Bklyn Lawmakers On The Move Aug. 18, 2015

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Adams To Hold Public Hearing on Brooklyn Heights Library

Borough President Eric Adams
Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will preside over a land use hearing tonight on the controversial plan for a private developer to buy the Brooklyn Heights library and build a high-rise luxury building.

Under the plan, developer Hudson Companies would purchase the land at 280 Cadman Plaza West for $52 million and build a new, 36-story tower, which would house a 21,500-square-foot library, retail space, 139 market-rate condos and 114 units of affordable housing on Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue.

About $40 million of the sale is slated to go back into the Brooklyn Public library system for repairs and to fund other libraries.

The sale of the library, along with a proposal to sell the library in Sunset Park, is drawing a large protest from people against selling property they deem as a public asset.

The meeting is slated for 6 p.m., tonight, Aug. 18 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street.

Cumbo Holds Presentations On Getting Civil Service Jobs

City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo
City Councilwoman Laurie Cumbo

New York City Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo and the Department of Citywide Administrative Services will present two thorough presentation on how to navigate the application and examination process required to become a civil servant.

Interested New Yorkers are encouraged to attend one of two consecutive workshops held today and tomorrow on opposite ends of Cumbo’s 35th Council District.

Recent college graduates and constituents are encouraged to attend.

WHAT: NYC Civil Service 101: Everything You Need to Know About Applying and Becoming a Civil Servant

WHEN: 6 p.m., today, Tuesday, August 18, and tomorrow, Wednesday, August 19

WHERE: (Tonight) – Ingersoll Community Center, Gymnasium, 177 Myrtle Avenue

(Tomorrow night) –  Medgar Evers College, Edison O. Jackson Auditorium, 1650 Bedofrd Avenue

James, Central Brooklyn Lawmakers Hold Emergency Town Hall To Curb Violence

Public Advocate Letitia James
Public Advocate Letitia James

Public Advocate Letitia James, along with several elected officials and the NYPD, will hold a public safety town hall tomorrow night.

The town hall is being held in the wake of several shootings in recent weeks in Clinton Hill and Bedford Stuyvesant. The elected officials expected to attend include Borough President Eric Adams, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, State Sen. Velmanette Montgomery, Assemblyman Walter Mosley and City Council Member Laurie Cumbo.

While overall crime is down more than 20 percent, shooting incidents in the 88th Precinct,which covers Fort Greene/Clinton Hill is up 87 percent.

The event is slated for 6-8 p.m., tomorrow, Aug. 19 at the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 279 Lafayette Avenue.

Hamilton Holds Meet The Judges Event Tonight


Clarke Lauds Affordable Care Act

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, recently  released the following statement on a report from the National Center for Health Statistics which indicated that the number of Americans without health insurance decreased by 15.8 million, or one-third, since 2013. The percentage of people without health insurance has declined to 9.2 percent, from 14.4 percent in 2013.

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

“I was proud to work with my colleagues in Congress and President Obama on the Affordable Care Act, which has already reduced the number of Americans without health insurance by almost sixteen million, and has improved the quality of medical care for everyone by requiring all health insurance plans to provide comprehensive medical services, such as annual physical examinations without a co-payment. The expansion of health insurance coverage has allowed millions of Americans, particularly in communities of color, to finally access the medical care that will prevent chronic diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and asthma,” said Clarke.

“An estimated 50,000 lives have already been saved as a result of the Affordable Care Act, and more than one million people in New York State have enrolled in an insurance plan with New York State of Health. Now, we must continue our work to expand access to health care, by keeping people aware of the excellent choices available, encouraging every state to expand Medicaid as provided under the law, and investing in the medical research that will ultimately create the forms of treatment and prescription drugs that save more lives and improve the quality of health for everyone,” she added.

Richardson Stands With Planned Parenthood

Assembly Member Diana Richardson
Assembly Member Diana Richardson

Crown Heights/Lefferts Gardens Assemblymember Diana C. Richardson, last week, expressed her strong support for Planned Parenthood, and called on Congress to continue its support.

Richardson’s comments come as a number of Republican-controlled states are rushing to halt public funding for Planned Parenthood or to investigate it in reaction to hidden-camera videos claiming that it profits from fetal tissue sales.

With programs providing a broad spectrum of health services to underserved women, Planned Parenthood plays a vital role for women throughout the United States, and specifically for 50,000 New Yorkers who receive services every year, she noted.

“All women deserve high-quality, confidential and non-judgmental care. Planned Parenthood fills in gaps in our healthcare system for millions of American women, and Congress needs to continue to fund their efforts to deliver these services,” said Richardson.

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