Three high schools to compete in BROOKLYN SINGS competition

A grand show business tradition of Brooklyn high schools is getting a new twist.

SING!, the school talent show that pits students from the same school against each other, is for the first time going to feature a three-school rivalry.

Students from Madison, Midwood and Edward R. Murrow high schools will take part in an inter-school Sing competition. The Sing event, which is being called BROOKLYN SINGS, will take place on Saturday, March 8, at Edward R. Murrow High School, starting at 6 p.m.


Adams picks Bay Ridge man to be his chief lawyer

For a history buff like Andrew Gounardes, working inside Borough Hall is a dream come true.

“It’s a great building. It was originally Brooklyn’s City Hall, so there’s a lot of history there,” Gounardes, the new counsel to Borough President Eric Adams, told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Gounardes knows a lot about the borough’s past. He is president of the Bay Ridge Historical Society. He said he is proud of that, given that he was born and raised in the community.


Golden: NY State should do more to help veterans

Military veterans have served their country and now their country should be serving them, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who is among a group of elected officials pushing for legislation to give veteran business owners a helping hand.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) is a co-sponsor of a bill that would establish the New York Jobs for Heroes Program. Under the program, New York State would give preference to veterans who own small businesses when it comes to awarding state contracts.


Pols warn homeowners: Shovel snow or get summons

With another snowstorm predicted for Feb. 12, two Borough Park lawmakers are reminding property owners in their district to clear the sidewalks after the flakes stop falling to the ground.

Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) and state Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) said they want to remind all homeowners and property owners that they are required by law to ensure that the sidewalk in front of their home, store or building is clear of snow and ice within hours of the end of any snowfall or ice storm.


Chris Noth to play ex-DA Charles Hynes in new film

Chris Noth, famed for his roles in “Law & Order” and “Sex and the City,” plans to play former Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes in a new independent film, according to the Daily News.


Despite scandal, conservatives standing by Grimm

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm’s recent outburst against NY1 reporter Michael Scotto hasn’t hurt him with his base, if the political endorsements he’s getting are any indication.

Two weeks after Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) faced an avalanche of negative worldwide publicity over his threatening to throw Scotto over the balcony in the Capitol Rotunda, the congressman was endorsed by both the Brooklyn Conservative Party and its Staten Island counterpart on Feb. 10.


Adams says Verrazano Bridge fare not fair

Borough President Eric Adams said he plans to use a little-known power of his office to try to get equity for all New York City motorists driving across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.

Charging that the recently announced plan by Governor Andrew Cuomo to give Staten Island residents a discount on the tolls on the bridge is unfair to New Yorkers living in the other five boroughs, Adams said he will introduce legislation in the City Council calling on the state to extend the discount to all of the city’s drivers.


Brooklyn 'Jazz Age’ revivalist Giordano to recreate 'Rhapsody in Blue’ concert

Brooklyn musician Vince Giordano, “Jazz Age” buff and leader of the Nighthawks 1920s-era revival band, has performed at venues around New York City, including Lincoln Center, for more than 30 years. He also played and acted in the film “The Cotton Club” as well as several Woody Allen movies, and leads the band in HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”

Now, he is undertaking what is perhaps his most ambitious project to date: A 90th anniversary performance of the original arrangement of George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”  


Mark-Viverito puts Gentile on Land Use Committee

Vincent Gentile isn’t a real estate broker, but he is going to have a lot to say about property development in New York City over the next four years.

Gentile, a Democratic councilman whose district includes Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, was nominated by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to serve as a member of the council’s Land Use Committee. Mark-Viverito’s nomination of Gentile was quickly approved by the council’s Rules Committee.

Gentile has also been appointed to the Committee on Zoning and Franchises.


Pols seek Verrazano toll discount for Brooklyn residents

Staten Island residents who drive on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be getting a break on the toll, thanks to a new plan announced by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday.

But even before the governor made his big announcement, elected officials on the Brooklyn side of the bridge were calling on him to extend the courtesy to the borough’s residents.



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