Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Feb. 20, 2020

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Frontus Presents $22,000 to Fort Hamilton Library

Mathylde Frontus
Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Gravesend) has secured $22,000 to support the Brooklyn Public Library’s Fort Hamilton branch to support chess workshops and upgrade the children’s area. 

“Communities come together in our libraries,” Frontus said. “The Fort Hamilton Library is a beloved staple of Southern Brooklyn. These programs not only enrich those who participate, they are a point of pride that strengthens our neighborhoods.”

The funds will support art and jewelry classes for older adults, children’s chess workshops, and Bilingual Birdies, which uses music to teach toddlers second languages. Funds will also be used for new children’s furniture at Fort Hamilton Library.

Adams Honoring “Black History’s Next Chapter”

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Borough President Eric Adams next week is hosting his seventh annual Black History Month celebration at Borough Hall. 

Adams highlighted that this year’s focus is on young adults who represent “Black History’s Next Chapter” in impacting their communities and the world at large.

“Acknowledging and honoring the rich tapestry of cultural diversity and combined histories that help define the personality of this borough is the benchmark of the concept of One Brooklyn,” said Adams. “Every day of every year, and this month in particular, it is important that the achievements and contributions of Africans and African-Americans be heralded as an integral part of not just Black history, but of American history — and allowing this history to be showcased through the lens of today’s youth ensures that the legacy of our shared history continues to be passed on to subsequent generations, so that it is never lost or forgotten.”

This year’s celebration of Black History Month continues the Brooklyn Borough Hall tradition of hosting inclusive heritage events throughout the year and honoring young leaders, drawing positive impact across Brooklyn. 

The celebration is slated for 6-9 p.m., Wednesday, February 26 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn. To RSVP, call (718) 802-2356 or go to

Montgomery, Myrie, Walker Call for More Affordable Home Ownership Construction

State Senators Velmanette Montgomery (D-Fort Greene, Boerum Hill, Red Hook, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, Gowanus, and Park Slope) and Zellnor Myrie (D-Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Gowanus, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, South Slope, and Sunset Park) along with Assemblywoman Latrice Walker (D-Brownsville) on Friday will call for greater support of affordable homeownership opportunities.

The lawmakers will make the call along with the New York State NAACP, Habitat for Humanity New York City (Habitat NYC), and members of the Brooklyn clergy at a vacant lot stalled in the pipeline to become an affordable homeownership opportunity. Among the group’s demands is a call for greater support of affordable homeownership construction in the New York State budget.

The issue is slated to be highlighted at 3 p.m., tomorrow, Feb. 21 on the corner of Howard Avenue and Madison Avenue in Brownsville.