Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekend Events at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts

Check out the Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University this weekend for special events that will stimulate your mind, tickle your funny bone and feed your soul!

St. Martin/St. Maarten Friendship Association presents: The Philosopher of Humor - Fernando Clark
Friday • OCTOBER 29 • 7:30PM

Fernando Clark, The Philosopher of Humor and St. Maarten’s leading stand up comedian and radio host - appearing in his latest comedy DVD release Fernando U 2 Baad - will perform his one-man, stand-up comedy show live on stage – rescheduled from September 3, due to the impact of Hurricane Earl on the island of St. Martin/St. Maarten.Tickets: $25, group discounts available

Minister Marcus and Friends presents: 2nd Annual Kingdom Choice Awards Saturday • OCTOBER 30 • 7PM

The 2nd annual Kingdom Choice Awards is New York City's official urban gospel award show which presents seventeen urban gospel categories, in true award show style. The show features live performances by some of the leading urban gospel artists from New York, Philadelphia, Florida, Ohio and other states. The 2010 KCA honorees will be special guests performers Hip Hop pioneer Kurtis Blow and the grandfather of Holy Hip Hop, Mike Peace. Tickets: $25

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts One University Plaza, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 - (718) 488-1624

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

City Council Hearings Held on Outdoor ATMs, Development, and Post-Storm Clean-up

On Monday, October 25th, the Council Committee on Transportation held a hearing on Int. 257– 2010, in relation to regulating sidewalk ATMs as revocable consents and requiring safety features for all outdoor ATMs. This bill was introduced by Council Member Diana Reyna. The bill will act as a safety measure (currently there is little regulation or security rules in relation to outdoor ATM machines placed outside of non-banking businesses). The bill would look to address this loophole, and increase safety for consumers. Council Member James also has upcoming legislation regarding outdoor ATM regulation.

On Monday, the Council Committee on Land Use also held an oversight hearing which discussed development on 470 Vanderbilt Avenue.

Finally, the Council Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste, chaired by Council Member Letitia James, held a joint hearing with the Council's Committee on Parks & Recreation regarding the recent storm.

For more information on any of these hearings, or to follow-up on these issues, please contact the City Hall Office of Council Member Letitia James at (212) 788-7081.

ATTENTION: BK DA Hynes Establishes Sex Trafficking Unit

The Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes has launched a community outreach campaign aimed at educating the public about sex trafficking and offering help to victims. Sex trafficking exists in Central Brooklyn, and its victims are often girls between the ages of 13-15, and/or undocumented immigrant girls and women. DA Hynes has taken a hard approach against this crime by establishing a Brooklyn Sex Trafficking Unit- or BK STU- to work with victims of sex trafficking.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sex trafficking, please contact BK STU at (718) 250-2770. You are not at risk of being punished due to documentation status. If you have any further questions about the program in general, please contact the office of Council Member Letitia James at (212) 788-7081.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

ATTENTION: Arrest In Brooklyn Salon Robber Case

Apparently the alleged would-be Brooklyn salon-robbing suspect, who broke the cardinal rule, was arrested yesterday. If you have any further information for police, please reach out to crime-stoppers.

CM James, Elected Officials, Community Leaders Demand Removal of PCB Chemicals from Schools; 10/26-27

Council Member Letitia James encourages the community to join her, along with State and City representatives to demand action on removing toxic PCB chemicals from public schools

Elected officials, parents, school employees, and activists reach out to a dozen school communities to demand that the Department of Education and the Environmental Protection Agency immediately carry out citywide PCB testing and clean up.

WHAT: PCBs – chemicals which have been proven to pose serious risks to children’s nervous and immune systems and brain development – are currently found in products like window caulk and lighting fixtures in public schools across New York City. Recent results from a pilot study conducted by the NYC Department of Education and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency found significantly elevated levels of PCBs in two of three schools tested, with levels at the third also above guidances, putting thousands of kids at risk. There is every reason to believe that many schools out of the nearly 700 built or renovated between 1950 and the late 1970s will be similarly contaminated.

This Tuesday, October 26th, elected officials from across the city will join New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, New York Communities for Change, representatives from the UFT, 32BJ, Local 78, other labor organizations, and parents, outside a dozen potentially contaminated NYC public schools as part of a citywide movement to demand that DOE and EPA rid all NYC schools of PCBs. As children file into their classrooms in the morning, parents, teachers, and school employees will all have the opportunity to sign a petition demanding the immediate and comprehensive testing of all schools built or renovated during the time PCBs were used in building materials. A number of schools have also been selected for petitioning during the afternoon dismissal where parents, teachers, and school employees will have the opportunity to sign the petition as children file out of their classrooms.

WHEN: Tuesday, October 26, 2010 & Wednesday, October 27, 2010
WHERE: In front of schools across the city
Start Time: School/Address Elected Official

7:05 a.m. SBCC, 977 Fox Street, Bronx - AM Marcos Crespo
8:15 a.m. PS 268, 133 E. 53rd St., Brooklyn - CM Jumaane Williams
8:15 a.m. PS 149, 41 W 117th St., Manhattan - CM Robert Jackson/State Sen. Bill Perkins

2:45 p.m. PS 270. Dekalb & Classon, Brooklyn - CM Tish James
2:45 p.m. PS 332, 51 Christopher Ave., Brooklyn - AM William Boyland
2:45 p.m. PS 38, Pacific & Nevins, Brooklyn - CM Stephen Levin

****Wednesday, October 27th
7:30 a.m. PS 53, 10-45 Nameoke St., Rockaway - CM James Sanders

Contact: Lana Gersten

REMINDER: BBP Markowitz and CM James Host School District 13 Town Hall Meeting TONIGHT

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Letitia James, and the Brooklyn Parent Academy urge all school district 13 parents to attend a comprehensive town hall meeting to discuss the welfare of school district 13.

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Time: 6:00PM
Venue: Brooklyn Borough Hall Court Room - 209 Joralemon Street

For a comprehensive list of the District 13 schools, see here.

Monday, October 25, 2010

"Never mess with a black woman when she's getting her hair done": Important Lessons For Life

In international news, today's Daily Mail has a story on NYPD Officer Feris Jones' shooting of an armed suspect in a Brooklyn beauty salon.

The NY Post also covered the story.

Central BK Town Hall Meeting for Discussion on NYS Education Reform; 11/9; Medgar Evers College; 5PM

The New York State Education Reform Agenda Topics:
-High School Graduation Requirements
-N.Y.S. Assessments in grades K – 8 & high school
-Common Core Curriculum and N.Y.S. Curriculum Frameworks
-Race To The Top initiatives

DATE: Tuesday November 9, 2010
Time: 5:00pm– 7:00pm
Location: Founders Auditorium
Medgar Evers College, CUNY
1650 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225-2017

-Dr. Lester W. Young, Jr. Regent At Large, University of the State of New York
-Dr. John B. King, Jr., Senior Deputy Commissioner, New York State Education Department

-Dean Richard Jones, Jr., Medgar Evers College, CUNY; Adelaide Sanford Institute Board Member

Sponsored by:
NYS Senator Eric Adams
NYS Senator Velmanette Montgomery

NYS Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries
NYS Assembly Member Karim Camara
NYS Assembly Member Annette Robinson

Adelaide L. Sanford Institute

Please RSVP by Friday, October 29th; you can email

Watch FL Michelle Obama Award BCAP on Behalf of President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities

Watch Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP) get awarded by First Lady Michelle Obama as one of the best youth arts programs in the country. The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award is the highest honor out-of-school youth arts programs can receive in the United States. Read more here.

CM James Joins Ebbets Field MS 352 for Computer Give-away

Through their partnership with Computers for Youth (CFY), Ebbets Field MS 352 recently celebrated their fourth computer workshop and give away. This year, CFY enlisted the help of cable television providers who have promised to grant everyone of the students access to high speed internet service for a reduced fee or for free! Now every student will have access to the world from their own living room!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Zombiefest – a Food Bank For New York City Charity Event

The Food Bank For New York City is partnering with indieScreen to host a charity event to support Food Bank For New York City’s continuous efforts to fight hunger.

During the event, people will be asked to dress as zombies and everyone will “crawl” or walk down Metropolitan Ave., toward indieScreen. After the crowd of zombies arrives at indieScreen, participants will have the option to screen the popular 1968 zombie film, “Night of the Living Dead” in zombie attire. A portion of the ticket price will go toward the Food Bank For New York City. After the film, participants can go to The Cove where the charity event will continue! There will be beer specials and a portion of the proceeds made will also benefit the Food Bank For New York City.

Food Bank For New York City recognizes 27 years as the city's major hunger-relief organization working to end food poverty throughout the five boroughs. As one of the country's largest food banks, their mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity.

indieScreen is a brand new theater and entertainment space located on the Southside of Williamsburg, Brooklyn that features a sophisticated A/V room, a restaurant, and a full bar.

WHAT: Zombiefest – a Food Bank For New York City Charity Event

WHEN: Saturday, October 30th at 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: “Zombies” will meet at the playground on Marcy Avenue and Metropolitan Avenue in Brooklyn.

COST: The Zombie Crawl is free and donations are welcomed. The screening of “Night of the Living Dead” is $12. You can purchase tickets online or at indieScreen before the viewing.

CONTACT: (347) 554-1118

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

BCAP Awarded by President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities; Honored by First Lady

First Lady Michelle Obama Honors Heart of Brooklyn’s BCAP Initiative; One of 15 Youth Programs Awarded Nationwide

First Lady Michelle Obama will recognize Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), the youth education program that gave rise to the award-winning Heart of Brooklyn cultural partnership, with a prestigious National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award at a White House ceremony on Wednesday, October 20. Heart of Brooklyn Director Ellen F. Salpeter and BCAP Summer Camp Adventurer Jamell Allen-Thomas will accept the award on behalf of the thousands of children served by BCAP since 1998.

Selected from a pool of more than 400 nominations, BCAP is one of 15 after-school and out-of-school programs across the country to be presented with a 2010 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award (formerly, the Coming Up Taller Award- BCAP also was named a 2009 semi-finalist for the Coming Up Taller Award) from Mrs. Obama. The award is the highest honor such programs can receive in the United States. BCAP is one of two New York City-based organizations to be recognized at the ceremony, along with youth media organization Global Action Project.

The National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards are administered by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With the award, Heart of Brooklyn will also receive $10,000 to support its engaging programming that weaves connections between art, world culture, literature, history, nature and science.

The Awards Ceremony will be streamed live at at 11am, EST.

Learn more about BCAP’s innovative programming and the Heart of Brooklyn cultural partnership by visiting

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Join CM James at Ebbets Field Middle School 352 - this Saturday

Council Member Letitia James invites you to join her at Ebbets Field Middle School 352, this Saturday for a special event:

Through Ebbet's Field MS 352's long term partnership with Computers for Youth, each one of the school's sixth graders will receive a free computer this Saturday. Additionally, each student will also be given a one year free subscription to high-speed Internet service.

This opportunity to make the internet more accessible will benefit students academically by bringing information into their living rooms. We hope you'll join Council Member James in being a part of this event.

Saturday, October 23, 2010
First Presentation
8:30 Principal addresses families in auditorium.
8:45 Workshops.

Second Presentation
12:40 Principal addresses families in auditorium.
1:00 Workshops.

CM James Given "A" Grade on Urban Justice Center- Human Rights Report Card

The Urban Justice Center’s Human Rights Project (HRP) released their 2010 Human Rights Report Card yesterday. The report card grades each of the 51 members of the New York City Council on their human rights record. Council Member James is one of the nine Council Members who received an "A" grade on the report card.

You may view the report here; from Council Member James' review:

"Council Member James is working to promote green jobs and human rights in housing. She will reintroduce a bill to address economic and racial disparities in accessing housing, as well as others on paid family leave, pay equity....Her other priorities include expanding LGBT rights; and addressing HIV/AIDS rates in communities of color and government outsourcing of city jobs to the private sector...She has protested rent increases proposed by the Rent Guidelines Board. She is a member of the Progressive Caucus, and co-chair of the Brooklyn delegation."

In 2008, Council Member James was ranked #1 by the Urban Justice Center's Human Rights Report Card.

Culture Classics at LIU this Weekend

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts at the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University Hosts: Culture Classics

Friday • OCTOBER 22 • 8PM & Saturday • OCTOBER 23 • 8PM

Come celebrate three years of fabulousness as Brown Girls Burlesque presents Culture Classics. BGB’s Culture Classics is a fusion gumbo of movement and storytelling that merges neo-burlesque with post modern theater and dance. Guest artist Yalini Dream shares her magic. Ashley Brockington will host this unforgettable evening.

Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza, Long Island University - Brooklyn Campus, Brooklyn, NY, 11201 - (718)488-1624

For more info:

Friday, October 15, 2010

DOE Launches 2010-2011 Elementary School Gifted and Talented Admissions Process

This week, the New York City Department of Education released information for families interested in testing their children for eligibility and possible placement in elementary school Gifted and Talented Programs, kindergarten through third grade, in September 2011. Families interested in having their children participate in the testing – which is required for eligibility to a Gifted and Talented Program – must submit a Request For Testing Form (RFT) by of Wednesday, November 17, 2010.

The Request for Testing Form and the New York City Gifted & Talented Information Handbook 2010-2011 are available to public school students at all public elementary schools, to non-public school students at all Borough Enrollment Offices and to all students at the NYC Department of Education’s website.

The Department of Education will host five borough-wide Parent Information Forums on the Gifted and Talented admissions process. At these sessions, Department staff will present an overview of testing, scoring and placement, and answer questions from families. Each session runs from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The schedule for the Gifted and Talented Parent Information Forum for Brooklyn is as follows:

Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Sunset Park High School
153 35th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11232

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Crow Hill Protest In Opposition to Opening of Pawn Shop at 649 Park Place

Press Rally/Protest In Opposition to Opening of Pawn Shop at 649 Park Place

Crow Hill Community Association and Council Member Letitia James hold rally on October 16, at 12 Noon on corner of Park Place and Franklin Avenue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn in protest of proposed pawn shop

(Brooklyn, NY) – The Crow Hill community is gathering to protest a proposed pawn shop in their community. Crow Hill is a residential community that is working hard to bring renewed life and vitality to their commercial corridor: Franklin Avenue.

Crow Hill is situated in the west section of the 77th Precinct, which is currently experiencing a rise in burglaries, and the Crow Hill Community Association believes an establishment that specializes in buying and selling goods will not be beneficial for its neighborhood. Crow Hill is committed to the revitalization of Franklin Avenue, and will use all of its resources towards the goal of improving quality of life and public safety issues. The Crow Hill Community Association is united in opposing any landlord or developer who wishes to bring inappropriate projects to the community.


What: Protest of Inappropriate Development in Community – Park Place & Franklin Avenue Pawn Shop
When: Saturday, October 16
Where: Corner of Park Place and Franklin Avenue, Crown Heights
Time: 12 PM

FG Park Conservancy Presents Halloween Festival; Great PUPkin; 10/30

On Saturday, October 30, 2009 from 12 noon- 3:00 pm, the Fort Greene Park Conservancy presents the 11th annual all free Halloween Festival in Brooklyn's historic Fort Greene Park.

The festival kicks off at 12 noon with a wild costume contest for dogs and their owners, "The Great PUPkin," sponsored by Fort Greene PUPS, the local dog-owners organization.

FG Park Conservancy Hosts Dance Party; 10/14; 7PM; FG

You are invited to join the Fort Greene Park Conservancy in a dance to support free programs at Fort Greene Park--

WHEN: Thursday, October 14th, 7PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Masonic Temple
317 Clermont Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

For more information, see here.

Monday, October 11, 2010


Council Member Letitia James thanks you all for your overwhelming response to The Stars of New York Dance! We are all looking forward to a tremendous event. In an effort to make the event more accessible, the date has changed and the new date will be posted both on the event website and here shortly.

"Great, I have more time to rehearse and win!" - Council Member Letitia James

For more information, please call 917-623-7299, or e-mail
NY Times Features The Stars of New York Dance: Here's their video coverage--

Friday, October 8, 2010

BMBC Special Breast Cancer Awareness & Prayer Service on 10/10

Brown Memorial Baptist Church invites you to: A Special Breast Cancer Awareness & Prayer Service on Sunday, October 10, 2010 10:45 am

Brown Memorial Baptist Church, Reverend Clinton M. Miller
484 Washington Avenue (enter on Gates Avenue) – 718-638-6121
Come worship with us as we empower breast cancer survivors, caregivers and the community, through prayer, testimonies, music and the word of God.

With special appearances by the producers and cast of the new Off Broadway play Die Laughing the Stage Play, a compelling story about a misogynistic male comedian who on the eve of the biggest break in his career, is diagnosed with breast cancer.


For they (His Words) are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. Proverbs 4:22

Dance Kings of Black Brooklyn at Kumble this Saturday

Dance Kings of Black Brooklyn
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Saturday • October 9 • 7:30 PM

You won’t want to miss this special event honoring an important generation of Brooklyn’s Black male dancers and choreographers, who have served their communities and influenced younger dancers, including Obediah Wright, Baba Chuck Davis, Ron Brown, Jamel Gaines, Reggie Wilson, Michael Manswell, and Kevin “Shock-a-lock” Porter. They will be joined by protégés of their choosing for an evening that includes dances by the kings, a panel discussion, including Ella Moore and Lee “Ako” Thompson and a crowning moment.

This event is presented as part of Brooklyn Arts Council’s year-long initiative Black Brooklyn Renaissance: Black Art + Culture, 1960– 2010, sponsored by MetLife Foundation and presented in partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation.

Tickets: $15, $12 students and seniors
Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
One University Plaza
Long Island University- Brooklyn Campus
Brooklyn, NY, 11201
(718) 488-1624

Enroll your 4-Year Old in Pre-K NOW!!

New York City provides free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) programs for children who are four years old by December 31, 2010 and live in the City of New York.

Please contact the Pre-Kindergarten programs in your area which are listed at or call 718-935-2009 for availability. Deadline for registration is Friday, October 29, 2010. Openings will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

To register you must bring your child and the following documents to the program for registration:

* proof of birth (birth certificate or passport)
* two documents verifying proof of residence
* immunization records

For additional information, please call 718-935-2009 or email

Thursday, October 7, 2010

REMINDER: ActNow Fdtn Presents "The Colored Museum"; 10/7-9; S. Oxford Space; FG

This is a reminder--

Come See The Colored Museum This Weekend!
Thursday, 10/7- Saturday, 10/9
South Oxford Place Building
138 South Oxford Street- Fort Greene, Brooklyn

For more information, you can call 917-334-0764 or email Tickets can be bought at We're happy to announce that Council Member James will not only be in attendance, but she'll be awarded for her support of the arts on the performance on October 7th.

Regarding MTA Transit Fare Increases

Council Member Letitia James was incredibly disappointed to learn that the MTA decided to approve the transit fare increases. The following is the testimony the Council Member presented at the MTA Public Hearing on September 21, 2010.


"I want to register my strong objection to any increase of the MTA ridership fare and toll modifications proposed for implementation on January 1, 2011.

Under the proposed MTA plan, the cost of an unlimited monthly Metrocard would increase nearly 17%, from $89 to $104. Riders would have the option of opting for a less expensive $99 card with a maximum number of trips limited to 90. The MTA has presented this proposal as progressive, noting the difference in income between riders who purchase the pay-per-ride Metrocards and the unlimited weekly cards, and those who purchase the 30-day pass. I would say that the board has a faulty understanding of wealth when they consider an individual making $63,000 annually in New York City comfortably able to afford a 17% fare hike. The monthly unlimited card has always been the most affordable option on a day-to-day basis; those who use public transportation daily and choose day-to-day or weekly Metrocards are clearly purchasing their cards with the money in their pocket. I agree that the MTA should keep the needs of New York’s working-class citizens primary in their consideration, but a truly progressive increase would not harshly punish the majority of middle-class New Yorkers.

I’ve heard the excuse of the MTA— the state funding is lacking. All New York State and City agencies have felt the crunch. But the reality is that the MTA’s financial picture is what it is because of the bloated and wasteful spending of the agency itself. This is the same agency that sells-off land underpriced to wealthy developers while laying off their municipal workers. New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli reported earlier this year that MTA overtime costs soared 26% between 2005 and 2009, nearly $3M more than anticipated this year alone. MTA overall spending has grown at an average annual rate of 7% during the past five years, more than twice the rate of inflation. The MTA’s outstanding debt totals about $27.5B, 54% higher than it was five years ago. The MTA Real Estate Taxes are coming in short by $105M. The MTA Payroll Mobility Tax will be over $200M short of projected returns by the end of the year. These muddled numbers and others leave you with an $800 million deficit— a deficit that seems to steadily increase. And recently, Moody’s reduced the rating on the MTA’s transportation revenue bonds to A3, the fourth-lowest investment grade.

While you ask the ridership to accept a fare hike, what is being done to improve the MTA’s financial plan? What structural changes are being made to ensure future financial stability? Is there going to be an increase of services in the future, or can we continue to see the drastic service cuts that have taken place in the last 24 months? Are you building upon technical upgrades? It is important that the MTA communicate with the City at large what they plan to do to improve service, instead of lazily pointing to finger at funding issues.

Until I see a concerted effort to change the structure of the MTA, I will stand with the taxpayers and ridership in opposing these fare increases."

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

BBP Markowitz and CM James Host School District 13 Town Hall Meeting

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, Council Member Letitia James, and the Brooklyn Parent Academy urge all school district 13 parents to attend a comprehensive town hall meeting to discuss the welfare of school district 13.

Date: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Time: 6:00pm

Venue: Brooklyn Borough Hall Court Room - 209 Joralemon Street

List of DOE district 13 schools:

P.S. 003 The Bedford Village
P.S. 008 Robert Fulton
P.S. 009 Teunis G. Bergen
P.S. 011 Purvis J. Behan
P.S. 020 Clinton Hill
P.S. 044 Marcus Garvey
P.S. 046 Edward C. Blum
P.S. 054 Samuel C. Barnes
P.S. 056 Lewis H. Latimer
P.S. 067 Charles A. Dorsey
P.S. 093 William H. Prescott
Satellite Three
M.S. 113 Ronald Edmonds Learning Center
P.S. 133 William A. Butler
P.S. 256 Benjamin Banneker
Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts
M.S. K266 - Park Place Community Middle School
P.S. 270 Johann DeKalb
P.S. 282 Park Slope
P.S. 287 Bailey K. Ashford
Satellite East Middle School
P.S. 305 Dr. Peter Ray
P.S. 307 Daniel Hale Williams
Satellite West Middle School
Academy of Business and Community Development
Urban Assembly Academy of Arts and Letters
Urban Assembly Institute of Math and Science for Young Women
M.S. 571
Khalil Gibran International Academy
Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VII Middle School
Achievement First Endeavor Charter School (84K508)
Leadership Prep Charter School (84K517)
Community Roots Charter School (84K536)
Community Partnership Charter (84K702)
Academy for Health Careers (K751)
Academy of Business and Community Development (K336)
Adult and Continuing Education (K755)
Bedford Academy High School (K595)
Bedford Stuyvesant Preparatory High School (K575)
Benjamin Banneker Academy (K670)
Brooklyn Academy High School (K553)
Brooklyn Community High School of Communication, Arts and Media (K412)
Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service (K616)
Brooklyn International High School at Water's Edge: Brooklyn International Campus (K439)
Brooklyn Technical High School (K430)
City Polytechnic High School of Engineering, Architecture, and Technology (K674)
Dr. Susan S. McKinney Secondary School of the Arts (K265)
Freedom Academy High School (K509)
George Westinghouse Career and Technical Education High School (K605)
P.S. K077 (K077)
P.S. K753 - School for Career Development (K753)
Science Skills Center High School at Water's Edge: Brooklyn International Campus (K419)
The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice (K483)
Urban Assembly High School of Music and Art at Water's Edge: Brooklyn International Campus (K350)

ATTENTION: DFTA Presents Annual Plan To Public

Each year the Department for the Aging shares its goals and objectives with the public through its Annual Plan Summary. Public hearings are held in each borough to receive feedback on the Plan. Seniors and service providers are especially encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010
10:00 A.M. – 12:00 Noon
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

ATTENTION: NYC-ECB Makes Appeals Available Online; Develops Info Video

The NYC Environmental Control Board (ECB) is a neutral forum where hearings on tickets issued by 12 different City Agencies are held. ECB is committed to making the administrative hearing process fair and accessible to everyone who wants their day in court, in order to assist you, ECB has:

-Enhanced its website to provide helpful information to the public
-Made free translation services available in every hearing room
-Reduced decision turn-around times to 30 days or fewer
-Created informational materials for the public

Appeals are now available online at Hard-copy appeals are still available in office, and are available in both English and Spanish. The ECB is also concerned with offering assistance in understanding the appeals process, and have developed a 3 minute informational video. You can view the video on their website at

ATTENTION: CM James and Elected Officials Present "A Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving"; 11/7; BK Center for Performing Arts; 4PM

CMs Letitia James and Jumaane Williams, Congressman Ed Towns, NYS Democratic Leader John Sampson, NYS Senator Eric Adams, and Assembly Member Karim Camara present--

A Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving!

WHEN: Sunday, November 7, 2010, 4PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Walt Whitman Theatre
2900 Campus Road/Hillel Place

Call the Office of Council Member Letitia James at (718) 260-9191 for more information.

Monday, October 4, 2010

CMs James and Lander Speak Up On AY Plaza Design, Construction Concerns

Council Members Letitia James and Brad Lander speak at Brooklyn's Borough Hall on September 29, 2010 on Atlantic Yards Plaza design, and ongoing concerns with the development--

Video by Jonathan Barkey retrieved from Atlantic Yards Report. Read Mr. Oder's much more detailed report here.

Friday, October 1, 2010

CM James Having Fun At Dance Practice for Stars of NY Dance; 10/12; October 12, 2010 at NY Marriott at BK Bridge

If you didn't see it, our esteemed boss hummed the theme to Saturday Night Fever, cha-cha-d, and baited her dance competitors.

Footage from Brooklyn Independent Television's (BIT) Brooklyn Review, Episode 226; Original air date: 9/27/2010. Taken from BRIC Community Media.

Please consider attending The Stars of New York Dance
Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 6:30 PM (ET)
Location: New York Marriott at the--
Brooklyn Bridge
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn , NY 11201

For Tickets @
More information @