Category: NEWS

Aumentarán las penas a caseros por apartamentos ilegales

Illegal divisions of apartments in New York City have been a problem for decades, which puts the lives of homeowners who use this practice to increase their income and of renters seeking more economic income, most of whom are Hispanic immigrants .

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City Council Proposes Hit-And-Run Alerts Following Death Of Popular DJ

The New York City Council is calling for a new alert system to help bring hit-and-run drivers to justice after the death of a popular Latin DJ in December 2016.

Jean Paul Guerrero, also known as DJ Jinx Paul on La Mega 97.9, was killed on Dec. 19 while crossing the street in Brooklyn.

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Councilman calls on city to pay back drivers wrongfully given parking tickets by NYPD

Are you one of the tens of thousands of New Yorkers who has been ripped off for millions of dollars by the NYPD writing parking tickets they shouldn’t have?

Tickets were written for years for a law that no longer exists, and can tickets cost motorists up to $165.

New York City Councilman Vincent Gentile says that he’s in talks with the city’s Finance Department and Comptroller Scott Stringer to figure out if there is a way to get wrongfully ticketed New Yorkers their money back.

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Guest op-ed: Verizon fails to uphold contractual obligations to the City of New York

“You’re not using other options. You’re relying on ‘we can’t get access,’ I told Verizon VPs at last week’s oversight hearing concerning the Verizon FiOS franchise agreement with New York City. The contractual agreement became effective in July, 2008 and promised that every single household in the five boroughs would be equipped with Verizon FiOS service by 2014, if requested.

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Hero cops awarded for saving woman, 70, during Bay Ridge home invasion

Four 68th Precinct officers that responded to a gruesome home invasion on Ovington Avenue last month were awarded Community Medals of Valor on Friday, February 3 as the group’s swift action is said to have helped save the life of the 70-year-old woman who lived there.

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Guest Op-Ed: Ken Thompson’s remarkable legacy

Like all of us, I was deeply saddened to learn of Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson’s passing. He was a tremendous individual, exemplary district attorney and family man. A pioneer as the first African American Brooklyn DA and a fighter for racial justice, with a strong commitment and dedication to criminal justice reform, Ken will be greatly missed by all of us in this city.

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Ridge pol demands toll relief for Brooklynites

The famously exorbitant toll for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge rose on March 19, and now fed-up Ridge Councilman Vincent Gentile is calling on the Metropolitan Transit Authority to extend the discount EZ-Pass-using Staten Islanders have enjoyed for the last two years to drivers on the Brooklyn side of the span.

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In Public Service: Gentile goes from young democrat to senior councilmember

Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who is now the senior member of the City Council, got started on the road to a political career three decades ago. In 1984, he took his first steps by founding a political club, the Bay Ridge Democrats.

“We used to meet in the basement of the Bay Ridge Manor,” Gentile said.

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OPINION: An impressive encounter with Councilmember Gentile

I have known Councilmember Vincent Gentile for many years. My wife, a pre-K teacher, has always been impressed by his initiatives in education, an area of great interest to us since we have three children growing up in his district. I have attended events at which he’s spoken and I’ve shaken his hand on numerous occasions. But that was the extent of it.

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Gentile rallies for better R train service

Bay Ridge resident Lisa Levy says her commute to work is a headache because of the R train. “The R train runs so infrequently at rush hour and breaks down so often that the only thing I know I can rely on is the R train’s unreliability,” said Levy, a member of the Riders Alliance.

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