Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Aug. 28, 2018

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BP Adams To Rally Brooklynites Ahead of 10th Annual Ovarian Cancer Walk/Run

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams alongside Tell Every Amazing Lady About Ovarian Cancer (T.E.A.L.) CEO and Founder Pamela Esposito-Amery will rally Brooklynites today in advance of September’s commemoration of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

September is known nationally recognized as Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, which is represented through the color teal. Ovarian cancer is the fifth-leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women, and is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. Its symptoms are often subtle and vague, making it difficult to diagnose; there is currently no effective screening test for ovarian cancer.

Today’s rally will go toward promoting the 10th Annual Brooklyn T.E.A.L. Walk/Run, being held in Prospect Park next month.

The event will also highlight plans to turn Brooklyn teal in honor of the month, including the lighting of Brooklyn Borough Hall in Downtown Brooklyn and the Luna Park Parachute Jump in Coney Island as well as ribbons being hung along stretches of Fifth and Flatbush avenues.

The event is slated for 11 a.m., today, Aug. 28, at 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.  

Donovan Announces 2018 Congressional App Challenge

Congressman Dan Donovan

Congressman Dan Donovan (R-South Brooklyn, Staten Island) announced yesterday that his office is accepting submissions for the 2018 Congressional App Challenge.

The competition, which is open to Staten Island and South Brooklyn students, aims to develop an interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education. A panel of local judges from the technology and computer science sectors will review apps created by participants and select a winning submission.

This is the fourth time that Donovan’s office has hosted the Congressional App Challenge. Last year’s winner was Kathleen Coen, a senior at Notre Dame Academy. She created an app entitled Steer Clear, which focused on preventing drunk driving by helping users find free and safe rides home from events. Other previous winning projects include an app that created a marketplace for students to buy and sell college textbooks and the development of a computer operating system.

“Staten Island and South Brooklyn students are part of the next generation of inventors and creators that will lead our community and nation in the coming years. STEM will continue to drive economic opportunity and innovation, and it is incredible to see these young students use technology to problem solve and create change. I’ve be consistently impressed by past participants and look forward to this year’s submissions,” said Donovan.

For additional information about the Congressional App Challenge, students may visit https://Donovan.House.Gov/Challenge or contact Donovan’s Staten Island District Office at (718) 351-1062.

Reynoso Demands Access To Safe, Clean Bathrooms For Homeless

City Councilman Antonio Reynoso

City Council member Antonio Reynoso (D-Bushwick, Williamsburg) will rally today alongside elected officials, faith leaders and advocates to highlight the lack of access to safe, clean bathrooms that impact housed and homeless New Yorkers.

The group will specifically call on the City to site and install 15 automated public toilets (APT) at Madison Square Park. The APTs were initially purchased in 2006 by the city, as part of a group of 20 toilets. Currently, only five toilets have been placed.

Reynoso is demanding that the city, Department of Transportation (DOT) and community members prioritize and expedite the process of siting, approving, and installing the remaining fifteen ATPs.

The event is slated for 1:30 p.m., today, Aug. 28, at Madison Square Park in Lower Manhattan.

Deutsch Announces New B44 Express Bus Stop On Avenue R & Nostrand Avenue

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch
Assembly Member Helene Weinstein

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Midwood) has announced yesterday that, in a major victory for Sheepshead Bay residents, a new B44 Select Bus Service (SBS) bus stop will be coming to Avenue R and Nostrand Avenue.

Deutsch, along with Assembly member Helene Weinstein (D-Flatlands, Sheepshead Bay), has been at the forefront of advocacy for an additional bus stop along the express SBS route that begins on Shore Parkway in Sheepshead Bay and ends in Williamsburg. Deutsch led the charge to petition the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the DOT to implement the change.

The distance between the two nearest SBS bus stops to Avenue R is more than a mile, the largest gap between any two SBS stops in Southern Brooklyn. Additionally, Avenue R, which is a transfer point to two bus routes, the B2 and the B31, that connect Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, and Gerritsen Beach residents to the only local train – the Q line – which has been in grave need of improved service. The new stops are also slated to make transportation easier for many of the elderly and disabled residents in the area. The new SBS bus stop is slated to be installed during the first two weeks of September.

“I am thrilled to have been able to successfully advocate for the installation of an SBS B44 stop at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue R, the culmination of years of effort. I must commend newly appointed MTA President Andy Byford, who has put his money where his mouth is in truly listening to feedback from the community. Commuters, particularly our senior and disabled neighbors, deserve reliable, accessible transit. This new bus stop will ensure that they are offered timely transportation along Nostrand Avenue,” said Deutsch.

“I am overjoyed that the MTA has heard our pleas and will be placing a Select Bus Service Stop at Avenue R and Nostrand Avenue. I thank MTA President, Andy Byford, for responding to the needs of our Madison neighborhood commuters and elderly constituents,” said Weinstein.

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud
City Councilman Alan Maisel

“All of our constituents deserve hassle free, reliable, affordable, safe, and dependable ways to get to around. That is why I am so pleased with the installation of an SBS B44 stop at Nostrand Avenue and Avenue R. This is excellent news and I will keep working with my colleagues to improve the quality and accessibility of our mass transit options,” said 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).

“It is a delight to hear that this new bus stop at Avenue R and Nostrand Avenue will be installed in early September. The new stop will provide better accessibility for all of our constituents,“ said City Council Member Alan Maisel (D-Mill Basin, Canarsie, Flatlands, Bergen Beach, Floyd Bennett Field, Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Plum Beach).

BP Adams Holds Signing Ceremony Gifting First Friendship Archway To Sunset Park

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will host a ceremonial signing today for the formal agreement gifting the first friendship archway to New York City.

The archway will span Eighth Avenue between 60th and 61st streets in Sunset Park. Eighth Avenue serves as the heart of Sunset Park’s Chinatown, the first in Brooklyn.

The nine-roof, 40-foot-tall, 12-foot-wide archway will honor Chinese culture and diversity in Brooklyn, and will symbolize the bridge of friendship that exists between New York City and Beijing whose Chaoyang District, Brooklyn’s sister city, made the Chinese archway in New York a reality. Adams will hail this milestone of this community project, which has been pursued by local leaders for decades.

The event is at 3 p.m, today, Aug. 28, at Brooklyn Borough Hall-Courtroom, at 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.