New York City

On First Day of School, Speed Surveillance to Begin

by Connor Ryan, Jeff Coltin
Camera.

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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan gathered Monday to announce speed camera enforcement near schools is slated to begin on Sept. 9, the city's first day of the new school year. The five-year program will include mobile and fixed cameras at unmarked locations that have been decided based on a number of factors, including: crash data and road geometry.

Now Memorial, Fire Truck Used on 9/11 to Visit NYC

by Associated Press

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A fire truck that carried 11 firefighters to the World Trade Center for what would prove to be their last assignment is returning to Staten Island for the first time in more than a year.

The Staten Island Advance reports that the Rescue Co. 5 truck is to be the centerpiece of a fund-raising event Aug. 25.

The firefighters used the truck to rush to ground zero to respond to the Sept. 11 terror attacks. Eleven died.

The truck later became a mobile memorial for the Chicago-based Remembrance Rescue Project. The nonprofit group aims to help children understand 9/11.

Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Anthony Weiner (D)

by Kris Venezia
Mayoral Candidate Anthony Weiner

Boss Tweed, flickr

The 48-year old ex-Congressman sure has a difficult time staying out of the media spotlight, and he’s been on the cover of the Daily News and New York Post more times than he’d probably like. But despite a second sexting scandal (the first being in 2011 when he resigned from Congress) and numerous calls to drop out of the mayor’s race, Anthony Weiner continues his run for the New York City throne.

Liu: Legalize Pot to Help NYC Youth

by Jeff Coltin
Bowl of Marijuana

Blind Nomad, flickr

John Liu wants to legalize pot to help the city's youth. The New York City Comptroller and democratic mayoral candidate released a report on Wednesday saying legalizing and taxing marijuana would garner the city more than $400 million each year. He said the extra money could be used to lower tuition at CUNY schools.

Up Close With NYC's Mayoral Candidates: Christine Quinn (D)

by Connor Ryan
Mayoral candidate Christine Quinn

David Shankbone, wikimedia

Quinn began her career on the City Council in 1999, and was later elected Speaker in 2006. The Long Island native entered politics after graduating from Trinity College in 1988. She worked as chief of staff for then-City Councilman Thomas Duane, became the executive director of the New York City Anti-Violence Project and then served as the head of the Housing Justice Campaign for the Association of Neighborhood and Housing Development.

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