Former Prince George's County Councilman Accused Of Stealing Campaign Funds: State Prosecutor Former Prince George's County Councilman Accused Of Stealing Campaign Funds: State Prosecutor
Former Prince George's County Councilman Accused Of Stealing Campaign Funds: State Prosecutor The Prince George's County councilman who abruptly resigned last week is facing charges for allegedly stealing more than $100,000 in campaign funds, the Office of the Maryland State Prosecutor announced on Thursday. James R. Franklin is facing charges that include multiple counts of felony theft scheme, embezzlement, and perjury following a long-ranging scheme that began in 2009. According to the charges filed on June 20, Franklin established his campaign committee “Friends of Mel Franklin” in 2009 to raise funds for his election to the Prince George’s County Council, where he ser…
Race For State Senate Seat Marks First Political Run For Ex-Lamont Aide Nick Simmons Race For State Senate Seat Marks First Political Run For Ex-Lamont Aide Nick Simmons
Race For State Senate Seat Marks First Political Run For Ex-Lamont Aide Nick Simmons This may be Nick Simmons' first political race, but he is not a newcomer to politics.  The State Senate District 36 candidate, brother to Stamford Mayor Carolyn Simmons, was born and raised in Greenwich and now calls Stamford home.  The district comprises Greenwich, North Stamford, and portions of Stamford, New Canaan, and Newfield-Westover-Turn of River. He left a brief career on Wall Street to teach middle school math in Harlem.  Within a few years, at 26, Simmons became one of the youngest acting school principals in New York.  Later, he went on to serve in Gov. Ne…
‘Sad Day’: SCOTUS Bump Stock Ruling Sparks Bipartisan Condemnation From NY Politicians ‘Sad Day’: SCOTUS Bump Stock Ruling Sparks Bipartisan Condemnation From NY Politicians
‘Sad Day’: SCOTUS Bump Stock Ruling Sparks Bipartisan Condemnation From NY Politicians New York politicians wasted no time reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision striking down a federal ban on bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic rifles to fire more quickly. In their 6-3 ruling Friday, June 14, with conservatives in the majority, the high court sided with a Texas gun store owner who surrendered his bump stocks after the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) reclassified the devices as machine guns in 2018. He later sued to get them back. The ATF’s regulation, issued under the Trump administration with his full support, came about after the 2017 Las Veg…
What Conviction Comment? Trump Endorses Former Gov. Hogan's Senate Bid What Conviction Comment? Trump Endorses Former Gov. Hogan's Senate Bid
What Conviction Comment? Trump Endorses Former Gov. Hogan's Senate Bid Days after former Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan "urged" Americans to support Donald Trump's guilty verdict, he got the former president's backing in the GOP race for Maryland Senate. During an interview with Fox News reporter Aishah Hasnie, Trump said he'd "like to see" Hogan win. "I know other people made some strong statements, but I can just say from my standpoint, I'm about the party and I'm about the country. And I would like to see him win.” TRUMP tells me: “I'd like to see him win. I think he has a good chance to win… I know other people made some strong statements, but I can ju…
Protestors Don't Get Far Storming Field During Congressional Game At Nats Park (VIDEO) Protestors Don't Get Far Storming Field During Congressional Game At Nats Park (VIDEO)
Protestors Don't Get Far Storming Field During Congressional Game At Nats Park (Video) Eight climate change protestors were arrested after storming the field during a Congressional baseball game at National's Park Wednesday, June 12. Before the game, US Capitol Police had been tipped off that some people planned on protesting. Officers were well-prepared with a plan, executed swiftly when the protestors sprung into action. BREAKING: We have taken the field at the Congressional Baseball Game + play has FROZEN!Congress sends billions of public $$ to subsidize deadly fossil fuels — but the police are tackling us instead.This Chevron-sponsored game cannot continue. This is unc…
Stunner: Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress Stunner: Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress
Stunner: Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress In a stunning move, Westchester's Hillary Clinton has endorsed County Executive George Latimer for a hotly contested congressional seat. A former First Lady and Senator, Clinton, of Chappaqua, made the announcement on X on Wednesday, June 12. "With Trump on the ballot, we need strong, principled Democrats in Congress more than ever, Clinton wrote. "In Congress, @LatimerforNY will protect abortion rights, stand up to the NRA, and fight for President Biden’s agenda—just like he’s always done. Make a plan to vote by June 25th!" Latimer is facing off with current two-term Democrat R…
Stunner: Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress Stunner: Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress
Stunner: Chappaqua's Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester's Latimer For Congress In a stunning move, Hillary Clinton has endorsed Westchester County Executive George Latimer in the highly contested Democratic primary race against two-term incumbent Jamaal Bowman. The District 16 primary is set for Tuesday, June 25. A former First Lady and US Senato from New York, Clinton, a Northern Westchester resident who resides in Chappaqua, made the announcement on X on Wednesday, June 12. "With Trump on the ballot, we need strong, principled Democrats in Congress more than ever, Clinton wrote. "In Congress, @LatimerforNY will protect abortion rights, stand up to the NRA, and figh…
New Poll Released On Latimer-Bowman Democratic Congressional Primary In Westchester New Poll Released On Latimer-Bowman Democratic Congressional Primary In Westchester
New Poll Released On Latimer-Bowman Democratic Congressional Primary In Westchester As the race between Westchester County Executive George Latimer and incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman for New York's 16th District seat heats up, an all-new poll is giving a glimpse of who may emerge victorious.  Click here for a new, updated story: Stunner: Hillary Clinton Endorses Westchester County Executive George Latimer For Congress According to a poll conducted by Emerson College Polling/PIX11/The Hill released on Tuesday, June 11, Latimer currently leads Bowman 48 percent to 31 percent. Meanwhile, 21 percent of voters are still undecided.  The 16th district include…
4 Campaign Workers Accused Of Misusing Absentee Ballots In Bridgeport 4 Campaign Workers Accused Of Misusing Absentee Ballots In Bridgeport
4 Campaign Workers Accused Of Misusing Absentee Ballots In Bridgeport Four campaign workers involved in the 2019 Bridgeport Democratic mayoral primary have been charged with misusing absentee ballots. On Tuesday, June 11, inspectors from the Statewide Prosecution Bureau in the Office of the Chief State’s Attorney arrested Bridgeport residents: Alfredo Castillo, age 52 Wanda Geter-Pataky, age 67 Nilsa Heredia, age 61 Josephine Edmonds, age 62 Each was charged with unlawful possession of absentee ballots and other election-related charges, said Chief State's Attorney Patrick J. Griffin. Three of the four are also charged with tampering with a witness, officia…
'Jury Of Our Peers Act' Allowing Convicted Felons To Serve On Juries Passes NY Legislature 'Jury Of Our Peers Act' Allowing Convicted Felons To Serve On Juries Passes NY Legislature
'Jury Of Our Peers Act' Allowing Convicted Felons To Serve On Juries Passes NY Legislature New Yorkers with felony convictions could soon serve on court juries after state lawmakers passed legislation reversing the lifetime ban on such service. The New York State Assembly on Friday, June 7, passed the “Jury of Our Peers Act,” which would allow those convicted of felonies to serve on New York juries once they are released from prison or have otherwise satisfied all of their sentencing requirements. Advocates say the move will help rectify an underrepresentation of minorities on juries. “Black New Yorkers have been systematically denied the right to serve on juries as they are dis…
Donald Trump Found Guilty On All 34 Felony Counts In Historic NY Hush Money Trial Donald Trump Found Guilty On All 34 Felony Counts In Historic NY Hush Money Trial
Donald Trump Found Guilty On All 34 Felony Counts In Historic NY Hush Money Trial A New York jury convicted former President Donald Trump of all charges in his alleged hush money trial, finding that he falsified business records to buy an adult film star’s silence and influence the 2016 presidential election. The historic verdict, the first adjudication and conviction of a former US president, was reached shortly before 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30, after around 10 hours of deliberation. Seven men and five women on the jury unanimously found Trump guilty on all 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in the first degree that were filed by Manhattan District Attorne…
'Melanie's Law' Closing Loophole That Led To Wappinger Mom's Killing Passes Assembly 'Melanie's Law' Closing Loophole That Led To Wappinger Mom's Killing Passes Assembly
'Melanie's Law' Closing Loophole That Led To Wappinger Mom's Killing Passes Assembly Two years after a young mother from New York was stabbed to death by her mother’s ex-boyfriend, state lawmakers have passed legislation aimed at closing the dangerous loophole that led to her killing. On Tuesday, May 21, the New York Assembly passed “Melanie’s Law,” allowing judges to expand orders of protection for immediate family members or household members of named victims of domestic violence, regardless of their age. The legislation is named after Melanie Chianese, who was stabbed to death on May 29, 2022, inside the Dutchess County residence in Wappingers Falls that she shared with …
Flag Linked To Jan. 6 Rioters Reportedly Flew Outside Justice Alito's Long Beach Home: NYT Flag Linked To Jan. 6 Rioters Reportedly Flew Outside Justice Alito's Long Beach Home: NYT
Flag Linked To Jan. 6 Rioters Reportedly Flew Outside Justice Alito's Long Beach Home: NYT A flag linked to the 2021 U.S. Capitol insurrection and Christian nationalists was reportedly seen flying over Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito's vacation home in Long Beach. The New York Times reported the "Appeal to Heaven" flag was raised over the house in July and September 2023. The white flag with a green pine tree dates back to the Revolutionary War but resurged in popularity among former President Donald Trump's supporters after the 2020 election. Daily Voice confirmed the flag was visible at the home in a Google Street View picture taken in August 2023. The New York Tim…
'Protected, Not Prosecuted': NY Bill Would Decriminalize Prostitution, Target Sex Traffickers 'Protected, Not Prosecuted': NY Bill Would Decriminalize Prostitution, Target Sex Traffickers
'Protected, Not Prosecuted': NY Bill Would Decriminalize Prostitution, Target Sex Traffickers New York lawmakers are considering new legislation aimed at protecting sex trafficking survivors and closing a legal loophole often used by their abusers. The Sex Trade Survivors Justice and Equality Act (STSJEA), introduced by Democratic Assemblywoman Pamela Hunter, would decriminalize prostitution and automatically expunge all prior convictions for prostitution. If passed, the bill would also: Eliminate a loophole in New York State law that prevents sex abusers from being charged with promotion of prostitution when they traffic people to themselves Prevent people from being charged as a…
Too Traumatic? School Lockdown Drills Would Be Reduced Under NY Bill Too Traumatic? School Lockdown Drills Would Be Reduced Under NY Bill
Too Traumatic? School Lockdown Drills Would Be Reduced Under NY Bill Some New York state lawmakers want to reduce the number of school lockdown drills that are held each year over concerns they could be harmful to students’ mental health. A bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. Andrew Gounardes and Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon would cut back the number of required lockdown drills from four per year to two. Schools would still have the option of conducting more drills if they chose to. The legislation would also mandate that school drills be conducted in a “trauma-informed, developmentally age-appropriate manner,” and would permit parents to opt their children ou…
Embattled Senator Bob Menendez Announces Wife Has Breast Cancer Embattled Senator Bob Menendez Announces Wife Has Breast Cancer
Embattled Senator Bob Menendez Announces Wife Has Breast Cancer Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), who is facing federal corruption charges said his wife, Nadine, is battling breast cancer. “Nadine is suffering from Grade 3 breast cancer, which will require her to have mastectomy surgery,” Menendez said. “We are of course, concerned about the seriousness and advanced stage of the disease. She will require follow up surgery and possibly radiation treatment.” Like her husband, Nadine Menendez is facing corruption and bribery charges. While the senator's trial is currently underway, her trial was pushed back due to medical concerns. Her trial is currently schedu…
Bowman, Latimer Blame Each Other After Person Thrown To Ground Outside NY-16 Debate Bowman, Latimer Blame Each Other After Person Thrown To Ground Outside NY-16 Debate
Bowman, Latimer Blame Each Other After Person Thrown To Ground Outside NY-16 Debate The campaigns of both Westchester County Executive George Latimer and incumbent Rep. Jamaal Bowman are blaming each other for an incident involving a supporter being thrown to the ground outside their first primary debate for New York's 16th District seat.  The incident happened before the candidates' debate on Monday, May 13 in White Plains, when a Bowman supporter approached Latimer, age 70, as he was walking into the building where the event was held. According to the Bowman campaign, the supporter was "violently thrown to the ground" while trying to ask Latimer a question.&nbs…
'Must Be Changed': Drugged Driving Loophole Target Of NY Bill Amid Rising Fatalities 'Must Be Changed': Drugged Driving Loophole Target Of NY Bill Amid Rising Fatalities
'Must Be Changed': Drugged Driving Loophole Target Of NY Bill Amid Rising Fatalities New York state lawmakers are considering legislation aimed at expanding the definition of drugged driving amid a rise in fatal crashes. A bill sponsored by Democratic Sen. John Mannion and co-sponsored by two Republicans would change the definition of “drug” in the vehicle and traffic law to include any substance or combination of substances that impairs one’s ability to drive. Under current state law, drivers who are obviously impaired by a drug can only be arrested and prosecuted if the substance they are on is listed in a specific section of the Public Health Law. The problem, proponent…
Wildwood Plans For Large Crowd, Protests At Trump's Campaign Rally Amid Hush Money Trial Wildwood Plans For Large Crowd, Protests At Trump's Campaign Rally Amid Hush Money Trial
Wildwood Plans For Large Crowd, Protests At Trump's Campaign Rally Amid Hush Money Trial Wildwood leaders are looking to keep rallygoers and protesters safe when former President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally on the Jersey Shore city's beachfront. Trump's rally will be held on the beach in Wildwood on Saturday, May 11. It will be his second campaign rally in the Cape May County city and his first of the 2024 election cycle. The city posted on Facebook on Friday, May 10, saying there would be "ample time" for rally attendees to find a spot in a space twice the size of what's needed for the expected crowd. "There is zero need to line up for the rally early," the city wrote…
Wildwood Prepares For Trump's Beachfront Campaign Rally Wildwood Prepares For Trump's Beachfront Campaign Rally
Wildwood Prepares For Trump's Beachfront Campaign Rally A city in Cape May County is preparing for a large crowd on its beachfront when former President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally. Trump's rally will be held on the beach in Wildwood on Saturday, May 11. The Wildwood Police Department posted information for anyone planning to attend the rally on Facebook on Friday, May 3. An aerial picture showed the beachfront area where the rally will be held at 3601 Boardwalk, near Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks. "The outlined area will have restricted access, with anyone entering the restricted area subject to security screening…
'I Don't Really Care': DA Flashes Badge, Phones Chief During Tense NY Traffic Stop 'I Don't Really Care': DA Flashes Badge, Phones Chief During Tense NY Traffic Stop
'I Don't Really Care': DA Flashes Badge, Phones Chief During Tense NY Traffic Stop A district attorney in upstate New York is under fire after she was caught on video berating and disobeying a police officer after refusing to pull over for a traffic stop. The tense exchange between Monroe County DA Sandra Doorley and a Webster Police Department officer on Monday, April 22, was captured in a 26-minute video recorded by the officer’s body camera. In the footage, the officer is seen approaching Doorley’s garage moments after she parked her SUV after ignoring his attempts to stop her for speeding. “I’m sorry, I’m the DA. I was going 55 coming home from work,” Doorley tells t…
NYers' Views On Transgender Athletes, Other Hot Button Issues Revealed In Fresh Polling NYers' Views On Transgender Athletes, Other Hot Button Issues Revealed In Fresh Polling
NYers' Views On Transgender Athletes, Other Hot Button Issues Revealed In Fresh Polling In an age where Democrats and Republicans can't seem to agree on anything, fresh polling shows New Yorkers on both sides of the aisle still have some common ground on a few hot button issues. Strong bipartisan majorities support safeguarding access to in vitro fertilization (IVF) and enhancing protections for the LGBTQ community, a Siena College poll released Monday, April 22, showed. Specifically, 80 percent of Democrats, 70 percent of Republicans, and 72 percent of independents favored safeguarding access to IVF for all Americans, the poll found. Related Report: 'Blatantly Illegal…
Biden Visit: Here's Last Time Sitting President Stopped By Irvington Biden Visit: Here's Last Time Sitting President Stopped By Irvington
Biden Visit: Here's Last Time Sitting President Stopped By Irvington President Joe Biden's impending visit to a village in Westchester is set to make history. It will be the first time a sitting president has visited that municipality in over half a century. Biden will arrive in the county on Thursday afternoon, April 25, when he is scheduled to appear at a fundraising event in the village of Irvington-on-Hudson hosted by actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones.  According to Irvington Mayor Jon Siegel, a sitting president's appearance in the village is rare and has not happened since October 23, 1972, when President Richard …
Trump Trial Witness David Pecker Has New Rochelle Ties Trump Trial Witness David Pecker Has New Rochelle Ties
Trump Trial Witness David Pecker Has New Rochelle Ties A key witness in former President Donald Trump's criminal trial who allegedly helped bury negative stories involving him has close ties to Westchester, including a university in the county from which he graduated.  Former media executive David Pecker, the former CEO of the National Enquirer's parent company, American Media, Inc., became the first witness to testify in Trump's criminal trial on Monday, April 22, and Tuesday, April 23,  The 72-year-old Pecker testified that he had used "catch and kill" tactics to buy rights to stories casting Trump in a negative light and then decl…
Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65 Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65
Congressman Donald Payne, Newark Native Dead At 65 Rep. Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) died on Wednesday, April 24 at the age of 65, weeks after suffering a cardiac episode. Payne, a Newark native, had served in Congress, representing New Jersey's 10th district since 2012, when he won a special election to fill the seat left vacant when his father, Donald Payne, Sr. died.  A graduate of Kean University, he previously served on the Essex County Board of Freeholders and the Newark Municipal Council and was known for his signature bowtie.  Earlier this month, Payne's office said he suffered a cardiac episode based on complications from di…
'Goodbye For Now': George Santos Ends Suffolk County Congressional Bid 'Goodbye For Now': George Santos Ends Suffolk County Congressional Bid
'Goodbye For Now': George Santos Ends Suffolk County Congressional Bid Just a month after launching his independent congressional bid, disgraced former New York Rep. George Santos is withdrawing from the race. The ex-Republican lawmaker from Long Island announced that he was ending his campaign for the state’s 1st District, representing eastern Suffolk County, in a post on X Tuesday, April 23. “I have decided to withdraw from my independent run for #NY1,” Santos said. “I don’t want my run to be portrayed as reprisal against [Republican] Nick Lalota… Although Nick and I don’t have the same voting record and I remain critical of his abysmal record, I don’t want …
Trump Trial: New Poll Reveals How NYers Feel About Hush Money Case Trump Trial: New Poll Reveals How NYers Feel About Hush Money Case
Trump Trial: New Poll Reveals How NYers Feel About Hush Money Case As the first day of testimony wrapped up in former President Donald Trump’s criminal trial, new polling showed that a majority of New Yorkers consider the prosecution warranted. A Siena College Research Institute poll released Monday, April 22, showed that 54 percent of respondents said the trial is “legitimate,” while 30 percent saw the prosecution as a meritless “witch hunt.” Broken down by party, 77 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of independents called the proceedings a “legitimate trial to determine whether Trump is or is not guilty of criminal behavior.” Meanwhile, 66 percent of …
Transcripts Of Trump Trial To Be Posted Online Daily Transcripts Of Trump Trial To Be Posted Online Daily
Transcripts Of Trump Trial To Be Posted Online Daily Those interested in the details of the "Hush Money" criminal trial against former President Donald J. Trump may read every word of what happened at Manhattan Criminal Court when the New York Court system publishes the transcripts online daily. Beginning Monday, April 22, the full transcript will be available here on the court system's website. The New York Unified Court System said it is doing so because the trial is not being televised and to push the courts to ensure broad and continuous public access to the high-profile case.  A certified transcript of each day’s trial pr…
Former President Trump To Hold Beachfront Campaign Rally In Wildwood Likely Mid-Trial Former President Trump To Hold Beachfront Campaign Rally In Wildwood Likely Mid-Trial
Former President Trump To Hold Beachfront Campaign Rally In Wildwood Likely Mid-Trial Former President Donald Trump will hold a reelection campaign rally on a New Jersey beach while likely in the middle of a criminal trial up the Atlantic coast in New York City. Trump's rally will be held on the beach in Wildwood on Saturday, May 11, according to a news release from the city on Thursday, Apr. 18. City commissioners passed a resolution on Monday, Apr. 15 approving the 45th President's second campaign visit to Wildwood. The Trump campaign website listed the address for the rally as 3601 Boardwalk, which is next to Morey's Piers & Beachfront Waterparks. The event will …
President Biden To Visit Irvington: Here's When President Biden To Visit Irvington: Here's When
President Biden To Visit Irvington: Here's When President Joe Biden will soon be making a stop in the region as part of a celebrity fundraising event. New, updated report: Biden's Irvington Visit To Impact Traffic, Cause Closures Biden will make his visit on Thursday, April 25 in Westchester County to a fundraising event in the village of Irvington-on-Hudson hosted by actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones, according to the event's webpage.  The exact location of the event has not yet been announced. The cheapest tickets for the fundraising events will cost $3,300, while the most expensive will cost as much…
North Philly Shooter Caught On Victim's Dash Cam: Police (UPDATED) North Philly Shooter Caught On Victim's Dash Cam: Police (UPDATED)
North Philly Shooter Caught On Victim's Dash Cam: Police (Updated) Police detectives in Philadelphia are looking for two suspects who shot at a driver on Friday night, April 12.  Authorities said the pair stopped in front of the victim at a red light at Old York Road and Cheltenham Avenue around 9:40 p.m. Dashboard camera footage shows the passenger open fire at the victim before fleeing in a black Nissan Murano.  Dashboard camera footage.  PhiladelphiaPolice Officials said the victim was struck once in the chest and hospitalized in critical condition.  The suspect vehicle was last seen fleeing north on Old York Road into Cheltenh…