(BPT) - In the United States, federal and state consumer collection laws forbid debt collectors from using unfair, deceptive, and abusive means to collect debt. Unfortunately, that fact doesn’t stop scammers from using threats of arrest and jail time to coerce victims into paying bogus bills they don’t owe.
More than a hundred Sikhs from Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and surrounding neighborhoods gathered Tuesday morning to demand justice for one of their own, who was nearly killed in a hit-and-run accident last week many believe was yet another hate crime perpetrated against their community.
Sandeep Singh, 29, was standing outside his office at 99th Street and 101st Avenue in Ozone Park shortly after midnight last Wednesday when an altercation occurred between him and a man driving a white pickup truck. According to a witness who was at the scene, the driver began yelling racial slurs, called Singh “a terrorist” and told him “to go back to your country.”
Pat Toro, the longtime former president of the Queens chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America and a retired law enforcement officer, died Thursday.
Four Queens residents were among 17 people indicted last week in what the authorities called the takedown of a worldwide ring trafficking in khat, a leaf native to Africa that people chew to get high.
The Queens defendants are Wail Seidi, 21; Nabil Seidi, 35; Mohamed Seidi, 26; and Abubaker Seidi, 39, according to a written announcement made by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The AG did not say where in Queens they live or whether they are members of the same family.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner William J. Bratton today announced the indictment of 17 members of a criminal drug ring who allegedly flooded New York City, as well as other parts of New York State and parts of Massachusetts and Ohio, with several tons of khat, a plant containing controlled substances similar to amphetamines. The 215-count indictment unsealed in Brooklyn Supreme Court charges that the defendants obtained khat from Yemen, Kenya and Ethiopia; shipped it to the United States through countries including the United Kingdom, China, Holland and Belgium; and trafficked it around New York City and several other New York counties, as well as Massachusetts and Ohio.
Noora Ferdoucy just wants her dad to come home.
“My family cannot move forward without my father,” she said at a rally held at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center on Monday. “He provided for us, took care of us and most importantly, he is my dad. He was there for me every day and I love him.”
When freshman Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) got to Congress a little less than a year and a half ago, she was both disappointed and pleasantly surprised.
Disappointed in that members of the House don’t interact as much as those in the state Assembly, where Meng previously served. When members of Congress give speeches, she said, they’re often just for the C-SPAN cameras, with few or none of their colleagues there listening. And the lawmakers only spend about a half hour in the chamber together when casting votes, leaving little time for any interaction.
The Federal Trade Commission has moved to close down what it calls a multi-million dollar telemarketing fraud that targeted U.S. seniors across the nation, scamming tens of thousands of consumers.
The FBI is offering a reward of $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who temporarily blinded a pilot of a Delta Air Lines jet by shining a laser into the cockpit as the plane was on landing approach to LaGuardia Airport on March 25.
The FBI said the green laser appeared to originate from Queens Boulevard in Elmhurst, and was shone into the cockpit twice.
(BPT) - Driverless cars, delivery drones and smart buildings: they all seem like things you’d see in a sci-fi movie. But all those futuristic developments could soon roll onto American roadways, and many Americans overwhelmingly support the changes.
Anyone who has watched the evening news over the last month has seen the dramatic images of the civil unrest sweeping through Ukraine.
Since the protests, known as Euromaidan, over now-ousted president Viktor Yanukovych’s decision to stop Ukraine from entering on the path to potentially joining the European Union in the future began last November, over 100 protesters and a dozen law enforcement agents have been killed.
(BPT) - Have you ever felt that new technologies, from smartphones to Internet apps, are moving so fast that it’s hard to keep up?
State Sen. Greg Ball (D-Patterson) slammed Mayor de Blasio’s municipal ID card legislation during a debate with Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on “Up Close with Diana Williams” on Sunday morning.
The bill, which will be drafted by Dromm — a big advocate for immigration reform — was briefly discussed by the mayor during his State of the City Address two weeks ago.
The Jamaica man accused of stabbing his wife and toddler daughters to death before attempting to flee to Mexico has his next scheduled court date on Friday — St. Valentine’s Day.
A schedule provided by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says that Miguel Mejia-Ramos is scheduled for a return date, technically the time at which his lawyer has an opportunity to answer his client’s charges of murder in the deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, 21, and their daughters, Daniela, 2, and Yoselin, 1.
An alleged cockfighting ring that was holding the bloody fights in a Woodhaven basement was busted this past weekend, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said Sunday.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
Mayor de Blasio gathered community members in Brownsville, Brooklyn, on Thursday to announce that he has reached an agreement with the civil rights lawyers who challenged the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, allowing some of the reforms ordered by federal District Judge Shira Scheindlin last summer to be carried out.
The reforms including the appointment of a federal monitor were appealed by former Mayor Bloomberg when Scheindlin found that the city’s policies were unconstitutional and often led the NYPD to resort to “a policy of indirect racial profiling.”
It was straight out of a Saturday morning children’s television comedy — a man confined to a hospital is able to confound security by the ingenious tactic of switching clothes with one of his visitors and allegedly sauntering right out the door.
Only residents, elected officials and police are not laughing over the fact that Raymond Morillo, who was confined to Creedmoor after completing a sentence for manslaughter and assault, was able to do just that on Jan. 28, and get more than 1,000 miles away before he was caught at a bus station in Memphis, Tenn. the next night.
Today Mayor de Blasio gathered with press and community members in Brownsville, Brooklyn, to announce that he has reached an agreement with the civil rights lawyers who challenged the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk practices, allowing some of the reforms ordered by federal District Judge Shira Scheindlin last summer to be carried out.
A bill to help protect the health and safety of dogs and cats by authorizing local municipalities to adopt more stringent laws to regulate pet dealers was signed into law last Friday by Gov. Cuomo.
It authorizes municipal governments to enact more stringent laws than those currently existing at the state level by removing the current pre-emption on municipalities to enact their own laws regulating or licensing pet dealers. Any new local ordinance must be at least as stringent as state law and must not result in the banning of the sale of dogs and cats raised in a safe and healthy manner.
Elections and new laws adopted in 2013 promised sweeping changes across the city’s horizon in 2014, with a new mayor, a new City Council, and an uncertain future for policies on education, law enforcement and city finances.
A Ridgewood man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for a 2012 home invasion and subsequent extortion attempts in Westchester County.
Bartek Zajkowski, a 23-year-old Polish national living illegally in the United States, barged into a couple’s Bedford Hills home on May 5 and tied up the husband with duct tape and plastic ties before shooting the wife in the stomach with a BB gun during a struggle, according to a press release from the Southern District of New York of the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and New York City Department of Investigation (NYC DOI) Commissioner Rose Gill Hearn today announced the arrest of a nonprofit executive accused of pocketing taxpayer dollars intended for public services and capital improvements in New York City. A multi-agency joint investigation, including NYC DOI and two federal agencies, exposed the theft of approximately $373,000 in public funds provided by New York State, the New York City Council, and federal earmark grants.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.