By Alex Ellefson on May 06, 2016 05:16 pm Disgraced ex-congressman Michael Grimm was released from prison last week after serving seven of his eight-month prison sentence for tax evasion, the Daily News reports. GrimmÂ was sent to a federal prison after admitting to underreporting earnings and paying workers off the books at his fast food business Healthalicious. He resigned from office and was replaced [...]
By Rachel Silberstein on May 06, 2016 04:32 pm A Coney Island teenager has been convicted of felony murder and arson for setting fire to a mattress in the hallway of a New York City Housing Authority building, Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced today. Marcell Dockery, 18, of 2007 Surf Avenue in Coney Island. He was convicted today of second-degree murder, first-degree assault [...]
By Alex Ellefson on May 06, 2016 04:20 pm Southern Brooklyn residents are advised to prepare for flooding Friday evening. Persistent winds and a strong high tide are expected bring floodwaters to Brooklyn’s southern shores, the Office of Emergency Management warns. “New Yorkers living close to the water can expect some local roadway flooding and should be alert for rising water and take steps [...]
By Alex Ellefson on May 06, 2016 03:39 pm The City Council on Thursday narrowly passed a controversial shopping bag fee aimed at curbing the use of disposable grocery bags in favor of reusable, environmentally-friendly materials. Proponents of the bill, which passed 28-20, say it willÂ rein in the ubiquitous use ofÂ shopping bags â€” that pile every year in landfillsÂ â€” and bring the New [...]
By Rachel Silberstein on May 06, 2016 11:24 am City Council unanimously passed a package of bills sponsored by City Councilmembers Mark Treyger and Alan Maisel yesterday, protecting homeowners affected by Superstorm Sandy from fines levied against them by the Department of Buildings (DOB) or the Department of Sanitation (DSNY). Treygerâ€™s bill prevents property owners, lessees, or occupants from receiving civil or criminal fines [...]
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