Good Morning, Brooklyn: Wednesday, October 20, 2021
ASKS GOVERNOR TO REVIEW GAS RATE HIKE APPROVAL: A growing number of elected officials from across downstate New York have renewed their call for Governor Kathy Hochul to review the Public Service Commission’s approval for National Grid to raise gas bills for 1.9 million downstate customers. The August Public Service Commission order would force customers to pay for the North Brooklyn Pipeline and other controversial fossil fuel projects that which the elected officials violate the state’s climate law.
Gathering outside the utility’s headquarters in downtown Brooklyn, the elected leaders stood with community members from the No North Brooklyn Pipeline Coalition who published a list of previously unanswered questions directed at National Grid about its proposed Greenpoint LNG Vaporizers at the head of the pipeline.
SCHUMER ENDORSES BROOKLYN ASSEMBLYMEMBER FOR AMBASSADOR: U.S. Senator Charles Schumer on Tuesday announced his support for Assemblymember Nick Perry to be the next United States Ambassador to Jamaica, and urged the Biden Administration to nominate the Brooklyn elected official. Assemblymember Perry (D-58th District), who was born in Jamaica and who immigrated to the United States in 1971, represents a predominantly Caribbean-American community in Brooklyn, including East Flatbush, Canarsie, and Brownsville.
Senator Charles Schumer said, “Born and raised in Jamaica, Assemblymember Perry – a U.S. Army vet – has a unique perspective and understanding of Jamaica that will benefit both the United States and Jamaica in their deep and abiding partnership. The bottom line is that there is no one better prepared to go ‘Down Yard’ and represent the United States of American than Nick Perry and I am very happy to support his candidacy.”
‘BLUE BLOODS S12’ FILMING IN BAY RIDGE: The “Blue Bloods television series is scheduled to film scenes in Bay Ridge for its Season 12 this Thursday, October 21. The address of filming is on Harbor View Terrace. Parking requests have been made for several neighboring streets including on Shore Road between 79th to 83rd streets, 82nd Street from Harbor View Terrace and Shore Rd. to Narrows Avenue, along Narrows Ave. from 81st to 83rd streets, and along 92nd and 93rd streets from 3rd to 4th avenues.
Local residents, especially those having to move their vehicles, should plan accordingly.
FOUNDERS FELLOWSHIPS: NYU Tandon students Mohammad Asfour (‘22) and Louis Ciano (‘24) were accepted for the NYU First Generation to College Founders Fellowship, a grant for entrepreneurship which would provide training and mentorship — and the opportunity to receive up to $5,000 in scholarships. Asfour co-founded a private social communication app named “Xloosv,” and Ciano developed “Recalled,” a voice-activated hardware solution that gets placed in the meeting room that would provide real-time text analytics and summaries.
These students, the first in their families to attend college, are now founding startups.
PARTNER PROJECT WINS $1 MILLION CHALLENGE AWARD: NYU Tandon School of Engineering and Wagner College on Staten Island have partnered on UNUM, a collaborative project related to disaster resistance. Debra Laefer, professor in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering and the NYU Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and Rae Zimmerman, research professor and professor emerita of Planning and Public Administration at NYU Wagner, have received a $1 million Civic Innovation Challenge (CIC) Award supporting community-based solutions to mobility and disaster resilience. The Stage 2 Award will further a collaborative project launched earlier this year supported by a $50,000 CIC Stage 1 Award, to address this challenge by creating a digitized, open, underground infrastructure road map.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Department of Homeland Security are funding this project, Unification for Underground Resilience Measures (UNUM), which also brings together a consortium of utility companies, city agencies, and consultants, with a focus on Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and Midtown East, Manhattan as pilot areas.
JEOPARDY CONTESTANT FROM BROOKLYN: Another Brooklynite had a chance to compete on the fast-paced JEOPARDY! quiz show on Monday night. Adam George, a law clerk who resides in Williamsburg, took a strong second place when he was the only one of three contestants to answer the Final Jeopardy question correctly. During his introduction, Adam revealed that his mother hails from Santa Claus, Indiana, and in fact his grandfather was that town’s Santa Claus. This connection played well for him during the Final Jeopardy round, when he wrote out his question for the clue in the “Names on the Map” category: “From 1824 to 1825 this hero toured all 24 states, and an Indiana city was named for him.”
While the other contestants chose “What is Gary?,” Adam was the only one to correctly guess The Marquis de Lafayette. He later told the Brooklyn Eagle, “It was a lot of fun, and always happy to represent Brooklyn.”
DISNEY STAR UNDERWRITES GAME TRUCKS: NYC Officials are set later today to unveil a gaming truck at P.S./I.S. 323 to bolster a relationship between local children and police. Joining NYPD Chief Jeffrey Maddrey and New York City Council Member Robert Cornegy, Jr. will be city, state and police officials and more than 100 Brooklyn school children who will witness the unveiling of two new video game trucks, aimed at improving relationships between youth and police.
Officials will be honoring famed former-Disney actor Brock Pierce, who starred in the Mighty Ducks and First Kid, and who donated hundreds-of-thousands of dollars for the purchase of the new NYPD “game trucks” to provide safe and fun excitement for thousands of youth in Brooklyn and the other boroughs.
REQUIRES THE MTA TO RELEASE MORE DATA: A state bill that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed yesterday will require the MTA to release more data to the public in a format that is easily readable and accessible. The bill requires the MTA to first release a list of all the data sets it has within 180 days. After that, the agency has three years to release that information on the state’s open data portal.
Transit advocates have long pushed for the MTA to release its data on ridership figures, service delivered, and expenditures.
SEN. SCHUMER VISISTS VIOLENCE PREVENTION LIFECAMP: The GodSquad joined Senator Chuck Schumer for a site visit at LifeCamp to witness the work of gun violence prevention groups in action. Senator Schumer joined Pastor Gilford Monrose and other clergy in an open circle to discuss the role of faith leaders, violence interrupters, and community leaders have in ending gun violence.
The GodSquad, according to its mission statement, “is a faith-based organization comprised of clergy focused on lessening neighborhood tensions and acting as a liaison between their communities and law enforcement. Recently, The GodSquad established Clergy For Safe Cities (CSC), a national coalition to support clergy-based gun violence prevention initiatives.”
FLATBUSH LEADERSHIP ACADEMY: Flatbush has made history with its 2nd Cohort of Young Female Leaders. Last weekend, The GodSquad’s 2nd female Cohort began their training Flatbush Leadership Academy. The young women became better acquainted through an activity called “Who’s who” which tapped into their public speaking and active listening skills.
Flatbush Leadership Academy’s 2nd Cohort program runs for the next 12 weeks!
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