Good Morning, Brooklyn: Monday, September 27, 2021
COUNCILMEMBER ATTACKED AT RIKERS: A Rikers Island inmate hurled an “unknown liquid substance” at a Brooklyn City Councilmember Stephen Levin (D-33) who visited the troubled prison complex last Wednesday, Sept. 22, the New York Post reported on Friday. The unidentified inmate — who was behind Plexiglas in a solitary confinement cell — hit Councilmember Levin in the hair with the mystery fluid, which also struck one of the five correction officers accompanying him during his tour, according to an incident report filed the same day.
One correction source, who points out that the incident reflects the daily hazards that prison guards face, challenged Councilmember Levin to hold the inmate(s) accountable to the consequences of this attack.
CB6 COMMITTEE APPROVES STEP IN BROWNSTONE ALTERATION: Community Board 6’s Landmarks /Land Use Committee has approved an application for a Certificate of Appropriateness for alterations to 231 Baltic St. (between Clinton and Court streets). The scope of work, with CWB Architects in DUMBO, includes the conversion of a four-family home to single-family, interior renovation, and repair of the cornice and front balustrade, as well as the cast-iron railings and gate.
The full community board will vote on the application at its Oct. 13 meeting.
DOT PRESENTATION ON BQE: A presentation by the DOT on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway is the sole item on the agenda for Community Board 6’s Transportation and Public Safety Committee meeting this Thursday, Sept. 30.
The meeting is accessible via the Community Board’s website.
ROBBING CARES ACT FUNDS: A criminal complaint was unsealed and two criminal charges were filed in Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday against two bank officers and an accountant at a major New York financial institution. Anuli Okeke, Charlene Wint and Hashim Campbell, respectively, are charged with their participation in a conspiracy to commit bank and wire fraud in connection with a scheme to fraudulently obtain more than $3 million from the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program, both of which Congress created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.
The specific bank was not named in the announcement, made late on Friday, Sept. 24.
CONGRESS APPROVES WOMEN’S HEALTH PROTECTION ACT: Just after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic Women’s Health Protection Act to establish a federally protected right to abortion. Committee on Oversight and Reform Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney said, “Accessing abortion has been recognized as a constitutional right for nearly half a century, yet this right is now under sustained attack by anti-choice state legislatures and a hostile Supreme Court.” Rep. Maloney, who announced she’ll convene a hearing on abortion rights in Texas and nationwide, said, “Next week’s hearing will show why my colleagues in the Senate must pass the Women’s Health Protection Act immediately to protect the fundamental right to access abortion regardless of a person’s zip code or income.”
The Sept. 30 hearing will also address ending the Hyde Amendment.
QUESTIONING TREATMENT OF HAITIAN REFUGEES: New York Attorney General Letitia James and a coalition of 17 attorneys general have sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas expressing concern over the treatment of thousands of Haitian refugees currently seeking humanitarian aid along the border in Texas. The attorneys general are also urging the administration to exercise its authority to give Haitian nationals seeking refuge in the United States the same due process other immigrants and refugees receive by assessing each Haitian refugee on a case-by-case basis,
Photographs and video emerged of U.S. immigration officials using inhumane tactics, including charging at and attempting to whip Haitian refugees, in Del Rio, Texas. This comes as thousands of refugees continue to flee Haiti as the country faces unprecedented political upheaval and natural disasters.
SNOWPLOWS IN SEPTEMBER? Brooklynites may notice a strange September sight – snowplows and salt spreaders on city streets! Community Board 11 (serving Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend) reports that New York City Department of Sanitation was set to begin its annual snow training on Sunday, Sept. 26. During the Department’s training exercises, which are expected to last 10 consecutive Sundays, workers will practice “plowing up” with collection trucks, and will drive plows and salt spreaders along city streets.
The annual snow training gives workers another chance to refamiliarize themselves with the equipment and routes.
AVENUE CONVERSIONS TO ONE-WAY: Community Board 7’s Transportation Committee next week will finally tackle discussion of a DOT proposal to convert 7th and 8th avenues into one-way streets. The issue, delayed after groups in the borough’s Asian community lodged protests, is the main agenda item in the committee’s hybrid meeting, starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 5
Because space is limited at the Brooklyn Chinese American Association headquarters, those wishing to attend in person must reserve a seat ASAP by sending an e-mail to [email protected].