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A Facebook invite appeared on the Worker’s Justice Project (Proyecto Justicia Laboral) page inviting laborers to meet and discuss the state of their industry and rebuilding the community.

According to their bio, “Worker’s Justice Project is a democratic, worker-led organization committed to empower low-wage workers to gain a voice at workplace and create sustainable economic opportunities through the power of organizing.”

Here is the text of the invite:

Atención: Esta reunión de emergencia hace un llamado a todos los miembros del centro de Bay Parkway y Jornaleros de la área de Brooklyn para tratar el futuro de nuestro centro que fue afectado por el Huracán Sandy y como reorganizarnos para reconstruir nuestra comunidad juntos, unidos y organizados.

¡No Faltes!

Participá: tu presencia es importante!

El Tren D hasta Bay Parkway.

I used my rudimentary Spanish to translate it to something like:

Attention: This emergency meeting calls on all members of central Bay Parkway and laborers in the Brooklyn area to discuss the future of our institution that was affected by Hurricane Sandy and reorganize and rebuild our community together, united and organized.

Not to be missed!

Participate: your presence is important!

The D Train to Bay Parkway.

Police in Bay Ridge are looking for a man wanted for sexually assaulting a victim and then trying to rape her.

The man wanted is described as a black male, approximately 25-years-old, 5’7 inches and weighing 200 pounds. He is described to have a medium-dark complexion and a long goatee. He was seen wearing a black hoodie.

The alleged rape occurred on Saturday, November 3 at 3 a.m.

According to the Brooklyn Spectator, the assault happened “within the confines of the 68th Precinct.”

Anyone with information regarding the suspect or incident should notify Detective Velazco at the Brooklyn Special Victims Squad at 718-230-4421.

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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.

Reader J. Szilagyi sent us this photo of the snow falling in Bensonhurst. By the looks of it, this was sometime in the evening, when the snow was at its worst!

Luckily, it didn’t stick and now we’re back to our regularly scheduling programing of cold weather and winter gray skies. Enjoy!


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From the office of Councilman David Greenfield:

Councilman David G. Greenfield is calling on the state and federal government to take immediate action under the state of emergency declared in response to Hurricane Sandy to end the ongoing gas crisis in New York City that continues to cripple the economy and force residents to endure unacceptably long wait times at gas stations. Councilman Greenfield is also demanding answers from the federal Department of Energy, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg as to why this situation has continued with no relief in sight, while other neighboring states have not faced similar shortages.

“I share the outrage of the countless residents and business owners who have called me in search of answers to this unacceptable situation. Officials at all levels of government must make solving this issue a top priority as we continue to recover from Hurricane Sandy. The impact this shortage is having on our city is crippling and cannot continue. I am demanding that real steps, including gas rationing, be immediately taken to abate this shortage, and that the city and state provide clear answers to the public,” said Councilman Greenfield.

Councilman Greenfield is calling on the governor and mayor to put restrictions in place to help alleviate the strain on gas supplies, including instituting a rationing system similar to the one imposed in New Jersey – something Greenfield called for in New York days ago. The rationing system would allow drivers to fill up only every other day depending on their license plate number. Greenfield is also seeking to limit the amount of containers individuals are allowed to fill at the pump to a maximum of 10 gallons to help reduce lines and the potential for gas hoarding. Finally, in order to bring long-term relief to motorists, Councilman Greenfield is calling on the federal government to increase the amount of gasoline it is allocating to the New York area, and for officials here to ensure that these supplies reach local gas stations as quickly as possible.

As the gas shortages and long lines at local stations have persisted, the problem has begun impacting a huge segment of the city’s population, beyond motorists who rely on their vehicle to get to work or school. Businesses have suffered greatly due to the inability to make shipments or receive deliveries and the inability of their customers to reach them. Equally frustrating is that on major streets like Coney Island Avenue in the Councilman’s district, businesses are complaining that metered parking spaces are now inaccessible due to lines extending along the roadway from a nearby gas station. More critically, residents who need to get to the doctor or hospital for life-saving medical treatment have been endangered.

The shortage has forced the city to divert a large police presence to maintain order at gas stations following several reports of violence between drivers waiting in line at a time when all available officers are needed in neighborhoods devastated by the storm to prevent looting and residential burglaries. In addition, two officers were injured in Bay Ridge after they were struck by a car driven by a man who got into an argument at a gas station there. The shortage has also contributed to a price increase of nearly 10 cents per gallon, created a black market with gas being offered online and on street corners at prices of up to $20 a gallon and led to price gouging by some taxi drivers.

As a public servant who needs to travel around his district by car, Councilman Greenfield is experiencing the same problems as his constituents. Just the other day he made a midnight trip to New Jersey to fill his tank with gas. Councilman Greenfield is trying to use technology to inform his constituents. He is constantly providing the public with updates on local gas availability through his Twitter handle, @NYCGreenfield, and he spearheaded the creation of the hash tag #NYCgas that hundreds of New Yorkers are now using to find gas.

“This situation has gone on for far too long without any real action or answers from the mayor or governor. As the community’s elected representative, I am demanding answers on why we are still in this situation and what exactly is being done to resolve it. Simply put, this is a failure of leadership and we need answers and action now,” added Councilman Greenfield.

Sources: Offices of Michael Grimm/Offices of Mark Murphy

Michael Grimm won a second term in the 11th Congressional District against Mark Murphy. The race was one of the most controversial and heated among the local races.

Grimm and Murphy’s campaign took several nasty turns with each opponent making ethical accusations against the other, according to SI Live.

Murphy has not conceded yet, instead asking to have the votes individually counted. He writes in a statement:

“I have nothing but respect and admiration for the thousands of people who put aside the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy to participate in the greatest democracy on earth. Our community has suffered great tragedies in the past week, and to honor our community’s resilience I want to make sure every ballot is counted, and although I do not think the immediate outcome will change, their voice and votes most be heard.

Grimm, after the projected victory was announced, said that even if Murphy calls him to concede, he wouldn’t take the call. He called Murphy “despicable.”

“I am proud of the campaign I ran,” said Murphy. “My message of protecting the middle class, standing up for women and medicare clearly resonated. As we pick up the pieces after Sandy, the role of public service will be more important than ever for Staten Island and Brooklyn, and I will continue my leadership on that front for our community.

As for my opponents disgraceful remarks after claiming a victory, I believe it continues to show his poor judgement, and continues to set the wrong example for all those in the community that look for honor, humility and a steady hand and cool head from those we elect.”

A man in his 20′s was found stabbed to death at 2027 Stillwell Avenue near Avenue T, before midnight on Tuesday.

Police on the scene said that the victim had stab wounds to his neck and abdomen. No arrests have been made and the man’s identity has not been released, according to DNA info.


We have gotten several emails inquiring about the state of the N line. After the Sea Beach line suffered extensive flooding during Hurricane Sandy, the train has not been operational.

Other MTA lines have also been inactive, like the L train and G train, but progress in getting them back on track seems to be moving along. Yet, no word was heard about the line that services most Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge riders.

We reached out to Kevin Ortiz, an MTA spokesperson, who told us that because of the flooding, most of the N lines operational services were damaged. This includes the tracks, signals and switches.

He also mentioned that they have crews there trying to get it to be operational as soon as possible.

While this is not much of a report for those stuck without a train nearby, we will continue to pester the MTA for updates.

Tell us, how have you been getting to work, school or otherwise without the N?

Please take notice that Community Board 11 will hold its general meeting on Thursday, November 8 at the Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare (1740 84th Street) at  7:30 p.m.

After a long night, the winners for our local districts have been announced. Looks like all of the incumbents held their places:
  • Democratic State Senator Diane Savino held onto her seat against Republican Lisa Grey in the 23 District, with 75.7 percent to 24.3 percent of the vote.
  • In District 11, Republican Michael Grimm beat out Democrat Mark Murphy, 52.6 percent to 46.4 percent.
  • In District 22, State Senator Marty Golden wins over Demorat Andrew Gounardes, 58.1 percent to 41.9 percent.
  • Democrat Jerrold Nadler held onto his seat in District 10 against Republican Michael Chan, with 80 percent to 20 percent of the vote.

Update (9:52 a.m.):

  • District 47′s Councilman William Colton beat Republican James Rippa, with 74.2 percent of the vote.
  • Peter Abbate was uncontested and held his seat in the 49th District.