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Bronx Park’s Animals Are Targeted With Dart Gun

Someone with a dart gun is stalking the wildlife of Pelham Bay Park in the Bronx.

On Oct. 9, the parks department says, the maintenance staff at the park noticed two ring-billed gulls, a Canada goose and a squirrel, all walking around near the Orchard Beach parking lot with darts in them.

One gull had a dart below an eye and the goose’s dart was lodged in its shoulder. Members of the Urban Park Rangers program tried to catch the animals but the animals scurried off.

Such was not the case in the park on Sept. 21, when two birds with darts in them were found dead and two others were euthanized because of their dart injuries, the parks department said.

A member of the park patrol officers union told the newspaper Metro that people buy blowguns at nearby delis and go “hunting in the park.”

Park rangers have stepped up patrols and are trying to capture the injured animals, which still carry the darts in their bodies days later, the parks department said on Thursday.

The attacks recall the case of Sticky, a goose in Prospect Park that was shot through the neck with an arrow from a crossbow in 2010.

The arrow was never removed, but Sticky was believed to have been caught in the roundup and slaughter of 400 geese in the park that was part of an aviation-safety measure.

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Staten Island Haunted by High Hum

Updated, 3:01 p.m. | Residents of South Beach, Staten Island, are being driven mad. When the wind is right along Father Capodanno Boulevard, high celestial harmonies swell in the air, crescendo and drift in and out of phase, like an battalion of crickets armed with sopranino recorders. It may sound like a cool environmental art installation, but if you live near it, it is not much fun.

“It sounds like 100,000 people with unlimited air in their lungs blowing through Coke bottles,” Steve Elias, president of the local civic association, told The Staten Island Advance. “It’s almost alien-like.” Another neighbor likened the high hum to Chinese water torture. Dogs, too, find it unbearable.

The culprit turns out to be the skeleton frame of the Ocean Breeze Athletic Center, an indoor track the city is building on Capodanno near Seaview Avenue — specifically, and perhaps ironically, the acoustic baffling panels that will eventually muffle the pound and squeak of runners’ sneakers, the Department of Design and Construction said on Thursday.

The baffling panels are not yet enclosed or insulated, and as long as they are open to the elements, the city said, they will whistle when the wind strikes them from certain angles.

Crews are working overtime to get complete the exterior shell of the building and enclose the panels, the design department said.

“We sincerely regret any annoyance the wind noise may be causing for residents of the area,” the department said in a statement on Thursday. “We expect to complete the roof by mid-November and the exterior shell by early December.”

So if you want to hear it in person, better go soon. Or you can content yourself with the video above.

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At a Dinner, Political Banter and Some Familiar Suspicions

Across a stretch of 36 hours in New York, circumstances are bringing together, for the first time in this campaign and amid apprehension about the November election, two political leaders who long eyed each other suspiciously and who disagreed so strongly, both publicly and privately:

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Clyde Haberman offers his take on the news.

Franklin D. Roosevelt and Alfred E. Smith.

Most of the language in that first sentence is stolen, but when we steal, we steal well. It comes from a classic speech that John F. Kennedy, as the Democratic candidate for president, gave in October 1960 at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, overseen by an institution whose political antennas are as finely tuned as any. That would be the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

With one deftly thrown stone, Kennedy hit two Republican birds who did indeed eye each other suspiciously that year: the party’s presidential nominee, Richard M. Nixon, and Gov. Nelson A. Rockefeller of New York. The entire Kennedy speech was a gem, and it firmly established the Smith dinner as a pre-election forum for political banter by presidential candidates.

That is, if the New York archbishop invites them. Not all have been so blessed.

Usually, they have been Democrats out of sync with the church’s opposition to abortion rights. Somehow, Republican politicians who ignore the church’s condemnation of capital punishment tend to get a pass.

In any event, the annual Smith dinner will be held Thursday night at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. Despite protests from conservative Catholics, angered by President Obama’s support of same-sex marriage and his readiness to have employer health insurance cover birth control, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan invited the president to the shindig along with Mitt Romney. Talk about two political leaders — three, if you include the cardinal — who eye one another suspiciously and disagree strongly.

The dinner happens to follow by a day and a half the dedication of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, a long-awaited memorial to F.D.R. on Roosevelt Island.

Time was when Smith and Roosevelt had much in common. Both were Democratic governors of New York and both ran for president — Smith unsuccessfully in 1928, Roosevelt triumphantly in 1932 and beyond. But Smith became a scathing critic of Roosevelt’s New Deal, whose programs the present New York governor, Andrew M. Cuomo, lavishly praised on Wednesday at the memorial.

The Roosevelt-Smith antagonisms resound strikingly in today’s political wars, reaffirming William Faulkner’s observation that “the past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

Smith denounced what he called the “cold, clammy hand” of New Deal bureaucracy. He was a leading figure in the American Liberty League, a short-lived organization that came into being in 1934 to rally public opinion against the Roosevelt agenda as a threat to freedom. At its founding, it pledged to work against “any measures designed to destroy the principles upon which our government was formulated and under which we have prospered as has no other nation in the history of the world.”

Social Security? The league, with Smith on its executive committee, said it would “mark the end of democracy.”

The new Agricultural Adjustment Administration? It represented “a trend toward fascist control of agriculture.”

The National Recovery Administration, which lay at the heart of the New Deal? Jouett Shouse, the league’s president, said he sympathized with some of its goals, but they weren’t truly federal concerns. “The prohibition of child labor, the maintenance of a minimum wage and the limitation of the hours of work belong under our form of government in the realm of the affairs of the different states,” he said.

In this era of the Tea Party, with Mr. Obama routinely demonized by many conservatives as alien to American traditions and as a menace to democracy, does this sound familiar?

Asked about the league days after its inception, Roosevelt laughed it off. Its basic principle, he said, seemed to be “love thy God but forget thy neighbor” — only “God” in this instance was property rights, he said.

Smith went on to support Roosevelt’s Republican opponents in the 1936 and 1940 elections. He died in 1944, long known by then as “the Happy Warrior.”

The same sobriquet might well be applied to Cardinal Dolan, whose public manner is one of good humor. Also the same is his disdain for core policies of the sitting president and his embrace of rough-and-tumble politics to oppose them.


E-mail Clyde Haberman: [email protected]

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When the Opera Was on the Sidewalk

Dear Diary:

The opening of the Metropolitan Opera always reminds me of when I used to pass by the stage door in back of the old Met on Seventh Avenue every morning on my walk from Pennsylvania Station to my office in Times Square. The sidewalk would be cluttered with flats, props and pieces of scenery. Workers would be busy taking out the previous night’s set and moving things in for that evening’s performance.

One morning we were delayed to allow a large sarcophagus to be removed from a parked van. Six burly workers carefully lifted the heavy sarcophagus, placed it carefully on their shoulders, three on each side, and marched with slow, measured steps across the sidewalk and up the ramp through the stage door.

Two more men, flanking the entrance, respectfully doffed their caps and lowered their heads as the cortege passed into the building. As they replaced their hats, one of them announced so that we all could hear, “I didn’t even know she was sick!”

It later occurred to me that this routine had probably been going on for years every time “Aida” was on the bill. And now that the Lincoln Center Met stores its scenery in house, we have seen the end of Egyptian processionals on Seventh Avenue.


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Recount Ousts Incumbent in 50th Assembly District by 19 Votes

Thirty-three days after the election, the race for the Democratic district leader in Brooklyn’s 50th Assembly District came to an end. The city’s Board of Elections announced on Tuesday that the incumbent, Lincoln Restler, lost by 19 votes to a candidate backed by Assemblyman Vito J. Lopez, the former county party leader who stands accused of sexual harassment.

The winner, Chris Olechowski, 65, a Polish community leader and the chairman of the Community Board in Greenpoint, received 6,037 votes to Mr. Restler’s 6,018, a margin of 0.16 percent, the board said.

In 2010, Mr. Restler, then 26 years old, upset the county political establishment when he defeated Mr. Lopez’s handpicked candidate for the district, which includes Fort Greene, Greenpoint and Williamsburg.

A district leader, otherwise known as state committeeperson, is an unpaid, part-time elected official who serves a two-year term. The leader’s duties include endorsing candidates and helping select the county party’s leader.

When the votes were initially cast Sept. 13, Mr. Olechowski appeared to win by 136 votes. Because the margin of victory was less than a half a percentage point, a manual recount was required.

Mr. Olechowski’s victory appeared due at least in part to support in the district’s Hasidic precincts for Mr. Lopez. Turnout among Satmar Hasidim loyal to Mr. Lopez was enormous on Election Day.

Mr. Restler said that his campaign had calculated, based on the demographics of election districts, that more than 90 percent of the votes Mr. Olechowski received were cast in predominantly Hasidic neighborhoods. Outside those areas, Mr. Restler said, he, Mr. Restler, received 84 percent of the votes cast.

“In spite of this setback, the Brooklyn Reform Movement has grown in power and influence over the last few months,” Mr. Restler said by phone on Wednesday, “and we will continue to fight to ensure that every elected official is putting the best interests of our community first.”

Mr. Olechowski did not respond to an e-mail seeking comment.


This post has been revised to reflect the following correction:

Correction: October 18, 2012

An earlier version of this post mischaracterized a statement by the campaign of Lincoln Restler about Chris Olechowski’s performance in Hasidic neighborhoods. According to the Restler campaign, Mr. Olechowski garnered 90 percent of his votes in Hasidic neighborhoods; he did not receive 90 percent of the votes in those neighborhoods.

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Teacher Fined for Rewarding Pupils for Buying Soap From Him

A Brooklyn sixth-grade teacher has been fined $4,000 by New York City for an odd scheme in which he awarded his students prizes, including a “no homework pass,” for buying his family’s homemade soap, as part of a character-building program at the school.

The teacher, Marlon Scanterbury of Public School 66 in Canarsie, began the sales last year, when the school rolled out a “character incentive program,” according to a settlement he reached with the city’s Conflicts of Interest Board. As part of the program, intended to encourage students to improve their social and academic skills, teachers gave students stickers that they could trade in for items that were displayed in the school’s lobby.

Mr. Scanterbury offered his students a deal: for each bar of soap they bought, at $3 or $4 apiece, they would receive 10 stickers. After two months, he threw in a “no homework pass” for soap buyers, according to the settlement, which was announced on Wednesday.

At least three students purchased one bar of soap each, receiving 10 stickers each, while at least one more student bought three bars, and got 30 stickers, and at least one student received a no-homework pass, the conflicts board said.

Mr. Scanterbury, 43, who has taught in the city schools since 2001, was also given a letter of reprimand from the Education Department for his actions.

In other action against city workers, the board announced that a former engineering auditor had been fined $7,500 for selling sneakers on city time using a city computer.

Beginning in 2010, the auditor, Jonathan Lim, then employed by the city’s Economic Development Corporation, used his work computer and e-mail address to contact potential buyers and to sell sneakers on eBay, according to a settlement he reached with the board.

During one three-month period, Mr. Lim clicked on or refreshed a sneaker-related site 57,578 times, the settlement said.

Mr. Lim made a total of 106 eBay sales while on the job, for a total of $9,724.99. He was terminated by the Economic Development Corporation in January for the sneaker sales, the corporation said.

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