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NY ethics board: Lopez sex report will be public — eventually

ALBANY — The state ethics board says its report into accusations that Assemblyman Vito Lopez sexually harassed young, women staffers will soon be made public.

The state Joint Commission on Public Ethics report is now in the hands of the Legislative Ethics Commission, which could take action against Lopez.


NYC: Citi Bike will generate $36M in economic activity

New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan on Tuesday announced Citi Bike is expected to create 170 jobs and generate $36 million in local economic activity annually. 

NYC Bike Share (NYCBS) has worked with a wide range of community and local employment organizations to recruit New Yorkers for positions from station assemblers to bicycle mechanics to customer call-center staff.


OPINION: Big decisions need bigger public input

“The initiative, referendum and recall.” Those three concepts were listed in my college political science book under the heading, “More solutions from the laboratory of democracy.”


Acclaimed writer to celebrate book launch in Cobble Hill

Benjamin Percy’s latest novel, “Red Moon” (Grand Central Publishing; On-Sale: May 7, 2013), is an explosive and deeply layered literary thriller set in the American West. The book has been praised by John Irving, who says, “‘Red Moon’ is a serious, politically symbolic novel—a literary novel about lycanthropes.


Eve Ensler, ‘Vagina Monologues’ playwright, speaks

Best known for her play “The Vagina Monologues,” feminist writer and activist Eve Ensler has devoted much of her life to educating the world about the female body. After a decades-long career of encouraging others to consider, analyze, and discuss the value of and discourse surrounding their bodies, Ensler is ready to share her own story.


Bill de Blasio’s former deputy wants his job

While Bill de Blasio is busy running for mayor, his former deputy is trying to move up the ladder to take his job as the city’s public advocate. Reshma Saujani formally launched her campaign on April 23 by starting a tour called “Opportunity for All: Five Boroughs in Five Days.” Her Brooklyn stop took place at Polytechnic Institute of New York University, where she met with students to discuss technology and innovation.


Wedding off, who keeps the ring?

A Brooklyn man sues his ex-fiancée for the return of the engagement ring and other items given to her during their engagement. Alleging that his fiancée ran off with over $100,000 worth of goods, the abandoned lover is seeking replevin.

Kevin Li and his bride-to-be, Amy Chan, had been dating for a year before he asked for her hand in marriage. Having accepted, Li reportedly gave Chan a two-carat diamond ring worth close to $24,000.  


SICKENING: Man charged with running over Williamsburg family says 'accidents happen’

Julio Acevedo told ABC that “accidents happen,” as he described his role in a vehicular manslaughter case. Acevedo, 44, has been charged with manslaughter in the second degree for allegedly striking a car and killing a pregnant couple and their son early March 2013. 


LICH Wins! SUNY withdraws closure plan

Several months of protests, letter-writing campaigns, meetings with state officials and court action finally saw some results on Friday when SUNY Downstate Medical Center, the “parent company” of Cobble Hill’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH), said it would withdraw its plan, which it had earlier submitted to the state Department of Health, to close LICH.

Instead, said Ron Najman, spokesman for Downstate, in a statement, Downstate “would continue to seek a provider of healthcare services within the LICH community, including potentially a hospital operator.”



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