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New York City pays tribute to fallen officers

Mashable: The NYPD, New York City residents and city officials continued Sunday to mourn the loss of two New York City police officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were killed Saturday in Brooklyn.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York City Police Commissioner Bill Bratton attended mass led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, while Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams asked protesters to hold off on all marches and protests until Liu and Ramos are buried.

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Sanders Welcomed in One of New York's Poorest Neighborhoods
Two days before the New York primary, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders toured one of New York City's poorest neighborhoods much to the surprise of local residents. "Nice to get to know you now," one lady told Sanders, shaking his hand as he exited a public housing project and...
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Two days before the New York primary, Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanderstoured one of New York City’s poorest neighborhoods much to the surprise of local residents.

Nice to get to know you now,” one lady told Sanders, shaking his hand as he exited a public housing project and stopped by a playground in Brownsville, Brooklyn. “I was against you at first.

“I am not so bad as I look on TV,” Sanders replied.

No, you aren’t. It is nice to see that you are coming through here. So, you might get our vote now,” she continued, before turning to the crowd who had formed around Sanders. 

“He actually came to the ‘hood to get our vote. He shook our hands.”

Brownsville has been listed as one of the poorest neighborhoods in New York City, with a high crime rate, too. According to a study by the city last year, 76 percent of the population in the neighborhood is African American and more than 37 percent live below the federal poverty line.

Two city councilmen and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams led Sanders on his tour. The Vermont senator addressed reporters at the end of his visit.

“People should not be forced to live in dilapidated housing where elevators break down and elderly people have to walk eight flights up or down to go and get some groceries,” Sanders said. “What this campaign is about is transforming our national priorities, rebuilding our infrastructure, and when we talk about rebuilding our infrastructure, that means rebuilding housing projects like this. Not only here in New York, but all over this country.”

New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor asked the senator to respond to critics who might call the visit a publicity stunt.

“If I wasn’t here, then people would say, 'Why didn’t you show up?’” Sanders responded. “The point is, I can understand the cynicism. Believe me, I can understand the cynicism. All right, but my understanding is that not too many presidential candidates have come to Brownsville housing projects.”

“Exactly never,” city councilman Ritchie Torres from the Bronx interjected.