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.
See the image above? It could be Maurice Sendak’s first-ever published illustration, a block print created to run alongside the touching personal essay of a friend in their Lafayette High School yearbook. That same year, Sendak, a Bensonhurst native, also illustrated a textbook titled Atomics for the Millions by Dr. Maxwell Leigh Eidinoff. It’s hard to know which came first, but the block print above isn’t just a potential milestone in the career of the legendary author and illustrator of works including Where the Wild Things Are, it’s an example of the kind, giving nature he’s renown for.
Similarly, the story behind the resurfacing of the print shows the same sweet generosity.
Bensonhurst Bean reader Michael C. Marmer tipped us off about the illustration following Sendak’s death on Tuesday. His mother, Ruth Luberoff, wrote the essay it was created for. Marmer shares his and his mother’s story below, and a copy of Luberoff’s original essay is at the bottom of this post.
In The Aftermath Of The District 27 Special Election, Assemblyman Colton Aims To Regulate Absentee Voting
The allegations of fraud that came forward during the State Senate District 27 special election between Democrat Lew Fidler and Republican David Storobin were a call to action for Assemblyman William Colton. He decided to put forth a bill to better regulate absentee voting.
The bill was recently introduced and is waiting for Senate sponsorship.
Colton said this bill would clear things up for future elections, “This is a second layer of protection to avoid possible fraud and confusion in the counting of ballots,” he told the New York Daily News.
The legislation states that election officials will have to make a note in front of a voter’s name if a voter requests an absentee ballot. Then, if the voter shows up at a polling place, they would not be allowed to vote in person. They can only vote through an absentee ballot.
In the race for Carl Kruger’s seat, absentee voter fraud allegations came to the forefront of the election. Fidler’s camp claimed that a Storobin staff member included both absentee and in-person ballots from voters.
Colton aims to create a definitive end for this controversial situation.
It’s hard to understand why supermarkets would throw away tons of perfectly edible food. This photo was taken by a food rescue group that checks the bins of local green markets and rescues the fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs and breads that would have otherwise rotted away in landfills.
Gross factor aside, there are hundreds of concerned citizens devoted to feeding themselves, their families and the homeless with the bounty of the bins. One such dumpster diver said that he’s rescued over $350 worth of food in a single night. For many, that is a fortune of food in the trash.
Tell us readers, would you ever eat greens rescued from a garbage bin? What should supermarkets do with their produce, toss it or make the extra effort to donate it?
“Wednesday 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.
Reports of more erroneous state-wide exams have surfaced. First, there were issues with an eighth-grade reading exam that had a bizarre and confusing passage about a pineapple. Now, fourth and eighth-grade math test have questions with more than one correct answer and others with no correct answer at all.
The second set of examination issues have raised concerns about Pearson, the company that is in their first year of a five-year, $32M contract to manage the tests for New York State, according to Gotham Schools.
“If our children make errors on these high-stakes exams, this will have negative consequences for them, as well as for their teachers and schools,” said Leonie Haimson, the parent activist who first alerted the media regarding the pineapple passage. “So why should Pearson, which had nearly $2 billion in profits last year, be left off the hook for their sloppy mistakes?”
Information given to schools proctors states they may tell a test-taker that a question could have two possible answers, but only if they asked.
Parents, what do you think of these “sloppy” mistakes on state-wide examinations?
The following is a press release from the State Senate campaign of Andrew Gounardes:
Last week, seven female State Senators called on Senate leadership to consider and pass the New York State Fair Pay Act, an “equal pay for equal work” bill that has repeatedly been passed by the State Assembly, including last month. Attorney and State Senate candidate Andrew Gounardes and several female community leaders from southern Brooklyn gathered in Bay Ridge to demand that the Senate follow the Assembly’s example and adopt the Fair Pay Act immediately.
“Somehow, in the year 2012, there are still women across New York who earn less than men do for the same work. It’s sad. It’s wrong. And it’s time for every one of us to stop looking the other way and to start doing something about it,” Gounardes said.
Fair pay has been a recurring theme in Gounardes’s campaign to unseat State Senator Marty Golden. In 2011, Golden voted against equal pay for equal work, saying simply that it was too costly to adopt. It has since been reintroduced into the Civil Service and Pensions committee, which Senator Golden chairs, but has been stalled there ever since. “If Senator Golden and his buddies in Albany were truly representing their constituents, they would not only have voted for the bill,” Gounardes added, “but would be leading the charge to see it pass!”
According to the National Women’s Law Center, the average woman working full time in New York State earns 83 cents to every dollar that a man makes for the same job. For Hispanic women, that number drops to a shocking 55 cents.
“Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and you’ll hear a lot of politicians making grand statements about the role of women,” Gounardes continued. “ Let’s get serious: there are few better ways to show our respect to the millions of women who have sacrificed for their families, careers, and communities than to ensure that they get the fair pay that they’ve earned.”
In 1963 and in 2009, the United States Congress passed two bills that made it illegal to discriminate against women by paying them less than men. But loopholes at the state level have prevented fair pay from becoming a reality for many.
Learn more about Andrew’s views on fair pay at: www.andrewgounardes.com/
After 32 years at I.S. 281, Principal Stephen Rosenblum has retired.
In his place is Interim Acting Principal Maria Delfini, who has spent nearly eighteen years as a teacher, literacy coach and the Assistant Principal of Administration and Organization at the school.
No word yet on who will take over the Joseph B. Cavallaro school indefinitely.
Parents, do your children attend I.S. 281? Let us know what you think of these administrative changes.
Community Board 11 will hold its general meeting and public hearing at St. Finbar’s Confraternity Center at 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, May 10 at 1825 Bath Avenue and the corner of Bay 20th Street.
The public hearing will pertain to permits for local businesses and the renaming of two neighborhood streets: 82nd Street and 15th Avenue in honor of Karen Barone and 71st Street and 21st Avenue in honor of Robert Cohen.
An 86-year-old man is being treated after being attacked by a dog. It happened early this afternoon. Police and EMT rushed to the scene of Avenue P and West 10th Street to help the victim.
This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to LVladimirova (at) bensonhurstbean (dot) com.
Maurice Sendak, 83 passed away this morning from complications due to a stroke. He leaves behind a legacy of wildly imaginative children’s stories, including “Where the Wild Things Are” and “In the Night Kitchen.”
For more than forty years, Sendak’s work challenged the established notions of what children’s literature should be. His work was always darker and more chaotic.
Sendak himself had a dark childhood. Many members of his extended family died in the Holocaust and he was a sickly child who spent most of his time bedridden.
Brooklyn borough president Marty Markowitz wrote of Sendak’s passing: “…Sendak grew up in Bensonhurst and graduated Lafayette High School before going on to create wildly popular works—often dark and with an edge—like Where the Wild Things Are, which won him the prestigious Caldecott Medal. Even before his passing, the Brooklyn Book Festival had planned to honor Mr. Sendak with a special bookmark given to attendees at this year’s festival on September 23, a fitting tribute from Brooklyn—the Creative Capital of New York City and home to more writers per square inch than anywhere—to one of its native sons. On behalf of literary lovers throughout Brooklyn and beyond, I extend our thoughts and prayers to Maurice Sendak’s family, friends and colleagues.”
In February “My Brother’s Book,” Sendak’s last work inspired by his love for his late brother, will be published.
Readers, what is your favorite Maurice Sendak book?