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9 hours ago BQE repairs will unleash toxic hellstorm on Brooklyn: experts
The city is about to unleash a toxic public-health nightmare with its proposal to close the Brooklyn Heights Promenade and erect a temporary highway on it during a decade-long Brooklyn Queens Expressway repair project, experts said Tuesday. “It removes the lid on a stew pot of chemicals, which means they will go right into Brooklyn...
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10 hours ago Assembly Speaker Heastie says Cuomo lied about salary commission
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie accused Gov. Cuomo of lying about Albany’s salary commission, claiming they had a deal that it would only examine raises for legislators and top state officials and nothing else. “I’ll continue to say, when we negotiated the bill, myself and Senator [John] Flanagan, even the governor, we agreed — I don’t...
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10 hours ago 12-year-old boy stabs sister to death, turns knife on mother: authorities
A 12-year-old boy in Connecticut has been charged with murder after allegedly going on a knife rampage inside his home — stabbing his mother and young sister, who later died. The tragedy has left residents in West Hartford, where the child and his family live, “incredibly brokenhearted” as cops continue to search for a possible...
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10 hours ago Cabbie goes on rampage, rams NYPD car after getting ticket
A taxi driver went on a rampage near Penn Station after being ticketed for picking up a fare while his vehicle was more than a foot from the curb, newly revealed records show. Desmond Griffith was so mad over the summons that he screamed at the agent, tore up the ticket — and then drove...
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10 hours ago Post story prompts City Hall to revamp email policy
Hours after The Post revealed newly obtained emails that show how cozy Mayor Bill de Blasio once was with a crooked campaign fundraiser, City Hall said it’s revamping the policy for saving such correspondence. “We’re developing one,” mayoral press secretary Eric Phillips said Tuesday. “One didn’t exist in any meaningful way, as we’ve said.” Last...
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10 hours ago Hot dog cart goes up in flames in Midtown
One person was burned after a hot dog cart went up in flames on a Midtown street on Tuesday evening, fire officials said. The cart erupted on Sixth Avenue near West 45th Street at about 7 p.m. Firefighters knocked down the flames a short while later, the FDNY said. One person suffered minor burns in...
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10 hours ago Reputed gangbanger charged with murder of FDNY firefighter
A reputed Latin Kings gangbanger was charged with murder in Brooklyn Tuesday for allegedly beating an off-duty firefighter to death in a road-rage incident. Joseph Desmond, 29, is accused of fatally beating Faizal Coto, 33, with a “hard object” after they got into a minor accident on the Belt Parkway early on Dec. 9. The...
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10 hours ago Six teens charged in brawls at Bronx juvenile detention center
A half-dozen teens were indicted Tuesday in a series of violent behind-bars brawls that left city corrections officers badly injured at a controversial Bronx juvenile center, officials said. The harrowing clashes began within days of the city finishing its transfer of all 16- and 17-year-old inmates from Rikers Island to Horizon, a move that Mayor...
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11 hours ago NYPD teams up with Spanish cops to catch graffiti artist
A “prolific” artist visiting from Spain was busted in Brooklyn by the NYPD — with the help of Spanish Transit Police — after he tagged his trademark signature on subway cars, officials said on Tuesday. Francisco Antonio Jimenez San Nicolas, 23, was arrested Monday afternoon for allegedly painting his tag “Yeset” on Manhattan train cars...
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11 hours ago Drug trafficker: We hid El Chapo’s drugs in NYC’s ‘best neighborhoods’
A Chicago-born drug trafficker who moved cocaine and heroin throughout the US for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman testified Tuesday that he kept ritzy stash houses in New York City — and even had one overlooking the Brooklyn Bridge. “I would choose the best neighborhoods,” Pedro Flores said when it came to choosing the places he’d...
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12 hours ago Calls for NYCHA to be ‘transparent’ and ‘accountable’ after Ben Carson meeting
Standing right beside Mayor Bill de Blasio, Rep. Nydia Velazquez on Tuesday called for a thorough shake-up at NYCHA following a meeting with US Housing Secretary Ben Carson in Lower Manhattan. “There must be top-to-bottom reforms that need to take place — transparency and accountability,” she said outside the Federal Building in lower Manhattan. The...
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13 hours ago Former oil exec busted by feds for scamming ex-wife out of millions
A former oil exec was busted Tuesday on charges he cheated his ex-wife out of tens of millions of dollars by secretly stashing stock in an overseas trust — which he used to purchase a swank condo in Chelsea. Todd Kozel — who married a much-younger, Lithuanian blonde after divorcing first wife Ashley Kozel —...
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13 hours ago US allowed El Chapo defector to call drug-trafficking brother from jail: lawyer
A defense attorney for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman accused the US government of knowingly allowing a cartel rat to communicate with his drug-trafficker brother while in the federal jail in Brooklyn. Government witness Jorge Cifuentes admitted he’d hacked into the jailhouse system and swapped out a number for his brother Alex — who was in...
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16 hours ago MS-13 gang member gets 25 years for killing one of his own
A member of the bloodthirsty MS-13 gang was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years in prison for his role in the 2016 murder of an upstart fellow gangbanger on Long Island. Elmer Lopez — who pleaded guilty in March to racketeering for being among several MS-13 thugs who slashed and stabbed Jose Pena for violating gang...
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17 hours ago Miss America in crisis mode after Atlantic City drops venue
There she goes, Miss America. The iconic beauty pageant is seeking a new host city after New Jersey officials said the state will no longer bankroll the troubled event in its longtime home of Atlantic City, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. “The Miss America Organization is interviewing cities to partner with Miss America 2.0 as...
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17 hours ago Husband of diplomat will be charged by cops for domestic violence
The British man accused of bashing his diplomat wife — only to skirt charges because her diplomatic immunity extended to him — had his protection rescinded by his country in a rare case, The Post has learned. Youseff Amroche, 37, was arrested Tuesday for the Dec. 8 beating and was expected to be charged with...
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18 hours ago Another ex-DA staffer admits to doing campaign work while on the clock
Another aide to former Brooklyn DA Charles J. Hynes has admitted doing campaign work for the DA on government time in 2013 in a settlement with the city’s ethics board where the timing was everything. Anne Swern, a former first assistant DA under Hynes, agreed to pay a $2,000 fine to the Conflicts of Interest...
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18 hours ago Ocasio-Cortez is recruiting a Democratic challenger to Hakeem Jeffries
WASHINGTON — Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) hasn’t taken office yet, but she’s already looking to take out fellow Democrat Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), according to a report Tuesday. Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked the political world when she defeated veteran Queens Rep. Joseph Crowley, said last month she’d support challenges to Democrats who are not as left-leaning...
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18 hours ago De Blasio’s security detail helps man hit by garbage truck
Members of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s security detail rushed to help a man hit by a private garbage truck on Tuesday outside a Chinatown event. The man, in his 60s, was crossing Canal Street at Mott Street around 10:51 a.m. when the green K&A Carting truck hit him — prompting a detective in the mayor’s...
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19 hours ago Two Manhattan subway stations to close for a year
The MTA plans to close two Washington Heights subway stations for a year each to ­replace elevators and upgrade safety systems, the agency announced Tuesday. The 168th and 181st stations on the 1 line will be closed between January 2019 and February 2022 — but not at the same time, officials said. The renovation schedule...
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1 day ago Holland Tunnel’s ‘OCD-aggravating’ holiday decorations finally get fixed
The Holland Tunnel’s OCD-aggravating holiday decorations were finally rearranged on Monday night — ending an internet-viral debate about which letters on the tunnel should be covered by the ornaments. At about 11 p.m. Monday, a Port Authority worker in a cherry picker took down a wreath covering the “U” in “TUNNEL” and moved the triangular...
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1 day ago Caretakers fear for cats after shelter ordered taken down by health officials
Two feral cats are as good as dead this winter — because the city keeps forcing a Washington Heights landlord to tear down their shelter, the animals’ caretakers told The Post. Tina Pedraza says her niece Brenda, 51, and mom Liette, 86, have been caring for alley cats Mama and Sunny for years, leaving out...
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1 day ago Undisclosed de Blasio emails show cozy relationship with corrupt donor
City Hall withheld nearly two dozen e-mails that show Mayor de?Blasio had a much cozier relationship with Jona Rechnitz than he has admitted — even telling the crooked developer to reach out “anytime I can help,” The Post has learned. De Blasio was corresponding with Rechnitz for more than two years, from late in his...
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1 day ago How a small group of LGBTQ cops changed the NYPD forever
At a packed 1981 City Hall committee meeting over a decade-old gay- rights bill, a top officer with the NYPD’s largest union told the crowd he was not aware of any “homosexual police officers” in the department. A sergeant from the Manhattan South Task Force suddenly rose to the podium behind him and uttered words...
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1 day ago Success Academy touts 99 percent pass rate for Algebra Regents exam
Charter-school network Success Academy had all of its eighth-graders take the state Algebra 1 Regents exam last year — and notched a 99 percent pass rate, the network said Monday. All told, 426 Success Academy eighth-graders sat for the test — considered critical for advanced math coursework — and nearly every one scored at a...
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1 day ago RFK bail recipient busted for stealing toys from donation box
She’s the jailbird who stole Christmas. A career criminal who was bailed out by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights charity allegedly broke into a state assemblyman’s Bronx office, got stoned — and stole toys from a donation box for needy kids, The Post has learned. Tamika West raided Jeff Dinowitz’s Kingsbridge Avenue headquarters on...
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1 day ago El Chapo’s wife no-shows at trial, leaves courtroom puzzled
El Chapo’s Brooklyn federal-court trial threatened to turn into an episode of the “Real Housewives of the Sinaloa Cartel” on Monday when the wife of the accused Mexican drug lord went AWOL, puzzling even her pint-sized defendant hubby. Chapo’s wife, Emma Coronel Aispuro, had attended every single day of her husband’s trial for the past...
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1 day ago Teen who dragged cop with stolen car dodges attempted murder charges
Jurors Monday convicted a teen of assault charges — but cleared him of attempted murder — for dragging an NYPD detective for blocks with a stolen vehicle last year. Justin Murrell, 17, faces up to 10 years behind bars at sentencing for the attack, which left Det. Dalsh Veve with severe brain damage. Murrell was...
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1 day ago Fire marshal claims FDNY rigged probe of deadly blaze to protect production company
The fire marshal who led the investigation into a Harlem building blaze that took the life of a firefighter claims the probe was rigged to protect the production company of actor Ed Norton, who was filming in the building. Fire Marshal Scott Specht, who was lead investigator in the March 22 fire, filed a notice...
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1 day ago Hell’s Angels are turning this Long Island church into a local headquarters
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