Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Nov. 9, 2018

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BP Adams To Present Tracy Morgan with “Key To Brooklyn”

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will join famed American rapper and actor Clifford Smith, also known as “Method Man,” in presenting a “Key to Brooklyn” to famed comedian Tracy Morgan, in time for his 50th birthday celebration.

Morgan, star of the Turner Broadcasting System’s (TBS) hit Brooklyn-based comedy series, “The Last O.G.,” lived in Bedford-Stuyvesant while he was young, and spent his formative years in the borough. Morgan currently executive produces and stars in the show in which he plays Tray, an ex-convict surprised to see how much his Brooklyn neighborhood has changed after his release from prison after 15 years. The show advocates for second chances for the recently incarcerated and is lovingly dedicated to the borough.

Since gaining success in the entertainment industry, Morgan has been committed to giving back to his former home through philanthropic work including, most recently in April, when he surprised seventh and eighth graders at the Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies in Red Hook to speak about the importance of education while distributing book bags. He also helped refurbish basketball courts in Gowanus Houses, where a portion of the first season of “The Last O.G.” was filmed, and Marcy Playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant, where he threw a block party for the community.

Adams will celebrate Morgan’s contributions to the borough and highlight the importance of giving back, no matter where a Brooklynite ends up.
           
The event is slated for 11 a.m., today, Nov. 9, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, at 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.


CM Williams, Weinstein To Protest Impending Hotel

Jumaane Williams
City Council Member Jumaane Williams
Helene Weinstein
Assemblymember Helene Weinstein

City Council member Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood) and Assembly member Helene E. Weinstein (D-Flatlands, Sheepshead Bay, East Flatbush) will will join community members to protest the impending construction of a hotel, sited at 5244 Kings Highway this week.

At the protest, the lawmakers will be calling on for increases in affordable housing and other necessary additions to the area as opposed to unnecessary and potential harmful developments.

The event is slated for 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at 5244 Kings Highway in East Flatbush.


Nadler, Top Officials Demand Preservation of Records Following Firing of Sessions

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jerrold Nadler (D-Western Brooklyn, Manhattan’s West Side), alongside U.S. House of Representatives ranking Democratic officials sent letters last night to top Administration officials demanding the preservation of all documents and materials relevant to the work of the Office of the Special Counsel or the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The group is part of a growing opposition to President Donald Trump’s firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions earlier this week, in what some top Democrats believe is a clear effort to change the supervisory structure for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing criminal investigation into possible Russian collusion in the 2016 Presidential Election.

On Thursday night, the coalition of concerned federal lawmakers sent letters to the White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, FBI Director Chris Wray, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Robert Khuzami, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, NSA Director Paul Nakasone, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, and Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

“Committees of the United States Congress are conducting investigations parallel to those of the Special Counsel’s office, and preservation of records is critical to ensure that we are able to do our work without interference or delay,” read part of the letter.

“Committees will also be investigating Attorney General Sessions’ departure. We therefore ask that you immediately provide us with all orders, notices, and guidance regarding preservation of information related to these matters and investigations,” continued the letter.


Maimonides To Hold Holiday Cookie Decorating Party For Kids Alongside “Katie Art Project”

Maimonides Medical Center will host a cookie decorating event alongside the nationally known not-for-profit, “Katie’s Art Project” for their pediatric patients this week.

Katie’s Art Project is a non-profit started in memory of Katie Andryca, a women who loved art and creating beautiful pieces of work. In December 1999, Katie was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and while at the hospital she devoted herself to being a true artist and decorating her hospital room. Eventually Katie lost her battle with cancer in 2001 but her best friend Stephanie Klemons started the organization in her name as an ode to a previous idea the two had to start a clothing line together.

The organization now aims to connect children facing life-threatening illnesses with emerging and established artists through collaborative programs to create a lasting legacy through art.

This year’s holiday event will also include special guests and Bradway start Marcus Paul James (Rent, Motown the Musical, etc.).

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