Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Sep. 17, 2020

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Eugene to Give Out Food, Masks

Mathieu Eugene
City Council Member Mathieu Eugene

Council Member Mathieu Eugene (D-Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens) is partnering with local organizations to provide free food and masks to residents facing food insecurity and to help protect them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I want to commend and thank the community organizations that have partnered with me to provide these resources to those in need,” said Eugene. “We have held several food and mask distributions, providing large sections of the community with food that will help them feed their families. This has been an extremely difficult time for our community, with many people suffering health issues, unemployment, and food insecurity as a result of the novel coronavirus. It is up to each of us to do everything we can to provide resources to help underserved residents provide for their families and maintain their health.

“It cannot be overstated that members of our community facing financial difficulties need these supplies as the city continues to reopen. I am confident that we will emerge from this pandemic and rebuild our community, but we must remain vigilant against this horrible virus until there is a proven vaccine or approved treatment. I am very appreciative to all of the first responders, essential workers, and medical professionals whose dedication to this city helped us lower the infection rate, but our work is not over, and that is why I will continue to provide these resources to all New Yorkers.”

This event is slated to take place at 3 p.m. today, Sep. 17 at 900 Rogers Avenue, Flatbush.

Rose Helps Address Bullying 

Max Rose
U.S. Rep. Max Rose

U.S. Rep. Max Rose (D-Southern Brooklyn, Staten Island) helped pass bipartisan legislation, Danny’s Law, to address bullying in schools. 

The legislation is named in honor of Daniel Fitzpatrick, a 13-year-old from Staten Island who took his own life as a direct result of bullying at school in August 2016. His mother became outspoken anti-bullying advocates and established the foundation Danny’s Angel Network Nurturing Youth (D.A.N.N.Y.) Inc., which seeks to raise awareness and end bullying in schools.

“In times like this, when our country is growing ever more divided, we need to be teaching our children not the art of division, but how to one another, respect each other, work with each other,” Rose said in a speech on the House floor prior to passage.

“Danny Fitzpatrick was one of those people. He was a boy who loved to love. He accepted each person as they are, and always found in them a shared humanity. Society, our society allowed a beautiful, young boy like Danny to be bullied so horribly that he took his own life at 13 years old. This should not happen in America, this cannot happen in America, not to any family. But his mother, Danny’s mother took her pain and made it her mission to ensure that no other family experiences this agony. We cannot get Danny back. We cannot erase his family’s pain. But what we can do right here is give Danny’s life meaning and protect all of America’s children, our children by passing this bill.”  

Colton Rages About Mayor de Blasio

Assembly Member William Colton

Assemblyman William Colton (D – Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights) says that under Mayor de Blasio’s administration New York City has become a lost city.

“My office received a complaint that Seth Low Park in Brooklyn is in horrible condition. The playground is filthy, and an enormous amount of garbage is all over the park. I was also told that the park is infested with vermin, and that is a health hazard for everyone, especially children. I went there myself to see and took pictures. What I saw was disgusting. I have never seen the park as dirty as it is. It’s a disgrace. Unfortunately, Seth Low Park is not the only one that is mismanaged. There are several others. My understanding is that de Blasio was elected as mayor to keep our city safe and clean, but instead, our great New York City has been neglected under his administration.,” Colton stated.

“The mayor’s adventure began when he decided to eliminate SHSAT testing. Then during the COVID-19 crisis, he defunded NYPD. He threatens to lay off 22,000 city workers on October 1, 2020. He reduced the budget for litter basket service citywide by 63% compared to last year. His carelessness has forced the DOS Commissioner to resign. Amid the fact that number of schools were tested positive for COVID-19, de Blasio’s administration is still pushing for NYC schools to reopen on September 21, 2020, even though he doesn’t have a detailed and safe plan to do that. Sadly, Governor Cuomo had to take the initiative to allow indoor dining to resume at 25% capacity on September 30th, because our Mayor planned to allow indoor dining only in the summer of 2021,” Colton continued.

“Do we need to ask Mayor de Blasio if he has any other plans for crippling NYC before his term is over, or do we have to ask Governor Cuomo, to intervene and take over the New York City management?” Colton wonders.

Carroll Wants to Get out the Vote 

Robert Carroll
Assemblymember Robert Carroll

Assemblymember Robert Carroll (D-Park Slope, Windsor Terrace, Kensington, Ditmas Park) is hosting a weekly virtual phone back to recruit volunteers and Get Out the Vote (GOTV).

Each volunteer will need both a phone and a laptop/desktop computer. We will be using the amazingly fast and productive ThruTalk dialing system. YOU CANNOT USE AN IPAD. YOU CANNOT USE SAFARI AS YOUR BROWSER. And we recommend a headset or earphones,” he wrote. 

The event is slated to take place from 6-8 p.m. today, Sep. 17 at this link: Sign up here.

BP Adams to Host Webinar on Gaming and E-Sports Jobs

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams today will host a virtual webinar on career paths in gaming and e-sports.

The event, which comes amid unprecedented shocks to the economy brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, will feature a panel discussion with industry leaders, e-sports players, and gaming commentators who will offer valuable insights about the industry for those seeking employment in this burgeoning sector.

WHO: Borough President Adams, HOT97 personality HipHopGamer, Evil Geniuses College Lead Anthony Scala, Global Games Jam Executive Director Kate Edwards, and Brooklan Co-Founder Alec Polsley

The event is slated for 6:30 p.m., today, September 17. The livestream can be viewed here

Malliotakis Lauds Signing of Israel-UAE-Bahrain Peace Deal

Assembly Member Nicole Malliotakis

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-Bay Ridge, Staten Island) this week hailed the singing of the Israel-UAE-Bahrain Peace Deal, which the Trump administration brokered.

“Today, the world witnessed a historic moment when leaders from Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain met with President Trump at the White House to sign agreements that will formalize a continued path towards peace in the Middle East,” said Malliotakis.

“The signing of today’s accords opens the door for conversations between Israel and other nations in the region that realize the time for peace has come. President Trump and his administration should be congratulated for their hard work in brokering these agreements and for a foreign policy that is proactive in its efforts to achieve world peace.”