Good Morning, Brooklyn: Wednesday, August 31, 2022
WORKSHOP ON CLIMATE MOBILIZATION ACT: City Councilmember Lincoln Restler (D-33) is partnering with NYC Accelerator to host a workshop for building owners and managers on the Climate Mobilization Act (Local Law 97). This landmark piece of legislation aims to limit carbon emissions from buildings over 25,000 sq. ft., with the goal of reducing total building emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and, locally, to successfully implement the law in the 33rd Councilmanic District, which Restler serves.
Registration is necessary for the workshop, being held on Wednesday, September 21st from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the Brooklyn Heights Library (286 Cadman Plaza West). Register here.
CONSERVING THROUGH RAIN BARRELS AND COMPOST: Councilmember Lincoln Restler is sponsoring other climate events at a Montague St. Open Street on Saturday, Sept. 10, including a Rain Barrel Giveaway, courtesy of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection. Residents can obtain a free rain barrel, which connect directly to a property’s gutter or downspout to capture and store the rainwater that falls from the rooftop. Barrels conserve water for gardening and cleaning, reduce harmful runoff, and help save on water usage and bills.
Registration is required. Register here.
FREE COMPOST ON MONTAGUE SEPT. 10: Councilmember Restler’s Free Compost Distribution on Montague Street, Sept. 10 from 1-3 p.m. enables residents to take home up to three 40-lb bags of compost made from New York City food scraps and yard waste. Supplies are limited and registration is required. Register here.
Please note that Montague St. will be closed to car traffic during the event, so it will be necessary to transport compost without assistance.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES QUICKLY MOBILIZES OUTREACH FOR MIGRANTS’ SURPRISE ARRIVAL: Catholic Charities Brooklyn Queens yesterday mobilized on very short notice to welcome a group of bewildered refugees and host informational meetings for them to get re-situated since their arrival in NYC, reports the diocesan newspaper The Tablet. Monsignor Alfred LoPinto, who is CEO of Catholic Charities, and priest-in-residence at neighboring St. Charles Borromeo Church that hosted the outreach meetings, told The Tablet that “The [migrants] came with letters telling them that, from now on, their new residence was 191 Joralemon Street. We had them camping out in front of the building.”
Catholic Charities Brooklyn Queens, whose headquarters are at 191 Joralemon St., provided boxes of food and bags of toiletries, hot meals and hosted information sessions conducted by staff and volunteers who are fluent in Spanish.
CAMBA AWARDED FUNDING FOR DRUG PREVENTION: CAMBA Inc. in Kings County will receive $450,000 over the course of three years to establish a prevention coalition that Governor Kathy Hochul announced earlier today. The Office of Addiction Services and Supports will administer the funding to help establish CAMBA’s and three other prevention coalitions in New York City and enhance non-medical transportation services for individuals having difficulty accessing addiction treatment.
Gov. Hochul announced a total of $2.3 million to support addiction prevention efforts, with the coalitions developing culturally appropriate and tailored prevention initiatives for underserved communities and populations.
PLAY SHOWCASES NEED FOR DRUG PREVENTION: The Temple of Restoration in Boerum Hill is presenting an artistic approach to drug prevention and treatment by hosting a free stage play on September 17, titled “Black Pearl: A Diamond In The Rough.” The play, which centers on a high school cheerleader who almost ruins her future when she becomes addicted to prescription drugs, aims to raise awareness about the increase in opioid and stimulant use in Black and Hispanic communities, and is sponsored by American Heart Association’s EmPowered to End Opioid Use faith-based network and the Opioid Response Network (ORN).
Although the stage play is free, registration is necessary. Register here.
NAVY SEAMAN FROM BROOKLYN SERVES ABOARD USS CARL VINSON: Seaman Apprentice Ashante Marshall, a Brooklyn native of Brooklyn with hometown ties to Bridgetown, Barbados, serves the U.S. Navy aboard one of the world’s largest warships, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier, USS Carl Vinson. Marshall says that she relies upon skills and values from lessons learned in both Brooklyn and Barbados to succeed in the military. “Growing up, I learned you have to fend for yourself,” said Marshall. “Those lessons helped me learn to be self-sufficient and to take care of myself.”
Homeported in San Diego, California, USS Carl Vinson is the United States Navy’s third Nimitz-class supercarrier. She is named for Carl Vinson, a Congressmember from Georgia, in recognition of his contributions to the U.S. Navy.
LUNA PARK HOSTS WEEK OF SUMMER FUN: Coney Island’s Luna Park, wanting people to enjoy the close of the summer season is hosting a week of fun from Friday, September 2 to Friday, September 9. The thrill-filled weekend will kick off this Friday night with a can’t-miss, free firework show overlooking the boardwalk.
Named after an iconic piece of Coney Island’s history, Luna Park in Coney Island, adjacent to three miles of beaches and a baseball park, is the largest amusement park in New York City and its most famous playground with a heritage that stretches back more than 130 years.
MORE NYC OFFICIALS JOIN PUSH FOR FIREARMS MERCHANT CATEGORY CODES: A day after a coalition of 50 state legislators called for major credit card companies to establish a Merchant Category Code for gun and ammunition stores, more elected officials are joining the pressure campaign. Today, New York City Comptroller Brad Lander, Mayor Eric Adams, trustees of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System, Teachers’ Retirement System and Board of Education Retirement System, and other city officials called on American Express, MasterCard and Visa, three of the world’s largest credit card companies, to support a proposal to create a new code that would help financial institutions detect and report suspicious activity, such as unusually large purchases of firearms or ammunition, or purchases from multiple stores, that may be used for criminal purposes.
American Express, MasterCard, and Visa have not supported earlier proposals to create Merchant Category codes for gun retailers.
SOLIDARITY FOR PAKISTAN: Brooklynites are urged to show solidarity and comfort for members of the Pakistani community here, whose homeland has been struck with severe flooding and landslides this summer, says Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn in a statement issued on Tuesday. Bichotte Hermelyn provided information on a Pakistan Flood Appeal and community drive for donations of new clothing, blankets, mosquito nets and repellents, first aid kits, over-the-counter medicines and baby supplies. Among the many participating government branches, non-profits and businesses are the NYPD, Council of People’s Organizations, the Bridge Multicultural & Advocacy Project, the Muslim Community Center and Mercy Bakery.
The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $30 million in humanitarian assistance to support the estimated 33 million people affected by severe flooding in Pakistan that has resulted in more than 1,100 deaths.
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