SUNY given more time to reopen LICH ER

A Brooklyn judge has extended the deadline for State University of New York-Downstate to return and fully staff Long Island College Hospital’s emergency department and intensive care unit.

The attorney for SUNY Downstate, Frank Carone, requested an extension of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest’s Aug. 20 and Aug. 23 orders mandating that SUNY Downstate return all LICH assets, transferred to SUNY Downstate starting in 2011, back to LICH and restore LICH’s function as an active emergency department.


Brooklyn defendant denied habeas petition

A man’s request to be released from prison, on the grounds that his conviction was invalid due to improper jury instructions and an error in the sentencing charge, was denied by Brooklyn Federal Court Judge Roslynn Mauskopf.

Jamel Albritton was accused of fatally shooting Luther Bryant and, with the use of a fake name and false identification, fleeing to California after the crime. Albritton was arrested upon his return to New York five weeks later.


Member of Al-Qaeda affiliate indicted in Brooklyn Federal Court

An indictment was unsealed Tuesday in federal court in Brooklyn charging a Nigerian citizen with providing material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (“AQAP”), and using high-powered firearms in furtherance of that crime.  The United States is currently seeking the extradition of the defendant,  Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, also known as “Abdullah” and “Ayatollah Mustapha,” from Nigeria.


James seeks to move from City Council to public advocate’s office

The public advocate’s office operates on a budget of $2.2 million a year, a paltry sum by city government standards. But Councilwoman Letitia “Tish” James said she isn’t daunted by that fact.


Pulitzer-Prize finalist to discuss story of Abraham and Isaac in Park Slope

In celebration of the Jewish New Year, Pulitzer Prize-finalist James Goodman will appear at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope to discuss the story of Abraham and Isaac. The event is part of a special class that will take place right after the second day Rosh Hashanah service at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 6th. He will be signing books at Park Slope’s Community Bookstore at 1 p.m. that day. 


Markowitz says Squadron ‘knows how to get results’

Borough President Marty Markowitz threw his support behind state Sen. Daniel Squadron in the race for public advocate, citing Squadron's record of results in office and his vision for the public advocate’s role as the reasons for his support.


Battle of debates: B’klyn D.A. candidate backs out of scheduled debate, claims incumbent has done the same

The final debate between Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and the challenger to his seat, Ken Thompson, scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 27 to be held at the Brooklyn Bar Association (BBA) on Remsen Street in Brooklyn Heights, was canceled at the last minute.

Thompson’s campaign contacted the Brooklyn Bar Association President Andrew Fallek Monday afternoon prior to Tuesday’s debate to alert him that Thompson would no longer be able to participate “[d]ue to scheduling conflict.”


Levin’s council colleagues endorse his re-election bid

Members of the City Council’s Progressive Caucus have endorsed one of their own for re-election. Councilman Stephen Levin (D-Williamsburg-Greenpoint), who is running for his second term in office, was hailed as “true progressive” by council members Jumaane Williams, Brad Lander, and Melissa Mark-Viverito during an endorsement announcement outside City Hall on Aug. 27.


Priceless On Pier 6: Brooklyn Bridge Park unveils stunning renderings

Here's a first look at a new recreation area planned for Brooklyn Bridge Park, on the two-thirds of Pier 6 that is currently undeveloped.

BBP honchos unveiled design drawings at a Community Board 2 meeting Monday night – revealing plans for an inviting piece of parkland where visitors will sit or stroll, with a vast lawn, generous helpings of shade trees and a big field of meadow flowers.


Tickets available for 4th annual ‘TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint’

Advance tickets for the 4th Annual TASTE Williamsburg Greenpoint have officially gone on sale via The outdoor, waterfront tasting event will take place at the East River State Park in Williamsburg on Sunday, September 22nd, showcasing a curated selection of the best bites and beverages from the emerging culinary capital of North Brooklyn.



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