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Councilmembers don hoodies for Trayvon Martin


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Members of the city council donned hoodies and stood on the steps of City Hall recently in a show of support to the family Trayvon Martin in the wake of the teen’s death.

Around the country, residents — from lawmakers to citizens — have worn hooded sweatshirts to bring awareness to the shooting of the unarmed Florida teen who was wearing a hoodie when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.

Zimmerman, who was released by authorities, told police he acted in self-defense.

“Trayvon Martin’s killing last month is a horrific tragedy that has yet to be adequately investigated. Trayvon’s family deserves justice, and the country needs to know the full truth of what happened on the night of February 26 as well as in any investigation that followed in the weeks since,” said Council Speaker Christine Quinn. “We fully support the Department of Justice’s decision to investigate this case.”

The city council passed a resolution condemning the “senseless shooting” of Martin and the subsequent investigation.

The resolution said the council “expresses deep sympathy for the Martin family, and calls for a full and impartial investigation holding those responsible to account as well as an examination of “Stand Your Ground” laws nationwide and the role they play in the spread of illegal guns on New York City’s streets.”

“We feel the deepest sorrow for Trayvon’s family’s loss and want them to know they have our sympathy, prayers and full support,” Quinn said. “We also express our solidarity with all those who have voiced their shock, dismay and outrage about Trayvon’s murder.”

 

This Morning’s Headlines


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Mets Owners Sell Team Shares Following $162M Settlement With Madoff Victims’ Trustee

Mets owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz last week sold 12 minority stakes in the troubled franchise worth $240 million, using the proceeds to pay off Major League Baseball and reduce the team’s crippling debt, The Post has learned. With the moves, the team now has breathing room with its lenders and — combined with yesterday’s Picard settlement — appears to have saved the franchise. Read More: NY1

 

Mets owners could actually make money in Madoff settlement

It’s the biggest win for the Mets since 1986 — but a huge letdown for the fans. The team’s stingy owners will remain at the helm after striking a sweetheart settlement with the lawyer tasked with recouping billions from Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme — and the deal actually casts them as victims of the fraud. The deal heads off a risky jury trial, where a loss could have cost owners Fred Wilpon and Saul Katz up to $383 million and control of the franchise. Read More: New York Post

 

Rangers edge Devils, clinch playoff spot in East

Brandon Dubinsky scored shortly after a fight-filled opening faceoff, and the Rangers became the first Eastern Conference team to earn a playoff spot by beating the New Jersey Devils 4-2 on Monday night. Three fights broke out at the outset and that seemed to jump-start the Rangers, who had lost two straight and five of seven as their once commanding lead in the East dwindled to almost nothing. Read More: New York Post

 

Trayvon Martin shooting: Feds to investigate killing of unarmed black teen by Florida neighborhood watch captain

The growing national attention – and outcry – over the case of an unarmed black teen in Florida who was fatally shot by a neighborhood watch captain has culminated with the federal government’s announcement that it will launch an investigation. The announcement late Monday by the Justice Department followed a day of protests calling for the arrest of George Zimmerman, 28, who claims he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last month in self-defense during a confrontation in a gated community. Read More: Daily News

 

Cops nab burglary suspect — but hunt for ‘Vaseline Bandit’ continues

Police who were already hunting for a burglar who has brazenly pulled off 14 apartment break-ins in Upper Manhattan — using Vaseline to block door peepholes — captured another apartment thief re-handed, casually watching TV, in the middle of a heist tonight. But law enforcement sources said the 20-something perp is not the so-called Vaseline Bandit, who is in his 50s. Read More: New York Post

 

Government may make it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices during takeoffs and landings

The government is taking a tentative step toward making it easier for airlines to allow passengers to use personal electronic devices such as tablets, e-readers and music players during takeoffs and landings. The Federal Aviation Administration said Monday it is “exploring ways to bring together all of the key stakeholders involved” – including airlines, aircraft manufacturers, consumer electronics makers, and flight attendant unions – to discuss whether there are practical ways to test devices to see if they are safe for passengers to use during critical phases of flight. Read More: Daily News

 

Peyton Manning finalizing contract with Broncos

All that’s needed is Peyton Manning’s autograph. After being pursued by teams around the NFL, the QB with four MVP awards is headed to the land of John Elway and Tim Tebow, agreeing to a contract with Denver that could make the Broncos an instant Super Bowl contender. It could also send one of the NFL’s most intriguing young players packing. So much for Tebowmania. Manning called Elway on Monday morning and told the Broncos executive that he had chosen Denver over the Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers in the wildest free-agent chase of the offseason. Read More: Yahoo Sports

 

3 wounded in Harlem shooting

A gunman shot three men across from a Harlem playground this afternoon, police said. The unknown assailant blasted his victims in front of a deli across from the St. Nicholas Playground on West 129th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue about 2:30 p.m., cops said. A 30-year-old man was wounded in the left hand and leg, a 25-year-old was shot in the left leg, and a 23-year-old was wounded in the butt, authorities said. Read More: New York Post

 

NYPD Ups Security In Wake Of Jewish School Shooting In France

The NYPD yesterday deployed hundreds of cops to synagogues and Jewish neighborhoods citywide after a gunman fatally shot three kids and a rabbi at a Jewish school in France. “Obviously, we’re concerned about what happened in Toulouse,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said of the shooting. Read More: NY1

 

Jail guard shot

An off-duty Rikers correction officer was shot by her boyfriend last night outside a Queens diner, police sources said. The woman was hit in the stomach near the USA Diner on Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton at 10:50 p.m., cops said. The shooter fled. It wasn’t immediately clear what sparked the fight. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Gangster’ sought in groom slay

They picked the wrong guy to push around. The Staten Island restaurant worker reportedly thrown to the ground by groom-to-be Anthony Lacertosa and his boozing buddies was purported Albanian gangster Redinel Dervishaj, who then allegedly killed Lacertosa with a butcher knife. Investigators believe Dervishaj, 35, has since fled the city, a law-enforcement source said. Read More: New York Post

 

‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm sticks to his guns in calling Kim Kardashian an ‘idiot’

Square-jawed “Mad Men” actor Jon Hamm is sick of your stupid shtick. Channeling his straight-shooting character Don Draper,  Hamm put Kim Kardashian in her place Monday, dissing the curvaceous celebutard yet again. NBC “Today” show host Matt Lauer asked the AMC retro-series actor to clarify the earlier comments he made to Elle UK about Kardashian being a famous-for-being-famous “idiot,” which the reality starlet called “careless.” Read More: Daily News

Vallone lead self defense in Astoria


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Councilmember Peter Vallone Jr. joined self-defense expert Antonio Meloni, Crime Prevention Officer John Glynn of the 114th Precinct, Safe Horizon representatives and auxiliary police at a free self defense and crime prevention seminar in Astoria.

Despite freezing temperatures, over 100 people attended the seminar, held at Immaculate Conception School. Residents were provided with information on how to act when confronted with a criminal at home, on the street or in a vehicle.

“This is a good opportunity to get some safety tips and extra information to be more diligent,” said resident Tara Fay-Reilly.

Meloni advised the women in attendance to not be afraid if they find themselves in a potentially dangerous situation.

“You don’t need to explain yourself to anybody,” said Meloni. “If something happens, it’s ok to be rude. Hurting somebody’s feelings is better than you being hurt.”

Meloni also demonstrated maneuvers to use to safely and properly defend oneself if in an altercation, as well as methods to ward off possible criminals.

“Show people that you’re paying attention,” said Meloni. “If you’re on the subway, just take a glance around when you step in.”

Officer Robles, a member of the auxiliary police, said the group, which consists of volunteers, is a productive way for residents to protect their own community.

“What makes them spectacular is that they’re you, they’re nothing different,” said Robles. “You’re the eyes and ears and you supplement the NYC police department.”

Glynn also provided residents with some local crime statistics and cited burglary as one crime in the area that is preventable.

“More often than not, we’re seeing them come in through a window and exiting through the front door as if they live there,” said Glynn.

Meloni recommended both current and new residents go through a security survey conducted by Glynn. “We don’t’ realize sometimes how vulnerable our homes are,” said Meloni. “What [Glynn] can do is he can come to your home, apartment or business, and do a survey that will tell you where your faults lie.”

If someone is involved in a possible assault, Meloni said it may not always be best to fight back.

“If you’re walking home, and you scream and scare him, you won,” he said. “We want him to get arrested but we don’t want you to be the one who holds him down for us.”

Vallone is currently working with the NYPD and Astoria residents to form a Neighborhood watch program.

Richmond Hill Block Association gives residents a fighting chance against attack


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Richmond Hill residents now have a fighting chance against sexual predators who have been terrorizing women in southeast Queens.
In light of the recent patterns of sexual attacks in the surrounding areas, Sensei Ricky Singh of Dojo Warriors equipped a little more than a dozen women and men with vital keys to self-defense at the Richmond Hill Block Association’s monthly meeting on October 26.
Of the countless sexual attacks in Queens, a 44-year-old female was assaulted on September 22 while she entered her home in Queens Village. On October 13, a 20-year-old woman was also raped in the vicinity of 108th Drive and Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica, and more recently, two female victims in Laurelton were sexually assaulted, suffering a myriad of injuries afterward.

Association board members said they wanted residents to be prepared and cautious even though the recent attacks did not occur in Richmond Hill.
Singh — who has practiced martial arts for 13 years — taught residents how to stand up for themselves in quick and effective ways.
First, he said to aim for the attacker’s throat, ears and eyes.

Singh said to try and poke the attacker in the eyes — which he said would give victims at least 15 to 20 seconds to run — or to take the middle and pointer fingers and quickly jab them into the attacker’s throat. He also recommended cupping both hands and then clapping both the attacker’s ears at the same time to throw the perp off balance.
“That would actually make somebody back off. They’ll be more concerned about breathing and getting back their balance than attacking you. Their anger isn’t focused on you anymore, it’s focused on their survival,” he said.

But Singh said to avoid attacking the perp’s groin area, adding that it would do more harm than good — despite popular belief.
“It’s a very dangerous area. It actually gets guys really aggravated, and it makes them angrier,” he said. “It stimulates the body to produce more endorphins, which makes them stronger. You don’t want to go for the groin.”

Instead, Singh said to scream loudly to alert people nearby and to get energy levels up.

“Getting your heart rate up will increase your endorphins, and it will make you full of energy and make you feel stronger,” he said, adding that screaming will also make the attacker nervous and no longer feel in control.

If grabbed from behind and caught in a tight hold, Singh said to find the attacker’s pinky finger and pull it back as far as possible, causing the attacker to release his grip from the pain.

Singh also said keys could be used as valuable weapons if the fine points are grinded against the attacker’s knuckles or if used as a type of knife.

Zumba Gold at Senior Center


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Zumba Gold at senior center

HOWARD BEACH — “Zumba Gold” is coming to the Howard Beach Senior Center.

Sessions will be Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., beginning September 21.

You must be a member of the senior center to attend the classes.

The Howard Beach Senior Center is located at 156-45 84th Street (entrance on 85th Street).

Any questions,call 718-738-8100.

Self defense for seniors

HOWARD BEACH — On Tuesday, September 20 at 9 a.m., the Howard Beach Senior Center will be conducting a self-defense class for seniors.

The class is sponsored by State Senator Joseph Addabbo. All seniors are invited.

The Howard Beach Senior Center is located at 156-45 84th Street (entrance on 85th Street).