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    Mayor: More could have been done for Upper East Side

    Mayor: More could have been done for Upper East Side

    Wednesday, January 29 2014 8:53 AM EST2014-01-29 13:53:38 GMT
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is acknowledging that more could have been done to keep the streets of the Upper East Side clear in Tuesday's winter storm after hearing criticism about unplowed roads that brought traffic to a crawl. Traffic congestion was particularly bad at the bridges and tunnels.
    Mayor Bill de Blasio is acknowledging that more could have been done to keep the streets of the Upper East Side clear in Tuesday's winter storm after hearing criticism about unplowed roads that brought traffic to a crawl. Traffic congestion was particularly bad at the bridges and tunnels.
NEW YORK (MYFOXNY) - Late Tuesday night, New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced that schools will be open on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014 and all student after-school programs and PSAL games will resume their normal schedules.

She said in a statement that travel conditions may be difficult, and families should exercise their own judgment when taking their children to school.

Families of students with disabilities who have transportation concerns were told to call 718-392-8855 for assistance starting at 5:30 a.m.

Wednesday afternoon, the Education Department reported that more than half of all students stayed home. The attendance rate of 47.1 percent was comparable to the 49.1 percent rate back on January 12, 2011, the day after a similar snow storm, according to a spokeswoman. Attendance on an average school day is about 90 percent.

Nearly a foot of snow fell on parts of New York City on Tuesday and wind chills on Wednesday were below zero.
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  • Man sucker punched in knockout attack

    Man sucker punched in knockout attack

    Thursday, August 21 2014 4:00 PM EDT2014-08-21 20:00:46 GMT
    The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, N.J. Police say an assailant attacked three people on the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes.
    The so-called 'knockout game' where a person punches another unsuspecting person has made its way to Hackensack, N.J. Police say an assailant attacked three people on the same day. Surveillance video shows the athletically built suspect punch a man in the face and stroll away. The man fell to the ground. Two other assaults took place within less than 15 minutes.
  • NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    NYC Council bill to make kids' fast food healthier

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:09:22 GMT
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
    Happy Meals might soon need to get healthier.  A New York City councilman is introducing legislation that would set stricter nutritional standards for meals served with toys.
  • Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Fatal boat explosion on Long Island

    Thursday, August 21 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-08-21 15:59:22 GMT
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed the boat's owner in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said. Hogan was reportedly a former NYPD captain.
    Detectives from the Nassau County Homicide Squad are investigating an explosion that destroyed a boat, burned two docks, and killed the boat's owner in Manorhaven on Wednesday afternoon. Two dock workers and two boaters were gassing up a docked 33-foot Carver motor boat just after 2:45 p.m. when an explosion tore through the boat, setting it and the dock on fire, police said. Hogan was reportedly a former NYPD captain.
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