Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Jan. 26, 2017

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Adams, Cumbo Ask For And Get EDC Postponement Of Armory Meeting

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams
City Council Member Laurie Cumbo

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and City Council Member Laurie Cumbo (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights) yesterday recognized the City’s Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) for heeding their request to postpone their public scoping hearing scheduled for tonight on the proposed Bedford Union Armory.

Both Adams and Cumbo have stated their support for the project that includes development of 330 condominiums – most of which that will be sold at market rate – but have received strong pushback from Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, State Sen. Jesse Hamilton and Assembly Members Diana Richardson and Walter Mosley, who want to city-owned armory to have 100 percent affordability in the housing component of the project.

“We cannot trivialize the opportunity to repurpose this armory for the benefit of the Crown Heights community. It is paramount that ample and sufficient notice is provided to residents, organizations, and key stakeholders such as us who all need to familiarize themselves with the proposal, formulate questions, and make informed decisions on future steps,” said Adams and Cumbo in a joint statement.

“This process should not be hurried in order to ensure the inclusion of diverse ideas and perspectives, from beginning to end. We look forward to working in partnership with NYCEDC, our colleagues in government, and community members to maximize public outreach, awareness, and participation in this joint effort as we envision the future of Crown Heights together. NYCEDC has been charged with the responsibility of organizing and outreaching to the community about the new date and time for the City Environmental Quality Review public scoping hearing,” they added.


Cornegy, Tryeger Hail Internship Deal Between City & Hospitality Industry

City Councilman Mark Treyger
City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr

City Council Members Mark Treyger (Coney Island, Bensonhurst) and Robert Cornegy Jr. (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) hailed yesterday announcement that the city and the NYC Food & Beverage Hospitality Council will embark on a new three-month program connecting out-of-school, out-of-work youth with rewarding careers in the City’s restaurant industry.

The program, dubbed STAGE NYC, will cover technical skills and life skills to ready young adults, aged 18-24, for careers in the restaurant industry. Participants will receive paid, on-the-job training with an industry partner in order to gain hands-on experience. The culmination of both skills and experience training will provide participants with the tools needed to successfully fill positions in a growing industry.

 Young people are our future. STAGE NYC is an investment in that future. I applaud the NYC Food and Beverage Hospitality Council for their work with employers and other organizations. As the Chair of the Council’s Small Business Committee, these are the type of opportunities and partnerships we look forward to seeing in our great city,” said Cornegy, Chair of the Committee on Small Business.

“The culinary industry is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the American workforce,” said Treyger. “I commend Mayor de Blasio and Small Business Services Commissioner Gregg Bishop for preparing our city’s young people to find gainful employment in a high-demand field.”


Adams On the Passing Of Brooklynite Mary Tyler Moore

 

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams yesterday mourned the passing of Brooklyn-born sitcom legend Mary Tyler Moore, who died yesterday at 80.

Moore, along with Lucille Ball, were instrumental in advancing the roles of women in comedy and in the working world. Among those that were strongly influenced by Moore is Tina Fey, who has stated that the lead character on her hit TV show 30 Rock, was very much influenced by the Mary Tyler Moore sitcom that ran in the 1970s.

“Brooklyn mourns the passing of one of its own, the legendary Mary Tyler Moore. She turned the world on with her smile and so much more, becoming a powerful symbol for the feminist movement. Her work on animal rights and the battle against Type 1 diabetes will live through the incredible advocates across our country who are committed to these important issues. Brooklyn Heights can be proud to be the birthplace of such an outstanding actress and humanitarian,” said Adams.


Jeffries Delivers State Of The District Speech Tonight

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, East New York, Canarsie, Mill Basin, Coney Island, Queens) tonight will deliver his annual State of the District address before approximately 1,000 community members in Brooklyn.

In this year’s speech, titled “Rise of the Resistance,” Jeffries will discuss the Obama legacy and take dead aim at the presidency of Donald Trump.

The speech is slated for 6:30 p.m., tonight, Jan. 26 at Long Island University’s Paramount Theatre, 1 University Plaza (Flatbush and DeKalb avenues) in Downtown Brooklyn.

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