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Is “Close To Home” Youthful Offender Program Too Close to Home?

Is “Close To Home” Youthful Offender Program Too Close to Home? Updated

🕔12:40, 5.Jul 2014

By Stephen Witt A much-lauded 2012 program to return low-level youthful offenders from upstate juvenile detention centers to group homes in their neighborhood continues to be plagued by a  high rate of the offenders going absent without leave (AWOL). Dubbed

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Crown Heights Residents Grapple with Increase in Shooting Incidents Updated

🕔12:36, 5.Jul 2014

By Stephen Witt       A longtime Crown Heights community activist in policing matters blasted the de Blasio Administration this week for ignoring the tenants of community policing – namely not involving the community as active partners in keeping the streets

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81 NYC Registered Sex Offenders Go AWOL

81 NYC Registered Sex Offenders Go AWOL Updated

🕔17:13, 28.Jun 2014

By Mary Alice Miller New York City has 7,000 registered sex offenders living within the five boroughs. By law, all must periodically verify their address with the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). But 81 NYC sex offenders have

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Rent Board Greenlights 1 Percent Rent Hike for Nearly a Million Tenants

Rent Board Greenlights 1 Percent Rent Hike for Nearly a Million Tenants Updated

🕔17:01, 28.Jun 2014

By Stephen Witt Diane John-Marie, a single mom and home health care aide from Crown Heights, stood in the line to get into the Rent Guidelines Board (RGB) meeting Monday and commiserated about a possible one-year rent freeze on rent-stabilized

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Deadline Monday to enroll middle school students in summer program

🕔16:50, 28.Jun 2014

  By Stephen Witt With public schools letting out this week, the city is spreading the word to working families with middle school-aged children in Central Brooklyn that Monday, June 30 is the deadline to pre-enroll in its free, expanded

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City Budget Due: de Blasio still in talks with City Council

🕔09:24, 23.Jun 2014

  By Stephen Witt With the June 30 deadline fast approaching for the de Blasio Administration and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito to come to an agreement on the city’s Fiscal Year 2014-15 budget, both sides are playing it close

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Graffiti Messages Attack African-American  Property in Clinton Hill

Graffiti Messages Attack African-American Property in Clinton Hill Updated

🕔10:53, 6.Jun 2014

By Stephen Witt A tree-lined Clinton Hill brownstone block where some of the borough’s most prominent African-Americans live – including the publishers of Our Time Press and Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson – was vandalized with cryptic and threatening-like graffiti

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Bed-Stuy City Councilman Robert Cornegy’s School Safety Bill Scheduled for Hearing

🕔09:03, 30.May 2014

  By Stephen Witt The City Council this week finally scheduled a June 12 hearing for Bedford-Stuyvesant City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr.’s seemingly common sense legislation to warn educators when elementary and special education students leave school unattended and on

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City Council asks de Blasio for $14.2 Million for More Summer Youth Jobs

City Council asks de Blasio for $14.2 Million for More Summer Youth Jobs Updated

🕔13:42, 28.May 2014

  By Stephen Witt A coalition of elected officials, community-based organizations and youths demanded this week that the de Blasio Administration put in another $14.2 million from the budget to pay for another 10,000 jobs (minimum-wage jobs) for the city’s

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