What’s News, Breaking: Wednesday, December 7, 2022
ASSISTANT DAs TO RECEIVE MEDALS NAMED FOR LAW REFORMER IN NEW YORK HISTORY: Christopher Blank, representing Kings County, is among the outstanding assistant district attorneys from each borough, and in the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor for the City of New York, who will be awarded the Thomas E. Dewey Medals next Monday at the New York City Bar Association. The City Bar hosts host its eighteenth annual Thomas E. Dewey Medal Presentation Ceremony, free and open to the public, but in person only, starting at 6 p.m.
Remembered in New York history as having ushered in the era in which the District Attorney’s office hired prosecutors on merit rather than through political patronage, Thomas E. Dewey (1902-1971) first came to the public’s attention as a prosecutor in the 1930s, winning criminal cases against gangsters, bootleggers and organized crime figures of the day, before later winning election as governor.
NYPD SEARCHES FOR WOULD-BE KIDNAPPER: Police ask the public to help locate and identify a woman wanted in connection with an attempted kidnapping of a child in Fort Greene – in plain view of the toddler’s parents. The incident took place Monday evening around 5:40 p.m., near the Whole Foods supermarket, Lafayette and Flatbush Avenues within the 88th Precinct, when the unidentified woman picked up the five-year-old boy, who was walking with his parents, she then ran about 10 steps before dropping him on the ground and fleeing toward State Street.
The child, uninjured, was reunited with his parents.
MAYOR, HEALTH DEPT. OFFER VIRTUAL WORKSHOP ON HEALTHCARE OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD: New Yorkers are urged to enroll in a Qualified Health Plan (if not already covered by other medical insurance) before the end of the December 15 enrollment period. Toward this goal, The NYC Mayor’s Public Engagement Unit, in collaboration with NY State of Health, NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and NYC Human Resources Administration, will host an information session this Thursday, December 8th at 12:30 p.m. This information session on December 8 will be open to all New Yorkers and can be viewed Live through the Public Engagement Unit’s and NY State of Health’s Facebook pages. The hour-long event will educate New Yorkers about New York’s health insurance landscape, the many affordable health plan options, the availability of enhanced financial assistance, and how to enroll.
Speakers will also offer information about accessing free enrollment help through GetCoveredNYC and NY State of Health’s certified enrollment assistants.
FAD CREATIVE MARKET: TWO PLACES AT ONCE THIS WEEKEND: FAD Market – a curated fashion, art, and design pop-up marketplace – is bringing a fresh lineup of all new local makers, designers, and creative small businesses to Brooklyn’s Boerum Hill and D UMBO, offering an extensive variety of handmade goods, to help holiday shoppers finding one-of-a-kind gifts and shop small-business this holiday season. This weekend, December 10 and 11, from 11a.m. to 6 p.m., with FAD Market will be at both The Invisible Dog Art Center in Boerum Hill and Empire Stores in DUMBO from more than 80 creative small businesses.
Moreover, FAD Market features free activities, including the a cappella choir in Time Out Market on December 11 from 1-4pm. Time Out Market has scheduled additional ticketed events this weekend for the family, including a pizza-making workshop on Saturday and holiday fun with Santa on Sunday.
PUBLIC ADVOCATE PUSHES FOR PASSAGE OF WORST LANDLORD ACCOUNTABILITY ACT: Ahead of the release of the 2022 Worst Landlord Watchlist, Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams advanced his bill to combat the practices of some of the worst landlords in New York City and support tenants in need of relief and repairs. For its hearing of the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings on Tuesday, December 6, Williams argued in support of Intro 583, a part of the Worst Landlord Accountability Act, which would correct and prevent what he calls “the disingenuous tactics” that some of those landlords use in their attempts to get removed from this watchdog list.
Within the current system, landlords are often able to self-certify their own repairs without city verification; the new law would end the practice by landlords already identified as bad actors of falsely claiming repairs have been made.
WINTER CLOTHING DONATION AND LUNCHEON FOR ASYLEES: A community group and elected officials are joining forces to help asylees here in Brooklyn during the holiday season. Councilmember Farah Louis (D-45), State Senator Roxanne Persaud (D-19), and The Bridge Multi Cultural and Advocacy Project this Saturday, December 10, will host their second Humanitarian Coat Distribution & Holiday Luncheon of the season. They will provide winter coats, pajamas, diapers, and warm meals will be provided to asylees staying at the Glenwood Win Shelter in East Flatbush, in partnership with the NYC Department of Social Services.
The Flatbush-based Bridge Multi Cultural Project, established in 2013, states as its mission “to unite and energize people of every racial, ethnic, cultural and religious group across New York City and the United States to address social issues facing society today.
STATE OF THE BOROUGH ADDRESS: Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso is eagerly awaiting the New Year so that he can highlight the accomplishments of his first year in office. He has announced his State of the Borough Address, to take place January10, 2023 and hosted at the New York City College of Technology.
The 39-year-old Reynoso, who took office on January 1 of this year, is the first Latino Brooklyn Borough President, and grew up in South Williamsburg, which he most recently served as City Councilmember (District 34) before his election to the borough presidency.
ARREST AND CHARGES IN DOUBLE MURDER: Police have arrested the perpetrator and identified the 17-year-old victim in a homicide that took place overnight into Tuesday, December 6 at the Kingsborough Houses. Keyaira Rattray, 17, of Gates Avenue was shot. Oliver Sundance, 28 of South Street in Manhattan faces several charges, including for murder, attempted murder, robbery, assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
Rattray, who was found at the Kingsborough Houses (73rd Precinct) with a gunshot wound to the chest, was pronounced deceased at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center. Sundance, who later turned himself in, had earlier shot a 96-year-old man in the leg with a stray bullet in a Crown Heights incident,
GUILTY VERDICT IN TRUMP ORGANIZATION CASE: A New York County criminal court jury has found Trump Organization guilty of all charges in a sweeping, 15-year tax fraud scheme, according to several news reports on Tuesday. The jury, which needed just over a day for deliberations, returned guilty verdicts on 17 counts: including on scheme to defraud, conspiracy, criminal tax fraud and falsifying business records. When sentenced, the Trump Organization will face approximately $1.6 million in fines.
Former President Donald J. Trump himself was not charged, and took to social media complaining about the court case.
PEDESTRIAN DEATH IN BEDFORD-STUYVESANT: Police have identified a pedestrian who was struck and killed yesterday, December 5, in front of 1252 Bedford Avenue within the 79 Precinct. Glen Fields, 61 of Nostrand Ave. was found lying in the roadway, unconscious and unresponsive, and with body trauma after the 19-year-old driver of a 2007 BMW heading northbound struck him.
The driver remained at the scene, and the NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Squad continues its probe of the incident.
APPELLATE COURT JUDGE IN BROOKLYN GETS TOP RATING AS CANDIDATE FOR STATE’S CHIEF JUDICIAL ROLE: Brooklyn Appellate Court Presiding Justice Hector D. LaSalle is among four of the seven candidates for chief judge of the state who were at the top of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association’s ratings. LaSalle, who presides over the New York State Appellate Division-Second Department, was rated as “highly qualified,” and joins Edwina Richardson-Mendelson, an administrative judge; Appellate Judge Jeffrey Oing and Yale Law School professor Abbe Gluck in the top ratings.
Also a candidate, New York Court of Appeals Acting Chief Judge Anthony Cannataro was rated as “highly qualified.”
BROOKLYN FEDERAL COURT JUDGE HONORED WITH MEDAL FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE: U.S. District Judge Roslynn Mauskopf of the Eastern District of New York (Brooklyn federal court) was awarded the Emory Buckner Medal for Outstanding Public Service at a recent Thanksgiving breakfast that the Federal Bar Council held, reports the New York Law Journal. Judge Mauskopf, whom U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice named last year as the first woman chief administrative officer of the federal courts, has served the Eastern District for 15 years.
Judge Mauskopf directs the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and serves under Judicial Conference of the United States, the policymaking body of the nation’s federal courts policymaking group.
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