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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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  • 3 Nassau beaches closed due to heavy rainfall

    3 Nassau beaches closed due to heavy rainfall

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:27 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:27:54 GMT
    Three Nassau County beaches have been closed to bathing due to heavy rainfall. County health officials say storm water runoff can elevate bacterial levels and affect bathing water quality. The three South Shore beaches that were closed Monday are: Hewlett Point Beach; Island Park Beach; and Merrick Estates Civic Association. In addition, Biltmore and Philip Healey beaches in Massapequa remain closed to bathing due to elevated levels of bacteria.
    Three Nassau County beaches have been closed to bathing due to heavy rainfall. County health officials say storm water runoff can elevate bacterial levels and affect bathing water quality. The three South Shore beaches that were closed Monday are: Hewlett Point Beach; Island Park Beach; and Merrick Estates Civic Association. In addition, Biltmore and Philip Healey beaches in Massapequa remain closed to bathing due to elevated levels of bacteria.
  • 3 NJ mayors to announce anti-crime plan

    3 NJ mayors to announce anti-crime plan

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:03 AM EDT2014-07-28 13:03:29 GMT
    The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for Monday afternoon to announce the plan. The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
    The mayors of three of New Jersey's largest cities are announcing a joint initiative to combat violent crime. Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop and Paterson Mayor Jose Torres have scheduled a news conference in Jersey City for Monday afternoon to announce the plan. The news conference is being held in one of Jersey City's most crime-plagued neighborhoods.
  • Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Man charged with shooting pet turtle

    Monday, July 28 2014 8:26 AM EDT2014-07-28 12:26:19 GMT
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
    A Stonington man has been charged with cruelty to animals after police say he shot his girlfriend's pet turtle. Steven Richard, 31, reportedly used a BB gun to shoot the turtle in the head Friday night outside a home on Pawtucket Avenue. Police responded to the home just after 8 p.m. when a neighbor reported an argument between Richard and the woman who lives there.
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