Dyker Heights

Grimm fends off attacks from left on government shutdown

As the federal government shutdown began on Tuesday, US Rep. Michael Grimm, the lone Republican in New York City’s congressional delegation, was hit with sharp criticism from the left over his vote to keep the government running at the expense of the Affordable Care Act.


Parents tell DOE, 'Keep charter school out of Seth Low!'

A plan hatched by the Department of Education (DOE) to put a Success Academy charter school inside Seth Low Intermediate School in Bensonhurst and have the two schools co-exist in the same building was met with vociferous opposition by parents, teachers and elected officials who spoke at out a raucous public hearing on Sept. 30.


GEC receives $1.9 million grant from City Council

Don’t be fooled by names. Despite its name, the Guild for Exceptional Children, a non-profit Brooklyn agency that assists developmentally disabled people, doesn’t just help children. Many of its clients are elderly and have been with the agency for nearly 50 years.

The agency is making plans to renovate its Bay Ridge headquarters to better accommodate its elderly members thanks in part to a $1.9 million grant from the City Council.


Greenfield urges 9/11 survivors to register for funds

Councilman David Greenfield is warning that the deadline to register for the Victim Compensation Fund for 9/11 survivors and first responders is rapidly approaching.

The last day to register for financial assistance is Oct. 3, according to Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-parts of Bensonhurst), who urged all 9/11 first responders and survivors, including local Hatzolah and Shomrim volunteer members, to register.


NIA hands out awards to police chief, principal, other leaders

The Neighborhood Improvement Association, a Dyker Heights-based organization that has won praise for its outreach efforts to schoolchildren and senior citizens, will hand out some praise of its own when it honors six southwest Brooklyn law enforcement, business, and educational leaders at its 15th Annual Community Recognition Awards Dinner.


Community board chairman demands curb cut crackdown

Bill Guarinello wants homeowners who install illegal curb cuts to be hit by the city where it hurts: in the pocketbook.

Guarinello, chairman of Community Board 11 in Bensonhurst, has an outside-the-box idea on how the city could crack down on illegal curb cuts in his neighborhood and elsewhere. “The same way the city fixes a sidewalk that’s in violation and then sends a bill to the homeowner, the city should fix the curb and then bill the homeowner,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.


Pataki endorses Quaglione; Gentile eyes speakership

There is plenty of news happening in the race for the City Council’s 43rd District in Brooklyn this week, as challenger John Quaglione announced a high-profile endorsement and incumbent Vincent Gentile threw his hat into the contest to become the next council speaker.


DOT meeting on improving ‘scary’ Flatbush Avenue

A stretch of Flatbush Avenue is called “scary” by residents and hair-raising by drivers. Now the city’s Department of Transportation wants your feedback about proposed safety improvements for this section of Flatbush, running between Ocean Avenue/Empire Boulevard and Nostrand Avenue.


Parents balk at DOE plan to move charter school into Seth Low

The ongoing turf war between neighborhood public schools and charter schools has come to Bensonhurst.

Parents in that community are up in arms over a plan by the New York City Department of Education to move a charter school into Seth Low Intermediate School. Under the proposal, Seth Low IS, located at 99 Avenue P, would share its building with New Success Academy, a charter school, starting in September of 2014.


Brooklyn charity implicated in scheme to steal more than $5M

New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday the arrest of William Rapfogel, former executive director and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty (“Met Council”), a charity with offices in Midwood, Brooklyn, on felony charges of grand larceny, money laundering, criminal tax fraud and conspiracy, among others.



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