Good morning. Today is the 37th day of the year. On this day in 1911, Ronald Reagan, 40th president of the United States, was born. He originally became known as a Hollywood actor, starring in several successful films. He first became involved in politics as a spokesman for General Electric in the 1950s and attracted notice when he delivered a rousing speech for Barry Goldwater at the 1964 Republican Convention.
Reagan became governor of California in 1969 and, after several unsuccessful bids, was elected president in 1980. His policies included cutting tax rates to spur economic growth, deregulation of the economy, reducing government spending and taking a hard line against unions. He started a massive military buildup against the Soviet Union that ended after the reform-minded Mikhail Gorbachev came to power in that country.
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This evening at 6 p.m., SUNY Empire State College will hold a public information session about its associate’s and bachelor’s degrees at its Brooklyn location, 177 Livingston St. The college serves more than 20,000 students at its centers throughout the state and online. You can reserve a space by calling (646) 230-1208. … Tonight at 7 p.m., the Hoyt Street Association will meet at the Hopkins Center, 155 Dean St. The main topic of the meeting will be the issue of the city’s proposed Storm Water Management Project.
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A dispute over working conditions at the large Flatbush Gardens apartment complex may be a test case for whether President Barack Obama’s appointments to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) are legal, according to Bloomberg News. Lawyers for Flatbush Gardens have asked a court to throw out the NLRB’s complaint in the case. “The board lacked a quorum and has no authority to file the petition because three of its putative members have not been validly appointed,” charged attorney Paul Clement. Obama appointed three members to the labor board on Jan. 4 without seeking Senate confirmation, asserting that the chamber was in recess. A president can make appointments without confirmation during a recess, but Republicans dispute that this was the case on Jan. 4.
A 24-year-old woman who sped off after slamming into a pedestrian in Sunset Park on Wednesday night surrendered to cops Thursday and was arrested, according to the Daily News. Alexandria Rosario, who lives six blocks from the scene of the accident at 50th Street and Sixth Avenue, abandoned her Nissan sedan — with a shattered windshield — nearly a mile and a half away in Borough Park, according to police. She was charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing serious injury.
According to NY1, the Brooklyn Clergy-NYPD Task Force applauded the recently announced reduction in the borough’s murder rate and called for more progress. One member of the largely African-American clergy group, Bishop A.D. Lyons of the First Baptist Church, said, “[Gang members] have killed more black people than the Ku Klux Klan ever did, and it is time for us to put an end to it.” Last year, for the first time since the 1960s, the number of murders in Brooklyn fell below 200.
February 6, 2012 - 10:17am