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.
From our friends at the Federation of Italian-American Organizations’ (FIAO) Beacon Center:
Congressman Michael Grimm has voted twice this week to suppress bringing a bill to the House floor that would delay hikes in flood insurance – even though he’s the sponsor of the bill.
The legislation would postpone increases in flood insurance premiums for four years to protect New York City homeowners from price increases of thousands of dollars. It would also allow the Federal Emergency Management Agency to complete an affordability study based on the new maps, and create a possible new tier of low rates for homeowners placed into a flood zone for the first time due to remapping of at-risk areas.
The hikes were planned prior to Superstorm Sandy, but since the storm legislators have shared concern that it would cause undue harm to middle- and working-class residents of coastal communities, as well as add more suffering to those still recovering from the the October 2012 flood.
The bill passed the Senate last week,and other Brooklyn representatives in the House have demanded a vote.
“Since the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, the families of Gerritsen Beach and Sheepshead Bay have dedicated themselves to the revitalization of their homes and small businesses, with much hard work and at considerable expense. An increase in flood insurance premiums would only increase the difficulty of their efforts, and would almost certainly force some homeowners – especially families living on a fixed income – to move elsewhere,” said Congresswoman Yvette Clarke in a press release last week. “I urge my colleagues to continue supporting for their efforts to rebuild the community and to remain in their homes.”
Grimm is the primary sponsor of the House version of the bill, having introduced it in October 2013. But he has since fallen in line with his Republican colleagues, voting with almost every other member of his party against the Democrats’ motions to force a floor vote.
According to the Daily News, which first reported on the congressman’s turnaround, it was this bill that Grimm referenced when explaining why he lost his cool and threatened to throw a NY1 reporter off a balcony. The congressman said he had lost his temper after a long day “fighting for flood insurance.”
The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Vincent Gentile. Earlier this morning, State Senator Marty Golden issued a similar demand.
Today Governor Andrew Cuomo announces a long-awaited deal which will give Staten Island E-ZPass holders a big toll break on the Verrazano Bridge – a deal that has left Councilman Vincent J. Gentile once again demanding, “What about Brooklyn?!”
Councilman Gentile, who represented parts of Staten Island as a New York State Senator from 1997-2002, commended Governor Cuomo for the sweeping discount plan which will provide a significant discount from current toll rates for Staten Islanders but feels it doesn’t go quite far enough.
“I’m all for lowering tolls for hardworking New Yorkers but the fact is this deal is one sided and does not include Brooklyn – perhaps someone forgot that the bridge has two sides!,” Councilman Gentile said. “This is a tale of two boroughs!”
“My council district surrounds the Brooklyn end of the Verrazano Bridge and every day residents travel across that bridge to and from the College of Staten Island or Wagner College, or to see their parents or loved ones in nursing homes or to work or shop at the mall,” Gentile continued. “These residents in the zip-codes surrounding the Verrazano have to pay considerably more than their Staten Island neighbors every time they use this bridge. At $15 a pop, this is completely unjustifiable not to mention a serious burden on the wallet.”
Gentile is once again calling on the Governor to extend the same discount plan for residents on the “other” side of the bridge in southwest Brooklyn.
“For local people who need to cross the Verrazano Bridge on a daily or frequent basis, the same discount on the bridge should apply as the discount given to Staten Islanders. If the Port Authority can work this out for the bridges they operate, so can the MTA!”
Councilman Gentile has offered several times to convene a meeting of state legislators and MTA officials to work out an equitable discount plan for Brooklynites.
The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden. (Update [12:40 p.m.]: Councilman Vincent Gentile has also issued a statement demanding fair treatment for Brooklyn commuters):
State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), following the announcement that Staten Island residents will receive an additional discount in tolls, is calling on the MTA to fund a discount for residents of New York City who travel over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on a regular basis.
Senator Golden is calling for a 58% discount from the $15 cash price, to be applied to EZ-Pass holders who travel over the bridge 3 or more times in a month. This would mean that an EZ-Pass holder would see their toll price reduced from roughly $10.50 to $6.30. This discount is identical to the discount plan currently in place for Brooklyn residents at the Port Authority Bridges connecting Staten Island and New Jersey, which are the Goethals, Outerbridge, and Bayonne Bridge, giving both precedent for a discount of this nature and statistical data based on the current plan on the PA crossing.
“There are residents of my district who work, visit family, and use the Verrazano-Narrows bridge almost every day to commute. They can end up paying more than $200.00 a month in tolls just for this one crossing. This is excessive, unreasonable, and an almost unbearable amount of money to be paying simply to either get to work, school or visit family members,” said Senator Golden.
“Today I am once again calling for a discount of 58% for all resident who use the Verrazano-Narrows bridge 3 or more times a month. This means EZ-Pass users would be saving over $4.00 a trip. This discount is fair for residents and not overbearing to the MTA. I call on the MTA to enact this as soon as possible. It shouldn’t cost roughly $2,500 a year to go from Brooklyn to Staten Island.”
Gourmet M & U Pizza has opened up at 7502 18th Avenue, replacing a previous pie tosser, Vittorio Pizzeria.
The news comes in via WhereYouEat.com, which writes that the “menu highlights Tin crust Pizza, Hero Sandwiches, Specialties, Salads and Soups such as Cheese Steak, Pepper and Onions Sandwiches, Calzon, Spinach Roll, House Salad, regular Pizza” and more.
Looking at the menu, we also see some of those Italian staples like, uh, “taco pizza.”
Has anyone been there yet? Has there been a change in the food?
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.
Two Bedrooms in Borough Park
Location: 63rd Street
Description: There’s also a private terrace, a parking spot and a decently sized kitchen. Also, Zack Morris called and he wants his carpet back.
Contact: Samantha Procopova, 212-584-8237
Three Bedrooms on 67th Street
Location: 67th Street at 21st Avenue
Description: According to the realtor, the bedrooms aren’t just regular rooms, they’re king size. The utilities include cold water, which I guess is a polite way of saying you have to pay for utilities because cold water is what you get when you don’t pay your utility bills.
Contact: Cody Pan, TM Realty & Management Corp, 718-915-3699
One Bedroom in Bath Beach
Location: 8789 Bay Parkway
Description: Located on the second floor of a private home, this apartment doesn’t have much kitchen space since it’s a “combo” with the living room. To make up for it, there’s a small office room. It’s also close to Cropsey Avenue.
Contact: Amy Lam, (646) 479-8468
Three Bedrooms and Two Bathrooms in Bensonhurst
Location: 1947 85th Street
Description: This kind of apartment seems ideal for roommates since one of the bedrooms has its own bathroom. Each bedroom also has a closet with another three closets in the apartment’s hallway. Pets aren’t allowed.
Contact: Douglas Bruah, Douglas Elliman Real Estate, (212) 337-6143
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.
Officers from Bensonhurst’s 62nd Precinct apprehended the man they believe to be behind the series of Abraham Lincoln graffiti that has spread across Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods, the Home Reporter reports.
“The men and women of the 62nd Precinct should be commended for a job well done,” said Community Board 11 (CB 11) District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia told the Bay Ridge newspaper. “Graffiti is a blight on our neighborhood and it will not be tolerated.”
The suspect, 24-year-old Vladimir Bubnov, is accused of using stencils and spray paint to put the legendary president’s face on public and private property along a broad swath of Brooklyn. The images can be seen at almost every Belt Parkway overpass and subway easement, as well as on the sides of many businesses, from Mill Basin to Bay Ridge.
According to the paper, this is how the bust went down:
The suspect, wanted for illegally leaving his mark in the form of Honest Abe’s face on walls across the borough, was pulled over in a traffic stop on Friday, January 17 after failing to signal at Dahill Road and 65th Street. Cops said that the suspect, identified as 24-year-old Vladimir Bubnov, was driving with a suspended license and immediately arrested.
Upon investigation, according to police, responding officers uncovered five graffiti stencils and seven cans of spray paint in the suspect’s vehicle.
“He has been charged in four incidents, so far,” said NYPD spokesperson James Duffy.
Police announced that they were hunting the suspect during the January 9 meeting of Community Board 11. They claimed they were “closing in” on the person, who they described as a “male Hispanic wearing a blue hard hat and an orange vest with silver reflective stripes,” a description that appears to be off the mark.
The artist is believed to go by the street name AINAC, or Art Is Not A Crime, who has also spray painted the faces of fictional broadcaster Ron Burgundy andPresident Barack Obama. He may also be the person responsible for the “All you need is love” tag that is nearly as ubiquitous as the Lincoln image.
Correction (10:00 p.m.): The original information turned out to be incorrect. Even though we were sent multiple reports about a body on Van Sicklen Street, it turned out it was Van Siclen Avenue in Cypress Hills. Our apologies on the error, and in the future we will seek out a higher level source for confirmation to avoid such confusion.
Bensonhurst Bean has received a tip that a dead body has been found on Van Sicklen Street in Gravesend, and police believe the circumstances may have been suspicious. Police have called a level 1 mobilization, bringing special units from the borough task force to investigate after they found a body on Van Sicklen Street between Avenue S and Avenue T. A crime scene is being established.
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 nberke (at) bensonhurstbean (dot) com.
The Chinese Dance Troupe from I.S. 228 David A. Boody Junior High School (228 Avenue S) took their act on the road, visiting seniors at the Lodge Senior Center (7711 18th Avenue) on January 29.
Reviews are in: the kids did great, the seniors loved the show and have asked the troupe to return, according to a school official who sent us the accompanying photos.