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Bay Ridge residents request better ventilation systems for local hookah lounges

Bay Ridge community board leaders are considering going door to door to neighborhood hookah lounges and asking owners to install better ventilation systems amid complaints about secondhand smoke.

"It's wonderful to smell people's cooking, but not tobacco and hookah smoke,” said Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10, which includes Bay Ridge. "This is a big problem because you have many elderly people and asthmatics living" above hookah lounges.


Council members invite constituents to vote on budget items

Five Brooklyn council members are giving their constituents a chance to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent – including deciding which projects will get city funding – as part of the city’s 2014 participatory budgeting process.

Council members Stephen Levin (D-Greenpoint-Williamsburg), Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook) Brad Lander (D-Park Slope-Windsor Terrace) David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) and Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush-Flatlands) have all prepared ballots listing various projects for their constituents to vote on.


Golden wants credit cards equipped with smart chips

In the wake of the security breach at Target, in which hackers got their hands on credit card information belonging to millions of the chain store’s customers, lawmakers across the country are working on legislation to try to cut down on credit card fraud.

New York State should move forward with new technology that would reduce the chances of credit card fraud and identity theft, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who is sponsoring legislation that would require all new credit and debit cards issued to New Yorkers to be equipped with a smart chip starting Jan. 1, 2015.


NYPD: Assault on Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn could be a bias crime

The NYPD is investigating an assault on a Hasidic Jew visiting from England as a possible bias incident.

They say the man was walking along McDonald Avenue in Borough Park around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when a man approached him from behind and pushed him to the ground.

The assailant then fled.

Police say the 65-year-old victim was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.


Council members give city’s new restaurant rule an ‘A’ grade

The city deserves an “A” grade for its new rules on grading restaurants for cleanliness, according to two Brooklyn council members.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) and Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) were both singing the praises of the new system of grading restaurants.


Fort Hamilton HS students stranded overnight

It was a school trip that took longer than planned. Much longer.

Students from Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge were stranded overnight by the side of the road on a Florida highway after their charter bus broke down.

The mishap took place while the teens, who are members of the school’s marching band, were returning home after competing in a school band contest in Disneyworld in Orlando.


Hikind says ‘don’t put casinos near kids!’

The state’s voters approved the expansion of casino gambling in New York in November and with the state’s Gaming Commission mulling where to build the new gambling facilities, one Brooklyn lawmaker has been outspoken as to where he doesn’t want to see the slot machines, blackjack tables and roulette wheels.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood) is urging the New York State Gaming Commission to steer clear of the Catskills.


Bay Ridge St. Patrick Parade brings out Irish in everyone

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, but in Bay Ridge, people get to enjoy being Irish for a couple of weeks!

The Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Parade, traditionally held on the fourth Sunday of March as to not interfere with the big parade in Manhattan on March 17, went of without a hitch on March 23, as thousands of spectators lined Third Avenue to enjoy the bagpipe bands, the Irish step dancers and for the first time this year, parade floats.


Cops say Bay Ridge bank bandit had fake beard

The bandit who robbed a Bay Ridge bank on March 21 wasn’t wearing a mask, but tried to conceal his identity by wearing a fake beard, police said.

Police are looking for the unarmed man, who robbed a Flushing Bank branch at 7102 Third Ave., a normally busy commercial avenue, on Friday morning.


Grimm shaves aide’s head for charity

Liam McCabe lost nearly all of his hair on Saturday, but he didn’t mind a bit.

McCabe, an aide to U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island), agreed to have his boss shave his head to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a children’s cancer charity.

McCabe not only agreed to undergo the head-shaving, he also convinced a co-worker and a buddy to do the same.



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