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Bay Ridge Community Council to host congressional debate

Most of the action in the special election for Republican Michael Grimm’s congressional seat is taking place on Staten Island, but Brooklyn voters will get their chance to see the main two candidates up close when the Bay Ridge Community Council holds a debate later this month. … Full Article

Brooklyn memories: St. Patrick’s Day, 40 years ago

A photo taken during Brooklyn’s first St. Patrick’s Day Parade, 40 years ago in Park Slope, brings back a bundle of memories for Brooklyn attorney John O’Hara. … Full Article

De Blasio unveils plan to curb violence at Rikers Island

 Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday unveiled additional details of his plan to curb violence at the problem-plagued Rikers Island jail complex after touring a highly restrictive housing unit for troublesome New York City inmates. … Full Article

Council passes Treyger finance education bill

More than 50 million Americans carry student loan debt, including over 1.3 million New York City residents, according to Councilmember Mark Treyger, who said that the Class of 2014 is the most indebted class ever. And the Class of 2015 is expected to surpass the Class of 2014. … Full Article

Gentile, Donovan hit campaign trail in special congressional election race

The special election for the Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island congressional seat kicked into high gear this week, with Republican Daniel Donovan touting key endorsements from law enforcement unions and Democrat Vincent Gentile announcing the official start of his campaign. … Full Article

Treyger predicts Sandy task force will make big difference

Councilmember Mark Treyger, who attended the City Hall ceremony at which Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a bill to help residents in coastal communities prepare for the next Sandy-type of natural disaster, predicted that the new law will make a big difference in the lives of New Yorkers. … Full Article

Grimm seeks bail modification to seek job opportunity

Disgraced former Staten Island Congressman Michael Grimm has asked a judge to allow him to travel to Europe for a job interview. … Full Article

NYC Council begins hearings on police-community relations

Relations between New York City's police department and communities of color, long at a simmer, boiled over last summer when an unarmed Eric Garner was captured on video screaming "I can't breathe!" as he was placed in a fatal chokehold by an NYPD officer. … Full Article

Green Party candidate enters race for congress

The special election in the 11th Congressional District is no longer a two-man race. … Full Article

Working Families Party endorses Gentile for congress

Democrat Vincent Gentile, a councilmember seeking to become a Congress member, has picked up the endorsement of the Working Families Party in his race against Republican Daniel Donovan. … Full Article

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