Friday, March 14, 2014


New York Today: After the Frost

What you need to know for Friday and the weekend: flowers survive the cold, warmer weather today, more snow coming, and searches continue in East Harlem.
An inquiry was prompted by a fatal derailment in the Bronx on Dec. 1.
Robert Stolarik for The New York Times
An inquiry was prompted by a fatal derailment in the Bronx on Dec. 1.
After a spate of rail disasters, a blistering federal inquiry found that the East Coast railroad had developed a “deficient safety culture” in which workers were rushed and cellphone use was commonplace.

De Blasio Pushing for Unusual, 9-Year Contract With Teachers’ Union

The de Blasio administration is seeking a deal with the union that would let New York City stretch out potentially huge retroactive pay raises.
Fatal Explosion

In 2 East Harlem Buildings Leveled by Explosion, Lives Entwined as in Bygone Era

The view of the building collapse from a southbound Metro-North train. Firefighters continued to battle flames and clear debris from the scene on Thursday.
Victor J. Blue for The New York Times
The view of the building collapse from a southbound Metro-North train. Firefighters continued to battle flames and clear debris from the scene on Thursday.
Upstairs residents of the century-old buildings, which had changed little in a neighborhood that has been rapidly modernizing, had close ties to a piano shop and a church.
Workers continued to remove debris on Thursday from two buildings in East Harlem that collapsed after a gas explosion.
Todd Heisler/The New York Times
Workers continued to remove debris on Thursday from two buildings in East Harlem that collapsed after a gas explosion.

As Crews Search for Survivors, They Discover Only More Victims

Firefighters and emergency personnel on Thursday dug deeply into the wreckage, looking for survivors and possible evidence of what caused the blast.

With Gas Explosion in Her District, City Council’s New Speaker Is at Center Stage

Melissa Mark-Viverito is New York City’s second most powerful elected official but still barely recognized outside her East Harlem district — until now.

De Blasio Closes In on Pre-K Funding, but Not From a Higher Tax

Even as he faces escalating attacks for his stance toward charter schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday neared securing state funding to expand prekindergarten in New York City.

A Quiet Village in the Catskills Braces for an Influx of Hasidim

Some residents of Bloomingburg object to a townhouse development, which they say will bring a large concentration of Hasidim and will change the atmosphere of their quiet village.

New York Bar Association Urges Steps to Improve Ethics Panel

A report criticizes the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics as lacking independence from the politicians it is supposed to oversee.

At South Jersey Forum, Hecklers Test Christie’s Paramount Rule

Six critics of Gov. Chris Christie waged a campaign of interruption at an open meeting with the governor in New Jersey on Thursday.

Empire Resorts Unveils Plan for $750 Million Casino in Catskills

The company’s plan was the first of what could be a dozen competing proposals for one of four state gambling licenses in upstate New York.

Corzine’s 31-Year-Old Son Is Dead

A spokesman for Jon S. Corzine, New Jersey’s governor from 2006 to 2010, did not reveal details regarding the location and the cause of death for Jeffrey Corzine, 31.

Interrogation of Bin Laden Relative Is Recounted

During testimony Thursday, an F.B.I. agent describes the interrogation of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, a close associate of Osama bin Laden, as “a respectful, relaxed conversation.”

Federal Judge Went Too Far in Lawsuits, a Court Says

An appellate panel criticized Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. for having his staff members investigate a case concerning legal fees in disability suits outside the courtroom.
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