[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox .] Anthony D. Weiner, the disgraced former New York congressman, has been released from a federal prison in Massachusetts and moved to a re-entry center in New York City to serve out the remainder of his sentence for exchanging lewd texts with a minor. Mr. Weiner, whose sexting scandals ended his tenure in Congress and then doomed his bid for New York City mayor, is scheduled to be released on May 14, according to Federal Bureau of Prisons records. Mr. Weiner, who served his first 15 months at Federal Medical Center Devens in Ayer, Mass., was supposed to serve a 21-month sentence, but was granted an early release for good behavior. Mr. Weiner’s lawyers declined to comment, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons did not respond to a request for comment. Mr. Weiner is assigned to the Brooklyn re-entry field office, according to federal prison bureau records. That office oversees halfway houses throughout New … [Read more...] about Anthony Weiner Is Out of Prison and in a Halfway House in New York
Rubén Díaz Sr.’s decades-long history of insensitive comments toward the gay community has made him no stranger to controversy. Mr. Díaz, a Pentecostal minister and former state senator from the Bronx, has been receiving and ignoring calls for his resignation since at least 1994. So it was no surprise that Mr. Díaz held his ground when many of his fellow New York City Council members asked him to resign last week, following his remarks that the “homosexual community” controlled the Council. He has reason to feel emboldened: It is extremely unlikely the Council would move to expel Mr. Díaz for his comments, although Council rules say that a member could face discipline ranging from reprimand to expulsion for conduct that includes violating “policies against discrimination and harassment.” The Council’s Committee on Standards and Ethics has opened an investigation into Mr. Díaz’s remarks, but several City Council … [Read more...] about How Does New York City Solve a Problem Like Rubén Díaz?
Incoming Dear Diary: I took the subway home to the Upper East Side after having dinner with some friends. I got off at 86th Street. There is a bank on one of the corners there that is immediately visible when you come up out of the station. As I got to the top step, I noticed a young woman outside the bank who was clearly struggling to use her card to unlock the doors to the A.T.M.s. An older woman with a cane was coming out of the bank. She opened the door from the inside, and then held it so that the younger woman could come in. Rather than thanking the older woman, the younger woman began to berate her for letting someone who might not be a customer into the bank. The older woman smiled. “You’re not from New York, are you?” she said. — Wendy Katkin Ode to Spanish Harlem Dear Diary: Your landscape has changed — Nori Perez At Radio City Dear Diary: It was 1950. I was 18. So was Rita. We had met in high school. I was attending art school … [Read more...] about ‘I Noticed a Young Woman Outside the Bank Who Was Clearly Struggling’
As the Sabbath entered the early morning hours on Saturday, about 15 people remained at the Chabad of Bushwick. Rabbi Menachem Heller, seated at the long dinner table, was talking to some of the congregants. His wife was feeding one of their children, as five others played in the storefront synagogue. Then, around 2 a.m., the jubilant celebration was interrupted by a deafening sound. Rabbi Heller grabbed his children and hid in a corner, unsure of what caused the noise. Then, he saw two faces peer through the broken storefront and scamper away. The glass window had been smashed, leaving a gaping hole. The police said they were investigating the incident as a possible hate crime. Rabbi Heller said he hoped his synagogue merely a victim of petty crime as opposed to a target. However, the episode comes amid a rise in anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York. In 2018, hate crimes in the city rose by 5 percent, with larger increases in attacks against black and Jewish people. “We’ve … [Read more...] about Smashed Window at Brooklyn Synagogue Leads to Concerns About More Hate Crimes
A second man was charged on Sunday in connection with the death of a New York City police detective who died last week after he was hit by “friendly fire” from officers responding to a robbery in Queens. The man, Jagger Freeman, of Queens, was charged with second-degree murder, robbery, assault and criminal possession of a weapon, according to a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney’s office. He was arraigned on the charges Sunday morning in Queens. Mr. Freeman, 25, is facing many of the same charges as the man who was shot while in the store, Christopher Ransom, during what was initially reported to the police as an armed robbery in progress. The police have said Mr. Ransom, 27, used a realistic-looking toy gun to hold up the cellphone store on Tuesday evening, and made motions to make it look as if he was firing the weapon. Officers responding to the scene fired 42 times in 11 seconds, striking Mr. Ransom eight times. Two officers were also struck during the … [Read more...] about Second Man Charged in Death of a Detective in Queens