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Good Morning, Brooklyn: Tuesday, October 4, 2022

October 4, 2022 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DATABASE ON COMPLAINTS AGAINST LAW ENFORCEMENT: New York City now has the most comprehensive database on law enforcement misconduct records, which the Legal Aid Society unveiled on Monday. Named “Law Enforcement Lookup” or “LELU,” the database includes more than 450,000 misconduct and other records, available for public use, involving New York City Police Department (NYPD) and New York City Department of Correction (DOC) officers.

LELU discloses that more than over 18,000 lawsuits were filed against more than 14,000 NYPD officers between 2013 and June 30, 2022; and that over 190,000 Civilian Complaint Review Board records of allegations made against NYPD officers, including more than 1,000 full-investigation closing reports obtained through FOIL requests and from partner organizations, among other findings.

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SPECIAL ARCHITECTURAL PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS: Youth aspiring toward a career in architecture or historic preservation may be interested in a series of Open House events, starting next week and running through November. The Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design will present information on its four-year course sequence with a focus in architectural drafting, design principles, and historic preservation.

Sessions are available in-person Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. (with a virtual event on October 13) and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Register via Click on the following link to register for one of our open house dates: https://forms.gle/C8XLuyYU2YuVzva86

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DIOCESE OFFERS PET BLESSINGS AROUND BROOKLYN: Pet blessings are a beloved custom on the Feast of Francis of Assisi, which is today, October 4. Clergy in the Diocese of Brooklyn will be holding special Blessing of the Animals throughout the day, outside several churches around Brooklyn, including St. Athanasius, 6115 Bay Parkway (in the parking lot) at 6 p.m.; St. Dominic’s, 2001 Bay Ridge Parkway, Bensonhurst, also at 6 p.m.; St. Finbar, 138 Bay 20th Street in Bath Beach, at 6:30 p.m.; Holy Name of Jesus, 245 Prospect Park West in Windsor Terrace, also at 6:30p.m.; and at St. Bernard Church, 2055 E. 69th Street in Mill Basin, with two events, at 8 a.m. in the schoolyard and 6 p.m. outside the church.

Saint Francis, who lived in the 12th century, is the Catholic Church’s patron saint of animals and the environment. Pet owners are invited to bring their animals for a special blessing, asking God to grant them good health and to keep them from harm.

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GOVERNOR DECLARES CYBERSECURITY AWARENESS MONTH: Governor declares October as Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with the theme, “See Yourself in Cyber.” The observance, which highlights the growing importance of cybersecurity and encourages individuals and organizations to take the necessary measures to protect themselves in an increasingly connected world, focuses on a different topic each week: Understanding and implementing basic cyber hygiene practices, including the creation of strong passphrases, using multi-factor authentication, encouraging the consideration of cybersecurity when purchasing new internet-connected devices, performing software updates and backing up data; recognizing and reporting phishing attempts, and empowering individuals to pursue a career in cybersecurity.

TS also is coordinating a statewide cybersecurity poster contest for children in kindergarten through 12th grade, a timely opportunity for teachers to focus on keeping children safe online in a fun and informative way. Submissions are due Dec. 16, 2022.

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ROAD MILLING IN BAY RIDGE THIS WEEK: The Department of Transportation will be doing road milling and resurfacing in portions of Bay Ridge and Community District 10 this week. The following roads are impacted: 82nd St. between Shore Road and 7th Avenue; 85th St. from Narrows Ave. to the Dead End; 96th Street from Shore Road to 4th Ave.; Oliver Street from Marine Ave. to Shore Rd.; 93rd Street from 4th Ave. to Shore Rd., Narrows Ave. from 85th St. to Shore Rd.; Colonial Rd. from 85th Street to 92nd St., and 77th St. from 7th Ave. to Shore Rd.; and night milling will also be done on 67th St. from Ridge Blvd. to 4th Ave.

Other sections of Brooklyn will also be impacted. Visit https://nycstreets.net/PavementWorks/Project/WeeklyResurfacingSchedule/B for more information.

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WASTE RECYCLING DRIVE IN BAY RIDGE: State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Councilmember Justin Brannan are sponsoring a free document shredding and electronic waste recycling event Saturday, Oct. 22, in the parking lot of St. Anselm Church on 4th Ave. and 82nd St. in Bay Ridge.  Residents can bring documents they want shredded and electronic waste (old computers, peripherals) between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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NEW BILL WOULD SUPPORT TENANTS WITH DISABILITIES: Public Advocate Jumaane D. Williams, one of the only elected officials in the country with Tourette Syndrome, is fighting to prevent persons with disabilities from eviction and other forms of discrimination. The Public Advocate’s legislation, Intro 584, would require the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) to provide to tenants with disabilities information about legal services, and would require the HPD Commissioner to report on any pattern of discrimination against disabled tenants.

Speaking Monday at a joint hearing of the City Council Committee on Housing and Buildings and the Committee on Aging, Public Advocate Williams argued that discrimination against disabled tenants — even denial of reasonable accommodations — is still prevalent, even though the federal Fair Housing Act prohibits these practices.

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MONTAGUE ST. HIGH-RISE IS PART OF CLIMATE SOLUTIONS PROJECT: A mixed-use high-rise on Montague Street will stand to benefit from New York State’s $50 million Empire Building Challenge, announced yesterday, to advance a climate-friendly building stock. Six new real estate partnerships consisting of real estate teams made up of best-in-class building owners, engineers, and solution providers, will develop highly repeatable approaches to reduce carbon emissions in the heating and hot water systems for 5.6 million square feet of existing high-rise buildings – including 180 Montague St., between Court and Clinton streets in Brooklyn Heights.

These new Empire Building Challenge partners will deploy innovative solutions focused on decarbonizing the heating and hot water systems of tall multi-family and commercial buildings through technical solutions such as recovering and sharing heat, thermal storage, advanced heat pumps, low temperature hydronics, and advanced system integrations.

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THRIVE FEST 2022 BRIDGES ARTISTS WITH FINANCIAL BACKERS: Thrive Fest, starting later this month on October 27, will bring together artists, financial advisors, funders, and cultural entrepreneurs to exchange tools and strategies in financial thriving for creatives. The Brooklyn Arts Council is presenting Thrive Fest with community partners COPE NYC and Brooklyn Style Foundation, to cultivate a growth and diversification mindset by creating pipelines to power, opportunity, and inspiration. COPE NYC  |  630 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn https://www.eventbrite.com/e/thrive-fest-2022-tickets-425795966197

Programming includes a “Meet the Grantmaker Roundtable” with representatives from Open Society Foundations, New York Community Trust, Howard Gilman Foundation, as well as a Keynote Chat with Imara Jones of TransLash.


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