Hello Brooklyn: Monday August 30, 2021


BROOKLYN CONVENTION MEMBER CONDEMNS SCOTUS ‘DECISION: Representative Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09) issued a statement on Friday condemning the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the national moratorium on evictions. “Housing is a human right, and for as many as 11 million Americans facing eviction across the country, the patchwork safety net of state memoranda and emergency decrees is not enough to avoid this worsening crisis, ”she said. Denouncing the Supreme Court ruling as “logically and morally bankrupt,” Clarke called on the House of Representatives to meet immediately and vote for the passage of HR 4791, the Tenant Protection Against Eviction Act, and to his colleagues in the Senate to adopt their bill.

Representative Clarke also called on Gov. Kathy Hochul to extend the moratorium on New York State evictions until December 31 and quickly disseminate the housing assistance funds that have been allocated to New York State. York.

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RENTAL ASSISTANCE POP-UP EVENT: This Tuesday, August 31, Good Shepherd Services will be hosting a free pop-up event in eastern New York to help community members who have fallen behind in paying rent due to financial hardship caused by COVID-19 apply for the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) . From noon to 5 p.m. that day, Good Shepherd will offer free assistance with inquiries, education and outreach activities at the Prince Joshua Avitto Community Center (876 Schenck Ave.) in conjunction with United Community Centers to ensure people at risk of homelessness or housing instability can successfully access rent relief through the ERAP.

Tenants looking for help who are unable to attend the event can also make an appointment by calling the PIU Bon Pasteur call center at (929) -552-2248, accessible seven days a week from 8 a.m. At 20 o ‘clock.

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BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ERIC ADAMS officially released recommendations on the Gowanus rezoning project as part of its City Charter mandated role in the Uniform Land Use Review (ULURP) process. He is seeking to secure the necessary capital investments in the two developments from the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) and to ensure a better quality of life for residents of the developments. The recommendations, which are part of a larger vision for the future of the community of Gowanus as part of a city rezoning project, underscore the commitment of local leaders to prioritize the needs of social housing residents. and provide a model for future city-wide rezoning that includes social housing developments with significant capital needs.

As Congress continues to debate the appropriate level of federal investment in public housing, Borough President Adams believes it is critical that the city find creative ways to meet NYCHA’s capital needs.

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CENTER FOR FICTION’S NEW BROOKLYN HOME: The Center for Fiction, now celebrating its 200th anniversary, has reopened with a new home in Brooklyn. After a 17-month hiatus, this non-profit literary organization founded as the Mercantile Library of New York is now based in the heart of the BAM cultural district at 15 Lafayette Ave. with an 18,000 square foot facility. Educational programming for the upcoming season will include a free public event that is part of the Centre’s KidsRead initiative, where young readers can virtually meet best-selling author Alan Gratz, presented in partnership with the New York Society Library.

The Center will also honor several writers throughout the fall, including the next group of emerging writing fellows, the Bridge Book Award winner and the novel’s top prize winner, which will be announced at a gala on the 7th. December.

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AGAINST SUPREME COURT RULING: Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Friday evening that she was “In talks with the New York State Senate Majority Leader and Assembly Speaker to convene a special session to address the looming eviction crisis, given the Supreme Court ruling [striking down the CDC’s moratorium]. Our teams will be working throughout the weekend to find the best way to provide relief to tenants and landlords in need as quickly as possible. “

Earlier on Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled, with dissent from the three liberal justices, that tenant evictions did not pose a public health concern, even as COVID cases are on the rise again across the country. country. However, they left an opening for Congress to fix the legal aspects.

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ELEMENTARY SCHOOL COLLEGE INTERNSHIPS: College students pursuing degrees in the field of education always have the option of applying for internships at PS 287, Dr. Bailey K. Ashford Elementary School, near Brooklyn Navy Yard. Brooklyn Community Board 2 announced that the extension of the application has been extended until Friday, September 3 for school placements in social work and counseling, school media and SEL and enrichment. Applicants must be current students and must send their resume and cover letter by email to [email protected] with the subject line: “Stage. “

Course credit is available, when applicable to the trainee’s situation.

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DOMINICAN MUSIC AT WILLOUGHBY PLAZA: Avid Dominican music readers can drop by Willoughby Plaza Lunchtime Music Series tomorrow, August 31, from noon to 2 p.m. Guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer Yasser Tejeda will perform some of the new music he wrote to preserve and celebrate Dominican roots.

Tejeda has released two albums: Kijombo (2019) which received six Dominican Republic Indie Awards, including Best Album; and Mezclansa (2009), dubbed one of the “100 Essential Dominican Music Recordings” (Acroarte). He recently released a new acoustic EP, titled Interior.

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BQE LANE REDUCTION: Commuters and truckers are expected to experience the impact on traffic today, the first rush hour following the DOT lane reduction in both directions. The lanes have been reduced from three to two, in each direction, and work began this weekend on the BQE between Atlantic Ave. and the Brooklyn Bridge, in an effort to extend the life of the triple cantilever pavement that passes under the Brooklyn Promenade. The DOT said these measures will reduce weight on the roadway, promote safety by providing dedicated exit and entry lanes, and provide shoulder space to minimize the impact on traffic from accidents.

The agency warned drivers to expect construction traffic jams and suggested they take public transport instead. Trucks and essential vehicles, meanwhile, should look to use the Battery Tunnel and the New Jersey Turnpike.

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Reckless Driving Rash: Even as the community of Dyker Heights mourns the death of the 6-year-old who was struck by a disbelieving SUV driver on Tuesday, State Senator Andrew Gounardes issued a statement condemning the lack of action in the latest pedestrian fatality this week: ”Gounardes said. “When will it be enough?” My condolences go out to Chumei Pan’s family and to all who knew and loved her.

“It is time for all of my elected colleagues to put words into action and pass important legislation to hold reckless drivers accountable, improve the rescue radar program to slow down drivers and highlight the dangers of large vehicles. We also need all of our leaders to finally commit to Vision Zero so that we can stop the carnage in our streets, ”said Gounardes.

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BACKPACK DONATIONS: City Council Member Stephen Levin’s District 33 office at 410 Atlantic Avenue is running a backpacks distribution campaign, for which donations are accepted until Friday, September 3. Community members who wish to donate backpacks and other school supplies in time for the new school year can bring them between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. this week.


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