Charter School Expansion Faces Tough Fight in New York

Gov. Kathy Hochul’s proposal to allow dozens of new charter schools to open in New York City has set the stage for a charged battle in the coming months over the future of the city’s school system. The governor’s proposal opens the possibility that the charter sector could expand its foothold in the nation’s largest … Read more

New Jersey Councilwoman Is Fatally Shot, Officials Say

Eunice K. Dwumfour, a 30-year-old councilwoman serving her first term in Sayreville, N.J., was fatally shot on Wednesday night, officials said. The authorities said they received reports of a shooting at 7:22 p.m. in Parlin, an unincorporated area of Sayreville, according to a statement by the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. Officers with the Sayreville Police … Read more

Education Firms That Serve Hasidic Schools Are Barred Amid Fraud Inquiry

New York City education officials have stopped doing business with 20 companies that provide education services in private schools amid concerns about fraud in the industry. In emails sent over the past few weeks, the city education department instructed employees to block the hiring of the companies to provide special education or child care services. … Read more

New York Pays $121 Million for Police Misconduct, the Most in 5 Years

Police misconduct settlements in New York City last year were driven to their highest level since 2018 by six payouts over $10 million, including one for Muhammad A. Aziz, whose conviction in the assassination of Malcolm X was thrown out after he spent two decades in prison. Those cases, with a total value of about … Read more

Even Madison Square Garden Needs a Permit in New York

Good morning. It’s Thursday. We’ll look at why Madison Square Garden needs a new permit — and why getting it will probably be more complicated than getting a new driver’s license. And, in a city of skyscrapers, there’s a bid to build a casino underground. Credit…Amir Hamja for The New York Times In New York … Read more

Man Is Charged With Firebombing a New Jersey Synagogue

The police arrested a 26-year-old man on Wednesday and charged him with firebombing a large synagogue in Bloomfield, N.J., days after a Molotov cocktail was hurled at the building’s glass door, federal officials said. Nicholas Malindretos, of Clifton, N.J., was spotted Sunday night in surveillance video footage wearing a ski mask and throwing the incendiary … Read more

New York Man Admits Threatening to Harm Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene

An upstate New York man pleaded guilty on Wednesday to threatening to harm Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene and to show her “what violence truly is” in several phone messages left at her congressional office, federal prosecutors said. The man, Joseph F. Morelli, 51, of Endicott, N.Y., was indicted last April on three counts of transmitting … Read more