Gentile secures $8 million in funding to fix parks

Bay Ridge
Councilman Vincent Gentile, the longest serving member of the City Council, used his clout to secure millions of dollars from the city budget for repair projects for parks in his district, along with funding to increase sanitation collections on local streets. … Full Article

Mayor de Blasio is on a roll

Brooklyn Boro
Increased funding for arts education for schoolchildren. A waiver for homeowners rebuilding after Hurricane Sandy. The securing of an important union contract. And the 2,000th restaurant opening with the help of the Department of Small Business Services. … Full Article

Recchia opens Brooklyn campaign headquarters

Being a candidate for political office in a district that spans two boroughs brings special challenges. … Full Article

Sikora to kick off assembly campaign in Boerum Hill Tuesday

Boerum Hill
Pete Sikora, candidate for the 52nd-Assembly District in Brooklyn is set to kick off his campaign Tuesday morning with endorsements from State Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilmember Brad Lander and Councilmember Steve Levin. … Full Article

Mayor and City Council announce early, ‘honest budget’

New York City
Update: the budget has now officially been passed. … Full Article

De Blasio appoints Joseph Esposito as head of OEM

New York City
Mayor Bill de Blasio today announced the appointment of Joseph Esposito to serve as New York City’s Office of Emergency Management (OEM) Commissioner.  As Commissioner of OEM, Esposito will be responsible for ensuring that New York City is fully prepared to respond to natural and man-made emergen … Full Article

Menchaca spearheaded drive for municipal ID cards

Sunset Park
Councilman Carlos Menchaca, a driving force behind the City Council’s historic June 26 vote to establish a municipal identification card program to help undocumented immigrants obtain city services, predicted that the program would become the most successful of its kind in the nation. … Full Article

Congress recommends ethics probe of Grimm

Brooklyn Boro
WASHINGTON— An independent advisory office has recommended that the House Ethics Committee investigate charges that a New York congressman threatened to harm a television reporter, but the bipartisan House panel has deferred action, according to documents released Wedn … Full Article

Velazquez clobbers Kurzon in Democratic primary for 7th CD

New York City
Congratulations poured in from across Brooklyn early on Wednesday as word came that Rep. Nydia Velazquez beat her opponent in a landslide in the Democratic primary for New York's 7th Congressional District. … Full Article

LICH Update: SUNY board calls special meeting re Fortis sale, and more

Cobble Hill
* The State University of New York (SUNY) board of trustees last Tuesday endorsed the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) campus in Cobble Hill to the Fortis Property Group. … Full Article
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