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Police tell merchants to beware of scammers using ‘Green Dot’ cards

Police in Bay Ridge are urging business owners in the community to beware of a new type of scam out there in which crooks fool victims into thinking their electricity or some other service is going to be shut off unless they pay up immediately using a Green Dot MoneyPak debit card.

Dep. Insp. Richard DiBlasio, commanding officer of the 68th Precinct, said several business owners have been victimized by the scammers.


State to provide more money for after-school programs, Brook-Krasny says

The new state budget will include funding for after-schools programs in New York City, according to Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, who said the money will be part of a $700 million fiscal package aimed at helping students.

“In the budget, there is new education money. I’m grateful to the governor,” Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) told members of the Bay Ridge Community Council at the organization’s annual luncheon on Feb. 1.


Golden says Brooklyn is ‘Ground Zero’ in state’s health care crisis

Brooklyn is “Ground Zero” when it comes to New York State’s health care crisis, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who said that what happens in the borough’s medical institutions over the next several years will set the template for health care across the rest of the state.

Hospitals are in for big changes in the delivery of health care to residents over the next several years, Golden predicted.


What else is new? Brooklyn expected to get 6-10 inches in Monday storm

This is getting old fast!

On top of last week’s major snowstorm, Brooklyn was hit with yet another winter storm on Monday, with the snow arriving just in time to turn the morning commute to work and school into a sloppy mess.

News 12 Brooklyn predicted that the borough would get between 6 and 10 inches of snow in this storm.

The snow was expected to taper off after 1 p.m.


In slap at Bloomberg, council committee votes to create animal abuser registry

In one last slap at the departed Bloomberg Administration, a City Council committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the full Council override a mayoral veto on fighting animal abuse.

Late last year, Michael Bloomberg vetoed legislation that would have created an animal abuser registry, similar to the sex offender registry required under state law.

In a unanimous vote on Jan. 29, the council’s Committee on Health, chaired by Councilman Corey Johnson (D-West Side), slapped down Bloomberg’s veto.


Fariña taps Bay Ridge principal to be her deputy

A Bay Ridge high school principal is graduating to a new job as a right hand man to City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

Phil Weinberg, the principal at the High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology at 350 67th St., has been appointed by Fariña to serve as deputy chancellor for teaching and learning. The announcement was made on Jan. 29.


State law protects sex trafficking victims, Brook-Krasny says

With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, law enforcement authorities, aware that the biggest sporting event of the year is also prime time for sex trafficking, are on the lookout for any suspicious activity.

CNN reported that cops have made nearly 200 arrests for sex trafficking and related crimes in New York City in the days leading up to the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium.


Nadler ranks high on House’s Internet Subcommittee

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who has been a member of the House Judiciary Committee for the 22 years, has been selected as the ranking member on a Judiciary Committee’s subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and Internet.

The choice of Nadler, which was announced on Jan. 28, is expected to be ratified by the full committee the next time it meets.


St. Patrick's students share their scientific discoveries

Chloe Fequiere, a seventh-grader, studied blood pressure levels in arteries and veins and worked hard to create a three-dimensional heart for her poster board, which she proudly displayed at her school’s science fair.

Chloe was one of dozens of students who created ambitious projects for the science fair at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge on Tuesday.


Grimm tells NY1 reporter he’s sorry

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm apologized to a NY1 reporter the morning after he threatened to throw the journalist off a balcony in the Capitol building for asking a question about a federal investigation into his campaign finances was shown by the television news station Tuesday night.

NY1 reporter Michael Scotto wrote on his twitter account Wednesday morning that Grimm had called him to say he’s sorry. “@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he ‘overreacted.’ I accepted his apology,” Scotto wrote.



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