Community Council hosts Bay Ridge Great Debate

Now that Labor Day has come and gone, the political season is heating up.

Vincent Bocchino, president of the Bay Ridge Community Council, has announced that the civic organization will be holding its annual political forum, known as the Bay Ridge Great Debate, at the group’s first monthly meeting of the season on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at the Holy Angels Catholic Academy, 337 74th St. Brooklyn, NY, starting at 7:30 p.m.


Police hunt Bensonhurst groper

Police are looking for a suspect who grabbed and groped two women in separate incidents in Bensonhurst in August.

One of the incidents took place on the sidewalk outside 1839 Bath Ave. (between Bay 19th and Bay 20th streets) on Monday, Aug. 11, according to police, who said the suspect, a Hispanic man in his 20s, approached a 34-year-old woman from behind as she was walking down the street at approximately 10:20 p.m., grabbed her buttocks and then forcibly touched her private parts before fleeing on foot.


DOT begins repairs of Bay Ridge step street

Bay Ridge residents navigating the tricky concrete staircase separating Ridge Boulevard from Colonial Road on 76th Street will soon have an easier time, thanks to the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT), which has started repairing the passageway.

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island), one of the elected officials who requested the repairs, said the DOT recently started fixing large cracks and other damages that were making the stairs difficult to climb.


Gentile disputes NYPD sergeant union’s DNC stand

The highly controversial stand taken by the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA) against holding the 2016 Democratic National Convention at Barclays Center – a stand that included writing an open letter to the Democratic National Committee (DNC) urging it not to choose New York for its quadrennial event – is wrongheaded, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, an elected official who normally champions police unions.


Adams pumps $6.9 million into borough’s cultural institutions

Brooklyn’s libraries and cultural institutions are part of what makes Kings County a unique place to live, according to Borough President Eric Adams, who recently came to Bay Ridge to announce a $6.92 million investment from his capital budget for programs that enhance the lives of the borough’s residents.


Grieving Flatbush family needs financial help for funeral

The grieving relatives of a Flatbush family that died in a tragic Long Island car accident last Saturday are pleading for the public to open their hearts–and wallets–to help them pay for a proper funeral. An online funding campaign has been enacted, with over $13,000 raised towards the $75,000 goal.


Lawmakers lead effort to light Unisphere for cancer kids

The country’s tallest building, One World Trade Center, is going gold. Can the Unisphere be far behind?

Now that the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has agreed to a request by Bay Ridge lawmakers to bathe One World Trade Center in golden light in a tribute to children with cancer, the elected officials are aiming to do the same to the Unisphere in Queens.


Shrek The Musical coming to Bay Ridge

The talents of young performers in Bay Ridge will be on full display in a special production of “Shrek The Musical” presented by the Narrows Community Theater starting Labor Day weekend.

The musical, starring Antonio Oliveri as “Shrek” and Jessica Sparacio as “Princess Fiona,” is being presented as the Narrows Community Theater’s (NCT) Fourth Annual Summer Youth Show.


Italian Federation celebrates end of summer program

The Federation of Italian American Organizations (FIAO), which sponsors a summer program for children, closed out the season with a celebration that included performances by all the students who attended the program.


Recchia unveils 1st campaign commercial, Grimm predicts win

There was no summer vacation for Republican-Conservative U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm or his Democratic opponent Domenic Recchia. In fact, things are just starting to heat up in this race as Labor Day approaches.

On Aug. 20, Recchia unveiled his first television commercial, a spot called “Saturday.” In it, the former Brooklyn councilmember appears to be offering the voters a look at his life as a husband and father as he goes about his business in both the Brooklyn and Staten Island ends of the district.



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