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NJ Enacts New Digital Privacy Law After Murder Of Federal Judge’s Son

NJ Enacts New Digital Privacy Law After Murder Of Federal Judge’s Son

New Jersey has enacted a state law that criminalizes the publishing of personal addresses and phone numbers of judges and their families, after the of the son of a federal judge in North Brunswick this summer.Governor Phil Murphy signed Daniel’s Law, named after Daniel Anderl, in an emotional ceremony Friday as his mother, U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, described the impact the law will have. The law -- which prohibits the publication of home addresses and home phone numbers for any active or retired judge, prosecutor, or law enforcement officer -- takes effect immediately.“In the...

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Food Insecurity In NYC Rises Precipitously With No Federal Help In Sight

Food Insecurity In NYC Rises Precipitously With No Federal Help In Sight

Food pantries in NYC are struggling to keep up with a dramatic increase in demand for assistance due to the coronavirus pandemic, which has inflamed the already desperate situation faced by many New Yorkers living at the poverty line.Before the virus tore a hole through the city's economy, some 12% of residents were already reporting food insecurity fears. That percentage has jumped to 32% of surveyed residents, according to a new report from the Robin Hood Foundation -- underscoring the need for immediate federal help as local food pantries are stretched to the limit.“Before the pandemic,...

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New State Bill Would Give Parents Paid Leave To Help Kids With Remote Learning

New State Bill Would Give Parents Paid Leave To Help Kids With Remote Learning

Consider This, from NPR and WNYC, is the first podcast (ever!) to offer a mix of national and local news, every weekday at 5 PM. With NPR’s Audie Cornish and WNYC’s Rebeca Ibarra.With so many students dependent on the pandemic, some state lawmakers have crafted a bill that would allow parents to receive up to three months of paid leave to help their kids with online classes.The bill from State Senator Robert Jackson and State Assemblymember Michaelle Solages, both Democrats, would allow parents up to 12 weeks of paid family leave at two-thirds of their take-home pay to assist their kids...

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NYU Staying Open Despite Campus COVID-19 Cases Surpassing State Shutdown Threshold

NYU Staying Open Despite Campus COVID-19 Cases Surpassing State Shutdown Threshold

NYU 101 cases of COVID-19 at its main Washington Square campus within a two-week span on Wednesday, passing the state’s threshold of 100 cases in 14 days that was set by the state Department of Health for a to transition to all-remote learning.But NYU will stay open, officials said, citing the campus COVID testing positivity rate of 0.5 percent of the student, faculty, and staff population, across multiple campus locations in NYC“Based on our overall conditions — primarily our low positivity rate, which is significantly lower than the area surrounding the school, and the robust program of...

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“Domino Displacement”: How Homeless Families All Over NYC Could Be Uprooted By Upper West Side Fiasco - Gothamist

“Domino Displacement”: How Homeless Families All Over NYC Could Be Uprooted By Upper West Side Fiasco - Gothamist

View All Brands© 2020 New York Public Radio. All rights reserved.The city’s plan to shuffle to appease could mean that families living in a Brooklyn shelter get abruptly sent to different facilities all over the city, uprooting their kids just before the school year starts.In a plan that Councilmember Stephen Levin likened to “falling dominoes,” Levin's staff learned Friday about an updated plan by the city Department of Homeless Services with the goal of moving homeless residents out of the . Some Upper West Side residents have complained for months in the neighborhood since the hotel...

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More Smashed Windows Found On 7 Line Subway Car In Queens

More Smashed Windows Found On 7 Line Subway Car In Queens

Another 7 line subway car was found with 18 smashed windows in Queens Friday night, the latest in a summer-long that has cost the MTA hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair.Around 11:37 p.m. on Friday, a 7 train pulled into 61st Street-Woodside station and an MTA police officer found the smashed windows in the second-to-last car, the NYPD said.The train was taken out of service, and the MTA estimated cost to repair the windows would be $9,000.The MTA said there have been more than 400 subway windows broken since May, in more than 64 reported incidents according to police. While the 7...

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Teachers' Union Says There Are At Least 16 COVID-19 Cases Among School Staff

Teachers' Union Says There Are At Least 16 COVID-19 Cases Among School Staff

“I rely on your reporting to engage more thoughtfully with my community. Thank you.”There are at least 16 staffers with the New York City Department of Education diagnosed with , the president of the United Federation of Teachers union said on Thursday, as to classrooms to prepare to reopen schools September 21st.UFT President Michael Mulgrew said these were individual cases at 16 different school buildings, based on testing performed before teachers returned to school Tuesday. Since testing is not mandatory for the DOE staff, these results are coming from employees who underwent testing on...

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