Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move March 27, 2018

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CM Williams To Celebrate “African American Women In Cinema’

City Councilmember Jumaane Williams

City Council Member Jumaane D. Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood) will attend the 20th African American Women In Cinema (AAWIC) Film Festival Red Carpet Opening Night today.

Williams will present letters of congratulations to the festival’s honorees which include Nzingha, Danielle Peake, and Tressa Smallwood. This year’s keynote speaker will be Terra Renee, President of the AAWIC.

The event will also feature red carpet reception, award ceremony, screening of the film Sinners Wanted, and a panel discussion. Additionally, Williams recently honored the festival, now celebrating its 20th Anniversary, at a City Hall Ceremony.

The event is slated for 6:30 p.m., today, March 27, at Cinepolis Theater, at 260 West 23rd Street in Manhattan.

Donovan Applauds Expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers

Congressman Dan Donovan

Congressman Dan Donovan (R-South Brooklyn, Staten Island) applauded President Donald Trump’s expulsion of Russian Intelligence Officers from the United States yesterday.

On Monday, Trump expelled 60 Russians in retaliation for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain, according to the Washington Post. Twelve Russian diplomats at the United Nations in New York and 48 at the Russian Embassy in Washington face expulsion within seven days. The United States also ordered the closure of the Russian Consulate in Seattle.

The move comes just one month after, the United Kingdom made the first move to remove Russian diplomats from it’s broders. Currently, more than 20 countries have aligned with the UK., expelling more than 100 diplomats. Russia has since vowed to retaliate toward the “provocative gesture”.

“I fully support President Trump’s response to Russia’s chemical attack in the U.K. Today’s expulsion coupled with the recently-announced sanctions makes it clear that the United States stands firmly with our allies and we will not tolerate Russian aggression,” said Donovan.

Clarke, Cumbo, Mosley To Highlight BK Internet Success Stories

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
City Council Member Laurie Cumbo
Assemblyman Walter Mosley

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville, Sheepshead Bay) alongside Majority Leader Laurie A. Cumbo (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights) and Assembly member Walter T. Mosley (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights) will attend an Internet Community Crawl tomorrow.

The event aims to to highlight the importance of the internet in helping small businesses and community sectors grow and succeed.The group of lawmakers will visit four Brooklyn businesses and community organizations to see firsthand how the internet enables economic growth by connecting a variety of small businesses with customers around the world.

The group will also give remarks at each stop of the walking tour and speak with merchants about how the internet economy is creating new opportunities for brick-and-mortar small businesses.

The event is slated to begin at 12-noon, on Wednesday, March 28, at Freshly Baked Studios, at 571 Lincoln Place #3A in Crown Heights.

Hikind Pushes for 51st Street Bridge In Boro Park

NY State Assemblyman Dov Hikind

Assembly member Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park) is pushing for a new bridge at 51st Street in Boro Park to ease traffic from Flatbush.

On Monday, Hikind asked the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) to perform a feasibility study in the hope of erecting a bridge between 18th and 19th Avenues on 51st Street.

Hikind believes the new bridge would alleviate the current traffic congestion due to increase as the result of a new development being built directly off 50th Street (between 19th Avenue and Dahill).

“51st Street dead-ends between 18th and 19th Avenues—this has always created a bottleneck of traffic,” Hikind explained in a letter to Polly Trottenberg, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation.

“The new development will effectively quadruple local traffic once people move in. A bridge would make all the difference, allowing traffic to flow much more easily from Boro Park to Flatbush. Addressing the traffic congestion in this part of my district would be an enormous benefit to all of our residents,” added Hikind.

Cumbo, Mosley Host Second Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt

City Council Member Laurie Cumbo
Assemblyman Walter Mosley

City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo and Assembly Member Walter T. Mosley, both representing Fort Greene, Clinton Hill and Crown Heights, will host the 2nd Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt this week.

Children will get the chance to search for 10,000 decorative eggs with treats and toys inside. This year’s event will also feature live entertainment including storytime, arts & crafts, face painting, performances and a special appearance by the Easter Bunny. Youth organizations will also be on-site to provide information on family-friendly programs and resources.

“There is no greater way to celebrate the start of the Spring season than with an Easter Egg Hunt amongst family. As a new mom, I am proud to bring this time-honored tradition back to the 35th Council District as I look forward to sharing this special occasion with my son,” said Cumbo.  

“With great community partners such as the Myrtle Avenue BID and Fort Greene Park Conservancy, this eggs-travaganza will be a memorable one,” added Cumbo.

The event is slated for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 31, at Fort Greene Park (intersection of Myrtle and North Portland avenues) in Fort Greene.