Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gubernatorial Debate, Brooklyn Bike Krill; and More Brooklyn Briefs

- Wrap-ups of the gubernatorial debate.  [WNYC] [Daily News] [NY1] [NY Times]

- Car hits bus in Red Hook, causes it to crash into a building, injuring eight people. [CBS]

Brooklyn's infamous bike krill is moving on the parts unknown. [Gothamist]

- Councilman Gentile says R train service still sucks. [amNY]

- Claims of anti-Semitism dissolve as a different story emerges in incident at NY-Tel Aviv game. [electronic intifada] [Jewish Daily Forward]

- What's the deal with "Black-ish?" [NYT]

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Brooklyn Ebola Town Hall; Grimm Trial Delayed; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Hazmat Guy: MK Metz
- Man in critical condition after running down the street engulfed in flames following explosion. [NY1]

- Don't forget the Brooklyn town hall on Ebola and enterovirus is tonight. [McBrooklyn]

 - Brooklyn judge rejects doctor's attempt to put sale of LICH on hold. [Brooklyn Eagle]

- Candidates for Attorney General are trying to get the women's vote. [Gotham Gazette]

- Federal trial against Congressman Michael Grimm delayed two months, and he may have a second trial in Manhattan. [NY1]

- Oh, brother: Hillary Clinton to rally for Cuomo in Manhattan Thursday morning. [Capital NY]



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Brooklyn DA Indicts Lawyer for Embezzling More than $100,000 from Clients

Often Settled Cases Without Telling Them

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said Tuesday that a suspended attorney has been charged with stealing more than $100,000 from clients he represented in personal injury lawsuits.

Thompson said in a statement, “This defendant allegedly stole from numerous people who had suffered injuries in car accidents or falls and needed their settlement money, in some cases while he was suspended from practicing law.”

The defendant was identified as Kenneth Gellerman, 57, of 2596 Ocean Avenue in Bellmore, L.I. He was arraigned before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun on a 61-count indictment.

Gellerman was ordered held on bail set in the amount of $100,000 bond. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

According to the indictment, Gellerman allegedly schemed to embezzle money from more than 15 clients by depositing checks received from negotiated settlements into his escrow account, or into other accounts that he controlled.

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Flash Fire at Bagel Shop on Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights, Worker Burned

A fire at Hot Bagels. Photo by MK Metz
A flash fire erupted in an oven at the Hot Bagels & Deli at 108 Montague Street in Brooklyn Heights early Wednesday morning, at about 12:45 a.m.

FDNY units including Company 118 rushed to the scene. At 12:52 a.m. they reported that they had extinguished the fire, and called for EMS to treat a worker who had sustained burns.

The extent of his or her injuries is unknown.

UPDATE: FDNY requested National Grid to the scene at 1:01 a.m., saying the fire was due to a gas leak.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Man Who Saved Mother Teresa's Life to Speak in Brooklyn on Saturday, Oct. 25

Photo courtesy of The Moth
 Maybe this is what we need right now:

Dr. George V. Lombardi, MD, a nationally known infectious disease specialist and the man credited with saving Mother Teresa’s life in 1989, will be the keynote speaker at St. Francis College's Healthcare Science Affinity Group Day on Saturday, October 25 at 10:00am.

The event brings together a variety of St. Francis College alumni who have succeeded in various healthcare fields.

Vincent A. Kucich, MD, MBA ’74 a cardio-thoracic surgeon and medical director will introduce and moderate the event. Kucich is Medical Director and Bureau Chief, Medicaid Integrity for the Office of the Inspector General, Healthcare & Family Services for the State of Illinois.

Among those presenting and running workshops are St. Francis Nursing Professor Michael Valenti, Marianna Sala Rhatigan '93 (Microbiologist; US Food & Drug Administration), Laura Eisenzoph '00 (Pediatric Physical Therapist, New York City Public Schools), and Dr. Louis Mora '04 (Inpatient Psychologist, Veteran's Affairs).

Topics to be covered during the day include: Nursing, Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy, Food and Drug Administration, and Psychology in Forensic Science.

The event is free to St. Francis students and faculty. The cost for alumni and community members is $10.

Registration includes breakfast, admission to keynote speaker address and attendance in two breakout sessions.

St. Francis College, 180 Remsen Street, Brooklyn Heights, NY 11201

For more information, please contact the Offices of Development & Alumni Affairs at 718-489-5361 or development@sfc.edu.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Brooklyn Town Hall on Ebola and Enterovirus on Wednesday

Ebola viruses. Photo: NIAID
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is sponsoring a town hall on Ebola and Enterovirus D68 on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the courtroom of Brooklyn Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn.

The BP seeks to ease the fears over the outbreaks and supply facts to the community.

Panelists at the town hall, which will be moderated by Professor Mordecai Goldfeder, senior health and medical planner at the New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM), will include experts from the Brooklyn Hospital Center, Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Doctors Council SEIU, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and New York City Department of Mental Health and Hygiene.

No word on whether Brooklyn's ER crisis will be addressed.


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Brooklyn DA Says Childbeater Kelsey Smith Will Be Charged with Murder

Jeida Torres, Facebook
Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said on Monday that Kelsey Smith, 20, will be charged with second-degree murder and other charges in the brutal death of three-year-old Jeida Torres, which was ruled a homicide by the New York City Medical Examiner’s office.

The child died on October 18 after allegedly being beaten by Smith. Her brother, 5, was also beaten but survived.

The District Attorney said that there is no arraignment scheduled at this time as the defendant is presently being held at Bellevue Hospital Center.

In a weird aside, the Daily News reports that Smith called 9-1-1 Saturday, acting as if he was a downstairs neighbor complaining about the kids upstairs.

Smith also called his wife and the children’s mother, Kimberly Torres, saying he did something bad to the kids, the News says. Smith was in hiding until his own mother gave him up to police.


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Jewish Crown Heights Tenants Rally Against Alma Realty's Rent Hikes

Map data Google 2014
Tenants from Jewish Hospital Crown Heights apartment complex (545 Prospect Place) sent us this release, which we edited for space reasons:

Tenants, elected officials and affordable housing advocates rallied on Sunday, October 19 to protest Alma Realty's deregulation of affordable units in Brooklyn's Jewish Hospital Crown Heights apartment complex. Over the last several weeks, tenants have learned that Alma is now demanding market rate prices upon lease renewal.

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James, said, "While the rents in communities like Crown Heights steadily rise, Brooklyn Jewish Hospital apartments represent some of the few remaining affordable units in the community. We simply cannot allow these apartments to become deregulated, and risk displacing working-class New Yorkers."

Assemblyman Walter T. Mosley, said, "Crown Heights has changed dramatically over the course of the last 10 years and what once was affordable is no longer."

Senator Velmanette Montgomery, said, "Landlords cannot be allowed to decide arbitrarily whether an apartment is regulated or not: we have procedures to protect tenants and we will make sure that they are followed. We desperately need affordable housing, and this is about keeping affordable housing truly affordable."

Tenants said they would no longer be able to live in the city if the hike goes through.

Other officials also made statements, including BP Eric Adams, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, Lenore Friedlaender, executive director of Build Up NYC. Protesters were also joined by the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board, Pratt Area Community Council, Build Up NYC, Crown Heights Tenant Union, Real Affordability for All coalition and 32BJ SEIU.


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Have You Seen Manuel DeJesus?

Silver Alert issued on 10/20/14 at 2:30 a.m.

NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for the disappearance of Manuel DeJesus, a 70-year-old Hispanic male with dementia. Mr. DeJesus was missing from the area of Highland Place and Ridgewood Avenue in Brooklyn.

Mr. DeJesus was last seen wearing grey pants, a grey sweater, black shoes, and a black baseball cap.

He is described as being 5'5" tall and 150 lbs. If you see Mr. DeJesus, please call 9-1-1.

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Avon Breast Cancer Walk Brings Pink Lunchers to Cadman Plaza Park

Photos by MK Metz
Hundreds of pink-clad ladies (and a few red-blooded guys) flooded Cadman Plaza Park in Downtown Brooklyn on Saturday for a lunch break during the first day of the Avon Breast Cancer Walk.

These fit folks walked almost 40 miles over Saturday and Sunday to raise money for the cause! (They slept in pink tents Saturday night on Randall's Island.)

Kudos to them all.

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