Rob Astorino Formally Kicks Off Campaign Amid Protests

Rob Astorino launches his campaign next to a "Thank You Governor Cuomo" sign.
Rob Astorino launches his campaign next to a “Thank You Governor Cuomo” sign.

“So what brings you guys out today?”

Rob Astorino kicked off his uphill gubernatorial campaign against incumbent Andrew Cuomo today with a joking question to those assembled for his formal launch on the steps of the Bronx County Courthouse. 

“I am Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive, and today we kick off our campaign for governor in the state of New York,” said Mr. Astorino, a Republican running in a heavily Democratic state. Continue reading “Rob Astorino Formally Kicks Off Campaign Amid Protests”

Outraged Officials Demand New York Post Apologize for Coverage of Slain Businessman

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams  holds up a copy of the New York Post at today's protest. (Photo: Kathryn Kirk)
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams holds up a copy of the New York Post at today’s protest. (Photo: Mr. Adams’s office/Kathryn Kirk)

The New York Post sparked outrage today with a controversial front page featuring a photo of Menachem Stark–a Williamsburg businessman whose smoldering body was found in a Long Island dumpster yesterday–with the caption: “Who didn’t want him dead?”

The story, labeling Mr. Sark a “millionaire Hasidic slumlord,” detailed the 39-year-old father of eight’s allegedly shady business practices to argue there could be many potential suspects for his murder. Continue reading “Outraged Officials Demand New York Post Apologize for Coverage of Slain Businessman”

Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines

A flu vaccine. (Photo: Denis Charlet/Getty)
A flu vaccine. (Photo: Denis Charlet/Getty)

Autism advocates are set to protest tomorrow against a quiet effort by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration to require annual flu vaccinations for all New York City schoolchildren under 5 years of age.

On Wednesday, with just three weeks to go until he leaves office, Mr. Bloomberg’s controversial Board of Health is set to vote on new rules that would force children as young as six months old to be immunized each year before December 31 if they attend licensed day care or pre-school programs. Continue reading “Protest Planned Against Last-Minute Bloomberg Push for Mandatory Flu Vaccines”

Occupy Wall Street Denies Link To Young Couple Busted With Bombmaking Materials

Morgan Gliedman (Photo: Facebook)
Morgan Gliedman (Photo: Facebook)

Occupy Wall Street doesn’t want to be associated with the young West Village couple who were allegedly busted over the weekend with a houseful of explosives, weapons and a bomb-making guide. Morgan Gliedman, 27, and Aaron Greene, 31, were arrested Saturday after police reportedly found seven grams of highly explosive HMTD powder, a flare launcher, a shotgun, ammo, rifle magazines and instructions on making bombs, including a printout entitled “The Terrorist Encyclopedia,” at their home. An early report from the New York Post identified Mr. Greene as an “Occupy Wall Street activist,” but this afternoon the movement’s public relations arm said there is no evidence to support links between Mr. Greene and Occupy.

“There is nothing in the news stories to support a link between OWS and the individual arrested; his name is unfamiliar to many OWS activists,” the statement posted on the Occupy Wall Street Press Relations Working Group page said. “A very large number of people came through Zuccotti Park, and there are countless Occupy-related groups nationwide, so it is very difficult to ascertain if one person participated in anything related to OWS.” Continue reading “Occupy Wall Street Denies Link To Young Couple Busted With Bombmaking Materials”

NYPD Says Anonymous’ Occupy Raid Footage Was Not Leaked From the Department

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A still from the Occupy Wall Street raid video released by someone claiming to be affiliated with Anonymous. (Photo: YouTube)

On Sunday, someone claiming to be affiliated with the hacker activist group Anonymous, released a two minute clip containing footage of last November’s eviction of the Occupy Wall Street encampment in Zuccotti Park that they said was obtained from the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit. While the clip has widely been covered as having been “leaked” from the police, NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Paul Browne told Politicker the clip was ‘not ‘leaked” and may have been a combination of footage from television news cameras, public court records and even possibly from the occupiers themselves. Continue reading “NYPD Says Anonymous’ Occupy Raid Footage Was Not Leaked From the Department”

Activist Group Founded by Koch Brothers Takes on Occupy Wall Street in Midtown

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Steve Lonegan speaking at the Americans For Prosperity anti-Occupy Wall Street rally.

One year after it began, the Occupy movement appears to be waning, but Americans For Prosperity, the conservative economic activist group founded by the notorious Koch Brothers, held a rally near Rockefeller Plaza this morning to “stand up to Occupy Wall Street.” The event included comparisons between President Barack Obama and Fidel Castro, and several heated exchanges between the AFP contingent and Occupy Wall Street sympathizers who showed up to mock and infiltrate the rally. Continue reading “Activist Group Founded by Koch Brothers Takes on Occupy Wall Street in Midtown”

Occupy Organizers Say NYPD Targeted and Arrested Key Leaders Before Anniversary Protest

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Police arresting Occupy Wall Street protesters during Monday’s anniversary demonstrations. (Photo: Getty)

According to multiple people who have been involved with planning and executing Occupy Wall Street protests the New York City Police Department targeted key organizers for arrests in advance of Monday’s Occupy anniversary demonstrations. These arrests may have prevented the movement from, for the first time, presenting a focused, single message at the center of the protests. Continue reading “Occupy Organizers Say NYPD Targeted and Arrested Key Leaders Before Anniversary Protest”