Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Dec. 7, 2016

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Mosley Derides Trump’s Pick Of Carson For Secretary of HUD

Assemblyman Walter Mosley
Assemblyman Walter Mosley

Assembly Member Walter T. Mosley (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights) yesterday derided President Elect Donald Trump‘s pick of Dr. Ben Carson to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development in his cabinet.

Carson, who grew up in Detroit public housing, is a medical doctor.

“As President-elect Trump continues to fill his cabinet positions, I am shocked and disheartened at his pick for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dr. Ben Carson. As New York City and many other urban areas across this nation face an affordable housing crisis, we look to Washington to set the agenda to tackle these concerns. The nomination of a man who has confessed to never having managed an agency before in his life – will be tasked with administering housing and community assistance policies throughout this nation – is disconcerting,” said Mosley.

“Donald Trump is no stranger to real estate and cannot plead ignorance at this callas move. With the wrong individual at the helm of HUD the lives of hundreds of thousands of families who live in federally funded housing programs can be jeopardized. I pledge to continue to work with my colleagues at the state level to ensure that our affordable housing policies will be championed and that New York State continues to be home for working-class families,” he added.

Cornegy, Thompson’s Widow Highlight Need For Colorectal Screenings

City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr
City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr

City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) today will host a press conference and Gift of Life day with LuShawn Thompson, wife of the late District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson to honor his life and raise awareness of the importance of colorectal screenings in partnership with the New York City Department of Health and NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull.

The initiative will target men of color to help eliminate the disparities in colorectal cancer screenings and address colon cancer as a major public health problem.

The press conference is slated for 11 a.m., today, Dec. 7 at Woodhull Hospital, 10th floor Solarium, 760 Broadway in Bushwick.

Adams Allocates $6 Million For Economic Development

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

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams today will unveil more than $6 million in Fiscal Year 2017 (FY17) funds from Brooklyn Borough Hall to advance economic development initiatives across the borough.

The announcement will be made at BioBAT, a non-profit science and technology center at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park. They will receive $1 million for the outfitting of infrastructure for life science and technology companies occupying their lab and manufacturing space. Highlighting this investment’s impact on the future of Brooklyn’s economy, he will be joined by a group of pre-kindergarten students, clad in little lab coats, who are part of an innovative STEM education program at BioBAT that has been funded through Adams’ FY17 capital budget.

Speaking about his cradle-to-career economic investment strategy, Adams will present giant checks symbolic of his FY17 capital budget allocations. Following the press conference in the lobby of BioBAT, there will be a brief tour of IRX Therapeutics, Inc., a clinical-stage bioresearch company that is developing a new immunotherapy candidate for cancer at the facility.

The press conference is slated for 10:30 a.m., today, Dec. 7 at the Brooklyn Army Terminal Building A, 140 58TH street in Sunset Park.

De Blasio Signs Espinal’s Bill Requiring More Inspections of Gas Lines

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

Mayor Bill de Blasio yesterday signed City Council Member Rafael L Espinal, Jr.’s (East New York, Bushwick, Cypress Hills, Oceanhill- Brownsville) bill securing City buildings against gas related explosions and accidents.

The measure, Intro. 1088-A, is one of a package of bills relating to gas pipeline safety, and follows several deadly gas explosions the last few years. The local law will:

·   Require that gas piping systems be periodically inspected by a licensed master plumber at least once every five years

·   Require the inspection entity to provide the owner with an inspection report

·   Require that the local utility company as well as the Department of Buildings be notified that an inspection was completed;

·   Require the inspection entity to immediately notify the building owner, the local utility, and the Department of Buildings if a potentially hazardous situation is found and then requires the building owner to immediately take action to correct the problem.

“In the wake of several gas related tragedies throughout New York City in recent years, it is time that we reform our laws in relation to gas piping systems,” said Espinal. “I was shocked to learn that the city has required inspections for boilers, elevators, water tanks, water recycling systems, and sprinklers, but until now, no inspections for gas piping systems have been required. I am proud to be the lead sponsor of Intro 1088-A, which will ensure proper monitoring of gas piping systems to prevent future gas related incidents.”

Hikind Invites Cuomo To Meet Him on Ocean Parkway

NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind
NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (Boro Park) yesterday released a letter he penned to Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday requesting the Governor meet with him on Ocean Parkway to discuss the impending traffic changes slated to begin in the coming months.

The letter comes on the heels of Sunday’s rally that Hikind hosted in protest of state proposed changes eliminating certain right turns from the mainline of Ocean Parkway, north and south, which Himind and others say will wreak havoc for all parties affected. “These changes will force more traffic onto the service roads and pose a tremendous risk to the safety of the residents,” wrote Hikind.

“In addition to the elimination of these right turns, the NYS Department of Transportation’s plan will eliminate left turns from the service road at nine different locations. Motorists who wish to cross over Ocean Parkway or travel on the mainline will now be forced to remain in the service road for many blocks all within the span of a mile,” wrote Hikind.

Hikind also asked Cuomo to suspend the planned changes, which are set to go into effect in February 2017, until he visits the area to see for himself the potential harm the proposed changes will have on Ocean Parkway and its residents.

Gonzalez Hosts Brooklyn Immigration Forum

Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez
Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez

Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office on Saturday will host a Brooklyn Immigration Forum.

The forum will help immigrants, regardless of status, learn their rights and protect themselves against common types of immigration fraud, real estate fraud and hate crimes.

The forum is slated for between 10 a.m.-12 noon, Saturday, December 17, at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, 145 Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights.

Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association Hosts Annual Holiday Meeting Party

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will hold their Annual Holiday Meeting-Party is set for later this month.

The civic party will include live music by the neighbor’s “In Performance Music Workshop,” refreshments, and the chance to meet neighbors and elected representatives.  Possible 2017 Mayoral candidates have been invited to “meet and greet” attendees..

The festivities are slated for 7:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15 at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park (Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place). The event is free and open to the public.