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Around Brooklyn: Adams, Perry unveil mural in Canarsie

September 15, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Adams, Perry unveil mural in Canarsie

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams joined with Assemblymember Nick Perry (D-East Flatbush) during the weekend to unveil a new mural in Canarsie highlighting the impacts of collateral consequences, referring to the 44,000 laws across the United States that make it more difficult for the formerly incarcerated to access housing, employment, education, job training, voting rights and more upon their release. The mural is the second in a series known as #EndPerpetualPunishment. Its unveiling comes amid a renewed national focus on the serious and pervasive racial inequities in all parts of the criminal justice system.

Brooklyn Law School to host forum

On Thursday, Sept. 22, Brooklyn Law School is hosting a two-hour Zoom forum on “Systems of Voter Disenfranchisement.” Panelists will include Christina Asbee, director of Disability Rights New York; Wilfred Cordington III, assistant professor of law at Brooklyn Law School; and Joe Combopiano, senior policy director of the Brooklyn Voters Alliance. Moderators include Cynthia Goodsoe, professor of law and director of the Edward V. Sparer Public Interest Fellowship Program; and Meredith Wiles ’22, Sparer fellow at Brooklyn Law School.

News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

Persaud hosts back-to-school supply giveaway

State Sen. Roxanne Persaud (D-Canarsie, East New York, Brownsville, Mill Basin, Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park) recently held a free Back-to-School Supply Giveaway and Food/Mask/Hand Sanitizer Distribution. “While this year may be untraditional as families, educators, and administrators tackle with remote instruction and restructured in-classroom learning, my office has attempted to ease the stress and anxieties many of our most vulnerable youth and families have as we begin the school year,” said Persaud.

Rose: Failing on funding can’t be an option

U.S. Rep. Max Rose is urging Congressional leadership of both parties to pass substantive COVID-19 relief and to make sure that government funding for it does not lapse at the end of the month. “I write to urge you to not only consider a continuing resolution before the end of September, but to also consider COVID-19 relief legislation that my constituents, and Americans across the entire country, so desperately need,” Rose wrote in a letter to Democratic and Republican leadership in the House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Rose has consistently been pressing for substantive COVID-19 relief to help struggling workers, families, and businesses in addition to aid for state and local governments to ensure first responders and public servants aren’t fired and schools can safely reopen.

Bank robber escapes from Brooklyn halfway house

A convicted serial bank robber serving the end of his sentence at a Brooklyn halfway house escaped by walking out the door. Darryl Allen, 56, was transferred from a Maryland prison to the Residential Re-Entry Center in Vinegar Hill. On Sept. 11, Allen, who is considered to have “a public safety factor of the greatest severity,” left. Allen pleaded guilty in 2013 to robbing a Chase bank branch in the Rockaways three times in three months, according to the Daily News.

Thieves break into East Flatbush store three times

Two perps robbed the same store three times in East Flatbush during July and August, police said. The burglars, who are believed to be in their 30s or 40s, broke into an electrical contracting business on Clarendon Road near Utica Avenue on July 24, July 28 and Aug. 11, stealing tools and computer equipment valued at almost $55,000. After that, on Aug. 30, the duo broke into a nearby car dealership and stole $5,000 in tools. They also tried to break into a house on Rutland Road in Prospect-Lefferts Gardens but were chased away. The NYPD released photos and videos of the two on Monday, according to amNewYork.

Cops break up Brooklyn cocaine ring

Ten alleged members of a cocaine ring were charged on Monday with selling hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of cocaine in three Brooklyn neighborhoods at inflated prices. According to Special Narcotics Prosecutor Bridget Brennan, Miguel Rivera and Alberto Bota, the ring’s leaders, took advantage of a shortage of street drugs because of the pandemic. Law enforcement agents and prosecutors worked to break up the ring in an investigation that began last year. The probe came after an overdose at the Farragut Houses in Brooklyn. In the months that followed, undercover cops made more than 20 purchases at the Farragut Houses and near Barclays Center, according to amNewYork.

Five-story building planned for Bushwick

Permits have been filed for a five-story residential building at 378 Weirfield St. in Bushwick. The lot, located between Irving and Wyckoff avenues, is currently vacant and is one block west of the L train’s Halsey Street subway station. The new building is slated to have 39 residences, most likely rentals, as well as a rear yard. David Marom of the Horizon Group is listed as the owner, while Aufgang Architect Architects is listed as the architect of record, according to New York YIMBY.

Clinton Hill townhouse sells for $4.25 million

The volume of high-end luxury home contracts signed after Labor Day went down to $33 million over 10 deals, fewer than the 15 contracts totaling $47 million the week before. Last week’s deals were evenly split between townhouses and condos, Compass’ weekly report on luxury home contracts of $2 million or more reported. The most expensive property was a Clinton Hill townhouse at 141 St. James Place. The five-bedroom, two-family home was built in 1871 and sold for $4.25 million. The second most expensive was a five-bedroom townhouse at 380 DeGraw St. in Carroll Gardens built in 1899 that sold for just over $4 million, according to The Real Deal.

Video shows packed service at Chabad HQ

A livestream from the Chabad movement’s main synagogue at 770 Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights on Saturday nights showed large numbers of Hasidic men packed into a late-night prayer service, in violations of current health rules and against the advice of local doctors. On Friday, the Gedaliah Society, a group of Orthodox Jewish doctors, issued a warning against attending services at the synagogue because of a “significant risk of contracting the virus.” While masks were handed out to those who attended, the livestream showed that many did not wear them, according to the Australian Jewish News.

Spraying for mosquitoes Thursday

To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department plans to spray in the areas of Canarsie, Flatlands, Bergen Beach, Georgetown and Mill Basin on Thursday night between 8:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. People in the area are advised to stay indoors whenever possible. Air conditioners can remain on.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer.

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