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As race winds down, Gentile, Donovan make last-minute push for votes

As the campaign for the Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island congressional seat entered its final day before Tuesday’s special election, Republican Daniel Donovan and Democrat Vincent Gentile were crisscrossing the district, meeting voters and making a last-minute pitch for votes.


PHOTOS: Flower Power takes over Bay Ridge

The skies are smiling in Brooklyn, and blossoms are bursting forth all over the borough.

We hear the famous cherry blossoms in Brooklyn Botanic Garden are looking absolutely spectacular these days.

But those who are too short on time to make a visit to the famed garden are likely to find flora galore on quick strolls in their own neighborhoods.

Take Bay Ridge, for instance. The stately Verrazano-Narrows Bridge isn't the only photo-worthy sight in springtime. Dazzling blooms can be found at every turn.


Cuomo endorses Gentile for congress

Democrat Vincent Gentile is getting a last-minute boost in his congressional campaign from Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo, who had previously stated that he would not make any endorsements in the race to succeed former congressman Michael Grimm, apparently changed his mind and has endorsed his fellow Democrat Gentile on Thursday.


Felder hosting agency fair in Midwood

Residents will get a chance to meet representatives from various city agencies and civic organizations and get their questions answered on everything from how to pay water bills to applying for senior housing at a special fair state Sen. Simcha Felder is hosting on May 7.

The free event, which Felder is sponsoring, will take place on Thursday, May 7, at the Midwood Library, 985 East 16th St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


DOT agrees to move ‘cash cow’ speed camera

A speed camera sitting at the end of a Belt Parkway exit ramp that has been the target of numerous complaints from drivers charging that it’s nothing but a cash cow for the city is going to be moved to a different location.

Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) said the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) has agreed to his request to move the speed camera from its perch on Shore Parkway between Ocean Parkway and West Avenue to an alternative location closer to Ocean Parkway.


Bay Ridge pols warn: Beware of phone scammers

You’re sitting at home watching “Dancing with the Stars” on ABC and you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) who tells you that you owe a fortune in back taxes and that if you don’t pay up immediately, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.


Dyker Heights civic leader offers bold idea to NYC

Fran Vella-Marrone, a lifelong resident of Dyker Heights, has a counter-proposal to the city’s plan to raise water rates by 3.24 percent this year.

“The New York City Department of Environmental Protection has called its proposed 3.24 percent water rate increase its lowest suggested increase in a decade. I would like to make a counter proposal of a 0 percent increase,” she wrote in written testimony she submitted to a public hearing Tuesday at St. Francis College.


Bay Ridge community board asks city for better bike lanes

Bay Ridge could soon become a bicycle rider’s paradise if the city’s Department of Transportation goes along with a request made by the local community board.

At its April 20 meeting, Community Board 10 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) voted overwhelmingly, 30-5, to request that the Dept. of Transportation (DOT) approve the board’s proposal to establish additional bike lanes on local streets and improve existing lanes.


Mismatch Day gives kids chance to make creative clothing choices

Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn’s Annual Mismatch Day event on April 17 created a lively atmosphere that helped to boost school spirit while encouraging creativity and acceptance.

Students of every grade level at the historic private school at 8515 Ridge Boulevard in Bay Ridge, from Adelphi’s Little Schoolers to its college-bound Senior Class, were encouraged to come to school dressed in the zaniest mix of clothing they could find.


City gives Bay Ridge go-ahead for Summer Stroll on 3rd

The Department of Transportation (DOT) has approved plans by the Merchants of Third Avenue business group to host another series of Summer Stroll events this July and August.

Community Board 10, which had recommended that DOT approve the plans, announced that the Summer Stroll on 3rd events will take place on two successive Fridays, July 17 and 24, on Third Avenue from 80th Street to 90th Street; and two Fridays in August, the 7 and 14, on Third Avenue from Bay Ridge Avenue to 80th Street.

The event hours will be 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on all nights.



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