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Brannan Calls On Sanitation To get Tough On Chain Retailers To Clear Icy Sidewalks
Democratic City Council candidate Justin Brannan, who is running for the open 43rd City Council seat covering Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, is calling on the City’s Department of Sanitation (DSNY) to increase penalties and enforcement efforts to discourage chain retailers for failing to clear icy sidewalks following snow and ice storms.
Brannan became aware of the situation after seeing a blizzard of complaints on social media of chain retailers failing to clear icy sidewalks in front of their shops.
“Trying to navigate the city streets after a snowstorm is bad enough without the added danger of snow drifts and ice,” said Brannan. “Failing to shovel your sidewalk creates a dangerous situation that puts pedestrians at risk, especially our many senior citizens. If these large national retailers and banks aren’t responsible enough to do their jobs as property owners, then the city needs to take steps to increase penalties and enforcement.”
Brannan wrote to the DSNY calling for increased fines and enforcement of property owners that fail to clear snow from the sidewalks of their properties within a set frame of time, usually between the four to fourteen hours after the end of a snowfall, as required by the city. According to the NYC Administrative code, this is the responsibility of every “owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person” responsible for a property. Snow removal guidelines posted to the DSNY website list fines ranging from $100-$150 for a first offense, and up to $350 for 3rd and subsequent offenses.
McCabe Gets Storobin Endorsement
Republican City Council Candidate Liam McCabe, who is running for the open 43rd City Council seat covering Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst and Bath Beach, announced this week that former New York State Senator David Storobin is endorsing him for the Republican Primary.
McCabe said he met with Storobin while taking a break from campaigning in Bensonhurst at Cherry Hill Gourmet Market in Sheepshead Bay on Sunday, Feb. 12. Storobin endorsed McCabe, calling him a “proven winner who is ready to fight for and protect his constituents,” according to the release sent out by McCabe.
An immigrant who fled the USSR for the United States when he was a child, Storobin built a business and was elected to the New York State Senate in 2012 with the help of chief advisor McCabe. Storobin says McCabe “understands what it means to struggle and to succeed in Brooklyn.”
Of Storobin, McCabe says, “I respect David. He showed strength and courage when he fled to the United States for a better life and he worked hard to succeed in Brooklyn, and to honor Brooklyn and our residents by committing to work in public service. Like David and so many others who have not taken the easy road into politics, I come with energy and commitment to serve. I am ready to fight for all of the individuals and family in my district. That includes those who have been in Brooklyn for generations and those who are coming to Brooklyn seeking a better life.”
Olivera Opens Campiagn Office
Democratic City Council Candidate Deidre Olivera, who is running for the vacant 41st City Council District seat covering Brownsville, Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights and East Flatbush announced she has opened her campaign headquarters.
Olivera’s campaign office is located at 774 Rockaway (entrance is on Riverdale Avenue) in Brownsville. The campaigns telephone number is: 718-676-4018.
Volunteers are at the office primarily between 12 noon and 5 p.m. while Deidre is there more often. Core staff meet every other week in person to strategize and participate in a conference call on the alternate week.
Thus far, Olivera has built a team of community activist in the community that support her to include Prince Issachmor, Ennis Johnson, Pamela Junior, Christopher Legree, Vincent Riggins, Johnnymae Robinson, Richard Swinson, Rev. Johnny Youngblood, Rev. Pettaway, Reggie Bowman and Brother Paul.
Olivera has also has already put together her GOTV (Get Out The Vote) team which Bowman will lead. The campaign has also created a social media via Facebook / Twitter, etc. Her webpage is http://olivera2017.com/meet-olivera/
Nocera Accuses Adams Of Disparaging MSG Security
Perspective Republican Candidate for Brooklyn Borough President Glenn Nocera this week took Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to task for criticizing Madison Square Garden security personnel in regards to the recent altercation during a Knicks game that saw former Knicks player Charles Oakley thrown out of the arena and arrested.
“We all saw the video of an agitated Mr. Oakley physically assaulting members of MSG Security staff. Madison Square Garden also released statements from witnesses that support the need for security intervention with Mr. Oakley. Mr. Oakley was confronted asked to leave the area and he and his actions escalated the situation,” said Nocera in a press release.
“Mr. Adams equated this incident with Mr. Oakley to “Eric Garner without the choke hold” that is a huge insult to the hardworking security men and women who work hard every day to ensure that thousands of people have a safe and enjoyable experience at Madison Square Garden.
“As a City leader Mr. Adams words have influence, so for him to characterize MSG security as equal in any way to Eric Garner is dangerous. To do so without all of the facts is incomprehensible and unprofessional.
“It is my hope that when Mr. Adams gets all the facts in this case that he retracts his prior statement and apologizes to the hard-working Men and Women of Madison Square Garden.”