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Colton in no hurry to make endorsement in Recchia-Grimm race

A pox on both your houses!

That appeared to sum up the sentiments of Bill Colton, the influential southern Brooklyn assemblyman who has not yet made an endorsement in the heated race for the 11th Congressional District and is in no hurry to back a candidate.

Colton’s fellow Democrat Domenic Recchia announced on March 8 that he is running for the seat held by Republican-Conservative U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm. But Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) is so far refusing to endorse Recchia, a former councilman with whom he has clashed in the past.


Brownsville board: Home runs threaten motorists

Brownsville Recreation Center may be beloved by people who visit its premises—but not so much by the cars that drive on Linden Boulevard, the major street that hems it in.

According to Community Board 16′s Statement of Needs for this year, the nighttime lights that have recently been installed at the center have led to a greater need for higher fences encircling the fields’ perimeter.


Brooklyn's Assemblyman Boyland found guilty in federal fraud case

After intense deliberations, a Brooklyn jury found sitting Brooklyn Assemblyman William Boyland, Jr. guilty of 21 felony counts, including bribery, fraud, extortion and theft.

Initially, Boyland was accused of fraudulently submitting New York State Assembly Member Travel Vouchers, in which he falsely claimed to be in Albany on legislative business when he in fact was not in Albany.

New York State records show that based on Boyland’s fraudulent vouchers, New York State paid Boyland tens of thousands of dollars in mileage expense and per diem payments.


Superstorm Sandy helpers suffer ‘compassion fatigue’

Now it’s the helpers who need help.

Sixteen months after Superstorm Sandy hit New York, victims are still struggling to rebuild their shattered lives and the many of the people assisting them are suffering from a condition known as “compassion fatigue,” according to a trauma specialist.


Brooklyn state senator charged with embezzlement, other federal offenses

An indictment was unsealed Monday in federal court in Brooklyn charging state Senator John Sampson (D-Southeast Brooklyn) with two counts of embezzlement, five counts of obstruction of justice and two counts of making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


Hurricane recovery, education top Treyger’s council agenda

Mark Treyger, a public school teacher turned politician, set an ambitious agenda for his first year in the City Council, telling hundreds of supporters at his swearing in ceremony on Sunday that he will push for an investigation to ensure that Superstorm Sandy relief funds are properly spent and that he also will devote much of his time in office to education reform.


Jefferson reloaded for another PSAL title run

The Thomas Jefferson Orange Wave has been to Madison Square Garden for the Public School Athletic League finals each of the last two years. Despite this season’s much younger, more inexperienced squad taking the court in East New York, they may have what it takes to get to MSG anyway. They haven’t rebuilt, they’ve reloaded.


Colton increases his influence in Albany

If you’re a lawmaker looking to get a bill passed in the New York State Assembly, you’re going to have to get it past William Colton.

Colton, an 18-year veteran of the assembly, has been tapped by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver to serve on the influential Rules Committee, the panel that serves as the gateway to any legislation proposed in the chamber.


Brooklyn pols speak out against racial disparity in murder cases

Brooklyn politicians held a press conference last week to bring awareness to and discuss solutions regarding amount of unsolved murder cases in Brooklyn and New York’s other outer boroughs.

A report by the New York Daily News revealed that outer-borough homicide cases have received less staffing and resources than those cases in precincts throughout Manhattan. Brooklyn leads the unfortunate way in understaffed homicide cases.


Judge says no to waste facility at Brooklyn park

There will be no compost waste processing facility in Brooklyn’s Spring Creek Park, Supreme Court Justice Bernard Graham ruled late last month -- at least not until the facility obtains approval from the New York State Legislature.



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