Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Aug. 10, 2016

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Adams, Maimonides Celebrates Summer Youth Employment Program

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

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be on hand this morning when Maimonides Medical Center honors its youngest employees with a special Recognition Ceremony for participants of the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Participants will be recognized for their outstanding contributions throughout the hospital and for providing exceptional care to patients and patients’ families. This highly successful program is funded in part by the following sponsors: 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation, NYC Department of Youth & Community Development, and NYC Department of Education Work-Based Learning Resource Center.

Maimonides President & CEO Ken Gibbs will give the opening remarks as well as Maimonides Executive Vice President & CEO Dominick Stanzione, and Senior Vice President & Special Assistant to the President Douglas Jablon.

Both Adams and Daphne Montanez, Assistant Commissioner of Youth Workforce Development at the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development will also give remarks.

The event is slated for 9:30 a.m., today at the Maimonides Medical Center, Administration Building, Schreiber Auditorium (2nd Fl.), 4802 Tenth Avenue in Borough Park.

Deutsch Holds Forum On Park Issues & Concerns 

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch
City Councilman Chaim Deutsch

City Council Member Chaim Deutsch (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest) yesterday held a Community Partnership Forum with Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey, Assistant Chief of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South, Chief Steven Powers, Commanding Officer of NYPD Brooklyn South Narcotics, Inspector George Fitzgibbonand the Commanding Officer of the 61st Police Precinct, Captain Winston Faison.

The forum, held at the Homecrest Playground opposite 2685 Homecrest Avenue, gave community residents an opportunity to be heard on local issues and concerns about the parks and playgrounds, as well as other troublesome areas throughout the district.

These key public officials listened to constituent concerns about safety issues, needed repairs and upgrades to our local parks, drug activity spots in and around our community, and other crime and quality of life issues.

De Blasio Honors Brooklyn Roasting Company For ADA Work

Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday honored the Brooklyn Roasting Company (BRC) at a Gracie Mansion reception celebrating the 26th anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The ceremony is part of a larger effort by the de Blasio Administration to recognize and support New Yorkers with disabilities. In July, de Blasio released AccessibleNYC, the City’s first annual report on the state of people with disabilities.

The DUMBO-based BRC was given the TITLE I ADA Sapolin Employment Award for its work in providing employment opportunities for young adults with developmental disabilities as well as those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“We are proud to celebrate the anniversary of one of the most important pieces of civil rights legislation in our history by honoring the work of disability rights proponents in New York City,” said de Blasio.“These individuals and organizations have allowed us to come so far since the passage of the ADA 26 years ago, and we will continue to work with them to make our city more accessible for all.”

Signed in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act has fostered independence, empowerment and inclusion for millions of Americans living with disabilities.

Adams To Host Immigration Forum

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna today will hold an immigrant forum with local advocacy groups in the wake of the Supreme Court’s action striking down President Obama’s administrative action that would have allowed 4.5 million United States residents without legal status to avoid deportation and obtain work authorization.

The actions Obama took are known as the DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents) and DACA+ (expansion of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

The forum will discuss the action and go into detail some of the obstacles Brooklyn’s large immigrant population faces with the ongoing discussion concerning immigration reform.

The forum is slated for 6:30 p.m., tonight at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Simon Says What Have You Been Reading This Summer

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon

Downtown Brooklyn Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon announced her Summer Reading Challenge is in full gear following her meeting with Civil Rights icon and author John Lewis recently at the Democratic National Convention.

“I had met him last year when his graphic novels, March! Books 1 and 2 were launched at the Brooklyn Public Library.  The third and final book is launching this summer. The young people I know who have read the March! Books have found them engrossing and compelling.  I spoke with him about the impact of the March! series. He was pleased to learn that I have made it a part of my Summer Reading Challenge book list,” said Simon.

Simon said her district staff have joined in the fun and are re-reading their favorite books from childhood. This includes Albany office manager JoAnn Van Slyke, who reread one of her favorite books, Sargeant Reckless, the story about horse so courageous during the Korean War that she was promoted to Sargeant by the US Marine Corps.

Reckless was named for Recoilless Rifles Platoon, Anti-Tank Division, of the 5th Marines, to which she was assigned. The story written by Robin Hutton was recently re-released and is engaging new readers who can also now visit the Sgt. Reckless Memorial Monument at the National Museum of the Marine Corps, which was completed in July 2013.