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Andrew Yang says Midtown beating victim ‘could have easily been my mother’

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New York City mayoral frontrunner Andrew Yang on Tuesday said the woman who was beaten in a hateful attack in Midtown “could have easily been my mother.”

“Like so many other people, I woke up to a horrifying video of an Asian woman being horribly beaten for no other reason than her race,” the former presidential hopeful told reporters outside of the St. Ann & the Holy Trinity Church in Brooklyn.

“An elderly Asian woman walking the streets of Hell’s Kitchen could easily have been my mother, because that’s where we live. And so when I saw this video, that is who I thought of,” said Yang, the son of Taiwanese immigrants.

Surveillance video captured a 65-year-old Asian woman walking on West 43rd Street near Ninth Avenue on Monday morning and get brutally beat as a security guard in a nearby building appeared to watch and do nothing to help.

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The surveillance footage of the assault on an Asian woman in Manhattan on March 29, 2021.

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The suspect in the Manhattan assault of an Asian woman.

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The unidentified suspect hurled anti-Asian statements as he punched and kicked the woman at about 11:40 a.m., police said.

“This is the opposite of what we need in New York City. We need to be able to come together, help each other and provide assistance when someone clearly needs it,” Yang said, adding, “In New York, we’re much better than this. If you see something you should do something to help.”

Yang again called on Mayor Bill de Blasio to “fully fund” the anti-Asian Hate Crimes Task force.

“These incidents are becoming all too commonplace. They’re heartbreaking. There’s no place for this in New York City,” Yang explained. “People should be able to walk the streets of New York without fear.”

Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang campaigning in Brooklyn on March 30, 2021.
Mayoral candidate Andrew Yang campaigning in Brooklyn on March 30, 2021.
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Suspect arrested in fatal Brooklyn stabbing

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Police have apprehended a suspect in the fatal December stabbing of a Brooklyn man, cops said on Saturday.

The suspect, John Headley, 32, also of Brooklyn, was taken into custody Friday and charged with murder and weapons possession for the Dec. 12 knifing of Ken Baird, 37, police said.

Baird was stabbed multiple times in the chest following a dispute on Crown Street near Utica Avenue in Crown Heights at about 6:40 p.m., police said.

EMS transported Baird to King County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, cops said.

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Man dies after jumping from Staten Island Ferry

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A 53-year-old man died Saturday after jumping from the Staten Island Ferry into the chilly waters of New York Harbor, police said.

NYPD Harbor launch officers pulled the man out of the water after responding to reports of a jumper near the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan at around 2 p.m.

“He jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock,” an NYPD spokesman told The Post. He jumped off the Ferryboat Andrew J. Barberi, police said.

The unidentified victim was removed to Pier 11 and transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 3:10 p.m.

A newsstand worker said there were “about 50 or so emergency people” at Pier 11 following a valiant effort — which included CPR — to save the man’s life.

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An NYPD spokesman says the 53-year-old man “jumped off the ferry as it pulled away from the dock.”

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The 53-year-old man was transported to New York-Presbyterian Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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Kemp Lashes M.L.B. as Republicans Defend Georgia’s Voting Law

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Mr. Kemp, who is gearing up to run for re-election in 2022, has striven to re-enter the good graces of Republican voters after becoming a central political target of former President Donald J. Trump because of his refusal to help Mr. Trump overturn the state’s election results last year. A former secretary of state of Georgia who has his own record of decisions that made voting harder for the state’s residents, he is again a key G.O.P. voice leading the charge on the issue.

On Saturday, he repeatedly tried to paint the league’s decision as driven by Stacey Abrams, the voting rights advocate and former Democratic candidate for governor in Georgia who is seen as likely to challenge Mr. Kemp again next year.

Ms. Abrams, one of the most prominent critics of Georgia’s voting law, has pushed back on calls for sports leagues and corporations to boycott the state. She said on Friday that she was “disappointed” baseball officials had pulled the All-Star Game but that she was “proud of their stance on voting rights.”

In defending the law in Georgia, Mr. Kemp singled out two Democratically controlled states, New York and Delaware, and compared their voting regulations with the new law in Georgia. Those states do not offer as many options for early voting as Georgia does, but they have also not passed new laws instituting restrictions on voting.

“In New York, they have 10 days of early voting,” Mr. Kemp said (New York actually has nine). “In Georgia, we have a minimum of 17, with two additional Sundays that are optional in our state. In New York, you have to have an excuse to vote absentee. In Georgia, you can vote absentee for any reason.”

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