The law in our country requires a high standard of proof for conviction in criminal cases: to deprive a defendant of his liberty, guilt must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt. For generations, this standard has protected all who come before the criminal justice system, regardless of position or power. For generations, that standard has governed our prosecution decisions in this Office.
Will our Attorney General, whose job it is to protect the public and public assets like St. Vincent’s, hold an investigation? Will our Governor, who has proven himself a leader, and who understands that if this can happen in the West Village in Manhattan it can and will happen anywhere in New York State, investigate?
Yetta Kurland compares two recent articles with differing perspectives on the closing of St. Vincent's Hospital, and the future prospects for a downtown hospital. "Two interesting stories appeared in the press this past weekend concerning health care for the people of the Lower West Side of Manhattan. One was a fantasy. The other dealt with reality."
Today, Council member Margaret Chin (District-1, Manhattan), Council member Elizabeth Crowley Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, joined special guest and former FDNY fire fighter Steve Buscemi, as hundreds of Tribeca residents rallied to keep Ladder 8 – the famed Ghostbuster firehouse – open.
Council member Margaret Chin joined Council member Elizabeth Crowley, City Council Fire and Criminal Justice Chair, along with Steve Cassidy, Uniformed Firefighters Association President, All Hagen, Uniformed Fire Officers Association President, civic leaders and residents in opposition to the Mayor’s proposal to close 20 fire companies.
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of HA VASKO, 67, for pickpocketing several individuals in the Chinatown area. The two indictments unsealed today in Manhattan Supreme Court charge VASKO with one count of Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree and multiple counts of Jostling. In addition, two pending indictments previously filed with the court charge her with other offenses related to pickpocketing.