Imagine that someone is following you, texting and e-mailing you, and you are afraid – you don’t feel safe. More than 3.4 million Americans a year are victims of stalking, a dangerous crime that can happen to anyone.
January is National Stalking Awareness Month, a time to mobilize against this dangerous crime. This year’s theme, “Stalking: Know It. Name It. Stop It.,” calls our nation to stop this crime by learning more about it. Stalking is a crime in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, yet many victims and criminal justice professionals underestimate its seriousness and impact.
Our Toy Drive was a great success! Toys were given to children at Kings County Hospital and additional toys were donated to their Pediatrics ICU. Furthermore, Senator Adams, along with District Leaders Olanike Alabi, Jesse Hamilton, Shirley Patterson and Robert Cornegy, hosted a Christmas Toy Giveaway at Play Kids, a new toy store located in the 20th Senatorial District in Brooklyn. Children ages of 2 thru 10 years happily received a gift for the holiday season.
Senator Adams, in partnership with District Leaders Jesse Hamilton, Shirley Patterson, Robert Cornegy, Olanike Alabi and Walter Mosley, hosted a Karaoke Toy Drive at 2 Steps Down. The event was a great success – guests donated many toys that were given to children at Kings County Hospital and donated to the Pediatrics ICU, and a fun evening was had by all.
Senator Adams was one of the special invited guests to attend the 41st Bangladesh Victory Day Celebration, where he congratulated and celebrated with the people of Bangladesh in Brooklyn during the commemoration of Bangladesh's independence from Pakistan. The Senator presented a proclamation to Abu Naser Khaliquzzaman, a community business leader who strives to facilitate better understanding between the United States and the rest of the Muslim World.
New York City Charter School Center, through a partnership with Senator Klein, Assemblyman Scarborough, Senator Adams and Kaitlin Monte, Miss New York 2011, administered a survey, “Click, Comment and Create Change,” to 3rd- and 4th-graders at the New Beginnings Charter School in Bedford-Stuyvesant. The answers to the survey will be used to gather data that will help form the legislation to crack down on the problem of online bullying. Senator Adams and Senator Klein spoke to a group of 8- to 10-year-olds about the problems of excessive online chatter and the role they can play as young leaders in advising their peers about proper cyber etiquette.
Senator Adams was one of the keynote speakers at the 15th Annual Snow White Ball, where he encouraged all to work together despite cultural differences. He also honored Janet Lewis for being a cultural ambassador of West Indian heritage and for her outstanding work and service to our community.
Senator Adams was a guest panelist for the National Action Network's Death Penalty Panel Discussion. There has been a lot of controversy surrounding this issue recently, particularly relating to the execution of Troy Davis.
According to the Death Penalty Information Center, there were a total of 1271 executions between 1976 and 2011. Although New York State has abolished its death penalty, there are 34 states in this country that still apply the death penalty as a means of punishment. In 2008, Senator Adams voted against S.4632, which was legislation introduced to reinstate the death penalty in New York State.
Senator Adams attended the Marcus Garvey Residential Rehab Pavilion Appreciation Breakfast, where he greeted the seniors and the administration of the nursing home, and gave special happy birthday wishes to two seniors who celebrated the milestone of being over 100 years old.
Senator Adams was the keynote speaker for the Drug Treatment Alternative-to-Prison (DTAP)/ComAlert Graduation. Programs provided through the Office of the Kings County District Attorney, Charles Hynes, DTAP is a residential drug treatment and re-entry program for formerly incarcerated individuals and ComAlert provides formally incarcerated individuals with housing, education, substance abuse treatment, physical and mental health counseling and employment. The Senator offered congratulations and gave encouragement to the programs' graduates.
Senator Adams hosted a community safety meeting for the Prospect Lefferts Gardens community where representatives of Secure Watch 24 discussed how community residents can obtain security cameras for the community. In addition, Karl Cohen from the 71st Precinct Community Council introduced the Civilian Observation Patrol Program and recruited residents to be a part of the program.
Senator Eric Adams, along with Congressman Edolphus Towns, Senator John Sampson, Assemblyman Karim Camara, Councilwoman Letitia James, Councilman Jumaane D.Williams and Healthfirst, sponsored the annual Celebration of Praise & Thanksgiving gospel concert at the Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts. Various gospel soloists and ensembles showcased their talent and expressed thanksgiving through song and dance.
It is December, and the Holidays are upon us yet again. While the end of the year is a festive time, full of celebration and cheer, it is still necessary for everyone to remain alert, especially as people travel near and far to celebrate the holidays with loved ones. For this reason, the month of December has been designated National Drunk and Drugged Driving Prevention Month.
Every day, people put themselves and other motorists in danger on roadways when they drive after consuming alcohol or after using legal or illegal drugs. During this holiday season, we should all be observant in an effort to protect our families, friends, and neighbors from drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Realizing the importance of giving and appreciation, Senator Eric Adams distributed turkeys to churches and senior centers in the 20th Senate District for the Thanksgiving holiday. Local senior centers and places of worship identified those persons in need, and assisted in helping those families enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday despite the challenging economic times.
Senator Adams attended the TWU/32BJ rally to speak on the workers' behalf regarding their upcoming contract negotiations. Their contract, which covers over 20,000 commerical building service workers in NYC, expires on December 31, 2011.