BP Adams to Hold “COVID Heroes” Ceremony
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will hold a special “COVID Heroes” ceremony paying tribute to people who have made a difference in their communities during the coronavirus pandemic, as part of his regular “Heroes of the Month” event series.
Those receiving recognition will represent the diversity of Brooklyn, and the diverse range of largely unsung heroism on display in recent months as the borough and city battled the virus.
Among the more than 80 honorees at tomorrow’s event will be Leah Pavlov, a 12-year-old girl who used her own money to pack lunches for health care workers, and “Hamilton” star and Edward R. Murrow High School alum Javier Muñoz, who started an initiative called Broadway Relief Project, which gathered out-of-work costume and set designers to manufacture personal protective equipment (PPE).
This event is slated to take place at noon on Tuesday, Sep. 22 at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Steps, 209 Joralemon Street in Downtown Brooklyn.
Colton on NYC Schools Preparation Debacle
Assemblyman William Colton (D – Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights) said yesterday that Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza must be held responsible for their carelessness in NYC school’s safety preparation.
“All NYC schools officially were closed on March 23, 2020, due to the COVID-19 spread. Six months later what are we facing? Our schools are still in limbo. Children and staff are not safe to go back. We are not ready to reopen our schools safely because neither the Mayor nor the Chancellor took it seriously. It raises a legitimate question, why as soon as schools were closed neither one took an initiative to test schools for the virus and came up with the safety plan in advance for the safe return in September of 2020. It is outrageous that schools are short on cleaning and school supplies.
“Few weeks before schools were supposed to reopen, de Blasio’s administration decides to conduct tests for the virus and the result is that the fifty-six NYC’s schools were confirmed with positive cases of COVID-19. Four schools in my district P.S. 177 The Marlboro, I.S. 228 David A. Boody, P.S. 97 The Highlawn and I.S. 281 Joseph B. Cavallaro are on the list of positive cases.
“We are finding out that these schools are infected with COVID-19. Three of these schools are used by the NYC BOE as voting poll sites on election days. My understanding is that these schools are not safe to be used for the public. Therefore, I demand answers from the Mayor what will be done, and from the BOE what is their next step to make these schools safe to be used by American citizens on November 3, 2020,” said Colton.
Richardson to Unveil Signage for MTA Station
Assemblymember Diana Richardson (Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Wingate, Flatbush) will be unveiling a new signage for the Franklin Avenue and President Street Subway Stations in honor of Medgar Evers College.
“Following an outpouring of community concerns about the naming of two subway stations in our district, I introduced legislation that called for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to rename President Street subway station, ‘President Street – Medgar Evers College’ station and to rename the Franklin Avenue subway station, ‘Franklin Avenue – Medgar Evers College’ station. This was done to reflect the highly regarded Medgar Evers College, a respected educational institution, recognized as a cultural imprint in Central Brooklyn,” she wrote.
This event is slated to take place at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1 at the intersection of President Street and Nostrand Avenue in Crown Heights.