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This past week, we ran a story describing the plight of disabled Brooklyn residents hounded by dog poop lining the streets, ruining both their wheelchairs and their quality of life. It seems like a local concerned Bensonhurst citizen has taken the cause to the streets, posting pictures of negligent dog owners failing to clean up after their dogs. Carmen T. sent this pic to us via twitter, helping spread the “campaign of shame” needed to motivate these lazy dog owners into cleaning up the streets and following the law. Thanks, Carmen, and remember, for the sake of the disabled and everyone else, please clean up after your dog!

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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.

Source: city-data.com

We have some sad news to report today: Gino’s Focacceria, located at 7118 18th Avenue, may be closing down.

The news comes from local resident John G., who was unable to get any more details as to why the neighborhood staple will be shut.

On several occasions, I devoured the stuffed artichokes. Their closing truly creates a gap in family-owned Italian dining.

A call to Gino’s went unanswered, so unfortunately, I don’t know why they’re closing either.

If anyone out there knows, or wants to head over and there and convince them to remain on 18th Avenue, we’d love to hear from you.

Source: Carmen T.

Our lovely reader and tipster Carmen T. sent us this photo of Matreshka (8022 20th Avenue) along with the following note:
Matreshka store, under new management. Russian, Middle Eastern and Latino style hot food to go!!
Sounds delicious. I wonder if I can order the chilly soup even though I am not Spanish?

Officers from the 60th Precinct are looking for the public’s help in finding the man photographed above. Described as a 25-year-old male, 5’6″, he is wanted for robbery of a livery cab driver on January 26. The robbery took place at West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, in Coney Island.

Assembly members Matthew Titone, Nicole Malliotakis, Michael Cusick and Joe Borelli during yesterday’s press conference. Source: Malliotakis’ Office

Three Southern Brooklyn Assembly members joined a bipartisan group of colleagues during a press conference yesterday to demand that Governor Andrew Cuomo waive registration fees and up to $1,000 worth of state sales tax on vehicles purchased by those whose previous vehicle was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy. Nicole Malliotakis, William Colton and Alec Brook-Krasny — also joined by Staten Island Assembly members Michael Cusick, Joe Borelli, Matthew Titone, Joseph Saladino and Brian Curran — are also pushing for rebates on sales tax already paid on such purchases.

Malliotakis, whose district covers both Bay Ridge and a swath of Staten Island that was devastated by Sandy, said that, “The victims of Hurricane Sandy have been left in personal and financial ruin. We must do all we can to ease the long rebuilding process.” The Transportation Committee member went on to explain that: “By eliminating registration fees and up to $1,000 worth of state sales tax for vehicle purchasers whose car was destroyed by the storm, we are extending a helping hand to those who need it most. We are creating incentives for consumers to shop in-state, helping dealerships that were also impacted by the storm and avoiding any state budget shortfalls as this revenue could not have been anticipated prior to the storm. Helping our neighbors rebuild is the right thing to do, and this measure will ease the crushing burden that so many of our families are feeling.”

Her partners in government concurred.

Borelli explained that “the rebuilding process is one that will not happen over night” and that “Anything we can do to help make the rebuilding process easier must be done,” while Lopez pointed out that “These storms have united upstate and downstate with a common understanding of how fragile our communities are.” He has urged for movement on the issue, “to provide the same benefit to those devastated by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.”

Much of Brook-Krasny’s Southwest Brooklyn district, which covers parts of Brighton Beach, Coney Island, Sea Gate and Bay Ridge was also heavily affected by the October superstorm.

To see Malliotakis’ comments during the press conference, click here.

Source: Echolocation

New York City has become a major player in the world of tech start-ups. The push has been felt by New Yorkers all over the five boroughs. For example, commuters can now use MTA phone apps to determine more accurate train or bus arrival times.

Another new Brooklyn-based start-up has also just rolled out an iPhone app to help connect community members with other locals, whether they need access to a specific store location or a dose of community news. Echo by Echolocation connects users with their location through 140 character messages. It’s similar to Twitter except that it automatically detects which city you’re in, and provides you with the most recent content from Echo users in that city.

“Our goal for Echo is to provide people in Bensonhurst with an effective way to communicate with other people in the community. As part of the roll out  we’ve integrated content from Bensonhurst Bean so people can easily get access to your blog directly from their mobile devices,” writes Echolocation founder Brian Donohue.

Is it wrong that we love the integration of our blog into this app’s usage? If it is, we don’t want to be right. Nice job developers. We hope to see more Bensonhurst-inspired apps in your future.

Source: nyccouncil.tumblr.com

From the office of Councilman Vincent Gentile:

Do you have questions about your property taxes? Want to know how you can appeal them? Are you looking for ways to lower property taxes?

Councilman Vincent J. Gentile invites you to a presentation and Q&A on “How To Appeal Your Property Taxes”.

Have your questions about residential, commercial, condo, and co-op property taxes answered by the Honorable Kirk P. Tzanides, Commissioner of the New York City Tax Commission.

Monday, February 11th at 7:30 PM at Our Lady of Angels Auditorium (7320 4th Avenue). Parking will be available in the OLA lot.

For more information, call Councilman Gentile’s office (718) 748-5200, extension 203.

The Daily News got the scoop that Coney Island Councilman Domenic Recchia is pulling out of his race against State Senator Eric Adams for the Brooklyn Borough President’s seat – and turning his energies to giving embattled Republican Congressman Michael Grimm the boot.

City Councilman Domenic Recchia is dropping his bid for Brooklyn Borough President – paving the way for an outspoken Afican American state lawmaker to make history.

Recchia (D-Coney Island) now plans to challenge embattled Republican Rep. Michael Grimm, several friends told the News.

… Recchia is term limited out of the Council and has been scrambling for months to find a new spot.

He long sought to run for City Controller, but begrudgingly dropped that dream after political party bigs backed Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer’s bid.

Recchia, who serves as the Council’s powerful finance chair, then planned to run for Borough President, promising to formally announce his bid earlier this month.

But he was never excited about the idea of seeking a post that carries little legislative power or political influence, a source said.

“That’s a step down for the Council finance chair,” a Recchia ally said.

The Grimm seat has long been a possibility for the city lawmaker, political insiders said.

Recchia contemplated running against the embattled congressman last year.

In November, Grimm defeated his Democratic challenger, Mark Murphy, 53 percent to 46 percent.

Predictably, Recchia’s office refused to confirm or deny the report to the Daily News.

Grimm, meanwhile, is still limping along after his mild victory against lackluster candidate Mark Murphy. Despite Murphy’s failure to appear at any debate against Grimm, weak fundraising, and a rather embarrassing moment of dim-wittedness captured by the New York Times, Murphy only lost to the incumbent Grimm by seven percent of the vote – probably due to the fact that Grimm is hounded by numerous scandal allegations.

When Superstorm Sandy swept through our lives last October, it wrecked the Coney Island Seaside Senior Center. In light of the mess left by Sandy, the center, sponsored by the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI), have been the thankful recipient of some donated furniture courtesy of Jonathan Tisch, chairman of Loews Hotels & Resorts, according to a press release.

The Loews Regency Hotel donated more than 3,600 pieces of furniture including refrigerators, rugs, conference tables and televisions to replace the items destroyed by Sandy.

“After more than three months, many families, businesses and organizations are still feeling the effects of Superstorm Sandy,” said Jonathan Tisch, “I’m pleased to partner with the Mayor’s Fund and U. Santini to donate these items from the Loews Regency Hotel and assist in the recovery process.”

Good work Mr. Tisch.