Adams, Mosley, Louis Statement on Firing of NYPD’s Pantaleo
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Assembly Member Walter Mosley (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy) and City Council Member Farah Louis (D-Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park, Flatlands, Kensington) yesterday all supported New York City Police Commissioner James O’Neill’s decision to fire Officer Daniel Pantaleo, whose chokehold of Eric Garner contributed to his death.
“It has been five years since our city was shaken to its core watching Eric Garner being killed on video from a police chokehold. After the Staten Island grand jury handed down their verdict, I stated that Officer Pantaleo should be terminated; today that termination has come to pass,” said Adams, a retired NYPD Captain.
“Commissioner O’Neill’s decision was I believe the correct one. Police officers carry the authority to take away life and liberty; with that authority comes the highest standard of responsibility to utilize the full range of de-escalation tools at their disposal. There is still a lot of anger and pain, and for the Garner family and so many of their supporters, it may never go away. But with today’s decision, I hope we can look forward and create a symbiotic relationship between law enforcement and the citizens they put their lives on the line to serve and protect. The pursuit of justice continues,” he added.
“While I commend the NYPD Commissioner for firing Daniel Pantaleo, I remain disappointed that it took this long. I will continue to fight for reforms to ensure that something like this never happens again, and if it does, that there are real, immediate consequences for those actions,” said Mosley, who has introduced state legislation against police utilizing chokeholds to subdue suspects in a crime.
Louis said O’Neill’s decision to #firePantaleo is long-awaited justice for Eric Garner’s family who have relived that fateful day for five tumultuous years.
“Although Pantaleo’s termination can never replace what was lost, it is an important step in repairing the strain on community-police relations. Justice has finally been served and I hope that the Garner family can begin the healing process,” said Louis.
Persaud Family Day A Huge Success
State Sen. Roxanne Persaud’s (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetown, Ocean Hill, Starrett City) 2019 4th Annual Family Fun Day at Canarsie Park last week was a huge success as hundreds of families turned out.
Among the activities the families enjoyed included life-sized board games and carnival attractions — including a rock-climbing wall — as well as a variety of refreshments, giveaways and raffles, and helpful information and resources.
In addition to numerous vendors and organizations, the event was held in partnership with ASPCA, BMS Family Health, Broadway Stages, Brookdale Hospital, Brooklyn USA Basketball, DSNY, FDNY, Jersey Lynne, Jetro Cash and Carry, Midget Squadron, Millennium Development, NYC DoE, NYPD, NYC Parks, Pagano Melon, Shoppers World, Sunrise Adult Health Care Center, UTZ and Tropical Fete Stilt Walkers.
“There are always things happening in Senate District 19,” Persaud said at the event. “I believe our constituents deserve access to opportunities that are not only affordable but enjoyable too. Too many families in the district face the challenge of finding fun activities for their children and loved ones that are cost-efficient, so I am delighted to host events like these that provide family-friendly entertainment and spread the word of the vast amount of resources available to the community. Family Fun Day has become an event that residents look forward to attending every summer, and one that we always strive to deliver as best we can.”
Myrie’s Constituent Events This Week
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 strong constituent services outreach this week with the following events and services:
Free Food Insecurity Screenings For Seniors from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Lenox Road Baptist Church Health Fair, 1356 Nostrand Avenue in East Flatbush.
Seniors living in Central Brooklyn can receive information about healthy eating and lifestyle changes specific to older adults. Some participants may be eligible to receive FreshConnect checks and other incentives. Attendees will speak with medical professionals and fill out a questionnaire. No registration needed for this event.
The AMPHS’ Fifth Annual Health Empowerment Celebration from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 at the Sunset Park Recreation Center, 7th Avenue and 43rd Street in Sunset Park.
Stop by the Academy of Medical & Public Health Services’ annual health empowerment celebration to receive free health screenings and resources, fitness workshops, and participate in healthy cooking demos! More info and RSVP free here.
FYI – Right To Counsel For NYCHA Tenants Facing Eviction
Right to Counsel for NYCHA tenants facing a termination of tenancy (administrative) proceeding at 803 Atlantic Ave, has now begun. To phase it in for NYCHA tenants, the city is starting with seniors. NYCHA tenants, age 62+ may be eligible for an attorney.
And remember, all NYCHA tenants who have eviction cases in Housing Court, regardless of age, have the right to an attorney if they live in a current RTC zip code. For more information, call our office at 718-284-4700.
Reynoso, Adams Announce Renovations at Moore Street Market
City Council Member Antonio Reynoso (D-Williamsburg, Greenpoint) and Borough President Eric L. Adams today will celebrate investments from the city council and Brooklyn Borough President’s Office to renovate Moore Street Market in East Williamsburg, one of Brooklyn’s oldest indoor markets.
Originally opened in 1941, Moore Street Market is currently home to 15 vendors and offers fresh produce, as well as multiple fish markets, coffee shops, seated dining options, botanicas, craft shops, a barbershop, a beauty salon, a tailor, a bakery and a music store.
The lawmakers will make the announcement at 11 a.m., today, Aug. 20 at the Moore Street Market, 110 Moore Street in East Williamsburg.
Cymbrowitz Announces Holocaust Park Tree Damage Not Vandalism
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach) announced yesterday that the recent tree damage in Holocaust Memorial Park wasn’t caused by vandals but was instead indicative of a problem tree species.
Cymbrowitz brought the matter to Parks Department and police officials after a constituent came into his Sheepshead Bay office last Thursday with photos of two trees that appeared to have had limbs ripped off under suspicious circumstances.
The Parks Department concluded that what could have easily been mistaken for vandalism was in fact an act of nature.
“While we are always disappointed when trees get damaged, we are relieved that this is not an act of vandalism,” Brooklyn Borough Commissioner of NYC Parks Marty Maher said. “These two trees are a type that are characteristically fragile and sustained damage from the recent heavy rain and winds.”
The trees, which are the Valley Forge variety of American Elm, will be replaced.
“I want to thank NYC Parks and the 61st Precinct for taking this matter so seriously and undertaking such a quick investigation,” said Cymbrowitz. “Better safe than sorry.”
The park is located at Emmons Avenue and Shore Boulevard.