Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Nov. 5, 2020

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Adams Decries Trump Comments About Stealing Election 

Borough President Eric Adams
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams yesterday decried Presidente Donald Trump’s comments that opposition forces were trying to steal the election away from him.

“President Trump’s comments last night following the incomplete vote results were irresponsible, incendiary, and meant to sow chaos. I send this message to my fellow New Yorkers: I share your frustration — but be patient,” said Adams.

“You did your job and you did it well. Now our country finishes counting the votes to ensure this process is done right. Democracy must win. If you exercise your right to protest, be safe and look out for your fellow New Yorkers. No matter the final results, our fight for justice, equality, and better government is far from over,” he added.  

James & Cuomo Renew Suspension of Debt Collection for Eighth Time 

Attorney General of NY Letitia James
New York Attorney General Letitia James
Gov. Andrew Cuomo

NY Attorney General Letitia James and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced yesterday that the state has renewed, for the eighth time, an order to halt the collection of medical and student debt owed to the state of New York that has been specifically referred to the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) for collection — with limited exceptions — through December 31, 2020.

In response to continuing financial impairments resulting from the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), the OAG again renewed orders, taking effect this morning and going through Thursday, December 31, 2020. After this period, the OAG will reassess the needs of state residents for another possible extension. Additionally, the OAG will accept applications for suspension of all other types of debt owed to the state of New York and referred to the OAG for collection.

“As COVID-19 continues to spread, more and more New Yorkers are feeling its financial impact,” said James. “As we approach the holiday season and more begin to worry about their finances, my office is renewing the suspension of state and medical debt through the end of the year in order to alleviate some of these hardships and help New Yorkers make it through these difficult times. We will continue to look for ways to help New Yorkers to get back on their feet, and, by working together, it is our hope that we can rebuild our state’s economy and move towards a period of recovery.”

“New Yorkers made enormous sacrifices to bend the curve of this deadly virus, and we recognize many people are still struggling with both emotional pain and economic hardship as a result of this crisis,” Cuomo said. “Renewing the suspension on the collection of student and medical debt that is referred to the attorney general’s office through December 31, 2020 will help lessen the burden faced by so many families and businesses whose livelihoods have been affected by the pandemic. I’m grateful to the attorney general for her partnership.”

Eugene to Give Free Food and Masks

Councilmember Mathieu Eugene Photo by Phoebe Taylor Vuolo

City 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.

“Since August, I have been honored to partner with community organizations to provide free food and masks to hundreds of underserved residents and their families,” said Eugene. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a serious public health issue, and we still have friends and neighbors who are at-risk and need resources to stay healthy. By providing food and masks to those who are dealing with financial instability and food insecurity, we are helping numerous families get through this crisis. It is important to me to demonstrate what is possible when we work together as a society and do what is right for our neighbors who are struggling. I am very appreciative to the organizations and volunteers who have assisted with this event, and I remain committed to doing everything in my power to provide these resources to those who need them most,” he said. 

This event is slated to take place at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 5 in front of the District Office, located at 900 Rogers Avenue.

Colton Shows Gratitude to Voters

Assembly Member William Colton

Assemblyman William Colton (Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights) thanked everyone who supported and voted for him in the general election this week.  

“I received 12,958 votes yesterday, which is about 57% of the vote. There are also absentee ballots that are still to be counted.

Therefore, I look forward to every vote being counted as I eagerly look ahead to continue serving the constituents in my district,” he said.