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Top cop at 70th Precinct earns promotion

Eric Rodriguez, the commanding officer of the 70th Police Precinct, now has a shorter, but more prestigious title. The veteran cop, who formerly commanded the 68th Precinct in Bay Ridge, has been promoted from deputy inspector to inspector by Police Commissioner Ray Kelly.


DISGUSTING: 4 dogs set on fire in Canarsie

Authorities are looking for the suspects who set four puppies and a dog on fire.

The dead animals were found in a bag on 91st Street near Ditmas Avenue in Canarsie area near a beverage distribution warehouse.

The ASPCA says the dogs were pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

Initially, authorities said a total of four dogs were found dead. Further investigation revealed an additional puppy.


Horrific medical malpractice case causes legislators to rethink statute of limitations

Lavern Wilkinson went to Kings County Hospital complaining of a cough. The doctors took an x-ray and told her it was merely asthma.  

Two years later, it was discovered that the x-ray showed evidence of lung cancer. With her cancer at an incurable stage 4, Wilkinson has been told she only has six months to live. To add insult to injury, Wilkinson has no recourse to sue for her misdiagnosis.


Everyone's a winner at PAL’s ‘Tournament of Champions’

On February 19, 500 PAL youngsters from all five boroughs of New York City competed in city-wide tournaments during a fun-filled day of games and laughter at the Police Athletic League’s (PAL) Annual Educational Tournament of Champions at their Edward Byrne Center in Queens.

Champions ages 5 to 13 from PAL’s Wynn Center, I.S. 218 Beacon and Brownsville Beacon in Brooklyn, challenged their peers from PAL centers across the city in Checkers, Boggle, Spelling Bee, Rebus Challenge, Ping Pong, Trouble, UNO, PAL’s Fitness Challenge, Mancala, Tower Challenge, Basketball and Boat Expo.


Walcott describes how Superstorm Sandy smacked city schools

Four months after Hurricane Sandy hit the city, the school system is now back on its feet, according to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who offered a comprehensive overview of how the Department of Education handled the aftermath of the storm in testimony he delivered before the City Council.


Jeffries warns court: Hands off Voting Rights Act!

On the day before the US Supreme Court was to hear a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, US Rep. Hakeem Jeffries and other members of the Congressional Black Caucus spoke out on the House floor to call on the country’s highest court to preserve the 48 year old law.

Jeffries (D-East New York-Flatlands) called the Voting Rights Act a law that “relates to the integrity of our democracy” during his speech on Feb. 26.


Brooklyn doctor charged with over-billing Medicaid, Medicare by hundreds of thousands

On Monday, the Kings County District Attorney’s Office announced its indictment of Dr. Naveed Ahmad, who is charged with bilking Medicare and Medicaid out of approximately $500,000 over the course of three years. 

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes also announced the creation of a first-of-its-kind anti-health fraud collaboration, where local prosecutors and city agencies team up with the federal Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General and the United States Attorney’s Office.


Armed suspect shot by cop in Brooklyn

Police say a 31-year-old suspect armed with a handgun has been shot and wounded by a police officer in Brooklyn.

Police say they got a tip that a man who was illegally residing at a residence on Glenmore Avenue in East New York was in possession of a gun.

When officers surrounded the home at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, the armed man tried to exit the back door and was confronted by a police officer who ordered him to drop his weapon.


Sale of LICH real estate may fund new SUNY hospital in central Brooklyn

Financially troubled SUNY Downstate wants to build a brand-new hospital in East Flatbush to replace it’s crumbling University Hospital, Crain's New York Pulse has reported.

The new hospital’s construction would be funded by the proceeds of selling 150-year-old Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill.


NYC unveils plans for $1.8B chunk of Sandy aid

Grants for homeowners to fix their properties, spending to install generators at public housing complexes and competitions to create new storm-resilience technology are among the city's plans for some of its federal Superstorm Sandy aid money, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Wednesday.



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