Bill Thompson Calls for ‘New Era’ of Policing After 1-Year-Old’s Death

Mayoral candidate Bill Thompson speaks in Brownsville on the tragic shooting of a baby.
Bill Thompson at a press conference today.

A day after a baby boy was shot to death in his stroller, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson is saying enough is enough.

“There must be a new era of community policing,” Mr. Thompson declared at a press conference today, standing solemnly beside his wife, outraged community leaders and grieving residents. They were next to an abandoned lot in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn, where 1-year-old Antiq Hennis was killed.

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Andrew Cuomo Doesn’t Take ‘Nazi Death Ray’ Threat Very Seriously

The New York Observer's art department's take on the issue.
The New York Observer‘s art department’s take on the issue. (Credit: Ed Johnson)

Earlier today, the Daily News revealed that an anti-Muslim plot to deploy a “mobile death ray” included none other than New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Needless to say, the publication–which ran an illustration of Mr. Cuomo being zapped by such a device, and with the caption “Run for your life Andy!”–didn’t appear to take the threat too seriously.

Asked about the plot to kill him using the homemade, radiation-emitting device this morning, Mr. Cuomo seemed similarly amused.

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Frank Lautenberg’s Potential Successors

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)

While conflicting, state statutes give Gov. Chris Christie potent arguments to make to schedule the statewide election for U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-NJ) seat on a date other than this year’s November gubernatorial election.

Tasked to succeed Senator Lautenberg, the governor’s choice can remain in the seat until a special election of the governor’s choosing, potentially as late as November of 2014, according to one reading of state law.

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New York’s Senators Recall Frank Lautenberg’s Legacy

Senators Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Schumer. (Photo: Getty)
Senators Gillibrand, Lautenberg and Schumer. (Photo: Getty)

Although New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg died this morning, his memory lives on, according to two of his former colleagues from across the Hudson River.

“Frank Lautenberg was the very best of the greatest generation. He grew up poor, served his nation bravely during World War II, led a company that created tens of thousands of jobs, and spent the second half of his life giving back via public service,” New York’s senior senator, Chuck Schumer, gushed in a statement. “And, boy, did he give back a lot.”

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The Political Context of Frank Lautenberg’s Passing

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Getty)

The political world is mourning the loss today of a New Jersey icon, U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ), who died at the age of 89.

The fact that it is an election year has the same people eager to know what will happen to the seat that Senator Lautenberg held.

There are competing statues.

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Charlie Rangel Reacts to Frank Lautenberg’s Death

Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Frank Lautenberg. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Congressman Charlie Rangel reacted to the death of New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenberg Monday, expressing deep sadness at the loss of a long-time friend and the oldest member of the senate, whom he said America “loved so much.”

“Oh shit,” he said when told about the news of Mr. Lautenberg’s death at 89 by a reporter at a press event outside of Sylvia’s Restaurant in Harlem. “Oh God.”

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Obama Says Thatcher Was ‘One of the Great Champions of Freedom’

(Photo: Getty)
(Photo: Getty)

President Barack Obama joined other the United States officials lamenting the passing of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher this morning. In particular, Mr. Obama touted both Ms. Thatcher’s humble upbringing and her status as one of the world’s “great champions of freedom and liberty.”

“With the passing of Baroness Margaret Thatcher, the world has lost one of the great champions of freedom and liberty, and America has lost a true friend,” Mr. Obama said in a statement. Continue reading “Obama Says Thatcher Was ‘One of the Great Champions of Freedom’”