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Rasputin owner indicted in debt-relief fraud

Federal prosecutors say a New York City debt-settlement services firm defrauded debt-ridden individuals out of millions of dollars — with much of the ill-gotten gains used to fund operations of the Rasputin Supper Club in Brighton Beach.

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara of the Southern District of New York said on Tuesday that Mission Settlement Agency, its owner Michael Levitis and three employees have been charged with mail and wire fraud.


DEATH BY SANDY? Fallout may doom Coney Island's Mermaid Parade

The famed Coney Island Mermaid Parade, which has attracted a half-million people for each of the past few years, may have to be canceled this year because of damage from Hurricane Sandy.

To try to raise money, its parent organization, Coney Island USA, is starting an online Kickstarter campaign this Monday to raise $100,000.

The damage is not to the parade route itself, which is on Surf Avenue and the Boardwalk, but to the headquarters of Coney Island USA, at 1208 Surf Ave.  The building experienced severe flooding.


Six months after Sandy, Grimm tours hurricane damaged Coney Island Hospital

Six months after Superstorm Sandy crippled Coney Island Hospital, US Rep. Michael Grimm took a tour of the hospital to see the progress that has been made to get the facility back up to full strength. 

Grimm (R-C-Brooklyn-Staten Island) and a group of journalists visited the hospital on April 29, six months to the day of the hurricane. “I would say that they’re somewhere between 60 percent and two-thirds of where they should be in terms of getting back up,” Grimm told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in a phone interview on April 30, the day after his visit.


As summer approaches, sand pileups plague Coney Boardwalk

Many Coney Island residents and business owners are complaining about sand drifting and piling up on the boardwalk.

Some say that the recent move to replace much of the boardwalk's wooden planks with cement is causing sand to accumulate on the boardwalk. The Parks Department and other official spokespersons say the two developments are unrelated.


Brooklyn STRONG protests garbage transfer station in southern Brooklyn

Residents, elected officials, teachers, students, and activists of southern Brooklyn from Bay Ridge to Mill Basin gathered at the promenade near the Caesar's Bay shopping center in Gravesend on Sunday to protest a proposed garbage transfer station the city wants to place in the neighborhood.


Savino says her pot bill won't go up in smoke

Is New York going to become the next state to legalize marijuana? It’s too soon to tell, but one Brooklyn lawmaker is doing her best to make sure it happens.


A condo on the ocean with the view of a toilet?

Residents of a Brighton Beach luxury apartment complex have sued New York City over a public restroom going up on the boardwalk that, they claim, will obstruct their ocean views. 


Brooklyn Doctor Convicted in $77M Medicare fraud scheme

Gustave Drivas, M.D., a Staten Island resident who owned a medical clinic in Brooklyn, was convicted Tuesday of two felony counts for his role in a $77 million Medicare fraud scheme. 

The jury’s verdict followed an eight-week-long trial in United States District Court in Brooklyn before the Hon, Nina Gershon. The conviction was announced by Loretta E. Lynch, United States attorney for the Eastern District of New York; and Mythili Raman, acting assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice.


Coney Island Aquarium will partly reopen on May 25

The New York Aquarium will partially reopen on May 25, a milestone that will be celebrated about seven months after Superstorm Sandy devastated the 14-acre aquarium campus.

"We have worked nonstop to ensure that the marine life in the aquarium was safe and secure," Cristián Samper, president and CEO of the Wildlife Conservation Society, said in a statement Friday. "We want to share this progress with New Yorkers and be a part of the Coney Island comeback."


Savino reopens her office in storm-torn Coney Island

In a sign that Coney Island is bouncing back from the destruction of Hurricane Sandy, state Sen. Diane Savino announced that she has reopened her district office there.

Savino (D-Brooklyn-Staten Island) reopened her office at 2872 West 15th St.  She had maintained an office at that location from the time she was elected in 2004. Savino also has an office on the Staten Island side of her senate district.



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