Good Morning, Brooklyn: Tuesday, September 27, 2022
TRACK FIRE BRIEFLY CLOSES CLARK ST. SUBWAY STATION: A track fire caused the brief evacuation of the Clark Street IRT station during the afternoon rush hour on Tuesday. The New York City Fire Department (FDNY) reported a call received at 4:41 p.m. about a smoke condition on the platform level. Responding to the call, Hook & Ladder Company 110 determined the cause to be a rubbish fire on the southbound (Brooklyn-bound) track and extinguished it.
The NYCT Subway’s Twitter account also sent out an alert that 2 and 3 trains were bypassing Clark St in both directions as the FDNY responded to the fire “in the Clark St. Tube. Another Tweet followed indicating that 2 and 3 trains have resumed service between Nevins St and Chambers St.
FORCIBLE TOUCHING INCIDENTS THROUGHOUT BROOKLYN: The New York City Police Department asks for the public’s assistance in tracking down an individual believed to be connected with a series of forcible touching incidents in several Brooklyn neighborhoods. The incidents took place from Sunday, August 28 through Tuesday, August 30; and again from September 8-10, within the 66th Precinct (Borough Park, Kensington and Midwood), the 72nd Precinct (Windsor Terrace and Sunset Park); the 67th Precinct (East Flatbush and Remsen Village); the 88th Precinct (Fort Greene and Clinton Hill) and the 90th Precinct (Williamsburg).
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
FRAUD INVESTIGATION: PEOPLE COLLECTED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS WHILE WORKING: Following a state Labor Department investigation that found unemployment insurance fraud accounted for more than $11 million in benefits payments in August, Governor Kathy Hochul will be cracking down on suspicious payments. The Dept. of Labor identified the fraudulent payments by using an upgraded fraud detection system that allows investigators to more efficiently review cases and streamline records requests to employers in order to confirm dates of employment.
These benefits were paid almost exclusively to those working while also collecting unemployment insurance payments during the pandemic.
SCHUMER: TEAMS NEED MORE FUNDING TO FIGHT ‘RAINBOW FENTANYL’: Responding to a rare public warning from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) about “Rainbow Fentanyl,” U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is pushing to add $290 million to this week’s budget to empower New York City and Long Island’s an “Overdose Response Strategy Team,” one of 61 across the U.S., that need sustained federal funds to win the larger fentanyl fight. According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy and the Centers for Disease Control, the Overdose Response Strategy Team (ORS) is an unprecedented and unique collaboration between public health and public safety, created to help local communities reduce drug overdoses and save lives by sharing timely data, pertinent intelligence and evidence-based and innovative strategies.
According to DEA, brightly-colored fentanyl — is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine — is being seized in multiple forms, including pills, powder and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk.
BIDEN RULE: AIRLINES MUST BE CLEARER ABOUT FEES: Airlines and travel sites would have to be more transparent about additional fees that customers could be charged, according to a new rule that President Joe Biden announced on Monday. Under the proposed rule, airlines and travel sites “would have to disclose up front — the first time an airfare is displayed — any fees charged to sit with your child, for changing or canceling your flight, and for checked or carry-on baggage,” according to a draft news release that the U.S. Department of Transportation released and shared with CNN.
According to a White House press release, more than 10,000 flight cancellations and delays this summer prompted Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to direct the Department of Transportation to publish a new online dashboard that will allow passengers to find comparative information on what each of the large U.S. airlines provides to passengers when delays or cancellations are caused by factors within the airlines’ control.
LITIGATION: SIX CRYPTO CURRENCY FIRMS FAILED TO REGISTER AS BROKERS: New York Attorney General Letitia James today joined seven state securities regulators in suing cryptocurrency companies Nexo, Inc. and Nexo Capital, Inc. (Nexo), for failing to register with the state as securities and commodities brokers or dealers, and for lying to investors about their registration status. Monday’s lawsuit — filed in New York County State Supreme Court — alleges that Nexo promoted and sold securities in the form of an interest-bearing virtual currency account called the Earn Interest Product with promises of high returns for participating investors, while failing to register as a securities broker or dealer as required by state law.
In New York, entities engaging in the offer, purchase, or sale of securities or commodities, including cryptocurrency platforms, must register with OAG if they are operating within the state or offering their products to New Yorkers. Through her lawsuit, Attorney General James seeks disgorgement — surrendering the profits — of any revenues derived from Nexo’s unlawful conduct and restitution for investors.
BIKING FOR DONATIONS TO MAIMONIDES BREAST CENTER: After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maimonides Health hosted its 14th annual Brooklyn Ride 2 Live for Breast Cancer motorcycle fundraiser ride and celebration, in partnership with the Bikers of Brooklyn riding club, the group motorcycle fundraiser attracted over 100 riders, with all proceeds supporting the Brooklyn Breast Cancer Program at Maimonides Cancer Center, Brooklyn’s first and only dedicated full-service cancer center.
The group ride traversed across Brooklyn, beginning at Maimonides Breast Center and culminating in a celebration at Maimonides Park in Coney Island. The celebration included Maimonides patients, families, and staff.
GRADUATION FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIANS: Acting Fire Commissioner Laura Kavanagh presided over a graduation ceremony for Emergency Medical Technicians and Paramedics, at the Christian Cultural Center, 12020 Flatlands Ave. During the livestreamed ceremony (viewable on the FDNY’s website) 153 Probationary EMTs graduated after a 13-week training at the EMS Academy, learning skills in CPR; patient medical and trauma assessments; oxygen and ventilation; management of hypotension and fractures; and spinal immobilization and emergency childbirth; and emergency vehicle operation.
During the ceremony, six EMTS were promoted to the rank of Paramedic.
CORRECTION: Funding For New Historical Streetlamps In Brooklyn Heights: A Project Of Councilmember Lincoln Restler.
It was originally reported on Friday, Sept. 24 that funding for new bishop’s crook streetlamps in the neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights was put in place by Councilmember Lincoln Restler and U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez. In fact, it was the sole contribution of Councilmember Restler that will revive the aesthetic streetlamps.
FAMILIES PROTEST BAN ON HOMEMADE MEALS: Families of incarcerated people throughout New York State are planning a series of rallies tomorrow, September 27, including one outside Gov. Kathy Hochul’s Manhattan office, to protest a ban on sending foods from home. A decades-long policy was changed so that the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision now prohibits people from sending food to incarcerated family members, and instead requires them instead to purchase food from pre-approved vendors, and limits the number of non-food packages to only two annually.
Several groups are sponsoring the rallies, including New Hour for Women & Children, The Release Aging People in Prison Campaign (RAPP), NYS Jails Justice Network, Citizen Action of NY, Free The People WNY, All of Us Community Action Group, and Sing Sing Family Collective.
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