Re: “With eye on terror, Schumer seeks fed law on trespassing” (Quick Hits, Oct. 16).
Ebola is arriving at our airports daily (three patients have already been identified as such) from West Africa and the first, a Liberian named Duncan, died in Texas. His nephew is now suing the U.S. for discrimination. His uncle wasn’t treated properly, it seems, because he was black. Duncan, it seems, lied to get out of Liberia, lied again to get into the U.S. regarding his condition and cost the U.S. taxpayer $500,000 for his medical bill. Obama might as well have placed a sign at all U.S. entry points saying “the streets of America are paved with gold … come and get it.”
In response to Ebola and enterovirus D68, which has already killed one child and sent hundreds of others to hospitals, our senior senator, Chuck Schumer, has once again risen to the challenge of keeping New Yorkers safe.
Our Mexican border is open to illegal aliens bringing in diseases the U.S. made obsolete generations ago and who knows how many Muslim terrorists and members of ISIS along with them. So Schumer just announced a bill that would make putting a flag up on the Brooklyn Bridge or new World Trade Center a
federal crime. Five years in prison, he claims, should send a message to such “wrongdoers” and “pranksters.” Meanwhile, illegal alien prisoners due to be deported were freed from federal prisons because the government claimed it couldn’t afford to keep them.
What Schumer is in effect saying is if you illegally cross our borders, rob, rape, run over or kill Americans, you get a free ride, but if you climb up “critical infrastructure” while the watchman is asleep on the job and plant a flag, you’ll get five years in prison. Trespassing on “critical infrastructure” is a serious matter. The NYPD’s John Miller agrees.
The people of New York can rest easier tonight knowing Chuck Schumer is looking after them. What would New York do without him? I don’t know, but it sure would be nice to find out.
Officials at Penn State University told the Chronicle on Monday that they will not be releasing the results of an internal investigation into alleged hazing on its Altoona, Pa., campus that was initiated after the suicide in March by student Marquise Braham of Rosedale.
Braham, 18, was home on a break from school when he jumped from the roof of a hotel in Nassau County.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the city’s largest green space, and also the one with the most crime.
So how many police officers are dedicated to patrolling it? Zero. That makes no sense and is just another piece of evidence that Queens doesn’t matter all that much to the Manhattan-Brooklyn cabal that calls the shots in this city.
Looking back on his first year as commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff said he believed he and his officers’ proactive approach to reduce crime and quality-of-life violations in the past year have been successful.
And the latest NYPD crime statistics for the precinct seem to agree.
In the end, Miguel Mejia-Ramos apparently could not bring himself to face a jury, and the man who killed his wife and baby daughters in a rage last January will meekly go off to prison for 45 years when sentenced next month.
Mejia-Ramos pleaded guilty on Friday to three counts of first-degree manslaughter for the vicious stabbing deaths of his wife, Deisy Garcia, and two daughters on the night of Jan. 18.
The City Council Committee on Higher Education is slated to hold an oversight hearing on how city private and public colleges address cases of sexual assaults.
The move came in response to growing concerns nationwide, as women advocacy groups and sexual violence victims criticize college officials for their failure to investigate sexual assault cases.
With a recent holdup at the Queens Zoo and hot rodders speeding at a Meadow Lake parking lot, crime at Flushing Meadows Park has been in the spotlight lately.
But talk to Parks Department and NYPD officials and you’d never know that Queens’ premier greenspace has been rated the worst for crime out of 30 parks throughout the city.
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S Department of Justice has announced that it may launch a probe into the Police Department’s “broken windows” policy, which civil rights advocates say targets minorities for petty crimes.
The DOJ’s announcement came in response to a joint letter that six New York Congressional members sent to Washington in August. They urged the department to launch an investigation into the caught-on-camera chokehold death of Staten Island man Eric Garner and the broken windows policy they said Garner was a victim of.
Judith Loli came to the Oct. 8 meeting of the 106th Precinct Community Council with an unusual complaint — a beehive was on a tree branch by the side of her South Ozone Park home.
Loli, who lives on 114th Street, said the bees have taken up residence in the tree since the summer and haven’t left. Thankfully, she hasn’t been stung.
Just weeks after the City Council passed the Justice for Hit-and-Run Victims Act, sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), a young man was critically injured by a driver who fled the scene in Woodside and the community is looking for justice.
“The days of Queens Boulevard being the ‘Boulevard of Death’ will no longer be tolerated,” Van Bramer said in a written statement. “Together with the NYPD and the community, we are sending a message directly to the driver who left a man clinging to his life, as well as all reckless drivers in the City of New York. We will track you down and punish you to the fullest extent of the law for your actions.”
(NAPSI)—If the idea of preserving justice appeals to you or someone you know, a new educational opportunity may be just what you need.
A Maspeth man lost consciousness and died after being chased and apprehended by law enforcement officials from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood on Wednesday.
With thousands of undocumented, unaccompanied minors facing possible deportation and the federal government not doing as much reforming as city officials would like, the City Council has taken it upon itself to assist the immigrant youth who are unable to pay for proper legal representation while in immigration court.
Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan), the Robin Hood Foundation and New York Community Trust announced the new Unaccompanied Minor Children Initiative last week — a $1.9 million public-private partnership that will provide funding to legal organizations to address the need for free legal representation and access to social, mental health and medical services.
State Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-Jamaica) was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with felony grand larceny, filing false campaign documents and fraud.
A recent mugging in Forest Park, a new residential home in the area and restoration of a collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue were among the top issues on the table as the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association held its monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, announced that the neighborhood experienced a “pretty good summer,” then addressed an incident that occurred around 6 p.m. in Forest Park on Sept. 16.
Patricia Adams, the publisher of The Forum newspaper, was arrested last Thursday after an ongoing feud with her neighbor, Mario Polisi, reached a fevered pitch.
According to police sources, Adams, 55, has a long-standing dispute with her next-door neighbor over property lines. Police responded to her home on Lahn Street in Howard Beach at around 8 p.m. last Thursday after both she and her neighbor called 911.
The 102nd Precinct has had a safe, but not so quiet, summer.
At the first community council meeting since June on Tuesday night at the Richmond Hill Library, Officer Andrew Goldenberg, the precinct’s top traffic enforcer who was standing in for Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, told the audience that crime in the precinct had plummeted in the last month across the board.
The newly formed Glendale/Middle Village Coalition has garnered the support of another influential community group.
The 104th Precinct Community Council unanimously passed a motion on Tuesday to support the newly formed confederation of area civic groups fighting the proposed homeless shelter at 78-16 Cooper Ave.
Law enforcement officials on Wednesday announced the indictment of 31 alleged members of violent Southeast Queens street gangs.
In a joint statement, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the defendants, ranging in age from 15 to 22, are suspected members of the affiliated SNOW, Loyalty Over Everything and Young Bosses street gangs.
School is back in session and the 110 thPrecinct is back on the streets, keeping an eye out for drivers passing stopped school buses.
“With the new Vision Zero policy, there’s going to be a very expensive summons for passing a school bus with flashing red lights,” the precinct’s Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Ronald Leyson told Community Board 4 on Sept. 10. “I’m warning you, I’m telling you, I’m not hiding it from you.”
During their first meeting back from the summer, Community Board 9 members — in no uncertain terms — announced they were done with the high density of bars and nightclubs in the district area.
Faced with several new liquor licenses and a renewal, several members of the board at Tuesday night’s meeting at Villa Russo in Richmond Hill suggested voting down all of them, despite their applications being submitted on time, without any discrepancies and no complaints about the specific owners or locations. The reason? There are too many already.
When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.
For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.
There were a lot of things the public and even city lawmakers wanted to hear from Police Commissioner Bill Bratton when he sat before the City Council on Monday.
What is going to happen to the officer who allegedly killed Eric Garner? Is the NYPD racist? How will cops be trained to handle escalated situations without excessive force? What are you going to do?
Congratulations are due to the school safety agents and the city for their fair though overdue settlement of a lawsuit over the unequal pay that these predominantly female workers were getting compared with their counterparts in hospitals and homeless shelters. The case was decided on its merits. Their complaint was proved to be fact.
The job that SSAs do is underappreciated because it is not fully understood. They are not “square badge” security guards who do nothing but sit on stools and sign in visitors at the front desk. Their migration from the Board of Education to the NYPD some years ago elevated their prestige, though not their pay.
They are genuine law enforcement, peace officers with arrest powers.
Violations and some serious crimes that abound in the streets occur daily in many schools despite some principals’ not reporting them. Many people would be surprised to discover what the life of an SSA is like. A glance into their logs would be a revelation.
It’s a rewarding and meaningful job. But it can be harrowing and dangerous. There are fights, drugs, weapons, intruders, irate parents and community conflicts that can penetrate the building. There are security breaches, environmental hazards and sensitive matters that can have legal ramifications.
One of the challenges can be maintaining independence from a controlling principal without sacrificing one’s own skin. It requires integrity and other skills to successfully humor yet resist a principal who wants to keep his or her school’s “dirty laundry” top secret.
To his credit, Mayor de Blasio reached what he himself called a “fair and right settlement.” He recognized, as all New Yorkers should, that the value of school safety agents towers over their price to the city.