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Transit officials and the union representing an estimated 34,000 New York City subway and bus workers have reached a tentative contract deal that includes raises but also higher health insurance pa … Full Article

Schumer: NY low-income heating aid getting $51M

ALBANY— U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer says federal authorities are releasing $50.6 million more to provide home heating aid to New Yorkers. Families whose incomes are 150 percent of the federal poverty level or lower are eligible for heating aid. … Full Article

State law protects sex trafficking victims, Brook-Krasny says

Bay Ridge
With Super Bowl Sunday approaching, law enforcement authorities, aware that the biggest sporting event of the year is also prime time for sex trafficking, are on the lookout for any suspicious activity. … Full Article

NY state audit finds food inspections lagging

ALBANY— New York's food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday. … Full Article

De Blasio dropping stop-and-frisk appeal

New York City
New York City's new mayor on Thursday delivered on his promise to reform stop-and-frisk police tactics, requesting to drop an appeal of a federal judge's order requiring reforms and reaching a deal that was praised by those who sued the city over discrimination claims. … Full Article

PHOTO: The late great Pete Seeger at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens

The late Pete Seeger, who died on Monday, performed in Brooklyn several times during his career. In this photo, he is seen performing at 2008 Chile Pepper Festival at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. … Full Article

Lentol wants city to install 20 mph zones in his district

Williamsburg
Pedestrians crossing streets in Northern Brooklyn will be a lot safer if the city reduces the speed limit for vehicles to 20 miles per hour on three main thoroughfares, according to Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, who has reached out to Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to request th … Full Article

After Avonte Oquendo's death, US to fund tracking devices

The U.S. Department of Justice says it will fund voluntary tracking devices for children with autism or other conditions that put them at risk for fleeing their caregivers. … Full Article

Report: Long-list of post-Sandy needs

Brooklyn Boro
Brooklyn has come a long way since superstorm Sandy flooded homes, coated streets with sand and knocked high rises into lightless cold. But it still has a long way to go.  … Full Article

Lander brings mayor's ‘Vision Zero’ plan to Park Slope

Park Slope
Park Slope residents are already seeing parts of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Vision Zero” pedestrian safety plan in action, according to Councilman Brad Lander, who said a recent sting by police resulted in summonses for dangerous motorists. … Full Article

When Bay Ridge Community Council serves lunch, everyone shows up to eat!

Bay Ridge
If you want to find anyone who is a very important person in Bay Ridge, then the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall on 76th Street is the place to be on Feb. 1. There, you’ll find the neighborhood luminaries all under one roof. … Full Article

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