One of our regular tipsters was just driving on Cropsey Avenue when he spotted “Medicare inspectors right outside of a medical office.”
The location of the office is 1706 Cropsey Avenue, which is a multi-purpose medical office with diagnostics labs and doctors’ offices.
He knew one of the inspectors, so he inquired as to what was happening. According to the tipster, the inspector said, “[They] were executing a search warrant.”
If this is an investigation into another Medicare scheme, it wouldn’t be the first in the area. As of late, hundreds of thousands of dollars
have been illegally collected on behalf of local medical professionals bilking the system.
We’ll be following this story to see what develops.
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Senator Diane Savino and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis watched and rated last night’s Presidential debate together. Take a look at what they had to say to SI Live about the highs and the lows of the battle between President Barack Obama and former Governor Mitt Romney and see if you agree.
Malliotakis gave Obama a C.
Reason: On the defensive talking about what should be done, but he’s had four years.
Best moment: Saying he’s fond of the term “Obamacare,” making light of one of his administration’s worse moments.
Worst moment: He seemed flustered responding to Gov. Romney’s points on the economy and health care.
Romney got an A.
Reason: Knowledgeable, passionate and to the point.
Best Moment: Calling out the president for wasting two years on Obamacare instead of fighting for jobs.
Worst Moment: A bit too eager and overly agitated when responding to the president’s misrepresentations.
Savino gave Obama a B.
Reason: He was a little stiff in his presentation.
Best moment: When he spoke about the strength of the American people in spite of any adversity.
Worst moment: He allowed Romney to mistakenly say several times that he cut $716 billion from Medicare.
Romney got a B as well.
Reason: He did better than everyone expected.
Best moment: His critique of time wasted on Obamacare when the president should have been focused on jobs.
Worst moment: When he said he’d cut programs if it wasn’t worth borrowing money from China to fund them.
Did you catch the debates last night? How do you think they did?
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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.
How did we miss this? According to the ship’s log, the Half Moon arrived in Gravesend Bay in early September. This journey is a recreation of Henry Hudson’s famous journey of discovery in 1609.
Hudson and the men aboard the d’Halve Maen were seeking a northwest passage across the New World and their interactions with the First Nations there ended up helping shape the future of New York. A replica ship, the Half Moon, aimed to recreate the earlier voyage.
This time around, the crew was made up of students from around New York and students from the Netherlands. The students logged historic information, environmental observations and much more in their journals.
Here’s a quick glimpse into their activities, the final leg of the trip ending in Gravesend Bay:
4th Entry, 1923 Hours: The natural harbor of Gravesend Bay is our destination for the night. From here, we can see the shorelines of Staten Island and Brooklyn, the towering lights of the Freedom Tower, and Coney Island’s rides.
With the upcoming Columbus Day parade, it only seems fitting that Hudson’s discovery mission receives some notice as well.
How’s this photo to help you beat the midweek blues? This lovely rainbow was photographed near Walbaum’s at 18th Avenue and 82nd Street.
While it’s no double rainbow, it’s still pretty magical.
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A gun bust in Gravesend netted officers loaded firearms, drugs and a 3-foot-long alligator.
The raid occurred in Michael, 32, and Alisa Volpe’s, 25, apartment at about 5:30 a.m. Police found the alligator in a cage, according to the New York Daily News.
Police discovered the caged reptile as they executed a search warrant at the Gravesend apartment of Michael and Alisa Volpe about 5:30 a.m.
Cops also found brass knuckles, marijuana and pills.
“You never know who you’re living with,” said a man who resides above the Volpes’ basement apartment. “This alligator thing is bugging me out… I never heard an alligator down there!”
Cops charged the couple with criminal possession of a weapon, criminal possession of a controlled substance and harboring a prohibited animal. Michael Volpe has four previous arrests.
Police sources said the alligator “didn’t look very good.” The Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine on the Upper West Side, was called to take the animal away, according to DNA Info.
When a distraught man was threatening to jump from the ledge of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on July 23, it took the quick thinking and compassion of two police officers, who spoke the man’s native Cantonese, to talk him out of ending his life.
Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority Officer Eddie Fung and NYPD Officer Yi Huang were the two men responsible for preventing the suicide. The officers, along with the distraught man, were all born in Hong Kong.
Unfortunately, after the harrowing incident, the officers’ identities were mixed-up and officials were unable to determine which officer was to receive accolades for the heroic deed. Turns out, it was the help of both that saved a life.
During the four-hour ordeal, Fung started the conversation with the jumper, and after a few hours Huang took over.
“At the beginning he ignored me, he was not responding,” said Fung to the New York Daily News. “After an hour, he said he had family and financial problems. He loved his daughter very much, so I focused on her.”
After about 2 p.m., Huang got there.
You don’t realize how tiring it is,” Huang said of conversing at the top of his lungs. “I relieved Eddie.”
Earlier this month, Officer Huang was honored by the City Council with a ceremony.
“Today we honor Officer Yi Huang for going above and beyond the call of duty,” Councilman Vincent Gentile said to the Brooklyn Eagle. “Officer Huang reminds us all why the New York City Police Department truly is New York’s Finest.”
Perhaps Fung is next in line for a ceremony for his contributions as well.
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The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission releases lists of places around the city that will remain protected under a landmark status stamp. From the recognizable Empire State Building to the smaller, lesser known establishments, the selected buildings can vary.
The commission receives hundreds of requests a year. This year, one came through for a “seemingly unremarkable house in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, which happened to be the childhood home of the television host Larry King,” wrote the New York Times.
Borough President Marty Markowitz is the one who initially made the request, according to Curbed.
Unfortunately, the proposal was not accepted and King’s home will have to remain unremarkable.
The burden of nighttime parking in Bensonhurst may soon be eased, as community leaders pursue a plan to give commercial vehicles the boot from residential on-street parking spaces.
Community Board 11 Chairperson Bill Guarinello is spearheading an effort to get rid of the commercial vehicles, which take up residential spaces despite city laws meant to prevent them from doing so.
“There seems to be explosion of commercial vehicles,” Guarinello said. “It starts to make the neighborhood look like a parking lot.”
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