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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…

Events deutsch-age-friendly
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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…

News & Features voting
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Things got heated Tuesday night at NY1’s live televised debate between Staten Island DA Daniel Donovan and Councilman Vincent Gentile at the College of Staten Island, as the candidates clashed over issues like the Eric Garner case, Iran, immigration, and prosecuting FEMA fraud. Despite being comically mismatched height-wise, with Donovan towering over Gentile, the Brooklyn councilman seemed to…

News & Features Photo by Ned Berke
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A proposed ban on booze cruises in Sheepshead Bay gained a Senate sponsor in Albany, while critics of the local industry fight back against allegations that the ban is fueled by racial tensions. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz introduced a bill on February 20 prohibiting boats that throw late-night, alcohol-fueled parties from docking at Sheepshead Bay’s piers, operated by the New…

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The son-in-law of indicted former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Marcello Trebitsch, of Midwood, was arrested yesterday morning and charged with running a Ponzi scheme. Trebitsch, 37, allegedly swindled approximately $7 million from multiple clients over five years, promising investors annual returns up to 16 percent. Instead, he pocketed some money, used some to repay early investors,…

News & Features deblasio
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Fraudsters beware: a new task force launched yesterday to put phony lawyers who prey on vulnerable immigrants behind bars. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio are teaming up on the initiative, dedicating enforcement resources to root out “immigrant service provider fraud,” among other scams targeting immigrants. The joint task force’s priority will…

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