Adams, Treyger Seek Help To Find Fatal Hit-And-Run Driver
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and City Council Member Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Gravesend) this morning will hand out flyers and address the media asking members of the Gravesend community to assist the New York City Police Department (NYPD) with any information pertaining to the fatal hit-and-run of 57-year-old Francine LaBarbara.
LaBarbara, a single mother of twin teenage sons and beloved marketing director of The Bagel Store in Williamsburg, was struck and killed at around 8 a.m. yesterday in the crosswalk of Avenue Y and West 2nd Street – an intersection that some neighbors have called dangerous because of speeding drivers. Authorities are saying they are seeking a by a dark-colored van.
In addition to speaking out about this tragedy, Adams and Treyger will urge the City to take steps on improving street safety at the crossing.
The flier handout is slated for 8 a.m., today, Dec, 12 at the corner of Avenue Y and West 2nd Street in Gravesend.
Persaud, Savino Get Key SEnate Committee Assignments
State Senators Roxanne J. Persaud (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetowne, Ocean Hill, Starrett City ) and Diane Savino (D-Coney Island, Sunset Park, Staten Island) ) yesterday announced that Senate Democratic Leader Andrea-Stewart Cousins (D-Westchester) and the Democratic Conference named Persaud as the chair of the Social Services Committee, and Savino as chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Internet and Technology.
“I am honored and excited to chair the Social Services Committee,” Persaud said. “Thank you to Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins for giving me the opportunity to guide the future of the welfare of our communities. I look forward to working with my colleagues in securing New Yorkers the benefits and support they need and deserve.”
On the Senator’s agenda for the upcoming session is legislation she sponsors: Bill S1318-2018, which would provide financial assistance to low-income parents for purchasing diapers. Children aged two and younger require frequent diaper changes, to prevent rashes which could lead to serious health issues for them, which can prove to be a financial burden for low-income families. The bill grants eligible parents of children aged two and younger an allowance every three months to ensure they have a proper supply of diapers for their babies.
Savino also thanked Stewart-Cousins, saying with new innovative startups sprouting up everyday that change the way people live, the legislature must ensure that state laws keep up with those changes.
“Just over the last decade we have seen our entire way of life change dramatically thanks to these innovations, such as ride sharing, social media, and mobile banking, all of which come with the growing privacy concerns we face constantly. We have also seen the growth of the gig economy that has had a profound effect on workers rights. I’m excited to get to work in the upcoming session and look forward to working with my colleagues to improve the lives of working and middle-class New Yorkers across the state,” said Savino.
Stewart-Cousins also names Brooklyn State Senators Velmanette Montgomery as chair of the Child & Families Committee, Andrew Gounardes as chair of the Civil Service Committee, Zellnor Myrie as chair of the Elections Committee, Kevin Parker as chair of the Energy Committee and Julia Salazar as chair of the subcommittee on Women’s Health.
Deutsch Convenes Security Meeting For Non Public Schools & Houses Of Worship
City Councilman Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Midwood), in response to frustration about the process of obtaining security bollards to protect non-public institutions, last week convened a public meeting bringing together city officials, NYPD counterterrorism experts, and representatives of schools and houses of worship from throughout the five boroughs.
In 2017, an ISIS terrorist used a truck to mow down nearly two dozen pedestrians and bike riders on a bike path in Lower Manhattan, ultimately killing eight. Bollards – steel structures that can help prevent vehicle rammings – are in high demand given ongoing terror threats and a worrisome spike in hate crimes in New York City and throughout the country.
Just in the last two years, more than 150 New York City institutions have received a federal Homeland Security grant specifically earmarked for nonprofit organizations to harden their facilities. Once an organization receives the funding, it may decide to apply for approval to install security bollards, which must be approved through a process that includes the NYPD and the City’s Department of Transportation. Confusion about how to proceed via City channels led Deutsch to call for the meeting.
“This meeting was an opportunity to get all the relevant parties into one room, in order to ensure that there is an open line of communication, that questions were answered, and that the process was explained clearly. Usually, the problem is funding, but in this case, the money is there, but institutions needed help understanding how to spend it in the most efficient way possible,” said Deutsch, chairman of the Council’s Jewish Caucus.
Bichotte Toy Drive
Assemblywoman Rodnyse Bichotte (D-Flatbush, Ditmas Park) is presenting a holiday toy drive to give to disadvantaged youth.
“Help put a smile on a child’s face this season and spread holiday cheer!,” said Bichotte.
Her office is accepting unwrapped toys from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. now through Thursday, December 20. at 1312 Flatbush Avenue in Flatbush. If you have any questions or comments, please call the office at 718-940-0428 or send an email to [email protected] or to [email protected]