Lander Starts Online Petition For New F Line Plan
City Council Member Brad Lander (Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington) yesterday released an online petition demanding the MTA make a new plan for F Line Service.
“Whether you use a “local” or an “express” station, you were probably taken aback when the MTA announced their so-called “F Express Proposal” a few weeks ago. I know I was – since there was no outreach or community consultation,” wrote Lander in an email to constituents.
“The MTA’s proposal adds no service to the F line. Instead, it would simply eliminate half the trains from stopping at the six local F stations between Church Avenue and Jay Street/MetroTech,” he added.
Williams, Maisel Host Top Police Brass Of Local Precincts
Assembly Member Jaime Williams (Canarsie, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach) recently hosted the Commanding Officers of the 63rd, 61st and 69th Precincts at her district office.
During the gathering the Precinct detailed the recent decline in criminal activities in their commands. Williams along Councilman Alan Maisel (Canarsie, Flatlands, Mill Basin, Bergen Beach, Gerritsen Beach) and the officers present strategized numerous events for the youth in the District including the planning a trip with the youth of the District and local officers from the various precincts.
“The ability to unite our children with our leaders such as police officers is a key component to ensuring the success and wellbeing of our youth and our overall district,” said Williams.
Adams Promotes Dine In Brooklyn Event
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams yesterday announced the winner of his contest to create a new logo for Dine In Brooklyn, the borough’s premiere restaurant week celebrating and promoting the local foodie culture, in anticipation of the 2016 kickoff later this summer.
The winning entry was designed by Jeffrey Rosenkrantz, a Pratt Institute-trained freelance graphic designer who lives in Park Slope, and will be used to advertise Dine In Brooklyn.
“Even the food tastes better in Brooklyn, where we celebrate not only institutions that have been serving customers for decades but also fine dining establishments with Michelin stars and the diverse menus created by generations of immigrants to our community,” said Adams. “Dine In Brooklyn celebrates the restaurants that define the enviable Brooklyn brand and have visitors from around the world — many of them from just across the East River. Whether you enjoy brunch in Brighton Beach, lunch along Lorimer Street, or dinner in DUMBO, there’s plenty to satisfy any foodie craving.”
From Thursday, August 11 to Monday, August 22, Dine In Brooklyn will offer diners prix fixe menus for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Restaurants participating in Dine In Brooklyn will receive window decals as well as special Visa check presenters.
Adams encouraged diners and restaurateurs to visit brooklyn-usa.org for additional information about the event.
Nadler, Schumer, Gillibrand Laud Fed Money For Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (Borough Park, Midwood) and U. S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday hailed the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarding of over $10.6 million in federal grant money to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for key elements of the Cross Harbor Freight Program.
Nadler has long championed the idea of constructing a Cross Harbor Freight Tunnel connecting New Jersey to Brooklyn’s New York Harbor waterfront, which will finally connect the New York City region to the national freight rail grid.
The grant is part of the Nationally Significant Freight and Highway Projects Program, also known as the FASTLANE program, which Congress authorized as part of theFixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015.
“I am thrilled that the Cross Harbor Freight Program was recognized by DOT as one of the national projects deserving funding from the new FASTLANE freight grant program,” said Nadler. “This grant will help fund important intermodal rail improvements, and advance the Cross Harbor project, which is essential for removing trucks off New York and New Jersey’s roadways, alleviating the freight bottleneck in our region, and improving air quality and economic growth.”
“With this funding, the Cross Harbor Freight Program is now on the right track, as it will finally help link New York City to the national freight rail grid,” said Schumer. “This important project has the potential to massively reduce truck traffic and the pollution they bring, which is music to the ears of so many of our communities with sky-high asthma rates.”
“The Cross Harbor Freight Program is a major investment for New York City that would help strengthen our transportation infrastructure, reduce congestion and air pollution, and create new economic opportunities,” said Gillibrand.
Cuomo Announces Paperless DMV Registration Renewals
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced new paperless registration renewals, saving customers time when visiting state and country-run New York State Department of Motor Vehicles offices by eliminating the need to submit a completed paper application.
This improvement expands on the DMV’s Customer Service Initiative, an agency-wide directive by Governor Cuomo in 2012, meant to streamline and increase the efficiency of services.
“Paperless registration renewals will save customers time and create a better registration process for New Yorkers visiting DMV offices,” Cuomo said. “This innovation will build on the progress we’ve already made in reducing wait times and is another step forward in establishing a smarter, more convenient DMV experience. I encourage all New Yorkers to take advantage of this time-saving option and look forward to continuing to make a trip to the DMV as seamless as possible.”
Customers only need to show a New York State-issued photo ID or have a Motor Vehicle Representative look up their image in DMV’s database. For corporate and government customers, simply having a registration on file with DMV is acceptable proof of identification. Transactions are then processed through a touch-screen terminal device.
Mosley Sets Summer Regular & Street Office Hours
Assemblyman WalterT. Mosley (Fort Greene, Clinton, Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights) released his summer office hours for constituent services.
Additionally, he will set up offices on the street and in subway stations during the summer. Below is the flier for the office hours: