Good Morning, Brooklyn: Tuesday, April 26, 2022
TRIBUTES FOR FIREFIGHTER KILLED ON DUTY IN BROOKLYN: Tributes are pouring in for FDNY Firefighter Timothy Klein, who was killed on Sunday afternoon while battling a three-alarm house fire in the southeastern Brooklyn neighborhood Bergen Beach that injured nine other firefighters. A six-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York and member of Ladder Company 170. Firefighter Klein was appointed to the FDNY on December 28, 2015 and came from a family of firefighters, including his father, retired FDNY Firefighter Patrick Klein.
Firefighter Klein, the 1,157th member of the FDNY to die in the line-of-duty, had in January 2019 delivered the eulogy for his friend and comrade from Ladder Company 170, who had also paid the ultimate sacrifice.
SENTENCED IN SEX TRAFFICKING CASE: A Flatbush man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to sex trafficking of a child for forcing two 16-year-old girls to engage in prostitution. Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez identified the defendant as Steven Bell, 36, who was sentenced yesterday, to 10 years in prison plus five years’ post-release supervision, and who will be required register as a sex offender. According to the investigation, Bell recruited a 16-year-old girl who had left a residential facility outside of the city, to engage in prostitution for him,
The girl later touched base with another teen she knew, resulting in both youths being trafficked until December 2020, when the New York City Police Department received information about them.
LAW GRANTS TENANTS’ RIGHT TO ORGANIZE: New York Attorney General Letitia James is reminding law enforcement agencies via memorandum about tenants’ rights to organize, particularly in cases where landlords use the police to break up meetings. Attorney General James maintains that if law enforcement is called to disperse a tenant meeting or to remove people who are organizing, the responding officers must have a good understanding of Real Property Law § 230 and the protections it provides to tenants and their representatives.
According to this law, when encountering a meeting of tenants and organizers in a building, the police may not disperse the meeting unless it violates narrow prohibitions outlined in the law, such as when the activities are not peaceful.
STATE JUDGE RULES TRUMP IN CONTEMPT OF COURT: New York Attorney General Letitia James today won another major victory in her office’s ongoing civil investigation into Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. The Honorable Arthur Engoron of the New York County State Supreme Court ruled that Donald J. Trump is in contempt of court for failing to comply with his previous orders to provide documents to the Office of the Attorney General, and he imposed a $10,000 fine on the former U.S. President for each day that he continues to violate the court’s order to produce these documents.
Earlier this month, Attorney General James had taken legal action to hold Trump in contempt of court after he refused to comply with a previous subpoena.
JUDGE ORDERS GLOBAL REAL ESTATE FIRM TO COMPLY WITH SUBPOENA: New York Attorney General Letitia James won a second court victory on Monday in her office’s ongoing civil investigation into Donald J. Trump and the Trump Organization’s financial dealings. The Honorable Arthur Engoron of the New York County State Supreme Court ruled that the real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield must comply with subpoenas served on them by the Office of Attorney General (OAG) related to its real estate work for the Trump Organization, with a deadline of May 27.
“For the second time today, a judge has made clear that no one is above the law,” said Attorney General James.
SEVERE WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK CAMPAIGN STARTS: Yesterday began Severe Weather Awareness Week to highlight the seasonal dangers of flooding, tornadoes and thunderstorms during the spring and summer months in New York State, Governor Kathy Hochul announced. The National Weather Service’s annual campaign is designed to educate the public on what to expect from specific weather threats, and how New Yorkers can protect themselves and their families during severe weather events such as thunderstorms, tornadoes, or flash flooding.
Brooklyn is not immune from tornadic activity: On August 8,2007, a tornado swept southwest Brooklyn, knocking out the stained glass window from a church on Fourth Ave. Other tornadoes were also recorded as hitting parts of Brooklyn, Staten Island and Queens in 2012,
STATE HISTORIC MARKER GRANT PRORAM BEGINS: Nominate a part of Brooklyn history during the next round of its New York State Historic Marker Grant Program, which officially opened yesterday. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has announced this roadside marker program, which commemorates historic people, places, things, or events in New York State, including the five boroughs, within the timeframe of 1740 to 1922, and which is open to local, state, and federal government entities, nonprofit academic institutions, and 501(c)(3) organizations in New York State.
To apply for a grant, review application requirements, or view the complete grant schedule by region, visit: wgpfoundation.org/history/nys-historic-markers.
DESIGN PROPOSAL WORKSHOP FOR BERRY OPEN STREETS: A design proposal for the Berry Open Streets is the focus of a design workshop that the NYC DOT is hosting to collect community feedback. The workshop, on Saturday, May 14th from noon. to 4 p.m., will incorporate the goals of giving feedback on North Brooklyn Open Streets; informing future street design; identifying safety and public space improvements; and helping people get involved.
Interested persons should contact the Brooklyn Borough Commissioners Office at 646.892.1350 or [email protected]
SINAI-BROOKLYN EMERGENCY DEPT. HEAD WINS AWARD: Brendan G. Carr, MD, MS, who oversees the Mount Sinai Brooklyn Emergency Department as the Chair of Emergency Medicine, has received the prestigious “2022 Chair of the Year Award” from the Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association (EMRA) of the American College of Emergency Physicians. Carr, who is also Chair of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine of Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai Health System, and the only department chairman in the United States to receive this distinction for 2022, was recognized for his “ability to go above and beyond to mentor emergency medicine residents, to support their interests, and to foster active participation in organized medicine, research, education, and community service.”
Dr. Carr will be presented with the award at the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM22) Annual Meeting in May.
NEW PROGRAM FOR NURSES WORKING IN PALLIATIVE CARE SETTINGS: Calvary Hospital, known as the nation’s only fully accredited acute care specialty hospital devoted exclusively to providing palliative care, will launch a new 12-month, first-of-its-kind advanced education and training program this July for registered nurses from the tristate area who are interested in specializing and practicing in the rapidly growing fields of palliative and end-of-life care. The CalvaryCare® RN Residency Program in palliative and end-of-life care provides a full-time salary and immediate benefits to recent graduates and early to mid-career nurses, who want to specialize in palliative and end-of-life care in both in-hospital and community hospice settings.
The Residency will invest in an initial cohort of at least eight nurses who will learn at Calvary Hospital and within the organization’s New York metropolitan area home-based hospice program, led by expert Calvary clinician-educators and highly skilled preceptors and mentors.
INVESTMENTS TO GET UNSHELTERED PERSONS INTO HOUSING: Helping unsheltered New Yorkers off the streets and the subway and into stable housing is the goal of a new investment that Mayor Eric Adams announced on Saturday. He will allocate an additional $171 million a year, beginning in Fiscal Year 2023 to aggressively enhance outreach efforts and specialized resources, including Safe Havens, stabilization beds, and Drop-in Centers (DICs).
This is considered the largest investment made by any city administration in street outreach and targeted low-barrier programs to support some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers experiencing homelessness on the streets and in the subways.
NEW YORK: FOURTH MOST-INFORMED STATE?: New York made the top five (at number four) of the most informed people in America, according to according to a survey that PRFire.com, a leading press release distribution service conducted. Although Mainers came in with the highest score of 73 percent, New Yorkers came in at 67 percent, well above the national average of 37 percent, in a right-or-wrong answer survey consisting of world knowledge questions that asked the participant to identify NATO, the World Health Organization, the British Prime Minister and the location of Ukraine in Europe.
This indicates that majority are naturally more inclined towards reading up on news focused on their local surroundings; and a significant 83% majority admitted that international events rarely make it into their day-to-day conversation among friends, family, or work colleagues.
IPS NEWS: SEN. MYRIE’S BILL ADVANCES: The New York State Senate’s Elections Committee has advanced a bill to include persons who do not identify exclusively as a binary gender in the eligibility for party positions. The chief sponsor of this legislation (S.6901-B), Senator Zellnor Myrie (D) of the 20th District/Central Brooklyn), said following the committee vote: “States across the country are passing laws to single out and target non-binary, transgender and gender-nonconforming people, but here in New York we know better. Our democracy is strongest when everyone can serve, and the bill we advanced through committee today will ensure no one is denied the chance to run for political office because of who they are or how they identify.”
Myrie added that he looks “forward to getting it signed into law this year.”
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