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  • Mayor de Blasio Has Lost Support of White New Yorkers, Poll Finds

    11/18/2015 8:02:43 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2015 | MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM, ALEXANDER BURNS and DALIA SUSSMAN
    Nearing the midpoint of his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio is confronting a city that is deeply divided about his ability to lead, with his efforts to create a more liberal New York overshadowed by growing worries about homelessness and crime, a new poll finds. Nowhere is that concern more visible than among a group, long cool to Mr. de Blasio, that he has now decisively lost: whites. Just 28 percent of white New Yorkers approve of the Democratic mayor’s performance, and 59 percent now disapprove, up sharply from the start of his term, according to a citywide poll conducted...
  • Mayor de Blasio Has Lost Support of White New Yorkers, Poll Finds

    11/18/2015 7:59:56 AM PST · by Theoria · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 17 Nov 2015 | Michael Grynbaum, Alex Burns and Dalia Sussman
    Nearing the midpoint of his term, Mayor Bill de Blasio is confronting a city that is deeply divided about his ability to lead, with his efforts to create a more liberal New York overshadowed by growing worries about homelessness and crime, a new poll finds. Nowhere is that concern more visible than among a group, long cool to Mr. de Blasio, that he has now decisively lost: whites. Just 28 percent of white New Yorkers approve of the Democratic mayor’s performance, and 59 percent now disapprove, up sharply from the start of his term, according to a citywide poll conducted...
  • De Blasio looks to fix ObamaCare flaw that left cancer patients without coverage (Pelosi knew)

    11/12/2015 2:40:27 AM PST · by Libloather · 4 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/12/15 | Yoav Gonen
    Mayor de Blasio is moving to clean up a state medical-insurance mess that blindsided thousands of New Yorkers, including 114 cancer patients in the city who were about to lose their doctors. Under a hastily drawn-up deal, the patients will continue to get coverage for treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center under the city's MetroPlus health plan. The patients had faced a tough choice: pay out of pocket or find new doctors because of the impending bankruptcy of Health Republic - one of the state's ObamaCare providers and the only one that covers treatment at Sloan Kettering.
  • Nine wounded, two fatally, as hours of violence breaks out between Brooklyn and Queens: cops

    11/01/2015 6:38:17 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:14 PM | Keldy Ortiz
    Nine people were woundedtwo fatallyin seven violent incidents between two boroughs which spanned from Saturday night through Sunday morning, police said. The mayhem started in Queens when two men were shotone fatallyat a house party on 240th St. near 144th Ave. in Rosedale around 8:53 p.m., cops said. The victimsPeyton Manwaring, 19, and a unidentified 18-year-old manwere disputing with someone and the suspect shot them, according to the police. Manwaring was shot once in the stomach, while the other was shot in the gut, arm and leg, cops said. Both were taken to Jamaica Hospital, but Manwaring could not be...
  • De Blasio will finally endorse Hillary Clinton: source

    10/26/2015 3:39:14 PM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 8 replies
    AP via the New York Post ^ | 10/26/2015 | Associated Press (uncredited)
    NEW YORK A person familiar with the plans of Bill de Blasio says New York Citys mayor is planning to endorse Hillary Rodham Clinton for president. The person told The Associated Press on Monday the endorsement would likely come before a December presidential forum in Iowa organized by de Blasio. The person was not authorized to speak publicly about the matter before the announcement and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
  • Protesters flip off NYPD days after cop slay

    10/25/2015 9:21:05 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 54 replies
    nypost.com ^ | 10/24/15 | By Amanda Lozada
    Protesters flip off NYPD days after cop slay By Amanda Lozada Just four days after the on-duty murder of a hero NYPD street cop, a rally in Washington Square Park against police terror devolved Saturday into a raucous, law-enforcement gripe-fest. Protesters held signs reading Rise Up! Stop Police Terror! and Murder with a badge is still murder.
  • De Blasio Removes Paintings Of Founding Fathers, Replaces Them With More Diverse Artwork

    10/14/2015 5:48:06 PM PDT · by KeyLargo · 43 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10-14-2015 | Emma Colton
    US De Blasio Removes Paintings Of Founding Fathers, Replaces Them With More Diverse Artwork Emma Colton Contributor New York Citys de Blasio family reportedly trashed paintings of founding fathers in the mayors mansion and replaced them with more diverse historical figures. According to the New York Post, the Big Apples mayoral family junked a handful of paintings depicting George Washington and other unspecified founding fathers from the historical Yellow Parlor in the Gracie Mansion for more diverse artifacts that will reportedly better represent the history of America. The Yellow Parlor, where guests of New Yorks mayor have been entertained for...
  • A Tale of Two Schools, One Building

    10/07/2015 7:29:08 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 10 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/06/15 | Nicholas Simmons
    Over the past three school years, I unintentionally participated in a tragic educational case study on the west side of Harlem. I worked in the same building as the Wadleigh Secondary School, at which 0% of students in grades six through eight met state standards in math or English. That isnt a typo: Not a single one of the 33 students passed either exam, though many of the questions are as straightforward as What is 15% of 60? Two floors above Wadleigh, I taught math at Success Academy Harlem West, a public charter school. The students there eat in the...
  • De Blasio administration joins fight against law that would exclude immigrants, felons from voting

    10/04/2015 4:39:56 AM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/04/15 | Jennifer Fermino
    EXCLUSIVE: De Blasio administration joins fight against law that would exclude immigrants, felons from voting district count The de Blasio administration has joined a Supreme Court fight that could change the way voting districts are carved up to exclude residents like immigrants and felons from the population count, the Daily News has learned. If successful, Evenwel vs. Abbott would dramatically change the political landscape in immigrant-rich communities like New York, because it would draw districts to include only eligible voters. Immigrants, felons who have lost the right to vote and children would be excluded. In court papers filed last week,...
  • Ahmed Day in NYC: Mayor de Blasio, City Council Honors Clockmed, Issues Proclamation

    09/29/2015 12:18:24 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 28 replies
    Pamela Geller ^ | 9/29/15 | Pamela Geller
    Heres the message boys and girls, devise a hoax that looks like a bomb, scare the hell out of everyone in school and you too will become lauded and saluted the world over. Just one thing, you better be a Muslim because if you arent, youll be expelled and ruined. Yesterday Mayor De Blasio, the city council and every other NYC political jackass honored Clockmed with Ahmed Day. Despite all that has come out in the wake of the time-bomb hoax, the city of New York issued a proclamation. Lets review: Ahmed Mohammed has repeatedly refused to meet with city...
  • NYC mayor to urge city pension funds to divest from coal

    09/29/2015 4:54:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 09/29/2015
    <p>NEW YORK (AP) New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is set to propose that New York City's pension funds divest from coal.</p> <p>De Blasio administration officials told The Associated Press that the mayor will begin making his case to the city's five pension funds on Tuesday.</p>
  • Clinton Foundation snubbed by the pope, Elton John, Janet Yellen

    09/26/2015 7:57:54 AM PDT · by PROCON · 24 replies
    politico ^ | Sep. 26, 2015 | Kenneth P. Vogel and Noah Weiland
    The Clinton Foundation invited everyone from Pope Francis and Leonardo DiCaprio to Bill de Blasio and Janet Yellen to its showcase gathering starting Saturday in New York City, according to multiple sources familiar with the planning. But those invitations were among the dozens turned down by all manner of celebrities, dignitaries and donors, according to the sources, who said the controversies swirling around the foundation and Hillary Clintons presidential campaign have made some bold-faced names and donors wary of the foundation. The glitzy Clinton Global Initiative gathering in New York, which has the lofty title The Future of Impact, was...
  • For 1st time, New York City schools close for Muslim holiday

    09/24/2015 1:14:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 55 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 24, 2015 2:39 PM EDT
    New York City public schools are closed to observe the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Thursday was the first time the schools serving 1.1 million pupils closed for a Muslim holiday. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this year that the citys public schools would observe the two Muslim holy days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.
  • De Blasio: Rubio Needs To Reread His Bible

    09/21/2015 5:19:14 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 48 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 21, 2015 | Pam Key
    Sunday on ABCs This Week, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) discussed his disagreements with Pope Francis criticisms of global capitalism. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio reacted to Rubios remarks and suggested he should go back and reread Jesus Sermon on the Mount.
  • Hakeem Jeffries for New York Mayor? Some Say Yes, But He Hesitates

    09/03/2015 3:40:57 PM PDT · by proxy_user · 7 replies
    The New York Times ^ | SEPT. 3, 2015 | ALEXANDER BURNS
    In Washington, Mr. Jeffries, a second-term congressman, is best known as a collegial, next-generation Democrat with a keen interest in criminal justice reform. In New York, however, he has positioned himself at a nexus of powerful interests that have grown frustrated during Mr. de Blasios tenure.... Where Mr. de Blasio has opposed charter schools, Mr. Jeffries has firmly defended them; in April, he addressed a fund-raising gala for the Success Academy organization, a fast-growing charter network heavily backed by wealthy critics of the mayor. When Mr. de Blasio sought to limit expansion of the ride-hailing company Uber, Mr. Jeffries spoke...

    09/02/2015 7:04:23 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | September 2, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    It's De Blasio Time. Radical leftist pro-crime mayor who decided to wage war on cops. Radical leftist pro-crime president who decided to wage war on cops. Radical leftist pro-crime media which decided to wage war on cops. Now murders are mysteriously rising for reasons they can't explain. It must be Global Warming. Or car insurance rates. Or maybe squirrels. I bet it's the squirrels causing all the murders. Now let's run another #BlackLivesMatter puff piece and more pro-crime propaganda about freeing drug dealers. Cities across the nation are seeing a startling rise in murders after years of declines, and few...
  • De Blasios First Twitter Chat Predictably Goes Off the Rails

    08/31/2015 10:35:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 31, 2015 | Yoav Gonen
    Mayor de Blasio got an earful from disgruntled New Yorkers on Monday when he took to Twitter for a rare unscripted chat with constituents. The live 34-minute exchange elicited more than 100 questions and comments, including many critical of his performance. “You can’t seriously think that a few unruly topless performers in Times Square is a pressing issue, right??” wrote Brian Boucher, one of several users who blasted de Blasio’s handling of nuisance complaints at Times Square.
  • The Union That Rules New York ( SEIU )

    08/31/2015 6:38:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2015 | DANIEL DISALVO AND STEPHEN EIDE
    Powerful and well funded, 1199 SEIU has unprecedented reach into city and state government. ... Medicaid is one of the primary sources of funding for the hospitals employing workers from 1199 SEIU, the powerful hospital and nursing-home employees union. ... The unions clout can be assessed by several measures: the sheer size of its membership, its spending on campaigns and lobbying, and the depth and breadth of its connections with New Yorks ruling elite. With well over 300,000 members in Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, Washington, D.C., and New York (where over half of that total resides), 1199SEIU is the largest union...
  • Reports of (NYC) subway assaults soar in the last year

    08/27/2015 11:13:05 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 26, 2015 | Danielle Furfaro, Sarah Trefethen and Jamie Schram
    Subway assaults are soaring with complaints up 24 percent this year and the worst two stations are Union Square and Prospect Park, according to crime data obtained by The Post. Reports of felony assaults rose to 151 through Aug. 16 compared with 122 over the same period last year. There were 101 subway assault arrests year to date, up from 85 during the same period last year.
  • Times Square Painted Ladies Take a Pause

    08/21/2015 7:34:04 PM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 8 replies
    ny times ^ | 8-21-2015 | KATETAYLOR andILEANANAJARRO
    Robert J. Burck, better known as the Naked Cowboy, who plays his guitar and poses for pictures in briefs and cowboy boots, noted that, on Thursday, only one of the women had shown up, and quickly attracted all the attention. It was like Michael Jackson was here, because everybody couldnt wait to see a naked girl, he said. He said that he tried to be amicable with everyone who worked on the plaza, but that his wife and sister-in-law, who wear bikinis and play guitars as the Naked Cowgirls, made more money when the topless women, known as desnudas (Spanish...
  • Baltimore surpasses New York City in homicides for the year

    08/20/2015 3:53:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 20, 2015 6:04 PM EDT
    Baltimore has had more killings than New York City this year, and its homicide rate per 100,000 people is greater than New Yorks and Chicagos. Baltimore has had 212 killings this year. New York has had 208, despite a vast population disparity. New York has 8.2 million residents, while Baltimore has 622,000.
  • NYC mayor: Im not micromanaging image by screening records

    08/19/2015 11:22:37 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 19, 2015 1:34 PM EDT | Jake Pearson
    New York Citys mayor says hes not micromanaging his image by having his lawyers review requests for public information that could reflect directly on the mayor.Bill de Blasio made the comments on WNYCs The Brian Lehrer Show Wednesday when asked about a memo obtained by The Associated Press. That May 5 directive by a mayoral lawyer instructs attorneys at city agencies to forward to City Hall their responses to a range of documents, including sensitive or controversial requests, made under the Freedom of Information Law.
  • De Blasio is padding City Hall with jobs for all of his friends

    08/16/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 23 replies
    NY Post ^ | August 16, 2015 | Aaron Short, Melissa Klein and Isabel Vincent
    Mayor de Blasios patronage mill is churning out junk jobs funded with taxpayer money for longtime pals, campaign grunts and acolytes. In addition to creating a $150,000 post for Stephanie Yazgi the longtime girlfriend of his top strategist, Emma Wolfe de Blasio has created positions to amp up his progressive agenda and national profile and spread propaganda touting his transcendent accomplishments. The citys television station led by de Blasio buddy Janet Choi devotes much of its taxpayer-funded $5.7 million budget to broadcasting his ribbon-cuttings, announcements and features about his friends, including his wedding singer. His $105,000...
  • Idiotic plan: New Yorks de Blasio offers ID cards to illegals to make them feel more like citizens

    08/12/2015 4:46:24 AM PDT · by gasport · 27 replies
    Allen West ^ | January 14, 2015 | Allen West
    As CNSNews.com reports, de Blasio said on Monday he wants to give identification cards to illegal aliens allows them to feel like citizens and enjoy some of the same benefits as actual citizens. We dont want any of our fellow New Yorkers to feel like second-class citizens, de Blasio was quoted as saying in a National Public Radio website article. We dont want them to feel left out. "In addition, de Blasio is promising more than just ID cards if illegal aliens come forward and sign up. A free, one-year membership to 33 cultural institutions, de Blasio said.
  • Guardian Angels back on patrol in Central Park

    08/10/2015 2:48:59 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 11 replies
    New York Post ^ | August 10, 2015 | Frank Rosario and Elizabeth Saul
    The Guardian Angels are back and their leader says its because Mayor Bill de Blasio cant keep New York City safe. Curtis Sliwa, 61, radio personality and founder of the unarmed anti-crime patrol, joined five of his Angels in their first sortie into Central Park in more than two decades Sunday night. If the mayor wont let the cops do their job, then we, the citizens, will have to go back to guarding our parks, streets and subways, Sliwa said. Modal Trigger The Guardian Angels patrol next to the Central Park reservoir.Photo: Robert Mecea The Guardian Angels, who wear...
  • DeBlasio shows what America would look like under socialism

    08/07/2015 11:36:36 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 12 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-07-15 | DrJohn
    Bill DeBlasio is doing America a real favor. He is showing us all that under socialism what a wonderful world it would be. DeBlasio reached puberty under the watchful eyes of the Nicaraguan Sandanistas. He also honeymooned in Cuba. The guy is a dyed in the wool socialist. He's brought socialism to the city of New York and it's been something to witness. New Yorkers are not happy with the quality of their living experience at the moment: New Yorkers believe quality of life in the Big Apple is rotting at the core, a new poll revealed Thursday. Only 33...
  • Urination, defecation, and masturbation outside NYC college

    07/31/2015 12:05:54 PM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    New York Post ^ | July 30, 2015 | Kevin Fasick and Beckie Strum
    The glass facade of Cooper Unions $111 million academic building offers a remarkable view of a back alley packed with vagrants. I have seen drug deals, public urination, defecation, masturbation in broad daylight in the Taras Shevchenko alley, a Cooper Union faculty member told The Post. Its a place where many homeless congregate to sleep right in front of a church and between a high school and a college, the faculty member added.
  • Residents blast NYPD guard tower: Bums are still here

    07/28/2015 5:58:24 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 28, 2015 | Frank Rosario and Bruce Golding
    The elevated SkyWatch booth was erected July 21 following a Post expos about the hordes of homeless people taking over the park and Mayor de Blasios subsequent visit to chat up vagrants there.
  • De Blasio raves about presidential hopeful, but its not Hillary

    07/25/2015 4:23:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | July 25, 2015 | Rich Calder
    Mayor de Blasio is a big fan of presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders because the Vermont senator is a proud Democratic socialist. [Snip] De Blasio was quick to correct CNNs Carol Costello after she called Sanders a socialist, telling her the senator is a Democratic socialist. I think theres a lot to like in that title, he gushed.
  • De Blasio Flies to Vatican to Deliver Environmentalism Speech

    07/22/2015 9:32:02 AM PDT · by rktman · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 7/22/2015 | William Bigelow
    New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, late as usual, arrived in Rome Tuesday morning to pontificate at the Vatican about the dangers of climate change. Delayed by fog that forced his plane to land in Milan, de Blasio arrived 80 minutes after his allotted time to speak at the gathering of mayors invited by the Vatican. Once he was given time to speak, though, he waxed eloquent about powerful corporate interests, adding, Is it not the definition of insanity to propagate corporate policies and consumer habits that hasten the destruction of the earth?
  • State board grants provisional charter for NY Climate Museum

    07/20/2015 11:45:23 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 20, 2015 9:56 PM EDT | Jim Fitzgerald
    The plan for a museum in the city that would focus on climate and climate change, with exhibits that could relate to health, social justice and rain-delayed baseball games, moved a step forward Monday, officials said. The state Board of Regents, meeting in Albany, approved a five-year provisional charter for the museum, Regents spokesman Tom Dunn said. The vote means there is absolutely going to be a museum, said Miranda Massie, executive director of the Climate Museum Launch Project. She said the museum is now empowered to hold collections in trust for the public. Supporters say it would be the...
  • Mayor de Blasio: No more Trump deals in NYC future

    07/20/2015 1:07:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    CNN Money ^ | July 20, 2015 | Nicholas Yeap
    New York City's mayor has had enough Trump, thank you.During a press conference on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that while he's uncertain whether the city can break several existing contracts with the Republican presidential hopeful, one thing is clear: There will be no future deals between the Big Apple and Trump. "My impression is that unless there has been some breaking of a contract or something that gives us a legal opportunity to act, I'm not sure we have a specific course of action," de Blasio told reporters. "But we're certainly not looking to do any business with...
  • Cops keep de Blasio in a bum-free bubble

    07/18/2015 3:24:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The New York Post ^ | July 18, 2015 | Kevin Fasick
    No wonder he doesnt think theres a problem. The police have been laboring to keep Mayor de Blasio in a bum-free bubble clearing nuisance-causing vagrants from his view at Gracie Mansion and as he travels in the city. On Wednesday, two hours before de Blasio was due to walk through Washington Square Park, cops arrived en masse to clear out the quality-of-life-ruining bums who drink from paper bags, sprawl on benches and pee in public. They had to clear all the homeless out before he got there, for a Ramadan fast-breaking dinner at the NYU Islamic Center, said one...
  • New York City Council Moves To Decriminalize Urination In Public and Turnstile Jumping

    07/15/2015 12:55:10 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 55 replies
    Jonathon Turley ^ | July 13, 2015 | Jonathon Turley
    Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (left) is moving forward with a controversial plan to decriminalize such offenses as urinating in public part of an effort to rollback on criminal offenses used by police to stop and detain suspects under the broken windows approach of Police Commissioner Bill Bratton. Critics have charged that the murder rate and other crimes are already up under Mayor Bill de Blasio due to the tensions with police and new policies against stop and frisk maneuvers. Mark-Viverito appears to believe that criminalizing urination is only a pretext for police stops or a minor offense for the...
  • Bums think de Blasio is the best mayor ever

    07/14/2015 7:21:37 AM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies
    nypost.com ^ | July 14, 2015 | Frank Rosario, Melkorka Licea and Bruce Golding
    Bums across the city hailed Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday for relaxing enforcement against homeless panhandlers, saying it hasnt been this good for them in years. I want to thank de Blasio for taking it easy on us. Its easier for me to get by. Because of him, nobody bothers me, said Phil Zasel, 63, who was hanging out near Bellevue Hospital with several sacks of belongings. Its better out here now. Its the best time to be homeless. The weather is nice. I feel like Im in California. So Id rather be out here until it gets cold.
  • PISSED! NY Post has had it with de Blasios NYC' ...most blistering cover yet [photo]

    07/11/2015 12:21:23 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 50 replies
    Twitchy.com ^ | 07/11/2015 | Twitchy Staff
    The New York Post has HAD IT. Take a gander at its cover today:
  • Cops search for suspect in brutal rape of 21-year-old woman in Port Authority Bus Terminal

    07/11/2015 5:50:22 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 45 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 7/11/15 | Ryan Sit
    Cops are hunting the creep who raped and assaulted a 21-year-old woman in the Port Authority Bus Terminal parking garage, police said on Saturday. The brute raped and then beat the woman, lacerating her face and body in the parking garage on Eighth Ave. and W. 42nd St on Friday at 1 a.m., according to the police. The suspect was spotted on security cameras sauntering into the garage's sixth floor elevator and then examining his knuckles before he ambles out, the footage shows.
  • 20 years of cleaning up NYC pissed away

    07/11/2015 5:46:33 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 59 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/10/15 | Tom Wilson
    Heres an up-close look at a quality-of-life offense the City Council wants to decriminalize. This urinating vagrant turned a busy stretch of Broadway into his own private bathroom yesterday an offense that would result in a mere summons if Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and her pals get their way. Wrapped in rags and a Mets blanket the hobo wandered into traffic at around 10:30 a.m. and relieved himself as cabs, cars and buses whizzed by between West 83rd and 84th streets on the Upper West Side.
  • Homeless find haven in NYC parks

    07/10/2015 6:14:23 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 13 replies
    NY Post ^ | 7/10/15 | Bruce Golding, Kevin Fasick and Sophia Rosenbaum
    Theres a new homeless shelter in Alphabet City Tompkins Square Park. The East Village green space has become an encampment for the surging number of city vagrants, with many sleeping through the day amid dog walkers and moms with strollers. I really dont enjoy the beauty of the park anymore because Im too scared to walk through it, said NYU student Christine Gal, 19, who lives nearby. I would say it has doubled in the last six months. Gal added that she has been verbally harassed by aggressive bums and now avoids the park at night. A parks worker...
  • Homelessness and empty stores becoming the new normal in NYC

    07/08/2015 8:35:57 AM PDT · by PROCON · 18 replies
    nypost ^ | July 8, 2015 | John Podhoretz
    If youve been out and about in Manhattan over the past six weeks and you have eyes and ears, you know somethings happening something worrisome. The urban streetscape is degrading. Take a walk down Broadway on the Upper West Side from the 100s to the 70s, as I did Sunday, and youll see it everywhere. It seems every barren storefront with a rental sign in the window has become impromptu outdoor housing for a homeless person. There are many such storefronts ironic signs of prosperity, not recession. Rents have risen so high that small businesses often cant afford...
  • APNewsBreak: NYC to eliminate bail for non-violent suspects

    07/08/2015 1:41:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 8, 2015 4:19 AM EDT | Jake Pearson
    Officials say theyre eliminating cash bail for thousands of New Yorkers accused of misdemeanor and non-violent felonies in an effort to divert them from the Rikers Island jail complex. An $18 million plan to be unveiled Wednesday will allow judges to instead require that people accused of certain crimes be monitored while they wait for their trial.
  • Dershowitz: NYC Mayor Action Against Trump Not the American Way

    07/03/2015 3:04:32 PM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 19 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | July 3, 2015 | Richard Pollock
    By Richard Pollock Israel News AgencyNew York July 3, 2015 Civil liberty advocates are jumping all over New York City Mayor Bill de Blasios order to review all of Donald Trumps city contracts because of his recent comments on Mexican immigrants. This is not the American Way, observed Alan Dershowitz, Harvards most distinguished civil liberties law professor, about the chilling effect de Blasios action could have on freedom of speech. De Blasio seems to put himself directly, squarely in conflict with the First Amendment, he told TheDCNF in an interview. At his presidential campaign kickoff, Trump said immigrants...
  • City now looking at Trumps golf deal in the Bronx as fallout continues from inflammatory comments

    07/01/2015 5:48:19 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 30 replies
    WPIX ^ | 7/1/15 | Mario Diaz
    City now looking at Trumps golf deal in the Bronx as fallout continues from inflammatory comments against Mexicans. Hours after Macys abruptly ended its business relationship with Donald Trump, PIX11 News has learned that Trumps golf course deal with the City of New York involving the much revered Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point is being examined in the fallout of Trumps controversial remarks regarding Mexicans. Mayor Bill de Blasio telling PIX11 News the following in a statement, We are reviewing Trump contracts with the City. Donald Trumps remarks were disgusting and offensive, and this hateful language has no place...
  • De Blasio blasts Cuomo,accusing governor of thwarting his goals out of 'revenge'

    07/01/2015 3:44:10 AM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 9 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 07/1/2015 | ERIN DURKIN
    Mayor de Blasio lit Gov. Cuomo up Tuesday with a double-barreled blast of political payback. In stunningly frank language, the mayor accused the governor of deliberately thwarting his Albany agenda out of political pique and revenge and hurting New Yorkers in the process. Hours before leaving on a vacation out West, de Blasio called reporters into his office and spoke calmly in a calculated decision to take off the gloves and reveal the frenemies were really enemies.
  • Brave new world: Mayor de Blasio bans NYC employers from asking applicants about criminal history

    06/30/2015 7:18:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/30/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    I’m guessing this is the new face of equality. Or at least a redefinition of sanity. In any case, welcome to the Big Apple, employers! (From the NY Daily News) In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin. As crazy as this may sound, there’s actually a bit more to...
  • Anti-Semitic Hate Crimes Spike in NYC

    06/30/2015 1:46:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    INN ^ | 6/29/2015, 4:27 PM | Tova Dvorin
    Hate crimes have spiked in New York City in 2015, according to New York Police Department (NYPD) statistics released Sundayparticularly against Jews. Hate crimes overall rose 9%, with 127 reported crimes during the first week of June in 2015 compared to 116 at the same time in 2014, the New York Post reports. Of those, anti-Semitic attacks rose 27% during that period, with 56 over 44 last year.
  • Mayor Bill De Blasio Doesnt Want You Smoking in Your Own Home

    06/30/2015 6:45:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 06/30/2015 | Liz Sheld
    The New York Post has learned that NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio is going to “ramp” up the city’s war against smoking…at home.If you live in New York, here is where you city tax dollars are going: The administration is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants don’t inhale secondhand smoke. And the result of this campaign is: …smokers would be barred from lighting up in one of their last sanctuaries: their own living quarters. Smoking is already banned in public...
  • De Blasio continues crusade against smoking at home

    06/29/2015 6:36:51 AM PDT · by PROCON · 17 replies
    nypost ^ | June 28, 2015 | Carl Campanile
    Mayor de Blasio is ramping up the citys war against smoking at home, The Post has learned. The administration is planning to select and pay four health-advocacy groups $9,000 apiece to pressure landlords and developers to prohibit smoking in their apartment complexes so neighboring tenants dont inhale secondhand smoke. That means smokers would be barred from lighting up in one of their last sanctuaries: their own living quarters. Smoking is already banned in public places, including bars and restaurants, workplaces, sports venues and parks.
  • City fixes grades for failing high school students ( NYC )

    06/29/2015 6:20:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 28, 2015 | Susan Edelman
    How do you fix a failing high school? Change the grades. Under pressure to boost student achievement, the state-designated out of time Automotive HS in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, has resorted to rigging Regents exam scores. The failing scores of five students who took the Regents in January were switched to passing scores of 65 or higher on their transcripts, the city Department of Education has confirmed. One junior saw his scores upped to pass two exams required for graduation Living Environment (biology) and algebra even though he had failed both classes. The student insisted he deserved a break on...
  • Hillary Clintons Big Diss to Bill de Blasio

    06/26/2015 12:59:12 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 25, 2015 | Ian Mohr
    Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett brought down the house at a Hillary Clinton fundraiser at the Plaza Hotel on Wednesday night. But Democratic insiders were also buzzing over who wasnt in the high-powered house Bill de Blasio. SNIP Clinton gave an informal speech. But witnesses said the biggest moment of the night was a symbolic kiss-off by Clinton to de Blasio when Public Advocate Letitia James whos first in line of succession to the mayor was given the most coveted speaking spot of the evening, introducing the singers. SNIP