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UPDATE: Missing autistic Brooklyn man found dead

Finding Brian: Missing Person From Brooklyn

UPDATE: Brian Gerwitz was sadly found by police. His body was found near the Marine Park golf course late last week. According to media reports, the police said there were no signs of trauma. Brian was missing for nearly two months after he left his home. He was autistic. We mourn his loss during this Autism Awareness Month.

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NYC Councilmember Eugene presents $2.8 M to Kings County Hospital for new PET/CT scanners

NYC Councilmember Mathieu Eugene (D-40) on Friday presented a check for $2.8 million to Kings County Hospital Center in East Flatbush, to be used to purchase new high-tech PET/CT and CT scanners.

“I strongly believe that it is very important for the city of New York to support Kings County Hospital Center,” Councilmember Eugene,  said in a statement. “We must do everything we can to ensure that this fine institution has the resources it needs to continue saving lives and providing its patients with fine medical treatment.”


Colton drops out of congress race

Assemblymember Bill Colton, who announced with great fanfare last month that he was giving strong consideration to running for the Brooklyn-Staten Island congressional seat vacated by Republican Michael Grimm, quietly withdrew from the race over the weekend.

Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) issued a statement announcing his decision not to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for the special election for the 11th Congressional District to be held on May 5.


NYC Comptroller Stringer holds Town Hall at Starrett City

On Wednesday, New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer held a Town Hall meeting with the Starrett City Tenants Association meeting at the Brooklyn Sports Club, in Spring Creek. More than 150 residents packed the room to meet the comptroller and voice their concerns for the future of their neighborhood. At the top of residents’ agendas were housing affordability, public transportation, pensions and affordable access to services, including internet.


Brooklyn man convicted of murder for shooting 15-year-old in Flatlands schoolyard

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson today announced that a 20-year-old man has been convicted of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon for the 2011 shooting of a 15-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy in the schoolyard of P.S. 119 in Flatlands.


Need help with taxes? Pols ready to assist

Local lawmakers aren’t going to quit their positions to go work for the Internal Revenue Service anytime soon, but two elected officials in southwest Brooklyn said they stand ready to assist constituents with questions and concerns this tax season.


Congress race sets up game of political musical chairs

The race to fill the vacant congressional seat formerly held by Republican Michael Grimm is setting up a game of political musical chairs that could have ramifications further down on the election ballot.

This week, Nicholas Zimmitti, an associate staff analyst for the New York City Board of Elections, said he is interested in running for Assemblymember Bill Colton’s seat if Colton wins Grimm’s Congress seat.


Colton to Boehner: Slain cops deserve gold medals

Assemblymember Bill Colton, who proposed that slain NYPD Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu be posthumously awarded the Congressional Gold Medal shortly after the two men were shot to death last month, is pressing ahead with his idea.

Colton (D-Gravesend/Bensonhurst) has written a letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) requesting that he consider awarding the medals in memory of the two detectives who were gunned down while sitting in their patrol car on a Bed-Stuy street on Dec. 20.


Fundraising drive for slain cops’ families draws support

Efforts to provide financial assistance to the families of slain police detectives Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos are bearing fruit.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, which announced that it would seek to raise $800,000 to pay off the mortgages of the detectives’ homes, attained its goal on Wednesday, according to an Associated Press report. The foundation raised $860,000 with another $15,000 pledged, the AP said.


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.



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