Members of Councilman Carlos Menchaca’s staff hang up multilingual signs in the station to better inform riders.
Members of Councilman Carlos Menchaca’s staff hang up multilingual signs in the station to better inform riders.
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Councilman Carlos Menchaca criticizes the MTA’s lack of information in advance of the six-month closure of three R train station.
Councilman Carlos Menchaca criticizes the MTA’s lack of information in advance of the six-month closure of three R train station.
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Borough President Eric Adams honors Lieutenant Detective John Russo, who is joined by family and Police Commissioner James O’Neill. (Photo by Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP’s Office)
Borough President Eric Adams honors Lieutenant Detective John Russo, who is joined by family and Police Commissioner James O’Neill. (Photo by Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP’s Office)
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Residents express frustration over R station closures
by Patrick Kearns
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Councilman Carlos Menchaca criticizes the MTA’s lack of information in advance of the six-month closure of three R train station.
Councilman Carlos Menchaca criticizes the MTA’s lack of information in advance of the six-month closure of three R train station.
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Members of Councilman Carlos Menchaca’s staff hang up multilingual signs in the station to better inform riders.
Members of Councilman Carlos Menchaca’s staff hang up multilingual signs in the station to better inform riders.
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Sunset Park residents are frustrated with a lack of notice in advance of a six-month shutdown of the 53rd Street R station. Starting at 5 a.m. on March 27, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) shut down three R train stations - 53rd Street, Bay Ridge Avenue and Prospect Avenue – to enhance lighting and security, add countdown clocks, and install Internet service. However, residents and local officials say the MTA only informed them recently that work was going to begin in late March. To make matter worse, the agency posted just two signs in English at the station, ignoring the community’s large Spanish, Chinese and Arabic-speaking residents. "The MTA's failure to engage our community in more meaningful and culturally appropriate ways is unacceptable,” said resident Cesar Zuniga. Councilman Carlos Menchaca is calling on the MTA to provide alternative travel options, including a shuttle bus along Fourth Avenue. “The MTA promised to bring subway station improvements, but they’ve delivered an insult to the thousands of people who depend on R train service at 53rd Street Station,” he said. “Lack of service disruptions notices in multiple languages is unacceptable. “This community demands appropriate communication and viable alternate travel options during extended station closures," he added. Menchaca is also calling on the MTA to reach out to local businesses and work with them to ensure any construction doesn’t further impact business.
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Cop who cracked Vetrano killing honored
by Patrick Kearns
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Borough President Eric Adams honors Lieutenant Detective John Russo, who is joined by family and Police Commissioner James O’Neill. (Photo by Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP’s Office)
Borough President Eric Adams honors Lieutenant Detective John Russo, who is joined by family and Police Commissioner James O’Neill. (Photo by Erica Sherman/Brooklyn BP’s Office)
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The cop who cracked the case in the murder of Karina Vetrano was honored as the hero of the month for February in a ceremony at Brooklyn Borough Hall last week. The 30-year-old Vetrano was killed while jogging in Spring Creek Park in Howard Beach last August. After a lengthy investigation, 20-year-old Brooklyn man Chanel Lewis was arrested and charged with the murder in early February. After six months of searching for the killer and seemingly exhausting all leads, it was Lieutenant Detective John Russo, who grew up in Williamsburg but now lives in Howard Beach, that broke the case. Russo followed up on a suspicious persons 911 call from May of last year. An investigation into that call led to Lewis’ name and ultimately a match with DNA taken from Vetrano’s fingernails, back and cellphone. “Losing a child is every parent’s worst nightmare,” said Borough President Eric Adams. “Karina was Cathy and Phil Vetrano’s pride and joy. I know they are very grateful for Lieutenant Detective Russo’s bravery in speaking out and working hard to find Karina’s killer.”
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