Eugene Launchs “District 40 Cares”
City Council Member Mathieu Eugene (D-Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, East Flatbush) along with several elected officials, school administrators, and clergy members next Tuesday will launch “District 40 Cares,” a collaboration relief effort that will provide critical supplies to those affected by the devastation caused by hurricanes in the Puerto Rico and the Caribbean and the earthquake in Mexico.
The collection will be done in partnership with Middle School 2, Public School 92, Public School 249, Public School 397, Public School 139, Ditmas Junior High School, Kings County Hospital, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, and Maimonides Medical Center. Eugene will ask members of the community to donate the following items at the District Office Community Room: Diapers, batteries, feminine hygiene products, first aid supplies, water, infant care items, flashlights, toothbrushes, and cleaning supplies.
“It has been painful to watch residents of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and Mexico cope with the horrific natural disasters of the past month,” said Eugene. “We will never replace the lives that have been lost in these tragic circumstances, but we can lend assistance to help rebuild the homes and communities that have been destroyed. While there are significant relief efforts under way, we know that additional critical supplies will make a difference to those in need of assistance. When Haiti was struck by a horrible earthquake in 2010, I was grateful to the community for the outpouring of support. It is only right that we come together again and help those who are now facing the same dire circumstances. Our thoughts and prayers are with the many families suffering during these challenging times.”
The launch of “District 40 Cares” is slated for 10 a.m. next Tuesday, Oct. 10 outside Eugene’s district office, 900 Rogers Avenue in Flatbush. Donations can be dropped off at the office as well. For more information email Eugene at [email protected] or call at 718-287-8762.
Espinal Shows Students East New York Industrical Zone
City Councilmember Rafael Espinal (D-East New York, Bushwick) next month will lead 8th grade students from the Trey Whitfield School to tour four businesses in the East New York Industrial Business Zone (IBZ).
The tour is observance of Annual National Manufacturing Day, and Bill Wilkins of the Local Development Corporation of East New York (LDCENY) will help lead the tour.
The students will tour the following local businesses:
10:00 AM Legion Lighting, a manufacturer of light fixtures founded in New York City in 1946 and relocated to East New York in 1957. A third generation family business, the company has 65,000 square feet devoted to the design and manufacturing of innovative commercial and decorative lighting.
10:30 AM Adriatic Wood, the last remaining lumber mill in New York City and the manufacturer of high-quality architectural wood products. (The first week in October marks Adriatic’s 35th year in operation.)
11:00 AM Eastern Effects, a full-service film and TV production studio with 14,000 square feet of soundstages.
11:30 AM Belmont Metals, an 80,000 square foot foundry providing a large variety of non-ferrous metals that has been operating in the same location for over 100 years.
The tour is slated to start at 9:30 a.m., Friday Nov. 6 with the bus leaving from the Trey Whitfield School at 17 Hinsdale Street in East New York.
Donovan Votes For GOP Led Federal Fiscal Year 2018 Budget
Congressman Dan Donovan (R-Southern Brooklyn, Staten Island) yesterday voted to support the “Building a Better America” budget agreement for Fiscal Year 2018.
Donovan said the federal spending plan puts the needs of hardworking Americans first by balancing the budget, promoting economic growth and job creation, ensuring our military has the resources needed to protect the homeland, and ensuring long-term fiscal responsibility. Additionally, the plan provides reconciliation instructions to jump-start the tax reform process to unleash the potential of the American economy.
“Today’s budget is a win for the American people. This plan puts our nation on a path of economic growth, while also reigning in our national debt and putting a stop to the out-of-control spending that has plagued Washington for far too long. This new path forward delivers a balanced budget in ten years, a more secure homeland, and an actionable step to delivering needed tax relief to the American people. My priority will always be to support policies that create opportunities for the people of Staten Island and Brooklyn for generations to come, and I’m proud to support this bill and a vision of a stronger and more prosperous America,” said Donovan.
This budget sets overall discretionary spending for Fiscal Year 2018 at $1.132 trillion, which includes $621.5 billion for defense discretionary spending and $511 billion in non-defense discretionary spending.
The bill will now go to the U.S. Senate for consideration.
Williams Addresses Concerns About Construction & Development In District
City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood) on Saturday will join local community activists and neighborhood residents to address concerns about construction and development in the area.
In addition to Williams speakers will include some longtime residents of the neighborhood as well as Trisha Ocona, the Housing Chair of Community Board 17
The community press conference is in response to several proposed projects in the area, addressing concerns such as the demolition of existing properties and the displacement that will result, infrastructure concerns related to the increase in population, and protection of the character of the community.
The event is slated for 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1519 New York Avenue in East Flatbush.
Treyger Nabs UFT’s Endorsement
City Councilmember Mark Treyger, (D-Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend) seeking re-election to represent the 47th District, received the endorsement of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), adding a major ally to Treyger’s coalition of supporters.
The UFT represents New York City teachers, education professionals, and support staff, touting 200,000 members and 60,000 retirees.
“As a former teacher at New Utrecht High School, Mark Treyger has an understanding of the issues facing our schools and has demonstrated his commitment to bettering our schools and their infrastructure. Mark is a leader and has a record that shows he can get things done,” said UFT President Michael Mulgrew.
“I am so honored to have the UFT’s support and as a former member and educator, I know the important work the UFT does for the community. During my first term, we were able to bring about positive changes to our schools through increasing funding and addressing overcrowding and infrastructure concerns by adding seats to P.S. 101 and P.S. 97 and removing temporary boilers. I am proud to stand with our teachers and students and will continue to advocate for them at the City Council,” said Treyger.
Treyger faces Republican Raimondo Denaro in the Nov. 7 general election.