Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Sept. 13, 2017

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BP Adams To Address Brooklyn Business Audience

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will address the Brooklyn business audience at the next edition of the popular, Brooklyn Newsmakers series today.

Adams will address current issues in the Brooklyn economy and business environment, the election season and healthy eating habits.

The event is slated for 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., today, Sept. 13, at Brooklyn Law School, at 250 Joralemon Street (Ground Floor) in downtown Brooklyn. 

Donovan Saves Nat’l Urban Security Technology Lab

Congressman Dan Donovan

Congressman Dan Donovan (R-South Brooklyn, Staten Island) announced that his amendment to restore funding to the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory (NUSTL) passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday.

NUSTL, which is located in New York City, researches, develops, and evaluates new technologies for law enforcement officers and first responders to ensure they have the tools needed to prevent, prepare for, and respond to terror attacks and emergency situations.

The amendment was included in the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act (H.R. 3354), legislation that appropriates money for the Department of Homeland Security and other agencies, which is expected to be voted on later this week.

“Today, the United States – and specifically New York City – faces a heightened terror environment. Bombing attempts in New York and New Jersey last year, as well as global attacks in public areas and on mass transit systems, remind us of the importance of developing innovative technologies that allow security personnel to respond to and mitigate evolving threats. NUSTL is constantly developing and testing new tools that ensure the brave men and women on our front lines can protect our homeland, and it’s critical they have resources to continue their innovative work,” said Donovan.

BK Lawmakers To Address Immigration & Small Business Issues At Oversight Hearings

City Councilman Carlos Menchaca
City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr

City Council members Carlos Menchaca (D-Red Hook, Sunset Park) and Robert Cornegy, Jr. (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) will address issues of immigration and diversity in the City’s workforce and contracts at today’s City Council Committee Hearings.

Menchaca, who heads the Committee on Immigration, will hold an oversight hearing on best practices for NYC agencies, courts, and law enforcement authorized to certify immigrant victims for U and T visas.

U and T visas or the the federal U nonimmigrant status and the T nonimmigrant status programs, offer temporary immigration protection for victims of serious crimes who meet certain requirements. To qualify for either program, victims must show that they have assisted law enforcement investigations or prosecutions related to the serious crime. This is also known as the helpfulness requirement.

Cornegy, Chair for the Committee on Small Business, alongside the Committee on Economic Development and jointly with the Committee on Contracts will hold a hearing on racial diversity in the workforce and leadership of city contractors (Intro. 0705) and on the participation of minority-and women-owned business (MWBE) enterprises in construction projects (Intro 1400).

The group will also hold hearings on Intro-752-B, requiring an agency designated by the Mayor to publish a bi-annual report providing employment details regarding vendors that contract with the City and Intro 1382-A, requiring contractors employed to work on city-funded construction projects to disclose certain information regarding whether such contractor is certified as a minority-owned or women-owned business enterprise, in addition to other administrative information.

The Committee on Immigration hearing is slated for 10 a.m., today, Sept. 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Lower Manhattan. 

The Committee On Economic Development hearing is slated for 1 p.m., today, Sept. 13, in the Council Chambers at City Hall in Lower Manhattan. 

Williams To Participate in NYPD Town Hall Addressing Police-Community Concerns

City Councilmember Jumaane Williams

City Council member Jumanne Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood) will participate in a New York City Police Department (NYPD) town hall today.

The event will address the issue of what the NYPD has done since the Eric Garner situation, that claimed the life of Garner back in July of 2014.

The incident sparked reforms in the City’s police department including a pilot program in the use of body cameras, increased training on use of force tactics and the introduction of the neighborhood policing plan among other changes.

 The event is slated for 7 p.m., today, Sept. 13, at Old Police Academy, 235 East 20th Street in Manhattan.