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News Hundreds join together to end violence in Melrose

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Hundreds of South Bronx church members marched to end violence in Melrose on Sunday. Participants who marched in the Feast of the Mother of Perpetual Help say they are not happy with safety and housing conditions in Melrose and are demanding change.

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White House wants to make it easier for law enforcement to use ‘smart guns’

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The White House issued a set of recommendations Friday aimed at curbing the illegal use of firearms by making it easier for federal, state and local agencies to purchase “smart guns” that would function only in the hands of specified users. The measures include a proposed rule that would allow the Social Security Administration to report beneficiaries with mental health problems to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System.

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After 41 SESIS errors over two hours, a special-ed teacher joins a push for reform

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

When her son was in pre-kindergarten, Tiffany Zerges asked the city to find out whether he had a disability and to come up with a plan to serve him. “Although by law we were allowed a response to our request within 60 days,” Zerges said at a special-education forum this week, “60 days came and went, then 90, then 120 days.”

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Fariña’s confession: The Department of Education admits it has miles to go to fix special education

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Speaking to Chancellor Carmen Fariña at two Daily News forums almost a year ago, parent after parent reported that schools had failed to deliver special education services for their children or had come through only after months of effort.

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Parents and educators call on de Blasio to improve services for disabled students

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Monday, March 14, 2016

More than 300 parents, educators, and activists called on Mayor de Blasio to improve services for disabled city students at a Monday night rally at Town and Village Synagogue in Manhattan.

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Juntan fuerzas por los estudiantes de educación especial en NYC

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Monday, March 14, 2016

Hace 15 días, un estudio del Departamento de Educación evidenció que 40% de los estudiantes con necesidades especiales en el sistema educativo de la Ciudad de Nueva York nunca recibe los beneficios de los programas a su disposición. ¿Por qué? Organizaciones comunitarias, padres y maestros tienen la respuesta.

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Cuomo and de Blasio can team up for kids

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Two recent reports shed light on tangible progress and daunting problems in our city’s schools — and point the way for joint action by Mayor de Blasio and Gov. Cuomo. Can the state’s two most powerful leaders manage to work together for the good of kids?

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Turning vacant lots into affordable homes

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Monday, February 22, 2016

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s recent report that identified 1,130 vacant and city-owned lots is shocking, but all too familiar. Every empty lot represents a missed opportunity for the city to build more desperately needed affordable housing. What’s more, building on vacant sites means that no residents need to be displaced in the process, nor is there a need for the kind of complicated and controversial trade-offs that have mired Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed housing plan in a heated debate with housing advocates and community boards.

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Gun ex-con used to shoot two cops in Bronx was purchased in Tennessee by different man, who listed fake address

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Friday, February 5, 2016

The gun used by an ex-con to shoot two cops in the Bronx was purchased in Tennessee by a different man who said he lived there but was later found to be living in the Bronx, police sources said Friday.

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Top pols urge Mayor de Blasio to invest city’s money in smart guns for the NYPD

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Two top pols want to see NYPD cops carrying smart guns. Controller Scott Stringer and Rep. Hakeem Jeffries pushed Mayor de Blasio Monday to use the city’s purchasing power to push gun manufacturers to make smart guns, ordering up a weapon to put on the NYPD’s approved firearms list.

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Stringer and Jeffries Call on NYPD to Invest in ‘Smart Guns’

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Monday, January 11, 2016

Comptroller Scott Stringer and Congressman Hakeem Jeffries urged City Hall today to add so-called “smart guns” to the list of approved weapons for NYPD officers—which they said would spur gun manufacturers to finally develop better safety technology to meet the demand.

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Stringer: City Should Demand Gun Manufacturers Produce Smart Guns

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer on Monday was urging the city to consider demanding gun manufacturers to produce more smart guns. Stringer said that besides the federal government, the New York City is one of the largest gun buyers in the country, WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported. Stringer said that the city should use its economic influence to help shift the market into producing more smart guns, which is believed to a safer option for gun use.

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Jeffries, Stringer push for ‘smart guns’ for NYPD

Publication Date: 
Monday, January 11, 2016

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Metro Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) on Monday called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to use the city’s purchasing power to push gun manufacturers to create high-tech “smart guns” for the NYPD.

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Comptroller Scott M. Stringer's Smart Gun Rally

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Monday, January 11, 2016

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How Obama's edict will resurrect smart guns

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Friday, January 8, 2016

For two decades, smart gun technology has advanced in fits and starts as wary investors kept purse strings tight and gun rights proponents at times fought its uptake. President Barack Obama's impassioned speech this week on gun control, however, could give the smart gun industry a boost; he called for smart gun R&D funding and opened up the U.S. government as a potential market for its adoption.

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‘Smart Guns’ That Can Only Be Fired By Their Rightful Owners Might Hit U.S. Stores Soon

Publication Date: 
Friday, January 8, 2016

“Smart guns” have technology that can recognize the fingerprint or grip of an authorized owner and guarantee that they’re the only person able to fire weapon. They’ve been around for a while, but haven’t been made commercially available in the U.S. due to opposition from gun advocates. Now, though, that might be about to change — thanks to Obama’s recent executive actions on guns. “If we can set it up so you can’t unlock your phone unless you’ve got the right fingerprint, why can’t we do the same thing for our guns?” Obama asked during the heartfelt speech in which he laid out his new gun policies on Tuesday (Jan. 5). “If there’s an app that can help us find a missing tablet … there’s no reason we can’t do it with a stolen gun. If a child can’t open a bottle of aspirin, we should make sure that they can’t pull a trigger on a gun.”

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Barack Obama can save lives with push for 'smart guns'

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Among President Obama's actions this week on guns, the most far-reaching may be the brief memorandum he sent to the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General and the Secretary of Homeland Security. These are the three largest gun-purchasing agencies in the U.S. government. Each has a substantial research budget. The President's memo directs them to research "smart guns" and other gun-safety technologies, and to purchase these technologies as appropriate.

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Bill breaks the mold at NYCHA

Publication Date: 
Thursday, December 17, 2015

Ho, hum, a judge imposed a special master on Mayor de Blasio in the hope of preventing one of his agencies from further damaging New Yorkers’ health. Ho, hum, the agency is the New York City Housing Authority, which the mayor had vowed to reform as a top priority.

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Judge blasts NYCHA, agrees to appoint special master to deal with toxic mold in aging apartments

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

A federal judge — fed up with NYCHA’s inability to abate toxic mold in its aging apartments — has agreed to appoint a special master to enforce a two-year-old pact to fix the problem

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Bad Day for NYC Public-Housing Agency

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, December 15, 2015

MANHATTAN (CN) - Moments after a federal judge rapped the New York City Housing Authority on Tuesday for not cleaning up moldy apartments, the city's comptroller's found the agency unprepared for the Big Apple's next disaster. The mold finding comes from a class action that South Bronx community leader Maribel Baez brought two years on behalf of hundreds of thousands of public-housing residents fed up with agency foot-dragging.

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Sen. Chuck Schumer demands that U.S. Army's handgun supplier doesn’t sell arms to dealers doing business with criminals

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Friday, October 23, 2015

He's hoping the bottom line will be mightier than the bullet. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Friday he wants the federal government to use its "massive purchasing power" to put the financial screws to gun manufacturers who deal with shady weapon sellers.

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Press Release: SCHUMER STANDS WITH MORE THAN 100 NYC METRO-IAF LEADERS

Publication Date: 
Friday, October 23, 2015

SCHUMER STANDS WITH MORE THAN 100 NYC METRO-IAF LEADERS TO PUSH LARGE GUN-PURCHASING FEDERAL AGENCIES, LIKE DOD AND DOJ, TO PRESSURE GUN MAKERS TO MAKE SAFER GUNS AND TO CEASE DISTRIBUTING VIA DEALERS WHO FAIL TO COMPLETE BACKGROUND CHECKS; U.S. GOVERNMENT--LARGEST GUN BUYER--MUST USE GUN CONTRACTS TO PROD GUN MAKERS TO STEM TIDE OF GUN VIOLENCE BY IMPROVING GUN SAFETY AND DISTRIBUTION PRACTICES

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Renewed push for smart guns could trigger a new furor over the technology

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Thursday, October 22, 2015

After vehement protests helped block the nation’s first smart gun from entering the marketplace, proponents of the technology are gearing up for another fight, intent on capitalizing on renewed interest in gun safety after a spate of high-profile shootings.

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View: We can do more on guns

Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 15, 2015

When President Obama lamented the sad state of affairs after the shooting rampage in Oregon, many wrung their hands with him. Yet there is something we can do and something the president can do – right now....

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Obama considers executive action on gun control: What steps could he take?

Publication Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2015

After three school shootings in three weeks, the Obama administration is looking at executive orders that would toughen both the sale of and access to guns. Would it work?

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Mr. President, "Stop Whining" about Gun Violence

Publication Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2015

With the sun-drenched White House behind him, a prominent Baptist pastor spoke at a news conference that I attended in Lafayette Park yesterday. In a deep, no-nonsense voice, he delivered a stern message to President Obama: "Mr. President, we urge you to stop whining and begin acting."

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If We Can’t Ban Guns, Can We Make Them Safer?

Publication Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2015

Today, shots rang out at Northern Arizona University and Texas Southern University. Thus far, two students have been reported dead and four others wounded. This is the 282nd day of 2015, and the Northern Arizona shooting was the 299th mass shooting of the year in the United States.

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Obama weighs expanding background checks through executive authority

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Thursday, October 8, 2015

In response to the latest mass shooting during his presidency, President Obama is seriously considering circumventing Congress with his executive authority and imposing new background-check requirements for buyers who purchase weapons from high-volume gun dealers.

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Obama Heads to Oregon Amid Frustration in Gun-Control Camp

Publication Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2015

The day before President Barack Obama heads to Oregon to meet with families of victims in the community college mass shooting, a group of about 30 clergy and community organizers gathered outside the White House, calling on President Barack Obama to “stop whining” and use his position to achieve gun control without Congress.

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It’s time to hold America’s gunmakers accountable

Publication Date: 
Wednesday, October 7, 2015

It’s not just Congress that fails to respond after another massacre briefly focuses attention on the irrationality and permissiveness of our country’s firearms statutes. Those of us seeking change also regularly fall down on the job. We express outrage and move on, leaving the debate exactly where we found it.

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