Protesters marched through Midtown today to bring their anti-police brutality and discrimination message to Trump Tower. They went from Times Square and up to 5th Avenue, stopping traffic and New Yorkers, before they were blocked by police barricades.
The demonstrators gave speeches, held a rally with the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Eric Garner.
Terrence Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, stated; “Just keep the peace. I know we’re angry, I know we’re upset, but keep it peaceful. We don’t need anybody else on the front page.”
A mural of George Floyd, was part of a larger canvas laid out on the streets.
“I’d like to see the defunding of the police department, and by that, it’s a lot more than just taking money out of police officers’ hands. It’s talking about actually putting it into communities and services that matter”.
I have to ask whose going to be keeping Manhattan safe? Certainly not Mayor Bill de Blasio. Thanks to the sanitation budget cut by more than $106 million, trash has been piling up. Sidewalks are overflowing and rats are making a come back. Street cleanings have been suspended for the last three months, but when they return it will only be once a week.
Junkies have turned Broadway into their haven. Needles are all over the streets, people are injecting themselves in broad daylight and drug deals are a regular occurrence. Business, churches and those who live and work in this area have no recourse. There are no police because they have been defunded and yet we are being asked to give to communities. What about the Times Square community, that brought in $1.758 billion just with Broadway alone to the NYC budget? I guess none of this matters!
Fashion icon Iris Apfel Brings Her Style To Heaven
Portrait of Iris by tatydesignstudio.com
Iris started her career as a copywriter for Women’s Wear Daily and interior designer Elinor Johnson.
In 1948, she married husband Carl Apfel, and the duo owned a textile firm until they retired 44 years later. Over the years the pair worked on many restoration projects, including the White House.
Carl died at the age of 100 in 2015.
Iris at 90, she began teaching at the University of Texas at Austin. At 94, she was the subject of a documentary by Albert Maysles, simply titled “Iris”. At 97, she became a model and modeled for Vogue Italia, Kate Spade, M.A.C. and many others. Iris was also the oldest person to have had a Barbie doll made by Mattel in her image. In addition to modeling, she also designed her own clothing and accessories line for HSN and published a book in 2018. It was then she became a fashion icon and self-proclaimed “geriatric starlet”, at the age of 102. Sadly she passed away on Friday in her Palm Beach, Florida, home.
Apfel was known for chunky bracelets, layers of necklaces, and those iconic heavy-framed glasses – she nicknamed eyebobs. She came to worldwide attention in 2005 when the Metropolitan Museum of Art showed an exhibition focusing on her fashion sense titled Rara Avis (Rare Bird).
Iris’s style, creativity and joy of life will be missed.
Jose Verdugo: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 3
Sabrina E. Morrissey, Credit: Facebook
Just released, Wendy Williams’ guardian has been accused of a scheme to rob her client in a $30 million lawsuit while controlling Wendy Williams’ finances and countless others. The U.S. Sun exclusively revealed that Wendy’s guardian, Sabrina Morrissey, her firm Morrissey & Morrissey LLP, and about 10 other attorneys have been named as defendants in another lawsuit.
If you remember from yesterday’s story these are the same individuals that were and are involved in Errol Rapports mother’s case and Libra Max with her father the artist Peter Max.
The case Morrissey and the attorneys are accused in, is for Jose Verdugo, who had won $5.5 million in a personal injury claim. For more than a decade, the defendants imprisoned Verdugo in a humiliating and oppressive guardianship by manipulating and serially deceiving him, as well as New York Supreme Court and the Appellate Division. The fraudulently-based attorney and guardian fees, plundered Verdugo’s multi-million dollar personal injury recovery.
Errol Rappaport: Guardianship/ Conservatorship and What You Need To Know Part 2
Wendy Williams, Peter Max and Errol Rappaport’s mother guardian were all Sabrina Morrissey. Here is one of the horror stories.
New York fashion design team David and Frances Rappaport were married for seventy-two years. They had three sons—Michael, Errol, and Richard—and a spectacular penthouse apartment in a landmark building at 200 Central Park South. A few years before David died, the couple asked Errol to leave his publicist job in Los Angeles and return to New York to care for them. Errol, a Vietnam veteran and trained medic who wears fashionable designer eyeglasses and his graying hair in a ponytail, agreed to return. He moved into the sprawling twenty-fifth floor apartment where his parents had lived for more than four decades. At the pinnacle of their success, the elder Rappaport’s are said to have amassed a fortune of between $9 and $10 million, thanks to the popularity of David’s Italian knitwear line, and the elegant Frances’s famous silk blouses (marketed under the name Francesca of Damon) favored by celebrities like Lucille Ball, Princess Aga Khan, and Manhattan fashion icon Iris Apfel.
Soon the penthouse was listed for sale, and the guardian moved Frances Rappaport out of her cherished Manhattan home of forty-six years and into a small apartment miles away in Queens, New York. Errol, then in his early seventies, said he was left homeless after having exhausted his savings battling his older brother. At his age, he said, he had zero job prospects. “I have to take two different buses to get out to Queens just to visit with my mother, and right now I’m couch surfing with various friends.” Errol said.
He spoke to me in the courthouse hallway during a break in yet another guardianship-related proceeding he was summoned to attend in downtown Manhattan. This proceeding was called to take Errol to task for
How Many More People Have to Be Killed or Hurt Before This Madness Stops?
The latest crime involves a 17-year-old Nicaragua migrant boy who was stabbed in the back in front of shocked tourists on 42nd Street near 8th Avenue. The attack took place at 5:30 pm/ Police are now hunting for 16 suspects all part of a gang that has infiltrated Manhattan. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital by EMS, and is listed in stable condition.
The police have five of the alleged attackers some more migrant teens. Michael Colome, 22, of Queens, has been arrested and charged with gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Three are 16 and one is just 14-year-old boy. There names are not being released because they are underage. Two are believed to be migrants from Venezuela.
This was on the same block where a group of migrants brutally attacked cops last month. Venezuelan Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, 19 was let go after the mob attack, but got arrested again on new charges. He allegedly participating in a coordinated robbery at a Macy’s store in Queens. Hopefully District Attorney Melinda Katz will make sure this teen criminal stays in jail since Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg seems to let this teenagers out with just a slap on the hand.
Bragg, doesn’t care that these teens do not have permanent address or community ties or are flight risks. Thank-God when it came to Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, another migrant teen, who has since been charged as an adult, is being held at Rikers for allegedly shooting a tourist during an attempted robbery in Times Square. This kid also has priors.
And here is why this is happening….accused of instigating was in court a second time for different charges. He’s being held on a $15,000 bail and a Brooklyn pastor paid that sum to set him free. More than a dozen immigration advocates also showed up to support this alleged criminal with a rap sheet. He is the main ringleader of this gang assault on our police officers. He has been arrested multiple times, has at least two open cases for shoplifting and pleaded guilty last year to disorderly conduct. Why do these people want this man free? What if it was one of their own family members who was shot? Will they change their bleeding heart’s if their own are attacked? When does this madness stop?
Public Invited to Provide Comments Online, by Email, Mail, Phone and Fax Tomorrow Through March 11
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced details of a public comment period of the tolling structure that has been proposed for Central Business District Tolling, New York’s congestion pricing program. The agency will accept written and audio comments starting tomorrow and will hold four hybrid virtual/in-person public hearings in February and March.
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, and continuing for 76 days through Monday, March 11, 2024, members of the public may submit written comments online and by email, mail and fax, and may submit audio comments by leaving a voicemail message. All comments will be recorded and submitted for review.
Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004
Fax: Send to (212) 504-3148 with Attention to CBDTP Team.
The hearings begin on Thursday, Feb. 29, and conclude on Monday, March 4. Members of the public who wish to speak at the hearings are required to register in advance online, by calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or in person. Registration will open one week before the start time of each hearing and will close 30 minutes after the beginning of the hearing. Speakers will be provided two minutes to speak. The hearings will be hosted in person at 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 in the William J. Ronan 20th Floor Board Room. People may also register to participate remotely via Zoom or telephone.
The hearings will be accessible online at mta.info/CBDTP at these dates and times:
- Thursday, Feb. 29, at 6:00 p.m.
- Friday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m.
- Monday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m.
- Monday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m.
The Central Business District Tolling Program was mandated by the State of New York in April 2019 and modeled on urban congestion pricing programs around the world to reduce traffic congestion and raise needed revenue to improve public transportation. Other cities around the world that have similar programs have also experienced improved air quality.
Following the public comment period, MTA Bridges and Tunnels (known legally as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority) will review the public comments. Then its Board, which is coterminous with the MTA Board, will consider adopting a ratemaking regulation that includes any updates that may follow the public comment period.
As with any proposed toll ratemaking, this public comment period is being conducted in accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act.
Accessibility and Interpreter Services
At the public hearings, American Sign Language and CART Captioning Services will be available.
Members of the public who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or the free 711 relay service, and then ask to be connected to the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777 to speak with an agent.
Members of the public who do not have access to a computer or who do not have access to the Internet can listen to each of the hearings by calling the Zoom meeting via a telephone number which will be provided at a later date.
If language assistance or any other accommodations are required, please submit a request at least five (5) business days before the scheduled hearing date in one of the following ways: e-mailing email@example.com, calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or by sending a letter to MTA Government & Community Relations, Attn: Central Business District Tolling Program Hearings, 2 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
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