Good Morning, Brooklyn: Thursday, August 11, 2022
COMMUNITY VIGIL FOR SLAIN MAN IN BATH BEACH: The robbery and murder of a young man in the garage of BJ’s in Bath Beach has prompted Assemblymember William Colton (D –47) to hold a community uniting vigil, this evening, Thursday, August 11, at 5:30 p.m. in front of his district office at 155 Kings Highway. Last Friday, 19-year-old Dereck Chen was fatally shot during an armed robbery in the BJ’s garage, directly across the Street from Colton’s district office, which covers Bath Beach, Bensonhurst, Dyker Heights and Gravesend.
Colton declared that he will remain personally involved in overseeing the case’s progress of the case. Praising the NYPD’s 62nd Precinct for swiftly apprehending and charging the gunman, Colton said also that his office is demanding of BJ’s Wholesale Club Headquarters “a security presence and surveillance on the premises for the safety of the consumers and the employees.”
APPEALS COURT GREENLIGHTS SCHOOL BUDGET CUTS: An appeals court ruling on Tuesday that gives the green light to the city’s Department of Education budget cuts threatens to throw the opening of the new school year into confusion. Yesterday’s decision placed an automatic stay on last week’s ruling from State Supreme Court, Justice Lyle E. Frank that had required City Council to do a revote on the education budget on the grounds that the order of procedure had been violated.
The budget cuts can now be implemented — at least until an August 29 hearing that takes just a week before the 2022-2023 school year begins.
STATEMENT FROM FOR SCHOOL BUDGET SUIT PLANTIFFS: Laura D. Barbieri – Special Counsel, Advocates for Justice and Attorney for the Petitioners in Tucker vs. City of New York, has criticized the aforementioned appeals court ruling that puts school budget cuts back into motion, pointing out that “the Judge did not review or even consider the merits of either parties’ arguments or the City’s papers.” Expressing disappointment that “the City asked for a hearing date at the end of August, rather than immediately,” so that principals, teachers and parents can work with school budgets, Barbieri urges “the City Council and the Mayor to negotiate and implement a budget modification to immediately restore these damaging cuts because our public school children deserve a safe and productive return to school in the fall, which our Mayor appears bent on denying.”
The appeals court and Judge Frank’s rulings had pertained only to the education budget, not to the entire city budet.
LABOR DEPT. TO CONDUCT STUDY ON EMPLOYMENT RATE OF TRANS PERSONS: The Department of Labor has been directed to conduct a study on the statewide employment rate of trans individuals in the state, according to legislation that Governor Kathy Hochul signed on Wednesday. The bills, as designated from the State Senate and Assembly (S.5933-A/A.8133) will direct the This study, to be done in consultation with the Division of Human Rights, will be used to determine whether a disparity exists in employment rates between transgender New Yorkers and other residents in New York State.
This survey will also enable further legislation can be drafted that is specifically tailored to the needs of trans New Yorkers, particularly in the wake of nationwide studies finding that transgender persons face higher rates of unemployment, workplace discrimination, harassments and violations.
GRANT PANELISTS SOUGHT FOR ARTS COUNCIL: Art and culture experts are invited to become Grant Panelists for the Brooklyn Arts Council in the coming year of reviewing proposals. Brooklyn Arts Council uses a panel selection process to review proposals and determine awards. Since grants are awarded to a wide variety of artists throughout Brooklyn, panelists are sought from all of the borough’s neighborhoods.
Panelist Application Deadline: October 20, 2022, via https://brooklynartscouncil.submittable.com/submit/2332 18/2023-grant-panel-nomination-form
BOROUGH HALL HOSTS EVENT CELEBRATING TRINIDAD & TOBAGO’S 60TH INDEPENDENCE: Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso hosts an event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Independence of Trinidad and Tobago, this Thursday, August 11, from 5-8 p.m. According to the U.S. Cen- sus Bureau’s American Community Survey, about 200,000 respondents identified their heritage as Trinidadian.
The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, a two-island Caribbean nation located near the South American countries of Venezuela and Guyana, achieved inde- pendence from the United Kingdom in 1962 and that same year obtained membership in the Commonwealth and the United Nations that same year. It became a re- public in 1976.
BROOKLYNITE MAKES EMERSON COLLEGE DEAN’S LIST: Caroline Marlin of 11205/Ft. Greene earned Dean’s List honors for the Spring 2022 semester at Emerson College, one of the nation’s foremost schools in the arts, writing and communications. A member of the Class of 2022, Marlin majored in journalism.
Emerson College sits opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District.
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