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Menendez also used doctor’s private jet for his gal pal: feds

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NEWARK, N.J. — Sen. Robert Menendez didn’t just accept flights on a wealthy pal’s private jet for himself — he also arranged for a gal pal to fly for free, the feds said on Tuesday. In May 2010, Menendez asked Dr. Salomon Melgen to fly his girlfriend — financial advisor-turned-political candidate Gwendolyn Beck — to the Dominican Republic on the doctor’s dime, prosecutors said. The senator, who was already on the Caribbean island at the time, made the request to the West Palm Beach ophthalmologist by email, FBI agent Alan Mohl testified in Newark federal court. follow the story Menendez also used doctor's private jet for his gal pal: feds Witness says Menendez had access to Dominican paradise at resort Menendez allegedly only paid for flights with pal after press inquiry GOP targets Menendez for missing Senate votes during trial Menendez pal's private jet was stocked with senator's favorite water: pilot Robert Menendez gets called out for being an environmental hypocrite SEE ALL 44 STORIES “Did he (Menendez) pay Dr. Melgen for Gwendolyn Beck’s travel?” prosecutor Monique Tara Abrashami asked Mohl. “No,” the agent responded. Beck, who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Virginia in 2014, also flew on Melgen’s private jet with Menendez for an all-expense-paid weekend at the luxurious Tortuga Bay resort in Sept. 2010, records sh…

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Signal issues cause morning subway chaos

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Commuters faced a maddening morning commute Wednesday morning when a signal issue on the 7 line caused major delays on Manhattan-bound trains. The signal issues at the Vernon-Jackson station in Long Island City began at around 7 a.m. Platforms on nearly every 7 train station in Queens were jam-packed, and riders who waited for two or three trains to pass before they could fit on one found that they didn’t even take them to Manhattan. The trains took riders only as far as Queensboro Plaza or Hunters Point, and then turned back. Fed up Queens residents wondered when the MTA would get i…

De Blasio’s newest city agency: Office of Nightlife

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The City That Never Sleeps meets the Government That Always Grows. Mayor de Blasio went to a funky Brooklyn nightclub Tuesday night to sign a bill creating a new city agency — the Office of Nightlife, which is supposed to oversee clubs and cabarets. Despite the presence of community boards and the city’s own Department of Small Business Services, the mayor believes another layer of government is needed to deal with quality-of-life issues and to help keep struggling clubs from going under. The bill, which de Blasio signed at the House of Yes in Bushwick, will add two new staffers to a munic…

Driver in deadly bus crash was illegally employed by charter company

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Raymond Mong, 49, was driving a two-year-old tour bus owned by Flushing-based Dahlia Group Inc., and travelling up to 62 mph at the time of the Monday crash in Flushing that also injured 16 people, officials said. The Department of Motor Vehicles has “no record” of being notified by Dahlia of Mong’s employment at the bus company as required by state law given his prior arrest for DUI, according to DMV spokeswoman Tiffany Portzer. “This is an ongoing state and federal investigation and we cannot comment further,” Portzer said. Before Mong crashed the Dahlia tour bus into a Q20 bus pack…

State Senate candidate: Dem leaders have ‘stolen’ nomination

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A candidate for a vacant state Senate covering lower Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn is accusing Democratic Party leaders of stealing the nomination from him. “They’ve stolen the seat from with Boss Wright and Boss Seddio overruling the people,“ charged candidate Paul Newell, referring to Manhattan Democratic Party leader Keith Wright and Brooklyn Democratic leader Frank Seddio. Breaking: @DanielSquadron condemns @ManhattanDems Keith Wright & Brooklyn Boss Frank Seddio for closed door process in #SD26! pic.twitter.com/kZvGDgNlBD — Paul Newell (@NewellNYC) September 18, 2017 …

Syracuse mayor may challenge Cuomo in primary

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Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner huddled with Democratic Party activists Tuesday as she weighs a primary challenge to Gov. Cuomo’s re-election bid next year, sources told The Post. Miner met in Albany with members of the left-leaning New York Progressive Action Network — self described “Berniecrats” who backed Bernie Sanders presidential campaign last year and are seeking an alternative to Cuomo. Miner and the activists discussed economic development, mass transit, education funding and electoral reform, among other issues. “She spoke about the misuse of economic development funds under Cuom…

City officials powerless to stop reckless charter-bus companies

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Dahlia Group — which owns the bus and hired the driver who slammed into a Q20 bus Monday in Flushing, killing three and injuring 16 — has racked up seven violations for unsafe driving over the last two years. But only the federal Department of Transportation can yank the company’s operating permit, leaving local pols with little recourse to punish the company for safety violations. Lawmakers Tuesday called for a hearing to learn what controls they have over charter bus operators via the city’s Department of Transportation. “In the coming months, we will hold an oversight hearing at C…

Malliotakis could run for other office if mayoral bid fails: GOP chairman

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Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis could emerge from the mayoral race as a contender for governor or other statewide office in 2018, GOP state Chairman Ed Cox said on Tuesday. “I’d love it simply because of my admiration for the Assembly (Republicans) and what they stand for,” he said. Cox gave the assessment to reporters after being asked if he’d like to see the Staten Island lawmaker run for governor. “Great candidate for mayor,” he said. “With the right circumstances, she could be elected mayor. If that were not to happen, I could see her being a very effective candidate for other offices…

29 NY colleges aren’t following state law to prevent sex assault

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Twenty-nine New York colleges and other higher ed institutions are not complying with the state law aimed at stopping sexual assaults on campus, according to a new audit. Among those on the non-compliant list are Brooklyn College, the CUNY Graduate Center, Lehman College and Queensborough Community College, all part of the city University system. The list also includes the New York Theological Seminary and the Salvation Army School for Officer Training. Under the law approved in 2015, all colleges must have “affirmative consent” policies — meaning a student must give or receive verba…

This horrific, deadly train wreck sparked the creation of the MTA

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“Right after the MTA formed in 1968, that’s when the city hit its fiscal crisis” and funding for infrastructure for public services plummeted, recalled Chris Jones, chief planner for the Regional Plan Association. “In the late 1970s, it was an everyday mini-crisis,” he said. “For many people who took the subways, there wasn’t a week that went by where there wasn’t a train taken out of service when you were on your way to work.” Richard Ravitch, MTA head from 1979 to 1983, recalled, “There were daily derailments, fires and delays.” Gene Russianoff of the Straphangers Campaign noted, “…

Judge: I was pushed into slugging lawyer — and video backs me up

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A judge criminally charged with assault for drunkenly slugging a Legal Aid lawyer outside a Manhattan party insists the trash-talking defense attorney started the beef — and says he has the video to prove it. Probation judge Robert Beltrani, 54, was arrested for slugging lawyer Sam Roberts, 48, Oct. 20 and was suspended without pay pending the outcome of a disciplinary hearing. The surveillance video, a copy of which was obtained by The Post, shows Roberts exit the Chelsea venue at 115 W. 18th St. and walk directly over to Beltrani as he chats with the party’s host, lawyer Andrew Bernstein.…

Teens, their dads sue school district over sexting suspension

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Two Long Island teens and their irate dads are suing their school district, principal and superintendent over a one​-day suspension the​ kids were given for being texted an unsolicited sex ​video featuring other students. Dads Andrew Fenton and Thomas Phelan claim in ​the suit, filed Tuesday in ​Brooklyn federal court​, ​that their sons​ — who attend Kings Park High School in Smithtown​ ​– were sitting at home when they received a Nov. 4, 2015 group text message that “allegedly consisted of a sexual encounter between two students.” The now-11th graders are not named …

Witness says Menendez lived large at Dominican resort

New York Post

Robert Menendez’s stays at the luxurious Casa de Campo in the Dominican Republic gave him access to white-sand beaches, a marina filled with expensive yachts and five golf courses, a resort executive testified Monday at the New Jersey senator’s corruption trial. The seven-acre gated community on the Caribbean Sea also boasts the top-rated golf course in the Dominican Republic, six international restaurants, a security staff of 800, and access to elite sports like pheasant shooting, Andres Pichardo Rosenberg, the resort’s president, told a Newark federal jury. “We import the eggs and cultiva…

The Bronx makes pitch for Amazon’s new headquarters

New York Post

The Bronx is no longer burning — instead it’s yearning . . . for more jobs. More than two dozen elected officials from across the borough have sent a joint letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos urging him to locate the e-commerce giant’s second national headquarters in The Bronx. “The Bronx offers more advantages to Amazon than any other municipality. We are six miles from LaGuardia Airport, 20 minutes from Kennedy Airport, and Manhattan is just a quick train ride away,” said the letter signed by Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. and most of the borough’s congressional, state and City …

Mark-Viverito targets Manhattan Dem over ‘interesting’ re-election

New York Post

Wright, a former Harlem assemblyman who works for a lobbying firm, was re-elected as party head Saturday — more than a week before the vote was originally scheduled. Mark-Viverito posted a link Tuesday morning to The Post story that broke news of his re-election, noting that as a district leader she and her co-leader did not receive prior notice of the vote. “Interesting,” she tweeted. “As elected district leader don’t remember getting notification for this vote. Neither did my co-leader.” According to party rules, district leaders are supposed to r…

Jail violence is increasing under de Blasio’s watch

New York Post

The city’s jails have grown more dangerous every year under Mayor de Blasio, according to figures released Monday. View this document on Scribd The inmate-on-inmate violence rate, inmate assaults on staff and the number of fights behind bars are all increasing, the Department of Correction said in the Mayor’s Management Report released on Monday. The surges came under former jails chief Joseph Ponte, who retired in June amid questions about his misuse of a city vehicle and the significant time he was spending out of state. Despite having de Blasio’s backing to the end, Ponte oversaw a 6…

Judge says Weiner and Huma can’t get divorced in secret

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Serial sexter Anthony Weiner’s been exposed again. This time a Manhattan judge has yanked a confidentiality caption that was shielding the disgraced pol’s divorce case with his soon-to-be-ex wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, from the public. Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz has decided to remove the ​”​Anonymous ​vs. Anonymous​”​ designation from the pending lawsuit. A court spokesman confirmed that the case will soon be referred to in public records as Abedin versus Weiner. Matrimonial records are sealed and the judge chose not to use his authorit…

Man injured by falling tree in SoHo

New York Post

A tree fell on top of a man in SoHo Tuesday afternoon — sending him to the hospital, officials and witnesses said. The man, who wasn’t immediately identified but was believed to be in his 50s, was in front of 39 Crosby St. when the tree crashed onto him around noon. He was taken to New York Presbyterian with minor injuries. Vitaly Ponomarev “I was sitting down right there, smoking a cigarette when I heard this sound, like something was cracking,” said Vitaly Ponomarev, 30, who had been sitting nearby. He said the man, who ended up lying with the tree on top of him, …