Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move May 24, 2019

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Walker, Salazar, NYS Legislature To Hold Joint Hearing on Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Julia Salazar
State Sen. Julia Salazar
Assemblywoman Latrice Walker

State Senator Julia Salazar (D-Bushwick, Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Cypress Hills, East New York, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brownsville), Senate Women’s Issues Committee Chair, and Assembly member Latrice Walker (D-Brownsville), Assembly Women’s Issues Task Force Chair,  alongside their state colleagues will take testimony today to examine sexual harassment in the workplace.

The hearing is the second in a series of public forums aimed at expanding protections against harassment and discrimination in the workplace. On Tuesday, lawmakers and advocates rallied in Albany to push for a series of bills aimed at ending workplace harassment and bolster the rights of workers.

The group is hoping to pass 10 bills this session that would expand worker protections, reform non-disclosure laws, establish a new statute of limitations to report workplace harassment and amend the state’s constitution to prohibit gender discrimination.

The legislation has the backing of the Sexual Harassment Working Group, an advocacy group co-founded by seven women who experienced workplace harassment while working in the state Legislature, according to Democrat & Chronicle. The last scheduled day of the state legislative session is slated for June 19.

The event is slated for 10 a.m., today, May 24, at 250 Broadway, Assembly Hearing Room 1923 in Lower Manhattan.


Eugene Funds New BBQ Grilling Area At Lincoln Rd Entrance To Prospect Park

Mathieu Eugene
City Council Member Mathieu Eugene

City Council member Mathieu Eugene (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Lefferts Gardens) in partnership with the Prospect Park Alliance, will take part in the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new BBQ grilling area at the Lincoln Road entrance to Prospect Park today.

The new cooking station will open just in time for use this summer. The grill was funded through capital funds from Eugene’s office.

“I am very pleased to give funding for this project, because I know what it means to the community, especially our residents who enjoy nature and the outdoors. When it gets warm out, many of us don’t want to be inside,” said Eugene.

“We want to be in the fresh air, where we can enjoy the parks with our friends and family. This BBQ area is important, because it is an investment in the community and the future of Brooklyn’s Backyard. We want residents to have many options for recreation, and this new area is part of that process,” added Eugene.

The event is slated for 10 a.m., today, May 24, at Lincoln Road Entrance to Prospect Park in Flatbush.


Cornegy Continues Mental Health Awareness Initiative

City Councilman Robert Cornegy Jr

City Council member Robert Cornegy, Jr. (D-Northern Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant) and his staff alongside area service providers will distribute information at local transportation hubs for a second day regarding the mental health services available in Council District 36.

The event continues Cornegy’s push to improve mental health services throughout Brooklyn and New York City as part of Mental Health Awareness Month.

Earlier in the week Cornegy released his “Mental Health is Public Health” report at Brooklyn Borough Hall which outlined key policy priorities to improve the delivery of mental health services in New York.

The event is slated for 8 a.m to 9 a.m., today, May 24, at the following subway stations:

 

  • Utica Avenue Station (A train)
  • Nostrand Avenue Station (A train)
  • Bedford-Nostrand Avenues Station (G train)
  • Gates Avenue Station (J train)

Brannan To Celebrate Return of GrowNYC’s Bay Ridge Greenmarket

Justin Brannan
City Council Member Justin Brannan

City Council member Justin Brannan (D-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach, Bensonhurst) this week will join with the Bay Ridge Greenmarket for a ceremonial ribbon cutting to commemorate the return of the market this season, as well as the addition of food scrap collections to this Greenmarket.

GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets work to preserve local farmland, while ensuring that New Yorkers across all five boroughs have access to fresh, healthy food grown locally.

A central component of Greenmarket’s mission and operations is product integrity: everything sold at market is 100% farmer grown, produced, caught, or foraged. In addition to operating farmers markets, Greenmarket is working to improve the health of all New Yorkers with a suite of food access strategies aimed at getting the healthiest, freshest food into the hands that need it most.

The event is slated for 10 a.m., Saturday, May 25, at 3rd Ave & 95th Street (Walgreens parking lot) in Bay Ridge.


Deutsch, Espinal To Rally For Funding Of Kosher & Halal School Lunches

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch
City Councilman Rafael Espinal Jr.

City Council member Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Midwood) and Rafael Espinal (D-Bushwick, East New York) will rally together next week to call for Mayor de Blasio to fund kosher and halal school lunches for students in New York City.

Currently the Mayor and the City Council are in the midst of budget negotiations that are expected to go until the end of June. As part of the negotiations, Deutsch and Espinal are calling for fully funded religious school lunches.

The call comes following last year’s funding of a $1 million pilot program, which was implemented in April of this year. According to the local lawmakers, despite claims that the City provides free lunch for “all”, Muslim and Jewish students who observe kosher and halal dietary laws are often left hungry in the cafeteria, which can have negative impacts on a child’s ability to learn and succeed in the classroom.

The event is slated for 1 p.m., Tuesday, May 28, on the Steps of City Hall in Lower Manhattan.

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