Candidate Mark Murphy, who is vying for Congressman Michael Grimm’s seat, had this to say about the Supreme Court upholding President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act:
Today’s decision by the Supreme Court is good news for millions of Americans who will now have access to healthcare and for small businesses choking on the cost of health insurance. It is especially good news for those with pre-existing conditions who were denied coverage in the past.
The Affordable Care Act is a prescription for healthier families and a healthier economy. I am pleased that the Supreme Court decided to renew the prescription.
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Our local Fourth of July parade is scheduled for June 30, a few days before the July 4th weekend to ensure a high turnout for the occasion.
Parade formation begins at 11:15 a.m. and marching kicks off at noon at 13th Avenue and 71st Street. The procession goes down to 86th Street. The parade concludes with an awards ceremony at the Knights of Columbus at 1305 86th Street where community activists and members will be honored for their contributions.
Brooklyn’s July 4th parade is began in 1905, which makes it the oldest parade in Brooklyn.
It’s great to know that come the big holidays like Fourth of July and Christmas, Dyker Heights has it in the bag.
For more info please call 718-833-4928 or email USIndpendenceParade [at] USA [dot] com.
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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.
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A 22-year-old Bensonsohurst resident walked away with a cool $650,000 in winnings from the World Series of Poker tournament held in Las Vegas.
Henry Lu won the money by beating out roughly 3,000 other players, including a poker card sharp. In a dramatic turn of events, Lu was down to just one chip when he hit a winning stride and defeated 45-year-old British poker champion Neil Channing.
“Winning this tournament is basically the pinnacle of anyone’s pro career. It just feels good to win one pretty early on,” said Lu to the New York Daily News.
Lu began playing poker at Midwood High School and perfected his game while majoring in biology at Syracuse University. Instead of focusing on his studies, Lu focused on online poker. Clearly, he got pretty good.
After graduating, he moved to Toronto, where playing poker online is legal. Now, he splits his time between his childhood home in Bensonhurst and Toronto.
“Maybe buy myself something nice,” Lu said of his big win.
See kids, gambling does pay off.
Last Thursday, Community Board 10 voted to send a package of bike lane plans to the Department of Transportation for assessment. A little over a year ago, the same board voted against a proposed bike lane along Bay Ridge Parkway. At that time, Council Members Dominic Recchia, Vincent Gentile and Public Advocate Bill de Blasio all piled on statements showcasing their opposition to the lane, as first reported by the Brooklyn Paper.
The change of heart is an interesting one in our community. Our bike lanes are few and far in between. With the exception of the overcrowded and pothole ridden greenway along the Belt Parkway, there isn’t much space for safe riding.
I’ve seen helmetless riders along 86th Street. I’ve seen them zigzagging in between double-parked and stopped cars on Bay Parkway. I’ve seen one get doored along Cropsey Avenue. These are all dangerous routes and most riders do not have the skill of Manhattan’s bike messengers.
Then, there are those riders that take their bikes to the sidewalk, which is yet another terrible idea. Perhaps they think it’s safer to plow down pedestrians than to be mowed over cars.
Either way, we need to improve our bike riding situation for the safety or riders, drivers and walkers. The above mentioned bike lane approvals are still far away from becoming a reality. There will have to be another board vote and the DOT would also have to study the proposed lanes, according to StreetsBLOG.org.
So, what’s next for riders in the neighborhood? How can we improve the situation?
“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.
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This photograph depicts the old incineration plant and landfill dump at Gravesend Bay. The site is currently at the center of a major Bensonhurst environmental debate.
For over 30 years, the dump burned NYC garbage without a permit. It was finally shut down in the mid-90′s. Now, the city wants to put a waste transfer station there.
While no garbage would be burned at the new site, in order to build it, the waters would have to be dredged. Assemblyman William Colton and several environmental groups state that this would allow for the toxins that are dormant in the water from the previous plant to be released into the atmosphere.
Further, because trucks would be driving from across the city to the transfer station, there would be “hundreds of garbage trucks…barreling down Cropsey Avenue and already-gridlocked Bay Parkway and Shore Parkway every day. Not only will this result in even greater traffic congestion and accidents, but the fumes from the vast increase in dirty diesel-burning tugboats and trucks will jeopardize our health, leading to higher rates of asthma and other diseases,” according to a petition put out several by local environmental groups like NoSpray and Wake Up and Smell the Garbage.
In this 1973 shot, the kids used the dump as a playground. Ignorance really is bliss.
Image courtesy of the offices of Assemblyman Dov Hikind
Just a few weeks after the Borough Park area was vandalized with anti-semetic graffiti, the perpetrators have struck again.
Police have a video of the vandals drawing on a car in front of the Hamodia office at 207 Foster Avenue in Borough Park. It is not yet clear whether these are the same two men from last week or copycats.
Assemblyman Dov Hikind has put up a a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the men in the video.
“We don’t know who is doing this yet, but we know why,” Hikind wrote on his blog. “Some individuals are sending a message. We hear them. And when they’re caught, and they will be, we’ll send a message, too. I urge anyone with any information to come forward.”
In the last few weeks, swastikas have been painted on a minivan, a deli gate, a supermarket, a synagogue and a variety of other places.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.
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Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis will have attorneys in her office on the evening of Wednesday, June 27, to help constituents draft and execute healthcare proxies.
A healthcare proxy is a document that allows a patient to appoint an agent to make health care decisions in the event that he or she becomes incapable making such decisions on their own.
“Everyone should have a healthcare proxy so that, in the unfortunate he or she becomes incapacitated, their wishes can be better met. This very important document enables someone to have his or her healthcare decisions made by someone they trust, and helps avoid confusion and conflict among loved ones. He or she can write instructions on the proxy form or simply discuss them with his or her agent, personally,” said Malliotakis. “This is a relatively quick and uncomplicated process that can provide a significant benefit down the road. My staff will be there to assist anyone who is interested.”
Anyone interested can come to Assemblywoman Malliotakis’s district office at 7408 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge, between 5 and 7 p.m. All he or she needs to bring is valid identification. All forms and requisite notarization will be completed at no charge. Constituents should call Assemblywoman Malliotakis’s office at (718) 987-0197 to register.
Here are some things to keep in mind before appointing a healthcare proxy:
- A person must be 18 years of age or older to file a healthcare proxy
- A person must be 18 years of age or older to be appointed a healthcare agent
- The healthcare agent will be able to make healthcare decisions only while the principal is unable to make such decisions for himself or herself. An alternate agent can also be appointed to take over if first choice in unable to make such decisions