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Cantor Fitzgerald delivers $10M in Sandy aid

The New York City financial services firm that lost the most workers in the Sept. 11 terror attacks announced that it will "adopt" 19 schools in communities hit hard by Superstorm Sandy and give a total of $10 million to families in those schools.

Cantor Fitzgerald, its relief fund and its affiliate BGC Partners will donate $1,000 to each family to spend as they see fit. The schools are in Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island and New Jersey.


$9.7 billion Hurricane Sandy aid bill passes in House

The House of Representatives passed a $9.7 billion Hurricane Sandy aid bill by a 354-67 vote on Friday. The Senate is expected to pass the measure later Friday and send it to President Barack Obama.

All "no" votes came from Republicans.

According to AP, the bill gives more borrowing authority to the National Flood Insurance Program to pay about 115,000 pending claims.

Northeast lawmakers say the money is urgently needed for victims of one of the worst storms ever to strike the region.


Hundreds Ring in 2013 With Icy Plunge at Coney Island

Hundreds of hardy swimmers rang in 2013 with a plunge into the icy sea off Brooklyn's Coney Island, an area struggling to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

Members of the Coney Island Polar Bear, the largest such club; the Ice Breakers Club, based a stone’s throw away at Brighton Beach; and other brave bathers stripped down to their trunks or dressed in costumes for the annual New Year's Day splash.


Jersey Shore star to join New Year’s Day Polar Bear plunge at Coney Island

By Paula Katinas

Brooklyn Daily Eagle

One of the “Jersey Shore” gang is coming to another shore to help raise money for cancer-stricken kids.

Instead of the beaches of the Jersey Shore, Vinny Guadagnino, a member of the cast of the iconic reality television series, will be on the beach at Coney Island on New Year’s Day. Guadagnino is joining the Polar Bear Club on Tuesday, Jan. 1 for the club’s annual plunge into the icy waters of the Atlantic Ocean.


Brooklyn attorneys assist Sandy relief effort

As the holidays approach and the winter weather further bears down on New York, many are still suffering from the after-effects of Hurricane Sandy, which washed away many parts of the Rockaways, Coney Island, and other shore towns of New York in October.  The U.S Army Corps of Engineers has begun demolishing homes damaged by the storm, and lawsuits have been filed against Con Edison for their delay in restoring power to neighborhoods. 


Brooklyn clinic owner admits to Medicare scheme

The owner of a Brooklyn clinic has admitted to her role in a $71 million Medicare fraud and money laundering scheme.

Prosecutors say Irina Shelikhova, a Ukrainian national and former resident of Brooklyn and Staten Island, pleaded guilty Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court to conspiracy to commit money laundering.


New York criminals sentenced to Sandy relief help

New Yorkers who got into minor trouble in Manhattan have been sentenced to Sandy.

Last week, 70 people who were given community service after pleading guilty to infractions like public drunkenness, open container violations or speeding, were shuttled to Coney Island in Brooklyn to help with cleanup efforts after the devastating storm.


The deadline for Sandy-related food stamps is Tuesday

More than a month since Superstorm Sandy, many New Yorkers living in areas devastated by the storm are unaware that they may be eligible for special disaster-related food stamps -- and the deadline to apply is Tuesday.

The program -- called Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP) -- supplies special food assistance to households that would not ordinarily receive benefits. This is particularly important for people living in hard-hit neighborhoods in Coney Island, Red Hook, Gerritsen Beach, Staten Island and Far Rockaway.


Brooklyn owl released into wild

A tiny Canadian owl who was found in Sea Gate suffering from head trauma and inflammation has been released into the wilds of Central Park, reports Gothamist. The owl, named “Owl Jolson” after a character in a 1930s Warner Brothers cartoon, was brought into Parks Department headquarters in a shoebox by a man who just said, “Here’s an owl.” He (or she—no one knows) is a Saw-whet owl, which mainly eats mice. Owl Jolson was nursed back to health at a shelter on Long Island.



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