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August 3, 2022

3 Governors Declare States of Emergency

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1914: Germany invades Belgium and declares war on France, beginning World War I.

Three U.S. states have now declared states of emergency over monkeypox outbreaks.

California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) declared a state of emergency on Monday after more than 800 cases of monkeypox were reported in the Golden State, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“California is working urgently across all levels of government to slow the spread of monkeypox, leveraging our robust testing, contact tracing, and community partnerships strengthened during the pandemic to ensure that those most at risk are our focus for vaccines, treatment, and outreach,” Newsom said.

“We’ll continue to work with the federal government to secure more vaccines, raise awareness about reducing risk, and stand with the LGBTQ community-fighting stigmatization,” he added.

Meanwhile, Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker (D) declared a state of emergency after 500 cases were reported.

“I am declaring a state of emergency to expand the resources and coordination efforts of state agencies in responding to, treating, and preventing the spread of MPV,” Pritzker said.

New York was the first state to declare an emergency over monkeypox.

“More than one in four monkeypox cases in this country are in New York State, and we need to utilize every tool in our arsenal as we respond,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said in a July 29 statement. “It’s especially important to recognize the ways in which this outbreak is currently having a disproportionate impact on certain at-risk groups.”

According to the CDC, almost 6,000 monkeypox cases have been reported in the U.S.


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July 23, 2022

Congressman Attacked at Campaign Event [Video]

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1829: William Austin Burt patents America’s first “typographer” (typewriter).

A man “attempted to stab” congressman and gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y.) at a rally in Perinton, New York.

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said Zeldin was onstage giving a campaign speech at a local VFW hall when a man “climbed up on the stage and approached Zeldin.”

“The male had a weapon in his hand, swung it towards Zeldin’s neck, and told him, ‘You’re done,'” the sheriff’s office said. “Members of the audience and Rep. Zeldin’s campaign restrained the male until deputies arrived and took him into custody.”

Authorities confirmed that there were no injuries as a result of the incident. The suspect, 43-year-old David Jakubonis, was charged with second-degree attempted assault.

“Jakubonis was arraigned in Perinton Town Court and released on his own recognizance,” the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

“Thank you to everyone who reached out following tonight’s attack in Fairport,” Zeldin tweeted late Thursday night. “Someone tried to stab me on stage during this evening’s rally, but fortunately, I was able to grab his wrist and stop him for a few moments until others tackled him.”

Zeldin said he was grateful “for the attendees who stepped up quickly to assist and the law enforcement officers who quickly responded.”

Zeldin called for New York’s cashless bail law to be repealed after his attacker was released despite being charged with a felony.

“After being charged with a felony for last night’s attack, the man who tried to stab me was instantly released back onto the street due to New York’s insane cashless bail law,” Zeldin tweeted. “We MUST repeal cashless bail in New York!”

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, Zeldin’s Democratic rival in the state’s gubernatorial race, said she was relieved to hear the congressman was not injured in the attack.

“I condemn this violent behavior in the strongest terms possible — it has no place in New York,” Hochul said.

President Joe Biden also condemned the attack on Zeldin in a statement issued on Friday.

“I condemn the attack on Congressman Zeldin in the strongest terms,” Biden said. “As I’ve said before, violence has absolutely no place in our society or our politics. I am especially grateful for the courage of those who immediately intervened, and that he is unharmed and was able to continue his speech.”

“I also want to thank the law enforcement officers who quickly took action and are investigating this attack that defies our fundamental democratic values,” he added.

June 24, 2022

All Hell Breaks Loose After Latest SCOTUS Ruling

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1853: U.S. President Franklin Pierce signs the Gadsden Purchase, buying 29,670 square miles (76,800 square km) from Mexico for $10 million (now southern Arizona and New Mexico).

All hell broke loose on Thursday after the Supreme Court struck down New York’s restrictive concealed carry law, ruling that it violated the Second Amendment.

The Empire State’s law requires people applying for a concealed carry license to show they have “proper cause” to carry a gun.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the court’s 6-3 majority opinion, saying that the law prevents “law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.”

The ruling was quickly met with outrage by Democratic lawmakers and pundits.

“It is outrageous that at a moment of national reckoning on gun violence, the Supreme Court has recklessly struck down a New York law that limits those who can carry concealed weapons,” New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) said.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said the ruling “will put New Yorkers at further risk of gun violence.”

Meanwhile, former MSNBC host Keith Olbermann called for the Supreme Court to dissolve.

“It has become necessary to dissolve the Supreme Court of the United States,” Olbermann wrote on Twitter. “The first step is for a state the ‘court’ has now forced guns upon, to ignore this ruling. Great. You’re a court? Why and how do [you] think you can enforce your rulings?”

February 24, 2022

BREAKING: Prosecutors Leading Trump Investigation Abruptly Resign

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1868: U.S. House of Representatives vote 126 to 47 to impeach President Andrew Johnson

The top prosecutors leading the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s financial dealings have abruptly resigned.

Mark Pomerantz and Carey Dunne’s resignations came after Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg signaled he had “doubts about moving forward” with the case.

Pomerantz confirmed that he had resigned but did not elaborate. Dunne declined to comment.

The Manhattan DA’s investigation into potential tax and bank-related fraud has stalled for over a month because of Bragg’s reluctance to move forward, according to multiple reports.

In that time, they have not questioned any witnesses in front of the grand jury, essentially halting their investigation into whether Trump inflated the value of his assets to obtain favorable loan terms from banks.

The precise reasons for Bragg’s reluctance are unknown.

When asked for a response to Pomerantz and Dunne’s resignations, Bragg said he was “grateful for their service.”


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2 Prosecutors Leading N.Y. Trump Inquiry Resign, Clouding Case’s Future

January 26, 2022

Second NYPD Officer Dies After Harlem Shooting

A second New York City Police Department Officer has died from injuries sustained in the line of duty during a shooting in Harlem.

The NYPD confirmed that Officer Wilbert Mora, 27, died on Monday. Mora and two other officers responded to a domestic dispute on Friday night. Officer Jason Rivera, 22, was also fatally wounded.

“Today, we mourn the loss of Police Officer Wilbert Mora,” the NYPD wrote on Twitter.

“At 27-year-old, he was murdered in the line of duty — fighting until the very end. We vow to #neverforget Wilbert and will always honor his legacy of service and ultimate sacrifice.”

The NYPD confirmed that the suspect, Lashawn McNeil, died on Monday.

Police said the three NYPD officers responded to a 911 call from McNeil’s mother, saying she needed help with her adult son. When the officers arrived at the Harlem apartment, McNeil opened a bedroom door and fired at them as they walked down a narrow hall, authorities said.

Officer Sumit Sulan, 27, shot McNeil. The gunman, 47, died on Monday.

McNeil’s mother, Shirley Sourzes, said she was trying to convince her son to get help for mental health issues and that she wouldn’t have called 911 had she known he was going to use violence against the officers.

“If I knew, I never would have made the phone call,” Sourzes said. “I would never have called!”

“Wilbert is 3 times a hero. For choosing a life of service. For sacrificing his life to protect others. For giving life even in death through organ donation. Our heads are bowed & our hearts are heavy,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said in a tweet.


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2nd NYPD officer dies, days after Harlem shooting

January 23, 2022

NY Governor Allows Inmates to Choose Housing Based on Gender Identity

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) will allow inmates to choose which facility they are incarcerated in according to their gender identity.

The new policy, which comes as part of Hochul’s record-setting new $216 million budget plan, allows for inmates whose gender identity differs from their assigned sex at birth will have the right to request placement in prison housing “with persons of the gender that is consistent with such person’s gender identity.”

Prison wardens will have the final say on the request, making decisions on a “case-by-case basis” that takes “safety, security or health concerns” into account.

Transgender inmates also have the right to obtain “gender affirming medical and mental health care.”

Additionally, the governor’s plan orders the state Department of Correctional Services and Supervision commissioner to draft rules and train officers against discrimination against transgender inmates.

“No employee of the department shall misgender any individual in the care or custody of the department by intentionally referring to someone, including but not limited to, a transgender, gender nonconforming, nonbinary or intersex person, using a word, pronoun or form of address that does not correctly reflect the gender with which they identify,” the directive reads.

LGBT activists praised Hochul for the move.

“It’s long overdue. Transgender persons are often the victims of violence and hate,” said Allen Roskoff, head of the Jim Owles LGBT Liberal Democratic Club.

“I commend Governor Hochul for doing a wonderful, wonderful thing. It’s logical and forward looking. Transgender people need support.”


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Hochul to allow transgender inmates to choose housing based on gender identity

January 20, 2022

NY Attorney General Alleges ‘Significant Evidence’ of Trump Business Fraud

ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY…
1945: Franklin D. Roosevelt sworn-in for an unprecedented (and never to be repeated) 4th term as US President

New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a motion to compel former President Donald Trump and two of his children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, to appear for sworn testimony, alleging that her office’s civil investigation into the Trump Organization’s financial dealings uncovered “significant evidence” of fraud.

“We have uncovered significant evidence indicating that the Trump Organization used fraudulent and misleading asset valuations on multiple properties to obtain economic benefits, including loans, insurance coverage, and tax deductions for years,” James tweeted.

James’ request comes as a response to the former president’s lawyers filing a motion on Monday for a preliminary injunction against her, alleging “unconstitutional” abuse of process. Trump has said the investigation is a “politically motivated attack.”

While James “has not yet reached a final decision regarding whether this evidence merits legal action, the grounds for pursuing the investigation are self-evident,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

Donald Trump Jr. responded to the attorney general’s motion on Twitter.

“America’s most corrupt AG won’t even directly respond to our motions about her political targeting of my family because she knows her actions are indefensible,” he wrote. “This is nothing more than political retribution from her on behalf of the entire Dem Party.”

“She should be disbarred,” Trump Jr. added.

The court filing is available to read here.


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New York Attorney General: We Found ‘Significant Evidence’ of Trump Organization Fraud

January 16, 2022

Floridians Tell ‘Woke’ New Yorkers to Stay Out

In Palm Beach, Florida, some parked cars with New York license plates discovered a note on their window, urging them to leave the state if they subscribe to “woke” ideologies.

“If you are one of those ‘woke’ people — leave Florida. You will be happier elsewhere, as will we,” the note reads.

“Residents were concerned about the lack of civility and respect for personal property. We understood that concern and that’s why we started to look into the matter but we determined … it was non-criminal in nature,” said Capt. William Rothrock, the Palm Beach Police Department’s public information officer.

“As uncivil as it may be and not characteristic of our community, it is not a crime.”

Despite the unfriendly message, some Florida residents say that all are welcome.

“I feel like people should be welcomed rather than disregarded like that and being told they can’t come down here,” a Florida resident told Fox News. “Everyone should be welcome anywhere as long as they aren’t causing anyone any harm.”

One local said whoever wrote the message was exercising their First Amendment rights.

“Free speech, First Amendment,” a resident named Debbie told the outlet. “They are not being abusive, they’re not being physical. They are participating in their First Amendment right, and we don’t want them here, we don’t want to turn this state, ever.”

Another Florida-based individual named Gregory told Fox News that he believes the flyers came from someone out-of-state.

“Our governor, [Ron] DeSantis, we love him, most people don’t love him,” Gregory said. “So, I think people are just trying to come down and rile up things here in Florida because we got it together and some people don’t.”


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Floridians respond to flyers telling ‘woke’ New Yorkers to stay out of Sunshine State

January 4, 2022

NY Attorney General Subpoenas Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) issued a subpoena to Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, requiring their testimony as part of the state’s civil investigation into the family’s businesses.

The attorney general’s office subpoenaed former President Donald Trump last month. The revelation that his children had also been subpoenaed came from a court filing made public on Monday. All three subpoenas were served on Dec. 1.

Additionally, the attorney general’s office already questioned Eric Trump in October 2020. When Trump became president in 2017, he turned the business over to his two sons and the company’s chief financial officer, Allen H. Weisselberg.

James’ civil investigation is focused on tax affairs at the Trump Organization, specifically whether assets were inflated or understated to influence tax valuations.

The former president filed a lawsuit against James last month to end the investigation, alleging that the inquiry violated his constitutional rights and was politically motivated. The filing called the probe a “thinly-veiled effort to publically malign Trump and his associates.”


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Trump, Ivanka, Don Jr subpoenaed by NY attorney general

December 25, 2021

Transportation Official Caught Using Blow-Up Doll in HOV Lane

A New York transportation official was caught with an inflatable doll in his passenger seat, which he claims is there “for the company” and not to subvert high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lane restrictions.

The New York Post confronted Giulio Divirgilio, a general superintendent at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), pulling into his Brooklyn office with the blow-up doll in the passenger seat.

“I don’t use it for the HOV,” Divirgilio told The Post. “I use it for the company.”

However, Divirgilio’s coworkers don’t seem convinced.

“It was weird when we saw that thing [in his car] in the morning. Why would anyone have that there except to do HOV stuff?” one unnamed employee said.

“It’s unbecoming of a manager,” a union official said. “We laugh, but what else is he doing in secret that we don’t know about?”


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MTA manager caught using blow-up doll in apparent attempt to skirt HOV laws

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