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House Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (center) visited Brooklyn on Wednesday to tour a pre-K program at P.S. 123 in Bushwick with Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Department of Education officials. Photo courtesy of the office of Nancy Pelosi

Universal pre-K expansion threatens critical partnership, school directors say

March 21 | Paul Stremple

Universal pre-K may be among the mayor’s most prominent policies, but directors of community-based NYC Early Education Centers — which service the majority of the city’s pre-K students — say it could force them out of business. Forty-two directors of Early Education Centers in Brooklyn and Queens signed letters urging the mayor and schools chancellor […]

State Legislature approves 610 new speed cameras for city streets

March 20 | Paula Katinas

The number of cameras catching reckless drivers in the act of dangerously speeding through school zones in New York City is about to increase by nearly five-fold now that the New York State Legislature has voted to approve a bill sponsored by southwest Brooklyn State Sen. Andrew Gounardes and Manhattan Assemblymember Deborah Glick. Both houses […]

325 Kent Ave. in Williamsburg. Photo by Chase Brush.

Demands for racial impact studies grow amid de Blasio rezonings

March 19 | By Chase Brush Special to the Brooklyn Eagle

Tommy Torres is used to watching friends and families move away from the State Assembly’s 53rd district, encompassing Williamsburg and Bushwick. It’s an exodus that the Democratic district leader says has taken place little by little over the last few decades, as rising rents and rapid development slowly rendered the neighborhood unaffordable to longtime residents. […]