News Sparks: NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea to Retire; South Dakota Rabbi to Light Menorah in Front of Mount Rushmore; and More

News Sparks: NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea to Retire; South Dakota Rabbi to Light Menorah in Front of Mount Rushmore; and More

By Yehudit Garmaise

NYPD Commissioner Shea and his First Deputy Commissioner to Retire

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and his First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker both submitted their retirement papers today, police pension board records show, the NYDaily News reported.

The last days of both top cops will be Dec. 31, the last day in office of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who appointed them.

In 1991, Shea, who is 52, started his NYPD career in the South Bronx, and from there, quickly rose to promotions as the department’s chief of detectives, chief of crime control strategies, and the deputy commissioner of operations. 

Shea helped to develop the NYPD’s precision policing tactics, where cops focus on a small number of people responsible for most of the city’s crime.

“We will turn over a very strong police department to [the next administration,” said Shea, who, when asked about his future, did not say what his next job would be, but he said he “will be busy.”

South Dakota’s Only Rabbi to Light Menorah in Front of Mount Rushmore

Rabbi Mendel Alperowitz, the only rabbi in South Dakota, and the co-director of state’s Chabad Jewish Center of South Dakota is planning a striking and beautiful public menorah lighting for Zos Chanukah, on Sunday, Dec. 5, in front of Mount Rushmore, which is near Keystone in the Black Hills of the state. 

“Our founding fathers established this great country giving everybody the freedom of religion,” Rabbi Alperowitz said. “There’s no better place to express that than in front of [Mount Rushmore],” in which the faces of four US presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt were carved in granite that rises 60 feet high off the ground in 1927 by the father and son visionary team of Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum.

As Chanukah celebrates both miracles and a Jewish victory over religious persecution, Rabbi Alperowitz said the theme of “Light over Might” is a good one to share as a universal message with surrounding communities, who are all invited to attend.

New US Ambassador Tours Yad Vashem with his Son

The new US Ambassador to Israel, Thomas Nides, took his son along today to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Museum. 

“There is a reason I came here on my first official visit as the US ambassador,” Nides said. “It is for the grandmothers and the grandfathers; the mothers and fathers; the little boys and little girls; the teachers; for all of us we say one thing, please G-d: may it never happen again.”

Armed Man Outside UN Arrested after Standoff

The NYPD was able to subdue and take into custody today, the armed man who pacing in front of the United Nations headquarters on 42nd Street in Manhattan earlier this afternoon.

After police, who were pointing guns at the man told him, "There are better ways to get your message across," he was arrested without incident at approximately 1:30 pm, which three hours after the man was first spotted outside a security checkpoint on Manhattan’s First Avenue.

During the standoff, the man, who appeared to be suicidal, pointed what appeared to be a firearm at his own throat. 

The man did not appear to be trying to breach the UN’s security perimeter, whose gates were closed. The public was not in any danger, police said.

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