Scissura’s slogan: Clean streets bring out shoppers

What does litter have to do with the economy? Plenty, according to Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

“Clean streets are a catalyst for small business growth, ensuring that residents and visitors alike make walking these streets an enjoyable experience. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone work together to ensure the streets are clean and safe,” Scissura said.

Shoppers are more likely to patronize a commercial zone that has clean sidewalks and graffiti-free storefronts, Scissura said.


Brooklyn Conservative Party's first couple recalls road to romance

Conservatively speaking, they’re a cute couple!

Conservative Party sweethearts Christine Sisto and Liam McCabe, founders of the Brooklyn South Conservative Club, are proof that true love can blossom in the heat of a political campaign.


Superheroes invade St. Patrick Catholic Academy!

Spiderman, Captain America and other superheroes paid a recent visit to a Bay Ridge Catholic school to the delight of students.

Actually, the superheroes were the students!

The Catholic Schools Week celebration at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy at 401 97th St. included Superhero Day, in which youngsters were encouraged to come to class dressed as their favorite comic book characters on Jan. 31.


Abbate predicts state will find way to fund universal pre-k classes

Assemblyman Peter Abbate, a lawmaker with nearly three decades of experience in Albany, predicted that Mayor Bill de Blasio will get his wish for state funding for universal pre-kindergarten classes for New York City’s four-year-old children.

“Yes, I think we will get universal pre-k,” Abbate told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Kassenbrock Scholarship Fund rewards students for community service

Councilman Vincent Gentile remembers how happy he was many years ago when as a senior at Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge, he was awarded a scholarship from the Kassenbrock Brothers Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Gentile, who left Brooklyn after high school to attend Cornell University, said the scholarship was like bringing a piece of his beloved Bay Ridge to Ithaca with him.


Poly Prep gains big experience with a win over Riverdale

The Poly Prep coaches tried to downplay the significance of the game, but sophomore point guard J.D. Levine couldn't hide his excitement after the Blue Devils avenged their loss during last season's championship game by beating Riverdale 56-46 in Bay Ridge on Thursday.

"This was a pretty big deal because we wanted to get back at them," Levine said. "We didn't play to the best of our ability, but we came in prepared and we knew what to expect. We got the win and that is all that matters."


Police tell merchants to beware of scammers using ‘Green Dot’ cards

Police in Bay Ridge are urging business owners in the community to beware of a new type of scam out there in which crooks fool victims into thinking their electricity or some other service is going to be shut off unless they pay up immediately using a Green Dot MoneyPak debit card.

Dep. Insp. Richard DiBlasio, commanding officer of the 68th Precinct, said several business owners have been victimized by the scammers.


State to provide more money for after-school programs, Brook-Krasny says

The new state budget will include funding for after-schools programs in New York City, according to Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, who said the money will be part of a $700 million fiscal package aimed at helping students.

“In the budget, there is new education money. I’m grateful to the governor,” Brook-Krasny (D-Coney Island-Bay Ridge) told members of the Bay Ridge Community Council at the organization’s annual luncheon on Feb. 1.


Golden says Brooklyn is ‘Ground Zero’ in state’s health care crisis

Brooklyn is “Ground Zero” when it comes to New York State’s health care crisis, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who said that what happens in the borough’s medical institutions over the next several years will set the template for health care across the rest of the state.

Hospitals are in for big changes in the delivery of health care to residents over the next several years, Golden predicted.


What else is new? Brooklyn expected to get 6-10 inches in Monday storm

This is getting old fast!

On top of last week’s major snowstorm, Brooklyn was hit with yet another winter storm on Monday, with the snow arriving just in time to turn the morning commute to work and school into a sloppy mess.

News 12 Brooklyn predicted that the borough would get between 6 and 10 inches of snow in this storm.

The snow was expected to taper off after 1 p.m.



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