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Occupy Wall Street demonstrator crashes Turner’s ceremony

| mchan@queenscourier.com


Congressmember Bob Turner’s official swearing-in was temporarily disrupted when an Occupy Wall Street protestor crashed the ceremony on Sunday, November 13.

According to the New York Post, the demonstrator — identified as Adam Weissman — was forcibly ejected out of the building by Kevin Hiltunen, a former Marine, cop and current volunteer for Turner’s campaign, after he interrupted the ceremony with verbal jabs to Turner’s foreign policy votes.

Outside, Weissman told reporters that he was an Occupy Wall Street organizer, adding that he sprained his right ankle and sustained bruises on his left shoulder from the powerful expulsion, according to reports.

“Bob Turner has sold out Queens and Brooklyn voters by voting for the [South] Korea, Colombia and Panama free-trade agreements which will outsource 219,000 U.S. jobs to sweatshops,” he told NY 1.

Turner was officially installed into office by House Speaker John Boehner in September, after beating Assemblymember David Weprin for the seat.

However, his district ceremonial swear-in this past weekend was held at Queens Metropolitan High School in Forest Hills in front of family, friends and constituents.

“I have lived in this area my entire life, so it was very important for me to come home and enjoy this moment with the people of the 9th District,” Turner said during his speech.

Besides representing the 9th Congressional District, Turner serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs and House Committee on Homeland Security.

Queens’ Morning Roundup – 10/27/2011: NYPD detective who fired first at Sean Bell believed victim’s friend was about to shoot

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The Round Up

NYPD detective who fired first at Sean Bell: I believed slain Queens man’s friend was about to shoot

The detective who fired the first shot in the barrage that killed Sean Bell testified Wednesday he used his gun because he thought a pal of the groom-to-be was primed to strike first. Gescard Isnora, who was undercover at the time of the shooting, testified in his NYPD trial that he believed Bell’s friend held a firearm in his hand – and that this fear trumped the detective’s reluctance to use his gun. Read More: Daily News


Occupy Wall Street protester punched by NYPD police inspector on video to meet with prosecutors
Prosecutors will meet with Occupy Wall Street protestor Felix Rivera-Pitre, who was filmed being punched in the face by an NYPD supervisor in a video that quickly went viral. Lawyer Ron Kuby said Wednesday he’ll bring his client in now that that cops have agreed not to press charges against Rivera-Pitre until an investigation is complete. The NYPD has said Rivera-Pitre was the aggressor in the October 14 incident – and that he tried to elbow Deputy Inspector Johnny Cardona. Read More & Watch the Video: Daily News



Barbara Sheehan, woman acquitted of killing her husband says he visited transgender prostitutes


The Queens woman acquitted in the fatal shooting of her abusive ex- cop husband says she withheld sex from him for a decade because he patronized transvestite prostitutes. Sheehan also claims that her husband had an infantilism fetish and that the guilt from these deviances would propel him into a rage. Read More: New York Post


NY lawmaker to bring home US-Israeli

A U.S. congressman has arrived in Israel to bring home a U.S.-Israeli citizen who was arrested in Egypt four months ago on suspicions of espionage. A statement from Congressmember Gary Ackerman on Wednesday said he traveled to Israel to bring home Ilan Grapel, a Queens constituent. Grapel is expected to be released Thursday afternoon. The timing on his return to New York is uncertain. Read More: Washington Post



Man Charged With Shooting Woman In Maspeth

Police arrested a man Tuesday in connection with a shooting that injured a woman in Maspeth the previous night. Elijah Stamateris, 22, faces assault and weapons charges. According to police sources, a group of people was smoking marijuana and playing with a gun late Monday, when the 21-year-old woman was shot in the head. She was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. Read More: NY1


Cornell president says own university’s plan is best bet to win Bloomberg’s contest for tech school

Cornell has launched a media blitz in recent weeks, unveiling several details of its plan to build a state-of-the-art tech campus on Roosevelt Island. Lured by the promise of free land and a $100 million grant, Cornell is among an impressive roster of top universities vying to set up an applied-sciences campus in the city. The deadline for proposals is Thursday, and Mayor Bloomberg is expected to announce the winner by year’s end. Read More: Daily News