Friday Odds & Ends Oct. 28, 2016


Harlem City Council Candidate Gets Some Brooklyn Love

Assembly Members Rodneyse Bichotte, Diana Richardson and Latrice Walker were among the elected officials on the flier to attend a fundraiser this week for Marvin Holland, the political director for TWU Local 100, who is running next year for the City Council’s 9th District representing Harlem.

The transit union wields a lot of juice in local elections and is sure to play a large role in next year’s city elections. In particular is term-limited Darlene Mealy‘s 41st City Council District covering Brownsville and parts of East New York, Bed-Stuy, East Flatbush and Crown Heights. That race may very well boil down to Vanguard Independent Democratic Association President Henry Butler and former female district leader Alicka Samuel.

Butler is a former transit motorman and TWU Local 100 member, and Samuel is the former chief of staff for Walker, who is expected to back her lifelong friend. It will be interesting to see who the union backs in this race, but one thing is for sure. The courting has started.

Pols Help Gerritsen Beach Families On 4th Anniversary Of Sandy

With many families and businesses still suffering the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, Rebuilding Together NYC and hundreds of volunteers will gather on 4th anniversary of Sandy tomorrow to provide free home repairs for low-income families in Gerritsen Beach who are still suffering from storm damage.

The volunteers will gather to repair 5 homes and 3 community gardens, and will also install 100 solar powered lights to increase safety in the neighborhood.

Among the volunteers expected are State Sen. Marty Golden, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, and City Council members Mark Treyger and Alan Maisel. Governor Cuomo’s Brooklyn Regional Representative Drew Gabriel will also be on hand as will Kimberly George, RT NYC Executive Director; and Doreen Garson, Gerritsen Beach Fire Chief

The event is supported by Shawmut Design and Construction, Freddie Mac, Dal Electric, BNY Mellon, M&T Plumbing, and Gerritsen Beach Bagels.

The event is slated for 9 a.m. tomorrow Oct. 29 at the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department, 52 Seba Avenue.