Category: NEWS

Gentile hosts ‘Unity in the Community’

On Monday, Feb. 6, Councilmember Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) hosted “Unity in the Community,” an all-inclusive event that brought together diverse members from across the borough to help create and enjoy a “unity salad,” — an actual salad and a meal that was made by people of various faiths and ethnic backgrounds.

The event, which took place at the Widdi Catering Hall at 5602 Sixth Ave., was spearheaded by Gentile and fellow Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook), who was unable to attend due to prior commitments in Albany. David Estrada, Menchaca’s chief-of-staff, represented the councilmember.

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Gentile pushed council to fund bulletproof vests for cops

Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who led a drive back in 2006 to secure funding to outfit 18,000 New York City cops with new bulletproof vests, praised a proposal announced last week by Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to replace the vests with new ones.

Under the plan announced by Mark-Viverito, the city’s Fiscal Year 2016 budget would allocate $7.3 million to replace existing bulletproof vests for the NYPD at a cost of approximately $600 per vest. Fiscal year 2016 begins on July 1, 2015.

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City wants to give back cash from bogus parking tickets

City officials say are looking into ways to give millions of dollars back to drivers who paid $165 parking fines for infractions that weren’t actually illegal.

Councilman Vincent Gentile said he is in talks with the city’s finance department and Comptroller Scott Stringer to figure out if there is a way to get drivers their cash back.

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NYC Gets Own Billy’s Law

Four years after New York State passed legislation to mandate oversight and accountability when developmentally disabled youngsters are sent out of state for education and treatment, the city has enacted its own legislation meant to protect some of its most vulnerable citizens.

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City Lawmaker Gets Commuters to Talk About Their ‘R Train Nightmares’

A city lawmaker is starring in a new “horror movie” about the R train.

“R Train Nightmares” features City Councilman Vincent Gentile asking riders in Brooklyn about their biggest problems with the line.

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City Council’s Meter Plan Restores Free Sunday Parking

The City Council voted overwhelmingly yesterday to eliminate metered parking on Sundays, restoring to New Yorkers a treasured privilege whose loss has been much lamented in the two years since it was sacrificed to bring added revenue to the city’s depleted treasury.

The Council’s decision touched off an unusually bitter debate with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, who attacked the legislation as naked election-year pandering, and whose transportation commissioner, Iris Weinshall, told the Council in testimony yesterday that it had chosen to “put both pedestrians and motorists at risk,” a charge that infuriated many Council members.

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