Good Morning, Brooklyn: Tuesday, September 13, 2022
NEW APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM LAUNCHED FOR PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS: New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Department of Education Chancellor David C. Banks have launched the Career Readiness and Modern Youth Apprenticeship program that will connect three thousand students across more than 50 schools with paid multi-year apprenticeships. The program will, by the end of 2023, place approximately 500 public school students in apprenticeships at companies focused on New York City finance, technology, and business operations, earning between $15 and $25 an hour as an entry-level wage.
The Career Readiness and Modern Youth Apprenticeship program CRMYA is part of Student Pathways, a historic expansion of career-connected learning opportunities, with the goal of placing each student on a path to a rewarding career, financial independence and long-term economic security.
NEW FERRY FARES AND DISCOUNT PROGRAMS LAUNCH: The launch of the NYC Ferry Discount Program! The NYC Ferry Forward plan and discount program was launched, effective yesterday. The plan eliminates the $1 bike fee, to make it easier for New Yorkers needing to take their bicycles onto the ferry, and introduces a 10-trip pack for $27.50 ($2.75 value per ticket) enabling frequent riders and commuters to keep the same fare.
The Ferry Discount Program, allows seniors, people with disabilities, and participants in the Fair Fares NYC program to purchase one-way tickets for $1.35.
However, for everyone else, the base fare for NYC Ferry has been raised to $4.
HONOREES AT GREENPOINT Y’S ‘SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY’: Monsignor David Cassato, vicar of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Brooklyn & Queens, and the North Brooklyn Angels, an organization addressing hunger and food insecurity will be honored on September 28 at the 5th Annual Greenpoint YMCA “Spirit of Community” Service Awards Dinner and Auction. They are being honored for having made a positive and impactful contribution to the community that aligns with the Y’s three areas of focus: Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility.
Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso will be the keynote speaker at the event, taking place at Giando on the Water in Williamsburg.
PETITIONS HOMELAND SECURITY TO GRANT DISPLACED PAKISTANIS TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS: U.S. Rep. Yvette D. Clarke (D-9th District/central Brooklyn) and Congressmember Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), co-chair of the House Pakistan Caucus, have authored a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging the Biden Administration to bestow Temporary Protected Status (TPS) on Pakistani Nationals currently residing in the United States, following severe flooding from monsoon rains that have left more than 30 percent of Pakistan underwater and more than 33 million people impacted. Joining Rep. Clarke as a signatory was her colleague, Rep. Nydia Velázquez (D-7th District/western Brooklyn).
“The Pakistani people are resilient and will undoubtedly rebound from this catastrophe. As they do so, it is our moral obligation to ensure we are not imposing additional burdens by forcing Pakistani nationals to return at this time,” wrote the Congressmembers.
BROOKDALE HOSPITAL GIVEN ‘BABY-FRIENDLY DESIGNATION’: One Brooklyn Health (OBH) Brookdale Hospital has been named an official “Baby-Friendly Designation,” after successfully implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and becoming compliant with the International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. OBH Brookdale underwent a six-year intense assessment and completion of a Corrective Action Project.
The U.S Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria are based on the Global Criteria for the WHO/UNICEF Baby-Friendly hospital Initiative, a challenging set of prerequisites as they are designed to set the standards for the best possible breastfeeding and support for mother and infant in the maternity setting.
TESTING AND BLOOD DRIVE IN BATTLE AGAINST SICKLE CELL DISEASE: One Brooklyn Health (OBH) Brookdale Hospital, participating in Sickle Cell Awareness Month and to fight this disease, will host a Blood Drive on Wednesday, September 28, in conjunction with the New York Blood Center. Sickle Cell Trait Testing will be given to all blood donors at the drive, taking place at the Brookdale Hospital Auditorium at 555 Rockaway Parkway (https://bit.ly/OBHBrookdale). The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define Sickle Cell Disease as a group of inherited red blood cell disorders, which cause the red blood cells to harden and take the shape of C-shaped farm tool, to die early, causing a constant shortage of red blood cells, clogging blood flow and thus causing pain and other serious complications (health problems) such as infection, acute chest syndrome and stroke.
Two other blood drives will be held for those who cannot make the September 28 event: two days earlier, on Monday, September 26, at Kingsbrook Medical Center (registration https://bit.ly/OBHKingsbrook) and on the same date and time at Interfaith Medical Center, 1545 Atlantic Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant (registration https://bit.ly/OBHInterfaith)
MAN WANTED IN CHILD GROPING INCIDENT: The New York City Police Department seeks the public’s assistance in finding the unidentified male (pictured below) wanted in connection with a forcible touching incident involving a child. The incident was reported as having occurred on Sunday, September 11, in the Five Below store (58th St. and 5th Avenue in Sunset Park, within the 72nd Precinct) when a man got into a conversation with an 8-year-old girl, groping her in her genitals before fleeing when the child’s mother confronted him.
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 via the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.
HEARING WILL EXAMINE DISINFORMATION CAMPAIGN BY FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY: Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-12th District/northern Brooklyn), chair of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, will convene a hearing this Thursday morning, on what they call a disinformation campaign from the fossil fuel industry. The hearing, scheduled for September 15, will examine the record-breaking profits of Exxon, Chevron, BP, and Shell Oil, discuss the adequacy of their climate pledges, and hear firsthand accounts from survivors of climate change-induced severe weather events.
The Congressional Committee, which believes that the oil and gas industry is “greenwashing” its role in causing global warming, particularly after board members from these companies failed to appear at two previous hearings.
$50 MILLION DEAL IN UNTAXED CIGARETTES: New York Attorney General Letitia James has brokered a $50 million agreement with two companies that allegedly sold cigarettes without paying the required state excise taxes. The agreement resolves allegations that Grand River Enterprises Six Nations, Ltd. (Grand River) based in Canada, and its wholesaler, Native Wholesale Supply Company, Inc. (Native Wholesale), located in Western New York, violated state and federal laws by shipping, selling, and distributing cigarettes in New York without paying state taxes.
The agreement requires the defendants to pay New York $50 million, permanently blocks the companies from selling unstamped cigarettes in New York, and restricts sales of unstamped cigarettes to licensed cigarette stamping agents, federally bonded facilities, and other specified entities.
NEW PARTNERSHIP TO BENEFIT NYU CYBERSECURITY CENTER: The NYU Tandon School of Engineering, considered a global leader in engineering research and education, has a new partnership with The Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation (DTCC), the premier post-trade market infrastructure for the global financial services industry, to advance the capabilities of the NYU Center for Cybersecurity (CCS). The partnership will be built on three pillars — research, education and workforce development, and dissemination and outreach — and aims to expand the pool of Ph.D. students researching cybersecurity and resiliency at NYU Tandon.
The program will provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students in this area, design and develop resiliency curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and generate academic/industry/government collaborations and events to amplify the talent and research produced through the partnership.
TRAINING SUMMIT FOR FAITH LEADERS ON DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: A training summit on disaster training preparedness will be offered on September 28 for New York City clergy and lay religious leaders, in collaboration with The New York Disaster Interfaith Services and several city agencies. The Fall 2022 summit, taking place at Brooklyn Borough Hall and titled “Climate Change, Disasters and the Vulnerable Communities We Serve” is a full-day, in-person, training focused on providing climate resiliency training, tools, and networking opportunities for NYC clergy and religious lay leaders who are serving dis-invested communities disproportionately affected by the climate crisis. (Registration) https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fall-2022-preparedness-summit-for-nyc-faith-communities-tickets-411499695667
NYDIS regularly hosts training summits for NYC clergy and lay leaders, featuring presentations and interactive discussions, and information on crisis leadership.
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN, FDNY’S BATALLION 57 TAKE PART IN ANNUAL 9/11 MASS: Commemorating the 21st anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks, Brooklyn Diocesan Bishop Robert Brennan this morning joined members of the FDNY’s Battalion 57 in Brooklyn for a procession from Lower Manhattan over the Brooklyn Bridge to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Prospect Heights. Bishop Brennan met the marchers as they entered Brooklyn; following the procession, he presided at the 11 a.m. commemorative Mass, which began with recitation of the names the firefighters who lost their lives on 9/11.
Bishop Brennan said during his homily, “That day saw the worst of humanity in those attacks, but you know what, it saw also the greatness of humanity, in the men and women who responded so courageously, and so generously, many of your companions, many of your coworkers, collaborators, colleagues, and many who were in these places before you. We saw the goodness and the bravery, the courage of people.”
RETIRED BROOKLYN FEDERAL JUDGE IS TRUMP’S REQUEST AS SPECIAL MASTER: The Hon. Raymond J. Dearie, who retired last month from the bench of the U.S. District Court-Eastern District in Brooklyn, is one of two candidates whom former President Donald Trump is requesting to be the Special Master to review and evaluate all materials that the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate. Dearie, whom then-President Ronald Reagan had appointed Judge Dearie in 1986 to a newly-created seat, served as Chief Judge from 2007-2011.
Judge Dearie also served on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, formerly the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
FIREFIGHTER COMMUNITY GATHERS FOR 9/11 MEMORIAL MASS IN WILLIAMSBURG: More than 200 members of the New York City Fire Department took part in yesterday’s 9/11 Memorial Mass at Our Lady of Mount Carmel-Annunciation parish in Williamsburg, with family members of Daniel Shear, a firefighter from Williamsburg who lost his life on September 11, 2001. Shear’s wife, Nancy, and daughter, Briana, have attended every year.
DIOCESE OF BROOKLYN CELEBRATES THE MINISTRY OF ST. PETER CLAVER CHURCH: The Most Reverend Robert Brennan, Bishop of Brooklyn, led a special Mass in honor of the Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, and of the 101st anniversary of St. Peter Claver Church’s founding. Monsignor Bernard J. Quinn, currently under consideration for sainthood for his efforts to establish racial equality, founded this first African American Church (Bedford-Stuyvesant) in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
The Knights and Ladies Auxiliary of Saint Peter Claver (pictured below) work to promote civic and social justice, award scholarships, and nurture youth and family relationships.
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