Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move July 5, 2016

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Cymbrowitz Brings Dental Van To Brighton Beach

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

In an effort to make dental care more accessible to older adults in need, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach), Chair of the Aging Committee, is partnering with NYU Dentistry’s Mobile Dental Van Program to launch a pilot senior dental care initiative at the Shorefront Y in Brighton Beach.

The NYU Dental Van will provide services including emergency and comprehensive examinations with X-rays, oral cancer exams, oral health education, oral hygiene instruction and nutritional counseling, cleanings, dental restorations, removable and complete dentures, simple tooth extractions and simple denture repairs.

“More seniors than ever are living in poverty in New York City, with the result that health-related necessities like dental care — including regular cleanings and other preventive care — are well beyond their financial reach,” said Cymbrowitz. “I commend the NYU Dental Van initiative for targeting this vulnerable population and offering an ongoing service that will have such a positive impact on our seniors’ lives.”

The program will debut on from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, July 6 at the Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue in Brighton Beach. The dental van will return the next day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, July 7. The senior dental van is an ongoing initiative that will return to the Shorefront Y on July 28, August 11 and then on the second Thursday of every month.

Please note that appointments are necessary for the dental van and must be made through the Shorefront Y. To make an appointment, call the Y at (718) 646-1444 and ask for Boris Bruk (ext. 330) or Zina Fikhman (ext. 413). All patients are eligible to be seen regardless of ability to pay; if you have Medicaid or private insurance, it will be billed for services rendered.

Schumer, De Blasio Partner to Save Homes

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio and U.S. Senator Chuck E. Schumer are leading a federal/city/state partnership along with a number of non-profits and Goldman Sachs as financing partner to purchase of 24 distressed mortgages for one- to four-family homes – with a total of 41 residential units – in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and on Staten Island.

The acquisitions, through the new Community Restoration Program, marks one of the first times a municipality has stepped in to purchase distressed Federal Housing Administration (FHA) notes that would otherwise have been sold at auction to the highest bidder.

“We are fighting to help homeowners stay in the neighborhoods they helped build. And we won’t let predators force them out,” said de Blasio. “The Community Restoration Program is the first of its kind, and it puts government squarely on the side of struggling families so they can keep their homes.”

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

“Preserving affordable housing is essential for the health of our families and the economic strength of our communities and that’s why New York City’s Community Restoration Program is so important. The acquisition of two dozen distressed FHA-insured mortgages will undoubtedly help keep New Yorkers in their homes and neighborhoods throughout New York City,” said Schumer.

“Staten Islanders and Brooklynites know first-hand just how damaging the foreclosure crisis has been to communities throughout New York. I was proud to champion the Community Restoration Fund in Albany, which was signed into law earlier this month. This law helps properties be rehabilitated and maintained, to help keep homeowners in their homes. Now, it’s great to see this concept implemented within New York City, with two dozen distressed mortgages in four boroughs purchased through the Community Restoration Program. This first step will go a long way towards helping our city recover from this scourge,” said State Senator Diane Savino.

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein

“It is critical that we pursue every avenue to help New Yorkers remain in their homes,” said Assembly Member Helene E. Weinstein, Chair of the State Assembly Judiciary Committee. “New York City’s Community Restoration Program is an important complement to our efforts on the state-wide level, including the newly created New York State Community Restoration Fund and the Zombie property maintenance program. These measures will help preserve homeownership and promote neighborhood stabilization.”

Adams Kicks Off Free Concerts At KCC

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams on Friday invited Brooklynites to join him and production company On Stage At Kingsborough for “Hot Summer Nights!”, a free outdoor concert series he is sponsoring at the Lighthouse Bandshell on the campus of Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach.

The run of four Saturday evening performances in July will treat music-lovers to gospel, jazz, soul, swing, and other musical genres with the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean.

“Summer nights offer Brooklynites an opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of music in venues across our borough,” said Adams. “This concert series, which provides free live entertainment with an ocean view and the sea breeze in the air, builds on my efforts to expand access to the arts for every community in One Brooklyn, with an opportunity to celebrate our diverse cultures and rich musical traditions.”

“Hot Summer Nights!” kicked off this past Saturday with the Glenn Crytzer Orchestra with special guest Lindy Hoppers from the Syncopated City Dance Company. It will continue this coming Saturday, July 9 with Davina and the Vagabonds, then on July 16 featuring Tammy McCann and the Sharp Radway Big Band, and ending on July 23 with Svetlana & the Delancey Six with special guest tap star Michela Marino Lerman.

Admission and parking are free and open to the public. For all shows, Kingsborough Community College’s gates open at 7 p.m. the concerts begin at 8 p.m. The college is at 2001 Oriental Blvd. A limited number of seats are available, but everyone is welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs for the grassy areas as well.

In the event of inclement weather, the concerts will be relocated to the air-conditioned Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center. Updated location information will be available by calling On Stage at Kingsborough’s box office line at (718) 368-5596 on concert days starting at 4 p.m. Picnicking is welcomed in addition to food and beverages being available for sale. Additional information about “Hot Summer Nights!” is available at

Additionally, Adams will once again host the Martin Luther King Jr. Concert Series at Wingate Park in East Flatbush and the Seaside Summer Concert Series at Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk in Coney Island, both of which are free. For more information visit

At Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Adams will also host his upcoming Lunchtime Live Jazz Concerts, which will take place on four straight Thursdays from July 14 to Aug. 4. For more information visit

Williams July 4th Statement Of Continued Vigilance

City Councilman Jumaane Williams
City Councilman Jumaane Williams

City Council Member Jumaane Williams (Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood) yesterday issued a post-July 4th Statement that the country must continue to be vigilant on protecting freedom and fighting for the oppressed in this country, which was formed imperfectly but with the highest principles in mind.

“While we celebrate it would be remiss to forget that in the era in which this holiday was formed. During this country’s quest for freedom so many, including African and Native Americans, were not free from legal subjugation and oppression, nor was it the founding father’s intention that they should be. While we celebrate the progress our country has made since its creation, we must also acknowledge the tremendous work still left to do,” said Williams.

“Thankfully also in this country’s history there are so many fighting for democracy and freedom for all that the country claims. It is the height of patriotism to continue to fight in that tradition.”

TJ Club Petition News

Canarsie’s Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, the club of Kings County Democratic Party Chair Frank Seddio, announced they have exceeded their goals for submitting petitions from district leaders and supported candidates for the upcoming State assembly and senate seats.

“Our leaders are very proud of our members and grateful for their effort. Some of you had asked for additional time to submit your petitions.  This Thursday, July 7th will be absolutely the last day we will collect petitions,” said Ian Gaynor, TJ Club Law Committee Chair.

“We will not collect any more after that date.  If anyone wants to get more signatures to add to their totals, or has petitions they were not able to drop off last Thursday, the TJ Club will be open this Thursday and we will collect them at around 9 p.m. until about 10 p.m.”

The TJ Club is located at 77 Conklin Street in Canarsie.

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