Cops release video of air rescue of sea captain off Staten Island

NYPD video shows the rescue of Captain Aly

(Credit: NYPD video shows the rescue of Captain Aly Akl from the cargo ship Grey Shark. (DCPI))

New York's Finest took to sea and air on Tuesday night to save a cargo boat captain who suffered a heart attack while docking off Staten Island.

The NYPD released video footage Wednesday of the dramatic Jan. 29 rescue of Captain Aly Akl, who anchored his 330-foot Panamanian ship in New York Harbor.

Members of the police's harbor unit stabilized the 60-year-old Egyptian national on the...

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Cuomo's approval rating takes a hit from New York's gun owners: Poll

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (Getty)

(Credit: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo (Getty))

The governor's swift action to strengthen the state's gun laws may have cost him some popularity points.

A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Gov. Andrew Cuomo has a favorability rating of 59%, which is 15% lower than his rating last month.

Poll researchers say the drop may have come from gun owners, 50% of whom said they disapprove of Cuomo's job performance. But the...

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School bus union furious after mayor rejects proposal to end strike

A worker closes the gate for school buses

(Credit: A worker closes the gate for school buses after school bus drivers, aides went on strike. (Getty))

The union representing striking school bus workers blasted Mayor Michael Bloomberg Wednesday for rejecting a deal that may have ended the two-week stoppage.

Michael Cordiello, president of the Local 1181 of the Amalgamated Transit Union, said his 8,000 members would have gone back to work immediately if the city agreed to their request to freeze the bids for 1,000 school bus contracts.

Larry...

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Mayor Ed Koch remains in hospital, sorry to have missed the premiere of 'Koch'

Former NYC mayor Ed Koch. (Getty)

(Credit: Former NYC mayor Ed Koch. (Getty))

Former Mayor Ed Koch, who is being treated at New York-Presbyterian for recurring fluid retention and anemia, is improving, but has not been told when he might expect to be released from the hospital, said his spokesman, George Arzt.

"He's still undergoing tests, and they're trying to get the fluid out," but he is feeling more comfortable, said Arzt.

Koch, 88, took pleasure...

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Turkish officials search for possible suspect in Staten Island woman's disappearance

Turkish police are searching for a person that corresponded via social media with a missing Staten Island woman, officials told The Associated Press.

The person Sarai Sierra, 33, exchanged messages with during her trip is now a possible suspect in her disappearance, according to the AP. The Staten Island Advance identified this man as "Taylan." It's unclear if this is his real name...

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Super Bowl XLVII: Niners kicker unreliable, but punter is top notch

Kicker David Akers #2 of the San Francisco

(Credit: Kicker David Akers #2 of the San Francisco 49ers (Getty Images))

Special teams doesn't often get the attention that goes to offense or defense, but many Super Bowls have been decided by the work of a kicker or return man.

There's no way to know whether the San Francisco 49ers or Baltimore Ravens will decide Super Bowl XLVII on a last-second kick, but here's a primer on what makes each team's special teams special or not.

Shaky Akers Niners kicker...

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Super Bowl XLVII: The Coaches

Jim Harbaugh, left, and his brother John (Getty

(Credit: Jim Harbaugh, left, and his brother John (Getty Images))

Tired of reading about the Harbaugh family yet? Don't worry. There's only a few days left until head coaching brothers John and Jim Harbaugh square off in Super Bowl XLVII.

But rather than rehash how their mother, uncle or first cousin once removed feels about John's Baltimore Ravens playing Jim's San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, let's examine the matchup of top shelf coaching staffs in the...

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Super Bowl XLVII: The Defense

Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens

(Credit: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens (Getty Images))

Love him or hate him, football fans will be watching Ray Lewis play for the final time at Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers.

The Ravens inside linebacker has had one of the most impressive careers of any defensive player in NFL history. Though he has slowed a step or two over the years and missed time this season after tearing his triceps...

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Romantic zombie Nicholas Hoult talks 'Warm Bodies'

Rob Corddry, right, and Nicholas Hoult in a

(Credit: Rob Corddry, right, and Nicholas Hoult in a scene from "Warm Bodies." )

Based on the track record of supernatural movies from Summit Entertainment - makers of the "Twilight" films - Nicholas Hoult is not only going to be a star, but he'll also be a surefire heartthrob.

But Hoult, the star of the new zombie romance film "Warm Bodies," about a undead named R who starts to come back to life after falling for a girl, has no intention of preparing...

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Cheap$kate: FREE events in NYC this weekend

Cans

Canstruction Can-can on down to the World Financial Center complex this weekend to see Arts Brookfield's 20th Annual Canstruction NYC competition. The competition, which was postponed due to Superstorm Sandy, features 25 of the city's top architecture, engineering and design firms, which will tonight stack and color-coordinate cans of food into sculptures that will be on view to the public from...

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