenly filled with smoke. Both were found unconscious. Read more »

Pressure Mounts On de Blasio To Reverse City Ban On Religious Services At Public Schools

de blasio snow updateA federal appeals panel ruled on Thursday that New York City can bar religious groups from holding services in school buildings, reversing a lower-court decision that ruled against Mayor Bloomberg’s regulation. The city’s ban against holding religious services in public schools also affected the Jewish community, prohibiting Rabbis from holding tishen on Shabbos and community events at local schools.

The ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit reversed Federal District Court Judge Loretta A. Preska, ruling that the city’s ban was “consistent with its constitutional duties,” and that it did not violate the right to free exercise of religion. The lower court erred in concluding that the policy compelled the city “to make decisions that constitute excessive entanglement with religion,” Judge Pierre N. Leval wrote.

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Brooklyn Pols, Residents Discuss Vision Zero In Townhall Meeting At Boro Hall [Photos + Video]

vision zero at borough hall 038An overflow crowd of Brooklyn residents packed a town hall meeting on Tuesday with NYC’s government and elected officials at Borough Hall to hear about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero plan to end traffic deaths and pedestrian injuries. The event was hosted by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and chaired by Council member Ydanis Rodriguez, chairman of the Council’s Transportation Committee. Read more »

Cuomo: Ft. Hood Shooting Left New Yorkers Saddened and Shocked

The following is a statement by New York governor Andrew Cuomo on the Fort Hood shooting Wednesday that cost the life of four:

“The shooting at Fort Hood has left New York saddened and shocked at the senseless violence that claimed the lives of dedicated soldiers and injured 16 others. I join the nation in mourning the loss of those Americans who demonstrated great patriotism in serving their country. Among those injured is Major Patrick Miller, from Allegany County, who joined the U.S. Army after graduating from St. Bonaventure in 2003. On behalf of all New Yorkers, I send my thoughts and prayers for a speedy recovery to the injured victims and their families. “

NYC – Traffic Deaths Down In First Quarter

Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to reduce the number of traffic deaths to zero under his Vision Zero plan. It seems the numbers are already dropping in New York City.

According to the NYPD, 51 people were killed in traffic accidents from January 1st through March 30th of this year.The number includes drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists. This marks a 26 percent drop from the first quarter in 2013 when 69 people died.

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EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: Burglar Dressed Up as Hasidic Jew Arrested in Boro Park

photo 1Borough Park, NY – A 27 year Man dressed up as a Hasidic Jew wanted for several burglaries in the Boro Park Neighborhood, was arrested Wednesday afternoon by NYPD 66 precinct detectives with the assistance of the Boro Park Shomrim Patrol volunteers.

On Wednesday night March 26th Yevgeniy Leyzerovich was caught on surveillance video breaking in and rummaging through a home on 48th Street Between 17th and 18th Avenues, he left with Jewelry and electronic devices valued at about $6000 Dollars. On Monday March 31st he returned to the same location during broad daylight and stole additional jewelry and valuables.

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Supreme Court Rules Against Frequent Flying Rabbi ‘For Complaining Too Much’

Rabbi GinsburgThe Supreme Court decided unanimously Wednesday that an airline had the right to dump a frequent flier who complained too much. On a 9-0 vote, the court said Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg cannot pursue his claims against Northwest Airlines Corp for throwing him off a frequent flier program.

The case involved Rabbi Binyomin Ginsberg, a Brooklyn-born rabbi now residing In Minnesota, who was ousted from Northwest Airlines’ WorldPerks loyalty program for complaining too often about getting bumped from flights and repeatedly seeking compensation the airline considered unfair. Read more »

Wrongful Ticket by NYPD Officer Caught On Dash Cam Dismissed

ticket dismissedBrooklyn, NY – A Williamsburg man who installed a dashcam video system in his car has just learned that it was worth the investment. Several days ago CBS2 reported that the driver who requested to be identified with his first name only - Abraham – was issued a wrongful ticket by a NYPD officer for an illegal left turn from a non-turning lane, while his dashcam actually showed him making the turn from the turning lane.

JP has just learned from sources within the NYPD, that upon hearing of this incident the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau has launched an investigation and reviewed the video form the car, and on Tuesday night the driver was notified that the ticket has been dismissed. Read more »

NYC – Bratton To Jewish Leaders: No Credible Terror Threats On Passover, But Remain Vigilant

Briefing Jewish community leaders at One Police Plaza on Tuesday, NYPD police commissioner William Bratton and counterterrorism officials said there are no credible terrorist threats ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover. Nonetheless, the community should remain aware, they said.

“No credible specific intelligence, as we learned from Boston or Times Square, doesn’t mean that there isn’t a threat. New York is always a target and always will be,” NYPD counterterrorism official John Miller said at the annual pre-Passover intelligence update briefing.

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NYPD Searching for Burglar Hitting on Boro Park Jewish Homes on Shabbos [Video]

Credit: NYPDBrooklyn, NY – The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance identifying and locating a Burglar who has been hitting on Jewish homes in Boro Park on Shabbos March 22.

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, between 4:00 and 5:30 am, a black male approximately 6 foot tall broke into two residences on 62nd Street between 18th and 19th Avenues, and attempted to break into three more homes on the same block. Read more »

Family and Friend Celebrate Sefer Torah Dedication in Memory of Victim of Serial Killer [Video]

Isaac Kadare

Isaac Kadare

Brooklyn, NY – Family and friends of the late Isaac Kadare (59) who was shot and killed on August 2 2012 by serial killer Salvatore Perrone, gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the Hachnosas Sefer Torah of a brand new torah scroll that was dedicated in his memory.

The sefer torah celebration started at 430 Quentin Rd. in Flatbush and the crowd continued in a twenty minute procession music and dancing to the Khal Ahava V’Achva Synagogue on 1740 Ocean Parkway, the synagogue where Mr. Kadare was a member and attended the weekly Shabbos prayers.  Read more »

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