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Jun 272013
North American Producers Calls On MTA To Reconsider Using Chinese Steel On Verrazano

BUSINESS: The American Iron and Steel Institute [AISI] – an association of North American steel producers – is asking the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reconsider their decision to use 15,000 tons of steel plate made in China for an upper deck replacement project on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge planned to begin next year.

Nov 292012
Gentile To MTA: Stop Verrazano Toll Hike, Waive Fares For Hurricane Relief Workers, Bring 'Discount Equity' To Southwest Brooklyn

TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: At a public hearing yesterday on Staten Island, City Councilman Vincent Gentile spoke out against a proposed Verrazano Bridge toll hike, and called on MTA officials to waive fares for Hurricane Sandy relief workers driving in from Brooklyn.

Oct 162012
Man Survives Leap From Verrazano Bridge

A man survived an attempted suicide jump off the Verrazano Bridge late Sunday afternoon, according to a U.S. Coast Guard spokesperson. “He was in critical condition but alive,” Coast Guard spokesman Charles Rowe told reporter Jillian Jorgensen from Staten Island Advance. NYPD Harbor Unit officers pulled the man from the 62 degree water between Staten [...]

Sep 202012

Last Wednesday at City Hall, New York City Police Officer Yi Huang was honored for saving a man who attempted to jump off the Verrazano Bridge. But what of MTA Police Officer Eddie Fung’s role in the rescue?

Sep 182012

In Bay Ridge Odyssey’s continued quest to play devil’s advocate to that underdog borough across the water, we debut a Staten Island-centric song about the Verrazano Bridge.

Aug 132012
Short Walk On A Long Pier: Another jumper stopped on Verrazano

Last week, yet another emotionally distraught man attempted to leap off the Verrazano after his girlfriend reportedly told him to “go jump off a bridge,” according to the Daily News’ Sarah Armaghan.

Jul 312012
Reporter: "Unsung" Officer Fung Not Properly Credited With Talking Down Verrazano Jumper

According to one veteran police reporter and author, the NYPD’s Public Information Office likes to credit its own officers for their good deeds over members of other law enforcement agencies, even if that means stretching the truth. A lot.

In his weekly online column NYPD Confidential, Leonard Levitt details a purported insiders account of last week’s heroic talk down of a suicidal man from the edge of the Verrazano Bridge.

The difference between the official story put out by the press and what Levitt says really happened?

Levitt writes that it was in fact MTA Bridge and Tunnel officer Eddie Fung who spent four hours talking down despondent civilian Lin Huan Quiang, not Officer Yi Huang of the NYPD’s 5th Precinct in Chinatown – as had been previously reported by multiple news organization.

Jul 242012
Sheepshead Bay Man's Attempted Suicide Leap From Verrazano Thwarted By Police

Officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit stopped a “despondent” Brooklyn man from taking his own life by jumping off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Monday.

A “marathon negotiation session” began at around 12 when Lin Huan Qiong, 46, from Sheepshead Bay was seen climbing one of the bridge’s metal “fingers,” writes John M. Annese in a thrilling rescue story for the Staten Island Advance.

Police told the Advance that both an argument Lin had with his 18-year-old daughter and a failing business led to the standoff. Because he only speaks Cantonese, ESU negotiators had to put out the call for bilingual officers.

Jun 292012
Another Man Jumped Off The Verrazano

The Staten Island Advance is reporting that a disturbing string of suicides on the Verrazano Bridge which began in April continued yesterday, when a man in his 30s jumped from near the middle of the almost mile-long span at around 2:30 p.m.