The New York City Council will be meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday to hear public testimony regarding Mayor Bill de Blasio’s much-discussed plans to rezone sections of the city to build and preserv … Full Article

New state law makes subway crime easier to track, pols say

The two Brooklyn elected officials who sponsored a subway crime bill signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo requiring the NYPD to report all incidents to the City Council said the new state law will improve New Yorkers’ safety. … Full Article

In Public Service: Watching JFK on television inspired Martin Dilan

State Sen. Martin Dilan developed a keen interest in politics when he was a child. He recalls being a boy and watching the 1960 Democratic National Convention on television in his family’s Bushwick home. … Full Article

State GOP chairman parties with Brooklyn leaders

New York State Republican Party Chairman Ed Cox came to the Brooklyn party’s headquarters in Bensonhurst to help new Brooklyn GOP Party Chairman Arnaldo Ferraro and his troops celebrate the holiday season. Ferraro, who was elected chairman of the Brooklyn Republican Party on Sept. … Full Article

In Public Service: Davila cites grit as key to success

Drug dealers know not to mess with Maritza Davila. As a single mother raising her three children in a Bushwick apartment house several years ago, Davila mobilized her fellow tenants, and together they chased drug dealers out of the building. … Full Article

Pols express relief at Zadroga Act extension

With a mixture of joy and relief, elected officials and advocates reacted to a vote by the House of Representatives to extend a federal program that provides health care for first responders who contracted cancer and other life-threatening illnesses after working at the World T … Full Article

Amid crisis, de Blasio expands outreach to street homeless

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday that he is launching a sweeping initiative to combat the persistent problem of homelessness in New York City, ordering teams to do a daily canvass of every block of an 8-mile stretch in Manhattan to reach out to those living on the street. … Full Article

Ho, ho, ho: Cobble Hill group delivers gift-wrapped LICH petitions to de Blasio

They came bearing gifts wrapped in bright red ribbons – but these may not be the kind of holiday presents that Mayor Bill de Blasio wants under his Christmas tree. … Full Article

Kassar endorses Rubio for president

A number of prominent Republican and conservative party leaders in Brooklyn have endorsed U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) for president, according to Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, his New York state campaign chairman. … Full Article

Gentile: MTA giving R riders the runaround

Councilmember Vincent Gentile’s fight with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) over the R train is showing no signs of slowing down. … Full Article

Christmas party has ‘Golden’ glow

The ballroom at the Bay Ridge Manor was packed Wednesday night as hundreds of people accepted an invitation from state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) and his wife Colleen Golden to help them celebrate the Christmas season. Sen. … Full Article


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