Saturday, October 25, 2014

Brooklyn Brownstone Republicans to Join LICH March Sunday

LICH in the old daays. Photo by MK Metz
The Brooklyn Brownstone Republican club says it will show up in force at Sunday's march and rally to protest the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn to developer Fortis Property Group.

The Republicans point their finger straight at Gov. Cuomo for demolishing the historic hospital, and claim Democratic politicians are "afraid to speak his name."

According to an article in the Brooklyn Eagle, Republicans are frustrated that Cuomo opponent Rob Astorino doesn't seem to get it.

"Rob Astorino should attend, as everyone here KNOWs the assault on our local hospital by NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo is his Achilles Heel," the club said.

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Man Hit by Car on Cadman Plaza West, Brooklyn Heights/ Downtown

Man struck by car on Cadman Plaza West. Photo by MK Metz
A man crosssing west across Cadman Plaza West at Clark Street was struck by a car at roughly 9 p.m. Friday night. The man appeared to be a senior. He was accompanied by three companions.

He appeared to have injuries that included a broken leg, according to EMS, but his condition was not confirmed.

The car that struck the man -- a dark blue or black Lexus -- was turning north onto Cadman Plaza West from Clark Street. The driver, a young man, claimed that the victim was "crossing against the light." A young woman was a passenger in the car.

The victim's companions denied that the man was crossing against the light, saying he would never do a thing like that. They told police that the car "zoomed" out of Clark Street and sped left around the corner without slowing, striking the man.

The victim was taken to Lutheran Hospital. His present condition is unknown.

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Officials: Ebola Patient Went Bowling in Brooklyn, Took the Subway and Uber, but Probably Wasn't Contageous

Dr. Craig Spencer. LinkedIn
Dr. Mary Travis Bassett, commissioner of the New York City Department of Health, confirmed Thursday that the first Ebola patient in New York City, Dr. Craig Spencer, did indeed visit Williamsburg bowling alley The Gutter Wednesday.

"He did bowl," she said during a televised news conference. "He wasn't feeling symptoms, he had no fever" at that time, she said. Only symptomatic patients can spread the disease, officials said.

"Out of an abundance of caution, the bowling alley has been closed," she added.  (Let's hope they find that special bowling ball.)

About his travels on mass transit: "To get there he took the A train and the L train," she said. Officials have his MetroCard and will analyze his movements.

"When he was on the subway he did not have a fever," Dr. Basset emphasized. "He did not have a contagious disease" while he was on the subway. Ebola is only contracted through contact with an infected person's bodily fluids.

He rode home in an Uber car. The driver of the car is not expected to get sick, since he had no contact with Dr. Spencer. Three other contacts are in isolation.

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March and Rally to Revive LICH Planned for Sunday in Brooklyn

 With the first case of Ebola in NYC, Enterovirus all over the place and terrorism drills going on at OEM, a march and rally to protest the sale of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in Cobble Hill to a developer is planned for Sunday, Oct. 26 at 1 p.m. 

Because this seems like a really good time to close a major hospital in underserved Brooklyn.

More details.

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Stringer: Brooklyn Ranks Highest in Dollar Amount Paid for Pedestrians Hit by NYC Vehicles

 New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer released a "ClaimStat Alert" Thursday, highlighting the cost of pedestrian personal injury claims against the city.

From Fiscal Year 2007 to Fiscal Year 2014, there were 1,213 pedestrian personal injury claims filed against the city, including 22 claims related to pedestrian fatalities. Taxpayers paid a total of $88,134,915 to settle claims during this period.

Manhattan had the highest number of claims, with 378 during that time period, but Brooklyn saw the highest amount of settlements and judgments, worth $29.1 million.

Stringer provides interactive maps which show interesting geographical trends in personal injury claims, like the above map which shows personal injury Police Action Claims.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Brooklyn's Disaster Kind of Day Wednesday

Downtown Brooklyn started out the day with a massive disaster drill at the Office of Emergeency Management.

In the scenario, a 10-ton nuclear blast in Times Square went off at 10 a.m. Wednesday morning, killing roughly 100,000 on impact, reports the Brooklyn Eagle.

If the OEM building is still standing, “This would become the seat of government,” OEM Commissioner Esposito said. Good to know!

Wednesday night, a town hall on Ebola and the enterovirus was held at Brooklyn Boro Hall.

More on this  disaster event tomorrow.

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Gubernatorial Debate, Brooklyn Bike Krill; and More Brooklyn Briefs

Firehouse, Brooklyn Heights. Photo: MK Metz
 - 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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