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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, July 1, 2021

July 1, 2021 By Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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PROPOSES OVERDRAFT PROTECTION FOR CONSUMERS: Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), senior member of the House Financial Services Committee and author of the Credit CARD Act, on Wednesday joined with consumer protection advocates to introduce the Overdraft Protection Act of 2021, a new version of earlier bills to crack down on predatory overdraft fees. Rep. Maloney pointed out that “… even during the pandemic – when our country and the world was in the throes of both health and economic crises —banks charged billions of dollars in overdraft fees.

Other important provisions would limit the number of overdraft fees banks can charge to one per month, with a limit of six per year, would end overdraft fees based solely on debit ‘holds’ still in process,” and would require banks to inform their customers about alternative savings account and credit-based overdraft protection plans.

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DRY ICE FOR POWER OUTAGE IN GREENPOINT: As Con Edison works to restore electricity to more than a thousand customers in Greenpoint, the utility is distributing dry ice at 274 Nassau Ave. near the corner of Morgan Ave. The utility also partnered with the MTA to provide cooling buses, and is operating a mobile information center at that location, where Con Edison staff are available until 9 p.m. tonight to answer customers’ questions.

Several thousand electrical customers in Brooklyn and Queens have lost power as of early afternoon, due to the intense heat wave.

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BROOKLYN COLLEGE SUBWAY STATION’S ELEVATOR TO CLOSE: The MTA is scheduled to close the elevator at the Flatbush Ave-Brooklyn College 2 and 5 subway station on July 7, so that it can be replaced with new equipment, set to open in 2022. City Council Member Farah N. Louis (District 45) notified her constituents in a June 30 email that, while the subway station itself will remain open, the six-month elevator closure “will leave the 2 and 5 train inaccessible to people with disabilities who rely on the elevator to access the subway.” Riders are asked to use the existing B44 bus service on Nostrand Avenue to the Church Avenue 2 and 5 station to gain ADA access.

The $7.65 million upgrade, which replaces the current elevator installed in 1997, will include a new elevator cab, new equipment in the cab, shaft and pit, plus improved CCTV surveillance and fire alarm systems for security.

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FORT HAMILTON ARMY BASE HOSTS JULY 4 SHOW — Fort Hamilton will host an Independence Day Celebration Friday, July 2, with a live concert and fireworks. The show includes four acts with a range of music from Latino, Hip Hop, R&B, and classic rock featuring a Bon Jovi Tribute band and the popular 80s/90s group, the Force MD’s.

This event is open to the public with pre-purchased $5 registration via website https://hamilton.armymwr.com

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Specialist 2nd Class Jabari Burns is pictured monitoring the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) air defense picture.
U.S. Navy photo by Specialist Shelby Tucker

BROOKLYN NAVY CREWMAN SERVES IN PHILIPPINES: Brooklyn native and Operations Specialist 2nd Class Jabari Burns is assigned to the U.S. Navy’s forward-deployed amphibious assault ship USS America (LHA 6). America, lead ship of the America ARG, along with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, is operating in the Philippine Sea, U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations, to enhance interoperability with allies and partners and serve as a ready-response force to defend peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

Burns is pictured monitoring the America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) air defense picture.

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RAIN DATE FOR CONSERVATORY ORCHESTRA CONCERT: Because of thunderstorms forecast for its original June 30 concert, The Brooklyn Conservatory Community Orchestra will now give its live performance on Monday, July 5, at the Old Stone House (336 Third St., Park Slope), with director Dorothy Savitch and concertmaster (1st violinist) Luis Casal. Opening the program will be music by steelpan virtuoso Khuent Rose.

Be sure to bring chairs and picnics for the 7 p.m. concert.

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POP-UP VACCINE BUS: A Pop-up vaccine center will be available in Flatbush on Thursday, July 1, announced City Council Member Farah Louis of District 45. The NYC Mobile Bus will offer the Pfizer (12+) vaccine, and will be stationed at 2184 Clarendon Road, Brooklyn, NY 11226 from noon to 8 p.m. 

Councilmember Louis wants the public to know that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective and free; and do not require one to have health insurance.


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