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Woman who allegedly scammed Medicaid out of $47K indicted

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes and NYC Human Resources Administration Commissioner Robert Doar on Thursday announced the indictment of Hasime Lika aka Hasime Lolovic, 34, for allegedly collecting Medicaid benefits that she was ineligible for.  

She was charged with Welfare Fraud, Grand Larceny, Offering a False Instrument for Filing and Petit Larceny. If convicted, Lika faces a maximum of seven years in prison.


Brooklyn judge orders mediation in Interfaith bankruptcy case

Giving a small measure of hope to advocates for Interfaith Medical Center, Chief Bankruptcy Judge Carla E. Craig on Wednesday deferred making a final determination on closing the ailing Central Brooklyn hospital, instead assigning the case to mediation.

The goal is to work out a compromise combining elements of plans submitted by Interfaith supporters, and a closure plan backed by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) and the state Department of Health.


Steiner Studios expands 'Hollywood East' with government aid, cinema campus

Doug Steiner's plan to rebuild the Brooklyn Navy Yard's historic hospital annex took a big step forward Thursday with word of crucial state funding.

Gov. Cuomo awarded a $6.3 million grant for modern infrastructure at Steiner Studios Media Campus, which is a project to restore and adapt nine historic buildings – including America's first Naval hospital – for use by film and TV producers, techies, academics and media folk.


Brooklyn Appellate Court orders new trial for murder defendant

In Brooklyn, the Appellate Division, 2nd Department, ruled that prosecutors engaged in misconduct sufficient to grant a convicted murder defendant a new trial.

Brooklyn resident Antoine "Live" Singleton and Naim Muhammad of Queens were convicted in 2009 of the murder of two Queens men and the attempted murder of two others. Singleton and Muhammad were tried together, despite a petition by Singleton’s attorney to sever the trials.


Martina Arroyo Foundation holds 2013 annual gala

The Martina Arroyo Foundation’s 9th year Annual Gala was truly a unique event. It was held at 583 Park Ave., one of New York’s most elegant landmark venues. 

The honored guest was Tyne Daly, Tony- and Emmy-winning actress. Playwright Terrence McNally introduced Ms. Daly to the audience and told the several hundred guests from the worlds of Broadway, opera and fashion, how much he cherished Tyne Daly as a friend and an artist, playing Mamma Rose in Gypsy and Lacey in the television series Cagney and Lacy.


New book explores JFK as a conservative

John F. Kennedy has long been revered in liberal circles. But on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination, author Ira Stoll, a former Brooklynite, suggests that JFK was not the liberal hero that many envision; rather, his tax cuts, domestic spending restraint, military buildup and emphasis on free trade all demonstrate his conservative ideals.


Retired businessman, Navy navigator publishes moving debut novel

James Whitfield Thomson was not always on the path to becoming a novelist. A former sales executive and U.S. Navy navigator in Vietnam, he recently published his first novel, “Lies You Wanted to Hear,” at the age of 68. Though he didn’t begin writing until his mid-40s, Thomson has published several short stories, one of which won a national prize. Still, he never had much luck with his novel manuscripts. In fact, he says he’s probably been rejected about 250 times for three novels, a memoir, and a book of short stories – all submitted through prestigious agents.


False Alarm: Starbucks NOT coming to Fort Greene

It was quite the tempest in a teapot … er, coffee urn.

A lawyer for Not Ray's Pizza brewed Venti-sized agita in Fort Greene by announcing at a Community Board 2 meeting last week that Starbucks was moving into the pizzeria's former space at 690 Fulton St.


Witness The Change: 183 Columbia Heights now a high-end haven

It's back to the future for a Brooklyn Heights apartment house that belonged to the Watchtower for a quarter-century.

Developer David Mitchell, who bought 183 Columbia Heights last year for $6.6 million, has turned it back into a high-end property with seven apartments, the same number it had when it was built in 1899.

The Jehovah's Witnesses – in the middle of a massive sell-off of Heights and DUMBO properties prior to moving upstate – had divided the building into 13 apartments.


Prosecutor shakeup hits Brooklyn DA’s Office

As Brooklyn’s incumbent district attorney prepares to leave office in January, he has rearranged a number of key staff in his interim days.

In the past few weeks, since his defeat to Ken Thompson in the November election for Brooklyn DA, Charles Hynes has fired one prosecutor and removed two others from high profile cases.



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