Headlines: Excessive force lawsuit, COVID scams, congestion tolls in NYC
some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
excessive force lawsuit against Mount Vernon police has now been revived.
Ronald Ketcham, a retired federal probation officer from New Rochelle, says
police officers stopped him as they were searching for a person with
outstanding warrants back in 2017. He was released after police determined he
was not the man they were looking for. A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit in
2019. But now a federal appeals court has overturned that decision and sent it
back to the lower court. Ketcham's attorney says his client is grateful he will
be able to present his case to a jury. The attorney for the Mount Vernon police
officers has not responded to News 12’s request for comment.
A warning to lookout for COVID-19 vaccine and
stimulus scams. New York Attorney
General Letitia James says recently scammers have been posing as the "IRS
Rescue Plan Dept." and attempting to steal people's personal information
through phishing emails. James is warning that promises to skip the vaccine line or receive
additional stimulus payments are lies and New Yorkers need to remain alert.
A drive into Manhattan could soon be more expensive.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has advanced congestion pricing in NYC. Under the proposal, local
officials would charge a once-daily variable toll for vehicles entering or
remaining within the "Central Business District" from 60th Street in
Midtown to Battery Park. According to the U.S. Federal Highway Administration
the plan would generate $15 billion over four years for the MTA.