GOP lawmakers like Cuomo’s ‘three strikes, you’re out’ DWI crackdown

As they were listening to Governor Andrew Cuomo deliver his State of the State Address in Albany on Wednesday, two Brooklyn Republicans were startled when they heard something familiar in the speech.

A proposal Cuomo made in his speech for a crackdown on drunk drivers made state Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis smile in their seats. The governor’s “three strikes, you’re out” idea is the same proposal the two lawmakers put forth two years ago, Malliotakis said.


Grimm: Never mind Christie, what about Obama?

New York City’s lone Republican congressman was quick to come to the defense of fellow GOPer Chris Christie after the embattled New Jersey governor held a press conference Thursday to answer tough questions about the so-called “Bridge-gate” scandal that is threatening to upend his presidential ambitions.

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) said Christie “demonstrated true leadership and accountability” in the Trenton press conference.


Fontbonne Hall students fight sex trafficking

There’s a dark side to the Super Bowl that no one likes to talk about.

Each year, thousands of young women are brought into the city where the Super Bowl is played and are forced to perform sex acts on men who spend three days getting drunk and partying prior to the big game, according to students at Fontbonne Hall Academy in Bay Ridge, who cited research they conducted into the issue of human trafficking.


DiMango deflects praise on her 50 years of community service

Mafalda DiMango has been an education advocate and community leader in southern Brooklyn for half a century. She was a PTA leader in the 1960s, a time of social upheaval when school busing brought simmering racial tensions exploding to the surface. As a school board member, she had a hand in hiring district superintendents and principals and, by extension, influenced the education of generations of students.

But when you ask her about her career, the modest DiMango would rather talk about the accomplishments of others, not herself.


Golden says judge got it right with SAFE Act ruling

The federal judge who threw out parts of New York State’s strict gun-control law made the right decision, according to an ex-cop politician who said he agreed with the decision handed down from the bench.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) said the decision handed down by Chief U.S. District Judge William Skretny “upholds the most important parts of the SAFE Act, which overall keeps New York State safe from the use of assault weapons.”


Hercules packs a punch! Brooklyn digs out from snow storm

Southern Brooklyn did its best to get on with daily life during Winter Storm Hercules on Friday morning, but like their fellow citizens elsewhere in the borough, residents found that the snow, the heavy winds, and the sub-freezing temperatures disrupted their normal routines.


Elderly man struck and killed on Seventh Ave.

A 75-year-old man was struck and killed in a freak accident Thursday morning in which a car that had slowed down to let him cross the street was rear-ended by a jeep, causing the auto to hit the elderly pedestrian, police said.

The fatal accident took place near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and 65th Street, a corner described by local officials as one of the busiest and most high-trafficked corners in Bay Ridge.


Bay Ridge Catholic school offers tuition help for students

The high cost of putting a child through Catholic school can often prohibit parents from choosing a religion-based education for their children.

But at one Catholic school in Bay Ridge, struggling parents are receiving help with tuition costs thanks to a program that provides financial assistance to families.


Grimm warning: Don’t let Winter Olympics turn into Benghazi

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, co-chairman of the House Russian Caucus, condemned the bombings that have taken place in Russia with a little more than a month to go before the Winter Olympics in that country, warning that security measures should be in place to prevent the Games from turning into a Benghazi-like disaster.


School tax exemption deadline fast approaching

Dec. 31 is more than just the last day of 2013. It also marks the last day in which homeowners can register for New York State’s school tax relief program, otherwise known as STAR.

Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) is among many elected officials across the borough making a last minute push to get homeowners to sign up for STAR before it’s too late.



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