Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Sept. 5, 2018

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Montgomery, Wright Construction Notification Bill Signed Into Law

Senator Velmanette Montgomery photographed by tracy collins
Senator Velmanette Montgomery
Assemblywoman Tremaine Wright

State Senator Velmanette Montgomery (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Boerum Hill, Sunset Park) and Assembly member Tremaine S. Wright (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) got their Construction Notification Bill (A5823-B/S4519-A) signed into law last week.

The new bill, recently signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, will now require the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB) to provide written notification to adjoining property owners when an application for approval of construction is submitted to NYC DOB.

The legislation also requires NYC DOB to provide proof of insurance and a copy of the permit to owners of adjoining properties thirty days before construction, or demolition work begins except in the event that emergency work is authorized. The bill was first introduced after a building collapse in the community several years ago in which a lack of safety precautions during a building renovation led to multiple injuries and over a dozen homeless individuals.

“The Governor clearly heard the pleas of homeowners throughout New York City. In these situations, many homeowners spend time and resources they don’t have just to find the relevant information. All too often, our homeowners are left to fend for themselves and I am so happy to bring them some relief with this legislation,” said Montgomery.

“This legislation has been a long time coming! In light of the record construction boom taking place in Brooklyn and New York City, this win will help to safeguard our neighbors and strengthen our communities,” said Wright.

CM Williams Hosts Annual Senior Labor Day Concert

City Councilmember Jumaane Williams

City Council member Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood) will host the annual Senior Labor Day Concert today.

The event will include performances by the IET Band, Midwood Steelpan Drummers, Midwood Senior Chorus, and the Phillip Howard NORC Choir. Seniors from all across District 45 are invited to attend.

The event is slated for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., today, Sept. 5, at Amersfort Park, at East 38th Street in Flatbush.

Golden Hosts 17th Annual September 11th Memorial Ceremony

State Sen. Marty Golden

State Senator Martin Golden (R-C-I-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, Borough Park, Midwood) will host his 17th Anniversary 9/11 Memorial Ceremony next week.

The remembrance ceremony will feature patriotic music, a candle lighting ceremony, a 21-Gun salute and a moment of silence. The annual gathering honors those lost during the national tragedy and celebrates the strength of America.

There will be two local events:

The first event is slated for 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Marine Park, at 3000 Fillmore Avenue (by Flagpole).

The second event is slated for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at American Veterans Pier (corner of Bay Ridge Avenue and Shore Road) in Bay Ridge.

Hamilton To Hold ‘Living While Black’ Town Hall

State Sen. Jesse Hamilton

State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D-Central Brooklyn) will host a “Living While Black” Town Hall this week to discuss legislation aimed at making calling 911 on innocent black people a hate crime.

The event will discuss Hamilton’s introduction of the 911 Anti-Discrimination bill. The proposal aims to combat the misuse of 911 and the growing number of  “living while black” incidents that have occurred both in New York and around the country. This includes an incident that happened to Hamilton last month at the Prospect Park B/Q/S station entrance, when a woman called the police on him for campaigning for his re-election bid.

Under the proposed bill there would be a further differentiation among false reports, adding penalties based on the intent of the false reporting.

The list of charges eligible for hate crimes sentencing enhancements would include First, Second, and Third Degree false reporting, increasing the penalties by one class for all three. In this instance, meaning the motivation for false reporting is a perception or belief about an individual’s race, color, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, religious practice, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

The event is slated for 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7, at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, at 260 Eastern Parkway (between Classon & Franklin Avenues) in Crown Heights.