Felder makes house calls to meet constituents

Doctors don’t make house calls anymore, but apparently state Sen. Simcha Felder does.

Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) has launched a “Senator On Site” program, which he is calling “SOS,” to tackle quality-of-life issues in his senate district. As the program’s name implies, Felder pops up at various sites all over the district to solve problems onsite.


Venerable Municipal Club of Brooklyn tours 'endangered' Fort Hamilton

Two historic 19th century elements of Brooklyn came together last week.One was historic Fort Hamilton in Bay Ridge, constructed in 1822 overlooking New York Harbor and built to protect the city from a possible second British invasion. The second was the Municipal Club of Brooklyn, founded in 1897. The Municipal Club was formed  to "oversee the best methods of municipal government" and help insure that the soon-to-be-formed merger of the City of Brooklyn into a five county New York would proceed on a sound footing, according to good business management practices.

Concert to raise money for Dyker Heights Military Postage Fund

A project that started at the beginning of the Iraq War to give Brooklyn families the chance to mail letters and packages for free to their loved ones serving in combat is still going strong 11 years later.


Fontbonne Hall Academy inducts 40 students into National Honor Society

There were so many students to be inducted into the National Honor Society at Fontbonne Hall Academy, it wouldn't have been a surprise if the school had run out of citations!

But happily, that didn’t happen as there were plenty of accolades to go around at the all-girls Catholic high school in Bay Ridge, where 40 students were inducted into the Mother St. John Fontbonne Chapter of the National Honor Society last month.


DOT goes on pothole patrol on 86th Street

Bensonhurst drivers, your bumpy ride is coming to an end!

A pothole-ridden section of the busy 86th Street commercial thoroughfare in Bensonhurst will be fixed by the Department of Transportation (DOT), according to two local elected officials, who said the agency agreed to their request to repave the roadway.

Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) said the DOT will repave 86th Street from 14th Avenue to Stillwell Avenue under a project starting this coming summer.


Senate passes Savino's bill to punish drivers who kill construction workers

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Diane Savino (D-Coney Island-Bensonhurst-Staten Island) to increase the criminal penalties against reckless drivers who kill or injure hard hats in construction zones has been passed unanimously by the state senate.

Calling it “important safety legislation,” Savino said her bill, called the Work Safety Act, “will ensure that those who would put working people in harm’s way will be held accountable.”


Gentile says city shouldn’t keep STAR program secret

Thousands of homeowners across New York could lose out on getting a break on their property taxes because the city isn’t doing enough to inform them of an important tax relief program, according to Councilman Vincent Gentile.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) is calling on the New York City Department of Finance to notify homeowners that they are required to reapply for the New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR), the popular tax relief program that provides a partial exemption from school property taxes.


CEC 21 president says she fights for all kids, not just her own

Heather Ann Fiorica first became involved in educational advocacy when her daughter Brieanne was a student at PS 177 in Bensonhurst. “My daughter was a special needs student and I became active so I could make sure that I pushed for the services she needed,” Fiorica told the Brooklyn Eagle in an interview on Tuesday.


Al Feldstein, Brooklyn native who headed Mad magazine, dies

BILLINGS, Mont.— Al Feldstein, whose 28 years at the helm of Mad magazine transformed the satirical publication into a pop culture institution, has died. He was 88.

Feldstein died Tuesday at his home in Livingston, according to the Franzen-Davis Funeral Home and Crematory. No cause of death was released.

In 1956, publisher William M. Gaines put Feldstein in charge of the magazine, which gleefully parodied politicians and mocked traditional morality.


Malliotakis addresses rumors that she's eyeing Grimm's seat

Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis is looking at running for embattled U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm’s seat if Grimm’s political career can’t survive in the wake of the 20-count indictment leveled against him Monday by the Justice Department, according to a report in the New York Post.



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