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Brooklyn Assemblyman 'outraged’ at jury verdict

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park/Midwood) expressed his disappointment with a jury that acquitted a man for the attempted murder of members of a Jewish patrol group.  

A group of Shomrim — a Hebrew word for “watch group” — surrounded David Flores’ car in 2010 after the group was convinced that Flores had masturbated in front of neighborhood children. Flores, who had a weapon on his person at the time, fired gun rounds into the crowd, injuring four.  After pulling out the weapon, Flores asserted that the some members of the Shomrim assaulted him.


Pols call for Thanksgiving shopping big box boycott

Before you rush to finish your turkey dinner so that you can to get to Macy’s to hunt for bargains on Thanksgiving night, state Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis want you to reconsider.

The two lawmakers are calling on shoppers to boycott the so-called “big box stores” that they charge are disrespecting the Thanksgiving holiday, family values and their employees by opening on Thursday.


Schumer, Grimm criticize Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat, and Republican-Conservative U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm rarely agree on issues. But the two lawmakers found themselves on the same side after President Barack Obama announced the new agreement his administration had reached with Iran over that country’s nuclear weapons program.

Both Schumer and Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) released statements criticizing the agreement for going soft of Iran.


Community boards look to de Blasio for curb cut enforcement

Bill de Blasio, curb cut enforcer?

The leaders of two southern Brooklyn community boards said they are hopeful that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will pay close attention to quality of life issues such as illegal curb cuts.

“With a new mayor coming in, maybe they’ll enforce it,” Community Board 11 Chairman Bill Guarinello told his members at a recent meeting. Board 11 serves residents in Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.


Poly Prep makes plans to mark 160th anniversary

Poly Prep Country Day School, an elite private school with campuses in Bay Ridge and Park Slope, is preparing to mark a milestone starting in 2014.

The school, which was founded in 1854, will celebrate its 160th anniversary.

The anniversary will be marked with the implementation of a three-year strategic plan designed to build on the school’s past successes and move it forward in the 21st Century, according to Headmaster David B. Harman.


Scissura to spread holiday cheer with tour of Dyker Heights lights

Dyker Heights is world famous for the elaborate Christmas lights decorating homes in that community during the holiday season. Thousands of tourists descend on the neighborhood each year to enjoy the, twinkling lights, illuminated inflatable snow globes, animatronic figures, giant gift boxes, and Santas set up on the front lawns of the imaginative homeowners.

This year, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will be joining the crowds of sightseers.


NYPD arrests 4 in Borough Park attack

New York City police say four men have been arrested on assault charges after a 24-year-old pedestrian was punched in the face.

Police are investigating whether it was a so-called game called "knockout." The object is to knock out an unsuspecting person with one punch.

Police say the man was walking in Borough Park around 2:45 a.m. Friday when he was struck once. He was not seriously injured.

Police say the victim identified the suspects to police.


Hikind wants Obama to stop ‘Knockout’ attacks

Assemblyman Dov Hikind is making a federal case out of the dangerous “Knockout” game played by street toughs.

Hikind, who lives down the street from the site of one of the attacks, is asking President Barack Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder to address the life-threatening epidemic of “Knockout.”

“It’s getting worse in my community and our neighboring communities, and it’s apparently spreading to many cities,” Hikind said. “People have died. There’s fear in communities. Some people are afraid to leave their homes,” he said.


Bay Ridge corner congested with buses, community board tells MTA

Every day, tens of thousands of commuters descend on 86th Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge to get on the R train or board one of five bus lines that stop there, making the intersection one of the busiest transit hubs in southern Brooklyn.

But along with the great choice of buses comes safety concerns, according to members of the Bay Ridge community board, who are pushing the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to ease the congestion by moving one or two of the buses off the corner.


Doggone it! Let pets ride Amtrak, animal rights advocates say

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving holiday – one of the busiest travel times of the year – animal rights advocates are pushing a pet cause.

A bipartisan group of congress members, including U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island), and members of the Pet Industry Advisory Council called on Amtrak to allow household animals to ride on trains with their masters.

Dogs, cats, canaries, and other pets are currently banned from trains. Only service dogs are permitted on Amtrak. 



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