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

Attorney General Letitia James Sues Cemetery Monument Companies Accused Of Scamming Dozens Of New Yorkers

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two cemetery monument companies are accused of scamming dozens of grieving New Yorkers. New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday that she filed a lawsuit against Polanco Monuments and Heavenly Monuments for failing to provide families with the tombstones and other burial monuments they purchased. READ MORE: 3 Accused Of … Read more

Lawsuits Demand Unproven Ivermectin for COVID Patients

Mask rules, vaccination mandates and business shutdowns have all landed in the courts during the COVID-19 outbreak, confronting judges with questions of science and government authority. Now they are increasingly being asked to weigh in on the deworming drug ivermectin. At least two dozen lawsuits have been filed around the U.S., many in recent weeks, … Read more

What Is the Build Back Better Act – and What Will New Yorkers Get Out Of It?

New Yorkers have been hearing about President Joe Biden and the Democrats’ Build Back Better plan all over the news, but what is actually included in the bill and what the Empire State stands to gain might not be as clear. Vice President Kamala Harris visited New Jersey last week with the intention of promoting … Read more

Bill Gates daughter Jennifer Gates and her groom seen on eve of wedding

Beaming bride Jennifer Gates spent a few moments having a heart-to-heart conversation with her father, billionaire Bill Gates on Friday evening just before a rehearsal dinner got underway and ahead of Saturday’s nuptials.  The father of the bride and his 25-year-old daughter could be seen sitting on the outdoor deck of her Westchester mansion with … Read more

Mold, Asbestos Force NY High School Into Remote Learning Until January 2022

What to Know Mold and asbestos found at Spring Valley High School in New York has forced the school to be placed on temporary remote instruction until January 2022 in order for the district to undergo the necessary and recommended abatement. In a letter sent out to parents Friday, East Ramapo Central School District Superintendent … 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

NYPD Community Center in Brooklyn hopes to be refuge from gun violence

EAST NEW YORK, Brooklyn (WABC) — There was a wave of gun violence across New York City on Thursday — all within just hours of each other. Two of the victims were just teenagers. On Thursday night, a community in Brooklyn hoped to provide refuge from the violence. At the NYPD Community Center in East … Read more

NYC Sanitation supervisor digs deep to find family photographs accidentally discarded

THROGGS NECK, The Bronx (WABC) — Patricia Turco has every photo seared into her brain and memorized – 125 years of family history contained into five albums. Turco kept the albums at her apartment in the Throggs Neck section of the Bronx. After the apartment was damaged by Hurricane Ida, she moved to her niece’s … Read more