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Report: Snowy owls shot at NY airport to protect planes

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey has ordered wildlife specialists at area airports to shoot snowy owls, a source tells NBC New York.

At least three birds have been killed, a Port Authority source tells the New York Daily News, which first reported the story.

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Christie Knew About Lane Closings, Ex-Port Authority Official Says

The former Port Authority official who personally oversaw the lane closings on the George Washington Bridge in the scandal now swirling around Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey said on Friday that the governor knew about the lane closings when they were happening, and that he had the evidence to prove it.

In a letter released by his lawyer, the official, David Wildstein, a high school friend of Mr. Christie’s who was appointed with the governor’s blessing at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which controls the bridge, described the order to close the lanes as “the Christie administration’s order” and said “evidence exists as well tying Mr. Christie to having knowledge of the lane closures, during the period when the lanes were closed, contrary to what the governor stated publicly in a two-hour press conference” three weeks ago.

“Mr. Wildstein contests the accuracy of various statements that the governor made about him and he can prove the inaccuracy of some,” the letter added.

The letter marked the first signal that Mr. Christie may have been aware of the closings, something he repeatedly denied during thenews conference.

In early January, documents revealed that a deputy chief of staff to Mr. Christie, Bridget Anne Kelly, had sent an email to Mr. Wildstein saying, “Time for some traffic problems in Fort Lee,” the town at the New Jersey end of the bridge, where Mr. Christie’s aides had pursued but failed to receive an endorsement from the mayor.

JFK AirTrain at Terminal Six

This is the AirTrain station at JFK Airport’s Terminal Six. National Airlines once used this terminal. Some of you may recall National’s famous advertisements, which featured saucy flight attendants making coy statements like, “Hi! I’m Linda! Fly Me!” National Airlines was bought by Pan Am in the 70’s, and both airlines are now history. Today, Terminal Six serves as Jet Blue’s main hub. The AirTrain connects Terminal Six with JFK’s eight other terminals, as well as the Long Island Railroad’s Jamaica Station, the airport’s long-term parking areas, and the Howard Beach “A” train station.

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Railroad: Airtrain (Port of NY, NJ).

Former Chris Christie Ally Pleads Guilty, 2 Charged in Traffic Case

Former Chris Christie Ally Pleads Guilty, 2 Charged in Traffic Case

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Three former allies of Gov. Chris Christie were charged Friday in the George Washington Bridge traffic jam scandal that has cast a long shadow over…

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N.Y., N.J. Governors Veto Port Authority Changes

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Mark Lennihan/ASSOCIATED PRESS One World Trade Center opened Monday with the beginning of Condé Nast’s relocation into the tower.
Take that, Osama Bin Laden!

More than 13 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, a resurrected World Trade Center — bigger and better than ever — reopened for business Monday.

“The New York City skyline is whole again,” Patrick Foye, executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, declared.

As Foye spoke, the first of what will eventually be 3,400 staffers from publishing giant Condé Nast began moving into the Freedom Tower — the 104-story, $3.9 billion skyscraper that is the centerpiece of the 16-acre site.

“This is a terrific day for Lower Manhattan, a wonderful day for New York City, and a great day for Condé Nast,” the company’s chief executive Chuck Townsend said.

It was also an emotional milestone for many New Yorkers who lived through the horror and heartbreak of the Sept. 11 attacks — and who ached for the old Twin Towers, which had anchored the skyline for more than a quarter century. View Gallery One World Observatory revealed

“One World Trade Center serves as a symbol of the resilience of the people of New York,” Gov. Cuomo said in a statement. “Today, as we open its doors for the first time, we remember that strength and courage will always conquer weakness and cowardice, and that the American spirit, defended by proud New Yorkers, will not be defeated.”

Some 2,700 people were killed on Sept. 11, 2001 when Bin Laden’s fanatical followers smashed a pair of hijacked planes into the towers and reduced the mighty symbols of American power to rubble.

And some in the first wave of Condé Nast workers admitted to jitters, given the tragic history of this address.

“I think some people are nervous, but most people are just excited to start downtown,” said John Duffy, director of policy and control at Condé Nast, which is moving from Times Square.

He said the Port Authority “has this place buttoned up.” Mark Lennihan/AP More than 13 years after the Twin Towers were destroyed, 1 World Trade Center, also called the Freedom Tower, is now welcoming its first tenant.

“I think it’s spectacular,” chimed-in Maryanne Casey, a corporate paralegal at Condé Nast. “And I think it’s a great tribute to America to see this. I’m proud to be able to work here.”

Casey said she is especially proud because her brother is a New York City firefighter who worked “on The Pile” after the attacks.

Peter Matthew, 37, said moving into the building was like being “part of history.”

“You know, a lot of sad things happened here and this is a good start to get things going in the right direction,” he said. “It will turn out fine. Condé Nast has a great security team.”

Vijay Ramcharitar, a 25-year-old finance analyst who works on the 21st floor, said he’s got a great view — and refuses to live in fear.

“I could understand the fear behind it, but fear is something they want you to live with,” he said. “I mean what is safe? Every day is another day and you live it like that.”

For now Duffy and Casey will have plenty of elbow room in the five floors Condé Nast has leased in the tower. About 3,000 more of their co-workers won’t be arriving until next year, company spokeswoman Patricia Rockenwagner said.

The glistening tower, that draws from iconic Manhattan spires like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building, is 60% leased.

Other commercial tenants include the advertising firm Kids Creative, the stadium operator Legends Hospitality, the BMB Group investment adviser and Servcorp, a provider of executive offices.

The government’s General Services Administration will occupy some 275,000 square feet and the China Center, a trade and cultural facility, is leasing 191,000 square feet. Mark Lennihan/AP About 170 Condé Nast employees are moving into the building now, with another 3,000 arriving by 2015.Mark Lennihan/AP Condé Nast workers started moving into their new downtown home on Monday. Enlarge

It took eight years to build the tower — a project that was nearly derailed by political infighting and legal wrangling. And other than its symbolic height of 1,776 feet, it bears little resemblance to the original design by architect Daniel Libeskind.

Architect T.J. Gottesdiener of Skidmore, Owings Merrill told The Associated Press the Freedom Tower has something that should reassure its new tenants — steel-reinforced concrete that makes it impervious to terror attacks.

On Saturday, comedian Chris Rock joked in his opening Saturday Night Live monologue, “They should change the name from the ‘Freedom Tower’ to the ‘Never Going in There Tower’!”

Foye, who earlier called it “the most secure office building in America,” was not amused.

“Didn’t see it,” he said. “Next question.”

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New York cop who toured with band charged with disability fraud

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – A New York police officer was charged on Tuesday with mail fraud for allegedly claiming disability benefits for two years while at the same time performing and touring with his heavy metal band, “Cousin Sleaze,” according to court documents.

Christopher Inserra, an officer with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, was the lead singer with the Brooklyn band, whose “Sick Maniacs” album features such songs as “Infection” and “Walk of Shame,” according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Inserra, 31, of Brooklyn was charged with mail fraud in connection with a scheme to defraud the American Family Life Assurance Company of New York (AFLAC) out of $ 30,416 (20,064 pounds) in disability payments.

He claimed he was out sick with a work-related injury from June 2010 until March 2012, filing for disability while continuing to collect his $ 90,000 annual salary, according to court documents.

The officer claimed he hurt his right arm, causing excruciating pain and loss of mobility, while transporting a Port Authority contractor to a hospital, according to the documents.

Those two years were filled with visits to doctors as well as performance dates for his band “Cousin Sleaze” in northeast bars and on a “Miles of Mayhem” tour through the mid-Atlantic and Southeast, said U.S. Postal Inspector John McDermott in a signed affidavit filed in court.

Video footage of “Cousin Sleaze” performances posted to Facebook, Youtube and other websites show the muscular lead singer in a tank top showing off well-toned arms gripping a microphone and slashing the air, McDermott said.

The inspector saw Inserra on stage “flailing both of his arms in a rapid back and forth fashion,” pumping away to the beat, and also “repeatedly and violently flailing his right arm in an up and down fashion from above his head to slightly above the ground level.”

He said the “flailing of his right arm … would be inconsistent with the degree of pain and discomfort that he complained of.”

Inserra, who had served with the Port Authority for five years, was most recently assigned to the World Trade Centre Command in Manhattan, the complaint said.

After his initial court appearance, during which he did not enter a plea, he was released on a $ 25,000 personal recognizance bond, said U.S. Attorney Robert Nardoza.

Inserra’s attorney, Jan Rostal, declined to comment.

Inserra was suspended without pay pending resolution of his case, said Michael Nestor, director of the Office of Investigations overseeing the Port Authority.

(Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst; Editing by David Brunnstrom)


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Christie allies joke about another traffic jam: documents


By Edith Honan NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people at the heart of a traffic scandal dogging New Jersey Governor Chris Christie joked weeks earlier about causing traffic problems in front of the home of a rabbi, documents released on Thursday show. Christie’s former deputy chief of staff Bridget Anne Kelly and David Wildstein, an ally to the governor at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, lost their jobs over their involvement in the “Bridgegate” scandal last September that is threatening Christie’s White House aspirations. Documents released by Wildstein to a state legislative committee probing the incident, in which lanes were shut near the busy George Washington Bridge, causing a huge traffic jam, reveal that on August 19 he and Kelly discussed another traffic scheme. “Flights to Tel Aviv all mysteriously delayed,” Wildstein wrote in reply.
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Police lieutenant under review in GW Bridge probe

The head of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has ordered an investigation of a police lieutenant with ties to Gov. Christie who may have been on the scene during the George Washington Bridge lane closures with the agency official who oversaw them.

A Port Authority spokesman said Monday that Lt. Thomas “Chip” Michaels’ status at the agency was “under review.” On Sunday, an MSNBC report connected Michaels to communications with former Port Authority official David Wildstein during the September lane closures.

The communications, provided to state lawmakers by Wildstein and disclosed last month, include text messages exchanged by two unnamed senders the morning of Sept. 9, as the lane closures began.

“Want me to pik u up? Its [expletive] up here,” one sender writes at 7:09 a.m.

A minute later, the other responds: “Around 7:30.”

Later that morning, the first sender writes: “I may hav idea to make this better.”

No names preface the messages, but MSNBC named Michaels as the first message-sender, pointing to an e-mail Wildstein sent to a Port Authority official at 7:28 that morning saying he was “going to take a ride with chip and see how it looks.”

An e-mail trail has suggested that some access lanes to the busy bridge were closed as retaliation after the mayor of Fort Lee did not endorse the governor’s reelection bid.

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ENLARGE The governors of New York and New Jersey said they were vetoing bills passed by their states’ legislatures that sought changes at the agency at the center of the George Washington Bridge scandal in September 2013. Instead, New York Gov. …