Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, May 26, 2022
FIVE-FOLD INCREASE IN PEOPLE ACCEPTING HELP: Three months into the Subway Safety Plan, 1,379 people experiencing homelessness have accepted placement in safe haven, stabilization, and shelter beds, Mayor Eric Adams announced yesterday. This is a five-fold increase in people accepting services compared with the first week of the plan, when only 22 people accepted shelter. A key component of the plan also directs NYPD personnel to assist in enforcing certain subway rules, such as sleeping across multiple seats, exhibiting aggressive behavior to passengers, or creating an unsanitary environment.
The plan includes comprehensive investments in short- and medium-term solutions, including expanded outreach teams with New York Police Department (NYPD) officers and clinicians, additional housing and mental health resources, and outlines long-term systems improvements through changes to state and federal laws.
CHAMBER HOLDS BROOKLYN ENERGY SUMMIT: The 2022 Brooklyn Energy Summit & Expo, coming up on June 21, will include a comprehensive lineup of speakers and exhibitors focusing on creating solutions and driving action towards clean energy.(Link to register or to join the Brooklyn Chamber: https://www.brooklynchamber.com/events/)
The program’s focus is on the energy landscape, innovation, leveraging renewables and clean tech, changes in policy and legislation, and ways in which small and large businesses can meet required code changes and access cost-saving programs.
MEMORIAL DAY PARADE: The Brooklyn Memorial Day Parade steps off at 11:00 a.m. at 3rd Avenue and 78th Street, this coming Monday, May 30. The parade then travels along 3rd Avenue to Marine Avenue, then to 101st Street for a memorial service in John Paul Jones Park with flag raising, a wreath laying, 21-gun salute and bagpipers, who will memorialize those who lost their lives in defense of this nation.
This year’s Grand Marshal is NYC Veterans Services Commissioner James Hendon.
COVID QUARANTINE GUIDANCE TOOL EXPANDED: The NYC Test & Trace Corps has expanded its COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation Guidance Tool to provide New Yorkers direct connections to order care packages to help separate safely and receive COVID-19 therapeutics. (The link: https://covid19.nychealthandhospitals.org/COVID19help). If eligible, New Yorkers are directed to an order form to request free delivery of a Take Care package, which contains enough personal protective equipment (PPE) for a household of three for up to 10 days, including medical grade masks, hand sanitizer, a thermometer and two rapid antigen tests.
New Yorkers can also arrange to have free meal delivery so they can safely remain at home. Test & Trace has already sent more than 640,000 care packages and delivered over 2.3 million meals to New Yorkers in quarantine or isolation.
‘FIRST THURSDAYS’ WRAPPING UP FOR SUMMER: Art in DUMBO marks its closing First Thursday event of the season next Thursday, June 2. Participating galleries are free and open to the public from 6 – 8 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to participate in an insider’s tour meeting at 6 p.m. led by Joyce Siegel, the founder of Joyce’s Art Walk, a series of intimate gallery tours that she leads in Chelsea, Tribeca, the Lower East Side, and the Upper East Side.
Light Year digital projections can be seen from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on the Manhattan Bridge.
MUSEUM’S WARHOL EXHIBIT SHOWCASES HIS FAITH: The Brooklyn Museum’s “Andy Warhol: Revelation,” the first exhibition to examine the iconic pop artist’s Catholic faith in relation to his boundary breaking practice, is closing on June 19. (Ticket sales available via https://my.brooklynmuseum.org/events/1910d5dc-c021-f4b2-eb4e-5915f9028306.) “Andy Warhol: Revelation” presents more than one hundred works — from iconic paintings such as The Last Supper to archival materials, drawings, prints, film, and rarely seen and newly discovered items — in a fresh take on the canonical artist.
Warhol played with styles and symbolism from Eastern and Western Catholic art history, carefully reframing them within the context of Pop art and culture in his iconic portraits of celebrities, appropriated Renaissance masterpieces, and works that engage with questions of violence and power.
URGES CONGRESS TO EXTEND CHILD TAX CREDIT: A broad coalition of Christian leaders is backing a campaign urging Congress to extend the child tax credit to low-income families. The coalition aims to broaden access to the popular financial assistance program after lawmakers allowed an expanded version to expire last year. The child tax credit, which offers financial assistance to parents, was expanded last year in the White House’s pandemic relief legislation, allowing most U.S. families monthly payments of up to $300 per child.
Beginning with an advertisement in Politico that will run Thursday (May 26) and a letter sent to all 535 members of Congress and to the White House the same day, the campaign supports include a widely accessible version of the child tax credit in a bill working its way through the budget reconciliation process.
IPS NEWS: BILL WOULD INCREASE PENALTIES FOR CONSUMER FRAUD: Senator Zellnor Y. Myrie (D-20th District/Central Brooklyn) released the following statement on Wednesday’s Senate passage of S.4954C, legislation that would sharply increase penalties for consumer fraud related to an “abnormal disruption of the market,” including but not limited to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Senator Myrie’s legislation defines “fraud in connection with an abnormal disruption of the market” in the General Business Law, and would set minimum penalties at $15,000, or three times the amount of any ill-gotten gains for white-collar crimes arising from the unique circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as future emergencies and market abnormalities defined by law.
The legislation now heads to the Assembly, where it is being sponsored by Assembly Member Rozic (D,WF-Fresh Meadows).
IPS NEWS: NEW YORK LAW PREVAILS OVER GUN DEALERS: As the nation mourns the deaths of 19 schoolchildren and two teachers, State Attorney General Letitia James has won another case allowing her to hold gun manufacturers and sellers responsible for gun violence. A federal court in northern New York yesterday dismissed a lawsuit from a group of gun manufacturers and sellers who challenged a New York law giving the attorney general the ability to hold gun manufacturers and sellers responsible for gun violence.
Urging leaders to demonstrate backbone, Attorney General James said, “As we mourn the deaths of 19 innocent children lost to gun violence in Uvalde and the countless more in Buffalo and across America every day, this is a moment of light and hope. New York is proud to defend the right to impose reasonable gun restrictions that protect all of us.”
IPS NEWS: MYRIE PRAISES COURT FOR UPHOLDING NY’S GUN LAW: Following the Northern New York federal court’s motion to dismiss a lawsuit against State Attorney General Letitia James, allowing her to enforce gun manufacturer liability legislation, its sponsor, State Sen. Zellnor Myrie praised the decision, and commended Attorney General Letitia James “for vigorously defending the constitutionality of the law and her ability to hold these bad actors accountable. The gun industry has put their profits over our lives for too long,” he said.
Senator Myrie’s legislation, signed into law in July 2021, making New York the first state to enforce gun manufacturer accountability, allows for civil suits to proceed against those who irresponsibly sell, manufacture, import, or market firearms.
IPS NEWS: AFFORDABLE PRESCRIPTION BILL ADVANCES: State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-22/Southern Brooklyn) and the Senate Democratic Majority have advanced legislation to improve the accessibility and affordability of prescription drugs for all New Yorkers. Senator Gounardes, whose district stretches from Bay Ridge to Marine Park and Manhattan Beach, voted to support each of the 12 bills, which would reduce the cap on cost-sharing for insulin from $100 to $30 per month, assist seniors with prescription fees, and make all third-party discounts, vouchers, and financial assistance for prescription drugs paid on behalf of the insured individual applicable to their co-payment, deductible, co-insurance, and out-of-pocket maximum.
Given the new legislation, seniors will now be eligible for the Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage Program if they have enrolled in the Medicare Part D insurance plan and any other comparable plan.
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