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Adams Issues Recommendations For Industry City ULURP

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams yesterday unveiled his recommendations for Industry City as part of the city’s formal Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP).

“These recommendations represent a holistic, comprehensive vision for the future of Industry City, to both address the needs of long-time Brooklynites and revitalize this long-neglected area by promoting the growth of good-paying jobs in maker industries for local residents,” said Adams. “We have listened closely to the voices of our community in crafting these recommendations, and deeply appreciate their robust input during this process. Industry City has the potential, with changes to the application such as those proposed in these recommendations, to become a vibrant, mixed-use project that truly addresses the needs of Sunset Park while continuing Brooklyn’s explosive growth trajectory.”

Adams’ recommendations included calling on the city’s Planning Commission (CPC) and the City Council to approve the zoning request to de-map the area on 40th Street between First and Second avenues, approve with conditions the application to establish an M2-4 district in the area between Second and Third avenues and 32nd and 37th streets and the area west of First and Second avenues between 39th and 41st streets.

Frontus Addresses Disability Advocates 

Mathylde Frontus
Assembly Member Mathylde Frontus

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (D-Coney Island, Bay Ridge, Brighton Beach, Gravesend) last Friday addressed a crowd of more than 200 disability advocates, families and direct care staff at the Brooklyn Developmental Disabilities Council annual legislative brunch.

“What does it say about us when we always put human services on the chopping block?” Frontus said. “Why do we always go after funding for the most vulnerable among us?”

Cuts to human services, specifically disability services, are a poor reflection of government’s values, said Frontus, one of two social workers serving in the assembly. Frontus told the crowd that their strenuous advocacy helped advance positive policy and budget outcomes in New York state.

The event was held at Gargulio’s restaurant in Coney Island.

Rose Issues Statement 0n White Supremacy 

Max Rose
U.S. Rep. Max Rose

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn, Staten Island) issued a statement on a Politico report that the U.S. Department of State is preparing to designate at least one violent white supremacist group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO).

The designation would empower law enforcement and intelligence officials to better address the growing threats they pose to the homeland.

“I’ve been leading the fight to treat violent white supremacist groups for what they are: foreign terrorist organizations,” said Rose, Chair of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Intelligence and Counterterrorism. “I’m hopeful the Administration will follow through and make this designation official because the people on the front lines deserve every tool possible to protect the American people from terrorists. This is about focusing on the threats of today and tomorrow, not just today and yesterday.”

In a recent hearing, Administration officials testified that that neo-Nazi organizations pose significant threats and FTO designation would give more tools to law enforcement to protect from those threats. Last month, the House Committee on Homeland Security unanimously advanced Rose’s Transnational White Supremacist Extremism Review Act, which would direct the Department of Homeland Security to develop and disseminate a terrorist threat assessment of foreign violent white supremacist extremist groups.

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