‘Frozen’ songwriters warm up Poly Prep’s fundraising

Poly Prep Country Day School is bringing in some Oscar-style star power to help raise funds for its educational diversity program.


Incumbents reign in Southwest Brooklyn

The electorate may be angry across the country, but Southwest Brooklyn voters opted to stay with the tried and true and decided to keep incumbents in office.

All of the local incumbents running to keep their seats in the State Legislative kept them.

In the State Assembly, Democrat Alec Brook-Krasny, representing the 46th Assembly District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Coney Island-Brighton Beach) defeated Republican challenger Stamatis Lilikakis 58.3 percent to 41.1 percent. Brook-Krasny earned 8,512 votes while Lilikakis, a first time candidate, had 6,089 votes.


Man arrested for sexually abusing girls at Brooklyn military base

Federal agents have arrested a Queens man on charges of coercing and enticing three minors to engage in sexual activity and sexually abusing minors. The defendant, Fausto Bonifaz, was arraigned before Brooklyn federal Magistrate Judge Robert Levy last week. 

According to a detention memorandum and an indictment returned by a grand jury, it is alleged that Bonifaz sexually abused three girls, whose ages ranged from 12 to 13, at the Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn.


Grimm wins re-election to congress

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, whose political career looked dead in the water in the spring, pulled off a miracle comeback and defeated his challenger Domenic Recchia on Tuesday night.

Grimm, a Republican, took to the stage at a Staten Island Hall shortly before 11 p.m. to declare victory after the Associated Press projected him the winner.

With 71 percent of precincts reporting, Grimm had 55 percent of the vote to Recchia’s 43 percent.


How one candidate spent Election Day...Having fun!

Election Day is usually a tense affair for candidates, but one man running his first-ever campaign decided to enjoy himself.

“I’m having fun!” Republican-Conservative Stamatis Lilikakis told the Brooklyn Eagle early in the evening on Tuesday as he was heading to a Bay Ridge subway stop to meet and greet voters.


Guild for Exceptional Children finds new fundraising partner

The Guild for Exceptional Children (GEC), a non-profit education and housing agency that assists thousands of developmentally disabled Brooklyn residents and their families, is seeking to expand its mission and has teamed up with Investors Bank for a unique fundraising effort.

The GEC recently joined with Investors Bank in the Corporations Care2Share Affinity Program, a project designed to help non-profit 501c3 organizations like the GEC. The program allows bank account holders to select any charity they wish and have a portion of their bank interest awarded to that charity.


Arab-American leaders urge voters to get to the polls

A leading Arab-American organization in the city conducted a last-minute drive to get voters of Middle Eastern heritage to the polls on Election Day.

The Arab-American Association of New York, a citywide group based in Bay Ridge, urged registered voters to get to their polling places to show that the Middle Eastern community is eager to see movement on issues such as immigration reform, reforming the New York Police Department, securing better education and ensuring better health care.


Poly Prep beats Friendship Academy for the first time in four years

Ray Marten had butterflies in his stomach all week. When he woke up at 5 a.m. on Friday, his eyes were immediately wide open, and there was no way he was going to fall back asleep. He was too excited because the day he and his teammates had waited all year for had finally arrived — it was the day that Poly Prep would finally get its rematch against Friendship Academy (D.C.).


Colton files appeal in Bensonhurst trash plant case

Assemblymember William Colton said he’s not going to give up his fight against the city’s plan to build a trash processing plant on the Bensonhurst waterfront, despite the fact that the project appears to be all systems go.

Having lost his battle in court, Colton said he filed an appeal on Oct. 22 in the hope of overturning Hon. Bert Bunyan’s decision in which the New York State Supreme Court justice ruled that the city could go ahead and construct the facility.


Recent poll shows Grimm with 19-point lead over Recchia

The topsy-turvy race between Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm and his Democratic opponent, Domenic Recchia, which has seen everything from a 20-count federal indictment against the incumbent to the challenger being lampooned by Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show,” was hit with another bombshell on Friday when the results of the latest NY1/Capital New York/Siena College poll were released.



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