Free Tax Preparation and Online Filing

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If you make less than $58,000/yr, the city has set up a site where you can file online for free here.

If you make under $42,000/yr, call the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program at 1-800-829-1040 to find an assistance site where they'll help you prepare your return.

If you're over 60: Enter your location into the AARP Tax-Aide Site Locator for help with your return. If you're under 60, call to see if they'll help you. They might.

The locations of VITA and AARP tax assistance sites are available online here. Volunteers will see if you're eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) or the New York City Child Care Tax Credit.

A list of paperwork you should have available when you're ready to prepare your taxes is here.

Paterson Hands Control of Governors Island to City

New York's next hot tourist destination will have 87 acres of green space, a view of the Manhattan skyline, and a moat.

Governor Paterson announced today that the state is turning over control of development on a 150-acre patch of Governors Island to the Governors Island Operating Entity, which will have 9 seats controlled by the mayor, and one of which has to go to someone from Brooklyn. The rest of the board will be chosen by the 64th District state assembly member (Shelly Silver), the 25th District state senator (Daniel Squadron), Manhattan Community Board 1 (in Silver's district), and the governor. Silver, Squadron and Bloomberg shared the announcement. The city has committed $41.5 million from its capital budget for infrastructure investment and renovations of the Island's historic district.

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Mitt Romney Wins Southern Republican Straw Poll by One Vote

Mitt Romney couldn't make it to the Southern Republican Leadership Conference this year, but with the help of a "grass roots" group of supporters led by '08 Romney presidential campaign advisers (one of whom is Mrs. Romney's ghostwriter), he scraped by second-place Ron Paul to win the presidential straw poll by one vote, 439-438. Each walked away with roughly 24 percent of the attendees who bothered to vote.

Supporters of both candidates papered the conference with free tickets for friendly votes. Neither group will say where the money came from.

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Nate Silver Rates Park Slope Top New York Neighborhood

Nate Silver, the baseball statistician whose analysis of political polls has made his one of the top independent political websites in the country, has turned his eye on New York and picked Park Slope as our top neighborhood.

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Sanction-busting Investigation Could Threaten Nets Deal, Atlantic Yards

Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. (D-NJ) tells the Post that he's requesting a Treasury Department investigation to see if Mikhail Prokhorov, the Russian investor who's trying to buy stakes in both the Nets and the planned Nets Arena in Brooklyn, has violated Bush-era sanctions against doing business with associates of Robert Mugabe and his government in Zimbabwe. Prokhorov's Onexim Group, which has offices in the United States, holds a 50 percent stake in Renaissance Capital, which has extensive holdings in Zimbabwe.

This is not good news for Bruce Ratner, who is depending on Prokhorov's investment to get his Atlantic Yards project built.

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Morning Links

State Assemblyman Adam Clayton Powell IV is gearing up to challenge Charlie Rangel for the Harlem seat Rangel took away from his dad, Adam Clayton Powell, in the 1970 primaries. Rangel recently stepped aside from the Chair of the Ways and Means Committee over ethics issues. Powell claims his recent misdemeanor DWI conviction was based on perjury by cop.

Retiring Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens had a VIP room named after him by the Scores strip club after Stevens granted a stay to slow down Rudy Giuliani's war on "adult" businesses while the owners battled it out in court. Giuliani eventually won.

A fugitive who turned himself in after being on the run from federal extortion charges since 1975 has been working as a nanny in Brooklyn.

According to the News, celebrity parasite Kitty Kelley's new book says that a pre-Oprah Oprah had a thing with a pre-ET John Tesh. I have no idea what to make of that.

Guerrilla Digital Billboard Launches in Brooklyn

DoTank: Brooklyn calls itself "a public vessel for interdisciplinary exploration, engagement and enhancement of our urban environment through means that are outside of the formal urban planning process." Tonight, that means projecting user-contributed photos on a Tumblr-powered website from an iBook using free WiFi onto a "live digital billboard" on a random wall in Brooklyn.

If you want to contribute photos, the e-mail address is If you want to go watch, the random wall is at the Southwest Corner of Bedford and North 7th, right by the L stop.

h/t FREEwilliamsburg

Carl Kruger Supports Gay Rights After Death

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It turns out Carl Kruger, one of the few Democrats in the State Senate to vote against same-sex marriage (and the only one from Brooklyn) is willing to have the state extend the legal rights married couples enjoy to same-sex partnerships after all. Unfortunately, one of the partners has to die first.

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Sarah Jessica Parker Offers Brooklyn Museum Show to Reality Show Contestants

The eventual winner of Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, the art reality show Sarah Jessica Parker is producing for Bravo, will win $100,000 and a solo show at the Brooklyn Museum.

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Lech Kaczynski, Polish President, Killed in Plane Crash

Categories: Accidents, Julia

Ninety-seven people, including Polish president Lech Kaczynski and his wife, were killed this morning when the Tupolev-154 plane they were flying to Russia to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the massacre in Katyn, in which 22,000 polish prisoners of war were killed by Russian soldiers. The trip was expected to improve relations between Poland and Russia.

Among the Polish government leaders on the plane were the deputy parliament speaker, the deputy foreign minister and the head of the National Bank of Poland. The military also took a hit, losing the army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, the heads of the air and land forces, and the head of the National Security Office.

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