Man punched after taking photo of suspect on L train

L train suspect

L train suspect

Cops are looking for a man who repeatedly punched another straphanger in the face while they were on an L train approaching First Avenue.

It was on Friday, June 3 at 1 p.m. when a 49-year-old man got into an argument with the suspect on the southbound train. When the first man snapped a photo of the other on his phone, the suspect tried to grab the phone. He also then punched the phone’s owner in the face and head several times, police said. At First Avenue, the victim was able to get out of the train and was treated and released at the scene.

His attacker is described as Hispanic, approximately in his 20s, 5’10” tall and wearing a black hat with lettering on top, headphones and a dark hooded sweater.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident, which has been classified as a robbery, is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto CrimeStoppers or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Letters to the Editor, June 9

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Voter signatures needed ahead of primary

In order for a candidate to appear on the ballot for the September primary and then for the November election, that person must file designating party petitions containing signatures of voters with the NYC Board of Elections.

The petitioning period started on June 7 and will continue until July 11. The green colored petitions signify Democratic candidates.

If you are asked to sign as a Democrat, please do so.  Your signature allows the candidate to run. It does not mean that you are supporting or voting for the person at the polls. This is the electoral process in New York State.

Hopefully, this will change in years to come but for now, it is the only way that a candidate can get their name on the ballot. The petitions this time are for our State Senators Liz Krueger and Brad Hoylman, our State Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, Civil Court Judges Josh Hanschaft, Emily Morales Minerva and Judy Kim, State Committee and Judicial Delegates.

These candidates are running unopposed but must still qualify their candidacies with the Board of Elections.

We look forward to seeing many of you during the next several weeks. Please stop, meet the candidates and sign our petitions.

We will also be participating at the Street Fair on June 12 on Third Ave. between 23rd and 34th Sts. where you can find out more about the Samuel J. Tilden Club, register to vote and sign petitions there.

Louise Dankberg and Sandro Sherrod
Democratic District Leaders
74th Assembly District, Part C, Samuel J. Tilden Democratic Club

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MTA says Stuy Town M23 bus stop won’t be removed

The MTA is planning  an SBS route for the M23, but had initially planned to scrap a stop on East 20th Street to help speed it up. (Photo courtesy of the MTA)

The MTA is planning an SBS route for the M23, but had initially planned to scrap a stop on East 20th Street to help speed it up. (Photo courtesy of the MTA)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The MTA will not be removing the M23 bus stop at the 20th Street Loop when Select Bus Service is implemented on the route, following the plan being blasted as being a hardship to elderly and disabled riders.

The agency’s decision was announced on Monday by City Councilmember Dan Garodnick at a Community Board 6 transportation committee meeting.

MTA President Veronique Hakim had informed Garodnick of the agency’s decision earlier that day, noting in a letter that the MTA had decided to keep the stop based on his input and input from Community Board 6.

Hakim noted in the letter that the agency had also taken a suggestion of the councilmember into consideration and as a result, will be moving the 20th Street Loop stop slightly east to “improve access and spacing for our customers, and to improve overall operational performance.” This change means that the westbound stop, which is between First Avenue and Avenue C, will be moved about 150 feet to the east.

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