Officer murdered in "unprovoked attack"

A New York City police officer was shot and killed early Wednesday morning.

A 12 year department veteran, 48 year old Miosotis Familia was sitting in the passenger seat of a mobile command post when a gunman fired through the window striking her in the head.

Her partner radioed for help and within minutes other officers arrived at the scene, but it was too late.  Familia was taken to a nearby hospital and listed in critical condition. She died just a few hours later.

Authorities say the gunman was 34 year old Bronx resident Alexander Bonds. During his confrontation with police Bonds drew a revolver. Police opened fire striking and later killing him.  A bystander was also shot in the abdomen and is listed in stable condition. So far there has been nothing to suggest that Bonds or Officer Familia knew one another.

Bonds has a long criminal history. When he was a teenager he was accused of attacking a police officer with brass knuckles. Just two years ago he was paroled from prison after serving six years for robbery.

In a video posted to Facebook in September he ranted about police and said “it’s time for people to rise up.”

New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill is calling the shooting an assassination saying, “based on what we know now, it is clear that this was an unprovoked direct attack on police officers who were assigned to keep people safe.”

Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a statement calling Familia’s murder a tragedy and “the latest in a troubling series of attacks on police officers over the past two years.”

For many New Yorkers the fatal shooting is reminiscent of the ambush killing of officers Wienjan Liu and Rafael Ramos three years ago. They were also sitting in a police vehicle when they were shot execution style by a lone gunman.

New York Mayor Bill De Blasio paid tribute to officer Familia.

“She was on duty serving this city, protecting people, doing what she believed in and doing a job she loved.”

The mobile command post in the Bronx where officer Familia was killed has been on location since March of 2017 in an effort to curb the number of gang related shootings in the neighborhood.

Officer Familia leaves behind three children.


Pataki joins 2016 race

Former New York Governor George Pataki joined the growing 2016 field today to announce he would seek the GOP nomination for President.

Pataki is a three-term governor who led New York through the terrorist attacks of September 11th.

"After 12 years of my conservative policies, we replaced dependency with opportunity, resignation with hope, mere existence with dreams, a welfare check with a paycheck," Pataki said, adding,  "I know we can do the same thing for the United States."

Bret sat down with Governor Pataki as part of Special Report's 2016 Contenders series--here are a few clips that didn't air where Pataki talks about reaching beyond the political base, his record as Governor of New York, his views on Common Core, his vision for America and more. 


Special Report Grapevine: Ethics for Jocks

A is for Academic Fraud: Thousands of University of North carolina students-- nearly half of them athletes-- received college credit for bogus classes that never met and did not even have a professor.  An investigation found the academic fraud went on for two decades. Most of the athletes involved were on the football and basketball teams. Counselors recommended the classes to athletes struggling to meet academic eligibility requirements.  Nine school employees have been fired or are under disciplinary review for academic fraud. The NCAA is reviewing the findings and sanctions could range from fewer scholarships to forfeiting prior wins. 
The Sunshine States?: The city of South Miami has passed a resolution in favor of creating a 51st state. Some commissioners want south Florida to break away over concerns about global warming. They say state lawmakers are not taking seriously worries over rising sea levels, quote "we have to be able to deal directly with this environmental concern and we can't really get it done in Tallahassee."
Even the mayor agrees--"It's very apparent that the attitude of the northern part of the state is that they would just love to saw the state in half and just let us float off into the Caribbean. I would love to give them the opportunity to do that." The resolution faces a major up-hill battle. It must be considered by all 24 counties in the proposed new state and would have to ultimately be approved by the entire state and Congress. 
Aging Electorate: Finally, an aging New York city electorate that according to voter logswas alive when Abraham Lincoln was president. The New York Post reports 850 voters are listed as being 164 years old with identical birth dates of January 1, 1850.  The board of elections officials say the problem is the result of an old policy allowing residents to decline to give their true age. When the rules changed employees were required to input a birth date or remove voters from the register, so they made up an antebellum birthday.  New voters cannot participate without providing a real birth date, but these old timers are grandfathered in. 
For more fresh pickings, follow us on Twitter @SRGrapevine

Many states taking a stand against Common Core

Many parents in New York State are refusing to allow their children to participate in the nation's first round of tests under the Obama Administration's controversial new standards system.
Correspondent Mike Tobin reports states are already dropping out just as the program is ramping up.

"Homeless" Man Has Shoes and Apartment

You may remember the touching story of a New York police officer who bought a homeless man a pair of shoes and socks last winter. Well, Jeffrey Hillman reportedly has several pairs of shoes and a New York apartment. He also has a very generous pastor who pays his utility bills. Hillman is a veteran who has been "working the streets...for years." Hillman, who has been seen barefoot and wearing a sign that reads "Homeless," says he has never asked for money and that people simply give it to him. 


 We want to know what you think-- does this make you less likely to give money to the homeless?

President Obama on Sandy Relief Bill


Office of the Press Secretary


January 2, 2013


Statement by the President on the Status of the Administration’s Supplemental Request to Congress for Response, Recovery and Mitigation Related to Hurricane Sandy


It has only been two months since Hurricane Sandy devastated communities across New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut as well as other eastern states. Our citizens are still trying to put their lives back together. Our states are still trying to rebuild vital infrastructure. And so, last month, working closely with the Governors of the affected states, I sent Congress an urgent request to support their efforts to rebuild and recover. The Senate passed this request with bipartisan support. But the House of Representatives has refused to act, even as there are families and communities who still need our help to rebuild in the months and years ahead, and who also still need immediate support with the bulk of winter still in front of us.

When tragedy strikes, Americans come together to support those in need. I urge Republicans in the House of Representatives to do the same, bring this important request to a vote today, and pass it without delay for our fellow Americans.





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