Senator Golden Announces Re-Election Campaign


The folloing is a press release from Friends of Marty Golden


April 18, 2012


Brooklyn – Saying that “Albany is turning around,” State Senator Marty Golden today announced his plans to seek re-election to represent the 22nd District in the New York State Senate as the candidate of the Republican, Conservative and Independence Parties.

In announcing his candidacy, Senator Marty Golden stated, “The people who I proudly represent know of my tireless dedication on behalf of this great neighborhood.  Each and every day, I look to build on a record of service for the people that have placed their trust in me to represent them in the State Senate. I have been a voice for our community in Albany, and I have never failed to stand up for what I believe to be the interests, and the needs, of the 22nd District.”

Golden continued, citing passage of the second consecutive on-time budget as “the most recent evidence that the days of dysfunction in Albany are coming to an end. It’s time to turn this state around, and make our communities even better places to live, work, and raise families.”

Golden’s Record

Golden’s achievements include:

  • Continued demonstration of an unwavering commitment to community service through the array of events sponsored by his office which include Easter Egg Hunts, the annual Halloween Walks, the 4th of July Picnic , the Christmas Tree Lightings, Summer Concerts in the Parks, and tax preparation for seniors and low income taxpayers. Golden’s district offices have, over the years, handled thousands of constituent problems and helped many people solve problems with government agencies.
  • Filing a lawsuit against the MTA which resulted in a settlement where the agency agreed to weekday express bus service restorations and improvements to the Access-a-Ride program;
  • Senator Golden has authored over 75 laws most notably in the areas of public safety, tax cuts, economic development, and senior citizen issues.
  • Marty Golden continues to work to improve public safety in Brooklyn and throughout New York State. He has worked to strengthen the Megan’s Law sex offender registry and expand the DNA databank to include all persons convicted of a felony and certain misdemeanors. Golden sponsored the laws that increased penalties against gun-runners and those that injure or kill police officers, and in 2006, Senator Golden wrote a tough law that mandates prison for the possession of a single loaded illegal firearm.
  • Senator Golden has worked through his career in public service to create jobs. Golden sponsored the law that created a tax break for television and movie production in New York. This program has added more than $5 billion into the local economy annually, supporting 4,000 local businesses and 100,000-plus jobs.  This past year, 23 prime time television series were filmed in New York City, and 11 “pilots” for the 2012-13 television season are being filmed in the city. 188 motion pictures were made last year in New York. Five new sound stages are being built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, creating more jobs for the future.
  • Senator Golden was the driving force behind the Bioscience Initiative at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The “BioBAT” project is converting more than 480,000 square feet at the terminal into space for research and bio-manufacturing. When completed, the $60 million project will create more than 1,000 permanent jobs.
  • Working with a diverse group of parents, educators, clergy and school choice advocates, Senator Golden delivered a $330 child tax credit for public, private and parochial school students.
  • Golden’s diligent efforts secured $11.2 billion in funding to improve New York City Public Schools including the construction of a new high school in Brooklyn and the building of new elementary and middle schools (and the expansion of existing schools) to insure adequate facilities in which our children can receive an education that prepares them for the future. The newest projects include P.S. 264 (371 89thStreet), P.S. 310 (942 62nd Street), and P.S. 331 (7002-4th Avenue). These new school buildings will add 1,500 seats to schools in area, further reducing overcrowding. He has also secured funding for new technology in our schools and financial support for PTAs.
  • As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, Senator Golden was credited by nationally recognized advocacy groups for championing the rights of senior citizens through the Assisted Living Law of 2004. Under his leadership, a number of significant bills affecting older Americans were enacted, including a new Elderlaw, the Senior Bill of Rights; Long Term Care Reform, internet posting of retail prescription drug prices and a single EPIC/Medicare prescription drug card. Golden wrote the law that raised the SCRIE eligibility limit from $24,000 to $29,000 for seniors and disabled.
  • Golden also secured funding for the establishment of Moose Lodge, Homecrest and soon to be opened Marine Park Senior Centers.
  • Golden has been an advocate for state support for many not-for-profits serving our community including the Neighborhood Improvement Association, the Guild for Exceptional Children, and  HeartShare Human Services.
  • Golden has been a fighter for the community’s health care needs, helping secure support for Maimonides and Lutheran Medical Centers and leading the fight to restore needed services at the former Victory Memorial Hospital site. SUNY Downstate at Bay Ridge, opened last year, offers a walk-in Urgent Care Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Advanced Endoscopy Center, Laser Vision Correction Center, and laboratory and radiology support services. Golden remains committed to bringing an emergency room to this facility.

Marty Golden is a retired New York City Police Officer who received numerous awards during his ten years with the Police Department. Then-Officer Golden was forced to retire in 1983, after suffering a serious injury while making a narcotics arrest.

He was elected to the New York City Council in 1997 and re-elected in 2001. In 2002, he was elected to the State Senate. He has served the people of the 22nd State Senate District since then.

Little League Parade this Saturday


This Saturday at 10AM the Gerritsen Beach Little League will be having the opening day parade!

Benny from Victorias Has Passed Away


2009 Photo Dans 5K Fun Run

Benny owner of Victorias Pizzeria has past away.

Benedict Renzetti- Of Morganville, New Jersey. On April 12, 2012. Beloved husband of Wendy. Loving father of Alexandra, Michael, and Bentley Soprano Renzetti. Cherished brother of Victoria Renzetti. Reposing on Saturday 2-4pm & 7-9pm & Sunday from 2-4pm & 7-9pm. Mass of Christian Burial on Monday April 16, 2012 at 10:15am at Regina Pacis RC Church at 1230 65 Street Brooklyn , NY 11219. Internment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery Staten Island

Memorial Website

1735 New Jersey 35 Middletown, NJ 07748
Middletown NJ
APRIL 14th
Saturday 2-4
Saturday 7-9
APRIL 15th
Sunday 2-4
Sunday 7-9

Monday April 16th 2012 10:15am
Regina Pacis
1230- 65 Street

Below are pictures and video of Victorias Pizza and the famous beach parties!

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available.


This is Why Gerritsen Beach is Amazing….Nicole Hidalgo




In American Idol Season 11 Nicole has made the first cut and is on her way to Hollywood.

Yellow Painted Curbs are a $250 Fine

Yellow curb

Parking is an issue everywhere, a quick search for parking on found notes being left on cars,  illegal driveways, lots of cones, and the retaliation you get for moving a cone. Now the issue has come up of Yellow Curbs (above).

Everyone was reminded at the last GBPOA meeting that: anyone with a yellow painted curbs, to save spots or mark driveways (legal or otherwise) is illegal and will net the property a $250 fine.

If you do have a yellow line – please paint it grey.

Marching Band Looking for You!


They are a staple of every event of the community and now they are looking for new members!

If you are interested in playing the bells or drums
(snare or bass)
Please contact Christine G. at 718-743-5360
Or Christine M. at 917-312-0916
No prior experience necessary

No Parking: Channel Ave


Nationwide Test Set to Sound at 2 p.m. Nov. 9

Everyone in the United States listening to the radio or watching TV at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on Nov. 9 will hear an alarming three-minute set of beeps and tones followed by a reassuring voice repeating, “this is a test.”

It will be a first-ever nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) giving federal, state and local officials the opportunity to make sure vital life-safety information can be communicated from the nation’s capital to the public via broadcasters and cable operators.

The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system can be activated by the President, if needed, to provide information to the American public during emergencies or the upcoming Zombie Apocalypse. NOAA’s National Weather Service, governors, and state and local emergency authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts. The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency. It is a critical communications tool that can provide alerts, warning and information rapidly across multiple television and radio platforms.

Here are specific items we want everyone to know about the test:

  • It will be conducted Wednesday, November 9 at 2:00 PM EST.
  • It will be transmitted via television and radio stations within the U.S., including Alaska, Hawaii, the territories of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and American Samoa.
  • Similar to local emergency alert system tests, an audio message will interrupt television and radio programming indicating: “This is a test.”
  • When the test is over, regular programming will resume.

Daylight Savings Time

Ok, folks, here comes that one day sure to screw up your life for at least 24 hours, if not the entire week: Daylight Savings Time 2011.

That’s the day, Sunday, November 6, 2011, when you have to set your clocks backward – not forward – one hour. (Remember, that’s one week from now.)

Before 2007, the daylight saving time used to come to an end on the last Sunday of October, but in 2007, the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005 came into effect and in that it was proposed that the daylight saving time should be extended by a week and since then it has ended on the first Sunday of November.

Remember November 6, 2am, to turn your clocks back and gain that extra hour in bed!

Site News: Commenting

We are going to be trying something out by moving the Commenting over to IntenseDebate. Comments are still being copied into the new system, so bear with us.

Five Years of

I woke up today and realized it is the 5th anniversary of the launch of

A lot has happened since the launch of the site; hell, a lot has happened this past year. Many of the stories have been wonderful, and some, which usually get the most attention, are a little rough to say the least.

Now, I know there are mixed opinions out there about what people think this site is and what the site actually is. I will address them first by saying what I have said from the beginning:“ strives to be an objective news site that was created with the intention of providing the residents of Gerritsen Beach with solid news and commentary on matters that are important to us.”

As I reflect on these past years, I have realized that there is nothing that has pushed me more than to try and give you unbiased community news. There are too many factions, cold wars between groups, cliques, behind the scenes banter, and problems for you to even imagine and sort through. I’ve tried to let you know about what is happening in the neighborhood so you can be informed, and, in the end, come together as a community.

This year, I do not know if I have succeeded in that goal.

Over the years, I have been demonized and physically attacked by community leaders over the contents of the site. I’ve so far successfully defended against legal threats by unscrupulous land developers. The site has been called every name in the book by just about everyone. However, some good things were said, including “Brooklyn’s Best,” “Gerritsen Beach’s own Thomas Paine,” and a “muckracking reporter.”

I have always tried to share the best and, sometimes, worst of the neighborhood. Sharing “the worst” seems to be a point of contention for some. I will attempt to address some of the contempt we’ve earned.

Let’s take Halloween, for example. Halloween has always been “bad” and complained about. Last year was particularly bad. The reaction that my photos were wrong and the source of the problem, I believe, is wrong to say the least. I also believe it is the opinion of a small amount of people. If you look back, I have covered  the good and bad of Halloween for four years now. “Taking care of our own” seemed to be the motto of Halloween, but that shouldn’t mean protecting abhorrent behavior, it should be about protecting our neighbors and our neighborhood.

There are others that believe that the website is solely responsible for painting a bad picture of the community, and that the website sharing news outside the physical boundaries of Gerritsen Beach is wrong.  I again need to disagree –  bad things happen everywhere, including in our “physical” boundaries. Why prefer to live in ignorance of our community issues, rather than actually try to help do our part and correct them?

Despite this, we will continue to cover community news and events while having a new focus on helping bringing the community together.  The website has evolved, the community is constantly evolving it’s a good thing and I am proud to be a part of it.

The site has come a long way, it has been a great five years and I would like to sincerely thank you all for being with us since 2006.

— Dan

FEMA is Roaming the Streets of GB Looking to Help You


The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) added Brooklyn to their list of areas in need for public assistance after Hurricane Irene hit this past weekend. I saw a pair of FEMA members roaming the streets of GB and here is the run down.

Call 800-621-3362 if you need disaster assistance.

Vollies Offering EMT Class

going in

For anyone looking to get into the Emergency Medical Service get certified now and for only $850

The Vollies will be hosting an NYS EMT class beginning in early October.

Phone: 718-332-9292

52 Seba Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11229

Town Hall for Weiners Seat Tonight

The Manhattan Beach COmmunity Group is hosting a Town Hall Meeting tonight August 31, Wednesday, at 8 PM. at PS 195 (131 Irwin Street)

David Weprin is the Democratic nominee and Bob Turner is the Republican nominee.

It will be interesting to see as both bombed on a recent quiz of the district.

NYC: Mandatory Evacuation of Zone A

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Coney, Brighton, Sheepshead are ZONE A. Some of Rockaway is ZONE A but ALL of Rockaway is under Mandatory Evacuation



Plese do not panic. As of now This evacuation does not include Gerritsen Beach

Residents in Zone A are advised to leave their homes before 5pm Saturday. This includes ALL of Rockaway.

Subways and buses are running today, but will be shut down entirely tomorrow. For seniors and residents who have disabilities, they should utilize Access a Ride, contact family members or take whatever actions necessary to secure transportation from their homes to stay with friends or relatives, or go to the evacuation centers, which will be open by 4:00 this afternoon.

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Storm Surge in Green as of 3pm 8/26/2011

Village Voice Gerritsen Beach The Village Voice names as one of Gotham's best!
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