Amy Russo

Musicians jam out and speak up at 2017 HONK! activism fest

Musicians and marchers flooded the streets of Somerville, MA over the weekend for the 12th annual HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands. The festival, attended by dozens of brass bands from around the globe, drew large crowds to Davis Square where marchers were seen on foot, stilts and the...

Sunday, October 8, 2017, 8:47 PM

Cuomo vows to protect contraceptive coverage amid federal rollback

In response to President Trump’s decision to allow employers to deny insurance coverage for birth control, Governor Cuomo is speaking out. "Instead of advancing women's rights, this Administration is rolling back a century's worth of progress for women in this country. This...

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 1:02 PM

City slashed number of potholes in half, de Blasio announces

New Yorkers enjoying a smooth ride on the city’s streets can thank an intense multi-year effort by Department of Transportation to pave over potholes. On Friday, Mayor de Blasio announced that since 2014, the number of the city’s potholes has been slashed in half. “They are...

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 12:23 PM

London police investigating after car hits crowd

London police are investigating a Saturday morning incident by the Natural History Museum after a car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians, causing chaos. “It is believed that a number of pedestrians have been injured,” the Metropolitan Police reported in a statement. “Officers are...

Saturday, October 7, 2017, 11:33 AM

Schumer calls U.S. response to Puerto Rico ‘disorganized’ and ‘not adequate’

During a Sunday interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Sen. Chuck Schumer made clear his criticism of President Trump’s response to Puerto Rico, which continues to suffer in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Speaking with John Dickers, Schumer said that “the president,...

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 1:31 PM

Chelsea Bombing trial to begin with opening statements on Monday

A year after explosives detonated in Manhattan and Seaside Park, New Jersey, the Chelsea Bombing trial will begin. Opening statements will be delivered on Monday in Manhattan’s Federal District Court where the alleged culprit, 29-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahimi, will face federal terrorism...

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 12:56 PM

Tons of steel fall as old Kosciuszko Bridge goes out with a bang

With several bangs and plumes of smoke, 11,000 tons of the old Kosciuszko Bridge fell Sunday morning.  The bridge has linked Brooklyn and Queens for 78 years, and was demolished through energetic felling, a process by which a series of strategically-placed explosives immediately dismantle the...

Sunday, October 1, 2017, 11:45 AM

Bicyclist dead after Brooklyn hit-and-run

A 30-year-old man is dead after a Saturday morning hit-and-run in Brooklyn. Around 8:30 a.m., a bicyclist, whose name had not been released at the time of this article, was on Church Avenue heading west when an Infiniti mowed him down without stopping, police said. The accident occurred at the...

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 12:35 PM

Medgar Evers professor accused of scamming students with fake courses

A Medgar Evers biology professor allegedly taught phony courses and scammed students out of their money, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. Mamdouh Abdel-Sayed is accused of issuing fraudulent certificates in Sonography, Phlebotomy and Electrocardiograms, charging his students as much as $1,...

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 12:14 PM

Local community center to hold hurricane relief drive

As Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio send aid to Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria, the West Village’s LGBT Center has announced a relief drive to collect donations for survivors. The drive, which will take place on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 208 West 13th Street, asks for...

Saturday, September 30, 2017, 11:35 AM

Boston bridge name to honor sons of hero in marathon bombing

A Boston bridge will be renamed to pay homage to the sons of a first responder who became a hero during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013. On Thursday, Governor Charlie Baker will meet with father Carlos Arredondo and his spouse, Victoria Foley, to rename Jamaica Way Bridge after the couple...

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:57 AM

City sends aid team to Puerto Rico in wake of Maria

As Puerto Rico continues to reel from the unprecedented damage left by Hurricane Maria, Mayor de Blasio has announced a partnership with the Hispanic Federation to send aid workers to the island. On Saturday morning, a 22-person team was deployed to San Juan from New Jersey’s Teterboro...

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:09 AM

Queens landlord found dead after Ozone Park fire

A Queens landlord is dead after a fire began in the basement where he was sleeping. First responders were called at 2:36 a.m. on Sunday to an Ozone Park home where firefighters were able to control the blaze in a matter of hours, but Mohinvei Singh, 68, didn’t make it to safety, his...

Sunday, September 24, 2017, 11:01 AM

Pennsylvania ID'd nearly a year ago as best target for voting hacks

While Pennsylvania officials were notified Friday that attempts were made to hack its election systems, warnings about their vulnerability were raised nearly a year ago. There is currently no evidence of a successful breach, but the key state had already been identified as a possible target. Ben...

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 9:48 AM

Cuomo returns from Puerto Rico, calls it "much worse" than on TV

After a last-minute trip to Puerto Rico to survey Hurricane Maria’s damage, Governor Cuomo returned to the states on Friday night, flying into Kennedy Airport. The day-long trip included tours on the ground and in the air, allowing the governor to see flooding, damaged homes and an island in...

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 8:21 AM

Trump lashes out at rally against McCain's GOP bill opposition

Shortly after Sen. John McCain said he wouldn’t support the GOP’s healthcare bill, President Trump lashed out at a Friday night rally, caught off guard by the senator’s decision. Taking the stage in Alabama before a crowd of thousands chanting campaign era slogans such as “...

Saturday, September 23, 2017, 7:41 AM

Activists speak out at New York's first Oslo Freedom Forum on human rights

“I live in the graveyard,” said Marina Nemat, an Iranian expat who fled her country after her childhood friends were executed in the wake of the 1979 revolution. Among the murdered was her 15-year-old best friend. “Every night when I go to bed, I see those bones around me,...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, 3:51 PM

Former President Clinton presents young innovators with $1 million at UN to better refugee lives

A team of four young Pakistani-American innovators has a solution for the refugee crisis, and former President Bill Clinton thinks so, too. On Saturday night, Clinton presented Rutgers University’s Hasan Usmani, Hanaa Lakhani, Moneed Mian and Gia Farooqi with $1 million in startup funding...

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 12:56 PM

Photos from the 2017 Boston Freedom Rally

Thousands flooded Boston Common for a three-day marijuana festival, avoiding a cop crackdown while lighting up. The Boston Freedom Rally attracts massive crowds annually to the city, where attendees are permitted to buy bongs, smoke cannabis and enjoy live music at two stages. This year marks the...

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 12:07 PM

Woman attacks four U.S. tourists with acid in Marseille train station

Four U.S. tourists were attacked in France on Sunday when acid was thrown in their faces. The tourists, only identified at this point as females in their 20s, were assaulted by a 41-year-old woman while walking through Saint Charles train station, a transportation hub of the city of Marseille....

Sunday, September 17, 2017, 10:43 AM