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Are identity thieves tampering with muni-meters?

Identity thieves will do anything to gain access to your credit card numbers and they are finding daring ways to get what they want.

Case in point: earlier this month, police on Long Island arrested five suspects, including a husband and wife, who allegedly planted cameras in ticket vending machines at Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) stations hoping to record customers’ credit card numbers as they purchased tickets.


Lawmakers give out free Thanksgiving turkeys in Coney Island

Hundreds of families in Coney Island and other low-income neighborhoods who do not have the financial means to make a traditional Thanksgiving meal were given a helping hand by a group of Democratic elected officials on Monday.

Councilman Dominic Recchia, state Sen. Diane Savino, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny and U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries co-hosted a Thanksgiving turkey giveaway at the Marlboro Houses in Coney Island to enable underprivileged families cook a holiday meal on Thursday.


JFK's Sheepshead Bay painting to be auctioned off on 50th anniversary of assassination

This painting of Sheepshead Bay was created by John F. Kennedy when he was campaigning for president in Brooklyn in 1960. The painting will be auctioned on Friday, Nov. 22 – the anniversary of his assassination in Dallas -- as part of “The Legends Auction” by John McInnis auctioneers, located in Amesbury, Mass. Also for sale are two companion pieces by JFK, one of the nearby Marine Parkway Bridge and another of boats in the bay at sunset.


Lincoln football is one win away from returning to Yankee Stadium

Lincoln had taken an early 14-0 lead in last Saturday’s Public School Athletic League quarterfinal game, but New Utrecht started the second quarter off with a 32-yard pass that left it at the one-yard line in a big position to get back into the game.


Jeffries tells city to flush plans for boardwalk bathroom

Take your comfort station and flush it down the toilet!

That’s the message US Rep. Hakeem Jeffries has for the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation about the agency’s controversial construction of a two-story comfort station on the boardwalk at Brighton Beach.


Brooklyn filmmaker pays homage to Coney cult film 'The Warriors’

A Brooklyn-born independent filmmaker who was fascinated with the cult film “The Warriors” when he was growing up in Kensington has now made a new film featuring three of the original actors from the 1979 movie.


Treyger looks to continue Sandy recover work on City Council

Councilman-elect Mark Treyger’s top priorities all start with the letter S – Sandy, safety, seniors and schools.

Treyger, a high school civics teacher and Democratic Party activist who won a landslide victory over Republican-Conservative Andy Sullivan in the race for the 47th Council District (Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) on Nov. 5, discussed his vision for the office he will take in January in an interview with the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Wednesday.


Medicare fraud mastermind sentenced to 15 years in prison

On Wednesday, Irina Shelikhova, 50, of Brooklyn, was sentenced to 15 years in prison for her leadership role in a $77 million Medicare fraud scheme. 

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Judge Nina Gershon of the Eastern District of New York sentenced Shelikhova to three years of supervised release with a concurrent exclusion from Medicare, Medicaid and all Federal health programs, ordered her to forfeit $36,241,545, and ordered her to pay restitution in the amount of $50,943,386.


Referendum’s success brings Coney gambling closer—but only a little

New York voters’ approval of a referendum to expand casino gambling in the state could bring a Coney Island casino closer to reality – even though it’s quite a bit down the road.

The first phase would limit casinos to four upstate locations during the first seven years. Afterward, downstate sites could be proposed.

Outgoing Borough President Marty Markowitz has long been a champion of casino gambling in Coney Island.


Savino urges Dems to vote with Working Families Party

State Sen. Diane Savino, a member of the senate’s Independent Democratic Conference, spent the last day before Election Day urging New York City voters to vote for the Democratic Party ticket, but on a different line on the ballot.

Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island) issued a statement calling on voters to vote for Bill de Blasio (mayor), Letitia James (public advocate) and Scott Stringer (comptroller) on the Working Families Party (WFP) line.



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