Driver sentenced in fatal Brooklyn hit-run

A Brooklyn driver was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison yesterday for the 2013 hit-and-run crash that killed an Orthodox Jewish couple who were on their way to the hospital to check on their unborn baby, according to the Brooklyn district attorney's office.

The driver, Julio Acevedo, 46, was speeding at about 70 mph down Kent Avenue in Williamsburg at about 12:15 a.m. on March 3, 2013, when he swerved around cars and crashed into the livery cab carrying Nathan Glauber, 21, and his pregnant wife, Raizy.

Raizy, also 21, was seven-months pregnant and had experienced some pains in the middle of the night, so the family decided to head to the hospital. Their son, Tanchem, was delivered alive, but died the next day, Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement.

The driver of the cab suffered minor injuries.

Acevedo, who was arrested in Pennsylvania after running from the scene, was convicted in February of two counts of second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and two counts of leaving the scene of an incident without reporting.

Free rides for CUNY students pitched

City lawmakers want CUNY to offer its students a free ride -- on buses and subways, at least.

Councilmembers Ydanis Rodriguez (D-Manhattan) and Inez Barron (D-Brooklyn) on Thursday will introduce a resolution calling on CUNY to put money in its next budget for free MetroCards for all CUNY students.

CUNY already helps out students in its Accelerated Study in Associate Programs with free MetroCards, in addition to waived tuition costs and money to pay for books.

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"MetroCards for these students does help to keep students on track to graduation when combined with advisement and student responsibility," said Michael Arena, CUNY communications director. "Therefore we want to look closely at this new proposal."

Group helps eateries affected by explosion

Pommes Frites just might live to see another day in the East Village.

Renaissance Economic Development Corporation, a Chinatown-based group, is offering assistance to the popular Belgian fries joint and other businesses affected by the Second Avenue explosion.

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Renaissance's chairman, Chris Kui, said his nonprofit has been working with the owners to find a spot for the eatery in the neighborhood and, as of yesterday has approved low-interest recovery loans to Jimmy's No. 43 and Via Della Pace for a combined $70,000.

"The trick is to quickly make an infusion of cash," he said. "We do it quite quick so they remain in business."

Bird strike forces plane to land at JFK

An American Airlines flight made an emergency landing at Kennedy Airport yesterday when a bird flew into an engine, an airline spokeswoman said.

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The flight, headed to Miami, took off from LaGuardia Airport about 2:15 p.m. but was struck shortly after, spokeswoman Alexis Aran Coello said in an email. The Boeing 737 was diverted to JFK after the left engine was struck by a bird.

The 81 passengers were then rebooked on a different plane, she said.