Good Morning, Brooklyn: Friday, May 20, 2022

May 20, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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TRAINING FOR VOTERS ON REDISTRICTING PROCESS: A free online training session aims to explain how all New Yorkers can be involved in the New York City Council redistricting process, thanks to a partnership between the Brooklyn Heights Association and the Citizen’s Union Foundation. A Zoom session (RSVP via [email protected] on Tuesday, May 24, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. will focus specifically on the City Council level, though there will be a general Q&A at the end of the meeting on impacts of redistricting and how to make one’s voice heard.

The meeting will also examine the possibility that the 33rd Council district (which includes Brooklyn Heights and Downtown Brooklyn) will have new boundaries in the coming years due to the large growth in population.

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DAILY TOP BROOKLYN NEWS
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NEW RECORD HIGH IN SUBWAY RIDERSHIP: Subway ridership on Wednesday topped 3.6 million, breaking a previous record set just the day before on May 17, of 3.535 million, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced yesterday. Additionally, on Tuesday, May 17, pandemic-era ridership records were set on both the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad with Long Island Rail Road recording 182,700 rides, and Metro-North recording 162,100 rides.

Each of these figures surpass pandemic-era records set in the past several weeks, and are the highest totals since March 2020.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT PROMOTION CEREMONY: Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh will preside this morning over a ceremony promoting 104 Fire and EMS Officers at a ceremony on Staten Island. Among those being promoted, and then assigned to units throughout the city are: four EMS Deputy Chiefs to EMS Division Chief, and five Captains to EMS Deputy Chief. Moreover, 30 Fire Lieutenants will be promoted to the rank of Captain, 60 Firefighters will be promoted to the rank of Lieutenant, and five EMS Lieutenants will be promoted to Captain.

The ceremony can be viewed live on the Department’s website, www.nyc.gov/FDNY.

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DA, NYPD CO-SPONSOR GUN BUY-BACK PROGRAM: Kings County District Attorney’s Office, The New York City Police Department, NYC Police Foundation and Junior’s Bakery are co-sponsoring a No Questions Asked Gun Buy-Back event this Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Clinton Hill. Civilians can receive a $200 bank card and an iPad for operable handguns and assault rifles; and a $25 bank card for rifles, shotguns & air guns.

Payments subject to inspection by department specialists. Current and retired law enforcement personnel are ineligible for this program.

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STORYTELLERS FROM ASIAN COMMUNITY: Two Asian American storytellers from Brooklyn, Eson Kim and David Hu, are featured on WORLD Channel’s award-winning series Stories from the Stage. The series is marking Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Growing Up Asian, a new episode that premieres on public television on WORLD Channel nationwide on Monday, May 23, at 9:30 p.m. ET (8:30 p.m. CT). Stories from the Stage is a storytelling series which brings diversity and real stories of people from all corners of the nation and the world to public media.

The trio’s individual stories can be viewed on the Stories from the Stage Facebook page.

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JOSEPH CO-CATHEDRAL HOSTS BROOKLYN ORGANISTS’ RECITAL: Aficionados of organ music and the church pipe organ in particular have the chance to attend a free recital featuring musicians from the American Guild of Organists-Brooklyn Chapter. This year’s Members’ Recital takes place this Sunday, May 22, at 4 p.m. in the spacious Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St/, Brooklyn, known for excellent acoustics.

 

Performing in their annual Members’ Recital are several organists from houses of worship around Brooklyn; Gregory Jack, Lana Krakovskiy, Gregg Patruno, Maria Rayzvasser, Yilun Wang, Dr. John A. Wolfe and Ellen Wright.

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YOUTH PUSH FOR BILL TO PROTECT: IN-PERSON VISITS AT PRISONS: Osborne Association’s Youth Action Council, whose members are  young people who have experienced the incarceration of a parent, gathered with other youth, elected officials, formerly incarcerated parents, family members, and advocates to call for immediate action to pass a bill that would protect in-person visiting in New York State jails and prisons. Assemblymember David I. Weprin (D-Northeastern Queens) who sponsors the bill and chairs the Corrections Committee in the Assembly, Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon (D-52nd District/Downtown Brooklyn and vicinity) also supports the bill.

The allies are working urgently as only a few days remain in New York’s legislative session for the State Senate and Assembly to bring this bill to a full vote in each house.

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PROM DRESSES FOR DAUGHTERS OF INCARCERATED PARENTS: Children of Promise, NYC will be partnering with Temple Restoration Prison Ministry this Saturday to distribute prom dresses to young girls attending their middle and high school proms in the community. The partnership with the Prison Ministry is a dual effort to serve and partner with families who have been impacted by incarceration in New York City.

This partnership is focused on encouraging, motivating, and supporting youth and families who have been disenfranchised by mass incarceration leading to an inability to afford the expenses of prom, which is a pivotal event in their lives.

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IPS NEWS: VIRTUAL FORUM ABOUT CONTROL OF PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM: State Senator Jabari Brisport (D-25th District) is hosting a virtual community conversation this Sunday, May 22, at 6 p.m., about who has (and who should have) control over New York City’s public schools. Prompting the event is the pending expiration of a provision that gives the mayor control, unless the New York State legislature renews it.

The community conversation, via Zoom is geared for parents, school staff, and students, to air their viewpoints and experiences about Mayoral Control. Registration is via  bit.ly/SCHOOLTALK (case sensitive.)

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CONEY ISLAND MURAL PROJECT EXPANDS: The Alliance for Coney Island has new murals in Phase 4 of its mural initiative. Spanning both the Amusement District and Mermaid Avenue commercial corridor, the latest mural project, titled Coney Island for Everyone. This phase of the “Coney Island for Everyone Mural Project,” which builds upon 2020’s “The People’s Playground Mural Project,” features four artists: Egypt Hagan (@graffitiegypt), Ledania (@ledania), Mark Garcia (@mark_sazer), and Mike Long (@skatchface). (See page 1.)

The murals can be found at the following locations: Tom’s Coney Island (1229 Riegelmann Boardwalk); Maimonides Stadium Wall (1904 Surf Avenue); Mermaid Pharmacy (2109 Mermaid Avenue); Pizza on the Run (1627 Mermaid Avenue).


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