Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Oct. 15, 2020

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Colton Commends Cuomo for Cabrini Monument

Assembly Member William Colton

Assemblyman William Colton (D–Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights) yesterday commended Governor Cuomo for commissioning the State to build a monument of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in New York City.

“About a year ago I sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio about the great concern that was raised in the community after an organization named SHE Built NYC rejected the public’s choice to build the statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. Sister Frances Xavier Cabrini came to the United States in 1889 with a small group of sisters. She founded 67 institutions within 35 years, including orphanages, schools, and hospitals, dedicated to caring for the poor, uneducated, sick, and abandoned. My office had circulated petitions in favor of building the monument of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini. I was very impressed when I heard that Governor Cuomo has announced that the State will commission this well-deserved monument,” Colton stated.

“This year Monday, October 12, 2020, Governor Cuomo marked Columbus Day by dedicating a statue of the Italian American saint known as Mother Cabrini in lower Manhattan, New York City. I am pleased that the monument of the Italian American legacy was finally unveiled by the Hudson River with a view of Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty on Columbus Day for the Roman Catholic nun who was canonized in 1946,” Colton added.

Schumer, Gillibrand- $1 Million for Fire Prevention 

U.S. Senator Charles Schumer
U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

U.S. Senators Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announced $1,068,883.81 in federal funding for the National Development Research Institute (NDRI-USA) in New York City to further their research and development on fire prevention and safety. 

This funding was allocated through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) in cooperation with the U.S. Fire Administration. 

 “New York City’s firefighters have been on the front lines throughout this pandemic and long before, risking their lives to protect and support our communities,” said Schumer. “These courageous first responders deserve all the federal support possible to help them do their jobs safely. I’ve fought my whole career for federal resources to support our heroic firefighters, and I’m proud to deliver this funding to research ways to protect our firefighters in the line of duty.”

 “New York City’s firefighters put their lives at risk every day to protect our communities,” said Gillibrand. “This funding will support critical research to help improve the health, wellness and safety of our firefighters so they can better protect themselves and the people they serve. I will continue advocating for our first responders to ensure they have the resources necessary to protect the public and do their jobs safely and efficiently.”  

 NDRI-USA, Inc., located in New York City, received $1,068,883.81 for research and development to reduce fatal and nonfatal injuries and improve firefighter safety, health and wellness.

 Fire Prevention and Safety Grants provide critical funding needed to train emergency personnel and enhance the safety of the public and firefighters from fire and related hazards. The primary goal of funding is to help local firefighters reduce injury and prevent deaths from fires. 

Treyger to Hold Oversight Hearing on Reopening Public Schools

Council Member Mark Treyger

Council Member Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Gravesend) will preside over a joint New York City Council Committees on Education and Health oversight hearing pertaining to the health and safety of reopening our city’s schools.

The virtual hearing on Friday will also discuss Intro 2104 (Treyger) and Intro 2058 (Williams and Treyger), both related to obtaining metrics on remote learning attendance data.

This event is slated to take place at 9:15- 9:45 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 16. Educators, parents, students, and school staff are encouraged to sign-up to testify via the Council website at

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