Brooklyn judge rejects effort to toss out LICH scores

State Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on Friday rejected the motion brought by advocates for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) to toss out several “questionable” scores for proposals to buy the historic Cobble Hill hospital.

Brooklyn community groups and doctors wanted Justice Baynes to reject six out of 18 of the rankings. Attorney Jim Walden (Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher) had argued that those rankings did not follow the rules of the state’s RFP, which called for proposals offering to operate LICH as a hospital to get more points than those not including a hospital.


Democratic District Leader Jo Anne Simon formally launches Assembly bid

Democratic District Leader Jo Anne Simon formally launched her bid for state Assembly Thursday morning at a press conference on the steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall. Simon is running for the 52nd Assembly District seat being vacated by Joan Millman, who is taking a post with the city’s Department of the Aging.

The district includes Brooklyn Heights, Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Gowanus, DUMBO and part of Park Slope.


Ordeal not over for many despite reBar guilty plea

A Brooklyn business owner has pleaded guilty to tax fraud and faces up to 10 years behind bars. In two agreements with separate law enforcement agencies, Jason Stevens, owner of reBar, agreed to pay restitution to the state, city, and jilted couples that planned weddings at the Brooklyn venue. Stevens, who has made claims of poverty in the past, may not be able to repay restitution in excess of $6 million, leaving many wondering if they will ever be made financially whole.


Kentile sign relocating, but staying in Gowanus

An agreement appears to have been reached with the developer to dismantle but preserve the sign so that it can be relocated to another location in Gowanus. The owner, Iyahu Cohen, has agreed to donate it to the nonprofit Gowanus Alliance, which will repurpose it at a new location.

“We love the sign, and we heard the voices of so many community members,” Cohen said in a statement. “We will work hard to preserve the letters during removal.”

City Councilman Brad Lander helped broker the deal, which was first reported in the New York Times.


Arthritis Foundation appoints LMC’s Goldstein to its board

Wendy Z. Goldstein, who has served as president and CEO of Lutheran HealthCare in Brooklyn since 2001, is expanding her mission. She has been appointed to the Northeast Region Board of the Arthritis Foundation, the foundation announced on Thursday.

The foundation’s 17-member board provides direction to its programs, advocacy and research in New York State, New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. Goldstein’s three-year term began on June 11. 


Students meet their Book Buddies

Students from two Brooklyn schools – PS 241 in Crown Heights and Intermediate School 392 in Brownsville – got the chance to meet their Book Buddies, volunteers from corporate America who have spent the past six months encouraging them to read more books.

The kids met with their mentors at parties that took place earlier this month.


Reyna honored by Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow

Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna was cited for her commitment to young people by the leaders of the non-profit group Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow (OBT), who gave Eric Adams's second-in-command their Community Leadership Award at a recent dinner at Battery Gardens in Manhattan.

OBT, a non-profit group that helps teens and young adults get their lives back on track, also presented its Corporate Leadership Award to Domenick A. Cama, senior vice president and COO of Investors Bank.


Bed-Stuy protest over Laquan Nelson shooting

Some Bedford-Stuyvesant residents are demanding an investigation into what they claim was a delayed response following the deadly shooting of 16-year-old Laquan Nelson, on Classon Avenue on June 2.

Brooklyn’s Rev. Dr. Herbert Daughtry, national leader of The House of the Lord Churches, said in a statement on Thursday that some community members said that “medical attention was delayed as police stood idly by,” and that Emergency Medical Services were slow in coming.


reBar owner pleads guilty to grand larceny, tax fraud

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, together with New York State Commissioner of Taxation and Finance Thomas H. Mattox, announced on Thursday that the owner of reBar, a now-shuttered restaurant located in DUMBO, has pleaded guilty to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud in connection with stealing approximately $200,000 in sales tax that he collected but failed to pass on to the state between 2009 and 2012.

He also admitted failing to collect approximately $1.2 million in sales tax during the same period.


Mayor de Blasio re-nominates Regina Myer as president of Brooklyn Bridge Park Corp.

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday officially nominated Regina Myer to continue serving as president of the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation (BBPC).

The nomination, which was informally announced at a benefit for St. Ann's Warehouse on Tuesday night, had been anticipated, considering Myer’s role in overseeing the development, maintenance and operations of Brooklyn Bridge Park’s 85 acres for the past seven years.



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