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What’s News, Breaking: Tuesday, May 9, 2023

May 9, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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CATHOLIC CHARITIES OFFICE VANDALIZED

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens’ Joralemon St. headquarters were vandalized late Tuesday, May 2, when two unknown individuals acting in concert threw a brick through the glass door at 191 Joralemon St., between Clinton and Court streets, within the 84th Precinct. Both individuals fled onto a southbound 2 train at the Borough Hall/Court Street subway station. The NYPD asks for the public’s assistance in tracking down the vandals as its Hate Crimes Task Force investigates.

These two men are believed to have acted in concert when they threw a brick (carried by the person on the left) into the window of Catholic Charities last Tuesday, May 2. Photo: NYPD/Crimestoppers.

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MAIMONIDES GASTROENTEROLOGIST HONORED;
HAS WORKED, TAUGHT AT HOSPITAL 40 YEARS

BOROUGH PARK AND CHICAGO — Dr. Kadirawel Iswara, who has been with Maimonides Medical Center for 40 years, has received the American Gastroenterological Association’s 2023 Distinguished Clinician Award in Private Practice. Dr. Iswara accepted this national recognition amongst top leaders in the gastroenterological field at ceremonies and receptions on May 7-8, including an inaugural Maimonides GI alumni and award event. The medical complex has also dedicated the Maimonides Ambulatory Surgical Center reception lobby in Dr. Iswara’s name following a generous legacy gift to benefit the gastroenterology department he has led for so many years.

Dr. Iswara, who immigrated to the United States from Sri Lanka in 1970, is an Army Veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm with the 82nd Airborne in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. He was also certified as an Honorary Police Surgeon in 2015.

Maimonides Dr. Kadirawel Iswara receives the 2023 Distinguished Clinician Award in Private Practice from the American Gastroenterological Association. Photo: Maimonides Medical Center/American Gastroenterological Association.

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COMPTROLLER LANDER: BUDGET CUTS
WILL HURT CUNY STUDENTS AND PROGRAMS

CITYWIDE — City Comptroller Brad Lander is sounding the alarm on a series of reductions to the City University of New York Funding, including from the Mayor’s Executive Budget for the next two Fiscal Years. The latest Executive Budget, released last month, reflects $41 million annually in permanent cuts, which will likely reduce the number of faculty positions and course offerings across the system’s 225,000 students spanning 25 campuses, including senior colleges, community colleges and graduate schools. Lander also warned that budget cuts and inconsistent funding will jeopardize the expansion of successful programs such as CUNY Reconnect, Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) and Accelerate, Complete, and Engage (ACE).

“CUNY represents both the rich diversity and possibility that is New York City,” said Comptroller Brad Lander. “This Executive Budget jeopardizes CUNY’s ability to provide the academic and support services necessary to catapult low-income New Yorkers into the middle class.”

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GOVERNOR’S EXECUTIVE ORDER GRANTS FLEXIBILITY
IN PROVIDING FOR NEW INFLUX OF ASYLUM SEEKERS

STATEWIDE — Governor Kathy Hochul on Tuesday, May 9, issued an Executive Order to help provide aid to asylum seekers expected to arrive in New York as federal Title 42 immigration policy expires on May 11. The Executive Order will provide the State with greater flexibility to procure the resources necessary for municipalities to support asylum seekers, allowing the mobilization of an additional 500 members of the National Guard, who are currently providing logistical and operational support at the Port Authority and shelter sites, and allowing the State and localities to quickly purchase necessary supplies and resources, including food and equipment.

Governor Hochul worked with the legislature to secure more than $1 billion in funding to help New York City support asylum seekers in the Fiscal Year 2024, allocating hundreds of millions in funds for shelter costs, the ongoing National Guard presence, health care and the voluntary relocation of families to permanent housing, among other expenditures.

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TRUMP RAPE CASE REACHES CLIMAX, CAMPAIGN SAYS IT’S PREMATURE

NEW YORK — A Manhattan jury found ex-President Donald Trump liable of sexual abuse and defamation in the case of E. Jean Carroll, an Elle Magazine columnist who accused Trump of assaulting her at Bergdorf Goodman department store in Manhattan during the mid ‘90s. The former president smeared the allegations, calling Ms. Carroll’s account a component of a political ‘with hunt’ and ‘a complete con job’ as well as ‘a Hoax and a lie’. The verdict was announced on Tuesday afternoon around 3 p.m., according to the New York Times. The jury determined that Trump was aware of his false statements when he said that her accusation was a ‘hoax’ meeting the required legal standard of Actual Malice. Trump was ordered by the court to pay out $5 million as a result of the verdict.

“In jurisdictions wholly controlled by the Democratic Party our nation’s justice system is now compromised by extremist left-wing politics,” said the Trump campaign in response to the verdict. “We have allowed false and totally made-up claims from troubled individuals to interfere with our elections, doing great damage,” adding “This case will be appealed, and we will ultimately win.”

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UNVEILING OF PLAY SPACE FOR TROUBLED YOUTHS

BROWNSVILLE — NY Giants quarterback Daniel Jones will be among more than 50 volunteers and dignitaries putting on the finishing touches and unveiling a new 9,000 square-foot, kid-designed colorful play space at The Child Center of NY Residential Treatment Facility in Brownsville on Thursday, May 11. The play space will serve young people ages 12-18 who have had multiple psychiatric hospital placements or have been involved with the juvenile justice system.

The project is the culmination of a months-long partnership between The Child Center of NY, BOSS and KABOOM!, a national nonprofit committed to ending play space inequity. Joining in the festivities will be Traci Donnelly, The Child Center of NY CEO, Stephan Born, President & CEO of Americas at HUGO BOSS Fashion Inc. and Kim Council, Deputy Brooklyn Borough President.

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NEW YORK ATTORNEY GENERAL LEADS COALITION
TO PROTECT ABORTION ACCESS IN MEDICAL EMERGENCIES

NATIONWIDE — New York Attorney General Letitia James today is leading a multi-state coalition of her counterparts in 22 states to protect Americans’ access to abortion care during life-threatening medical emergencies. The coalition has filed an amicus brief in Texas v. Becerra, to appeal the decision in the Federal Court, District of Northern Texas, and support the Biden Administration’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s defense of its Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) guidance, which directs hospitals to provide emergency abortion care in appropriate circumstances.

Although every U.S. hospital with an emergency department and Medicare is subject to Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act, the Northern Texas district court’s rule to block the EMTALA guidance has endangered the lives of Texas patients, whose medical providers worry about the legal and criminal repercussions of having to perform abortions in emergency situations.

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JUDGE IN BROOKLYN ISSUED THE WARRANT
TO DISABLE MALWARE TRACED TO RUSSIA

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday, May 9, completed a court-authorized operation, code-named MEDUSA, to disrupt a global peer-to-peer network of computers compromised by sophisticated malware, called “Snake.” The United States Government attributes the “Snake” malware unit to Center 16 of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB). This unit, referred to in court documents as “Turla,” has for nearly 20 years used versions of the Snake malware to steal sensitive documents from hundreds of computer systems in at least 50 countries, which have belonged to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member governments, journalists and other targets of interest to the Russian Federation.

Here in Brooklyn, United States Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak of the Eastern District of New York issued the search warrant that authorized the FBI to gain authorized remote access to the compromised computers and disable the network.

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SCHOOL UNVEILS PROPOSAL FOR CAMPUS AT FLOYD BENNETT

MARINE PARK — The Launch Expeditionary Learning Charter School, which currently operates a middle school in Bed-Stuy, on Friday put forth its proposal to upgrade Floyd Bennett Field with a seven-acre high school campus and community center focused on green job training and climate justice, reports City Life Org, with support from Councilmembers Mercedes Narcisse, Farah Louis and Chi Ossé. The school’s design, for which it is currently raising funds, features outdoor pathways joining buildings and learning landscapes — alongside traditional school facilities, students would also have access to an urban farm, outdoor classrooms, a harvest and sensory garden, a greenhouse, a ropes course and more; course offerings developed in partnership with community groups could include marine biology, sustainable agriculture, solar energy, hydroponics and aquaponics, and African dance.

The National Park Service is set to receive a significant chunk of funding for the exterior rehabilitation of three historic buildings at the former airport in President Biden’s 2024 budget proposal; other community groups, such as the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, have also put forth plans for the field that would enhance community environmental opportunities and support learning.

Launch’s proposal, featuring farms, gardens and outdoor classrooms.

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BROOKLYN NATIVE SERVES ON USS COOPERSTOWN

THE HIGH SEAS — The Navy this week is highlighting an interview with Brooklyn native Petty Officer 1st Class Luis Ubiera Ortiz, a 2007 Franklin K. Lane High School graduate, who is serving aboard the newly commissioned USS Cooperstown, which recently departed New York for Florida. Ortiz tipped his Brooklyn upbringing for teaching him values that have helped him succeed in the armed forces: “I learned patience and how to deal with aggressive people in order to resolve difficult situations. I come from a humble background, and that helps keep me grounded and reminds me to stay humble when dealing with people.”

A full copy of the article can be found on the Navy’s community outreach blog.

The littoral combat ship USS Cooperstown, named in honor of the more than 70 Baseball Hall of Famers who served the U.S. during wartime. Photo: Navy Community Outreach.

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OPEN STREETS BRINGS POP-UP FLOWERS TO MONTAGUE

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS — This week’s Montague Open Streets will debut a 700-square-foot pop-up field full of bright six-foot tall flowers, created by artists Piera Bonerba and Emanuale Simmonelli, for visitors to walk through, relax in, pose for selfies and escape momentarily. The field will return on Saturdays at Open Streets events in May, June and July, except on June 10.

The Open Streets this Saturday, May 13, will also feature free Mother’s Day photo shoots (available with online bookings only) and a craft show hosted by the Brooklyn Women’s Exchange, alongside a lineup of activities, performances and snacks.

The Montague Street Blooms pop-up park. Photo: Montague Street BID.

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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN ‘EDS AND MEDS’ PLAN EXPANDS

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Mayor Eric Adams and Department of City Planning Director Dan Garodnick on Monday unveiled the Downtown Brooklyn “Eds and Meds” plan, which will serve as a framework for growth around the neighborhood’s core industries of education and health care, including strategies to promote affordable housing, good jobs, walkability and safe public spaces, as Long Island University and the Brooklyn Hospital Center consider development and expansion plans. The plan, part of the city’s efforts to revitalize Brooklyn’s central business district, prioritizes public space improvements in city-owned sites and strengthened connections to nearby NYCHA campuses, and is intended to build on the area’s strong post-pandemic recovery by working with the anchor institutions that account for high job growth.

The framework will inform development plans, supplement the existing public review process and include further opportunities for public comment on specific rezoning or development proposals.

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POLS, ADVOCATES MARCH FOR PAROLE REFORM

ALBANY — New York lawmakers, including state Sen. Julia Salazar and Assemblymember Latrice Walker, on Monday joined 350 New Yorkers, advocacy groups and a full-size marching band in Albany to rally in favor of passing the Elder Parole and Fair & Timely Parole bills, which would release seniors and other long-term inmates deemed to be reformed. The event was part of an advocacy day entitled “Freedom at the Finish Line – Breaking Chains and Winning Parole Justice;” advocates say that the current parole system is biased against people of color and destabilizes communities by incarcerating mentors and elders, and call for “individualized consideration for parole release based on who they are today, what they have done to change, and whether they pose a risk if released.”

“Our parole system is deeply unjust but it doesn’t need to be this way… Until we pass [the bills], we continue to deprive our communities of the public safety benefits our incarceration elders can offer when they are home with their families and communities,” Salazar stated at the rally.

A marching band performs at the parole reform rally. Photo: People’s Campaign for Parole Justice.

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POLICE WARN OF ESCAPED SUSPECT

Joseph King, last seen fleeing into the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station.

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — Police are asking the public for help finding Joseph King, 21, who on May 8 escaped police custody while being transported into Brooklyn Central Booking in Downtown Brooklyn after freeing himself from his handcuffs and fleeing into the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station. King is described as 5’7 and approximately 145 pounds, with a dark complexion, black hair, brown eyes and a neck tattoo reading “E4M” — he was last seen wearing a black bubble jacket, gray pants, a multi-colored floral print shirt and black sneakers.

Anyone with information regarding 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). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at crimestoppers.nypdonline.org, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

Joseph King, last seen fleeing into the Hoyt-Schermerhorn subway station.

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STATE LAWMAKERS RALLY TO PASS
FAIR COLLEGE ADMISSIONS ACT

STATEWIDE — State Senator Andrew Gounardes (D-26) and Assembly Member Latrice Walker (D-55) on Monday, May 8, rallied for their Fair College Admissions Act, which would address what they call inequitable admissions practices, by prohibiting legacy preference and early decision policies at colleges and universities across New York State. Joining the lawmakers were students and advocates, who have joined the movement to make the college admissions process more equitable in the wake of the Supreme Court’s expected overturning of affirmative action law by summer and bar the consideration of race in college admissions.

Attending Monday’s event were State Senator Iwen Chu, students who shared their stories, representatives from Education Reform Now, Democrats for Education Reform NY Deputy Director Katherine Zapata, National Parents Union representative Debra Garratt, parent and CUNY Professor Cristina Arroyo, among others.

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ROOF COLLAPSES OVER BK BUSINESSES, SENDS BRICKS FLYING

FLATLANDS — Customers at a row of Flatlands businesses were left shocked after the collapse of part of the structure’s rooftop on Sunday afternoon sent bricks flying, reports CBS News, with bystanders calling it “a miracle” that nobody was injured. Customers inside the businesses, including an Italian ice store, a smoke shop, a church and a laundromat, said that they witnessed the entire building’s rooftop protective wall break off and fall to the sidewalk; the Department of Buildings issued a vacate order and slapped the owner with a citation, as well as an order to install a safety fence around the rubble.

“I’m standing out here getting a large pistachio ice and I hear a crackling noise. I’m saying what’s that? Then all of a sudden the whole face of the building, from the corner to the end, started falling. So, I took everybody and I pushed them into the street to get away… This could’ve killed someone,” said customer Jay Fromer.

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PUBLIC COMMENT INVITED FOR CLEANUP OF BROWNFIELD SITE AT 318 NEVINS ST.

GOWANUS — The state Department of Environmental Conservation invites public comment about a proposed site cleanup of a brownfield location at 318 Nevins Street in Gowanus — just around the corner from another brownfield site, the Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club on Union St., that has also been in the news recently. The DEC’s proposed Restricted Residential Use remedy has several components; among them: excavation and off-site disposal of contaminated shallow soils to about 2 feet below surface grade across the majority of the site, and to 13 feet below surface within more contaminated areas of the site; collection and analysis of post-remedial soil and groundwater samples to evaluate the effectiveness of the remedy; placement of a cover system over areas without hardscape (buildings, asphalt or concrete) to address contamination remaining above restricted residential use standards.

DEC is accepting public comments about the proposal through June 19, 2023, The project documents are accessible online, and in person at the Community Board 6 office, 250 Baltic St., and the BPL Carroll Gardens Library at 396 Clinton St.

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BROOKLYN MUSIC SCHOOL’S GALA CELEBRATES ‘ARTS FOR ALL’

FORT GREENE AND GREENPOINT — The Brooklyn Music School in Fort Greene, celebrating 114 years, will hold its annual fundraising gala on Tuesday, May 23, to expand current programs and to generate additional scholarship support at the historic performing arts institution at 126 St. Felix Street. This year’s gala theme, “Accessing the Arts,” builds on the BMS’ mission of “Arts for All,” highlighting the importance of accessibility in the performing arts space, where 800 students receive high-quality performing arts instruction on-site, an additional 1,500 through its outreach program all around the city, and roughly 8,000 indirectly in audiences each year.

Hosting the gala is Rule of Thirds, 171 Banker Street in Greenpoint; the event venue is named for a method in another art form — photography.

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MAN WHO USED U-HAUL TRUCK AS WEAPON CHARGED, HELD WITHOUT BAIL

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A Nevada man who ran a U-Haul into a group of civilians in multiple Bay Ridge locations was charged in Brooklyn State Supreme Court on Monday, May 8, on a 25-count indictment including murder, Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced. The defendant, identified as Weng Sor, 62, formerly of Las Vegas, is charged with murder, attempted murder and assault in the February 13, 2023 incident, when he drove a U-Haul truck into 10 civilians, killing one and injuring two police officers. According to witnesses and surveillance footage, the defendant struck numerous e-bike riders and a bicyclist and endangered pedestrians, motorists and people waiting to cross the street.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun presided at the arraignment, and the defendant is being held without bail until his next court date on May 31.

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THREE DEAD AFTER CAR CRASHES INTO TREE

BAY RIDGE — Police announced the deaths of three adults on Sunday morning from a car crash near the Belt Parkway, reports the New York Post. The vehicle crashed into a tree and caught fire, trapping the passengers inside; the victims were pronounced dead at the scene, while a fourth man escaped and was transported to NYU-Langone in stable condition.

Victims have not been named pending an active investigation and family notification.

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REP. MALLIOTAKIS CALLS ON US DOT TO CONDUCT MORE THOROUGH CLIMATE STUDY ON CONGESTION PRICING

BAY RIDGE — A member of Brooklyn’s Congressional delegation has spoken out against the Federal Highway Administration’s May 5 tentative approval of congestion pricing. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-11/southwestern Brooklyn), a member of the bipartisan Congressional Anti-Congestion Tax Caucus, in a joint statement with colleagues Mike Lawler (R-NY), Tom Kean, Jr. (R-NJ) and Josh Gottheimer (D-NJ), expressed disappointment “that the U.S Department of Transportation help the MTA fleece the families of New York and New Jersey with this costly program without requiring a full and thorough Environmental Impact Statement to learn the plan’s true impact on residents, commuters, tourism, and small businesses. By the MTA’s own admission, the Congestion Tax plan would actually increase air pollution and harm our environment.”

The Caucus has introduced the Make Transportation Authorities Accountable and Transparent Act, which would require the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to conduct a full audit of the MTA to see how it spent billions in federal assistance, along with the Economic Impact of Tolling Act.

**Originally published on Monday, May 8, this brief erroneously named [former NJ Governor] Tom Kean, instead of his son, Tom Kean, Jr., (R-NJ) as a member of the Congressional Anti-Congestion Tax Caucus.

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PROTESTERS BLOCK TRACKS OVER HOMELESS MAN’S CHOKEHOLD DEATH

LENOX HILL — A group of activists protesting the city’s response to the death of Jordan Neely, filmed dying from a chokehold on the F train last Monday during an altercation with former Marine Daniel Penny, took to the rails on Saturday night at the Lexington Avenue-63rd Street station to demand Penny’s arrest, reports ABC News. Videos from onlookers show protesters climbing onto the subway tracks — some standing on the third rail cover — and blocking an oncoming train; police clashed on the platform with the angry crowd and arrested 13 people, with six more being sought, according to Gothamist.

The incident, which many view as racially charged, has deeply divided the city: Mayor Adams called for restraint during the ongoing investigation; while others, such as U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Public Advocate Jumaane Wiliams, have called for Penny’s arrest, describing him as a reckless vigilante; Penny’s lawyers claim that Neely had threatened him and other passengers, citing a history of arrests for violent behavior; while Neely’s family has described him as a troubled and in need of aid, sharing videos of the performer dancing as Michael Jackson in earlier years. All agree that the city’s safety nets for the homeless and mentally ill failed, but opinions are sharply split over who bears the blame and what solutions to implement.

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MAYOR FLOATS TENT CAMP IN CITY PARKS AFTER MIGRANT FUND SNUB

CITYWIDE — A leaked memo from Mayor Adams’ administration obtained and verified by CNN on Friday revealed that the city is considering a plan to erect large-scale tent camps in public locations around the city to house the thousands of asylum seekers that have arrived in the city from the southern border since late last year, with possible campsites including Central Park, Prospect Park, the Park Slope YMCA, Coney Island’s beach, the campuses of Medgar Evers and York colleges, the parking lots at Citi Field, and even retrofitted aircraft hangars at JFK Airport. The memo predicted an increase in arrivals next week after the end of a pandemic-era restriction that has allowed immigration officials to turn back migrants at the border, estimating a jump from 500 people per day to 800 people per day.

A spokesperson from the mayor declined to comment on the memo, but told CNN that after filling NYPD training gyms with temporary accommodations this week, the city has run out of space for new arrivals and is considering a variety of plans; the struggle to find beds for the new arrivals as mandated by state law has so far strained the city’s budget, with people being housed in shelters ranging from upscale hotels to cruise terminal bays.

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PUBLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL ELECTIONS TURN BITTER OVER SOCIAL ISSUES

CITYWIDE — As the deadline to vote for the public schools’ Community Education Council members approaches, some parents are charging that volunteer group Parent Leaders for Accelerated Curriculum and Education, or PLACE, is staging a takeover of the little-known advisory boards in order to advance an “anti-woke” agenda, reports Gothamist. The district-based councils are elected by public school parents and give input into school zoning decisions, as well as taking an advisory role in other matters; PLACE’s critics say that the group endorses far-right candidates and echoes conservative talking points about LGBT and diversity issues, while its co-founder Yiatin Chu describes it as a politically neutral parents’ organization that opposes the elimination of the specialized high school tests and supports merit-based initiatives.

The deadline to vote for CEC candidates is 11:59 p.m. on May 9; more information about candidates and voting procedures can be found on the public schools’ official city webpage.

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BACKLASH FROM UPSTATE COUNTIES OVER MIGRANT PLAN

ROCKLAND — Rockland and Orange counties bristled on Friday following an announcement by Mayor Adams that NYC is planning to mitigate its asylum seeker housing crisis by transporting several hundred single men to upstate hotels with the promise to pay up to four months of the migrants’ living expenses, reports ABC News, prompting Rockland to declare a state of emergency aimed at keeping the group away, while Orange is considering doing the same. Officials from the two areas told the New York Times that the mayor’s office hadn’t notified them prior to booking the hotels and that there was significant doubt that the asylum seekers would be able to become self-sufficient within four months, as well as noting that the hotels are in rural areas without access to shops and transportation.

“He didn’t talk to us, he didn’t say anything, he just went off and said, you know what I’m going to send them to Rockland, screw Rockland. Well, Mr. Adams, Mayor Adams, you are in for a fight now,” Rockland County Executive Ed Day said, later adding, to the Times, “Whatever we need to do to stop this, we will do.”

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ASSISTANT U.S. ATTORNEY FROM BROOKLYN HONORED WITH DIRECTOR’S AWARD FOR SUPERIOR PERFORMANCE

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN AND WASHINGTON, DC — Assistant United States Attorney Layaliza Soloveichik of the U.S. District Court/Eastern District-New York was among those recognized at the 38th Director’s Awards Ceremony, held last week in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building, Washington, D.C. Breon Peace, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, congratulated Ms. Soloveichik for receiving a Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, saying, “Layaliza’s vision, skill, and tenacity as a litigator and supervisor on behalf of the United States have enhanced the stature of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York and furthered the mission of the Department of Justice.”

Ms. Soloveichik is identified on attorney directory sites, such as Justia, as being Brooklyn-based. A 2013 New York Times Opinion piece by David Brooks also chronicled her family’s life in Midwood.

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BIDEN: AIRLINES MUST COMPENSATE PASSENGERS FOR CANCELLATIONS

Following President Joe Biden’s Monday afternoon announcement that airlines will be required to compensate passengers for cancellations or significant delays, New York Attorney General Letitia James released a statement praising the President’s action.  “Millions of Americans have been inconvenienced because airlines have overbooked flights, refused to secure adequate staffing, or otherwise failed to ensure they can take off and land when they promised. That is why I urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to take action and hold airlines accountable.”

Airline cancellations, poor service, and costly delays were one of the top ten complaints made by New York consumers in 2022, according to a report that Attorney General James released in March. r

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FAA ESTABLISHES NEW DIRECT EAST COAST AIR ROUTES

NATIONWIDE — The new airline requirement announcement also follows last week’s Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) own activation of 169 new direct routes along the East Coast, starting this summer.  Implemented to save passengers time and fuel, and to increase safety, the new routes utilize more advanced GPS navigation systems rather than on-ground radar, which will shave off 40,000 miles and 6,000 minutes of travel time annually and are expected to prevent delays by giving the agency more capacity to direct traffic to specific routes.

The new routes also give air traffic controllers more flexibility during stormy weather that frequently impacts traditional hub airports in New York, Charlotte and Atlanta (Delta).


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