Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move July 18, 2018

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BP Adams Encourages Naturalization Applicants To Participate In Citizenship Drive

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams invited local naturalization applicants to attend his upcoming Citizenship Drive yesterday.

The annual event provides free assistance from trained legal experts in an effort to and will be held in collaboration with Dominicanos USA, a Dominican-American organization which aims to encourage civic, economic, and social engagement in the Dominican-American community, and NALEO Educational Fund, the nation’s leading non-partisan, non-profit organization that aims to encourage civic engagement among Latino-Americans.

The immigration event is part of Adams’ ongoing “Embrace Your Hyphen” campaign, which encourages Brooklynites to celebrate and learn about the borough’s vast ethnic and linguistic diversity through awareness campaigns, cultural programming, and media outreach.

“Brooklyn is home to everyone from everywhere, and we’re proud of that. Our diversity is our strength, and we grow even stronger by supporting our immigrant neighbors who are making their way through the citizenship process and need a helping hand. I thank our partners in the legal community, as well as our incredible network of community advocates, who are coming together to make this drive possible at such an important moment in our history,” said Adams.

The event is slated for 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, July 21 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, at 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Participants in the drive will need to bring:

-Green card/all passports (expired and unexpired),

-Most recent federal tax return

-Marriage certificate and/or divorce papers (if applicable),

-Certified court dispositions and/or Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) disposition letters (if applicable)

Anyone interested in attending is asked to register by visiting Spanish-speaking staff will be available for those for whom English is a second language. For any questions or further information, visit or call (718) 665-1920.

Espinal Intros Green Roof Bills, Launches Green the City’s Skyline Campaign

City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr.
City Councilman Stephen Levin

City Council member Rafael Espinal (D-East New York, Bushwick) alongside fellow colleagues Stephen Levin (D-Brooklyn Heights, DUMBO, Williamsburg, Boerum Hill) and Donovan Richards (D-Queens) will announce legislation aimed at making all the city’s rooftops sustainable today.

The legislation would require certain buildings to cover all available rooftop space with a green roof, solar panels, small wind turbines, or a combination of all three.

The new measure will join legislation sponsored by Richards and Levin to require sustainable roofs on virtually all new buildings across the city, while also putting New York at the forefront of the global effort to cool down cities and reduce their carbon footprint.

The environmental benefits of green roofs include reducing the urban heat island effect, decreasing stormwater runoff, and removing air pollutants. Several cities have adopted ordinances in recent years requiring buildings to install green roofs, including Toronto and Denver.

The event is slated for 11 a.m., today, July 18, at 49 South 2nd Street in Williamsburg.

Golden Announces Taxpayer Enrollment Assistance Event For Seniors, Disabled

State Sen. Marty Golden

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, parts of Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, Midwood), along with the New York City Department of Finance (DOF), announced yesterday a tax relief and exemption enrollment event for homeowners and tenants who are senior citizens or disabled.

At the event officials from the DOF will be on hand to assist individuals in applying for:       Senior Citizen Home Exemption (SCHE), Disabled Homeowner’s Exemption (DHE), Enhanced STAR, Veterans Property Tax Exemption, Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption, The Disability Rent Increase Exemption.

“I encourage everyone who qualifies for these exemptions to apply, in order to reduce your taxes and give yourself the chance to save money. It is important going forward that we not only maintain these exemptions, but that we expand eligibility requirements,” said Golden.

“We must work to ensure that our seniors, our disabled and our veterans can afford to live here in Brooklyn,” added Golden.

The event is slated for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Wednesday, August 8, at Golden’s District Office, at 7408 5th Avenue in Bay Ridge.

Applicants should bring valid photo identification, tax returns and other necessary income documentation, as well as current and prior lease for renters, and trusts or life estates for owners. If you have any questions, you are asked to call Senator Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

Persaud To Host 3rd Annual SD 19 Family Fun Day

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud

State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetown, Ocean Hill, Starrett City) will host her 3rd Annual Senate District 19 Family Fun Day next month.

The annual event brings together hundreds of people in the Nineteenth Senatorial District to enjoy games, face painting, lunch, refreshments and important resources for families in the scenic park. Additionally, the family-friendly event will provide information about the vast services available to them from a wide variety of vendors.

“I am very excited to host SD 19 Fun Day for a third year in the district. This resource fair has become one event that families look forward to attending in the summer. Families in our community deserve the opportunity to meaningfully engage with neighbors and receive information and resources from organizations across NYC,” said Persaud.

The event is slated for 12-noon to 5 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at Canarsie Park.