Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Sept. 17, 2019

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Adams Showcases Teenage Opioid Abuse Detector

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and members of the Brooklyn community today will tour the Rx Abuse Leadership Initiative (RALI) CARES educational trailer to learn the hidden warning signs of teenage substance misuse. 

RALI CARES is an interactive experience set up as a teenage bedroom for parents and community leaders to see how signs of substance misuse can be concealed in their own home.

The interactive experience of a teenager’s bedroom comes as substance misuse can start at an early age. Education about the signs of addiction is important for parents, teachers and others who work with young people. For those struggling with addiction, early detection and recovery assistance can prevent their addiction from escalating. 

Adams will introduce the exhibit at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

Felder, Yeger, Treyger Cheer F Train Express

Sen. Simcha Felder
City Councilman Kalman Yeger
Council Member Mark Treyger

State Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Midwood, Flatbush, Borough Park, Kensington, Sunset Park, Madison, Bensonhurst) and City Council Members Kalman Yeger (D-Bensonhurst, Borough Park, Gravesend, Kensington, Midwood) and Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend) yesterday cheered the new F Train express that officially began running yesterday.

Each weekday, Monday to Friday, two express trains marked with an F in a diamond shape will take off from Coney Island at 7:07 a.m. and 7:29 a.m. and head Manhattan-bound. Those trains will skip all stops between Church Avenue and Jay Street/MetroTech stations with one stop in between.

As for getting back home, two F Express trains will leave Manhattan between 5 -6 p.m. and skip the same Brooklyn stops.

“Anyone growing up on 18th Avenue, like I did, remembers when express service on the F line was the norm. I’ve been pushing the MTA to bring it back for over a decade. This is a step in the right direction and I look forward to the return of full-time F express service,” said Felder.

“This is a good start to finally bringing much-needed transportation relief to our southern Brooklyn communities. I’m grateful to the MTA for beginning this expanded service,” said Yeger. “Undoubtedly, our neighborhoods need better and faster public transportation options, and I know the MTA agrees.  I’m hopeful this express option expands to more hours in the near future.”

“For years, I’ve fought for the restoration of the express subway service on the F train line, which is crucial because Coney Island residents have one of the longest commutes in the city to school, work and appointments. Bus service from the west end to the Stillwell train station coupled with a train ride amounts to an over 1.5 hour commute for residents, and that’s just not right. A faster and more reliable transit service is a necessity, not a luxury, and this is a matter of transit equity for Southern Brooklynites,” said Treyger.

“I applaud the MTA for taking this step forward— it’s a win for Southern Brooklyn. I thank our residents for signing petitions, submitting testimony, and attending rallies to once again bring back the F train express service. I’ll continue to work with the MTA and community stakeholders to push for more accessibility and to increase the number of additional trains to accommodate both local and express service for all Brooklynites, especially in the outer boroughs,” Treyger added.

Myrie Constituent Events Calander Continues

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) continues his out of legislation constituent and community events throughout his district.

They include:

Census 2020: Crown Heights Counts from 6-8 p.m., today, Sept. 17 to talk about how the district #MakeBrooklynCount and get the funding and representation the community deserves at First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, 450 Eastern Pkwy in Crown Heights.

Senator on Your Block from 5-7 p.m., tomorrow, Sept. 18 at the Winthrop Stop on t2/5 trains in Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

Caribbean Communities in Action: A Conversation about Human Rights and Our Communities. From 6 -8  p.m., tomorrow, Sept. 18 at MS 61, 400 Empire Blvd in Crown Heights.

Bklyn Electeds Laud Cuomo Funding Of New Community Playground

Sen. Kevin Parker
Rodneyse Bichotte
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte
Council Member Farah Louis
Council Member Farah Louis

Brooklyn electeds representing Midwood yesterday lauded Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s announcement of the groundbreaking for another rebuilt, environmentally resilient community playground at PS 152/315 as part of the Vital Brooklyn Initiative, the Governor’s community development program bringing necessary resources to underserved neighborhoods in Central Brooklyn.

The groundbreaking, which took place for the new $2.2 million playground at PS 152/315, 725 East 23rd Street in Midwood, will serve more than 16,500 people. About $1.5 million is coming from State parks under the Vital Brooklyn initiative, with another $700,000 coming from the New York City Council.

The playground projects are also supported by the not-for-profit Trust for Public Land, which helps coordinate additional funding from the city’s Department of Environmental Protection and from private philanthropy.

“I applaud Governor Cuomo for prioritizing our youth and the health of our community through the Vital Brooklyn Initiative. Revitalizing our current playgrounds while increasing funding for green, resilient community playgrounds is a great way to ensure that our students and the larger community have access to quality outdoor space for recreational activities that will ultimately improve their quality of life,” said State Sen. Kevin Parker.

“I along with many of my constituents are excited to have a newly designed playground come to our community.  The ability to have access to this space offered to the community after school hours is much needed for many families. Trust for Public Land (TPL) has been gracious in this design process, incorporating design ideas from the students and parents. This community has been deprived of open and green space, and the number of community members who have contributed to this project is greatly appreciated,” said Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte.

“One of the greatest gifts that a child could ever receive is the freedom to explore their imagination and creativity. Transforming a schoolyard into a playground has been such a tremendous opportunity for our youth to see their vision come to life in real-time. Every acre of parkland is another step towards a healthier, brighter future for our entire community. As a lifelong resident of the 45th Council District, I know the importance of recreational activities and safe spaces for children to be themselves,” said City Council Member Farah Louis.

Levin, Lander Laud City Council Hiring Engineer For BQE Reconstruction

City Councilman Stephen Levin
City Council Member Brad Lander

City Council Members Stephen Levin (D-Boerum Hill, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo, Fulton Ferry, Greenpoint, Vinegar Hill, Williamsburg.) and Brad Lander (D-Cobble Hill, Carroll Gardens, Columbia Waterfront, Gowanus, Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Borough Park, Kensington) yesterday lauded the city council selection of Arup – the globally respected engineering and design firm – to provide independent, outside expertise on the city’s Department of Transportation’s Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) Rehabilitation/Replacement Project.

This effort comes in response to DOT’s proposal to temporarily replace the Brooklyn Heights Promenade with a six-lane highway while the rest of the cantilever structure is rebuilt.  

This independent review will help the council make more informed decisions about the future of the BQE and help to shape potential alternatives being analyzed in the EIS.

“I applaud the Council’s selection of leading engineering firm Arup to conduct an independent review of the New York City Department of Transportation’s Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Rehabilitation/Replacement Project,” said Levin. “This project will leave a lasting impact on our communities for generations to come and it is vital that we thoroughly examine all options on the table and consider new alternatives as needed. I look forward to working with Arup, local stakeholders and elected officials, and administrative experts to ensure this process meets our citywide goals and moves forward with thorough community input and independent expertise.”

“I’m glad that we will have the benefit of Arup’s expertise as we consider the proposals on the table to address our critical infrastructure needs. My hope is that we can make the process to repair this critical artery into an opportunity to re-envision our transportation options and build for our city’s future in partnership with neighboring communities,” said Lander.

Persaud Announces State Funding For District Educational Programs 

Roxanne J. Persaud
State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud

State Sen. Roxanne J. Persaud (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Bergen Beach, Marine Park, Flatlands, Mill Island, Georgetown, Ocean Hill, Starrett City) yesterday announced a series of state Department of Education (DOE) grants for schools and non-profit organizations serving constituents of her 19th Senate District. 

This funding, secured in the state fiscal year 2019-2020 budget, will help supplement classroom teaching expenses, support after-school programs and connect more youth to STEM/STEAM and the arts. 

Among the grantees announced today are:

  • P.S. 194 Raoul Wallenberg and P.S. 272 Curtis Estabrook
  • STEM/STEAM programs offered by Elite Learners, Inc., Sisters with Purpose and St. Francis College
  • Arts and cultural education programs offered by No Kids Left Behind, Inc., and BRIC | ARTS | MEDIA, Bklyn, Inc.
  • My Extended Family, an afterschool program serving students from single-parent households

“As we begin a new school year, I commend the educators, administrators, support professionals, students and parents across the 19th Senate District; as well as the community innovators that reach and empower our youth and their families after school, on the weekends and during summer break,” said Persaud.

Colton Furious St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Snub

Assembly Member William Colton

Assemblyman William Colton (D–Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights) yesterday said he was furious at First Lady Chair McCray and four of the panel members who serve on Mayor De Blasio’s the SHE BUILT NYC statues committee for rejecting to build a statue St. Frances Xavier Cabrini – even though it has received 219 votes – more than any other nominee. 

“First, Mayor De Blasio and his administration decided that they might remove the statue of Christopher Columbus. Now we have the whole ordeal with the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini monument. Italian Americans feel that they have been discriminated against by the bureaucratic administration,” said Colton.

“Sister Frances Xavier Cabrini came to the United States in 1889. She founded 67 institutions within 35 years, including orphanages, schools, and hospitals, dedicated to caring for the poor, uneducated, sick, and abandoned. Her institutions were spread out in places all over the United States, including New York, Colorado, and Illinois. Sister Frances Cabrini has been known as the Patron Saint of Immigrants. The iconic sister Frances Cabrini monument is well deserved to be built in our city. 

“I, together with the worshippers of the St. Frances Cabrini Church in Bensonhurst, demand that Mrs. McCray and her panel members honor the public’s choice to build the monument of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini,” Colton added.