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SKETCHES OF COURT: $5 million verdict in motor vehicle accident trial

In this courtroom sketch, Hon. Karen Rothenberg listens as plaintiff attorney Norman Gershon (standing), sole practitioner, conducts a cross examination of neurologist Daniel Feurer (seated, right) in the motor vehicle accident trial of Mark Mungo v. Angel Travieso that took place last week in Kings County Civil Term.


Minority leaders to Cuomo: ‘Do the right thing’ for LICH

Minority leaders on Friday called on Governor Andrew Cuomo to “do the right thing” and halt the sale of Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to developer Fortis Property Group. The groups also want SUNY’s sales process to be investigated by Brooklyn District Attorney Thompson, Attorney General Schneiderman and the state Senate.

SUNY chose Fortis over two higher-ranked minority developers after a convoluted and much-litigated process. Fortis is expected to sign a contract to buy the Cobble Hill hospital on Monday.


Menchaca spearheaded drive for municipal ID cards

Councilman Carlos Menchaca, a driving force behind the City Council’s historic June 26 vote to establish a municipal identification card program to help undocumented immigrants obtain city services, predicted that the program would become the most successful of its kind in the nation.


Elizabeth A. Sackler elected first woman board chair of Brooklyn Museum

The Members of the Board of Trustees of the Brooklyn Museum have elected Elizabeth A. Sackler, Board member since 2000, as the Museum's Chair. Dr. Sackler, the first woman in the nearly 200-year history of the Museum to serve in that position, is the founder of the Museum's Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. She succeeds retiring chair John S. Tamagni, who has served as Chair since 2011 and will continue to serve as an active Board member.


Minority officials and religious groups to call on state to halt LICH sale

Unrest over SUNY's sale of Brooklyn's Long Island College Hospital (LICH) continues, this time with New York's minority leaders, who are demanding an investigation into the state’s process in choosing a buyer for the shuttered Cobble Hill hospital.

A press conference is planned for 9:30 a.m. Friday on the steps of City Hall in Manhattan.


PHOTOS: DUMBO cheers on the U.S. World Cup soccer team

Soccer fever swept DUMBO on Thursday as hundreds of fans gathered before a giant screen in the Manhattan Bridge Archway to cheer on the United States in the 2014 World Cup match with Germany. Despite a 1-0 loss, the U.S. advanced to the Knockout Round, which only 16 teams make, to be held on Tuesday against an as-yet-undetermined opponent. The crowds should be even bigger then as the U.S. tries to advance to the Field of Eight, and the DUMBO Improvement District and ESPN will again bring the event to the Archway.


Brooklyn Family Court celebrates LGBTQ families during Pride Month

Back in February, the Kings County Family Court held its first-ever Black History Month celebration.  More recently, it celebrated another first-ever event. On Tuesday, the Family Court honored LGBTQ families for its first Pride Month event at the Brooklyn courthouse.


St. Ann’s Housing Forum: Widespread struggle for affordability, but few solutions

“I don’t recognize my neighborhood anymore,” said Victor Li of Kensington. “No one can stop the developers.”

“I live on Franklin Avenue, and our landlord has pulled one maneuver after another,” offered Elisa Holland of Bed-Stuy. “They want the rent-controlled tenants out, and will do anything to make it happen.”

“Who can even afford a studio for $1800 a month?”


Brooklyn Bridge Park announces new board member Amelia Wilson

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy is pleased to announce the election of Amelia Wilson to the organization’s Board of Directors. The election took place at the Conservancy’s June 22 board meeting.
“It is our pleasure to welcome Amelia Wilson to the Conservancy’s team. Her fresh perspective, energy and enthusiasm will greatly enrich our efforts to support Brooklyn Bridge Park,” said Nancy Bowe, Chairman of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.



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