NY News

  • A dog sitting in a scooter in Manhattan, N.Y., on April 1, 2014. New York State passed a law on Monday, December 15, 2014 prohibiting pet owners from giving their animals cosmetic tattoos or piercings. (Samira Bouaou/Epoch Times)

    Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Pet Tattoos and Piercings

    Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill outlawing cosmetic tattoos and piercings on pet animals Monday. Pet owners who break the law will be punished with... Read more

  • Rendering of the residential building at 535 Carlton Ave. in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, New York City. The development broke ground on Monday, Dec. 15, 2014 as the first fully affordable apartment building in the Pacific Park (formerly called Atlantic Yards) development project. (COOKFOX)

    Fully Affordable Residential Building Breaks Ground in Brooklyn

    NEW YORK—The first fully affordable housing development in the controversial Atlantic Yards project broke ground on Monday, contributing close to 300 affordable apartment units to... Read more

  • A diesel-powered Metro-North train bound for Grand Central Terminal pulls into the train station in Stamford, Conn., Sept. 26, 2013. (AP Photo/The Connecticut Post, Lindsay Perry)

    Metro-North to Start Testing for Sleep Apnea

    Metro-North has plans to hire a health company to start screening and testing employees for sleep apnea. It will be a seven month pilot program,... Read more

  • New York City Police Academy cadets attend their graduation ceremony at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on July 2, 2013.  (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

    At NYC City Hall, Accountability for Police Violence Becomes Refrain

    Friction between New York City police and city council members has only grown more visible over time amidst ongoing protests over the grand jury decisions... Read more

  • Demonstrators march in New York City, Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, at the Justice for All march protesting civilian deaths caused by police officers. A Staten Island judge has ordered a public hearing to decide whether to disclose transcripts and evidence considered by the grand jury that voted not to indict the police officer who choked and killed Eric Garner. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Calls Mount for Disclosure of Secret Eric Garner Grand Jury Proceedings

    As public criticism of the Eric Garner grand jury decision mounts, a local judge has ordered a public court hearing to be held on Dec... Read more

  • Toms River, N.J., resident Douglas Quinn in Newark, N.J., on Nov. 14, 2014, showing a photo of damage to his home after Superstorm Sandy. He says that his insurance company now says that the damage was pre-existing and refuses his claim. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Loans Impacting Grant Money for Sandy Victims

    NEW YORK—When Superstorm Sandy left Denise Erickson’s home with a collapsed foundation, a loan from the Small Business Administration looked like the best deal in... Read more

  • Buffalo State College senior Katherine Middleton near her home in New York on Friday, Dec. 12, 2014. Middleton says the “Yes Means Yes” standard that is now part of a sexual assault prevention policy adopted across the state’s public university system SUNY, “makes it almost seem more like a business deal than an act that happens.” (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

    ‘Yes Means Yes’ Becoming Norm on NY Campuses

    BUFFALO, N.Y.—Administrative policy may be the new pillow talk on college campuses across New York. A universal “affirmative consent” standard is now part of a... Read more

  • Andrew Yang, Venture America CEO. (Benjamin Chasteen/Epoch Times)

    Avoid the Golden Handcuffs, Warns CEO of Venture for America

    Ex-corporate lawyer and serial entrepreneur Andrew Yang describes rock bottom as scarfing down free bread samples at Cosi and showering at the gym, while owing... Read more

  • Phil Gim, 62, co-founder of a specialized high schools admissions exam advocacy group, on the steps of City Hall, Manhattan, N.Y. on Dec. 11, 2014. (Shannon Liao/Epoch Times)

    Argument Continues Over Admissions Criteria for NYC Specialized High Schools

    NEW YORK—Education reform advocates wrangled again Thursday with how best to patch up the public school system one step at a time. The Committee on... Read more

  • New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli voices his support for the New York State Dream Act at a rally held at CUNY Baruch College on May 28, 2013 in New York City. (John Moore/Getty Images)

    Overcharged Tenants Wait up to 3 Years for Cases to Be Assigned, Comptroller Says

    Affordable housing tenants make about 6,500 complaints a year, from issues with broken elevators to rent overcharges, and it takes an average of 10 months... Read more

  • Jeremy Richman (L) weeps as he watches a video of his daughter, Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting victim Avielle Richman in Newtown, Conn., on Friday, Nov. 14, 2014. Days ahead of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting anniversary, advocates and lawmakers in New York on Dec. 11, 2014 called for stricter gun laws. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Remembering Sandy Hook, New Yorkers Call for Stricter Gun Laws

    Days ahead of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting anniversary, advocates and lawmakers in front of City Hall on Thursday called for stricter gun laws... Read more

  • Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J., on Aug. 23, 2012. Lawmakers are considering a plan aimed at providing stability to Atlantic City, which is reeling from a shrinking tax base and the decline of the casino industry. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

    Plan for Smaller Casinos, More Atlantic City Homes

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.—New Jersey lawmakers are taking steps to attract small new casinos to Atlantic City and increase home ownership there as the city reels... Read more

  • Joan Rivers in Cannes, southeastern France, on Oct. 5, 2009. According to Rivers’s 2014 will, the late comedian made her daughter Melissa Rivers her will’s executor with “the broadest and most absolute permissible direction.” (AP Photo/Lionel Cironneau)

    Joan Rivers’s Will Leaves Money for Charities

    NEW YORK—Joan Rivers left her daughter, Melissa, in charge of her fortune and left money for some of her favorite charities, including Guide Dogs for... Read more

  • Police search a car at the scene of a vehicular accident on 34th Street, Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in New York. Six people were hurt when the car jumped a curb in midtown Manhattan and struck a group of people around 10 p.m. A fire department spokesman says the injured were taken to Bellevue hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Car Hits 7 Near Empire State Building in New York City

    NEW YORK—Police say a car has jumped a curb near the Empire State Building, injuring seven people, including five pedestrians. It happened at about 10... Read more

  • Falun Gong practitioners appeal for the end of persecution of their fellow practitioners in China on Human Rights Day in front of the United Nations offices in Manhattan, N.Y., on Dec. 10, 2014. (Petr Svab/Epoch Times)

    New York Falun Gong Practitioners Appeal Outside UN on Human Rights Day

    NEW YORK—In 1950, the U.N. General Assembly proclaimed Dec. 10 to be Human Rights Day. Wednesday morning, out in in the cold and wet, more... Read more

  • New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito at the Church of God of Third Avenue in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York on March 16, 2014. Viverito will ask the city's new police watchdog to investigate how police track abuse complaints against officers. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    NYC Council Takes Steps to Monitor Police Conduct

    NEW YORK—Lawmakers said Wednesday they will ask the city’s new police watchdog to investigate how police track abuse complaints against officers, calling the request a... Read more

  • A diverse group of New York Police Department officers at the Police Academy in the Queens borough of New York on Dec. 3, 2014. New York City police are hoping to arm more officers with stun guns as an option for subduing emotionally disturbed people and other suspects who resist arrest. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

    NYPD Eyes Wider Use of Stun Guns

    NEW YORK—With widely watched amateur videos of police killings as a backdrop, New York City police are hoping to arm more officers with stun guns... Read more

  • New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie during a news conference at the Statehouse in Trenton, N.J., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. David Samson, a former N.J. state attorney general who was put in charge of the powerful Port Authority by Gov. Chris Christie, filed a lawsuit to stop an ethics inquiry against him. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Ex-Port Authority Official Sues Over Ethics Probe

    JERSEY CITY, N.J.—The former chairman of the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has filed a lawsuit seeking to stop an ethics inquiry... Read more

  • A humpback whale breaks through the surface of the Atlantic Ocean just off a beach on the Rockaway peninsula near New York City in June 2014. Humpbacks have been approaching the city in greater numbers than in many years; there were 87 sightings in nearby waters from a whale-watching boat in 2014. (AP Photo/Gotham Whale/Dennis Guiney)

    Humpback Whales Increasing in Waters Near NYC

    NEW YORK—Maybe they want to sing on Broadway. Humpback whales, the gigantic, endangered mammals known for their haunting underwater songs, have been approaching New York... Read more

  • Kate, Duchess of Cambridge, and Britain's Prince William are escorted by Joe Daniels, president & CEO of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in the Hall of Faces, during their visit to the National September 11 Museum, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014. Prince William and Kate are on the last of their 3-day tour of New York City, their first visit to the United States since a trip to California in 2011. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

    Prince William, Kate Visit Sept. 11 Memorial

    NEW YORK—Britain’s Prince William and his wife, Kate, laid flowers Tuesday at one of New York City’s most somber sites—the National Sept. 11 Memorial and... Read more