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Congrats to Tom Sullivan for his impressive win in the NY State Primary race last week. He beat Slawomir Platta. The newcomer to politics will take on State Senator Joe Addabbo in the November election.

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We got a tragic reminder of how dangerous the ocean can be this week. While swimming near Beach 86th Street on Sunday, Lamine Sarr, a 17-year-old student from Channel View School for Research, went missing. Rescue teams could not locate him. His body was recovered on Tuesday.

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You might think a concrete parking lot could hold much of a fire, but if it’s got 120 cars with gasoline, it’s a different story.  The black smoke from the Kings Plaza parking lot fire was easily seen in Rockaway. A suspect has been arrested for setting the fire.

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So what does the City’s Public Advocate do exactly?  Well, officially, nothing. They are supposed to be watchdogs, keeping an eye on what the rest of the government is doing and they’re supposed to, uhm, advocate on behalf of the citizens. Tish James, is the current Public Advocate who will be leaving the job once she becomes the Attorney General for New York State. That is, if she wins the general election in November, which she’s highly likely to do. In the primary race, she sided up to Governor Cuomo. She basically ran as the establishment candidate. So, you know what that meant? She largely kept quiet about the miserable state of the subway. Because, you know, a lot of that falls on Cuomo. A Public Advocate silent on the horrific state of the subways. Some advocating, huh?

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Which agency is the best? On Saturday, September 22, find out as the FDNY, NYPD, State Police, Park Police and others face off in America's pastime, baseball. Root on your favorite team between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. and the Fort Tilden Drill Grounds.

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This was a new one. The Marine Parkway Bridge was closed for overnight repairs last week, so going through Broad Channel and over the Cross Bay Bridge was the slightly annoying option in the early morning. Drivers heading to Rockaway, who just wanted to get home, found themselves unable to get over the Cross Bay because a house was blocking the road. Yes, a house. A pre-fab building was being installed and it took crews a while to put it in place and clear the road.

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That was a new one but nothing compared to another new one.  A deer, yes, like Bambi, was found dead on the beach on Monday. And another one was found alive by State Road near Roxbury. Deer may be attractive animals but not so much in Staten Island, and parts of Long Island and New Jersey where the deer population is a huge problem. How the deer wound up on the beach is still a mystery.  But deer, by the way, are strong swimmers and have been known to venture.

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Yes, your pain is shared.  The lights on Flatbush Avenue from the bridge to the Belt Parkway are causing traffic tie-ups in the morning. DOT says it’s aware and is trying to fix things.

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We feel for those in the Carolinas suffering because of Hurricane Florence. From experience, we cannot recommend donating to the Red Cross. Team Rubicon and local groups who step forward to help are better choices.

 

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