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Restore parolees’ voting rights permanently, and do it now

May 21, 2019News Clip New York Daily News

For the first time in a decade, a clear path exists for New York State lawmakers to end the Jim Crow-era injustice preventing thousands of their fellow citizens from accessing the ballot box. Now is the moment for the state Senate and Assembly to pass S. 1931/A. 4987 to permanently restore voting rights to all formerly incarcerated New Yorkers upon their reentry from prison. I urge legislators to seize the opportunity before them this session to abolish felony disenfranchisement, an anti-democratic practice rooted in white supremacy.

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White Supremacist Gets Life in Prison for Killing Black Man

February 13, 2019News Clip NY1

James Jackson is the first person convicted of murder as a crime of terrorism in New York State.

The self-proclaimed white supremacist will now spend the rest of his life in prison without parole.

Timothy Caughman, a gentle 66-year-old who was well-liked by neighbors, was collecting recyclables two years ago when Jackson stabbed him to death on Ninth Avenue near West 36th Street with a large sword.

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DA Vance Invests in Domestic Violence Intervention Program From Harlem to Houston

October 10, 2018News Clip Harlem World Magazine

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the award of a $1.475 million grant to Urban Resource Institute (URI), a leading provider of domestic violence programs and services in New York City, to plan and implement an abusive partner intervention program (APIP) from Harlem To Houston.

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PAGV Co-Chairs to State Department: Block Release of Downloadable Blueprints for Do-It-Yourself, 3D-Printed Guns

July 25, 2018News Clip The Manhattan District Attorney

In a matter of days, the State Department is preparing to allow unlimited online access to schematic designs that enable 3D printing of untraceable guns. In a complete reversal of longstanding regulatory oversight, the State Department has decided to provide a special exemption to a private company, Defense Distributed, to post its gun blueprints online.

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Boss of firm in deadly construction worker fall pleads guilty

July 13, 2018News Clip New York Post

The company overseeing a luxury Manhattan construction project where a worker fell 29 floors to his death pleaded guilty to manslaughter Friday — as the victim’s sister sobbed in the gallery.

SSC High Rise admitted that its shoddy oversight created an unsafe environment and caused the death of worker Juan Chonillo Sept. 21, 2017, according to the Manhattan DA’s Office.

The prosecutor read a letter written by the victim’s distraught sister, Angela Chonillo, as she tearfully looked on.

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ID Thieves Indicted For “Card Cracking” Scheme Involving Snapchat, Rent Checks

July 11, 2018News Clip The Manhattan District Attorney

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the indictment of six individuals for participating in a scheme involving identity theft, check forgery, and bank fraud. The defendants are charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Scheme to Defraud in the First Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, and Identity Theft in the Second Degree, among other charges.[1]

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Queens Man Convicted In 25-Year-Old Chelsea Murder Case

June 28, 2018News Clip Patch

A trail of blood that ran down several flights of stairs and out the front door of a slain Chelsea man's apartment complex led police to a convicted rapist in Queens who, nearly 25 years later, would be found guilty of the murder.

Gordon Francis, 60, was convicted on Wednesday in the brutal 1993 murder of 50-year-old social worker James Hawkins, who was discovered in his apartment after he was stabbed more than 25 times in the neck, chest and stomach, authorities said.

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‘Crooked’ NYPD cop busted for cocaine possession

June 25, 2018News Clip New York Post

An NYPD officer suspected of a slew of crimes was busted for cocaine possession Monday after admitting to an informant, “I should know better — I’m a cop,” according to court papers.

Disgraced Manhattan cop Johnny Diaz — a 23-year veteran of the force — was initially probed for allegedly offering to help crooks beat their raps in exchange for cash. Prosecutors said an undercover investigator was then assigned to track Diaz and posed as a drug dealer in his patrol area.

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Martial Arts Teacher Sexually Abused Girls In Inwood Basement: DA

June 21, 2018News Clip Patch

A martial arts teacher is facing charges for sexually abusing female students in the basement of an Inwood apartment building, prosecutors from the Manhattan District Attorney's office announced Thursday.

Hector Bencosme, 57, was indicted Thursday on three counts of second-degree sexual abuse, five counts of third-degree sexual abuse and four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, prosecutors said. Bencosme is accused of abusing girls between the ages of 13 and 15 during martial arts lessons, prosecutors said.

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Elderly Professor's Attacker Charged With Murder, DA Says

June 12, 2018News Clip Patch The 87-year-old college professor hit his head on the ground after being shoved during a robbery at an Upper West Side ATM.

A man who killed an Upper West Side college professor during a robbery will face murder charges, prosecutors said.

Matthew Lee, 50, was indicted Monday on charges of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., announced. Lee is accused of killing 87-year-old Lehman College professor Young Kun Kim during a robbery at an Upper West Side bank, prosecutors said.

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