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News & Features lunar-new-year
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Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday that New York City will become the second major urban school district in the nation, after San Francisco, to close on Lunar New Year in the official school calendar. In the upcoming 2015-16 school year, schools will close on February 8 for the Lunar…

News & Features Sampson (File photo)
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After a four month delay, the trial of State Senator John Sampson kicked off today with the jury selection process. Sampson faces charges related to an alleged embezzlement scheme in which prosecutors say he misused funds entrusted to him as a lawyer in foreclosure proceedings to fund a failed political campaign. Though he has escaped…

News & Features savino-1
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Legislation sponsored by Southern Brooklyn Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and State Senator Diane Savino could spare more than 5,000 seniors and disabled residents from being disqualified from the Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption [SCRIE] and Disabled Rent Increase Exemption [DRIE], despite already being approved by the city for such programs. The legislation passed both houses this week. Though the residents…

News & Features State Senator Marty Golden (Photo By Erica Sherman)
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The state’s laws regulating rent increases and eviction policies for the more than two million New Yorkers who live in rent-regulated housing — including thousands of our neighbors — expired Monday night after Albany lawmakers could not reach an agreement to extend them. The move has been met with vehement condemnation from city officials, including…

News & Features Source: Brook-Krasny’s office
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Looks like we might have another special election on our hands. Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, the first Soviet-born member of the state legislature, plans to resign from office this summer to accept a job in the private sector, which will likely spark a political scramble for his vacant seat, as was first reported by Kings County Politics. The assemblyman,…

News & Features Senator Golden speaks at the Holocaust Remembance Event organized by the Stop Anti-Semitism Foundation.
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A series of bills, introduced by Senator Marty Golden to create better protections for law enforcement officers and emergency medical service personnel, were approved by the New York State Senate on Tuesday. The first bill creates a new crime for the aggravated assault of a police or peace officer when a person is aided by two or more people at a protest. This amendment to the…

News & Features The B1 bus, en route to Kingsborough Community College
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Assemblyman William Colton and the Transport Workers Union [TWU-Local 100] are calling on the MTA to implement a weekday, limited service for the beleaguered B1 bus line between Kingsborough Community College [KCC] and Bay Ridge. The assemblyman sent the MTA a letter this month explaining the need for additional service on the B1 route, which has long…

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