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www.Ari-Kagan.com is a website that publishes the best stories by well-known Russian speaking journalist and community leader Ari Kagan who is very much involved in Brooklyn politics and civic life.

Interviews with interesting people, community and political news, unique stories, articles from mainstream American media with quotes from Ari Kagan are often controversial and informative.

Comptroller Scott Stringer Pushes City-Sponsored Retirement Plan

Comptroller Scott Stringer Pushes City-Sponsored Retirement Plan

In New York City, three-fifths of private-sector employees don’t have employer-based retirement plans. At companies with fewer than 10 employees, that figure jumps to nearly 90 percent. In response to this problem, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer recently released the "NYC Nest Egg Plan" to address what he says could be a burden for future taxpayers, who would be called upon to support a growing population of low-income seniors. Details...

Save Sheepshead Bay Road

Save Sheepshead Bay Road

Sheepshead Bay Rd. was once a beautiful, busy, and thriving area. In the last six years, it became a symbol of empty storefronts, piles of garbage, abandoned street shelter for homeless people, and economic decline. It suffered badly from the devastating effects of economic recession, SuperStorm Sandy, overdevelopment and neglect. Details...

9 Reasons All Couples Should Get A Prenup Before Marriage

9 Reasons All Couples Should Get A Prenup Before Marriage

When one hears the word “prenup,” the image of an affluent mogul and a youthful swimsuit model comes to mind. However, a prenuptial agreement should be given due consideration by ALL couples (regardless of income level) before they walk down the aisle! The reality today is that an abundance of marriages result in divorce, and if they do, there are assets to be appropriated. A prenup can save a lot of heartache and money. Here are nine reasons why all couples should get a prenuptial agreement before marriage: Details...

Bay Democrats: Report to the People in 45th Assembly District

Bay Democrats: Report to the People in 45th Assembly District

For the last two years, the Bay Democrats, the strong and diverse Democratic Club in 45th AD, has worked hard to improve quality of life for local residents, to support credible Democratic candidates for various political positions and to unite Democrats from many communities in the District. Details...

Rally Against Hate and Anti-Semitism

Rally Against Hate and Anti-Semitism

Resolution Calling on Authorities to Do More to Prevent and Prosecute Hate Crimes Signed by Participants Details...

Comptroller Scott Stringer. Costly Mistake by Department of Finance

Comptroller Scott Stringer. Costly Mistake by Department of Finance

Comptroller's audit: Department Of Finance mistakenly gave away $10 million in property tax abatements to corporations. Corporate-owned condos and other properties such as indoor parking spaces and gardens were granted more than $10 million in improper tax abatements over the past 4 years because the New York City Department of Finance failed to conduct basic document checks, according to an audit released today by New York City Comptroller Scott M. Stringer. Details...

Bay Democrats. Second Annual Gala Awards Dinner

Bay Democrats. Second Annual Gala Awards Dinner

On December 10, 2015 Bay Democrats club celebrated its Second Annual Gala Awards Dinner at the famous Brighton National Restaurant in Brooklyn. Almost 200 guests from all neighborhoods in 45 Assembly District attended the celebration. Details...

Councilman Mark Treyger – Legislator Of The Year

Councilman Mark Treyger – Legislator Of The Year

In 2013, Mark Treyger was elected to New York City Council with overwhelming support from voters in 47 District. Mark is one of the most active, effective, hard working, outspoken and respected Council Members. Treyger was elected by his colleagues to the important position of Co-Chairman of Brooklyn delegation in NYC Council. Details...

Waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay. Fight against dangerous construction

Waste transfer station in Gravesend Bay. Fight against dangerous construction

Many elected officials and community leaders organized on Sunday, November 22, 2015 the press conference near the site of the garbage transfer station construction at Bay 41 Street and Shore Parkway. They united in their fierce opposition to this dangerous construction that destroys our waters, air, soil and health. Details...

37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem. Notes by a delegate

37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem. Notes by a delegate

I was humbled and honored this year to be elected to the volunteer position of the delegate to the 37th World Zionist Congress. It is an important international Jewish forum that has influence over Jewish Agency for Israel, Jewish National Fund and even over some policies of Israeli government as well as over world Jewish Diaspora. Details...

Pamela Harris. New Assemblywoman from Southern Brooklyn

Pamela Harris. New Assemblywoman from Southern Brooklyn

Pamela Harris, a former corrections officer and a founder of the popular youth organization Coney Island Generation GAP, won the special election for NYS Assembly in 46 District on November 3, 2015, by a large margin: 63%-37%. She made a history since she became a first black Assembly member in New York State representing a majority white district. Details...

Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Red Tape Commission

Comptroller Scott Stringer and the Red Tape Commission

Comptroller Stringer’s Red Tape Commission is made up of small business leaders, regulatory experts and advocates from around the City who are dedicated to finding ways to help business owners cut through the red tape. Details...

Comproller Stringer: Severe Crowding in NYC

Comproller Stringer: Severe Crowding in NYC

City has over 270,000 Crowded Dwellings. Citywide Proportion of Severely Crowded Dwellings Increased by 44.8 Percent between 2005 and 2013. Details...

Comptroller Scott Stringer: New Yorkers need family-friendly workplace policies

Comptroller Scott Stringer: New Yorkers need family-friendly workplace policies

• Survey of over 1,100 New Yorkers finds nearly half don’t have access to Flexible Work Arrangements
• 80 percent support Paid Family Leave; the United States and …New Guinea don’t have paid family leave
• Roughly one-third of shift workers report retaliation for requesting schedule changes
• Almost 89% of employers reported it had a “positive effect”on productivity, profitability, and employee morale Details...

Comptroller Scott Stringer. Government Watchdog and Voice of New Yorkers

Comptroller Scott Stringer. Government Watchdog and Voice of New Yorkers

According to several polls by the influential Quinnipiac University, Comptroller Scott Stringer is the most popular citywide elected official in New York City. He is considered by the vast majority of New Yorkers as a common sense check on Mayor Bill De Blasio and as the most moderate of the top officials of city government. Among his biggest achievements newspapers usually list effective audits of city agencies, strong management of the city pension funds and rigorous checks of city contracts with private companies. Details...

New York City Hall. Ari Kagan is speaking at pro-Israel rally

New York City Hall. Ari Kagan is speaking at pro-Israel rally

A few dozens state, federal and city elected officials and community leaders spoke at the recent pro-Israel rally at the steps of New York City Hall. Details...

Israel is always in our hearts!

Israel is always in our hearts!

I was asked several times to express my opinion about the operation by IDF in Gaza. I am definitely pro-Israel and support Israel's right to defend itself from HAMAS missiles. Details...

Russian Americans and Ukraine

Russian Americans and Ukraine

There are more than 300,000 Russian speaking immigrants in New York City. Most of them are very concerned about recent crisis in Ukraine. They have close friends and relatives there. Many were born in Ukraine. Others view this conflict as confrontation between Russia and the West. Details...

Food stamps cuts. Hitting the neediest people

Food stamps cuts. Hitting the neediest people

Starting November 1, 2013, food stamps in New York City were cut by 11 dollars for one recipient and by 20 dollars for a couple. For a family of four people, including two children, these cuts amounted up to $68 a month. Details...

 Ari Kagan -  Democratic District Leader 45 AD in Brooklyn

Ari Kagan is a Democratic District Leader (45 AD) in Brooklyn

Yesterday, September 13, 2012 I won and became a District Leader beating 24-year incumbent Michael Geller.  My victory would not be possible without your encouragement and assistance. Thank you so much! Details...

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