Afternoon Bulletin: De Blasio Stands by City Shutdown, Snow Helps Stop Crime and More

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio stands by the decision to shut down the city (Photo via Getty Images)
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio stands by the decision to shut down the city (Photo via Getty Images) (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio admitted that he was only given between 15 to 30 minutes warning before Governor Cuomo announced his decision to shut down transportation services in the city, but a day after the storm the mayor still stands by the governor’s choice. While yesterday Mr. de Blasio said in a City Hall press conference he would have liked to be more apart of the discussion, earlier this morning the mayor joked on NBC’s “Today” show about how the process transpired–affirming that he had “no regrets” with the decision. Sitting alongside several “Today” personalities including Al Roker, who bashed the mayor last year for not closing schools during the Feb. 13 snowstorm, Mr. de Blasio stressed the importance of safety, and believes the (now in hindsight) premature shutdown was an ideal outcome. (New York Post)

Sheldon Silver is being replaced as the speaker of the New York State Assembly next week, Democratic lawmakers announced on Tuesday. The long time politician is facing federal corruption charges that include taking millions of dollars in bribes, and will be forced to leave the seat he has held since 1994. In his absence, a Rochester-area assemblyman, Joseph D. Morelle, will become interim speaker on Monday, and lead the democrats until a new speaker is voted in on Feb. 10. In a press conference Mr. Morelle added that Mr. Silver made it clear that he will not impede the ongoing transition. (New York Times)

More than a thousand New Yorkers have signed a Citizen Action petition pressuring Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan to release the grand jury transcripts in the case of Eric Garner. This comes two days after Mr. Donovan determined that the decision on whether to release the transcripts or not will remain with a Staten Island court. Mr. Donovan presented the evidence to the grand jury that failed to indict an NYPD cop in the death of Mr. Garner. Mr. Donovan declined to comment on the petition. (NY Daily News)

Snow wasn’t the only thing Winter Storm Juno brought to New York City yesterday. The storm, which failed to match meteorologists forecasts, also helped find a dog. Burt, a 1-year-old Whippet, was found yesterday after going missing from his Harlem owner for five months. The dog was caught in a trap set by Lt. David Kelly of Ladder 22 in Harlem, who first saw the dog about a month ago. Lt. Kelly put food in a metal cage to trap the dog before weather conditions worsened. The dog’s owner Lauren Piccolo, told DNAinfo, “While Burt is a resilient dog, I don’t think he would have survived such a fierce storm. The FDNY’s efforts were incredible and timely!” (DNAinfo)

Using only his eyes as a guide and the snow as his tool a volunteer crime fighter was able to track down a pair of car jackers. Terrell St. John, 20, was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle and an open container of alcohol early yesterday morning, after a member of the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol followed St. John and an accomplice after seeing the two breaking into a car on 27th street near Avenue P in Brooklyn. Bob Moskowitz tailed the two alleged car jackers by simply following their foot prints in the snow, and called the police to meet them on the scene. When officers from the 70th precinct arrived, St. John was arrested, but his accomplice fled the area. (New York Post)




Afternoon Bulletin: De Blasio Stands by City Shutdown, Snow Helps Stop Crime and More