Bklyn Lawmakers On The Move July 7, 2015

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Adams, Brooklyn Arts Council Announce Mini-Grants Available

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, yesterday, along with the Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) encouraged the borough’s small local cultural organizations to apply for the second annual Destination>Brooklyn mini-grant program.

Funded through Adams’ office and NYC & Company Foundation, the $1,500 awards are available for the creation, production, and distribution of print promotional materials that represent the organization’s artistic and cultural activities, with an emphasis on borough tourism.

Borough President Eric Adams
Borough President Eric Adams

“Destination>Brooklyn makes it possible for the popularity of our brand to translate into prosperity for the local cultural organizations that capture our diversity and artistic spirit,” said Adams. “I am pleased to partner again with BAC and the NYC & Company Foundation to make this opportunity for advancing tourism in our borough while giving the arts an even greater stage to shine in communities throughout Brooklyn.”

Last year, $45,000 in mini-grants were awarded to 30 local cultural organizations in over a dozen neighborhoods across Brooklyn, which led to over 115,000 pieces of marketing materials.

Applications are now open and will be accepted at brooklynartscouncil.org through Thursday, July 16.

Adams Celebrates World’s Oldest Living Human’s Birthday

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, today, will visit Susannah Mushatt Jones to help her celebrate her 116th birthday at 11 a.m. at the Vandalia Senior Center, 47 Vandalia Avenue in East New York.

Jones, who is known as “Miss Susie,” was officially recognized last week by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest living human.

At the party, organized by Millennium Development at the Vandalia Senior Center, he will proclaim her birthday as “Miss Susie Day” in honor of her milestone achievement.

Williams Responds To Deadly Fire

East Flatbush City Council Member Jumaane Williams, yesterday, released the following statement after an early Monday morning fire claimed the life of a father of three children and injured five others.

The fire broke out at 1:48 a.m. on the top floor of a home located at 2126 Nostrand Avenue.

City Councilman Jumaane Williams
City Councilman Jumaane Williams

“I am deeply saddened by the fire that claimed the life of at least one member of our community last night and injured several others. My prayers for peace and comfort are with the family of Tony Celestin, a father of three and active member of the Evangelical Crusade Christian Church, who passed away after jumping from a third-floor window to escape the flames, as well as with the five victims who are still being treated for their injuries,” said Williams.

“As we wait to learn more on the condition of those injured and how this tragic event unfolded, I would like to thank Taliq Thomas, a 16-year-old who reportedly saw smoke billowing from the house and ran to alert the neighbors. His heroic actions quite possibly saved lives. I would also like to thank the fire department personnel and police officers for their rapid response. My office is currently working with city agencies to ensure those affected by the fire receive all the help they need.”

Richardson & Staff Sign up For ID NYC

Crown Heights/Lefferts Gardens Assemblywoman Diana Richardson, yesterday, took her staff to a pop-up sign-up location at the Flatbush Library, 22 Linden Street between Flatbush and Bedford avenues to sign up for the ID NYC program.


“In a community where so many of my constituents have difficulty obtaining legal identification, ID NYC can do so much to fill in the gaps,” Richardson said. “If you need photo identification, or if you are looking to take advantage of the wonderful discounts provided by the program, visit the pop-up enrollment center at the library through the 16th.”

Richardson noted some of the advantages of getting the NYC ID card include:

–          Entry into New York City public buildings

–          Discounts on admissions to New York City cultural sites and museums

–          Use of ID NYC as library card

–          Use as ID for issuing summons, avoiding arrests for violations

–          Entertainment discounts on theater, movie and professional sporting tickets

–          Discounts at select supermarkets and on prescription medications

To make an appointment to sign up for your ID NYC card, click here.

James E. Davis Democratic Club Fundraiser

Geoffrey Davis, the male Democratic District leader for the 43rd Assembly District, is hosting a Award Ceremony/Fundraiser tomorrow night for the James E. Davis Democratic Club.

Geoffrey Davis
Geoffrey Davis

Titled An evening of Reflection, Rejoicing, Rekindling & Re-Organizing, the event will include networking with other district leaders, civil, criminal & supreme court judges, elected officials, ministers, radio & TV personalities,  community leaders & neighbors.

The event is slated for between 7-9 p.m. tomorrow night, July 8 at Dallas BBQ, 2146 Nostrand Avenue off of Flatbush Avenue near Brooklyn College.

For more information on becoming a supporter or to RSVP call (347) 853-9971 or email [email protected].

Brooklynnettes Dance Team To Hold Open Audtions

The Brooklyn Nets will hold open auditions for the Brooklynettes dance team onSunday, July 12 at 11 a.m. at the Arnold and Marie Schwartz Center on the LIU Brooklyn campus at 1 University Plaza. Registration begins at 10 a.m.

The Brooklynettes, presented by Crunch Fitness, will perform at all Brooklyn Nets games at Barclays Center during the 2015-16 season and represent the team at events throughout the New York metropolitan area and internationally. Special guest judges will be in attendance throughout the week, including celebrity choreographers Luam, Manwé, Nick Kenkel, and Bloc Talent Agency’s Fatima Wilson.


  • Dancers must be 18 or older and have extensive dance training in hip hop and jazz styles.
  • Tumbling skills are a plus, but not required.
  • Wear two-piece attire and non-marking sneakers.
  • Arrive in glamorous, performance-ready hair and makeup.
  • Select dancers will be invited to attend a callback audition on July 13 at Barclays Center.
  • Finalists must be available the evening of July 14.

For dancers looking to gain an edge, two Brooklynettes Audition Intensives will be held before open auditions. Each session will feature a new routine straight from the Barclays Center court, professional insight and audition tips from members of the dance team and Brooklynettes Coach/Choreographer Adar Wellington, as well as an exclusive Brooklynettes tank top.

Session I will be a hip hop session held on Tuesday, July 7 from 6-9 p.m., and session II will be a street jazz session held on Thursday, July 9 from 6-9 p.m. Both sessions will be held at LIU Brooklyn, 1 University Plaza, Brooklyn.

For more information about auditions and the Brooklynettes Audition Intensives, please visit brooklynettes.com.


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