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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 State Senator John 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…

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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…

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You are a signature away from being able to legally dine with your dog at outdoor and sidewalk cafes — as long as the bar or restaurant owner allows it — in New York State, thanks to the passage of Senate Bill 4327/Assembly Bill 5956, also known as the Dining With Dogs Bill. The bill…

News Trump Village Shopping Center Renderings at Neptune Avenue. Photo by Neal Storman
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The group behind the controversial 40-story tower set to rise at the site of Coney Island’s Trump Village Shopping Center rushed to secure building permits in the days before the expiration of a lucrative tax break for developers, reports the Wall Street Journal. “Our goal is to get our permits as quickly as possible,” Dennis Hasher, counsel for Cammeby’s…

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Assemblyman William Colton sent a letter to the Department of Transportation [DOT] last week calling on the agency to implement safety protections for drivers along the Belt Parkway due to light poles that were recently installed near the edge of the roadway without guard rails. Colton said his office has been contacted by a number of…

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In the wake of yesterday’s shooting — which wounded two, including a senior citizen — Councilman Mark Treyger is calling on the NYPD to put its new gunfire-tracking technology to use in Coney Island. The councilman sent a letter to Commissioner Bill Bratton last week asking him to expand the law enforcement agency’s $1.5 million ShotSpotter pilot program, which…

News 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,…

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