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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Monday, March 14, 2022

March 14, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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NEW BIKE PARKING MODEL: The Department of Transportation will pilot a new bike parking model this spring, Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez has announced. DOT and Brooklyn-based Oonee stated that the company’s “Mini” would be tested through an innovative concession agreement at five separate high-profile locations over the coming months. The Brooklyn site, Prospect Heights NDC, on Vanderbilt Ave. Open Street near 577 Vanderbilt Ave, will open in June.

The pilot program is part of a larger effort to expand secure-bike parking citywide.

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BROOKLYN COLLEGE YOUNG PROFESSOR WINS AWARDS: Brooklyn College Assistant Professor Ana Gantman was recently named a “Rising Star” by the Association for Psychological Science, a designation presented to the association’s outstanding members in the earliest stages of their research career post-Ph.D.  Gantman, who teaches in the college’s Psychology Department, and recognized as an expert in moral psychology, also won a SAGE Young Scholar Award in 2020, which recognizes outstanding achievements by young scholars who are early in their research careers.

Moral psychology, she explains, is the study of how people think, feel, and act in moral contexts — that is, situations where people judge that their values are relevant to what decisions they make, how they interpret the situation they’re in, or what they will do next.

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PRESENTATION ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY: A presentation on Heights and Hills Community Council’s Services for the Elderly is on the agenda for the next NYPD 84th Precinct Community Council meeting, tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15 at 7p.m., reports Community Board 2. Information on the meeting, being held via Zoom, is available via the precinct’s Community Affairs line, Community Affairs: (718) 875-6850.

Also on the agenda are the Cop of the Month presentation, and aa review of crime statistics by Deputy Inspector Rana.

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BAR ASSOCIATION TALK ON PLANNING AHEAD FOR AGING: The Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation’s Law Committee Presents, “Aging In The Community: How To Plan Ahead,” a virtual program being held on April 7, at 6 p.m. according to an announcement from the Bar Association and Brooklyn Community Board 16. The presenter is Fern J. Finkel, Esq., chair of the Foundation Law Committee; with vice-chair of the Elder Law Committee; and Daniel R. Miller, Esq., chair of the Elder Law Committee.

More information is available on the Brooklyn Bar Association’s website.

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EXPANDING CHILD CARE FOR SUNY STUDENTS AND STAFF: The governor has launched an initiative to expand and create high-quality child care centers across all State University of New York campuses for students and faculty — particularly in areas where child care deserts exist. Announced on Friday, the initiative includes the distribution of $4.5 million in federal and state funding to support current centers, a program to train the next generation of child care professionals, and the development of a long-term plan to achieve Gov. Kathy Hochul’s State of the State goal to eliminate child care deserts across SUNY.

The Governor’s Executive Budget includes $10.8 million to support the creation of additional child care centers on SUNY campuses.

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NEW BIKE-ONLY LANE PROVES POPULAR: The new bike-only path on the fabled Brooklyn Bridge has led to an increase in the total number of cycling trips across all East River bridges, reports the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. Shortly after the Brooklyn Bridge bike lane opened last September, Streetsblog reported that the number of trips quickly rose 88 percent, compared to the same month the year before.

This safe space had previously been a span that few cyclists used because of dangerously overcrowded conditions on a narrow, shared pedestrian and biking path.

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CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY STAYED RESILIENT: The city’s construction industry remained resilient despite the pandemic’s impacts on New Yorkers and the local economy, according to a report from the New York Building Congress. The “Construction Outlook Update: Workforce Snapshot 2022” examines demographic, mobility and employment data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2018 through 2021 to determine the industry’s strengths and to offer recommendations to bolster the city’s diverse and talented workforce. “Despite the economic setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York City building industry remained resilient,” said Carlo A. Scissura, president & CEO of the New York Building Congress.

While the city’s construction industry lost an estimated 70,000 jobs during the pandemic, the New York construction workforce bounced back by 2020 with more than 200,000 workers hired in the industry. The report also makes several recommendations to make the workforce more resilient to pandemic-related job losses.

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ITALIAN COMMUNITY MEET-AND-GREET WITH BOROUGH PRESIDENT: The 62nd Precinct Community Council and the Federation of Italian Americans is holding a meet-and-greet with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso on Thursday, March 24. Members of Brooklyn’s Italian American community who wish to participate should email [email protected] for more information.

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INTERNSHIPS AT THE DA’S OFFICE: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s Office is offering a one-week internship to high school students this coming spring. High school juniors and seniors who live in or attend schools in Brooklyn are welcome to apply, with requirements including a one-page resume and a personal essay that answers two questions: “Why do you want an internship with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office”, and “How will an internship at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office support your interests?” For more information, visit brooklynda.org/internships.

The personal essay component has a 250-word minimum, should be in 12-point font and double-spaced.

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SENATE CONFIRMS BROOKLYN ASSEMBLYMEMBER TURNED AMBASSADOR: The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed Assemblymember Nick Perry to be the next United States Ambassador to Jamaica, following U.S. Senator Charles Schumer’s push and continued support. Born in Jamaica and representing a predominantly Caribbean American community in Brooklyn, including East Flatbush, Canarsie, and Brownsville, Perry will be the first U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica who was born in that nation. (See story, page 1.)

Assemblymember Nick Perry was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992 to represent the 58th Assembly District in Brooklyn and was reelected to serve his 15th consecutive term in November 2020.


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