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Brooklyn pols react to state budget

Brooklyn members of the State Legislature spoke out as the massive $137 billion state budget was finalized in Albany on Monday, offering differing views on pre-kindergarten funding, tax credits for renters, the failure to include the DREAM Act and other items.

The budget was produced on time for the fourth year in a row. April 1 marks the start of the new fiscal year.


Community board urges New York liquor board to reject license for Bay Ridge cabaret

Is this a case of the sins of the father being visited upon the son?

The owners of a new cabaret on Bay Ridge’s “Restaurant Row” might be denied a liquor license, not because of anything they have done, but because the former bar-restaurant at that location had a troubled history that included bar brawls and underage drinking violations.


City Council's Policy Working Group includes six Brooklyn members

In a move touted as an effort to bring transparency to the City Council’s governing process, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the creation of a Policy Working Group within the legislative body.

Six Brooklyn council members – Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, Laurie Cumbo, Inez Barron, Mark Treyger and Darlene Mealy – have been appointed to the panel. Other members appointed to the panel are Richie Torres, Peter Koo, Mark Levine, I. Daneek Miller and Rosie Mendez.

Councilmen Jimmy van Bramer and Vincent Ignizio and were named ex-officio members.


New York City Transit making progress on fixing R train vibrations

Relief is on the way for Bay Ridge residents whose nerves have been shattered by earthquake-like R train vibrations, according to Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann, who has been in contact with transit officials about the ongoing efforts.

Beckmann told the community board that residents living near the R line on Fourth Avenue “should start to feel a difference over the next month or two.”


April marks ‘Project Sunshine Month’

April showers may bring May flowers, as the old nursery rhyme goes, but did you know that April is also Project Sunshine Month?

Project Sunshine, a New York-based charity that assists children in hospitals, has big plans for April, according to representatives, who are planning a series of celebrations throughout the month, including a dinner to salute its volunteers. The organizers have declared April to be “Project Sunshine Month.”


Felder calls council’s plastic bag bill ‘absurd’

The City Council’s proposal to make New Yorkers pay a dime for every plastic and paper bag they get at the supermarket is absurd, a Brooklyn state senator charged this week.

State Sen. Simcha Felder was one of the first lawmakers to come out strongly against the council’s idea. He issued a statement on March 26, the same day the council initiative was announced.


Bay Ridge residents request better ventilation systems for local hookah lounges

Bay Ridge community board leaders are considering going door to door to neighborhood hookah lounges and asking owners to install better ventilation systems amid complaints about secondhand smoke.

"It's wonderful to smell people's cooking, but not tobacco and hookah smoke,” said Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10, which includes Bay Ridge. "This is a big problem because you have many elderly people and asthmatics living" above hookah lounges.


Council members invite constituents to vote on budget items

Five Brooklyn council members are giving their constituents a chance to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent – including deciding which projects will get city funding – as part of the city’s 2014 participatory budgeting process.

Council members Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg), Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) Brad Lander (D-Park Slope-Windsor Terrace) David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) and Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush-Flatlands) have all prepared ballots listing various projects for their constituents to vote on.


Golden wants credit cards equipped with smart chips

In the wake of the security breach at Target, in which hackers got their hands on credit card information belonging to millions of the chain store’s customers, lawmakers across the country are working on legislation to try to cut down on credit card fraud.

New York State should move forward with new technology that would reduce the chances of credit card fraud and identity theft, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who is sponsoring legislation that would require all new credit and debit cards issued to New Yorkers to be equipped with a smart chip starting Jan. 1, 2015.


NYPD: Assault on Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn could be a bias crime

The NYPD is investigating an assault on a Hasidic Jew visiting from England as a possible bias incident.

They say the man was walking along McDonald Avenue in Borough Park around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when a man approached him from behind and pushed him to the ground.

The assailant then fled.

Police say the 65-year-old victim was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.



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