Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Oct. 30, 2018

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BP Adams To Hosts 4th Annual “Surviving and Thriving” Day Of Empowerment

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will celebrate survivors of domestic violence at his 4th Annual “Surviving and Thriving” Day of Empowerment event today.

The event recognizes Domestic Violence Awareness Month for hundreds of local survivors of abuse and supportive Brooklynites. The event will feature Adams sharing his own personal experience with domestic violence and will include remarks by the commissioner of the Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, Cecile Noel, and the deputy commissioner of the New York City Commission on Human Rights, Marissa A. L. Jackson-Sow, who will focus on successfully moving forward from abuse.

Activities will include personal safety demonstrations, a resource fair, mini-makeovers, and children’s fare. Survivors will discuss how they combated domestic violence and how they are currently founders and CEOs of their own businesses and organizations.

The event is slated for 6:30 p.m., today, Oct. 30, at Brooklyn Borough Hall-Courtroom, at 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Clarke Hosts Emergency Preparedness Event

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke (D-Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Brownsville, Sheepshead Bay) teamed up with The American Red Cross over the weekend to provide emergency preparedness training to local residents at the Shalom Senior Center.

The event was part of the Citizen Preparedness Training, a partnership between the Red Cross and New York State providing free emergency preparedness education. The presentation titled, Prepare, Respond, Recover: What to do When Disaster Strikes, is taught by experienced Red Cross instructors and gives a comprehensive overview on how to prepare for natural and man-made disasters and how to respond to and recover from them. The initiative also provides information on types of common disasters, ways to prepare as an individual, family and community member, what to do when disaster strikes and what actions you can take afterwards to aid in your recovery.

Established in 2014, Citizen Preparedness Corps has empowered more than 60,000 NYC residents with emergency preparedness skills and resources. The partnership with Clarke represents an ongoing commitment by the U.S. House of Representatives to emergency preparedness.

“Far too many families don’t have emergency plans. Prior to Hurricane Sandy, many Brooklyn residents never imagined we would see a storm of that magnitude. However, emergencies come in many forms, from hurricanes, to blackouts, to home fires – and no community is exempt. American Red Cross’ emergency preparedness training will equip families with knowledge to plan, respond, and recover from potential disasters. I encourage everyone to engage in this important conversation,” said Clarke.

Levin, Menchaca Address Tree of Life Synagogue Shooting

City Councilman Stephen Levin
City Councilman Carlos Menchaca

City Council member Stephen Levin (D-Northern Brooklyn, Boerum Hill) and Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park, Red Hook) denounced last week’s deadly Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On the morning of Saturday, October 27th, Robert D. Bowers stormed into the Tree of Life synagogue where worshippers had gathered for three separate Saturday services and shot at attendees indiscriminately, killing 11 Jewish congregants and wounding four police officers and two others.

Following the shooting spree, Bowers was confronted with police as he made his way out of the synagogue, at which time there was an exchange of gunfire, with Bowers returning inside the synagogue and barricading himself inside a third-floor room. The attacker, who was armed with an AR-15 style assault rifle, a Glock, and two other handguns, eventually surrendered to authorities. The massacre is considered one of the worst attacks on the Jewish community in American history.

“We join the outpouring of grief for those senselessly murdered in Pittsburgh. We must remember the victims and hold them close in our hearts. May their memory be a blessing. We must promise to unify no matter our differences. We must call out the rhetoric that attempts to divide us. Love, not hate, must be our enduring legacy,” said Levin.

“What happened on Saturday was an act of pure hate and cruelty, one that tragically reflects the deep roots of anti-Semitism that still run and fester in this country. Let me be clear: anti-Semitism, bigotry, and xenophobia of any kind have no place in this country or in our city. As we continue to reel from the news of this tragedy, all of us who are committed to fighting hate in all its forms must stand united and undeterred in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters,” said Menchaca.

Walker, Ampry-Samuel Hosts Trunk Or Treat Event

Assemblywoman Latrice Walker
Alicka Ampry-Samuel
City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel

Assembly member Latrice Walker and City Council member Alicka Ampry-Samuel both from Brownsville, will hosts a Trunk-Or-Treat Halloween event this year.

The event will provide activities and games for children from ages 3-12 as well as a multitude of spooky trunks for everyone to trick-or-treat in for some candy. The event will be a safe alternative for children in Brownsville compared to door-to-door trick or treating.

The event is slated for 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct.31, at the Brownsville Recreation Center, at 1555 Linden Blvd in Brownsville.