Posts Tagged ‘Mayor’

Police Search for Clues in The Times Square Bomb Attempt

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

CAIRO — The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility in a video released Sunday for the attempted car bomb attack in Times Square in New York City. In the 1 minute, 11 second video allegedly released by the Pakistani Taliban, the group says the attack is revenge for the death of its leader, Baitullah Mehsud, and the recent slayings of the top leaders of al-Qaida in Iraq — Abu Omar al-Baghdadi and Abu Ayyub al-Masri — who were killed by US and Iraqi troops last month north of Baghdad. An unidentified speaker on the tape, uncovered by the US-based SITE monitoring group, also says the attack comes in response to American “interference and terrorism in Muslim Countries, especially in Pakistan.” The claim could not be immediately confirmed. The tape makes no specific reference to the attack; it does not mention that it was a car bomb or that it took place in New York City. A text in gold letters on a black background at the start of the video congratulates Muslims for the “jaw-breaking blow to Satan’s USA.” As the speaker recites the message, images of the slain militants referred to flash across the screen. English subtitles are provided at the bottom of the screen. The video was uncovered Sunday by SITE, which monitors militant websites and has been accurate with such militant claims in the past. The Pakistani Taliban is one of Pakistan’s largest and deadliest militant groups. It has strong links to al-Qaida and is based in the northwest close to the Afghan border. The group



13 Richard Place

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

RYE, NY– December, 2011. It has been alleged that City of Rye mayor, Doug French, has owned an illegal single-family home for 19 years. Public records show that Mayor French has used the property as an income-producing asset for the past 12 years… renting the “4-bedroom colonial” (with the 4th bedroom being in the finished attic) for 00 per month–since January 1, 2000. The mayor’s own real estate listings from 1999 to the present, show that the house was beautifully updated over the past decade. The only problem is, Mr. French never obtained permits or approvals for the improvements–and the home wasn’t a legal 4-bedroom colonial in the first place! Legally, the house was a two-family home which had only two 1-bedroom apartments. Mayor French, who is chairman of the law-making body of the City of Rye, has publicly and repeatedly denied owning an illegal property–or being in violation of the city’s building code–even though every single relevant document in the City of Rye shows the home as being a legal two-family residence. And even though he received a violation in July of 2011 for building without a permit. The City of Rye has not been forthcoming with public records. And now, recent revelations that the mayor “unknowingly” was double-dipping on the NY State School Tax Relief program (for the past 10 years) has the media, and many other people taking a closer look at 13 Richard Place. NOTE: This video will begin airing on Rye TV in January of 2012, stay tuned!