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Court ruling on sex offenders prompts lawmakers to act

A controversial ruling by the New York State Court of Appeals striking down sex offender residency laws in local municipalities has spurred a flurry of activity in the state legislature, as lawmakers hunt for ways to restrict the movements of the ex-cons.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) and Assemblymember Edward C. Braunstein (D-Bayside) have sponsored bills in their respective legislative houses that would prohibit all Level One, Two and Three sex offenders in the state living within 1,000 feet of a school.


Cuomo sets May 5 as date for special election to replace Grimm

With his back against the wall, Governor Andrew Cuomo has relented to pressure from a federal judge and has named May 5 as the date for a special election in the Brooklyn-Staten Island congressional seat vacated by Republican Michael Grimm, according to a report in the Staten Island Advance.


Science Fair brings out creative side in kids

The Science Fair at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy was postponed twice due to snowstorms. So when the fair finally took place on Feb. 5, the students were ready!

The young scientists were eager to share their findings with parents, classmates and judges during the fair, which took place in the academy’s Aldo Bruschi Auditorium at 401 97th St.

Students in grades 3 through 8 conducted experiments and explored a wide array of scientific topics, recording their findings on colorful poster boards.


Xaverian loses to St. Raymond in final regular season matchup

In their final game of the regular season, the Xaverian Clippers lost to St. Raymond 56-48 in Bay Ridge on Sunday night. It was Xaverian’s fifth loss of the season, but after an impressive year, the team is now floundering with two losses in its last three games.

“We started off playing well, but then we got a bit selfish,” said senior forward Najee Larcher. “We stopped passing the ball, started slacking on defense and just doing things that we don't normally do.”


Golden wants felony charges against owners of illegal housing

A week before Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge community leaders are planning to hold a town hall forum to put together a battle plan against illegal home conversions, state Sen. Marty Golden is redoubling his efforts to pass legislation to crack down on property owners.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) recently introduced a bill under which the owner of an illegally converted dwelling would be charged with a Class D Felony, punishable by up to seven years in prison, when a person suffers physical injury in or around a property that has been converted illegally.


Bay Ridge artist finds a gallery close to home

A Bay Ridge artist who is inspired by his surroundings has found a place close to home to exhibit his work.

The houses of Bay Ridge are the subject of this drawing.


How the Klezmatics ‘collaborated’ with Woody Guthrie

The late, great Woody Guthrie, whose song “This Land Is Your Land” is considered an American classic, had strong ties to Brooklyn. Guthrie and his second wife, a Martha Graham dancer named Majorie Mazia, lived on Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island in the 1940s.


Federal judge orders special contest to fill Grimm’s vacant seat on Friday

A federal judge says he's going to set a date for a special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm unless New York's governor does so by Friday.

Judge Jack Weinstein in Brooklyn announced his plan in a written decision Tuesday. He acted in response to a lawsuit brought by voters.

Grimm stepped down Jan. 5 after pleading guilty to tax evasion.


Hikind blasts Democratic boycott of Netanyahu speech

Assemblyman Dov Hikind is making an unusual request of the man who represents him in congress. And it has nothing to do with a constituent concern.

Hikind (D-Borough Park) says he’s outraged by talk among congressional Democrats of a possible boycott of Benjamin Netanyahu when the Israeli prime minister delivers a speech before a joint session of congress next month.

Hikind has reached out to Nadler (D-Manhattan-Bensonhurst-Borough Park) and asked the congressman if he can take his place in the House chamber on March 3 should Nadler decide to skip the speech.


Maimonides raises flag to promote heart health

Maimonides Medical Center, recognized by the federal government as one of the top 10 hospitals in the U.S. for cardiac care, marked National Heart Month by raising a flag to honor the work done by doctors, nurses and medical teams to save the lives of patients.

February is National Heart Month in the U.S., designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to raise awareness of the importance of preventing heart disease.



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