Emergency room crisis hits Brooklyn as SUNY bans ambulances from LICH

“If you live in western Brooklyn, don’t have a heart attack,” residents of Cobble Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Carroll Gardens, Boerum Hill, Red Hook and DUMBO heard Thursday as they learned that SUNY Downstate banned ambulances from bringing patients to Long Island College Hospital’s (LICH) emergency room.


Pols fight to pass ‘Briana’s Law’ before session ends

Calling it a crucial piece of legislation that will save lives, assembly members Felix Ortiz and Nicole Malliotakis are working against the clock for passage of “Briana’s Law,” a bill that would mandate the retraining cops in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

The assembly passed the bill, but the legislation is stalled in the senate. Ortiz (D-Sunset Park), the sponsor of the bill, and Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) are working against a tight deadline to secure passage in the state senate before the legislative term ends.


Former Brooklyn Legal Services lawyer sworn in to New York’s highest court

The newest member to the New York Court of Appeals, New York State’s highest court, was sworn in at noon Thursday in Albany. Sheila Abdus-Salaam is the first black woman on the Court of Appeals.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, a longtime friend of Abdus-Salaam from their days as students at Columbia Law School in the 1970s, attended the swearing-in ceremony.

Abdus-Salaam began her legal career as an attorney with the East Brooklyn Legal Services and later became a Manhattan Civil Court judge before obtaining a seat in the Appellate Division, First Department.


Appellate Division hears issue of special prosecutor for Working Families Party

The justices of the Appellate Division, Second Department, gathered Thursday in their Brooklyn Heights courthouse to hear arguments regarding whether or not to appoint a special prosecutor in the investigation of a political party.


Brooklyn courts celebrate LGBT Pride Month

The Gay/Straight Alliance of the New York State Unified Court System celebrated Gay Pride Month with a lunchtime event at the Brooklyn Supreme Court on Wednesday.

The organization, led by court employee Marc Levine, which began 10 years ago, aims to recognize the continuing need for action to address inequality and discrimination against those who are or are perceived as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT), both within the legal profession and within society at-large.


In spite of court order, SUNY Downstate to shut down LICH emergency room Thursday

A state judge on Wednesday ordered SUNY Downstate to maintain staffing levels at Long Island College Hospital (LICH) after hearing complaints that SUNY intended to pull out crucial residents this weekend.

But the order may not have come in time to stop SUNY from shutting down LICH’s emergency room. (An update to this story can be found here.)


Brooklyn 3D printer company MakerBot to merge with Stratasys

Brooklyn 3D printer manufacturer MakerBot, headquartered in MetroTech in Downtown Brooklyn, has signed a $403 million merger agreement with a subsidiary of Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS), a company specializing in professional-grade 3D printing and manufacturing. The companies announced the merger on Wednesday.


Hearing on DUMBO’s Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse set for Thursday

It’s the public’s turn to review and comment on the environmental impact of the proposed redevelopment of the historic Empire Stores and Tobacco Warehouse in Brooklyn Bridge Park in DUMBO.

A hearing on the proposals’ Environmental Assessment (EA) will be held Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at NYU-Poly, 6 MetroTech Center, Room RH116 in Downtown Brooklyn. (More details below.)


84th Precinct focused on traffic safety

A recent report revealed that Brooklyn is the most dangerous of all the boroughs when it comes to pedestrian and bicycling accidents, accounting for nearly a third of such accidents in the entire city.

That report hasn't gone unnoticed by Captain Maximo Tolentino of the 84th Precinct. He is doing everything he can to cut down on accidents in Brooklyn Heights and the Downtown Brooklyn area.


Woman charged in Brooklyn Federal Court with raising thousands of pot plants

A woman from Scarsdale, N.Y., has been accused of growing large quantities of marijuana plants out of a facility in Maspeth, Queens. 

After significant investigation by various federal agencies, an indictment was filed in Brooklyn Federal Court charging Andrea Sanderlin with manufacturing and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute it and maintaining a drug-involved premises.



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