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Senator Diane Savino is cracking down on sleezy straphangers. The senator passed her “subway grinder” bill today which creates a felony charge for anyone who sexually assault commuters on public transportation. “The disturbing trend where perverts grind and grope straphangers on crowded subways, buses and ferries needs to end,” said Savino. “Even more distressing is that these perverts get…

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A new employment center for low- and middle-income residents of Sandy-impacted areas opened its doors in Coney Island last week. One hundred free apprenticeship vouchers are now available through the Sandy Recovery Workforce 1 Career Center (1906 Mermaid Avenue), officials announced at a press conference at the Coney Island Library on Thursday. Formed by a partnership between the Mayor’s…

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The numbers are in. Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan sailed to victory over opponent Councilman Vincent Gentile in last night’s special election. Republican Donovan took 60 percent of the vote while Gentile, the Democratic candidate, won just 39 percent, according to preliminary results. The DA, who will be New York City’s only Republican member of the House,…

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As we approach the May 5 special election to fill Michael Grimm’s vacant congressional seat, the Staten Island Advance has done us a favor and tracked down the disgraced former politician, just to see how he is doing one year after his indictment. Turns out the tax cheat is living quite the charmed life post-scandal: he…

News & Features Deutsch, Crowley, Stringer and victims who were reimbursed.
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Councilman Chaim Deutsch and City Comptroller Scott Stringer hit Midwood’s street on Friday to tout a handful of city reimbursements to neighbors for damage to their vehicles caused by Department of Transportaiton roadwork, and to raise awareness of victim assistance programs. The duo held a press conference on Ocean Avenue and Avenue M, near where 11 cars…

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I’m old, and I think the Sheepshead Bay subway station ought to have an elevator to make my life easier. Also, as a venerable tricenarian, I think kids need to be kept off my lawn and somebody ought to teach them some respect with those glowing doo-dads. Furthermore, dubstep sucks and isn’t music. Older adults like myself…

Arts & Culture A neighbor holds a photo of a victims at the Holocaust Remembance Event organized by the Stop Anti-Semitism Foundation.
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Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, passed last week and was observed on Sunday with two local events remembering the victims of the Nazi atrocities. Ruth Lichtenstein, a daughter of Holocaust survivors and founder of Project Witness, a survivors’ resource center, and Dr. Richard Tomback, Kingsborough Community College’s director of Holocaust Studies, spoke to students from several…

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The City Council took up Councilman Mark Treyger’s controversial biking and texting bill this week, which seeks to fine cyclists caught using mobile devices while riding. Biking advocates and at least one elected official slammed the councilman’s proposal at Wednesday’s hearing with the council’s Committee on Transportation, arguing it addresses a nonexistent problem, reports Streets Blog. A vocal critic of the…

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