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Brooklyn psychiatrist pleads guilty to fraud scheme

Brooklyn psychiatrist Mikhail Presman, 56, pleaded guilty to health care fraud in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday.

Presman, a former doctor with the Department of Veteran Affairs, was charged with submitting false Medicare claims and unjustly receiving over $2.8 million in Medicare payments. According to the indictment, “between 2006 and 2012, Presman submitted claims for home medical visits for substantially every day of the year – seven days a week, 365 days a year,” for patients he supposedly assisted while off duty.  


New school building pays tribute to Bay Ridge's past

Students at PS/IS 30, an elementary-intermediate school in Bay Ridge, are getting a history lesson every day just by walking into the school building.

The building, which opened in September, was constructed on the former site of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church on the corner property where Fourth and Ovington avenues meet.

Its existence is a testament to historic preservation, willpower and the powers of persuasion, according to architecture buffs.


Justices enjoy Bay Ridge awards dinner

There was a strong judicial presence at the 20th Annual Merchants of Third Avenue Pioneer Awards Dinner, held Monday night at Café Remy in Bay Ridge, as several justices of the state Supreme Court, Kings County took time out of their busy schedules to attend the event. 

The Hon. Lawrence Knipel (chief administrative judge), Hon. Mark Partnow, Hon. David Vaughan, Hon. Donald Kurtz, Hon. Arthur Schack and Hon. Gerard Rosenberg (ret.) sat together at a table and congratulated the award winners.


Felder gives Brooklyn Public Library $140,000 check

How many books can you buy for $140,000? The Brooklyn Public Library is going to find out, thanks to a state lawmaker who secured funding for the institution.

State Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) presented a $140,000 check to Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson at a reception at the Kings Highway Library on Oct. 24.


GOP pols to present tax cut plan to Cuomo commission

You'll be paying less money to fill up your gas tank if Republican state lawmakers get their way. And your Con Ed bill might go down, too.

A trio of Republican members of the State Assembly is advocating for tax cuts as a way of stimulating the economy.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island), Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Joe Borelli (R-C-South Shore) have co-authored a series of tax reform proposals to present to the newly-created New York State Tax Relief Commission.


Former Markowitz aide gets proclamation for getting married!

Borough President Marty Markowitz found the perfect wedding gift to celebrate the recent nuptials of a former aide and his new wife. So what did he give the happy couple? China? Flatware? A bedroom set?


Markowitz issued a borough proclamation!


Kids to take a Haunted Walk on Halloween

There will be a zombie behind every bush in Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge on Halloween. But don’t worry, they won’t hurt you.

Zombies, goblins, witches and Frankenstein’s monster will all be there as part of the 18th Annual Haunted Halloween Walk, an event sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden.

Owl’s Head Park, located at Colonial Road and 67th Street, will be turned into a scary scene, with all sorts of frightening creatures popping out from bushes and trees to “greet” passersby, at the event, which will take place on Halloween, Thursday, Oct. 31, from 3-9 p.m.


You’ll get more than a cup of coffee at Mission Café

How do you take your coffee? Instead of milk and two sugars, how about a prayer with your cup of Joe?

A group of evangelical Christians in Bay Ridge is starting a coffee klatch with a higher purpose. The new Mission Café will be a series of meetings at the First Evangelical Free Church at 6501 Sixth Ave. in which participants will enjoy coffee and cake, listen to live music and hear from representatives of charities about the work they do.


Bay Ridge community board rejects DOT’s Fourth Ave. plan

Bay Ridge civic leaders want the city to step on the brakes instead of driving through a controversial plan to reconfigure a long stretch of Fourth Avenue to make the heavily-crossed thoroughfare safer for pedestrians.

It’s not that the board doesn’t want the city to make an effort to increase safety along the Fourth Avenue corridor, members said. It’s just that they feel this particular plan is flawed.


Longtime NYC bus driver killed in Brooklyn accident

A veteran New York City bus driver has died following a collision with a tractor-trailer in Brooklyn.

Rosa Eubanks was on her way to work at the Flatbush bus depot on Tuesday when the accident occurred.

Police say she lost control of her vehicle, swiping a car before hitting the truck head-on on Foster Avenue.

The 54-year-old Eubanks was transported to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

The truck driver was not injured. The driver of the car was listed in stable condition.



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