Thanks to the continued diligence of the NYPD and King’s County District Attorney Charles Hynes, 41 members of the TBO gang are facing lengthy jail sentences stemming from a two-year spree of crimes in Bushwick and neighboring communities.
The U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a new analysis indicating that highway deaths fell to 32,367 in 2011, marking the lowest level since 1949 and a 1.9 percent decrease from the previous year.
The updated 2011 data show the downward trend in recent years represent a 26 percent decline in traffic fatalities overall since 2005.
Unfortunately, the same report cited an 8.7 percent increase in cyclist deaths and pedestrian deaths increasing by 3 percent.
The registration deadline for FEMA assistance for residents living in one of the thirteen disaster-declared counties affected by Hurricane Sandy has been extended to January 28, 2013.
Federal disaster assistance for individuals and families can include money for rental assistance, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance. Residents in the counties of Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Richmond, Rockland, Westchester, Suffolk, Queens, Orange, Putnam, Sullivan and Ulster, are eligible.
Senator Martin Malavé Dilan is partnering with King's County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Assemblymember Rafael Espinal, Councilmember Erik Martin Dilan, and NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, to host a Cash For Guns, no questions asked, gun buyback program in Brooklyn, Saturday December 15.
Turn in a weapon and receive a $200 Bank Card for a operable handgun, and a $20 bank card for operable rifles and shotguns.
From 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m., you can drop off weapons at:
Governor Cuomo has announced that New York State has received $27.7 million in federal Disaster National Emergency Grant (NEG) funds.
The grant will be used to hire workers to help clean up communities affected by Hurricane Sandy in Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester counties.
Workers who lost their jobs as a direct result of Hurricane Sandy or workers who were unemployed prior to the storm are eligible to apply for temporary positions. The New York State Department of Labor will work with local officials to recruit and hire workers.
Senator Martin Malave Dilan, Senate Transportation Committee ranker will join Councilmember Stephen Levin, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, New York State Senator Daniel Squadron, Assemblymember Joe Lentol, the NYC Department of Transportation and the 94th Police Precinct to co-host a Greenpoint Transportation and Traffic Safety Town Hall on Monday, November 19.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.