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Sandy anniversary causes postponement of mayoral debate

The final debate between mayoral rivals Bill de Blasio and Joe Lhota will be postponed 24 hours in deference to the victims of superstorm Sandy. The face-off was originally scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Oct. 29. But that is the first anniversary of the hurricane and communities ravaged by the historic storm reached out to both campaigns and expressed disappointment with the idea of politics as usual on that date.

Instead, de Blasio and Lhota will face each other on Wednesday, Oct. 30 in their debate, to be broadcast on WNBC-TV.


Feds to pay for Montague Street Tunnel repairs

First free rides on the R train were announced and then it was learned that the federal government would pick up most of the multi-million dollar tab for repairing the Sandy-damaged Montague Street tunnel.

R train riders, who have had to put up with major inconveniences stemming from the closure of the Montague tube, got a double dose of good news on Friday.

The federal government has agreed to pick up 90 percent of the costs of repairing the Sandy-damaged tube, it was announced.


Women’s Poetry Initiative at St. Francis College to host acclaimed poet

On Oct. 30, the Women's Poetry Initiative at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights will host the inaugural event in its Fall Reading Series with the poet Grace Schulman reading from her new collection, “Without a Claim” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).


SUNSET PARK CONFESSION: Cops say cousin admits killing mom, 4 kids

A Chinese immigrant was arrested Sunday on five counts of murder in the deaths of his cousin's wife and her four children in a stabbing rampage in their Sunset Park home.

The suspect, 25-year-old Ming Don Chen, implicated himself in the stabbings late Saturday on 57th Street, police said. Chief of Department Phil Banks said the victims "were cut and butchered with a kitchen knife."


5 stabbed dead in Sunset Park horror


Police pressed forward Sunday in investigating the deaths of four children and a 37-year-old woman who were stabbed in their Sunset Park residence, saying a person of interest had been taken into custody.


Obama visits Crown Heights, urges Congress to spend more on education

With budget talks set to resume next week, President Barack Obama is urging Congress to hammer out a spending deal that puts more money into education.

At a high school in Brooklyn, Obama said he's tired of hearing the "same old stuff" from GOP critics obsessed with cutting spending.

He said House Republicans forced a government shutdown that cost the economy billions of dollars, but they don't seem to think America can afford quality education.


Lhota says he also supports immigration reform

In the wake of the avalanche of news coverage of Bill de Blasio’s press conference at City Hall, during which the Democratic candidate for mayor promised to give undocumented immigrants identification cards, Republican Joe Lhota sought to draw media attention to his position on the controversial topic.

Lhota, who is trailing de Blasio by 40 points in most polls, released a statement on Oct. 24 expressing support for comprehensive immigration reform, including the idea of handing out ID cards to undocumented immigrants in New York City.


‘Literary Brooklyn’ gala celebrates 20 years of the Friends of the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library

Literary Brooklynites convened at the Brooklyn Heights Branch Library on Monday evening as the Friends of Brooklyn Heights Branch Library, Inc. (FBHBL) celebrated their 20-year anniversary with a gala fundraiser. The featured speaker, Brooklyn author Evan Hughes, shared his expert knowledge of the borough's rich literary tradition, reading from his acclaimed book "Literary Brooklyn." "This neighborhood is undoubtedly the epicenter of literary Brooklyn," he told the audience.


Indictments unsealed in Brooklyn Federal Court for fugitives charged with cyber-fraud

On Thursday, charges were unsealed against Romanian fugitive Nicolae Popescu, the leader of an international organized crime syndicate that ran a multimillion-dollar cyber-fraud scheme, and six other fugitives charged with participating in the same scheme. Interpol has issued notices to foreign law enforcement partners seeking assistance in the apprehension of these fugitives, and the FBI has also released “Wanted” posters to facilitate their arrests. 


Former hip-hop manager convicted in Brooklyn Federal Court

Following a three-week trial, a federal jury in Brooklyn on Thursday returned a verdict convicting James Rosemond, also known as “Jimmy Henchman,” of being the leader of a continuing criminal enterprise (the “Rosemond Organization”) that distributed thousands of pounds of cocaine, the majority of which was sold on the streets of Brooklyn and Queens. 



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