BP Adams Applauds NYC’s Green New Deal
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams applauded Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement yesterday of NYC’s Green New Deal. The initiative is a bold and audacious plan to attack global warming on all fronts.
The plan is comprised of $14 billion in new and committed investments, legislation and concrete action at the City level that will ensure a nearly 30 percent additional reduction in emissions by 2030.
The Green New Deal policies are laid out in “OneNYC 2050: Building a Strong and Fair City,” a new, comprehensive plan to prepare our city for the future and leading the way for the nation on how to address the existential threats posed by climate change, economic insecurity, inequity, and rising global intolerance.
The plan aims to reduce the City’s emissions by 23 percent through the following actions from a a 2005 baseline:
- 10%: Mandating that all large, existing buildings implement retrofits to be more efficient and lower emissions – a global first.
- 6%: OneNYC initiatives to further reduce emissions including more renewable energy, expanded energy efficiency in buildings and reduced reliance on fossil fuel vehicles.
- 5%: Pursuing a deal to power 100% of City operations with clean electricity sources like Canadian hydropower.
- 2%: Cleaning up vehicle fleet and implementing congestion pricing.
“I’m in for a Green New Deal. From grassroots advocates, who have been sounding the environmental alarm for decades, to my fellow local elected colleagues, our shared mission is to make aggressive moves that combat the climate change crisis threatening the very existence of our planet,” said Adams.
“This is a good next step, but it is far from the full scope of what we must commit to as a society to reverse this ocean liner of bad decisions. We must be far more assertive in our investment to go green, from public transportation to building design. Nearly 50 years after the first Earth Day celebration, the clock is ticking on our ability to secure a sustainable future for our children and grandchildren,” added Adams.
Persaud Announces Rain Barrel Giveaway & E-Waste Events
State Senator Roxanne Persaud (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetown, Ocean Hill, Starrett City) announced this week her annual Free Rain Barrel Giveaway event.
Persaud will be giving away about 100 rain barrels for FREE to the residents of Senate District 19.
Persaud will also be hosting a free electronics recycling event in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center for disposal of unwanted electronics.
Both events are being held in celebration of Earth Day. Earth Day is an annual event created to celebrate the planet’s environment and raise public awareness about pollution. The day, marked on April 22, is observed worldwide with rallies, conferences, outdoor activities and service projects.
The rain barrel event is slated for 9 a.m.to 11:30 a.m., while the e-waste event is slated for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, respectively, both on Saturday, April 27, at Persaud’s District Office, 1222 E 96th Street in Canarsie.
Cumbo Announces Winning PB Projects For 2019
Majority Leader City Council member Laurie Cumbo (D-Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, Crown heights) last week announced the winning projects for District 35’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) Cycle 8.
Participatory Budgeting is a process whereby communities give direct input into allocating funding for community improvements to parks, schools, libraries, streets, and neighborhood needs. City Council members allocate some of their discretionary funds toward the initiative.
For this year’s Vote Week, over 5,400 constituents voted on the allocation of more than $1 million funds in Cumbo’s district.
The winning projects are:
- 2,555 votes: Tech Upgrades for Medgar Evers College Prep
- 1,781 votes: Bathroom Renovation for PS 316 Elijah Stroud
- 1,633 votes: Trees and Tree Guards along Nostrand Avenue
- 1,484 votes: Young Adult Upgrade at Walt Whitman Library
- 1,406 votes: Bathroom Renovation for PS 67 Charles Dorsey Campus
- 1,393 votes: Green Classroom Installation for PS 9 Sarah Smith Garnet
Carroll Announces First Annual Brooklyn Answer Fair
Assembly member Robert Carroll (D-Park Slope, Kensington) last week announced this year’s first annual Brooklyn Answer Fair.
The community resource far will feature over 3 dozen city and state agencies and service providers that will be available to answer attendees questions. The event will also feature free document shredding, free mammogram signups and a rain barrel giveaway to the first 100 rsvp’s.
The event is slated for 11 a.m. to 2p.m, Sunday, May 19, at P.S. 130, The Parkside School, 713 Caton Avenue in Kensington.
Those interested should call Carroll’s district office at 718-788-7221 or email [email protected].