Brooklyn Lawmakers on the Move Nov. 12, 2020

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Cuomo Announces New Restrictions on Restaurants & Bars

Gov. Andrew Cuomo

Gov. Andrew Cuomo yesterday announced new COVID-19 restrictions on bars, restaurants, gyms and residential gatherings in New York State.

Effective Friday at 10 p.m., bars, restaurants and gyms or fitness centers, as well as any State Liquor Authority-licensed (SLA) establishment, will be required to close from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. daily. 

Restaurants will still be allowed to provide curbside, food-only pick-up or delivery after 10 p.m., but will not be permitted to serve alcohol to go. The SLA will issue further guidance for licensees as to what sales are continued to be permitted.

The Governor also announced that indoor and outdoor gatherings at private residences will be limited to no more than 10 people. The limit will be implemented due to the recent prevalence of COVID spread resulting from small indoor gatherings including Halloween parties. These gatherings have become a major cause of cluster activity across the state. Further, this public health measure brings New York State in line with neighboring states including Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. This new rule is also effective Friday at 10 p.m.

“If you look at where the cases are coming from, if you do the contact tracing, you’ll see they’re coming from three main areas: establishments where alcohol is served, gyms, and indoor gatherings at private homes,” said Cuomo. “The reason we have been successful in reducing the spread in New York is we have been a step ahead of COVID. You know where it’s going; stop it before it gets there. And you know where it’s going by following the science. This is the calibration that we’ve talked about: increase economic activity, watch the positivity rate – if the positivity rate starts to go up, back off on the economic activity. It was never binary — economic activity or public health — it was always both.”

The Governor took these actions amid a widespread increase in cases throughout the nation and an increase in New York, which was expected moving into the fall and winter seasons.

Clarke Thanks American Veterans 

Congresswoman Yvette Clarke

U.S. Rep. Yvette Clarke (D- Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Midwood, Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Prospect Lefferts Gardens) yesterday honored this country’s veterans on Veterans Day saying this country needs to make sure it is taking care of veterans by supporting the Veterans Administration, creating affordable housing, and getting quality healthcare for those who enlist..

“We honor our veterans. Those who have served our country and whose selfless actions helped to ensure that the American Dream lives on. We owe those who have served our country a great debt, and they deserve so much more than a one-day celebration. Not to mention their families, who deserve just as much thanks. They are the ones emotionally supporting our troops in far-off conflicts. To the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, spouses, best friends, and everyone in between, we thank you.

“That’s why I hope that today, and every day, you’ll stand with me as I thank our veterans for their service to our country and their commitment to keeping us safe. To our service members in uniform and their families — today, and always — thank you,” said Clarke. 

Deutsch Thanks American Veterans 

City Councilman Chaim Deutsch

Councilman Chaim Deutsch (Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Homecrest), who chairs the Council’s Veterans Committee, also gave thanks to the nation and city’s veterans yesterday for their service to this country.  

“Today and every day, we express our immense gratitude to the military heroes who have fought, and continue to fight, to allow us to live in a country that celebrates freedom. 

“In 2018, I was honored to be appointed as the Chairman of the New York City Council’s Veterans Committee, where I advocate for veterans and their families every single day. I asked for this role because of my gratitude to the military, without whom I would not be here today. My father was a Holocaust survivor who was just a child when he was imprisoned in Auschwitz. He survived three concentration camps and two death marches. He was given his freedom when the 71st Infantry Division of the United States Army liberated the concentration camp called Gunskirchen.

“Now it is my opportunity to give back to the veterans who gave my father and thousands of other survivors their freedom, paving the way for generations to come. Thank you veterans and all military families,” said Deutsch. 

Eugene to Hold Summons Events

Mathieu Eugene
City Council Member Mathieu Eugene

Council Member Mathieu Eugene (D-Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Park, Prospect Lefferts Gardens) today is co-sponsoring, along with The Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) an “OATH In The Park Before Dark” event.

The event will have OATH staff at the park to assist and educate individuals about what to do should they have received a summons and to check to determine if someone has an outstanding summons. Oath staff will also provide materials for individuals on remote hearings and other free resources that are made available to the public by OATH.

This event is slated to take place at 10:00- 4:00 p.m. today, Nov. 12 at the Parade Grounds at Coney Island Ave and Parkside Ave in Prospect Park. 

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