Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Nov. 23, 2015

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Golden Honors Yet Another Fallen 9/11 Rescuer

Bay Ridge State Senator Martin J. Golden, a former New York City Police Officer and member of the New York State Senate Veterans, Homeland Security, and Military Affairs Committee, issued the following statement Friday on the passing of Diane DiGiacomo, an ASPCA animal rescuer due to cancer related illness caused by her service in and around Ground Zero, in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001:

State Sen. Marty Golden
State Sen. Marty Golden

“This afternoon, New York City learned of the passing of another hero who stood tall in the face of terrorism, when evil struck our City and the World Trade Center was attacked on September 11, 2001. Diane was one a few who were tasked with saving pets who were left behind by their owners, and her service made her ill.

“It was just a few days ago that Diane reiterated her call for Congress to reauthorize the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. Diane, who was covered under the Zadroga Act, knew that failure to extend this legislation would jeopardize so many of the ailing first-responders and their families.

“I stood with Joseph Zadroga, September 11th rescuers, Congressmen Peter King and Dan Donovan, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis and many of our union leaders, in calling for a permanent re-authorization of this bill last week. We continue to hear of those falling ill due to their exposure to the air and environment at Ground Zero in the days, weeks and months following the terrorist attacks. There are many who are facing deteriorating health, fourteen years later, because they were not afraid to put their own life in jeopardy for the sake of all.

“Now with the passing of Diane DiGiacomo, the first animal responder to die from 9/11 health related illness, I again urge my colleagues in government, both the United States House of Representatives and Senate, to care for those who answered the call.  We cannot abandon them now and we never should. My heartfelt and deepest sympathies to the DiGiacomo family, and to Diane’s friends and colleagues. May she rest in peace.”

Parker Allocates $100,000 Towards Foreclosure Prevention

Sen. Kevin Parker
Sen. Kevin Parker

Flatbush Sen. Kevin S. Parker and Senate Independent Democratic Conference Leader Sen. Jeff D. Klein will present $100,000 to the non-profit Housing and Family Services of Greater New York today to help fight the ongoing foreclosure crisis still affecting many homeowners in his 21st Senate District.

The presentation will be held in front of the home of Judith Alexander, a long-time resident of the district who was just months away from facing foreclosure.

The funding allocated by Senators Parker and Klein will help mitigate the pressures and challenges faced by both tenants and homeowners with regard to willful neglect and harassment by landlords who try to push tenants out, and foreclosure preventions services to ensure that Brooklyn residents can continue to live the American dream of homeownership.

To date, Housing and Family Services of Greater New York has spearheaded several housing support programs—from the renovation of decrepit tenements to helping hundreds of families stay in their homes including local residents Judith Alexander, Pamela Taylor and Petrona McCausland, who will also participate in the event.

The check presentation is slated for 12 noon, today at 2718 Newkirk Avenue.

Malliotakis Says Don’t Forget ‘Small Business Saturday’

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis
Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis

Bay Ridge Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis recently joined Brooklyn business owner Christine Freglette, owner of The Bookmark Shoppe in Bay Ridge, to promote “Small Business Saturday”.

Malliotakis is urging the community to “shop small” on November 28th, a nationwide effort to support local small businesses.  “Small Business Saturday” is an initiative of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) meant to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities.  Please join the SBA and organizations across the country in supporting your local small business by shopping at a small business.

“Small businesses and entrepreneurship are the backbone of our economy, especially right herr in Brooklyn. The holiday season is the perfect time to recognize the value of our local shops and show our support.  I encourage everyone to start your holiday shopping here in the community and show these small business owners, and their employees, how much we appreciate them,” said Malliotakis.

To find participating locations in our area, visit

VIDA Announces Dem Party National Convention Work

Bedford-Stuyvesant’s Vanguard Independent Democratic Association (VIDA) is putting out the word that the Democratic Party has multiple job openings for its July 25–28 National Convention in Philadelphia to nominate the Party’s Presidential candidate.

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) is responsible for all aspects of the planning and execution of this Convention, from housing the delegates to convening Platform Committee meetings to producing the Convention’s live programing, seen by millions of people around the world.

To learn more about how to apply and the availability of jobs go to the link or email

Adams, WBA Middleweight Champ Daniel Jacobs Distribute Turkeys & Trimmings

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will join volunteers like WBA middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs, a Brownsville-born boxer, to distribute over 1,000 turkeys and 7,000 pounds of trimmings this morning to over 100 local churches and community-based organizations that are serving Brooklynites in need this Thanksgiving.

Adams will also give thanks for the sponsors and volunteers that made this distribution at the Brooklyn Navy Yard possible, speaking to the spirit of One Brooklyn in giving back during the holiday season.

The event is slated for 11:30 a.m., today at the Brooklyn Navy Yard intersection of Navy and Sands streets.