Colton mulling run for seat vacated by Grimm

The list of hopefuls interested in running for the Brooklyn-Staten Island congressional seat vacated by Michael Grimm is starting to resemble a crowded subway car at rush hour. Assemblymember Bill Colton is the latest political figure to announce that he is mulling a run.


SUNY Downstate students join nationwide ‘die-in’

More than 30 SUNY Downstate medical students on Wednesday participated in a 45-minute ‘die-in’ demonstration at the SUNY Downstate Health Science Education Building in Brooklyn. Students at dozens of medical schools across the country participated in similar protests on Wednesday.

The students were rallying against grand juries’ failure to indict police for killings in New York and Ferguson. The students said they also hoped to spotlight systemic racial bias as a public health issue.


Jefferson’s Big Three: Mean enough for the city basketball title?

The Thomas Jefferson Orange Wave kicked off the Public School Athletic League (PSAL) high school basketball season when they beat Robeson High School 101-67 in East New York on Tuesday night.


Brooklyn pols call for ‘calm’ following NYPD shooting of unarmed man

Brooklyn was the home of press conferences and protests over the weekend as elected officials and community members reacted to the police shooting of an unarmed man in a Brooklyn housing project late last week. 

“We want justice to be done as it relates to the death of Mr. [Akai] Gurley,” said U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) on Sunday. 


Examiner rules Brooklyn police shooting a homicide

Politicians were meeting with prosecutors Monday following the New York City medical examiner's ruling that the police killing of an unarmed man in a dark public housing stairwell was a homicide.

The medical examiner's office said its finding that Akai Gurley's death "resulted in full or in part from the actions of another person or persons," a gunshot wound to the torso, "does not imply any statement about intent or culpability."


Baby girl accidentally shot in East New York home

Police have arrested the parents of a 9-month-old girl who was hospitalized after she was accidentally shot inside her home in East New York.

Police say the father told officers he was cleaning his gun when it accidentally discharged.

The bullet hit the child in the hip. She was taken to Woodhull Medical Center and then transferred to Bellevue Hospital where she was listed in stable condition.


Unarmed man killed by rookie NYPD officer in Brooklyn housing complex

A man leaving his girlfriend's apartment was shot and killed in a darkened stairwell of a public housing complex after a rookie cop on patrol fired his weapon, likely accidentally, officials said Friday.


Treyger says bike-text ban aimed at safety, not raising money

Councilmember Mark Treyger, who introduced legislation that would prohibit bicycle riders from talking on cell phones or texting while riding, said his action isn’t aimed at generating revenue for the city through fines, but instead is aimed at promoting safety on city streets.

Treyger, who held a press conference outside City Hall on Nov. 13 to announce two bills he was introducing, said first time offenders would have the opportunity to take a bicycle safety course in lieu of paying a fine.


Treyger urges Brooklyn residents to give pets a home

Brooklyn residents who visit the offices of their local council members usually go there to seek help with quality of life issues or to get information about city programs. But on Sunday, constituents of Councilmember Mark Treyger who visit his Gravesend district office can walk away with a new pet.

Treyger, the owner of two rescued Yorkies named Bella and Bashful, is joining forces with the Sean Casey Animal Rescue group to hold a pet adoption event on Sunday, Nov. 9, outside his district office at 2015 Stillwell Ave., from noon to 5 p.m.


Build It Back finally on track, city officials say

Lauren and Francis Slavin survived Superstorm Sandy, but the Gerritsen Beach bungalow where they lived for 24 years was nearly destroyed.

“The front of our house fell into a sinkhole. The water was coming in so fast; we barely got out of the house. I’ll never forget the sight of my dog sitting on the couch with the couch floating across the room. We ran out with just the clothes on our backs. We got the dog out, but my parrot drowned. And everything else we owned was lost,” Lauren Slavin told the Brooklyn Eagle on Friday.



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