Friday, October 31, 2008
Res. 1570-2008- A resolution calling upon Animal Care and Control of New York City to establish a Trap, Neuter, and Return program for feral animals. The text may be viewed here: http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Res%201570-2008.htm?CFID=1839819&CFTOKEN=79266471
Res. 1571-2008- A resolution calling upon the New York City Housing Authority to review its infrastructure and address a possible correlation between air vents, water pipes and asthma, which may result in an increase in asthma among its residents. The text may be found here: http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Res%201571-2008.htm?CFID=1839819&CFTOKEN=79266471
Res. 1617-2008- A resolution calling on the New York State Office of Court Administration to disclose and report to the Governor and the New York State Legislature on the process of selecting judges to preside at trials. The text may be viewed here: http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Res%201617-2008.htm?CFID=1839819&CFTOKEN=79266471
Int. 844-2008 (along with CMs de Blasio and Vann)- A local law to amend the administrative code of the City of New York, in relation to requiring the Department of Homeless Services to maintain an intake center in Manhattan. The text may be viewed here: http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Int%200844-2008.htm?CFID=1839819&CFTOKEN=79266471
This is not a complete list of introduced bills/resolutions.
NYCHA maintains about 5% of the City’s elevators, and is facing major budget cuts (like all City agencies and bodies) of $117 million (fiscal year 2009) to $207 millions (fiscal year 2012). The agency has spent $200 million to replace over 2,000 elevators in the past decade.
*Information obtained from The New York Times article “Council Members Skeptical of Elevator Repair Plan for Public Housing,” by Manny Fernandez. Published October 30, 2008.
On behalf of Council Member Letitia James, we’d like to congratulate the Democrats for Education Reform for hosting “Brooklyn’s Charter School Night” on October 30, 2008, and thank them for their contributions to public charter schools in Brooklyn.
Also, the Metropolitan Jewish Health System Foundation- Elderplan hosted their annual “Gala at the Gotham,” and acknowledged Ms. C. Williams, a 35th District resident, for her service to Elderplan members and retired seniors. Council Member Letitia James awarded Ms. Williams with a New York City Council Certificate in honor of her service.
Democrats for Education Reform: http://www.dfer.org/
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Council Member Letitia James, Boro President Marty Markowitz, elected officials, and educational community join for Public School Bake Sale!
(Brooklyn, NY) - On Tuesday, November 4th, an election of historic proportions will take place in our country. Record turnouts are anticipated. Public Schools used as poll sites have the opportunity to take advantage of Election Day foot traffic by organizing bake sales; these PTA fundraisers will also be of historic proportions.
New York City Public Schools want to remind the community about the impact of contributions to bake sale fundraisers on General Election Day, and how important donations are to the success of our children’s futures. Some goals of public schools that funding is needed for are: more field trips; books for libraries; science labs; and arts programs. We encourage voters, and bake sale participants to act generously on Nov. 4th, because their contributions are an investment in all of our futures.
On Thursday, October 30th at 4:30 pm, a press conference will be held on the Plaza Steps of Brooklyn Borough Hall, in order to help our local schools promote their Election Day Bake Sales. Let’s all do our part to take advantage of this historic election year by voting and buying baked goods, and let’s make sure our children benefit in every way through this process.
THANK YOU CAKE MAN RAVEN FOR PROVIDING THE BIPARTISAN CUPCAKES!!! YUMMM!!
(Photo compliments of the Metro)
City Hall – Today, Councilmembers Bill de Blasio and Letitia James, joined by Congressman Anthony Weiner, Comptroller Bill Thompson, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Councilmember Charles Barron, Gene Russianoff of NYPIRG, attorney Randy Mastro, and other elected officials, held a press conference on last week's term limits vote.
Councilmembers de Blasio and James are preparing to take legal action once the bill is signed into law; Mayor Bloomberg has scheduled a bill-signing ceremony for next Monday.
"Public involvement in the democratic process must not be taken lightly, or treated as some kind of "luxury." New Yorkers twice voiced their opinions on term limits, and last week their will was subverted. This fight is far from over. We will continue to stand up for the right of the people to be involved in this vital process, and ensure their voices are heard." said Councilmember Bill de Blasio.
State law, local law, and voting rights guaranteed under the US Constitution require that a mandatory referendum be held on this issue. Councilmembers de Blasio and James have authorized their lawyers to prepare a lawsuit to challenge the legality of changing voter-ratified term limits by legislation. They have also authorized their lawyers to review the legal infirmities and adverse impacts on minority participation that will result from this major change by legislation to the local electoral system, and to continue to pursue claims that the vote blatantly violated local conflict of interest laws.
"Last week's Council vote represents a step backward for democracy in this city. It is my right, and duty, as a representative of the people to question the legality of altering voter-ratified term limits via legislation. In voting to extend term limits legislatively, our government completely disregarded the will of New Yorkers. The voters who elected us to serve them deserve better, and I will continue the fight to ensure their voices are heard loud and clear," said Councilmember Letitia James.
"It is imperative to pursue this course of action on behalf of the voters of this city. I believe that voters' rights were clearlydenied and suppressed," said New York City Comptroller William C. Thompson, Jr. "The foundation of good government is trust, and that trust was shattered. People must trust that when they cast their vote, it will count. Historically, when such trust is breached, we turn to the courts to seek justice. Just because the New York City Council failed to hear our voice does not mean we will back down. We will continue to stand up against those who undermine the people's will, and come together with one voice and a common purpose: to restore faith in the process."
Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum said, "I, along with countless New Yorkers, am deeply disappointed by the Council's vote. This could have happened the right way, allowing the people to vote as they have twice before, but instead it was decided by a small few who would also benefit from the change. New Yorkers will not forget this disregard of the democratic process. I support the effort of Councilmembers de Blasio and James to pursue legal action; we will continue this fight."
"There are so many legal infirmities with this process that it cries out for a judicial remedy," said Randy Mastro. "We are fortunate that the courts are there when our local elected officials fail us."
"Nearly 90 percent of New Yorkers want to vote on term limits, not have their Council Members vote to extend their own terms. If ever we needed the courts as a check and balance on the legislature and executive, it is now," said Gene Russianoff, Senior Attorney for NYPIRG.
Friday, October 24, 2008
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
It was an impassioned Stated, with Council Member Gentile noting that the issue has pitted “1st termers against 2nd termers,” and other Council Members noting some of the tactics that were reportedly used in this process.
Council Members Yassky, Gerson, and Brewer proposed an amendment to the bill that would set a time-table for establishing a Charter Review Commission, thereby eliminating section 1138-3 of the bill, which failed 28:22:1 (abstain). Council Member Weprin noted the quick legislation put forth by himself, Council Member James, and Council Member de Blasio in response to Int. 845A (this can be read in earlier posts).
Council Member James is obviously disappointed in this turn of events. She stands by her position that this was not a matter that was to be decided on by the New York City Council, a position which she has spoken on many times in the last few weeks, and which she went to the courts to argue on October 22, 2008 with Council Member Bill de Blasio.
Soon, you’ll be able to read in the media about the final votes of members. On behalf of Council Member James, I urge you push your elected officials to represent you on the issues that matter to you. We are proud of Tish’s position on this issue, and we are proud to say it represented the will of the vast majority of the constituency of the 35th District.
There will be more to say on these matters in the coming days, and we ask that now (more than ever) you take an active part in the politics of New York.
Some of the topics covered in samll break out sessions included:
-Successful Communication with Parents and from Parents
-Succesful Communication between Parent Groups (PTAs, CEC, Parent Coordinators)
-Defining and redefining the role of Parent Groups
-School Leadership Teams
-Somprehensive Education Plans
-Successful fundraising and event Planning
If you have any ideas or questions about any of these topics, please add your comments here.
Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
The blog can be found here: http://www.publicadvocatescorner.com/advocates_corner/
Team Tish supports fellow bloggers, and you'll be happy to hear that "Public Advocate's Corner" has a comments section.
Council Member James has spoken out strongly for the people to have a voice on the term limits issue. She attended both City Council hearings on the issue, and stayed for their entirety in order to hear every voter that came forth. We've asked you to post your opinions here: http://teamtish.blogspot.com/2008/10/what-do-you-think-term-limits.html. Now, along with Council Member Bill de Blasio and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum, Tish is holding a public hearing in the 35th District.
Please come and tell us where you stand.
When: Sunday, October 19, 2008, 2:30PM-4:30PM
Where: Lafayette Presbyterian Church, 85 Oxford Street between Lafeyette Avenue and Fulton Street
Friday, October 17, 2008
In attendance were Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, Police Service Area 3 Commanding Officer Captain Brian McGinn, 84th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Alan E. Abel, and 88th Precinct Commanding Officer Captain Anthony Tasso. We thank them for their time and for sharing their expertise with community residents. Our office has a close working relationship with our local precincts and with District Attorney Hynes, which allows us to address crime issues quickly and efficiently.
Tish truly believes in community policing, and that businesses reaching their hands out to local individuals- especially post-school-aged youth- has a dramatic affect on the reduction of petty crime. For this reason, she has challenged local businesses to hire within the community. Lafayette Avenue’s restaurant Choice Market, and the Silver Spoon yogurt shop on Fulton Avenue, have both hired employees who live in the community. We encourage you to patronize these establishments.
On behalf of Council Member James, in light of recent crime events, we’d like to share some safety tips:
-If you are a victim of any crime, please call 911 first. When possible, stay in contact with your local precinct to keep updated on the progress of any case you are involved in. In addition to calling 911, if you witness a crime, you may also call or submit a tip online through the NYPD's Crimestoppers here: http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com. Reports can be anonymous.
-Residents may sometimes be asked to file a report with 311 for minor disturbances. Keep your case number, and follow-up with 311 on the progress. You can send additional information about your case, or follow-up on a pre-existing case here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/misc/html/311atnycgov.html. Representatives for 311 have told me that the City is working on a completely web-based system where a resident could log their report and follow-up entirely online. If you are having difficulties with the 311 reporting process, please call our offices at (718) 260-9191 or (212) 788-7081.
-Contact your local community board to make them aware of any crime, so that others in your area can take precautions to remain safe. Additionally, please remain active within your precinct meetings. You can contact your local precinct for information on meetings. If you are not able to attend meetings, check your area’s crime statistics here: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/crime_prevention/crime_statistics.shtml
-If you are a resident of Clinton Hill or Fort Greene, please post information on crimes at the Society for Clinton Hill’s crime blogger here: http://societyforclintonhill.org/. Additionally, inquire as to whether your block has a block association, or reach out to your tenant association. Safety issues are appropriate to bring up to these bodies.
-Lastly, please take common safety precautions when in travel. Notice your surroundings, get to know your neighbors, watch mp3/iphone/blackberry/etc. use (especially at night)- distraction makes for an easy target, take robbers seriously- give them what they ask for an quickly get away, don’t go anywhere with anyone you don't know, stay in contact with a friend if you’re traveling at night, etc. There’s also a service that will be especially of interest to women, transpeople, and LGBT individuals. RightRides provides free late-night rides home and escorts for those who do not want to travel alone.
Please remain safe.
You may find your local precinct here- http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/precinct_maps/precinct_maps.shtml
You may find your local community board here- http://www.nyc.gov/html/cau/html/cb/directory.shtml
Please post your answers (or any questions you have) in the comments section.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
APPROVAL OF THE DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION’S PROPOSED REDUCTION IN ALTERNATE SIDE PARKING REGULATIONS IN FORT GREENE & CLINTON HILL
October 9, 2008
Council Member Letitia James and Brooklyn’s Community Board 2 Announce Approval of the Department of Sanitation’s Proposed Reduction in Alternate Side Parking Regulations in Fort Greene & Clinton Hill
Residents and public officials have been advocating change for years
(Brooklyn, NY) - The New York City Department of Sanitation has proposed reducing the number of days of Alternate Side of the Street Parking in Brooklyn’s Community District 2, and Community Board 2 voted to approve the change this past Tuesday night, October 7, 2008.
This modification in street cleaning rules will result in reducing the frequency of street cleaning from two times per side of the street each week to one time per side of the street for most of the district. This past summer, a similar change was implemented in Brooklyn’s Community District 6 and has been met with widespread community approval. The expansion of this change in street cleaning rules in Community District 2 was eagerly anticipated in the affected neighborhoods, and will reduce the burden of searching for parking, from TWICE a week to ONCE a week for most residents of Community District 2. Parking rules will not change in Brooklyn Heights.
“This has been a dream of downtown Brooklyn residents for longer than I can remember, and something I have been personally advocating for my constituents,” said Council Member James. “Significant savings will be realized by the Department of Sanitation, and drivers will save time and money by cutting their search for parking from two days a week to once.”
“The reduction in alternate side parking regulations has finally been realized and will bring much needed relief to the community while helping to reduce unnecessary pollution,” said John Dew, Chairperson, Brooklyn Community Board 2.
Contact: Alfred A. Chiodo – 718-260-9191
Attendees were treated to music performed by La Banda Apocalipsis Concert Band, and Tish was rewarded with plaques from the Consejo Municipal de Panama, the Day of Independence Committee of Panamanians in New York, Inc., and the First Panamanian Drum & Bugle Corp for her strong advocacy for, and support of, the Panamanian community and Panamanian causes.
The City Council of Panama City awarded members of the New York City Council with official proclamations, and Panama City Council Members were given proclamations of behalf of Council Member James.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Hosted by Council Member Letitia James and Bill DeBlasio
Saturday, November 22, 2008
10 AM – 2 PM
LOCATION TO BE ANNOUNCED
- Exhibits and information about day care choices in the Brooklyn area (a great opportunity to meet the directors & teachers)
- ON-SITE enrollment for the child care centers through the Administrations for Children’s Services [ACS]
- A chance to get informed and to ask ACS and various Child Care Advocates about: -Admissions Process/Eligibility -Non-Traditional Hours -Immigrant Needs -Children with Special Needs -Newborn and Infant Care
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Dear PTA/ PA, President’s Councils, CECs, CCHS, Parent Coordinators, and District Family Advocates (school Districts 13, 15, 17, & 20)
With another school year underway, we want to acknowledge all of the hard work you put into building a strong school community. As a representative for schools in our respective districts, you are crucial to the success and continued improvement of our city’s school system.
Many decisions made by the Department of Education, have deeply affected different aspects of our schools, for example the budget and the progress reports. Did the Department of Education reach out to you before these decisions were made? Your position is mandated by the Department of Education and you should play an active role in the decision-making process.
In the face of the re-authorization of mayoral control, many advocacy groups have come together to offer their recommendations for improving the existing system of school governance. Many of those groups, including the Coalition for Educational Justice and the Alliance for Quality Education agree that checks and balances must be restored in the decision making process. We believe that those checks and balances should include the involvement of parents.
On Wednesday, October 22nd we will host a meeting where you in your specific role can gather to Decide the Course of parental involvement. Together, we will develop concrete recommendations aimed at promoting the inclusion of parents in the Department of Education’s decision making process BEFORE decisions are made.
Parents are vital to the success of our schools and we believe decisions made by the Department of Education should reflect this. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting on October 22nd to hear your stories and suggestions. Let’s all work together to create the most effective, nurturing and collaborative educational system for our children.
Whether you agree or disagree with the issue of term limits in general, please note that the matter at hand is Mayor Bloomberg’s attempt to seek a third term in his position without the consent of the voters. Council Member James has stated, “As New Yorkers, we must not allow our public offices to be treated as entitlements for anyone.” Please make your voice be heard, and join us—
Here are some things you can do:
1). Please visit www.itsourdecision.org
There is a petition to sign there to tell the Mayor and City Council to stop undermining the voter's decision. There are also ways there to involve your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers.
2). Join us at a community hearing on-
Sunday, October 19
2:30 P.M.– 4:30 P.M.
Lafayette Presbyterian Church
85 Oxford St between Lafayette and Fulton
3). Join Council Member De Blasio’s office at Baruch College for a panel on term limits sponsored by Citizen's Union.
Tuesday, October 14 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
The William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus, 14th Floor
55 Lexington Avenue at 24th Street
4) Come to the public hearings on this issue at City Hall.
Thursday, October 16 at 1:00 p.m.
Council Chambers - City Hall
Friday, October 17 at 10:00 a.m.
Committee Room - City Hall
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
There are both Public Schools AND Community Based Organizations that fall under this category. You can go to the nyc.gov site and click on "Register for Pre-Kindergarten" to find out other UPK slots in your area. You may also look on a map for UPK sites http://gis.nyc.gov/doitt/cm/CityMap.htm
To register you will need to:
1. Proof of Address
2. Proof of Age (the site provides more information on this)
3. Immunization Records
Also, it is very important to call the site beofre going, as some may have filled the slots since the list of UPK sites was last revised.
You can also call our office for private and public daycares not on this list with available slots. If your child is younger than four, there are other facilities also available.
In November Council Member DeBlasio and James will be hosting a DAY CARE FAIR, modeled after the high school fair. (More information to come on this event.)
UPK SITES WITH AVAILABLE SLOTS:
[Comunity based Organizations]
Young Minds Day Care (972 Fulton St.
Medgar Evers College (1150 Carroll Street)
Yeled V'Yaida Early Childhood Center Inc. (667 Eastern Prky)
PS 287 Bailey K Ashford (50 Navy St.)
PS307 Daniel K Ashford (209 York St.)
PS 167 The Parkway (1025 Eastern Prky)
PS 316 Elijah Stroud (750 Classon Ave.)
PS 375 Jackie Robinson (46 Mc Keever Pl.)
Monday, October 6, 2008
Along with Rev. Dr. Allen Hand, President Trinity Economic Development and Empowerment Group Inc., Rev. Dr. Robert Waterman, President African American Clergy , Elected Officials, as well as the Community rally in opposition of Mayor Bloomberg's decision to extend term limits vis City Council Legislation without voter input
Council Member Letitia James, Council Member Bill de Blasio, and Clergy stand behind the decision made by
Clergy and Elected Officials
Press Conference Regarding the Extension of Term Limits
Monday, October 6th, at 2:00 PM
Steps of City Hall
Contact: Rev. Dr. Allen Hand / (347) 436-5233, and Amyre Loomis / (718) 260-9191
Friday, October 3, 2008
A full statement on Council Member James' position is forthcoming.
Council Member James would like to congratulate all the blocks that were awarded at this event, and would especially like to recognize the following blocks:
Commercial Category- 3rd Place Winners- Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership for Myrtle Avenue between Waverly and Washington Avenues (South Side, Clinton Hill)
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
September 30, 2008
The office of Council Member Letitia James and representatives of the Department of Health and the Department of Sanitation join residents of South Elliott Place, Fort Greene Place, and Saint Felix Street to discuss rodent control strategies. This event will take place on Thursday, October 2, 2008 at 6:30-7:30pm at MOCADA (80 Hanson Place).
September 30, 2008
September 30, 2008
Queen of All Saints Church and Council Member Letitia James invite you to a Senior Health & Wellness Fair, this Saturday, October 4th, from 10 AM - 4 PM
All seniors, their families, caregivers and friends are invited to attend.
The Queen of All Saints Church in Fort Green, Brooklyn, is holding a Health and Wellness Fair this Saturday, October 4th, with a specific focus on seniors. The community is invited to come and speak with health care professionals, receive free give-aways, and partake in refreshments.
Over 16 vendors providing products and services for seniors will participate in the health fair, and will share information on health insurance; assisted living; banks; home health care; pharmacies; medical equipment and supplies; home security; nursing/rehabilitation centers; physical therapy; and more. Free health screenings sponsored by the Brooklyn Hospital for blood pressure, blood glucose, and cholesterol will be available on Saturday.
“Health is true wealth. Wellness is the number 1 priority for our beloved seniors because they are the backbone of this community. Queen of All Saints Church has done a tremendous job with planning their event, and attendees will gain valuable information. I look forward to seeing many of my friends and neighbors at this important health fair,” said Council Member James.
Senior Health And Wellness Fair Sponsored by Queen of All Saints Church
Saturday, October 4th, from 10 AM – 4 PM
Queen of All Saints Church, 300 Vanderbilt Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn (at Lafayette Avenue - C train to Lafayette Avenue), 718-638-7625 - Queenofallsaintsrc@verizon.net
Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191