Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move June 1, 2016

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 Hamilton State Of District Address Slated For Tomorrow

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton
State Sen. Jesse Hamilton

Central Brooklyn State Sen. Jesse Hamilton will hold his annual State of the District Address and Community Resource Fair tomorrow.

In his address, Hamilton will highlight the great strides the community has made over the past year and present his policy priorities for 2016 and beyond.

The event will also have live performances with light refreshments and drinks.

Hamilton’s State of the District is slated for 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2 at the St. Francis School of the Deaf, 260 Eastern Parkway (Btw Franklin Ave and Classon Ave) Subway: (Franklin (2,3,4,5), Botanic Garden (s).


Treyger, BPL Partner To Provide Students With Test Prep

City Councilman Mark Treyger
City Councilman Mark Treyger

Council Member Mark Treyger (Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Gravesend) is partnering with Brooklyn Public Library to provide students with free Regents exam preparation assistance at the Coney Island and Gravesend branches.

On six designated dates between June 1 – 21, the Library’s Coney Island branch will be providing students with a study room from 3:30–5 p.m. featuring laptops pre-loaded with links to review websites and practice exams. Free candy will also be available.

The Gravesend branch will provide students with a quiet study room on five dates, between June 1 – 22,  also between 3:30–5 p.m.

The Coney Island branch study resources will be available during these hours on Wednesday, June 1; Tuesday, June 14; Thursday, June 16; Friday, June 17; Monday, June 20 and Tuesday, June 21.

The Gravesend branch study room will be open during these hours on Wednesday, June 1, Wednesday, June 15; Thursday, June 16; Friday, June 17 and Wednesday, June 22.

“As a former high school government and history teacher, I know how stressful Regents exams can be for high school students. Sometimes, the best way to prepare is to find a quiet space, with plenty of useful materials and resources, where you are not disturbed or distracted,” said Treyger. “I have always believed that libraries are extensions of the classroom, and with this Regents prep assistance, Brooklyn Public Library is doing its part to help students find success in the classroom.”


Golden, Malliotakis Host Yoga In The Park Series

State Sen. Marty Golden
State Sen. Marty Golden

Bay Ridge State Senator Martin J. Golden and Bay Ridge Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis announced yesterday they are again hosting a series of Yoga in the Park events this Summer in partnership with Yoga in Bay Ridge, Bikam Yoga, Shanti Family Yoga, and Yoga Instructor Cathy Dews.

The 13 Yoga sessions kick off at 7 p.m. this Friday, June 3 at Shore Road Park, entrance at 79th Street and Shore Road.

“Yoga has proven to be so valuable to one’s mind and body, and I am glad to be again hosting a series of Yoga sessions in the parks this Summer. All who participate in Yoga are giving themselves many advantages including building muscle strength, reducing blood pressure, lowering blood sugar levels, ability to be more focused, and releasing tension in limbs. So mark your calendar, get your towel and yoga mat, and head to Shore Road and Marine Park,” said Golden.

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis
Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis

“I’m looking forward to another season of our free yoga sessions in the park. It’s the perfect setting for a great activity that benefits the mind and body.  It’s always a good time and the turnout seems to increase every year.  I encourage everyone to come out and join us,” said Malliotakis.

        2016 Yoga In the Park Schedule (Shore Road @ 79th Street)

        Friday, June 3rd, 7 p.m.                           Tuesday, June 21st, 7PM

        Thursday, July 7th, 7PM*                        Saturday, July 16th, 9AM

        Monday, July 25th, 7PM                  Tuesday, August 2nd, 7PM*

        Friday, August 12th, 10AM                       Saturday, August 13th, 9AM

        Monday, August 22nd, 7PM                   Saturday, September 10th, 9AM

        Monday, September 12th, 6:30 PM

Golden will also be hosting a series of Yoga in the Park events in Marine Park. Similar to the Shore Road Park events, these events which are free, provide an outdoor opportunity for yoga enthusiasts from beginner to more advanced.

      2016 Yoga In the Park Schedule for Marine Park by the Flagpole

      (Near the Carmine Carro Community Center @ 3000 Fillmore Avenue)

        Monday, June 27th, 7PM

        Monday, July 11th, 7PM

        Thursday, July 28th, 7PM

        Monday, August 8th, 7PM

      Thursday, August 25th, 7PM

For more information on any of these events, call Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.  Events are subject to weather conditions.


Hikind Blasts City For Imposing Trees On Homeowners

NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind
NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (Borough Park) yesterday blasted a citywide effort to impose newly planted tree on homeowners, despite notifying the Parks and Recreation Department of their objections.

“It is absolutely ridiculous for the City to forcefully plant a tree in front of homes where homeowners don’t want them,” Hikind said. “Then to tell the homeowners they’re responsible for the maintenance of the tree and sidewalk? What chutzpah! The City is forcing trees down our throats.”

In addition to planting trees, the City requires homeowners to maintain the tree’s upkeep. Homeowners are asked to water their newly planted trees 15-20 gallons per week and provide a 3-inch layer of mulch. They are also responsible for keeping the area clean, and those who don’t follow city regulation could be penalized with a ticket. 

After being inundated with phone calls from irritated homeowners, Hikind wrote a letter to the Parks Department highlighting his frustration over the forceful planting of trees. In response, the Parks Department stated that the program is part of an environment-friendly initiative to promote the beautification of NYC. 

“I love trees and understand their significance to the environment,” Hikind said. “I’m all for beautifying our City too, however homeowners should have a right to decline a tree from being planted in front of their house.”

In prior years, homeowners had the option to turn down a tree by notifying the Parks Department. Those who did want a tree in front of their home were granted one on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Colton Puts Out Call For Garbage Station Court Argument

Assembly Member William Colton
Assembly Member William Colton

Assemblyman Bill Colton (Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) is alerting the community that the state Appellate Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments next week regarding the community’s challenge to the permit of the Southwest Brooklyn Garbage Transfer Station on the edge of Gravesend Bay and Bensonhurst.

Colton has led a strong contingent of elected officials and community members to stop construction of the the transfer station ever since former Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced it several years ago. Current Mayor Bill de Blasio also supports the transfer station.

Colton said it is important that a number of people are present at the hearing. People needing transportation can call his office at 718 236 1598 to see what transportation may be available.

“This will be an important step in our legal battle against the Garbage Station. Our good friend and neighborhood attorney Chris Robles, will be assisting me in the preparation for the argument.  No matter what the outcome of the legal battle, our fight will continue until this ill conceived and dangerous plan is stopped,” said Colton.

The oral argument is slated for 10 a.m., Thursday June 9 at the Appellate Division Courtroom at 45 Monroe Place in Downtown Brooklyn. Many public transportation lines go there, and public transit is encouraged as parking can be a problem.

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