Council members invite constituents to vote on budget items

Five Brooklyn council members are giving their constituents a chance to have a say in how their tax dollars are spent – including deciding which projects will get city funding – as part of the city’s 2014 participatory budgeting process. … Full Article

Report: De Blasio chooses Sandy rebuilding head

Mayor Bill de Blasio has chosen Amy Peterson to lead New York City's sluggish Superstorm Sandy rebuilding efforts. … Full Article

NYPD: Assault on Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn could be a bias crime

The NYPD is investigating an assault on a Hasidic Jew visiting from England as a possible bias incident. They say the man was walking along McDonald Avenue in Borough Park around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when a man approached him from behind and pushed him to the ground. … Full Article

Council members give city’s new restaurant rule an ‘A’ grade

The city deserves an “A” grade for its new rules on grading restaurants for cleanliness, according to two Brooklyn council members. … Full Article

Attorney General Schneiderman comes to Brooklyn with a call to action

While crime has continued to drop all across Brooklyn and New York City, theft of iPhone smartphones, or "apple picking,” has become an epidemic. … Full Article

MTA: L Train just misses man fetching phone in Brooklyn

Authorities say a man who jumped onto New York City subway tracks to retrieve his phone apparently escaped injury when a train passed over him. … Full Article

New York among 20 states in Four Loko youth marketing settlement

ALBANY— New York is among 20 states that have reached agreement with the makers of the fruit flavored malt beverages Four Loko meant to ensure marketing through social media isn't aimed at underage drinkers. … Full Article

Group sues NYC, seeks to overturn e-cigarette ban

A smokers' advocacy group says it has sued New York City seeking to overturn the city's ban on electronic cigarettes. The NYC Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment announced the lawsuit Tuesday. … Full Article

Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple e-book buyers getting settlement credits this week

ALBANY— Buyers of electronic books will get account credits this week from five publishers who reached settlements after states alleged they colluded to raise prices, New York's attorney general said Tuesday. … Full Article

PHOTO: Brooklyn naval officer serves aboard USS Bataan

Electronics Technician 3rd Class Miguel Velazquez from Brooklyn and Electronics Technician 2nd Class John Williams from Austin, Texas, install the forward radar motor while wearing a self contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) aboard USS Bataan. … Full Article


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