NYC Mayor de Blasio Announces Mask Donation from the United Nations to Help Fight the Spread of COVID-19

For the health care professionals working to fight this epidemic, the United Nations has donated 250,000 surgical masks to New York City, which has become the epicenter of new COVID-19 cases in the U.S. It is also the city that hosts the United Nations.

Following the written statement made by Guterres, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio went to the U.N. warehouses at the U.N. headquarters to receive the delivery of the masks.

In his speech delivered at the U.N. headquarters, Mayor de Blasio made the following statement: “In the midst of this crisis, in the midst of all these pains and difficulties people suffer, when people try to achieve good things, we should see the moments which tell really positive things; we should see that light pieces,” and he emphasized support and solidarity in such a time.

In his statement, Blasio expressed the importance of each and every donation and stated that New York urgently needs help by saying, “Someone out there might not have a quarter of a million surgical masks, but we would accept even one box of surgical masks. We will accept everything we receive or that we can take.”

Critical Statement from NYC Mayor De Blasio: We Need Help!

‘A week's worth of medical supplies left’ in the U.S., New York Mayor Bill de Blasio stated that healthcare workers fighting with the coronavirus have a week's worth of medical supplies left.

He stated, “Unfortunately, we are of the opinion that this crisis (COVID-19) will get serious starting from April to May; this is the truth.”

De Blasio warned that the half of the population of New York (which has approximately 8,5 million) would get infected by this epidemic sooner or later and stated that the 80% of this percentage would get over this epidemic with light effects, but 20% of it will face serious health problems, and even most of them will lose their lives.

De Blasio assessed that the city would most likely remain closed until May due to the struggle against the new type of coronavirus pandemic.

De Blasio emphasized that even solely New York City needs 15,000 ventilators and said: “We need the President and everyone in Washington to understand this blind truth. Numbers in pandemic and its effects on people are taken into consideration, but we can't underestimate and ignore all these things,” said he.

Mayor Blasio, who emphasized the fact that the pandemic will get worse before getting better, said, "It is going to be better if the president makes no secret of the fact that we have a really tough war ahead of us."

Coronavirus hit NYPD

Latest from the NYPD: 5,199 uniformed members of the NYPD were on sick report, which accounts for 14.4% of the Department's uniformed workforce. Currently, 824 uniformed members and 106 civilian members have tested positive for the Coronavirus.

"In the last 48 hours, we've lost three members of the NYPD family. Today we are all mourning and hurting together, as a family. When we emerge from this crisis, let us #NeverForget the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice," said NYPD Commissioner Shea

The Commissioner added, "We have thousands of employees working from home as long as they could do those jobs and still operate at a high level with the Police Department delivering functions. We're given discretion to frontline commanders in terms of accommodating people, particularly people over 50 years of age with vulnerabilities such as this disease seems to strike harder."

We wish all law enforcement officers a speedy recovery. 

NYC Mayor De Blasio: “We are taking serious precautions against the coronavirus.”

Restaurants, bars, movie theaters, concert halls, night clubs, and cafes are closed due to the coronavirus in New York, one of the most crowded cities in the world, and one that’s active 24 hours a day.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Sunday that bars, cafes, and restaurants would only sell take-out food and continue to serve homes while banning spending more time in these venues.

De Blasio has also ordered night clubs, movie theaters, concert halls, and small theater halls to close, saying in a written statement:

“This isn’t a decision I make easily. These places are our City’s heart and soul. It’s part of being a New Yorker... However, our city is now facing an unprecedented threat, and we must act with wartime logic.”

The mayor published the notice on Monday, and over 50 thousand restaurants in New York closed starting today. According to the National Restaurant Association, the annual income of New York City restaurants is 51 billion dollars, employing over 800 thousand workers.

Shelves are empty in many markets in the U.S., schools in many states are closed, and there is a great risk of unemployment as many businesses close temporarily.

Latest update on Coronavirus

As of now,there are 463 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City and 7 deaths. The NYC mayor stated in a statement that “we grieve with their families and loved ones.”

NYC'S Guidelines about COVID-19 : https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/doh/downloads/pdf/imm/coronaviru…

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NYPD Holds a Special Holiday Party

By Ali Cinar - Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill, First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker and Chief of Department Terrence Monahan’s Holiday Party and many NYPD Officers enjoyed the Holiday Party that was held on Russo's on the Bay. NYPD Middle East & Turkic Society Members were also present at the Holiday Party. The members were great to see so many colleagues come together to support the great leadership that they have at the NYPD.

NYC is ready for New Year Eve Celebration by Ali Cinar New York

By Ali Cinar, New York - Mayor de Blasio and Police Commissioner O'Neill Hold Media Availability to Discuss New Year's Eve Security. Before New Year Eve, NYC Officials provided an update on how New Year’s Eve in Times Square will be both safe and fun. There will be 7000 Police Officers will be on duty for New Year Eve's Festivities in Times Square, including, police cars, sand filled sanitation trucks,counterterrorism teams and police dogs.Nearly 200 police cars will block intersections leading to the pedestrian areas. Roads in the Time Square area will begin to close at 4:00 a.m. on Monday (New Year's Eve).


First Time Drone Technology during New Year Eve :

NYPD will be deploying NYPD drones for over-watch in the City. New drone technology will help NYPD a visual aid and the flexibility of being able to move a camera to a certain spot with great rapidity through a tremendous crowd. NYPD Officials also encouraged New Yorkers not to fly a drone New Year Eve. If they do, there is a good chance they will be going to end up getting arrested.

NYPD Commissioner: "We are ready for New Year Eve"

NYPD  Commissioner James O’Neill:' People will be safe on Monday and they should feel safe too.We are prepared." He also added  there are no known, credible threats to the city or the New Year’s Eve event and he encouraged spectators to remain vigilant and to alert officers if they suspect something is awry.

NYC Mayor: Up to 2 Million People in Times Square.
Mayor Blasio said during the press conference  that NYC  is expecting “up to 2 million people in Times Square itself” for the ball drop, repeating a figure often cited by city officials, organizers and television broadcasters.He also added NYPD has done an outstanding job year after year, keeping the event safe and orderly and that’s what we expect again this New Year’s Eve.

In addition, NYPD's Deputy Commissioner John Miller share some details how the City will be secured with 1225 surveillance cameras. Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison and Chief Terence Monahan answered some questions during the Press Conference.

There were over 300,000 Turks who travel to United States during 2018. NYC hosts many Turkish tourists during Christmas and New Year season. Many Turkish restaurants in the City will be having a New Year's Eve Party on Monday night.

NYPD Members and Community Leaders gather at NYPD MTS Heritage Gala

By Ali Cinar - NYPD Middle East and Turkic Society organized a Heritage Gala at 1 Police Plaza. NYPD Commissioner James O'Neil and NYPD MTS President Mourad Mourad made a opening remarks during the Gala. President Mourad said: "We will continue to work hard and continue to grow so that the NYPD is well represented in our communities and the trust between law enforcement and the civilian population gets even stronger."

NYPD Chief of Department Terrence Monahan, Captain Jamiel Altaheri and Mr. Nabil Zebib received Awards for their contribution and hard word from the Society. In addition, Society Board Members, Board of Trustees, Advisory Board Members and ME&Turkic American Community leaders enjoyed the folk dance from different ethnic groups and international food.

About NYPD MTS
The purpose of establishing the Middle Eastern and Turkic Society (MTS) is to provide a forum for NYPD uniform and civilians members of Greater Middle Eastern and Turkic Descent to congregate and celebrate their cultural and religious diversity. We aim to serve as a bridge between the multitude of backgrounds commonly found amongst people of The Mid-East and Turkic heritage and to celebrate our rich cultural and religious diversity.

The society welcomes and respects individuals from all ethnic and religious backgrounds, will support the NYPD as an institution, highlight the diversity found within the department and serve as a platform for inter-religious and inter-cultural dialogue. The MTS aims to support the broader NYPD mission of cross-cultural community engagement by sponsoring social events, cultural activities, charitable programs and community outreach.

More info: www.nypdmts.org/index.php?route=information/about

Massive Security Operation Underway to Protect the 73rd Session of UNGA

New York, New York — The NYPD, Secret Service and FBI announced enhanced security measures in place for the 73rd session of the U.N. General Assembly. In addition, the NYPD issued a traffic advisory for the event (see addendum) and was joined by the NYC Department of Transportation, which provided information about upcoming gridlock alert days and the increased traffic volume expected in Midtown Manhattan. During the General Assembly, a major annual event held by the U.N., the City of New York will host about 200 protectees from around the world. To help ensure the safety of all New Yorkers, the NYPD and its law enforcement partners on the federal, state and local levels will provide thousands of highly-trained uniformed and plain-clothes officers throughout the entire event. Additionally, 48 Department of Sanitation sand trucks will be deployed with hundreds of additional blocker vehicles. Two hundred thirty pieces of concrete block, 96 jersey barriers, and seven surface mounted delta vehicle barriers have also been placed at potentially-sensitive locations. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911. The NYPD’s terrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.
 

Ramadan Highlights in New York

By Ali Cinar - Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray opened their Gracie Mansion for the annual Ramadan Iftar dinner. Mayor de Blasio stressed that America “is not meant to be a nation that excludes or discriminates against, or puts down or disrespects the Muslim people”.

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