Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Oct. 5, 2020

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Adams blames bad planning on select zip code COVID closings

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams yesterday said the city’s announcement of reversed progress in reopening schools and businesses in nine neighborhoods is in large part a result of poor planning combined with bad communication. 

Adams remarks came after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that schools and non-essential businesses will be closed in nine zip codes where COVID-19 rates have remained over 3% for the past seven days. 

The neighborhoods and zip codes in Brooklyn are Borough Park (11219); Gravesend/Hoecrest (11223); Midwood (11230), Bensonhurst/Mapleton (11204); Flatlands/Midwood (11210) and Gerritsen Beach/Homecrest/Sheepshead Bay ( 11229).

“The City has continually failed to work with communities that have language or cultural barriers to stop the spread of COVID-19 and not invested adequate resources to help lower-income areas that are among the most vulnerable to the virus. To stop the spread, the City must immediately deputize community organizations in these neighborhoods who have the credibility and ability to educate and organize New Yorkers in their areas to take care of themselves and their neighbors,” said Adams.

Treyger brings additional cleaning services to Southern Brooklyn corridors

Council Member Mark Treyger

City Council Member Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Gravesend) last week announced significant investments in clean-up initiative funding and additional litter basket pick-up services to address this quality-of-life concern to help keep Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods clean. 

Treyger saved and restored funding for beautification clean-up efforts to improve major commercial street corridors in the neighborhoods of Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend and Coney Island. Additionally, the funding he secured provides seniors and persons with disabilities help with electronic recycling. 

For Fiscal Year 2021, Treyger secured $130,000 in funding to build on previous investments in keeping major street corridors in Southern Brooklyn safe and free of litter.

The money will pay for among other things, the Wildcat Service Corporation to provide four new routes to supplement the current DSNY sanitation services.

“Our residents and businesses deserve to live and work in safe, clean neighborhoods. I want to thank DSNY and Wildcat Service Corporation for actualizing the clean-up initiatives in the district,” said Treyger. “I fought hard to protect this funding for my district and I will continue to focus on beautification efforts to keep our neighborhoods in Southern Brooklyn free of litter, garbage and waste on our major street corridors.”

Cuomo Sends ‘New York Cares’ package to Trump, First Lady

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo on Friday announced he is sending a “New York Cares” get well package to President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump following the news that they have contracted the novel coronavirus. 

The care package will include fresh apples from Upstate farms, bagels from New York City, cheesecake from Junior’s, chicken wings from Dinosaur BBQ and apple cider.

“We can have political differences, and people know I have political differences with the President, and we’re both New Yorkers so we’re not shy about speaking our mind,” said Cuomo. “This situation creates a lot of anxiety. I’ve gone through this in my family, and I’m sure his children and family are worried. So on behalf of the family of New York, I wish them a speedy recovery and they’re in our thoughts and prayers. And we’re going to be sending the President and First Lady a New York Cares package, just to give them some comfort as they go through this difficult period.”

Colton Cymbrowitz distribute food at Marlboro Houses

Assembly Member William Colton
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

Assemblymember William Colton (D-Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights) and Steven Cymbrowitz (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach) along with Betty James, president of the Marlboro Residents Association last week distributed food, masks, and hand sanitizer to NYCHA’s Marlboro Housing residents.

“I would like to thank Fresh Direct who donated approximately 500 boxes of different kinds of food to the Marlboro Housing residents at such difficult times that we are all facing. New York City has suffered enormously during the COVID-19 pandemic. We need always help each other regardless of the challenges we are facing. Most of all we must remain human no matter how difficult times are. I believe that it is our obligation, especially during this pandemic period, to make sure that no one goes hungry,” Colton said.

“It is critical that we participate in the community events such as this, so that we can make a difference in the lives of the families in the community,” Colton added.

Deutsch brings back drive-in movie to his district

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch

City Council Member Chaim Deutsch (D-Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest, Midwood) is inviting families from throughout his district to join a drive-in movie experience tomorrow, (Chol Hamoed Sukkos – a Jewish holiday). 

The movie being shown is Toy Story 4, which was originally released in June of 2019. Deutsch’s office will also be distributing free masks for movie attendees. To ensure compliance with social distancing mandates, there will be no distributing refreshments at this event, but Deutsch encourages residents to bring their own.

The event is slated for 6:30 p.m., tomorrow, Oct. 6 at the Manhattan Beach Parking Lot (entrance opposite 1017 Oriental Boulevard). This event is weather dependent – if there is significant wind or rain that forces a postponement, Deutsch’s office will send out an email notification.