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New York City – Bloomberg: I Am No Fan Of Private School Vouchers

June 21, 2008 at 11:48 PM
New York City - Mayor Michael Bloomberg hit a sour note by saying he's not big on the idea of private school vouchers, at an education conference hosted by former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. New York parents have been given more choice among public and charter schools, Bloomberg said, but he said nothing about vouchers until asked during the question-and-answer period following his...

Monsey, NY – Couple Face Forgery Charges in House Sale

June 21, 2008 at 11:39 PM
Monsey, NY - Forgery and attempted grand larceny charges were brought against a Ramapo couple yesterday, accusing them of trying to steal a house belonging to a retired school bus driver. M. and C... G. were released without bail pending a hearing of the charges Monday by County Court Judge Victor Alfieri. The indictment, unsealed yesterday before County Court Judge Charles Apotheker, came...

Okanagan, BC, Canada – Jewish Centre Targeted by Vandals

June 21, 2008 at 11:06 PM
Okanagan, BC, Canada - Residents of Kelowna are outraged that a synagogue in the Okanagan has been covered in hateful graffiti. Hate-filled words and swastikas were sprayed all over the Okanagan Jewish Community Centre. "It seems like an ignorant, mindless thing to do," said resident Eddie Sanchez. Another Kelowna resident said that she is disappointed. "It's sad, it's very sad that it happens...

New York, NY – NYPD Unions Taking Action Against Bloomberg’s Crackdown on Parking Placards

June 21, 2008 at 10:39 PM
New York, NY - The NYPD's five uniformed unions have taken legal action against the Bloomberg administration's crackdown on government-authorized parking placards. The unions, which represent police officers, detectives, lieutenants and captains, contend the city was required to negotiate the new plan before yanking more than 20,000 permits. On orders of Mayor Bloomberg, on May 1 the NYPD...

Spring Valley, NY – Congregation May Sue Mayor, Trustees For $20 million

June 21, 2008 at 10:30 PM
Spring Valley, NY - A Jewish congregation that was allowed to start adding on to a single-family home and then later denied a special permit to continue the project plans to sue Mayor George Darden, the village board and the village for $20 million if the permit isn't granted. A notice of claim that was served upon the village yesterday alleges that Congregation Kolel B'nei Brak's civil rights...

Brooklyn, NY – Patient Dies Waiting for Bed at Kings County Hospital

June 21, 2008 at 10:16 PM
Brooklyn, NY - A 49-year-old mental patient waiting for a bed in Kings County Hospital fell out of a chair and died an hour before anyone came to check on her, the Health and Hospitals Corp. said. HHC President Alan Aviles ordered the suspension or termination of six hospital employees involved in the "serious incident." They included staff directly responsible for the patient's care as well...

Washington – Obama: Israel’s Rehearsal For War With Iran Justified

June 21, 2008 at 10:14 PM
Washington- US presidential candidate Barack Obama said Friday that Israel is justified in providing for its security amid the "extraordinary threat" posed to it by Iran. He spoke after The New York Times quoted unnamed US officials as saying that Israel had carried out a large military exercise this month that appeared to be a rehearsal for a potential bombing attack on Iran's nuclear...

Kiryas Joel, NY – Court: School District Was Wrong to Fire Teacher

June 21, 2008 at 09:54 PM
Kiryas Joel, NY - The Kiryas Joel School District must reinstate a fired teacher and give him back pay with interest, a state appeals court ruled. The Appellate Division of state Supreme Court said that Supreme Court Justice John K. McGuirk was correct in 2007, when he ordered the school district to reinstate the teacher, Robert Pollock. McGuirk, found that the district violated Pollock’s...

Monsey, NY – PBA: Officer Didn’t Violate Any Laws By Asking Woman To Remove Her Wig, DA: Respect Religious Beliefs

June 21, 2008 at 09:54 PM
Monsey, NY - While the town supervisor yesterday sharply criticized a police officer for fingerprinting a Hasidic Jewish woman and ordering her to remove her wig for a mug shot following her arrest. Ramapo union officials criticized St. Lawrence for his comments and defended the actions of the officer, whom St. Lawrence identified as Jonathan Quinn. Police Benevolent Association President...

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