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    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- In this episode of Up Close, Senator Cory Booker discusses President Biden's 'Build Back Better' plan, plus Meisha Porter on her resignation as New York City's Schools Chancellor.Democrats in the U.S. Senate hoping to vote on President Biden's 'Build Back Better' plan this month, which will spend nearly $2 trillion on social programs and climate change.That's on top of the $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill that's already been signed into law.Can the government afford to spend all that money at a time of soaring debt and high inflation?Democrats say, how can we not? This morning we talk to U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey.Plus, Meisha Porter took over as New York City's Schools Chancellor in March in the middle of the pandemic.She is stepping down at the end of this month, ending a two-decade career in public schools. So why is leaving? Porter explains.WATCH Up Close on our Connected TV apps for Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Android TV. Click here to learn more.RELATED: Watch more episodes of Up CloseUp Close with Bill Ritter airs...
    Businesses that only accept cashless forms of payment are facing thousands of dollars in fines from the city of New York for not accepting the legal tender. Numerous retailers have been fined thousands of dollars since the New York City Council passed the cashless ban in January 2020, including upscale ice cream store Van Leeuwen, which was fined over $12,000 as of Monday and has refused to enable customers to pay by cash. Twenty-three other businesses have also been fined. OUTTA CASH Supporters of the ban say only allowing customers to pay without hard cash is discriminatory against poor people, who may not have bank accounts or credit cards, as well as minors. “The City of New York cannot allow the digital economy to leave behind the 25% of New Yorkers who are chronically unbanked and underbanked,” then-Councilman Ritchie Torres said when the bill was passed. Critics say accepting cash is a safety issue, as more businesses moved to cash-free payment models during the pandemic to lower the transmission of COVID-19. It also decreases...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The Philadelphia Union have run into some bad luck ahead of their matchup in the Eastern Conference Final against New York City FC on Sunday. The Union listed 11 players out due to health and safety protocols in Major League Soccer’s Game Guide on Saturday.  The players ruled out are listed below: Alejandro Bedoya Andre Blake Joe Bendik Corey Burke Jack Elliot Ilsinho Alvas Powell Sergio Santos Quinn Sullivan Kai Wagner Players can be placed in health and safety protocols for the following reasons:  Quarantine due to participating in high-risk behavior. Quarantine related to being a high-risk close contact. Pending COVID-19 test result. A positive COVID-19 test or a confirmed case of COVID-19. Other Illness not related to COVID-19. ESPN reports that the game is going ahead as planned.
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- It's been less than a week since New York City opened its first supervised injection sites, and the mayor says many lives have already been saved.Mayor Bill de Blasio says overdose prevention centers have already reversed 9 overdoses within just a few days."Just a week ago, these lives likely would have been lost. Compassion. Care. It takes real work to end this crisis, and our city is ready to lead the way," Mayor de Blasio's office said.Two sites opened Tuesday, one in East Harlem and the other in Washington Heights.EMBED More News Videos Marcus Solis is at the first New York City overdose prevention sites, which will allow supervised injections in an effort to curb drug overdose and addiction. The mayor says workers intervened as overdoses were happening.The drug injection centers are the first of their kind in the nation.Overdose Prevention Centers are proven to reduce overdose deaths and successfully treat drug addiction, according to studies conducted in Europe and Canada.Experts say the sites are also proven to improve the overall safety of the communities...
    Leading Off ● New York City, NY: With a supermajority of members sponsoring the legislation, New York's heavily Democratic City Council could adopt a bill this month that would grant voting rights in local elections to roughly 800,000 noncitizens who are permanent legal residents. Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio recently said he wouldn't veto the bill despite his concerns about its legality, and incoming Mayor-elect Eric Adams, who takes office Jan. 1, supports the idea. A handful of small localities nationally have granted voting rights in local elections to noncitizen permanent residents, and San Francisco has done so in school board elections, but New York would dwarf those places in impact. Though it may come as a surprise to many, proposals like this actually have a long history in U.S. politics. For much of the 19th century and up until around the 1920s, many states granted a measure of voting rights to noncitizens who had permanently immigrated to the country. It's also the norm in many European democracies: In the European Union, EU citizens have the right to vote in...
    Greg Gutfeld blamed skyrocketing crime rates in the nation’s largest cities on the redefinition of law and order as "systemically racist" Friday on "The Five." "The bottom line here is…we've redefined law-and-order as systemically racist. So any time you enforce the law, you're going to be called a racist, which is the most effective method for undermining society. We're watching society implode. I feel absolutely hopeless," he said. "…I am thinking about joining the dark side," he added. "Why bother being a law-abiding citizen and pay all these taxes and go shopping when you can just smash and grab?... If you can't beat them, join them." LA POLICE BLAST LIBERAL 'ZERO BAIL' POLICY AMID RASH OF LOOTING: 'CHRISTMAS EVERY DAY FOR CRIMINALS' The "Gutfeld!" host explained that "the root cause of crime is progressivism." More specifically, it is the left’s "misunderstanding of incentives" like no bail. Bank of America has told its New York City employees to dress down to avoid being victimized by street crimes. next Image 1 of 3 White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks...
    More On: media Barstool advertisers spooked by Dave Portnoy exposé — but execs aren’t worried Andy Cohen admits he likes to check out fitness influencers’ bodies Fans outraged by Howard Stern’s summer off after $500M Sirius XM deal Kelly Dodd’s husband, Rick Leventhal, is leaving Fox News Luxury fashion magazine L’Officiel may be getting sued by the City of New York for not paying its freelancers — but it didn’t stop the mag from throwing a highfalutin’ bash during Art Week Miami. On Thursday, the NY Times reported that the US version of the French fashion magazine is being sued by the City of New York on behalf of two dozen freelancers including “writers, producers, photographers, illustrators and more,” who “said they were not paid for their work, or not paid in a timely manner.” One, Dean Quigley, a contract art director, is owed more than $15,000. Freelance writer Natasha Stagg is owed $1,000. Commissioner of the Department of Consumer and Worker Protection Peter Hatch told the paper, “If such a company has the resources to maintain a luxurious...
    Not even the Catholic schools are free in New York City, where the government has just ordered a vaccine mandate for religious and private school employees. Announced Thursday, the new directive will require employees at yeshivas, Catholic schools, and other private institutions to have at least one dose of a vaccine by December 20. The order will affect “roughly 930 schools and 56,000 employees, city officials,” according to the New York Times. “We’re doing everything in our power to protect our students and school staff, and a mandate for nonpublic school employees will help keep our school communities and youngest New Yorkers safe,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. While public school and education employees are required to be fully vaccinated, the city has resisted implementing a vaccine mandate for students, unlike the city of Los Angeles, which requires vaccinations for students 12 & up. Los Angeles has not yet mandated the vaccine for children ages 5 to 11. “California was the first state to issue a vaccine mandate for all teachers, covering public and private schools, but allowed...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- With the holiday season in fast approaching, it seems the only thing that's moving faster is the positivity rate for COVID cases -- and that will mean some decision making, particularly as we wait to see what sort of impact the new omicron variant will bring.And even as omicron garners the headlines, the delta variant still comprises 98% of all infections."Let's do the easy and concrete things rather than panic about things that we really can't do anything about," said Dr. Bruce Farber, Chief of Public Health and Epidemiology at Northwell.RELATED | 'Caution not panic': Officials confirm omicron cases in New YorkEMBED More News Videos Derick Waller explains that officials are urging caution, not panic, after New York has been added to the growing list of states with confirmed cases of the omicron variant. He says the number one item on pre-holiday to-do list is make sure you're fully vaccinated."Get a booster," he said. "You still have time for it to be effective. It takes about 10 or 12 days to get its full effect."Experts...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is imposing a new COVID vaccine mandate on all staff at private schools, including religious and non-government school workers. The order applies to about 56,000 employees at 938 schools across the city, CBS2’s Alice Gainer reported Friday. But is it enforceable? READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer Timothy Thrane Released From Hospital 1 Month After Being Hit By Alleged Drunk DriverMayor Bill de Blasio and the Department of Health announced all non-public school employees must get their first shot by Dec. 20. According to the city, the order aligns with what the CDC recommends — that teachers and staff be vaccinated as soon as possible. Officials said the city will offer vaccines to any schools that requests them for staff and students. The Archdiocese of New York released a statements that said, in part, “An increasing majority of our teachers and school staffs have already been vaccinated, and we continue to urge others to do so; those that are not vaccinated are tested weekly.” “We will review the mandate to determine this order’s...
    EAST WILLIAMSBURG, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Photographer David Urbanke is not a household name yet, but chances are, if you live in New York City, you've likely already seen his work.The campaign he shot for Google has secured a reputation for the young man who was born in New Jersey and now lives in Brooklyn.I first met Urbanke in 2011 when he was 16 years old, and watching his progress has been one of the joys of this job. His work is everywhere these days.Online, his work for Ralph Lauren has a nautical feel. Despite this, it hasn't all been smooth sailing for him.PREVIOUS COVERAGE | Young New York City photographer finding success among celebritiesEMBED More News Videos Check out Sandy's original story on photographer David Urbanke Urbanke has had to overcome his share of challenges on his way to what is a milestone moment for him.His work for Google marked the first time he'd ever seen one of his photos painted on the side of a building, including one just outside his studio in East Williamsburg.Looking at it, I commented...
    The Bank of America has reportedly told its Midtown employees to 'dress down' and avoid wearing company logos while commuting to the office as New York City experiences a surge in crime.  Senior executives at the Bryant Park location have been encouraging their younger staff to 'dress down' in order to attract less attention as they travel to work, sources told the New York Post.  They have reportedly warned staffers that wearing the company logo or dressing up could make them a target for assault, which is up 15 percent the past month. John Yiannacopoulos, a media relations executive for Bank of America, told DailyMail.com on Friday that the company does offer 'safety guidelines' to employees. Bank of America declined to let DailyMail.com view its guidelines.    One bank employee, who was not named, told the New York Post's On The Money column that he was on a high alert after seeing a stranger with a knife near the bank's office.  A top executive of a large money management firm even said he started carrying a Taser - which has been legal...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Contact tracing teams are working with the New Yorkers who have tested positive for the COVID Omicron variant in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said. Thursday, de Blasio and Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that there were five cases in the state, including four in New York City and one in Suffolk County. READ MORE: Suffolk County Police Officer Timothy Thrane Released From Hospital 1 Month After Being Hit By Alleged Drunk DriverOfficials said two of the cases are in Queens and one is in Brooklyn. The exact location of the fourth case in New York City is unknown at this time, but Hochul says that person lives in the city and is a “suspected traveler case.” All of the know current cases in New York are said to mild. The number of people who had been vaccinated and became infected was also not disclosed. Officials say the individuals are “appropriately isolated at home.” We have 5 cases of the #OmicronVariant in New York State. 2 are in Queens, 1 is in Brooklyn, 1 is...
    RANDALLS ISLAND (WABC) -- A probationary firefighter died after he suffered a medical episode during training at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall's Island on Thursday.New York City Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro said Vincent Malveaux was engaged in functional skills training around 10:30 a.m.Nigro said the 31-year-old from Brooklyn was about three quarters of the way through the course when he started to feel sick and passed out.An ambulance was on the scene for the training session and Malveaux was immediately taken to Harlem Hospital. FDNY Probationary Firefighter Vincent Malveaux, 31, died after he suffered a medical episode during training at the FDNY Training Academy on Randall's Island on Thursday. Nigro said Malveaux never regained consciousness and died around 6:30 a.m. Friday with his parents at his bedside.Malveaux "was doing fabulously" and "was extremely fit," according to the fire commissioner.The medical examiner will work to determine his exact cause of death."We are devastated by his loss, and our entire city grieves together with his family, friends, and colleagues," Mayor Bill de Blasio said.Malveaux was sworn into the current Probationary...
    PEP GUARDIOLA could reportedly move to New York City FC when he leaves Manchester City. The MLS club are part of the City Football Group. 1The City Group are planning to take Pep Guardiola to New York City FC once he leaves Manchester CityCredit: Getty Guardiola, who could leave Eastlands in the near future, has stated he cannot see himself at another Premier League club. And plans are being prepared to take the Spaniard, 50, to the Big Apple, according to 90min. The City boss could be keen on the move after spending a year in New York on sabbatical after his Barcelona exit. Last month Guardiola praised NYCFC and the work the club has done to promote football in the city, such as its mini-pitch project. He said: “I’ve spent a lot of time in New York City during my career. "It’s a city I love deeply and over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to see first-hand New Yorkers’ passion for football. MONEY BAGS New 'stimulus' check to be sent THIS MONTH after surprise payments revealedON...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- A new study published in the The Lancet suggests that getting any booster shot appears safe and significantly raises antibody levels.The study, conducted in the UK, also looked at AstraZeneca as a primary vaccination, as well as boosters from companies like Curvac and Novovax. These vaccines are not authorized in the United States.For people who originally got Pfizer, getting a Moderna shot leads to a higher antibody response than getting Johnson & Johnson as a booster shot.The study did not look at Moderna and Johnson & Johnson as an original vaccine.Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:5 cases of omicron COVID-19 variant detected in New YorkAt least five cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant were reported in New York on Thursday, just hours after the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced a case in a resident with a recent travel history to New York City.Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the confirmed cases during a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday evening. All of the cases are said to be mild and everyone recovered...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- Officials are urging caution, not panic, after New York has been added to the growing list of states with confirmed cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant.Those states include Minnesota, where a man is believed to have contracted the variant of COVID-19 during a visit last month to the Javits Center in Manhattan.We have learned that he had already recovered before anyone even knew he had been sick.And now NYS officials have revealed five other people in the NYC metro area have also tested positive for omicron.ALSO READ | 6 NYC-area hospitals could face capacity restrictions amid threat of omicronEMBED More News Videos Derick Waller reports that President Biden is rolling out a winter coronavirus strategy that includes making at-home rapid tests free. One is on Long Island, a 67-year-old Suffolk County woman who had just returned from South Africa.The other four are in New York City. All of the cases are said to be mild.As for that first case linked to NYC, the man from Minnesota, authorities say he was attending a massive anime convention...
    MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed that the COVID-19 Omicron variant has been detected for the first time in the state. It’s the second confirmed case of the variant in the country. On Thursday, MDH said its Public Health Laboratory found the variant in a specimen from a Minnesota resident who recently traveled to New York City. The person is a man who lives in Hennepin County, and had been vaccinated. READ MORE: Allegheny County Employee Fired For Refusing COVID-19 Vaccine Says He's Preparing A Legal FightThe patient said he traveled to New York City and attended the Anime NYC 2021 convention at the Javits Center from Nov. 19 through Nov. 21. He developed “mild symptoms” the day following the event and sought testing on Nov. 24. His symptoms have since resolved. Costumed people attend Anime NYC at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on November 20, 2021. – Anime NYC is an annual three-day anime convention held during in New York City. (credit: KENA BETANCUR/AFP via Getty Images) New...
    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- At least five cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant were reported in New York on Thursday, just hours after the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced a case in a resident with a recent travel history to New York City.Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the confirmed cases during a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday evening.All of the cases are said to be mild and everyone recovered at home."We just want to make sure that the public is aware of information when we receive it," Hochul said.The five confirmed cases in the state of New York include:-67-year-old woman in Suffolk County who had been in South Africa - at least partially vaccinated-Queens based case - unknown gender - unknown if vaccinated-Queens based case - unknown gender - unknown if vaccinated-Brooklyn based case - unknown gender - unknown if vaccinated-One case in an unidentified borough - no further info"This is not a time to panic, this is a time to get vaccinated, get boosted, and get tested," de Blasio said.EMBED More News Videos...
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- The CDC is ordering airlines to collect contact tracing information on all passengers heading to the United States from South African nations.The directive follows President Biden's order barring most foreign nationals from entering the country if they've recently been to southern Africa.The information includes a passenger's full name and date of birth, where they will be staying in the U.S., an email address they check regularly, and main and secondary phone numbers.Airlines will also have to provide the passenger's flight number, the departure and arrival cities, and their seat number.Here are more of today's COVID-19 headlines:5 cases of omicron COVID-19 variant detected in New YorkAt least five cases of the COVID-19 omicron variant were reported in New York on Thursday, just hours after the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced a case in a resident with a recent travel history to New York City.Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the confirmed cases during a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday evening. All of the cases are said to be mild and everyone recovered at...
    LOWER MANHATTAN, New York (WABC) -- Activists stood by the 'Fearless Girl' statue in Lower Manhattan on Thursday in a push to keep it in New York City.The permit for the statue expired on Tuesday.Artist Kristen Visbal is hoping to work with public agencies to keep the sculpture in the city forever."We want to make sure she remains for women, men, all our global society," Visbal said. "She is powerful, can be used to teach, to influence and spur change, a change which encompasses true gender collaborations on equal gender footing and all the rewards the collaboration brings."Visbal says the 'Fearless Girl' is a symbol of equality for all women and girls defiantly standing up for their rights."We need more women in decision making. We need to develop a culture which supports gender, racial, and cultural interaction. And we must keep Fearless Girl in place as a reminder of these ideals until we achieve them. She's got to stay until we get it right," Visbal said.Since the launch of the Fearless Girl campaign in 2017, nearly 1,500 companies were identified...
    CORONA, Queens (WABC) -- Teachers and parents rallied in protest of overcrowded classrooms outside one of the largest public elementary schools in the nation on Thursday.The protest was held outside of PS 19 in Corona, Queens -- which was also one of the city's previous COVID hot spots.The rally was among 200 held this week at schools across New York City by the United Federation of Teachers union.They want the City Council to vote and pass a bill that would change the city's health code to set capacity limits on the number of students taught in city classrooms based on square footage.About 1,700 students attend PS 19, which teaches pre-K to grade five.Each class size is at the legal limit of 32 students for grades one through five. If passed into law, the new bill would bring the class size down to the low 20s."I attended this school in first grade and it's been over 30 years now and it hasn't changed, back then it was 32 students to a class, now there's more students to a class, 34, and...
    "Many of our schools view Covid vaccination as a matter most appropriately left to individual choice, not governmental fiat. This is an area where government should be using its bully pulpit to persuade, not its regulatory arm to coerce," Zwiebel said. *NEW* Rabbi David Zwiebel, chairman of the Committee of NYC Religious and Independent School Officials, wrote a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio today opposing the vaccine mandate for private schools.pic.twitter.com/AV3R1ODzE1 — Emma G. Fitzsimmons (@Emma G. Fitzsimmons) 1638481968
    FOXBORO (CBS) — The New England Revolution’s quest for an MLS Cup came to an abrupt and disappointing end on Tuesday night. The Supporters’ Shield winners fell to New York City FC in the East Semifinals at Gillette Stadium. The Revs set an MLS record with 73 points during the regular season, but go home without a playoff win. They fought back twice against New York City in a thrilling playoff match, but were booted in penalty kicks. All five New York City shooters beat Matt Turner, while Adam Buksa missed for New England to give NYCFC the 2-2 (5-3) victory. New England was not its explosive self after a 23-day layoff following the end of the regular season. They fell behind 1-0 after just three minutes, but quickly tied things on a Buksa header in the ninth minute. Valentín Castellanos gave NYC a 2-1 lead in the 109th minute, but was ejected a few minutes later when he picked up his second yellow card. The Revs took advantage of having the man advantage, as Tajon Buchanan right-footed one into...
    NEW YORK CITY -- Hollywood quickly turned into reality when a group of actors jumped in to save a teenager trapped beneath an SUV in New York City. Now, those selfless actors are being honored.They were shooting for a TV series called "Gravesend" when suddenly, the group ended up in a real-life situation ripped out of Hollywood.Their instincts kicked in, and a 14-year-old is alive because of it."I heard a loud bang and went over to the scene screaming, 'Let's get a jack!' but no one came with a jack," said actor John Camera. "[The teen] was screaming and then he asked me, 'Please help me! Please help me!'"The boy was trapped under the SUV.EMBED More News Videos Exclusive video captured a horrific accident in Brooklyn, where an out-of-control SUV crashed into a car and then ran over a teenage boy walking his dog. The incident happened three weeks ago. The group of good Samaritans was captured on video coming to his rescue.They couldn't pull the boy out from under the SUV, so they pulled the SUV off of him."We...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City will invest $4 million in improving outreach and communication with multilingual families across the city. Tuesday, the city announced the launch of “Language Access for All.” The program will focus on multi-lingual “know your rights” campaigns, expanding communications outlets and tools to reach more families, building language access capacity of school staff and partnering with community-based organizations to provide multilingual family workshops and language support. Approximately 40% of New York City Department of Education families speak a language other than English at home.
    NEW YORK CITY -- Bradley Cooper says in 2019 he was held at knifepoint on a New York City subway.The "Star is Born" actor said the whole incident turned "pretty insane" when he was approached by a man on the subway at 11:45 a.m."I remember seeing the person's eyes and was taken by how young they were," Cooper said on the "Armchair Expert" podcast with Dax Shepard.Cooper said he had been wearing headphones and couldn't hear outside noise, but saw the man pointing a knife, which he described as having a two-to-three-inch blade and a wooden handle, at him.ALSO READ | 2 men impersonating NYPD officers rob home in the Bronx: New videoEMBED More News Videos New video has been released of two men who posed as NYPD officers to tie-up and rob homeowners in the Bronx. Cooper ran and jumped a turnstile inside the station, then ran to the entrance, where he was able to get outside."I just started booking, just started running," he said. "I jumped over the turnstile, hid around the white, tiled entrance to the subway...
    On November 30, New York City authorized two safe consumption sites to begin operations as soon as possible. The decision, a hard-fought victory for harm reduction advocates, makes them the first government-sanctioned overdose prevention centers, as they are also known, to open in the United States. “New York City has led the nation’s battle against COVID-19, and the fight to keep our community safe doesn’t stop there,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a press statement. “After exhaustive study, we know the right path forward to protect the most vulnerable people in our city. And we will not hesitate to take it.” In the past few weeks, there have been reports that de Blasio—perhaps eyeing a gubernatorial run—would make good on a longtime promise to launch a pilot program for safe consumption sites (SCS). But that bid endlessly stalled without approval from the governor’s office under former Governor Andrew Cuomo. De Blasio will depart as the city’s mayor by the new year. But Eric Adams, the incoming mayor, has signaled his support for SCS. And with district...
    (CNN)New York City is now the first city in the nation to open two overdose prevention centers that will allow drug users to receive medical care and services to prevent drug overdose deaths, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio's Office.The overdose prevention centers (OPCs), also known as supervised consumption sites or safe injection sites, provide a safer place for drug users to administer drugs and get medical care if they overdose, the city said. The centers can also provide connections to treatment and social services to help in their recovery. "After exhaustive study, we know the right path forward to protect the most vulnerable people in our city," de Blasio said in a release. "And we will not hesitate to take it. Overdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis. I'm proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible." With two locations in upper Manhattan, the centers will exist as part of two previously established syringe service providers, the mayor's office said.The two organizations, Washington...
    New York City has sanctioned the city’s first shooting galleries for drug users in the United States, Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) announced in a Tuesday statement. The city is expected to open the injection sites in East Harlem and Washington Heights, and the facilities could open as soon as Tuesday. The New York Post reports: The locations were chosen based on “health need and depth of program experience,” according to the Health Department. The sites will provide clean needles and social services, but users must bring their own drugs. Last year, over 2,000 New Yorkers died of drug overdoses, the highest since the city started tracking the figures in 2000. The most common drug involved in the fatalities is opioids. Between January and March this year, another 596 people lost their lives due to addiction. A city Health Department study found that the sites could save up to 130 people a year. The sites will be operated by the nonprofit organization OnPoint NYC. “Being the 1st OPC site in the US is an honor & incredible step forward in...
    BRADLEY Cooper recently opened up about a life-threatening encounter he had several years ago on a New York City subway. The 46-year-old actor has had a successful career and is best known for his role in the 2018 re-make of A Star is Born. 2Bradley Cooper speaks out about his life-threatening encounter in 2019 What happened during the attack? In October 2019, Bradley Cooper was on his way to pick up his now 4-year-old daughter, Lea, when he said he was “held at up at knifepoint.” In an interview on the Armchair Expert podcast, Cooper said he had gotten “too comfortable” in the city. He said he was riding the subway when a man approached him, and he remembers thinking how young the man looked. “I'm up against the post like it’s 'The French Connection' or some sh**, and then I, like, turned. I looked down and I see a knife," Cooper said. Most read in CelebrityExclusiveKEEP UP! Kylie Jenner finally starts construction work on $15M plot close to Kris and KhloeKHRISTMAS TIME See Kim Kardashian's gorgeous Christmas decorations outside...
    New York City approved the opening of two safe sites for illegal drug use on Tuesday in an effort to slow and prevent drug overdoses, the mayor announced . While the locations in New York's East Harlem and Washington Heights will be monitored for signs of overdose and will administer medication to reverse overdoses, offer clean needles, and provide information on addiction treatment, they will not provide the drugs. “I’m proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement. ERIC ADAMS ASKS WHY ANY 17-YEAR-OLD WOULD BE CARRYING A GUN While critics argue the centers support the use of illegal drugs and violate laws prohibiting operating a place for illegal drug use, de Blasio sent a letter to the sites promising there would be no law enforcement action taken against the users. Proponents say the sites address the reality of drug use and can save the lives of users who would otherwise fatally overdose. "The overdose epidemic...
    New York City has become the first in the U.S. to open its own supervised drug consumption sites in hopes of combating a growing number of overdose deaths.  The "Overdose Prevention Centers" that went online Tuesday, according to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office, are "safe places where people who use drugs can receive medical care and be connected to treatment and social services." They will be co-located with "previously established syringe service providers", which in 2018, distributed at least 4.5 million clean needles to drug users across the five boroughs.  "Overdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis," De Blasio said in a statement. "I’m proud to show cities in this country that after decades of failure, a smarter approach is possible."  A used syringe sits on the ground in a park as local politicians, religious leaders and members of the Harlem community participate in a 'Make Our Streets Safe for Our Children' march and rally on Oct. 8 in New York City.   ((Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)) NYC PARK SEES RAMPANT DRUG USE...
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    NEW YORK CITY (WABC) -- New York City is opening its first overdose prevention sites, which will allow supervised injections in an effort to curb drug overdose and treat addiction.The two sites opening Tuesday previously operated as needle exchanges, but they will now offer supervised injections with clean needles, provide naloxone to reverse overdoses, and offer addiction treatment.The Overdose Prevention Centers are the first officially recognized by the city and are part of the health department's efforts to fight addiction to drugs like heroin and amphetamine.ALSO READ | No confirmed cases of omicron variant in NYC, but new mask advisory issuedEMBED More News Videos New York City health officials issued a new mask advisory on Monday, strongly recommending all residents wear masks in all public indoor settings. "The national overdose epidemic is a five-alarm fire in public health, and we have to tackle this crisis concurrently with our COVID fight," Health Commissioner Dr. Dave Chokshi said. "Giving people a safe, supportive space will save lives and bring people in from the streets, improving life for everyone involved. Overdose prevention centers...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City is becoming the first in the country to open officially authorized overdose prevention centers. Trained staff will provide clean needles, administer Narcan and provide addition treatment at facilities in East Harlem and Washington Heights. Users will have to bring their own drugs. READ MORE: 4 Firefighters Injured In Ceiling Collapse Battling Upper East Side Restaurant FireTwo thousand people died of drug overdoses in 2020 in New York City. READ MORE: Diocese Of Brooklyn Welcomes New Bishop Robert BrennanHealth officials say these services will save lives. MORE NEWS: In Advance Of Omicron's Arrival, New York City Children Flock To Vaccine Pop-Up Sites, Report Few, If Any, ProblemsHowever, some in the communities where they’re located fear it could make problems worse.
    New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNYC officials recommend masks indoors, but won't reimpose mandates Rep. Suozzi to run for New York governor Oversight panel eyes excessive bail, jail overcrowding in New York City MORE (D) announced Tuesday that the first supervised drug consumption facilities in the city have been cleared to open. The Overdose Prevention Center (OPC) services were announced in coordination with the city’s health department. The centers will be in areas based on community health needs and will give medical care, connections to drug treatments and social services to individuals who need it.  The statement says the centers will also reduce public drug use and syringe litter in communities. “New York City has led the nation’s battle against COVID-19, and the fight to keep our community safe doesn’t stop there. After exhaustive study, we know the right path forward to protect the most vulnerable people in our city. And we will not hesitate to take it,” de Blasio said. “Overdose Prevention Centers are a safe and effective way to address the opioid crisis. I’m proud to...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Many city parents were breathing a big sigh of relief Tuesday as thousands of kids started getting their second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. As CBS2’s John Dias reported, vaccine sites are popping up at schools across the city to administer them. It was a plan already in place before the new variant, Omicron, began to spread. READ MORE: NYC 'Strongly Recommends' Masks In Public Indoor Spaces, As Omicron Variant Reaches North AmericaVisit schools.nyc.gov/covid19 to see when and where the shots will be offered. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info here Suffolk County more info here Westchester County more info here New Jersey book online here or call 1-855-568-0545 Connecticut book online here When the Delta variant first hit, kids in New York City weren’t eligible for the vaccine, but many parents Dias spoke to said now that they are, they feel reassured that kids will be better protected when...
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City rolled out the red carpet Monday for the premiere of the “West Side Story” movie. The film was directed by Steven Spielberg and stars newcomer Rachel Zegler, from Hackensack, New Jersey. READ MORE: Harlem's Josephine Baker About To Be Given France's Highest Honor, A Resting Place In The PantheonSpielberg was among those a Monday night’s premiere. Also attending was Rita Moreno, who had a featured role and starred in the 1961 film version. Zegler spoke about how the film has been updated. “The reality of 1957 Manhattan was not a good one for people who came from low income communities. So the conversation about gentrification has been opened up vastly. That’s such an important part of our film,” she said. READ MORE: Broadway Community, Fans Gather In Times Square To Pay Tribute To Stephen SondheimThe cast also paid tribute to the lyricist for the original stage production and film, the late Stephen Sondheim. He died Friday at the age of 91. “It is very sad that he can’t be here tonight, but the...
    FOXBORO (CBS) — It has been a while since the New England Revolution set a new MLS regular season record with 73 points and claimed the franchise’s first Supporters’ Shield. Now it’s finally time to see what the top-seeded Revs can do in the playoffs. The Revolution were, for lack of a better word, awesome during the regular season. They put together the franchise’s most successful six months in the club’s 26-year history, setting a number of new team records including wins (22), away wins (10), goals scored (65), goal differential (plus-24), and assists (70). But all of that regular season success won’t matter as much if the team can’t finish it off with an MLS Cup. READ MORE: Revolution's Adam Buksa Says He's Good To Go For Tuesday's Playoff Match Vs. New York City FCThat quest begins Tuesday when New England hosts New York City FC in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The playoffs will go through Gillette Stadium as long as the Revs keep advancing, and they get their first shot Tuesday night. New England and New York City...