Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Oct. 25, 2016

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Cymbrowitz, DiNapoli Hold Unclaimed Funds Day

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach) will partner with New York State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli on Thursday to sponsor an Unclaimed Funds Day in his district office.

New York State currently has more than $13 billion in lost money just waiting to be claimed. Staff from the Comptroller’s Office will be on hand to help residents check the vast database and apply for the lost money if they come up lucky.

Lost or unclaimed money gets turned over routinely by organizations required to report dormant accounts to the New York State Office of the State Comptroller. This money includes things like forgotten savings accounts, lost paychecks, and stocks or bonds.

To demonstrate just how profitable this search can be, every day the State returns $1 million to those who file a claim.

“I encourage residents to come and enter their name in the database,” Cymbrowitz said. “They might be very pleasantly surprised.”

The unclaimed funds day event is slated for 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., this Thursday, Oct. 27 at Cymbrowitz’ Sheepshead Bay office, 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road. No appointments are necessary. For additional information, please call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078.

Colton Gears Up For Halloween

Assembly Member William Colton
Assembly Member William ColtonBill Colton, Bensonhurst,

Assemblyman William Colton, and his staff would like to wish everyone a Happy Halloween, and is reminding all who celebrate in the neighborhood to be alert and stay safe during this holiday.

Colton also recommends the parents supervise their young kids and accompany them while Trick-or-Treating. Kids should always be accompanied by an adult and should not eat open candy, which has not been inspected first by the parent.

“Halloween is a very festive holiday, especially for our neighborhood children, but we must be extra diligent because getting candy may be a priority for children but safety must always come first. We welcome everyone to the office on October 31 for sweets and some Halloween safety tips and we wish everyone a Happy Halloween!” said Colton.

Colton’s office will be open from for Trick-or-Treating from 2-5 p.m., Oct. 31 at 155 Kings Highway in Bensonhurst. All kids and their parents are welcome to come.

Espinal Lauds ENY Industrial Business Plan Award

City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr.
City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr.

City Council Member Rafael Espinal Jr. (Bushwick, East New York) lauded the East New York Industrial Business Zone (IBZ) Plan, which on Friday was awarded the William H. Whyte Award from the American Planning Association (APA) Metro NY Chapter at their 2016 annual conference.

The plan includes a package of 20 strategic commitments made by the City, which will bring over $16 million in infrastructure improvements to a 57 block area, a site for good-paying industrial jobs and local manufacturing.

The ENY IBZ Plan is estimated to create up to 2.7 million square feet of new and modernized space over the next decade, contributing to as many as 250 additional companies and 4,000 new jobs. The plan is based on a study done by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), working with Espinal, other elected officials, community groups, and local stakeholders.

The IBZ is a major cornerstone of the East New York Neighborhood Plan, a package of investments and affordable housing units Espinal secured with overwhelming City Council support in the Spring of 2016.

“I am proud to see the ENY IBZ Plan receive the recognition it deserves from the revered American Planning Association” said Espinal. “As we have just approached the 6 month mark since the passage of the ENY Neighborhood Plan in the City Council, we have already begun to see the advantages of comprehensively investing in a community. I believe we should look beyond just building affordable housing; we have to invest in producing jobs and resources that will enable our community members to stay and thrive in Brooklyn.

While the unemployment in Brooklyn is in the single digits, unfortunately it is in the double digits in East New York. The IBZ, along with the other investments we’ve made through the neighborhood plan, will go a long way to spur job growth. This award reinforces the ingenuity of the work we produced as a result of the collaboration between several city agencies and the community.”

Lander Partners To Make Park Slope Age Friendly

City Council Member Brad Lander
City Council Member Brad Lander

City Council Member Brad Lander (Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington), Heights & Hills, the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, and Good Neighbors of Park Slope launched a new initiative yesterday called: Age-Friendly Park Slope.

The new partnership will take concrete actions throughout Park Slope making the neighborhood a more welcoming community to age-in-place and connect the neighborhood with other age-friendly communities across the country.

Age-Friendly Park Slope launched this morning by identifying and recognizing more than 60 small business in Park Slope that follow a standard set of “age-friendly” practices — such as offering discounts, making bathrooms available, accessibility, or adjusting lighting or sound (see criteria below).

These “age-friendly” businesses will be highlighted through bright new stickers, the new website, and a new brochure. The launch event was held at O Live Brooklyn, one of the age-friendly businesses.

Every day this week will also feature an “age-friendly” FREE special offer:

Monday: Salon Day by Local Roots, at Park Slope Center for Successful Aging (463A 7th St. at 7th Ave)

Tuesday: Dance class at the YMCA, (357 9th Street, between 5th & 6th Ave)

Wednesday: Cooking class at O’live Brooklyn (140 5th Ave, btw St. John’s & Sterling Pl)

Thursday: Painting class at Pinot’s Palette (382 5th Ave, btw 5th & 6th Street)

Friday:  Age-Friendly Wine Trail. Special wine-tastings at 4 Age Friendly wine stores from 2 -3 pm (see list for more details)

New businesses are welcome and encouraged to join Age-Friendly Park Slope. The website will be updated, stickers available, and new brochures printed. The idea is to encourage all businesses and community institutions to take steps to become more age-friendly.

“Making Park Slope a more age-friendly neighborhood makes the community a better place for all of us,” said Lander, who provided the funding to Heights and Hills to launch the initiative. “Park Slope is already a great place to live for people of all ages – but there is much more we can do to make our neighborhood welcoming and accessible to older residents.

“Thanks to Heights and Hills for working with my office, and to so many dedicated volunteers from the Park Slope Center for Successful Aging, and Good Neighbors of Park Slope for kicking off this new partnership with such a strong start. I’m grateful to represent so many older residents who want to lead active and connected lives, and to patronize our local businesses, and to represent so many local business owners eager to welcome all Park Slopers into their stores, no matter their age.”

Golden Hails Success Of Shredding & Recycling Days

State Sen. Marty Golden
State Sen. Marty Golden

State Senator Martin J. Golden (Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach) yesterday hailed the success of two events he recently organized to help keep Brooklyn clean and aid residents in cleaning out their homes of clutter.

Golden partnered with a number of non-profit and government agencies to offer free shredding services, E-Waste recycling and clothing and fashion collection.

“I was again met by many constituents who took advantage of this opportunity to get some of the unwanted items around their house properly disposed of. Many people participated in the recycling events held in the Marine Park and the Our Lady of Angels parking lots, taking advantage of the chance to shred old papers, donate clean used clothing, and dispose of electronics we can no longer put out with our regular garbage collection. I look forward to continuing to host these events in the future as they are making a difference for so many people and helping to care for our environment at the same time,” said Golden.

The event were supported by the AARP, the Lower East Side Ecology Center and the New York City Department of Sanitation Re-Fashion NYC.

Simon Offers Free Flu Shots

Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon
Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon


Assemblywoman Jo Anne Simon (Downtown Brooklyn, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill) will offer free flu shots at her office tomorrow.

The shots will be offered from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., tomorrow, Oct. 26 at Simon’s office, 341 Smith Street in Carroll Gardens. Don’t want to wait on line?  Call 718 246-4889 to schedule an appointment!

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin, LLP Obtain $12.085 Million Settlement (Sponsored)

Wingate, Russotti, Shapiro & Halperin attorney Kathleen Kettles recently obtained a court order approving the settlement of $12,085,000. 

This is a case involving the failure to timely deliver an infant to a first-time mother and resulting in severe brain damage to the child who is now six-years-old.  This child cannot speak, walk or talk and must be tube fed. Her parents are completely devoted, but their day to day existence is filled with dealing doctor’s appointments, emergency visits, outside therapies and managing or providing her child’s need for extensive nursing services.  

“I am truly in awe of this family and despite the heartache of having a child this disabled, it has been a joy to work for them. This settlement will lessen the burden on this incredible family,” said Kettles, who heads the firm’s Medical Malpractice team. Though a practicing attorney for almost 28 years, she was an RN for ten years prior to going to law school.  

During the litigation, Kathy worked extensively with well known, respected experts in the fields of obstetrics, maternal fetal medicine, neonatology, pediatric neurology, pediatric neuroradiology and a life care planner to prepare the case for trial.  It is this attention to detail which results in an extremely favorable settlement for her clients.  

“When I was a nurse, I often felt powerless to really help my patients, but as a nurse attorney, I get to help secure a child’s future and there is no greater feeling of satisfaction,” she said. 

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