Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move April 15, 2019

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Ampry-Samuel To Hold Hearing on NYCHA’s Management of Tenant Participation Funds

Alicka Ampry-Samuel
City Council Member Alicka Ampry-Samuel

City Council member Alicka-Ampry-Samuel (D-Brownsville), chair of the Committee on Public Housing, today will hold an oversight hearing regarding New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Management of Tenant Participation Activity (TPA) Funds.

The hearing will discuss the purpose of the TPA program, which is to encourage resident involvement in creating a positive living environment and to contribute to the overall mission of public housing.

During the hearing, elected officials will hear from key stakeholders, including NYCHA resident leaders from across the city to share their experiences with the TPA Funds program. Additionally, the elected officials will also hear from NYCHA officials on the current status of the program and will review the TPA Funds process and procedure.

The event is slated for 10 a.m., today, April 15, in the Council Chambers, City Hall in Lower Manhattan.

Cornegy Responds To Fatal Crane Accident In SoHo

City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr

City Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. (D-Bedford-Stuyvesant, Northern Crown Heights), Chair of the Council’s Committee on Housing & Buildings yesterday sent his condolences and pushed for increase construction site safety training in the wake of a fatal crane accident in SoHo in Lower Manhattan over the weekend.

On Sunday just after 3 a.m., 34-year-old construction workers Gregory Echevarria was struck dead by a falling crane counterweight. Echevarria of Brooklyn, was pronounced dead at the construction site on Varick Street between Broome and Dominick streets. According to initial reports, two other people suffered minor injuries and were taken to Lenox Hill Hospital, firefighters said. The crane itself didn’t collapse, according to the Department of Buildings (DOB). Workers were erecting the crane when the counterweight fell. Under construction is a new 25-story residential building project at 570 Broome Street, the DOB said. The agency issued a stop work order.

The fatal accident marked the third deadly construction site accident in the city in less than a week. Nelson Salinas, 51, was killed by falling debris on Monday as he was working on facade repairs at an apartment building on Manhattan’s East Side. Erik Mendoza, 23, was working on the roof of a 13-story building in Brooklyn when he fell to his death on Wednesday.

“This is the third worksite fatality in the construction industry this week, and a chilling reminder of the danger the men and women who build our city are subjected to day in and day out. My sincerest condolences go out to Gregory Echevarria’s family and friends at this time,” said Cornegy.

“It is also a reminder of the importance of implementing the construction site safety training mandates of Local Law 196 of 2017, which will be a vitally important way to prevent future fatalities like these. I will continue to work to ensure these measures are implemented to ensure we lose fewer lives on worksites,” added Cornegy.

Colton Speaks Out Against Application For Drug Abuse Clinic

Assembly Member William Colton

Assembly member William Colton (D-Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights) with 47th Assembly District Leader Nancy Tong attended a recent Community Board 11 meeting to express their concerns over a possible drug treatment center at 1751 Bath Avenue, Brooklyn.

Earlier this year, CB11 had received notice that a group filed an Article 28 application for a drug treatment medical clinic at 1751 Bath Avenue in Brooklyn. The community board is set to vote on the application later this year.

“This location has many reasons to make us concerned and the lack of providing information by the applicant about what they are planning to do make us even more concerned. The applicant must file an application with the Office of Alcohol and Substance Abuse. The owner and a doctor who are planning to open a center tried to allay concerns by saying it would only be drug counseling in the Community Board 11 area,” said Colton.

“The residents expressed their continuing concerns about a site at this location which is surrounded by so many nearby schools, churches, mosques and synagogues with senior centers and youth activities, as well as a school for autistic youth and several after school music, dance and tutoring activities for children,” added Colton.

Frontus Presents $148,000 To Coney Island NYCHA Development For Stoves & Fridges

Mathylde Frontus
Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus

Assembly member Mathylde Frontus (D-Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights) earlier this month presented residents of the Coney Island Site 8 of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development with a $148,000 check for kitchen upgrades.

In previous years, many of the other NYCHA developments in Coney Island have received funds for appliance upgrades but Coney Island Site 8 was left out. When Frontus was made aware of the discrepancy, she worked with the New York State Assembly to ensure that Site 8 would get their fair share.

“It is my pleasure to stand here today and present a check for 148,000, so that the 125 households in this building can all receive a new stove and a new refrigerator. I am proud to be able to come here today with the support of the NYS Assembly to make sure that none of the local families here in Coney Island are left out,” said Frontus.