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New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been elected. The former captain of the New York City Police Department is the city’s second Black mayor in its history.

Adams, 61, who is currently the president of the Brooklyn Borough Council, beat off a large field in the race to succeed Bill de Blasio, who had a turbulent two terms as mayor, with his final years marred by social unrest and the city becoming the first major COVID-19 hot zone in the United States.

In a field of leftist candidates that included former city sanitation commissioner Kathryn Garcia, attorney Maya Wiley, and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, Adams emerged as a moderate choice. Adams received the most votes in the August mayoral primary, indicating that he would have an easy time winning this month.

“Tonight we are going to make the turn and take our city in a new direction,” Adams said Tuesday night during his victory speech. “I want to believe again.”

Adams will be sworn in on Jan. 1.

David Dinkins was the first Black mayor of New York, serving from 1990 to 1993. Adams will be the 110th president of the United States.

Given the magnitude of the city’s issues in recovering from the shock of the COVID-19 pandemic, Adams has focused on public safety and has said little about his views on media and entertainment policy at City Hall. New York has been aggressive in courting TV and film production and making the city an easy location for Hollywood to work under de Blasio’s leadership.

Adams worked for the NYPD for 22 years, earning a reputation as a proponent of criminal and social justice reform. In 2006, he resigned from the NYPD and ran for the state Senate as a Democrat. He spent six years in Albany before moving to the Brooklyn borough post.

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A flash flood warning has been issued for portions of Western New York

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A flash flood warning has been issued for portions of Western New York

Small but intense thunderstorm cells are raising the possibility of flash flooding tonight.

A Flash Flood Warning has been issued for Southwestern Chautauqua County until 9:30 p.m. by the National Weather Service. Clymer, Sherman, French Creek, Mina, and Panama are all included in the warning.

These small but powerful thunderstorms have been moving slowly through this part of Chautauqua County, and radar estimates indicate that nearly two inches of rain has already fallen. There is a chance that another one to two inches of rain will fall as these cells move through this area before weakening and drifting east.

The main concern with this flooding is the large amount of rain that has fallen in such a short period of time. Essentially, while it is still raining, the water has nowhere to go, and storm drains can only handle so much water at once.

During a Flash Flood Warning, it is especially important to stay off the roads and not drive a vehicle through any amount of water that covers any roadways.

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Shocking: New George Floyd statue Vandalized by Vandals

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Shocking: New George Floyd statue Vandalized by Vandals

Surveillance video released recently shows a suspect vandalising a brand new statue of George Floyd in Manhattan’s Union Square.

It’s the second time in as many months that a statue of Floyd has been vandalised in the city.

The suspect can be seen in the video riding a skateboard past the statue and splattering blue paint on it.

It happened shortly after 10 a.m. on Sunday, only four days after the statue was unveiled in the park last week. Along with John Lewis and Breonna Taylor statues

Both of the other two statues remained untouched.

Eyewitness News was on the scene Sunday afternoon as workers at the park removed the damaged statue’s paint.
“See Injustice” is the title of the exhibition, which was created by artist Chris Carnabuci.

Carnabuci was unavailable for comment on Sunday, but Confront Art and We Are Floyd issued a joint statement in response to the incident:

“It takes a lot of courage to display the 3 statues we are exhibiting in Union Square. It also takes a good deal of courage to vandalize a statue on a global stage in broad daylight. This continues to bring light to our mission that art is a conversation catylist, a place for public discourse, and through these acts we can hopefully overcome hate and find unity for the future. We continue to be inspired to create and display public art to further this important mission.”

Confront Art created the exhibition, which is the organization’s first installation.

This is the second time a George Floyd statue in New York City has been vandalised. In June, the same artist  11- foot-tall image of Floyd was blasted with black paint in Flatbush, Brooklyn.

Terrence Floyd, Floyd’s brother, told Eyewitness News that he is saddened by the vandalism but not surprised because hate still exists.

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One year after a house fire, Rachael Ray’s NYC apartment got flooded

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One year after a house fire, Rachael Ray's NYC apartment got flooded

One year after a house fire, Rachael Ray’s NYC apartment got flooded.

Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the TV chef’s house. Rachael Ray, the Ida TV chef, is struggling with a flooded flat just a year after her home in upstate New York caught fire and burned down.

Ray told People in an exclusive interview published Wednesday that the New York City flat she shares with her husband John Cusimano was devastated by Hurricane Ida’s strong rains, which killed 46 people in the Northeast.

“Ida took it out. And I mean, out. Down hard,” Ray told the magazine“Like, literally every speaker in the ceiling, the fireplace, every seam in the wall… It was like the apartment just literally melted, like in ‘Wicked’ or something.”

The flooding, according to the 53-year-old cook, occurred shortly after they finished refurbishing the property. They had to wait a week for a cleanup team to arrive, which resulted in even more damage.

“They put up their fans and their humidifiers. And then, they make a hole in the wall and break the main water pipe and flood the entire building down to the first floor, from our apartment on the sixth floor.” Ray said. “Tell me you would not feel like a kicked can.”

Ray’s home near Lake Luzerne, New York, was engulfed in flames in August due to a chimney fire. On her broadcast, Ray talked about the devastating loss of her house of 15 years.

During her Season 15 premiere, she claimed, “I heard the fire in the walls,” “It was shivering and bloodcurdling from head to toe. When I turned to leave, a first responder stood immediately in front of me, yelling, ‘Get out, get out now.’ You have to go.’ “

Ray’s high-end, self-designed kitchen escaped fire damage despite flames flying through the roof in the inferno, Warren County Fire Coordinator Brian LaFlure told USA TODAY at the time.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ray was recording episodes of the “Rachael Ray Show” in her own kitchen, cooking food alongside her husband (and an at-home camera man).

She told People that she is “grateful.” for everything that has happened to her.

“There are so much worse positions we could be in,” Ray said. “I mean, I’m alive. And I do have a roof over my head. And I do have a job.”

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