Local pols: Albany wastes too much paper

Albany wastes too much paper, according to leaders of the Conservative Party, who are urging voters to approve an environmentally-friendly proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot aimed at reducing the glut of paper in the State Capitol.

New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and Brooklyn Chairman Jerry Kassar are joining forces with Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) to push for approval of Ballot Proposal 2 on Election Day. The three came together at the Conservative Party's state headquarters in Bay Ridge on Tuesday to discuss the measure.


Advocates push for bike-pedestrian lane on Verrazano Bridge

Bicyclists and pedestrians should be able cross the Verrazano Bridge just like motorists do, according to a group of advocates pushing for a special lane to be installed on the Brooklyn-Staten Island span.

The Harbor Ring Committee will hold a rally for supporters of a Verrazano Bridge bicycle and pedestrian pathway on Saturday, Oct. 18 on the grounds of Alice Austen House on Staten Island, starting at 11 a.m.


Cops, firefighters are in Golden’s corner

State Sen. Golden, a retired police officer, has won the support of cops and firefighters in his bid for a seventh term in office. Golden, who has represented the 22nd Senate District (Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) since 2002, was recently endorsed by both the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association.

The longtime lawmaker was also endorsed by Local 2507, a union representing paramedics. EMTs and fire inspectors.


Teachout endorses Kemmerer for state senate in Bay Ridge

Jamie Kemmerer, the Democrat hoping to unseat longtime state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn), injected some political star power into his campaign on Wednesday when he accepted an endorsement from Zephyr Teachout, the woman who ran against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary last month, earning a respectable 35 percent of the vote and becoming a progressive icon in the process.


Midwood woman, turning 107, shares her memories of turn-of-the-century Brooklyn

She remembers when streetlamps were lit by hand, and when subways cost five cents a ride.

She remembers when Borough Park and Flatbush were mostly farmland and her family bought their fruits and vegetables directly from local farmers.

Dorothy Horowitz Fand, of Avenue M and 15th Street, Midwood, is turning 107 on Oct. 9, and though her hearing and eyesight aren’t what they used to be, her memory is as sharp as a tack, says her daughter Susan Moses, 74.

“Things I forget, she remembers,” Susan told the Brooklyn Eagle.


St. Patrick students walk in memory of academy's maintenance coordinator

It isn’t just the teachers who influence students at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy. The students dedicated this year’s annual school walk-a-thon, which took place on Oct. 2, to the memory of Thomas J. Strafaci, the maintenance coordinator for the Bay Ridge school, who died in July after a nine-year-long bout with cancer. He was 73 years old.


Grand Street rebounds from loss to Lincoln by beating New Utrecht

Grand Street Campus was leading New Utrecht 19-6 early in the fourth quarter as the Utes were steadily marching downfield toward the end zone.


Residents fear for Vitagraph smokestack, last remnant of silent film studio

Midwood residents fear the last remnant of an historical film era may soon be demolished.

“The legendary Vitagraph smokestack is in danger of being torn down!” said Ellen Levitt, a lifelong Brooklynite and Midwood resident since 1971.



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