Trump Stands with Kavanaugh

 

In the wake of last week’s Senate hearings, which included testimony from both Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump is not backing down on his nomination. In multiple recent press conferences and rallies, Trump has continued to express his support for his Supreme Court nomination.

Trump has since argued that Democrats have incited an unnecessary frenzy, claiming that there are individuals on both sides with pasts that are not so perfect.

“I watched those senators on the Democrat side, and I thought it was a disgrace. And partially because I know them,” he said. “I know them too well, and you know what, they are not angels.”

But in spite of this, allegations are now coming forward that Kavanaugh lied and is currently lying under oath, a federal crime.

The FBI was given just one week to further investigate the sexual assault allegations originally made by Dr. Ford.

A BC Grad in the Ballpark

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What’s better than watching your favorite sports teams? Writing about them, of course. And that’s exactly what Laura Albanese, a Brooklyn College gradaute, has been doing for over ten years.

Having graduated with her degree in journalism in 2007, Albanese worked for a variety of different publications, including the Daily News, and now as a sportswriter for Newsday. But her passion for covering sports was not her first plan; she began her career covering local crime and going to court hearings.

“I loved covering breaking news in the time that I did it, but I was completely entranced by the larger-than-life stories that came from covering a sports beat, and not just when it came to the pros, ” she said. “I was able to follow and write about high school sports for years – from the pitcher with only three fingers, to young women who broke barriers, becoming the first girls in their schools and communities to ever play for a varsity football team.”

Now, her job takes her all over the country. She followed both the Mets and the Yankees as they each embarked on successful playoff runs, though she has never forgotten the hard work that women sportswriters before her have put in in order to be taken seriously.

“In 10 years covering sports, I’ve seen more and more women break into an overwhelmingly male-dominated field – doing it with intelligence, resolve, skill, and more than a little chutzpah. It’s been really, really cool.”

Mayor de Blasio Honors Fallen Bronx Fire Chief

On Thursday September 27th, New York City Fire Chief Michael Fahy was remembered during a ceremony marking the two year anniversary of his death. Fahy’s father, widow, and son were in attendance.

On September 27th, 2016, firefighters were called to respond to a potential gas leak in a home on West 234th Street in the Bronx. Unexpectedly, the house exploded, sending debris in every direction and killing Mr. Fahy. After an investigation of the house, it was discovered that the residence had been being used as a marijuana growing facility. Windows covered with foil had prevented the leaking gas to be ventilated, according to a report from the Bronx District Attorney.

May Bill deBlasio spoke at last week’s ceremony.

 

Just two months ago, Garivaldi Castillo, 33, and Julio Salcedo, 36, were convicted in Fahy’s death. Both men pleaded guilty to felony charges of second-degree manslaughter and first-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

“Battalion Chief Michael Fahy spent the last moments of his life saving others,” Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark said in a statement. “He responded to a gas-infused building and instructed the residents — including one of the defendants — to evacuate.”

 

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is Coming to Win

Her victory in June has been described as one of the biggest upsets in the 2018 mid-term election season, and for good reason. Alexendria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28 year old Bronx native, defeated the incumbent Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley by nearly fifteen percentage points.

Ocasio-Cortez, a member of the Democratic Socialists of America, worked as an organizer for Bernie Sander’s 2016 Presidential Campaign, traveling across the country to speak to those affected by the Flint water crisis and the Dakota Access pipeline. Now, she’s taking matters into her own hands and running for a seat in Congress. She will face the Republican nominee, Anthony Pappas.

The election will be held November 6th, 2018, and if Ocasio-Cortez does succeed again, it will make her the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

 

 

Brooklyn College Alumna Renee Saff Says Kosher Cuisine is Changing

A new wave of dining is hitting the streets of New York City, according to Brooklyn College graduate Renee Saff, and it’s all kosher.

She recommends Bison and Bourbon, one of the cities 325 kosher eateries, a list that continues to grow. Over the last two decades, the number of kosher restaurants has grown by over fifty percent.

But it’s not just restaurants. Saff says that part of the rise of kosher dining is largely due in part to the introduction of kosher pop up carts, blogs, and cookbooks.

Benzion Raskin is the owner of Benz’s, a kosher fish store in Crown Heights, who says that the need for high quality ingredients that adhere to the strict kosher guidelines was extremely important for the community.

Cuomo Announces Arrival of New Bridge

There’s a new bridge in town, and it’s named after the current governor’s father, Mario M. Cuomo. The bridge opened last weekend on September 8th, and consists of four lanes of eastbound traffic, as well as a commuter bus service between Rockland and Westchester that will open on October 29th.

“The new Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge is a testament to New York’s world-renowned history of ambitious building projects,” said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. “The new bridge is helping to reduce traffic and make transportation easier for New Yorkers.”

The project will include shoulders, dedicated bus lanes, and a bike and walking path for those traveling without a vehicle. A map of the final plan can be viewed here. The new bridge was recognized by President Obama, who put the project at the top of his list of “critical” infrastructure projects.

“The Governor Mario m. Cuomo Bridge embodies New York’s greatness and shows the world that we’re capable of dreaming big and delivering results for the people of this state,” Governor Cuomo said. “This iconic, state-of-the-art twin-span structure will improve traffic flow, support the regions economy, and is part of New York’s aggressive $100 billion infrastructure plan to sustain growth for generations.”

In addition, a contest will be held to commission two brand new sculptures to be placed on either end of the bridge. Further details about the contest will be announced at a later date.

De Blasio Announces Makeover for Grand Army Plaza

Last week, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that a 8.9 million dollar renovation project will be taking place in Grand Army Plaza in Brooklyn. The project will include a restoration of the Soldiers and Sailers Memorial Arch, as well as maintenance of the surrounding area.

According to the Commissioner of Parks, Mitch Silver, the arch has not been majorly restored in nearly forty years, and with De Blasio’s investment, the public will soon be able to take tours of the inside of the arch. The funds will be used to replace vital structures, such as the roof and both the interior and exterior lighting systems.

“This whole park needs to be great for the whole community…” said De Blasio. “This [the arch] is iconic, it’s one of the great symbols for Brooklyn. But even iconic symbols need help.”

In addition, two new Flatbush Avenue entrances to Prospect Park will be created, one close to Grand Army Plaza, and one just north of the zoo. A complete description of the renovation plans can be found on the Prospect Park website.