Bernie Sanders’ Revolution Might Win in New York After All – —By Tim Murphy | Thu Apr. 21, 2016 6:00 AM EDT

But not the way you think.


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Bryan Smith/ZUMA Wire

The first real sign of what awaited Hillary Clinton in the 2016 Democratic presidential race came two years ago, when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo found himself in an unexpectedly heated primary fight with a liberal gadfly from Vermont. Cuomo’s opponent, Zephyr Teachout, was a Fordham law professor who volunteered at Occupy Wall Street and wrote a book about political corruption. Teachout considered the governor too corporate and too conservative. Cuomo paid her so little attention that on election night, she struggled to find a phone number to call the governor to concede.

But Cuomo couldn’t ignore the results. Despite losing by nearly 30 points, Teachout exposed a deep fissure within the state Democratic Party. She won 32 of 62 counties, carrying some upstate areas by more than 50 points. Her running mate, Columbia law professor Tim Wu, called the primary “the first of what will be a long-running series of contests within the Democratic Party which really divide on the issue of inequality and private power.”

Wu’s prediction has come to pass. Clinton is now locked in an unexpectedly heated presidential primary with a liberal gadfly from Vermont, Bernie Sanders, and the 44-year-old Teachout has moved on to her second act—she’s running for Congress. Sanders has raised money for Teachout and called her a member of his “political revolution.” Teachout has endorsed Sanders. The Vermont senator’s best result in Tuesday’s New York primary came in Teachout’s 19th congressional district, which he won by 18 points. The similarities between two of the left’s leading critics of corporatocracy are obvious to the point of cliché. (In an email spit-balling sensationalist angles my story might take, Teachout’s spokeswoman joked that I would describe her boss as “Bernie’s illegitimate child.”) Sanders probably won’t be on the ballot this November; instead, the fate of his movement will be in the hands of candidates like Teachout.

On a recent Saturday afternoon, as we drove to lunch at a micro-brewery in Troy, New York, Teachout explained why, if you want to know what ails America, you need to understand where chickens come from. She did not mean this in a philosophical way. What you need to understand is an idea she calls “chickenization,” a system pioneered by agricultural giants such as Tyson, in which local contract farmers agree to standardize their practices on behalf of big companies that keep most of the profits. She considers this a major problem in the 19th district, a largely rural swath of upstate New York that covers all or parts of 11 counties, from the Catskills to the Hudson. Many of the farms in the district contract with just one company, Dean Foods.

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Cities around world tighten New Year’s Eve security amid terror attack fears – Mark Tran Thursday 31 December 2015 06.20 EST

London, Paris, Moscow, Brussels, Ankara, Madrid and New York among cities taking extra precautions for end-of-year celebrations

A Belgian soldier patrols on Brussels' Grand Place

Brussels has cancelled its official celebrations, Paris called off an annual fireworks display on the Champs-Élysées and London increased the numbers of firearms officers on the streets as authorities across the world stepped up security measures for New Year’s Eve.

Belgian police detained six people during house searches in Brussels on Thursday in an investigation into an alleged plot to carry out an attack in the city. Earlier in the week two other people were arrested on suspicion of preparing attacks on “emblematic sites” in Brussels during the celebrations. Another man was questioned over links to last month’s Paris attacks.

Authorities said a firework display and festivities that attracted 100,000 people last year would not go ahead after revealing the alleged jihadi plot.

“Unfortunately we have been forced to cancel the fireworks and all that was planned for tomorrow [Thursday] evening,” the mayor, Yvan Mayeur, told Belgian broadcaster RTBF. “It’s better not to take any risks.”

In Paris, where 130 people were killed by extremists last month, the annual fireworks display on the Champs-Élysées has been called off and 11,000 police, soldiers and firefighters will patrol the French capital. In all, 60,000 police and troops will be deployed across the country.

However, France’s biggest public gathering since the atrocities will still go ahead on the Champs-Élysées.

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Novak Djokovic Defeats Roger Federer, New York – By JASON GAY Updated Sept. 14, 2015 12:34 a.m. ET

Although Roger Federer, left, was the New York crowd favorite, Novak Djokovic emerged as the winner of the U.S. Open men’s final.

Although Roger Federer, left, was the New York crowd favorite, Novak Djokovic emerged as the winner of the U.S. Open men’s final. Photo: Julio Cortez/Associated Press

Flushing, N.Y.

The number by his name is No. 1 for a reason.

Noisy New York didn’t want Novak Djokovic to do it Sunday night. It really didn’t. It sounded hostile, but it wasn’t hostile. It was just that on the other side of the net was Roger Federer, beloved Rog-ah! in a U.S. Open final for the first time in six years, at 34. The most popular player in tennis had a real chance to add another Grand Slam to a magical career, and who knew if he’d get back to this place again.

So noisy New York openly rooted against Djokovic. It cheered his misery. It talked in his backswing. It roared at his service faults.

OK: maybe it was a little hostile.

It was definitely tacky by the standards of tennis, but wasn’t personal, Novak, it really wasn’t. New York just didn’t need you to be on your best. Not on this night.

Except Djokovic isn’t built for standing down. Djokovic occasionally finds himself pitted as the antagonist, even now, as an engaging and habitual champion, but he is nobody’s foil. Throughout his career, the 28-year-old Serbian has shown an astonishing talent to elevate in an environment where the crowd isn’t going his way, to turn that friction into something ferociously sublime.



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At Least Five Black Woman Found Dead In Jail Since Mid-July – BY CARIMAH TOWNES JUL 28, 2015 9:45PM



On Monday morning, police in Mount Vernon, New York discovered a 44-year-old woman dead in her cell. She is the fifth black woman, at least, to die behind bars this month.

According to Mayor Earnest Davis, Raynetta Turner was arrested and locked in a holding cell Saturday afternoon on shoplifting charges. Some time after her arrest, Turner informed Westchester County police that she had numerous medical problems, and was eventually brought to Montefiore-Mount Vernon Hospital Sunday evening. She returned to the holding cell briefly that night, before she was taken for fingerprinting at 2 a.m. She was found dead 12 hours later.

The mayor has since explained that Turner’s medical history included hypertension and bariatric surgery. No official cause of death has been determined.

But her death follows at least four other deaths of black women in police custody since July 13, shining an even brighter spotlight on the plight of black women in the criminal justice system and fueling the Black Lives Matter movement. On that date, Sandra Bland was found hanging in her cell, three days after she was violently stopped for failing to signal a lane change in Waller County, Texas. The next day, 18-year-old Kindra Chapman committed suicide in an Alabama prison. She was arrested for stealing a cell phone. Joyce Curnell was arrested on shoplifting charges and found dead in her cell on July 24. On July 26, officers found Ralkina Jones dead in the Cleveland Heights City Jail, two days after she was arrested for a physical dispute with her husband. Like Turner, she was brought to a medical facility after a staff member observed Jones was lethargic — then returned to the jail. Prison officials say they conducted several check ups on the night she returned, but found her unresponsive around 7:30 the next morning. An investigation is currently under way.

UPDATE JUL 28, 2015 10:03 PM

This post has been changed to reflect a fifth death reported by Post and Courier.


Uber just threw down the gauntlet to New York City’s mayor – MAYA KOSOFF Jul. 20, 2015, 2:11 PM

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Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg via Getty ImagesUber CEO Travis Kalanick.

Uber has an offer for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: Let’s talk.

In a letter to de Blasio, Uber NYC General Manager Josh Mohrer suggested the two have a public debate that could help the sides resolve some disputes about the city’s policies toward the richly valued ride-hailing service.

“When your proposal to cap Uber was introduced, your administration said it was about congestion. The op-ed you wrote in the New York Daily News this weekend was about everything but congestion,” Mohrer said.

“If you have new concerns, we want to discuss them, face-to-face, and invite you to do so in a live-streamed conversation so all New Yorkers can watch.”

De Blasio and the city council have proposed a freeze on growth for for-hire vehicle companies, including Uber and Lyft. The city is conducting a study about congestion, traffic, and pollution, which it says Uber may be contributing to.

If it were to become a law, the measure could stunt Uber’s growth in New York. This could significantly hurt the company as New York is one of the company’s largest and most mature markets and the company is generating hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue there.

Under the proposed bill, for-hire vehicle companies that have bases with 500 cars or more — which includes Uber — would only be able to increase their number of vehicles by 1% every year. For Uber, this would mean adding just 201 new drivers for the next year. In a city where Uber says it’s adding 25,000 new users every week, it’s easy to see how this could affect Uber.

The new bill could come to a vote as soon as this week. It is perhaps not a coincidence that Uber sent out the letter minutes before an unrelated press conference de Blasio hosted. The mayor was then asked about the invitation to debate with Uber. His reply, according to the New York Times’ Matt Flegenheimer: “I don’t debate with private corporations.”

De Blasio responds to the Uber debate invitation: “I don’t debate with private corporations.”

— Matt Flegenheimer (@mattfleg) July 20, 2015

We’ve also reached out to the mayor’s office to ask for an official statement. We’ll update this post if we hear back.

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New York City to pay Garner family $5.9m in choking death – Vice News July 15 2015

New York City has agreed to pay $5.9m (£3.8m) to the family of Eric Garner who died after a violent arrest.

Garner's final words "I can't breathe" became a protest chant

The arrest was captured on video and Garner’s words “I can’t breathe” became a slogan for protesters nationwide.

Garner’s death was one of a number of controversial cases in the US where unarmed black people have been killed by white police officers.

Family members had begun steps to file a lawsuit against New York, initially seeking $75m.

Police officers stopped Garner on 17 July 2014 outside a store on Staten Island for selling loose, untaxed cigarettes.

After Garner argued with police and refused to be handcuffed, officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in a neck hold. Garner, who had asthma, was wrestled to the ground and restrained by force. He died later at a local hospital.

“Following a judicious review of the claim and facts of this case, my office was able to reach a settlement with the estate of Eric Garner that is in the best interests of all parties,'” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said on Monday.

New York City did not admit to any liability. Mr Stringer has spearheaded efforts to settle civil rights case quickly, saying it saves the city money on legal fees.

Garner – shown here with his children – died after a violent encounter with New York City police

The city’s medical examiner’s office found that Garner’s death was a homicide and was caused by “the compression of his chest and prone positioning during physical restraint by police”.

Critics said Mr Pantaleo performed a chokehold on Garner, which is banned by police department policy. Mr Pantaleo claimed the hold was a legal manoeuvre.

A grand jury declined last December to charge the arresting officers, setting off weeks of protests. A federal investigation into the case continues.

Garner’s family plans to lead a rally pushing for federal charges against the officers on Saturday outside the Brooklyn offices of the United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York.

The Garner family and the Reverend Al Sharpton also plan to hold a news conference about the case on Tuesday.

“This is not about people getting money,” Mr Sharpton told the New York Times. “This is about justice – we’ve got to restructure our police departments – and how we deal with policing nationwide.”