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Tuesday
Oct212014

Three Men Wanted in Brooklyn Robbery 

(NEW YORK) -- Police are asking for the public's assistance in identifying three men wanted in connection with a Brooklyn robbery.

The suspects approached a 21-year-old woman in front of 680 Franklin Avenue around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 2, according to officials. The men punched the victim in the face multiple times, then took her cell phone and purse.

The victim was taken to Methodist Hospital in stable condition, with a broken nose and cuts to her face.

Police released video of the incident Monday.

Anyone with information is asked to contact NYPD Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

AG Schneiderman Warns Consumers of Ebola-Related Scams 

(NEW YORK) -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a consumer alert Monday warning New Yorkers about Ebola-related scams.

Companies are reportedly selling Ebola virus preparedness kits and preventative medications, according to officials.

There is no FDA-approved vaccine for Ebola.

“Scammers are shamefully exploiting this moment of heightened concern about public health to defraud good people," Schneiderman said in a statement. "These frauds detract from the positive work of the brave medical professionals fighting this disease and the charitable spirit of New Yorkers looking to help out.”

The Attorney General's Office advises consumers to learn the facts about Ebola, don't click on unsolicited links in an email or online, and ask questions when donating to charities.

For more information, visit the AG website.


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Tuesday
Oct212014

Over $4.3 Million in Grants to Help Domestic Violence Victims

(NEW YORK) -- New York is getting $4.3 million in federal grant money to help fund programs that serve domestic violence victims across the state.

State officials announced Monday that 56 domestic violence prevention programs will benefit from the funding, which comes through the Federal Family Violence Prevention and Services Act.

Officials said the funding is in two categories: non-competitive grants totaling more than $1.2 million, and competitive grants totaling $3 million.


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Monday
Oct202014

Competition Calls on Designers to Revitalize LaGuardia, JFK Airports 

(NEW YORK) -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a competition to aide in the revitalization and modernization of LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International Airports. Cuomo hosted Vice President Joe Biden at an event Monday to unveil his comprehensive plan to bring the airports "up to 21st century standards."

The Master Plan Design Competition calls on designers to submit plans for LaGuardia and JFK, which should include enhancements to transportation, redesigned layouts and amenities, as well as improved infrastructure.

In January, the governor announced that the state would assume management responsibility for construction at both locations to assist in breaking gridlock and making improvements.

"The number one job of government is to promote economic growth and prosperity, and one of the best ways to drive commerce is by investing in infrastructure that connects New York with local, national and international markets," Cuomo said in a statement Monday.

"This is more important for New York than ever before, which is why the State is ambitiously investing in roads, bridges and tunnels on a scale that we haven't seen in decades. Our airport modernization plan not only enhances how our individual airports look and act in the 21st Century -- but addresses how they must fundamentally work together to strategically grow New York's economy."

Cuomo also unveiled plans to change Republic Airport in Long Island and Stewart International Airport in Orange County.


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Monday
Oct202014

De Blasio: 'Significant Progress' Made in Sandy Recovery

(NEW YORK) -- More than 700 homes have started construction and nearly 900 individuals received reimbursement checks for Hurricane Sandy recovery, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

The numbers signify "significant progress," according to the Mayor's Office, as both categories saw figures of zero earlier this year.

The city's Build it Back program aims to help homeowners affected by the 2012 storm.

"Nearly two years after Sandy, there’s nothing more important than getting families home -- and as a result of our overhaul, that’s finally happening," de Blasio said. "When we took office, Build it Back simply wasn’t working. Now, families across the city have started construction or received reimbursement."

The city set new goals Monday, committing to 1,000 construction starts and 1,500 reimbursement checks by Dec. 31.


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