Brooklyn Today: January 30, 2012
Good morning. Today is the 30th day of the year. On this day in 1969, the Beatles performed together in public for the last time. The unscheduled show took place on the roof of their Apple Studios in London and was eventually interrupted by police because of noise complaints.
Well-known people who were born today include baseball manager Davey Johnson, actress Vanessa Redgrave (Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Julia, Playing for Time), singer Jody Watley and musician-singer Phil Collins (“In the Air Tonight”).
Today at noon, Councilman Charles Barron and Assemblywoman Inez Barron will announce the opening of a free tax-preparation service at 447 New Lots Ave. in East New York. The service, run by New York Community Organizing Fund, offers free tax preparation for people and households who made less than $50,000 in 2011.
According to Multichannel News, about 280 technicians and dispatchers working for Cablevision in Brooklyn voted Thursday to join the Communications Workers of America (CWA). The workers will be represented by Local 1109 of the CWA. The union claimed that Cablevision tried to block the organizing effort by requiring employees to attend high-pressure, anti-union meetings and by holding one-on-one meetings with managers in which the employees were pressured to oppose the union. Only 2 to 4 percent of all cable TV workers are unionized.
According to the New York Observer, Seth Pinsky, head of the city’s Economic Development Corporation, defended recent efforts to create a Downtown Brooklyn Skyscraper District. He believes that the creation of such a district wouldn’t prohibit landlords from attracting tenants to the area.
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