Cuomo urges Dems in Congress to shut down government to get gun control law

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‘He will always be my hero’: Family, friends mourn Carey Gabay at Brooklyn wake.

New York Gov. Friends and family gathered Friday at the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Brooklyn to mourn the death of the 43-year-old Cuomo administration attorney killed in a shooting earlier this month. “He was always my hero and he will always be my hero,” Gabay’s brother Aaron McNaughton said. “My brother was more than just a brother.ALBANY — A fund created to help pay for the funeral of a Cuomo administration lawyer killed by a stray bullet to the head is about $5,000 short of its target. Andrew Cuomo delivered the eulogy on Saturday for an aide who was killed in the crossfire between two gangs hours before the West Indian Day parade. “Carey’s life and death were not in vain, but a powerful message that has touched thousands in this city, state and nation,” Cuomo said. “The message is clear: Carey’s life and Carey’s death are a telling story with a timely message and a call to action.” He was shot in the head during a predawn party celebrating the parade Sept. 7.

He told the dozens of mourners that the 43-year-old’s death from an errant bullet fired in the wake of a Labor Day J’Ouvert celebration in Crown Heights was “one of the most tragic pointless examples of the rampant violence that is spreading like a cancer through our society.” “His murder showed a disrespect for life so base that it didn’t even care who it struck down,” Cuomo said as Gabay’s widow Trenelle Gabay and his mother Audrey listened intently from the front pew. Cuomo referred to the mass shootings at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. in 2012, and at a historic African American church in Charleston, S.C. in June, as he said New York’s firearm restrictions are ineffective on their own. “It’s not enough for New York state to pass a gun law and close the front door when the guns are coming in the back door, when the guns can come up from Virginia or South Carolina for anyone willing to take a car ride,” he said. Often times quoting scripture, Cuomo compared Gabay’s death to the massacres at Newtown, Conn., Charleston, S.C., and the movie theater shooting at Aurora, Colo. “If the far right is willing to shut down the government because they don’t get a tax cut for the rich, then our people should have the same resolve and threaten to shut down the government if they don’t get a real gun control law to stop killing of their innocents,” he said. Gabay, the first deputy counsel at Empire State Development, the state’s chief economic development agency, was a Harvard-educated lawyer who was raised in public housing in the Bronx by Jamaican immigrant parents. U.S. banking regulators must defend a lawsuit brought by the Community Financial Services Association of America, the main payday-lending trade group, accusing them of applying “back-room pressure” on banks to stop serving its members.

A federal judge Friday refused to dismiss the suit against the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., the Federal Reserve and the Office of the Comptroller of Currency. The lenders group, in a complaint filed last year, said its members had been unfairly targeted in the government’s anti- fraud “Operation Choke Point” initiative. The association claims the probe — also linked to FDIC concerns over banks lending to high-risk businesses, including ammunition dealers, online gambling and pornography merchants — led regulators to deny payday lenders their constitutional rights to hold bank accounts and pursue their chosen line of business. Paterson Police Director Jerry Speziale said the 25-year-old was being treated at a hospital for undisclosed injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car Saturday afternoon. Wap, who was born Willie Maxwell, has had a lot of success in the past year with three Top-10 songs, including the hit “Trap Queen,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Cardiologist convicted in $7.2 million fraud: A federal court jury in Cleveland has convicted a cardiologist of ordering unnecessary medical tests, performing unnecessary procedures and submitting fraudulent bills totaling $7.2 million. Harold Persaud, 56, of Westlake, Ohio, was convicted Friday of one count of health care fraud, 13 counts of making false statements and one count of engaging in illegal monetary transactions. Prosecutors say Persaud billed Medicare and private insurers for more expensive procedures than were performed, falsified stress tests to justify unnecessary heart catheterizations and referred patients for heart bypasses they did not need. N.J. high school football player dies from on-field injury: A New Jersey high school football player died after being injured on the field, school officials said Saturday.

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