Brooklyn trial court, attorney erred in criminal case, Appellate Division dismisses indictment

A panel of Appellate Division, 2nd Department judges ordered the indictment of a defendant dismissed after finding that  the lower court made a series of serious errors and that the defendant's counsel was ineffective.


Chuck Klosterman to speak in Cobble Hill

Acclaimed author Chuck Klosterman, best known for his collection “Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto”, will appear at BookCourt in Cobble Hill on July 10 to discuss his latest book, “I Wear the Black Hat: Grappling with Villains (Real and Imagined).” In this new collection of reflective essays, Klosterman engages in self-analysis against the backdrop of contemporary culture.


Cumbo files over 10,000 signatures to run for council

Laurie Cumbo, a candidate for the Democratic nomination to run for the City Council seat in Fort Greene, has filed more than 20 times the required number of petition signatures with the New York City Board of Elections, according to her campaign.

Cumbo, who filed her signatures on July 9, two days before the July 11 deadline, presented more than 10,000 signatures. Under New York City election law, the required number of signatures a candidate must file to get his or her name on the ballot for a primary is 450.


Quinn joins fight to get ferry service for stranded R train riders

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn has joined an effort by Brooklyn elected officials and transportation advocates to get a temporary ferry service established for R train riders who will be facing a transit nightmare once the Montague Street Tunnel closes for repairs and the train stops running between Brooklyn and Manhattan early next month.


Brooklyn tortilla factory sentenced for labor law violations

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Monday announced the conviction and sentencing of Erasmo Ponce, the owner of Tortilleria Chinantla Inc., a corn tortilla factory in Brooklyn. 

Ponce pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in June and was ordered to pay nearly $450,000 in restitution, including the amount needed to cover a death benefit paid by the state Worker’s Compensation Board to the daughter of a worker who was killed at the factory in 2011. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail by Brooklyn Criminal Court Judge Alexander Jeong.


Secrets unravel in Brooklynite’s debut novel

Every family has its secrets; every town has its scandals. In her debut novel “Love All” (Henry Holt and Company), Brooklyn writer Callie Wright explores the history of her own hometown, Cooperstown, New York, as a springboard for her poignant coming-of-age story.


To get Gov. Cuomo’s attention, nonstop rallies for LICH

In an attempt to snag the attention of a curiously silent Governor Andrew Cuomo, supporters of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) have been holding rallies on a regular basis since financially troubled SUNY Downstate announced its intention to shut the Cobble Hill hospital down.


Holy Cow! Jehovah's Witnesses selling six DUMBO properties for $375 million

The Jehovah's Witnesses are selling a package of six prime DUMBO properties for a whopping $375 million, the buyers announced Monday.

Several of the buildings are expected to be redeveloped as offices – which will be a boon to a neighborhood that's starved for office space for growing tech firms. Office vacancy in DUMBO is 1.25%, according to published sources.


Romance & Art: Author to launch debut novel in Brooklyn

A gorgeous literary debut about second chances, “The Rest of Us: A Novel” (Simon & Schuster; Hardcover; July 2, 2013) by Jessica Lott is an unconventional love story that upends society's assumptions about May/December romances, while simultaneously offering a fascinating look at the not-often explored subculture of New York City's art world. Already receiving high praise, Lott will appear in Brooklyn on July 9 to celebrate the book’s launch at BookCourt in Cobble Hill. 


Brooklyn Public Administrator cited for job performance failure

 New York City Comptroller John Liu’s office conducted an audit of the Kings County Public Administrator (KCPA) and found that the KCPA mishandled many of the estates under its supervision as well as uncovering more than $2.6 million in stolen funds.



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