Bay Ridge

Heastie helps Harris open Bay Ridge district office

May 16, 2016 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (left) and Councilmember Vincent Gentile wish Assemblymember Pamela Harris good luck at the grand opening of her new district office in Bay Ridge on Friday. Eagle photo by Paula Katinas

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie came to Bay Ridge on Friday to help Assemblymember Pamela Harris open her new district office. Heastie was greeted by a group of civic activists and heads of non-profit groups all asking for his help in keeping their causes alive.

Harris (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Coney Island) invited the activists and advocates to her distinct office at 8525 Third Ave. to meet the powerful assembly speaker and briefly discuss their issues.

Combating illegal home conversions, getting help for residents addicted to prescription pain killers and heroin, funding for senior citizen centers and money for programs that help the developmentally disabled were among the topics brought up during the open house hosted by Harris and her staff.

The office, located in the heart of the Third Avenue commercial zone, will be open six days a week, from Monday through Saturday.

As of Friday, the office telephones had not yet been installed, according to a Harris aide, who said the delay was caused by the strike by Verizon workers.

Harris, who represents the 46th Assembly District, was elected in a special election held in November of 2015 to replace former Assemblymember Alec Brook-Krasny, who left politics in July of 2015 to take a job in the private sector.

Until the telephones are installed, constituents requiring help from Harris’s office can contact Chief of Staff Alexandra Larkin via email at [email protected].