Aides to Mayor Bill de Blasio have been subpoenaed by state and federal prosecutors amid investigations into his campaign fundraising operation, his administration said. … Full Article

Hamilton urges Congress to oppose Trans-Pacific Partnership

On the surface, it wouldn’t seem as if the Pacific Rim has much to do with Brooklyn. But state Sen. Jesse Hamilton said that what is happening on the other side of the globe has a deep impact here.  … Full Article

Asian-Americans solidify political clout by forming Democratic club

Hoping to harness the city’s burgeoning Asian-American population into a major political force, community leaders have formed a new political club and have established an ambitious agenda aimed at registering large number of Asian-Americans to vote and pushing elected officials to start pay … Full Article

Conservative leader says minimum wage doesn’t add up

The state’s new minimum wage law, signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday, will create enormous problems for business owners and will wind up hurting low-wage workers rather than helping them, according to New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long. … Full Article

Bay Ridge man gets new flag to honor army veteran dad

Tom Joyce was beside himself when the American flag that had draped his father Patrick’s casket was destroyed in a car fire. Patrick C. Joyce had served in the U.S. … Full Article

Menchaca blasts budget shortfalls in immigration services

The proposed city budget shortchanges immigration services to the point where nonprofit organizations will be left with an unfair heavy burden when it comes to assisting foreign-born New Yorkers, according to Councilmember Carlos Menchaca. … Full Article

In Public Service: Golden says GOP should be big tent party

State Sen. Marty Golden is the son of Irish immigrants and is the oldest in a family of eight children. Together, these two factors not only played an important role in his life, but also determined his outlook on life. … Full Article

Bay Ridge GOPer impressed by Kasich at town hall

Bay Ridge resident John Quaglione had already been leaning toward supporting John Kasich for president before he attended a televised town hall the Ohio governor held on Wednesday. But he was even more impressed with Kasich after the meeting. … Full Article

GOP says Albany ethics reforms do not go far enough

The New York State Assembly’s efforts to clean up corruption in state government are noble, but don’t go far enough, according to a Brooklyn lawmaker who has been calling for major ethics reforms in Albany since she was first elected in 2010. … Full Article
Real Money, Real Power: Participatory Budgeting

Participatory budgeting starts today, and Brooklyn is a trailblazer

The fifth annual Participatory Budgeting (PB) Week has kicked off, and this year Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is expanding the funds going into the process. … Full Article

Abbate honors Women of Distinction in celebration of Women’s History Month

In celebration of March as Women’s History Month, Assemblymember Peter Abbate honored five females from his district as the 2016 Women of Distinction. The winners were recognized at an awards ceremony in Abbate’s district office on Fort Hamilton Parkway on March 24.   … Full Article


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