What’s News for May 20
Saying that progress was being made, attorneys for the many parties vying over the future of Brooklyn’s Long Island College Hospital (LICH) asked state Supreme Court Justice Johnny Lee Baynes on Tuesday for one more day to negotiate a deal out of court before resuming litigation. SUNY, the state Department of Health, LICH community groups, doctors, unions, developers and a hospital chain are all involved in the talks.
A runner died after collapsing at the finish line of Saturday’s Brooklyn Half Marathon, according to race organizers. A 31-year-old runner crossed the finish line of the 13.1-mile race in Coney Island and collapsed shortly thereafter, New York Road Runners (NYRR) told Runner’s World Magazine. On-site medical staff treated the man, who was later taken to Coney Island Hospital. The man, whose identity wasn’t released, died sometime later, according to NYRR. (nbcnewyork.com)
Court reformers and many of New York’s legal community gathered at Bryant Park Grill Monday evening to celebrate the accomplishments of those dedicated to bringing an often arcane justice system into the modern age and remember the legacy of the late New York State Court of Appeals Justice Theodore T. Jones.
Deron Williams’ three-plus seasons in the Nets’ organization has been defined by his confidence. The three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold-medalist, who inked a five-year, $98 million deal to remain in Brooklyn during the summer of 2012, has been full of it at times, but lacking it far too often for a player described as the undisputed key to this franchise’s success. Following last week’s playoff elimination at the hands of the two-time defending NBA champion Miami Heat in five disappointing games, Williams was frank — perhaps a bit too frank — about his vulnerable mental state heading into this offseason. ___
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday announced the 30 members of “Jobs for New Yorkers” that will develop real-time strategies to strengthen the city’s workforce and help workers develop the skills needed to secure good paying jobs in fast-growing careers. The task force will help shift the City’s approach to focus on employment for New Yorkers in skill-building, higher-wage jobs that offer opportunities for advancement, as opposed to job placement in low-paying sectors. (Office of the Mayor)
Sunset Park residents who generously donate clothing to charity by placing garments in large collection bins that have been placed on the sidewalk at various locations around the community might want to think twice before doing it again, a business group warns. Leaders of the Sunset Park Business Improvement District (BID) said the bins, which were dumped on the sidewalks with no input from the community, do not appear to belong to any charitable organization. See brooklyneagle.com.
The Nets’ Coney Island store at 3015 Stillwell Ave. will re-open on Friday at 10 a.m. in time for the official start of summer. The store is the team’s first retail location outside the Barclays Center and is open Sunday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. It will remain open through Labor Day. (Brooklyn Nets)
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday signed seven pieces of legislation into law to promote environmentally friendly building practices and to modify business improvement districts (BIDs). (Office of the Mayor)
With help from an army of young volunteers from local high schools, two of Bensonhurst’s elected officials conducted a thorough cleanup of one of the neighborhood’s busiest commercial strips on Saturday morning. Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) and Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) held a “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” event to get rid of litter on 86th Street and surrounding areas.
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