BP Adams To Join Jewish, Muslim Leaders In Contributing Funds For Desecrated Angel Statues
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will join Jewish and Muslim leaders to announce their joint contribution of funds for the restoration of two angel statues in front of Our Lady of Consolation Roman Catholic Church that were desecrated early Sunday morning.
Over the weekend, the statues were urinated on and smashed on the sidewalk, an act that was caught by security cameras and is currently being investigated by the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force.
These same statues were replaced two years ago after vandals tipped them over, and it is reportedly the sixth time in eight years that the church, whose parishioners include many Polish immigrants who live near the house of worship, has been desecrated, according to Adams’ office.
The event is slated for 11:30 a.m., today, Dec. 4, at 90th Precinct Station House, at 211 Union Avenue in Williamsburg.
Malliotakis Rejects MTA Fare & Toll Hike Proposal
Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R,C,I-South Brooklyn, Staten Island) rejected the Metropolitan Transportation Authorities plan to increase subway and toll rates
Earlier this month, the MTA unveiled its ‘Proposed 2019 Budget and Four-Year Financial Plan,’ that included two proposals for fare and toll adjustments as well as new sustainable revenue sources in order to avert significant service reductions and layoffs.
On Monday, the city’s transportation held a public hearing on the proposals in which Malliotakis rejected the proposal instead favoring the alternative plan, Move New York. The plan, created by transportation expert, Sam Schwartz proposes setting tolls according to a logical formula: higher tolls where transit options are most available and lower tolls where transit is either not available or a less viable option. This rationalization of tolls results in pricing all vehicle trips entering or exiting Manhattan south of 60th Street but lowers the price of most crossings with non-CBD (Central Business District) origins or destinations.
“As a legislator in the unique position of representing both Staten Island and Brooklyn, I hold a very strong position that the toll on the Verrazano Bridge should not be increased any further. Additionally, commuters who rely on bus and subway service to get to work, school and go about their daily business, cannot bare anymore, particularly when the service is inadequate,” said Malliotakis.
“Instead, we should be looking toward plans like Move New York, to find ways to reduce the burden placed on toll and fare payers before asking them to pay more of their hard-earned money. I believe it is the proper starting point for negotiations to develop a plan that will bring in the necessary money the MTA needs for capital improvements while reducing the burden placed on everyday commuters. I hope that you will take what I have said into consideration when determining our transportation’s future,” added Malliotakis.
CM Williams, Lander To Call For Firing of All NYPD Officers Involved In Garner’s Death
City Council members Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood) and Brad Lander (D-Kensington, Windsor Terrace, Park Slope) will join Gwen Carr, mother of Eric Garner, in calling for the firing of all New York Police Department (NYPD) officers involved in the killing of Garner.
NYPD officers Justin Damico, Mark Ramos, and Craig Furlani were all reportedly involved in the killing of Eric Garner- by either failing to intervene or compressing his chest while handcuffing him.
The rally will mark the fourth anniversary of no indictment for NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo in Garner’s death, who since has been taking home a six-figure salary with overtime every year since the controversial incident.
While a disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for Civilian Complaint Review Board’s (CCRB) prosecution of Pantaleo, Eric Garner’s family has heard nothing from the NYPD about the status of NYPD disciplinary proceedings against Sgt Adonis, according to Progressive Cities.
The event is slated for 12-noon, today, Dec. 4, on the Steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan.
Colton Announces Toys For Tots Drive
Assembly member William Colton (D-Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights) announced his annual ‘Toys For Tots Drive’ yesterday for the U. S. Marine Corps and several other organizations.
“The US Marine Corps Toys for Tots program is a perfect example that our servicemen and women are doing more than just serving our country. Any contributions are appreciated and will help millions of less fortunate children to enjoy the magic of the holidays,” said Colton.
Anyone who would like to donate toys is welcome to drop it off at Colton’s District Office at 155 Kings Highway. Toys should be new in the original package and unwrapped. Deadline for toys drop off is Dec. 20.