Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, September 9, 2021
9/11 COMMEMORATION AT BOROUGH HALL POSTPONED: Due to inclement weather, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams’ 9/11 Commemoration, scheduled to take place today on the steps of Borough Hall, has been postponed until further notice. The ceremony, to mark the 20th anniversary of the terror attacks, was to include a rose-laying ceremony honoring fallen heroes, and the unveiling of a commemorative painting in honor of the 20th anniversary, titled “Never Forget,” which will hang in Borough Hall.
New York City Fire Department (FDNY) Commissioner Daniel Nigro and New York City Police Department (NYPD) First Deputy Commissioner Benjamin Tucker were supposed to offer their reflections on that tragic day and how New Yorkers found solidarity in the aftermath to rebuild.
ACCELERATE DEADLINE FOR TRUCK SAFETY MEASURES: The New York City Council is set to vote today on on Intro 1789-A, a bill that “would accelerate existing deadlines for side guard implementation in the City fleet and for trade waste hauling vehicles, moving the date one year sooner, from January 1, 2024 to January 1, 2023. The bill would also require that side guards are equipped on any large vehicle used to fulfill a contract with the City of at least $2 million, starting with contracts registered on or after January 1, 2023.
The bill’s intention is to eliminate truck-related fatalities in New York City, after safety advocates pointed out that large trucks and vehicles pose a greater threat to pedestrians and cyclists across the city.
CENTENNIAL OF BROOKLYN’S FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHURCH: Tonight, September 9, the Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, will lead a special Mass on the Feast Day of Saint Peter Claver, and which will also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of Saint Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church in Bedford Stuyvesant, the first African American Church in the Diocese of Brooklyn. The 7:30 p.m. Mass is taking place at the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, located at 856 Pacific Street in the Prospect Heights section of Brooklyn. The late Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn, who founded the parish, is currently being considered for sainthood for his work for racial equality.
Throughout his life, St. Peter Claver cared for African Americans who would arrive on slave ships by providing them medical care and food. Over the course of a 40-year ministry, it is estimated that he baptized 300,000 slaves.
BACKPACK GIVEWAY: Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez is sponsoring a Back-to-School Giveaway this morning, Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum in Crown Heights. The District Attorney has partnered with the United Federation of Teachers and the Dorothy Johnson Foundation to make sure children have the supplies they need in time for the new school year.
The Giveaway begins at 10:30 a.m. and continues while supplies last
ADOPTING ACT RULE FOR ENVIRONMENT: The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Wednesday initiated a rule-making for the adoption of the Advanced Clean Trucks (ACT) rule, to mandate the delivery of zero-emission trucks to New York State. This development, to slash diesel emissions, improve air quality, and spur the electric truck market, comes on the heels of environmental justice, public health, transportation, clean energy, and environmental advocates in New York urging Governor Hochul to greenlight the ACT rule. Beginning in 2025, the regulation requires manufacturers to sell an increasing percentage of new electric trucks annually through 2035.
Praising Gov. Hochul’s swift response, Jes Enzmann, New York Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club, said, “This rule is a significant step towards moving New York away from dirty diesel trucks and building healthier and safer communities across our state.
COURTS COMMEMORATE 9/11: The New York State court system will commemorate the 20-year anniversary of 9/11 with a ceremony honoring the memory of the three court officer heroes who perished in the World Trade Center rescue efforts–Captain William “Harry” Thompson and Sergeants Thomas Jurgens and Mitchel Wallace. The ceremony, which will also pay tribute to the many 9/11 first responders, will debut a video documenting the personal recollections of eight of the court officers to whom then-Chief Judge Judith Kaye awarded Medals of Valor in 2002, for their heroic actions at the World Trade Center.
The 11 a.m. ceremony, on Friday morning, Sept. 10, will take place at the namesake Captain William Thompson, Sergeant Thomas Jurgens and Sergeant Mitchel Wallace Court Officers Academy at 541 St. Johns Place, in Prospect Heights, and will be livestreamed via http://wowza.nycourts.gov/stream.php .
PUBLIC MEETINGS GO VIRTUAL FOR NOW: Gov. Kathy Hochul has signed new legislation extending the temporary modification to the New York State Open Meetings Law, which allows New Yorkers to virtually participate in local government meetings during the COVID-19 pandemic. This law covers local community board meetings, at which residents have the opportunity to speak about issues that concern them, such as zoning changes or transportation developments.
Brooklyn has 18 community boards, which meet monthly; in addition, each community board has committee meetings dedicated to a particular aspect or issue of city life. Agendas, minutes, and documents may be viewed or downloaded on the CD2 Public Drive.
COMMUNITY BOARD 2 COMMITTEE VIRTUAL MEETING: Community Board 2’s Land Use Committee Meeting, which convenes via Zoom on Sept. 9, will include discussion of an application to build two new single-family homes at the lot address of 295-297 Hicks Street (east side of street) located within the Brooklyn Heights Historic District. Another agenda item is discussion of an application to alter the façade of 53 Pearl Street in the DUMBO Historic District, by widening the two entries, creating a barrier-free access entry, altering the non-historic concrete stoop, and replacing windows.
Every meeting includes a community forum during which members of the public may speak on any relevant topic for up to two (2) minutes. Meetings are recorded and archived on the CD2 YouTube channel.
PLAN TO EXTEND BQE’S LIFE: Community Board 2’s Transportation & Public Safety Committee, convening next week, will hear and discuss a presentation from the Department of Transportation on the newly released comprehensive plan to extend the life of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (BQE) cantilever for at least another 20 years. The committee’s monthly meeting, being held fully-remote via Zoom, begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 14.
The BQE plan re-envisions the corridor for a long-term future with less reliance on large, diesel trucks.
MORE SIDEWALK CAFES: Another item on the agenda at that same CB2 Transportation and Public Safety Committee meeting is the joint presentation by the DOT and the NYC Dept. of City Planning of a citywide zoning text amendment that would allow the DOT to administer the Permanent Open Restaurant program (POR). This proposal will remove sidewalk café regulations from the Zoning Resolution to increase geography eligibility as sidewalk cafes will become part of a unified sidewalk and roadway outdoor dining program administered at DOT.
This means essentially that any restaurant anywhere in the five boroughs can potentially apply to DOT for a sidewalk café, based on its sidewalk conditions.
FEMA HELP FOR FUNERAL COSTS: FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after Jan. 20, 2020. COVID-19 Funeral Assistance Helpline. The helpline is part of the federal emergency aid agency’s mission to help people before, during and after disasters, specifically, by easing some of the financial stress and burden that the pandemic has caused. The hotline phone numbers, operational 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. ET, Mondays-Fridays, is 844-684-6333 | TTY: 800-462-7585.
The assistance is made possible under the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 and the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.
FAITH-BASED PARTNERSHIP FOR MENTAL HEALTH: The Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health is seeking partnership with houses of worship. GodSquad/67th Precinct Clergy Council announces a Community Education Workshop on Youth Mental Health that is designed to provide parents, guardians, teachers, and youth leaders with the knowledge, tools and tactics needed to address youth mental health. Each house of worship who joins in partnership will receive an honorarium along with a small incentive for participants who attend the session, with the goal to support between 25-50 youth leaders, parents/guardians.
For all questions or concerns, readers may contact Ms. Kenya Kirkman, Senior Program Coordinator [email protected]org.
BISHOPS INITIATE “A BETTER KIND OF POLITICS”: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has launched a new initiative aimed at addressing polarization in society. Based on Pope Francis’ call in his encyclical, Fratelli Tutti for “a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good,” the new initiative, titled “Civilize It: A Better Kind of Politics,” asks Catholics to respond to this invitation with charity, clarity, and creativity.
The initiative, in which many dioceses throughout the U.S. are expected to participate locally, will aid efforts of evangelization through spiritual disciplines and supporting materials, from an examination of conscience to short reflections, prayers, and a guide that will empower individuals, families, and communities to be bridgebuilders across perspectives.
SUNDAY SOCIAL RETURNS TO MONTAGUE: Sunday Social, an outdoor, family-friendly fair on Montague Street, returns to Brooklyn Heights after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The annual event, that the Montague Street Business Improvement District and the merchants on Montague Street present, will take place Sunday, Sept. 19 from noon to 5 p.m. and feature an Entertainment Zone full of music and dance, more than 25 free activities in two Kids Activity Zones curated by Brooklyn Bridge Parents, and specials and promotions at Montague Street businesses.
Sunday Social is a car-free day, free and open to the public, and will follow all recommended CDC, New York State, and City COVID guidelines for outdoor events.
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