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Brook-Krasny to resign from State Assembly on July 7

Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny, the first Soviet-born man to serve in the New York State Assembly, is planning to resign from his post to take a job in the private sector

Brook-Krasny, a Democrat who has represented the 46th Assembly District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Coney Island) since 2006, told the Brooklyn Eagle on Thursday that he will tender his resignation on July 7.

The resignation will take effect immediately, he said.


Colton, TWU demand better service on B1 bus line

The B1 bus line, which runs between 86th Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge and Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach, is badly in need of a service upgrade, according to a local lawmaker and leaders of a transportation union.

But Assemblymember William Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and Local 100 of the Transport Workers Union (TWU) aren’t demanding that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) put more buses on the B1 line.


WWII marine takes Kingsborough on walk down memory lane

Paul Lieb visited Kingsborough Community College even before it was Kingsborough Community College.

Lieb, whose daughter Elise Laurenti is an English professor at Kingsborough, recently spoke to Dawn Walker, the community’s college’s director of communications, about his days as a merchant marine more than 70 years ago.

Lieb was one of first merchant marines to set foot on the grounds of the Sheepshead Bay Merchant Marine Training Station, located at the site where Kingsborough sits today.


The Bath Beach sale market: A sampler

Bath Beach homes that aren't decaying like 85 Bay 8th St. — see related story — command solid sale prices, even those destined for major renovations.


Attorney buys 85 Bay 8th St., a Bath Beach eyesore

There's promising news for fed-up residents of Bay 8th Street and Benson Avenue.

The derelict house in their midst has a new owner. Surely something will be done now about the mess and decay that have plagued the place for years.

Maria Raccuia, who owned the long-vacant eyesore at 85 Bay 8th St., sold it for $50,000 to Rubicon Acquisitions Inc. in mid-April, city Finance Department records indicate. The deed was recorded in May.


Walk This Way to a Bath Beach getaway

Head for the shoreline and swing left.

Another neighborhood awaits.

Even when your own neighborhood has everything you need to live well, an occasional change of scenery is good for the soul.

It's Bay Ridge we're thinking about at this moment, a much-loved place where residents could happily hunker down and never need to leave.

But then they'd never see Bath Beach, which has myriad charms all its own.


Patrons, elected officials call for 6-day library service at Coney Island, Bushwick branches

Patrons and elected officials are scheduled to rally this morning outside of two Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) branches — in Bushwick and in Coney Island — forced to close on Mondays due to budget cuts. The events are part of the Invest in Libraries campaign’s “Citywide Day of Action,” urging the city to fully fund a critical community resource.


St. Finbar Church pastor marks 10 years in priesthood

One of the youngest pastors in the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn marked the 10th anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood by celebrating a mass on Sunday and then serving as the guest of honor at a crowded reception that a group of parishioners had secretly planned as a surprise for him.

The Rev. Michael Louis Gelfant, 37, who has served at Saint Finbar Catholic Church in Bath Beach since 2010, told the congregation that he is grateful for his life as a priest. “The priesthood is an awesome gift,” he said.


Wahlburgers to hold Coney Island job fair

Hey Coney Island residents, how would you like the chance to work at a job where you can rub elbows with celebrities?

Wahlburgers, the popular casual dining restaurant chain owned by actors Mark and Donnie Wahlberg and their family, is holding a job fair in preparation for its grand opening this summer on Stillwell Avenue, it was announced on May 22.

And the owners are looking for local residents to join their staff.


Jeffries seeks financial aid for children of fallen soldiers

Children of military service members killed in the line of duty would be eligible for more student aid and other forms of financial assistance if a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries becomes law.

The bill, called the Fry Scholarship Enhancement Act, is designed to deliver expanded student aid assistance to the surviving children of service members who died in the line of duty. Surviving spouses of service members would also be covered under the bill.



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