Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Jan. 25, 2016

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City Hires Day Laborers To Clear Snow

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Sanitation Commissioner Kathryn Garcia put out a call yesterday for additional emergency snow laborers to remove snow and ice from bus stops, crosswalks, fire hydrants, step streets, and other locations throughout the city.

Interested individuals can register at local Sanitation garages today and every day this week from 7am until 3pm. The list of garage locations can be found below and online here. Snow laborers will be paid $13.50 per hour, and $20.25 per hour after 40 hours are worked in a week, an increase from the previous year.

“This was one of the worst storms to ever hit New York City, and we need all hands on deck to dig us out,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “As Sanitation’s uniformed workers continue to focus their herculean efforts on clearing our city’s streets, snow laborers will be critical in shoveling out other key locations, like crosswalks, hydrants, bus stops, and more.”

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and capable of performing heavy physical labor.  All applicants must bring:

  • – Two small photos (1 ½ square)
  • – Original and copy of two forms of identification
  • – Social Security card or Tax ID Number

Click the link here for garage locations to report for work.

Deutsch & Colton Deliver Initial Snow Cleanup Report

Sheepshead Bay City Councilman Chaim Deutsch and Bensonhurst/Bath Beach Assemblyman Bill Colton each gave glowing reports to the city’s response of this weekends epic snowstorm.

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch
City Councilman Chaim Deutsch

Deutsch, who had kept his office open fro extended hours during the storm, reported working with Sanitation Garages 13, 14, & 15, in which over 100 plows and almost 30 salt spreaders worked to clear the snow and ice from the streets.

“This experience demonstrated to me how important it is for constituents to be able to quickly and easily access their elected official during an emergency situation, even on weekends. My office received several hundred calls over the weekend, and we were able to successfully troubleshoot and address all issues that were presented,” said Deutsch.

Deutsch noted all the work of clearing the snow is not completed and his office will be open all week to assist and answer questions. The office phone number is 718-368-9176.

Colton said while there was a near record level of snow, his district was fortunate that the winds did not reach the dangerous level that many were predicting.

Assembly Member William Colton
Assembly Member William Colton

“Unfortunately the consequences on our life will remain in the coming days as we dig out and move toward a return to normal life in the city. Traffic which was banned from the city streets on Saturday during the Snow emergency is now permitted. Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended tomorrow. Stayed tuned to local news broadcasts for information for the rest of the week, Subways and buses which were not running during the storm are now returning to service, although possibly with some delays,” said Colton.

Colton said if any constituents observe any dangerous conditions such as streets unplowed or ice covered roads, hanging electrical wires or any other such conditions his office has set up an email so that his office will contact the necessary office to get action on such concerns. The special email address to report such conditions is:

Hamilton Birthday Bash & Old School Jam

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton
State Sen. Jesse Hamilton

Central Brooklyn State Sen. Jesse Hamilton is having a birthday bash fundraiser and old school jam on Saturday night.

The party will also celebrate some of the successful legislative and community accomplishments in 2015 that his office helped to facilitate. This includes securing vital funding for our public schools, creating a new technology initiative, repairing a significant amount of public infrastructure and promoting economic development in his district.

The birthday celebration and old school bash is slated for 7 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 30 at Woodlands, 242 Flatbush Avenue between Bergen Street/Sith Avenue and and St. Marks Street.

Click here to RSVP and feel free to contact Hamilton’s office at 718-467-8161 or, respectively, with any questions regarding this event.

Hikind Tours Gas Stations

NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind
NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind

Borough Park Assemblyman Dov Hikind and his staff last week toured Brooklyn to survey dozens of gas station prices, assessing the cost of regular unleaded, self-service gas in the area.

The survey results showed that mega gasoline companies throughout Borough Park and Flatbush charged more than the local stations did. An Exxon Mobile off 44th St. and New Utrecht Ave. saw the steepest prices at $2.14 per gallon and $2.26 for credit, with Shell and Citgo not far behind, coming in at $2.10 per gallon.

The local off-brand gas station prices, however, paled in comparison. AP Oil Inc., located at 65th St. and 13th Ave., rang in at $2.01 per gallon. Hikind and his staff also visited three separate BP gas stations in the neighborhood only to find gas prices nearly 10 cents cheaper by the gallon than the leading gasoline companies—$2.04 per gallon.

Meanwhile Coney Island gas stations were also surveyed, with Shell, BP and Mobile stations charging roughly 5 cents more per gallon than in Borough Park and Flatbush. One BP, off Coney Island Ave. and Avenue T, saw prices as high as $2.39 with a $2.29 cash option, despite a sign reading $2.09 per gallon.

“I believe people have the right to know what’s going on in their community. Everyone should be aware of the gas prices throughout their neighborhood,” said Hikind, who went on to reiterate that the survey was not to defer business away from more expensive gasoline at the larger companies. “This survey informs our residents, while pointing out the opportunity to find cheaper gas should they elect to drive around and seek it.”