Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move May 29, 2018

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BP Adams, Brownsville Students Go Shopping At Farmers’ Market

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will take Brownsville students shopping for food at the local Greenmarket today.

Adams will introduce dozens of students from PS 327 Dr. Rose B. English to the Brooklyn Borough Hall Greenmarket, following an assembly on nutrition that he led at the Brownsville elementary school a couple weeks ago.

The visit is part of Adams’ ongoing mission to instill healthy eating habits in young people and builds off the plant-based health advocacy of Adams, who has committed himself to combating poor nutrition following his successful battle against Type 2 diabetes last year.

The event is slated for 10 a.m., today, May 29, at Brooklyn Borough Hall- Greenmarket, at Columbus Park in Downtown Brooklyn.

Cymbrowitz Announces New Brighton Boardwalk Restrooms

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

Assembly member Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach) announced the opening of two comfort stations on the Brighton Beach Boardwalk at Coney Island over the weekend.

The new bathrooms are part of a $10 million rehabilitation project of the Riegelmann Boardwalk, which runs 2.7 miles from Brighton Beach to Coney Island. Phase 1 of the project encompassed Brighton 15th Street to Coney Island Avenue and was completed on schedule in May 2016.

“New comfort stations are important to everyone who uses our iconic Boardwalk and Beach, and they help ensure a positive experience for all who visit our community,”
said Cymbrowitz.

“I’d like to thank Mayor de Blasio and Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Marty Maher
for listening to the community and honoring the wishes of the vast majority of residents
who wanted the comfort stations installed at Coney Island Avenue. We said they’d be open by Memorial Day weekend, and here they are,” added Cymbrowitz.

Deutsch, Cumbo Intro Bill Limiting DOT Roadwork Projects

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch
City Council Member Laurie Cumbo

City Council member Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Midwood) and Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Crown Heights) introduced a bill last week aimed at minimizing the negative impacts of Department of Transportation (DOT) road work in a community.

During milling and paving projects, DOT closes down streets and removes parking spots, that can cause congestion and force drivers to circle endlessly for a place to park. Deutsch and Cumbo’s bill will require the suspension of alternate side parking regulations within a five block radius of a DOT resurfacing project, ensuring that drivers are provided other options to park their vehicles.

“When parking spots are removed, it results in additional congestion on top of the already existing traffic caused by street work. My bill will alleviate some of the effect on a neighborhood that is already contending with the disruptive, albeit necessary, roadwork. I thank Majority Leader Cumbo for her partnership on this endeavor, and I look forward to a Transportation Committee hearing on this bill next month,” said Deutsch.

“Street paving and other types of road repair, coupled with street cleaning regulations, can put an unfair burden on local residents who are forced to find parking spaces far from their homes. I support Council Member’s Deutsch’s efforts to enact parking reforms that allow for the maintenance and upkeep of our streets, but are also fair to the New York City residents that are most impacted,” said Cumbo.

Persaud, Walker To Hosts 2nd Rain Barrel Giveaway

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud
Assemblywoman Latrice Walker

State Senator Roxanne Persaud (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetown, Ocean Hill, Starrett City) and Assembly member Latrice Walker (D-Brownsville) in partnership with the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will host a 2nd Rain Barrel Giveaway this week.

A rain barrel is used to collect rainwater to be repurposed for activities including watering your garden, washing your car, or cleaning the exterior of your home. This is an easy way to save money on your water bill, and be environmentally conscious at the same time. Additionally the rain water collection is known to ease the added pressure placed on the city’s sewer infrastructure.

DEP’s Rain Barrel Giveaway Program is part of New York City’s Green Infrastructure Plan that aims to capture stormwater before it can ever enter the sewer system and thereby reduce combined sewer overflows into local waterways. The program is also part of the department’s efforts to conserve water as part of a $1.5 billion initiative to ensure clean, reliable, and safe drinking water, with a goal to reduce citywide water consumption by five percent. Persaud’s office started Free Rain Barrel distributions in 2016.

“I am thrilled to provide yet another opportunity for constituents to receive necessary resources which will assist in reducing their water bills and also protecting the environment. It is heartening to witness the enthusiasm of residents as they demonstrate their commitment to decreasing their carbon footprint,” said Persaud.

The event is slated for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,Saturday, June 2, Persaud’s District Office, at 1222 East 96th Street in Canarsie.

Carroll Hosts Subway, MTA Transit Town Hall

Assembly Member Robert Carroll

Assembly member Robert Carroll (D-Windsor Terrace, Park Slope, Kensington) will host a transportation Town Hall today.

The event will focus on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) $19 billion plan to fix the city’s ailing subway system. As part of the plan, new MTA NYC Transit President, Andy Byford, announced signal upgrades on 5 lines benefiting over 3 million subway riders including the introduction of over 650 new subway cars and 1,200 Communications-Based Train Control (CBTC) modified cars into service. Byford will be in attendance at today’s event.

These improvements are expected to impact the 4, 5, 6, A, C, E, R, F, M, and G lines. The proposed plan would keep weekday service intact, with lines being taken out of service during overnight and weekend hours for up to two and a half years each.

Also included in the plan’s first 5 years are improvements to buses and Para transit, including installing elevators at 50 subway stations to improve wheelchair accessibility; the redesign of bus routes in all five boroughs, adding more than 2,800 buses; upgrades to station management, maintenance; and a new fare payment system which includes tap and go smart cards purchasable with cash.

The event is slated for 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., today, May 29, at John Jay Educational Complex, at 237 7th Avenue in Park Slope.

Mosley Mourns Loss of Manhattan Pol, Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr.

Assemblyman Walter Mosley

Over the weekend, Assembly member Walter T. Mosley (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights) and New York City officials mourned the loss of longtime Manhattan Assemblyman Herman “Denny” Farrell Jr., who died on Saturday, according to officials. He was 86.

Farrell retired last fall after almost 43 years in office, representing the 74th and then the 71st Assembly districts covering the upper Manhattan neighborhoods of West Harlem, Inwood and Washington Heights. Farrell was first the chair of the powerful Ways and Means Committee for more than 20 years and then became the Leader of the New York County Democratic Party in 1981 until 2009 and Vice-Chair of the New York State Democratic Party, in which capacity he served for a decade. He was also the Chairman of the New York State Democratic Committee from 2001 to 2006.

He wrote the Consumer Protection and Banking Legislation Act that boosted car leasing protections and outlawed banks using residency as a way to discriminate who can open accounts and helped pass the Neighborhood Preservation Companies Act to fund community organizations that advocate for tenants, according to the New York Post.

“The Honorable Harman (Denny) Farrell Jr. A man who I’ve respected and will continue to respect as a public servant who gave up so much of his life for the betterment our city, state, and nation. Your service was performed with a level of dignity that is second to none. Denny you will be missed, but more importantly we will miss the impact you have made on the lives of so many throughout our great state,” said Mosley. 

“On this Memorial Day weekend 2018, I pay homage to you and recognize the sacrifice you made, along with your family, as you left this land a much better place than when you entered it. We love you deeply and we will never forget you. For you will always remain the benchmark by which I hold myself as I serve my district and state. May G-d continue have everlasting mercy upon your soul,” added Mosley.