De Blasio administration to focus on Brooklyn all week
‘City Hall in Your Borough’ to connect Brooklynites to mayor, top officials
Mayor Bill de Blasio will be spending a lot more time in his home borough of Brooklyn this upcoming week.
It’s Brooklyn’s turn for “City Hall in Your Borough.” The mayor and top officials will be running the city from Brooklyn Borough Hall starting Monday, Aug. 20. (It was Staten Island’s turn in July.)
“City Hall in Your Borough” is designed to allow the administration to hear directly from residents and focus on their concerns for a full week, the mayor said.
During the week, administration will pack in local ribbon cuttings, visits to health and employment centers, tours of startups and wastewater treatment plants and press conferences with numerous local officials. Events for everyday Brooklynites include a city resource fair on Wednesday and a mayoral community town hall on Thursday.
At last year’s town hall in Brooklyn Heights, de Blasio announced new investments in local parks, new schools, a doubling of the Boerum Hill Historic District and funds to reopen the Gowanus Houses Community Center, among other projects.
He also used the power of the mayorship to connect aggrieved residents of Councilmember Stephen Levin’s District 33 (Greenpoint, Brooklyn Heights) directly to commissioners and other officials who were filling almost a quarter of the seats, ready to cut through red tape.
This year’s town hall will take place in Canarsie. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams will be co-presenting the event in partnership with U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, state Sen. Roxanne Persaud, Assemblymember Jaime Williams and Councilmember Alan Maisel, on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hebrew Educational Society, 9502 Seaview Ave.
The Resource Fair will take place at the Ingersoll Community Center — University Settlement in Fort Greene on Wed., Aug. 22 from 12 to 3 p.m. Representatives from the city’s departments of Education, Finance, Health, Parks and Recreation, Small Business Services and Transportation, plus the Economic Development Corporation, Office of the Mayor and NYPD will be on hand to answer questions and concerns.
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