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Threatening to Report a Person to ICE Will Soon be Illegal Under New State Law
Threatening to Report a Person to ICE Will Soon be Illegal Under New State Law

Oct. 15, 2021 By Allie Griffin

A new state law will soon make it illegal to threaten to report someone to ICE as a form of blackmail.

The legislation, which Gov. Kathy Hochul signed into law last week, classifies such threats as extortion or coercion under New York law and therefore a crime.

“New York is built on the hard work and determination of generations of immigrants, and we need to support people who are trying to build better lives for themselves and their families,” Hochul said in a statement. “This legislation will protect New Yorkers from bad actors who use extortion or coercion due to their immigration status, and make our state safer against vile threats and intimidation.”

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Flushing Couple Scammed Millions From Chinese Investors: SEC

Oct. 13, 2021 By Michael Dorgan

A Flushing couple has been accused of duping hundreds of Chinese nationals out of millions of dollars, by luring them into buying into two failed development projects in Queens — with the promise that their investments would help secure them residency in the United States.

More Than 15,500 New Yorkers Have Received COVID-19 Funeral Aid

More than 15,500 New Yorkers have received a total of $107 million to help bury their loved ones who died of COVID-19.

The recipients were able to tap into the funds from the federal COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Program, which recently expanded eligibility after facing pressure from two local legislators. The expansion allowed 1,600 additional people to receive funds.