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Jewish Names Among Most Popular NYC Baby Names

As the year 2017 came to a close, the New York City Health Department released vital statistics for births over the previous year. Rounding out the list of most popular names, they included five Jewish girls’ names and four boys’ names. The city also saw an overall decline in the birthrate.

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2017 was the Safest Year in Brooklyn’s History

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced that 2017 will end as the safest year in Brooklyn’s recorded history, with the fewest number of homicides, shootings and shooting victims since record-keeping began. Crown Heights saw a particularly noteworthy 40% reduction in homicides.

Bitterly Cold Weather to Remain for a Week

The New York City Emergency Management Department today urged New Yorkers to prepare for bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills through the rest of the week. According to the National Weather Service forecast, temperatures will stay below freezing this week with an average forecast temperature of 19 degrees for the next seven days.

Rail Link to Newark Airport Goes Before Public

The public was to get its first detailed look at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s $1.7 billion plan to extend PATH train service to Newark Liberty International Airport, a project that has engendered debate inside the agency over whether it should be shelved in favor of other initiatives.

New York Set to Vote on Constitutional Convention

New York voters will be asked on November 7th whether they want to call a constitutional convention — as required by law every 20 years — where elected delegates would consider changes to the governmental blueprint. If a convention is approved, any recommended changes would have to be ratified by voters.