Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Oct. 30, 2015

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Adams Shares Personal Experience With Domestic Violence

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams this morning will share his personal experience with domestic violence at his inaugural “Surviving and Thriving” breakfast, an event recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Month for hundreds of local survivors of abuse and supportive Brooklynites.

City Council Members Laurie A. Cumbo and Darlene Mealy as well as New York City Commission on Human Rights Chair and Commissioner Carmelyn Malalis will co-host the event.

The event will focus on successfully moving forward from abuse. Activities will include mini-makeovers and pampering sessions, performances of poetry and modern dance, demonstrations of self-defense and yoga, as well as a panel discussion with domestic violence survivors. Adams will also speak to important tips for New Yorkers that are facing domestic violence or who know someone that is struggling with abuse.

The event is slated for 9:30 a.m., this morning at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street.


Williams Holds Hearing on Illegal Hotels

City Councilman Jumaane Williams
City Councilman Jumaane Williams

Flatlands City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, chair of the City Council’s Committee on Housing and Buildings, today will hold a hearing to consider three bills related to the operation of illegal hotels in New York City.

The Committee expects to receive testimony from representatives of the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE), short-term rental service providers including Airbnb, housing advocates, legal service providers and members of the real estate industry.

  • Int. No. 788, sponsored by Council Member Mark Levine, would amend the landlord/tenant information guide to require that it informs tenants that they may not be required to pay rent if their building has been illegally converted such that it violates the dwelling’s certificate of occupancy
  • Proposed Int. No. 823, sponsored by Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez,would require that the Department of Buildings submit an annual report to the council providing data on illegal conversions and recommendations to prevent them.
  • Proposed Int. No. 826, sponsored by Council Member Helen Rosenthal,would categorize all illegal conversions of permanent residences to short-term rentals as immediately hazardous. Second, it would increase the penalty for such conversions to  $10,000 to $50,000.
The meeting is slated for 10 a.m. today at City Hall in Lower Manhattan.

Electeds Announce $3.7 Million Funding For Prospect Park

Members of the New York City Council’s Brooklyn delegation and Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, joined by the Prospect Park Alliance, today will announce a $3.7 million allocation to renovate the Oriental Pavilion and Flatbush Avenue perimeter on the Park’s East Side.

WHO: City Council Members Laurie A. Cumbo, Brad Lander and Mathieu Eugene      Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams, Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, Sue Donoghue, President, Prospect Park Alliance

WHAT: Press conference to announce $3.7 million in funding from the New York City Council and Brooklyn

WHEN: 2:30 p.m., today, October 30, 2015 

WHERE: Prospect Park, Safety Zone near entrance at Grand Army Plaza

Golden Hosts Annual Owl’s Head Park Halloween Walk

State Sen. Marty Golden
State Sen. Marty Golden

Bay Ridge State Senator Martin J. Golden will be hosting the annual Haunted Halloween Walk and Fairytale Forest at Owl’s Head Park, 67th Street and Colonial Road from 1-9 p.m., tomorrow.

In addition to the Haunted Walk and Fairytale Forest Tours, the event will also feature a costume contest,  face painting, a pumpkin patch, costumed characters, sand art, a trackless train ride, and more.


Schumer Gives Thumbs Up On Ryan

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer issued the following statement on the election of Rep. Paul Ryan to be Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives:

“I’ve worked with Paul Ryan on several issues; he is a smart, well-prepared, and honorable man. While his views, particularly on Medicare, Social Security, and tax and spending issues, are far removed from where the American people are, he’s the kind of person who realizes that to get anything done in this country, we can’t have a ‘my way or the highway’ approach. I look forward to working with him.”


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