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Lentol says minimum wage should go up faster

The minimum wage in New York state is scheduled to go up to $9.00 an hour, but not until the end of 2015.

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg) said workers shouldn’t have to wait that long for the wage increase.

Lentol said he supports legislation to increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.00 an hour a full year ahead of schedule. He also supports tying future increases to inflation.


Eyesore No More: Sidewalk shed set for derelict Remsen Street building

Take a long look at one of Brooklyn Heights' rare derelict buildings, 153 Remsen St. You won't be seeing it for much longer.

The forlorn eyesore depicted in our photos – the one with the faded  Brooklyn Central YMCA sign hanging above shattered windows and the tattered awning of shuttered Saigon Garden restaurant – is about to be covered with a sidewalk shed.


Interfaith Hospital protest: 'Show us the money!'

Advocates, elected officials and union members chanting "Show us the money!" gathered outside Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Sunday to protest the state's demand that the ailing hospital turn over its clinics to Kingsborough Jewish Medical Center before the state releases $3.5 million in promised funding.


Long-awaited LICH - SUNY contempt hearing delayed a day or two

Long Island College Hospital (LICH) supporters will have to wait a little bit longer for their long-awaited day in court.


Schumer, Gillibrand get federal funds for gas station generators

One of the enduring images of the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy was of the long lines of cars outside gas stations. Many of the stations were forced to close, not because they lacked gasoline, but because they had no electricity and therefore, had tanks incapable of pumping gas.

U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced on Jan. 16 that they secured $5.1 million in federal funds for gas station owners along highways and pivotal evacuation routes to purchase and install backup generators.


Winter Talks & Tours show off features and history of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has announced its very first Winter Talks & Tours Series, designed to offer a whole new perspective on Brooklyn Bridge Park and its rich history. The tours begin Jan. 25 and last through Feb. 15:

Living Aquatic Infrastructures | Jan. 25 at 3:00 p.m.


Joyce Carol Oates to speak in Brooklyn on Feb. 6

Literary legend Joyce Carol Oates’s latest, “Carthage,” plunges us deep into the psyche of a wounded young Corporal, haunted by unspeakable acts of wartime aggression, while unraveling the story of a disaffected young girl’s disappearance. The author will now appear in Brooklyn to celebrate the launch of her book at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on Feb. 6, rescheduled from the original Jan. 22 date. At the event, she will sign any of her books with the purchase of “Carthage.”


Chocolate Works in the works

If only that were chocolate coming out of that truck chute!
It's just cement - but that's a good thing too as far as Brooklyn Heights candy lovers are concerned. The hard-working crew at 110 Montague St. was using it Thursday to turn an empty store front into a chocolate factory called Chocolate Works.
Did we mention that chocolate will be sold here?


Brooklyn Appellate Court makes unprecedented ruling

The Appellate Division, 2nd Department, has broken new legal ground in an unprecedented ruling allowing criminal defendants the opportunity to plead “actual innocence” when challenging a conviction. Justice Sylvia Hinds-Radix, writing the opinion of the court, eliminated a procedural barrier to criminal appellate claims and allowed a freestanding assertion of “actual innocence” to prevail.


Mayor puts his ‘Vision Zero’ plan in motion

Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced an ambitious plan to reduce the number of fatal traffic accidents on city streets down to zero in 10 years and ordered a group of agencies to work together to come up with a comprehensive road map on how to achieve that goal.

The plan presented by de Blasio on Wednesday is called “Vision Zero” and the agencies involved, including the Police, Transportation, Health and Mental Hygiene departments and the Taxi and Limousine Commission, will function as a working group dedicated to implementing the plan.



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