Bay Ridge Democrats revel in perfect record

Justin Brannan should buy himself a lottery ticket! He certainly has a knack for picking winners.

Brannan, president of the Bay Ridge Democrats, an upstart political club in Brooklyn, is riding high these days, looking forward to the inauguration of Bill de Blasio as New York City’s next mayor. Brannan and his club members showed themselves to be clairvoyant, endorsing de Blasio way back in April, long before the public advocate became the front runner in the contest for City Hall.


Precinct council president warns: Don’t let criminals ruin holidays

Now that the Christmas shopping season is in full swing, Brooklyn residents are running to malls, department stores and mom-and-pop shops to buy gifts for friends and relatives. But before you decide which sweater to buy for your Aunt Gladys, Ilene Sacco has some friendly words of advice for you.


Where to put countdown clocks? Greenfield wants suggestions

The countdown is on!

When residents of the 44th Council District (Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) voted several months ago on how $1 million in city funds should be spent in their community under the participatory budgeting process, they indicated that they wanted the city to install more countdown clocks at intersections to help pedestrians stay safe while crossing the street.


Brooklyn Assemblyman 'outraged’ at jury verdict

Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park/Midwood) expressed his disappointment with a jury that acquitted a man for the attempted murder of members of a Jewish patrol group.  

A group of Shomrim — a Hebrew word for “watch group” — surrounded David Flores’ car in 2010 after the group was convinced that Flores had masturbated in front of neighborhood children. Flores, who had a weapon on his person at the time, fired gun rounds into the crowd, injuring four.  After pulling out the weapon, Flores asserted that the some members of the Shomrim assaulted him.


Pols call for Thanksgiving shopping big box boycott

Before you rush to finish your turkey dinner so that you can to get to Macy’s to hunt for bargains on Thanksgiving night, state Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis want you to reconsider.

The two lawmakers are calling on shoppers to boycott the so-called “big box stores” that they charge are disrespecting the Thanksgiving holiday, family values and their employees by opening on Thursday.


Schumer, Grimm criticize Obama’s Iran nuclear agreement

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer, a Democrat, and Republican-Conservative U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm rarely agree on issues. But the two lawmakers found themselves on the same side after President Barack Obama announced the new agreement his administration had reached with Iran over that country’s nuclear weapons program.

Both Schumer and Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) released statements criticizing the agreement for going soft of Iran.


Community boards look to de Blasio for curb cut enforcement

Bill de Blasio, curb cut enforcer?

The leaders of two southern Brooklyn community boards said they are hopeful that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will pay close attention to quality of life issues such as illegal curb cuts.

“With a new mayor coming in, maybe they’ll enforce it,” Community Board 11 Chairman Bill Guarinello told his members at a recent meeting. Board 11 serves residents in Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.


Poly Prep makes plans to mark 160th anniversary

Poly Prep Country Day School, an elite private school with campuses in Bay Ridge and Park Slope, is preparing to mark a milestone starting in 2014.

The school, which was founded in 1854, will celebrate its 160th anniversary.

The anniversary will be marked with the implementation of a three-year strategic plan designed to build on the school’s past successes and move it forward in the 21st Century, according to Headmaster David B. Harman.


Scissura to spread holiday cheer with tour of Dyker Heights lights

Dyker Heights is world famous for the elaborate Christmas lights decorating homes in that community during the holiday season. Thousands of tourists descend on the neighborhood each year to enjoy the, twinkling lights, illuminated inflatable snow globes, animatronic figures, giant gift boxes, and Santas set up on the front lawns of the imaginative homeowners.

This year, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce will be joining the crowds of sightseers.


NYPD arrests 4 in Borough Park attack

New York City police say four men have been arrested on assault charges after a 24-year-old pedestrian was punched in the face.

Police are investigating whether it was a so-called game called "knockout." The object is to knock out an unsuspecting person with one punch.

Police say the man was walking in Borough Park around 2:45 a.m. Friday when he was struck once. He was not seriously injured.

Police say the victim identified the suspects to police.



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