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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Rain showers this morning with overcast skies during the afternoon hours. High 62. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Friday night: Showers this evening with drizzle and fog overnight. Low 56F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Boogie Stomp!

Variations Theatre Group presents Boogie Stomp!, a theatrical evening starring two of the greatest jazz/boogie/stride/blues pianists in the world, Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza. Through May 31 at The Chain Theatre in Long Island City. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Retired FDNY chief, Queens resident to be named fire commissioner: reports

A retired FDNY chief and Queens resident has been tapped to lead the city’s fire department, according to published reports. Read more: The Queens Courier

Cops looking for suspect who groped teens, women in western Queens

A man is wanted for inappropriately touching two teens and two women in Woodside and Astoria Tuesday morning, police said. Read more: The Queens Courier

NYPD stop-and-frisks fall in 2014: report

Stop-and-frisks in the first quarter of the year have dropped nearly 86 percent compared to the same time period in 2013, according to published reports. Read more: NBC New York

Prosecutor: Queens teen high, speeding in fatal Southern State Parkway crash

A Queens teenager was high on marijuana and speeding when he slammed into a tree, splitting his new car in two and killing four of his friends, a defense attorney conceded Thursday, but he insisted pot was not the reason for the crash. Read more: CBS New York

Scammers use hit-run victim to set up fake charity site

The parents of a 9-year-old girl killed by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn on Sunday suffered another blow this week when shameless scammers used their dead daughter’s name to set up a fake charity website to collect money in their name, according to a new report. Read more: New York Post

 

 

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Rain. High 49. Winds E at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall near a half an inch. Wednesday night: Periods of rain. Low 49. Winds SE at 15 to 25 mph. Rainfall near an inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Briarwood Town Hall Meeting

There will be a Briarwood Town Hall Meeting at 6 p.m. sponsored by Councilman Rory Lancman, Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz and Assemblyman David Weprin. It will feature a discussion with officials from:
MTA, NYC & NYS Departments of Transportation, NYC Department of Buildings, NYC Department of Sanitation  and 107th Police Precinct. The community meeting will feature a discussion on the Kew Gardens Interchange Project. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens cop arrested on child pornography charges

A Queens cop was slapped with child pornography charges after videos of underage girls engaging in sexual acts were allegedly found on his computer. Read more: The Queens Courier

Unions urge judge to nix law easing suits vs. NYPD

Police unions say a New York City law easing the way for racial profiling claims could entangle officers in lawsuits over elusive questions about what they were thinking when stopping someone. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Bent metal on plane wing prompts return to LaGuardia Airport

Passengers on a New York-to-Miami flight Sunday were shocked to find a large piece of metal bent up on the wing of the aircraft. Read more: ABC New York 

Unions offer pay cuts for jobs in affordable-housing plan

Construction unions are so ­eager to get in on Mayor de Blasio’s plan to build 200,000 units of affordable housing that they’ve ­offered to take a pay cut, sources told The Post. Read more: The New York Post

Catholic League tries to get bars to join Guinness ban

The Catholic League’s battle against Guinness for dropping its support of the St. Patrick’s Day parade has now hit the Big Apple’s bar stools. Read more: am New York

Op-ed: New Inspector General has a tough job ahead


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COUNCILMAN RORY LANCMAN

Philip Eure, New York City’s first New York Police Department Inspector General, has a tough job ahead of him — to make sure that the New York City Police Department is using best practices to keep us safe from a myriad of threats without compromising our civil liberties. I intend to work closely with my fellow members of the City Council to monitor his work and ensure that he is helping the police department accomplish both of these objectives.

As the new IG, Mr. Eure will provide oversight of some of the City’s most controversial policing practices, in order to build mutual respect between citizens and the police. The City Council voted to establish the Inspector General’s role last year, shortly after it became clear that the breadth of the City’s stop-and-frisk and Muslim surveillance programs were both divisive and, in the case of stop-and-frisk, unlawful. Appointed by the Department of Investigations Commissioner Mark Peters, Eure’s role is to act as an independent monitor to the NYPD, reviewing the department’s policies, procedures and practices in broad strokes.

Mr. Eure, who headed the District of Columbia’s Office of Police Complaints, has a balanced record of oversight. During his tenure there, he addressed warrantless searches, convinced the District’s police department to adopt a one-week training program to teach officers best practices for interacting with the mentally ill (a relevant problem to New York’s own growing population of mentally ill offenders), and tightened up on “contempt of cop” cases (frivolous claims brought against police just trying to do their job).

However, New York is a city of unique challenges. New York employs a substantially larger police force than the District of Columbia (35,000 to 4,000, respectively), and serves what is the most diverse and concentrated urban population nationwide. The City has already taken positive steps to mend fences in communities affected by racially charged policing. Use of stop-and-frisk has dramatically receded from past years. Last week, Commissioner Bratton dissolved the police force’s Demographics Unit, which spied on Muslim citizens for no basis other than their religious affiliation. Sufficient oversight will be needed to ensure that information collected from the Unit is appropriately handled with respect to privacy and that the blanket surveillance of Muslims won’t be diffused into other units.

As IG, Mr. Eure’s ability to apply oversight is not confined to any one issue. Other review institutions, such as the Civilian Complaint Review Board, which investigates individual complaints, or the federal monitor, whose primary purpose is to offer oversight in ending stop-and-frisk practices, have a much more narrow scope. Although public debate on the IG role gave most of its consideration to curtailing the use of stop-and-frisk and Muslim surveillance, the law establishing the IG office authorizes it to examine any and all policies the NYPD employs. For example, state law currently requires police to investigate every crash where a serious accident happens, a standard that Mayor de Blasio has promised to meet as a part of his “Vision Zero” initiative. However, advocates for pedestrian and cyclist accident victims argue that the investigations don’t always happen. The IG has the authority to examine NYPD training and protocol to make sure collision units are properly handling such accidents.

It’s up to Mr. Eure to apply his influence creatively and collaboratively, working with Commissioner Bratton and the Police Department to strive for good relationships and the safety of New Yorkers. We on the City Council will be watching closely to ensure the highest quality oversight is administered.

 

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Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain showers at times. High near 45. Winds E at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Friday night Rain likely. Low 42. Winds ENE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Queens Artists Slam at 3rd Space

Queens Council on the Arts’ 3rd Space presents a Queens Artists Slam. Young emerging Queens artists across a range of disciplines come together to share new work and works-in-progress as diverse as our borough itself. These multidisciplinary performance artists will explore the boundaries of poetry, comedy, sculpture, video art and music. Friday, April 4 from 7 to 9 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rev. Sharpton, NYPD & major retailers reach deal in ‘shop-and-frisk’ incidents

An agreement was reached Thursday between the New York Police Department, Rev. Al Sharpton, and retail industry leaders on the so-called shop-and-frisk policy. Read more: CBS New York

City returns 3 white tigers to circus amid investigation

The circus is bringing its wild animals to town after all. Read more: New York Post

NYPD search dogs to aid in Washington mudslide search

Two NYPD search dogs are headed across the country to help in the search efforts following the mudslide in Washington that has killed at least 29 people, police say. Read more: NBC New York

Interactive map reveals what Google autocomplete says about New York boroughs

We’re all familiar with Google’s autocomplete feature, which offers suggestions to netizens mid-type — often with hilarious or embarrassing results. Read more: New York Daily News

David Letterman announces he will retire in 2015

Late night talk show host David Letterman has announced he will retire in 2015. Read more: ABC New York

 

City drops suit over anti-profiling law


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As part of a series of reforms to the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday the city is dropping a lawsuit that prohibits “bias-based” profiling by police officers.

The legislation, known as Local Law 71, was passed by the City Council in August after overturning a veto by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

It bans using race as well national origin, color, creed, age, alienage or citizenship status, gender, sexual orientation, disability, or housing status as the “determinative factor in initiating law enforcement action.”

In September, the Bloomberg administration challenged Local Law 71 in court.

De Blasio, said, in a release, that in dismissing the suit it demonstrates his commitment to unite police with the community and respect resident’s constitutional rights.

“There is absolutely no contradiction in protecting the public safety of New Yorkers and respecting their civil liberties. In fact, those two priorities must go hand-in-hand,” he said. “No New Yorker should ever face discrimination based on the color of his or her skin. We are going to be explicit in setting fair and effective standards that prevent bias in any form.”

The law allows individuals to sue to stop bias-based profiling by law enforcement, but does not permit monetary damages.

“This law protects individuals in our communities against bias-based profiling, said Zach Carter, the city’s top legal counsel. “At the same time, police officers acting within the scope of their duties and in conformance with NYPD guidelines will be represented by the law department, in accordance with the law.”

 

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Mayor de Blasio files to drop city’s stop-and-frisk appeal


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Photo via Twitter/@NYCMayorsOffice

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration filed papers on Thursday to drop the city’s appeal of a judge’s decision to reform the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.

Under the court papers, which were filed in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, the city came to an agreement with the plaintiffs in the ongoing case against stop-and-frisk, Floyd vs. City of New York. 

“This is a defining moment in our history. It’s a defining moment for millions of our families, especially those with young men of color,” de Blasio said. “This will be one city, where everyone’s rights are respected, and where police and community stand together to confront violence.”

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled last year that the Police Department had discriminated against minorities with stop-and-frisk, and ordered that monitor oversee the NYPD and other reforms.

In the agreement announced today, a court-appointed monitor will oversee the NYPD’s reform of stop-and-frisk for three years.

The city filed to appeal the decision last year under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Despite the city dropping the appeal, the case may not be over. When de Blasio was elected mayor last year, the Patrolman’s Benevolent Association (PBA) promised that they will seek to intervene and carry on the appeal if the city drops the case.

“We continue to have serious concerns about how these remedies will impact our members and the ability to do their jobs,” PBA President Patrick J. Lynch said. “Our goal is to continue to be involved in the process in order to give voice to our members and to make every effort to ensure that their rights are protected.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Snow this morning will give way to some clearing this afternoon. High around 15. Winds NNW at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of snow 80%. About one inch of snow expected. Friday night: Clear skies. Low around 0. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph.

NYC public schools closed Friday

All New York City public schools are closed Friday due to Snowstorm Hercules, education officials announced. Read more: The Queens Courier

Hercules flexing his muscles in first storm of 2014

Governor Andrew Cuomo declared a statewide state of emergency Thursday afternoon to prepare officials for winter storm Hercules, which is forecasted to bring five to nine inches of snow to the city. Read more: The Queens Courier

For NYC schools head, a focus on middle school

The new leader of the nation’s biggest public school system started her job Thursday with storm clouds brewing — the clouds that had a new city administration weighing whether to call a snow day for 1.1 million students. Read more: NBC New York

New York Attorney General Schneiderman warns against price gouging

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman warned businesses Thursday against price gouging as Tri-State area residents stocked up on major supplies ahead of the first snowstorm of the new year. Read more: CBS New York/AP

NYPD union lawyers seek quicker stop-frisk appeal ruling

Forget about the new mayor having a grace period with the NYPD. Read more: New York Post 

De Blasio names Bill Bratton next NYPD commissioner


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In a much anticipated move, mayor-elect Bill de Blasio named Bill Bratton as the city’s top cop  on Thursday, promising to “heal the wounds” caused by stop-and-frisk.

“He has combined the best of tradition and the best of innovation in an extraordinary career of achievement,” de Blasio said.

This is Bratton’s second run as commissioner, following his first stint from 1994 to 1996 under Mayor Rudy Giuliani. He will replace Raymond Kelly, who has had the top cop spot since 2002.

De Blasio’s campaign platform sat staunchly against the controversial police tactic and made it clear he would not keep Kelly.

“We’ve seen an approach that has too often alienated communities,” de Blasio said. “This has caused a lack of partnership between police and community.”

Now, he said we need to “heal some of the wounds and reopen communication between police and community.”

Bratton, 66, said one of his goals is to bring these groups together “in a collaboration where there is mutual respect and there is mutual trust.”

“We need to ensure that police are not the flashpoint for disruption, disturbances and anger,” he said. “It [policing] must be done compassionately. It must be done consistently.”

Bratton was long-rumored to be de Blasio’s pick along with NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks and First Deputy Commissioner Rafael Pineiro.

The police veteran with nearly five decades experience is coming from a run as the Los Angeles Police Department’s chief from 2002 to 2009. He also served as the Boston Police Commissioner before first coming to New York.

During his time with the NYPD, Bratton created tactics that are credited with cutting the steep crime rate in half, including COMPSTAT and real-time crime analysis.

“Bill Bratton is the leading national voice of community policing, of a progressive and proactive approach to policing, focusing on the collaboration between police and community,” de Blasio said.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 34. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Benjamin Britten: The Complete Cello Suites

Celebrate the 100th birthday of Britain’s greatest composer with three suites for solo violoncello performed by Lost Dog cellist Emily Brausa at St. Joseph’s Church in Astoria at 7:30 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Mayor Bloomberg to sign bill banning tobacco sales to anyone under 21

Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to sign landmark legislation Tuesday banning the sale of tobacco products to anyone under age 21, making New York the first large city in the country to prohibit sales to young adults. Read more: NBC New York

Stop-and-frisk actions down 80 percent compared with last year

The number of street stops under the NYPD stop-and-frisk policy has plummeted 80 percent in recent months compared with the same time last year, and officers are recovering fewer weapons, according to police department data obtained Monday. Read more: AP/CBS New York

LIRR-Amtrak deal to enhance East River service

Improved maintenance of the East River tunnels used by Amtrak and Long Island Rail Road is in the works following a deal brokered by Sen. Charles Schumer and Amtrak. Read more: Fox New York/AP

Parents opposed to Common Core stage nationwide protest

Parents opposed to the new Common Core standards in schools staged a nationwide protest Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Oxford dictionaries name “selfie” the 2013 Word of the Year

Michelle Obama shared one with her “first dog” Bo, Hillary Clinton tweeted one with her daughter Chelsea. Now “selfie” — the smartphone self-portrait — has been declared word of the year for 2013, according to Britain’s Oxford University Press. Read more: NBC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then overcast. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 15 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 39. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: D.B. Rielly at Winegasm

D.B. Rielly will perform a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, spanning several genres including Roots, Blues, and Country at Winegasm in Astoria at 9 p.m. D.B. promises his listeners an “instantaneous cure for all afflictions.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

‘Frisk’ judge Shira Scheindlin gets hushed by federal appeals panel

The appeals panel that booted a federal judge from the stop-and-frisk case said Wednesday it won’t let her defend herself in court. Read more: New York Daily News

Five bikers accused in alleged road rage incident appear in court

Five of the bikers who were allegedly involved in a September 29, road rage incident appeared in court on Wednesday. Read more: CBS New York

4 World Trade Center officially opens with ribbon cutting

The office tower at 4 World Trade Center has opened in lower Manhattan. A ribbon-cutting was held this morning for the 978-foot building. Read more: ABC New York

Obamacare enrollment low; Democrats unhappy

Add simmering Democratic discontent to the problems plaguing “Obamacare,” now that first-month enrollment figures are out. Read more: AP

Verizon data network problems

If you can’t get on the web or download files on your Verizon cell phone as quickly as you once could, there is a reason. Read more: Fox New York

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 52. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night :Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 39. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Working Life in Meiji Japan 1868-1912

The Resobox Gallery in Long Island City presents Working Life in Meiji Japan 1868-1912, an exhibition of 19th century hand-colored photographs of Japanese entrepreneurial class culture from The Burns Archive. The exhibit’s images feature the best of Japanese photographs that were made to show the perceived exotic nature of Japan to the West. The exhibit is on display through December 5. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Ousted stop-frisk judge’s lawyer slams NYC motion

A lawyer for the federal judge removed from cases concerning the New York Police Department’s stop-and-frisk policy said Sunday that the city’s attempt to have her orders vacated is bringing “character assassination into the judicial process.” Read more: NBC New York

Reading, writing textbooks recommended by Department of Education are ‘loaded with errors’: teachers

Teachers across the city are reporting problems with the new reading and writing textbooks recommended by the Department of Education. Read more: New York Daily News 

Bryant Park shooting suspect facing arraignment

The 16-year-old suspect in the double shooting in Bryant Park over the weekend is expected to be arraigned Monday. Read more: ABC New York

Today’s PG-13 movies more violent than 1980′s ‘R’ films: study

Modern-day PG-13 movies, such as “The Hunger Games” and “The Avengers,” are more violent than 1980s-era R-rated movies like “The Untouchables,” according to a new study. Read more: NBC New York

Typhoon-hit victims in Philippines plead for aid

Typhoon-ravaged Philippine islands faced an unimaginably huge relief effort that had barely begun Monday, as bloated bodies lay uncollected and uncounted in the streets and survivors pleaded for food, water and medicine. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Overcast with rain showers, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 70. Windy. Winds from the SW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Friday night: Clear in the evening, then overcast. Low of 55. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NNW after midnight.

EVENT OF THE DAY: “Raus! Get Outta Here!” 

The Eclipses Group Theater, in collaboration with The Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater NY, presents “Raus! Get Outta Here!” a play by M. Reppas and T. Papathanasiou. The play satirizes the current social milieu and financial problems currently affecting Greece. Performances are at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sundays from November 1 -30. at the Stathakeion Cultural Center in Astoria. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Federal court grants stay on stop-and-frisk decision

A federal court halted the decision that requires reforms to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice. Read more: The Queens Courier

New York City school suspensions drop by 23 Percent

The number of New York City students suspended from school has dropped by 23 percent. Read more: NBC New York

Judge prepares to take on NYPD, Queens D.A. in court

The NYPD was dealing with another controversy involving a judge on Thursday night. Read more: CBS New York

Only 6 able to sign up on healthcare.gov’s first day, documents show

Only six people were able to enroll for health insurance through the Obamacare website on the first day, according to documents released Thursday by Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Read more: NBC New York

Bidding on $50 Banksy painting tops $310,000

Bidding on a painting that British graffiti artist Banksy bought for $50 and altered has climbed to more than $310,000. Read more: AP

 

 

 

Federal court grants stay on stop-and-frisk decision


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A federal court halted the decision that requires reforms to the NYPD’s controversial stop-and-frisk practice.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit granted a stay on District Judge Shira Scheindlin’s decision, while the city is appealing the ruling. The court also removed Scheindlin from the case.

Scheindlin originally ruled the policy unconstitutional in August, appointed lawyer Peter Zimroth to monitor the NYPD and ordered that officers wear body cameras.

“I find that the city is liable for violating plaintiffs’ Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights,” Scheindlin wrote. “The city acted with deliberate indifference toward the NYPD’s practice of making unconstitutional stops and conducting unconstitutional frisks.”

The city filed to appeal Scheindlin’s ruling a few days later, and mayor Bloomberg called her decision unfair.

“Throughout the trail that just concluded the judge made it clear that she was not at all interested in the crime reductions here [in the city] or how we achieved them,” Bloomberg said.

The appeals court decision has received split reaction from the mayoral candidates.

“I’m extremely disappointed in today’s decision,” said Democratic candidate Bill de Blasio. “We shouldn’t have to wait for reforms that both keep our communities safe and obey the Constitution. We have to end the overuse of stop-and-frisk–and any delay only means a continued and unnecessary rift between our police and the people they protect.”

His Republican opponent, Joe Lhota, touted the court’s decision.

“Bravo! As I have said all along, Judge Scheindlin’s biased conduct corrupted the case and her decision was not based on the facts,” Lhota said. “The ruling by the nation’s second highest court was an unprecedented rejection of both the result of the case and the manner with which it was achieved.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 61. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 54. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Haunted Halloween Hike

Venture to the Alley Pond Environmental Center for a spooky trail walk, ghost stories and hot cocoa. Costumes welcome! Be sure to bring a flashlight and comfy, hike appropriate shoes. Note that space is limited. The Haunted Halloween Hike begins at 6:30 p.m. and is recommended for kids between the ages of 8 and 12. Admission is $7 for members and $13 for non-member. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

City Council to vote on raising cigarette purchase age

In the latest move to snuff out smoking in New York, the City Council could vote Wednesday to bar anyone under the age of 21 from buying cigarettes and e-cigarettes. Read more: NBC New York

Brown University students shout Commissioner Kelly off the stage as he attempted lecture on policing

New York City’s top cop got stopped and dissed Tuesday by student protesters at Brown University. Read more: New York Daily News

New York attorney general probes racial profiling allegations against Barneys, Macy’s

New York’s attorney general is investigating allegations of racial profiling at Macy’s and Barneys’ flagship Manhattan locations after at least three black customers recently accused the stores and police of harassing them. Read more: NBC New York

City attorney to appeals court: halt stop-and-frisk ruling

A judge’s ruling that the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics are unconstitutional has created chaos and confusion among officers, a city lawyer told a federal appeals panel Tuesday. Read more: CBS New York/AP

New York gas stations won’t be powerless in future storms

After superstorm Sandy, there was fuel in gas station pumps, but without electricity, no one could fill up their tanks. Read more: CBS New York

American support for death penalty falls to 60 percent: Gallup

Sixty percent of Americans favor capital punishment for convicted murderers, the lowest percentage since 1972, according to a Gallup poll released on Tuesday. Read more: Reuters

 

Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association sues over stop-and-frisk


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The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) slapped the city with a lawsuit on Tuesday to challenge the profiling measure of the Community Safety Act.

The organization charges that the City Council overstepped its boundaries by passing Local Law 71, which allows individuals to more easily sue the city over discrimination, such as with some stop-and-frisk encounters. Racial profiling protection is preempted by New York State Criminal Procedure Law, the lawsuit said, and cannot be changed by local governing bodies.

“The language of so-called ‘biased policing law’ is unconstitutionally vague and will only serve to confuse police officers regarding its racial profiling provisions while hampering their ability to enforce the existing state laws that keep our city safe,” PBA president Patrick Lynch said.

The City Council passed the Community Safety Act on August 22, following a successful override vote of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto. The legislation includes two laws aimed at shifting management and policies in the NYPD.

One of the laws will create an inspector general position to oversee the activities of the police department, while Local Law 71 will expand biased-based protection from ethnicity, religion and national origin to age, gender, sexual orientation and other categories.

The mayor’s office is also suing the city over the profiling legislation for attempting to alter State Criminal Procedure Law.

 

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