John Farley

Jose Pimentel is arraigned at Manhattan criminal court, Sunday, Nov. 20, in New York. Pimentel, an "al-Qaida sympathizer" accused of plotting to bomb police and post offices in New York City as well as U.S. troops returning home, was charged with criminal possession of explosive devices with the intent to use in a terrorist manner. AP/Jefferson Siegel.
John Farley  |  November 21, 2011 11:36 AM | 1 Comment
The NYPD arrested Jose Pimentel on terrorism-related charges over the weekend. The suspect's plans allegedly included attacking American soldiers and members of the NYPD. But some are questioning the nature and timing of the arrest.
Workers operate fracking well machinery in Burlington, Pa. Fracking has been legal in Pennsylvania in 2008, but two critical votes are fast approaching,which would allow for drilling in New York and the Delaware River Basin. AP/Ralph Wilson.
John Farley  |  November 17, 2011 10:24 AM | Updated: November 18, 2011 1:36 PM | 1 Comment
On Nov. 18, a multi-state agency cancelled its upcoming vote on whether to frack in the Delaware River watershed -- which brings water to half of New York City.
Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan. On Nov. 8, Donovan may lose his seat to . AP/John Marshall Mantel.
John Farley  |  November 9, 2011 12:30 PM | Comments
The results of the Nov. 8 election did not bring about the political sea change that Tri-State Republicans were hoping for.
APTOPIX Tour Bus Accident
John Farley  |  November 9, 2011 4:00 AM | 1 Comment

MetroFocus looks at the troubling safety ratings and practices of several of New York City’s curbside buses.

Debris found on the banks of the Gowanus Canal. The EPA is currently conducting its second study of the superfund site, but worries it may never be safe for swimming. Flickr/f.trainer
John Farley  |  November 8, 2011 4:00 AM | Updated: November 11, 2011 2:48 PM | 3 Comments
Clean-up operations have begun on four Tri-State area rivers declared Superfund sites. MetroFocus looked at how the responsible parties plan to clean our waters.VIDEO
Some of the 354 guns surrendered to the NYPD in a buyback program in the Bronx on June 4, 2011. AP/NYPD.
John Farley  |  November 1, 2011 6:57 AM | 1 Comment
Two years ago, New York State launched SNUG, a program in which former gang members work full-time to mediate potentially violent disputes between youths. But funding for the program has been cut.VIDEO
People stand in Central Park on Saturday during the snowstorm. Flickr/skinnylawyer.
John Farley  |  October 31, 2011 1:18 PM | Updated: November 3, 2011 11:30 AM | Comments
A rare winter storm caused power outages, road closures and home damage across New York, New Jersey and Connecticut over the weekend.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  October 31, 2011 4:00 AM | 2 Comments
Temporary spaces work great for retailer and restaurants, but some of the best uses are coming from the arts community.
The Digital Communications panel on Oct. 28. Panelists discussed how crowdsourcing and open source data can improve government. Photo by Andrew Schwartz/City Hall News.
John Farley  |  October 29, 2011 11:55 AM | Comments
On Oct. 28, a panel of leading technology innovators met to discuss how open source and crowdsourcing initiatives are improving government, particularly in New York City.VIDEO
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John Farley  |  October 26, 2011 4:00 AM | Comments
As the Occupy Wall Street movement receives a helping hair cut, MetroFocus looks back at the history of "shear activism."
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