Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, May 12, 2022
MEGA BALL ERROR UNDER INVESTIGATION: The New York State Lottery Commission is investigating the error that resulted in an incorrect publishing of the Mega Ball numbers in the May 10, 2022 Mega Millions drawing. The New York Lottery, attributing the problem to “human error,” has temporarily suspended prize payments for all Mega-Millions tickets.
All Mega-Millions players should hold on to their tickets for the May 10, 2022 drawing until the issue is resolved. Meanwhile, the correct winning numbers for the May 10, 2022 drawing are: 15-19-20-61-70 and Mega Ball 9.
HIGH SCHOOL STAFFER CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN: A paraprofessional at Midwood High School has been charged with sexual exploitation of a child, distribution of child of pornography, cyberstalking, and related offenses, according to an 11-count indictment unsealed yesterday in federal court in Brooklyn. Charges against the defendant, Brian Quinones, relate to sexually explicit videos of a child that the defendant allegedly requested and received from a boy whom he met over the Internet, as well as other sexually explicit images and videos that the defendant possessed and distributed. (See page 20.)
Arrested yesterday, Quinones was scheduled to appear that afternoon before United States Magistrate Judge Peggy Kuo.
AMENDMENTS TO OPEN MEETING LAW: Discussion on an amendment that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed affecting Chapter 56 of the Open Meeting Law is on the agenda for Brooklyn Community Board 13’s Public Hearing and Executive Committee meeting, next Wednesday, May 18, via Zoom. Last month, Gov. Hochul signed Chapter 56 of the Laws of 2022 relating to the New York State budget for the 2022-2023 state fiscal year. The bill makes permanent (until July 1, 2024) the expanded use of videoconferencing by public bodies to conduct open meetings, under extraordinary circumstances, regardless of a declaration of emergency.
Community Board 13 serves Coney Island, Gravesend, Brighton Beach and Seagate.
BUSHWICK HEALTH CENTER REHAB PROJECT TO BE DISCUSSED: Likewise, the leadership of Community Board 4 (Bushwick) will provide an overview of the recent amendments to the Open Meetings Law, and present options for the board to consider adopting via a resolution.
Also on the Community Board 4 agenda is an informational update on the Bushwick Health Center (335 Central Avenue) Building Envelope Rehabilitation project. Representatives from the NYC Department of Mental Health and Hygiene and the NYC Department of Design and Construction are expected to attend.
SURVEY PARTICIPATION EXTENDED UNTIL MAY 15: There is still time to participate in the Gates Pedestrian Plaza Workshop- Community Feedback Survey, as the deadline has been extended to this Sunday, May 15. The NYC Department of Transportation and FAB Fulton want to hear from locals about the proposed pedestrian plaza at Gates Avenue, making safety improvements along the Gates Avenue school corridor, Fulton Street, and creating a stronger and safer connection along Vanderbilt Avenue when crossing Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue. The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/gatesplazasurvey
Participants are being assured that their information will not be shared with any outside parties.
HAITIAN CULTURE DAY THIS WEEKEND: Life of Hope Center presents its 11th Annual Haitian Culture Day Celebration, titled “Ayiti Nou La Toujou” in collaboration with the New York Haitian Consulate Office. This daylong celebration will commence with a parade & Haitian Cultural Arts Festival from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. originating at the intersection of Toussaint L’ouverture Boulevard (Nostrand Avenue) and Pierre Toussaint (Church Ave).
A street festival fair, with performing arts showcase, will be located on Brooklyn Ave. between Foster Ave. & Avenue D. Performing Arts Showcase from 12:45 pm to 6 p.m. at the Cristo Rey Brooklyn/Life of Hope Campus, 1377 Brooklyn Avenue, in East Flatbush.
PRAYER WALK TO SUPPORT ASIAN COMMUNITY: Members of GodSquad/67th Precinct Clergy Council and the New York Coalition of AAPI Churches will be participating in a prayer walk for peace and unity this Saturday, in solidarity with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. The group will make stops at some key landmarks. Afterward, they will “break bread” with us over a meal of Asian cuisine and conversation. RSVP today at the latest for the meal portion https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScz29SnNNby_zaJHsON3-V-HtKvMk8QU4gTvR7FIzu8U5gzLg/viewform.
All ethnic, faith and cultural backgrounds are welcome.
BILL WOULD HOLD POSTAL SERVICE ACCOUNTABLE ON CLIMATE: The Congressional Committee on Oversight and Reform voted favorably on Wednesday to approve legislation to ensure the Postal Service has an accurate environmental impact statement to inform its acquisition of Next Generation Delivery Vehicles, legislation to develop an artificial intelligence training program for the federal workforce, among other reforms. Committee chairperson, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-12/Northern Brooklyn) reported that the bill she introduced, the Ensuring an Accurate Postal Fleet Electrification Act, (H.R. 7682), to invalidate the faulty environmental impact statement (EIS) that the Postal Service filed as part of its contract with Oshkosh Defense to produce the Next Generation Delivery Vehicle (NGDV), and to require the Postal Service to produce a new EIS before procuring any additional vehicles under the NGDV contract.
The Committee also approved H.R. 7674, the Ensuring Oversight Access at the Postal Service Act, a bill introduced by Government Operations Subcommittee Chairperson, Gerald E. Connolly, to prohibit the Postal Service from preventing Members of Congress from visiting Postal Service facilities for official purposes.
CONGRESSIONAL BILL ON CYBERSECURITY: The Committee on Oversight and Reform also approved H.R. 7683, the Artificial Intelligence Training for the Acquisition Workforce Act, a bipartisan, bicameral bill that Rep. Maloney introduced with Ranking Member James Comer. The bill would establish a training program to better inform federal personnel about the capabilities and risks of Artificial Intelligence, including ways to protect civil rights and civil liberties.
The Quantum Computing Cybersecurity Preparedness Act (H.R. 7535), would require the Office of Management and Budget to create a strategy to protect federal information technology (IT) from the impending risks of quantum computing and to facilitate the risk-based migration of federal information technology to post-quantum cryptographic standards once these are published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
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