Law students from Liverpool visit Brooklyn

Brooklyn Law School recently hosted a group of aspiring law students from South Sefton College, Litherland, Liverpool.  As part of their visit to the Eastern District Federal Court, they received a lecture from United States District Court Judge Nicholas G. Garaufis.


Tribune Society hosts reception at Family Court

The Tribune Society hosted a membership drive and reception in Brooklyn's Family Court Tuesday afternoon. The society is the only African-American organization geared to court personnel and was founded in 1986 with the goal of consistently improving the administration of justice and ensuring equal opportunity for all who work in the New York Unified Court System serves. Seen here are members of the Tribune Society: Kysalene Dixon, Diane P. Smith, Keisha Kearse, Bentley B. Harrington, Bonita Knowles, Patricia Greene, Claudia Stewart, Julio Belizaire Jr. and Rashaun Blackett.


Brooklyn Town Hall on pre-K programs, Wednesday

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Brooklyn Borough Hall, New York Communities for Change is hosting a Brooklyn Town Hall to discuss the city's plan for pre-K and after-school programs.

Under the plan, all 4-year-olds would have access to universal pre-K for the first time in New York City’s history. This would help 53,767 children who currently receive part-time pre-K or no pre-K at all.


De Blasio reportedly getting involved in LICH case; SUNY contempt hearing on hold

A much-anticipated contempt hearing against the State University of New York (SUNY) had barely begun on Tuesday when state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes adjourned the proceedings, at the request of two of the petitioners in the case who said Mayor Bill de Blasio was about to get involved.

The legal action will resume on Thursday, February 20, at 11 a.m. at 360 Adams Street.


Fruits of warrantless arrest lead panel to vote for new trial

All evidence resulting from a warrantless arrest has been thrown out and a new trial ordered for a Brooklyn criminal defendant. The Appellate Division, 2nd Department has ruled that the police and lower court erred in the prosecution of a man whose rights were violated when he was arrested sans a warrant.


New novel re-stages classic ‘Rebecca’

Famed author Meg Wolitzer described Rachel Pastan’s debut novel “This Side of Married” as “a wedding bouquet of great wit and affection” and Booklist praised it as “smart and insightful.”  Pastan followed that up with the novel “Lady of the Snakes” in 2008, of which NPR’s Maureen Corrigan declared: “I was hooked from the opening scene” and the Washington Post observed: “Pastan’s writing is


Song-a-day maven cuts one for 'Brooklyn'

Song-a-day writer Jonathan Mann (he's up to number 1,867) teamed with Erel Pilo last week to cut this ode to Brooklyn…

A year ago, Mann went viral with the greatest ever I'm-looking-for-a-roommade solicitation, filmed in and around his Williamsburg perch…


Snow sculptures bring imaginative critters to Brooklyn Bridge Park

Castles and dragons and octopi, oh my! Roughly 100 snow enthusiasts of all ages gathered at Pier 5 in Brooklyn Bridge Park this past Saturday for the park’s first-ever snow sculpture contest, sponsored by the Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.

In the family division, kids and parents worked quickly to create snow castles, turtles, cats, dragons, snow Olympians and even an igloo, while adults built snowmen both big and small and even a realistic octopus.


Mosley throws support behind Fortis development plan in LICH dispute

Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley (D-57) on Monday threw his support behind one of several proposals being considered by SUNY Downstate in its push to sell Long Island College Hospital (LICH), in Cobble Hill. Mosley said in a letter to SUNY Board Chairman H. Carl McCall that he is backing a consortium led by developer Fortis Property Group, joined by L&M Development Partners, NYU-Langone and Lutheran Family Health Center.



It’s on: SUNY officials to face Brooklyn judge on LICH contempt charges Tuesday morning

State University of New York (SUNY) and Department of Health officials have been ordered to appear before a Brooklyn judge at 10 a.m. on Tuesday to answer for their yearlong attempts to close Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in violation of court orders.  

The hearing had been postponed several times to allow negotiations between attorneys for SUNY and LICH supporters to take place.



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