Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move July 24, 2018

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Deutsch Announces Start Of Increased Sanitation Service

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Midwood) yesterday has announced the start of increased Sanitation service throughout the 48th Council District, beginning this week.

New services will include seven days a week corner wastebasket collections on commercial corridors, and extra trash cleanup by sanitation workers in heavy foot traffic areas or known problem areas for dumping.

Deutsch has also asked for increased enforcement in the district for illegal dumping under train trestles and alongside corner wastebaskets.

These business districts will now be receiving corner wastebasket collections every day:

Avenue M, Kings Highway, Avenue U, Sheepshead Bay Road, Brighton Beach Avenue and Neptune Avenue.

Problem areas for dumping and litter that will now be receiving extra attention from the Department of Sanitation include:

Under train trestles (from Avenue M to Avenue Z), Emmons Avenue – pedestrian islands, Sheepshead Bay Road – pedestrian plaza, Brighton Beach Avenue – between Ocean Parkway and Brighton 16th Street, and the Train path – from West 5th Street to West 6th Street, across from West Brighton Avenue

To report an area that needs further litter patrols, please contact Councilman Deutsch at [email protected] or 718-368-9176.

Lander, DEP Announce New “Green” Playground Construction Starts in Park Slope

City Council Member Brad Lander

City Council Member Brad Lander (D-Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington) and Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) Commissioner Vincent Sapienza yesterday announced that construction has begun on a new “green” playground at P.S. 282 in Park Slope.

The former asphalt located along Berkeley Place between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue and is a shared site with P.S. 282, will be transformed with the addition of green infrastructure and trees that has the storage capacity to capture nearly 1 million gallons of stormwater annually and help to improve the health of the Gowanus Canal.

Set to be completed by the end of the year, the playground improvements will include a synthetic turf field, a running track, a spray fountain and drinking water fountain, a basketball hoop, and benches and trees. Lander provided $250,000 in funding and DEP allocated $350,000.

“I’m thrilled that a new green playground will soon take the place of an asphalt lot at P.S. 282 in Park Slope,” said Lander. “Not only will this playground provide a great new place for kids from the school and community to play, its green infrastructure will absorb stormwater and improve the health of the Gowanus Canal.  I thank DEP Commissioner Vincent Sapienza for partnering with my office to fund this important project that will help make sure that Gowanus is a vibrant, sustainable, mixed-use neighborhood for decades to come.”

Brooklyn Congressional Delegation Blasts Trump Administration Immigration Policy

Brooklyn Democratic U.S. Reps including Jerrold NadlerNydia Velázquez, Yvette Clarke and Hakeem Jeffries this past weekend joined immigration advocates and attorneys for minors who were separated from their families as a direct result of the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy to discuss the Administration’s failure to reunite children with their parents, and to demand that all families be reunited by the court-ordered deadline of July 26.

Congressman Jerrold Nadler
Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

“This is a humanitarian crisis,” said Nadler, ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.  “Children, as young as six months old, ripped from their parents’ arms. Some kids warehoused in what amount to prisons, not even allowed to call their parents. Enough is enough! We demand that the Administration comply with all of the court orders, and that it carry out a safe, orderly, and humane process to reunify these families. We will not rest until every child is safely back with his or her parents, and this sorry chapter in American history is finally closed.”

“Donald Trump’s inhumane ‘zero tolerance’ policy is not only a moral affront, but now the courts have also found it to be illegal. There can be no more delays and the Administration must move swiftly to reunite children separated from their parents, immediately,” said Velázquez

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

“Donald Trump failed immigrant families by missing the deadline to reunify them. To this day, countless number of families remain separated.  This human rights violation should never be forgotten. Donald Trump bears full responsibility for this crisis,” said Clarke.

“The Trump Administration continues to sink to new lows,” said Jeffries. “Tearing children, some of whom are less than a year old, from their families was cruel, inhumane and an ineffective immigration strategy. Failing to reunite those children with their families, despite court orders to do so, is pure Trump Administration incompetence. History will not judge either kindly.”

Speaker Corey Johnson On James E. Davis 

Former City Council Member James E. Davis

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson yesterday issued the following statement regarding the anniversary of the death of former City Council Member James E. Davis (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights).

Davis was shot to death in City Hall 15 years ago.

“It’s always important to remember those who came before you, and today the City Council remembers one of our own, Council Member James Davis. James was taken from us 15 years ago today in a shooting inside City Hall. His death is tragic for so many reasons, and the fact that it happened inside our city’s seat of government is a reminder that senseless gun violence can occur anywhere,” said Johnson.

“James Davis knew that and that is why he founded the Love Yourself Stop the Violence Foundation. Their work continues now as the James E. Davis Stop the Violence Foundation. I am glad Davis’s organization is still here, working every day to prevent needless violence in our communities. 

“Here at the City Council, Davis’s legacy also lives on. His name is etched above the door to the Members’ Lounge here in City Hall, and I think of him often. My thoughts and prayers, and the thoughts and prayers of my fellow Council Members, are with the family, friends and former colleagues of James Davis.”