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Brooklyn Today: How safe are NYC’s foster homes?

May 8, 2019 Brooklyn Eagle
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THE LEDE: Good morning! A study released on Monday found that the city agency that certifies foster homes has been doing a shoddy job ensuring the homes meet the required health and safety certifications. City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s audit of the Administration for Children’s Services found that 81 percent of sampled foster homes failed to provide proof of at least one aspect of the required training, medical exams, background checks and clearances.

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~ CITY FAILING TO FULLY VET FOSTER CARE HOMES, AUDIT REVEALS: Scott Stringer said his audit “shows that ACS’s lack of oversight enables a deficient foster care system, where children can be placed in homes that don’t measure up or meet their needs.”

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

~ BROOKLYNITES REMOVE 2,000 POUNDS OF TRASH, MOSTLY PLASTIC, ALONG NEWTOWN CREEK: Now in its eighth year, the Annual Riverkeeper Sweep is the largest one-day cleanup in the history of the Hudson River.

~ ANGEL GUARDIAN HOME POISED FOR ITS NEXT ACT: The storied Angel Guardian Home in Dyker Heights will soon house a new school, an assisted living facility, affordable housing and, the developer hopes, a second comingof the senior center that shuttered inside the facility last spring.

~ BUYING ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN NEW YORK COULD GET A LOT CHEAPER AND EASIER: A new package of bills would exempt state sales tax and registration fees on purchases of electric vehicles and make charging station installations easier in condominiums and apartments.

~ DRIVE RITE, PARK WRONG? DOUBLE-PARKING DRIVING SCHOOL INSTRUCTORS ENDANGER CYCLISTS: A Prospect Heights driving school called Drive Rite Academy breaks driving laws and racks up tickets for illegal parking jobs, according to one local resident and a search of the school’s license plate histories.

~ BIKE LANE TO REPLACE TREE LINE ON PROSPECT PARK PERIMETER: Twenty-one of the Ocean Avenue trees could be transplanted elsewhere in the park. And 144 small, new trees will be planted along Ocean Avenue to make up for the tree removals.

~ MOURNERS HOLD VIGIL ON BATH BEACH CORNER WHERE TODDLER WAS KILLED: The participants didn’t let a steady rain stop them from paying tribute to Emur Shavkator, the toddler who was struck and killed by a van at the intersection of Benson Avenue and Bay 25th Street on Thursday.


~ Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams weighs in on the BQE rehab plan. (Brooklyn Heights Blog)

~ From Bensonhurst to Williamsburg, explore 12 houses of worship at this year’s Sacred Sites Open House. (Brownstoner)

~ DUMBO and Downtown Brooklyn are some of the fastest-growing rental markets in New York City, according to StreetEasy’s Renter Demand Index. (StreetEasy)


~ READ: A mother grapples with her 13-year-old son becoming obsessed with and later joining the alt-right. (Washingtonian)

~ EAT: From pizza at Di Fara to a porterhouse at Peter Luger Steak House, here are the 30 most iconic NYC dishes, including five in Brooklyn. (Eater)

~ LAUGH: A different opinion on the new royal baby. (The Week)

~ LIVE: “Why you need a network of low-stakes, casual friendships” (NYT)


6:30PM — No Visible Bruises: What We Don’t Know About Domestic Violence Can Kill Us at 92nd Street Y. Details.

6:30PM — Surveillance Capitalism, Human Autonomy and You at BrooklynHistorical Society. Details.

7:00PM — Outdoor Cinema at Parklife. Details.


In 1908, the Eagle reported, “Thirty-four bids for the construction of the six sections into which the Fourth Avenue subway is divided were made by 16 different contracting firms when the Public Service Commission opened bids at noon today.”

American actress Sharon Stone graces the May cover of Vogue Portugal.

Here’s how much each member of the royal family is worth. (Yahoo)

The Islanders are entering an offseason of uncertainty after an inspiring turnaround campaign.


Happy birthday to Stephen Amell, David Attenborough, Joe Bonamassa, Bill Cowher, Bill de Blasio, Elyes Gabel, Melissa Gilbert, Enrique Iglesias, David Keith, Bobby Labonte, Ronnie Lott, Thomas Pynchon and Toni Tennille!

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