Rikers inmate dies of COVID on same day judge grants him emergency release

RIKERS ISLAND (WABC) — Victor Mercado, 64, had been awaiting trial on weapons charges since last July. Mercado tested positive for COVID last week while at the infirmary at Rikers and died on Friday. Mercado’s girlfriend, Tammy Echevarria remembers his soft side. “He was very loving, very loving and caring…he would talk to all the … Read more

Central Park Carousel reopens for first time since pandemic

CENTRAL PARK, Manhattan (WABC) — It’s another sign that New York City is coming back – the Central Park Carousel started spinning again on Saturday, 18 months after it was turned off because of the pandemic. Before the pandemic, a quarter-million people rode the carousel every year. It is now operated by the owners of … Read more

NYC overdose deaths spike 36 percent, CDC data shows

New York City drug-overdose deaths have surged by 36 percent, according to new federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data. A heartbreaking 2,243 people in the five boroughs died from drug overdoses for the 12-month period ending March 31, compared to 1,653 who died in the same period the year before, according to agency … Read more

16-year-old shot, killed at busy intersection on Lower East Side of Manhattan

LOWER EAST SIDE, Manhattan (WABC) — A teenager was shot and killed after gunfire rang out near a busy intersection in Manhattan Friday night. Police say a 16-year-old male was pronounced dead after he was shot at the intersection of Delancey Street and Suffolk Street on the Lower East Side around 8:30 p.m. Another victim, … Read more

Ray Of Hope For Irate Retirees After New York City Changes Health Benefits For 250,000 Workers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – There’s a ray of hope for hundreds of thousands of retired city workers who suddenly had their health benefits changed because of what they call a bait-and-switch deal between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the unions. They claim they’re being forced to accept an inferior and costly plan that could bankrupt … Read more

NYC mayor’s race: Eric Adams plans to preserve gifted program

NEW YORK CITY — The Democrat who will likely become New York City’s next mayor says he does not intend to get rid of the city’s program for gifted and talented students, nipping plans that outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio just announced. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams said in an interview on CNN on Friday … Read more

NYC Judge Issues Dad Vaccine Mandate in Order to Visit His 3-Year-Old Daughter

A family custody battle is now in the throngs of a vaccine debate following a court ruling that the child’s father must show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 or undergo regular testing for visitation. A New York City judge ruled on Oct. 7 in favor of the mother’s motion requesting the father be vaccinated against … Read more

Slain NYPD detective’s daughter born 2 years after his death will get full benefits

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — The NYPD’s “miracle baby” born two years after her father’s line-of-duty death will receive full benefits after she was legally named his genetic child. Angelina Liu was conceived from sperm retrieved and frozen the night Detective Wenjian Liu died in December 2014, though the use if in-vitro fertilization. Liu and … Read more

16-year-old girl shot in Brooklyn park expected to be released from hospital

BOERUM HILL, Brooklyn (WABC) — The 16-year-old girl who survived being shot in the head in a Brooklyn park is expected to be released from the hospital Friday morning, just two weeks after her brush with death. Friends and family of Kyla Sobers-Batties will join police officers as she is released from Methodist Hospital. The … Read more

Female NYPD officer allegedly kills woman, shoots ex-girlfriend in Brooklyn

BENSONHURST, Brooklyn (WABC) — An off-duty female NYPD officer is charged with shooting her ex-girlfriend and killing that woman’s new partner inside a Brooklyn home Wednesday, and the state Attorney General’s office is now investigating. It happened just after 5 p.m. at the ex-girlfriend’s home in Bensonhurst, where police say 31-year-old Officer Yvonne Wu was … Read more