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Grimm wins re-election to congress

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, whose political career looked dead in the water in the spring, pulled off a miracle comeback and defeated his challenger Domenic Recchia on Tuesday night.

Grimm, a Republican, took to the stage at a Staten Island Hall shortly before 11 p.m. to declare victory after the Associated Press projected him the winner.

With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Grimm had 55 percent of the vote to Recchia’s 43 percent.


How one candidate spent Election Day...Having fun!

Election Day is usually a tense affair for candidates, but one man running his first-ever campaign decided to enjoy himself.

“I’m having fun!” Republican-Conservative Stamatis Lilikakis told the Brooklyn Eagle early in the evening on Tuesday as he was heading to a Bay Ridge subway stop to meet and greet voters.


Guild for Exceptional Children finds new fundraising partner

The Guild for Exceptional Children (GEC), a non-profit education and housing agency that assists thousands of developmentally disabled Brooklyn residents and their families, is seeking to expand its mission and has teamed up with Investors Bank for a unique fundraising effort.

The GEC recently joined with Investors Bank in the Corporations Care2Share Affinity Program, a project designed to help non-profit 501c3 organizations like the GEC. The program allows bank account holders to select any charity they wish and have a portion of their bank interest awarded to that charity.


Arab-American leaders urge voters to get to the polls

A leading Arab-American organization in the city conducted a last-minute drive to get voters of Middle Eastern heritage to the polls on Election Day.

The Arab-American Association of New York, a citywide group based in Bay Ridge, urged registered voters to get to their polling places to show that the Middle Eastern community is eager to see movement on issues such as immigration reform, reforming the New York Police Department, securing better education and ensuring better health care.


Poly Prep beats Friendship Academy for the first time in four years

Ray Marten had butterflies in his stomach all week. When he woke up at 5 a.m. on Friday, his eyes were immediately wide open, and there was no way he was going to fall back asleep. He was too excited because the day he and his teammates had waited all year for had finally arrived — it was the day that Poly Prep would finally get its rematch against Friendship Academy (D.C.).


Colton files appeal in Bensonhurst trash plant case

Assemblymember William Colton said he’s not going to give up his fight against the city’s plan to build a trash processing plant on the Bensonhurst waterfront, despite the fact that the project appears to be all systems go.

Having lost his battle in court, Colton said he filed an appeal on Oct. 22 in the hope of overturning Hon. Bert Bunyan’s decision in which the New York State Supreme Court justice ruled that the city could go ahead and construct the facility.


Recent poll shows Grimm with 19-point lead over Recchia

The topsy-turvy race between Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and his Democratic opponent, Domenic Recchia, which has seen everything from a 20-count federal indictment against the incumbent to the challenger being lampooned by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” was hit with another bombshell on Friday when the results of the latest NY1/Capital New York/Siena College poll were released.


No screams here: Haunted Halloween Walk makes kids smile

The 19th Annual Haunted Halloween Walk drew hundreds of costumed kids to Owl’s Head Park in Bay Ridge on Friday, but, despite its title, the event elicited smiles, not screams, from young and old alike.

Sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn), the Halloween happening featured a haunted walk, Fairytale Forest, a pumpkin patch and lots of costumed characters who roamed around, greeting the crowds. The event also featured a train ride, face painting, arts and crafts and two costume contests – one for kids and another for adults.


Military veterans earn salute from Bay Ridge pols

Jose H. Hernandez and Thomas Karnes were serving in the First Calvary Division when their unit was engaged in battle on a hilltop near Bon Song in Vietnam on Feb. 22, 1966. They encountered a tremendous amount of fire. Hernandez was badly injured and Karnes dressed the wound, ultimately saving his buddy’s life. This act of courage bonded the two men together forever.


Halloween happiness at Brooklyn’s P.S. 127

There was magic in the air at P.S. 127 on Friday morning. For one thing, Principal Agatha Alicandro had turned into a lady bug. Assistant Principal Kerry Izzo Quaglione was a kitten.



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