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New York, New Jersey to Ramp Up Security

by Associated Press
New York harbor.

Diarlocritico de Venezuela, Flickr

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie are announcing increased security across their two states.

   The measures are being taken in the wake of increasingly active terrorist groups overseas.

   Cuomo said Wednesday they are not linked to a specific threat targeting the New York City region.

   The governors appeared at 7 World Trade Center to sign a bistate memorandum of understanding. They say it will lead to further cooperation between the two states' law enforcement agencies.

Young Migrants to NYC to Receive Legal Help

by Associated Press
New York City

City Hall, Momos/wikimedia

The New York City Council and two philanthropic foundations are setting aside $1.9 million to help unaccompanied immigrant children facing deportation.
 
The Council announced Tuesday that it is earmarking $1 million for legal representation and other services for the minors.

Morning Brief: September 22

by Jeff Coltin
High Line Park

David Berkowitz, flickr

The High Line—that creative park built on top of old elevated train lines on Manhattan’s west side—is finally done! Gothamist has some pictures of the new stretch, which goes all the way north to the 31st Street. But New York Mag warns us that even this part of the park is impermanent.

NYC Jail Watchdog Board Lacks Minorities

by Associated Press, Jake Pearson
Rikers Island Jail

Tim Rodenberg, wikimedia

At a time when New York City jail officials are struggling to quell rising levels of violence and better care for a growing number of mentally ill inmates, a civilian oversight board is being criticized for having no minorities or experts in mental illness.

Lawmakers Advance Port Authority Reforms

by Associated Press
Port Authority Bus Terminal

Wally Gobetz, Flickr

New Jersey lawmakers advanced a bill designed to improve transparency and accountability at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

   It moves to the full Senate after a Senate committee approved the bill on Thursday.

   New Jersey Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg and state Sen. Bob Gordon are prime sponsors of the bill, which grew from lane closings at the George Washington Bridge a year ago. The closures appear to have been politically motivated.

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