NYPD STATEMENT ON MTA CAMERAS: Following complaints from ridership about malfunctioning surveillance cameras that failed to record the sequence of events during Tuesday’s attack on the subway, the NYPD issued a statement in defense of its operations, and attributing the camera problem to a technical issue. The statement, bearing signatory of John Miller, Deputy Commissioner, Intelligence and Counterterrorism, reads (in part), “The MTA is a vital partner in the NYPD’s Domain Awareness System and supplies live feeds from 5,100 cameras and an additional 5,000 cameras that record locally throughout the subway system. These are used on average dozens of times on a daily basis to identify specific incidents, crimes and to identify perpetrators. We communicate with the MTA about outages when they occur. Miller attributed the success in capturing the gunman to witness descriptions, law enforcement coordination and the recovery of other video and clues.
Miller added, “The MTA cameras in other parts of the system were essential elements in determining his movements before and after the shootings. Their personnel worked with us around the clock to identify and retrieve images in this case.”
INVESTIGATING CIVILIAN DEATH BY NYPD VEHICLE: The death of a man following his encounter with NYPD personnel is now a focus of New York Attorney General’s Office of Special Investigation. OSI has opened an investigation into the civilian’s death on Thursday, April 7, when he was struck by an NYPD as he stood on Eastern Parkway near Schenectady Avenue in Crown Heights. The civilian was rushed to a local hospital and he was pronounced dead.
Pursuant to New York State Executive Law Section 70-b, OSI assesses every incident reported to it where a police officer or a peace officer, including a corrections officer, may have caused the death of a person, by an act or omission.
CONVICTION IN KILLING OF BASEBALL DAD: A Flatbush man has been convicted of first-degree manslaughter for fatally shooting a 38-year-old father who had retrieved a stolen baseball cap, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced. The father had retrieved a baseball cap that members of the defendant’s gang had robbed from his son days earlier. The defendant, identified as Adonis Barnett, 22, of Flatbush, was convicted following a jury trial before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Raymond Rodriguez, and faces up to 25 years in prison when he is sentenced on May 26.
District Attorney Gonzalez said, “This defendant took the life of an innocent father as he walked away, having retrieved his son’s stolen baseball cap. This cold-blooded killing left a family heartbroken, and today’s conviction ensures that the defendant will spend many years behind bars.”
GOOD FRIDAY PROCESSION IN DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN: A Good Friday Procession will wind its way from the Cathedral Basilica of St. James on Jay St. across the Brooklyn Bridge to Manhattan, starting at 10 a.m. today. Bishop Robert Brennan will be among the leaders at this annual tradition that the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation sponsors each year.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, head of the Archdiocese of New York, will greet Bishop Brennan and the participants. The procession will stop on the Brooklyn Bridge, at City Hall Park, and will conclude at St. Andrew’s Church, at 20 Cardinal Hayes Place, around 1 p.m.
POLISH COMMUNITY CELEBRATES EASTER BASKET TRADITION: One of the many ethnic-heritage traditions in the diverse Brooklyn Diocese is the Blessing of Easter Food Baskets with the Polish community that takes place on Holy Saturday (April 16 this year). Diocesan Bishop Robert Brennan will join Auxiliary Bishop Witold Mroziewski on Saturday morning at Holy Cross Church in Queens. Later, Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated Saturday night at 7:30 in the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific Street, and Easter Sunday Mass begins at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James.
The Masses will be live-streamed at: https://netny.tv/watch-now/.
GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM EXPANDS: New York City public school’s Gifted and Talented program serving elementary school students is being expanded, announced New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor David C. Banks yesterday. (See story, page 1.)
Mayor Adams and Chancellor Banks are adding 100 kindergarten seats and 1,000 third-grade seats, expanding both entry points to all districts. The expansion, along with updates to the admission process (which opens May 31) will, for the first time, serve every community citywide.
STUDENT ENTREPRENEURS WIN FIRST PRIZE: Speaking of gifted students, a group of middle school pupils from JHS 259 William McKinley are the first-place winners of Virtual Enterprises’ (VE-JV’s) National Business Pitch Competition. Virtual Enterprises, an educational nonprofit that offers students an opportunity to start and run a simulated company, held the competition during its annual Youth Business Summit, a dynamic week of virtual and in-person business competitions, leadership events, and an International Trade Show, which drew more than 1,000 in-person and 10,000 online participants who showcased their companies and engaged in trade with their local, national and global peers.
At the start of the school year, the William McKinley students created Sole Tech, a simulated company offering a long-lasting shoe with interchangeable and extendable soles. Their success in running Sole Tech inspired the students to enter VE-JV’s National Business Pitch Competition on April 8.
YOUNG BARBERS IN TRAINING: Youth participants from the barber program at Good Shepherd Services provided an afternoon of free haircuts, hairstyles, manicures, and more during an open-house event last week for local community members at Bushwick Leaders High School. Good Shepherd Services’ barber program, a work readiness program that helps youth embark on careers as professional barbers and cosmetologists, provides participants with training, mentorship, and employment opportunities to succeed after graduation.
Good Shepherd Services launched the barber program at Bushwick Leaders High School this past year, following the success of a similar program that began in 2018 in East New York community school in Brooklyn.
CHARTING A COURSE FOR THE FUTURE: A new Experiential Learning Center helps NYU Tandon School of Engineering students successfully chart a course for their futures. The new office acts as a one-stop-shop for students exploring the many hands-on opportunities and programs offered at the school.
The ELC can help students explore multi-disciplinary project-based courses, leadership opportunities through student organizations, entrepreneurial-based courses, service learning, specific study abroad experiences, large-scale student events and conferences, internships and co-ops, research and teaching opportunities, and more they might have missed otherwise.
PROSPECT PARK CAROUSEL OPENS EARLY: These horses ran ahead of schedule. Prospect Park’s beloved Carousel reopened for the 2022 season yesterday thanks to Architectural Conservator Assya Plavskina’s meticulous work conserving and refining the carousel’s trademark details and colors, and original design, which kept ahead of the timetable for completion, parkgoers can enjoy an early start to the season.
Plavskina started her work by stripping the figures of old varnish, removing flaking paint, and filled in areas of missing or failing paint, being careful to exactly match the paint already on the figures. The difficult task of matching colors required Plavskina to use her background in chemistry as a historical conservator to get the hues just right.
IPS NEWS: CAMPAIGN RAISES $1M IN FIRST QUARTER: Former Congressmember and combat veteran Max Rose has raised over $1 million in the first three months of 2022, bringing his total raised to over $1.8 million in the first four months since he declared his candidacy. The campaign currently has nearly $1.5 million cash on hand.
Max Rose is the former congressmember for New York’s 11th Congressional District, which is currently made up of Staten Island and parts of Southern Brooklyn. He served in the war in Afghanistan, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze star for his service.
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