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(l t r) President Treyger’s parents Norman and Tatyana Treyger, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and UPDC President Mark Treyger

Local community advocate Mark Treyger marks his 10th year anniversary as president of the United Progressive Democratic Club at their general membership breakfast. The guest speaker was New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

“I was re-elected president of the club, which marks the 10th year anniversary for me as club president. The UPDC is a powerhouse grassroots organization located in Bensonhurst that is involved in numerous community issues,” says Treyger.

Treyger has been working with club members and other community stakeholders since he was a mere 20-years-old. His presence has been felt at many of the neighborhood’s most important rallies and events. For example,he worked alongside Assemblyman William Colton to help bring back the B64 bus route and has been integral in assisting neighborhood cleanup efforts.

Congrats Mark! May you continue to be a positive influence on our community.

Photo courtesy of Albert Dashevky

As we all know, New York City is a huge sprawling megalopolis populated by millions of people with a seemingly infinite amount of streets. These realities make it convenient for many dog owners to not care about cleaning up after their dogs. Well, you should clean up after your dog and not just because it keeps your neighborhoods clean, but because the piles of unattended dog feces creates an unfair obstacle course for those in wheelchairs trying to navigate our streets.

Remember, a lot of wheelchair users still propel their wheels forward with their hands, so if they roll over dog doodie, it becomes a horrible situation for someone just trying to get around town. You can use your imagination.

State Senator Marty Golden, after receiving letters from families of handicapped constituents dealing with this problem, has vowed to take action, according to a press release.

“Those who do not clean up after their dogs destroy the quality of life for all residents, and this letter highlights the impact that it has on our disabled neighbors,” Golden said. “I do hope that these concerns raised in this letter will not be ignored. The next time you are out walking your dog, stop and think for a moment, and pick up after your dog.”

Golden has petitioned the Department of Sanitation to place more signs that remind owners to pick up after their dogs.

The headline here is a tweak of two suggestions that came to us on Facebook, thanks to readers Ben Jonjak and Hillary Stackpole.

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This Thursday, January 31 at 6:30 p.m., the teachers and students of David A. Boody Art Magnet are putting on an art show. “An Artistic Winter Evening: An Exhibition of Student and Teacher Art,” is a collaborative show from the school’s Art Magnet department.

Under the direction of Ms. Lisa Banker, Art Magnet Teacher at I.S. 228, students created over two hundred pieces of artwork that will be auctioned off to benefit the School’s Art Program, according to a release.

Proceeds from the auction will equipment and an art facility. David A. Boody is located at I.S. 228, 228 Avenue S.

“Our Art Program consists of many talented student artists. At Boody, the arts are a major component of our academic program. We want to build well-rounded talented students who are college ready and beyond,” said Domenick D’Angelo, Principal of I.S. 228.

Teachers and artists from The Barsky Gallery in Hoboken, New Jersey have also donated professional works to be auctioned off.

All community members are invited to check out the collection in the lobby and interact with the artists. The silent and live auctions will take place in the school’s brand new auditorium. I.S. 228′s music students will entertain guests and light refreshments will be served.

Tickets will be sold at the door, or in advance at $10.00 per adult. Students are free with accompanying adult. For reservations or information, call the PTA of I.S. 228 at 718-375-7635 at extension 1301.

Don’t forget tonight’s Bensonhurst West End Community Council meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the Harway Terrace Community Room at 2475 West 16th Street.

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A man stopped by police for riding a bicycle on the sidewalk turned out to be a local career criminal sought in connection with two other crimes.

Efrain Gauthier was at the 68th Precinct, which services Dyker Heights and other local nabes, last Thursday. When police searched him, they realized the bike was stolen and he had drugs and burglary tools on him.

The 76th Precinct had issued two bench warrants for Gauthier, and had been after him for years. According to the Carroll Gardens Patch, Gauthier has 43 previous arrests and 25 convictions.

The Patch writes:

Captain Jeffrey Schiff was so fed up with the recidivist returning to the streets that he visited the Red Hook Justice Center and requested Judge Calabrese impose a higher bail. As a result of the conversation, the bond was set at $10,000.

Gauthier didn’t show for sentencing to another crime and has been on the lam since then.

Further, the Patch states that:

Captain schiff has previously stated that whenever Gauthier is arrested, the number of car break-ins and stolen bicycles in the 76th Precinct goes down immediately afterward.

Glad to have this perp out of our areas and behind bars, where he belongs.

Source: The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation

From the Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation:

The Francesco Loccisano Memorial Foundation, (, a non-profit serving pediatric cancer patients nationwide, will host their second annual event to celebrate children and teens who demonstrate outstanding qualities and values toward inspiring and bettering the lives of others and their community.

The inaugural ceremony will be held on Sunday, March 10th, and will take place at New York City Events-Dyker Beach Catering and the proceeds will benefit the Foundation’s mission of assisting the pediatric cancer community.

The Foundation is encouraging the community to send a detailed paragraph by Wednesday, January 30th to to nominate children and teens to be one of “Frankie’s Heroes” who: Engage in generous and selfless acts that make a significant difference in the life of another person or persons and demonstrate resilience and courage during a difficult challenge that led toward inspiring others.

Explain why your nominee should be one of “Frankie’s Heroes.” Include name, school, grade and age of child. Include your name, phone number and relationship to child.


Assemblyman William Colton has been appointed as Majority Whip in the NY Assembly Majority Conference by Speaker Sheldon Silver.

According to a member of Colton’s staff, the rise in leadership gives “Assemblyman Colton an increased role in fighting for legislation that protects and strengthens working families, seniors, and children throughout the entire state.”

In case you’re not clear what the term whip refers to, here’s a handy, though somewhat dark, description in Wikipedia:

A whip is an official in a political party whose primary purpose is to ensure party discipline in a legislature. Whips are a party’s “enforcers”, who typically offer inducements and threaten punishments for party members to ensure that they vote according to the official party policy. A whip’s role is also to ensure that the elected representatives of their party are in attendance when important votes are taken. The usage comes from the hunting term “whipping in”, i.e. preventing hounds from wandering away from the pack.

Go get ‘em Colton and whip ‘em back into shape.

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The students in the Little Doctor’s Enrichment Program have teamed up with the New York Blood Organization and will be running a blood drive on Tuesday, January 29, from 4 p.m. until  8:30 p.m.

All donors must be at least 17 years of age. All who donate will be entered into a free raffle to win an iPod. Donors can choose to register for the drive or learn more information by visiting

P.S. 229 is located at 1400 Benson Avenue.

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From the offices of Councilman David Greenfield and Councilman Lew Fidler:

In light of the ongoing school bus drivers strike that has forced 152,000 public and private school children to find alternate routes to and from school, Councilman David G. Greenfield and Councilman Lew Fidler are renewing their call for New York City to institute a pilot transportation voucher program to help reduce the cost of pupil transit and improve services for students based on their school’s specific schedule. This would allow parents to choose a bus service that best fits their child’s needs and schedule, including door-to-door delivery and extended busing hours to match later school days in yeshivas.

Currently, more than one-third of all city school bus routes serve at least one non-public school, and tens of thousands of yeshiva and other private school students rely on the city for yellow school bus service. Meanwhile, the cost of transporting students has skyrocketed in recent years and now stands at $1.1 billion. With that in mind, Greenfield and Fidler recently wrote to Deputy Schools Chancellor Kathleen Grimm to follow up on a request they made during a City Council Education Committee hearing last fall for the city to institute a transportation voucher program.

New York City currently spends about $7,000 a year to transport each student to and from school, the highest per-pupil rate of any school district in the nation. Under the plan that Councilman Greenfield and Councilman Fidler are proposing, the city would save millions of dollars each year in student transit costs while providing schools with better, more reliable service. The proposal would have the city providing a flat rate vouchers at half the current cost for parents to choose their own transportation provider. In their January 9 letter to Deputy Chancellor Grimm, Council Members Greenfield and Fidler note that “with bids being put out for school bus contracts and with the DOE trying to lower the costs of school bus transportation, it is an ideal time to consider the benefits our proposal can bring.”

Councilman Greenfield has advocated for a transportation voucher program for parents of private and public school children since he ran for office in 2010. As soon as Greenfield entered office, he met with current Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who at the time was Deputy Mayor for Education, about his proposal for a school transportation voucher program. Greenfield has since followed up on this plan with other senior administration officials. Councilman Fidler has staunchly supported such efforts as a City Council member representing southern Brooklyn.

“It was clear before this drivers strike that the city’s system for busing students needs to be completely overhauled, and the strike is only magnifying that fact. That’s why I have asked the Department of Education to institute a transportation voucher system that allows parents to directly contract with bus companies to better meet their specific child’s needs at half the current cost. This will save the city money while increasing the level of service for students, and is something that should have been instated long before this strike disrupted the education of thousands of children,” said Councilman Greenfield.

“Since the DOE has sent school bus contracts out for competitive bidding, now would be the appropriate time to at least look into a pilot program for yeshiva school busing.  The existing contract structure does not work well for yeshivot. The program that Councilman Greenfield and I have suggested would improve service and save taxpayers’ money at the same time,” said Councilman Fidler.

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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.