Bklyn Lawmakers On The Move March 18


De Blasio, Velazquez, Nadler Pow Wow On Sunset Park Future

Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Conflicting visions for the planned development of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal and the adjacent Industry City in Sunset Park was the topic of discussion in a closed door meeting between Mayor Bill de Blasio and longtime Congress members Jerrold Nadler and Nydia Velazquez, Crains reports.

Velazquez, a mentor of City Councilman Carlos Menchaca, represents the piers and a portion of Industry City. De Blasio favors a rezoning of the area to spur a private $1 billion investment that includes a hotel and light manufacturing. Menchaca, who represents the area in the City Council, advocates for more of a local input in any development on the site.

Nadler, who represents the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal section of the waterfront site, has long championed a cross harbor freight tunnel that lets out at the site. He notes the waterfront at the site has both deep enough water and existing rail infrastructure to become a port freight terminal and distribution point for goods throughout Brooklyn and to Long Island.

Meanwhile, the Sunset Park activist group Uprose is said to be planning to protest the Industry City plan Sunday, the publication reported.

Jeffries Backs Gentile For Congress

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Democratic Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, yesterday, endorsed his Democratic colleague City Councilman Vinnie Gentile in his run for the vacant 11th Congressional seat straddling Staten Island and parts of Southern Brooklyn.

Part of Jeffries’ 8th Congressional district abuts the 11th Congressional and includes Coney Island.

“Throughout his long and impressive career in public service, Vincent Gentile has distinguished himself as a passionate, highly intelligent and dedicated lawmaker. In both the New York State Senate, and as a member of the New York City Council, Vincent has fought tirelessly for the rights of homeowners and has been a strong advocate for affordable housing. He understands the urgent needs of the middle class and has significant experience addressing those issues through the complex legislative process,” Jeffries said in his endorsement.

Gentile thanked Jeffries for the support and noted his leadership as an undisputed champion of the middle class.

“Like me, Congressman Jeffries strongly opposes the efforts made by radical Republicans to balance the budget on the backs of seniors – and like me, Congressman Jeffries does not support draconian cuts to Social Security and Medicare programs, on which so many of our seniors so deeply depend,” said Gentile.

The special election is May 5.

Cornegy Holds Women’s History Month Event Tonight

Councilman Robert Cornegy
Councilman Robert Cornegy

Bedford-Stuyvesant City Councilman Robert Corengy, whose office includes a breastfeeding station, is holding a ‘Know Your Rights’ workshop tonight for pregnant and working mothers.

The Women’s History Month event will feature lawyers, breastfeeding experts and advocates that will discuss an array of items concerning pregnant and working mothers.

The workshop is slated for 6-8 p.m., tonight March 18 on the 5th floor of Restoration Plaza, 1368 Fulton Street.

Local Electeds at Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association Meeting

A packed agenda is set for tomorrow night’s Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s Spring meeting.

This includes a presentation by an FBI agent on issues, honoring the neigborhood’s FDNY Engine 321, updates by the local elected officials representing the area, and the 61st Police Precinct brass.

The meeting is set for for 7:30 p.m., tomorrow, March 19 at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park on Fillmore Avenue & Marine Parkway.



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