NYC moves forward with citywide ferry service plans

The de Blasio administration has moved a step closer to instituting a citywide ferry service that would include stops in Bay Ridge and Sunset Park. On Monday, The New York City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to ferry operators for a citywide service.


Malliotakis presents idea on how to improve Access-A-Ride

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis said that more than 63 of her constituents contacted her office to complain about lousy service on Access-A-Ride.

“I’ve heard from constituents who have waited two hours for Access-A-Ride to come. They have missed doctors’ appointments,” Malliotakis told the Brooklyn Eagle on Tuesday.

Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said she also heard from frustrated Access-A-Ride clients at a series of public forums she held at both the Brooklyn and Staten Island ends of her assembly district over the past several months.


Rutgers beauty wins Miss Norway of Greater New York title

A young woman who was born on the day the Winter Olympics began in Lillehammer in 1994 has been crowned as Miss Norway of Greater New York 2015.

Lauren Benson, 21, a junior at Rutgers University, wowed the judges with her beauty and poise as well as her charitable endeavors. The contest took place at the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center at 1250 67th St. in Dyker Heights on March 28.


Fort Hamilton honors Vietnam veterans with ceremony

Fort Hamilton held its annual Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day ceremony at the Post Theater on the base on Thursday, where Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Claude “Mick” Kicklighter spoke and honored the dozens of veterans in attendance.


Bensonhurst looks to hold Weekend Walks this July

A major Bensonhurst shopping strip will turn into an outdoor plaza – where vehicular traffic will be banned and foot traffic will be welcomed – for two days in July if an application filed with the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) by a community service organization is approved.

The Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO) of Brooklyn has applied for a permit to host two Weekend Walks events on 18th Avenue in July, according to Community Board 11 (Bensonhurst-Bath Beach) officials who were informed of the filing.


School custodian’s mom hosts blood drive in his memory

The cafeteria of P.S. 102 was converted into a blood donation center for four hours on Thursday, as a steady stream of people showed up at the Bay Ridge elementary school to donate blood in memory of the school’s late custodian.

Mathiew Johnson, who worked for several years at the school at 211 72nd St., died of a heart attack while on the job in 2013. He was 42 years old.


Bay Ridge Lawyers host Judge D’Emic for a sentencing and punishment talk

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association (BRLA) on Wednesday held its monthly Continuing Legal Education (CLE) meeting in Bay Ridge, where Hon. Matthew J. D'Emic discussed “Judicial Decision Making — Sentencing and Punishment.”

“Judge D’Emic has become a really good friend to the association,” said Lisa Becker, president of the BRLA. “He's extremely knowledgeable, smart, and he's someone that you want to listen to when he speaks. He's very personable.


Councilmember Deutsch holds fire safety training in memory of Sassoon children

Councilmember Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn) hosted a community fire safety training this week in memory of the seven Sassoon children who were tragically killed in a fire early Saturday morning. The purpose of the forum was to expand safety training for community residents to ensure that everyone is educated to take proper safety measures.


St. Anselm retreat helps parishioners understand Lent

Lent, the 40-day period between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday, is usually a time of reflection and prayer by Catholics. At Saint Anselm Catholic Church in Bay Ridge, parishioners got the chance to delve deeper into their faith by taking part in a recent four-night retreat called a Parish Lenten Mission.


State Senate moves to curb city’s ability to raise property taxes

A bi-partisan group of state senators successfully pushed for passage of a bill that would force New York City to cap property tax increases at two percent a year, a move that supporters said would help homeowners get a better handle on their household budgets.

Brooklyn senators Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), Diane Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island) and Simcha Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) all signed on to the proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Andrew Lanza (R-Staten Island). State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) also voted for the bill.



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