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Coney's New York Aquarium will reopen in late spring

The Wildlife Conservation Society plans to partially reopen the hurricane-damaged New York Aquarium in Coney Island in late spring.

Sections that will be open to the public will include Glover’s Reef; exhibits in the Main Hall (Coral Triangle of Fiji, Great Lakes of East Africa and the Flooded Forests of the Amazon); outdoor spaces of Sea Cliffs (walruses, sea lions, harbor seals, sea otters and penguins); and a fully re-modeled Aquatheater with a new sea lion demonstration.


Pols at odds over hurricane relief funding for churches

Two lawmakers are on opposite sides of a debate over whether churches and other religious institutions should receive federal disaster relief funds.

US Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Brooklyn-Staten Island) said he voted in favor of a bill called the Nonprofit Fairness Act of 2013 that would allow churches, synagogues, mosques, and temples to be eligible for disaster relief aid.  It would put houses of worship on a level playing field with other nonprofit organizations seeking disaster assistance, according to Grimm, who is a co-sponsor of the bill.


Legal and tax status of 'gift' raised by free MetroCards in bus strike

After a monthlong strike, the New York City school bus drivers have returned to their routes.  The strike forced thousands of students—many of whom are disabled—to take taxis, public transportation or car services to school.

To help alleviate the financial burden of unexpected transportation costs, the Department of Education announced, at the beginning of the strike last month, the DOE would reimburse parents for the cost of transporting their child(ren).


Brooklynites take aim at NRA head’s comments

Brooklyn politicians, businesspeople and residents are up in arms – so to speak – about the head of the National Rifle Association’s comments about the area in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.


GRIMM RIVAL: Recchia to run for Brooklyn-Staten Island congress seat

Councilman Domenic Recchia Jr., who flirted with the idea of running for Brooklyn borough president and then city comptroller before rejecting both bids, has apparently found a public office more to his liking. He has announced his intention to run for congress.

Recchia (D-Coney Island) said he will file official papers later this week to run for the House seat in the 11th Congressional District. The seat is currently held by Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C), who won re-election to his second term last November. The next congressional election will take place in 2014.


Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny says, ‘Raise minimum wage now!’

Workers at the low end of the economic ladder deserve a raise in the minimum wage, according to a Brooklyn lawmaker who voted in favor of increasing the salary from $7.25 an hour to $9.00.


Richie's Back! Donnelly to return for 3rd season as Cyclones manager

If it ain't broke ... you know the rest.

For the first time in their history on Coney Island, the Brooklyn Cyclones will have the same man in the dugout and along the third-base line for the third consecutive summer.

Rich Donnelly, who has helped the Baby Bums to the New York-Penn League playoffs in each of his first two seasons at the helm of the nation's most successful and closely watched Class A short-season franchise, will be back at MCU Park come June, when the Cyclones kick off their 13th campaign.


6 AM UPDATE: Winter storm Nemo to bring snow and sleet to Brooklyn

Updated 6:15 a.m. Friday

New York City issued a snow alert that began at 4 a.m. Friday, and blizzard warning for later in the day, in preparation for the Nor’easter named Nemo. The storm is expected to hit Brooklyn late Friday into Saturday morning.


State senate task force tours Sandy-damaged areas of Brooklyn

The New York State Senate’s Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery, a panel that includes Brooklyn state senators Diane Savino (D-Staten Island-Bensonhurst) and Marty Golden (R-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn), conducted a fact-finding tour of hard-hit communities last Thursday, Jan. 31.

The task force members spoke with local officials, business leaders, and residents about the progress and challenges of the ongoing recovery efforts.


Schneiderman announces arrest of construction firm owner for underpaying workers and laundering stolen wages

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the arrest and arraignment of Leonid Fridman for failing to pay legally required wages to his workers on a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey construction project and concealing $100,000 he stole in an account he created for a Florida corporation. Fridman faces multiple felony counts of grand larceny and money laundering.



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