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Renters in one district, landlords in another? Yes, for two Brooklyn Councilmembers

At least two Brooklyn elected officials live in rent-stabilized apartments in their district while owning rental properties just outside their districts.  … Full Article

City budget includes $106 million for Fair Fares

Transportation advocates won a major victory when Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson agreed to include a reduced fare MetroCard program in the new city budget. … Full Article

Grimm’s criminal past the big topic at first debate against Donovan

It was a verbal slugfest. The first debate between Republican U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan and his challenger, Michael Grimm, did not disappoint political observers who were hoping for fireworks. … Full Article

Senate passes Verrazano Bridge toll discount plan for Brooklyn

Call it the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge or the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge. Either way, the toll is way too high. And Brooklynites are being hit the hardest by having to cough up the $17 round-trip fare. … Full Article

Donovan taking heat over ‘border wall’ campaign mailer

President Donald Trump’s plan to build a border wall between the U.S. and Mexico has landed right in the middle of the Republican primary race between Congressmember Dan Donovan and rival Michael Grimm. … Full Article

Local pols demand answers after ICE detains pizza deliveryman at Fort Hamilton

A pair of politicians descended upon the Fort Hamilton Army Base with a bevy of media outlets on Wednesday to demand answers as to why Pablo Villavicencio was detained and turned over to ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) officials for attempting to deliver a pizza to the base. … Full Article

Trump endorsement yet to pay off for Donovan

With the Republican Primary just three weeks away, former Congressmember Michael Grimm appears to be showing surprising strength in his quest to unseat Dan Donovan, despite the fact that President Donald Trump enthusiastically endorsed the incumbent. … Full Article

A New York Republican ex-con fights to return to Congress

Michael Grimm doesn't want to talk about his time in prison. He just wants your vote. The former Republican congressman from New York City's Staten Island is fighting his party, his president and the stigma of a felony conviction in a no-holds-barred primary June 26. … Full Article

Trump endorses Donovan over Grimm in GOP primary

In a major blow to former U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who has been campaigning to win back his old seat in the House of Representatives by touting his steadfast support for Donald Trump, the president has endorsed current U.S. Rep Dan Donovan in the June 26 Republican primary.  … Full Article

Brannan, DOT unveil new speed bump near Bay Ridge school

Councilmember Justin Brannan, the NYC Department of Transportation, parents and students were in attendance for a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday for a speed bump on 87th Street between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard, near P.S. 185 the Walter Kassenbrock school. … Full Article

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