Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Aug. 2, 2018

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BP Adams Announces Plans For 5th Annual International Day of Friendship Celebration

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams yesterday encouraged all New Yorkers to take part in his fifth annual International Day of Friendship this weekend.

The event celebrates the hundreds of cultures and ethnicities that make Brooklyn an unparalleled center of diversity. Adams has emphasized the importance of valuing Brooklyn’s diversity as one its greatest assets and has made his “Embrace Your Hyphen” campaign — encouraging Brooklynites to celebrate and learn about the borough’s vast ethnic and linguistic diversity through awareness campaigns, cultural programming, and media outreach — a central pillar of his borough presidency.

The day’s festivities will consist of a series of cultural features with a Unity Parade of Flags, consisting of the flags of 195 member states of the United Nations. Following the parade, there will be a cultural performance featuring many of the borough’s most talented performers. The program will be MC’d by Radio 103.9’s Roxie and will include a series of artistic and cultural performances, ethnic cuisine from an array of local food trucks and a global dance party where attendees will be able to showcase their dance styles with tunes by the London-based global garage music DJ EZ and Dwana Smallwood Performing Arts Center, Inc. As with previous years, Adams will cap his International Day of Friendship celebration with a group singing on the main stage of “We Are the World.”

“There are not many places in the world that could say that they have more than 200 languages spoken throughout their municipality every day and that more than 40 percent of the people living there are born in a different country,” said Adams.

As Brooklynites, this is our greatest strength and something we should embrace and celebrate. This celebration is not only about embracing our own hyphens, but also learning from others. By embracing our own and others’ hyphens such as Italian-American, Jamaican-American, and Russian-American, we can all be a part of One Brooklyn,” added Adams.

Brannan Reacts To Deadly Gowanus Crash

City Council Member Justin Brannan

City Councilman Justin Brannan (D-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, Bensonhurst) mourned the loss of a 64-year-old civilian member of the New York Police Department (NYPD) yesterday who tragically lost his life in a freak accident in Gowanus.  

The man died in an unusual way, when his car was struck by a tire flung from a private sanitation truck Wednesday morning, police and sources said. The Staten Island man was driving a Chevy in the eastbound lane of the Gowanus Expressway in Brooklyn around 6:30 a.m. while the truck belonging to Century Waste Services LLC was traveling in the opposite direction, according to the New York Post. The loose truck tire flew from the westbound lane into the windshield of the man’s SUV, prompting him to crash into a roadway barrier near Third Avenue, police said. At the time, the victim was traveling to police headquarters in lower Manhattan, where he worked as a steamfitter for the NYPD.

Century Waste Services LLC has a history of accidents including three crashes with injuries. The private sanitation company has had more than half its trucks deemed unfit to drive and received 76 violations for unsafe conditions over the past two years, according to FMCSA records.

“Today’s fatal crash in my district that killed a 64-year-old steamfitter who worked for the NYPD should never have happened. The private sanitation company involved, Century Waste Services, failed most of its truck safety inspections over the last two years, including one where the truck was cited for an unsecured wheel. Unfortunately, reckless disregard for safety seems to be the rule, not the exception, among private carters,” said Brannan.

“Fatal crashes are up in this industry, even as Vision Zero is driving fatalities down overall. Private carters need intensive reform. I support an exclusive commercial waste zone policy to dramatically reduce garbage truck traffic and to hold private carters responsible for crashes and reckless safety abuses,” added Brannan.

Menchaca Updates Residents On 4th Avenue MTA Repairs

City Councilman Carlos Menchaca

City Council member Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park, Red Hook) announced updates regarding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s (MTA) planned repairs to the 4th Avenue subway station yesterday.

Last week, the MTA started construction on the station between 36th and 59th streets with the aim of repairing steel beams, fixing tunnel lighting and improving the water filtration systems at the subway station.

The updates are slated to last until late July 2019 and will affect N and R subway service, in particular the two trains routes will run local in both directions between 36th and 59th streets for the duration of the construction. Also during each phase of the planned updates, six blocks will be closed along the avenue. The first phase will encompass the avenue between 59th Street and 51th Street, and move northward, according to Menchaca.

While construction is happening, traffic patterns will also change. One travel lane will be open at all times and two travel lanes will be open during the 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. rush hour which will also include a no parking ban during that time.  

“I know this sounds incredibly disruptive – and it is – but it’s for very important improvements that we need for the subway system. However, as yesterday proved, we must be proactive in staying on top of any developments. The goal for anything like this is transparency, accountability, and public safety,” said Menchaca.

“To that end, my office will remain in constant contact with the MTA, Department of Transportation, the NYPD, and the construction company – El Sol Contracting & Construction Corporation – to stay informed about the construction timeline and what the City is doing to keep us safe and healthy. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to my office,” added Menchaca.

Seddio, TJ Club Announce Canvassing Opportunities

Kings County Democratic Party Chair Frank Seddio

Kings County Democratic Party Boss Frank Seddio alongside his Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club are on the lookout for canvassers for the Governor’s campaign.

The canvasser’s will be helping in New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s campaign as he faces a challenge from Cynthia Nixon for the Democratic party line.

The position is paid, if you feel you would like this opportunity, submit a resume to This is an hourly job paying $15 per hour based on the need of the campaign.

The club meets at 8 p.m, every Thursday, at the TJ Club House, at 77 Conklin Avenue in Canarsie.