Bklyn Lawmakers on the Move May 13

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Hikind Lobbies DOT For Parking Changes

Boro Park Assemblyman Dov Hikind is lobbying the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to have metered parking on two of neighborhoods major thoroughfares end earlier on Friday afternoons to accommodate Orthodox Jews who observe the Sabbath, which begins at sundown on Fridays.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind
Assemblyman Dov Hikind

Hikind wants reduced meter hours along both 13th and 18th Avenue, similar to changes that City Councilman David Greenfield got the city to institute in 2011 on Fridays on or near 16th Avenue, where metering hours were reduced from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Parking is at a premium in Boro Park, so I am writing to request that you expand this popular regulation to the two other major commercial avenues in my district—13th Avenue and 18th Avenue,” wrote Hikind in a letter to the DOT. “This will afford residents on or near those avenues the same peace of mind that residents now experience on 16th Avenue.”

This is Hikinds second lobbying effort on this issue after Trottenberg turned him down earlier this year.


Treyger Announces District Participatory Budget Winners

Southwest Brooklyn City Council Member Mark Treyger announced yesterday that three local schools and streets in Gravesend and Coney Island were the big winners of this year’s Participatory Budgeting vote, which allows residents to decide how $1 million in city funds are spent on projects to improve their block or community.

After tallying nearly a thousand votes, P.S. 128, P.S. 101 and P.S/I.S. 228 will receive $225,000 for technology upgrades. In addition, $400,000 is going to fixing streets in the Community Board 13 area (Gravesend and Coney Island) and the bus stop outside Coney Island Hospital at Ocean Parkway and Avenue Z.

City Councilman Mark Treyger
City Councilman Mark Treyger

“I decided to bring Participatory Budgeting to the district for the first time ever in order to give residents a real say in how their tax dollars are reinvested in their community. Residents truly know their block and neighborhood best, so it only makes sense to give them a voice in the annual budgeting process,” said Treger.

“It was great to see so many of our neighbors attend meetings and suggest ideas to improve their community, and to have hundreds of residents cast their vote and take part in this initiative. I am looking forward to the winning projects moving forward, and to launching next year’s Participatory Budgeting effort in the coming months,” the lawmaker added.

 Adams, Greenfield Support NYPD Safety Agents In Private Schools

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, City Council Member David Greenfield and community leaders will rally today outside Bnos Zion of Bobov High School, a private Jewish all-girls school in Borough Park, in support of legislation that would advance safety for all schools in New York City.

City Councilman David Greenfield (photo by BensonghurstBean)
City Councilman David Greenfield (photo by BensonghurstBean)

The proposed City Council bill would allow non-public schools to request NYPD school safety agents. Adams, a former NYPD policeman, and others will express the public safety imperative of ensuring that every student, regardless of where they attend school, is protected.

The event is slated for 1 p.m., today, May 13, outside the Bnos Zion of Bobov High School, 5000 14th Avenue in Borough Park.

Adams Kicks Off 2015 School Lunchtime Concert Series


Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will kick off his 2015 School Lunchtime Concert Series, today at noon at Willoughby Plaza at the corner of Pearl and Willoughby streets off the Downtown Brooklyn Fulton shopping strip.

Borough President Eric Adams
Borough President Eric Adams

The event will include performances by students from the guitar club at MS 577 in Williamsburg as well as from the steel orchestra at MS 354 in Crown Heights.

Similar free concerts will be held for the next six Wednesdays beginning at noon, highlighting Adams’ commitment to youth and support for performing arts programs in schools.


Investors Bank is sponsoring the event in collaboration with the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.


Donovan Sworn In For 11th Congressional Seat

Washington, DC.,May 12, 2015 (Left to Right) Speaker John Boehner, Serena Stonick, Congressman Dan Donovan













Squadron Honors FDNY

Northern Brooklyn State Senator Daniel Squadron honored the New York City Fire Department, yesterday, with a Senate resolution celebrating its 150th Anniversary. The resolution unanimously passed the State Senate.

State Sen. Daniel Squadron
State Sen. Daniel Squadron

“For 150 years, the men and women of FDNY have been on call, ready to protect us when we most need it,” said Squadron. “Being part of FDNY requires bravery and humanity every day — for which we all say thank you. Whether fighting fires, providing medical assistance, or working side by side with the community for public safety, the FDNY represents the best of New York. I’m happy to join FDNY in celebrating their 150th anniversary.”

The FDNY was founded in 1865, and over the course of 150 years, has fostered a tradition of bravery, service, and community engagement. In times of great adversity and tragedy in New York’s history —  from the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 through September 11, 2001 and beyond — the devoted firefighters of the FDNY have responded with courage.

The FDNY is the largest municipal fire department in the United States and the second largest in the world. It employs approximately 10,200 uniformed firefighters and over 3,600 uniformed EMTs and paramedics.

Golden Signs Petition For Street Renaming

Bay Ridge State Senator Marty Golden, yesterday, announced that he joined nearly 500 people who have already signed a petition calling on the New York City Council to rename 90th Street and 3rd Avenue in honor of the late Patrice Capo.

Capo was the owner of Bay Ridge Bicycle World on 3rd Avenue for over 20 years and through her business, she encouraged health and fitness of her customers.  In the wake of the attacks on the World Trade Center, Patrice stood as a constant volunteer at the office of then-Councilman Marty Golden and spent time as part of the bucket brigade at Ground Zero.

State Sen. Marty Golden
State Sen. Marty Golden

“In her memory, I hope that the City Council will consider this street renaming which will inspire generations of folks to support their neighborhood and to give back,” said Golden.

“Our greatest asset here in Bay Ridge is the pride that we take in our community, and how we support each other.  Patrice, in her life exemplified that, and her family, friends and neighbors look forward to the chance to rename a street in her memory,” he added

Those interested in signing the petition can visit


Brennan, Simon & Ortiz Support Carroll For District Leader

Brooklyn Assembly members  Jim Brennan, Jo Anne Simon and Felix Ortiz are hosting a fundraiser for Robert Carroll’s candidacy to become the male Democratic District leader in the 44th Assembly District.

Josh Skaller, the Democratic District Leader in the 52ed Assembly District will host the fundraiser, which is set for between 7-10 p.m., Friday, May 29.

RSVP to  [email protected] or Or on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/events/1052383124789809/

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