Brooklyn Lawmakers on The Move Oct. 13, 2015

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Jeffries, Clarke Make Endorsement For President

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Brooklyn Congress Members Yvette D. Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries, along with Queens Congress Member Gregory Meeks will hold a press conference today to endorse a candidate in the race to secure the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

What:             Press ConferenceWho:              Congressmembers Gregory Meeks, Yvette D. Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries

Where:           City Hall Steps – Manhattan

When:            Noon, today, Tuesday, October 13

Adams Hosts Forum For Brooklyn Homeowners

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and New York State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman will host a forum this evening for local homeowners at Brooklyn Borough Hall focused on deed theft and mortgage scams in the housing market, a problem exacerbating Brooklyn’s affordability crisis.

The forum comes hard on the heels of a report from real estate appraiser Miller Samuel that found the median sale price of a Brooklyn home during the third quarter of 2015 was $676,250, 15% higher than the same time a year ago. The event is open to the public, with approximately 6,000 families that are at risk for foreclosure in the borough having been personally invited to participate.

Adams and Schneiderman, along with representatives from the Center for New York City Neighborhoods and participating organizations in the Homeowners Protection Program, will outline the scamming behavior and warning signs for homeowners to know.

The forum is slated for 6 p.m., tonight at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

46th Assembly District Debate Tonight

The Dyker Heights Civic Association tonight is hosting a debate between Democrat Pamela Harris and Republican Lucretia Regina-Potter for the open 46th Assembly District seat representing Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and snippets of Brighton Beach, Bath Beach, and Bensonhurst.

The debate is slated for 8 p.m. tonight at St. Phillip’s Parish Hall, 1072 80th Street, Dyker Heights. The special election to fill the vacant seat is slated for Nov. 3.

Lander Tells Constituents Last Week to Submit PB Ideas

City Council Member Brad Lander
City Council Member Brad Lander

Park Slope area City Council Member Brad Lander announced via his newsletter that this is the last week for constituents to give ideas for the district’s fifth year of Participatory Budgeting (PBNYC), in which constituents decide on some of the capital projects that get funded districtwide.

“From a dog run in Kensington, to better equipment at PS 130, to new trees on Prospect Park southwest, to a nature classroom in Prospect Park, to exercise bikes at bus stops –I’m excited to see which of the hundreds of ideas you’ll vote for,” said Lander in his newsletter.

“In case you weren’t able to attend an assembly, I wanted to let you know that this is the last week to submit an idea. If there’s a project you think would be great for your block, or park, or school, or even a new space that doesn’t exist– I encourage you tosubmit the idea to my office by the end of next week,” he added.

Colton, District Leaders Release Columbus Day Message

Bensonhurst Assemblyman Bill Colton and 47th Democratic Assembly District Leaders Nancy Tong and Charles Ragusa released the following statement yesterday for Columbus Day.
Assembly Member William Colton
Assembly Member William Colton

“Columbus Day is part of a great tradition, which we celebrate as part of our moral, religious and cultural values, which have contributed greatly to our city, our state and our nation.

“The importance of a good education for our children, the importance of family, including respect for the elderly, the proud display of patriotism, the willingness to work hard and to make sacrifices for America, as the greatest country in the world, all are part of our traditions, and also part of the traditions of so many immigrants from all over the world as they come to America to find a better life for their families.

By celebrating these traditions and teaching them to our children and grand children, we are advancing the greatness of America and ensuring the values based upon traditions will continue to contribute to the future greatness of America.”

Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association Meeting Hosts Panel Discussion

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association kicks off its first meeting after the summer with a panel discussion with the subject: “Citizens: try creating a level playing field…before the field is purchased.”
City Councilman Jumaane Williams
City Councilman Jumaane Williams

The panelists are:  Adam Forman, senior researcher, Center for Urban Future; Norman Siegel, attorney and a long-time, past-director of the New York Civil Liberties Union; City Councilmember Jumaane Williams; and, discussion leader Nick Powell, opinion editor at City & State.

“The topic relates to the subject of large donors and political action committees controlling issues and access to elected office holders.  At the local level, we often hear of real estate-developers buying up the ‘playing fields’ and ‘steering’ electeds,” said Ed Jaworski, president of the civic group. “We also invited Senator Bernie Sanders, who grew up in this neighborhood, but now it is unlikely his presidential campaign schedule will allow him to participate.”

The meeting is free and open to the public. It is slated for 7:30 p.m., this Thursday, Oct. 15 at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Brooklyn’s Marine Park (Fillmore Avenue at Marine Parkway). For additional information, phone 718-375-9158.