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Recent articles by James:

Cab drivers begin hunger strike in effort to get out of deep debt they say is the NYC government’s fault

NEW YORK — Dozens of yellow cab drivers launched a hunger strike Wednesday that they say is needed so they get help with their dire financial situations. They said that they hope they don’t have to starve for long. Mayor Bill de Blasio is relying on a city initiative that provides $65 million in financial […] → Read More

‘God rest the man’s soul’: Neighbors shocked after 81-year-old found dead in NJ home

ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. — Neighbors in a normally quiet suburban New Jersey town were left shocked and shaken on Tuesday after an incident involving an individual who barricaded himself in a home. Police swarmed the area around Beechwood Avenue in Elmwood Park around 9:30 a.m. after someone called 911, according to the Bergen County prosecutor’s […] → Read More

‘I just feel it’: Fans confident Yankees will beat Red Sox in Wild Card game

CONCOURSE, The Bronx — For Yankees fans across the tri-state region and around the world, there’s a simple, three-word prediction for the make-or-break game the Bronx Bombers have against the Boston Red Sox Tuesday night — one fans are hoping they’ll hear broadcaster John Sterling exclaim at the end of the game: “Theeee Yankees win!” […] → Read More

NYC schools vaccine mandate starts next week; community worries about rollout

NEW YORK — The countdown is on to next Monday, when all employees of the New York City Department of Education will have to prove that they’ve gotten at least one dose of a COVID vaccine — or face losing their jobs the next day. That would happen Tuesday, and because the city won’t […] → Read More

Biden headlines UN General Assembly’s biggest day for speakers — and NYC traffic

NEW YORK — Tuesday was the biggest day of the weeklong United Nations General Assembly, with leaders of the world’s biggest superpower rivalry — the United States and China — addressing the gathering of dignitaries from across the globe. President Joe Biden gave his first speech as president on the international stage, but on a […] → Read More

UN General Assembly traffic is back, and not just on Manhattan’s east side

MIDTOWN, Manhattan — The United Nations campus only occupies six blocks on the far east side of Manhattan. However, during its General Assembly this week, while heads of state from more than 130 countries convene on and around the UN’s headquarters, New York commuters will be affected by the institution for miles, and, possibly, for […] → Read More

There’s an app for that: Ways to prove your vaccination status on your smartphone in NY, NJ

NEW YORK — Now that New York City is enforcing its requirement of proof of vaccination in order to eat or drink indoors at restaurants or bars, to gain indoor admission to gyms and other health facilities, and to enter theaters or other entertainment venues, keeping track of your vaccine card is seemingly more important […] → Read More

Ida: Flood conditions come with health concerns, even far from flood sites

NEW YORK — In some parts of the tri-state region, floodwaters were cresting on Friday, while in others, the waters had receded, leaving debris in its wake. In either case, there’s a variety of health hazards to contend with, and some of those hazards aren’t necessarily near the flood zones. On subway and commuter rail […] → Read More

NYC’s vaccine mandate starts a day later than expected, adding to confusion and controversy

NEW YORK — Monday was the day that most businesses had anticipated that the city’s vaccination requirement would be implemented, but Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that it wouldn’t go into effect until Tuesday. That added to confusion that had already existed about the mandate, and it also added to the controversy over it. The […] → Read More

Heat wave persists through Friday night, leading to challenges for the tri-state area

NEWARK — An excessive heat warning has been issued for most of the tri-state region through Friday evening, the third day in a row for the precaution from the National Weather Service. That meant that Thursday’s heat was oppressive, and dangerous, and that Friday’s weather won’t feel much better. Jocelyn Noel, a Newark, New Jersey […] → Read More

De Blasio attempts to further explain how vaccine pass will be enforced

NEW YORK — With the city’s vaccination requirement — the most stringent in the country — set to go into effect in a week and-a-half, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday continued to try to clarify how it will work. “A good analogy is restaurants and bars are responsible for carding anyone who might be underage for drinking,” […] → Read More

NYC will pay $100 to newly vaccinated, state announces new mandates

NEW YORK — On the same day it was announced that all state government employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 or get tested every week, New York City officials announced that the city will give $100 debit cards to New Yorkers who get their first COVID shot at a city-run vaccination site. […] → Read More

No local mask requirement yet, thanks to low COVID-19 hospitalizations, but concern is growing

NEW YORK — After another major American city issued an indoor mask advisory, “any and all options” are on the table as New York plans how to deal with a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases, fueled by the Delta variant. The city is able to forego a mask advisory for now, because of […] → Read More

De Blasio: No plan to bring back mask mandate if hospitalizations remain low

NEW YORK CITY — On the heels of the announcement that Los Angeles County will reinstitute its indoor mask mandate — even for vaccinated Californians — this weekend, Mayor Bill de Blasio is addressing plans for LA’s cross-country counterpart. He was asked on by Brian Lehrer on the latter’s WNYC radio show Friday if he […] → Read More

Child tax credit: When to expect payments, how it may impact tax returns

NEW YORK — Payments for the highly anticipated expanded child tax credits were being sent to families in the tri-state area, and the rest of the nation, for the first time Thursday. While the additional money may be very helpful for some families across the economic spectrum, the overall tax credit situation is complicated. The tax […] → Read More

NJ lawmakers lobby for passage of infrastructure funding

FORT LEE, N.J. — New roadways, bridge and tunnel repairs, lead pipe replacements, improved storm drainage systems and new bike paths are among the infrastructure improvements that some local members of Congress say are coming to the tri-state region. They also acknowledged, however, that bringing those changes here is not a done deal, and […] → Read More

History made as NYC salutes essential worker heroes of pandemic with ticker tape parade

LOWER MANHATTAN — The Canyon of Heroes, the stretch of lower Broadway from the Battery to City Hall, was full of heroes of the pandemic on Wednesday, as the city thanked essential workers for helping to bring New York out of the worst of the pandemic. From sanitation workers, to public transit employees, a wide […] → Read More

NYC Pride Parade goes virtual again but in-person events start to come back

NEW YORK — Pride Month always wraps up on a high note with Pride Weekend, which runs through Sunday night. This year’s official NYC Pride Parade, which is usually the world’s largest, will be mostly online and on television, and will still be excellent, according to organizers. However, a wide variety of events will be in […] → Read More

NJ legislators and activists renew efforts for a reparations task force

NEWARK, N.J. — Because many people aren’t aware of northern states’ history of slavery, and because the descendants of those enslaved people have drastically less wealth now than White Americans, some legislators and activists in New Jersey are redoubling efforts to set up a reparations task force. Bills have been introduced in both the […] → Read More

As NY spends full day with restrictions relaxed, it may want to look to NJ for fighting the next COVID battle

HOBOKEN, N.J. — Now that New York State has lifted virtually all of its COVID-19 restrictions, what might lie ahead may be seen just across the Hudson River in New Jersey. The Garden State lifted most of its restrictions on June 4. While things are not fully back to normal, New Jersey healthcare leaders say that […] → Read More