Maimonides uses trailblazing procedure to help heart patients

Cardiac patients who are considered too high-risk to undergo traditional heart valve replacement surgery are getting a new lease on life, thanks to doctors at the Maimonides Heart & Vascular Center, who are using an innovative procedure to save them.

The transcatheter aortic valve replacement, or TAVR, involves the treatment of severe aortic stenosis (a narrowing of the aortic valve opening).


Tommy Kane’s buddies to hold tribute concert

The late Tommy Kane, co-founder of brooklynONE, a Bay Ridge-based theater company, loved writing, producing plays and acting, according to his friend, Anthony Marino. “He was big on collaboration,” Marino said.


CB 10 demands NYPD put traffic agent at dangerous corner

A heavily trafficked Bay Ridge street corner that has been the scene of numerous car accidents in recent years should have a traffic agent to help move things along smoothly, members of Community Board 10 contended.

Members of the board’s Traffic and Transportation Committee are demanding that the New York Police Department (NYPD) assign a traffic agent to the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 86th Street. “It is the second highest collision area in Community Board 10,” Committee Chairman Doris Cruz told two NYPD officials at a meeting on Jan. 8.


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.



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