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THE COMMUTE: In recent years Albany has been stealing increasing amounts of dedicated transit funding to help balance its ever-increasing budget deficit.  In 2010, Albany redirected $143 million in MTA money to the general fund.  This reduction in transit funding was the primary impetus for last year’s severe service cutbacks. This year, Governor Cuomo removed an additional $200 million in operating funds from the MTA’s operating budget, shifting $100 to its capital budget which has a $10 billion gap.

This problem is not unique to New York State. In California voters recent passed Proposition 22 to protect transit funds.

To assure this does not continue every time Albany is short of cash, necessitating additional service cuts and fare increases, State Senator Martin Golden and Assemblyman James Brennan proposed a new law last week called the Transit Funding Lockbox Act.

Keep reading for our take on the proposed legislation.

Source: New York Daily News

One of the meaningless mental notes I’ve made during my life is, while watching old war movies that take place on ships or submarines, I have noticed that there’s almost always some endearing and lovable tough guy aboard the vessel endowed with a thick Brooklyn accent (John Garfield and Dane Clark in “Destination Tokyo” come to mind).

I mention it only because, as a massive convoy of Sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen sails triumphantly into New York City today in anticipation of Fleet Week, May 26 to 31, the annual celebration of all things maritime, the impressive week-long roster of activities features but one measly two-hour event in Brooklyn, with dozens being held all over Manhattan, Long Island and New Rochelle. Where’s the love?

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Inspired by last week’s rain photo from Randy C., nolastname made her own attempt. It’s very cool in its own right.

This just landed in our inbox, courtesy of James W. We’re trying to find out details and will have more information as it becomes available. If you know what happened, please leave it in the comments section.

UPDATE: We just heard that no one was injured in this incident. Please drive safely.

From NotifyNYC:

The NYPD has issued a Missing Senior Notification for Bai Wen, an Asian male, age 73.

The individual was last seen in the vicinity of West 21st Street in Brooklyn, wearing a black jacket, a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black belt.  Bai Wen is 5’4″ tall, 130 lbs with grey hair and black eyes.

If the person is seen, please contact 1-800-577-TIPS(8477).

Courtesy of our tipster.

We just received this photo and the following note from a reader:

Today at 2:20 PM I saw a bunch of teenagers firing BB guns at each other on East 17 Street and Ave T. One of teens was also assaulted. They were firing as small children made their way home from the school on East 17th and Ave S. I called the police and they arrived within 5 minutes. They arrested at least one of the teens involved and also took the car, a white jeep that he was driving. Police also recovered at least 2 BB guns. The other teens involved fled down East 17 Street towards Ave S in a green Ford 15 passenger van right before the police arrived. Good response and work by the officers of the 61st PCT. The Seargent who spoke with me was very courteous, professional, and wanted to help.

Funny story. I know a kid who was a friend of another kid. The two got their hands on BB guns back in high school and decided to play games like this. One kid takes aim at the other kid’s… uh… junk… and fires away. Well, one BB went through his pants, through his underwear and through his skin before lodging itself in his… uh… junk. They were too scared to go to the hospital, so the kid disinfected and bandaged it himself.

Ten years later, this kid still has a BB in his… uh… junk.

This is the part where I’d remind children not to play with BB guns, and especially don’t fire them at each other’s… uh… junk. But the kid recently told me that women love it. So I have no advice here.

Watch out J’Adore Paris, and Sheepshead Bay Road’s other designer apparel establishments. It looks as if a discount clothing outlet will be opening on your territory!

The storefront at 1506 Sheepshead Bay Road is just about ready, fully-stocked behind that iron curtain, under a sign that reads 1/2 Price Outlet. We peaked in and can say it definitely eschews the upscale interiors of other clothing shops in the area, but appears to be tightly packed with plenty of clothing (we saw only women’s, but that could just be the front of the store).

Of course, this is a sort of fitting transition. Before the clothing store, this was 99 Cent Century, which closed in January. The sign and merchandise also prove wrong our guess that it would be another fruit and vegetable market, which is probably for the better.

So, 1/2 Price Outlet, I hope you come up with a better name when your permanent sign is affixed. Regardless, welcome to the neighborhood.

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Once upon a time, long before Thor Equities, the Coney Island Cyclone, and even before Rabbi Abraham Abraham came into the world, there was Dreamland, an aptly-named Coney Island amusement park, which served as one of the area’s purveyors of “(relatively) high-class entertainment, with elegant architecture, pristine white towers and some educational exhibits along with the rides and thrills.”

Keep reading about the upcoming tours of a new historic Dreamland exhibit in Coney Island.

The day was misty and chilly, but that was not enough to dampen the spirits of around 200 people who came out on Sunday to march, cheer for and honor the men and women who serve our country.

The annual Memorial Day Parade and Observance on Emmons Avenue, organized by the Sheepshead Bay / Plum Beach Civic Association, was a festive occasion full of flag-waving, smiles and revving of motorcycle and antique car engines. Students from P.S. 52 and adults from the new AHRC Stephen B. Siegel center marched alongside members of local veterans and community organizations such as the Jewish War Veterans and the Knights of Columbus.

“We come out every year,” said Dorothy Scarpati, who, with husband, Captain Michael Scarpati, stood on the sidewalk, waving to parade-goers. “It’s an event for everybody to get together and show unity as Americans.”

Keep reading about the parade, and view the photo gallery.

Angry New Yorkers will gather on the Brighton Beach section of the Riegelmann Boardwalk on Saturday, where they’ll send smoke signals to lawmakers and anti-smoking advocates who pushed the latest expansion of anti-smoking laws.

The smoke-in is organized by the New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.), a group formed to “end the discrimination against smokers by exposing the anti-smoking lies.” It will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, on the boardwalk at Brighton 6th Street.

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