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The fur industry is often operated through family businesses, like Thomas Lax’s De Lax Fur in Midwood. Eagle photo by Paul Frangipane

Fur ban sparks fury for Brooklyn businesses

April 22 | Paul Frangipane

One safety pin hangs out of Mitch Cohen’s mouth as he stabs another into a mahogany cuff of mink fur, labeling the fur coat with a sticky note for storage until next winter. The 63-year-old Brooklynite has been working in the fur business for over 30 years. Now, he says, a proposed bill in the […]

Councilmember Kalman Yeger tweeted on Wednesday "Palestine does not exist," leading to backlash from activists. Photo via NYC City Council Flickr/John McCarten

Borough Park councilmember booted from Immigration Committee following anti-Palestine tweets

April 1 | Noah Goldberg

City Council leadership decided Monday to remove Councilmember Kalman Yeger from the Committee on Immigration after he tweeted at a reporter last week “Palestine does not exist.” “I do not believe that someone who engages in the type of rhetoric we heard from Councilmember Yeger belongs on the Immigration Committee, which is supposed to welcome […]

Councilmember Kalman Yeger tweeted on Wednesday "Palestine does not exist," leading to backlash from activists. Photo via NYC City Council Flickr/John McCarten

Yeger may lose committee seat over “dehumanizing” Palestine tweets

March 28 | Noah Goldberg

The City Council will consider removing Brooklyn Councilmember Kalman Yeger from his seat on the Committee on Immigration after his Wednesday Twitter declaration that “Palestine does not exist.” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said Thursday that he was “uncomfortable” with Yeger being on the committee and called Yeger’s comments “dehumanizing” toward Palestinians. “I do see […]