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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Wednesday, February 2, 2022

February 2, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NO MORE TRANSCRIPT WITHHOLDING:  City University of New York Board of Trustees has voted to abolish a policy that banned CUNY colleges from releasing official transcripts and enrollment verification to students and graduates who owed the University unpaid tuition balances and fees. The action follows CUNY’s August 2021 suspension of this policy, and the State University of New York’s recent ending of its own policy on transcript withholding.

Last summer, the CUNY Comeback Program, erased over $100 million in unpaid tuition and fees for more than 57,000 students through the country’s largest debt-forgiveness initiative of its kind, and has released transcripts for 42,852 students.

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DAILY TOP BROOKLYN NEWS
News for those who live, work and play in Brooklyn and beyond

NORWEGIAN DAY PARADE RETURNS THIS MAY: The 17th of May Parade, also known as The Norwegian Day Parade, will be returning as a beloved Bay Ridge tradition this spring, following a two-year pandemic-related hiatus. This year’s parade will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2022 beginning at 1 p.m. The annual parade, which began in 1952, would be celebrating its 70th anniversary had last year’s march been able to take place.

Instead, the parade will mark its 69th anniversary and honor the community’s essential workers.

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AWARD FOR MARCY LAB EDUCATORS: The Marcy Lab School in Bedford-Stuyvesant Executive Director Reuben Ogbonna, and Chief Program Officer Maya Bhattacharjee-Marcantonio, are among 12 Boulder Fund grantees this year. The Boulder Fund is Education Leaders of Color’s multi-million dollar grant program created to support initiatives developed by leaders of color, which are focused on improving life outcomes for children of color across the country.

Reuben Ogbonna and Maya Bhattacharjee-Marcantonio won a six-figure award for reimagining higher education and workforce development to create an accelerated pathway to high-growth technology careers for young adults from underestimated backgrounds. Now in their third year, The Marcy Lab School is preparing to serve an even broader student population by expanding beyond software engineering to other academic pathways. 

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IPS NEWS: UDATE ON GOWANUS CANAL SEWER OVERFLOW TANK: Construction on the Gowanus Canal sewer overflow tank facility has begun at Nevins and Butler, reports City Councilmember Lincoln Restler, who in turn received information from the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Restler points out, “This is a critical project that will divert sewer overflow from our waterways and will include a 1.6 acre open space along the canal.” Impacts to the neighborhood include closure of the west sidewalk of Nevins St. between Sackett and Butler streets, onsite preparation taking place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with most of the work being performed between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.

“DEP does not anticipate the work to be disruptively loud – but there may be periods of heavy noise in later phases of the project (post-2022),” wrote Restler.

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PANEL ON COVID’S LONG-TERM EFFECTS: New York State, led by the State’s Department of Health, will be hosting an expert panel on long COVID, Governor Kathy Hochul announced. State Health Commissioner, Dr. Mary T. Bassett hosts this event, which will consist of three panels featuring the research, clinical, and functional aspects of this critical public health challenge, ranging from heart palpitations, difficulty in breathing or concentrating, or trauma/psychological issues. The panel, held virtually and open to the public, runs from 8:45 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. on February 3. (Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/new-york-state-consortium-on-long-covid-tickets-257405776607)

Last week, Governor Hochul announced that New York State is offering new, online educational opportunities to help workers who believe they contracted COVID-19 due to an exposure at work, especially those suffering from ongoing long-haul symptoms.

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DENIED MEDICAL CARE WHILE IMPRISONED: Brooklyn Defender Services is among the organizations who have filed a motion for contempt in Agnew v. New York City Department of Correction in Bronx Supreme Court. Joining this advocacy group are the Legal Aid Society and the law firm, Milbank LLP, who filed following an admission by the New York City Department of Correction (DOC) that the agency is not complying with a December court order to provide basic access to medical care for incarcerated New Yorkers.  Data accompanying the affidavit revealed the DOC report of 7,070 total instances in December alone of people not being produced for medical appointments. Further, DOC admits that at least 1061 of those were because no DOC escort was available.

The affidavit, combined with data demonstrating the barriers to accessing care and countless reports from people in DOC custody who are unable to access critical medical services, provides the basis of the Petitioners’ request that the court hold the Department in contempt.

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STREET CLOSURES IN CONEY ISLAND: Community Board 13’s Street Closing Committee meets virtually next Tuesday, February 8 to discuss three event applicants who are planning festivals this spring and summer. Event ID 620880, scheduled for Saturday, April 30, will be Coney Island Community Health Kids Day, during which a portion of West 29 Street between Surf and Mermaid near the YMCA will be closed off. Event ID 615224, the 45th Annual Brighton Jubilee Brighton Neighborhood Association has an event scheduled for Sunday, August 28, on Brighton Beach Avenue between Coney Island Ave. and Corbin Place, and between Brighton Beach Ave. and Brightwater Court.

And of course, the 38th Annual Mermaid Parade (Event ID 620332), scheduled for Saturday, June 18, would close off Surf Avenue between West 22nd Street to West 10th Street.

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IPS NEWS:  HELPED IN EMERGENCY AT GOWANUS HOUSES: City Councilmember Lincoln Restler on Monday visited the Gowanus Houses, the largest NYCHA development in his district, as yet another to help residents dealing with an emergency. He credits the work of his staff and Gowanus Mutual Aid, who joined forces to donate and distribute 500 gallons of water in less than few hours. Mayor Eric Adams himself also visited to make sure the repairs got done.

Pledging to make improvements, Restler reports, “Just this past month at Gowanus Houses, we have experienced a fire, a flood, and multiple large-scale hot water and heat outages. Yesterday, more than 500 units were without heat and hot water.”

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IPS NEWS:  NEW GUIDEBOOK ON INFRASTRUCTURE LAW: There is a comprehensive new guide from the Biden Administration to help New York communities navigate the historic investments under the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-12th District) announced. The Administration’s new guidebook (link: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/BUILDING-A-BETTER-AMERICA_FINAL.pdf provides key information on all available funding in the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, totaling more than 350 distinct programs supporting a wide-range of infrastructure projects. The guide outlines eligibility criteria, application deadlines and contact information, as well as additional resources to help navigate these programs.

New York received a C- on its Infrastructure Report Card from the American Society of Civil Engineers, facing deficiencies that require immediate attention.

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DEAN’S SCHOLARSHIP AWARD TO ALBRIGHT COLLEGE: Saniyyah QeliQi of Brooklyn, zip code 11206 has earned a $17,000 annual Dean’s Scholarship to Albright College in Reading, PA. Currently attending Bedford Academy High School, QeliQi is interested in studying Psychology: Child Development and/or Child & Family Studies.

Dean’s Scholarships, in the amount of $17,000 per year, are offered to students with excellent academic records who demonstrate a commitment to school and community involvement.

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PRESIDENT’S SCHOLARSHIP AWARD TO ALBRIGHT COLLEGE: Miguel Toribio of Brooklyn, zip code 11206 has earned a $19,000 annual Presidential Scholarship to Albright College in Reading, PA. Currently attending Williamsburg Preparatory High School, Toribio is interested in studying Computer Science, Environmental Science and/or Business Administration: Marketing.

Albright College’s Presidential Scholars generally rank in the top five percent of their graduating class and demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to service. The school, founded in 1856, was named a top national college by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education.

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PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD BEGINS ON MTA PROJECTS: The New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC) announces a public comment period for proposed amendments to the Federal Fiscal Years 2020-2024 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). The comment period, which begins today, Wednesday, Feb. 2, and ends next Friday, on Feb. 11, covers new or additional funding for several projects in Brooklyn and the other boroughs: To replace 24 Hydraulic Elevators at 12 Stations, Power Improvements for Signal Modifications: Renewal of Substations, and to rehabilitate Facilities and Replace Components at Various Depots (Brooklyn/Kings County).

Comments are due in writing BY EMAIL ONLY to [email protected] no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 11, 2022. Details of these actions and all the proposed changes to the TIP are available at  https://bit.ly/35BD2Lc

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IN MEMORIAM: CARDIOLOGIST REACHED AGE 102: Cardiology researcher and Brooklyn native Dr. Jeremiah Stamler, who was still winning research grants at age 95 for his pioneering work in identifying and preventing heart disease, died at age 102 last week, The New York Times’ Richard Sandomir reports. Dr. Stamler, who earned his medical degree from Long Island College of Medicine (now SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University) in Brooklyn in 1943 and interned at Kings County Hospital Center, before his Army service, advocated for eating a healthier diet, exercising, not smoking and reducing salt intake —ideas that decades ago were still unconventional. (See story, page 1.)

“Dr. Stamler’s long career also had a distinction unrelated to medicine: He faced down the notorious House Committee on Un-American Activities by refusing to testify when he was subpoenaed, and he sued the committee for having no legislative purpose,” writes Sandomir.


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