Pressure On New York City Democrats to Back Health Care

Dan Cantor, president of the WFP

Groups with union backing are now pressuring House Democrats from New York and New Jersey to back the party’s efforts to change the health care system.

The organizations include the Communications Workers of America and the Working Families Party. Both parties say that they are disappointed that New York City and New Jersey lawmakers voted against the health care bill that was approved by the House earlier this month. They also said that it is possible they would withdraw their political support from them or even oppose them in next year’s elections unless they back the legislation.

This is not a pleasant though …continue reading

NYC Artist Gets Arrested For 42nd Time

The display Lederman got arrested for

Robert A. Lederman, the president of the Artists’ Response to Illegal State Tactics, was arrested this Saturday for the 42nd time, this time for selling his wares on the High Line.

He was arrested at around 3:30 p.m. around the West 14th Street section of the High Line. There were five summonses issued for his arrest, of which 2 were criminal. The criminal summonses were for disorderly conduct and failure to comply with officers. The other summonses were for vending without a park permit and failing to have his display comply with required permit and unauthorized vending.

The artist constantly uses the First …continue reading

Senate Votes to Start Healthcare Debate

Harry Reid Can

In a straight party line vote, the Senate voted to bring the healthcare reform bill to debate this past Saturday, meaning that a vote on the bill won’t happen long after Thanksgiving.

After months of talk about moderate Democrats potentially defecting, the rollcall vote on whether or not to bring the healthcare bill to the floor ended 60-39 with every Senator voting with their own party.

How did the Democrats keep moderate Democrats like Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu from joining the Republicans? Cha-ching.

Just as the Democrats used earmarks to buy Democratic votes for the TARP …continue reading

NYPD Won’t Stop Stop-and-Frisk Program


When Michael Bloomberg campaigned for re-election, one of his biggest claims was his work to lower crime in the city. While crime did indeed go down under the Bloomberg but so did the level of civil liberties that New Yorkers have.

Now, it appears that the controversial and seemingly unconstitutional NYPD Stop-and-Frisk program will continue despite countless calls from civil liberties and beleaguered New Yorkers to stop the searches of innocent New Yorkers.

The NYPD’s Stop-and-Frisk program has been going on for years. Each and every year the NYPD stops more than half of a million New …continue reading

Small Plane Crash in New York Leaves 1 Dead


A small plane crashed in upstate New York today, in Wappingers Falls, leaving one dead and one injured.

The plane was going from Orange County Airport and was going to Danbury, Connecticut, but the pilot was trying to make an emergency landing in Dutchess County when the plane went down.

Jim Peters, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, says the plane, called the “Piper Cherokee,” was around at around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday in a wooded area, just a few miles short of Dutchess County Airport.

There was a technical difficulty with the plane, and Peters says that the pilot was trying to …continue reading

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