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Officials Say Staten Island Water Tunnel Project is Almost Ready

by Associated Press
New York Harbor.

Loren Javier, Flickr

A Staten Island water tunnel project that had been delayed almost 18 months by damage caused by Superstorm Sandy will be completed in the fall.

   Officials said Thursday that construction to the Staten Island Siphon, which resumed in April, is more than halfway done.

   The tunnel will connect Staten Island and Brooklyn under the New York Harbor, and allow the removal of two existing water mains that are nearly a century old.

Community Activists Respond to Official Roundtable Regarding the Death of Eric Garner

by Kelsey Schappell

Kelsey Schappell, WFUV 

City Councilwoman Rosie Mendez said the NYPD has been overstepping its bounds lately.

"You don't put a pregnant woman in a chokehold. You do not put a man for supposedly selling ‘loosies’ in a chokehold," Mendez said at City Hall on Thursday.

Over the weekend, a pregnant Brooklyn woman was put into an apparent choke hold by police after they found her illegally grilling.

On July 17, Eric Garner died after being put in a similar hold by police as they arrested him for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes.

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