A second biker who was arrested on Tuesday by New York police and charged in the attack went free on Wednesday, after Manhattan prosecutors declined to pursue a case against him. Allen Edwards, 43, of the New York City borough of Queens, was charged on Tuesday with criminal mischief, menacing and reckless endangerment after he surrendered himself to the NYPD, authorities said. On Wednesday, a top prosecutor in Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance’s office called the charges against Edwards “premature,” and said the D.A’s office would not prosecute him. Last Sunday, dozens of motorcycles riding north on Manhattan’s Henry Hudson Parkway halted traffic after a man driving in an SUV with his wife and young child got into a fender bender with one of the bikers. As the bikers swarmed around the SUV, the driver accelerated suddenly, sending motorcycles flying and reportedly crushing the spine of one biker who was run over. Dozens of bikers gave chase in a high-speed pursuit into upper Manhattan, where the driver was caught, dragged from the car and viciously beaten in front his wife and child, according to New York police. Most of the incident was captured on one biker’s helmet-camera video, which was posted to YouTube and went viral. Authorities believe the motorcyclists who chased the SUV were in town for an unauthorized rally in New York, following a similar gathering last autumn where riders organized online and arrived in large groups in Times Square without permits. Tensions between law enforcement officials under growing pressure to crack the case spilled into public view on Wednesday with Vance’s refusal to pursue charges brought by the NYPD against Edwards. Karen Friedman-Agnifilo, Vance’s chief trial prosecutor, said in a statement that the “low-level” charges against Edwards could undermine the more serious case Vance is trying to build against other bikers who remain at large. Prosecutors want to make a case against the most violent among the bikers, including one man who authorities say attacked the driver, and another who smashed the SUV’s window with his helmet, said a source in Vance’s office. The source, who requested anonymity in return for speaking, said prosecutors faced different pressures from police. “This is not ‘Law & Order,’ said the source.
New York City’s tech industry saved it from worst damage of 2008 financial collapse: Bloomberg Philanthropies
It’s also the worst total in team history through the first four games of a season. Since the 1970 merger, only 12 teams have been outscored by a larger margin in that same span. Worst first quarters this century Year -85 Pro Football Reference 8.8: That’s the average quality of the opponents the Giants have played, based on the Simple Ratings System utilized by Pro Football Reference . The number itself might not mean a lot on the surface, but all that matters is that it’s the highest in the league. The Cowboys and Panthers are only 1-4 in games against other opponents, but the Broncos and Chiefs are a combined 6-0. Four of their next five games are against the Eagles (twice), Vikings and Raiders , so it gets a little easier. 16: That’s the number of turnovers the Giants have committed this season, which is the highest total in the league. It’s also the highest turnover total this century over the first four weeks of a season. In 2012, five teams committed 16 or fewer turnovers over the course of the entire season. Most turnovers this century, first four games Team 0-4 Pro Football Reference 57.8: That’s how many rushing yards the Giants are averaging per game, which ranks 30th in the NFL. They’ve been behind constantly, which explains that number a bit, but they’ve also run the ball a league-low 70 times. Still, they’re averaging just 3.3 yards per carry and their top rusher, David Wilson , has been out-run by five quarterbacks. 4.5: That’s the number of plays the Giants are running per drive, which is the lowest in the league.
Motorcyclist charged in New York attack on SUV driver is released on bail
By Annie Karni / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Monday, September 30, 2013, 12:28 AM A report commissioned by Mayor Bloombergs foundation says tech and info firms, such as Viacom and Digg, helped the city avoid the worst damage of the 2008 financial collapse. Related Stories Wanted: An education reformer The city’s tech industry, with Mayor Bloombergs support, helped prevent the worst damage of the 2008 financial collapse at least according to the mayors own philanthropic foundation. The tech and information industry which includes Internet startups and app developers, as well as old media companies like Time Warner and Viacom was responsible for a third of the jobs created in the city since 2007, according to a new report commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies. After the financial collapse of 2008, it was predicted that New York . . . was going to have a deep recession and a weaker recovery than the national economy, said Michael Mandel, chief economic strategist for the Progressive Policy Institute and the author of the report. The big surprise here is it has outperformed the national economy by a significant amount. Social media news aggregator Digg was launched in 2004 and is headquartered in New York City. Private-sector employment declined by 3% nationally between 2007 and 2012, but it increased by 4% in New York City, Mandel said. And the growth of the tech industry in Brooklyn has outpaced the rate in tech hubs such as Austin, Tex.; Seattle; Cambridge, Mass., and Silicon Valley, according to the study, Building a Digital City. RELATED: NYC AIR IS THE CLEANEST AMONG AMERICAN CITIES In addition, the tech sector which employed 262,000 people in 2012, or 8% of the citys workforce comprises well-paying jobs. The $30 billion in wages earned by New York techies constitutes 11% of the citys private-sector income. Chris Hondros/Getty Images Viacom, also headquartered in New York, is the fourth-largest media conglomerate in the world. San Francisco and Silicon Valley were the birthplace of the industry with West Coast universities serving as midwives but New York City has the creative capital to feed the next phase of the tech boom, experts said.