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Another allegation has surfaced against indicted State Senator John Sampson, with a former top aide admitting to federal prosecutors that he swiped $100,000 from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and forked most of it over to a senator believed to be Sampson.

The Post reports:

Melvin Lowe admitted during confidential meetings with prosecutors that he defrauded the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee out of $100,000 – and gave $75,000 of the money to “Senator #1,” the filing says. A source said “Senator #1” is Lowe’s ex-boss, Sampson (D-Brooklyn), who is fighting charges that he, himself, also committed fraud and tax crimes.

… Prosecutors also said they have a witness who’ll testify hearing Lowe and Sampson discuss the cash exchange.

Lowe is facing tax evasion charges, as well as allegations that he swindled the DCSS out of the cash in 2010. He faces 80 years in prison if convicted.

Sampson was indicted last year for corruption. Among the list of charges is that he stole nearly half a million dollars from the sale of foreclosed homes.

Despite campaign debt stemming from the legal charges, Sampson is still a formidable contender in this year’s state elections. An incumbent since 1996, it remains to be seen whether union organizer Dell Smitherman or homeless advocate Sean Henry will be able to overcome his name recognition.

He also continues to have the backing of the Kings County Democratic Party chair, Frank Seddio, and an associate of the Gambino crime family.

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The Department of Health is warning residents of the Sheepshead Bay area that they will be spraying pesticides throughout parts of the neighborhood tomorrow night, between 8:15 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.

The area to be sprayed is shaded yellow on the map above, although it’s only an approximation.

Like any time a government sprays a bunch of toxic crap in the air, they’re saying the chemical used – Anvil 10+10 – has no known risk to humans. But it’s The Man, man, so here are a couple of things you should do to make sure you stay safe and don’t grow an arm out of your butt (tips courtesy of The Man, not guaranteed to be 100 percent effective):

  • Stay indoors whenever possible during that time period – especially if you have asthma or respiratory issues.
  • Close the vents on your air-conditioner and set it to recirculate.
  • Remove toys, equipment and clothing from outdoor areas. If you leave them out there, make sure to wash them with soap before using them.
  • If you have an outdoor garden, wash your produce thoroughly before eating it.

Here’s a .pdf from the city detailing the spraying and safety tips, and here’s the city’s webpage for West Nile Virus.

Coyle Street (Photo by Bob De Thomas)

Parking notices have been posted on Coyle Street (Photo by Bob De Thomas)

Alpha House, a new television show created by Doonesbury creator Gary Trudeau for Amazon Studios, will be in the neighborhood tomorrow, filming scenes on Emmons Avenue in Plumb Beach and West End Avenue in Manhattan Beach.

The show stars John Goodman, Clark Johnson, Matt Malloy and Mark Consuelos, who play four Republican Senators who share a house in Washington D.C. It’s inspired by real-life reps who’ve shared an apartment on the Hill for more than three decades, including New York’s Chuck Schumer. It’s now filming its second season.

Cast and crew will be taking over the street tomorrow, with filming at 296 West End Avenue from 7:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. Apparently, the waterfront home in Manhattan Beach will be used as a stand-in for the “Miami Mansion” of character Adriana, played by Yara Martinez. It makes sense, considering the gated property - currently on the market for $8 million – has been described as “right at home in Miami.”

The Manhattan Beach home that will serve as a Miami Mansion in Alpha House (Source: Douglass Elliman Real Estate)

The Manhattan Beach home that will serve as a Miami Mansion in Alpha House (Source: Douglass Elliman Real Estate)

When that wraps up, they’ll head over to 3175 Emmons Avenue, currently a vacant commercial property on the corner of Bragg Street. That’ll pose as campaign headquarters, although the permits don’t say for who. They’re slated to be shooting from 2:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Coyle Street (Photo by Bob De Thomas)

Coyle Street (Photo by Bob De Thomas)

Parking will be closed off to the public on both sides of West End Avenue between the esplanade and Oriental Boulevard and Amherst Street south of Oriental Boulevard. The same will go for Oriental Boulevard between Corbin Place and Coleridge Street.

In Sheepshead Bay, there will be no parking on the west side of Bragg Street between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway, and the east side of Coyle Street between Shore Parkway and Emmons Avenue.

Notices are already posted at those locations.

It’s unclear if John Goodman will be in the neighborhood, but if he is it won’t be his first visit in recent years. Back in 2009, he filmed scenes for the HBO biopic You Don’t Know Jack with Al Pacino at Fillmore Real Estate‘s Avenue U headquarters.

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Councilman Chaim Deutsch hosted his second community cleanup on Sunday, with volunteers turning out to sweep the sidewalks and gutters of Avenue U between Nostrand Avenue and Coney Island Avenue.

Dozens turned out, including volunteers from Homecrest Community Services and local schools like Sheepshead Bay High School and Midwood High School.

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The clean-up came on the heels of the announcement that Deutsch had secured $68,000 for additional litter basket pickups on Avenue U and Sheepshead Bay Road, increasing pickups to five times a week on each strip. It’s also two weeks after a Sheepshead Bay Road cleanup.

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The pol acknowledged that cleanups only go so far, and that often the streets are filthy again within days. But he said it’s about creating awareness, and showing would-be litter bugs that their neighbors are putting in the effort.

“It’s not just a clean-up,” he said. “We don’t want to waste anybody’s time. So it’s an ongoing effort.”

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Aside from the funding and the cleanups, Deutsch’s team and volunteers have been passing out fliers in various languages to neighbors, letting them know that public bins are not meant for residential garbage.

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He said that the Sanitation Department is also ramping up enforcement at his request, with overnight stakeouts of public bins happening on several nights on Avenue U and Sheepshead Bay Road. Those caught dumping at the public bins are issued hefty fines.

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The pol said the biggest struggle is with businesses, who due to language barriers don’t always understand that local laws require them to keep the sidewalks in front of their stores clean.

“We’re reaching out to all the stores to get them to comply with the local laws,” he said. “A lot of times, it’s just a language barrier, and once we get through that we see they make the effort.”

 

Source: Angelo Viscoso

Source: Angelo Viscoso

A would-be burglar had to be rescued by police and firefighters and then hospitalized after his failed heist at il Fornetto Restaurant left him trapped in an air duct overnight.

Williams (Source: Angelo Viscoso)

Williams (Source: Angelo Viscoso)

Lorenzo Williams, 30, of Coney Island, was cuffed and packed into an FDNY ambulance after authorities removed him from the air duct, booking him with burglary. Cops were called to the 2902 Emmons Avenue restaurant around 12:30 p.m. Saturday, after workers said they heard cries for help coming from the ceiling.

It began with banging, said owner Angelo Viscoso. The restaurant’s manager sent staffers up to the roof, where they found a large hole cut into the vent, and they at first though a possum had found its way in.

“After a few minutes the banging intensified and they started to hear a faint cry for help. At this point they called 911 immediately. When the police came they verified that someone was stuck in the vent and had to call the fire department to cut open the duct on the roof to extract the man out,” said Viscoso.

Apparently, the perp was stuck overnight. The restaurant’s porter said he had heard faint banging noises the night before but couldn’t pinpoint the source. Damages to the roof are expected to exceed $3,000.

Williams was taken to Lutheran Medical Center for minor injuries.

“There were no visual injuries but I guess he had a head rush being stuck upside down until they got him out,” said Viscoso.

The rescue took about an hour, according to the FDNY.

Il Fornetto was playing host to a bridal shower during the cacophonous rescue operation. Viscoso said the party-goers made the most of it.

“The women from the shower were taking pictures with the firemen and police. I heard they cuffed the bride to be,” he said.

The hole in the air duct Williams used to attempt the break-in. (Source: Angelo Viscoso)

The hole in the air duct Williams used to attempt the break-in. (Source: Angelo Viscoso)

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B LINE

From 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound B trains run local from Sheepshead Bay to Prospect Park.

Q LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, Q service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
  2. Between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Coney Island.
    • To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, Q trains run every 30 minutes between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Coney Island.

From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound Q trains skip DeKalb Av.

From 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Sheepshead Bay.

F LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip 23 St and 14 St.

From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from Roosevelt Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.

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In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

The NYPD is cracking down on cyclists…for two weeks. [Park Slope Stoop]

Shake Shack is open! Shake Shack is open! [PSS]

Should Barclays host the Democratic National Convention? [PSS]

A new twice-monthly storytelling event launched at a 5th Ave bar. [South Slope News]

A new restaurant is already set to replace Lindos diner, which abruptly closed. [SSN]

A Long Island man allegedly robbed jazz legend Cecil Taylor of $500,000. [Fort Greene Focus]

Sister’s Restaurant, from Park Slope’s Flatbush Farm crew, will open within the month. [FGF]

Yafa Deli owner Anis Naser opens neighboring restaurant Sahara Ark. [FGF]

From Morocco to Belgium to Myrtle Avenue, Wally Abdel captures people through their portraits. [FGF]

A pan-ethnic food court in Bath Beach gets good reviews. [Bensonhurst Bean]

They keep finding bed bugs on N trains. [BB]

A driver lost control of a packed school bus and crashed into a Boro Park gas station. [BB]

A Brooklyn Community Board member was arrested in connection to a $1M Medicaid fraud scheme. [Sheepshead Bites]

How opulent can a supermarket be? In Brighton Beach, the answer is “very.” [SB]

Some jerk allegedly punched out a kid with autism. [SB]

Sheepshead Bay’s legendary Randazzo’s Clam Bar updated its iconic sign. [SB]

The Newkirk Plaza subway station has had some troubling incidents lately. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Employers should not ask about criminal or credit history, area leaders charge. [DPC]

Meet Malani, the incredible force behind Coney Island Avenue’s House of Fashion. [DPC]

A turn-of-the-century home is being torn down to make way for a seven-story development. [DPC]

Kensington library had to pull two iPads from its children’s section after patrons were apparently sneaking off with them to shop and play violent video games. [Kensington BK]

Already hit with flooding and sewer backup, Windsor Terrace residents are worried about what three incoming developments are going to mean for them. [KBK]

A food co-op is looking for help with grant writing. [KBK]

You never know who’s drawing you on a napkin at the bar... [FiPS]

Photographer Chris Arnade will miss Brooklyn, but we’ll miss him more. [The Awl]

“Trader Joe’s is coming to Washington Avenue!” – A couple guys [FiPS]

“Um, no, it’s not.” – Journalists/former TJs employees [Brokelyn]

Commenting about commenting about commenting. [Brooklyn Magazine]

Tips for being an unarmed black teen. [The Onion]

Stop dumping ice on your head. Start donating $100. [Vice]

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Q LINE

There are no scheduled service advisories at this time.

F LINE

From 11:15 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts. Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the A from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St.

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, F trains run local in Queens.

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Manhattan Beach now has some eyes in the sky after two NYPD security cameras were installed last month in the beachfront community.

The cameras were made available with state funding, initiated by Borough Park Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who pushed for them after the tragic abduction and murder of Leiby Kletzky in 2011. While most of the cameras were placed in Borough Park and Midwood, Councilman Chaim Deutsch said he worked with the state pol to ensure some funds would be set aside for Manhattan Beach.

The cameras are on lightpoles on West End Avenue, one on Oriental Boulevard the other on Shore Boulevard, covering the two most utilized exits and entrances for the community.

Although the neighborhood is not a high-crime hotspot, Deutsch said it was important for Manhattan Beach to have the cameras, since it’s a heavily trafficked area with seniors and children using the parks, as well as thousands of Kingsborough Community College students coming and going every day.

“If a child leaves a house and is missing, or an Alzheimer’s patient, we can go back and look at it and see if they left or came in,” said Deutsch. “It’s not really for the high crime area. If there’s a missing person, child, patient, at least we have some kind of direction.”

The cameras are not monitored in real time, and will only be accessed by NYPD personnel, the pol said.

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