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Senator Diane Savino’s bill to allow advertising on lottery tickets has passed in Senate.
Savino’s belief is that the advertising would bring in millions of dollars for education, without raising taxes. She is an advocate of money raised through advertising on governmental properties such as buses and bridges.
“In April, New York participated in a record $654 million Power Ball lottery,” said Savino to SI Live. Lotto officials estimated 137 million tickets were sold in New York state alone. Imagine if all those tickets had advertisements on them that could have raised revenue for New York state. That is less money we need from your pocket in taxes to run schools and colleges throughout New York.”
Savino is awaiting companion legislation action in the Assembly.
Last week, police questioned and arrested the man they believe sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at the Fort Hamilton subway station last month.
Mario Escudero-Flores, 29, has been charged with sexual misconduct, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, according to All Media NY.
The attack happened at the Fort Hamilton Parkway stop on the N train at 62nd Street. Escudero-Flores groped a teenage girl from behind and then left the scene of the crime. However, his image was caught by MTA security cameras.
A tipsters called the police and led them to Ecudero-Flores after seeing the surveillance photos.
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Last week, court proceedings started on a mob trail that involves everything from murder and extortion to L&B Spumoni Gardens at 2725 86th Street.
Alleged Colombo mob man Francis Guerra faces charges of being involved in the murders of underboss Joe Scopo and nightclub owner Michael Devin.
He is also accused of extorting money from Eugene Lombardo and threatening him. Lombardo is a former L&B Spumoni Gardens employee. Guerra accused Lombardo of stealing the secret L&B pizza sauce recipe from his in-laws’ famed Brooklyn eatery.
“Gene came out and (Guerra) started yelling at him. He told him he’s a ‘piece of s—, a s—bag, robbed my family, I’ll break your head!’ ” said Ex-Colombo capo Anthony Russo on the witness stand.
After Lombardo opened his own pizzeria in Staten Island, the Square at 1910 Hylan Boulevard, Guerra began threatening Lombardo’s life.
“Guerra confronted the pizza maker, demanded money from him and hit him,” Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Allon Lifshitz said in his opening statement, according to the New York Daily News.
When the story broke out, Lombardo denied being extorted or threatened.
“This is no secret recipe. There’s no patents on pizza,” he had said.
Protesters in front of the depot (Photo: Allan Rosen)
Sheepshead Bites transit columnist Allan Rosen was with members of the Bensonhurst West End Community Council (BWECC), Assemblyman William Colton, Councilman Vincent Gentile, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny and local strap-hangers during a recent rally at Ulmer Park Depot at 25th Avenue near Cropsey Avenue demanding the restoration of the B64 bus route.
He wrote an in-depth piece about the event and other Southern Brooklyn MTA route cuts and how they affect community members for our sister site, Sheepshead Bites.
Among other things, he writes:
Demonstrators gathered at Ulmer Park Depot, 25th Avenue near Cropsey Avenue, at 11:00 a.m. to protest the cutback of the B64 bus from Coney Island to 25th Avenue. The western terminus of the route is in Bay Ridge. The community last protested this service cut shortly after it occurred back in June 2010. Hopefully, this protest will be more successful. It had the support of Local 100 of the TWU, which promised to support restoration of all the 2010 service cuts. Approximately 50 of the demonstrators were Local 100 members. I previously wrote about the B64 just under a year ago and again when discussing the MTA’s evaluation of these service cuts last October.
Take a look at his impassioned report as we continue our coverage of the B64 restoration protests and plans.
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Earlier today we reported on several sites that had been spray-painted with messages of hate around Borough Park. Now, more swastikas have popped up after a weekend vandalizing spree.
The latest of the swastikas was found drawn on a parked van at East 2nd Street and Avenue F.
A passer-by called 911 to report the graffiti on Sunday night, according to My Fox NY.
A synagogue and five buildings in the area were hit on Friday. Police have surveillence video of the men and are reviewing it to see if the incidents are connected.
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This before and after photograph depicts the establishments around 2042 86th Street. The black and white photo is of Cohn’s Restaurant and Dining Room, an old Bensonhurst eatery.
Today, the address doesn’t seem to exist. Currently, 86 Pharmacy is located at 2044 86th Street and Ichi Sushi is at 2040 86th Street. However, if you look closely, you’ll notice that what remains are the bricks from the original structure.
Of course, the other thing that hasn’t changed is the garbage. Even in the olden days, boxes and trash remained stacked on an 86th Street curb for hours (centuries?) on end.
Councilman Greenfield surveying the damage at a local synagogue
Recently, Borough Park residents woke up to find swastikas painted on at least a half-dozen buildings throughout the neighborhood. Councilman David Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individuals responsible for the hateful attack on the community.
Swastikas were discovered early Friday morning spray painted on at least six buildings in the vicinity of 16th Avenue, including a synagogue, a public school and several businesses. The NYPD is currently investigating the latest hate crime against Brooklyn’s Jewish community, including reviewing security footage from local businesses.
“Once again, we find ourselves under attack from individuals who think nothing of spreading hate and fear throughout the community. This is absolutely unacceptable, especially in an area that is home to so many Holocaust survivors. Rest assured, I will work with the NYPD until those responsible for this horrific crime are caught and held responsible. Our community will not be intimidated by these senseless acts of hate,” said Greenfield.
Anyone with information about this crime is urged to call the NYPD’s confidential tip line at 1-800-577-TIPS.
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Join officers from the 62nd and 68th Precincts at 8973 Bay Parkway in front of Best Buy on Monday, June 18 at 2 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Officers from the precincts encourage resident to bring their electronics devices, cars and bicycles to the parking lot as they will be performing various community services aimed at preventing theft in the neighborhood.
First on the agenda is Operation Identification, during which officers identify items of value such as cell phones, iPads, iPods, GPS, MP3 players, laptops, dvd players, and etc., engrave them with identification numbers and register the items.
The officers will also permanently etch Vehicle Identification Numbers onto the glass of cars.
The V.I.N. Etching Program prevents car theft because if a thief attempts to remove numbers, it will leave leave a visible mark and make it difficult to sell the glass or the car.
The Bicycle Registration program will also take place. ID numbers will be engraved into bikes and bikes will be registered with the NYPD to discourage theft and alert the police of stolen bicycles.
The police officers plan to discuss the C.A.T. Program, which authorizes the police to stop vehicles between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. to determine if the vehicle is stolen. They’ll also speak about the Commuter C.A.T. Program, which is for commuters who park during daytime hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Residents are encouraged to attend and take advantage of the services offered as well as ask police questions about crime prevention in the neighborhood.
St. Mary, Mother of Jesus Parish 2326 at 84th Street is hosting a free movie screening of The Incredibles for Father’s Day. Tickets are by donation and pizza will be served.
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Police found a dead body floating in the water near Exit 3 off the Belt Parkway, five days after a man jumped from the Verrazano Bridge.
He was found unresponsive. When the emergency services team arrived, he was declared dead. The man has not yet been identified, however, police believe he may be the man that jumped Friday morning.
Police believe that the man abandoned his car on the Staten Island-bound side of the Verrazano’s lower level at about 11:40 a.m.
No motive has been released.
The suicide is just one in a string of several suicides in the past few months, according to SILive.com.