Bklyn Lawmakers on the Move May 8

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Hikind’s ‘Modest Proposal’ For Fixing Potholes

Boro Park Assemblyman Dov Hikind is so fed up with the city not fixing potholes that have formed like craters on the streets in his district following the cold winter that he is planning a tongue-in-cheek “Tree Grown in Brooklyn Pothole” ceremony next week.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind
Assemblyman Dov Hikind

“If the city isn’t going to fix the potholes, we might as well make the best of it,” quippedity not fixing pot Assemblyman Hikind (D-Brooklyn) who is suggesting, if somewhat satirically, a “pothole beautification program” designed to make the best of a bad situation.

“Not only is the snow long gone, we’re just a few weeks from Memorial Day, but there’s still potholes all over the city,” said Hikind. “These conditions are deplorable. They endanger the lives and vehicles of everyone who drives over them or is forced to swerve around them. I know that the Department of Transportation has been filling them in here and there but how long will it take to finish the job? The City is responsible for making certain that the lives of New Yorkers are protected. Let the City bring in more resources as needed.”

In the meantime, Hikind says it’s time for a grass roots response, or at least a tree roots response.

“Next week, we will invite the public to a tree-planting ceremony and plant a small sapling in one of the more dangerous craters in the middle of a busy street,” he said. “Minimally, people will know where that pothole is so they won’t accidentally drive into it.”

Adams & Breastfeeding Mothers Cut Ribbon On Lactation Lounge


Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, today, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony, in advance of Mother’s Day, to open New York City’s largest Breastfeeding Empowerment Zone at Brooklyn Borough Hall.

Borough President Eric Adams
Borough President Eric Adams

The lactation lounge will provide public access for women to breastfeed or express milk. Additionally, Adams will discuss the introduction of legislation he is proposing with City Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. to expand public breastfeeding spaces to all New York City buildings.

The ribbon cutting comes following the launch of Adams’ Family Friendly Brooklyn initiative last month, when he announced the public lactation room would be ready in time for Mother’s Day.

When2 p.m., today, May 8

Where:  Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street

Golden Honors Bay Ridge Woman

Bay Ridge State Senator Marty Golden, this week, honored Teresa McPhail, a Bay Ridge resident and community leader, as a “State Senate Woman of Distinction” at a ceremony held in theState Capitol in Albany.

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State Senator Marty Golden with Bay Ridge resident Teresa McPhail

McPhail is a longtime resident of Bay Ridge, holds a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education and has devoted much of her life to educating children.  She has been involved within her faith community for the past 40 years, and is currently the Director of the Universal Pre-Kindergarten program at Gateway City Church.

Additionally, Mrs. McPhail conducts an annual Summer Camp program, organizes Back to School and Winter collection drives, orchestrates a campaign to send gift cards to adolescents at Mercy First Foster Care Home, and has established an Annual Christmas Toy Store for parents who struggle financially, giving them the chance to obtain new toys for $1.00.

“I was proud to welcome Teresa McPhail to Albany and showcase all that she has done in our community to my colleagues. The State of New York is the great State that it is because of people like Teresa. The “Women of Distinction” is designed to honor people such as Teresa who each and every day make a difference in their communities. I applaud Teresa for her good works and all that she has accomplished, and I look forward to her continued involvement for the betterment of  the neighborhood,” said Golden.



Clarke To Be Keynote Speaker On Cyber Security

Central Brooklyn Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, who is the ranking member of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science and Technology, will be the keynote speaker at an event at the Brooklyn Library, as part of a nationwide campaign to educate local residents on ways to safe and more secure online.

U. S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
U. S. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

Led by the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA), the nation’s leading non-profit promoting cybersafety and digital privacy, the event, “STOP. THINK. CONNECT. Two Steps Ahead: Protect Your Life Tour,” will bring together the city’s top public officials, business leaders and experts in cybersecurity to discuss how the city can be safer online and offer simple security methods – such as Two Step Authentication for local citizens and businesses.

Following a panel, the event will also feature a hands-on demonstration showing attendees how to improve their security on popular online sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Gmail and others. To note, NCSA was founded by the Department of Homeland Security and digital leaders such as Google, Microsoft, Facebook, PayPal and others.

Featured panel speakers in include:

  • Michael Kaiser, Executive Director, National Cyber Security Alliance
  • William H. Efron, Director, Northeast Region, Federal Trade Commission
  • Brian Rauer, Executive Director, Mid-Hudson Region & General Counsel, BBB Serving Metropolitan New York
  • Mitch Thompson, Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Kristin Judge, Program Lead, National Cyber Security Alliance

The morning event is slated for 9 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday, May 18 at the Dweck Center in the Brooklyn Central Public Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza.

Get ticket at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/two-steps-ahead-protect-your-digital-life-tour-brooklyn-tickets-16001197011