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SENATE MAJORITY LEADER OPPOSES PIPELINE: U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer stood with local activists and elected officials who gathered Friday at National Grid’s Williamsburg facility, where he announced his opposition to the North Brooklyn Pipeline. Schumer said that the pipeline undermines the Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA), a nation-leading New York State law enacted in 2019 that aims to reduce New York’s carbon pollution.
He also pointed out that surrounding communities like Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg have borne the brunt of industrial pollution and dirty fuels for decades, decreasing air quality and resulting in high rates of asthma.
PROTECTING NEW YORKERS FROM FAKE VACCINATION CARDS: The proliferation of fake (COVID-19) vaccination cards has prompted New York Attorney General Letitia James to alert New Yorkers about fraudulently-obtained vaccination proof cards. AG James has acted on the grounds that the sale or distribution of blank or fraudulently-completed COVID-19 vaccination cards to individuals who have not actually received a vaccine poses a serious threat to the health of New York communities, and will impede the progress made in combatting COVID-19.
Moreover, falsifying vaccine cards and records, as well as the unauthorized use of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) seals, also violate various federal and New York state laws and is subject to civil and criminal enforcement.
JOB SKILLS TRAINING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE: Youths ages 16-24 will have the chance to develop employment skills, earn and learn all at once, thanks to a partnership with The Campaign Against Hunger and the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development. Young people of that age range who are not working or enrolled in school are encouraged to apply for the partnership’s Fall 2021 Cohort, a 14-week program that includes personal development training and the possibility for long-term employment.
Apply via TCAHNYC.org/OY, with a September 1 deadline. The TCAHNYC contact person for questions is Howard Brown, reachable by email or phone: 718.773.3551 ext. 116.
MORE WEST NILE PREVENTION SPRAYING: Mosquito adulticide treatment will take place in Brooklyn and Queens this week on Tuesday and Thursday, August 10 and 12. The city Health Department, in an ongoing effort to reduce the risk of the West Nile virus, will send trucks to spray pesticides, using low concentrations of Anvil®, Duet®, or Delta-Gard®, in several neighborhoods and zip codes, with the majority of Brooklyn sections being sprayed on Tuesday night between 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Neighborhoods affected are parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Broadway Junction, Brownsville, Bushwick, City Line, Clinton Hill, Cypress Hills, East New York, East Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Highland Park, Ocean Hill and Ridgewood.
In case of bad weather or equipment malfunctions, application will be delayed until Wednesday, August 11 and Monday, August 16 respectively.
NEW EVICTION MORATORIUM COVERS ALL FIVE BOROUGHS: New Yorkers who continue to suffer economic hardship are still protected by an eviction moratorium, City Councilmember Farah N. Louis (D-45) wants citizens to know. The CDC is issuing a new order temporarily halting evictions in areas —including the five NYC boroughs— that experienced heightened levels of COVID transmission. Overall, roughly 90 percent of US renters will be covered by the new moratorium.
For further details on renters’ rights, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-eviction-declaration.html
COMEDY ABOUT NURSING TAKES TO STREETS: Musical comedies have been composed for almost every situation in life; and now comes Theater for A New City’s production of “Critical Care, or Rehearsals for a Nurse.” With book, lyrics and direction by Crystal Field; and musical score is composed and arranged by Joseph Vernon Banks, “Critical Care” is acclaimed as a rip-roaring original musical which tells the story of a young person studying to be a nurse who, in order to pay for tuition and books, takes a job in a nursing home. The setting is not a stage but the actual streets of Brooklyn, as free performances will tour parks, playgrounds and closed-off streets throughout the five boroughs through September 12.
Brooklyn performances will be Friday, August 13 (6:30 p.m.) on the Coney Island Boardwalk @ W. 10th St., Saturday, August 28 (2 p.m.) in Sunset Park, at 6th Ave. & 44th St.; and Sunday, August 29 (2 p.m.) in Ft. Greene Park, Myrtle Ave. between North Portland Ave. & St. Edwards St.
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