“Life is complicated. Whatever we can do to make it a little easier for people we should do,” said state Sen. Simcha Felder, summing up his political philosophy. … Full Article

Pols support cops in fight over pay raise

The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) is angry over an arbitrator’s decision to give cops a 1 percent raise in pay. But the PBA isn’t alone in its fight to win higher salaries for the men and women walking the beat. … Full Article

In Public Service: Reynoso brings community organizing skills to council

Councilmember Antonio Reynoso rode his bike from Williamsburg to the New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge for an interview with the Brooklyn Eagle. … Full Article

Levin says homelessness tied to income inequality

Stephen Levin was a junior at Brown University when the Sept. 11 attacks took place 14 years ago. The devastating event that killed nearly 3,000 people, including many young people, made him think about his life. … Full Article

Malliotakis named Rubio’s NY campaign chairman

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is heading up the New York state effort to help U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio become president of the U.S., she announced on Tuesday. Rubio, who represents Florida, is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination to run for president. … Full Article

Schumer says NY transit funding threatened in Congress

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer says the recently House-passed transportation bill cuts funding for a mass transit program critical to New York. … Full Article

Disgraced former Brooklyn lawmaker Vito Lopez dead at 74

The disgraced former New York state assemblyman Vito Lopez has died. … Full Article

Greenfield to hold participatory budget meeting Nov. 10

Councilmember David G. Greenfield is once again having his district take part in the City Council’s participatory budgeting process and will hold a kickoff meeting today, Nov. 10. to introduce constituents to the program. … Full Article

In Public Service: How Ortiz learned English and governing

Felix Ortiz left Puerto Rico, where he had lived all of his life, and came to the U.S. mainland in 1980. He was the first person in his family to come to the mainland. He arrived in New York City not speaking one work of English. “I learned English on the street,” he recalled. … Full Article

Jeffries wants community center named for slain cops

Calling slain NYPD detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu “American heroes,” U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries has issued a formal request to New York City to have a Bedford-Stuyvesant community center located near the scene of their murders to be named after them. … Full Article

Harris victory bigger than Democrats expected

Fresh off her resounding victory in the special election for the Assembly seat in the 46th Assembly District (AD) Tuesday night, Democrat Pam Harris was busy making plans to set up district offices and hire staff to assist constituents, sources told the Brooklyn Eagle … Full Article


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