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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins Elected Senate Democratic Leader

"I commend and congratulate State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins who tonight was elected as the Senate Democratic Conference Leader; our conference's first African American Women Leader.

December 17, 2012
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41 Members of Bushwick Gang off Our Streets

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.

December 13, 2012
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2011 NHTSA Analysis Shows Traffic Fatalities Down Nearly Two Percent

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.

December 11, 2012
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FEMA Disaster Assistance Deadline Extended

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.

December 11, 2012
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Brooklyn Gun Buy Back

(en espanol)

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:

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church

105 Highland Place

Brooklyn, NY 11208

December 4, 2012
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Federal Grants to Fund More Than 300 Jobs to Aid Hurricane Sandy Recovery Efforts

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.

November 30, 2012
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Newtown Creek Alliance Turns Ten

Tonight (Wednesday, Nov. 28) Newtown Creek Alliance is celebrating its 10th Anniversary.

The Newtown Creek Alliance has actively fought to help decrease pollution in the creek, and restore and revitalize the historic water body.

I commend their hard work and look forward to continue working with them as we look to reclaim the creek from more than a century of industrial negligence.

November 28, 2012
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I.S. 171 School Band Saved!

Cypress Hills LDC reports that the after school band program at I.S. 171 is saved and will be restarting in early December!

Thank you to those who helped "Save the Band."

November 19, 2012
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Fundraiser To Aid Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts in Brooklyn

Roberta's at 261 Moore St., is hosting a Pizza Party fundraiser tonight (November 16), 7 to 10 p.m., to help aid Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in the Rockaways.

November 16, 2012
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Forum/Town Hall: Greenpoint Transportation and Traffic Safety Town Hall

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.

Topics to be discussed include:

November 19, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
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NYCHA To Offer Rent Relief Due to Hurricane Sandy Service Interruptions

NYCHA will begin instituting rent adjustments to residents in developments severely impacted by Hurricane Sandy.

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.

November 13, 2012
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L and G Train Service

MTA Service Update

Limited train service has resumed from the Court Square Station to the Church Avenue Station.

trains operate between Broadway Junction Station and Rockaway Parkway Station, making all local stops.

November 8, 2012
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Federal and City Home, Renters and Business Loans Available to Aid Sandy Recovery

Free Temporary Warehouse Space Also Available

Small Business Administration

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.

November 1, 2012
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Volunteer Opportunities in Wake of Sandy

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 nycservice@cityhall.nyc.gov with your name, email address and borough. There will be ways to volunteer today and over the next week as opportunities arise.

October 31, 2012
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Senator Dilan Urges Residents to Remain Inside, Off Roads as Emergency Crews Continue Clean Up

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.

October 30, 2012
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Brooklyn Power Outages, Service Restorations

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.

October 30, 2012
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Hurricane Sandy Emergency Preparedness

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. 

October 29, 2012
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154 Guns Off Our Streets, 11 Individuals Indicted for the Sale of Illegal Firearms

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.

Read the full release.

October 19, 2012
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Second Annual Parents as Partners Week, Oct 15-20

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.

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Parents as Partners Week English Flyer

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Parents as Partners Week Spanish Flyer

October 10, 2012
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Brownsville Community Justice Center Seeking Program Coordinator

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.

File: 
Brownsville Community Justice Center Program Coordinator Job Description

October 9, 2012
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