POLITICS: In last night’s election, Democrat City Councilmember Vincent Gentile won reelection against his Republican challenger, John Quaglione, 63% to 36%, out of 20,142 votes cast. This will be Gentile’s third term as a City Councilmember.
POLITICS: On October 7, City Councilmember Vincent Gentile and his Republican opponent, John Quaglione, faced each other in a fiery debate hosted by the Dyker Heights Civic Association, where they hit each other on their ability to bring funding back to the district and fielded several questions about crime and public safety.
TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: As the NYC Department of Transportation unveils a series of traffic-calming measures for Fourth Avenue to mixed reactions, State Senator Marty Golden and the police union are lobbying Albany lawmakers to nix a speed camera demonstration program previously approved by the New York State Assembly.
It wasn’t long after neighbors learned that a vacant raccoon-infested house on 79th Street would be demolished that Councilman Vincent Gentile, and State Senator Marty Golden both began to take credit for it. And not in the “caring means sharing” kind of way either.
In an article posted yesterday on Brooklyn Paper’s website, Will Bredderman writes that just “moments after the city’s Housing, Preservation, and Development announced its plans to condemn the derelict house between Third Avenue and Ridge Boulevard, Golden (R–Bay Ridge) put out a press release claiming responsibility for the decision.”
The statement put out by Golden’s office, which made the claim that they have worked “over the years to see that this property is regularly inspected and conditions are checked by the Health and Buildings Departments,” lead Councilman Gentile – who says he has recently spent time tracking down the property’s owner, to fire off a statement of his own.
A piece by Denise Romano for the Home Reporter revealed yesterday that local real estate investor Mousa Khalil owns two additional neglected properties on the same Ovington Avenue block where he allowed a house to collapse – including one that appears to be illegally occupied. Meanwhile, the Daily News’ Alex Robinson is reporting today that City Councilman Vincent Gentile is trying to guilt property owner Frank Landy to turn over a 79th Street house that’s been allowed to fall apart for 25 years, to charity.
Residents of Ovington Avenue between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue say that of the three properties Khalil owns on their block, one is actually occupied, albeit illegally. They speculate that 556 Ovington Ave is serving as a home for squatters, or possibly even an illegal hostel.