Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, June 16, 2022
ACCOUNTING FIRM SHUT DOWN FOR FRAUD: A federal court in the Eastern District of New York has permanently barred Brooklyn-based K&L Accounting Group Inc. (220 E. 89th St. in Canarsie) and associated defendants Keith Sang, Kashana Sang, Tareek Lewis, Kimberly Brown from preparing federal tax returns for others. During a preliminary injunction, the court found that all defendants acted willfully or recklessly in preparing returns that understated their customers’ true tax liabilities; defendants Keith Sang and Kashana Sang interfered with the administration of the internal revenue laws by preparing paper returns that did not identify the return preparer; and all defendants took “concerted and conscious steps” to evade enforcement efforts by the IRS.
Return preparer fraud is one of the IRS’ Dirty Dozen Tax Scams and taxpayers seeking a return preparer should remain vigilant.
RESOURCES ON WORLD ELDER ABUSE AWARENESS DAY: Observing this year’s World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, celebrated annually on June 15, Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, highlighted available resources to increase awareness of, and prevent, various scams against seniors, such as family imposter schemes, government imposters, tech support and romance.
Brochures are being published about the Department of Justice’s Elder Fraud Strike Force, with details about how to submit a complaint, where to find additional information, and an overview of common scams and red flags – and how to protect oneself against them. To request a presentation please email [email protected]
BROOKLYN HEIGHTS DESIGNER SHOWCASE HOUSE: The Brooklyn Heights Association has announced the location of the 2022 Brooklyn Heights Designer Showhouse taking place this fall: 145 Columbia Heights, a historic townhouse just steps from the world-famous Brooklyn Heights Promenade, seamlessly blends old-world architecture with modern luxury. Each room will be dramatically transformed through the creativity of over 20 interior designers from Brooklyn and New York City’s celebrated design community.
Owned by the same family for over six decades, from the 1840s until the early 1900s, the showhouse oﬀers a rare inside look into a quintessential Brooklyn townhouse steeped in history while discovering the visionary work of talented interior designers.
PEREGRINE FALCON FAMILY NESTS ON MARINE PARKWAY BRIDGE: One healthy peregrine falcon chick has been hatched and joined its falcon mom in a specially built nesting box atop the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, announced the MTA Bridges and Tunnels department on Wednesday. The fluffy hatchling, who enjoys 360-degree views of the city skyline from its perch atop the 215-foot Rockaway tower, was recently banded, when the falcon chick was about three weeks old, a practice that helps wildlife experts keep track of the number of peregrines in the city and identify them in case they become sick or injured.
MTA Bridges and Tunnels provides a nesting box for the falcons — which mate for life and generally return to the same nest to hatch their young — at each of the bridges, but otherwise leaves the birds undisturbed, particularly during nesting season.
NYPD MEMORIAL MASS: The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, was the main celebrant of the NYPD Patrol Borough Brooklyn South’s Memorial Mass Wednesday morning at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Bensonhurst. The memorial Mass, dedicated annually to the members of the service who lost their lives in the line of duty within the confines of the precincts of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, included the reading aloud of 132 names that comprise the List of Heroes. Monsignor Robert Romano, the pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe, is an Assistant Chief Chaplain of the New York City Police Department. Monsignor David Cassato, also an Assistant Chief Chaplain with the NYPD, was a concelebrant at the Mass.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell and Assistant Chief Michael M. Kemper, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Commanding Officer, were among the NYPD officials in attendance.
IPS NEWS: RALLY FOR FIRE VICTIMS: A rally on behalf of tenant fire victims at 702 54th St. will take place today, June 16 at 7 p.m. A fire in the ground-floor business last month caused the entire building of more than 30 tenant families to be displaced, and tenants say they have been fighting to access their belongs.
Tenant organizers, advocates and elected officials, including Rep. Nydia Velázquez, City Councilmember Aviles and Assemblymember Mitaynes are expected to participate and make the landlord give the tenants access to retrieve essential belongings.
IPS NEWS: IMMINENT ANNOUNCEMENT ON HELICOPTER BILL: Council Member Lincoln Restler and colleagues will announce aggressive legislation on helicopter usage today at a press conference on the steps of City Hall.
Expected to join him are representatives from Stop The Chop and the Brooklyn Heights Association.
IPS NEWS: BAY RIDGE WINNER IN CONGRESSIONAL ART CONTEST: U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-11/Southwest Brooklyn) has announced the winners of her 2022 Congressional Art Competition for New York’s 11th Congressional District. Bay Ridge resident and Brooklyn Latin School student Leo Cheng, as a runner-up, will have his artwork, titled “The Hidden Hero,” displayed in Rep. Malliotakis’ Brooklyn Office for one year.
“The figure in this painting is my mom who is a nurse practitioner. The left side of the painting shows how she fought with COVID in the pandemic, and the right side of the painting represents the freedom of U.S.A,” said Leo.
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