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The Afternoon Roundup

Bloomberg warns unions: No retroactive hike

Mayor Bloomberg dropped a bombshell in the middle of his annual budget presentation yesterday by declaring that municipal workers who’ve toiled without contracts for as long as 3 1/2 years won’t get retroactive pay raises — even after he leaves office. “I think it’s clear down the road no administration is going to have the money to give pay [for] the past,” the mayor said as he unveiled his $68.7 billion budget plan for fiscal year 2013. “I don’t know any company that would give you retro pay.” Back pay has been a staple of just about every past city contract settlement. Read More: New York Post

It’s a butter knife

A 69-year-old Bronx man tried to get past security at JFK while carrying a butter knife — on his walker. TSA officers stopped him before he could get on the plane, and Port Authority Police spokesman Al Della Fave later said the knife was found to pose no danger. The man, who was not arrested, was allowed to board his flight. Read More: New York Post

 

Sources: Former Queens Pol Monserrate Will Plead Guilty To Fraud Charges

Former Queens State Senator Hiram Monserrate will plead guilty to conspiracy and fraud charges today, sources tell NY1. Monserrate is accused of misusing City Council grants to fund his failed Senate primary race. Investigators say Monserrate directed $300,000 to the Latino Initiative for Better Resources and Empowerment. However, $100,000 of that went to his campaign. Monserrate was kicked out for the State Senate in 2010 after he was found guilty of misdemeanor assault for dragging his girlfriend through an apartment building. Read More: NY1

Lightning Strike Damages Corner Of Queens School

A Queens school is in need of some repairs following a round of storms early Friday morning. The Department of Education says lightning struck PS 40 at the corner of the building, located at 110th and Union Hall in Jamaica. The strike sent bricks flying up to 75 feet away. School officials say the damage did not affect classes. Read More: NY1

 

Queens restaurant worker gets legs trapped in elevator shaft

A restaurant worker at Terrace on the Park in Queens got stuck in an elevator shaft late Thursday but escaped without serious injury, officials said. The 22-year-old dishwasher at the historic Flushing catering hall somehow got his legs trapped between the elevator car and shaft wall, FDNY officials said. The incident occurred on the second floor of the iconic Flushing Meadows Park building around 11:30 p.m. Thursday night. Read More: Daily News

Cambria Heights residents oppose Lubavitch synagogue dorm plan

Years of littering and swarms of rude visitors has a group of Cambria Heights residents fighting an Orthodox Jewish synagogue’s plan to expand. The Ohel Chabad Lubavitch, adjacent to the graves of two of the sect’s former leaders, is seeking a zoning variance to expand its facility to better accommodate overnight visitors. The Rebbe Menachem Schneerson’s grave and that of his father-in-law Rebbe Yosef Schneersohn, attract an estimated several hundred followers a day. That number swells into the thousands during the high holy days, residents say. Many visitors come on the Sabbath, which means they stay overnight to avoid traveling on the holy day. Read More: Daily News