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Felder helps residents re-claim funds being held by state

Residents were able to get their hands on money they didn’t even know as theirs, thanks to state Sen. Simcha Felder, who worked with members of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s staff to hold a “Claim Your Unclaimed Funds” event at his district office.

“The number of people who showed up was absolutely surreal,” Felder (D-Midwood-Borough Park) said, describing the local residents who came to his office on Avenue J on Feb. 25 to see if New York State was holding any funds that belonged to them.


New novel intertwines mythology and history

Anne Fortier’s New York Times bestselling debut “Juliet” quickly became an international bestseller published in 33 territories worldwide, and her new novel, “The Lost Sisterhood” (Ballantine Hardcover; March 11), already has received similar recognition.  Tying in to Women’s History Month, “The Lost Sisterhood” delves into one of our greatest myths―that of the Amazons―with a brilliantly entwined tale of a band of women who may have changed history, and a young modern-day scholar who thinks they might not be such a myth after all.


Council holds hearing on patronage at Board of Elections

Patronage and dysfunction at the city’s Board of Elections were the focus of a tense City Council hearing on Feb. 28, as lawmakers vowed to make changes to insure more transparency at the board that oversees elections in the city.


Recchia vows to fight for Fort Hamilton

Former Democratic councilman Domenic Recchia, who is seeking to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm in November, vowed that if he is elected, he will fight to spare the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton from a Pentagon budget ax.


Bay Ridge mom organizes blood drive in memory of her son

Mathiew Johnson, a school custodian, always joined his mother June Johnson when she went to donate blood at various blood drives in their community of Bay Ridge over the years.

So when June Johnson was looking for a way to pay tribute to Mathiew, who died of a sudden heart attack last year while on the job, she thought a blood drive would be the perfect vehicle.


Merchants, city workers help lead cops to scam suspects

They picked the wrong people to scam.

That’s what police are saying after they arrested three suspects, two men and a woman, on Feb. 27 for allegedly trying to scam Bay Ridge store owners out of money by giving the merchants a sob story about a local resident who lost a family member and needed cash for the funeral.

The crooks identified themselves as working on behalf of Community Board 10, according to police at the 68th Precinct.


MTA gives progress report on Montague Street tunnel repairs

Take heart, R train riders!

The Montague Street Tunnel repair project is moving along on schedule and the tube will likely reopen in October – 14 months after it was closed.

That’s the news from Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials, who told the Traffic and Transportation Committee of Community Board 10 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) at a recent meeting that the repair project is progressing nicely.


Golden defends charter schools

While several of his fellow southern Brooklyn elected officials were criticizing Mayor Bill de Blasio over Hizzoner’s decision to allow plans for two charter schools to share space with traditional public schools in Bensonhurst to move forward, state Sen. Marty Golden was also unhappy with the mayor, but not for the same reason.


De Blasio's approval of Bensonhurst charter schools angers pols, parents

Mayor Bill de Blasio overruled plans for three charter schools to share space with regular public schools that had been previously approved by his predecessor Michael Bloomberg, but in his decision, announced on Feb. 27, he did leave proposals involving two Bensonhurst schools in place.

He also blocked plans for six traditional public schools to co-locate inside existing schools.

The mayor's move made the neighborhood’s elected officials and educational leaders livid.


OPINION: A smaller hospital: better than none

As readers of this paper know by now, after various legal machinations that are too complex to repeat here, SUNY has gone back to the drawing board and issued a new RFP for Long Island College Hospital. The new RFP process gives extra points to bidders whose plans include an actual full-service hospital, although it isn’t mandatory. It is understood that there also would be some residential development included, most likely condos.



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