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Graphic by Jay Lane
Graphic by Jay Lane

Hip, hip, hoo-Ray! GOP going all out to have Kelly run

Republican leaders are going to make a full-court press to convince Ray Kelly to run for mayor at a meeting on Staten Island early next month — and the city’s top cop will be there to hear them out. Former Borough President Guy Molinari said Kelly has agreed to join him and various elected officials, including City Council members James Oddo and Vincent Ignizio, for a luncheon that will be both social and political. “We would like to see him think more seriously about running for top office,” said Molinari, one of Kelly’s biggest boosters for more than two decades. Read More: New York Post

‘Committed’ to evil: Buddy tells of subway bomb plot

An admitted al Qaeda devotee from Queens chillingly testified yesterday that his high-school buddy was ready to blow himself up in a terrorist plot on New York’s subway system aimed at causing maximum carnage. Adis Medunjanin, 28, “was committed” to the evil plot in 2009, said admitted co-conspirator Zarein Ahmedzay in Brooklyn federal court on the first day of Medunjanin’s terrorism trial. “He was to be one of the suicide bombers.” Read More: New York Post

Mets clubhouse thief barred forever

A former Mets clubhouse manager who stole more than $2.2 million worth of autographed uniforms, bats, and other memorabilia was sentenced to five years’ probation yesterday — and barred for life from Citi Field and all other team facilities. Charlie Samuels, 55, must also make $50,581 in restitution payments, a Queens Supreme Court judge ordered. “The defendant had a dream job any Mets fan would die for — and he blew it,” said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Read More: New York Post

Millions In Phony Money Orders Seized At JFK

Millions of dollars in counterfeit money orders and checks are now in the hands of authorities after being seized at JFK airport. Customs and Border Protection Officers say the orders and checks arrived in packages from Ghana and one from Nigeria on March 23. Authorities say they totaled more than $6.7 million. Read More: NY1


Holocaust Survivors, Former GIs Share Their Experiences With Queens Students

A group of students, Holocaust survivors and their rescuers gathered in Queens Monday for the start of an international education program and to talk about their experiences. The March of the Living brings Jewish teens from all over the world to Poland on Holocaust Memorial Day, to march from two concentration camps, from Auschwitz to Birkenau. Read More: NY1


Brooklyn state Sen. Eric Adams wants transit workers to be armed with Tasers

Here’s a stunning idea — arming transit workers with Tasers so they can zap bad guys who menace them. It’s the brainchild of state Sen. Eric Adams (D-Brooklyn), who wants bus drivers, subway conductors and other transit workers to be able to protect themselves and passengers from crazy riders, criminals and even would-be terrorists. Read More: Daily News


Ex-CEO pours salt into Peninsula Hospital’s wounds 

Peninsula’s former CEO Robert Levine is seeking more than $1.2 million from the Far Rockaway facility in bankruptcy court, the Daily News has learned. The figure is part of three separate claims filed by Levine in October, which demand $800,400 for severance pay and more than $427,000 for termination of contract, documents show. Levine made an unceremonious exit from Peninsula in September, but didn’t stay unemployed for long. He was appointed chief operating officer at Flushing Hospital Medical Center two months later, angering long-time employees at Peninsula who were dealing with the aftermath of Levine’s tenure at the helm. Read More: Daily News