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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Hundreds from the Marine Park community braved torrential rains yesterday to enjoy I.S. 278’s annual “Carnival,” a yearly fundraiser held inside the school’s auditorium at 1925 Stuart Street.

Marine Park Junior High School’s teachers, students, parents and neighbors enjoyed hot dogs, popcorn and cotton candy, all for a good cause, while participating in game booths such as “Big Mouth,” “Foul Zone,” “Captain Hook,” “Rainbow Roll,” “Bash a Bully,” “Ring Toss,” and more.

The carnival helps raise money to make up for the Department of Education’s tight purse, helping to pay for classroom supplies and more. The school’s principal, Debra Garofalo, stated that one of the kids’ favorite highlights of the Carnival — a booth in which students get to slam dozens of whipped cream pies into their teachers’ faces — raised $700 alone.

Fallachi Entertainment’s DJ Ross supplied the evening’s music, game booths, popcorn and cotton candy machines, and giveaways.

View the photo gallery and see what an awesome time these kids had.

Brooklyn Senator Marty Golden is hosting his 5th Annual special education forum and is inviting educators and parents of students in School Districts 20, 21 and 22, to attend today from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Regina Pacis Center at 1258 65th Street in Brooklyn.

In attendance will be a panel of experts regarding how to improve children academically.

Sorry for the late notice!

Photo by Lisanne Anderson.

Remember the day after the December 26 blizzard? Remember how many streets were left neglected and unplowed and how hard it would have been to have an EMT or fire truck or anything else come to the rescue?

Of course you do, because we never quit whining about them! And, lucky for us, neither did the City Council, which put forward 17 bills to improve the city’s snow response efforts yesterday. Almost all of the proposals emerged from constituent complaints shared during the City Council’s blizzard response hearings.

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The dust hasn’t come close to settling and reporters are already guessing at who might take State Senator Carl Kruger’s place if he resigns. The New York Observer is saying that City Councilman Lew Fidler is a likely choice, as is Brooklyn Borough President Community Liaison Igor Oberman, and Russian-American defense attorney David Storobin is saying he’s shooting for a spot on the Republican ticket.

Read about the possible contendors

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

It’s the tenth edition of The Bite and I thought I’d head over to a long-time neighborhood institution, Jordan’s Lobster Dock and “sea” how they’re “faring.” Get it? Sea? Faring? I crack myself up.

Jordan’s has been serving quality seafood since 1938, and serves everything seafood from chowders and bisque to fried seafood to seafood based pastas. And, of course, they offer the wonderful, fresh steamed lobsters that made them famous at arguably the best prices in the borough.

But what about their menu for the seafood-phobic amongst us? They serve, chicken, burgers and steaks, but one offering caught my eye; Buffalo wings.

Everyone knows you can get a great lobster at Jordan’s. But the question is, “Can you get great Buffalo Wings?”

To find the answer, keep reading.

From the Daily News:

Freshman Bronx state Sen. Gustavo Rivera – who ran on an anti-corruption platform when he defeated scandal-scarred Sen. Pedro Espada, Jr. last year – has become the first legislator to announce he’s returning giving away donations from just-indicted Brooklyn Sen. Carl Kruger.

“Sen. Rivera is returning $2,500 that was given to him by Sen. Kruger,” Rivera Communications Director Conchita Cruz told the Daily News. “These accusations cut at the very heart of what New Yorkers hate about Albany — backroom deals, pay-to-play and corruption scandals,” she said.

State Senator Carl Kruger was a Democratic Party heavyweight who political observers say doled out money and influence. He contributed to a number of political campaigns and, allegedly, pulled strings behind the scenes to prevent challengers to his own seat, and to install preferred candidates in other positions.

Will it end at Rivera? Or will those who’ve benefited from Kruger’s alleged corruption also dump the money?

We’ll make it easier for you. If you’re a politician looking to donate funds obtained from Kruger, click here.

UPDATED (2:42 p.m.):

More from the Daily News:

The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee says it won’t give back money it received from Kruger, partly because the money’s already been spent (and, we might note, because they’re already in debt and there’s not much to pay it back with.)

NYPIRG’s Bill Mahoney doped up a spreadsheet of Kruger spending, and Blain counts $475,000 to the DSCC over the past five years. Overall, his campaign shelled out $886,500 in contributions to various groups and candidates during that period.

According to Mahoney, state Sens. Mike Gianaris (the new head of the DSCC, incidentally) and Liz Krueger (who will reportedly replace Kruger as minority ranker on Finance) are the only Senate Democrats who have NOT received any dough from him.

Update: Members of the Senate Independent Democratic Conference say that like Rivera, they will donate any contributions they received from Kruger to charity.

The caucus members — Sens. Jeffrey Klein, Diane Savino, David Valesky, and David Carlucci — received a combined $8,000 from Kruger in the last election cycle.

 

Governor Andrew Cuomo

Bloggers over at the Albany Times Union thought Governor Andrew Cuomo should take more of a common man approach in his reaction to the Kruger news – “calling a Red Room press conference, then walking out and wordlessly throwing up his arms in a ‘See? See?’ gesture and then walking back out again” – but, the governor instead opted for a more conventional approach: a press release.

He wrote:

“Today’s arrests again spotlight the failings of New York State government and highlight the urgent need for the legislature to pass comprehensive ethics reform – now. During the campaign, I made a commitment that we would either pass real ethics reform with real disclosure and real enforcement or I would form a Moreland Commission on public integrity. New Yorkers deserve a clean and transparent government comprised of officials who work for the people, not for the special interests and certainly not for their own corrupt self-interests. Today, I reaffirm my commitment to clean up Albany and state clearly that either ethics legislation will be passed or I will form a Moreland Commission by the end of this legislative session.”

Below is the 53-page criminal complaint against State Senator Carl Kruger and seven other defendants, including other politicians and lobbyists.

Kruger surrendered to federal authorities this morning to face charges that he took a stream of bribes totaling at least $1 million in return for official actions between 2006 and February 2011. The complaint also alleges that he directed hundreds of thousands of dollars of taxpayer dollars to clients of lobbyist Richard Lipsky, who paid him kickbacks.

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