State Legislature held the line on taxes, Abbate says

The most important accomplishment of the recently completed legislative session in Albany is something lawmakers didn’t do, Assemblyman Peter Abbate said. The State Legislature didn’t raise taxes, he said. “There were no new taxes added on,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. … Full Article

Golden hosts summer concert series

You don’t have to go to the Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden to see a great concert this summer. If you live in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, or Marine Park, all you have to do is go to your local park to see some great bands. … Full Article

Mastromarino, at center of ghoulish `body parts’ scandal, dies

When Dr. Michael Mastromarino, the lead defendant in the infamous Brooklyn “body parts” trial, died on Sunday of bone cancer, some saw poetic justice. … Full Article

Bensonhurst Greenmarket opens for the season

Councilman Vincent Gentile picked out a few peaches and some fresh blueberries. Assemblyman Peter Abbate purchased vegetables and a jar of honey. … Full Article

Hynes opens satellite office in Dyker Heights

Residents who live far from downtown Brooklyn and who don’t want to take a long ride on a train or a bus to seek help from Brooklyn District Attorney Charles in his office at 350 Jay St. … Full Article

Grimm said he’s horrified by beheading of priest in Syria

US Rep. Michael Grimm said he was shocked and horrified by the recent assassination of a Catholic priest in war-torn Syria and warned that the Obama Administration had better be careful of which elements of the rebel forces it aids. … Full Article

Golden predicts return of B37 bus line

Riders who have been lamenting the demise of the B37 bus ever since the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) eliminated the Third Avenue line three years ago can take heart. The bus will be hitting the comeback trail, state Sen. Marty Golden predicted. … Full Article

Riders Alliance seeks allies in fight for better R train service

The event was billed as an “informational happy hour,” but no one there was really happy. You put a group of R train riders together and you get very few smiles. … Full Article

Does New York State owe you money?

New York State is holding $12 billion in unclaimed funds, and some of it may be yours. Councilman Vincent Gentile is telling that to constituents in his district. … Full Article

Vince Giordano: Brooklyn’s king of 1920s jazz

Anyone who watches “Boardwalk Empire,” about Atlantic City during the 1920s, when corruption ruled the boardwalk and Prohibition was basically ignored there, is familiar with Brooklynite Vince Girodan … Full Article


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