Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move March 2, 2020

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Rose on Afghanistan Peace Deal: ‘Step Towards Peace’

Max Rose
U.S. Rep. Max Rose

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn, Staten Island), an Army combat veteran who served in the war in Afghanistan, issued the following statement on the Afghanistan peace deal reached Saturday.

 “After a generation of warfare and bloodshed, the time to end the war in Afghanistan is now. I applaud the President for his commitment to reaching this historic agreement and bringing our troops home. While this deal is an incredible step toward peace, there is still a long road ahead. The Taliban and Afghan National Government now have the opportunity and responsibility to create a future for their country that includes all Afghans while never again allowing it to become a refuge for terrorists.”

This comes on the back of the United States signing a deal with the Taliban on Saturday that sets the stage to end America’s longest war — the nearly two-decade-old conflict in Afghanistan that began after the Sept. 11 attacks. 

Frontus Celebrates Coney Island Black History 

Mathylde Frontus
Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (D-Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Gravesend) recently joined Coney Island residents at a Black History Month Celebration at Carey Gardens Community Center.

“Coney Island is fortunate to have these principled leaders, who have dedicated their lives to helping others out of love for this community,” Frontus said. “Our neighborhood is stronger because of their service. They are true role models, as we aspire to follow their example. 

 This gathering was an ode to celebrate community leaders as part of a proud tradition of African American activism, and honored Sophia Williams, Marion Kennedy, Ronald Stewart and Georgeanna Deas with proclamations from the state assembly for their decades of service. 

Comptroller Stringer Calls on DOE to Ensure Children Are Protected

City Comptroller Scott Stringer

NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer last week sent a letter to the Department of Education (DOE) calling on them to reform procurement procedures that risk children’s health and safety in the wake of a DOE school bus tragically killing a 10-year-old girl. 

“When it comes to the education of our children, every penny counts. The DOE’s careless approach to managing how our children get to and from school is an outrage, plain and simple,” said Stringer. “Parents deserve transparency, accountability, and absolute confidence in the buses that transport our children, but the DOE’s rubber-stamp attitude toward procurement jeopardizes our tax dollars and does a massive disservice to our students. The City’s ability to deliver the education students deserve is compromised when precious dollars are doled out to vendors whose performance has not been properly reviewed. I’m calling on DOE to explain its failures and finally reform its contracting policies. New Yorkers are tired of the excuses—our children deserve far better.”

The Comptroller demanded answers about the DOE’s persistent refusal to use rigorous and regular performance evaluations to ensure taxpayers are getting the services they pay for and that safety procedures are followed. 

BP Adams To Host Meeting To Discuss Public Safety Challenges

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Borough President Eric Adams will host a meet-and-greet between New York City Police Department (NYPD) Commissioner Dermot Shea, NYPD officials, and local faith leaders at Brooklyn Borough Hall. 

During the meet-and-greet, Borough President Adams, Commissioner Shea, and participants will discuss ongoing challenges to public safety throughout the borough and city, and how the faith community can partner with the NYPD to address these issues.

 The meeting is slated to be held at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 2 at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom, 209 Joralemon Street

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