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When news broke in 2012 that Congressman Michael Grimm was the target of a federal investigation, the pol said it was a liberal media conspiracy. Now the pol’s defense team is depicting it as a political witch hunt led by a prosecutor with electoral aspirations, and aided by former FBI colleagues settling a score.

Grimm pleaded not guilty to a 20-count indictment that alleges, among other things, tax evasion, fraud and illegal hiring practices connected to a restaurant he owned before running for office. The trial is set to begin in December, but the pol’s legal team sent a pair of letters earlier this month that appear to suggest the direction their defense will take – not one that clears his name of tax fraud, but one that says he was only caught because the prosecution sought to take down a Republican.

Staten Island Advance reports:

In a letter dated Oct. 1, Grimm’s lawyers, Jeffrey A. Neiman and Daniel Rashbaum, fired off a list of 14 questions to federal prosecutors, many asking about the role of former Assistant U.S. Attorney Todd Kaminsky in the investigation into the congressman.

Kaminsky, a Democrat, left the U.S. attorney’s office after the tax evasion indictment was announced to run for state Assembly.

“What role did former Assistant United States Attorney Todd Kaminsky have in the investigation of Mr. Grimm?” one question asks.

“When did Mr. Kaminsky first notify the United States Attorney’s Office of his intention to seek political office, informally or formally?” asks another.

… Grimm’s team also asked what role FBI Supervisory Special Agent Anthony Bivona and Assitant Special Agent in Charge Mary Gallingan played in the investigation, as well as many other indictments the U.S. Attorney’s office has sought in the past five years regarding restaurants paying employees in cash, under-reporting cash sales to the Internal Rvenue Service, or “hiring illegal aliens as employees.”

Neiman and Rashbaum wrote a second letter on Oct. 1, asking for documents, notes, copies of inconsistent statements, and criminal or psychiatric histories of witnesses in the case.

In a response dated October 2, Lynch’s office said they would provide relevant info prior to trial as required by law. But her office bristled at the 14 questions, saying they were neither pertinent, nor legally required.

“It should be noted, however, that the 14 questions about the investigation and other cases seek information that is irrelevant to the charges of this case…. The government therefore respectfully declines to provide the information sought in these 14 requests,” Lynch writes.

The Daily News has a little more about the request for information regarding the special agents:

Team Grimm appears poised to take on supervisory FBI Special Agents Anthony Bivona and Mary Galligan. Sources said Bivona had a falling-out with Grimm and Galligan led an internal probe of Grimm before he left the bureau.

SILive.com has full copies of the letters.

14th Avenue and 86th Street, the scene of the accident. (Source: Google Maps)

14th Avenue and 86th Street, the scene of the accident. (Source: Google Maps)

Bensonhurst resident Cristina Alonso, 38, died yesterday evening after being hit by a car on 86th Street and 14th Avenue.

Alonso was crossing 14th Avenue “outside of the crosswalk” just after 7pm Monday when a red 2002 Ford Explorer traveling south on the avenue hit her, police said.

The woman, who lives on 17th Avenue near 66th Street, was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

The driver, an unidentified 33-year-old man, remained on the scene and was not immediately charged with wrongdoing, though the investigation is ongoing.

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Photo by Elle Spektor

Community Board 11 will hold its next meeting tomorrow, October 7 at 7:30 pm at the Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 1740 84th Street.

The Board serves as a local conduit to the government of New York City, representing neighbors’ needs and concerns. If you have a problem with a city agency or quality of life issue, the Board exists to relay your concerns and spur action.

There will be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss various committee reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.

For additional information, call (718) 266-8800.

Source: Orin Zebest/Flickr

D LINE

From 10:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, 205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

From 9:45am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound D trains are rerouted via the N from 36 St, Brooklyn to Stillwell Av. Trains stop at New Utrecht Av-62 St.

N LINE

There are no service advisories scheduled at this time.

R LINE

From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St—take the N. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St, Brooklyn.

F LINE

From 12:30am to 5am, Tuesday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Av.

Colton (Source: Facebook)

Colton (Source: Facebook)

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton:

Assembly Member William Colton (47th Assembly District – Brooklyn) has called on the New York City Department of Transportation to resume installation of street signs to remind pet owners to clean up after their dogs.

Colton’s office has been contacted by a large number of constituents about dog owners who are not picking up after their dogs. This is one of the biggest complaints the Assembly Member receive from constituents.

A number of years ago, the NYC Department of Transportation had street signs installed warning them to pick up after their dog and that if they did not, they could receive a fine from the City. This policy was discontinued a few years ago, likely due to budget cuts.

This week, Colton sent a letter to the Department of Transportation calling on them to resume putting up these warning signs telling dog owners to clean up after their pets in order to greatly improve the quality of life for New York City residents. Dog owners, who do not pick up after their pets, cause serious health and sanitation issues. These issues seriously hinder the quality of life for the people of the City. For example, children often play on the streets and sidewalks throughout our City, and they are exposed to the dog feces not cleaned up by pet owners. Also, the cleanliness of our neighborhoods is decreased by negligent pet owners who do not pick up after their dogs.

In the letter, Colton asked the Department of Transportation to work in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation to install these street signs to remind pet owners to be responsible and pick up after their dogs, and to warn them that if they fail to follow this law, they will be penalized for their negligent actions.

Colton asserted, “It’s important that we protect the quality of life in our neighborhoods. It’s irresponsible and negligent for dog owners to not pick up after their pets, because of the serious health and sanitation problems that arise from not cleaning up after your dog. The streets signs the City used to install help reminded people that they have a legal responsibility to clean up after their dogs. The Department of Transportation needs to continue installing these street signs to not only remind pet owners of their responsibility, but to also remind them that failure to comply with the law can lead to a fine from the City.”

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Maria and Chubby Campanella (Source: theicecreamgirl.com)

Family, friends and community leaders gathered this Sunday to memorialize Angelo “Chubby” Campanella, a neighborhood fixture and old-school ice cream man who passed away in 2009.

Campanella’s name now graces a street sign high on the corner of 21st Avenue and 77th Street to honor the late Brooklynite. Campanella was a popular Good Humor ice cream man, who was known as much for his good deeds around the neighborhood as for the sweets he delivered.

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A collector lent a vintage Good Humor truck for the memorial service. (Photo by Mike Wright)

Born April 11, 1926, was, among other things, a World War II veteran. As an ice cream man, he toured the neighborhood in what would now be a vintage Good Humor truck – a model of which was on display at the ceremony, thanks to a collector – retiring in 2004 due to heart problems.

But it wasn’t the end of Campanella’s neighborhood route. He obtained a motorized wheelchair in 2006 and, as the Daily News noted in their obituary, became a ubiquitous sight once again.

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Maria talks about her father during the service (Source: Mike Wright)

Meanwhile, his youngest daughter, Maria “The Ice Cream Girl” Campanella kept the family business alive, doling out frozen dairy goodness and goodwill across the neighborhood. In a more modern Good Humor truck, Campanella has pasted up photos and other tributes to her father, and organizes fundraisers for causes as varied as the truck’s menu.

Their dedication drew praise from community leaders who attended Sunday’s service, including State Senator Marty Golden, Assemblyman Bill Colton and Council members David Greenfield and Mark Treyger.

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Source: Mike Wright

After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

A Brooklyn Tech teacher has been charged with sex crimes against seven teenage girls. [Fort Greene Focus]

If cyclist education doesn’t work in Prospect Park, cops will bring out the radar gun. [Park Slope Stoop]

Midwood attorney ran a nationwide fraudulent mortgage rescue scheme, says state AG. [Sheepshead Bites]

A man was hit and killed by an F train, disrupting subway service for hours. [South Slope News]

Is there too much filming in Ditmas Park? [Ditmas Park Corner]

New details on Sheepshead Bay’s 30-story highrise include a gated entrance next to the subway station, for which they’re tearing down a 100-year-old building. [SB]

Neighbors are not pleased with a luxury housing development’s illegal ad campaign. [KensingtonBK]

That subway car you ride? This is how it’s made. [Business Insider]

Ebola in Park Slope?!?! (Not quite, but…) [PSS]

Bushwick Coffee Shop owner Instagrams his distaste for Jews, probably won’t be Bushwick Coffee Shop owner for very long. [Brokelyn]

Get to know the local bartender slinging your drinks in South Slope. [SSN]

Subway cars to get surveillance cameras. [NY Post]

Amateur drone operators are becoming an issue for the NYPD. [FGF]

De Blasio expands living wage law. [New York Times]

Some Clinton Hill history, complete with “pickle dealers,” Myles Standish, and a hilarious 1908 wedding recap. [FGF]

Coney Island’s State Senator tells cyclists to find a f*cking bike lane. [BB]

Time capsule under NYU-owned building turns up… vodka sauce? [Animal]

Landlords who harass tenants in NYC will be publicly shamed. [NYT]

Legislators call for an end to a state law they say prevents the city from creating and maintaining affordable housing. [DPC]

East New York is the new Bushwick? Not so fast. [New York Magazine]

In case you’ve never looked closely at the pic on a can of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda. [Untapped Cities]

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

(Source: High Class Realty)

Looking for a new place to call home? Bensonhurst Bean has got you covered. Our rental roundup is a new feature showcasing some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com. And if you live in or near one the places below, let neighbors know what you think in the comments.

Three Bedrooms in Bensonhurst
Price: $2,100
Location: 878 21st Avenue
Description: This apartment has huge windows, or maybe just a lot of them, in the living room. The kitchen has a roll of half-finished paper towels. And one of the bathrooms has that ominous shade of green that causes havoc on the psyche whilst puking in the toilet.
Contact: Svetlana Borovskiy, High Class Realty, (347) 439-8683

Two Bedrooms and Some Other Stuff in Gravesend
Price: $2,300
Location: Avenue P, near Seth Low Playground
Description: The living room is pretty damn big. And the living room is “roomy,” the realtor not so creatively writes. She also writes that a terrace comes with the apartment that’s great for entertaining. But what’s so entertaining about that? Do they expect the tenant to learn how to trapeze?
Contact: Jean Loh, The Crest Group NYC, (646) 359-4388

One Bedroom in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,300
Location: 1377 West 7th Street
Description: At some point, we here at Bensonhurst Bean plan on making these roundups something like Cribs. And this house will not be featured when that day comes. The bathroom doesn’t seem to have a toilet, putting the potential uses for the sink in a new light.
Contact: Eric, Leonidas Realty, (917) 224-6566

One Bedroom and a Few Blinds in Bath Beach
Price: $1,320
Location: Bay Parkway and Bath Avenue
Description: I’m not sure how I feel about the description “airy apartment.” It sounds like I’ll just get a cold from a breeze if I’m there for too long. The wood hasn’t been renovated but they are amazing, according to the realtor. So there you have it.
Contact: Todd Logan, Ardor NY, (646) 737-8543

If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

When life gives you lemons, litter. (Source: minnepixel/Flickr)

D LINE

From 5:45am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, Coney Island-bound D trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 St, and 55 St.

From 10:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, 205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

N LINE

No subway service advisories scheduled at this time.

R LINE

No subway service advisories scheduled at this time.

F LINE

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, and 4 Av-9 St.

From 12:01am Saturday to 5am Monday, F trains run local in Queens.

Source: Gentile's office

Source: Gentile’s office

The following is a press release from Councilman Vincent Gentile:

Starting next week you’ll have even more access to Deputy Leader Councilman Vincent J. Gentile and his hardworking staff.

Councilman Gentile, acknowledging that not everyone can stop by his office during the day, is announcing late night hours in his new office every Wednesday.

Starting in October, Councilman Gentile’s new office, located at 8018 5th Avenue, will be open from 9:30 AM until 8:00 PM every Wednesday.

“Each and every morning I wake up honored to serve as your Councilman, representing the fine, hardworking people of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst,” Gentile said. “My job is to be your voice at City Hall and that is why it is so important that I hear from you. My office is your office and my door is always open to you.”

If you can’t make it in during the week, you can also visit Councilman Gentile’s “satellite office” at the Bay Ridge Greenmarket every Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm through November.

“My goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to visit me and my staff so we can help you,” Gentile continued. “Now with my new late night Wednesday hours, you can come home from work and still be able to visit my office in person with your questions and concerns.”

You can also always call or email Councilman Gentile’s office at (718) 748-5200 or vgentile@council.nyc.gov

Deputy Leader Councilman Vincent J. Gentile

8018 5th Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11209

Official office hours, effective 10/1/14

Monday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Tuesday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Wednesday 9:30 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM
Friday 9:30 AM – 3:00 PM
*Saturday 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM at the Bay Ridge Greenmarket