Residents of Central Islip, N.Y. clear snow from their street, Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015. A storm packing blizzard conditions spun up the East Coast early Tuesday, pounding coastal eastern Long Island into Maine with high winds and heavy snow.
New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is surrounded by media as he leaves a federal courthouse in New York, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. Silver, 70, was arrested Thursday on public corruption charges and accused of using his position to obtain millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks masked as legitimate income. A magistrate judge in federal court in Manhattan later released the lawmaker on $200,000 bail.
N.Y. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is under arrest, and $3.8 million dollars in eight different bank accounts held by Silver have been seized, as federal prosecutors accuse him of running two fraudulent and corrupt schemes.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara laid out the charges against Silver, saying the Speaker used his "titanic " powers in office to amass a "tremendous " personal fortune by running two separate schemes that involved millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks.
The Linden Triangle is an intersection of streets in Hempstead on Long Island. Nearby is a park; there's a charter school, a Mercedes Benz dealership. Not really surprising for your average Long Island suburban neighborhood. But the Linden Triangle is not average. Theses streets form a hub for drug sales, shoot-outs, and a deadly gang war. Journalist Kevin Deutsch spent quite a bit of time with the people who live amid the violence that plagues the Triangle. He writes about the gangs, the community, and the police in his new book. It's called,
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo delivered his joint State of the State and budget message, proposing a $141.6 billion spending plan that in part sets up a show down with teachers and education advocates.
The governor wants 100 more charter schools and an overhaul of teacher evaluations, which he says are "baloney," because virtually all teachers are rated as adequate.
"98% of the teachers rated effective," Cuomo said. "Who are we kidding, my friends?"