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JOYCE MITCHELL WAS 'PLAN B'
The Great Escape has a new twist: Clinton County Sheriff David Favro says the prison employee's getaway car may have been a backup strategy. He now suspects the two escaped killers have a more "fool-proof" plan. "I honestly don't think she was 'Plan A,'" Favro said Tuesday, according to Reuters. "I think she was 'Plan B.'"
RENT FIGHT DRAGS ON
The new state assembly leader, Carl Heastie of The Bronx, says he is in it for the long haul. Lawmakers in Albany were to go home for the summer Wednesday but now are trying to work out a compromise to reauthorize the expired rent control and rent stabilization laws. Heastie, Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said his members are prepared to stay beyond the scheduled end of session.
The lawyers arguing to keep secret details of the Eric Garner grand jury hearing came under strong questioning Tuesday by appellate court judges, who are tasked with deciding whether to unseal testimony. A judge even asked whether prosecutors were using the sealing of the grand jury testimony to gloss over the fact that they hadn't been unable to obtain indictments of the police officer who delivered the fatal chokehold to Garner.
The groundbreaking of Cornell's tech campus on Roosevelt Island created a rare opportunity for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to stand side by side with his billionaire predecessor. De Blasio and former mayor Michael Bloomberg toured the campus Tuesday, and were caught in a number of photographs, before announcing that the latter had made a donation of $100 million to the school.
MEET THE MIPSTERZ
Since its founding two years ago, Mipsterz “has been this collective of people from Muslim backgrounds who don’t necessarily fit into other spaces,” said Urooj Khan, one of the group’s founders. “They are creative, they are activists and they are progressive.”