Coney Island

Thompson unveils plan to combat hate crimes

Calling the statue of Brooklyn Dodgers immortal Jackie Robinson and teammate Pee Wee Reese “a symbol of racial tolerance and healing,” former comptroller Bill Thompson unveiled a three-point plan to combat hate crimes in the wake of the ugly graffiti incident involving the statue outside MCU Ballpark in Coney Island last week.


OPINION: A diner is NOT a 'greasy spoon'

Recently, to my surprise, I have seen many online references to diners as “greasy spoons” on the web. I have seen this misuse of the term on local blogs (one called the El Greco diner in Sheepshead Bay a greasy spoon, which is akin to calling a Mercedes Benz a jalopy) and even in the New York Post. I first saw diners referred to as greasy spoons about two years ago, which leads me to believe that this use of the term is fairly recent.


Assemblyman Cymbrowitz hails federal project to restore sand lost to Sandy in Brighton Beach

The sand lost to Sandy is coming back.

Brighton Beach residents will enjoy a more expansive beach and greater storm preparedness thanks to a federal contract to restore 600,000 cubic yards of sand that were washed away by Superstorm Sandy, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) announced.


Beach volleyball coming to Coney Island this weekend!

Coney Island has one of the most famous beaches in America, so why not have beach volleyball there?

That’s exactly what the sponsors of the first-ever Place to Beach (PTB) Volleyball Tournament apparently are thinking.

Coney Island will be the place to be on Saturday, Aug. 10 as the one-day sports happening takes place. The contest will feature both a men’s and women’s draw, along with a cash prize of $1,000.


Greenfield, Adams team up to offer reward for arrest of Robinson statue vandal

Hoping to spur residents who have information on the shocking vandalism of the Jackie Robinson statue outside MCU Park in Coney Island into coming forward, Councilman David Greenfield and state Sen. Eric Adams are teaming up to offer a $1,500 reward.


Brighton Beach resident charged with Medicaid fraud

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar and Medicaid Inspector General James C. Cox on Wednesday announced the indictment of Kristina Zelinsky, 34, on charges of fraudulently collecting more than $25,000 in Medicaid benefits since 2003 by lying about her income and assets.  


Lisyanskiy accuses Treyger of being 'bought' by real estate developers

The race to succeed Domenic Recchia in the City Council is turning nasty, with one candidate accusing another of being “bought and paid for” by real estate tycoons bent on building up Coney Island for their own gain.

John Lisyanskiy, a City Council aide, charged that fellow Democrat Mark Treyger is going to become a puppet of ruthless developers.

Treyger, a New Utrecht High School civics teacher, shot back that his rival’s attacks on him are “laughable.”


Jackie Robinson statue at MCU Park vandalized

The well-known statue of Jackie Robinson and Pee Wee Reese in MCU Park at Coney Island, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, was vandalized with hate graffiti late Tuesday or early Wednesday.

The statue, meant to symbolize brotherhood, was created by sculptor William Behrends in 2005. It commemorates an incident in Robinson’s rookie year, 1947, when Reese, who was Robinson’s  teammate on the Brooklyn Dodgers, walked onto the infield and put his arm around Robinson in a gesture of friendship.


Oberman calls for penalties against residents riding out hurricanes

Residents living in flood zones who stubbornly refuse to obey a mandatory evacuation order during a hurricane would be slapped with penalties if a City Council candidate gets his way.

Igor Oberman, who is running in the Democratic Primary for the council seat in the 48th District (Brighton Beach-Sheepshead Bay), has released a disaster response plan to prepare for the next superstorm.


Brooklyn clinic employee gets 8 years for part in $77M Medicare fraud scheme

Yuri Khandrius, 50, of Brooklyn, was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for his 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 Khandrius to three years of supervised release, with a concurrent exclusion from Medicare, Medicaid and all federal health programs; ordered him to forfeit $446,655; and ordered him to pay restitution in the amount of $10,000,000.  Khandrius’s surrender date is Sept. 16.



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