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The Bobster
09-11-2016, 06:50 PM

Bum caught masturbating in broad daylight next to Wi-Fi kiosk
By Priscilla DeGregory and Sophia Rosenbaum
September 11, 2016 | 4:54pm

This homeless man brought the wrong kind of jack to one of the city’s new Internet-enabled charging stations.

A Murray Hill resident was horrified when she witnessed a vagrant masturbating outside a charging station on Third Avenue and 31st Street while walking her dog Sunday morning.

“I have noticed this kind of thing at charging stations, before, but just not this incredibly out in the open at a time when people were out,” Stephanie Pedersen posted on a neighborhood Facebook group.

She rushed her dog back home and returned to the corner to take a few photos of the man, who she described as “enthusiastically humping” the charging station.

The barefoot pervert was wearing a light blue t-shirt along with a long black plastic vest he fashioned out of a tarp — but he didn’t use his layered outfit to hide his private parts.

One photo shows the bum sitting on a bucket, leaning back with a grin on his face as he fondles his genitals with the screen from the charging station lit up in front of him.

“Police operator said there was nothing they could do unless it was actually happening (when police got there) and unless I wanted to file a police report,” Pedersen griped as she asked fellow community members if there was anything she could do.

Another resident chimed in that she saw a different creep doing the same thing at a children’s playground last week, but her call to 911 didn’t result in any actions to prevent it from happening.

In fact, the police didn’t show up at all.

“There was like 15 moms with their kids and I kept telling that to the 911 operator, but apparently was not worth fast reaction,” the woman wrote.

Crude incidents like the one Pedersen was exposed to Sunday are common in the area, Murray Hill residents told The Post.

“One morning I was getting up for work early and I looked out the window because I heard people screaming and then I saw them drinking out of the bottle and grinding each other,” 23-year-old Jackie Rosenberg said.

Horny homeless men have been plaguing the charging stations, which are converted phone booths that offer free high-speed Internet, since they debuted in January.

LinkNYC, the company that manages the Internet pods, told The Post in June that it regulates the stations with the same monitoring system that many of the nation’s public schools and libraries use.

They also added an “additional filter for image searches” earlier in the summer to prevent people from inappropriately searching for porn.

The Bobster
09-14-2016, 05:45 PM

De Blasio disables internet access on Wi-Fi kiosk screens
By Yoav Gonen
September 14, 2016 | 2:53pm

A homeless man uses one of the new Wi-Fi kiosks that offer free web surfing, phone calls and a charging station in New York City. Photo: Getty Images

The de Blasio administration is disabling internet access on the screens of the hundreds of Wi-Fi kiosks around the city — just days after The Post reported that homeless men were masturbating in public at kiosks in Murray Hill.

The move will keep limited websites accessible, such as those that provide government services and the city’s 311 complaint center, but won’t affect the free Wi-Fi and domestic phone access, officials said.

Maps and 911 emergency call service will also stay put.

The operators of LinkNYC had already added XXX browsing blocks in response to complaints that the screens were becoming porn hubs.

But users were still free to surf the net endlessly or plop furniture on the sidewalk to watch movies for hours.

“There were concerns about loitering and extended use of LinkNYC kiosks, so the mayor is addressing these quality-of-life complaints head on,” said City Hall spokeswoman Natalie Grybauskas.

“Removing the internet browser from LinkNYC tablets will not affect the other great services LinkNYC provides — super-fast Wi-Fi, free phone calls, or access to key city services — but will address concerns we’ve heard from our fellow New Yorkers.”

Nearly 400 kiosks have already been installed on city sidewalks in place of phone booths — with roughly 8,000 planned for the five boroughs by 2023.

But residents have complained that some of the hubs have been turned into personal living rooms.

The Post recently reported that one couple used a Murray Hill kiosk as their personal “date night” to watch a movie, drink and make out, while one man set up a couch and footrest to watch the screen at another site.

On Tuesday, cops said they arrested a 41-year-old man for “masturbating in open view of the public” early Sunday by a kiosk at 31st Street and Third Avenue in Murray Hill.

While Mayor Bill de Blasio has previously acknowledged that the city needed to do more to resolve the problem, he also suggested that New Yorkers would be able to work out conflicts over kiosk-hogging on their own. :rolleyes:

“I’m sure, you know, people waiting in line are making their voices heard, too, and New Yorkers are pretty vocal, so I’m hopeful that takes care of it,” Hizzoner said last month.

The surfing feature on the kiosk tablets will be disabled by Friday at the latest, city officials said.

They added that since the project launched in January, more than 475,000 locals and travelers have tapped into the free broadband service.

The Bobster
09-14-2016, 06:06 PM

Bum arrested for masturbating at Wi-Fi kiosk
By Gabrielle Fonrouge
September 14, 2016 | 10:31am

The creep who thought it would be a good idea to use the city’s free Wi-Fi kiosk as a place to masturbate has been arrested for public lewdness, police said Tuesday.

Loberc Pocolo, 41, was seen sitting at the LinkNYC kiosk at the corner of 31st Street and 3rd Avenue early Sunday morning “masturbating in open view of the public,” police said. He was nabbed the following evening and has been charged with public lewdness and exposure of a person.

The Post learned about the incident when the witness posted about it on Facebook.

“I have noticed this kind of thing at charging stations, before, but just not this incredibly out in the open at a time when people were out,” Stephanie Pedersen posted on a neighborhood Facebook group.

She returned to the corner to take a few photos of the man, whom she described as “enthusiastically humping” the charging station.

The barefoot pervert was wearing a light blue T-shirt along with a long black plastic vest he fashioned out of a tarp — but he didn’t use his layered outfit to hide his private parts.

One photo shows the bum sitting on a bucket, leaning back with a grin on his face as he fondles his genitals with the screen from the charging station lit up in front of him.

Pedersen originally had trouble getting cops to the scene, writing on a Facebook post that there wasn’t much cops could do unless she wanted to file a police report.

“Police operator said there was nothing they could do unless it was actually happening (when police got there),” she griped as she asked fellow community members if there was anything she could do.

Cops finally took action the next day and arrested the grinning masturbator. He’s awaiting arraignment at Manhattan Criminal Court.

The Bobster
09-14-2016, 06:42 PM

Shady donor brags he’s ‘got the mayor on lockdown’
By Shawn Cohen and Bruce Golding
September 13, 2016 | 11:12pm

(Clockwise from top left) Philip Banks, Michael Harrington, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Jona Rechnitz, Jeremy Reichberg Photo: David McGlynn, Reuters, Baruch Ezagui/collive.com (2), Stefan Jeremiah

Mayor Bill de Blasio gave a retired NYPD official a plum post in his administration after getting a call from a shady businessman who told Hizzoner the appointment would be a personal favor, The Post has learned.

During a conversation with de Blasio, Jona Rechnitz noted that he hadn’t asked for much since forking over huge contributions to de Blasio’s mayoral campaign, personal charity and Democratic allies, sources said.

Rechnitz, a crooked real estate developer who’s now a key cooperating witness in the NYPD corruption scandal, later bragged to his associates that “I’ve got the mayor on lockdown,” sources said.

Ex-Chief of Department Joseph Esposito scored the gig atop the Office of Emergency Management — which pays $220,000 a year — despite having testified in federal court in support of the NYPD’s “stop and frisk” policy, which de Blasio ran against and rolled back upon taking office.

Rechnitz called de Blasio directly, using his cellphone while inside the 1 Police Plaza office of then-Chief of Department Philip Banks III, sources said.

Rechnitz put the phone on speaker so Banks, then-Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and Rechnitz crony Jeremy Reichberg could listen in, sources said.

The motive for Rechnitz’s call was unclear.

Harrington and Reichberg have both since been charged with official corruption by the feds — and Rechnitz is poised to testify against them.

Banks quit the NYPD in December 2014 rather than get promoted to first deputy commissioner, saying at the time that the new job would sideline him from “the police work and operations that I love so much.”

Sources later told The Post that Banks’ resignation came after the feds began probing the “hundreds of thousands” of dollars he stashed in various bank accounts.

Esposito, who was forced to take mandatory retirement from the NYPD at age 63, replaced Joseph Bruno, a holdover from the Bloomberg administration, in June 2014.

Rechnitz donated $50,000 to de Blasio’s since-suspended Campaign for One New York charity — which is under state and federal investigation — and he and his wife also gave de Blasio the maximum total of $9,900 for his 2013 mayoral campaign.

In addition, Rechnitz kicked in the maximum $102,300 toward a failed effort, spearheaded by the mayor, to help Democrats win control of the state Senate in 2014.

Reichberg donated the maximum $4,950 to de Blasio’s campaign and bundled another $41,650 in political contributions for him.

In April, de Blasio said he met the men “around the time of the general election — had not known them previously — have spent very little time with them in the scheme of things and not much at all in the last year.”

“I know of no favorable municipal action they got,” he said.

De Blasio and his administration are under investigation by federal and local authorities probing a slew of pay-to-play allegations and alleged violations of election finance law.

Nearly everyone who was in Banks’ office at the time of Rechnitz’s call has since been busted by the feds on official corruption charges.

Harrington is accused of trading police favors in exchange for bribes including pricey restaurant meals, tickets to Nets and Rangers games, a video game system and hotel lodging during a family trip to Chicago.

Reichberg is charged with providing some of those payoffs, and with helping arrange for a hooker to accompany him, Rechnitz and two cops on an infamous 2013 trip to Las Vegas for Super Bowl XLVII.

Rechnitz has pleaded guilty to his role in those schemes and another involving the since-ousted head of the correction officers union, and is cooperating with the feds in a bid for leniency.

It was unclear whether Rechnitz told authorities about his phone call to de Blasio, and a spokesman for Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara, who is spearheading the corruption probe, declined to comment.

Asked about the phone call, a de Blasio spokesman, Eric Phillips, cited Bharara’s probe and said: “Out of an interest in preserving the integrity of an ongoing review, that’s not something I can comment on.”

“Commissioner Esposito is a highly credentialed Emergency Management official that our city is lucky to have in this important post. Commissioner Esposito’s unrivaled credentials were the only reasons he got this job,” Phillips added.

Esposito refused to comment, but OEM spokeswoman Nancy Silvestri said: “Commissioner Esposito does not know Jona, he has no personal relationship with him and he has never discussed his Emergency Management position with Jona either before, during or after the appointment.”

Banks’ lawyer, Ben Brafman, said of the Rechnitz phone call: “This allegation has to my knowledge never come to my attention from any source, despite representing Mr. Banks for more than a year in this inves*tigation.

“It should be noted that Philip Banks has never been charged with any crime whatsoever in this case,” he added.

Lawyers for Rechnitz and *Reichberg both declined to comment, and Harrington’s lawyer didn’t respond to an inquiry.

The Bobster
09-16-2016, 05:16 PM

Bill Bratton exits NYPD, says working with de Blasio was ‘great honor’
By Kenneth Garger
September 16, 2016 | 10:39am

Working alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio was one of the “great honors” of NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s life, according to the outgoing police boss, whose letter of resignation was released Friday. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

“As I tender this resignation I also tender my thanks,” Bratton, 68, wrote in the letter, dated Sept. 14.

“From equipment, to training, to technology, to policy, to the first substantive headcount expansion in more than a decade, you have stood by the NYPD and made much of what we have accomplished possible.” :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

The top cop’s retirement will go into effect midnight Sunday. He led the department for the past two-and-a-half years, his second stint as the NYPD’s top boss.

The Bobster
09-16-2016, 06:25 PM

De Blasio: Billions For Illegals’ Health Care But Not A Cent For Enforcement!
Paul Nachman
September 16, 2016, 1:08 pm

Bill De Blasio, New York City’s mayor, is downright enthusiastic about illegal immigration. For example, there’s what he said in a recent radio interview:

[The mayor] cheered a Brooklyn supermarket owner who acknowledged hiring undocumented workers.

“Of course you’re running a business and if someone’s willing to work hard for you, you’re going to hire that person,” de Blasio told the caller, who was identified as Thomas in Brooklyn. “And you’re giving them a job that they get to feed a family on, and I thank you for that.”

The caller told the mayor he owns a supermarket in Brooklyn. … “Just as a businessman I’m caught between having these undocumented workers, which I’m not supposed to employ,” and the benefits of doing so.

De Blasio said neither the business owner nor the employees should be penalized, calling the current rules governing immigration “ridiculous.”

[De Blasio thanks businessman for hiring undocumented workers, by Rosa Goldensohn, Crain’s New York Business, September 1, 2016]

So, unsurprisingly, the mayor affably told questioners at the late-April unveiling of his Fiscal Year 2017 Executive Budget that the city’s Health + Hospitals Corporation spends more than $2 billion per year caring for “uninsured” patients, a term De Blasio clearly equates with “undocumented.”

You can see the discussion for yourself, starting at about 1:36:00 into the video of the proceedings. Wrapping up the exchange at about 1:38:20, De Blasio cheerfully summarized that “‘Over two billion’ is your first working number. If you report ‘over two billion,’ you will be accurate.”

Seth Barron, a contributor to City Journal, steered me to the video (private communication). Mr. Barron had recently publicized that financial tidbit about the health-care burden on taxpayers of New York City’s illegal aliens, writing online at the journal

One effective metric for understanding the costs of illegal immigration is health care. Because Medicaid is funded partially by the federal government, it is limited to U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents. But the city’s Health + Hospitals Corporation, which runs New York’s massive public health infrastructure, takes it as its mission to provide care to anyone who needs it, without regard for immigration status. This policy is a major reason why HHC is on constant verge of financial collapse. During the last fiscal year, HHC needed an emergency allocation of $337 million from the city just to keep its doors open, and the prognosis for the future is even worse. At an April press conference, Dr. Ram Raju, president of HHC, said that caring for illegals consumes about one-third of his $7.6 billion annual budget. Rounding down, that means that $2.5 billion—of which the city is picking up an increasingly large chunk every year, as state and federal aid dries up—goes toward providing health care to illegal aliens in New York.

[Undocumented—and Unmeasured, September 2, 2016]


My cost figure—from viewing the video multiple times—is a bit lower than Mr. Barron’s. That’s being conservative, since there are probably also citizens and legally-present aliens among the uninsured served by the city’s public health-care institutions. But De Blasio, HHC chief Dr. Ramanathan Raju (right) and the questioners in the audience were all obviously thinking “undocumented” when they heard or said “uninsured.”

Meanwhile, there’s no uncertainty about the $82-billion size of the total executive (i.e. proposed-by-the-mayor) budget. So “free” health care for illegal aliens will consume 2.4 percent to 3 percent of New York City’s anticipated spending for FY 2017.

The $2-billion figure is especially useful for illegal-immigration opponents because of who uttered it. (But for illegal-immigration booster De Blasio, it amounts to a statement against interest.)

Prior to this, the best estimate for the cost to taxpayers of illegal aliens’ health care was probably contained in The Fiscal Burden of Illegal Immigration On United States Taxpayers, [PDF] a massive study for the Federation for American Immigration Reform [FAIR] by Jack Martin and Eric Ruark (now at NumbersUSA) that was completed in February 2011. The report gives both costs to the federal government and outlays at the state and local levels, the latter given for each state. Table 12 (page-number 61) lists health-care costs of about $960 million associated with illegal aliens—including anchor-children and children who are themselves illegal aliens—in all of New York state, less than half the amount acknowledged by New York City alone.

So if the FAIR report is inaccurate, as the “hate”-sleuths at the Southern Poverty Law Center [$PLC] would robotically insist, it’s in the direction of underestimating costs.

(Oddly absent from FAIR’s report is a table of state-by-state illegal-alien populations or estimates. Perhaps authors Martin and Ruark used the figures from the contemporary version of FAIR’s online table How Many Illegal Immigrants?. The version available now, dated December 2011, gives an estimate of 750,000 illegal aliens in all of New York state. Meanwhile, Seth Barron’s article at City Journal puts the illegal-alien population for New York City alone between 500,000 and 800,000. Thus the FAIR report’s underestimate of the state’s health-care costs can’t result from a gross undercount of the illegal-alien population.)

Unlike the city’s illegal aliens, the head of HHC appears to be a bargain. The Indian-born Dr. Raju, a surgeon with an impressive resume, [PDF] returned to New York in early 2014 after several years in Chicago as chief of Cook County Hospitals, where his annual salary had been about $500,000. New York City got him back for about $400,000 per year, which seems like a pittance in the context of a $7.5-billion-per-year enterprise. So perhaps it’s just another case of a job native-born Americans won’t do at the offered wage.

It’s clear, unfortunately, that Dr. Raju will be no help in reducing the burden of illegal aliens on the city: According to an article about the speech he gave [PDF] at the May 28, 2014 graduation ceremony for the New York College of Podiatric Medicine, “Dr. Raju spoke about access to healthcare as a fundamental civil and constitutional right, adding that none of us is free until there is equality of healthcare for all of us.” We can hope that his prowess as a medical administrator compensates for his constitutional illiteracy.

The Bobster
09-17-2016, 07:43 AM

De Blasio rips opponents of homeless shelter conversion
By Rich Calder
September 17, 2016 | 12:43am

Mayor de Blasio warned opponents of a Queens homeless shelter that he won’t be “intimidated” by their protests, even egging them on to demonstrate at Gracie Mansion.

The mayor blasted Maspeth residents who oppose the conversion of a Holiday Inn into a homeless facility.

“We’re not going to be intimidated by protests,” the mayor said Friday on WNYC Radio.

The Bobster
09-17-2016, 07:45 AM

De Blasio surprised people used free Wi-Fi for porn
By Rich Calder
September 16, 2016 | 11:22pm

Responding to complaints that the homeless are hogging the city’s free Wi-Fi *kiosks, Mayor de Blasio on Friday admitted the rollout of the devices “was a good idea that ended up having a real unintended consequence.” :o

Speaking on WNYC radio, de Blasio said he’s “disappointed” he had to pull the plug on the kiosks’ free Internet access.

The decision to nix kiosk Web access was made days after The Post reported that a homeless man was caught masturbating at one of the booths in Murray Hill.

‘We thought we were *really adding a lot of capacity, particularly in a lot of areas where people don’t have enough access to the Internet,” de Blasio said. “And we found that there was a pattern of abuse.”

Limited Web sites will still be accessible, such as those that provide government services. So will the city’s 311 complaint center and 911.

The Bobster
09-18-2016, 06:56 AM

Explosion Rocks NYC; 29 Injured
September 17, 2016 9:34 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — An explosion rocked a crowded Manhattan neighborhood and injured 29 people, and a suspicious device discovered blocks away was safely removed early Sunday. Mayor Bill de Blasio ruled out any terror connections :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: but called the blast an “intentional act.”

“Tonight, New York City experienced a very bad incident,” de Blasio said at a news conference near the scene in Chelsea. “We have no credible and specific threat at this moment.” :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

De Blasio tried to calm any fears among nervous New Yorkers, saying the explosion had no terrorist connection :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: and wasn’t related to a pipe bomb explosion earlier Saturday in New Jersey that forced the cancellation of a charity run.

“Now, I want to be clear: Whatever the cause, whatever the intention here, New Yorkers will not be intimidated,” the mayor said. “We are not going to let anyone change who we are or how we go about our lives.”

It was unclear who was behind the blast and what motivated it.

A law enforcement official told The Associated Press that a second device that officers investigated four blocks from the scene appeared to be a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a cellphone. The official, who was not authorized to speak about an ongoing investigation and spoke on condition of anonymity, said the device was found inside a plastic bag on West 27th Street. The device was removed with a robot and taken to a department firing range in the Bronx.

The law enforcement official also said that the explosion that rocked a bustling Chelsea neighborhood appeared to have come from a construction toolbox in front of a building. Photos from the scene show a twisted and crumpled black metal box.

The blast happened on West 23rd Street, in front of a residence for the blind, near a major thoroughfare with many restaurants and a Trader Joe’s supermarket. Witnesses said the explosion at about 8:30 p.m. blew out the windows of businesses and scattered debris in the area. Officials said no evacuations were necessary.

Daniel Nigro, commissioner of the Fire Department of New York, said several people were taken to hospitals with injuries. One person received a puncture wound that was considered serious. The other injuries were described as scrapes and bruises.

New York City subway routes were affected by the explosion, which rattled some New Yorkers and visitors on the heels of the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Chris Gonzalez, visiting from Dallas, was having dinner with friends at a restaurant in the area.

“We felt it. We heard it,” Gonzalez said. “It wasn’t like jolting or anything. Everyone just went quiet.”

Rudy Alcide, a bouncer at Vanity Nightclub at 21st Street and 6th Avenue, said he, at first, thought something large had fallen.

“It was an extremely loud noise. Everything was shaking, the windows were shaking,” he said. “It was extremely loud, almost like thunder but louder.”
The FBI and Homeland Security officials, along with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arson and explosive task force, were at the scene.

The White House said President Barack Obama was apprised of the explosion.

In St. Cloud, Minnesota, police said at least eight people were injured at a shopping mall Saturday evening in a stabbing attack. The suspect was shot dead by an off-duty police officer.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton said she had been briefed “about the bombings in New York and New Jersey and the attack in Minnesota.”

She says the nation needs to support its first responders and “pray for the victims.” :rolleyes:

“We have to let this investigation unfold,” she said.

Donald Trump moved ahead of New York City officials when he declared a “bomb went off” before officials had released details. He made the announcement minutes after stepping off his plane in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“I must tell you that just before I got off the plane a bomb went off in New York and nobody knows what’s going on,” Trump said.

He continued, “But boy we are living in a time — we better get very tough, folks. We better get very, very tough. It’s a terrible thing that’s going on in our world, in our country and we are going to get tough and smart and vigilant.”

The Republican presidential nominee made the comments around 9:10 p.m., shortly after the explosion and as emergency officials responded to the blast. A spokeswoman for Trump did not respond to an email asking whether he was briefed about it before taking the stage.

The Manhattan blast came hours after a pipe bomb exploded in Seaside Park, New Jersey, shortly before thousands of runners were due to participate in a charity 5K race to benefit Marines and sailors. The run was canceled, and no injuries were reported.