Morning Bulletin: Guilty Verdict in UWS Murder, Maga Saga at Jake’s Dilemma, Climate March

Photo by Joeanna Sayler.

March 18, 2019 Weather: Cloudy with a high of 46 degrees.

Free concerts and readings and more local events are on our calendar.

Roderick Colvin was found guilty of murdering his wife Shele Danishefsky Covlin, 47, in December 2009 in an apartment on West 68th Street. “The verdict came after a yearslong investigation and an eight-week trial in State Supreme Court in Manhattan. Prosecutors portrayed Mr. Covlin as a heartless schemer who would stop at nothing to collect his wife’s money, who used his children as pawns in his machinations and even took steps to frame his daughter for the murder.”

A man wearing a Make America Great Again hat was kicked out of the bar Jake’s Dilemma, and the bartender was suspended. But the circumstances behind why he was kicked out are now in dispute. “The Mr. Trump supporter says it was because of his polarizing red hat, but the bar’s owner disputes the account: He says the man was drunk, loud and used an anti-Semitic slur. Since the video was posted, people outraged by the recording have flooded his bar’s phone line with threats, some of which have been violent.”

A firefighter was arrested in the neighborhood on Saturday. “Justin McGinn, 27, was arrested and charged with forcible touching on Saturday night on the Upper West Side. McGinn, an FDNY firefighter, was also off duty at the time.”

Newly opened Hudson Yards is collecting data who visit using cameras and other tools, and it’s raising some alarms. “Related says its use of technologies will make life better for those who work, live or shop in the 16 buildings planned for the $25 billion development. But the company’s decision to hold user data indefinitely, as well as its partnership with the firm behind the controversial LinkNYC kiosks, has sparked alarm among surveillance and data privacy watchdogs.”

Detective John Reilly, the only officer with a dedicated mounted patrol in Central Park, was forced to retire as he hit the mandatory retirement age of 63. His horse Trooper is also retiring after 10 years of service. “I love it,” Reilly said. “Where else can you get paid to ride a horse in Central Park?”

Students gathered at the Museum of Natural History on Friday after a march to bring attention to climate change. Some people were arrested for blocking traffic at 81st and CPW.

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    1. Andy says:

      It’s always remarkable to me how folks who preach tolerance are actually the most intolerant.

      • Cato says:

        — “It’s always remarkable to me how folks who preach tolerance are actually the most intolerant.”

        I can’t stand intolerant people.

    2. JS says:

      Finally, justice has been served!

    3. IVAN says:

      “controversial LinkNYC kiosks” – are these kiosks still controversial? Since they disabled the tablets two(?) years ago, I haven’t heard any complaints or criticisms…

    4. Billy Amato says:

      The Students Worldwide Demand Action on Climate Change was music to my ears on Friday in front of the Museum of Natural History. It’s been 50 years since I’ve seen a welcome demonstration of the youth of America. I marched against the Vietnam war and also march for climate change back in the late 60s/70’s and I haven’t seen anything since our kind of demonstrations. I loved it all…Hearing it all was music to my ears. I really like this generation and it was a pleasure talking with them. We exchange maney stories for what we did in protest and for what they’re doing. Unlike their parents who did absolutely nothing. And it was really awesome seeing my neighbor Sarah Gore (Al Gore’s daughter) leading the march from Columbus Circle to the museum.

      • John says:

        Me. Gore was a fraud sure his daughter is also . Did she fly in on the family jet from her 20,000 square foot home?

        • Leda says:

          Hi John, please tell us more about Sarah Gore. I don’t know anything about her fraudulence or her hipocracy, and I’d be interested to hear more from someone who knows her. Have you read something about her supporting those claims? Or did you just make that up out of thin air?

    5. womabtNYC says:

      I would love to retire at the age of 63 .. almost impossible in the private sector

      • Paul says:

        If your grandchildren are stuck in a burning building do you want 67 year old firefighters to climb the ladder to rescue them?

        • wombatNYC says:

          I’m not disputing the mandatory FDNY retirement age . I’m simply jealous that retirement will never happen for the middle class , private sector worker . Good on him !

        • Carlos says:

          Very good point but I’m sure there are plenty of desk jobs or training where he could still be of use. Though 63 does not bother me as much as some other positions where it is a much younger age.

      • NotImpressed says:

        Wombat, it’s not hard if you know how to save.

    6. Mark Moore says:

      I could see myself going my whole life without every entering Hudson Yards.

      • UWSHebrew says:

        I second

      • Kayson212 says:

        Ditto. Every time that vessel thing is shown on TV, I’m reminded of “The Simpsons” monorail episode with the popsicle-stick skyscraper and the escalator to nowhere.

    7. Peter says:

      “‘When someone tells me I’m not welcome to do something, expect me to do something,’ Cini told CBS News.”

      Good grief, 50 going on five. I have no idea who’s at fault for what in this, but I have no trouble believing politics wasn’t the problem.

      • Tim says:

        Stubbornness is not the same as immaturity. And my opinion is that politics was OBVIOUSLY the ultimate cause, triggering the establishment to overreact. Triggering being the key word. 🙂

    8. Marilyn says:

      The toss at Jake’s is GR8. No place for white supremacy on UWS. Bartender sd be PROMOTED!