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FBI Investigation Continues Into New York Governor Cuomo's Nursing Home Scandal
"Lawmakers in new york looking at how to limit governor andrew cuomo's power after his office accused of underreporting cova nursing home deaths. Abc's pilgrim explains fbi in federal prosecutors investigating how his administration handled nursing home deaths during the pandemic after an aide admitted the administration withheld the nursing. Home death toll from state lawmakers out of fear it would be used against the state by the trump administration. We created the void by not producing public information quickly. Enough i get that but then it was
New York Gov. Cuomo Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Former Adviser In His Administration
"His efforts early in a pandemic. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo now facing mounting allegations on multiple fronts, his administration accused of a cover up for its handling of covert deaths connected to nursing homes. Yes, there were deaths too many. Cuomo's health commissioner defending the controversial decision last spring to return covert patients to nursing homes after treatment, saying it was staff members who brought the virus in Is in the community. It's in the nursing home sent tie together. New York's attorney general reporting Those deaths were undercounted by up to 50%, with some patients counted as hospital deaths despite contracting the virus in nursing homes. We should have done a better job in providing information. I accept responsibility for that. State lawmakers now considering a vote to strip the governor of his emergency powers after a top aide admitted to withholding the data worried it would be politicized by the Trump administration. This as more details surface about sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo, his former aide, Lindsay Boylan, claiming in an online blogger post he stepped in front of me and kissed me on the lips. I was in shock, but I kept walking. Oil in first accused the governor in December, posting on Twitter. Yes, Governor Cuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it and watched Cuomo pushing back denying the accusations last year. Look, I I fought for, and I believe a woman has the right to come forward and expressed her opinion. On But it's it's just not true. And this week, a spokesperson for governor Cuomo reiterated that claims of inappropriate behavior are quote simply false. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is among those calling for an independent investigation. That's ABC switch. Johnson after
Daniel Prude Case Reflects Difficulty of Prosecuting Police in New York
"I wanted to ask you. Ben crump about another case that you're involved with and that's the case of daniel prude. This horrific killing almost a year ago in rochester. Major protests This week because a grand jury refused to charge any of the officers involved. Daniel prude's daughter to share. A prude appeared on cnn. In september calling for the rochester officers involved in the killing to be fired and charged with murder. This is what she said. I will like to see them be fired and charged with murder there. There's video footage of these people suffocating. My father my father was murdered by these police officers. There's no reason why they should be on a paid suspension. They should be arrested in. They should be try as the killers that they are and so now. This grand jury has refused to indict despite the the calls for the charges to be brought by. New york's attorney general letitia james whose office lend the investigation She said Most recently daniel prude was in the throes of a mental health crisis in what he needed was compassion karen help from trained professionals tragically. He received none of those things. Can you talk about the refusal to indict this regrettable that many times because grand jury proceedings are secret. We don't know what evidence was all for it About a prosecutor to the jurors and making their determination we must remember brianna taylor's case And michael brown and ferguson missouri. Case one of the rare instances will we saw the inner workings of the grand jury. We saw that the prosecutors put forth of very weak case and when you put four four week case to get a prosecution then you won't get the grand jury to decide amy. It has been said that a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich because ninety nine point nine nine nine percent of the time when a prosecutor wants. An indictment are prosecuted. Gets an indictment oftentimes prosecutors. Because they have this symbiotic. Relationship with law enforcement will give greater consideration to police officers than the unknown african american or hispanic citizens that they have no relationship with when they go into a grand jury. Proceeding we saw so many times with throughout the country is historical where they were trying to establish off their as by saying well we presented a grand jury and the grand jury found no probable cause. Will we don't buy that. We know that's part of the intellectual justification of discrimination. That leads to the legalized genocide of black people in america. And that's why we have to have. Systemic reform changed intact coach criminal justice in america as we said at the michael brown graduated decision was announced. The whole system needs to be indicted other than that they will continue to kill. Black people with impunity
New Coronavirus Variant in New York City Spurs Caution
"Train making its way through the area, and they're calling it the New York City variant more from WCBS reporter Steve Burns. Not all variants are created equal and how dangerous this New York City variant is just isn't clear yet has understand what people here variant it is. Cause for concern, of course, But Mayor de Blasio says more study needs to be done. The mutation was first identified in studies at Caltech in Colombia that have not yet been peer reviewed. People are translating finding that people find in the laboratory like there is this mutation in this virus. Into an outcome of the human. We really don't know enough about human immunity to draw those direct conclusions. The mayor, senior health adviser, Dr J. Pharma, emphasizes. This remains a variant of interest, but not of concern. The Times reports the variance associated with a higher hospitalization rate. The vaccine might be slightly less effective against it. We are able to detect and track this new strain that's been reported and we'll continue to follow it. Steve Burns, WCBS news radio 8 80 Health Commissioner, Dr
New York officials downplay concern over new coronavirus variant
"Quinn Washington, New York City health officials are downplaying a report in The New York Times. About a possible new covert variant spreading in the city. The papers cited unpublished research from Columbia University, which indicates that a new variant has popped up that could weaken how effective vaccines are. York City Commissioner of Health, Dr David Shocks, she we don't have any evidence at this point that the bigger and Starr you know that this New York variant the 1526. That is what is contributing to the trajectory of cases which we should emphasize, continue to decrease. The spokesman for the mayor criticized the Times were reporting early, incomplete data. Dr Jay Varma, Deputy Commissioner for Disease Control of the New York City Department of Health. Tweeted plea to academics please review high impact studies with
Researchers find worrying new coronavirus variant in New York City
"Version of the Corona virus has popped up in New York City, and experts reacted to the news with a mixture of caution and concern Tonight in East and West Coast punch of new covert variants. First, a new strain in California and now a homegrown mutation is spreading in New York City Doctor David Hose team at Columbia University was one of the first to detect mutation, noting similarities to the more contagious South African and Brazilian strains. We don't know whether it's more transmissible, but we see it rising in prevalence within our patient population. Dr Ho says The mutation alters the spike protein, which enables the virus to dodge anti bodies that could result in a weaker immune response.
Long Island, New York, Soccer Coach Accused Of Raping Player In 50-Count Indictment
"Old Shawn Johnson. Girls soccer coach from Valley Stream is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15 year old player. Nassau County D. A medal in sync he was indicted. For his actions involving three teenagers. One of them was for multiple counts of rape based on age on for the other two, it was endangering the welfare. Charges. We do believe that there may be other victims. President
FDA Expands Recall For Cheeses From New Jersey-Based Company Amid Multi-State Listeria Outbreak
"Alito cheese company They're saying the cheeses source of the multi state listeria outbreak we've been hearing about. They issued the first recall our last Friday for case alfresco. Now they've expanded into all fresh cheese products from that company with expirations dates through March, 28th. Product sold to multiple states, including New York, New Jersey as well as Connecticut, telling you to throw it away. If you bought some of it recently or just take it back to the store, you got from to get a full refund. But light and Coors Light Breweries have been doing all they can to take the calories out of your
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York Finally Gets Donald Trump’s Tax Returns
"Line from NPR News. I'm Korver Coleman. The Manhattan district attorney's office says it now has copies of some of former President Donald Trump's tax returns. Trump had fought the case up to the Supreme Court, twice trying to keep them private. But this week, the high court rejected his appeal. Manhattan prosecutor wants to give the records to a grand jury to check for potential criminal conduct by Trump's organization. One question is whether hush
Chief who knelt with protesters retires in New York PD shake-up
"NYPD chief of department, Terrence Monahan, who may be best known for a viral moment seen around the world is retiring. Normal. Aiden has more. The Bronx born chief known is a cop's cop. He worked his way through the ranks before being named chief of department back in 2018. But he may be best known for a viral moment last June, when he kneeled with black lives matter. Protestors who were angry over the death of George Floyd peacefully. Why would anyone breaking To a store in your neighborhood. It has the end. Let New York so the country how this is done. Chief of detectives Rodney Harrison will take Monahan's place.
A New Coronavirus Variant Is Spreading in New York City
"Two separate teams of researchers say that they have found a new variant of the coronavirus in new york city. And that. it's a little bit worrisome. They believe it's carrying mutations that help it evade the body's natural immune response as well as antibiotic treatments researchers have named this variant. Be one five to six. And it's showing up in different neighborhoods across the city as well as being scattered throughout the northeast. There has been a steady increase in the detection rate from late december to mid february with an alarming rise to twelve point seven percent in the past two weeks now viruses mutate all the time. The more people who are infected the longer they're infected the more chances that virus has to change but if they show worrying properties such as better transmit ability or the ability to evade treatments and vaccines. That's when doctors begin to worry and that seems to be happening with this one.
New York City is no longer an 'anarchist jurisdiction' as Biden repeals Trump order
"York City is no longer an anarchist haven. That is just one of the changes President Biden is making as he signs Morrell executive orders reversing Trump Administration policies After the George Floyd riots. The Justice Department under Trump identified New York as one of the cities where the government permits, violence and destruction, meaning the city At that time stood to lose federal money.
Former Cuomo aide says New York governor kissed her without consent
"A former aide to governor Cuomo, who had previously tweeted accusations of sexual harassment, is speaking out again. Lindsay Boylan says she endured Cuomo's behavior for four years, claiming he would touch her back. Arms and legs suggested they play strip poker and the final straw kissed her on the lips without consent. Manhattan borough president candidate claims There are other women on Cuomo staff who have had similar experiences but are too afraid to speak out on. The governor denies the allegations. His office calls them quite simply false legislative leaders, though, Call it deeply disturbing and serious, and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik is calling on Cuomo to resign, calling him a criminal sexual
A New Coronavirus Variant Is Reportedly Spreading in New York
"New cases of two covert variants have been detected across New York 18. New cases of the variant, first seen in the UK have been identified throughout the state. A second case of the variant, first found in South Africa was also confirmed in New York City. There's also concerned about a possible new variant that has only been found in New York City. Your bill de Blasio says safety guidelines will remain in place. As a result until early summer, Vice
Vaccinations up, closures down ahead of New York City middle school reopening
"WCBS news time. It's two of five and it's happening about 62,000 middle school students and 60,000 staff members expected back in New York City public schools later today. Here's schools Chancellor Richard Kuranda because we had invested already prior to the pandemic in social emotional, supports trauma, informed curriculum and training. We were well positioned auras well position as we could be during this pandemic to really start ramping up rather than started from scratch. Now the question is, when will high schools be resuming in person learning? Carranza says they are
6-Year-Old Boy Struck And Killed While Attempting To Board New York School Bus
"Boy was struck and killed by a school bus in Brooklyn Wednesday morning Child killed after his nine year old brother boarded that bus and around 8 30 South Fifth Street near Hooper and Williamsburg School bus drove away the child found by an M T. A bus driver who called it in NYPD Highway Patrol Collision Investigation Squad Sergeant
Former top aide details sexual harassment allegations against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
"It is and what I was saying before. It is kind of a threat thing, But I worked with the guy that every woman referred to his creepy Joe, and he was a perfectly nice guy. But do we all know him? Is he? No, No, no, no, no. This is years ago. Those corporate America years ago. Not not that show. Not the one of the oval. Okay? No, no, no, no, no, not him. He's perfectly lovely. Um But like he would say to me that I had to work with Joe and he would be like he would always comment about all that such a nice dress. You're wearing something like that, But it was just the way that he said it would make me feel like alright, back off. Big guy, You know, like it just was the way, he said it was another co worker. A male co worker could say what? Why you look really necessary, but thank you because it was the way they said it. It's the vibe. It's the total vibe, but I don't know how you fix that vibe. Guys, I don't know. But if you're creepy, your creepy The heavy breathing is kind of a giveaway. Oh, if a woman looks you goes, I think we should take a shower. Now you're probably that guy. So now, of course, Cuomo's AIDS or denying that this happened. They deny the claims because she was very specific when she said she was on that plane in October, 2017 and and who was on who was seated next to her, she wrote, As I said that his press aide was to my right. A state trooper was behind us. Well, Cuomo's press secretary, a woman, by the way, kid. Caitlyn Garrard. Gerard dismissed the allegation, she said in a statement. As we said before Miss Boylan's claims of inappropriate behavior or quite simply false, and she cited flight logs detailing Cuomo's plane trips in October of 2017 and said there was quote no flight, where Lindsay was alone with the governor, a single press aide and a New York state trooper as she claimed in the block post, And she also cited a joint statement from several former aides who shared flights of the governor and Boylan during that period, who denied the That occurred as she described. We were on each of these October flights. This conversation did not happen. Yes. So that's all a lie. That's a complete lie. The statement itself is alive. Why it's provably alive. In fact, Lindsay Boylan, in her statement, never said she was alone with those people on the flight. She never once made that allegation. The Congress. The governor's office is inventing an allegation to knock down this is a strong man, Lindsay Boylan never said she was alone. With the governor, a press aide and in New York state trooper. She never said that there was nobody else on that flight or anything like that. The governor's office releases a statement claiming well, there were more people on that flight, contrary to what she claims in her block. Plus, she never claimed that never for a moment. The only thing she claimed, was that the press aide and the New York State trooper were near her. When the governor suggested that they play strip poker. That's the on Lee thing, she alleged. So even in the defense here we see dishonesty come out of Cuomo's office immediately. Their first instinct is to lie. Yeah, well, this sexual harassment working group, which is an organization formed by seven former New York state legislative employees who witnessed or experienced harassment in the state's political landscape. I have called for an independent investigation enter out into her allegations, and you have Congresswoman Elise Stefanik calling for Cuomo to resign. In the wake of both of these scandals with the nursing home handling with coronavirus deaths. And now this sexual harassment allegation as well, she said he has earned the title is worse Governor in America and now every New Yorker knows that he's a criminal sexual predator. And she said, You know, I called for this when these allegations came out in December on December 14th that was one of the first and on Lee elected officials in New York state to call for an investigation.
New York City's Middle Schoolers Return To Classrooms As More Educators Get Vaccinated For COVID-19
"Students to attend New York City's public middle schools are doing something unusual. Today. They're actually going to school, something they haven't done since November. This despite some concerns from the teacher's union is Glenn Schuck reports. From Bay Ridge this morning. Blind Yes. For 6/7 and eighth graders little kind of feel like those first day of school butterflies again. 471 middle schools, in fact, will be reopening about half Going to be able to staff five days a week in person. Others will be open two or three days a week. Mayor De Blasio says parents should know that safety and testing remains priority. One. We said we would do testing constantly today. In our public schools will get to the 500 1000th test. Of a student or staff member. 500,000 half million tests have been given Teacher Union President Mike Mulgrew will be here. McKinley Junior high this morning. Address some of the concerns they still have about staffing going forward and making sure that teachers get vaccinated, he says. Most have not. One shot. 10 10 wins in Bay
Government Drops Drunken Driving Charge Against Bruce Springsteen in New Jersey
"Well, it's no longer the end of the world for Bruce Springsteen. The government drops drunken driving and reckless driving charges against the rocker on Wednesday, admitting that his blood alcohol level was so low that it didn't want the charges. Springsteen pleaded guilty to a third charge. Though consuming alcohol and a closed area. The judge ended up finding him $500 plus 40 and court
Drunken driving charge against Bruce Springsteen dropped in New Jersey
"Drunken driving charges have been dropped against Bruce Springsteen. He will pay a fine federal prosecutor declined to pursue charges of drunken driving and reckless driving against Bruce Springsteen because his blood alcohol level was 340.0 to a quarter of the legal limit in New Jersey. Springsteen pleaded guilty to a third charge consuming alcohol in a closed area, Springsteen told a judge during a video conference. He had two small shots of tequila. He will pay a $500 fine. U S Park Police say an officer saw Springsteen drink a shot of tequila and drive on his motorcycle in the Gateway National Recreation Area in New Jersey in
New York's 2 Largest Vaccine Sites to Date Open in Brooklyn, Queens
"Carlson to new Mask. Covert vaccination sites in Brooklyn and Queens have opened with lines wrapping around the block Canarsie resident Canada, Johnson said it was a surprisingly quick process to get his first dose that Medicare Evers College in Crown Heights this morning. And is a 50 year old man with diabetes. Johnson said he had a simple reason for wanting the vaccine. I want to live. We just have to half a million mark. I don't want to be part of it. I mean, that's a lot of people. The other mass vaccination site is at York College in Jamaica, Queens. The sights are giving residents in neighboring ZIP codes priority for appointments through Saturday. That's to try to make sure that people of color who are disproportionately affected by the coronavirus
New York City Middle Schools to Reopen as 30,000 Educators Get Covid-19 Vaccine
"The students for the first time since November. W. N. Y. C is Jessica Gould reports Tens of thousands have elected to return Mayor de Blasio says reopening middle schools is key to the city's recovery and two kids, academic success and mental health to help keep those kids and staff safe. Covert testing at middle schools will happen Weekly now and overall 30,000 School system employees have had at least their first dose of the vaccine, Pre K elementary School and District 75 students who chose to be in person. I've already returned to classrooms, but hundreds of schools have had to shut down temporarily because of positive cases, high schools are still closed, and the majority of students in the system are learning remotely full time. Two new mass
Ex-New York Police officer and Marine charged in violent Capitol attack in Washington DC
"I retired NYPD officer turning himself into the FBI and the Hudson Valley yesterday, the FBI office in the Hudson Valley Thomas Webster, accused of a pipe attack against the U. S. Capitol Police officer during the January 6 siege in Washington, D. C. Webster was captured on video Webster Father three, honorably discharged from the U. S Marines held without
NRA counter-sues New York attorney general trying to dismantle gun rights group
"Is countersuing New York State's attorney general Leticia James. The move coming is James continues her legal effort to dissolve the gun rights group. Here's NPR's Brian Mann. James sued the N R a last August in the state court in Manhattan, alleging its leaders, including Wayne LaPierre committed fraud, siphoning off tens of millions of dollars in charitable contributions. At the time. James, a Democrat who supports tough gun control measures, said she hoped to quote dissolve the N R A because no organization is above the law. Now, the N R A, which is incorporated in New York is countersuing. In a new legal filing. The gun group accuses James of inappropriately using state laws to target a political organization, calling the effort of blatant and malicious retaliation campaign. Earlier this year, the financially troubled gun rights group filed for bankruptcy and announced plans to reincorporate in Texas. Brian Mann NPR NEWS A federal judge has
Woman, 11-Year-Old Child Found Dead In Pond Outside New York City
"Bodies of a woman and child mother and son were found in a North jersey pond. Last night. Police were called Grace Lord Park in Boonton after someone heard a six year old boy near the water, shouting for his mother. Officers followed footprints in the snow and found the bodies of the 35 year old woman and 11 year old boy in the pond. The six year old wasn't hurt. We do not yet know how the woman and boy ended up in the water.