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Gang Members In Alleged Drug Ring Near Public Housing Indicted

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Nineteen members of two East Harlem gangs have been indicted for selling crack cocaine in the vicinity of public housing.

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Manhattan Man Accused in Bomb Plot

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Manhattan man who was described by city officials as an al-Qaida sympathizer was arrested on charges that he was plotting to bomb police patrol cars, postal facilities and target members of the armed forces returning home, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Sunday.

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Opinion: Have We Learned From the DSK Affair?

Friday, July 01, 2011

The case against Dominique Strauss-Kahn is crumbling, even before it really got underway. The accuser, it seems, not only lacks the credibility to proceed, the allegations themselves appear to be caught up in misstatements and untruths.

So, what are the lessons of what will undoubtedly come to be known as The Strauss-Kahn Affair?

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MLK 2011: Sharpton Updates the Struggle, Bloomberg Gets Jeered

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

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In his annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his parade of guests urged the crowd to fight the modern battle against inequality. And in at least once instance, that meant, for some, booing the person at the podium.

"We must deal with the issues of today," said Sharpton, who flew into the event after spending the morning in Washington DC. He equated the need to update the civil rights struggle today with the 1965 television sitcom F-Troop, which, according to Sharpton drew its humor from the fact that the post-Civil War soldiers "were fighting a war that had already been fought."

"The problem with many of us today is we want to fight the civil rights battle of 50 years ago," said Sharpton. "And not deal with the civil rights battle of today."

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Manhattan D.A.'s Race Heats Up

Friday, August 07, 2009

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau speaks at a press conference February 27, 2009, where he announced he would not seek re-election in the fall. (Getty)

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau speaks at a press conference February 27, 2009, where he announced he would not seek re-election in the fall. (Getty)

With this year's retirement of 90-year-old Robert Morgenthau, Manhattan voters will have to pick a new district attorney for the first time in 34 years.

The last time Manhattan voters had to pick a new district attorney was in the mid 1970's. The top song was Barbara Streisand's 'The Way We Were'. New York, teetering on bankruptcy, appealed to President Gerald Ford for a lifeline.

President Ford: 'I can assure you this president will never allow the doors of the United States Treasury to be flung open to every city with a fiscal hole in its pocket.'

In 1975, Morgenthau's first year on the job, there were 648 murders in Manhattan alone. Last year, the borough had only 62. There were 4400 robberies last year, 30,000 in 1975. Morgenthau became a kind of institution, a D.A.'s D.A. The TV show 'Law and Order' is modeled on his office. Morganthau was more than a politician -- he became a brand.

No wonder then, all three of the Democrats who want to succeed him make sure voters know they worked for him.

There are few empty seats at the DA debate at the CUNY Graduate School. On stage, the three candidates exchange pleasantries. The field consists of former judge Leslie Crocker Snyder, former prosecutor Cyrus Vance Jr, and former Handgun Control President Richard Aborn.Manhattan DA hopeful Cy Vance Jr wins the endorsement of Pamela Bowens. Bowens crossed paths with Vance back when he was a young Assistant District Attorney and decided that Bowens, who was addicted to cocaine, should be given a second chance through an alternative to conventional criminal prosecution.

Manhattan DA hopeful Cy Vance Jr wins the endorsement of Pamela Bowens. Bowens crossed paths with Vance back when he was a young Assistant District Attorney and decided that Bowens, who was addicted to cocaine, should be given a second chance through an alternative to conventional criminal prosecution.

Vance, son of the late secretary of state won the endorsement of Morgenthau early on. But at the debate, a New York 1 reporter was quick to ask him about his experience in private practice -- 3000 miles away.

Grace Rauh: 'You have spent much of your career, 16 years in Seattle, a city that one local columnist once described as where a weak latte constitutes a major crime.'

Vance quickly pointed out that he has the endorsement not only of Morgenthau, but of three former U.S. attorneys.

Vance: 'They know me and believe I have the best combination of qualities.'

But Vance also has to pivot away from Morgenthau so as to appear to be his own man.

Vance: 'Looking back at Bob's career I think he could have come earlier to his decisions on cases that ultimately were dismissed had he had a convictions integrity unit to evaluate cases like the Central Park jogger case.'

In 2005, Judge Snyder -- who served both Morgenthau and his predecessor Frank Hogan -- made the bold move of running against him. Backed by law enforcement unions and The New York times, she won 42 percent of the vote. She distinguished herself from Morgenthau. She came across as a tough on crime judge who, unlike Morgenthau, supported the death penalty.

Snyder: 'Now I am concerned about protecting the residents of Manhattan. I am concerned about the little guy, the seniors, the most vulnerable. I want to make sure our white collar plan first and foremost protects those people which means the smaller frauds, the internet scams, the credit card scams, the immigration scams, the identity theft.'

Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder wins the endorsement of Ruth Messenger.

Judge Leslie Crocker Snyder wins the endorsement of Ruth Messenger.

She is also now opposing the death penalty. In the forum, opponent Richard Aborn pushed her to explain.

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