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Italian-American pols offer college scholarships

College-bound high school students are being urged by Brooklyn state legislators to apply for college scholarships being offered by a group of lawmakers.

The New York State Conference of Italian-American Legislators is accepting applications for four $2,000 scholarships to be awarded at the group’s Legislative Conference Day in Albany on June 9. The deadline for filing an application is April 25.

The scholarships are open to high school and college students living in New York State.


Two NYPD cops critical after Coney Island fire, teen charged with arson

Two NYPD housing cops remain in critical but stable condition after becoming overcome by smoke at 2007 Surf Ave. in Coney Island around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. 


See below for update on a second fire in the same building on Monday.



Grimm blasts Recchia over Sandy rebuilding delays

In the latest political kerfuffle in southern Brooklyn, U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm took a swipe at his opponent, former Democratic councilman Domenic Recchia, over the slow pace of Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts in the city.


FEMA to fund new boilers for Sandy-damaged NYCHA buildings

After Superstorm Sandy hit New York, flooding the basements of hundreds of buildings in shoreline communities and knocking boilers out of power, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) installed temporary boilers to provide heat and hot water for tenants.

Nearly 18 months later, the “temporary” boilers are still there.


Treyger wants flashing lights on snow plows

Spring is here, but Councilman Mark Treyger’s mind is still on the brutal winter New Yorkers have just gone through.

Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) expressed confidence that a bill he introduced last week in the City Council to require snow plows – city owned and private – to be equipped with safety features like flashing lights will be passed by the council.

“It’s just common sense,” Treyger told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Brooklyn pol wants to do away with the Electoral College

After George W. Bush defeated Al Gore in the 2000 presidential election, despite the fact that Gore had won the popular vote, there was a great deal of chatter across the country about getting rid of the Electoral College.

Bush won the Electoral College that year and between that and a U.S. Supreme Court decision that went in his favor, he was elected president.


Rockapella sings Motown’s greatest hits

Brooklyn audiences will get the chance to enjoy a great a cappella performance when Rockapella, one of the most famous groups in the world to perfect the art of singing without musical accompaniment, takes the stage at Kingsborough Community College on April 5.


D stands for ‘Dirtiest’ train

The D train was the big winner, or loser, depending on which way you want to look at it, of the Straphangers Campaign’s survey of the dirtiest subway trains.

The worst performing line in the group’s most recent “subway shmutz” survey, which covered 2013, was the D, according to the survey results released on March 19. The D, which runs from Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island to 205th Street in the Bronx, had the smallest number of clean cars at 17 percent in this survey, down from 49 percent back in 2011.

Shmutz is a Yiddish word meaning bespattered or soiled.


For Sandy victims in Brighton Beach, Purim story has a double meaning

The Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services on March 17 treated the Brighton Beach community, which was seriously affected during Hurricane Sandy, to a festive Purim party at Tatiana restaurant on Brighton Beach Avenue as part of the UJA-Federation’s Post-Sandy Community Outreach Program.


Two GOP candidates emerge in 46th Assembly District

Two contenders have come forward in the Republican Party to take on Democratic incumbent Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny in Brooklyn’s 46th Assembly District in this year’s election, but they have to face each other first.

This week, Stamatis Lilikakis, a business man who was born and raised in Bay Ridge, declared his candidacy.



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