Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Aug. 3, 2016

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Colton Wants DEP Investigation Of Flooding

Assembly Member William Colton
Assembly Member William Colton

Assemblyman William Colton (Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) yesterday demanded that the City’s Department of Environmental Protection investigate the outrageous flooding conditions on 86th Street and Bay Parkway during the recent downpours.

Colton wrote a letter to the DEP urging the agency to inspect both the sewage system and the water catch basins. He was alerted by the community about the severe flooding conditions, which was documented through pictures.

“This is an outrageous situation endangering the seniors, young children, and people of the community. The downpour created extremely dangerous conditions where water levels reached the knees of the pedestrians caught out in the flooded streets,” said Colton.

Malliotakis Promotes Veterans Entrepreneur Training

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis
Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (Bay Ridge, Staten Island) yesterday announced she is partnering with New York University (NYU) and local veteran Nina Vizcarrondo to promote the Veteran Entrepreneur Training (VET) program at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in partnership with Bunker Labs NY.

Combining both academic and real-world lessons, the VET program was developed by NYU Tandon with support from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and funding secured by the New York State Assembly, and offers veterans a hands-on technology and business curriculum and mentorship to help them transition into the technology industry to launch potential ventures and careers. 

“Our veterans sacrifice so much in their service to our country and, through their training, acquire many of the skills necessary for entrepreneurship – patience, discipline, creative thinking.  The VET program has proven that it can build on those foundational skills and provide the additional knowledge and mentorship for students to carry their ideas into reality, and eventual success upon returning to civilian life,” said Malliotakis.

Veterans accepted into the program work alongside startup companies at the school’s incubators during the entirety of the 14 weeks and receive a portfolio of resources to supplement the classes.  Additionally, mentors and guest lecturers from across industries and professions support class participants as they develop their ideas into business ventures.

Applications are being taken until Aug. 18 and can be completed and submitted at

Donovan Presents Flag To Brooklyn Teen Battling Rare Illness

Congressman Dan Donovan
Congressman Dan Donovan

Congressman Dan Donovan (Southern Brooklyn, Staten Island) today will present an American flag flown over the U.S. Capitol to 16-year old Giuseppe Parrelli, who is battling Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB).

EB causes extremely fragile skin that blisters and tears. The disorder affects 1 out of 20,000 people in the United States. EB has no cure and can be fatal. Giuseppe has fought through multiple surgeries and is also battling EB-related cancer. Donovan will meet with Giuseppe and his family to learn about their difficult experience and acknowledge Giuseppe’s courage.

With Donovan’s support, Congress recently allocated $10 billion over five years to research treatments and cures for rare diseases as part of the 21st Century Cures Act.

Donovan will present the flag at 11 a.m. today at his Bay Ridge district office, 7308 13th Avenue.

Golden Hosts Private Screening Of Silence Patton: First Victim Of The Cold War

State Sen. Marty Golden
State Sen. Marty Golden

State Senator Martin J. Golden (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach) announced that he will host a free private screening of the new movie, Silence Patton: First Victim of the Cold War” on Friday and is inviting veterans and military personnel to join him.

The movie’s director, Robert Orlando, will be in attendance and will lead a discussion after the screening.

“I look forward to welcoming those who served, and those who are now serving our Nation, for a private viewing of this film and discussion with Director Robert Orlando. Thank you to the Alpine Cinemas for opening their doors and allowing us the opportunity to watch this film and discuss American history right in our community,” said Golden.

Silence Patton asks the question: Why was General Patton silenced during his service in World War II? On the Huffington Post Blog, Director Robert Orlando recently wrote “Nearly 70 years after the untimely death of U.S. General George S. Patton, suspicions linger as to the nature and circumstances surrounding the demise of this formidable military genius. The accident left Patton clinging to life in a Heidelberg hospital during a crucial period when the Allies were attempting to transition from the ravages of war to a sustained peace in Germany.”

The private screening event is slated for 10 a.m., Friday, August 5 at the Alpine Cinemas, 6817 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge. Veterans and military personnel interested in attending must RSVP at (718) 238-6044 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Richardson Slates Family Day

Assembly Member Diana Richardson
Assembly Member Diana Richardson

Assemblywoman Diana Richardson (Crown Heights, Lefferts Gardens) is holding a Family Day that will feature food, music and access to community and government resources.

“Although a huge component of Family Day will entail lots of fun and excitement, there will also be resources available to take advantage of for residents and families of the 43rd Assembly District. We will be joined by leading companies and organizations like Metro Plus, Kiddie Science, Planned Parenthood, Community Healthcare Network, the Brooklyn Library and much more,” said Richardson.

The event is slated for August 20 at Empire Boulevard between Nostrand and Rogers avenues. Any questions, ideas, comments or suggestions can be directed to calling Richardson’s office at 718 – 771-3105.

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