Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move July 23, 2019

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Gounardes Decries Power Outage, Meets with Subway Riders

State Senator Andrew Gounardes
State Senator Andrew Gounardes

State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Manhattan Beach, Marine Park) yesterday decried Con Ed for the power failure that occurred in much of Southern Brooklyn and other parts of the borough over the weekend.

“During a dangerous heat wave, Con Edison shut off power to 30,000 Brooklynites, including the neighborhoods of Marine Park and Bath Beach, which I represent. Many residents, including seniors, have been put in an unsafe situation because the power company that they relied on failed,” said Gounardes. 

“As a matter of public health and safety, it simply cannot be the norm that the grid malfunctions during the hottest months. Con Edison has a responsibility to its customers to ensure no one has their electricity turned off for hours in extreme heat. This was not an unforeseeable circumstance. Con Ed should have been more prepared and must restore power to the affected areas immediately. This cannot happen again,” he added.

Additionally, in the wake of infrastructure failures across the public transit system, Gounardes today will distribute transit surveys and speak directly with subway riders about their concerns. The transit surveys are designed to gather ideas, pinpoint problems and generate solutions to address New York City’s broken transit system. 

The Senator will also celebrate the opening of four new elevators at the 62nd & New Utrecht Avenue Subway Station, while recognizing the immense need for increased accessibility across our transit system.

Gounardes will meet with the straphangers at 7:30 a.m., today, July 23 at the 62nd Street & New Utrecht Avenue Station, Entrance of the Manhattan-bound D at 62nd.

Myrie Continues Outreach Tour With Constituents 

State Senator Zellnor Myrie
State Senator Zellnor Myrie

State Sen. Zellnor Myrie (D-Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, Sunset Park) this week is continuing his series of events in his district as part of his “Senator On Your Block” series.

They include:

A Housing Forum and Community Bill signing from 6:30-8:30 p.m. today, July 23 at the Crown Heights Library, 560 New York Avenue in Crown Heights to celebrate the victory for tenants in the state passage of recent rent protection laws.

A Census 2020 meeting in Spanish slated for 6-8 p.m., tomorrow, July 24 at Mixteca, 245 23rd St #2 in Sunset Park.

A district open house from 1-6 p.m., Thursday, July 25 at 1077 Nostrand Avenue, Ground Floor in Crown Heights.

A rain barrel & Reusable Tote Bag Distribution Giveaway from 2-5 p.m., Friday, July 26 also at his district office at 1077 Nostrand Avenue, Ground Floor in Crown Heights.

Eugene Holds Successful Lien Sale Outreach Session

Mathieu Eugene
City Council Member Mathieu Eugene

City Council Member Mathieu Eugene (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Prospect Lefferts Gardens),  in partnership with the city’s Department of Finance (DOF), Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Department of Housing Preservation (HPD) recently hosted a Lien Sale Outreach Session at Flatbush Library to help residents pay their property tax bills.

“I want to thank our librarian, Ms. Negla-Ross Paris because she has opened the Flatbush Library for this very important occasion,” said Eugene. “I also want to thank our community partner, Ms. Mechelle Brunson, for the work she has done to make this event possible. I want to take the opportunity to thank all of you for being here, because as City Council Members, it is our duty to work with local organizations to serve New Yorkers. New York is a wonderful city, the best city in the world, but living here comes with many challenges. The only way we are going to improve the city and to help those who are in pursuit of the American dream, is by working together, and that is exactly what we are doing today. When I walked in today, I heard that someone was receiving a 50 percent reduction in their property tax bill, and that is wonderful. On behalf of the City of New York, thank you so very much.”   

The Tax Lien Sale Outreach Session is part of Eugene’s ongoing commitment to providing financial resources free of charge to local families who face the burden of unpaid property taxes, water bills, and other charges.      

Plumb Beach’s Kathy Flynn Passes Away

KCP has learned sadly on the passing of Kathy Flynn, President of the Sheepshead Bay-Plumb Beach Civic Association.

Flynn died on Saturday. KCP extends our condolences to her family and friends.

The wake is slated for 7-9 p.m., today, July 23 at the Marine Park Funeral Home. 3024 Quentin Road in Marine Park. The Mass of Christian Burial will be at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, July 25 at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, 2609 East 19th Street in Sheepshead Bay.