Sheepshead Bay State Senator David Storobin will run for re-election in the new Super Jewish district, named that for its dense population of Orthodox Jews.
Th district was drawn up in March as a result of the population changes revealed in the 2010 United States Census. The district includes the neighborhoods of Boro Park and Flatbush.
According to Politicker, Storobin’s main primary opposition, Nachman Caller of the Republican Party, has decided to drop out of the race, and will now support Storobin. Storobin will most likely compete against the Democrat Simcha Felder, a former City Councilman, in the general election. Although Felder began as the frontrunner, much of the area’s voter population has transferred its loyalty to the Republican Party. Storobin told Hamodia that he is looking forward to a civil competition between himself and Felder.
Storobin won the the recount for a special election in corrupt State Senator Carl Kruger’s district about a week ago. Kruger resigned last year, after pleading guilty to bribery charges on the federal level. However, due to the fact that Storobin’s current seat was disassembled in this year’s redistricting process, it was unclear if he would seek re-election.
“I am very happy that I won the previous election,” Storobin said. “I think it was a big victory for the Jewish community. I think it was a big victory for all of those who subscribe to conservative values, and I think we need to continue.”
The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton:
The fight to restore vital bus service in Southwest Brooklyn has gained significant momentum as the Transport Workers Union Local 100 has signed on to support Assemblyman William Colton’s effort to return B64 bus service to Southwest Brooklyn residents. Colton, members of the TWU, representatives of numerous Southern Brooklyn organizations, and many local residents plan to stand in solidarity at a rally scheduled for Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m. at the Ulmer Park Bus Depot, located at the corner of 25th Avenue and Harway Avenue.
“I will not allow the MTA to get away with their assault on working people, seniors, disabled persons, and children from across Southwest Brooklyn,” declared Assemblyman Colton. “By eliminating B64 service from Harway Avenue to Coney Island, the MTA has literally stranded and crippled families, the local economy, and the outlook of a newly devised Coney Island amusement district. Additionally, the MTA made an equally shortsighted decision to cut in half the service the B82 provides from 25th Avenue to Coney Island. The same affected populations and economic engines that are being hurt by the B64 cuts are feeling double the pain by these crippling and ill-advised service cuts,” Colton added.
Cuts to the B64 service route along Harway Avenue to Coney Island were made in 2010 as part of an MTA plan to reduce costs. However, the Assemblyman points out that this service cut is nothing short of penny wise and pound-foolish. “This is a classic example of government incompetence,” Colton charges. “On one hand the City of New York invests millions of dollars to revamp Coney Island’s amusement district to attract millions of tourists and on the other hand, our transportation agency decides to reduce service in the area. It does not add up and this is why people rightfully lose faith in government,” Colton adds.
From collecting thousands of petition signatures, to requesting the federal Justice Department’s intervention on behalf of people with disabilities, Colton has not relented in his fight to restore B64 and B82 service to Southwest Brooklyn residents.
Community groups expected to be in attendance at Saturday’s rally include: Most Precious Blood Roman Catholic Church, Bensonhurst West End Community Council, Harway Terrace Apartments Board of Directors, Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church, Castellammare del Golfo, Aidone Social Cultural Association, ASU of New York, Friends of the Boardwalk, Community Education Council – District 21, NIA Community Services Network, Southern Brooklyn Democrats, United Progressive Democratic Club, Brooklyn Young Democrats, and the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn.
Los Angeles, New York’s smoggier and smuggier cousin has done the unthinkable: They’ve banned the single-use plastic bag.
Although plastic bags were only introduced to supermarkets in the late 70’s (I know, right, it feels like they have been around forever), they quickly became a ubiquitous part of daily life.
Unfortunately, because of their ever-gaining popularity, they also became an environmental hazard. Scientists estimate that more than 315 billion pounds of plastic are in the oceans right now. Not to mention the countless plastic bags flying around Bensonhurst like flockless plastic pigeons.
In a surprising move, the city of Los Angeles outlawed the polyethylene bag, joining San Jose, Long Beach, Malibu and Berkeley.
There were rumblings here and there about a New York plastic bag tax or ban, but thus far, nothing has taken root. If L.A.’s bag ban influences New York politics, get used to hearing “paper or paper” at the checkout line.
Do you think plastic bags should be banned in New York City?
“What the What?” is a new photo feature looking at odd, weird and interesting things in the neighborhood. If you have photos of what the what happenings in Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights or the surrounding areas send them to lvladimirova [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.
Lewis Colam watched someone he loved dearly succumb to Alzheimer’s disease. The 24-year-old former management consultant knew he had to do something to raise funds and awareness so that others who in a similar position have the support and resources they need.
He took to the sea. Having no prior rowing experience did not stop Colam. He decided to undertake a 2,000 mile, 100 day rowboat journey from Miami to New York to raise $50,000 for research of the disease.
Yesterday was the final leg of Colam’s journey, starting near the Verrazano Bridge at which he arrived around 11 a.m. He rowed along the New Jersey shoreline, past the Statue of Liberty, and up the Hudson River, arriving at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum at approximately 3 p.m.
Colam has been rowing since since March 3rd for approximately 18 hours each day. He carried no motor, sail or fellow rower aboard his 15-foot open-decked row boat. Most nights, he anchored and slept aboard the boat, completely exposed to the elements.
Pet stores will face tougher regulations under a new bill sponsored by local animal rights advocate Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis.
The passage of bill 697-D aims to address “the standards of care of animals by pet dealers which have not been updated for over a decade,” according to a release by Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, another sponsor of the bill.
Bill 697-D requires pet dealers and store owners to create better exercise opportunities for animals as well as an established vet care system during which routine visits and medical regiments for sicker pets are strictly adhered to.
“The recent passage of this bill, of which I am a co-sponsor, is good news for animals and consumers alike. By improving living conditions and increasing exercise and health requirements for animals owned by pet dealers, our furry friends will be protected from the sub-standard arrangements many animals are subjected to. In addition, this ensures that pet buyers will be purchasing happy, healthy pets to join their families. I applaud my colleagues in the Assembly for seeing this common-sense bill through,” said Malliotakis.
The following is a press release from the offices City Councilmember David Greenfield. The above is a video provided by Yeshiva World News:
Mayor Ed Koch labeled divisive City Councilman Charles Barron as a “viper” and a “snake” who is an enemy to the State of Israel at a press conference outside the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Manhattan this morning organized by Councilman David G. Greenfield and attended by numerous elected officials and community leaders. Specifically, Mayor Koch and the rest of the speakers denounced Barron’s long track record of hateful rhetoric against people of various backgrounds and his antagonistic stance towards Israel.
Mayor Koch and Councilman Greenfield were joined by Congressman Jerrold Nadler, Assemblyman Dov Hikind, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Councilman Mike Nelson and a number of community leaders to call attention to Barron’s divisive tactics and hate displayed towards many groups. Councilman Greenfield began by highlighting some of Barron’s most notorious and hateful comments, including his questioning of Israel’s right to exist, his comparisons of Gaza to concentration death camps, his proclamation in 2002 that he wanted to “slap the closest white person” and his labeling of Muammar Gaddafi and Robert Mugabe as heroes. The coalition of officials and community members also expressed concern for the role of this type of behavior in politics and the impact it can have on neighborhoods that become marginalized as a result.
“One thing about Charles Barron is, he can be very charming, but so can a snake. We have learned to live together in this city despite our different backgrounds, and his vile, vicious assailing of Israel is simply not acceptable. I can tell you this without hesitation because I know him,” said Mayor Koch.
“We can all agree that Charles Barron is a hate monger and an anti-Semite. A lot of people like todismiss him as crazy, but this is someone who knows exactly what he is doing when he makes these incendiary remarks and has a very specific, hateful agenda. This is not an individual who is fit to hold any office in this land,” said Greenfield.
“We need representatives who will focus on uniting communities, not dividing them. Charles Barron’s support of dictators and terrorists such as Muammar Gaddafi, and support for delegitimizing Israel and comparing Israelis to Nazis is dangerous and abhorrent rhetoric that makes him unfit to serve in Congress,” said Nadler.
“It has been made very clear that Charles Barron is unrelentingly racist and hateful. From his rabid attacks on whites and refusal to salute the American flag to his endless rhetoric about Jews and Israel, Barron proves again and again that his is a voice of divisiveness, a dying breed that sane New Yorkers no longer care to hear from,” said Hikind.
“It is quite appropriate to be standing in front of the Museum of Jewish Heritage as a second generation Holocaust survivor. Charles Barron is saying that what my parents went through did not occur, and that the Holocaust did not occur. It is outrageous for anyone, especially an elected official here in America, to deny these events. He is someone who hates and is a disgrace to all elected officials,” said Cymbrowitz.
“Regardless of background, all residents should stand up, siding with truth and for right, and repudiate the hateful stances of Charles Barron,” said Weinstein.
“It’s time to move New York City forward together in a unified manner, and Charles Barron represents everything that is wrong with our society,” said Chaskel Bennett, a Flatbush community activist.
Led by Mayor Koch, today’s speakers were united in their call for the public to reject this toxic style of politics and to demand that all citizens are represented and respected on all levels of government. Many noted that the press conference’s location is a stark reminder of the danger of allowing this type of rhetoric and hate to continue unchecked in politics.
P.S. 686, the Brooklyn School of Inquiry at 50 Avenue P and Stillwell Avenue, is hosting an online auction to benefit the school’s teaching assistants and the enrichment programs like arts, chess and music.
Items include a FreshDirect gift card, a one year family membership to the Mohonk Preserve in the Catskills, a three month all access pass at Equinox Fitness, an autographed puck from Henrik Tallinder of the Devils and more.
The Brooklyn School of Inquiry opened 3 years ago as the first Department of Education public K-8 school citywide gifted and talented school located in Brooklyn.
New York Police Officer Diego Palacios was indicted on felony charges after a surveillance video contradicted a story that led to an innocent man’s three-day imprisonment.
A 55-year old Bensonhurst Sheepshead Bay resident was driving home on February 5 to catch the Super Bowl when he passed Palacios. The cop alleged that the driver was going so fast he caused the cop to jump out of the way in fear for his life. [UPDATED BELOW]
Incidentally, the driver had installed surveillance cameras on his property due to a long-running property dispute with a neighbor. The camera captured the event.
Instead of the policeman’s story, it shows the driver carefully pulling into his driveway and the police officer standing still, without any sudden movements.
“My client never should have been put in a position where he had to spend a single second in jail,” said Craig Newman, the defense lawyer for the driver, to the New York Post.
Palacios was charged with official misconduct, perjury and false instrument charges for arrest.
The driver, who is now free, says he is happy with the verdict but now completely distrusts the NYPD, even harboring a fear of calling them for a 9-1-1 emergency.