City corrections officer arrested in Bed-Study fire that injured 12

An arrest has been made in a Brooklyn residential fire that injured 12 people, five of them critically.

The fire occurred Thursday morning in a three-story brownstone on Chauncey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

The NYPD said Friday that the suspect, 43-year-old Yvette Randolph, is a city correction officer.

Firefighters sawed through window bars while rescuing trapped residents.


De Blasio, Brooklyn community groups back in court, seek to intervene at LICH

In the latest in a series of legal filings, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and six Brooklyn civic groups filed a motion in court on Friday to give the local community a say in determining the next owner of Long Island College Hospital (LICH).

On August 20, state Supreme Court Justice Carlyn Demarest found that SUNY Downstate Medical Center had violated a contractual obligation to keep LICH open and nullified the original sale of LICH, located in Cobble Hill, to SUNY.


Thompson says ‘Fix schools, don’t close them!’

Democratic mayoral candidate Bill Thompson, the former president of the city’s Board of Education, unveiled a plan that he said would improve public schools and give parents more of a voice in shaping the city’s educational policy.

Thompson, who introduced his plan on Aug. 28, said he would put a moratorium on the Bloomberg Administration policy of closing troubled schools and vowed to work closely with educators and parents to improve schools.


Downtown construction wave resumes, bringing new residential units to 13,000, needing schools

Give us a school to call our own.

That's the rallying cry of a group of parents living in newly built apartments in Downtown Brooklyn –  who fear a fresh surge of residential development in the neighborhood will cause acute overcrowding of existing public elementary schools within five years.

“The neighborhood is being built so quickly,”said Chris Young of Downtown Brooklyn School Solutions. “It needs a heart.”


As fight for LICH goes on, nurses flex new political muscles in NYC

The battle to save threatened hospitals in Brooklyn has galvanized the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) into flexing its increasingly robust political muscles and endorsing, for the first time in its history, candidates for New York City offices.

On August 23, NYSNA endorsed mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, who has thrown himself wholeheartedly into the fight to save Long Island College Hospital (LICH), Interfaith Medical Center and other Brooklyn hospitals.


Convicted cop killer, sentenced to death, seeks new trial

After a second jury hands-down death penalty sentence, Ronell Wilson is seeking a new trial, citing prosecutors’ "improper and harmful arguments" at trial.

Wilson was convicted in 2006 of murdering two New York City Police Department undercover detectives during a firearms transaction in Staten Island — and more recently accused of getting a prison guard pregnant. He was sentenced to death for the murders, the first time in New York that a federal defendant was sentenced to death since 1954.


Williamsburg pharmacy owner indicted in $800,000 Medicaid fraud case

An indictment accuses a Brooklyn pharmacy owner of running an $800,000 Medicaid scheme.

The Brooklyn district attorney's office said Thursday that Aleksandr Ilyayev allegedly billed Medicaid for HIV medications that were not dispensed, or were only partly dispensed.

Authorities also allege that the Williamsburg pharmacist gave patients kickbacks in the form of cash or Metrocards for participating.

Ilyayev denies any wrongdoing. Defense attorney John Kaley says the charges will be proved unfounded and his client should be presumed innocent in the meantime.


11 injured, some seriously, in Bed-Stuy fire

The FDNY says 11 people have been injured, some of them critically, in a Brooklyn residential fire.

The fire was reported around 9:15 a.m. Thursday in a three-story brownstone at 375 Chauncey Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant. According to the Fire Department, four people were critically injured, two seriously injured, and the rest had minor injuries. Twenty-five units with 106 firefighters responded. The fire was declared under control by 10:03 a.m.


Brooklyn judge places LICH property in ‘constructive trust,’ says Othmer Fund must be repaid

In a two-part decision and order on Wednesday, state Supreme Court Justice Carolyn Demarest approved SUNY Downstate’s request to put off reopening Long Island College Hospital’s (LICH) Intensive Care Unit and restoring full operation of the Emergency Department and ambulance service until September 3.


Poll results show de Blasio’s lead increases

With less than two weeks to go until the Sept. 10 primary, Bill de Blasio’s lead in the Democratic race for mayor is widening, according to the results of the latest poll from Quinnipiac University, which showed that the public advocate and former Park Slope councilman has 36 percent of the vote.



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