Bklyn Lawmakers on the Move April 15

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Adams All Over Borough Today

Borough President Eric Adams
Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams has arguably his most packed public schedule today since taking office.

The day began at 6:30 a.m., when he attended a rally with low-wage workers to fight for a raise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The rally took place at the McDonalds on the Flatbush Avenue extension and Fulton Street.

At 8:30 a.m. he is set to greet attendees of Trade Brooklyn, the borough’s largest business-to-business trade show at the New York Marriott, 333 Adams Street.

Adams’ office partnered in the event, which will have over 150 exhibitors and is expected to draw over 2,500 business leaders and entrepreneurs.

Then Adams will head back about a half-block to Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street for a 9 a.m.  to host an early childhood development forum featuring discussions with stakeholders, policy makers, and leaders on the importance of early childhood education, specifically between the ages of 0-3.

At 11:30 a.m., Adams’ will kickoff the 16TH annual Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival, also at Borough Hall. The festival runs from Friday, April 17 to Sunday, May 17 with nearly 50 events and over 500 musicians expected to perform at venues across the city.

An hour later, at 12:30 p.m., Adams will deliver the keynote address at St. Joseph’s College, 245 Clinton Street for a panel discussion on Race and Law Enforcement.

At 6:15 p.m. Adams will attend an interfaith Holocaust memorial event at the Bay Ridge Jewish Center, 405 81st Street, where a 150-year Torah scroll rescued from Germany after the Holocaust will be dedicated.

Adams day will finally end after his 7 p.m. attendance at the Yeshiva of Flatbush, 1609 Avenue J, for a theatrical performance honoring Holocaust memories portrayed by students and narrated by survivors.

Abbate Honors Slain Detective Wenjian Liu

Photo from Det. Liu Event

Bensonhurst/Sunset Park Assemblyman Peter Abbate, yesterday, held a private ceremony with slain Detective Wenjian Liu’s widow and parents to present an Assembly Resolution in recognition of his sacrifice, courage and service to the community.

The event was attended by Councilman Carlos Menchaca, Patrol Borough Brooklyn South Assistant Chief Steven Powers, Deputy Chief Charles Scholl, and 84 Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Sergio Centa, and other NYPD officials.

“It was my privilege to sponsor this resolution to the floor of the Assembly, and to present this special honor to Detective Liu’s family. The family’s courage through this ordeal has been an inspiration to all of us. We must continue to provide them with the support they need as they continue to work through their grief. As someone who has spent their career helping police officers and their families, I know how important it is to extend a hand to those who have lost a member of their family and continue to show we are one city and one state in solidarity behind them,” said Abbate.

Treyger Resolution Get Hearing Today

City Councilman Mark Treyger
City Councilman Mark Treyger

A Southern Brooklyn Councilman Mark Treyger resolution calling on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to re-examine all National Flood Insurance Program insurance claim payments related to Hurricane Sandy for possible underpayment, regardless of whether the initial reward was appealed by the policyholder will be heard today before the Council’s Committee on Recovery & Resiliency.

In addition, to prevent instances of fraud from occurring in the future, the resolution includes a proposal to require insurance companies to make available to policy holders all drafts of engineering reports that are used in the damage assessments. This hearing and proposed resolution comes after media reports of storm victims having their payments denied or substantially reduced after initial engineering reports were improperly altered.

The hearing will be held at 1 p.m. today in the City Council Chambers at City Hall.

Williams, Cumbo, James on Anniversary of the Boko Haram Kidnapping 

Brooklyn City Council Members Jumaane Williams and Laurie Cumbo, yesterday, issued the following statement after one year passed since Boko Haram militants abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls in Nigeria.
City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo
City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo

“As we mark the one-year anniversary of the tragic abduction of 300 Nigerian schoolgirls, we remember the families who are eagerly waiting to be reunited with the 219 girls that remain in captivity. These young Nigerian girls are our children, daughters, sisters, nieces, and cousins. They represent the future of a nation so desperate for change. The unfortunate situation in Nigeria highlights a bigger issue that occurs on shores around the world – human trafficking.

“Though Nigeria is thousands of miles away, it is impossible for us not to feel the pain and heartache of those affected by this terrible ordeal. Our thoughts and prayers are with these brave, young girls who dared to pursue their education to change their community. We remain hopeful for their safe return and prepare to receive them with open arms and critical resources to aid in their full recovery.

City Councilman Jumaane Williams
City Councilman Jumaane Williams

“It is the responsibility of elected government to ensure the safety and security of its citizens. We commend President-Elect Mohammadu Buhari for prioritizing efforts to locate these girls and eradicate the region of Boko Haram and their terrorist affiliates, but our international community must do more. We need the men and women of our global community to take a stand against human trafficking. Women are not for sale or ransom – not now, not ever. Tonight as New Yorkers see the Empire State Building lit purple and red for these girls, it is our hope that our city, state and country will renew the call to #BringBackOurGirls.”

Public Advocate and former Brooklyn City Council member Letitia James also issued a statement on the issue.

Public Advocate Letitia James

“One year ago today, our hearts broke with news of the horrific kidnapping of nearly 300 Nigerian school girls by the terrorist group Boko Haram. While the world is still healing from this senseless violence, we are inspired by the overwhelming international resolve to bring these girls home. The fight is not over and we must continue to stand up for human rights across the globe,” said James.

BPL Budget Statement Concerning More Library Funding

As the Brooklyn Public Library continues to advocate for a restoration of funds in this year’s city budget they issued the following statement on the City Council budget response. The statement is on behalf of the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library:

“Libraries are critical community services. Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Queens Library applaud Speaker Mark-Viverito, Finance Chair Ferreras, Majority Leader Van Bramer, Libraries Committee Chair Constantinides and the whole City Council for advocating for New York City’s libraries in their preliminary budget response. After years of cuts that have slashed hours, reduced staff, and allowed branches to sink into disrepair, the library system needs its operational budgets restored by $65 million, and a 10-year capital plan to address over one billion dollars of unaddressed infrastructure needs. We look forward to working with the City Council and the Mayor to protect these vital services for New Yorkers.”
This year, the three library systems and library supporters across the city are taking part in the Invest in Libraries campaign. The campaign is calling for a $65 million restoration in operating expenses in this year’s budget, to provide the programs and services New Yorkers demand and expect from their local branches at least six days a week and $1.4 billion in capital funding for critical renovations and maintenance – a mere 1% of the City’s ten-year Capital Plan.

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