City Council Bill Would Provide Safety Officers At Yeshivas

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The NYPD would provide a uniformed, but unarmed school safety officer at any non-public school upon administrators' request under a bill introduced by Councilman David Greenfield this week.

The city already provides at least one safety officer at each of the city's public schools. Greenfield, a Democrat who represents Borough Park and part of Flatbush in the Council, says the bill is a response to the Dec. 27, 2012 massacre of school children in Newtown, CT.

Uniformed school safety officers would deter most criminals, a Council member believes.

Lhota Grapples With Giuliani Legacy

In mayoral bid, former deputy both embraces and distances himself from a controversial administration.

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How much of Rudy Giuliani is just enough?

That’s the question facing Joseph Lhota, the city’s former budget director and deputy to the famously feisty mayor, as Lhota pursues the Republican nomination and victory in November’s City Hall race.

Image from Lhota campaign video shows him with former boss Rudy Giuliani.

Charges Dropped, Man Beaten By Cops In Crown Hts. Says He's Not Angry

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While sitting in a cell on Riker's Island, facing charges that he assaulted a police officer, Ehud Halevy worried that he had unknowingly struck one of the cops who arrested him during a fracas at a Crown Heights youth center on Oct. 8.

"I was surprised there were so many charges," he said on Wednesday. '[The public defender] said I could get up to seven years."

Ehud Halevy with his lawyer, Norman Siegel.

Charges Dropped Against Homeless Man Beaten By Cops In Crown Hts.


All charges have been dropped against a homeless man caught on tape being beaten by New York police Chabad youth center in Brooklyn.

Ehud Halevy, 21, was arrested Oct. 8 after the police beating on charges of assault, resisting arrest and trespassing. 
The Brooklyn District Attorney's Office announced Monday afternoon that it would drop the charges against Halevy.

Video Prompts Review Of Cops’ Conduct In Crown Hts. Arrest

Officials call use of force excessive; Jewish youth center employee regrets calling 911.

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New York’s Civilian Complaint Review Board and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau are probing the case of a man beaten by cops inside a Crown Heights Jewish youth center during an Oct. 8 arrest, a police spokesman said Monday.

The officer seen hitting Ehud Halevy in these video images has been placed on modified assignment. CrownHeights.info

NYPD ‘Very Cognizant’ Of Potential Iranian Attack Here


(JNS.org) -- The New York Police Department (NYPD) is monitoring the possibility of an Iranian attack on New York City due to the area’s large Jewish community, the New York Post reported.

“Obviously if there’s any action involving Israel and Iran we have to be very cognizant of the potential of retaliation here in New York City,” NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly said at the NYPD’s Shield anti-terrorism conference, according to the Post.

When Work And Religion Collide

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Two religious accommodation cases last week that involved Orthodox Jews — a prospective Sabbath-observant employee of a New York-based consulting firm, and a chasidic Jew whose beard threatens to keep him out of the New York Police Department — are part of an ongoing tug of war between employers and religious workers, says the veteran lawyer who has advocated on behalf of Shabbat-observant Jews for more than four decades.

NYPD recruit Fishel Litzman, left, and attorney Nathan Lewin.

NYPD To Increase Security At Synagogues


The New York Police Department is increasing its security at synagogues and Jewish sites for Passover.

The NYPD said it was taking precautionary measures beginning this week in the wake of last month’s attack on a religious school in France, which left three children and a rabbi dead, The Associated Press reported.

Police Clear OWS Protestors From Zuccotti Park


Saying Zuccotti Park had become a health and safety hazard, a large contingent of police officers in riot gear ordered the Occupy Wall Street protestors to clear the area early Tuesday morning.

The cops said protestors, who have been living in tents in the privately owned park across from Ground Zero for almost two months, would be allowed to return once the area was cleared and the park's sanitary conditions could be assessed, Newsday reported.

How The NYPD Nabbed 'Kill Jews' Flier Suspect

Good detective work, technology, luck and a cooperative boss led to arrest of livery cab driver.

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In the course of investigating a spate of anti-Semitic leafleting spanning 16 months, two detectives from the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force kept coming across pieces of a logo on the back of the nasty missives.

Sometimes they saw an X, or sometimes a Z.

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