Final post here.
posted at 8:51 PM by bronx11
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…The Second Amendment reads: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." What many control advocates forget is that comma after the word state. They would like us to think that it refers only to a militia. The comma makes it very clear that it is the right of the people to keep and bear arms.Excellent piece. Read it all.
It certainly was the right of Margaret Johnson to bear arms in September, when a mugger tried to rob the wheelchair-bound Harlem resident. She drew the pistol she was carrying and shot him in his elbow. Ms. Johnson, who has a gun carry permit, was on her way to a shooting range when she was attacked. Statistics from the National Safety Council show that firearms are used more than 80 times more often to protect the lives of honest citizens than to take lives.
How often do we have to read about an estranged wife or girlfriend getting gunned down by her ex? Enacting more gun laws hasn't protected women in this city. Maybe instead of going after the gun manufacturers, our mayor should be trying to enact legislation to toughen stalker laws and to increase the penalties for those who violate orders of protection. How about offering self-defense classes or gun permits and firearms training to battered women before they become death statistics?
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Tenants at a Mott Haven building are demanding their landlord make changes after dangerously high carbon monoxide levels forced them out of their homes.
Residents hung signs at their building Thursday to bring attention to the landlord who they say puts profits above people. Many tenants are looking for new homes because they say the management has neglected the building, putting their lives at risk. They claim the landlord is not taking responsibility for the faulty boiler that firefighters say may have caused the leak.
Authorities say the tenants could have died if they were in the building 30 minutes longer during the leak Wednesday. Housing inspectors installed new detectors in some apartments after the incident. The Department of Housing Preservation and Development has 132 open violations on record for 602 E. 139th St., several of which are considered serious. The landlord did not return calls for comment.
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The committee recommends, first and foremost, a wage subsidy program that would encourage employers to hire qualified ex-inmates. The cost is estimated to be about $25 million, but the payback would be huge -- some $3.6 million for every 100 ex-offenders who avoid rearrest or living on welfare.Sounds good to me. They think Eliot Spitzer and state leaders should check out the report.
Other recommendations are equally practical, such as more emphasis on "soft" skills training to better prepare inmates for jobs that do not require "hard skills" such as machine operation, and educating employers on hiring former offenders.
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A state judge has ruled that the Legal Aid Society must be notified whenever the city moves to boot homeless people from its shelters.
State Supreme Court Justice Stanley Sklar in Manhattan said a 1981 consent decree requires the city to notify Legal Aid when it intends to evict a homeless person for failing to comply with rules that an appeals court permitted in 2003.
"While the city has taken many commendable steps to try to ensure that no one who is entitled to shelter is wrongly deprived of it, human error is inevitable and the risk of harm is too great to ignore this population, which contains many vulnerable individuals," the judge wrote in a decision made public Tuesday….
"Temporary housing assistance will not be denied or discontinued for failure of the individual ... to comply with the requirements of this subdivision when such failure is due to the physical or mental impairment of the individual," the judge wrote in quoting the consent decree.
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Charlotte Sapp says remnants of feces and urine from a flood in her apartment remain on the walls after floodwaters rose from her toilet and bathtub. Sapp, who claims her apartment has flooded six times, says her landlord sent a quarter of a bottle of bleach when she requested cleaning supplies. Sapp claims the stench in her apartment is so bad her kids can’t even sleep in their own beds.Sad.
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New York's local governments are burdened by underfunding and overbearing state mandates, according to a report released yesterday by a delegation of mayors from across the state.
In the report, the New York State Conference of Mayors urged lawmakers to ease the state's unmatched taxes by making state aid to localities more predictable, repealing "archaic" mandates, and reforming the public-employee benefit system.
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