Rent credits will be issued for any days of the month in which residents were without essential services (electric, elevators, heat or water) as a result of Hurricane Sandy storm damage.Rent credits will be included in the January 2013 rent bill. NYCHA asks that residents continue to pay their normal rents until the credits are reflected on their rent bill. NYCHA residents will receive additional information in their December rent bill.
The federal Small Business Administration is offering loans of up to $2 million in disaster areas. They are available to businesses of any size. Interest rates on the 30-year terms are typically 4 percent for businesses and 3 percent for nonprofits. Apply online at DisasterLoan.SBA.gov or download a application form at SBA.gov.
After spending yesterday touring the district it appears our neighborhoods in Northern Brooklyn were spared the worst of Sandy's devastation. My thoughts are with those who were not as fortunate. Thank you to our first responders who braved Monday’s storm, and continue to help those in need throughout the city.If you would like to help your fellow New Yorkers, email email@example.com with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.
As Emergency Responders and utility crews make their way through our communities it is imperative that people stay inside and off the roads. Unneccesary travel can put you at risk and create major obstacles for emergency services vehicles to get to those in immediate need.Use 911 in an emergency where life/safety is threatened. 311 Online and calling 311 should be used in all other circumstances.
As a precaution, ConEd shut off electrical service to portions of South Brooklyn yesterday to facilitate quicker service restorations in the coming days. If you are without power as a result of yesterday's hurricane, ConEd has provided the following service to report outages and check in on service restorations. To report outages, Customers can report downed power lines, outages, and check service restoration status by computer or mobile device at www.conEd.com.
Hurricane Sandy is expected to make landfall this evening, with high winds continuing through the night. While New York City has already made preperations for the high winds and storm surges the hurricane will produce, families and individuals should also make preperations, keep informed and stay safe.Sandy's heavy rains and extremely high winds pose very serious risks throughout Kings County. The potential for flooding, deadly storm surges, widespread power outages, and downed power lines is very real.The New York State Division of Homeland Security is reccomending that everyone should move to, and remain in a place of safety. Ensure all windows and doors are secure, stay away from windows throughout the duration of the storm.
Congratulations and thanks to Kings County DA Charles Hynes and NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly on yesterday’s indictment of 11 individuals for the sale of 154 illegal guns. Six of the guns were used to commit crimes in New York City, including two shootings in Brooklyn.
The result of this year-long investigation shows how extensive the illegal gun enterprise is and the damage it has on our communities. I commend DA Hynes, Commissioner Kelly and the NYPD officers involved for a job well done.
The city Department of Education will be hosting a “Planning for Success Workshop: Supporting Transitions through High School to College and Career,” as part of the 2nd annual Parents as Partners Week, being held from October 15 to October 20, 2012.
The workshops are designed to inform parents about higher academic standards and ways parents can get involved in their child’s education, to ensure all students graduate ready for college and careers.
The Brownsville Community Justice Center is seeking a Program Coordinator to run the Brownsville Anti-Violence Project (BAVP), a new initiative geared towards reducing violence in the Brownsville community.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to, developing and maintaining relationships with local service providers and program partners, including law enforcement, faith leaders, and community stakeholders, in order to identify and access resources for individuals at high risk of being gun violence victims or perpetrators.
“I’m disappointed New York’s request to suspend the expansion of the Secure Communities program was ignored. This program threatens any hope of developing new inroads among law enforcement and our immigrant communities of New York. Furthermore, any progress toward a working relationship between the two will surely suffer once this program is implemented.”
Session begins at 3 p.m. today. My bill, S. 1345 is expected to be voted on. The measure protects foster children from being placed in a home which has previously been found to be unsuitable for providing care.
Looking for a meaningful way to serve your community?State Senator Martin Malavé Dilan is seeking talented and passionate full, and part-time interns to work in his Brooklyn District Office. Interns can expect to combine their academic interests with real-world application in the following areas: legislation and policy; community programs; communications; special events; immigration; economic development; health; education; and housing.
The New York State Surety Bond Assistance Program provides critical credit, training and technical assistance support to qualified New York small businesses or Minority Women-owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs) to help them secure surety bonds for State contracting. Who is Eligible
Town Square Inc. will be hosting a GREENCYCLE SWAP on Saturday, February 11th, from 1 to 4 pm at New Beginnings (199 Nth 5th St., between Driggs Avenue and Roebling Street). Reduce, reuse, and recycle gently used & working men’s, women’s, & children’s clothes, shoes, toys and books. Electronics no longer accepted.