Park Slope School Losing Funding for Lack of State Test Participation

Jun 08, 16 Park Slope School Losing Funding for Lack of State Test Participation

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PS 10 in Park Slope will lose a $75,000 grant because 12 percent of its student body opted out of state testing. This is despite the fact that NYC Public Advocate Letitia James sent a letter to families back in April assuring them that failure to participate in state testing would not result in negative consequences for the school or students. Now that the school, along with 15 others in the district have lost their reward school status, parents are working to reverse that decision. In order to be eligible for reward school status at least 95 percent of the student body must take the state exams. “I am alarmed that my school isn’t getting the rewards because people chose to opt out because of the tests,” parent Theresa Westerdahl said. “It’s a shame and it’s very unsettling,” said Tyndall Arrasmith, co-president of the PTA. “Parents when they opt out, it’s a personal choice,” Letitia James said. “Their schools should not be...

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Indictments Expected Against Former Brooklyn DA’s Office

May 30, 16 Indictments Expected Against Former Brooklyn DA’s Office

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A federal grand jury is meeting this week as part of an on-going investigation into the behavior of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office under the former prosecutor Charles Hynes. Investigators have been looking into allegations that Hynes used money forfeited by criminals in inappropriately, and other misdeeds by the DA’s office. During the investigation Hynes suffered a “serious and incapacitating stroke,” said is lawyer’s office. Hynes is 81, and was the Brooklyn DA for 23 years. He was unseated when he lost his bid for re-election in 2013 to Ken Thompson. The Department of Investigation did find that Judge Barry Kamins gave Hynes campaign advice in addition to speaking with him on cases improperly. The DOI also found that Hynes used forfeiture funds to pay a political consultant, Mortimer Matz. Robert Hill Schwartz, Hynes’ lawyer, recently had open heart surgery and was unavailable for...

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Vandals De-face Brooklyn Police Car

Apr 03, 16 Vandals De-face Brooklyn Police Car

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Two policemen of the 84th Precinct were about to go out on patrol when they were confronted with a disturbing sight: two swastikas were painted on the marked car, and one tire was slashed. The incident occurred in Downtown Brooklyn on Gold Street right in front of the police station. The policemen discovered the defaced car at about 6pm last Monday evening. One swastika, which was the pre-eminent symbol of the Nazi party during World War II, was found on the hood of the car, while the other was drawn on the door. Police are investigating and searching the area carefully for the culprit or culprits, hoping that nearby surveillance cameras can lead them to the...

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Brooklyn Criminal Court Clerk Subjected to Mistaken Raid

Feb 21, 16 Brooklyn Criminal Court Clerk Subjected to Mistaken Raid

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Janice Blackman, age 55, and a senior clerk in the Brooklyn Criminal Court, filed a lawsuit claiming that the police forced their way into her apartment after breaking down the door, made a mess of her apartment in a vain attempt to find drugs, forced her to lie on the floor in handcuffs, and left empty-handed. They left, embarrassed, when they found her badge and ID in her purse. The lawsuit, which was filed last Friday in Brooklyn Federal Court, says that last February Blackman was cooking in her kitchen with only her bra and underpants on when police forced their way into her apartment on Nassau Street. The police then made her lie face-down on the floor of her apartment, even though the floor was covered in broken glass. Despite their best efforts, the police did not find anything of an illegal nature. As soon as they discovered Blackman’s ID and badge in her purse, “they immediately removed the handcuffs…and quickly exited from her apartment, offering only scant apologies and little by way of remorse other than a change in their...

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Uber Snowed Out by Jonas

Jan 24, 16 Uber Snowed Out by Jonas

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  Now we know there is one thing that can stop Uber in New York, and that is a blizzard of historical proportions. Because of the dangerous road conditions throughout the eastern seaboard due to Winter Storm Jonas, Uber has decided to halt their service from Saturday in New York City and in New Jersey. The announcement of the suspension of Uber’s service came in the wake of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of a travel ban. Beginning on Saturday afternoon Uber customers received a message on their apps that service was temporarily halted due to the hazardous road conditions caused by the blizzard. During past storms Uber has been criticized for price gauging with exorbitant surcharges because of the bad weather. This year, before Jonas arrived, Uber had come to an agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman to limit prices during the bad weather. It is not known what that price limit was, and it is a moot point anyway, since there is no service anyway. Service from Uber has also been halted in Lancaster and Harrisburg,...

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Brooklyn Boa Busted for Riding MTA without Paying

Dec 28, 15 Brooklyn Boa Busted for Riding MTA without Paying

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With flashbacks to the famed Bronx Zoo Cobra, another large snake of the boa constrictor variety was caught riding the B12 bus along East New York Avenue a few Saturdays ago. As soon as the driver spotted the snake, eight stops into his route, he immediately turned his bus around and headed back to the depot. Apparently there were no other riders on the bus. Back at the depot workers removed some bus panels to reach the snake, who was trying to get closer to the warmth from the engine. Workers from Animal Care and Control took the snake to somewhere, presumably safer than an MTA bus. Someone for the MTA said that a different driver had seen someone with a snake in a bag enter the bus the day before. The driver assumed when the passenger with the snake left the bus, that he took his snake with him. Wrong! “A guy brought a snake with him on the bus” the source said. “I guess it got too big for him to take care of, so he left it on the bus in a...

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