Brooklyn Lawmakers On The Move Jan. 28, 2020

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Adams To Honor Latest Heroes of the Month

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams today will honor the latest “Heroes of the Month” encompassing the months of October, November, and December. 

In this quarterly event, Adams will recognize and present citations to the following heroes:

  •         NYPD Officers Joseph Glorioso and Giovanni Cucuzza, who saved a man suffering from a heart attack in a Staten Island bowling alley
  •         NYPD Officer Michelle Schack, who intervened to stop a mother from killing herself and her six-month-old child
  •         Met Council on Jewish Poverty’s Food Programs Managing Director Jessica Chait, who coordinated the delivery of 10,000 pounds of kosher food after the mass shooting in Jersey City
  •         Fight Back Bay Ridge Co-Founder Mallory McMahon, who organized communities across Brooklyn to combat hate

 The event is slated for 3 p.m., today, Jan. 28 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street, Brooklyn in Downtown Brooklyn.

Cuomo Issues Update On Coronavirus In New York

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo yesterday announced an update on the status of testing for the Novel Coronavirus in New York State, after the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed five cases in the United States.

“While there have been no confirmed cases in New York State, as of today our Department of Health has sent samples for nine individuals to CDC for testing; four of these samples have proven negative and five results are still pending,” said Cuomo.

“These five individuals remain in isolation as their samples are tested at CDC. While the risk for New Yorkers is currently low, we are still working to keep everyone informed, prepared and safe,” he added.

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Cumbo Lauds Open Enrollment Call For Fair Fares Program

City Council Member Laurie Cumbo

City Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo (D-Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Downtown Brooklyn) yesterday lauded the de Blasio Administration and City Council Speaker Johnson for announcing open enrollment for the City’s Fair Fares program.

Starting yesterday, all New Yorkers living at or below the federal poverty line can apply for reduced-fare MetroCards. 

The game-changing Fair Fares program began in early 2019, connecting low-income New Yorkers to vital transportation assistance, beginning with certain New Yorkers receiving Cash Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. 

In Fall 2019, the program was expanded to select City University of New York (CUNY) students, student veterans, and New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents who met the program’s eligibility criteria. Altogether, in its first year, more than 107,000 New Yorkers have enrolled in the program.  

“As a mother raising a young child in New York City, I am thrilled at the expansion of the Fair Fares program, which will empower so many of our New Yorkers get to and from work, school, child care, medical appointments, and so much more. With half-priced MetroCards now available citywide to eligible New Yorkers, this program will help our city’s most vulnerable populations- seniors, immigrants, veterans, students, families and care takers, among others,” said Cumbo.

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Clarke Takes CODEL to Guyana to Meet with Leadership 

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Prospect Lefferts Gardens), senior member of the House Homeland Security Committee and Vice Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee issued the following statement following her recent congressional delegation trip to Guyana: 

“It was an honor to travel to Guyana with House Foreign Affairs Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Chairman Albio Sires (NJ-08) and Vice Chairman Gregory Meeks (NY-05). As the daughter of Caribbean immigrants and co-founder of the Caribbean Caucus in Congress, I am eager to play a role in fostering a relationship with Guyana’s current and future leadership. 

“I had the pleasure of meeting with President David Granger, Foreign Affairs Minister Dr. Karen Cummings, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo, Justice Claudette Singh of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, the People’s Progressive Party Presidential Candidate Irfaan Ali and the U.S. Ambassador to Guyana Sara-Ann Lynch; who are all members of the civil society.

“We discussed the upcoming elections, the need for fair and free elections, as well as the added blessing and/or burden of their new oil find. I am proud to represent New York’s 9th Congressional District, home to one of this country’s largest concentration of Guyanese and Guyanese descendent Americans in the United States and am looking forward to continuing this partnership with Guyana’s leaders.” 

Myrie’s Weekly Constituent Services 

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 will host low-income tax prep assistance and a moble legal help center for constituents.

The Grow Brooklyn’s low-income tax prep assistance is now available from 2-8 p.m., every Monday and Thursday in Myrie’s District office, 1077 Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights. Make an appointment by calling (347) 682-5606 or clicking “Flatbush @ Office of State Senator Myrie” here.

NYLAG’s Mobile Legal Help Center will be hosting free legal assistance on the Following Wednesdays – January 29, February 26, and March 25. The will be held in the Sunset Park at the Office of City Council Member Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park, Red Hook), where Myrie has a satellite office, 4417 4th Avenue in Sunset Park. Make an appointment online.

Malliotakis Allocates Grant to Bay Ridge Library for Educational Programs

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R- Bay Ridge, Staten Island) yesterday announced the allocation of $13,000 in funding for the Bay Ridge Public Library. 

The library will be using these funds for the improvement and creation of various programs that will help to stimulate and educate the youth of Brooklyn. These projects include the establishment of a photography workshop, improvements in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and Robotics programming, and the creation of a teen space within the branch.

“I’m happy to be able to contribute this additional grant to the Bay Ridge Public Library to fund its teen photography program, as well as the STEM and Robotics program. I believe that public libraries play an essential role in ensuring that the education of our young people doesn’t stop when class ends,” said Malliotakis. “Not only do these libraries supplement what our youth are learning in school, but they also provide our children with a safe place to go within the community. I look forward to continuing to help provide our children and young adults with the educational services they deserve.”

Jeffries Postpones State Of District Speech For Impeachment Hearings

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-Central Brooklyn, Eastern Queens) yesterday postponed State of the District Address scheduled for Monday, February 3, given his role as a designated House Manager for the Senate Impeachment Trial of President Trump

“Upon completion of the trial we will formally announce the date, time and location of the rescheduled event. We hope to hold the State of the District Address on Monday, February 24. Thanks for your understanding, and I look forward to seeing you soon,” Jeffries said in the emailed announcement.