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Bay Ridge business owners like Cuomo’s tax cut proposal

Owners of small, mom and pop-type businesses in Bay Ridge expressed cautious optimism about Governor Andrew Cuomo’s new proposal to lower their taxes.


Golden predicts Albany session to be packed with action

Public safety, jobs and transportation are the top items on state Sen. Marty Golden’s plate now that the state legislature’s new session is under way.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn), the only Republican state senator in Brooklyn, predicted that the legislative session in Albany will have plenty of action. “I think we’re going to be doing a lot,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Topping Golden’s list of priorities is public safety.


Adelphi kids wear pajamas to school for Spirit Day event

Students at Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn came to school dressed in pajamas on a recent Friday, but it wasn’t because they all overslept. It was actually Pajama Day!

The annual event serves as a chance for students at the Bay Ridge private school to show their school spirit by coming to class in their favorite pajamas. Students of every grade level, from nursery school through 12th grade, were encouraged to come to school dressed in their most colorful sleepwear – bathrobes, slippers, etc. Many youngsters also brought their favorite teddy bears along with them.


Poly Prep hosts founder of nonprofit promoting acceptance of athletes of all sexual orientations

Poly Prep’s Middle and Upper Schools welcomed Hudson Taylor, founder of Athlete Ally, to their Tuesday morning chapels on Jan. 13.  During his presentation to assembled faculty and students, Taylor invited Poly student athletes to sign the Athlete Ally promise: “I pledge to lead my athletic community to respect and welcome all persons, regardless of their perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Beginning right now, I will do my part to promote the best of athletics by making all players feel respected on and off the field.”


Xaverian internships give students a career head-start

Randy Antoun, a senior at Xaverian High School in Bay Ridge, is on his way to the top. Well actually, he’s already been there. The top of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, that is.

Antoun, who is leaning toward pursuing a career as a civil engineer, recently spent an internship with Northeast Structural Steel Inc., a steel building company based in Mount Vernon, New York.

"My internship in civil engineering took my education to unimaginable heights – literally. I was able travel to the top of the Verrazano Bridge and examine its suspension cables and beams up close,” he said.


Family of top Fort Hamilton quarterback denies that he is transferring to Grand Street

Sharif Legree is a Fort Hamilton Tiger and it appears that it will stay that way, according to Legree’s father Jeff Legree.

Legree was thought to be headed to Grand Street Campus after Grand Street’s head coach Bruce Eugene told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle earlier this month that he heard that he was transferring to the Williamsburg school this summer. However, Legree’s father denied the report and said that his son is staying put.


Bay Ridge seminar focuses on business taxes

There are important changes to federal and state tax laws this year that owners of small businesses need to know about, and a seminar taking place in Bay Ridge on Jan. 29 is designed to provide the latest information, organizers said.

The seminar, "Federal and New York State Tax Law Updates for Small Business Owners,” is being presented by the Staten Island Small Business Development Center and will take place on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the Bay Ridge Manor, 476 76th St., from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The seminar is free.


How to stay healthy in cold weather? Doctor has tips

Flu season is here, but Brooklyn residents can avoid the coughing, sneezing and aching agony associated with the flu if they take precautions in the cold weather, according to a top doctor.

Dr. John Marshall, chairman of Emergency Medicine at Maimonides Medical Center, a 711-bed hospital at 4802 10th Ave., has issued a list of handy tips on how to reduce the chances of getting sick this winter.


Children’s arts festival dedicated to Malala Yousafzai

A children’s arts festival held in Bay Ridge every year that is dedicated to world peace will be saluting Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Children’s Choral & Arts Festival of Peace, now in its fourth year, will take place on Saturday, Jan. 31, at Union Church of Bay Ridge, 7915 Ridge Boulevard, at 3 p.m.


State Senate wants word ‘prostitute’ banned from penal law

The New York State Penal Law will no longer contain the word “prostitute” if legislation approved by the State Senate this week becomes law.

Brooklyn state Sen. Marty Golden was among the lawmakers voting in favor of a bill sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island) to change the state’s Penal Law so that the word “prostitute” no longer appears.

The proposed change, which was approved by the senate on Jan. 12, is part of a larger bill sponsored by Lanza to strengthen the state’s laws against sex trafficking.



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