OPINION: A hospital is more than a money drain

This newspaper has been faithfully chronicling the ins and outs of the Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and, to a lesser extent, the Interfaith Hospital controversies. Turning our attention to Manhattan, we’re sure most readers are also familiar with the St. Vincent’s Hospital conflict of several years ago.


Paul Auster to launch new memoir in DUMBO

Having recalled his life through the story of his physical self in “Winter Journal,” internationally acclaimed novelist Paul Auster now remembers the experience of his development from within through the encounters of his interior self with the outer world in “Report from the Interior.” Auster will appear in Brooklyn to read from his book and to present a slideshow of photos on Thursday, Nov. 21 at DUMBO’s powerHouse Arena.


SUNY contempt proceedings on hold; Governor Cuomo gets involved in LICH

Just days before long-anticipated contempt proceedings against SUNY and the state Department of Health were scheduled to take place before state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes, an agreement was reached to put legal action on hold for four weeks to give negotiations to find a new operator for Long Island College Hospital (LICH) a chance to succeed.


Update on Monday about proposed Brooklyn Bridge Park marina, roller skating rink

Responses to Brooklyn Bridge Park’s requests for proposals (RFP) for a marina and a roller skating concession are due on Monday, November 18.

David McCarty, a project manager with the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation, will be giving an informal public presentation about the proposals on Monday evening at Community Board 2’s Parks and Recreation Committee.


Mayor-elect De Blasio debates staying in Brooklyn

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio draws much of his populist identity from his Brooklyn neighborhood of Park Slope, a bastion of outer-borough liberalism where the tree-lined streets and charming brownstones are a far cry from Manhattan's steel-and-glass canyons.

Now de Blasio faces a crucial early decision in his transition, one fraught with political symbolism: Should he keep living in Park Slope when he takes office Jan. 1 or move to the mayor's official residence — stately Gracie Mansion, on Manhattan's Upper East Side?


Maronite Catholics hold dinner to raise funds for seminarians

Maronite Catholics and their supporters will gather for the Fourth Annual Benefit Dinner for the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn to raise funds for men studying for the priesthood. The dinner will take place on Nov. 21 at the Catholic Archdiocese of New York, at 1011 First Ave. in Manhattan.


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.



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