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NYC Daily Roundup 12/03: 5 cases of omicron variant discovered in NY, Dermot Shea stepping down from NYPD & more news

Anthony Payero

By Anthony Payero

(NEW YORK) Happy Friday, fellow New Yorkers! Today is Friday, Dec. 3, and this is the New York City Daily Roundup, the best way to capture the latest news from across the five boroughs.

The weekend is here and without further delay, here's the news you need to know before continuing in the holiday spirit. Today's weather will peak at 48°F and there's no rain in store for the weekend!

Here are the top news stories this Friday:

1.) Omicron detected in the boroughs & Long Island

On Thursday, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke to citizens about the latest Omicron variant news, with five cases confirmed to be in the state. Hochul tweeted after making the announcement public, pushing for New Yorkers to not be alarmed and seek out their vaccines and boosters.

"We're assuming in New York City there is community spread at this point," said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

"This is not a cause for major alarm, because we do not have enough information," said NY Governor Kathy Hochul. "We aren't having shutdowns. We're not changing our protocols."

2.) NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea leaving post at end of year

Current New York City Police Department Commissioner Dermot Shea will be retiring from his position at the end of the year, according to PIX 11. He will be joined by First Deputy Commissioner Ben Tucker, who has served in his role since 2014.

“Administratively, the Police Commissioner is required to give 30-days notice, and that’s what happened today,” an NYPD spokesperson said. “Police Commissioner Shea and First Deputy Commissioner Tucker will have a lot more to say in the coming weeks as they discuss their public service and gratitude to the City and the men and women of the Department.”

3.) Knicks suffer loss at home to Chicago Bulls

The New York Knicks suffered a close loss on Thursday in a battle against the Chicago Bulls by a score of 119-115. It was a tough game from the get-go, as the Bulls outscored the Knicks 37-19 in the first quarter. Bulls guard DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 34 points.

"We started slowly. I thought there was frustration and so it's hard to play when you're playing frustrated and we can't get wrapped up with that," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Sometimes there's tough calls that go against you and that's just the way it is."

The Knicks return to action on Saturday against the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden.

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