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What’s News, Breaking: Wednesday, January 11, 2023

January 11, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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REP. NICOLE MALLIOTAKIS’ ASSIGNED TO HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE

BAY RIDGE – Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-11th District) was selected to serve on the prestigious House Committee on Ways and Means for the 118th Congress. Malliotakis is the only member from New York City to serve on the committee this Congress and the first Republican from New York City to serve.

The Committee on Ways and Means, which derives a large share of its jurisdiction from Article I, Section VII of the U.S. Constitution, is the oldest committee of the United States Congress, and is the House’s chief tax-writing committee.

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NEW CONGRESSMAN DAN GOLDMAN’S OP-ED URGES INVESTIGATION INTO SANTOS 

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Also calling on George Santos to relinquish his Congressional seat is Rep. Dan Goldman (D-10/western Brooklyn and parts of Kensington), whose Op-Ed appeared in the Tuesday, January 10, 2023 edition of The Daily News. Goldman, a former federal prosecutor, who filed an official complaint with the House Ethics Committee earlier on Tuesday, wrote in the Op-Ed (excerpted here): “ New Yorkers — and Americans at large — deserve leaders who uphold their oath of office, adhere to the truth, and serve with integrity. If we do not police our own, both the institution, and the individual elected officials, will suffer the reputational consequences.”

Goldman pointed out that “Several bodies have initiated investigations into Santos’ web of deception, including federal prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office for the Eastern District of New York.” Since the Op Ed’s publication, two GOP chairmen have urged Santos to resign.

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STATE REPUBLICAN CHAIR AGREES WITH NASSAU GOP ON PRESSURING SANTOS TO RESIGN FROM CONGRESS

STATEWIDE – New York State Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy issued a statement on Wednesday, Jan. 11 supporting the Nassau County Republican Party’s decision to urge newly-sworn in Rep. George Santos to resign from the U.S. House of Representatives, after several sources uncovered deceitful claims about his name, education level and other qualifications. Said Langworthy of Santos, “It’s clear that he cannot be an effective representative and it would be in the best interest of the taxpayers to have new leadership. I will continue working with our local elected officials to ensure that trust and dignity are restored to the 3rd congressional district.”

As of press time, Santos was defiantly refusing to step down.

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BROOKLYN TRADITION CONTINUES AT BAM WITH TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING

FORT GREENE – A boroughwide tradition of the 37th Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will take place this Monday, Jan. 16, at the iconic Brooklyn Academy of Music, with civil rights lawyer Sherrilyn Ifill leading with the keynote message, “Defending Democracy,” for NYC’s largest free celebration of Dr. King. Grammy-nominated performer Allison Russell and award-winning choir Sing Harlem will give performances during the event, which begins at 10:30 a.m.

As of press time, confirmed speakers include (in addition to Ms. Ifill) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, BAM President Gina Duncan and BAM VP of Creative Social Impact Coco Killingsworth. Civic leaders will also offer remarks.

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NEW CARPET LAW REQUIRES RECYCLING OF UNUSED TEXTILES

STATEWIDE – The Carpet EPR bill (S5027C/A9279A) that State Senator Brian Kavanagh had sponsored is now law, with Governor Kathy Hochul’s signature. The new law requires carpet manufacturers to establish a program for the collection and recycling of discarded and unused carpeting. Moreover, starting in January 2026, carpet sales in New York will be prohibited unless the manufacturers are participating in an approved industry-wide plan for recycling or have established their own program for carpet collection, approved by the State Department of Environmental Conservation.

The new legislation establishes carpet recycling performance goals that the industry is required to achieve over time once the programs are approved, with the final goal to be achieved by the 15-year mark, calling for 75 percent carpet recycling and at least 40 percent of recovered materials being used as recycled content for new carpets.

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FOURTH ARREST MADE IN DEC. 7 STABBING INCIDENT

EAST NEW YORK – Four juveniles have now been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a 20-year-old male during an argument that escalated into violence last month in the 106th Precinct; the NYPD is withholding their names for age. A 16-year-old was arrested on Tuesday, Jan. 10 and charged with murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in the Dec. 7 incident near Lefferts Blvd. and Rockaway Parkway that left 20-year-old Justin Shaw of Linden Blvd. dead.

The three other juveniles — ages 17, 15 and 13 — had already been arrested on Dec. 8 and charged with assault and gang assault, with the oldest of the three also charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

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FAA LIFTS GROUNDING ORDER, ALLOWING FLIGHTS TO TAKE OFF

NATIONWIDE – The FAA just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, lifted its grounding order from earlier that morning, allowing flights to take off again.  A computer outage at the agency brought U.S. airports to a standstill, with more than 3,700 flights delayed and 640 canceled altogether, after the Notice to Air Missions system started failing on Tuesday night.

The FAA tweeted just after 9 a.m. on Wednesday: “Update 5: Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the U.S. following an overnight outage to the Notice to Air Missions system that provides safety info to flight crews. The ground stop has been lifted.”

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FAA COMPUTER SYSTEM FAILURE GROUNDS ALL FLIGHTS IN U.S.

NATIONWIDE – After a computer outage at the Federal Aviation Administration early Wednesday morning, Jan. 11, grounded flights across the United States, the agency said it is making progress in restoring service. As of 8 a.m., all domestic flights that had not yet taken off were paused as hubs and connecting cities were affected.

Associated Press reported that the FAA’s NOTAM (Notices to Air Missions) system had failed on Tuesday night, Jan. 10, at 8:28 p.m., thus preventing updated notices about potential adverse conditions being distributed to pilots.

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DOT DELAYS TRUCK WEIGHT-ENFORCEMENT PROJECT, CITING CALIBRATION-STANDARD PROBLEMS

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS – The Department of Transportation on Wednesday, Jan. 11 notified local elected officials in areas around the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway that the BQE Weigh-In-Motion (WIM) project is “significantly delayed.” The WIM, which was slated for a late-January rollout, would be the first-in-the-nation automatic enforcement mechanism to fine illegally overweight trucks on the dangerously deteriorating triple-cantilevered portion of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway (Interstate 278).

The DOT blamed the delay on federal calibration standards, which “do not yet encompass the new technology that WIM uses, thus significantly delaying the WIM implementation until such an adjustment can be made,” according to a joint statement that elected officials released.

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ELECTED LEADERS RESPOND TO DOT’S DELAY OF WEIGHT-IN-MOTION PROJECT

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS – A group of Brooklyn elected officials have issued a joint statement criticizing the Department of Transportation’s delay in what would be the first-in-the-nation automatic weight enforcement program for trucks using the BQE. The statement, from Assemblymember Jo Anne Simon, State Senator Brian Kavanagh, Congressman Dan Goldman, Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Councilmember Lincoln Restler, declares, “NYC DOT needs to expeditiously work to get WIM in place, and immediately accelerate investments to preserve this faltering structure before it is too late. This includes safety and remedial measures that the City committed to taking, but has since postponed, such as waterproofing roadway joints on the cantilever.”

The statement points out that although the DOT had previously assured them everything was on schedule, the leaders “were just informed that the DOT has not yet completed the sensor installation.”

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POLICE ID SHOOTING VICTIM AS CROWN HEIGHTS MAN

CROWN HEIGHTS – Police have identified the victim of multiple gunshot wounds, whom they found while responding to a 911 call in East Flatbush within the 67th Precinct on Tuesday night, Jan. 10 around 9:30 p.m. The 36-year-old male, identified as Philson Andrews of Montgomery St. in Crown Heights, suffered gunshot wounds to his torso and right arm and was rushed to NYC Health & Hospitals/Kings County, where he was pronounced deceased.

Anyone knowing about this incident, for which no arrests have been made or the perpetrator located, should call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

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FORTY-NINE BROOKLYN RESTAURANTS TO PARTICIPATE IN RESTAURANT WEEK

BROOKLYN – Forty-nine eateries across the borough will be participating in this winter’s edition of Restaurant Week (which will actually run for nearly a month, from Jan. 17 to Feb. 12), a massive gain for Brooklyn since 2019, when only nine establishments signed on to the event. Brooklyn Magazine has a run-down of the full list, which includes favorites like the Red Hook Lobster Pound, Gargiulo’s in Coney Island and the Butcher’s Daughter in Williamsburg.

Restaurant Week meals cost $30 for a two-course lunch, $45 for a three-course dinner and $60 for an enhanced dinner menu available at some locations.

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TORRES AND GOLDMAN FILE FORMAL COMPLAINT AGAINST SANTOS

MIDWOOD – U.S. Rep. Richie Torres of the Bronx announced on Twitter on Tuesday that, along with fellow Rep. Dan Goldman, he had filed a formal ethics complaint against Rep. George Santos, who was seated in Congress last week. The complaint states that the congressmembers believe Santos’ actions may have violated the Ethics in Government Act, and calls for an inquiry into his financial disclosure statements.

Santos, who was elected to represent Long Island last year, has been under fire since a New York Times investigation uncovered extensive falsehoods in his biography, leading to multiple ethics investigations as well as a criminal investigation in Brazil.

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CYCLIST KILLED ON UNPROTECTED BIKE LANE IN GOWANUS

GOWANUS – A cyclist was struck and killed by a truck on Tuesday morning while cycling along a stretch of Ninth St. in Gowanus that bike advocates describe as notoriously dangerous for riders, with 11 cyclists having been injured on the same road since 2020 according to Streetsblog. The bike lane in that location is represented only by painted markings on the road, forcing bikers to share space with cars and other vehicles in an unsafe manner.

Police say that the driver remained at the scene and was not arrested, and that identification of the deceased is pending proper family notification.

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POLICE RELEASE VIDEO OF HOMICIDE SUSPECTS

If you recognize these men, please reach out to authorities with any information you can share. All tips are strictly confidential.

CONEY ISLAND – Police have released a surveillance video of two men they believe are involved in the murder of Raul Cordero in Coney Island, who was found shot to death blocks from his home on March 26 of 2021. The first suspect is described as a 25-year-old man with a dark complexion, around 5’10” and 200 pounds with short dark hair and facial hair; and, the second as a male with a dark complexion.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782); or, log onto the Crime Stoppers website or Tweet @NYPDTips.

If you recognize these men, please reach out to authorities with any information you can share. All tips are strictly confidential.

 

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BROOKLYN HAS HIGHEST HEPATITIS RATE IN CITY: NEW REPORT

BROOKLYN – A new report from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has revealed that Brooklynites make up the greatest share of individuals diagnosed with the virus, with 31.5 percent of people reporting a hepatitis infection hailing from the borough. BK Reader reports that Sunset Park East took first place in the list of neighborhoods with newly reported hepatitis B infections.

“We have to do all we can to reduce inequities and ensure that preventive services and treatment [for hepatitis] are available,” said city health commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan.

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POLICE SEARCH FOR STABBING SUSPECT

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Police are searching for a man who has been identified as Rakien Figueroa, after he on Tuesday morning allegedly threw a chair at a commercial establishment’s front door to gain entry to the location in order to stab a 39-year-old woman, who was known to him, multiple times with a knife throughout her body before fleeing the location. The woman was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782); or, log onto the Crime Stoppers website or Tweet @NYPDTips.

If you have seen this man, don’t hesitate to reach out to authorities with any information you can share.
If you have seen this man, don’t hesitate to reach out to authorities with any information you can share.

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REYNOSO DELIVERS STATE OF THE BOROUGH ADDRESS AT CITY TECH

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso on Tuesday delivered Brooklyn’s first State of the Borough address in nearly 10 years at New York City College of Technology, honoring a “year of firsts” that included maternal care and health planning investments, as well as the return and revamping of Brooklyn cultural traditions like the Wingate concert. Reynoso also previewed four new initiatives his administration will be pursuing in 2023: funding for nonprofits to purchase permanent space, a solarization project for low-income tenants, a small business incubator for Black entrepreneurs in Brownsville and a community board reform effort.

The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President teamed up with BRIC Arts Media as the exclusive media partner handling the livestreaming and broadcasting of the speech, which can be viewed on YouTube.

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MAN STABBED IN MARINE PARK

MARINE PARK – On the evening of Tuesday, Jan. 10 police responding to a 911 call in Marine Park discovered an unconscious and unresponsive 30-year-old man stabbed in his chest. EMS responded and transported the male to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

There are no arrests and the investigation is ongoing, say police, and identification is pending family notification.

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FORMER NORTHERN BROOKLYN REP. CAROLYN MALONEY APPOINTED TO PRESTIGIOUS POST AT HUNTER COLLEGE

Carolyn B. Maloney. Photo: Office of Carolyn B. Maloney.

NORTHERN BROOKLYN – Hunter College has appointed 30-year Congressional veteran Carolyn Maloney as the Eleanor Roosevelt Distinguished Leader in Residence at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute for the spring semester 2023, effective January 25. Ms. Maloney represented the 12th District, covering Northern Brooklyn, Queens, the Upper East Side — including Hunter College — and Roosevelt Island, in the House of Representatives from 1993 until 2022, when the district boundaries changed and she lost a primary election to a Democratic colleague.

Ms. Maloney, who began her professional career as a teacher and administrator for the New York City Board of Education, held dozens of community meetings, issued briefings and news conferences at Hunter College’s Roosevelt House during her terms in Congress.

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GOVERNOR: BUILD 800K HOMES WITHIN NEXT DECADE

STATEWIDE – A new statewide strategy aims to address New York’s housing crisis: build 800,000 new homes over the next decade to meet the historic shortage, and support New York renters and homeowners, Governor Kathy Hochul announced during her State of the State Address on Tuesday, January 10. The New York Housing Compact, which will call upon all levels of government to meet the ongoing housing crisis, will require all cities, towns and villages to achieve new home creation targets on a three-year cycle.

The plan will also require municipalities with MTA rail stations to locally rezone for higher density residential development.

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TLC URGED TO RESOLVE LEGAL ‘TECHNICALITY’ BLOCKING LIVERY DRIVER PAY RAISES

STATEWIDE – Hours after State Supreme Court-New York County Judge Honorable Arthur F. Engoron ruled in favor of Uber to block a first-in-a-decade rate increase for livery drivers, the Independent Drivers Guild representing Uber and Lyft drivers responded, bringing forward the point of the judge’s dismay that the rideshare drivers’ “deserved raise is being held up by a legal technicality” as a result of Uber’s “faintly ridiculous” lawsuit. Judge Engoron, in his Tuesday, January 10 ruling, ordered the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission to take additional steps to explain the pay raise.

Brendan Sexton, President of the Independent Drivers Guild (a Machinists Union Affiliate representing more than 250,000 drivers), urged the TLC to resolve the legal technicality, saying, “Nine in ten rideshare drivers report they aren’t paid enough to survive and 50 percent of rideshare drivers struggle to afford food. The urgency here is real.”

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LEGAL AID SOCIETY SPEAKS OUT ON TENANT RIGHTS, BAIL REFORM

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN – The Legal Aid Society has responded to Governor Kathy Hochul’s points on housing and bail reform from her State of the State Address, delivered on January 10. While encouraged by the NY Housing Compact, which would prioritize new residential construction, Legal Aid Society said that “tenants need relief now. ‘Good Cause’ eviction legislation, along with the Housing Access Voucher Program, are two initiatives that would keep families, the majority of whom are from Black and Latinx neighborhoods, safely housed, off the street and out of the already burgeoning local shelter system.”

The Legal Aid Society also criticized Gov. Hochul’s call to eliminate a requirement that pretrial incarceration for bail-eligible charges be the ‘least restrictive’ option, which it points out sits “in tension with well-established United States Supreme Court precedent protecting the presumption of innocence.”

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GOVERNOR TRIPLES AID TO 62 COUNTY DA OFFICES

STATEWIDE – The Kings County (Brooklyn) District Attorney’s Office and its 61 counterparts around New York State would receive triple the funding to prosecution grants, as part of a law enforcement investment that Governor Kathy Hochul announced in Tuesday’s State of the State Address. The governor also initiated major public safety initiatives and investments, expanding proven programs and services to further drive down gun violence and other violent crime, and is proposing a comprehensive plan to expand the number of New York State Police Community Stabilization Units, bolster trooper participation in federal task forces and increase the ranks of the State Police by offering an unprecedented four academy classes.

Governor Hochul is also proposing double funding for the State’s nationally recognized Gun Involved Violence Elimination initiative, and will also invest record funding in alternatives to incarceration and re-entry programs.

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KINGS PLAZA GUNMAN GETS 9-YEAR SENTENCE

FLATBUSH – The man who opened fire inside the Kings Plaza Shopping Center mall in January 2022 has been sentenced to nine years in prison, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced on Tuesday, January 10. Timothy Briggs, age 20, of the Bronx, who had pleaded guilty in November, received the sentence from Brooklyn State Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun, and will also be three-and-a-half years concurrent on another conviction of second-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

The investigation revealed that on January 31, 2022, the defendant and two co-defendants, having argued with a group of six teenage boys at the Laced Up sneaker store inside the Kings Plaza Shopping Center, pulled out a 40-caliber handgun and fired as many as 10 times at the group, injuring two.

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DARING NYPD RESCUE OF MAN ON TRACKS AT SUBWAY’S HIGHEST STATION

GOWANUS – Officers from the 76th Precinct and a good Samaritan helped rescue a man who had fallen onto train tracks at the Smith-9th Street station in Gowanus, the precinct reported on Twitter. The NYPD credits Monday’s rescue, completed just before a train entered that track, to its strategic placement of officers throughout the transit system.

A video on Twitter showed the officer running up several flights to the elevated platform at the Smith-9th St. station, which at 87.5 feet (26.7 m) above ground level, is the highest rapid transit station in both the NYC transit system and the world.

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SEN. GILLIBRAND SECURES $130 MILLION TO BOLSTER HEALTHCARE IN NY

STATEWIDE – Perhaps responding in part to the nurses’ strike at two hospital systems in NYC, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Tuesday, January 10 announced that she has secured more than $130 million in federal funding to help assist and revitalize New York’s overburdened health care system. Itemized: $42.3 million is appropriated for maternal health; $50 million authorized for bolstering the community health care workforce; $9.2 million for Academic Centers for Public Health Preparedness; and, $47 million for Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), one of which will be in Brooklyn, serving Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island.

Funding of $33 million has also been allocated to support research, surveillance and prevention for Lyme and tick-borne diseases, the incidence of which have nearly doubled nationally since the early 1990s.

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DELEGATION OF ELECTEDS CLAIM ‘SHORTCOMINGS’ IN GOVERNOR’S MEASURES

BOROUGHWIDE – Governor Kathy Hochul’s State of the State Address received strong criticism from a delegation of Democratic state legislators on Tuesday. Brooklyn electeds identifying as democratic socialists, State Senators Julia Salazar (SD-18) and Jabari Brisport (SD-25), alongside Assembly Members Phara Souffrant Forrest (AD-57), Marcela Mitaynes (AD-51) and Emily Gallagher (AD-50), joined others from Queens and the Hudson Valley to assert that, “While Governor Hochul’s State of the State address commits to crucial investments for New Yorkers, it does not go nearly far enough. Her remarks failed to acknowledge New York’s dire need for new revenue through increased taxes on the ultra-rich.”

The joint statement concludes in part, “As a unified movement of legislators, representing over a million constituents who have grown weary of ineffective solutions, we are prepared to push back against the shortcomings of Hochul’s uninspiring plan with bold solutions that address the crises faced by working class New Yorkers.”

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NEW PLAN WOULD INDEX MINIMUM WAGE TO INFLATION

STATEWIDE – A new plan to help low-wage New Yorkers aims to meet the rising cost of living by indexing New York’s minimum wage to inflation, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced on Tuesday. Under the proposal, the State’s minimum wage would increase each year at a rate determined by the Consumer Price Index for Wage Earners for the Northeast Region — the best regional measure of inflation, a proposal that is expected to benefit hundreds of thousands of minimum wage workers across New York State.

The Governor also unveiled a new suite of bold initiatives to both modernize and streamline the State’s proven workforce development infrastructure to ensure New Yorkers have the skills they need to thrive in today’s economy, as well as rebuild a modern public sector workforce.

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HOCHUL TO DELIVER STATE OF THE STATE ADDRESS

ALBANY – Governor Kathy Hochul delivered the annual State of the State address at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10, at the New York State Capitol. While physical attendance was open only to credentialed members of the media as well as lawmakers, the speech was live-streamed online and can be viewed on the governor’s official website.

The contents of the governor’s speech were unknown, but she was expected to discuss issues that have impacted New Yorkers in recent months, such as the coronavirus pandemic, inflation and the perception of rising crime.

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CORNELL WAGE ATLAS SHOWS DISPARITY IN BROOKLYN

BROOKLYN – A new “wage atlas” published by researchers at Cornell University has revealed startling disparities in earning power across the city, with fewer than 40% of New Yorkers earning what the researchers calculate to be the living wage for individual areas. Neighborhood-by-neighborhood data shows that Brooklyn struggles with income inequality — the average resident of an underprivileged area like Coney Island or East New York does not make the calculated living wage, while the average resident of a wealthier neighborhood like Brooklyn Heights or Cobble Hill makes nearly double that amount.

“We hope the wage atlas helps our partners in government and elsewhere better understand patterns of inequality,” said Russell Weaver, director of research at the project’s Buffalo Co-Lab.

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JUDGE BLOCKS UBER AND LYFT PAY RAISE

CITYWIDE – The courts have ruled in favor of Uber in a lawsuit the ridesharing company filed to block a first-in-a-decade rate increase for livery drivers approved by the Taxi and Limousine Commission in November, agreeing that the methodology the commission used to determine the size of the increase was vague and flawed. While the company argued that the rate increase would have lead to price hikes for passengers and would have harmed its reputation, drivers slammed the judgment, with Bhairavi Desai, executive director of The New York Taxi Workers Alliance, telling Engadget in a statement, “a few missing words in a Statement of Basis and Purpose does not justify denying a raise meant to help thousands of drivers pay their rent and put food on the table for their families.”

A protest last month organized by irate ridesharing drivers stopped traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge, in an effort to bring public attention to what the drivers call ‘unlivably’ low pay rates.

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INSULIN FOR SENIORS CAPPED AT $35 A MONTH WITH NEW MEDICARE RULE

NATIONAL – Seniors with diabetes enrolled in Medicare Part D will now have the price of insulin capped for them at $35 a month, thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act passed by Congress last summer. CNN reports that Part D insulin users were paying $54 per insulin prescription in 2020, totaling $1 billion in spending on insulin alone within the program.

10.1% of Brooklyn adults have been diagnosed with diabetes, below the state average of 11%.

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BROWNSVILLE MAN FOUND SHOT 

BROWNSVILLE – Police responding to a 911 call on the evening of Jan. 9 discovered an unresponsive man, later identified as Reginald Thawney, 50, lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to the chest on a street in Brownsville. Paramedics transported Thawney to a local hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.

There have been no arrests made, and police say the investigation is ongoing.

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ADAMS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION OF CLOUDBURST RESILIENCY PROGRAM 

EAST NEW YORK – Mayor Eric Adams on Monday announced a $400 million dollar expansion of the city’s Cloudburst Program (which constructs clustered stormwater management projects in flood-prone communities) to four new neighborhoods including East New York, a major milestone in the city’s continued resiliency efforts to better prepare for intense rainfall events, like Hurricane Ida. The program incorporates gray and green infrastructure, as well as open spaces, to store excess stormwater until torrential rains pass and there is sufficient capacity in the neighborhood drainage system to better manage it.

The announcement delivers on a promise made by Mayor Adams and DEP Commissioner Aggarwala last September, on the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Ida, to select four locations for the Cloudburst program by the end of 2022.

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DUMBO RESIDENTS PETITION FOR MANHATTAN BRIDGE NOISE REDUCTION 

DUMBO – A group of DUMBO locals are petitioning the MTA to include the neighborhood in its noise mitigation efforts by taking steps to reduce the volume of trains rattling over the Manhattan Bridge. The petitioners note both that DUMBO’s population has skyrocketed in recent years and is popular with young families, meaning that children are being exposed to dangerous noise levels, and that the authority has already approved similar mitigation efforts in Coney Island, providing a blueprint from which to work.

The petition can be signed online, and more information can be found on the Brooklyn Bridge Parents website.


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