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  • New Yawk is the center of the cancer eating away at the Country’s liberty.


    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has decided to commute the sentence of a domestic terrorist, Judith Alice Clark, who willingly participated in a bloody robbery that led to the deaths of a security guard and two police officers. Clark, who pleaded not guilty, but was convicted of felony murder, had been sentenced to such a long prison term that she had no real hope for parole during her lifetime – until now. Cuomo’s decision to commute Clark’s sentence will not immediately result in her release, but the steep reduction in her sentence will make her eligible for parole early this year. The loved ones of the three men killed during the robbery and getaway in which Clark took an active part will have to continue to experience their hellish losses for as long as they live. Unless all the family members of the slain are ready to forgive what the self-proclaimed “revolutionary” and “freedom fighter” did, and they do not object to Clark’s release on parole, she should continue to experience her own hell in jail for as long as she lives.

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  • Robbers Yell Anti-White Slur While Beating Man With Skateboard, NYPD Says (Video)

    Police released new surveillance photos Friday of two robbers wanted for yelling an anti-white slur while hitting a man in the face with a skateboard, the NYPD said.

    The 61-year-old man and 54-year-old woman were walking near West End Avenue between West 76th and 77th streets on Nov. 18 when two men approached them and screamed, ‘You fucking cracker,” police said.

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  • Lawmaker accuses Gov. Cuomo of attempted bribery

    A veteran Democratic lawmaker is accusing Gov. Cuomo of attempted “bribery” to get his agenda enacted in return for a legislative pay raise.

    “We wouldn’t succumb to the governor’s attempt at bribery,” said Assemblyman Gary Pretlow, a Westchester Democrat, employing the harshest language yet to describe tense talks with the governor.

    “That’s right. You could say I used the word `bribery,’” he added.

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  • New York City mayor fined for even more campaign fund abuse

    Given all the attention which liberal media outlets love to shower on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for his progressive agenda and “reforms” in the Big Apple, it’s amazing how little attention is given to the many scandals which have engulfed his administration. And we’re not just talking about his nasty habit of killing any wildlife unfortunate enough to fall into his hands here. There are multiple investigations taking place into his handling of campaign funds and municipal money. The latest example, which turned up during an audit of his 2013 race, has now resulted in his being fined nearly $50K. (NY Post)

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  • De Blasio’s Town: Tourist Stabbed in Back of Head While in NYC to Make Marriage Proposal!


    A man randomly stabbed a tourist visiting New York City to make a marriage proposal in the back of the head with a knife, sources said.

    Connor Rasmussen, 23, was stabbed in the back of his head with a steak knife in midtown Manhattan at 1:45 a.m. Sunday while walking with three friends in search of a pizzeria, the New York Daily News reported.

    He removed the knife from the base of his neck and escaped without serious injury. It required eight stitches to close the two-inch gash.

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  • Harlem deer died for the sins of Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio

    Let’s remember the facts: Sometime late last month or early this month, a deer showed up in Harlem’s Jackie Robinson Park, delighting residents and not really bothering anyone.

    But on Thursday, he fled to a nearby housing project and city officials captured him, citing a threat to public safety.

    Then the city issued a death sentence. “Because transporting deer causes them great stress and because relocated deer have very low survival rates,” Parks Department spokesman Sam Biederman told the Times, “the city still believes that the most humane option here is euthanasia.”

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    The Cying Lunt – yet another libturd hoaxer.


    The Muslim college student who said three men assaulted her and called her a terrorist on the New York City subway two weeks ago made up the story, police said Wednesday.

    The NYPD said 18-year-old Yasmin Seweid lied about being attacked on an uptown No. 6 train at East 23rd Street on December 1.

    Seweid had also told the police that the men appeared drunk as they yelled Donald Trump’s name and tried to take her hijab off her head.

    “Get that f****** thing off your head!” she said they shouted.

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  • De Blasio’s horse carriage ‘fake news’ is creating chaos

    All the recent talk of “fake news” has an overlooked angle here in New York — where fake news has long plagued the horse-carriage industry. Who’s responsible for elevating fabrications into fact? Mayor de Blasio.

    De Blasio won office partly on a bizarre promise: He’d ban Central Park’s horse carriages. In making this pledge, he gained campaign contributions. Prosecutors are looking into whether this was bribery.

    The mayor repeatedly tried to ban the carriages but lost in the City Council. At one hearing, the Mayor’s Office couldn’t give evidence that horses were mistreated or in danger. Yet in the process, the mayor did a dangerous thing: repeat bald untruths as fact.

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  • Court blocks New York City from discarding illegal immigrants’ data (Hey Illegals: We Are Coming For You!)

    A New York state court on Tuesday temporarily stopped New York City from destroying the personal records of hundreds of thousands of municipal I.D. card holders after Republicans argued the records might be needed to track criminals.

    Seeking to protect illegal immigrants who fear deportation under a President-elect Donald Trump administration, city officials had been considering destroying the information and said on Tuesday they would stop collecting it starting next month.

    Two Republican state lawmakers sued the city on Monday to block any plans to discard the records collected so far, saying they could be needed to investigate individuals who obtained the cards under false pretenses.

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  • Knife Law Reformers Make Last-Minute Push to Stop ‘Most Discriminatory Criminal Justice Practice in New York State’

    Perhaps the most vocal opposition to the reform over the past year has come from Mayor Bill de Blasio. In a pair of letters sent behind the scenes, de Blasio urged the legislature to vote against the measure this summer, and he has urged Cuomo to veto the measure since its passage. His advocacy puts the purportedly progressive mayor, elected on a police reform agenda, in the odd position of opposing virtually every major criminal justice reform organization in the state. It also aligns him with people like Patrick Lynch, the demagogic president of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, one of the letter’s signatories.

    Meanwhile, de Blasio also finds himself at odds with at least some members of the city council. While she hasn’t been particularly vocal about it, a spokesperson for City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito informed the Voice that she supports knife reform. Ditto Councilman Jumaane Williams. “The mayor’s wrong on this issue,” Williams told us last month.

    “The mayor of the city of New York, who’s really supposed to be a progressive, has lobbied, very intensely, for the veto of this bill,” Savino told the crowd on Monday. “That doesn’t make any sense to me. So we have a law that makes no sense, we have a policy that makes no sense, and we have a lobbying effort by the mayor of New York that makes even less sense.”

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  • NYC Man Arrested for Attempting to Push a Bystander onto Subway Tracks, Yelling ‘I Hate White People’


    A New York City man was arrested Monday for attempting to push a bystander onto the subway tracks in Harlem while yelling, “I hate white people.”

    Gary Weeks, 51, of Queens was charged with attempted murder, aggravated harassment, and obstruction of government administration, the New York Daily News reported.

    The bystander was waiting at the 4-5-6 subway station at 125th St. and Lexington Ave. for a northbound train when Weeks tried to push him onto the tracks.

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  • Gov CuBlowmo’s top aides indicted on sweeping corruption charges. (Is Hillary next?)


    We’ve discussed U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara here many times in the past. His pursuit of government corruption wherever it may be found and the prosecution of those who betray the trust of the public has become legendary. That’s why, when he told reporters earlier this year that he detected an “air of corruption” in the executive branch of New York’s state government people were rightly looking over their shoulders. Now his work in that area is moving into high gear. Bharara has made his case to a grand jury and been given the green light to take eight top aides and associates of Governor Andrew Cuomo to trial on charges of corruption.

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  • Howard Stern Backs Trump’s Plan for Interstate Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Law


    Radio talk show host and entertainment icon Howard Stern used the considerable reach of his SiriusXM platform on Tuesday to voice his support for a national interstate concealed carry reciprocity law. 

    This law has been NRA’s number one legislative agenda item for several years. And with the election of Donald Trump as president, as well as pro-gun majorities in both houses of the U.S. Congress, the prospects for such a law have never looked better.  

    Trump has formally endorsed the concept of interstate reciprocity in a position paper published on his campaign website and in a number of other public statements. According to his position paper:

    The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then surely we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.

    Howard Stern and his longtime co-host, Robin Quivers, echoed those sentiments in their own comments. “When you think about it,” Stern said, “somebody is a legal and responsible gun owner – let’s say in Massachusetts – why when he crosses the border is he suddenly an outlaw?” As Quivers elaborated on how current law requires state-by-state licensing for concealed carry and how Trump’s proposal would protect licensees traveling interstate, Stern interjected, “Makes total sense,” and, “I support that.”

    Quivers also pointed out, correctly, that the majority of concealed carry licensees “are the most law-abiding people in the country.” She continued, “So why not give them the right to carry wherever they are?” She and Stern additionally invoked the analogy of a licensed driver and noted (with typically colorful Stern show language) that requiring drivers to be licensed in every state through which they traveled “doesn’t make any sense.”

    Howard Stern has previously expressed his support for the Second Amendment on his show, insisting that law-abiding citizens should be left to decide for themselves how many firearms and of what type they should own, as well as how much ammunition they should keep on hand. Robin Quivers has expressed a similar opinion, noting that when it comes to criminals and their firearms, “They don’t have any rules there.” 

    The views Stern and Quivers expressed on Tuesday also reflect those of a majority of the American people, who believe, according to a 2015 Gallup poll, that the United States would be safer if “more Americans carried concealed weapons.”

  • Gun License “Expediter” Pleads Guilty In Manhattan Federal Court To Bribery In Connection With NYPD-Issued Gun Licenses


    Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ALEX LICHTENSTEIN, a/k/a “Shaya,” pled guilty to bribery and offering a bribe in connection with his efforts to pay bribes to obtain gun licenses through the New York City Police Department’s (“NYPD”) License Division.  LICHTENSTEIN pled guilty before United States District Judge Sidney H. Stein today.

    Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said:  “As he admitted today, Alex Lichtenstein acted as a corrupt gun ‘expediter,’ bribing police officers to obtain gun licenses, offering thousands of dollars per license.  In a recorded conversation, Lichtenstein bragged of using his NYPD connections to obtain 150 gun licenses.  This type of corruption not only undermines public confidence in law enforcement, but it undermines public safety.  And it cannot be tolerated.  I thank the FBI and the NYPD for their dedication and commitment to this case and this important investigation.”

    According to the Complaint and Indictment filed in Manhattan federal court and statements made during the plea proceeding:

    LICHTENSTEIN is a member of the Borough Park Shomrim, a volunteer, ostensibly unarmed, Orthodox Jewish patrol society whose mission includes combating criminal activity and locating missing people.  LICHTENSTEIN ran a business charging clients thousands of dollars to expedite their gun license applications.  LICHTENSTEIN charged his clients as much as $18,000 per gun license.

    In April 2016, LICHTENSTEIN approached an officer for the NYPD and offered the officer cash bribes in order for the officer to help LICHTENSTEIN obtain gun licenses for LICHTENSTEIN’s customers from the NYPD’s License Division.  The License Division is responsible for reviewing, investigating, and approving or disapproving all applications for gun licenses in New York City.  The License Division receives approximately 5,000 applications for gun licenses per year.  LICHTENSTEIN told the officer that he charged customers thousands of dollars to help obtain License Division approval for their gun license applications, and that he was able to get the licenses approved using his own connections in the License Division, although those connections had recently cut him out.

    The officer did not agree to assist LICHTENSTEIN, and reported the encounter to the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau (“IAB”).  Working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) and IAB, the officer set up and recorded a meeting with LICHTENSTEIN, at which LICHTENSTEIN offered the officer $6,000 per license application that the officer could help get through the License Division.  In that recorded meeting, LICHTENSTEIN told the officer that he had obtained gun licenses for approximately 150 individuals in the past, and that his customers needed his services because the License Division would otherwise reject applications “for the biggest stupidity,” such as a history of moving violations.  LICHTENSTEIN boasted that he was able to use his connections in the License Division to “expedite” the application process, i.e., to forego the full investigation typically conducted before the NYPD License Division approves or disapproves an application.  The officer asked LICHTENSTEIN if his previous connections in the License Division were making money, to which LICHTENSTEIN responded, “now they cut down, now nobody’s making money.”

    In fact, LICHTENSTEIN had substantial connections to a sergeant in the License Division, David Villanueva, who had worked at the License Division for more than a decade.  A Commanding Officer at the NYPD with whom Villanueva was friendly introduced LICHTENSTEIN to the License Division and Villanueva in or about 2013.  From that introduction through early 2016, LICHTENSTEIN spent significant time at the License Division with Villanueva, often on a near daily basis.  From at least 2012 through 2016, LICHTENSTEIN gave Villanueva cash bribes and other benefits to pay for Villanueva’s work in expediting and approving gun license applications for LICHTENSTEIN’s clients.  Richard Ochetal, a police officer who worked under Villanueva, did first-level review of many of these applications and was instructed to approve them.  Ochetal was compensated in the form of some of the cash that LICHTENSTEIN gave to Villanueva.  Villanueva[1] is currently charged in a case pending before Judge Stein, and Ochetal pled guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for the approval of gun license applications, and is cooperating with the Government in the investigation.

    In reviewing and approving applications for LICHTENSTEIN’s clients, Villanueva and Ochetal omitted some of the required checks, such as criminal history checks, and in other instances ran checks only after they approved licenses.  They also approved applications despite red flags that, had they not been bribed, may have led those applications to be rejected.  For example, they approved applications of individuals with prior arrests and previous allegations of domestic violence.  In addition, Villanueva and Ochetal approved applications for licenses to carry firearms, which require certain business-related justifications, in scenarios were there was no real business justification for the request.  A review of the applications of LICHTENSTEIN’s clients reveals that Villanueva and Ochetal were able to secure licenses for those clients often within weeks, whereas the process normally takes months to, in some instances, over a year.  Villanueva and Ochetal did this for LICHTENSTEIN’s clients because of the cash payments coming from LICHTENSTEIN, as well as other benefits, such as limousine rides, bottles of liquor, and a wine tour.

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    LICHTENSTEIN, 44, who now resides in Pomona, New York, has pled guilty to one count of bribery, which carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison, and one count of offering a bribe, which carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison.  The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

    Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the FBI and the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, and noted that the investigation is continuing.

    This case is being handled by the Office’s Public Corruption Unit.  Assistant United States Attorneys Kan M. Nawaday, Russell Capone, Martin S. Bell, and Lauren Schorr are in charge of the prosecution.

    [1] Villanueva was charged in an indictment unsealed on June 20, 2016, with one count of bribery, which carries a maximum term of 10 years in prison, and one count of conspiracy to commit bribery, which carries a maximum term of five years in prison.  The charges against Villanueva are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

  • When National Carry Passes, NY tourists could find themselves able to carry concealed weapons around the city


    With Donald Trump in the White House, tourists from other states may soon be able to bring their guns to shops of Fifth Avenue, the plaza at Rockefeller Center and other New York City sights.

    Advocates say they expect Congress to finally pass a sweeping gun rights law that could dismantle local gun-carrying restrictions in states including New York, New Jersey, Maryland, California and Hawaii.

    These changes could come soon. If Congress passes a federal right-to-carry law, it’s “certainly possible” that within a year or two, New York tourists might be able to carry a concealed weapon as they tour the city, said Robert Spitzer, a gun politics expert at SUNY Cortland.

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