Bklyn Lawmakers on The Move June 17, 2015

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Treyger Calls For Greater Policing in Coney Island

Coney Island City Council Member Mark Treyger, yesterday, renewed his call for the NYPD to bring ShotSpotter technology to Coney Island and for the mayor to include funding in his proposed budget to hire 1,000 additional officers in response to a rise in shootings, including several incidents this past weekend.

As of June 7, there had been six shooting incidents in the 60th Precinct, according to the NYPD, a slight increase from last year. However, Council Member Treyger has heard numerous reports from residents of other shootings that did not result in a person struck and were not included in NYPD crime reports.

Additionally, there were at least two shooting incidents this past weekend, including one on Friday night near the Searise apartments at Neptune Avenue and W. 36th Street during which nobody was struck and one on Sunday afternoon near 2750 Neptune Avenue, in which a 68-year-old man and an 18-year-old man were shot less than a block from a middle school and a public park.

City Councilman Mark Treyger
City Councilman Mark Treyger

“It is clear that the city and NYPD must step up its efforts to combat this growing problem and take immediate steps to reduce gun violence in Coney Island,” said Treyger.  “I am very concerned about the rise in shootings in Coney Island and across the city, as well as the many incidents that do not go reported in official NYPD statistics.”

ShotSpotter uses real time data and technology to immediately notify the police of incidents of shots being fired in its coverage area. This can help reduce police response times while providing the city with an accurate picture of the number of shootings that actually occur in a specific community and pinpointing neighborhood hotspots where the majority of incidents take place.


Perry Elected Chair Of Black, Puerto Rican, Latino, & Asian Caucaus

East Flatbush Assemblyman N. Nick Perry has been elected the new chairman of the New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus.

Assemblyman N. Nick Perry
Assemblyman N. Nick Perry

Perry was born and raised in Jamaica, and is an U.S. Army veteran. He was first elected to the Assembly in 1992. He succeeds former Crown Heights Assemblyman Karim Camara, who resigned to take a position in the Cuomo Administration.

“One of the really big challenges for caucus leader is to unite us as one voice while respecting the diverse constituencies we represent,” Perry told CapitalNewYork. “I believe my experience, my time in office, has taught me enough to navigate the perilous roads of getting things done in Albany.”

In winning the chair seat, Perry edged out Fort Greene Assemblyman Walter Mosley.

Dilan Clears Way For Takeover Of Senior Center

Bushwick/Williamsburg State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan announced yesterday that legislation to save the Swinging Sixties Senior and Small World Day Care centers from shuttering after more than 40 years in operation, passed the upper house.

Sen. Martin Dilan
Sen. Martin Dilan

Having passed the Assembly last week, the legislation authorizing the Empire State Development Corporation to acquire the property at the corner of 211 Ainslie Street in Williamsburg, is a signature away from becoming law.

This was a last-gasp measure to save an invaluable and irreplaceable community resource. After the owners failed to negotiate a sale on good terms, and the city failed to take action, eminent domain was our best option,” said Dilan. “The case for 211 Ainslie Street is clear, it provides important social and community services built for the public with public money.”

On a daily basis the Swinging Sixties Senior Center caters to approximately 100 North Brooklyn Seniors, serving meals, hosting social and informative events. Small World Day Care Center offers pre-K to approximately 90 children as well as after-school programs. The building also hosts Community Board 1 meetings, serving as the de-facto Williamsburg/Greenpoint Town Hall.

Several community organizations and and City Councilman Anthony Reynoso have been fighting for the state to takeover the property for several months. The legislation now moves to the governor for his signature.

Adams Camps Out In Front Of Cuomo’s Office

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will announce today his plans to camp overnight outside Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Manhattan office, along with tenants and concerned New Yorkers, in protest of the inability of Albany leadership to strengthen the city’s rent regulations, which expired yesterday at midnight.

Borough President Eric Adams
Borough President Eric Adams

Tenant advocacy organizations including the Alliance for Tenant Power, CASA New Settlement, Churches United for Fair Housing, Community Service Society, Flatbush Tenant Coalition, Legal Aid Society, Make the Road New York, New York Communities for Change, Real Rent Reform, Tenants and Neighbors, and Urban Homesteading Assistance Board will Adams in the sleep-in action.

Before retiring for an urban night under the stars, Adams will speak about the impact that rent regulations have on Brooklynites living in approximately 300,000 affected apartment units across the borough, as well as about the reforms that are needed to ensure their homes can be truly affordable.

Bklyn Pols Announce Movies Under The Stars Events

Central Brooklyn State Senator Jesse Hamilton, in partnership with colleagues Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Assembly Member Jo Anne Simon, Council Member Brad Lander, and Council Member Laurie Cumbo, as well as community groups the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), Old Stone House, Park Slope Parents, and Park Slope Neighbors, will host Movies Under the Stars in Park Slope and Crown Heights tonight and Friday night, June 19.

Seantor Jesse Hamilton
Seantor Jesse Hamilton

“Throughout the summer, I will continue to partner with Brooklyn colleagues, NYPD and NYC Parks to bring fun, family-friendly events to neighborhoods across the district,” said Hamilton. “There is a work side to community engagement that means hosting forums on serious issues, but there is also a play side to community engagement that means bringing families, friends, and neighbors out to enjoy each other’s company, some treats, and a good movie.”

Tonight’s evening free flick is X-Men: Days of Future Past and it will be shown at the Old Stone House, 336 3rd St, 3rd Street between 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue. The event will also feature a headpiece making workshop and Color Me Caribbean Dance Party featuring DJ English (presented by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, WIADCA). The event starts at 6:30 p.m. and the movie time is 8:30 p.m.

Friday’s movie is Selma and it will be shown at the Jackie Robinson Playground, Montgomery Street, between Franklin Avenue and McKeever Place. Like the aforementioned event it will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a headpiece making workshop and Color Me Caribbean  Dance Party featuring DJ English (presented by WIADCA) and the movie will start at 8:30 p.m.

James Returns To Her Roots

New York City Public Advocate Letitia James will return to her roots tonight with several stops in her old Fort Greene Downtown Brooklyn district she represented while being City Council woman for the past eight years previous to her election as Public advocate. Her schedule is as follows:
6:00 p.m. – Speaks at Brooklyn Community Board 2 Land Use Meeting on Brooklyn Heights Library 
5 MetroTech Roadway
7:15 p.m. – Gives Remarks at Brooklyn NAACP 8th Annual Freedom Fund Awards Reception
205 State Street
8:15 p.m. – Gives Remarks at the Brooklyn Greenway Initiative 11th Annual New Views: Brooklyn Waterfront Tastes
Glasserie, 95 Commercial Street