Adams, Reyna Celebrate Cinco De Mayo
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and Deputy Brooklyn Borough President Diana Reyna today will host a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Brooklyn Borough Hall, celebrating the rich heritage of Brooklyn’s Mexican-American community, the fastest growing ethnic group in New York City.
The festivities, co-organized by VIP Entertainment and featuring notable attendees such as Ambassador Diego Gómez Pickering, consul general of Mexico in New York, will include mariachi music, folkloric dance, and traditional cuisine.
The fun is slated for 5 p.m., today May 5 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
Levin, Grodenchik Lobby For More Food Assistance Money
City Council Members Stephen Levin (D-Williamsburg, Downtown Brooklyn, DUMBO, Boerum Hill) and Barry Grodenchik (D-Queens) presented a letter on behalf of the entire Council, urging the De Blasio Administration to include $22 million in baselined food funding for the Emergency Food Assistance Program (EFAP) in the Fiscal Year 2018 New York City budget.
The 50 Council Members echoed the call for an increase from $8 million to $22 million baselined funding made by New York City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito in her State of the City Address.
“The epidemic of hunger in our city disproportionately affects women, children, seniors, and communities of color and it’s critical that we can guarantee that no New Yorker is turned away from a pantry or soup kitchen,” said Stephen Levin, Chair of the General Welfare Committee. “It is unacceptable that this Administration has failed to recognize the clear need to feed more than a million New Yorkers who depend on emergency food to survive.”
The lawmakers state that each year, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers depend on emergency food to survive, accessing healthy food through providers such as food pantries and soup kitchens. The City faces an annual meal gap of 242 million meals, finding evidence of hunger in every corner of the city. But rather than growing to meet demand, the amount allocated to EFAP in the Executive Budget has been reduced significantly to Fiscal Year 2015 levels.
The Administration must work with the City Council to close this meal gap and ensure that no New Yorkers are turned away from nutritious food that they and their families need to survive. To keep up with rising food costs and increased demand, Mayor de Blasio must include $22 million in baselined funding for emergency food in the FY 2018 New York City budget, the lawmakers stated.
Lander Cuts Ribbon On Park Slope Library Reading Circle and Storytelling Garden
City Council Member Brad Lander (D-Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington) will join Brooklyn Public Library officials and local residents tomorrow to celebrate the opening of Park Slope Library’s reading circle and storytelling garden.
The circles and garden features a storytelling amphitheater, community garden, paths, planters and other improvements funded through the participatory budgeting process. Pending approval by the city’s Public Design Commission and Landmarks Preservation Commission, the garden will also be home to a statue of beloved children’s book character Knuffle Bunny, the creation of author Mo Willems. The statue will be funded by the Friends of Park Slope Library.
The garden was proposed by the Friends of Park Slope Library, supported by PBNYC (Participatory Budget) volunteer budget delegates, and selected in the PBNYC vote process by voters in Lander’s district. The city’s Department of Design and Construction managed the project, which was funded in the 2016 fiscal cycle.
After the ribbon-cutting, Council Member Lander will announce the projects that will be awarded PBNYC funding in 2017. Voting was between March 25 and April 2nd with a record turnout of over 7,000 votes casted. This year’s eligible projects can be seen here.
The ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for 12 noon, Saturday, May 6 at the Park Slope Library, 431 6th Avenue in Park Slope.
Nadler’s Reasoning On Voting To Keep Fed Government Running
Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-Borough Park, Kensington, and parts of Bay Ridge, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights, Red Hook, Sunset Park, Midwood and Western Manhattan) this week said he voted in support of the Fiscal Year 2017 Omnibus bill, because it reflects Democratic priorities and provides vital funding for critical programs.
“Despite their best efforts, Congressional Republicans and the Trump Administration did not succeed in gutting funding for the programs I, and my constituents, hold dear, nor did they succeed in adding several poison pills or money for an absurd border wall,” said Nadler.
“This measure contains several provisions that are particularly important for New York. The bill provides a $21 million funding increase for the Housing Opportunities for Persons Living with AIDS (HOPWA), which I requested to ensure New York does not lose funding under the new formula enacted this year. It includes $68 million to reimburse New York for the costs of securing Trump Tower and protecting the First Lady. And it does not include any provisions cutting off funding for Planned Parenthood or Sanctuary Cities, nor does it undermine the Affordable Care Act.
“I am pleased the bill includes funding for the Iron Dome weapons system to defend Israel from short-range missile attacks. We must do everything we can to maintain Israel’s qualitative military superiority over any potential combination of state and non-state aggressors. The Iron Dome antimissile system is another step in maintaining Israel’s military superiority and in protecting Israel’s citizens against unprovoked aggression.”
“In addition, the bill funds nearly all Democratic priorities, including:
– Maintaining funding for NEA (Arts), NEH (Humanities), and Corporation for Public Broadcasting
– Restoring year-round Pell Grants for hard-working students
– Fulfilling funding obligations for transportation and infrastructure, including $500 million for TIGER grants and the preservation of funding for transit new starts
– Increasing NIH funding by $2 billion rather than stripping billions from biomedical research
– Preserving 99 percent of EPA’s budget in the face of strong Republican opposition
CM Williams To Deliver State Of The 45th District Address
City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood) will deliver his State of the 45th District Address next week with a focus on helping to lead the resistance against the Trump Administration with an agenda where the people are put to the forefront and passionately advocated for on all levels.
Among the issues Williams will address include eradicating gun violence, immigrants’ rights, police reform, affordable housing, jobs & living wages for all, youth employment, climate change, criminal justice reform and worker safety.
The speech is slated for between 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, May 9 at Andries Hudde Junior High School, 2500 Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush. To RSVP, email [email protected]