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Hate Crimes Up Against Muslim, Jewish New Yorkers

by Associated Press
NYPD officers.

katie chao and ben muessig, Flickr

Suspected hate crimes against Jewish and Muslim people have increased in New York City following unrest overseas this summer, but the attacks are random and not from any organized group, police officials said Wednesday.

   Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, who heads the special victims division, said there's been an increase since July 1, when reports about the unrest in Gaza and the Islamic State group became front-page news.

9/11 Fund hands out $100M in Scholarships

by Associated Press
9/11 Tribute in Light
 
A scholarship fund set up for families of 9/11 victims said Wednesday it recently surpassed $100 million in awards handed out since the terrorist attacks.
 
The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund said it surpassed the milestone while awarding more than $11 million in the 2013-2014 academic year.

De Blasio Gives $108M for Storm-Battered Project

by Associated Press
Coney Island

Peter Shugert, US Army Corps of Engineers/flickr

Almost two years after Superstorm Sandy struck, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that a storm-damaged Brooklyn housing project will get $108 million in federal relief, and said he expects Sandy funds to flow to other public housing developments as well.

Deadline Approaches for 9/11 Workers' Comp

by Rebecca Lewis
Congressman Jerry Nadler on the steps of City Hall.

Rebecca Lewis, WFUV

It's been nearly 13 years since 9/11, but first responders, volunteers and other cleanup workers are still getting ill because of working in the toxic environment. That's why officials said it's necessary for any person involved in cleanup or rescue after 9/11 and in the surrounding areas to register for workers' compensation benefits.

NYC Shuts 9 Pre-K Centers Before Opening

by Associated Press, Jonathan Lemire
Pre-K students

Eden, Janine, and Jim, flickr

Two days before the start of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration announced it is shuttering nine pre-kindergarten centers and delaying the start dates at 36 others.
 
Administration officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that while the majority of sites have been cleared to open, safety and integrity concerns were behind the decision to revoke contracts at the nine centers, which were to serve 265 students. Those students will be reassigned at other centers.

NYC Developer Makes Changes in 'Poor Door' Design

by Associated Press
NYC skyscraper

Roger, Flickr

A plan for a luxury skyscraper with a so-called "poor door" is changing to extend more of a welcome to residents of its cluster of affordable apartments, officials and the developers said Friday.

   The retooled plan for 1 West End Ave. still involves separate entrances, but all residents will now have access to such building amenities as a courtyard and river-view roof deck, and the affordable segment's lobby will be stylishly appointed and set facing a park.

Morning Brief: August 28

by Jeff Coltin
Ronald Reagan

Bill Fitz-Patrick, flickr

President Obama wore a tan suit at yesterday’s White House press conference. Seeing Obama in anything other than a dark suit really threw off a lot of political wonks. Luckily, website Fusion posted a history of presidential tan suits. Maybe Obama was just trying to get in his light colors before Labor Day?

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