Bklyn Lawmakers on the Move April 13

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De Blasio Opens Up Bklyn Little League Season

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio, Saturday, opened the Prospect Park Parade Grounds Little League Season recalling his days as a coach for the league and reminding parents there was still time to sign up for his signature universal Pre-k.

“Now, I just want to say to everyone – you’re starting something wonderful. You know, for years, I got to experience this parade and this opening day as a parent. Chiara played, Dante played,” said de Blasio “And I also had the opportunity to coach in this league. And to all the parents who are coaches, I want to thank you. It is not the easiest thing you’ll ever do in your life, but it may be the best thing you ever do in your life. And you’ll do a lot of good for a lot of kids.”

De Blasio also proved the adage about politics being both local and retail, by pointing the Little League parents and volunteers that landed jobs in his administration including Ana Bermúdez, the city’s probation commissioner, and Deputy Mayor Richard Buery, whose son is playing in the league this year.

The deadline for signing up for Pre-k is Friday, April 24. life of the family. It’ll give them a great future.


Cornegy Gets Money For Park Swimming Pool

Councilman Robert Cornegy
Councilman Robert Cornegy

Bed-Stuy City Councilman Robert Cornegy secured and additional $2.5 million to save the swimming pool in Jesse Owens Playground On Lafayette Avenue between Stuyvesant Avenue and Malcolm X Boulevard, DNAInfo reported.

The four-foot-deep cement swimming hole  was in danger of being shut down due to lack of funding for proposed repairs and improvements from the city’s Parks Department. The city did allocate $4.6 million for upgrades to the 2.3-acre park, but it didn’t include work on the pool.

“Local residents, Community Board 3 and the leaders of the adjacent schools made it very clear that a renovated Jesse Owens playground without a pool might have been beautiful but would not have provided the same recreational and health benefits to the community,” Cornegy said in a statement.

Besides the swimming pool, the additional capital funds will also pay for new handball courts and a synthetic turf area with a walking track, said Martin Maher, Brooklyn Chief of Staff for the Parks Department.

Adams Hosts Police-Community Town Hall Meeting In East New York

Borough President Eric Adams
Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, along with Norman Siegel, former director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, will host a town hall meeting tonight at the New Lots Library in East New York around the issue of advancing police-community relations.

The meeting is the latest in a series of public forums Adams hosted in response to ongoing citywide tension following widespread protests of policing practices and the assassinations of two NYPD officers in December. It also comes in the wake of the fatal police shooting of Walter Scott in North Charleston, South Carolina, which has reignited a nationwide debate on policing practices.

The event is open to members of the public that want to discuss their concerns and propose recommendations, which will be used to assist in the production of a report with the goal of advancing public safety citywide, as well as police and criminal justice reforms.

When: 6 p.m. tonight, April 13

Where: New Lots Library, 665 New Lots Avenue