July 14th, 2010
01:57 PM ET
4 years ago

RFK Jr.'s wife faces DUI charge after divorce filing

Mary Kennedy faces a court date next week on a drunk driving charge.
Mary Kennedy faces a court date next week on a drunk driving charge.

New York (CNN) - The wife of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. faces a court date next week on a drunk driving charge, the latest in a string of events that began when Kennedy filed for divorce, according to records from Westchester County.

Records from the Westchester County Clerk show that Kennedy filed for divorce form his wife Mary Kennedy on May 12.

The next evening, according to police records, Bedford police responded to a 911 call. When police arrived at the Kennedy residence they found the couple in an argument over taking their four children to a carnival at St. Patrick's School.

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Filed under: Mary Kennedy
September 2nd, 2009
06:05 PM ET
5 years ago

Former New York governor Spitzer teaching at City College

Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is teaching an upper-level political science course at the City College of New York this fall.
Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer is teaching an upper-level political science course at the City College of New York this fall.

NEW YORK (CNN) – Scandal-tarnished former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer has found an opportunity to reassert his authority - in the classroom.

Spitzer, who resigned in March 2008 in the wake of a federal investigation that revealed that he had used a prostitution service, is teaching an upper-level political science course at the City College of New York during the fall semester.

On Tuesday, Spitzer began instructing junior and senior undergraduate students on "Law and Public Policy" as an adjunct faculty member of the historic City College in Manhattan.

"We're thrilled about it," Mary Lou Edmondson, CCNY's vice president for communications and marketing told CNN. Edmondson said that the former governor's "practical experience" made him an attractive hire. "He certainly has unique experience in law and public policy and politics," she said.

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Filed under: Eliot Spitzer
May 11th, 2009
06:15 PM ET
6 years ago

FAA cancels Navy's New York flyover

Another military flyover in lower Manhattan has been canceled less than a week after the White House official responsible for the flyover that resulted in this photo tendered his resignation to the president.
Another military flyover in lower Manhattan has been canceled less than a week after the White House official responsible for the flyover that resulted in this photo tendered his resignation to the president.

NEW YORK (CNN) - Less than a month after an unannounced government-sanctioned lower-Manhattan flyover frightened New Yorkers, the Federal Aviation Administration turned down a U.S. Navy unit's request to fly military aircraft 3,000 feet over the Hudson River in New York City Monday morning.

In a statement, Jim Peterson, a spokesperson for the FAA, said that after receiving the Navy's request to fly a P-3 squadron over the area, the FAA notified the New York mayor's office.

A spokesman for the mayor's office told CNN that after the April 27 Air Force One flight for a photo session, a new notification procedure was instituted for potential flyovers.

"We were notified by the FAA this morning," said Jason Post of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office.

"We told the FAA we didn't think there was enough notice given, and then the FAA - on their own - made the decision to cancel the flight," Post said, adding that the city itself does not have the authority to tell the FAA to cancel a flyover, but can make recommendations to the agency.

The FAA's Peterson said, "When higher-level FAA officials learned about the request, they informed the Navy that the flight was not approved and would not be allowed to fly the requested route."

Navy spokesman Cappy Surette said later that a P-3 squadron based in the Brunswick, Maine, had planned to fly in a training exercise.

Surette explained that more than two dozen such Navy training flights have occurred over the Hudson since 2005. "It allows the squadron to practice complex air-traffic handoffs in a busy quadrant," he said.

"The request was made, they said 'Not this time,' we said 'OK.' " Surette added.
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Filed under: New York • Obama administration
November 4th, 2008
05:50 PM ET
6 years ago

Actor waged 5-hour battle to cast vote

Robbins' name was missing from rolls.
Robbins' name was missing from rolls.

NEW YORK (CNN) - When Academy Award-winning actor Tim Robbins showed up at his West 14th Street YMCA polling center in Manhattan to vote Tuesday morning, election officials told him that his name was missing from the register.

"I went to vote where I normally vote and I was not listed. I asked for an explanation; they had none," Robbins told CNN.

He said he has been voting in the same district since 1992. He has not missed one election, and has not changed addresses or political affiliations.

"The poll worker said my name was in the book for the primary two months ago, but missing for the general election," he told CNN.

Although Robbins was offered the opportunity to fill out a provisional ballot, he was set on using the voting machine instead.

"Refuse provisional ballots - they're throwing those out, they can throw those out," he told viewers of "Real Time With Bill Maher" last month.

"If that's your last resort, take it, but fight for your right to vote," he said. "It's your right as an American."

It took Robbins a total of five hours - and a judge's order - to do so today.

"I'm just waiting for an explanation. I want a real explanation, and I want that explanation for the hundreds and thousands of people in my district and throughout the city who are experiencing the same thing today," Robbins told CNN.

A New York City Board of Elections representative did not return CNN's calls.

Polling places nationwide have seen heavy turnout - and accompanying delays and glitches - for the presidential race between Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama.


Filed under: New York • Voter Problems