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The Gardiner Memorial 12th Annual Basketball Classic Tournament: Another Year of Fun, Action and Support In the Bronx Community

On August 19th and 20th, the Bronx community will host the 12th Annual Gardiner Memorial Basketball Classic Tournament. This has turned into one of the most action-filled street basketball events on the East Coast. Through the game of basketball, the Gardiner family turned their tragedy of losing six family members in an accident on the Bronx River Parkway in 2006 into one of hope and triumph. One Bronx family turned tragedy into hope and triumph through the simple game of basketball. After losing six family members in a crash on the Bronx River Parkway in 2006, the Gardiners established...

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Manhattan Subway Derailment Caused By “Human Error” Injuries Dozens

For months, New York’s aging transportation infrastructure has caused one meltdown after another. While most of these only resulted in only unpredictable delays, the concern shifted from inconvenience to basic safety on Tuesday, June 27th when two cars on a train in Upper Manhattan veered off the tracks in a jumble of sparks and smoke. The derailment resulted in at least 34 people getting injured, with 17 transported to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries. About 800 people were on four trains that were stopped as a result of the derailment, and more than 500 were evacuated on...

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New York Senate Passes Supplemental Uninsured & Underinsured Motorist Bill

On June 22, 20217, the New York Senate unanimously passed S.5644B with 62 votes. Under current law, SUM coverage is not automatically included in New Yorkers’ insurance policies, despite being very affordable and providing a critical lifeline for families during some of their most difficult times. This bill would establish that the amount of supplementary uninsured and underinsured (SUM) coverage to be included in any new auto insurance policy will be the same as the amount of bodily injury coverage chosen by the insured. Furthermore, the insurance agent would be required to inform the insured what SUM coverage is...

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3 Construction Workers Suffer Serious Injuries After Building Materials Drop Through Roof of Astoria Building

On June 20, 2017, three construction workers were seriously injured after a load of building materials delivered to the top of a building in New York City fell through a roof, crashing into a basement. One of the workers was able to escape from the scene. Firefighters and medics had to rescue two other workers who were listed in critical condition. The two-story brick home was in the process of being renovated into a three-story house in Astoria, Queens. A load of materials that were placed on the roof of the building for renovation collapsed. The materials crashed through...

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Lavern’s Law Passes in Albany Giving Misdiagnosed Cancer Patients Time To Fight Medical Malpractice

On June 21, 2017, the New York Senate passed S.6800, known as Lavern’s Law. The bill passed with an overwhelming vote of 55 to 6. This victory is designed to be a response to New York’s infuriating issue of misdiagnosed cancer patients losing their rights before they even knew they had them. In New York, the statute of limitation in medical malpractice matters is calculated from the time the incident happens – not from the time you find out about the conduct. New York is only one of six states that measures the time to sue from the date...

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