Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Aug. 13, 2018

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BP Adams To Launch Platinum Edition of “BK Sings” Karaoke Competition

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will launch the first-ever Platinum Edition of his BK Sings karaoke competition this week.

The contest, which is sponsored by Aetna, AgeWell, and WellCare is attended by many of the community’s Latino seniors. More than 20 senior centers in across the borough are participating in Adams’ amateur-focused competition, which will culminate at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Thursday, October 4th, at which time winners will receive prizes, trophies, and more. All residents over the age of 60 are invited to participate.

Adams, an avowed karaoke enthusiast who held his first BK Sings karaoke competition two years ago at more than two dozen bars and lounges across Brooklyn, will encourage older Brooklynites to show off their singing talents and vie to be crowned the borough’s next king or queen of karaoke.

The event is slated for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, at United Senior Citizens Center, at 475 53rd Street in Sunset Park.

Malliotakis Slams Expansion of School “Warning Cards”

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis

Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I,Ref – Bay Ridge, Staten Island) recently denounced the expansion of the NYC school warning-card program.

Last week, the New York Police Department (NYPD) alongside city school officials announced the expansion of the program that sees students 16 and up receive letters home to their parents, rather than criminal summonses, for small amounts of marijuana and disorderly conduct charges, according to the NY Daily News.

Starting in September, the warning-card program will be used in all of the city’s high schools, potentially affecting more than 200,000 kids in more than 400 schools. The aim of the disciplinary program is to keep young adults out of the criminal justice system while still teaching students to take responsibility for their actions. Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the program back in 2015 in 37 schools in the Bronx and expanded it to 71 schools citywide in 2017.

“The warning card program has done nothing but serve as a welcome mat for disruptive students to get away with bad behavior without any real consequences. By expanding this system, which has been heavily criticized by the union representing School Safety Agents, Mayor de Blasio and School Chancellor Carranza are essentially telling our children that they can bring drugs to school, disrespect their teachers and disrupt class without being punished or suspended,” said Malliotakis.

“I have received numerous complaints from teachers, principals, school safety agents and police officers about how this policy is eroding school discipline, making it increasingly difficult to control the classroom environment and make it safe for the students who actually come there to learn. The Mayor is dead wrong on this issue and is sending a poor message to New York City’s 1.1 million public school children. This policy will only encourage Marijuana use and sale among teenagers and around our public schools,” added Malliotakis.

Cymbrowitz Commemorates Victims of the Holocaust

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

Assembly member Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach) will commemorate victims of the Holocaust today with the unveiling of a statue.

Cymbrowitz will host a ceremony to unveil Infinity, to symbolize the tragic loss of lives during the Holocaust. The statue was donated to the college by the Bykov Family. The event will also feature a candle lighting and remarks from Dr. Stanley Bykov, and a number of dignitaries including Rabbi Andy Bachman.

According to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the genocide carried out by Nazis and their collaborators killed six million Jews, as well as some 200,000 Roma (Gypsies) and others, through the use of forced labor, concentration camps, and mass execution.

Colton Commends NYPD On Investigation Regarding Anti-Chinese Hate Graffiti

Assembly Member William Colton

Assemblyman Bill Colton (D-Bensonhurst, Bath Beach) yesterday commended the New York City Police Department for investigating and locating the surveillance camera recording of the suspect who appears to be responsible for the vulgar anti Chinese hate signs, which were painted on private businesses along 86 Street between 21st and 18th Avenues.

Colton stated that a hate crime against any ethnicity is a despicable act and will not be tolerated. He is calling on the community to unite against such hate and help in trying to identify who this person is
and where he can be found.

“Together we will protect our neighborhood and all its families from such  actions. The strength of our neighborhood has always been its bringing people together. I will continue to work to bring us together and to ensure that this attack on our neighborhood will not divide us, but will make us all the more strong-minded to work together for a better and safer neighborhood for all our families,” said Colton.

Colton will continue to follow up to ensure that this hateful and vicious individual will be apprehended and that justice will be done to the fullest extent the law permits.

Anyone with information about the identity or present whereabouts of this individual should call the NYPD Crime Stoppers number at 1-800-577-TIPS or call 1-800-577-8477.  All calls are kept confidential. 

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