Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Dec. 6, 2018

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BP Adams to Launch “Stop The Bleed” Active Shooter Trainings

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will launch a series of active shooter trainings this week at local hospitals for leaders of Brooklyn’s houses of worship in an effort to better protect communities from gun violence.

The trainings are part of the nationwide “Stop the Bleed” campaign, which aims to empower the public in helping to save lives amid emergency situations by teaching basic techniques of bleeding control, including how to use hands, dressings, and tourniquets in cases of heavy bleeding from gunshot wounds. Shooting victims can quickly die within five to ten minutes from uncontrolled bleeding, but anyone at the scene can act as an immediate responder to save lives if they have the proper training.

Adams will make the announcement at his annual interfaith breakfast where he will be joined by representatives from Brookdale University Hospital Center and Maimonides Medical Center — the first two hospitals participating in the trainings.

According to data from the Gun Violence Archive, more than 12,000 people have died from gun-related violence in the U.S. so far this year, of which many succumb to heavy bleeding; more than 24,000 others have been injured in such incidents.

The event is slated for 8:30 a.m., today, Dec. 6, at 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.


CM Williams Calls For Resignation of BOE Executive Director

Jumaane Williams
City Council Member Jumaane Williams

City Council member Jumaane Williams (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood), Deputy Leader, called for the resignation of Board of Elections (BOE) Executive Director Michael Ryan this week following the citywide systemic failures on Election Day.

The call also comes in the wake of recent reports that about the Commissioner’s relationship with Election Systems and Software. Ryan reportedly has been taking trips paid for by the electronic ballot scanner company used on Election Day but failed to publicly disclose the trips.

NY1 reports that NYC has paid Election Systems and Software, which makes the DS200 scanning machine used in NYC elections, $43 million since 2009. Ryan in the wake of last month’s Election Day fiasco, defended the scanners, which experienced widespread malfunctions causing long lines and frustration across the five boroughs.

“With that said, there is clear blame that falls squarely on the Board of Elections- and it is incumbent on the the Board to correct these failures and ensure that in the future, the process is streamlined and New Yorkers are empowered to vote. Contrary to the Board’s claims regarding this disaster, it was not a question of the weather, but whether the current Board leadership was capable of these changes,” said Williams.


Wright Announces Conviction Dismissal Events

Tremaine Wright
Assemblymember Tremaine Wright

Assembly member Tremaine Wright (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights) announced yesterday conviction dismissal events for low-level marijuana arrests.

The event will give individuals with a low-level marijuana conviction to begin the process of erasing their record by requesting a dismissal. The event comes just months after Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced the offer as a way to show his commitment to make his office fairer, particularly for minorities who bore the brunt of enforcement as the NYPD stepped up its stop, question and frisk initiative during the Bloomberg administration.

The opportunity to have a conviction expunged does not apply to everyone, sex offenders and those with violent felonies on their record are not eligible.

The event will give attendees an opportunity to speak with a defense lawyer who can aid in filling out the motion.

The event is slated for 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec 11, at Wright’s District Office in Restoration Plaza, at 1360 Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

A second event is slated for 10 a.m. to 12-noon, Saturday, Dec. 15, at SUNY Downstate Medical School, at 450 Clarkson Avenue in Flatbush.

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