Good Morning, Brooklyn: Friday, July 29, 2022
BOROUGH PRESIDENT MAKES THIRD ALLOCATION TO HOSPITAL MATERNITY PROGRAMS: Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso yesterday announced his administration has allocated $15.625 million to NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County to help renovate the facility’s newborn intensive care unit (NICU) and Mother-Baby units. The upgrades will convert both units into family-friendly spaces, providing comfort and privacy for parents and newborns, and help to close disparities of maternal mortality rates found among people of color compared to their white counterparts.
NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County is the third hospital to receive funding through the Borough President’s FY23 capital budget, with the entire $45M budget being allotted across the three public hospitals in Brooklyn to help improve maternal health care services that will, in turn, reduce maternal mortality rates of Black pregnant people.
NEW TRAIN CONDUCTORS GRADUATE: The MTA/New York City Transit graduated 20 new train conductors yesterday, following their successful completion of training at the New York City Transit Learning Center in Brooklyn. The new employees join the 953 bus operators and 784 train operators and conductors who recently completed their training — part of a deliberate effort by the MTA to rapidly bolster the number of bus operators, subway train operators and conductors.
The graduation took place as New York City Transit Subway ridership hovers around 60 percent of pre-pandemic levels. Since February 2021, 451 conductors have joined New York City Transit.
PARTNER UNIVERSITIES LOOK TO INCREASE ENGINEERING-FACULTY DIVERSITY: NYU Tandon School of Engineering has collaborated with two highly-ranked schools in the field — Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore — to discover ways of increasing faculty diversity. Thanks to a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the institutions will develop methods of promoting the advancement of tenure-track engineering faculty from groups not generally represented in STEM academia. Tandon’s Director of Faculty Development and Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Elisa Riedo is the project’s Principal Investigator; the two Co-Principal Investigators are Dean Jelena Kovačević and Professor Yao Wang.
Under Kovačević’s leadership, Tandon has implemented several diversity-focused initiatives, including the establishment of an Office of Inclusive Excellence.
BACH AND BALLET ON BROOKLYN STREETS: Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn (CBT) students will perform Bach to the Streets alongside professional dancers as part of Vanderbilt Avenue’s Open Street, this Saturday, July 30, at 5 p.m. CBT’s choreographer and artistic director, Marla Hirokawa, created Bach to the Streets in 2022, which premiered in CBT’s Gravesend neighborhood last spring.
This coming month, CBT brings Bach to the Streets to Prospect Heights, adding jazz, modern and contemporary works to the program, as well as Renaissance dance staged by CBT faculty.
CELEBRATING 30 YEARS AS A PRIEST: The Rev. Canon John E. Denaro marks the 30th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood today, July 29. Canon Denaro was ordained on the Feast of St. Martha and Mary, at Cathedral of St. John the Divine of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
Parishioners attending this week’s Wednesday evening Holy Eucharist celebrated Canon Denaro’s 30 years of ministry and his years of service as rector of St. Ann’s with a bubbly toast.
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