Congressman Anthony Wiener is scheduled to speak from his Sheepshead Bay office this afternoon at 2:00pm. All indications are that he is announing his resignation from office. But – at 1:50 this afternoon – 1010 Wins radio is reporting that Congressman Wiener and his wife are still in thier Forest Hills, Queens aparment.

So, will he or won’t he? Does Wiener have a new surprise left in his pants? Time will tell.

UPDATE: The NY Times live blog reports: Around 1:30 p.m., Mr. Weiner was spotted leaving his home in Queens for the event — without his wife, Huma Abedin.

UPDATE: Anthony Weiner has resigned. Stay tuned for the full story.

Source: AP

Sheepshead Bay will officially be devoid of representation from its Congressman Anthony Weiner, who will announce today that he is stepping down after the infamous May 27 mis-Tweet, seen by 40,000+ followers of the doomed pol, ignited a media hailstorm.

What does this mean for us, his constituents, who have watched crime in Sheepshead Bay spike at an alarming never-before-seen zenith, topping all of New York City with a 450 percent increase in murders since this time last year? What about the issues important to the residents of his district, including finding a replacement for the Pathmark supermarket, which Weiner vowed to do, and fighting for repairs to the heavily-eroded Plumb Beach?

What will happen to Weiner’s Congressional seat? Who will represent us?

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Congressman Anthony Weiner will announce his resignation from his seat in Congress at a press conference later today. We’ve heard that the press conference will take place in Sheepshead Bay, where Weiner first began his career as an elected official when he snagged the City Council seat currently occupied by Michael Nelson.

From Politico:

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) will resign from his seat in Congress, heeding calls from President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and dozens of other congressional Democrats, sources confirm to POLITICO. The resignation ends nearly three weeks of tumultuous political controversy since the New York congressman sent a lewd picture of himself over Twitter which he claimed at first was a result of a hack, and later admitted he had sent himself.

According to two sources, Weiner made up his mind to resign Wednesday night, and shortly after began making calls to inform them of his decision. Weiner called DCCC chair Steve Israel — who had also called for his resignation — on Wednesday night at the White House picnic to inform him and Pelosi that he had decided to resign on Thursday.

House Democrats were set to strip Weiner of his committee assignments on Thursday morning, though they were not officially informed before a meeting in the Capitol Thursday morning with a White House liaison. But the news spread quickly following media reports.

… Weiner’s resignation comes after his wife Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, returned from a week-long trip to Africa with her boss. Weiner had said he would wait until Abedin returned before making a final decision on his plans. She returned home early Wednesday.


Photo by nolastname.

After being one of only two Brooklyn state senators to vote against gay marriage in 2009, being outed by the FBI, criticized for his stance by Sheepshead Bites and numerous protests in front of his home and district office - beleaguered State Senator Carl Kruger has switched up his vote on gay marriage, now supporting same-sex nuptials in New York State.

Of course, the local pol who represents one of the most conservative districts in the city said none of the above had anything to do with his change of heart.

“My vote comes not as an outgrowth of media attacks or picketing outside my home or political pressure, but due to a better understanding of the impact that this bill will have on the rights to countless New Yorkers,” Kruger said in a press release. “There’s been a learning curve, but I now believe in my heart that if you’re going to advocate for equality and justice, you have to do so in all of its many manifestations.”

Kruger joined a handful of other state senators who previously opposed gay marriage, pledging to give their support to a same-sex marriage bill that could be voted on as early as this afternoon.

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Floyd Bennett Field. Source: Brokelyn (Ed. - I, personally, do not believe this is Floyd Bennett Field.)

How did that camping stay-cation on June 10 amidst the goose-droppings in Marine Park work out for you? You remember the one — where the Parks Department established that bizarrely rigid lottery “between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on June 1 — and only on June 1,” allowing 30 people to camp out in Marine Park. And who wouldn’t want to be a part of that experience for a lifetime?

If you were not one of the privileged few selected to find a golden ticket in your Wonka Bar enjoy the property that our tax dollars pay for (and if you were, please, tell us about your experience in the comments!), despair not tree-huggers and outdoorsy types — United States Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, who dropped by Floyd Bennett Field on Monday, announced a brand new initiative to bring America’s largest urban park campground to Brooklyn, so even more people can camp out. It’ll be like Woodstock, except not:

Salazar said there are plans to expand the camping facilities at the field from five to 90 sites for tents and RVs within two years.

The expansion is part an effort to emphasize parks and other open spaces in the city. It’s also part of President Barack Obama’s Great Outdoors initiative, which focuses on conservation and access to parks.

“This effort here is intended to open up Gateway and Jamaica Bay and Floyd Bennett Field to all of the people of New York and to make it much more accessible than it has been,” said Salazar. “It is a canvas, really, to be written on.”

The campground at Floyd Bennett Field could eventually contain as many as 600 sites.

Salazar also wants to establish a center for urban ecology for scientists, possibly at Fort Tilden, that would feature laboratories and a library.

Like, groovy, man.

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Kids on East 14th Street are showing that it takes a child to clean a village. And then it takes a parade of local pols to properly honor those children.

State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, City Councilman Michael Nelson and Borough President Marty Markowitz cobbled together the dozen children who did what the Sanitation Department couldn’t – clean up their block – and presented them with certificates recognizing their efforts on Friday. Parents on East 14th Street between Avenue X and Gravesend Neck Road organized the young do-gooders this spring to clear garbage and debris from the sidewalks, and post handmade anti-littering signs, and raised several hundreds of dollars to beautify the block.

Sure, some didn’t appreciate the efforts, like one punk who took one of the wooden signs to task, but the local pols sought to hammer home the importance of caring for your community, and recognized them as models of good citizenry.

“It’s a labor of love,” Cymbrowitz said. “These kids realize it’s up to them to save the earth. The fact that they’re starting so young gives me hope we’re going to make it.”

“For all the bad examples out there, there are good examples like these wonderful children,” Nelson added.

Keep reading about the work the children did, what the politicians have to say, and what parents think the city needs to do to help.

From the Manhattan Beach Community Group:

Everyone is invited to attend the June meeting on the 15th, Wednesday night at 8 PM at PS 195. We will be discussing  the possible opening of a Bistro with Booze at 184 Oxford Street. That means people drinking and driving in our community. Excessive noise and a slew of problems for our friends on Oxford and Norfolk Streets. Not to forget the proximity to a High School, playground and College.

We will also be discussing Zoning and the scheme to up-size our neighborhood. The membership will also be updated on the Directors only meeting of June 14. Lastly, the nominating committee be voted on.

Hope to see you.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we 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 was one of those weeks, followed by one of those weekends, topped off with the beginning of one of those weeks. As I trudged along the Sheepshead Bay waterfront, as the sun baked my bald head, a song played in my addled brain. It teased me…

Help me, help me, help me, sail away,
Well, give me two good reasons why I ougtha stay,

This wasn’t looking good. Two reasons? I needed two? One wasn’t enough?

So, feeling beaten, I sat down for lunch and much to my surprise, I found “two good reasons, why I ougtha stay.” Ladies and germs, for the first time ever on The Bite, we take on two dishes. Masal Cafe & Lounge’s (1901 Emmons Avenue) Kumpir and Masal Special Toast.

Yes, history is being made, keep reading.

Source: REUTERS / Brendan McDermid for

I, as I am sure most of you are, am emotionally depleted from the mention of Congressman Anthony Weiner’s name, a name that I’ve known of, under more normal, pre-Internet circumstances, since I was in high school. The steady assault of “Weiner” jokes for the past two weeks (it feels like two years!) are old and tired, and a personal adversity is nothing to laugh at. But news is news, and even the not-so-fun stuff’s got to be reported upon… I guess.

So what are you waiting for? Read our report already!