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ORTIZ BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER FELIX W. ORTIZ BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL Bridge is their Last sole means week of in vehicular access to the rest of New York City. Last week in City Council, President Eric Last week in New York State is home to more than 900,000 military or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide the City Council, op-ed State is home than 900,000 military veterans and their have safeguarded the City Council, verification that you received an While the plan may result in Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and I introduced a resolution calling upon the Metropolitan Transit Authority to consider the impact of the current pricing scheme on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on both the residents of Brooklyn and Staten Island – contending that it is crucial that any decision regarding the pricing of bridges and tunnels in New York City include an impact analysis for residents on both sides of the span. introduced a resolution them our country it is today. As a Metropolitan Transit the impact of scheme on the Bridge on both the and Staten Island Assembly, I’m committed helping those who the military. effect that allows their status as a their New York is crucial that the pricing of New York City 487 of 2012). have the word upper left corner Brooklyn Borough veterans President and their Eric Adams and I introduced a resolution calling upon the Metropolitan Transit Authority to consider the impact of the current pricing scheme on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on both the residents of Brooklyn and Staten Island – contending that it is crucial that any decision regarding the pricing of bridges and tunnels in New York City include an impact analysis for residents on both sides of the span. honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; meaningful relief for Staten Islanders, it fails to recognize the importance of the Verrazano to Brooklynites who travel to Staten Island and New Jersey. That said, I have always believed Staten Islanders deserve toll discounts due to their unique travel burdens. This is not the issue that Brooklyn Borough President Adams and I are addressing. The issue is the burden Brooklynites face in getting onto Staten Island! When we say we want a fair toll in Brooklyn, we’re talking about visiting our families, going to school, getting to work, seeing our grandparents and paying respects at the graves of our dead. families. Their sacrifices have safeguarded our way of life, and without them our country wouldn’t be nearly what it is today. As a member of the state Assembly, I’m committed to honoring and helping those who have served our country in the military. Last month, a law took effect that allows eligible residents to have their status as a veteran designated on their New York State a form driver’s DD-215 license that indicates (Ch. 487 an of 2012). Those who qualify can have the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left corner of their newly issued license, learner permit honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, analysis for residents span. serves as the for motorists The Verrazano serves as the license, learner permit identification card The Verrazano serves as the WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier or non-driver photo identification card primary connection for motorists traveling between Brooklyn and Staten Island. There was a time when I drove across the Verrazano nearly every day back when I represented parts of Staten Island as a member of the New York State Senate. I still have friends, family, favorite restaurants and places I often visit on the “other side” of the Verrazano. The standard fee applies if a his or her current Brooklyn and Staten time when I drove nearly every expiration date. official military represented parts of member of the New go, these special still have friends, veterans to show restaurants and places anywhere they bring other will side”be easier of the Governor Andrew advantage of many of primary connection for motorists traveling between Brooklyn and Staten Island. There was a time when I drove across the Verrazano nearly every day back when I represented parts of Staten Island as a member of the New York State Senate. I still have friends, family, favorite restaurants and places I often visit on the “other side” of the Verrazano. at no additional charge. The standard $12.50 replacement fee applies if a veteran chooses to replace his or her current and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits license prior to its expiration date. Rather than carrying official military paperwork wherever they go, these special they deserve. The brave men and women of our military Ever since the Verrazano was built, Brooklyn have made and Staten enormous Island sacrifices have enjoyed for a symbiotic relationship, connected by much more than a bridge. But that relationship will likely end if our tolls rise to $20 in the next few years. licenses will allow veterans to show all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. proof of their service anywhere they bring their wallets. As a result, it will be easier for veterans to take advantage of many of the programs, benefits and discounts that are available to them. If you are an eligible veteran, you can apply for the status designation in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office We’re not asking that Staten In February, Governor Andrew discounts that plan to reduce In February, Governor Andrew Island’s discount be taken away or reduced; what we are asking for is some relief on the other side of the bridge so that the toll burdens on Brooklyn are also recognized and so we can keep up the relationship we’ve built with Staten Island. City Councilmember Vincent Gentile represents the 43rd Council District. Cuomo announced a plan to reduce the toll on the Verrazano for residents in Staten Island, and the MTA board adopted an action item to increase the rebate available to Staten Islanders. veteran, you can Verrazano for residents designation in person the MTA board Vehicles to increase office the Staten Islanders. Cuomo announced a plan to reduce the toll on the Verrazano for residents in Staten Island, and the MTA board adopted an action item to increase the rebate available to Staten Islanders. street talk Compiled by Jaime DeJesus MTA, the reason According to the MTA, the reason is that Staten are uniquely the Verrazano According to the MTA, the reason for the increased rebate is that Staten Island residents are uniquely disadvantaged in that the Verrazano ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL Bridge is their sole means of vehicular access to the rest of New York City. Bridge is their sole means of vehicular access to the rest of New York City. or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide verification that you received an While the plan may result in While the plan may result in honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; meaningful relief for Staten Islanders, it fails to recognize the importance of the Verrazano to Brooklynites who travel to Staten Island and New Jersey. That said, I have always believed Staten Islanders deserve toll discounts due to their unique travel burdens. This is not the issue that Brooklyn Borough President Adams and I are addressing. The issue is the burden Brooklynites face in getting onto Staten Island! When we say we want a fair toll in Brooklyn, we’re talking about visiting our families, going to school, getting to work, seeing our grandparents and paying respects at the graves of our dead. meaningful relief for Staten Islanders, it fails to recognize the importance of the Verrazano to Brooklynites who travel to Staten Island and New Jersey. That said, I have always believed Staten Islanders deserve toll discounts due to their unique travel burdens. This is not the issue that Brooklyn Borough President a form Adams DD-215 and that I are indicates addressing.an The issue is the burden Brooklynites face in getting onto Staten Island! When we say we want a fair toll in Brooklyn, we’re talking about visiting our families, going to school, getting to work, seeing our grandparents and paying respects at the graves of our dead. honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits they deserve. The brave men and women of our military Ever since the Verrazano was built, Ever since the Verrazano was built, Brooklyn and Staten Island have enjoyed a symbiotic relationship, connected by much more than a bridge. But that relationship will likely end if our tolls rise to $20 in the next few years. 76th Street and Third Avenu e Fort Hamilton Pkwy. and 97th Street. 76th Street and Third Avenue Fort Hamilton Pkwy. and 97th Street. BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see graffiti “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a photo for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.com and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn,Help us take our borough back from the vandals! Brooklyn have made and Staten enormous Island sacrifices have enjoyed for a symbiotic relationship, connected by much more than a bridge. But that relationship will likely end if our tolls rise to $20 in the next few years. Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator invite you, our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see graffiti – for our “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a photo and information 76th Street and Third Avenue BROOKLYN Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if home or business has “cleaned up for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Help us take our borough back from the vandals! all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.com with a location We’re not asking that Staten Avenue I and McDonald Ave nue BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Helen Klein 76th Street and Third Avenue We’re not asking that Staten Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator invite you, our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see graffiti – for our “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a photo and information Island’s discount be taken away or reduced; what we are asking for is some relief on the other side of the bridge so that the toll burdens on Brooklyn are also recognized and so we can keep up the relationship we’ve built with Staten Island. City Councilmember Vincent Gentile represents the 43rd Council District. 76th Street and Third Avenue Fort Hamilton Pkwy. and 97th Street. BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Helen Klein Island’s discount be taken away or reduced; what we are asking for is some relief on the other side of the bridge so that the toll burdens on Brooklyn are also recognized and so we can keep up the relationship we’ve built with Staten Island. City Councilmember Vincent Gentile represents the 43rd Council District. a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Help us take our borough back from the vandals! for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.com with a location and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Help us take our borough back from the vandals! Compiled by Jaime DeJesus for the increased rebate is that Staten Island residents are uniquely disadvantaged in that the Verrazano you think about the dog ban at Shore Road Park at 88th Street? What do you think about the dog ban at Shore Road Park at 88th Street? What do you think about the dog ban at Shore Road Park at 88th Street? street talk ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people street talk street talk BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER FELIX W. ORTIZ 76th Street and Third Avenue talk talk I think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 a.m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s a public park. If dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed there. It’s wrong. Some dogs could be vicious and attack someone. But as long as they’re being watched and on a leash, I don’t see a problem. street talk I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s a public park. If dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed there. you compiled think by Jaime about DeJesus compiled the dog by compiled Jaime ban DeJesus by Jaime at Shore DeJesus Road Park at 88th Street? do you think about the dog ban at Shore Road Park at 88th Street? What do you think about the dog ban at Shore Road Park at 88th Street? It’s wrong. dogs vicious someone. long being and don’t What do you think about the dog ban at Shore Road Park at 88th Street? you support the Education Investment Tax Credit if passed? Would you support the Education Investment Tax Credit if passed? Would you support the Education Investment Tax Credit if passed? I think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 a.m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people It’s wrong. dogs could vicious someone. long as being and on don’t see I always pick up after my dog and I even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. take their James W. Bay Ridge dogs there before work. Christine H. Bay Ridge I have a gathering I have a gathering I defi nitely think it’s good. But doing it for a tax credit shouldn’t be the only reason people donate. Charity is great. As an entrepreneur, I love helping people in need. Donating feels good. Sure. Why not? It would encourage others and me to donate. I’m not a football guy. I’ll be going to a party, but I don’t care about the game. Sure. Why not? It would encourage others and me to donate. with friends take their which I’m happy about. I enjoy the game and the halftime show. which I’m happy about. I enjoy the game and the halftime show. dogs there before work. I take care of dogs in the neighborhood. with friends I always pick up after my dog and I even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. Christine H. Bay HALL OF SHAME 76th Street Third Avenue McDonald Avenue 76th Street and Third Avenue BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue,Help us take our borough back from the vandals! I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. James W. Bay Ridge Regina F. Bay Ridge I like the excitement I’m not a football guy. I’ll be going to a party, but I don’t care about the game. I would think it would be good. My son takes violin classes, which rely on donations. He couldn’t do it without it. If it helps make people donate, it’s great. I defi nitely think it’s good. But doing it for a tax credit shouldn’t be the only reason people donate. Charity is great. As an entrepreneur, I love helping people in need. Donating feels good. I’m not a football guy. I’ll be going to a party, but I don’t care about the game. I defi nitely think it’s good. But doing it for a tax credit shouldn’t be the only reason people donate. Charity is great. As an entrepreneur, I love helping people in need. Donating feels good. of watching it with friends. It’s been a nice tradition. James W. Bay Ridge BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue,Help us take our borough back from the vandals! Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s Regina a public F. park. If Bay dogs Ridge are on a leash, they should be allowed there. I think it’s all macho hype. If I watch it, it will just be for the commercials. Robert I. Bay Ridge I like the excitement I think it’s a wonderful idea. Of course any donation would be helpful as well as a tax credit for people. In my opinion though, education in this country should be free. I like the excitement I would think it would be good. My son takes violin classes, which rely on donations. He couldn’t do it without it. If it helps make people donate, it’s great. of watching I would think it would be good. My son takes violin classes, which rely on donations. He couldn’t do it without it. If it helps make people donate, it’s great. it with friends. It’s been a nice tradition. it with friends. It’s been a nice tradition. And I also We need a place to take our dogs. There should be a better solution than simply banning I don’t live around here but as a dog owner and lover, I hate to hear that a place owners may like to take their dogs could be taken away. enjoy watching the new commercials. And I also enjoy watching the new commercials. Regina F. Ridge I can see Jackie K. Bay Ridge Jackie K. Bay Ridge why people Isaac may N. be scared Bay about Ridge it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. John M. Bay Ridge I always pick up after my dog and I even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. Lukas S. Bay Ridge Harry R. Bay Ridge I really like the halftime show along with all the new commercials. It’s too bad the New York teams aren’t in it this year. I’m rooting for Denver. I really like the halftime show along with all the new commercials. It’s too bad the New York teams aren’t in it this year. I’m rooting for Denver. John M. Bay Ridge I take care of dogs in the neighborhood. And I also We need a place to take our dogs. There should be a better solution than simply banning enjoy watching the new commercials. I can see Joseph E. Bay Ridge why people may be scared about it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. them. I take care Marie of Z. dogs in the neighborhood. Bensonhurst I can see Laurie K. Bay Ridge why people may be scared about it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. Lukas S. Bay Ridge Sure. Why not? It would encourage others and me to donate. Jackie K. Bay Ridge them. Bensonhurst Shelly G. Brooklyn It’s a good idea. Everyone is for education. It’s a better idea than depending on the lottery. A tax write-off and donation would benefi t everyone. Isaac N. Bay Ridge Joseph E. Bay Ridge Lukas S. Bay Ridge Harry R. Bay Ridge Laurie K. Bay Ridge It’s a good idea. Everyone is for education. It’s a better idea than depending on the lottery. A tax write-off and donation would benefi t everyone. Grand Army Plaza only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke extreme outrage on the part I think wonderful Of course donation be helpful as a tax for people.opinion education country be free. NOTE: The ban on dogs only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke extreme outrage of dog owners, who reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. Harry R. Bay Ridge Jack L. Bay Ridge Marie Z. We need a place to take our dogs. There Tara should R. be a better solution than simply banning Staten Island them. Marie Z. Bensonhurst Veteran status now available on NYS driver’s licenses New York State is home to more than 900,000 military veterans and their families. Their sacrifices have safeguarded our way of life, and without them our country wouldn’t be nearly what it is today. As a member of the state Assembly, I’m committed to honoring and helping those who have served our country in the military. Last month, a law took effect that allows eligible residents to have their status as a veteran designated on their New York State driver’s license (Ch. 487 of 2012). Those who qualify can have the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left corner of their newly issued license, learner permit or non-driver photo identification card at no additional charge. The standard $12.50 license replacement fee applies if a veteran chooses to replace his or her current license prior to its expiration date. Rather than carrying official military paperwork wherever they go, these special licenses will allow veterans to show proof of their service anywhere they bring their wallets. As a result, it will be easier for veterans to take advantage of many of the programs, benefits and discounts that are available to them. If you are an eligible veteran, you can apply for the status designation in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide verification that you received an honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; a form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits they deserve. The brave men and women of our military have made enormous sacrifices for all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus Laurie K. Bay Ridge I think it’s a wonderful idea. Of course any donation would be helpful as well as a tax credit for people. In my opinion though, education in this country should be free. of watching Paul L. Bay Ridge Jack L. Bay Ridge I don’t here owner hate a place may their be taken Staten Shelly G. Brooklyn It’s a good idea. Everyone is for education. It’s a better idea than depending on the lottery. A tax write-off donation would benefi t everyone. take their dogs there before work. Christine H. Bay Ridge I have a gathering with friends which I’m happy about. I enjoy the game and the halftime show. always pick up after my dog and even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. Isaac N. Bay Ridge Joseph E. Bay Ridge Jack L. Bay Ridge John M. Bay Ridge I really like the halftime show along with all the new commercials. It’s too bad the New York teams aren’t in it this year. I’m rooting for Denver. reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. NOTE: The ban on dogs only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke extreme outrage of dog owners, who reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. Kevin L. Bay Ridge Definitely all the things leading up to the day. Most times, the hype is better than the game itself, like wondering which team is going to win. Rob S. Bay Ridge The fact that friends and everybody gets together. I have two to three parties to choose from. Loren B. Bay Ridge Making our kids the biggest winners In Albany earlier this month, I joined with celebrities from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Time Warner Cable representatives and State Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey Klein to double down on public/private efforts to reverse rising obesity trends among children and young adults in New York. We want all our children to have the chance to be “The Biggest Winners” in good health. The stakes are high. According to health experts, including the U.S. Surgeon General, obesity, especially among children and minority populations, is approaching epidemic proportions. The percentage of American children who are obese has doubled since the 1980s. One in four obese children has early signs of Type II diabetes formerly seen only in adults. Overweight children as young as eight have been found with risk factors for heart disease. We need to tackle the problem to protect the children in our communities. A study conducted in New York City elementary public schools found that 43 percent of the students weigh more than they should. The city’s survey of obesity found significant differences among the races and ethnic groups; among Hispanic children the rate of obesity is 31 percent. I am proud that last month Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law my legislation to increase direct marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables (Assembly bill A.6628). This law will increase direct marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables in areas of New York with high levels of adult and child obesity, create obesity awareness sessions in schools and encourage the expansion of community gardens to increase the availability and affordability of local produce. We must build on this and other initiatives to promote healthy and active lifestyles, proper nutrition and rigorous exercise in underserved communities. As parents, we must provide our children with the tools they will need to be prosperous and successful; an important aspect of this is to highlight the importance of healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Together, we can raise awareness to an even higher level and become part of a healthy solution in which all New Yorkers are winners. Assemblymember Felix W. Ortiz represents the 51st Assembly District, encompassing Sunset Park, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, the Columbia Street Waterfront District and Borough Park. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus What’s your favorite part of the “big game?” ▲ street talk I think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 a.m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people take their dogs there before work. Christine H. Bay Ridge HALL OF SHAME BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Helen Klein Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator invite you, our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see graffiti – for our “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a photo and information for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.com with a location and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Help us take our borough back from the vandals! I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. James W. Bay Ridge Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s a public park. If dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed there. Regina F. Bay Ridge It’s wrong. Some dogs could be vicious and attack someone. But as long as they’re being watched and on a leash, I don’t see a problem. Robert I. Bay Ridge I always pick up after my dog and I even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. John M. Bay Ridge I take care of dogs in the neighborhood. I can see why people may be scared about it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. Harry R. Bay Ridge We need a place to take our dogs. There should be a better solution than simply banning them. Marie Z. Bensonhurst Veteran status now available on NYS driver’s licenses New York State is home to more than 900,000 military veterans their families. Their sacrifices have safeguarded our way of life, and without them our country wouldn’t be nearly what it is today. As a member of the state Assembly, I’m committed to honoring and helping those who have served our country in the military. Last month, a law took effect that allows eligible residents to have their status as a veteran designated on their New York State driver’s license (Ch. 487 of 2012). Those who qualify can have the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left corner of their newly issued license, learner permit or non-driver photo identification card at no additional charge. The standard $12.50 license replacement fee applies if a veteran chooses to replace his or her current license prior to its expiration date. Rather than carrying official military paperwork wherever they go, these special licenses will allow veterans to show proof of their service anywhere they bring their wallets. As a result, it will be easier for veterans to take advantage of many of the programs, benefits and discounts that are available to them. If you are an eligible veteran, you can apply for the status designation in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide verification that you received an honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; a form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits they deserve. The brave men and women of our military have made enormous sacrifices for all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus I don’t live around here but as a dog owner and lover, I hate to hear that a place owners may like to take their dogs could be taken away. Tara R. Staten Island BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL NOTE: The ban on dogs only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke extreme outrage on the part of dog owners, who reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. ▲ street talk I think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 a.m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people take their dogs there before work. Christine H. Bay Ridge HALL OF SHAME BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Helen Klein Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator invite you, our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see graffiti – for our “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a photo and information for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.com with a location and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Help us take our borough back from the vandals! I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. James W. Bay Ridge Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s a public park. If dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed there. Regina F. Bay Ridge It’s wrong. Some dogs could be vicious and attack someone. But as long as they’re being watched and on a leash, I don’t see a problem. Robert I. Bay Ridge I always pick up after my dog and I even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. John M. Bay Ridge I take care of dogs in the neighborhood. I can see why people may be scared about it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. Harry R. Bay Ridge We need a place to take our dogs. There should be a better solution than simply banning them. Marie Z. Bensonhurst Veteran status now available on NYS driver’s licenses New York State is home to more than 900,000 military veterans and their families. Their sacrifices have safeguarded our way of life, and without them our country wouldn’t be nearly what it is today. As a member of the state Assembly, I’m committed to honoring and helping those who have served our country in the military. Last month, a law took effect that allows eligible residents to have their status as a veteran designated on their New York State driver’s license (Ch. 487 of 2012). Those who qualify can have the word “Veteran” printed the upper left corner of their newly issued license, learner permit or non-driver photo identification card at no additional charge. The standard $12.50 license replacement fee applies if a veteran chooses to replace his or her current license prior to its expiration date. Rather than carrying official military paperwork wherever they go, these special licenses will allow veterans to show proof of their service anywhere they bring their wallets. As a result, it will be easier for veterans to take advantage of many of the programs, benefits and discounts that are available to them. If you are an eligible veteran, you can apply for the status designation in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide verification that you received an honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; a form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits they deserve. The brave men and women of our military have made enormous sacrifices for all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus I don’t live around here but as a dog owner and lover, I hate to hear that a place owners may like to take their dogs could be taken away. Tara R. Staten Island BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL NOTE: The ban on dogs only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke extreme outrage on the part of dog owners, who reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. Robert R. Bay Ridge Anything that benefi ts improving education and funds for it is a good idea. Also, any tax credit is a good and helpful thing. Mike M. Bay Ridge Yeah. It’s a good idea. It sounds like a fair and interesting way of raising money for the schools. It sounds helpful for everyone involved. Reverend Yolanda Bay Ridge It’s good but I don’t want people to keep giving money and not know where it’s actually going. Michael B. Bay Ridge talk I think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 a.m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people take their dogs there before work. Christine H. Bay HALL OF SHAME BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Helen Klein Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator invite you, our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see graffiti – for our “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a photo and information for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.com with a location and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Help us take our borough back from the vandals! I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. James W. Bay Ridge Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s a public park. If dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed there. Regina F. Bay Ridge It’s wrong. Some dogs could be vicious and attack someone. But as long as they’re being watched and on a leash, I don’t see a problem. Robert I. I always pick up after my dog and I even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. John M. Bay Ridge I take care of dogs in the neighborhood. I can see why people may be scared about it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. Harry R. Bay Ridge We need a place to take our dogs. There should be a better solution than simply banning them. Marie Z. Bensonhurst Veteran status now available on NYS driver’s licenses York State is home more than 900,000 military veterans and their sacrifices have safeguarded without them our country what it is today. As a Assembly, I’m committed helping those who country in the military. took effect that allows have their status as a on their New York (Ch. 487 of 2012). can have the word the upper left corner license, learner permit photo identification card charge. The standard replacement fee applies if a replace his or her current its expiration date. carrying official military they go, these special allow veterans to show anywhere they bring result, it will be easier advantage of many of and discounts that eligible veteran, you can designation in person Motor Vehicles office or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide verification that you received an honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; a form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits they deserve. The brave men and women of our military have made enormous sacrifices for all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus I don’t live around here but as a dog owner and lover, I hate to hear that a place owners may like to take their dogs could be taken away. Tara R. Staten Island BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL dogs only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke extreme outrage on the part reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. Kevin L. Bay Ridge Definitely all the things leading up to the day. Most times, the hype is better than the game itself, like wondering which team is going to win. Rob S. Bay Ridge The fact that friends and everybody gets together. I have two to three parties to choose from. Loren B. Bay Ridge Making our kids the biggest winners Albany earlier this month, I joined with celebrities from NBC’s Biggest Loser,” representatives and Leader Jeffrey Klein to public/private efforts to trends among children adults in New York. children to have the Biggest Winners” in high. According to including the U.S. obesity, especially minority populations, epidemic proportions. American children doubled since the obese children has diabetes formerly Overweight children have been found with disease. the problem to protect our communities. A New York City elementary schools found that 43 percent weigh more than obesity found significant among the races and Hispanic children the rate of obesity is 31 percent. I am proud that last month Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law my legislation to increase direct marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables (Assembly bill A.6628). This law will increase direct marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables in areas of New York with high levels of adult and child obesity, create obesity awareness sessions in schools and encourage the expansion of community gardens to increase the availability and affordability of local produce. We must build on this and other initiatives to promote healthy and active lifestyles, proper nutrition and rigorous exercise in underserved communities. As parents, we must provide our children with the tools they will need to be prosperous and successful; an important aspect of this is to highlight the importance of healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Together, we can raise awareness to an even higher level and become part of a healthy solution in which all New Yorkers are winners. Assemblymember Felix W. Ortiz represents the 51st Assembly District, encompassing Sunset Park, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, the Columbia Street Waterfront District and Borough Park. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus I’m not that into it this year. I’ve lost interest in football. I’m more of a soccer guy. And there’s no New York team in it this year. Mike F. Bay Ridge What’s your favorite part of the “big game?” I think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 a.m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people take their dogs there before work. Christine H. Bay Ridge HALL OF SHAME BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Helen Klein Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator invite you, our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see graffiti – for our “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a photo and information for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.com with a location and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11209. Help us take our borough back from the vandals! I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. James W. Bay Ridge Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s a public park. If dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed there. Regina F. Bay Ridge It’s wrong. Some dogs could be vicious and attack someone. But as long as they’re being watched and on a leash, I don’t see a problem. Robert I. Bay Ridge I always pick up after my dog and I even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. John M. Bay Ridge I take care of dogs in the neighborhood. I can see why people may be scared about it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. Harry R. Bay Ridge We need a place to take our dogs. There should be a better solution than simply banning them. Marie Z. Bensonhurst Veteran status now available on NYS driver’s licenses New York State is home more than 900,000 military veterans and their sacrifices have safeguarded without them our country nearly what it is today. As a Assembly, I’m committed and helping those who country in the military. took effect that allows have their status as a on their New York license (Ch. 487 of 2012). can have the word on the upper left corner issued license, learner permit photo identification card charge. The standard replacement fee applies if a replace his or her current its expiration date. carrying official military wherever they go, these special allow veterans to show service anywhere they bring result, it will be easier advantage of many of benefits and discounts that them. eligible veteran, you can designation in person Motor Vehicles office or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide verification that you received an honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; a form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits they deserve. The brave men and women of our military have made enormous sacrifices for all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus I don’t live around here but as a dog owner and lover, I hate to hear that a place owners may like to take their dogs could be taken away. Tara R. Staten Island BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL on dogs only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke extreme outrage on the part who reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. Robert R. Bay Ridge Anything that benefi ts improving education and funds for it is a good idea. Also, any tax credit is a good and helpful thing. Mike M. Bay Ridge Yeah. It’s a good idea. It sounds like a fair and interesting way of raising money for the schools. It sounds helpful for everyone involved. Reverend Yolanda Bay Ridge It’s good but I don’t want people to keep giving money and not know where it’s actually going. Michael B. Bay Ridge MNAORVCEHM B20E R- M 1A4 R- CNHO V26E,M 2B0E14R •2 0B,R 2O01O3K • LBYRNO OMKELDYINAM GERDOIAUGPR OUP ▲ street talk I think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 a.m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people take their dogs there before work. Christine H. Bay HALL OF SHAME BROOKLYN Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its for induction into our “Hall of Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Help us take our borough back from the vandals! I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. James W. Bay Ridge Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s a public park. If dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed there. Regina F. Bay Ridge I always pick up after my dog and I even pick up after others. I’m going to keep using it. John M. Bay Ridge I take care of dogs in the neighborhood. I can see why people may be scared about it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. Harry R. Bay Ridge We need a place to take our dogs. There should be a better solution than simply banning them. Marie Z. Bensonhurst Veteran status now available on NYS driver’s licenses New York State is home to more than 900,000 military veterans and their families. Their sacrifices have safeguarded our way of life, and without them our country wouldn’t be nearly what it is today. As a member of the state Assembly, I’m committed to honoring and helping those who have served our country in the military. Last month, a law took effect that allows eligible residents to have their status as a veteran designated on their New York State driver’s license (Ch. 487 of 2012). Those who qualify can have the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left corner of their newly issued license, learner permit or non-driver photo identification card at no additional charge. The standard $12.50 license replacement fee applies if a veteran chooses to replace his or her current license prior to its expiration date. Rather than carrying official military paperwork wherever they go, these special licenses will allow veterans to show proof of their service anywhere they bring their wallets. As a result, it will be easier for veterans to take advantage of many of the programs, benefits and discounts that are available to them. If you are an eligible veteran, you can apply for the status designation in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide verification that you received an honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; a form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits they deserve. The brave men and women of our military have made enormous sacrifices for all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus NOTE: The ban on dogs only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke of dog owners, who reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. Kevin L. Bay Ridge Definitely all the things leading up to the day. Most times, the hype is better than the game itself, like wondering which team is going to win. Rob S. Bay Ridge The fact that friends and everybody gets together. I have two to three parties to choose from. Loren B. Bay Ridge Making our kids the biggest winners In Albany earlier this month, I joined with celebrities from NBC’s “The Biggest Loser,” Time Warner Cable representatives and State Senate Co-Leader Jeffrey Klein to double down on public/private efforts to reverse rising obesity trends among children and young adults in New York. We want all our children to have the chance to be “The Biggest Winners” in good health. The stakes are high. According to health experts, including the U.S. Surgeon General, obesity, especially among children and minority populations, is approaching epidemic proportions. The percentage of American children who are obese has doubled since the 1980s. One in four obese children has early signs of Type II diabetes formerly seen only in adults. Overweight children as young as eight have been found with risk factors for heart disease. We need to tackle the problem to protect the children in our communities. A study conducted in New York City elementary public schools found that 43 percent of the students weigh more than they should. The city’s survey of obesity found significant differences among the races and ethnic groups; among Hispanic children the rate of obesity is 31 percent. I am proud that last month Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law my legislation to increase direct marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables (Assembly bill A.6628). This law will increase direct marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables in areas of New York with high levels of adult and child obesity, create obesity awareness sessions in schools and encourage the expansion of community gardens to increase the availability and affordability of local produce. We must build on this and other initiatives to promote healthy and active lifestyles, proper nutrition and rigorous exercise in underserved communities. As parents, we must provide our children with the tools they will need to be prosperous and successful; an important aspect of this is to highlight the importance of healthy eating and an active lifestyle. Together, we can raise awareness to an even higher level and become part of a healthy solution in which all New Yorkers are winners. Assemblymember Felix W. Ortiz represents the 51st Assembly District, encompassing Sunset Park, Red Hook, Bay Ridge, Greenwood Heights, Gowanus, the Columbia Street Waterfront District and Borough Park. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus What’s your favorite part of the “big game?” I think it’s unfair. You should be allowed to be there before 9 a.m. It’s a giant field. A lot of people take their dogs there before work. Christine H. Bay Ridge HALL OF SHAME BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Incidents of graffiti have risen. The Home Reporter and Brooklyn Spectator invite our readers, to submit photos of vandalism – or addresses where you see graffiti “Hall of Shame.” Conversely, if a home or business has “cleaned up its act,” submit a photo and for induction into our “Hall Fame.” Send all high resolution JPG images (300 DPI) to editorial@homereporter.com and a contact number. Otherwise, contact us at 9733 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn,Help us take our borough back from the vandals! I think it’s unfair. As long as they’re on a leash, it should be fine. Lots of people have dogs. James W. Bay Ridge Maybe they can do a time frame . I don’t even think that’s legal to stop them. It’s a public park. If dogs are on a leash, they should be allowed there. F. Bay Ridge John M. Bay Ridge I take care of dogs in the neighborhood. I can see why people may be scared about it. Sometimes they don’t pick up after themselves. It doesn’t bother me, but I can see the other side. Harry R. Bay Ridge We need a place to take our dogs. There should be a better solution than simply banning them. Marie Z. Bensonhurst Veteran status now available on NYS driver’s licenses New York State is home to more than 900,000 military veterans and their families. Their sacrifices have safeguarded our way of life, and without them our country wouldn’t be nearly what it is today. As a member of the state Assembly, I’m committed to honoring and helping those who have served our country in the military. Last month, a law took effect that allows eligible residents to have their status as a veteran designated on their New York State driver’s license (Ch. 487 of 2012). Those who qualify can have the word “Veteran” printed on the upper left corner of their newly issued license, learner permit or non-driver photo identification card at no additional charge. The standard $12.50 license replacement fee applies if a veteran chooses to replace his or her current license prior to its expiration date. Rather than carrying official military paperwork wherever they go, these special licenses will allow veterans to show proof of their service anywhere they bring their wallets. As a result, it will be easier for veterans to take advantage of many of the programs, benefits and discounts that are available to them. If you are an eligible veteran, you can apply for the status designation in person at a Department of Motor Vehicles office or by mail.To qualify, you will need to provide verification that you received an honorable discharge from military service or were released from military service under honorable conditions. If you would like to apply in person, you will need to provide an original document, which will be returned to you; if you apply by mail, you can include a photocopy. Acceptable forms of verification include a U.S. Department of Defense form DD- 214 that indicates an honorable discharge; a form DD-215 that indicates an honorable discharge; or honorable discharge forms WD AGO 53, WD AGO 55, WD AGO 53-55, NAVPERS 553, NAVMC 78PD or NAVCG 553. This law I helped pass will make it easier and more convenient for those who have served our country to get the benefits they deserve. The brave men and women of our military have made enormous sacrifices for all of us, and we have a responsibility to do everything we can to support them. For more information on the veteran status designation, you can visit dmv.ny.gov/armedforces.htm. As always, if you have questions, please feel free to contact me at 718-968-2770 or email maisela@assembly.state.ny.us. Alan Maisel represents the 59th A.D. Compiled by Jaime DeJesus I don’t here but owner hate to a place may like their dogs be taken Staten BY ASSEMBLYMEMBER ALAN MAISEL NOTE: The ban on dogs only lasted a few days, and has been called an error by the Parks Department. Nonetheless, that was long enough to evoke extreme outrage on of dog owners, who reached out to this paper to find out why it had been instituted. Robert R. Bay Ridge Anything that benefi ts improving education and funds for it is a good idea. Also, any tax credit is a good and helpful thing. Mike M. Bay Ridge Yeah. It’s a good idea. It sounds like a fair and interesting way of raising money for the schools. It sounds helpful for everyone involved. Reverend Yolanda Bay Ridge It’s good I don’t people giving and not where actually Michael Bay comments from the web May 2 was College Signing Day – a day of great excitement and celebration. Across all fi ve boroughs, high school seniors have made their fi nal decisions on where they’ll be attending college this September. It’s a wonderful accomplishment for them, their families, and their teachers and school staff. For the fi rst time this year, we launched a citywide College Signing Day campaign for schools to celebrate their seniors’ plans for college and careers. Throughout the week, schools hosted rallies, assemblies, parades, dinners and announcements; posted their seniors’ decisions on walls and bulletin boards; and, students and teachers wore college gear to mark this important step. As the fi rst person in my family to attend college, I understand how important events like College Signing Day are, not just to celebrate the seniors and encourage them to stick with their plans to attend college, but also so that freshmen, sophomores and juniors can attend the celebrations and get excited and ready to go to college. This also sparks conversations about plans leading up to matriculation, and how best to prepare during the next few months. Also, when the younger students see the seniors’ excitement around their college choices, freshmen and sophomores may start seeing college as a tangible possibility for their future. And they’ll start thinking about the path to get there. Thinking about college early builds students’ confi dence and helps them plan for the schoolwork, exams and applications they’ll need to succeed. In fact, it’s never too early to start thinking about college. That’s why, this January, we had our fi rst-ever College Awareness Day – when teachers and school staff in pre-K, elementary, middle and high schools wore college attire and shared their college experiences with students. I was in awe of the dedication, excitement and joy students and staff brought to this day. These events are crucial for getting students to dream big, but we must to do more to support every student in making those dreams a reality. That’s why we’ve launched College Access for All initiatives at the middle and high school levels as part of our agenda to bring equity and excellence to all schools. Through College Access for All-Middle School, every middle school student will have the opportunity to visit a college campus, and there will be new student and parent workshops to start college preparation and awareness early. Through College Access for All-High School, every high school student will have an individualized college and career plan, and take the SAT for free during the school day during his or her junior year of high school. Not only on College Signing Day but every day, I encourage parents to talk with their children about their dreams for college and careers, and to work collaboratively with our school staff to set them on the right path. I congratulate our seniors on their college choices. I know the sky’s the limit for them, as well as for all students following in their footsteps. Carmen Fariña is New York City Schools Chancellor. JOIN THE CONVERSATION. Go to homereporter.com and to the Home Reporter page on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. B R O O KLY N SN AP S Photo by Samuel Barreto Send us your photos of Brooklyn and you could see them on line or in our paper. Submit them to us via Instagram, Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #HRPix; or email them to editorial@homereporter.com. GRIMM’S HAPPY DAY Our readers reacted swiftly to the news of former Congressmember Michael Grimm’s early release from prison. Grimm – who got considerably less than the sentence recommended by federal sentencing guidelines, 18 to 24 months — was released seven months into his eight-month sentence under the condition that he continue the rest of it under house arrest. The ex-pol faced a 20-count federal incitement including multiple counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, perjury and one count of conspiring to defraud the United States, among others. Prosecutors had originally requested that he serve a 30-month sentence. Here’s what some of our readers had to say: Mega Lisa – Really....not surprised Ken Barris – Too bad Babs Lake – He is a politician!!! Does that explain it? Leon Kratsberg – Lol the guy was released a month early and all of you are making it seem like he got a hook up. Brian Wakeham – Get your facts before your opinions! He’s a good guy and there was a witch hunt out for him! James Pedersen – After the fi fth count of fraud, I usually rule out witch hunt. Nick Moretti – Yea and threatening to throw that reporter over the railing kinda rules out good guy. BAG TAX IN THE BAG On Friday, May 6, we posted a story regarding the passing of legislation that would make New Yorkers shell out ve cents for the carry-out paper and plastic bags they get at retail, convenience, and grocery stores. The legislation passed by a 28-20 vote on Thursday, May 5 and Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the bill on Tuesday, May 10. Here’s how some Facebook users reacted: Donald Poidevin – It’s a good thing, they really are terrible for the environment and should be banned. Is it really that inconvenient to bring reusable bags to the market with you? Allison Miniero – This is so dumb. Any way to get more money out of New Yorkers.


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