Bklyn Lawmakers on the Move July 24, 2015

News Site Brooklyn

Hikind Arrested In Front of Schumer’s office

Boro Park Assemblyman Dov Hikind, yesterday, was arrested for disorderly conduct outside the Manhattan office of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer after demanding the federal lawmaker oppose the proposed international nuclear agreement with Iran now being debated before Congress.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind getting arrested yesterday outside of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s Manhattan office.

Hikind, an outspoken Orthodox Jew and supporter of Israel, believes the deal, which in large part was negotiated by the Obama administration, will lead to a stronger and nuclear armed Iran, thus making the already inflamed and war torn Middle East even more dangerous.

Many American-Jewish advocates for Israel oppose the deal and see Schumer’s rejection of the deal as crucial to Congress voting against it. Schumer, a Jewish-American Brooklynite is one of the senate’s Democratic leaders.

A Schumer spokesperson said Schumer was still studying the text of the deal and meeting with policy advisors.

“We spoke yesterday with Assemblyman Hikind and let him know our door is always open for when he wants to have a conversation about this or any other issue,” spokesman Angelo Roefaro told reporters. “Senator Schumer has read the agreement and is meeting with experts on both sides to get answers to the many questions he has.”

Colton, Tong Respond to Tenants Calls For Help

Bensonhurst/Bath Beach Assemblyman William Colton and Democratic District Leader Nancy Tong received an urgent appeal for help from over 25 tenants at a six story apartment building located at 8750 Bay Parkway.

The tenants complained the building was not cleaned and that garbage, vermin and mice were infesting the building.

photo Colton Tong 8750 BP 7 21 15IMG_3016
Assemblyman Bill Colton and District Leader Nancy Tong examine the conditions at 8750 Bay Parkway following resident complaints.

Colton and Tong recruited the help of two Russian speaking volunteers, Svetalana Perelmuter and Raisa Sphringel and  went door to door in the apartment building late Tuesday evening. Their main goal was to help constituents with building complaints and housing issues and to protect the neighborhood from the spreading of such nuisance conditions.

“When an apartment building on a block becomes neglected then it will impact not only the families living in the building but also endangers and lowers property values for all the other families in both buildings and private residences on the block. I am determined to offer the assistance of my office in preventing this,” said Colton.

Colton and  Tong will continue their efforts to make sure the issues of the tenants are attended to and hopefully a peaceful resolution can come between the tenants and the landlord.

Cuomo Gives Tax Break to Brooklyn Bio-Tech Company

Governor Andrew Cuomo, yesterday, included Urgent Consult, Inc., a part of the SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 780 Parkside Avenue, as one of the START-UP NY program that establishes Tax-Free Areas associated with colleges and universities across the state. .

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

“This program offers a truly one-of-a-kind opportunity, and we’re seeing it attract new businesses and jobs to communities across the state. I congratulate the latest round of companies that have joined START-UP NY, and I am excited to see this program continue to drive New York’s economy forward,” said Cuomo.

Urgent Consult, Inc is developing a cloud-based platform that streamlines the medical referral process. The product allows providers to schedule appointments directly with a specialist physician on behalf of their patient and share clinical data across electronic medical records and care settings. The company is pre-revenue and is currently beta testing with Mount Sinai. The company will create 40 new jobs and invest $33,500.

Treyger Sandy Related Legislation Passed

City Councilman Mark Treyger
City Councilman Mark Treyger

Coney Island City Councilman Mark Treyger, yesterday, said the City Council approve his sponsored legislation that addresses the city’s communications infrastructure in light of widespread outages in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

These issues prevented residents from contacting 911 and family members during or after the storm and from receiving official updates and information.

The legislation tasks the New York City Climate Change Adaptation Task Force with evaluating the possible effect of climate change on telecommunications infrastructure. The bill requires outreach to telecommunication service providers, including all those with a franchise agreement with the city, to request their cooperation in obtaining necessary information. The report will note any providers that decline to cooperate.

“One of the biggest challenges we faced in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Sandy was getting in touch with loved ones and receiving vital information due to widespread phone, internet and cable service outages across the city. As we learn important lessons from Sandy and prepare for the next major storm, we must look for ways to prevent crippling breakdowns in the city’s communications infrastructure in order to keep the public safe and informed,” said Treyger.

Cornegy Hosts Annual Nelson Mandela International Day of Service

City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr.
City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr.

Bedford-Stuyvesant City Councilman Robert Cornegy, Jr., today, will host the 2nd Annual Nelson Mandela International Day of Service  in collaboration with the South African Consulate of New York City, Boys and Girls High School, the Nelson Mandela School for Social Justice and a host of Community Partners.

This event commemorates UN General Assembly’s unanimous decision to declare July 18th Nelson Mandela International Day. Over 450 local youth and community members will participate in service projects highlighting the need for food security, education and literacy, shelter and infrastructure, and service and volunteerism globally.

Former New York City Mayor David Dinkins will also be in attendance.

The event is slated for between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Boys & Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street.