Bklyn Lawmakers On The Move April 22

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Subway Proposal For Utica Avenue Corridor

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio, today, will ask the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to consider running a subway south along Utica Avenue in Brooklyn, according to his, ‘The Plan for One New York: A Strong and Just Future’ that is expected to be released today.

The Utica Avenue Corridor, which turns into Malcolm X Blvd going north at Fulton Street, is currently served by the B46 bus and is one of the densest areas in the city not directly served by the subway.

De Blasio’s plan is his first legislatively mandated update of former mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC, which is supposed to provide a framework for mitigating the impacts of population growth and a changing climate on New York City’s infrastructure.

The plan also wants the MTA to study improving subway access for Canarsie and East New York residents.


Parker Signs Onto Bill To Stop Wealthy Tax Breaks

Flatbush State Sen. Kevin Parker, yesterday, became the first Senate Democrat to support the introduction of a Republican bill that calls for the repeal of  the recently passed Revenue Budget bill which exempted buyers of yachts and private airplanes from the sales and compensating use tax.

Senator Kevin Parker
Senator Kevin Parker
The bill was introduced by Republican Sen. Rich Funke of Monroe County. It can be read here: http://open.nysenate.gov/legislation/bill/S4816-2015.

“This ‘one if by air and two if by sea’ sales tax exemptions for private jets and yachts provided rarefied billionaires with an air lift beneath their wings and added buoyancy to their hulls,” said Parker. “Senator Funke’s bill will have them fly solo and float on their own. I salute Senator Funke for recognizing the inequity of such an exemption considering the current needs of our mutual constituents and the  working people of the Empire State.”


Adams, Eugene Rally for After-School Programs

City Councilman Mathieu Eugene
City Councilman Mathieu Eugene

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and City Councilman Mathieu Eugene, tomorrow, will join advocates from the Campaign for Children and more than 100 parents, youth, and teachers to rally for strong and stable after-school programs for all children.

The contracts for 17 after-school programs, including 9 in Brooklyn, end on June 30 – meaning the loss of after-school programs for 1,882 children, including 539 children in Brooklyn. Adams, Eugene and the advocates want an extra $7.7 million allocated in the current FY 2016 city budget now being negotiated to save more after-school programs.

WHEN: 4:30 p.m., tomorrow, Thursday, April 23

WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street



Cymbrowitz Honors Student Artist Winners

Sheepshead Bay Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, on Sunday, honored the student winners of his Holocaust Memorial Creative Arts Contest during a moving ceremony at Kingsborough Community College’s Marine Academic Center.

Ruth Lichtenstein, the daughter of Holocaust survivors and founder of Project Witness, a Brooklyn-based Holocaust resource center, and Dr. Richard Tomback, a history professor and director of the Holocaust Studies Program at Kingsborough, were the featured speakers.

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz and the first-place winning students from Yeshivah of Flatbush H.S., who performed an original song.

The ceremony included musical performances by the Edward R. Murrow High School Junior Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Winds. The contest attracted about 500 entries – ranging from essays to artworks to interactive displays to original musical compositions – conceived by third- through 12th graders in public and private schools throughout Cymbrowitz’ district.

Cymbrowitz, the son of Holocaust survivors, spoke about the rise in anti-Semitism and the importance of Holocaust education. He said he hopes the lessons the children learned will “stay with them throughout their entire lives, tucked away in their memory, and passed on to their own children and their children’s children.”

“As the Holocaust taught us, if you fail to act, and fail to speak out, the consequences can be irreparable. There are wounds that time won’t heal,” he said.