Hello, Brooklyn: Monday, October 25, 2021


COMMUNITY BOARD 2 WILL RECOMMEND FIVE PROPERTIES IN LANDMARK: Three buildings in Brooklyn Heights and two in Clinton Hill are recommended to the Landmarks Preservation Commission tonight, October 25, at the monthly Community Board 2 executive committee meeting, held virtually. The Brooklyn Heights sites are a car shed at 123 Joralemon St., a brown stone townhouse at 36 Remsen St., and 155 Henry St. an apartment building. The two Clinton Hill properties are at 265 Lafayette Ave. (the Apostolic Faith Mission, which is next to the Emmanuel Baptist Church) and a townhouse at 141 Gates Ave.

Brooklyn Community Board 2 is home to 10 of Brooklyn’s 30 historic neighborhoods, including the very first (Brooklyn Heights Historic District) to be established in New York City in 1965.


NAME CHANGE OF POST OFFICE PAYS TRIBUTE TO LONG-TERM ASSEMBLY MEMBERS: The Greenpoint Post Office was renamed on Saturday and designated the “Joseph R. Lentol Post Office”, in honor of public service at life of the member of the Assembly.. Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives passed a name change bill, thanks to Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-12e District), which sponsored the bill. Lentol had, for 48 years, represented the 50th Assembly District, consisting of Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Fort Greene and parts of Clinton Hill, until he was defeated in the 2020 primaries by Emily Gallagher.

Lentol comes from a political family – his father was a state senator and state Supreme Court justice, Edward S. Lentol. His grandfather also served in the assembly. Prior to being elected, Joe Lentol served as an assistant district attorney in Kings County. In 2001, he was elected head of the Brooklyn Assembly delegation.


PRIVATE SECTOR PENSION PLANS: Pension plan options for private sector employees are now assured, thanks to legislation that Governor Kathy Hochul signed on Thursday, October 21. The new law requires private sector employers who do not already provide their employees with a retirement plan to automatically enroll their employees in New York State’s Secure Choice Savings Plan, which promotes retirement savings in such a way. convenient, low cost and portable. Employees can opt out of the program at any time.

Created in 2015 by the Secure Choice Savings Program Act of New York State, the Secure Choice Savings Plan is a self-sustaining retirement savings program in the form of an enrollment payroll deduction IRA. Automatique.


REVISITED THE ERA: Just after the 50th anniversary of the House’s passage of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, held a hearing last week to review the final steps needed to certify and publish the ERA as the 28th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. Ahead of the hearing, Representative Maloney sent a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris calling on the administration to rescind the Trump-era legal opinion from the Office of the Legal Counsel (OLC) that unnecessarily delayed certification of the ERA despite his meeting. constitutional requirements for adoption after being ratified by 38 states.

Representative Maloney also wrote in her capacity as chair of the committee to US Archivist David Ferriero urging him to certify and publish the ERA.


FREE EYE CARE FOR FAMILIES IN NEED: OneSight, one of the world’s leading non-profit eye care organizations, has partnered with Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company to offer free eye exams and glasses as prescribed for 491 children and adults in the Brooklyn area. The five-day charity clinic at Restoration Plaza in Bedford-Stuyvesant was sponsored by Fidelity Security Life Insurance Company and addressed the unresolved visual needs of individuals and families in Brooklyn who might otherwise not have access to eye exams and glasses.

OneSight, which provides free eye care globally, leveraged its proven clinical model and manufacturing capabilities to run the clinic.


ALLOW GREEN CARD HOLDERS TO VOTE IN MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS: Several elected officials, including a delegation from Brooklyn, sponsored and called on the city to pass Intro 1867, a bill which aims to extend municipal voting rights to green card holders and people with a work permit. Once adopted, New York City would become the largest city in the nation to emancipate non-citizen immigrants so that they have the opportunity to elect their local rulers. Sponsors of the Brooklyn Bill, who have joined a growing coalition of religious leaders, DACA grantees, and immigration groups include Council Members Carlos Menchaca, Brad Lander, Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Farah N. Louis, Alicka Ampry-Samuel, Stephen T Levin, Laurie A. Cumbo and Mathieu Eugène.

As it stands, there is no federal or state law explicitly denying undocumented migrants the right to vote at the municipal level. New York City would not be the first city to pass such a bill, other municipalities have already passed legislation allowing immigrants to participate in their local elections.


RIBBON CUTTING FOR NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) participated in a ribbon cutting for the new Ebenezer Project affordable housing complex in Brownsville on Friday. The Church of God of East Flatbush has partnered with the Ebenezer Plaza Owners LLC development team and a coalition of community actors, including the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development and a number of elected officials to lead successfully completed this project which includes 315 affordable housing units. units for households at or below 60 percent of the area’s median income (MAI); over 7,500 square feet of commercial / retail space for education and food services which will be leased by small businesses currently serving New York City communities and 40,000 square feet of space for community facilities .

The main partners in the Ebenezer Plaza plan were Bishop Dr. RC Hugh Nelson, Senior Pastor, Church of God of East Flatbush and an officer of the GodSquad / 67e Council of the precinct clergy; Councilor Inez Barron, 42nd arrondissement; member of the Assembly Charles Barron, 60th arrondissement, state senator Roxanne Persaud, 19th arrondissement; and Viola Greene-Walker, District Director of the Brooklyn Community Board 16.


HATE CRIMES PROTECTION GRANT FUNDING: The application period has been opened for $ 25 million in grants to strengthen safety and security measures at the facilities of non-profit organizations at risk of crime or hateful attacks because of their ideology, beliefs or missions, Governor Kathy Hochul announced last Thursday. Funding is administered through the Securing Communities Against Hate Crimes program of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services and supports the purchase of additional security needs.

As defined by state law, hate crimes are those perpetrated against individuals, groups of individuals or property because of a perception or belief regarding race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or other characteristics. Because these crimes negatively affect entire communities, not just intended targets, New York State tracks these incidents separately from other crimes so that trends can be monitored and action can be taken proactively to prevent them. .


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