Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Aug. 25, 2020

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Myrie Updates on Ballots & Appointments 

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) wants to remind his constituents of recourse available to them. 

  • Request your ballot now: Last week, Governor Cuomo signed several important election changes into law, including Myrie’s bill to allow voters to request an absentee ballot earlier. With reports of mail slowdowns on the rise, I encourage you to request an absentee ballot now by clicking here.

 

  • Online appointments for constituent services: Myrie’s Brooklyn office (1077 Nostrand Avenue) is now open for one-on-one constituent service appointments. Schedule an appointment to get help with housing, legal services, immigration and more. All services are by appointment only– walk-ins are not permitted at this time. To schedule your appointment, click here.

Deutsch Announces Funding for Cleaner Streets

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch

Councilman Chaim Deutsch (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest) announced funding for an initiative that will ensure cleaner streets within the 48th Council District. 

“The quality of life in New York City is suffering because of money mismanagement and incompetent leadership. I have been working diligently to close the gap in services for the 48th district, and that includes fighting for these additional funds for enhanced Sanitation services. I will not allow our district  to fall into disrepair or lawlessness. This $160,000 allocation will help in the short term, but we need to see leadership from City Hall to impose a more permanent resolution,” he said. 

As the city budget passed in June, the Department of Sanitation was forced to cut $106 million from their operating budget. DSNY was not alone – a $9 billion budget shortfall meant that nearly every city agency was required to cut their budget. For many agencies, this meant reducing the level of service that they are able to provide to New Yorkers.


Rose Supports Professionals’ Mental Health Bill 

Max Rose
U.S. Rep. Max Rose

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn, Staten Island) joined fellow U.S. Reps. in introducing the Dr. Lorna Breen Health Care Provider Protection Act, bipartisan legislation that aims to reduce and prevent suicide, burnout, and mental and behavioral health conditions among healthcare professionals. 

“The healthcare professionals on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic have been through hell to keep us safe—and the trauma they’ve experienced is real and cannot be ignored,” Rose said. “Dr. Breen was a hero in every sense of the word. She dedicated her life to saving others and answered the call while New York City was facing the darkest of days. This legislation will continue her life’s work and ensure her legacy is never forgotten. I’m proud to be joined by colleagues across the aisle and across the Capitol on this effort—because when it comes to having the backs of those who were there for us, it’s not about politics or party, it’s about doing the right thing.” 

The issue captured national attention when Dr. Lorna Breen, a physician at the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physician & Surgeons working on the frontlines of the pandemic in New York City, died by suicide in Charlottesville, VA after she’d gone to be with family. This bill helps promote mental and behavioral health among those working on the frontlines of the pandemic. It also supports suicide and burnout prevention training in health professional training programs and increases awareness and education about suicide and mental health concerns among healthcare professionals.

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