On November 20, Senator Eric Adams, Civil Rights Attorney Norman Siegel, and members of Occupy Wall Street (OWS) held a press conference to release a letter that they sent to Mayor Michael Bloomberg requesting answers to possible violations of NYPD procedures in regard to vouchering property which was confiscated from OWS protesters, and the alleged mishandling of the press. It is the group's belief that during the November 15th retaking of Zuccotti Park, the City and NYPD violated several policies by removing property from protesters without issuing receipts, and preventing press access to the park.
In response to the actions taken by the City, Mayor Bloomberg and the NYPD to clear out Zuccotti Park, the Occupy Wall Street movement held a press conference in front of the New York Supreme Civil Court Building with elected officials who support their cause, including Senator Adams, shown here with Council Members Letitia James and Jumaane D. Williams.
Senator Adams was the guest speaker at a Community Action Meeting in the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens area, where he presented the Take Back Our Community (TBOC) initiative. Concerned community residents, including representatives from several block and civic associations, were in attendance and received information on taking action against the increased crime in their neighborhood.
Senator Adams joined New York Communities for Change, school administration, teachers and parents to speak out against the possible co-location or closing of from P.S. 161 and M.S. 587. Parents, staff and concerned residents are asking for a realistic plan from the Department of Education – one that involves parents and the community, and addresses the individual needs of District 17's struggling schools.
The Grand Army Plaza Coalition (GAPCo) celebrated the recent improvements to street and bicycle networks around Grand Army Plaza, improving traffic and pedestrian safety and access around the plaza, and beautifying existing and new pedestrian islands. Senator Adams, DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn, and other elected officials joined in the celebration to recognize the enhancements that have helped to make travel around the Plaza – by car, on foot or by bicyle – safer and more efficient. The Grand Army Plaza Coalition was founded in March 2006 by Project for Public Spaces and a group of committed local residents.
PS 9 hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of its new playground. What was once a bleak asphalt lot with only a basketball court and broken play gym is now a completely refurbished school yard with a number of brightly colored and stimulating play spaces, from tennis courts to climbing structures. The playground was built in conjunction with Out2Play and supported by funding from Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, the Department of Education and the Brooklyn Nets Community Alliance.
Senator Adams was the keynote speaker at the Trinity Baptist Church-GEMS Youth Ministry Awards Dinner in Crown Heights. The GEMS youth group is involved in several community outreach programs, including "Feeding the Hungry," where meals were given to people in need, and Bible Study sessions at Marcus Garvey Nursing Home. Senator Adams encouraged the youth to continue to succeed and be a positive role model for their peers and their community.
Senator Adams joined Assemblymember Vito Lopez and other elected officials in a march from Brooklyn Borough Hall across the Brooklyn Bridge in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Senator Adams met and spoke to the protesters in Zuccoti Park.
Senator Eric Adams co-hosted the kick-off event of the "Less Talk...More Action" tour, held at Medgar Evers College on October 27th. Ryan Mack, President of Optimum Capital Management L.L.C. and author of "Living in the Village," launched the 8-city tour which will focus on improving financial literacy rates, reducing unemployment rates and reducing mass incarceration rates in African American communities.
Dear Constituents:The brisk winds of fall are blowing steadily, and as we near Thanksgiving, I would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous holiday. The Thanksgiving holiday is one where food takes center stage, and while indulging every now and then is no issue, it is important to monitor your food intake. As November has been designated as National Diabetes Awareness Month, I wish to take this time to educate everyone about the risk factors and warning signs of this disease.
Well Care, in partnership with Senator Eric Adams, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Senator John Sampson, Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries and Councilmember Letitia James, hosted a comedy and entertainment showcase for over 500 seniors at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, October 28. Senior citizens from various senior centers in Brooklyn enjoyed an afternoon of laughter and fellowship.
On Saturday, October 29, 2011, Senator Adams attended the official co-naming of Utica Avenue between St. Marks and Bergen Street to Moses P. Cobb Way, in honor of the contributions of one of New York City’s First African-American police officers.
Participate in this year's SAFE WALK for trick or treaters, starts sharply at 5 pm thru 9 pm. All participating minors must be accompanied by an adult.The walk route is as follows:Start at Rutland & Flatbush.Walk Rutland Rd. to Rogers Ave.Left on Rogers, Walk to Midwood St.Left on Midwood, Walk to Bedford Ave.Right on Bedford, Walk to Maple St.Right on Maple, Walk to New York Ave.Left on New York, Walk to Empire Blvd.End at New York & Empire @ the 71st Precinct.Be on time and have good clean fun!
Senator Adams was the keynote speaker for the "Annual Saluting A Trailblazer" Awards Dinner, hosted by the Marshall C. Brown Chapter (New Jersey) of the National Black State Troopers Coalition, a non-profit organization committed to exposing the minority community to the New Jersey State Police through scholarships, mentoring, reading in schools, conducting coat drives for students and the needy, and organizing fundraising programs to support valuable initiatives in the community.
State Senator Eric Adams responds to the New York Post editorial on October 25, 2011 which said the death of an East New York mother from gunfire tragically proves why aggressive stop-and-frisk policies from the NYPD is needed. The Senator, a former police officer, disagrees. CLICK HERE to view video.
On Sunday, October 23, the Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace offered martial arts self-defense classes in response to the recent sexual assaults that have occurred in the community. Senator Adams shared sexual assault safety tips and crime tips with everyone to ensure safety for themselves and the community. Invited experts engaged in dialogue on crime prevention, demonstrated self-defense techniques designed for women, and helped them make sound decisions when faced with potentially dangerous situations.
Senator Adams joined the St. Louis Senior Center (230 Kingston Avenue in Crown Heights) for their 1st Annual Multicultural Celebration. The senior citizens celebrated the diverse cultures represented within the center, with each country making a presentation and providing tasty samples of their country's cuisine for everyone to enjoy.