Headlines: Excessive force lawsuit, COVID scams, congestion tolls in NYC

Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.

News 12 Staff

Mar 31, 2021, 10:05 AM

Updated 1,172 days ago


Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
An 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.

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