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Cuomo: Indoor Restaurant Dining OK Starting Friday

The Daily News reports that Governor Cuomo, who previously announced that indoor dining at restaurants, subject to a 25% capacity restriction and social distancing, as well as to a 10:00 p.m. curfew, could resume on Valentine’s Day, February 14; this coming Sunday. Apparently in response to pleas from restaurant owners that they be allowed to […]

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Cuomo Opens Indoor Dining Starting Valentine’s Day

Will the Heights Cafe be open again on February 14? Governor Cuomo announced today that restaurants in New York City will be allowed to open for indoor dining, at 25% capacity, beginning Sunday, February 14. As the linked Gothamist article points out, reaction to this announcement, from both public health authorities and restaurant owners, has […]

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Brother of George Floyd to Lead Memorial Vigil at Cadman Plaza Park Tomorrow.

abc7NY reports that Terrence Floyd, a Brooklyn resident and brother of the murdered George Floyd, will lead a peaceful vigil in memory of his brother tomorrow, Thursday, June 4. It will begin at 1:00 p.m. in Cadman Plaza Park. Reverend Kevin McCall, an advocate for civil rights, will address the vigil. Afterward, there will be a […]

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Cuomo, de Blasio Declare State of Emergency; Large Gatherings Banned

Governor Andrew Cuomo (photo) today declared a statewide State of Emergency, and Mayor Bill de Blasio has followed with a citywide one. The Daily News reports that these declarations, which go into effect at 5:00 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, March 13) prohibit “events of more than 500 people” in “areas, concert halls and houses of worship.” What isn’t […]

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Cuomo Names Former City Council Member Yassky His Director of State Policy

Governor Andrew Cuomo announced today that he has appointed David Yassky (photo) his new Director of State Policy. Mr. Yassky previously served as City Council Member for District 33, which includes Brooklyn Heights, from 2003 to 2009. After that he served as head of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (2010-2013) and Dean […]

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Design/Build for BQE Renovation Approved

The Brooklyn Heights Association has let us know that the state budget, passed by the legislature and approved by Governor Cuomo on Friday, includes approval for the use of a design/build procedure for the renovation of the crumbling Brooklyn Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. As the BHA noted: This victory is the culmination of months […]

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Cuomo Counsel: Ask and You Shall Receive Design/Build for BQE

The Daily News reports that Alphonso David, counsel to Governor Andrew Cuomo, in a letter to City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, has said that the Governor is eager to sponsor approval of a procedure called “design/build” for the needed reconstruction of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway below Brooklyn Heights. Failure to provide such authorization would greatly extend […]

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Cuomo Makes Brooklyn Heights Resident Joseph Lhota MTA Chair

The Eagle reports that Governor Cuomo has named Heights resident Joseph Lhota to serve as chair of the MTA. Lhota previously served as the MTA’s chief executive, and is credited with leading the agency’s quick response to the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. He later ran unsuccessfully as the GOP candidate for for […]

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Park Board OKs Pier Six Towers; Litigation Looms

The Eagle reports that the Brooklyn Bridge Park Corporation’s Board of Directors voted 12-4 to proceed with the construction of two residential towers on the landward side of Pier six, near the park’s Atlantic Avenue entrance. The dissenting votes were by City Council Member Steve Levin; Zeeshan Ott, representing State Senator Daniel Squadron; Michael Stinson, […]

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City Argues Pier Six Towers Plan May Proceed Despite State Disapproval

Crain’s reports that City Hall has issued a statement to the effect that the planned development of two residential towers at Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park, including an affordable housing component and space for a pre-school, may proceed despite its having failed to win the approval of the Empire State Development Corporation. According to […]

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