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January 21, 2019

No More Lies! It’s The Law Now in NYS No More Conversion Therapy

Between 2012 and 2018, 14 states and Washington, D.C., passed laws prohibiting “conversion therapy” for minors. Deep-blue New York was not among them.

That finally changed this month when the State Legislature voted overwhelmingly to ban mental health professionals from working to change a minor’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

As jurisdictions across the country began solidifying protections for the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities, conversion therapy became part of the public discourse. In 2016, L.G.B.T. groups denounced the Republican Party for adopting a platform that seemed to lend support to the technique, which had long been discredited by the medical establishment.

Vice President Mike Pence has been particularly dogged by criticism; the groups say Mr. Pence had previously been in favor of conversion therapy, a stance that he has denied. 

New York lawmakers had been proposing bills addressing conversion therapy since 2003. The measures languished until this month when Democrats took control of the Legislature for the first time in a decade.

The Legislature this month also passed the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, or Genda, which would add gender identity as a protected class under New York’s discrimination and hate crimes laws.

The bills were the first pieces of L.G.B.T.-specific legislation to pass the Senate since lawmakers voted to legalize same-sex marriage in 2011, State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, said.

“It was a quantum leap forward,” said Mr. Hoylman, who is the only out gay lawmaker in the Senate and who sponsored both bills. “I hope we can build on that.”

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has said he would sign both bills.

“So-called L.G.B.T.Q. conversion therapy is a fraudulent practice that has done untold harm to too many young people,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement. 

Conversion therapy, also called reparative therapy, has been widely denounced by medical professional organizations as traumatizing and harmful to minors. The American Academy of Pediatrics warned against it as early as 1993, saying it reinforced anxiety and shame. In 2009, the American Psychological Association condemned the practice in a report, saying that conversion therapy was predicated on the idea that homosexuality was a mental disorder.

But despite the consensus that conversion therapy was unsound, it has remained fairly common, said Mathew Shurka, who underwent conversion therapy and works as an activist fighting against it.

An estimated 698,000 L.G.B.T. adults in the United States have received conversion therapy, according to research by the Williams Institute at the U.C.L.A. School of Law, which studies L.G.B.T. issues. About half of them underwent conversion therapy as teenagers.

Mr. Shurka was among them. He was 16 years old in 2004 when his father took him to a therapist who said he could make gay people straight, and he spent five years undergoing the purported treatment.

Conversion therapy assumes that everyone is a heterosexual, Mr. Shurka said, and that same-sex attraction is caused by childhood trauma. The therapists say, “If you can just heal that trauma and understand what your role is as a male or female, you will naturally start to be attracted to the opposite sex,” he said.

Mr. Shurka said he was told to separate from his mother and sister for three years to make sure that he did not look at women as his peers.

Mr. Shurka worked with Mr. Hoylman and Assemblywoman Deborah J. Glick, a Manhattan Democrat who was New York’s first out gay legislator when they introduced a bill to ban conversion therapy in the state in 2013.
At that time, only California had passed a similar law, a year earlier. Months after the New York bill was introduced, New Jersey passed its own legislation barring conversion therapy.

Yet New York stood still. The bill cleared the Democrat-led Assembly but was blocked in the Republican-controlled Senate, where it never received a floor vote.

For years, Mr. Hoylman kept reintroducing the bill. Each time, his efforts met the same result, while laws were passed in traditional liberal bastions, like Connecticut and Washington, D.C., and also approved through a bipartisan effort in New Hampshire. There, a Republican legislator sponsored the bill and a Republican governor signed it into law.

“New York most certainly lagged behind,” Mr. Hoylman said.

Over the years, Mr. Shurka and other advocates worked to educate state lawmakers about conversion therapy. Many of the people he spoke with did not believe conversion therapy was a modern problem, Mr. Shurka said. He blamed that lack of awareness on the stigma associated with the practice.

“If your parents are putting you into it, they’re not telling their neighbors or friends,” Mr. Shurka said. “It’s not really talked about, and even for the person that’s in it.”

Mr. Cuomo addressed the issue in 2016 when he prevented conversion therapy from being covered by insurers. A number of cities and counties in the state also passed bans, including New York City in 2017.

This year, Mr. Hoylman’s bill was passed as part of a slate of policies that Democrats are seeking to enact now that they have full control of the Legislature after winning a majority in the Senate in November. 

The conversion therapy ban received strong bipartisan support, passing the Assembly 134 to 3 and the Senate 57 to 4.

Mr. Shurka, who was in Albany for the Senate vote, said he was “shocked” by the result, which he said was pivotal.

“For me, conversion therapy is the source of all L.G.B.T. rights,” he said. “It’s still that question of ‘Can someone change?’”
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A Disempowering NYC Board Wants to Destroy The East River Park

"So Many of us spent so much time there as kids and young adults. For me, it was how I met New York."


By Joseph Hanania

The crowd at the recent meeting of Community Board 3 was agitated. Vaylateena Jones, a 50-year Lower East Side resident, and board official were especially vocal. “The way this planning is being done is disempowering,” she said. “City officials collaborated with us over four years and came up with a detailed design — only to now return with this entirely new design. Do our voices even matter?”

The topic was the future of East River Park. Once a derelict waterfront space, it had been restored, over 10 years, with well-lit ball fields, children’s fountains and a serpentine esplanade featuring a large sink for fishermen to clean their catch. Then Hurricane Sandy deluged the park, swamping F.D.R. Drive and Lower East Side.

The city’s latest plan to protect from future flooding called for burying the park under eight to 10 feet of a landfill and starting over. This was not the original plan, and that’s what had locals upset.
The latest plan calls for burying the park under landfill to act as a bulwark against flooding.

The latest plan calls for burying the park under landfill to act as a bulwark against flooding.
The original plan grew out of an unusual collaboration between an organization created after Hurricane Sandy by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to lead the region in addressing climate change along with 20 or so Lower East Side advocacy groups. The proposal called for an eight-foot landscaped berm at the park’s western edge insulating the F.D.R. and the Lower East Side from flooding. 

“This renewal project did not come through normal city channels,” said Amy Chester, director of that new organization, Rebuild by Design. Its first target was the Lower East Side, whose low-lying public housing is especially vulnerable. The berm surrounding the park would be the first link in a string of buffers around all Lower Manhattan — known as the Big U — to protect against rising seas.

“Everything went swimmingly,” Ms. Chester said, “until the city announced, on a Friday afternoon in September, with no community consultation, that the plan was being scrapped.”

Damaris Reyes, executive director of the grass-roots group GOLES (Good Old Lower East Side), who had phone banked and gone door to door to keep her largely minority community abreast, was outraged. City officials, she said, “went into radio silence. Suddenly, no one knew what was happening. We were disrespected.” 

The damage to the park after Hurricane Sandy.CreditElizabeth A. Kennedy/Barcoft Media, via Getty Images
The city was scrapping the berm, and three months later, it announced its new plan. It would bury the park under landfill and build a new park over that.

According to Lorraine Grillo, commissioner of the city’s Department of Design and Construction, the shift in plans followed the city’s standard review of a design project. Afterward, she said, officials made “a better choice” — and a notably more expensive one. The original plan was budgeted at $760 million; the city’s revised scheme would cost $1.45 billion. 

Additionally, HUD had $330 million for anti-flooding efforts, but the agency required this money be spent by 2022 or be forfeited.

Looking over the renderings at one of the December meetings that introduced the plan, Bill Buchen, a 40-year East Village resident, and landscape architect, shook his head. “I totally hate this,” he said. “They are choosing a way which removes plant life, trees and everything which sustains life — in favor of what?” 

East River Park during its opening in July 1939.CreditSeelig/NY Daily News Archive, via Getty Images
For one thing, in favor of traffic. Unlike the original idea, according to Ms. Grillo the city’s plan would avoid a time-consuming shutdown of a lane of on the F.D.R. Drive “every night for five years.”

The park — officially known as John V. Lindsay East River Park — is the forgotten green space of the city’s shorelines. On Manhattan’s West Side, Hudson River Park has become a glamorous, heavily traveled tourist destination. And across the East River, the waterfront, from Brooklyn Bridge to Greenpoint, has experienced a renaissance featuring expensive buildings and the new, five-acre Domino Park — much of this financed by developers such as Two Trees.

East River Park is different. Running from 13th Street south to Cherry Street, it was conceived by Robert Moses in 1939 across the highway from public housing and gradually fell into disrepair until its $93 million refurbishments, completed in 2010. Two years later, Hurricane Sandy arrived, killing 43 in the region and causing $19 billion in damage, with the Lower East Side taking the brunt.

Now those who live near the park are frustrated that the plan to preserve the ecosystem is being swept aside. “The community’s painstaking work over four years is being completely pushed aside,” said Carlina Rivera, a councilwoman from the East Village. “The new plan represents a fundamental departure from anything the City had discussed. The mayor’s office has failed to provide detailed analyses of why the cost increase is necessary. Until those questions are answered, I cannot back the direction the mayor’s office has taken.” She is leading a City Council oversight meeting next Tuesday that will address the new park plans. 

A lively debate at the recent community meeting where the city’s new plan was presented.
Christine Datz-Romero plans to be there. Ms. Datz-Romero has been involved with the park since she moved to the East Village from a German town in the 1980s. In 1997, she became director of the Lower East Side Ecology Center, a volunteer environmental organization headquartered in the park’s fireboat house. 

Soon after the group moved into the boathouse, the boiler went out. It took the city three and a half years to replace it. “And now,” she asked incredulously, “the city says it can bury and rebuild the entire park in three years?”

For several years, the Ecology Center has assisted the Parks Department’s gardener in planting the park: hundreds of echinaceas, a coneflower with medicinal properties; 15,000 bluebells; and milkweed to attract monarch butterflies. Volunteers also cared for the park’s hundreds of lindens, oaks, and London plane trees. 

A poster urging locals to attend the public meetings.CreditRick Loomis for The New York Times
The new plan will also create a temporary ecological desert for hundreds of species migrating the Atlantic Flyway. Buried, too, will be the running track field house with its sea monster tiles and the track itself (just refurbished for nearly $3 million). The fate of the amphitheater, the original home to Shakespeare in the Park, now home to Summer Stage salsa concerts, remains uncertain.

“We agree we need to protect our community, but I don’t understand why we have to destroy a park to do so,” Ms. Datz-Romero said. Instead, she envisions the park as a floodplain, slowing and absorbing rising waters with salt-tolerant Juniper and sumac trees her volunteers have already planted.

“We have seen no environmental impact statement addressing any of this. Instead, we are told little, our concerns steamrollered,” she said. A draft impact statement will be issued this March, just before the city certifies the proposed plan, Commissioner Grillo said.

The deputy parks commissioner Alyssa Cobb Konon pointed out that following Sandy’s saltwater drenching, the park’s tree canopy had considerably thinned. The city’s plan calls for increasing tree species from the original three to 52 hardier ones; by planting 1,300 trees on fresh, raised soil, the new park will resurrect that canopy.
The new plan calls for trees to be removed and replaced by a wide variety of saplings.
Rick Loomis for The New York Times 

The new plan calls for trees to be removed and replaced by a wide variety of saplings.CreditRick Loomis for The New York Times
In a separate interview, the Parks Department commissioner, Mitchell J. Silver, said that unlike passive parks that double as floodplains, like those by Jamaica Bay, East River Park has structures, lights, and synthetic turf, which “does not do well” in floods. And with the river projected to rise two and a half feet in 30 years, raising the park is the only way to save it.

By bringing in landfill and soil by barge, the new plan allows for daytime construction away from the highway, minimizing traffic disruptions. After its scheduled March 2020 launch, the new plan can thus be completed in three years rather than five, with flood protection in place by 2022.

Still, the park’s closing under either plan has left people like Joan Reinmuth, a retired nurse and 30-year East Village resident, doubtful. “This park is more than a recreation facility,” she said. “These kids in NYCHA houses don’t take vacation cruises. They don’t shop at Zabar’s for fish; they fish to eat. Early mornings, men are shaving in the fountains.”

At last week’s meeting, Susan Stetzer, district manager for Community Board 3, got a commitment that after initially shutting the park down, the city will look to reopen it in sections. “That’s huge,” she said.
Correction: January 18, 2019
An earlier version of this article misspelled the given name of a member of Community Board 3. She is Vaylateena Jones, not Vaylateeba.

A version of this article appears in print on Jan. 20, 2019, on Page MB7 of the New York edition with the headline: To Save East River Park, the City Intends to Bury It.

January 16, 2019

NYS State Legislature Bans Gay Conversion Therapy Making It The 15th State To Do So


 By Dan Avery
NBC News

The New York State Legislature voted Tuesday to ban so-called gay conversion therapy on minors, with Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo expected to sign the bill as soon as this week. The measure, which passed 57-4 in the Senate and 134 to 3 in the Assembly, will make New York the 15th state to ban the controversial practice, which is widely discredited by medical and mental health organizations.
“New York has a compelling interest in protecting the physical and psychological well-being of minors, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth,” the bill reads in part, “and in protecting its minors against exposure to serious harms caused by sexual orientation change efforts.” 
The ban is part of a larger LGBTQ rights push announced by Cuomo last year, an agenda that includes prohibiting the so-called gay panic defense in court and adding gender identity to state human rights and hate crime laws. (The Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act passed the Legislature today as well.)
Bans on conversion therapy — which seeks to change one’s sexual orientation or gender identity — repeatedly have passed the Democrat-controlled Assembly, only to die in the Republican-dominated Senate. But the GOP ceded its majority in the midterm election, paving the way for today’s victory.
Democrat Brad Hoylman, who authored the Senate bill, called conversion therapy “among the worst frauds in history.” “We have to consider the message we are sending to LGBT youth today,” Hoylman said Monday after the bill passed committee. “That we have your back and you are perfect just the way you are.”“The State of New York has a responsibility to stop licensed mental health professionals from causing irreparable damage to LGBT youth and their families,” Hoylman said when advocating for the ban in 2014.
Mathew Shurka, a member of the anti-conversion therapy group Born Perfect, told NBC News he "feel[s] safer” after the bill’s passage, but he stressed that the fight against the discredited practice is still “not over.”
“The next step is testing the law,” he said, “because there are several working conversion therapy practitioners in New York State.” According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, conversion therapy “can provoke guilt and anxiety while having little or no potential for achieving changes in orientation.” 
Techniques used to attempt to change sexual orientation and gender identity have included inducing nausea and vomiting, providing electric shocks, psychotropic medication, and hypnosis. And according to a 2009 report by the American Psychological Association, the treatment has been associated with depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, high-risk sexual behaviors, homelessness, and other issues. 
The Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law recently estimated that 20,000 LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 17 will undergo conversion therapy by a licensed health care professional before they turn 18, and approximately 57,000 will be subjected to the treatment by a religious leader or spiritual adviser. In 2012, California became the first state to prohibit conversion therapy on minors, and since then more than a dozen other states, the District of Columbia and several localities across the U.S. have followed suit. A number of state legislatures are currently considering bans, including Texas, Minnesota, and Indiana.
The issue has also entered the multiplex, with two recent films recounting the struggles of young people subjected to conversion therapy: “The Miseducation of Cameron Post,” starring Chloë Grace Moretz, and “Boy Erased,” with Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, and Russell Crowe.

October 13, 2018

Who The F* Are You ?~~ Douglas Levinson~~ How To Follow Your Dreams in NYC~~

A Powerful Video that will show what it takes to follow your dreams in NYC 🌇


Everyone has a different definition of success, but here in New York City, sometimes just getting through the damn day can feel like an incredible achievement. On a fundamental level, you're "making it" here as long as you're still up and active, still doing the work, even if nobody sees it. You should feel proud you're still hacking away at it (whatever it is!) in the face of all of New York's abrasiveness. Like when you're just trying to practice your trumpet in some corner somewhere and the world's angriest NYU Film School graduate makes it his mission to crush your dreams into dust, SUCKA.

This Sunday, October 14th, marks the fifth anniversary of the short YouTube masterpiece "trumpet fight." If you've never seen it before, stop reading right now and experience all its seething glory for yourself, you miserable presumptuous no talent:

 Yeah, that's the stuff.
To honor the perseverance and true grit that defines real New York City artists, we hereby declare October 14th International "You're Talented And Not A Disgrace And You Do Not Suck Day." (This is not intended to take anything away from the other October 14th holiday World Standards Day, which honors all those experts who develop standards.)

So get out there this Sunday and celebrate You're Talented And Not A Disgrace And You Do Not Suck Day! Dance in the subway or slap on your clown makeup or grab a musical instrument or a paint brush or just start singing. Show the haters that they have no power to stop you, no matter how many times they walked Bob Dylan up on stage in 1975.
And have a great weekend, SUCKA.

September 3, 2018

NY Governor Mario Cuomo Suing Pres.Trump For Falling to Provide Adequate Help to Puerto Rico

On Sunday, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that NY would be suing President Trump for failing to help the people of Puerto Rico following the devasting effects of Hurricane Maria.
According to the New York Post, Cuomo made the announcement while speaking at Heavenly Vision Christian Center, a church in the Bronx, calling Trump’s actions in regards to the hurricane an abandonment of the people of the American Commonwealth. 
“Somebody has to stand up to this president. He is a bully,” Cuomo said while speaking about the poor federal response Puerto Rico’s people received. 
Puerto Rico mistreated
“They got a different level of care than Texas and Florida and other states,” Cuomo said after stating that President Trump really “never tried” to help victims who lacked food and shelter following the September 2017 storm.
“You know how they handle a bully in The Bronx? He puts a finger your chest, you put one right back.”
“We’re going to hold ‘King’ Trump to the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution said equal protection under the law. Puerto Rico did not receive equal protection under the law,” Cuomo continued while addressing the church attendees.

NY to sue President Trump

“We are going to sue President Trump. We are going to show this bully president that the law is the law.”
NYC to sue President Trump
Cuomo’s vow to sue President Trump comes after the leader’s comments last Wednesday and the staggering death poll of more than 2,900 people, a fact that took months to come to light.
Meanwhile, President Trump told reporters at the White House last week that he thinks his administration “did a fantastic job in Puerto Rico.” Adding, “We’re still helping Puerto Rico.”
If You are  asking why isn't the Governor Ricardo Rosselló of Puerto Rico suing instead?
 Would it not be more proper?
Puerto Rico's Governor belongs to the same party as Trump and all along he has been very timid in criticising Trump, which he has never done. In assigning fault this Governor is second from the President on down. He colluted with Trump; Wether is been the deal with WhiteFish to make a law maker in Washington DC happy, wrong death count which he confirmed a couple times or not asking for more emergency help for certain areas that were just sinking under the waters of this hurricaine. He left the dirty work for the Mayor of San Juan, Carmin Yulín Cruz. I would bet you that if this legal action makes it to a court, Tump will use Ricardo Rosselló as a reason he did what ever the governor asked for and the Governor never complaint personaly to him.  This excuse wont work for Trump though because Trump is had the correct information from the Corps of Engineers, FEMA (whose statement rsenttly said they made mistakes and could have done better) without mentioning the 3000 deaths like he did for the first 11 deaths; The military was there and told Trump how bad things were but he still pulled them out becore the work was even half way done. Still last week He (Trump)said he was proud of the work he did
I have personally seen Governor Cuomo pick a particular issue that was wrong as he promised to fix. He would go all the way putting all his political chips on the table until he made a difference. The New York gay marriage issue comes in mind. He didn't have the vote and  he needed republicans to win the vote and the Republican party promised that any legislator that voted with the Dems will be voted out of office and eventually some did but Cuomo got Gay Marriage in NY State long before the Supreme Court did in Washigton DC. He kept the promise.

June 12, 2018

Cynthia Nixon Running For NY Gov Has been PuertoRican Until It Was Time to Show It

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon blamed rival Gov. Cuomo for causing woes in Puerto Rico – but then she skipped Sunday’s Puerto Rico Day Parade in Manhattan, instead of traveling to Rochester to campaign.
On Friday, Nixon tweeted numerous times about the dire economic situation in Puerto Rico and accused her political foe of not helping in the clean-up after Hurricane Maria devastated the island last year.
“There is a revolving door between Andrew Cuomo’s office and vulture funds keeping Puerto Rico in debt,” she wrote. “Under Cuomo’s administration, New York remains heavily invested in the very hedge funds that are responsible for and profit from Puerto Rico’s rising debt.”
But unlike Nixon, Cuomo was front and center at this year’s famed parade, after pointedly skipping it last year because its organizers decided to honor recently released FALN nationalist Oscar Lopez Rivera.
Cuomo held a press conference before the Fifth Avenue parade began, charging that a weak federal response to Hurricane Maria stemmed from an inherent racism coming from the White House.
Nixon, a former star of TV’s “Sex and the City,” didn’t make it because she “was committed to an event in Rochester with Disability Action for America,” said a spokeswoman for her campaign, adding: “We think one of the strongest moves New York can make to help Puerto Rico recover from Maria is to divest its pension fund from Puerto Rican debt.”
Marcos Crespo, chairman of the Bronx Democratic Party and a state assemblyman, criticized Nixon for not attending the parade.
“After attempting to question the governor on his impact in support of Puerto Rico, the least she could do is be present on the biggest stage for New York to celebrate Puerto Rican heritage,” Crespo, whose organization supports Cuomo, told The Post.

November 2, 2017

Details of Terror Attack and Warning to New Yorkers

The following is a page from NBC in New York written by   and 
It is too early to blame anybody but the terrorist and the killling org he let infiltrate his reasoning but there are always many roots that sustain the tree. You have a mad president tweeting hatred and spewing words for whch he has no idea the implications it will have for these people in a connected world. 
In New york city it is obvious we need to do more. New Yorkers are a very special bunch if it wasnt so they will be visitors not residents. New Yorkers need to be more on the alert to the traffic around us and the people that might hurt us. Why do i say that? Because we need to take responsiblity for our own safety and not wait for an emergency vehicle to come screeching down the street to help. I did not say take the law into your hand but to take the safety into your hands to give enough time to first responders to atke over. 
Those head phones on bikers need to also let some noise in and the rider need to have their pair of eyes replace the the sound they are muffling. I say these things because of my own experience as a New Yorker and how i learn to walk in dangerous neighborhoods on the look out for the armed thief. Now that caution needs to still be there even though we don't call the thief a thief a terrorist now. No difference between those two if they both are willing to hurt you and it seems that these humans converted into killing machines will approach us like 'a thief in the night." Let's also keep in mind most of these killes are not deranged. They know what they are doing and why. Our government knows that very well because it knows how you can get into someone's head. A preacher,  a good sales man also knows to sell something people don't need they do by creating a need to fill another need. Again, I would not say that unless I have not seen it myself.  (Revelations).  
The young Uzbek immigrant arrived in the United States seven years ago, moving frequently as he built a family, made a living driving trucks and cars, and raised little suspicion from law enforcement. 
But at some point, Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov apparently developed a fascination with ISIS. That, investigators now believe, may have motivated him to commit the deadliest terror attack in New York City since Sept. 11, 2001. 
 New York terror attack suspect is reportedly 'boasting about his activities' 2:37
On Tuesday, Saipov, a 29-year-old married father with nothing more than traffic violations on his criminal record, rented a pickup truck at a Home Depot in northern New Jersey, headed over the George Washington Bridge, and then drove south into lower Manhattan, where he allegedly mowed down people on a bike path, killing eight. He allegedly crashed into a school bus, jumped out of the truck holding two imitation guns, and shouted "Allahu Akbar," Arabic for "God is Great," before a NYPD officer shot him. 
In the rental truck, authorities retrieved a note that, translated to English, said, "ISIS Lives Forever," according to a senior official briefed on the investigation. Questioned in a New York hospital, where he is recovering from a bullet wound to his abdomen, Saipov showed no remorse, and actually seemed proud of what he'd allegedly done, the official said. 
At this point, police and local officials say it appears that Saipov acted alone. But investigators are still trying to piece together his journey from Uzbekistan to the crime scene, and in doing so determine whether anyone helped him, and if he had ties to ISIS or other terrorist organizations ─ or was simply inspired by them. 
Authorities say Saipov's online history indicates that he consumed ISIS propaganda, the senior official said. But the senior official said Saipov was not subject of any active terrorist investigations. 
Some answers may come from his wife, who was tracked down in Paterson, New Jersey and has met with authorities, the official said. She has been initially cooperative and has denied any knowledge of the attack before it happened, law enforcement officials said. 
 Bystander Captures School Bus 'Horror' After Manhattan Terror Attack 0:39
Fellow Uzbek immigrants who came to know Saipov said he didn't seem to be the kind of man who would do such a thing. 
"He liked the U.S. He is no terrorist," said Kobiljon Matkarov, who said he met Saipov four or five years ago, when they both lived in Florida. 
Bekhzod Abdusamatov, whose parents took Saipov into their Cincinnati home when he first arrived in the United States in 2010, said he didn't seem unusual at the time: he was polite, spent a lot of time out of the house, and moved away after a few weeks. 


A vehicle with Florida license plates is surrounded by a police perimeter in the parking lot of the Home Depot store on Oct. 31 in Passaic, N.J. Julio Cortez / AP

“I was shocked. I never would’ve imagined something like this. I never would’ve thought this guy would do something violent," Abdusamatov said. 
Saipov arrived in the United States under a "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday morning. Two senior U.S. officials with direct knowledge of the matter confirmed that the suspect was accepted into the program, which, according to the State Department, allows the arrival of a limited number of applicants from countries with historically low rates of immigration to the United States. 
Saipov's travels from there aren't entirely clear. But records indicate that within months he obtained a commercial truck license, first in New Jersey, and then in Florida. He also registered two automobile-related businesses in Ohio, one at the Cincinnati address of Abdusamatov's family, and another in Cuyahoga Falls. 
In 2013, he married Nozima Odilova, according to records in Ohio. Both listed their birthplace as Tashkant, Uzbekistan. 


Crime scene investigators collect evidence on Nov. 1 at the scene of the truck attack on a bike path in lower Manhattan. Seth Wenig / AP

While driving a truck, Saipov was cited several times for traffic violations ─ in Maryland in 2011, in Pennsylvania in 2012 and 2015, and in Missouri in 2016. In the Pennsylvania cases, he was listed as living in Paterson, and in the Missouri case his home was said to be in Tampa, Florida. His commercial driver's license, issued in 2015, lists a Tampa address. 
He was arrested in Missouri for not appearing in court on a charge of failure to maintain his truck's brake system, a misdemeanor for which he was given a $129.50 fine, according to records and local officials. 
At some point recently, Saipov began driving for Uber, passing a background test. Matkarov said Saipov was working for Uber and living in New Jersey with a couple of children when they last saw each other five or six months ago.


October 31, 2017

8 Dead 11 Injured in Truck Terror Attack in New York City

 The terrorist truck came to a stop after crashing into the school bus.

The pickup truck crashed into another vehicle after striking bicyclists and pedestrians, and the driver got out wielding what police later said were “imitation” guns. The driver was shot by police before being taken into custody, the New York City Police Department said in a posting on its Twitter account. 
The federal government was treating it as a terrorist attack, two U.S. government officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity. 
A police spokesman posted a photo showing a white pickup truck on the bike path with its front end mangled and the hood crumpled. The truck was adorned with logos of the Home Depot hardware store chain. 
Mangled and flattened bicycles littered the bike path, which runs parallel to the West Side Highway on the western edge of Manhattan along the Hudson River. 
One witness, John Williams, a 22-year-old student, told reporters at the scene that he heard about five gunshots before seeing a large man with curly hair being taken into custody.

“He seemed very calm,” Williams said. “He was not putting up a fight.” 
The police have not confirmed any gunfire besides shots fired by officers.

 A witness told ABC Channel 7 that he saw a white pick-up truck drive south on the bike path at full speed and hit several people. The witness, who was identified only as Eugene, said bodies were lying outside Stuyvesant High School, one of the city’s elite public schools. 
A video apparently filmed at the scene and circulated online showed scattered bikes on the bike path and at least two people lying on the ground.  Both U.S. President Donald President and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had been briefed about the incident, their offices said. The office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said the governor was heading to the scene.

The Terrorist 29 yr Old from Uzbekistan, living in Tampa, Florida. He was shot in the stomach by Police. He is in surgery right now, expected to live.
The suspect is reported to have screamed "Allahu Akbar" after the crash, and that is a key reason authorities are looking at terrorism as a possible motive, sources said.
The deadly incident began at about 3:05 p.m., when the vehicle -- a Home Depot rental truck, according to the company -- entered the West Street pedestrian and bike path north of Chambers Street, hitting multiple people on the path, leaving some dead and "numerous people injured," New York City police said.
Six of the deceased victims were pronounced dead at the scene; two more died at a nearby hospital. Police said 11 were wounded with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

Reporting by Jonathan Allen, Anna Driver, Dan Trotta and Gina Cherelus in New York; Writing by Jonathan Allen; Editing by //Reuters...adamfoxie

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