What’s News, Breaking: Thursday, November 10, 2022
SHINING THE WAR MEMORIALS FOR VETERANS DAY: NYC Parks’ Citywide Monuments conservators were hard at work at work this week to preserve more than 25 war memorials ahead of Veterans Day. Parks’ bronze sculptures have been cleaned and rewaxed to make them shine in honor of our veterans. Among these memorials was the Bushwick-Ridgewood Memorial doughboy at Heisser Square in Brooklyn.
Launched in 1997, the Citywide Monuments Conservation Program is a public- private partnership that provides low-cost, professional expertise in maintaining NYC Parks’ extensive collections of monuments and permanent outdoor art.
SPEEDING DRIVER GETS MULTIPLE CHARGES IN PASSENGERS’ DEATH AND INJURIES: A Brooklyn man has been indicted for reckless manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, and related charges for killing an 18-year-old passenger and seriously injuring three other when he allegedly drove a Tesla at a very high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a turn onto Strickland Avenue in Mill Basin. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez identified the defendant as Jonathan Mikhaylov, 23, of Gravesend, who was arraigned on Wednesday before Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Matthew Sciarrino and is charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, second-degree assault, second-degree reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and speeding.
Video surveillance from a senior living community depicts the collision and the speed at which the defendant was driving, when he failed to negotiate a ninety-degree turn onto Strickland Avenue, proceeded through a metal fence, and two garbage dumpsters before becoming airborne.
NYPD IDENTIFIES CYPRESS HILLS SHOOTING VICTIM: Police have identified the deceased victim in a shooting that took place within the 75th Precinct on Monday evening. November 7, around 5:30, in front of 483 Ridgewood Avenue, in Cypress Hills, near the Queens border. Lulien Arnold, 35, was found following a 911 call, and transported to Jamaica Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
No arrests have been made in this incident, and the perpetrator is still at large.
NEW YORK LEADS NATION WITH $542 MILLION IN SPORTS WAGERING REVENUE: New York State has collected $542 million in sports wagering tax revenue through the week ending October 30, far surpassing every other state in the nation, Governor Kathy Hochul announced today. An additional $200 million in licensing fees has also been collected, generating a total of more than $740 million in revenue, most of it to be used for education.
Sports wagering became available in New York in January of this year. And New York has outperformed even other states that have been accepting mobile sports wagers for several years.
MAYOR’S BILL PACKAGE TO HELP FAMILIES WITH CHILD CARE: A package of seven bills that Mayor Eric Adams signed on Wednesday will provide support for mothers, working parents, caregivers, and families in New York City. Specifically, two of the bills — Intros 485-A and 487-A — fulfill commitments from Mayor Adams’ “Accessible, Equitable, High-Quality, Affordable: A Blueprint for Child Care & Early Education in New York City,” by establishing a portal for accessible child care subsidies and a directory of child care programs in the city.
Under the child care blueprint released earlier this year, the Adams administration committed to cutting red tape and alleviating the frustrations of the application process for families by launching a new application portal designed specifically for child care, and to ensure greater accessibility and transparency.
BROOKLYNITE JOINS ELITE NAVY CEREMONIAL GUARD: Fireman Patrick Nicholas, a Brooklyn native, recently completed an intensive 10-week training program to become a member of the elite U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard. Nicholas, who joined the Navy six months ago, and who now serves as a U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guardsman, said, “I joined the Navy to dedicate myself to something bigger than myself.”
According to Navy officials, the U.S. Navy Ceremonial Guard’s primary mission is to represent the service in Presidential, Joint Armed Forces, Navy, and public ceremonies in and around the nation’s capital, and they participate in some of the nation’s most prestigious ceremonies, including Presidential inaugurations and arrival ceremonies for foreign officials.
ZELDIN CONCEDES TO GOV. HOCHUL WHO WINS ELECTION TO FULL TERM: Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Long Island) formally conceded to New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday afternoon. “I would like to congratulate New York Governor Kathy Hochul on her election to a full four-year term,” Zeldin said in a statement. “This race was a once-in-a-generation campaign, with a very close margin in the bluest of blue states.”
Hochul, who had been Lieutenant Governor under former Gov. Andrew Cuomo, rose to the state’s top post after he resigned amid a scandal. Yesterday marked her first election to that post.
NEW YORK STATE’S APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM EARNS A PROCLAMATION: November is New York State Apprenticeship Month, and Gov. Kathy Hochul has issued a Proclamation declaring this. The proclamation celebrates New York’s apprenticeship program, which is one of the largest in the nation with more than 17,000 registered apprentices in various skilled trades and more than 900 programs across the state, offering a critical pathway for New Yorkers to access quality career opportunities through hands-on learning and direct work experience with high wages and good benefits.
The state Department of Labor continues to expand registered apprenticeships into new sectors across New York State in partnership with the New York State Education Department, which provides oversight of the programs’ instruction component. Businesses interested in launching a program should visit NYSDOL’s apprenticeship resource webpage: https://dol.ny.gov/apprenticeship/overview
MUNICIPAL ART SOCIETY HONORS HEIGHTS’ EARL D. WEINER: Earl D. Weiner, Brooklyn Heights resident and longtime leader of arts and cultural institutions in the city, tonight will be among four persons awarded the Municipal Art Society of New York’s highest honor, the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Medal. Established the year of Mrs. Onassis’ death in 1994, the Medal is awarded annually to individuals who, through vision, leadership, and philanthropy, have made a lasting contribution to New York City. Also receiving the award are Jon Batiste, Clara Wu Tsai & Joe Tsai.
An attorney by profession, Mr. Weiner has served as president of the Brooklyn Heights Association, chairman of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, (and, until last month, of the Theatre Development Fund (TDF) and other organizations.
VOTERS APPROVE ALL BALLOT PROPOSALS FROM RACIAL JUSTICE COMMISSSION: New York City voters approved all three ballot proposals of the NYC Racial Justice Commission, Lurie Daniel Favors, Esq, RJC Commissioner and Executive Director of the Center for Law and Social Justice, reported on Wednesday. “Seventy percent of voters said yes to centering equity and justice in the preamble of our city charter, establishing an Office of Racial Equity to coordinate mandatory racial equity plans, and calculating a true cost of living to allocate resources for vulnerable New Yorkers,” said Daniel Favors.
The Racial Justice Commission, formed in 2021, is a charter revision commission, operating independently of the Mayor’s Office and other agencies, that is tasked with examining structural racism within NYC.
MAYOR ADAMS PRAISES VOTERS’ PASSAGE OF RACIAL JUSTICE PROPOSALS: Likewise, Mayor Eric Adams praised what he said was voters’ landslide approval of the ballot proposals on racial justice, saying, “Equity and justice go hand in hand and are key to building a prosperous city that serves all New Yorkers. By using their voices and their votes for all three racial justice ballot proposals, New Yorkers have placed racial equity at the heart of our city’s government.”
Mayor Adams said also that he is “proud of New Yorkers’ decision to create the first-ever Racial Equity Office.”
NEIGHBORS GIVING THANKS PROGRAM MEAL PROJECT EXPANDS: The North Brooklyn Angels are re-igniting and expanding their Neighbors Giving Thanks program, a project to bring a happy and dignified Thanksgiving to our neighbors in Greenpoint/Williamsburg amid the ongoing challenges from COVID-19 pandemic. Local volunteers, community partners and board members have teamed up to ensure the smooth distribution of almost a thousand frozen turkeys to our local families in need; and the preparation and distribution of more than a thousand 1,000 delicious holiday meals at the Angels’ regular community outposts on the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
The Angels will also be working from three church locations in North Brooklyn to serve over 500 socially-distanced sit-down Thanksgiving Day meals to local neighbors (with pick-up options available for freshly packaged meals), with lunch meals being served at Ascension Church in Greenpoint, Church of Our Lady Mt Carmel in Williamsburg, and Most Holy Trinity Church in East Williamsburg.
ASSEMBLYMEMBER GALLAGHER INVITES NORTH BROOKLYNITES TO VIRTUAL TOWN HALL: Greenpoint and Northside Williamsburg residents will have the chance to interact with the Office of Assemblymember Emily Gallagher (D-50th District) and various city agencies at a virtual Town Hall she is holding next Monday, November 14 at 6:30 p.m. The Town Hall (registration link https://bit.ly/GreenpointNorthsideTownHall ) will also provide an opportunity for constituents to ask questions and present ideas.
Among the agencies expected to be present are the NYC Department of Transportation, Department of Sanitation, and the Dept. of Parks and Recreation.
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