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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Tuesday, June 28, 2022

June 28, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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REDISTRICTING MAPS AVAILABLE: A new online tool is available for voters preparing to visit the polls for today’s primary election and who may wonder whether they’ve redistricted, and which candidates will be listed on their ballots. The resource map, available through the website The City, https://www.thecity.nyc/2022/5/21/23133080/have-i-been-redistricted-search-my-district-new-york will show how the new district maps overlap the ones to which New Yorkers are accustomed, for gubernatorial, Congress, State Senate Assembly and judicial races.

The redistricting process occurs every ten years, following the U.S. Census, with the federal government stipulating districts must have equal populations and must not discriminate on the basis of race or ethnicity.

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CITY TECH HOSTS HEARING ON REDISTRICTING: Along those lines, NYC Districting Commission holds a Brooklyn Public Hearing on Redistricting, this Wednesday, June 29, at 4 p.m. Part of a group of additional Public Hearings, the meeting’s purpose is to solicit feedback (also being accepted via email to [email protected] before producing its first draft of City Council plans.

Hosting the meeting is the New York City College of Technology at 300 Jay St., which observes a strict COVID policy, including required masks and proof of vaccination.

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Police are looking for this man in connection with a public lewdness incident on a bus in southern Brooklyn.
Photo credit: NYPD

NYPD SEEKS PUBLIC’S HELP IN FINDING SUSPECT IN BUS LEWDNESS: The New York City Police Department is asking the public to help in ascertaining the whereabouts of the unidentified male (pictured here) who is sought in connection with a public lewdness incident within the 60th Precinct, which covers southernmost Brooklyn, including Coney Island, Brighton Beach, West Brighton Beach, and Sea Gate. This past Saturday afternoon around 1 p.m., police received a report that this past Saturday, June 25 around 1 p.m., the pictured unidentified male was masturbating in front of a 33-year-old female victim as they rode the B1 MTA bus near Ocean and Shore parkways.

Anyone with information in regard to the identity of this individual is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782), or by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips. 

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TOWN HALL ON FLATBUSH AVE. BUS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT: The Flatbush Avenue Bus Improvement Project on the borough’s most famous transit artery is the topic of a Zoom Town Hall on Thursday, June 30, at 6 p.m. The Town Hall, a next-step outreach following Mayor Eric Adams’ first Transit Improvement Summit earlier this year, will address proposed bus and pedestrian improvements for Flatbush Avenue between Tillary St. and Avenue V in Marine Park.

Project Goals include improving bus speeds and reliability, addressing pedestrian safety issues, and accommodating smooth traffic flow. Registration required (https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0vdeispjwtHtCaQgCoQOStJwPbV3zs30lQ?_x_zm_rtaid=K_TSoN72QL2US_nq9Zanjg.1656297370956.d8880fcb1aa77235dc8944bfe556aacd&_x_zm_rhtaid=989

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GUARDIANS OF THE GUARDIAN TO BE HONORED: Brooklyn-based Guardians of the Guardian, a group of concerned stakeholders who successfully advocated for the preservation of the first designated landmark in Dyker Heights, are among the honorees at tonight’s annual Grassroots Preservation Awards dinner, at St. Mark’s in the Bowery. Guardians of the Guardian saved the Angel Guardian Home building at 12th Ave. and 64th St. after the Catholic order Sisters of Mercy, which had been taking in young girls since 1863.

The Sisters of Mercy officially founded the Angel Guardian Home for Little Children in 1899. It was merged into MercyFirst, a network of agencies, in 2003.

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GODSQUAD YOUTH VISIT NATION’S CAPITAL: The GodSquad/67th Precinct Clergy Council recently took a group of young people from its Flatbush Leadership Academy’s “FLA” and “NexGen” programs to Washington D.C. for a field trip in the nation’s capital. The students visited the MLK Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture.

The Flatbush Leadership Academy is a mentorship program for young men and women in Central Brooklyn between the ages of 16-24, with the mission of fostering a creative environment and safe space that helps young men and women fulfill their goals as leaders, entrepreneurs and empowered citizens.

Youth from the Flatbush Leadership Academy visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington.
Photo courtesy of GodSquad/67th Precinct Council

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OMNI ENSEMBLE AT BROOKLYN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC: People in Park Slope will be treated to a free pop-up concert that the OMNI Ensemble gives this evening at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, at 58 7th Ave. The OMNI Ensemble, which is completing its 38th year, features David Wechsler on flute and Sylvia Kahan on piano, in a program of Handel, Poulenc, Ernest Bloch and other composers.

Walk-ins are welcome, though space is limited. Readers seriously interested in attending may email [email protected] with the subject line: OMNI June 28.

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IPS NEWS: RALLYING AGAINST FILTHY CONDITIONS AT FLATBUSH GARDENS: City Councilmember Farah Louis (D-45/Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood to Marine Park) on Monday morning was set to join elected officials, community leaders and residents of Flatbush Gardens, an apartment complex to host a rally and protest against the poor living conditions that thousands of residents are reportedly enduring. Tenants have filed complaints against the property management company, Clipper Equity, for their alleged continuous property neglect, and will speak about filthy and unkempt buildings and basements, the lack of cleaning and maintenance supplies, influx of rats and rodents, unsanitary conditions such as mold and pipe damage, inequitable rent payment system (directly impacting the elderly, disabled, and vulnerable residents), and extremely limited office hours.

Elected officials who were expected to attend are, as of press time: New York Senator Kevin Parker, and Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn,

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RALLY TO DEMAND NYCHA ADDRESS GAS STOPPAGES: Likewise, in Coney Island, Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus (D-46, Coney Island and other parts of southwestern Brooklyn) will join O’Dwyer Gardens NYCHA Tenant Association President Shelia Smalls and residents rally to demand that NYCHA address the ongoing issues with gas service to apartments in the complex. Residents have reported experiencing ongoing issues and interruptions to cooking gas service for months.

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HPD OUTREACH VAN IN CONEY ISLAND TODAY: City Councilmember Ari Kagan (D-46/ Bensonhurst, Coney Island, Gravesend, and Sea Gate) is partnering with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), where the agency’s Outreach Van will be available this morning, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Constituents will receive in-services on preparing applications for affordable housing, understanding affordable housing lotteries, understanding their rights and responsibilities, file housing complaints, financing repairs, fixing code violations, and other matters.

The van will be stationed at the Councilman Kagan’s district office, 2015 Stillwell Ave.

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PACIFIC PARK CONSTRUCTION PROJECT INCLUDES VARIANCES FOR AFTER-HOURS AND WEEKEND WORK: Residents and businesses in the vicinity of the Atlantic Yards construction project known as Pacific Park should brace for disruptions, including nights and weekends, and to above-ground transit, the Empire State Development corporation has announced. The After-Hours Variance is in place for all work from 6-10 p.m., for deliveries and garbage removal from 5-7 a.m., and Saturday and Sunday permits (when received), are for all work starting at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Pending receipt of necessary permits, platform MPT mobilization & setup will begin at the street level around Block 1120 during the week leading up to July 4, with the MTA B45 bus stop at Atlantic and Sixth avenues being temporarily removed during the platform construction, and signage posted alerting riders of the change.

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FEDERAL JURY RETURNS GUILTY VERDICT IN OPIOID CASE: A federal jury in Brooklyn returned a guilty verdict today against Ezhil Sezhian Kamaldoss on all counts of a superseding indictment charging him with conspiring to distribute millions of opioid pills and other illegal, controlled substances imported from India, and money laundering conspiracy. The verdict followed a four-day trial before United States District Judge Allyne R. Ross.

When sentenced, Kamaldoss faces up to 50 years in prison.

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40-YEAR SENTENCE IN SHOOTING OF FED-EX EMPLOYEE: A Brooklyn man was sentenced to 40 years in prison for shooting a FedEx employee in the back as he walked out of a Brownsville building. The incident was caught on surveillance video, Kings County District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced, identifying the defendant as J’von Johnson, 25, of Brownsville.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Hecht sentenced Johnson to 40 years in state prison following his conviction last month on charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

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BROOKLYN MUSEUM UNVEILED RENOVATED SCULPTURE GARDEN: The Brooklyn Museum has unveiled the newly revamped Steinberg Family Sculpture Garden, designed by architecture and design studio Elizabeth Roberts Architects. Conceived during the COVID-19 pandemic, the renovation of the Museum’s rear Sculpture Garden creates a vibrant outdoor public venue to be enlivened by community and cultural programming.

Summer activities will include pop-up poetry readings, live music sets, happy hours, art-making classes, jazz concerts, and more.

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MAIMONIDES CHARITY GAME FEATURES BELOVED MONSIGNOR AS STARTING PITCHER: Monsignor David Cassato, the beloved pastor of St. Athanasius Church who retires at the end of this month, will be the starting pitcher tomorrow night at Maimonides Health’s third annual Battle for Brooklyn charity softball game at Maimonides Park. The game will feature a matchup between the cast of Bravo’s reality television show The Real Housewives of New Jersey and the Maimonides All-Stars team comprised of physicians and healthcare staff from Maimonides Health.

More than 3,000 tickets have been sold thus far; all proceeds from the game will go toward the Maimonides Breast Center, Brooklyn’s only fully accredited breast center.


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