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Hispanic police groups pull out of New York Puerto Rican Day Parade because it will honor a terrorist pardoned by Obama

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Oscar Lopez Rivera: Thanks Obama!

Via NY Post: Outraged Hispanic police groups are boycotting the Puerto Rican Day Parade next month because the event will celebrate a pardoned terrorist linked to one of the deadliest groups ever to target New York.

The NYPD Hispanic Society and the Rafael Ramos Foundation have pulled out of the June 11 Fifth Avenue march after it was announced that former FALN kingpin Oscar Lòpez Rivera will be honored as a “National Freedom Hero” at the event.

Note: FALN is Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional. Translated to English: Armed Forces of National Liberation.

Rivera, 74, had his 70-year sentence commuted by outgoing President Barack Obama in January. He had spent nearly 36 years in prison on conspiracy charges for his ties to the Puerto Rican nationalist group, which was responsible for more than 100 bombings in the 1970s and ’80s — including a 1982 blast at NYPD headquarters that left an officer maimed and a 1975 attack that killed four at Fraunces Tavern in the Financial District.

Supporters of Rivera — who was released Wednesday from house arrest in Puerto Rico with New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on hand — note he was never directly linked to any bombings and they considered him a political prisoner.

But the NYPD groups can’t forgive him for being a high-ranking member of the terror group.

“We support the NYPD members who were seriously injured and the families of the innocent people who lost their lives during these attacks throughout the United States and in our city,” the NYPD Hispanic Society said in a statement. “We took an oath to protect and serve the people. Unfortunately, this year’s views and values of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade committee do not conform with the society’s mission of promoting peace and unity.”

The Sergeants Benevolent Association joined the Hispanic groups in calling for a parade-sponsor boycott. “The FALN was one of the most dangerous terrorist organizations in American history,” SBA president Ed Mullins wrote in a letter to sponsors. “There is no justification in lauding or celebrating its murderous leader.”

Goya food dropped its sponsorship of the parade earlier this week — though the food giant didn’t explicitly say it was reacting to Rivera’s involvement.

The Rafael Ramos Foundation, named after the Brooklyn cop murdered in 2014, pulled its parade sponsorship, the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association said Thursday. Ramos was of Puerto Rican descent.

Gov. Cuomo waffled Thursday on whether he’d go to the parade. “I just heard about it, so I’m going to look at the situation,” Cuomo said. “My inclination would be to march, but I don’t know the facts of the situation.”

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Under de Blasio, New York is refusing to deport criminals

Elections have consequences.

Heckuva job mayor!

Heckuva job mayor!

New York’s new status as a “sanctuary” city means few illegal immigrants who break the law are being handed over to federal authorities for deportation, according to the New York Post.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials asked the city Correction Department to detain 944 inmates in city jails between October 2014 and September 2015. But the department transferred only 219 to federal custody — about 23 percent. In the 12 months before that, ICE made 3,204 requests. City jails transferred 2,016 inmates to ICE custody — or 63 percent, records show.

A new sanctuary law passed by the City Council and Mayor de Blasio in October 2014 is largely responsible for the massive decline in federal requests and the number of detainees handed over.

The law prevents the city from transferring an immigrant prisoner to ICE custody unless the feds have a warrant, or the suspect is on a terrorism watch list or has committed a violent crime, such as rape or murder. “We’re acting within guidelines and the scope of the law,” said NYPD Lt. Chris Czark. Before the sanctuary law, “you could be detained for any felony,” he said. “Now it’s certain felonies.”

ICE says it now focuses only on aliens who are gangsters, drug dealers, child predators or violent felons. Critics say the city law shields undocumented aliens who commit serious offenses, including sexual abuse, prescription drug sales, bribery, money laundering, harassment, grand larceny and drunk driving, from federal detention and deportation.

“These are crimes that can injure others and make our communities less safe,” said Staten Island Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who has joined several Republican legislators in pushing a bill in Albany to compel the city to comply with federal detention requests. “It’s almost as if the City Council is more interested in protecting illegal immigrants than the safety of the very citizens they represent,” she told The Post.

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The city law is making the public less safe, a former senior Homeland Security source said. “Even though these individuals are in the country illegally, you’re waiting for them to commit a violent crime before putting them into removal proceedings and getting them out of the community,” the source said. “It tells foreign-born criminals we’re not going to enforce the law until you rape or murder someone.”

City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito has not been moved by such arguments. “Any suggestion that our common-sense law does otherwise is nothing more than cheap political posturing,” said her spokeswoman Amy Varghese.

Communication between ICE and the city Correction Department has been hampered under the new system. Correction administrators used to alert ICE agents when an undocumented immigrant had arrived at a city jail. An ICE agent on site would interview the defendant in a trailer shortly after intake to determine his immigration status. Now ICE must discover an undocumented alien by combing through computer records of newly arrested defendants.

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Want to give yourself a 32% pay raise? Get elected to the NY City Council!

In January I told you how the good mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio, backed a plan to give hefty pay hikes to the city’s elected officials — including himself — but with the catch that council members go full-time and give up their lucrative “lulu” bonuses. The caveat for the mayor receiving a pay raise? De Blasio said he would not accept the raise unless elected to a second term in two years.

The plan then also called for the city council members to receive a 23 percent pay raise. But yesterday, they outdid themselves: their pay raise went up by 32 percent.

Bill de Blasio and Speaker Karen/Photo via Weasel Zippers

Bill de Blasio and Speaker Karen Mark-Viverito/Photo via Weasel Zippers

The NY Posts  reports that the members voted on this raise, which was above the recommendations of a salary commission, and there were seven dissenters. Their new salaries will be $148,500, which is $10,000 more than the mayoral-appointed commission had said was justified. Their current salary is $112,500.

The three Republican members, Steve Matteo and freshman Joe Borelli of Staten Island, and Eric Ulrich of Queens, issued a joint statement explaining why they voted no:

“There is a critically important reason the City Charter requires any changes to salaries for elected officials be evaluated and ultimately recommended by an independent body: because there is an inherent and obvious conflict of interest in having to vote oneself a pay raise,” the trio said.

“We felt the salary recommendations made by the Quadrennial Commission were the starting point of a public conversation about our jobs and our compensation. However, once it became clear that the proposed legislation by the Council would go beyond those recommendations, it precluded any potential support from our delegation.”

Forty members voted yes on the measure, including Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. Her salary will climb to $164,500. She said the extra pay was justified because the commission didn’t take into account one of the Council’s reform measures to greatly restrict outside income.

“We believe that there’s a value that should be added to the loss of that potential outside income. It was a modest amount of $10,000, and that is what we did in terms of that consideration,” she told reporters prior to the vote. “That’s a serious reform that is way overdue and has been demanded of this council over years and possibly decades, and so we’re taking that into account.”

It’s good to be a public servant!

Read the whole story here.

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