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December 07, 2017 | New York Post

With New York City on track for fewer than 300 homicides in 2017, the House just passed a bill to let people with concealed-carry permits issued in any state to legally pack hidden heat in every other state, no matter what the local gun laws say. The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, which would also strengthen the background-check system,...

December 07, 2017 | New York Daily News

Handing the National Rifle Association more ammo Wednesday, House Republicans rammed through a measure to allow licensed gun owners to carry concealed weapons across state lines. The bill was the first decisive action taken on guns in Congress since the Oct. 1 Las Vegas shooting that killed 58 and the Nov. 5 mass...

December 07, 2017 | NY1

A Manhattan landlord pled guilty this week after being accused of trying to force rent-stabilized tenants out of their apartment.  Ephram Vashovsky was convicted on criminal charges of reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance says this conviction is a warning to all landlords who force residents to live...

December 07, 2017 | New York Daily News

An East Harlem landlord who forced a family of seven out in the cold so he could renovate his building, pleaded guilty Wednesday to reckless endangerment and endangering the welfare of a child....“Ephraim Vashovsky ordered a gut renovation and demolition that created an inhumane and unsafe living environment for a family with five young...

December 06, 2017 | New York Times

District attorneys in all five boroughs of New York City and in other counties, in coordination with state agencies, have ratcheted up efforts against wage theft in the construction industry. A string of indictments this year detailed more than $2.5 million in unpaid wages for more than 400 construction workers in Manhattan and beyond...

December 04, 2017 | CBS New York

State and local authorities on Monday announced the results of a major crackdown against wage theft.

As WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond reported, complaints of widespread workers’ exploitation on job sites led to the joint effort in New York City and the surrounding in-state suburbs.

“All told, New Yorkers lose...

November 29, 2017 | CNN

[...] Members from the law enforcement group, Prosecutors against Gun Violence, planned to hold meetings with lawmakers Wednesday to lobby against the concealed carry bill and to throw their weight behind a gun control bill introduced last month that would ban "bump fire stocks" or "bump stocks," the device that enabled a gunman in Las Vegas recently to...

November 28, 2017 | New York Daily News

A Manhattan babysitter was convicted of raping two children and recording the depravity, prosecutors said Tuesday. Milton Narvaez, 35, was found guilty in Manhattan Supreme Court on Monday. Narvaez molested a 6-year-old boy over a period of six years, beginning in February...

November 20, 2017 | Wall Street Journal

A woman who claimed “the devil made her do it” was sentenced Monday to 18 years in prison for smothering her 20-month-old son in the bathroom of a Manhattan restaurant. Latisha Fisher, 38 years old, pleaded guilty in October in Manhattan Supreme Court to first-degree manslaughter for the death of her son, Gavriel Ortiz-Fisher, in...

November 16, 2017 | New York Daily News

Manhattan prosecutors have turned to private hackers to crack criminals' encrypted cellphones — and even used the tactic to nab a serial child molester, DA Cy Vance Jr. said Thursday. "It's just impossible to overstate the value of this kind of direct evidence," Vance said, addressing a crowd at the cybersecurity symposium...