January 23, 2021

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Biden's early approach to virus: Underpromise, overdeliver
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WASHINGTON — It's a proven political strategy: Underpromise and overdeliver.President Joe Biden, in his first three days in office, has painted a bleak picture of the country's immediate future, warning Americans that it will take months, not weeks, to reorient a nation facing a historic convergence of crises.The dire language is meant as a call to action, but it's also a deliberate effort to temper expectations. In addition, it is an explicit rejection of President Donald Trump’s tack of talking down the coronavirus pandemic and its economic toll.
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Beloved driver ‘Mr. G’, who kept New Yorkers moving, dies at 83
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Native New Yorker and great-grandfather Joseph Gennaro, 83, passed away peacefully on Jan. 20, 2021. Born in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, in 1937, he was the youngest of four boys. The child of Italian immigrants, his parents, Giovanni and Antonina, came to this country in the early 1900s. Known affectionately as “Mr. G,” Joe was a life-long New Yorker and a driver by trade who steered everything from trucks to limousines. After retiring, he and his wife of more than 55 years, Anita, moved from Queens to Bethlehem, Pa., more than a decade ago.
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Off-duty MTA conductor busted for sexually assaulting woman
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An off-duty MTA train conductor was arrested Saturday for sexually assaulting a 30-year-old woman, police said. Queens police took Nathaniel Mayo, 31, into custody around 8:40 a.m. after his alleged victim called 911. The woman told police they were having consensual sex when Mayo forced her into anal sex, a police source said. After rebuffing a few more attempts, the woman started arguing with Mayo, who slapped her in the face and twisted her arm, cops said.
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Hunts Point Market, striking workers reach tentative agreement
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HUNTS POINT, the Bronx (WABC) -- It appears striking workers will soon be headed back to work at the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx after the two sides reached a tentative agreement. The operators of the market announced Saturday that they have reached a deal with Teamsters Local 202 on a new three-year contract covering 1,400 workers. The union was set to vote to finalize the agreement later in the day.
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Dog struck and killed by NYC train while running around on subway tracks
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A 2-year-old pup was hit and killed by a subway train in East Harlem on Saturday after she broke free from her owner and jumped down on the tracks, police said. Ava, a mixed breed dog, was taken into the 110th St. Station near Lexington Ave. around 10 a.m. when she broke free and hopped onto the roadbed. Cops responding to several 911 calls went into the tunnels to look for Ava, who was sprinting between the 110th and 125th St. stations, police said.
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Man may lose arm after SUV crash into Manhattan scaffolding
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A SUV passenger injured his right arm so badly in a Manhattan scaffolding crash Saturday that doctors may have to amputate it, police said. The red Chevrolet Tahoe was nearing the corner of E. 59th St. and Third Ave. around 7 a.m. when the driver lost control of the wheel, cops said. The Chevy struck a fire hydrant then the scaffolding, sending a mess of metal poles tumbling down onto the mangled car.
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Hamptons homeowners want wind farm project to blow off their beach
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Not on my beach!Billionaire Ronald Lauder, Blackstone bigwig John Finley and marketing guru Faith Popcorn are fighting to have their tony Hamptons hamlet secede from the town of East Hampton in a bid to save their beach from an underground power line connecting to Gov. Cuomo’s first off-shore wind farm.The heavyweights signed a petition calling for a vote on the Wainscott secession, the latest move by opponents of a plan to make Wainscott Beach the landing spot for the transmission cable from the ocean windmills, a $2 billion venture. It would be buried 30 feet under the beach and travel four miles north to a substation.
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Big Gay Ice Cream Closes Original East Village Storefront
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It's the end of an era for New York City's wildly popular Big Gay Ice Cream. The original East Village location has closed its doors for good. It was the first brick-and-mortar store for the colorful ice cream shop, once flanked by customers who would stand in long lines for creative flavors and toppings. The first store had been closed since last March due to the coronavirus pandemic. If it had stayed open, the East Village location would have hit its 10-year anniversary this fall.
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‘I showed them right, that I could do it’: NYC man who faced four years behind bars for stealing socks graduates from Manhattan Mental Health Court
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It was a special kind of commencement, years in the making. A beaming Qulon McCain, who once faced up to four years behind bars for stealing four pairs of socks, appeared on the computer screen Friday in what would be his final virtual check-in with Manhattan Mental Health Court. In another rectangular box appeared Judge Juan Merchan, who listened intently as McCain’s case manager Kelly Whitfield ticked off McCain’s accomplishments during his 19-month stay at the residential Bronx-based treatment center, Harbor House.
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James Dolan places $4 million bet on 2021 NYC mayor's race
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Madison Square Garden boss James Dolan has placed a $4 million bet on the upcoming NYC mayoral election — and he’s hoping to have better luck in politics than he’s had with his Knicks or Rangers in recent years.The polarizing sports and entertainment mogul has formed a new political expenditure committee called “The Coalition to Restore New York” and seeded it with $4 million in cash from the Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. and Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
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NYPD wants more Tasers in cops’ holsters - but still lacks enough for their safe use, critics say
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The NYPD plans to put more Tasers in the holsters of cops on patrol by taking them away from higher-ranking sergeants and lieutenants – but the move won’t fix what some in the department see as a shortage of the non-lethal weapons. The department wants to redistribute 2,876 stun guns from the supervisors to the general Taser pool used by all patrol officers, the Daily News has learned. “When supervisors are off-duty or on vacation, the Tasers were sitting idle, so the idea is to get them into greater circulation,” a police official said.
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Woman sought for breaking into Brooklyn school: NYPD
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The NYPD wants to teach this suspected Brooklyn school burglar a lesson.Cops are looking to catch up with an unidentified woman who broke into the Bais Yaakov Academy Jan. 4 in Midwood and took off with a set of janitor keys, authorities said.The mystery woman gained access to the Elm Avenue private school by “breaking into a back door” at about 9:30 p.m., cops said.The woman — clad in a black top and jeans, and mask dangling underneath her chin — can be seen exiting the back door of the school kitchen/cafeteria on a surveillance video released Saturday by the NYPD.
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New Jersey gym owner charged in Capitol riot
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A New Jersey gym owner and former ultimate fighter who got attention for defying the COVID lockdown was arrested for his role in the Capitol riot on Friday after several people identified him to the FBI, according to court papers.Scott Kevin Fairlamb of Stockholm, N.J., AGE, who fought under the name “Wildman,” was charged in federal court in Washington, D.C., with assaulting a federal officer and carrying a dangerous weapon, according to documents.
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Latest COVID-19 updates in NY: Saturday, Jan. 23
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NEW YORK — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New York. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.10 a.m. Gov. Andrew Cuomo visited a new NYCHA vaccine site at the William Reid Apartments in Brooklyn. Watch the news conference below or click here.Daily COVID-19 indicators COVID fatigue Vaccine Vaccine shortage update SOMOS co-founder Henry Muñoz
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Dog fight: NYC man chooses jail over giving pup back to his employer
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Barry Myrick is barking mad.The pest-control professional is in a fight with his former employer, M&M Environmental in Queens, over his loyal partner — a bedbug-sniffing pit bull mix named Roxy.“She’s my best friend,” said Myrick, who even has a tattoo of Roxy on his leg. “I committed to her long ago, and nothing’s going to come between me and her.”Myrick, 37, had worked with Roxy for four years, inspecting commercial and residential properties, before he was laid off from the company in March.
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New York's COVID-19 vaccine well ran dry, but more doses trickle in
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New York’s store of the COVID-19 vaccine ran dry, but new doses started to trickle in, Gov. Cuomo said at a Brooklyn event held to encourage blacks and Latinos to get the jab.“We exhausted all the vaccines that we have received to date,” Cuomo said Saturday at a pop-up vaccination clinic for NYCHA residents.The first five weeks of New York’s supply ran out Friday, he said, adding that the next week’s supply — which is expected to reach 250,000 doses — was arriving slowly. Some of those doses were being used Saturday to vaccinate seniors at NYCHA’s William Reid apartments.
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St. Hugh Church to Host Covid-19 Vaccinations on Tuesday
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St. Hugh of Lincoln in Huntington Station will host Covid-19 vaccinations on Tuesday, the governor’s office said Saturday.It is one of eight church host sites in the state added Saturday to the list of providers, and is the only one so far in Suffolk County.The state said that churches would handle booking appointments but no one at St. Hugh was immediately available to say how that would work.Huntington Station has had higher infection rates than many other communities on Long Island.
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NYC serial killer handyman staged car crash in 2019 insurance scam: lawsuit
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The Brooklyn handyman who confessed to slaying three elderly women in his NYCHA building once helped stage a car crash to reap thousands of dollars in insurance money, according to a lawsuit. Kevin Gavin, 66, and two others faked a Brooklyn collision so they could split $150,000 in payouts earmarked for medical treatments, according to a state Supreme Court lawsuit filed in November. Gavin was riding in the backseat of a 2002 Mercedes on Dec. 19, 2019 when the vehicle slammed into a woman pulling out of a driveway on a snowy-covered Canarsie street, according to the suit.
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SUV slams into NYC building scaffolding
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A man is in critical condition with a possibly amputated arm after an SUV slammed into a fire hydrant and scaffolding in Manhattan, police said. The collision happened just after 7 a.m. when the driver of a cherry red Chevrolet Tahoe SUV lost control at East 59th Street and Third Avenue early Saturday, police said. Fallen debris and mangled metal scaffolding littered the street and entangled the busted-up $60,000 SUV, with its hood peeled back and destroyed. A first responder was seen putting his arm around a shaken woman who covered her mouth in disbelief.
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Brooklyn serial killings part of scary rise in NYCHA murder rate
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Murder is skyrocketing in New York City Housing Authority complexes, police revealed Friday, a day after accusing a Brooklyn handyman in the serial killings of three elderly NYCHA residents.At least 71 people were murdered across NYCHA’s 302 properties in 2020, police said — an alarming 48 percent surge over 2019’s body count, when 47 killings were recorded.The rising NYCHA homicide rate outpaces the 44 percent increase in murders citywide last year.
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Beloved equestrian 'ousted,' replaced by Alec and Hilaria Baldwin's charity
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For 20 years veteran horsewoman Jan Warner was beloved by the rich and poor alike in the Hamptons for running a caring, affordable stable in Amagansett.Millionaire equestrians and blue-collar locals stabled their animals side by side at what was called “Jan’s Barn.” She did not charge the prohibitively expensive prices for boarding and riding horses common on the East End, but nor did she keep the barn pristine or Hamptons-chic, sources told the Post. She was, simply, a horse whisperer, and they trusted that their animals would get proper care and support at the stable on Town Lane.
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‘Always so nice and friendly’: Brooklyn man in Larry King’s childhood home mourns death in the extended family
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The death of broadcast legend Larry King in a Los Angeles hospital really hit home for a Brooklyn man. Michael Marra, 43, spent his entire life inside the Bensonhurst residence where King grew up for a time as a child, with the renowned talk show host returning to visit repeatedly over the years. “He’s been here so many times,” said Marra at his home on 83rd St. “He’s always been so nice and friendly. There always is that little connection. I’ve always been proud of it.”
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GRIDLOCK SAM: Brace yourself for COVID vaccination traffic jams as folks drive to sites
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Sun., Jan. 24 - Sat. Jan. 30ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING RULES ARE IN EFFECT ALL WEEK Covid-lock is coming! Many of the larger vaccination sites the city and state have designated are more accessible by car than transit. Have you seen the multi-mile lines of cars in California, Florida, and elsewhere jamming local communities? Hope we see better planning here. Here’s a rundown of some of the major vaccination sites in the coming weeks. These include: the Brooklyn Army Terminal, the Javits Center, the Bathgate Postal Contract Station (Third Ave. and 174th St. in the Bronx), and Aqueduct Racetrack.
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Latest COVID-19 update in NJ: Saturday, Jan. 23
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NEW JERSEY — Below you will find the most up-to-date information on coronavirus news impacting New Jersey. You can find additional resources and coverage on our coronavirus page.New UK COVID-19 strain Two cases of the more contagious COVID-19 U.K. variant were confirmed in New Jersey, the state's health commissioner said in a press briefing Friday. Read more.NJ opens vaccine mega-sites The state opened the last two of its six vaccination mega-sites on Friday. While the locations are designed for large capacities of patients, they're faced with a major obstacle: vaccine supply. Read more.
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This service helps elderly NYC residents get COVID-19 vaccine appointments
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These good Samaritans are giving seniors their best shot!Tech-savvy angels are helping elderly New York City residents book online appointments for the COVID-19 vaccination, a free service that gives older folks peace of mind and the boost they need.Upper West Side resident Jeremy Novich, 35, a clinical psychologist, founded the Vaccine Appointment Assistance team Jan. 12 with good friends Justin Spiro, a school social worker and Jason Lowe, an attorney.
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