When Jersey City creates innovative program or plan, this employee is usually the one behind it

When Jersey City creates innovative program or plan, this employee is usually the one behind it

When it comes to many of Jersey City’s cutting-edge programs, whether it be bike lanes, outdoor dining or the city’s VIA vehicle service, Barkha R. Patel is involved in one way or another. The 29-year-old city employee has found herself getting closer to the center of the city’s decision-making since starting as a senior planner … Read more

Current director to lead new state Veterans Department

Current director to lead new state Veterans Department

New York veterans will soon access their programs or earned benefits under one state agency with a familiar face at the helm. The current state Division of Veterans’ Services will be elevated to the Department of Veterans’ Services on April 1, 2023, creating a one-stop shop for New York’s service members. “No one who served … Read more

2nd Teen Arrested in Longwood Case of Kyhara Tay – NBC New York

2nd Teen Arrested in Longwood Case of Kyhara Tay – NBC New York

A second teenage suspect has been arrested in the broad daylight shooting death of an 11-year-old girl in the Bronx, police said. Charges against Omar Bojang were still pending Monday evening. The Bronx district attorney’s office said that the 18-year-old turned himself in at their office alongside his attorney and parents, and said nothing when … Read more

World Food Program Chief Presses Billionaires ‘to Step Up’ – NBC New York

World Food Program Chief Presses Billionaires ‘to Step Up’ – NBC New York

The head of the UN’s World Food Program is telling billionaires it’s “time to step up” as the global threat of food insecurity rises with Russia’s war in Ukraine, saying he’s seen encouraging signs from some of the world’s richest people, like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos. Agency Executive Director David Beasley built upon a … Read more

NYC is flush with opioid settlement money yet prevention centers are still scrambling for funds

NYC is flush with opioid settlement money yet prevention centers are still scrambling for funds

Since OnPoint NYC started letting people use drugs under staff supervision at its sites in Harlem and Washington Heights a little over five months ago, the centers have intervened in about 300 potentially life-threatening overdoses, according to the nonprofit. Only five in the expensive ambulance visits that would typically for an overdose on the street … Read more

Staten Island man served 23 years in prison for murder he did not commit. Now, he gets $7M settlement from NYC.

Staten Island man served 23 years in prison for murder he did not commit.  Now, he gets M settlement from NYC.

STATEN ISLAND, NY — A man who spent more than 20 years in prison after being wrongfully suffered of a fatal shooting on Staten Island will receive a pre-litigation settlement of $7 million from New York City, Comptroller Brad Lander announced on Monday. More than two decades after being against a prison term of 25 … Read more