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Gov. Phil Murphy Signs Sweeping Housing Eviction Prevention, Utility Assurance Into Law

UNION CITY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy signed sweeping housing eviction prevention and utility assurance into law. It comes as tens of thousands of New Jersey residents can’t pay their rent. The bill is expected to provide $750 million for rent and utility payments. The bill will end the eviction moratorium on Aug. 31, but also provide additional eviction protections for low and moderate income families until Dec. 31.  
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Search For Answers After 91-Year-Old Nicholas Rappa Found Dead After Being Tied Up, Beaten, Possibly Suffocated In His Pelham Manor Garage

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is investigating the death of a 91-year-old man who was found tied up inside his garage in the Bronx. Sources say police are looking to question a man wearing a construction vest who was seen talking to the victim. As CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reports, police were first called to the home on Wickham Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday for a report of a robbery. Police say 91-year-old Nicholas Rappa was found unconscious inside his garage, tied up with an electrical cord, and it looked like he had been beaten and possibly suffocated. Officers say a white truck was...
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8-Year-Old Bronx Girl Dies After Decorative Railing Collapses On Her

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – An 8-year-old Bronx girl has died after a stone railing collapsed on top of her. It happened around 8 p.m. Monday night at a building on Zerega Avenue near Tratman Avenue. Police say the girl was playing on the front porch and trying to squeeze between two of the granite columns when a 10-foot long section of the balustrade gave way. A neighbor saw the aftermath. “She fall on the ground and somebody holding her. And we call ambulance,” the neighbor said. “They should be careful about what they are doing when they build something because if they build right way, this wouldn’t happen. I’m said.” She was rushed to the hospital, but did not survive. The DOB says it hadn’t received any prior reports of structural issues at the building. The investigation into the incident continues.
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De Blasio: Cuomo ‘Should Be Charged’ Over Sexual Assault, Harassment Claims In AG Investigation

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Federal, state and local officials are calling for Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign or be removed from office after an attorney general investigation found he sexually harassed several women. Mayor Bill de Blasio upped the ante Wednesday morning, saying the governor should face criminal charges. .@NYCMayor Bill de Blasio says New York Gov. Cuomo should "resign for the good of New York state" and believes he should be charged criminally. pic.twitter.com/tZurQMJhLK — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) August 4, 2021 “I absolutely believe he should resign for the good of New York State and our people. If he doesn’t, the clamor...
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Officials Announce Plan To Preserve Crumbling BQE For Another 20 Years

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Mayor Bill de Blasio and officials announced a plan Wednesday morning for the crumbling Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. The mayor said the overarching plan involves limiting oversize trucks, using waterways to transport freight, and more. Officials say they will reduce the lanes from three to two, which will reduce the weight load and make driving safer. Traffic volume would be lessened by 11%, officials said. They also announced a specific plan to preserve the cantilever for another 20 years. It involves resurfacing and waterproofing the structure. MORE: Experts Propose Shrinking Brooklyn-Queens Expressway To Combat Traffic Officials said their plan isn’t just limited to one...
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Boil Water Advisory Remains In Effect For 9 Central New Jersey Towns

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A boil water advisory remains in effect for nine towns in Central New Jersey. There’s little water pressure due to a water main leak on Possumtown Road in Piscataway. The towns affected are: Clark Dunellen Edison Green Brook Linden Middlesex Piscataway Roselle South Plainfield Bottled water is being distributed in several locations from 9 a.m.- 10 p.m.: 495 Sidney Road, Piscataway 4000 Hadley Road, South Plainfield 100 New Market Road, Dunellen Warinanco Park @ the Ice-Skating Center, 1 Park Dr, Roselle 136 Oak Ridge Road, Clark For more information and questions, you can call 1-800-272-1325 or CLICK HERE.
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Broadway Returns After Nearly 17-Month Shutdown With 1st Performances Of ‘Pass Over’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The curtain goes up Wednesday for Broadway’s first play since the pandemic shut down production nearly 17 months ago. “Pass Over” begins previews at the August Wilson Theatre, with restrictions in place. Everyone will need proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test, and masks will be required. The play captures the struggle of two young Black men who dream of a life free from fear and racial injustice. Click here to see when other performances are set to return.
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New Jersey’s Own Athing Mu And Sydney McLaughlin Set Olympic Records

TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Two New Jersey women are bringing home the gold after breaking records in the Olympics. Trenton’s Athing Mu became the first American woman to win the 800 meters since 1968. The 19-year-old’s time is also now the U.S. record. Sydney McLaughlin, from Scotch Plains, won the 400 meter hurdles while beating her own previous world record. The 21-year-old is also the youngest person ever to medal in that event.
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Long Island Bus Driver Charged With DWI, Leaving Scene Of 2 Accidents

CALVERTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island bus driver is facing felony charges for allegedly driving drunk and leaving the scene of two accidents while taking kids home from Scout camp. Prosecutors say 61-year-old Diane Juergens’ blood alcohol level was .30 following her arrest on July 13. They say Juergens first struck a stone pillar trying to make a U-turn after leaving the Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, then hit a car on Sound Avenue. Ten children and a camp counselor on board the bus were not injured.
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Broadway Returns After Nearly 17-Month Shutdown With 1st Performances Of ‘Passover’

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The curtain goes up Wednesday for Broadway’s first play since the pandemic shut down production nearly 17 months ago. “Passover” begins previews at the August Wilson Theatre, with restrictions in place. Everyone will need proof of vaccination or proof of a negative COVID test, and masks will be required. The play captures the struggle of two young Black men who dream of a life free from fear and racial injustice. Click here to see when other performances are set to return.
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NYC To Require Proof Of Vaccination For Indoor Dining, Fitness And Entertainment

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — People will soon have to show proof of vaccination for indoor dining, fitness and entertainment in New York City. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the “Key to NYC Pass” on Tuesday. “When you hear those words, I want you to imagine the notion that because someone is vaccinated, they can do all the amazing things that are available in New York City,” he said. “If you’re unvaccinated, unfortunately, you will not be able to participate in many things.” The mandate is similar to ones issued last month in France and Italy, but it’s a first-of-its kind in the U.S. The...
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NYPD: Body Of 91-Year-Old Man Found In Bronx Garage With His Hands Tied

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are investigating the death of a 91-year-old man in the Bronx. The man’s body was found Tuesday afternoon inside a garage at his home on Wickham Avenue in the Pelham Gardens section of the borough. The NYPD said his hands were tied and it looked like he had been beaten — and possibly suffocated. He was later identified as 91-year-old Nicholas Rappas. Sources told CBS2 police are searching for a man seen wearing a construction vest in the area shortly before the body was found.
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Bronx Residents Hope Good Vibrations From ‘National Night Out’ Continue Between Police And The Community

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Tuesday night was National Night Out against crime, an annual event to strengthen the relationship between police and the people they serve. And as Police Commissioner Dermot Shea told CBS2’s Ali Bauman in the Bronx, the events were part of the NYPD‘s crime-fighting strategy. There was a block party on the Grand Concourse. “I’m really having fun because there’s a lot of things here you can play with,” 8-year-old Hawlat Dawood said. READ MORE: ‘National Night Out’ Takes Aim At Rising Gun Violence The Bronx’s 46th Precinct hosted its National Night Out, bringing together police and community. “The other day, right around this...
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Charlotte Bennett, Other Accusers Speak Out After Bombshell Gov. Cuomo Investigation Report, Call For Impeachment

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There was plenty of reaction Tuesday to the New York state attorney general’s report on sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Accuser Charlotte Bennett spoke exclusively to CBS News. READ MORE: Gov. Cuomo Sexually Harassed Multiple Women In Violation Of State And Federal Law, AG Investigation Finds Bennett, a former aide to Cuomo, and one of the 11 women who accused him of acting inappropriately, reacted swiftly on Twitter to the investigation. “Resign,” she wrote. Resign, @NYGovCuomo. — Charlotte Bennett (@_char_bennett_) August 3, 2021 She later spoke exclusively to CBS News anchor Norah O’Donnell. “Well, based on his statement earlier today, I’m going to...
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Nassau County Begins Initiative To Bring COVID-19 Vaccine To Any Business That Requests It

WESTBURY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A new traveling vaccine program will bring the shots directly to businesses on Long Island. Despite Nassau County boasting a high vaccination rate, the number of hesitant residents is significant as the Delta variant rages on, CBS2’s Jennifer McLogan reported Tuesday. “This is a time we are starting to see increased cases. New information is coming out. If you are vaccinated, you are not going to die of COVID Delta variant,” Nassau County Health Commissioner Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein said. COVID VACCINE New York State book online here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX New York City book online here or call 877-VAX-4NYC Track NYC vaccinations by zip code Nassau County more info...
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8 Alleged Gang Members Charged In Sophisticated Financial Crime Spree Targeting, Among Others, Uber And Lyft Drivers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Eight alleged New York City gang members are now facing charges. They’re accused of taking part in shootings, and what investigators describe as sophisticated financial crimes. Among their victims were Uber and Lyft drivers, CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported. Aaron Heredia, 21, was escorted into a Manhattan courtroom Tuesday to answer multiple charges in what prosecutors say was a wave of gang-related financial and violent crimes. READ MORE: NYPD: 7 Gang Members Arrested In Bronx Car Dealership That Left Dad Injured As He Shielded His 3 Children The defendants are Heredia, Akeyle Baker, Daijon Crawford, Zykeith Fearon, Tahari Pritchard, Kelechi Ogidi, Delroy...
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Despite Having Its Tools Stolen, Long Island Nonprofit Completes Renovations On Disabled Mom’s Hempstead Home

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — There was a big reveal Tuesday for a disabled Long Island mother whose house was in dire need of repair. CBS2’s Christina Fan has more on the transformation. There were cries of pure joy inside the Hempstead home as Claire Helfenbein saw her renovated house for the very first time. She sobbed as she received a room-by-room tour from the volunteers who made it happen. “I just felt so loved. I felt like a big, cozy blanket was hugging me when I saw all these wonderful people that are here, clapping and telling me welcome home, we love you and...
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Westchester County Unveils Joint Effort To Tackle Gun And Gang Violence

NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – Tuesday is National Night Out Against Crime, an annual event to bridge the divide and bring police and communities closer together. In Westchester, it comes as the DA pushes local cops to work more closely with each other. As CBS2’s Tony Aiello reports, a constant stream of data, surveillance video, and human intelligence flows into the Westchester County Real Time Crime Center. It’s an ambitious effort to monitor crime and response from 40 separate local police departments, some with historic rivalries. “We have seen an increased cooperation throughout the years with the sharing of information and intelligence. Now...
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NYPD: 70-Year-Old Woman Raped At Gunpoint In Stairwell Of Bronx Apartment Building

(credit: NYPD) NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The NYPD Special Victims Unit is investigating after a 70-year-old woman was raped at gunpoint in the Bronx. The incident happened at 2 a.m. on July 27 on Belmont Avenue in the Tremont section. According to police, the victim had just entered her apartment building when she was approached by a man wearing two plastic masks, one red and one black. Police said the man pulled out a gun and forced the woman into the stairwell, where he raped her. Neighbors who live nearby told CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge they couldn’t believe it. “Why would you do that? That’s your mother, that’s...
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‘National Night Out’ Takes Aim At Rising Gun Violence

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Amid rising levels of gun violence here and across the nation, an annual event is taking place, meant to make neighborhoods safer. (credit: Thalia Perez/CBS2) National Night Out gatherings will be held later Tuesday in communities throughout the region. The community-building campaign promotes partnerships with police and neighborhood good will. Millions take part all across the country. Events in our area are happening Tuesday evening in Central Park, Jersey City, Port Chester and many other locations.