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Questions Arise Over Felony Convictions of Former Assemblyman Clarence Norman

🕔18:51, 29.Aug 2014

By Stephen Witt With former Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes facing possible criminal charges and several high-profile murder convictions under Hynes’ tenure being overturned, at least one current lawmaker feels it might be time to exonerate convicted former Kings

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Battle to Succeed Eric Adams in 20th Senate District Heats Up

Battle to Succeed Eric Adams in 20th Senate District Heats Up Updated

🕔18:44, 29.Aug 2014

By Stephen Witt With the primary season moving into the final stretch towards the Sept. 9 election, the race for the vacant 20th Senatorial District seat, formerly occupied by Borough President Eric Adams, looks to go down to the wire.

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Study to rezone Empire Blvd. leaves grass-roots community feeling left out

Study to rezone Empire Blvd. leaves grass-roots community feeling left out Updated

🕔16:32, 22.Aug 2014

By Stephen Witt A city study to rezone Empire Boulevard – the major thoroughfare straddling the Crown Heights and Prospect-Lefferts Gardens neighborhoods– is drawing strong community opposition and setting off the first major challenge to Borough President Eric Adams’ administration.

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City Councilman Jumaane Williams says Bed-Stuy can be saved from gentrification

City Councilman Jumaane Williams says Bed-Stuy can be saved from gentrification Updated

🕔13:14, 21.Aug 2014

By Stephen Witt Despite speculators buying up large chunks of Bedford-Stuyvesant, City Councilman Jumaane Williams said this week that the neighborhood can survive the gentrification onslaught and save the historical black community known as Brooklyn’s Harlem. Williams comments came in

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Legislation in the Offing to outfit cops with Body Cameras

Legislation in the Offing to outfit cops with Body Cameras

🕔09:53, 16.Aug 2014

By Stephen Witt If Public Advocate Letitia James’ proposal for a pilot program to outfit police with body-worn cameras is enacted, three Brooklyn precincts will be at the top of the list for the equipment. Under James’ proposal, unveiled at

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Central Brooklyn on sale? Meet the Aussie who’s buying up the neighborhood and then some…

Central Brooklyn on sale? Meet the Aussie who’s buying up the neighborhood and then some… Updated

🕔16:14, 15.Aug 2014

  Alan Dixon is CEO of Dixon Advisory USA (Dixon USA), a firm that oversees more than 60 full-time staff in the New York area office, according to his website. Dixon USA, a subsidiary of Dixon Advisory and Superannuation Services

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Night Out Against Crime Brings Police & Community Together

Night Out Against Crime Brings Police & Community Together

🕔11:41, 8.Aug 2014

  By Stephen Witt Deputy Inspector Scott Henderson, the Commanding Officer of the 81st Police Precinct, stood just outside Jackie Robinson Park and noted (with pride) how nearly a thousand people turned out for the precinct’s National Night Out Against

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Feds demand reform over abuse of teenage inmates at Rikers Island

Feds demand reform over abuse of teenage inmates at Rikers Island Updated

🕔11:11, 8.Aug 2014

  By Stephen Witt In a scathing 79-page report, the federal government found the New York City Department of Corrections (DOC) fosters a consistent “culture of violence” against teenage inmates at Rikers Island. The report covered the years 2011-13 and

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DOE Rejects plan to educate young African-American and Hispanic males

DOE Rejects plan to educate young African-American and Hispanic males Updated

🕔21:15, 25.Jul 2014

By Stephen Witt The city’s Department of Education (DOE) was not among 60 of the nation’s largest school districts pledging support of President Obama’s initiative to improve the educational futures of young African-American and Hispanic boys beginning in preschool and

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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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