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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brooklyn Music” – Google News: Brooklyn-based band to play in Hancock | Entertainment News – Oneonta Daily Star

Brooklyn-based band to play in Hancock | Entertainment News  Oneonta Daily Star

Sam Reider and the Human Hands will perform at the next Summer Nights LIVE! concert at Hancock Town Square at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Brooklyn Music” – Google News: Blue Note Records at 80: Can a Symbol of Jazz’s Past Help Shape Its Future? – The New York Times

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The name Blue Note Records calls to mind a once-regnant sound in jazz: the hard-bop of the 1950s and ’60s, with its springy four-beat swing rhythm, its …

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: NYCHA wasted more than $450 million on roof repairs that should have been free

A new report says the city’s public housing authority wasted more than $450 million on botched roof repairs that should have been free under a warranty — and may still cost the agency an additional $24 million in replacements. 

According to a new audit from New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, covering 2000 to 2010, the New York City Housing Authority ignored roof warranties on more than 98 percent of its work orders. The housing agency was found to only have used its roof-warranty coverage on just 1.3 percent of the roof repairs – instead using public funds in 700 instances. 

When putting new roofs on NYCHA buildings, the housing agency generally contracts with a roofing company for a 20-year warranty. As part of the warranty agreement, NYCHA is responsible for implementing a maintenance program. The warranty required two maintenance checks each year to keep the warranty in effect. 

However, failure to keep up with these maintenance checks voids the warranty, with any subsequent roof repairs and their cost falling onto NYCHA. 

Between lapsed warranties and ones the agency neglected to take advantage of, NYCHA spent approximately $452 million over 10 years for 715 roof replacements and related work — an average of more than $632,000 for each roof, according to the audit. 

“At a time when every penny counts, NYCHA is essentially lighting every penny on fire by investing millions in roof repairs when it doesn’t have to,” Stringer said at a press conference. 

Example of a deficient roof at the Williamsburg Houses. Photo courtesy of NYC Comptroller's office
Example of a deficient roof at the Williamsburg Houses. Photo courtesy of NYC Comptroller’s office

Auditors inspected 35 roofs across 13 developments including Brooklyn’s Armstrong, Roosevelt, and Williamsburg Houses, which total 11 roofs, and found that 88 percent were observed to have deficiencies like pooling water, roof sag, open seams and damaged masonry. 

They also found that about half citywide, or 19, had significant to moderate deficiencies like ponding water, soft/spongy spots, blisters and cracks among other issues. Based on NYCHA’s reported costs, the comptroller’s office estimates repairs could cost about $24.6 million. 

The comptroller blamed all levels of management at the authority for the lack of proper protocols, citing NYCHA’s outdated 30-year-old roof maintenance rules as the main problem. 

“Some of these positions and some of these individuals that should be looking at these repairs have expired. We still have the same protocols from 1985, meaning nobody has worked to update procedures,” Stringer told the Brooklyn Eagle

Of the 13 developments inspected in the audit, the majority had no copy of the roof warranty and none were in NYCHA’s Maximo system, which manages maintenance requests, or were reported to the manufacturer for any roof deficiencies. 

“The water is actually leaking from the roofs to their apartments. I get complaints every time it rains,” Darold Burgess, tenant association president of the Ingersoll Houses, told the Eagle

In the wake of the report, Stringer issued a series of recommendations that include designating specific personnel to routinely inspect roofs, developing a manual for roof maintenance and updating the IT systems at the authority to be used for recording roof inspections. 

In a letter dated July 17, 2019, acting NYCHA General Manager Vito Mustaciuolo acknowledged the housing authority’s issues with roof maintenance and claimed that reforms to the system were already underway. 

“While NYCHA agrees with most of the audit recommendations, it should be noted that IT enhancements, new project management system and electronic document storage were initiatives that were already underway, and NYCHA management was aware of some gaps in oversight,” read a public statement issued as part of the report.

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EAST NEW YORK – A 29-year-old livery cab driver from Long Island was shot dead early this morning in Brooklyn. At around 3:16 a.m., the NYPD responded to a ShotSpotter activation. ShotSpotter is a technology that uses sensors to pinpoint gunfire. It is currently being used in over 85 cities in the United States. The ShotSpotter, […]

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): “Coney Island Brooklyn” – Google News: Former Brooklyn pol acquitted on charges of conspiracy, fraud — mistrial on three other counts – Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Former Brooklyn pol acquitted on charges of conspiracy, fraud — mistrial on three other counts  Brooklyn Daily Eagle

Former Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny was accused of being part of a multi-million dollar opioid ring.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Eagle: Former Brooklyn pol acquitted on charges of conspiracy, fraud — mistrial on three other counts

Former Brooklyn Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny was acquitted on charges of conspiracy, health care fraud and scheming to defraud the state Thursday after a months-long trial and a week of jury deliberations in Manhattan. Judge Maxwell Wiley declared a mistrial on three of the eight counts Brook-Krasny was accused of — all for commercial bribery in the second degree — meaning the former politician could be tried again.

Brook-Krasny, who represented a district spanning from Bay Ridge to Coney Island, was on trial with two others for their roles in a pill-pushing ring that allegedly flooded Brooklyn’s streets with more than 6.3 million pills. Brook-Krasny served in the New York State Assembly from 2006 to 2015, before resigning to take a job in the private sector, working at a laboratory clinic in Sheepshead Bay.

All the charges Brook-Krasny was acquitted on were felony charges. The commercial bribery charges that resulted in a hung jury were all misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors will decide whether or not they will retry Brook-Krasny by September 25, the next court date, according to a spokesperson for the special narcotics prosecutor.

He was indicted in 2017 his alleged role in a Brooklyn pill mill ring that defrauded and billed Medicare and Medicaid for millions by submitting patients to unnecessary tests. Doctors at three Brooklyn clinics convinced patients to submit to the tests by prescribing them with unnecessary oxycodone that the patients often sold later on the black market.

Doing work for Quality Laboratory Services, Brook-Krasny handled urinalyses in his alleged role in the conspiracy. Dr. Lazar Feygin, who prosecutors said orchestrated the ring, pleaded guilty in March to conspiracy, criminal sale of a prescription for a controlled substance and health care fraud, for moving the pills from his two clinics — Parkville Medical Health in Kensington and LF Medical Services of NY in Clinton Hill.

While Brook-Krasny’s two codefendants — physician assistant Marie Nazaire and nurse practitioner Marjorie Louis-Jaques — were “completely irreplaceable to this conspiracy,” according to Assistant District Attorney Tess Cohen during closings at the trial, Brook-Krasny, she said, was “completely replaceable.”

Cohen said there were many labs out there besides Brook-Krasny’s, but that the former assemblymember offered Feygin his “political connections.”

“Brook-Krasny entered into that conspiracy with Doctor Feygin,” Cohen said during summations.

In total, 15 people were arrested in the ring took in more than $24 million from the scheme, according to the Office of the Special Narcotics Prosecutor.

The jury also deadlocked on all 64 counts against Nazaire. Louis-Jacques was acquitted on five counts, and acquitted on 81 others.

None of the three defendants was found guilty of any charge.

The former assemblyman allegedly directed “unnecessary testing of specimens” and got reimbursed by Medicare and Medicaid and also “systematically deleted” urinalyses that tested positive for alcohol consumption, even though patients who drink are not supposed to be prescribed opioids, according to the special narcotics prosecutor.

But Brook-Krasny’s lawyer, James McGovern argued his client was the target of a political hit, and that prosecutors and the DEA failed to “do their homework.”

“They had gotten their assemblyman based on absolutely nothing other than the ignorant view of the medicine,” McGovern said in closings.

“In the process they ruined his life. They ruined his reputation. They ruined everything about him. And now he’s been arrested and charged with all these things based on nothing.”

Brook-Krasny could not be reached for comment.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Brooklyn Paper: Full articles: Listening device tips police off to East New York murder

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By Aidan Graham

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Cops are hunting the shooter who gunned down a 29-year old man in East New York on Friday.

A ShotSpotter device — a crime-fighting gadget that pinpoints the sound of gunfire and automatically alerts authorities — alerted police to the shooting at Atlantic Avenue near Williams Avenue at around 3 a.m., cops said.

Upon arrival, officers found the victim unconscious with a bullet wound to the head, and medics pronounced him dead on the scene, according to authorities.

No arrests have been made, and the investigation remains ongoing.

The death comes during an uptick in gun violence in the area. Shootings in the 75th Precinct, where Friday’s incident occurred, have almost doubled year-to-date since 2018 — from 18 incidents to 33 — according to police.

Police Department brass blamed District Attorney Eric Gonzalez for the increase in gun violence throughout northern Brooklyn neighborhoods — including Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and East New York — earlier this month, claiming the prosecutor’s jail-diversion program puts too many illegal gun owners back onto the streets.

A spokesman for the DA countered, arguing that borough-wide shooting stats are down compared to this time last year, and that beneficiaries of the program demonstrate a lower recidivism rate than incarcerated offenders.

Anyone who provides police with information leading to an arrest can expect up to a $2,500 reward through the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers program. The public can phone their tips to (800) 577-8477, log into the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, tweet @NYPDTips, or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): BrooklynVegan: Bay Area thrash doc ‘Murder In The Front Row’ screening around the country

The documentary includes interviews with all four current members of Metallica, all three surviving original Slayer members, Megadeth members Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson, and tons more.

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Brooklyn Food from Michael_Novakhov (10 sites): “Brooklyn Restaurants” – Google News: ‘Big Nick’ Imirziades — a Fixture on the UWS for Five Decades — Dies in Greece – westsiderag.com

‘Big Nick’ Imirziades — a Fixture on the UWS for Five Decades — Dies in Greece  westsiderag.com

Demetrios Imirziades, a Greek immigrant known as Big Nick who created restaurants that served Upper West Siders for more than five decades, died in his …

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36 Birmingham, Bloomfield, Bingham food establishments cited for priority violations in June  Hometownlife.com

Oakland County Health Division in June inspected several dozen Birmingham-area establishments that serve food to the public and cited 36 for violating priority …

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Euphoria Fancy Food Inc. Dried Apples Recalled  WSYM-TV

LANSING, Mich. — Euphoria Fancy Food Inc of Brooklyn, NY is recalling its 500gram packages of “Tainy Vostoka Assorted Dry Fruits-Apple” because they …

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): BrooklynVegan: Janet Weiss’ bands Quasi & Slang touring together

Janet Weiss recently left Sleater-Kinney, and now her bands Quasi (with Sam Coomes) and Slang (with former Thermals bassist Kathy Foster and others) have announced a West Coast tour together…

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