Good Morning, Brooklyn: Monday, June 6, 2022
ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING SUSPENDED FOR TODAY: A reminder to drivers in Brooklyn that Alternate Side of the Street Parking is suspended today, Monday, June 6, for the religious observance of Shavuot.
The next scheduled suspension of the Alternate Side parking rule will be on Monday, June 20, the observed date of this year’s Juneteenth, which falls on a Sunday in 2022.
BROOLKYN BALLET CELEBRATES 20 YEARS: Twenty years ago, Brooklyn Ballet was founded when a ballet dancer and a hip hop dancer performed a dance together in a storefront in Fort Greene. Brooklyn Ballet now launches its 20th anniversary season by taking ballet back to the streets for Brooklynites to explore and enjoy, with live performances at Albee Square next weekend, on June 11-12.
Live performances by both the professional company and their youth students, as well as sample classes open to all ages and levels will be part of the celebration. The free performances by the company will continue June 23, at Brooklyn Commons Metrotech,
PAL ESSAY CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Several youth winners will be honored this morning at the Police Athletic League’s Police Commissioner For A Day Essay Contest, during a ceremony at NYPD Headquarters, One Police Plaza, in Manhattan. Police Commissioner For A Day Essay Contest, a city-wide contest organized annually by the Police Athletic League and the NYPD, that invites participants to answer a question on what they would do to improve the city, if they were the Police Commissioner. The 2022 contest question: “How would you, as Police Commissioner for a day, seek to decrease hate crimes against marginalized populations (groups who are excluded based on gender identity, race, physical ability, sexual orientation, immigration status, etc.) in the city?”
During the ceremony, more than 40 additional essay contest winners will meet their NYPD counterparts — the Police Commissioner, First Deputy Commissioner, Deputy Commissioners, Chief of Department, Chief of Staff, Bureau Chiefs, and Borough Commanders, following the ceremony.
PUSHING FOR PASSAGE OF EQUALITY AMENDMENT: Legislators must return to Albany to pass the Equality Amendment, demands a coalition representing the New York Civil Liberties Union, National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund and Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts.
The Equality Amendment (S.8797A/A.10468A) would fill critical gaps in New York State’s constitution by prohibiting discrimination based on a person’s race, ethnicity, national origin, disability, and sex – including pregnancy and pregnancy outcomes, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
The groups say that legislature must pass the amendment by the end of calendar year 2022 to ensure that New Yorkers are able to vote on the measure in 2024, an urgent timetable, given what they say are growing threats to marginalized citizens.
KIDS PRIDE AND RAINBOW PARADE: The magic of Coney Island comes to Downtown Brooklyn for a Kids Pride Celebration on Saturday, June 11. Lola Star and City Point host the party, which kicks off with the Rainbow Parade at 12 p.m., followed by Circus Performers, activities, and photos at 445 Albee Square West in Downtown Brooklyn. (Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/city-point-pride-celebration-for-kids-tickets-350709771367)
Brooklyn families are encouraged to come in costume and join in the Rainbow Parade, which will circle through Albee Square and Flatbush Avenues.
IPS NEWS: EXPANDING HOURS OF SPEED CAMERA OPERATION: Both houses of the New York legislature have now passed bills to renew the City’s School Zone Speed Camera program and expand hours of operation from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays to 24 hours, seven days a week, thanks to the State Assembly’s vote late Thursday night, June 2. New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez on Friday praised the passage saying, “Our life-saving speed cameras have proven to slow drivers down – but we can’t operate this program when reckless driving occurs the most: overnight and on weekends.
Thanking Mayor Eric Adams, Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Speaker Carl Heastie, Senator Gounardes, Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick, and advocates, Rodriguez said, “We are using every resource available, from enforcement to street redesigns, to curb senseless traffic violence and we look forward to the Governor’s bill signing.”
IPS NEWS: AMERICORPS FUNDING FOR BROOLKYN NON-PROFITS: Five organizations in New York’s 7th Congressional District, which includes western Brooklyn, will receive $10.8 million in State and National AmeriCorps funding, Congressmember Nydia M. Velázquez (D-7) announced on Friday. Four grants totaling $1.3 million will support organizations operating in New York. These include the Center for Family Life in Sunset Park, Inc., which provides working families with a wide-range of social services; Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation, Inc: for youth development; Fund for the City of New York: to support Red Hook environmental resiliency; and Sunset Park Health Council, Inc: providing health care for working families.
Another grant totaling $9.1 million will go to Great Oaks Foundation Inc: a national tutoring program headquartered in New York’s Seventh District.
IPS NEWS: BILL TO REDUCE CLASS SIZE PASSES: NYS Senator John Liu, Chairperson of the Senate Committee on NYC Education and sponsor of S9460, expressed praise that his bill to reduce class size was passed: Senate 59-4 and the Assembly 147-2. Once Gov. Hochul signs the bill into law, class sizes in all New York City public schools would be capped at 20 students for kindergarten through third grade; 23 students for fourth through eighth grade; and 25 students for high school by 2027. Once fully phased-in by April 2023, NYC will receive an additional $1.6 billion annually in school aid from the state.
Sen. Liu seemed to refute claims made last week by NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks that the class size bill was unfunded and would mean cuts to other vital school programs, such as for students with disabilities, instead asserting, “To be clear, this is absolutely not an unfunded mandate that requires cuts to other programs. In fact, the state is providing NYC with an additional $1.6 billion in annual funding to do so, to comply with the letter and spirit of the CFE court decision.
IPS NEWS: MULTIPLE DWELLING LAW AMENDEMENT TO INCLUDE HOTELS: Legislation that Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz (D-45/southern Brooklyn), introduced has passed the State Assembly, he announced on Friday. The legislation (A.6262B) will amend the New York State Multiple Dwelling Law to allow distressed hotels near existing residential communities to be used as affordable and supportive housing while retaining their existing Certificates of Occupancy. The legislation, which has already passed the Senate, addresses two key issues exacerbated by the COVID pandemic — an excess in underutilized hotel space and a deepening housing affordability crisis.
The legislation will permit these conversions to be done without cost-prohibitive land use review processes or renovations in order to keep costs attainable for supportive and affordable housing providers, with oversight provided by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD).
BROOKLYNITE SENTENCED TO 15 YEARS FOR AIDING TERROR GROUP: United States District Judge William F. Kuntz II on Friday, in federal court in Brooklyn, sentenced Dilkhayot Kasimov, to 15 years in prison for conspiring and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization — the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Kasimov, a Brooklyn resident and a citizen of Uzbekistan, had been convicted of both counts following a one-week trial in September 2019.
“This sentence serves as a warning to anyone who seeks to fund or carry out acts of terror,” stated NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell, who added, “The NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau and the Joint Terrorism Task Force will remain vigilant in our efforts to stem the flow of fighters and disrupt and dismantle the networks that support them, both here and abroad.”
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