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What’s News, Breaking: Monday, November 13, 2023

November 13, 2023 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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STATE DOT WILL CLOSE GOWANUS EXIT 22 RAMP
FOR PAINTING AND STEEL REPAIRS PROJECT

GOWANUS EXPRESSWAY — THE STATE DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION IS ADVISING MOTORISTS THAT THE EXIT 22 RAMP FROM THE WESTBOUND GOWANUS EXPRESSWAY toward Staten Island that leads to the eastbound Belt Parkway (Shore Parkway) in Brooklyn will be closed overnight from Monday-Tuesday and again later this week. The closures, taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 14, Friday, Nov. 17, and Saturday, Nov. 18, each from 12:01 a.m. to approximately 6 a.m., are needed to facilitate work on NYSDOT’s $168 million Gowanus Expressway (I-278) Painting and Steel Repairs Project, from the Hugh L. Carey Tunnel to 6th Avenue in Brooklyn. Drivers needing to access the eastbound Belt Parkway (Shore Parkway) during these closures should take Exit 20 and follow the signed detour.

Inclement weather could change the dates of this road work.

 

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BROOKLYN’S REP. CLARKE APPLAUDS NEW
WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON WOMEN’S HEALTH

FLATBUSH AND WASHINGTON, DC — BROOKLYN CONGRESSWOMAN YVETTE D. CLARKE APPLAUDS THE CREATION OF A NEW WHITE HOUSE INITIATIVE ON WOMEN’S HEALTH RESEARCH that President Joe Biden And First Lady Jill Biden introduced on Monday, Nov.13. The initiative’s goal is to identify “bold solutions to uncover the answers that every woman and her family deserves,” explained the First Lady, who holds a doctorate in education and several other degrees. The initiative will also explore new public-private partnerships and engage private and philanthropic leaders to drive innovation and ensure the combined power of public, private, and philanthropic sectors advances research on women’s health, particularly in cardiac health, menopause and certain cancers.

Saluting the memory of the late Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio, Rep. Clarke said, “The White House’s Initiative represents a strong demand by the American people to achieve real equity in women’s health. I look forward to continuing working alongside the administration to address and eliminate the persistent health disparities affecting women across the nation.”

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ADAMS QUESTIONED BY FBI OVER TURKISH CONSULATE FAST TRACK

CITYWIDE THE F.B.I. IS LOOKING INTO ALLEGATIONS THAT MAYOR ADAMS may have pressed city Fire Department officials to allow the Turkish government to bypass safety requirements at its new Manhattan consulate building, reports the New York Times, a new wrinkle in an unfolding investigation into the mayor’s finances and dubious relationship with Turkey and its strongman president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. A search warrant for the house of an Adams fundraiser raided by the F.B.I. earlier this month, obtained by the Times, indicates that law enforcement believes Adams’ 2021 mayoral campaign may have received and disguised illegal foreign campaign contributions from the Turkish government, a Turkish construction company and other Turkish individuals; a statement from the mayor denied wrongdoing and said he was cooperating with the investigation.

Adams has long been close to the Middle Eastern nation and, during his tenure as Brooklyn Borough President, took several trips there, including a sponsored 2015 “peace mission” aimed at aiding Syrian refugees. 

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LIVINGSTON GAINS PROTECTED BUS LANE

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN DOWNTOWN BK THOROUGHFARE LIVINGSTON STREET WILL undergo a major traffic pattern change starting Tuesday, reports StreetsBlog, trading one of its two car lanes for a second bus lane in a bid to reduce commute times along the busy route. Livingston will now be one-way westbound only for cars between Hoyt and Flatbush; the two red-painted bus lanes will be partially shielded from car traffic by interspersed concrete islands, while enforcement of lane boundaries will be done via NYPD cameras. 

The MTA told Streetsblog that it’s accepting no excuses when it comes to keeping the bus lanes car-free, including the stretches next to its Hoyt Street HQ: “We’re serious about getting Transit employees, MTA employees, out of bus lanes in those hopefully rare circumstances where they thought it was a good idea to park there… They’re going to find out it’s not as smart as they thought, because they’re going to get summonsed or towed,” said MTA spokesman Tim Minton.

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MYRIE HOSTS HARVEST FEST ON SATURDAY

PROSPECT LEFFERTS GARDENS — STATE SEN. ZELLNOR MYRIE IS HOSTING DISTRICT 20’s annual Thanksgiving Harvest Fest this weekend, featuring a giveaway of free turkeys and fresh autumn produce; area residents can also check out resources from community partners and other activities. Supplies are limited and first-come first-serve. The event will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov.18, at Myrie’s office at Nostrand Avenue and Lincoln Road. 

Myrie is also seeking helpers to help with setup, crowd control and turkey distribution; volunteers ages 14+ can sign up online or email [email protected] for more information.

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DISCONTENT AT NEW FLOYD BENNETT MIGRANT CAMP

MARINE PARK — THE CONTROVERSIAL NEW TENT CITY AT FLOYD BENNETT FIELD OPENED its gates to a hostile reception on Sunday, reports the New York Post, when the first group of asylum-seeker families to be moved to the southern Brooklyn campsite rejected the placement and demanded to be returned to Midtown; group members said that the city hadn’t informed them of the transfer and that the location was too far from their jobs and their children’s schools. The 2,000-bed tent city has been hailed by Mayor Adams and Governor Hochul as a solution to the city’s migrant space woes but has met stiff criticism from immigrant advocacy groups as well as locals and elected officials, who say the camp is vulnerable to fires, flooding and dropping temperatures; Assemblymember Jaime Williams told the Post, “It’s a disaster waiting to happen… It’s one of the coldest days so far. There’s going to be a frost tonight.”

Although the city currently has federal permission to operate the camp at Floyd Bennett, part of the Gateway National Recreation Area, U.S. Rep. Nicole Malliotakis introduced a bill in Washington last month that would prevent the housing of migrants on National Parks Service land, as well as that of other federal land agencies. 

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HOCHUL PROPOSES NEW CYBERSECURITY RULES
FOR HOSPITALS FOLLOWING ATTACKS

STATEWIDE — GOV. KATHY HOCHUL PROPOSED NEW CYBERSECURITY REGULATIONS on Monday, which would help the state’s hospitals establish policies and procedures to safeguard health care systems from a growing number of cyber threats. Hochul’s FY24 budget includes $500 million in funding that health care facilities may apply to upgrade their technology systems. The proposed regulations would complement the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Security Rule that focuses on protecting patient data and health records.

In Central Brooklyn, One Brooklyn Health System is being sued following a cyber attack that revealed the Social Security records, driver’s license numbers, financial account information and medical files of more than 235,000 customers last year and disabled computer systems at Interfaith Medical Center, Brookdale Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center and other facilities for three months, The City reported.

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FDNY BLAMES LITHIUM ION BATTERY
FOR FIRE THAT KILLED 3 GENERATIONS 

CROWN HEIGHTS— FDNY OFFICIALS ARE BLAMING A LITHIUM ION BATTERY AS THE CAUSE of a Crown Heights rowhouse fire that killed three generations of a family early on Sunday, reported the Daily News on Monday, Nov. 13. The fire is believed to have started in the garden-level apartment of a rowhouse on 242 Albany Avenue, near Park Place. Firefighters searching through the charred remains located Albertha West, 81, the family matriarch and much loved in the community, according to news reports; her 58-year-old son, Michael West, and 33-year-old Jamiyl West, described as Albertha’s grandson and Michael’s son; medics were not able to save them. Another of Albertha West’s sons, Henry, had died unexpectedly of a heart attack on Thursday.

The family had gathered at the same house on Friday.  Albertha West had marked her 81st birthday earlier this month. 

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BROOKLYN FEDERAL COURT ORDERS DETENTION
OF INDONESIAN PONZI SCHEME DEFENDANT

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN —AN INDONESIAN NATIONAL ACCUSED OF DEFRAUDING members of New York’s Indonesian and Indo-American communities has been ordered detained, following his arraignment that took place Monday morning, Nov. 13, in Brooklyn federal court. Defendant Francius Marganda is charged with 16 counts of securities fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and related conspiracy counts for running a Ponzi scheme from May 2019 to May 2021 that targeted hundreds of victim investors in a dozen states — including New York — and in Indonesia. Chief Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom presided at the arraignment. Michael Schneider from Brooklyn Federal Defenders is representing Marganda.

The defendant was extradited from Singapore last Thursday, Nov. 9, to U.S. District Court/Eastern District New York.

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DINAPOLI: NY SCHOOLS NEED TO TEACH FINANCIAL LITERACY

STATEWIDE — NEW YORK NEEDS TO BOOST FINANCIAL EDUCATION IN ITS SCHOOLS, State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli wrote in an op-ed that was published in amNY on Saturday, Nov. 11. Pointing out that young people “have much to learn about personal finance,” Comptroller DiNapoli urged New York to pick up speed, with 20 other states already requiring a personal finance class to graduate high school. He indicated that during last year’s state-level legislative session, eight bills were introduced to include financial education in schools starting as early as Pre-K. One bill in particular urges the creation of a financial literacy fund, which would provide funding for grants or programs to establish financial literacy programs, specifically targeting at-risk populations. “These bills merit further discussion,” wrote DiNapoli.

The New York State Education Department (SED), in Sep. 2022, convened a Blue Ribbon Commission charged with examining the state’s high school graduation measures, with the release of the Commission’s recommendations to the Board of Regents expected soon.

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HEALTH ALERT
FDA, USDA PULL FRUIT PUREE PRODUCTS
AFTER REPORTS OF LEAD POISONING

NATIONWIDE — WANABANA APPLE CINNAMON FRUIT PUREE POUCHES have become the latest food to be recalled, with warnings issued to parents not to buy this product or let their children eat it. The Food and Drug Administration, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services and the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services on Nov. 3 began investigating reports of four children with elevated blood lead levels, indicating potential acute lead poisoning from multiple lots of WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree, in which extremely high concentrations of lead have been detected. As of this Monday, Nov. 13, there have been 22 reports of illness potentially linked to this recalled product submitted to the FDA. As part of this investigation, FDA and state partners are collecting and analyzing additional product samples of fruit puree and applesauce pouches.

On Oct. 31, 2023, Wanabana LLC initiated a voluntary recall of all WanaBana Apple Cinnamon Fruit Puree Pouches. The recall announcement was expanded on Nov. 9 to include information on recalled Schnucks and Weis cinnamon applesauce pouches.

Front and back of WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches.<br>Photo courtesy USDA.
Front and back of WanaBana apple cinnamon fruit puree pouches.
Photo courtesy USDA.

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HELIPORT OPPOSITE BROOKLYN  COULD PIONEER
NEW TECHNOLOGIES AND WORKFORCE TRAINING 

NEW YORK HARBOR —THE DOWNTOWN MANHATTAN HELIPORT COULD BECOME the world’s first heliport with infrastructure for electric flight technologies, supporting last-mile and maritime freight distribution. Mayor Eric Adams and NYC Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Andrew Kimball took the initial steps on Monday for a first-of-its-kind hub for sustainable transportation and deliveries at the heliport, which sits directly across the New York harbor from Brooklyn Heights. Through a new request for proposal (RFP), the Economic Development Corp. will seek an operator to upgrade the city-owned heliport to provide the supporting infrastructure for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL) aircraft, as well as last-mile and maritime freight delivery.

Moreover, the RFP also calls for plans for onsite workforce development training in aviation, maritime, and other relevant sectors. Leading eVTOL companies gave city officials a demonstration of the new technology’s abilities.

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GOVERNOR INCREASES STAFFING, FUNDS
TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND EXTREMISM

STATEWIDE — RESPONDING TO A SPIKE IN HATE CRIMES and incidents of harassment, the State of New York will increase staffing to the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, Governor Kathy Hochul announced on Monday, November 13. Gov. Hochul has directed an additional $2.5 million to the New York State Police to deploy ten additional investigators in New York City, Albany, Buffalo and Rochester, ensuring the State Police has a presence in all the Joint Task Force’s investigative groups and areas. This new investment will allow the New York State Police to act as a force multiplier and ensure that all cases with New York State ties are thoroughly examined and investigated.

The investment will also strengthen existing ties between the JTTF and the New York State Intelligence Center Counter-Terrorism Center, allowing for greater cooperative involvement in investigations into racially motivated violent extremists, domestic violent extremist groups, anti-government/anti-authority violent extremists, as well as into conspiracy theories & disinformation/misinformation.

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NY MEDICAID PLANS FINED $2.6M FOR DENYING MENTAL HEALTH CLAIMS

STATEWIDE — FIVE MAJOR HEALTH INSURANCE COMPANIES IN NEW YORK  were fined more than $2.6 million after their Medicaid managed care plans “repeatedly and inappropriately denied claims” or failed to pay for behavioral health services at the rates required by law, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday. Affinity Health Plan Inc. was fined $349,500;  Amida Care, Inc., was fined $232,000; EmblemHealth was fined $422,000; MetroPlus HealthPlan Inc., was fined $584,000; and MVP HealthPlan Inc. was fined $1 million.

“No New Yorker should face unnecessary barriers to mental health care, especially if their insurance carrier fails to meet their legal obligation to cover these essential services,” Hochul said. 

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FORMER NYS COMPTROLLER ALAN HEVESI DIES AT 83

QUEENS — FORMER NYS COMPTROLLER ALAN HEVESI, who helped reform the state’s nursing home industry and inaugurated the first investigations unit in the state comptroller’s office, has died at 83 after a “prolonged illness,” NY1 reported on Thursday. Hevesi, a Queens Democrat, served in the state Assembly and as New York state comptroller before resigning in 2006 when it came out that he had been using state employees to care for his sick wife. He later served time in prison over a “pay-to-play scheme” involving the New York State Pension Fund.

Hevesi and his wife, Carol, had three children, including former New York state Sen. Daniel Hevesi and current Assemblymember Andrew Hevesi.

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NAMED AMBASSADOR TO LONELINESS PLEDGES TO HELP ALLEVIATE SOCIAL ISOLATION

STATEWIDE — ICONIC TALK SHOW HOST AND WISE WOMAN DR. RUTH WESTHEIMER HAS BEEN NAMED AS NEW YORK STATE’S honorary Ambassador to Loneliness. Gov. Kathy Hochul on Thursday, Nov. 9, bestowed the honorary title on the 95-year-old sex therapist, who pledged to help New Yorkers of all ages address the growing issue of social isolation. Social isolation is associated with multiple physical and mental health issues, including cognitive decline, anxiety, depression, cardiovascular disorders and weakened immunity, Alzheimer’s disease and premature death. An orphaned Holocaust survivor, Westheimer rose to prominence as a sex therapist and syndicated talk show host on both radio and television during the 1980s and 1990s.

Last year, the 95-year-old Weistheimer, who adopted the Bronx as home, suggested the idea of becoming an ‘ambassador’ for the state to provide fellow New Yorkers with advice on how to address loneliness and isolation — especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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FBI SEIZES MAYOR ADAMS’ MOBILE DEVICES AS PART OF ELECTION CAMPAIGN PROBE

CITYWIDE—THE FBI, IN POSSESSION OF A SEARCH WARRANT,  SEIZED MAYOR ERIC ADAMS’ PHONES AS PART OF A HEIGHTENED FEDERAL INVESTIGATION into his 2021 mayoral campaign. The New York Times, which broke the story, and other major news outlets reported on Friday, Nov. 10 that the federal government is probing whether Adams’ campaign conspired with the Turkish government and others to funnel money into its coffers. According to news sources, FBI agents approached the mayor on the street, instructed his security detail to step away, entered his SUV with him, disclosed the search warrant and took at least two cellphones and an iPad, which were returned to him within days. The FBI is authorized to make copies of the data found on these devices. The Daily News reported that the mayor cooperated with them.

The Times reported this as an “extraordinary development” in the investigation of Adams, a retired police captain who is known for his stringent “law and order” approach to government. Last week, authorities raided the home of Adams’ campaign manager as part of the investigation.

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LAWMAKERS URGE TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS FOR PALESTINIANS IN THE U.S.

BROOKLYN AND NATIONWIDE — THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION NEEDS TO AUTHORIZE TEMPORARY PROTECTED STATUS (TPS) for Palestinians in the United States, says a group of Congressmembers, including Rep. Dan Goldman (D-10) of Brooklyn. The Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) for Palestinians in the United States designations would prevent Palestinian immigrants who are already in the United States from being sent to an active war zone in the Palestinian territories. The U.S. State Department extended a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Gaza due to “terrorism, civil unrest and armed conflict” and a Level 3 Travel Advisory for the West Bank earlier this month for terrorism and civil unrest. Providing TPS and/or authorizing DED would protect Palestinians in the United States from being forced to return to these dangerous conditions, the lawmakers say. 

Rep. Goldman, who with his family was in Israel during the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, had to shelter in a stairwell. Joining him in the letter to Biden were Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Congressmembers Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09).

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POLICE SEEK WOMAN SUSPECTED OF HATE CRIME ATTACK IN FORT GREENE PLAYGROUND

FORT GREENE — POLICE ARE SEARCHING FOR A WOMAN WHO ALLEGEDLY MADE ANTI-ISLAMIC STATEMENTS to a man in Edmonds Playground in Fort Greene and then threw a hot cup of coffee and her cell phone at him. The attack took place on Nov. 7 at about 12:30 p.m., and the victim was not injured, police said. The incident is being investigated by the NYPD’s Hate Crimes Task Force. The suspect is described as having a light complexion and small build. She was last seen wearing a black and white baseball hat, black sunglasses, gray scarf, black zip-up jacket, black fanny pack, black sweatpants and white sneakers.

Anyone with information 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 visit https://crimestoppers.nypdonline.org/

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REPORTS UNDERSCORE TACTICAL, FINANCIAL HURDLES THAT CITY AGENCIES FACE

CITYWIDE — A NEW SET OF REPORTS FROM STATE COMPTROLLER THOMAS P. DINAPOLI UNDERSCORES SOME OF THE FINANCIAL AND TACTICAL burdens that NYC agencies face. While numerous entities and agencies are legally separate, NYC is still financially accountable for them in ways that impact the city’s budget. The set of reports focused on the  New York City Department of Education, the New York City Housing Authority and New York City Health + Hospitals. At present, these are the most pressing DOE issues: asylum seeker and migrant student enrollment; the downward trend of traditional public school enrollment; the rising tuition costs of charter schools that are also pulling students away from traditional schools; and compliance with the class size mandate to keep funding and special education services.

DiNapoli also launched a new data tracker to monitor trends for New York City agencies’ performance data, staffing, and spending.

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DINAPOLI: PUBLIC HOUSING RENT REVENUES FELL AS REPAIR COSTS AND  BACKLOGS ROSE

CITYWIDE — NYCHA, THE NATION’S LARGEST PUBLIC HOUSING AUTHORITY AND LANDLORD is facing several concurrent challenges, according to a newly released report from State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli. Declining rent collections, particularly during the pandemic when residents lacked sufficient income, has caused budget gaps. Rent revenue used to comprise a third of NYCHA’s operating budget, but continues to drop even after the Public Health Emergency ended. Juxtaposed with this shortfall is an increased capital need for NYCHA’s facilities, requiring $78.3 billion in physical repairs and upgrades. A backlog of maintenance issues and open repair requests is also worsening.

NYCHA indicates that maintenance and upgrade costs have risen, due to rising construction prices and the ongoing physical deterioration of the properties.

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DINAPOLI: CITY’S PUBLIC HOSPITALS LED IN COVID AND MIGRANT CRISES BUT NEED CONSISTENT FUNDING

CITYWIDE — NEW YORK CITY HEALTH +HOSPITALS, the nation’s largest public health system, was confronted with an influx of patients during the COVID-19 crisis, and assumed a significant role in planning for and responding to the related public health emergency. While H+H has largely returned to pre-pandemic level services, consistent revenue and funding remain an issue, according to State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli’s latest report on city agency challenges. Moreover, H+H is also a leader in the city’s multi-agency response to the recent influx of asylum seekers and migrants. H+H is also facing nurse staffing shortages. Although the New York State Nurses Association approved a contract agreement in August that would award pay parity, it is not yet known if the city will continue to pick up the higher costs.

DiNapoli reported also that the timing of funds from government sourcing has been inconsistent. H+H’s COVID-19 costs reached $3.2 billion through FY2023 but H+H has yet to receive $1.2 billion from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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GOFUNDME DONATIONS FOR SLAIN CHILD DOUBLE GOAL; FUNERAL 7-YEAR-OLD KAMARI HUGHES HELD THURSDAY

FORT GREENE — MORE THAN 440 GOFUNDME DONATIONS TOTALLING MORE THAN DOUBLE THE $10,000 GOAL HAVE BEEN SENT TO THE FAMILY OF A 7-YEAR-OLD BOY WHO WAS STRUCK AND KILLED by an NYPD tow truck driver last month in Fort Greene. Second-grader Kamari Hughes was mowed down on Oct. 26 while on his way to school with his mother, who witnessed the fatal collision. Kamari was on his scooter, and in the crosswalk when tow truck driver Stephanie Sharp, 54, later identified as a civilian unionized driver, hit the child. Sharp has since been criminally charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. Kamari’s mother, Taqunda, who organized the GoFundMe, witnessed the collision and told reporters with WPIX TV and other media outlets that Kamari, who loved the superhero Spiderman, was her only child.

Mayor Eric Adams, who also has a son, reached out to the Hughes family after the collision. The viewing and funeral were scheduled to take place Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9.

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REP. GOLDMAN TO CONGRESS: BUDGET $7B FOR AFFORDABLE CONNECTIVITY PROGRAM

CITYWIDE — BROOKLYN CONGRESSMAN DAN GOLDMAN (D-10) AND HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE NEW YORK CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION HAVE CALLED for $7 billion to be allocated in funding for the Affordable Connectivity Program. The ACP provides financial assistance to low-income households, helping them to afford internet access as well as one-time subsidies for computers or tablets. Without continued funding, millions of Americans will be cut off from internet access, which nowadays is vital for work, school, and connecting with essential resources. More than 40% of households in New York’s 10th Congressional District are eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program.

Within public housing, the Affordable Connectivity Program is critical to ensuring that NYCHA residents in particular can access high-speed internet; yet, only 30 to 40% of NYCHA residents actually have this access.

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JUDGE RAMON E. REYES CONFIRMED AS DISTRICT JUDGE FOR BROOKLYN FEDERAL COURT, ANNOUNCES SEN. SCHUMER

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN—US MAGISTRATE JUDGE RAMON E. REYES, A NATIVE BROOKLYNITE AND RESIDENT OF BROOKLYN, HAS BEEN CONFIRMED to serve as a district judge on the prestigious United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, US Senator Charles E. Schumer announced on Thursday, Nov. 9. Senator Schumer had forwarded Judge Reyes’ name for the Eastern District of New York to the Biden-Harris administration and has championed his nomination. Judge Reyes, who began his career clerking for the same court on which he now sits, is a United States Magistrate Judge in the Eastern District of New York. Known for his diligent leadership in Hurricane Sandy cases, he has also fought to protect voting rights, accessibility to the ballot box, against workplace discrimination, and has advocated for consumers victimized by healthcare fraud.

Reyes, who is Puerto Rican, is only the second Hispanic to join the bench of the US District Court-Eastern District/NY.

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HOCHUL, ADAMS CHEER TENTATIVE END TO ACTORS’ STRIKE

NEW YORK — GOV. KATHY HOCHUL AND MAYOR ERIC ADAMS applauded the news that SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP have reached a tentative agreement to end the actors’ strike. In releases on Wednesday night, officials cited the importance of the film and television industry to the state and city economy. “New York’s film and television industry is critical to our state’s economy, creating 65,000 jobs in the past year and $35 billion in economic activity over the past decade,” Hochul said, adding that the industry is a “powerful economic engine and a key source of good-paying union jobs.”

Adams said, “We are thrilled to hear that SAG-AFTRA has reached a tentative agreement that would allow thousands of small businesses and 185,000 New Yorkers to get back to work with good jobs, fair wages, and strong protections that will allow the industry to continue to grow and thrive.” 


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