Brooklyn Daily Eagle
CONEY ISLAND — A Fire Department union official says poor communication between police and firefighters was a factor in a police officer's death at a Brooklyn fire. Richard Alles of the Uniformed Fire Officers Association tells WNYC that firefighters didn't initially know that two police officers were trapped at the fire scene. Officers Dennis Guerra and Rosa Rodriguez became trapped in the fire at a Coney Island public housing complex and Guerra died three days later. Rodriguez was released from the hospital last week and a 16-year-old has been charged with murder. Alles said Guerra could have survived if firefighters had known he was on the fire floor. WNYC said an NYPD spokesman had no comment on Alles' remarks. FDNY spokesman Francis Gribbon called them "pure speculation." (AP)
BOROUGHWIDE — U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan) was one of several elected officials praising a recent agreement allowing treasured Jewish archives that U.S. troops recovered from Saddam Hussein’s basement during the Iraq War to remain in the U.S. indefinitely. The items, including thousands of books, historical documents and religious materials that were either seized from the Jewish community by the Iraqi government over the decades or left behind when Jews fled Iraq, were found in Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters by U.S. forces in 2003. The items, which were found under four feet of water in the basement, were transported to America for restoration and safekeeping.
BOROUGHWIDE — Gov. Cuomo on Thursday signed legislation proposed by Mayor Bill de Blasio to provide relief to New York City residents subject to higher property taxes as a result of repairs to homes severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy. “In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, homeowners across the downstate region were forced to invest in significant repairs to make their homes more resilient — investments that would increase their taxes under normal circumstances. Sandy was not a normal circumstance, however, and I will not allow taxes to be raised on property owners simply because they are repairing the damage that was done and planning wisely for the future,” Governor Cuomo said. (Governor’s Press Office/Mayor’s Press Office)
BOROUGHWIDE — A Brooklyn South Homicide Squad cop was arrested for drinking and driving at about 6 p.m. Wednesday after getting into an accident at Quentin Road and W. Fifth Street. James Nash, 53, who was with the department for 20 years, then refused to take a Breathalyzer test when he was brought to the station. (New York Daily News)
CONEY ISLAND — The new Coney Island Thunderbolt roller coaster is expected to open in June at Luna Park. This new Thunderbolt is said to be safer and will give riders “the feeling that you’re flying,” according to the designer Alberto Zamperla. Features of the two-minute coaster ride include an immediate vertical drop with speed acceleration of about 55 mph. The new custom Thunderbolt will sit in the same place as old, wooden Thunderbolt. (Metro)
PROSPECT HEIGHTS — Parents of third graders who go to P.S. 9 in Prospect Heights are protesting a “field test” that is expected to take place in June. Most parents protesting belong to Parents for Opting Out, a group that is organizing a system of letters to be sent to the school principal regarding why their children will boycott the exam. Some of the letters’ subject matter includes the opinion that the test will treat the third-grade students as research subjects. (DNAinfo New York)