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Adams Hosts Sixth Annual 9/11 Remembrance Event

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams this week will host his sixth annual 9/11 remembrance event to honor those lost during and since the tragic attacks on September 11, 2001. 

A banner with the names of all 266 Brooklyn residents who died that day is on display at the top of the steps behind Brooklyn Borough Hall now through the anniversary. 

This memorial, first unveiled during 2017’s remembrance ceremony, was envisioned by Borough President Adams — himself a 9/11 first responder — as a way to give the victims’ loved ones and all Brooklynites a place to pay their respects.

At a ceremony featuring interdenominational prayers, moments of silence, and special tributes to recent fallen heroes, including New York City Police Department (NYPD) Detective Luis Alvarez and Police Officer Diane Halbran, victims’ families, interfaith clergy, and community leaders, including New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Commissioner Daniel Nigro, NYPD First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker, and United States Army Lieutenant Colonel Juddson Floris will join Borough President Adams in delivering remarks. 

Focus will be placed on the importance of ensuring that survivors receive the necessary resources to combat ongoing physical and emotional repercussions stemming from the terrorist attacks and subsequent recovery efforts, including 9/11-related illnesses. 

The event is slated for 9:30 a.m., tomorrow, Sept. 10 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Schumer Decries Helicopter Company For Allowing Tourist Dogs To Fly

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) is calling a helicopter company out for promoting on social media that will allow pet dogs to fly over the city with their owners.

Schumer maintains that the chopper company, FlyNYON, which is currently under two federal investigations—FlyNYON—for their involvement in the March 2018 East River helicopter crash that killed five people is using a legal loophole to skirt stricter safety standards that are mandated for other helicopter companies that transport people in the metro area. 

Schumer, along with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and the Humane Society of the United States, say that FlyNYON, in an effort to bait more people to purchase those dangerous doors-off flights, is now flying dogs high above New York, offering thrill-seekers the chance to dangle their feet—and now their pet—above city buildings, bridges, waters and more. 

“It is outrageous that despite the death of five innocent people in a dangerous doors-off chopper flight and two active federal investigations into lapsed safety that FlyNYON is still operating those same flights at desperate discounts. But now, it is a sheer jaw-drop to know that the same company is strapping in dogs for people to snap pictures of while the animals all but dangle high above New York skies, experiencing the sound of the rotors and who knows what other cruel things,” said Schumer.“Strapping in dogs for dangerous doors-off flights over New York is just totally repugnant; another disaster in waiting.”

Schumer and Menendez said the company should immediately stop flying dogs over New York and asked the FAA to take a look at the loophole allowing doors-off to remain operational in the first place.

Treyger Hails Coney Island Back To School Community Fair

Council Member Mark Treyger

City Council Member Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Sea Gate) lauded this weekend’s 2nd Annual Coney Island Back To School Community Fair.

Treyger in partnership with the Alliance for Coney Island, U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, State Sen. Diane Savino and Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus – all of whom also represent Coney Island as part of their districts were the prime sponsors of the event.

More than 1,000 backpacks with school supplies for elementary and middle school students were given out on a first come first serve basis.

“The annual Coney Island Back to School Community Fair connects families and students with much-needed school supplies and resources to prepare for the upcoming school year. This community-driven event provided valuable services free of cost to any child that needs a backpack. I commend the Alliance for Coney Island and our small businesses in Coney Island for organizing this important event to guarantee that every student succeeds in the classroom,” said Treyger, chair of the council’s Committee on Education.

Lentol Celebrates World Physical Therapy Day

Assemblymember Joseph Lentol
Assemblymember Joseph Lentol

Assemblyman Joe Lentol (D-Greenpoint, Williamsburg) yesterday joined physical therapists from all of New York City to celebrate World Physical Therapy Day and raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.

Lentol presented a proclamation to the President of the NYS Physical Therapy Association. He also led a discussion of the NYS Physical Therapy Association’s legislative agenda, including the following bills:

  • A07443 – Relates to removing limits on licensed physical therapists treating patients without a referral
  • A00405 – Provides that no policy of group accident, group health or group accident and health shall impose co-payments for physical or occupational therapy greater than copays for similar services provided by a physician
  • A03070 – Updates the practice of physical therapist assistant from a credential to licensed professionals

Brooklyn Dems County Committee Meets Tonight 

The Brooklyn Democratic Party County Committee will meet at 7 p.m., tonight, Sept. 9 at the Ford Amphitheater, 3052 West 21st Street in Coney Island.

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