Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is inviting people to request conviction dismissals for offense his office no longer prosecutes. // AP Photo

Brooklyn DA Could Erase 20,000 Pot Convictions, Brown Will ‘Review’

Tens of thousands of low-level marijuana convictions could be erased with the approval of Brooklyn’s top prosecutor, under a new plan for wiping records clean of offenses that are no longer prosecuted in the borough.

District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is inviting people to request conviction dismissals. He said he expects prosecutors will consent in the great majority of a potential 20,000 cases since 1990 and an unknown number of older ones.

Gonzalez told the Associated Press that it is only right to nix convictions that his office would not pursue today.

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Bronx County Criminal Court Supervising Judge George Grasso. // Eagle Photo by Paula Katinas

Bronx Judge Who Pioneered Incarceration Alternatives Content on the Bench, Source Says

A Bronx criminal court judge with Queens connections is the latest leader to reportedly consider a run for Queens district attorney in 2019.

The New York Law Journal reported that George Grasso, the supervising judge of the Bronx Criminal Court has begun to consider a run for Queens District Attorney in 2019.

The report cited an unnamed source familiar with the “Queens policial scene.”

Office of Court Administration spokesperson Lucian Chalfen declined to speculate on Grasso’s future plans.

“Any discussion regarding Judge Grasso and a campaign for Queens County District Attorney is premature,” Chalfen told the Eagle. “Along with being focused on supervising the Criminal Court in the Bronx, Judge Grasso is the point person in the expansion of the highly successful opioid avoidance and recovery part he pioneered in the Bronx.”

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A daughter hugs her mother with Alzheimer's.// Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association

Make a BOLD Move: Improve Care For People with Alzheimer’s

Frustration is one of the most commonly expressed emotions when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Too often, the diagnosis comes after symptoms have become serious enough to interfere with daily life. The information provided immediately after a diagnosis can be overwhelming and it is difficult for those who have been diagnosed and their families to know where to turn for support.

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R.4256/S.2076),will help to remedy this situation by improving individual treatment plans while creating a more dementia capable health care system. This federal legislation will strengthen our country’s response to Alzheimer’s and related dementias by mobilizing public health resources and enhancing public awareness.

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New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses, according to law enforcement source. // AP File Photo by Hans Pennink

Underwood Subpoenas Every NY Catholic Diocese in Sex Abuse Probe

By David Klepper Associated Press New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood subpoenaed all eight Roman Catholic dioceses in the state

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Council Member Rory Lancman debated Assistant District Attorney James Quinn on the future of Rikers Island Wednesday. // Eagle photo by David Brand 

Debate Highlights Contrasting Views On Rikers’ Future — And On Justice Reform

Council Member Rory Lancman faced off against Queens Assistant District Attorney James Quinn in a heated debate about the future of Rikers Island at the Young Israel of Kew Gardens Hills Wednesday night.

Of the many accusations, complicated budget scenarios and impassioned declarations volleyed back and forth between the two men and audience members, one exchange seemed to crystallize the fundamental difference of opinion on the future of the massive jail complex — and on broader criminal justice reform.

During his opening statement, Quinn, speaking for Queens Defense Attorney Richard Brown and the D.A.’s office, critiqued efforts to close Rikers as a “movement.”

“A movement doesn’t look at details,” Quinn said, before outlining budget underestimations and hammering what he considered impracticalities, like where the city would house inmates during the development of four proposed “borough-based” jails.

An hour later, Lancman addressed the specific statement in his closing remarks.  

“The effort to close Rikers Island is a movement,” Lancman said. “It’s part of a larger movement to reform a criminal justice system that is dysfunctional, broken and overwhelmingly falls on the backs of poor people.”

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In this frame from a video, emergency response crews gather outside a plane at JFK Airport amid reports of ill passengers aboard a flight from Dubai on Wednesday. // Image courtesy of WABC 7 via AP

Jet Quarantined at JFK After Reports of Sick Passengers

Associated Press A plane was quarantined at Queens’ John F. Kennedy Airport Wednesday morning amid reports that numerous passengers were

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