Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Sept. 18, 2018

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Deutsch Inaugurates New School Playground

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch

City Council member Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Midwood) joined a ribbon cutting ceremony at P.S. 255, The Barbara Reing School, yesterday to celebrate the opening of a new playground.

Deutsch allocated capital funding to the school in Fiscal Years 2015 and 2017 to rebuild the playground and install new play equipment.

“It was my great pleasure to join P.S. 255 Principal Kelly McCann and hundreds of students at today’s ribbon cutting. It’s so important that our children have access to the tools and resources that they need to succeed, and a safe, clean space for recreation is vital for their growth,” said Deutsch.

“I’m proud to have secured more than $10 million for upgrades in schools across our district during the last several years, and I look forward to continuing to work with teachers, administrators, and parents to ensure that our schools are a safe, stimulating, and educational place for our children,” added Deutsch.

Felder Thanks Voters For Primary Win

Sen. Simcha Felder

State Senator Simcha Felder (D-Midwood, Flatbush, Borough Park, Kensington, Sunset Park, Madison, Bensonhurst) thanked his constituents yesterday for re-electing him in the democratic primary held on Sept. 13.

Felder was challenged by self-proclaimed progressive democrat Blake Morris in this year’s primary race for New York’s 17th Senate District, which includes Midwood, Sunset Park, Kensington, Borough Park and some of Bensonhurst.


Felder won with 63.25 %, while Morris finished with 32.69 %, according to the New York State Board of Elections. Though Felder is a registered democrat, he does caucus with Senate Republicans, a major issue for many of his colleagues who hope to have a Democratic majority in the State Legislature this year.

“The people have spoken loud and perfectly clear, they are voting on the issues that matter to them – safety and security, quality of life and education. I thank everyone in the 17th Senate District for coming out to vote today; your confidence and support are truly humbling. I will continue serving you and all New Yorkers faithfully,” said Felder.

Reynoso, Deutsch Applaud Expansion of Electronic Waste Collection Program To Southern BK

City Councilman Antonio Reynoso
City Councilman Chaim Deutsch

City Council members Antonio Reynoso (D-Bushwick, Williamsburg) and Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Midwood) announced yesterday that residents of Southern Brooklyn will be eligible for curbside electronic waste collection from the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

Deutsch, who serves as a member of the City Council’s Sanitation Committee, strongly advocated and pushed for the new arrangement to come to southern Brooklyn. Until now, New Yorkers with defunct electronics could only dispose of them through a manufacturer, such as Staples, or by bringing it to a collection site that is only open once or twice a month.

The new system will be active in Southern Brooklyn starting October 1, and will allow homeowners to simply call 311 or to schedule a collection. A wide array of electronic equipment is classified as recyclable under New York State law and cannot be disposed of through regular means including computers laptops, desktop computers, tablets, e-readers, televisions, DVD players, DVRs, VCRs, and fax machines – as well as peripherals such cables, cords and wiring.

“The new program will be a major game-changer for seniors and people with disabilities in particular, for whom it can be difficult to shlep a large television set or computer to a distant site for disposal,” said Deutsch.

“Electronics collection is a key component of our City’s efforts to achieve zero waste by 2030. I am pleased to see that the Department of Sanitation’s curbside electronics collection program has been expanded to Southern Brooklyn—helping to streamline our City’s waste management system and bolstering our efforts to divert waste from landfills,” said Reynoso, Chair of the l Sanitation and Solid Waste Management committee.