Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Oct. 10, 2019

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Adams Allocates $250K for New Boilers

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams will join with tenants to announce the first of many investments from the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) capital budgetary cycle, a $250,000 allocation for new boilers in Cadman Towers, a Mitchell-Lama development located in Brooklyn Heights.

The announcement comes on the heels of a report released by finding that Brooklyn had the most number of buildings with heat and hot water complaints from the past year of any borough, with 11,053 buildings and more than 67,500 complaints. 

Overall, between September 2018 and August 2019, about 221,000 heat and hot water complaints were reported to 311 throughout the city. It also comes as the weather begins to cool and heating season begins in the city.

The Mitchell-Lama program, which provides affordable rental and cooperative housing to moderate- and middle-income families, was created through nonpartisan state legislation enacted in 1955 and named for its sponsors – Republican Sen. MacNeil Mitchell and Democratic Assemblyman Alfred Lama. 

There are both city-supervised Mitchell-Lama developments and state-supervised Mitchell-Lama developments. The apartments are sold or rented through waiting lists kept by each development. However, many Mitchell-Lama waiting lists are closed because there are already enough applicants to fill expected vacancies.  

Adams will make the allocation announcement at 9:30 a.m., today, Oct. 10 at the Cadman Towers Community Room, 101 Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights.

De Blasio Files Amicus Brief In Support of DREAMers

Mayor Bill de Blasio

The Mayor Bill de Blasio administration this week announced that it has joined cities, counties, and other municipalities across the country in the filing of an amicus brief supporting roughly 700,000 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients nationwide, including nearly 30,000 residing in the city. 

The brief comes as the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the DACA program on November 12.

The matter went to the Supreme Court following the Trump’s Administration’s decision to terminate DACA in Sept. 2017. Following that decision, multiple courts have kept renewals ongoing for current DACA recipients, but Dreamers have still been forced to live court case to court case, and now the Supreme Court is expected to render their final decision as soon as January 2020.

“Dreamers are our friends and neighbors – and New Yorkers always have each other’s backs,” said de Blasio. “We are joining jurisdictions around the country to stand up to the President’s hateful and misguided policies. These young people must be allowed to stay in the only homes they have ever known.”

Frontus Hails New Equal Pay Laws

Mathylde Frontus
Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (D-Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Gravesend, Bay Ridge) hailed the state’s new equal pay laws that went into effect this week.

The new laws prohibit all employers – public and private – who do business in New York State from asking prospective employees about their salary history and compensation, and expands the definition of “equal pay for equal work.” 

The measures build on two Gov. Andrew Cuomo executive orders signed last year to eliminate the wage gap by prohibiting state entities from evaluating candidates based on wage history and requiring state contractors to disclose data on the gender, race and ethnicity of employees.

“It’s hard to believe that in 2019, hardworking Americans are being paid less than their colleagues because of their gender, age or the color of their skin. Women make up about half of our workforce, yet still, earn only 80 cents for every dollar their male counterparts make. And for women of color, it’s even less. As one of only 50 female legislators in the assembly, this issue hits close to home. I’m committed to using my voice to push New York State toward true gender equality – which starts with fair pay,” said Frontus.

Colton Praises Cuomo’s Call For Forensic Audit Of MTA

Assembly Member William Colton

Assemblyman William Colton (D– Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights) on Tuesday commended Gov. Cuomo for issuing a letter to MTA Chair and CEO Pat Foye calling for a timely completion of an MTA forensic audit and for calling on the Inspector General to review of the integrity of the MTA’s procurement and inventory control systems.

The call for the in-depth audit comes as the MTA Board has recently unanimously approved a $52 billion Capital Plan.

“For many years the MTA has spent billions and billions of dollars on unnecessary projects and then asked for fare increases, claiming that there’s not enough money to continue with some other wasteful ideas. I believe that for far too long the taxpayers have been paying the price of the MTA’s wasteful policies. I have said it before and, I will say it again. Riders and taxpayers can no longer afford that the public transportation system becomes antiquated and unsafe while the MTA continues to go forward with its lack of transparency and accountability,” said Colton.

Colton said the state must make sure that the MTA will spend this money toward making neighborhood stations handicapped accessible, such as Kings Highway station on the “N” line and Kings Highway on the “F” line, which are currently included in the 2020-24 Capital Plan as well as other critical improvements in the infrastructure. 

“I am very grateful that Governor Cuomo decided to issue an MTA forensic audit and at the same time called on the Inspector General to review the MTA’s inventory control systems. I think this is a good way to monitor the use of monies given to the MTA,” Colton added.

AM Williams Secures Grants Dedicated For Her District

Assemblymember Jaime R. Williams
Assemblymember Jaime R. Williams

Assemblywoman Jaime Williams (D-Canarsie, Georgetown, Mill Basin, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach) recently secured capital grants for the Glenwood Senior Center, the Cleanup Programs for Jamaica Bay Waterways, the Jewish Association for Services for the Aging -Hebrew Educational Society JASA Center for Seniors, and My Time Inc., a program for families that have developmentally disabled family members. 

These grants have allowed the various agencies to secure needed services and equipment to help further their mission in helping so many.  

“These various programs and agencies service all forms of needs in the 59th Assembly District whether it is for the senior population through JASA or preserving the environment mere feet away in Jamaica Bay, will go a long way to help assist the diversified needs and programs that assist and foster the 59th Assembly District,” said Williams.

Malliotakis Pushes Back Against Refusal To Honor Mother Cabrini

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Bay Ridge, Staten Island) this week wrote a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray urging they reconsider the first lady’s decision to not build a statue of Mother Francis Xavier Cabrini, after Cabrini received the most votes in the “She Built NYC” competition. 

“She Built NYC” is a public arts campaign that honors pioneering women by installing monuments that celebrate their many contributions to the city and beyond.  The public was asked to vote for influential women in the competition. Mother Frances Cabrini, who founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, earned the most votes from city residents, yet was overlooked by McCray.

“The decision to not erect a statue of Mother Cabrini after she garnered the most votes from New Yorkers is outrageous,” said Malliotakis. “Given that this month is Italian-American Heritage Month, and Mother Cabrini is an icon for Italian-Americans and Catholics throughout our city, it is important we raise awareness over this issue.

Mother Cabrini led an extraordinary life of piety and charity. She helped impoverished Italian immigrants in our city to have access to education, catechumenal training, and orphanages. The hospitals that she founded in the late 1800s that were later merged into the Cabrini Medical Center served New Yorkers all the way until 2008. 

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