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4 Shot Dead in Illegal Gambling House

Gun violence rocks the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn

(Newser) - Four people were killed and three others were wounded in an early Saturday shooting at an illegal gambling club in New York City, police said. The six men and one woman were shot just before 7am inside a building in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, the AP reports. Chief... More »

Bill de Blasio Is Out: 2020 Campaign Over

'It's clearly not my time'

(Newser) - Bill de Blasio's 2020 campaign for president is over. New York City's mayor called it quits on Friday, telling MSNBC's Morning Joe program that "I feel like I've contributed all I can to this primary election, and it's clearly not my time," per... More »

De Blasio Spent 7 Hours at City Hall in a Month: Report

Comedians suggest too much focus on 'Iowa'

(Newser) - Comedians descended on City Hall in New York last week to urge Bill de Blasio "to do some work"—and that was before a report suggesting the mayor spent just seven hours at his office in the month he announced his presidential campaign. The seven hours were split... More »

12 Shot at Brooklyn Community Event

1 man killed at normally 'beautiful and peaceful event'

(Newser) - Gunfire at a large, outdoor event in Brooklyn killed one man and injured at least 11 others late Saturday, reports the AP . Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted early Sunday that the shooting in east Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood "shattered a peaceful neighborhood event." Twelve people were shot, including... More »

A 'Moral' Change Kicks Off World Cup Parade

Equal pay is now law in New York

(Newser) - There was more to celebrate than soccer Wednesday at the ticker-tape parade for the World Cup-winning US women's soccer team. Just before the event began at 9:30am local time, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced new state legislation, which "eliminates a gender discrimination loophole regarding pay between... More »

'A 10-Person Debate Is a Mess'

20 Democratic candidates have been split over 2 nights, starting tonight

(Newser) - With 20 candidates vying for attention—a number more suited to wrestling's Royal Rumble than a traditional debate—Democrats have split the field into two groups for debates in Miami on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Republicans who took part in their party's 10 and 11-person 2016 debates, however,... More »

Biden's Use of the Word 'Boy' Sparks Hot Debate

Former senator says he could work with opponents in the 1970s and '80s

(Newser) - Joe Biden has received an earful after fondly recalling the civility of Southern segregationist senators in the 1970s and 80s. The former vice president told people at a New York fundraiser Tuesday about working with Sens. James Eastland of Mississippi and Herman Talmadge of Georgia: "At least there was... More »

Bill de Blasio's 2020 Launch Has a Hiccup

Teenager scoops everyone by revealing NYC mayor's decision to run a day in advance

(Newser) - Another day, another Democratic candidate. This time it's New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who announced his 2020 campaign with a video and an appearance on Good Morning America, reports ABC News . The 58-year-old, currently in his second term, is running on a "working people first" theme.... More »

De Blasio: To Save Manhattan, We Must Make It Bigger

$10B plan would combat rising sea levels

(Newser) - "Lower Manhattan will be secure from rising seas through 2100" under a $10 billion plan offered up by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. The plan to "climate proof" the region involves extending a stretch of eastern coastline 500 feet, or about two blocks, into the East... More »

NYC Mayor on New MTV Show: 'Shameless Ratings Grab'

Staten Island residents aren't happy about 'Made in Staten Island' for its Italian-American 'stereotypes'

(Newser) - If a neighborhood was featured on a new reality show, one would think locals would be pretty excited. But for Staten Island residents, MTV's new series debuting Monday is nothing but a "shameless ratings grab" full of "stereotypes." That's per a recent tweet from NYC... More »

FDNY Firefighter Falls to His Death

Steven Pollard was responding to a car crash, fell through a gap in overpass

(Newser) - A New York City firefighter responding to a car accident in Brooklyn fell from an overpass and died at a hospital, reports the AP . In a statement on the FDNY's Facebook page Monday morning, Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro and Mayor Bill de Blasio identified the probationary firefighter as Steven... More »

Feds Claim NYC Mayor Crossed Border Illegally

His office says June 21 crossing was approved by border patrol

(Newser) - Customs and Border Protection is calling out an unlikely person for crossing the nation's southern border illegally: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. De Blasio and his security detail, run by the NYPD, violated both Mexican and US immigration laws by crossing the border on foot during a... More »

NYC Crosswalk Crash Killed Daughter of Broadway Star

Driver claims to have suffered a seizure

(Newser) - Feelings of heartbreak in the wake of a horrifying incident at a New York City crosswalk Monday have turned to feelings of outrage with new details emerging about the driver who allegedly struck and killed two young children and critically injured a pregnant Broadway star. As SILive.com reports, the... More »

The Index Card Read, 'the Small Ones Will Know Terror'

Alleged bomb-making twins arrested in the Bronx

(Newser) - A former teacher and his twin face federal bomb-making charges after more than 32 pounds of explosives were found in their Bronx apartment, alongside documents suggesting they planned to kill. Christian and Tyler Toro, 27, were arrested in a Thursday raid in which police say they also found a diary... More »

Inside NYC's Billions-Dollar Salvo Against Oil

Says it'll divest $5B from its pension funds, and wants billions more from 5 key players

(Newser) - New York City is putting its money where its mouth is in a fight against "greed"-driven fossil fuel companies. In a move that the New York Times describes as designed to give Mayor Bill de Blasio chops as a climate-change leader (and one made in front of a... More »

NYC Fights 'Disgusting' Acts With $50M Plan

Security bollards are designed to prevent ramming attacks

(Newser) - "When a vehicle plows into a group of innocent pedestrians, it's disgusting," New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday, announcing a plan to install 1,500 new security bollards to protect pedestrians from vehicle ramming attacks like the one that killed eight people on Halloween... More »

Mayor: NYC Pipe Bomb Blast Was Attempted Terror Attack

Man in custody; he and 3 others were injured, but all are expected to survive

(Newser) - A man with a pipe bomb strapped to him set off the crude device in the subway near Times Square on Monday, injuring the suspect and three other people at the height of the morning rush hour. The man and three others were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries in what... More »

NYC Chucks Out 640K Arrest Warrants

4 of 5 city DAs approved the move

(Newser) - In a single morning, New York City courts Wednesday threw out over 640,000 warrants for people who didn't show up in court or pay fines after being ticketed for minor offenses years ago. The move—requested by prosecutors and hailed by the mayor—marks a sweeping step in... More »

NYC Mayor Proposes 'Millionaires Tax' to Fix Subway

Bill de Blasio also wants the higher tax on city's wealthy to subsidize low-income riders

(Newser) - A little over a month after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared a state of emergency for the New York City subway, his longtime nemesis in the city, Mayor Bill de Blasio, is proposing a new tax on wealthy New Yorkers to help fix the ailing system. On Monday, de... More »

Rikers Island Jail—'the Worst Place on Earth'—Will Close

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announces plan to close US' largest jail

(Newser) - The days appear to be numbered for America's largest jail, once described as "the worst place on Earth," WPIX reports. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that Rikers Island jail will be closed. "It will take many years," CNN quotes de Blasio... More »

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