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Brooklyn Heights Cop of the Year honored for fighting DWIs

The 84th Precinct Community Council, covering Brooklyn Heights, Downtown, Vinegar and Boerum Hill, held its meeting on Monday, and traffic safety and last year’s crime stats were among the main items on the agenda.

Fitting in with that theme of traffic safety, P.O. Saief Hasnain was awarded the Cop of the Year award for his work in stopping DWIs in the precinct, which includes more than 400 bars and part of the Barclays Center area.


Brooklyn immigrant given second chance at asylum

A federal court of appeals has reversed the denial of an immigrant’s asylum claim. Initially denied because of his inability to pass a Bible test, the lower court’s ruling was overturned and the case sent back to for error correction.


Boys High remains optimistic despite a down-season

The Boys and Girls Kangaroos won three consecutive Public School Athletic League championships from 2010-2012, so when they finished last season with just an 8-8 record it was easy to overlook it as barely a blip on the radar. However, the 'Roos have continued to struggle this season and are currently 6-7 after a loss to South Shore last Friday.


Saved again: $7.5 million released to Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn

A financial lifeline was thrown to ailing Interfaith Medical Center in U.S. Bankruptcy Court on Monday, when the court approved $7.5 million in funds that will keep the Bedford-Stuyvesant hospital in full operation through mid-February.

Interfaith, on the brink of closing, will receive immediate access to $3.5 million, promised previously but withheld by the state, along with another $4 million in Vital Access Provider (VAP) funds.

According to NYSNA and 1199, “another $10 million is on the table if parties can agree to terms” by February 10.


Fastrack comes to Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway subway line

From now until early Friday, Jan. 31, MTA New York City Transit is bringing Fastrack to the Eastern Parkway trunk line in Brooklyn between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.

Fastrack is a program in which the MTA shuts down a line for repairs during several consecutive nights. The program, introduced in early 2012, was designed to avoid line shutdowns and diversions during the busy weekends, when most repair work was performed in the past.


Brooklyn federal court recognized by FEMA

In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, the Eastern District of New York opened its doors to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), with court personnel being utilized to assist FEMA first responders and the judicial process, both in the early days and the weeks and months that followed the October 2012 storm.

Hon. Carol Amon, chief judge of the Eastern District, authorized the use of space in the Brooklyn courthouse, allowing FEMA to immediately transition its key leadership and the operational components of its relief efforts to the Brooklyn location.


Jesse Eisenberg to join award-winning novelist Teddy Wayne in DUMBO

Whiting Writers’ Award-winner Teddy Wayne will be visiting DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena on Jan. 30 to celebrate the paperback release of his acclaimed novel “The Love Song of Jonny Valentine” — and joining him in conversation will be renowned actor Jesse Eisenberg, as well as writers Simon Rich and Dan Kennedy.


Afghanistan veteran to launch wartime memoir in DUMBO with NY Times' James Dao

In his new book "Afghan Post," The New York Times blogger and veteran Adrian Bonenberger conveys the unforgettable emotional reality of his military experience through the cracked lens of his wartime correspondence. On Jan. 28, Bonenberger will appear in DUMBO at powerHouse Arena to discuss his book with New York Times deputy national editor James Dao. The program is being co-sponsored by Words After War, an organization dedicated to building a community of thoughtful, engaged and skilled veteran writers.


Brooklyn community groups refute SUNY figures, call for new LICH operator search

SUNY’s search for a developer to buy Long Island College Hospital (LICH) is invalid and the RFP (Request for Proposals) process needs to start from scratch, say six community groups fighting in court to prevent SUNY Downstate from selling the embattled hospital in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn to Fortis Property Group.

In an open letter to SUNY, Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials, the organizations debunk SUNY Downstate’s claims of LICH’s financial liabilities -- figures SUNY used to justify selling off the hospital’s valuable real estate to a developer.


Boys and Girls High basketball team attacked after game at Grady High School

As Boys and Girls coach Ruth Lovelace was walking out of Grady High School with her team just behind her Thursday night, she saw two cars idling just outside the building. She didn't think much of it at first, but two seconds later all hell broke loose.

"They ran out of their cars and jumped us," Lovelace said. "I immediately tried to push my kids back inside the building, but they came running at us through the gate and it quickly turned into chaos. They were waiting for us. This was a setup."



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