Thursday, December 22, 2011

ATTENTION: Chase Bank Presents Homebuying Seminar

On February 8, 2011, Chase Bank will be hosting a free homebuying seminar. Topics to be discussed include--

-Preparing for bomeownership
-Affordable mortgage programs
-Questions and answers with mortgage specialists

WHEN: February 8, 2012
6:30PM- 8:00PM

WHERE: Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza
1380 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

Seating is limited. Please RSVP at (718) 230-1284 by February 2.

ATTENTION: FCR and CM James Again Provide FREE Waste Receptacles

Forest City Ratner (FCR) Companies and Council Member Letitia James are again providing free rodent-proof waste receptacles to 35th District residents.

The heavy-duty, plastic cans with lids are approved by the City's Department of Health.

The receptacles can be picked up at the District Office of Council Member James, 67 Hanson Place, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Bring identification and proof of address when picking up, and call (718) 260-9191 to confirm availability.

Friday, December 9, 2011

ATTENTION: CM James Hosts "Jingle All The Way" Holiday Party; 12/20; Bed-Stuy

For My Sweet Garden and Event Space/Kalahari Gallery
1103 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tuesday, December 20, 2011
6:00pm until 10:00pm

Please join us and bring an unwrapped toy for local children!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Elected Officials Speak Out Against Hateful Language By NYPD Officers Exposed On Facebook

December 6, 2011

Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis at (212) 788-7081

Elected Officials Speak Out Against Hateful Language By NYPD Officers Exposed On Facebook
Outrage Follows Police Officers Found Making Disparaging Comments Concerning West Indian American Day Parade, Community

New York, NY— Individuals affiliated with the New York City Police Department (NYPD) have been found making offensive and disrespectful comments on the social networking website Facebook regarding the West Indian American Day Parade in Central Brooklyn, an annual multiday event that unfolds over the Labor Day weekend.

In the Facebook group, entitled “No More West Indian Day Detail”, posters were found referring to parade participants as “animals”, “savages”, and “filth”, and the parade overall as a “scheduled riot”. In fact, the language was so inflammatory that some posters sent out the warning that it could be exposed to the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau.

In early November 2011, Council Member Letitia James joined State Senator Eric Adams, Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, and Council Member Jumaane Williams to urge Mayor Bloomberg to appoint an independent commission to investigate corruption within the NYPD. This request followed a number of recent well-publicized scandals involving New York City police officers including ticket-fixing, evidence tampering, and drug-planting; as well as overall policies such as unlawful surveillance activity and discriminatory stop and frisk tactics.

“These comments are deeply bigoted, and suggest that these officers view their duty as some kind of war against the communities they have sworn to protect,” said Council Member Letitia James. “This attitude mars the integrity of the department and is reminiscent of a time before community policing was established as NYPD policy. When officers suggest ‘dropping a bomb’ on a community, I have to question not only their commitment to their duties, but the degree to which they value basic human life.”

“Such deeply offensive remarks don’t belong anywhere, anytime in our City,” said Comptroller John C. Liu. “The Officers who were responsible for these comments don’t represent the NYPD, but do reinforce concerns about biased policing. The NYPD needs to get the bottom of this.”

“The comments made by these police officers are disgraceful and need to be investigated immediately,” said Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito. “I know that these views do not represent the entirety of the police force, but unfortunately, this only serves to reinforce distrust of the police among communities of color.”

“I cannot say that today's report surprises me, based on the growing avalanche of these stories coming from every corner of New York City,” said Council Member Jumaane Williams. “Yet, Mayor Bloomberg and Commissioner Kelly have maintained their deafening silence towards this issue. These comments come out in the wake of other concerning statements from NYPD officers, including a racially motivated arrest on Staten Island in April where an officer said he ‘fried another n-----’, as well as racist language captured in wiretaps during the ticket-fixing investigation in the Bronx.”

The 2011 West Indian American Day Parade saw a total of nine shooting victims, with four of those victims shot along the parade’s route. Those who lost their life include Denise Gay, 56, who was shot while sitting on a stoop with her daughter. Mayor Michael Bloomberg blamed the violence on gun-accessibility.

WHO: Council Member Letitia James
NYC Comptroller John Liu
Public Advocate Bill De Blasio (Representative Kirsten Foy)
Representative Yvette Clarke (Representative Latrice Walker)
Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito
Council Member Jumaane Williams
Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez
Council Member Robert Jackson
Council Member Brad Lander

WHEN: December 7, 2011
1:00 PM

WHERE: steps of City Hall


Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally-funded program intended for low-income households. The program may assist with household's energy bills- which includes electricity, gas, and oil bills. Even if heat and utilities are included in a renter's payments, HEAP may be able to assist. Grants vary depending on household income and type of heating.

There are two HEAP components--
-Regular component opened on November 16, 2011
-Emergency component opened on January 3, 2012

HEAP's regular component benefits households who pay heat, utilities, and cooking gas; have utilities and heat included in the rent; and reside in public housing.

HEAP's emergency component benefits households when heat service is disconnected or scheduled for disconnection; when the household is without heating fuel or has low fuel; and when heating equipment is inoperable.
- One emergency grant, primary fuel grant, and/or heat related emergency grant is available per vendor during the HEAP season
- One boiler repair/replacement is available

A person is eligible for HEAP benefits if they are a US citizen or qualified alien and meet income eligibility guidelines; receive temporary assistance (safety-net or family assistance); receive food stamps; receive supplemental security income (SSI); and/or live in subsidized housing [Mitchell-Lama apartments, Public Housing (NYCHA), and apartments financed with Section 8 Certificates and Vouchers].
- Income eligibility depends on household size in relation to total household income

Those seeking to apply for HEAP must provide proof of residence, identity, utility costs, and income. The HEAP Brooklyn Field office is located at 1 Metrotech Center (Lobby). Customers should call (800) 692-0557 for more information.

Monday, December 5, 2011

City Council Sanitation Committee Chair Letitia James To Speak At NY League of Conservation Voters Forum on City Solid Waste Challenges

December 5, 2011

Contact: Dan Hendrick at (212) 361-6350 x206

City Council Sanitation Committee Chair Letitia James To Speak At NY League of Conservation Voters Forum on City Solid Waste Challenges

(New York, NY)— Did you know that New York City ships 10,500 tons of residential waste to out-of-state landfills every day? That adds up to nearly 27 million miles a year— all on large, long-haul trucks that spew massive amounts of climate-warming emissions into our air.

New York City is lagging behind other major cities in the adoption of new technologies, even as our current system grows more and more expensive. Isn't it time for the Big Apple to rethink its solid waste management strategy?

On December 6, 2011, Council Member Letitia James will be joining the New York League of Conservation Voters (Education Fund) at “Wasted Opportunity: Confronting NYC's Solid Waste Challenges” to discuss how New York City can best manage the nonrecyclable fraction of its municipal solid waste. Panelists will include NYC Deputy Mayor for Operations Caswell Holloway; NYC Environment- Natural Resources Defense Council Director Eric Goldstein; Citizens Budget Commission President Carol Kellerman; as well as others.

The forum will take place Tuesday, December 6, 2011 at the New York City Bar Association (42 West 44th Street) from 8:00AM to noon.

See more information here:


The much-celebrated Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP), an innovative summer program for kids ages 7-12 which gives them the chance to interact with their local environment and community, is currently open for registration.

BCAP Summer Camp is sponsored by Heart of Brooklyn, a unique partnership among six of Brooklyn’s most treasured cultural institutions. All lessons are consistent with New York State Learning Standards and are taught by professional educators. BCAP Summer Camp is licensed by the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and is inspected twice yearly.

BCAP's curriculum theme for Summer 2012 is Myths and Magic. The program is offered in three two-week sessions in summer 2012:

• Session 1: July 2 – July 13
• Session 2: July 16 – July 27
• Session 3: July 30 – August 10

Tuition assistance is offered for qualifying families. For more information or to register, see here.

Friday, December 2, 2011

NYC Parks Department Offers Grant To Non-Profits Using Green Infrastructure

The NYC Department of Parks and Recreation recently announced that up to $4M will be available for private property owners, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations that use green infrastructure to reduce or manage stormwater on private property and public sidewalks in combined sewer areas of New York City—such as building green roofs, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, right-of-way bioswales, and similar methods.

The NYC Department of Environmental Protection is strongly encouraging applicants to apply online at:, and will be hosting grant workshops for those that are interested in applying.

Brooklyn Workshop
Brooklyn- December 6, 2011, 6:00pm-8:00pm
Brooklyn Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom– 2nd Floor
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Please contact the Office of Council Member Letitia James for more information at (212) 788-7081.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

NYC Council Approved Redevelopment of BK Navy Yard's Admiral's Row

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** November 30, 2011

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191


(Brooklyn, NY) The New York City Council unanimously voted in favor of the redevelopment of the six-acre Admirals Row site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The property will be transferred from the federal government to the City of New York, and will then become part of Brooklyn Navy Yard.

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, which manages the 300-acre industrial park on behalf of the City, will oversee redevelopment of the Admirals Row site, creating a 74,000-square-foot supermarket and 79,000 square-feet of additional neighborhood retail space, as well as 127,000 square-feet of industrial space. The project is expected to create 500 permanent retail and industrial jobs and hundreds of additional construction jobs.

Council Member Letitia James said: “I want to commend Andrew Kimball and the whole BNYDC and all of the community partners who worked hard on developing and approving this plan. For 20 years, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, with the support of Community Board 2 and elected officials at every level, has made it clear that redevelopment of the six-acre Admirals Row site is necessary, specifically to serve the local neighborhood, which includes 10,000 residents of Farragut, Walt Whitman, and Ingersoll Houses.”

Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation has concluded its negotiations with the federal National Guard Bureau, and will issue a request for proposals for the site’s redevelopment before the end of the year. The project will break ground in 2012 following the transfer of the property from the federal government to the City, which owns the 300-acre Brooklyn Navy Yard property. The designated developer will enter into a long-term lease for the site that now houses 12 dilapidated and unused structures. The plan includes the restoration of two of the structures – Building B and the Timber Shed – which will be incorporated into the new development.

“The City Council’s approval of the public review process for the redevelopment of Admiral’s Row is great news on many levels. The project will incorporate historic preservation into a progressive sustainable site plan, which will in turn become a boost for the local economy. I’m excited to know that fresh affordable food, expanded industrial space, retail shops, and hundreds of permanent and construction jobs are soon coming to the Brooklyn Navy Yard and surrounding community. Also, the redevelopment includes the restoration of two houses, which is a huge blessing,” said Council Member James.

The development of Admirals Row will continue the expansion underway at the Brooklyn Navy Yard – its largest growth since WWII, adding more than 1.5 million square feet of new space and 2,000 new jobs.

“An important aspect of the redevelopment of Admirals Row is that it will assist residents who have much to benefit from this community resource. The Navy Yard has designed a responsible plan with an employment center on the premises. I’m delighted that the public review for the transfer of this site to New York City is complete, and the next step will begin.”


Monday, November 28, 2011

Events Sponsored by The Co-op School

Please join The Co-op School for their Kindergarten Fair tomorrow, November 29th. Come and learn how to navigate the systems and find out what our neighborhood schools have to offer. This event is free and open to the public and no registration is required.

WHERE: The Co-op School - 87 Irving Place, Brooklyn, NY 11238
DATE: November 29, 2011
TIME: 6:00pm to 6:30pm - Parent led session for Co-op parents
6:30pm to 7:30pm - Public School Fair Opens (open to all)


The Co-op School, though a grant from the Lego Foundation and the generosity of the Brooklyn Music School, is presenting a free interactive performance of the Frog Prince by the Galli Theater Company on Sunday, December 4th. This event is free and open to the public.

WHERE: Brooklyn Music School - 126 St. Felix Street, Brooklyn
DATE: December 4, 2011
TIME: Doors open at 3:00pm and show time will be 3:30pm SHARP!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

ATTENTION: Additional Screenings of Battle for Brooklyn; Documentary In Oscar Running

If you have not yet seen the much. talked. about. Battle for Brooklyn, now is your time to do so. The documentary, co-directed by Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky and produced by David Beilinson, chronicles the seven-year long fight between the Prospect Heights community and one of the largest real estate developers in the country. It features Council Member Letitia James as well as activist Daniel Goldstein and Develop Don't Destroy Brooklyn.

Upcoming Screenings:
Maysles Center, 343 Lenox Avenue (between 127 & 128 Streets), New York, NY
Dec 1, 7:30pm: Q&A with filmmakers
Dec 6, 7:30pm: Q&A with Mindy Fullilove and local community
Dec 9, 7:30pm: Q&A with Dan Goldstien

Brooklyn Heights, 70 Henry Street, Brooklyn, NY
Nov 23, 6:00pm
Nov 30, 6:00pm

Indie Screen, Williamsburg, 285 Kent Avenue at S. 2 Street, Brooklyn, NY
Nov 27, 5:00pm

The Academy recently announced that Battle for Brooklyn is one of 15 films listed for an Oscar in the Documentary Feature category. The five final nominees will be announced in January 2012.

ATTENTION: NYC Council Hosts Free Self-Defense Training; 11/29; Bushwick United Methodist Church

WHEN: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
6:00- 8:00PM

WHERE: Bushwick United Methodist Church
1139 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221
(between Madison Street and Putnam Avenue)

For more information or to RSVP, please call (212) 788-7276.

Monday, November 21, 2011

NYCC Committee on Public Safety and Sanitation Hold Hearings on Snow Plans and Emergency Protocols; 11/30; 250 Broadway

Dear Neighbor,

Next Wednesday, November 30th, the City Council's Committees on Public Safety and Sanitation and Solid Waste Management will be holding a joint oversight hearing on the borough-based snow plans and citywide winter emergency protocols issued by the NYC Department of Sanitation (DSNY) and the Office of Emergency Management (OEM), respectively.

Copies of the DSNY borough-based snow plans are available at, and the OEM Snow Preparedness and Response Report is available at

I know snow removal and other snow-related issues are on many people's mind, especially as we edge closer to winter, and anyone who wishes to is more than welcome to attend this hearing.

The hearing is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. in the 14th Floor Committee Room at 250 Broadway in Lower Manhattan.

If you would like to testify, please be sure to register with the sergeant-of-arms on the 14th Floor. Due to increased building security procedures, please bring identification and allot some extra time for entry through the building lobby.

You can also email your written remarks to the Office of Council Member Letitia James at

If you have any questions about Wednesday's hearing, please feel free to contact my office at (212) 788-7081.

Thanks and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Letitia James
Chair, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management Committee
NYC Council

ATTENTION: ART/NY Holiday Toy Drive!

The Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York (ART/NY) is participating in the Brooklyn Borough President's Office Best of Brooklyn Toy Drive.

The organization is accepting donations at their South Oxford Space. They will collect new unwrapped toys suitable for children ages 3 to 10 years of age. There is a box in the first floor lobby for collection. The toys will be picked up on December 5, 2011, and donated to more than 2,500 children from public housing developments, congregations, and social service organizations at the “Best of Brooklyn Holiday Program”.

South Oxford Space is located at 138 S. Oxford Street between Hanson Place and Atlantic Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. If you come to drop off donations, use buzzer number 1.

For more info, you may call 718-398-3078.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

ATTENTION: FGA Hosts Spotlight on Public Safety; 11/21; 7PM

The Fort Greene Association is hosting Shining a Spotlight on Public Safety--

WHEN: Monday, November 21, 7PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Music School
126 Saint Felix Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Confirmed Guest Speakers include:
Council Member Letitia James
Arif Ullah, Director of Neighborhood Resources, Citizens Committee for New York City
Department of Transportation
Deputy Inspector Anthony Tasso, 88th Precinct
Jay Ruiz, Brooklyn BIKE Patrol

Attendees will receive tips on how to create or strengthen local block and tenant associations, as well as learn about the available grant programs and workshops. Tips will be given on personal safety, property safeguarding, self-defense and late night home escort options. Attendees will also have an opportunity to address street lighting concerns.

Contact FGA at 718-875-1855 for more information.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

CM James, Elected Officials, and Advocates Hold Press Conference In Response to Deceptive AY Training Program; 11/15

NOVEMBER 14, 2011

Contacts: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191, and Molly Thomas-Jensen at (718) 237-5527


Federal lawsuit to be filed against Forest City Ratner Companies LLC, and others for damages based on unpaid wages and false promises

(Brooklyn, NY)- A group of Brooklyn residents who participated in a job-training program negotiated as part of the Atlantic Yards project plan to file a federal lawsuit against the Atlantic Yards Development Company LLC, Brooklyn Arena LLC, Brooklyn United for Innovative Local Development, Forest City Ratner Companies LLC, Bruce Ratner and others.

The suit seeks the recovery of unpaid wages as well as damages based on false promises. The plaintiffs are represented by South Brooklyn Legal Services (a program of Legal Services NYC) and Emery Celli Brinckerhoff & Abady LLP.

WHO: Elected Officials, Clergy, Lawyers, and Plaintiffs

WHAT: Press Conference to Announce Lawsuit against Atlantic Yards Development Company LLC and others

WHEN: Tuesday, November 15 at 3:30pm

WHERE: 67 Hanson Place and South Elliott Place in front of the District Office of NYC Council Member Letitia James


CM James Scores A+ On Urban Justice Center- Human Rights Report Card

Council Member Letitia James has scored as A+ on the 2011 Urban Justice Center- Human Rights Report Card. The report card examines Council Members' compliance with universal human rights standards- especially in regards to employment, housing, health, food, education and other economic and social rights.

Council Member Letitia James is a supporter of the Council's living wage legislation, and has spoken against Walmart coming to New York City. She was recently part of the leadership that removed a racist anti-abortion billboard in SOHO; and joined with women's advocacy organizations to hold a press conference in support of a fair trial for Nafissatou Diallo, the Guinean housekeeper who accused former IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault.

Council Member James sponsored a law that addressed the Department of Corrections reporting to the Council violent incidents involving adolescents in 2009. She has been a strong advocate for restoring childcare vouchers, and fought to avoid the closure of childcare centers Citywide. She sponsored a 35th District Food Conference last term, and continues to work towards increasing green jobs throughout the City.

Council Member James is the sponsor of legislation that would address inequality in City housing, and paid family leave. She can be seen in the Atlantic Yards documentary Battle for Brooklyn, and was a contributer to the documentary The Untold Story of Emmett Louis Till, following her introduction of a City Council resolution to reopen Till's murder case.

Council Member James has scored consistently high scores on the report card (see 2008, 2009, and 2010).

Those interested in reading the report may do so here.

Monday, November 14, 2011

ATTENTION: CB2 Seeks Economic Development Cmte Secretary

Community Board 2's Economic Development and Job Creation Committee is seeking a secretary to take notes for its monthly meeting.

Those interested may e-mail

More at the NYT-Local here.

Education Resources


Become a Homework Helper at the Brooklyn Public Library.

If you have a strong commitment to helping Brooklyn students in grades 1 through 8 succeed in school and a minimum of two hours per week to volunteer, from 3-6pm weekdays, for at least six months then this is for you.

Apply now by completing an application at any neighborhood library or online at or call 718-230-2406.



Ralph Lincoln Service Center, Inc. at St. John's Family Center offers a FREE program designed for youth ages 16 to 20 and adults 21 and over who are looking for assistance in job training, job referrals, and resources, resume writing, preparing for job interviews, job etiquette, and money management. This program is open to EVERYONE!

Ralph Lincoln Service Center, Inc. @ St. John's Family Center, Inc.
1604 St. John's Place (between Buffalo and Ralph Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11213

Mondays (Adults Only-21 and over)
11:00am to 1:00pm

Wednesdays (Youth Ages 14-20)
11:00am to 1:00pm

Fridays (Youth Ages 14-20)
4:00pm to 6:00pm

To register or for more information email or call 347-765-1113 or 347-422-3465.

Friday, November 11, 2011

CM James Comments on Opening of 'A Fire In My Belly' Exhibition At BK Museum

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Statement by Council Member Letitia James on Opening of A Fire in My Belly”Exhibition at Brooklyn Museum of Art

(Brooklyn, NY)- Freedom of expression is protected under the first amendment, and I support Brooklyn Museum Director Arnold Lehman's decision to feature the exhibition A Fire in My Belly, by the late David Wojnarowicz.

This year New York City celebrated the victory of the passage of gay marriage, a win for everyone seeking equality and justice in life. The passage of this law is especially important because it repositions New York again as a leader in freedom for family expression and equal rights. Also, my colleagues and I stand with the Occupy Wall Street movement, and the overall opposition of social inequality and corporate greed. Protestors all over the country have the right to express their dissatisfaction with the excessive influence of big business and the wealthiest one-percent of Americans on U.S. laws and policies.

New York City has come to far to allow the Hide/Seek exhibition, scheduled to open at the Brooklyn Museum next week, a major museum show exploring gay themes in art history to be altered from the artist's original intent, or pulled. Freedom of expression is the pillar of democracy, and much is to be gained from the entirety of this show. Censorship has no place in a free society."


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Job Opportunity: Property Management Office Manager

Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) is seeking an energetic and organized individual to assume the position of Office Manager/Receptionist at 900 Fulton Street, home of our property management and economic development departments.

• Welcome visitors/clients, answer phones, screen calls,
• Direct and refer clients to appropriate staff members and outside sources
• General clerical duties including computer data entry, filing, organizing office records and files, and operating office equipment
• Open and sort high volume of mail daily
• Compile and send out department mailings including rent statements
• Maintain client literature and forms
• Track staff schedules, maintain staff sign-in sheets
• Keep inventory and order office supplies
• Oversee equipment upkeep and communicate with technical support
• Assist with composing correspondence including resident requests
• Maintain database of apartment seekers, RSVP apartment hotline
• Assist with assembling data and information for monthly reports as required.
• Provide other support as required
• Ability to deal with vendors and create invoices

Self-starter who is detail oriented with excellent office, organizational, and communication skills. Must be computer literate with proficiency with Microsoft Office suite as well as good word processing and typing skills. Must work well with a wide variety of people and be able to multi-task. Previous office experience required
Spanish speaking a plus

Please send or fax cover letter and resume to:
201 Dekalb Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
718-422-0413 (Fax)

Monday, November 7, 2011

ATTENTION: NY For Better Neighborhoods Grants Available!

Citizens Committee for New York City has released the application for their New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods Awards. Volunteer-led community groups, as well as public school-based student groups, are encouraged to apply for grant funding up to $3,000 to support neighborhood improvement projects in their communities. The grants are an important resource for community groups, particularly in low income areas. Recent awards have enabled neighbors to come together to make healthy food available in their communities, transform empty lots and school lawns into community gardens, organize tenants to advocate for better housing conditions, and start school recycling programs. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2012.

Applications are also available on the Citizen's Committee website at

The Citizens Committee is offering 6 information sessions to assist groups who may be applying for a grant. The dates for these sessions are listed below. RSVP is required for each workshop, as space is limited.

Manhattan Info Sessions
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Wednesday, January 11, 2011
Citizens Committee for New York City
32 Old Slip, 33rd Floor

If you have any questions about the application, please contact 212-822-9580/9568 or

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

CM James Introduces Legislation To Require City Agencies To Report Cost Overruns On Large Private Contracts

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** November 2, 2011

Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis at (212) 788-7081

Council Member Letitia James Introduces Legislation To Require City Agencies To Report Cost Overruns On Large Private Contracts

Bill Is In Response To Administration's Lack Of Oversight, Ongoing Review Of Contracts

New York, NY- On November 3, 2011, Council Member Letitia James will introduce legislation that would require City agencies to report to the Council cost overruns on large contracts. Specifically, agencies would be required to notify the Council within seven business days when it authorizes a payment to modify or extend an original contract worth more than $1M, for an additional cost of $500,000 and/or more than 10% over the original contract price.

During Council Member James’ tenure as Chair of the Contracts Committee, the committee held hearings on the outsourcing of public services to the private sector (as it affected both municipal workers throughout the City of New York, and public costs for potentially unnecessary private labor); as well as two oversight hearings on the Office of Payroll Administration’s City Time contract, a payroll system that she’d criticized as being overly costly and difficult to manage.

In September 2010, after Council Member James’ chairmanship ended, she stood with Local 375 (DC 37) to halt any further rolling-out of the Citytime project. She later commended Comptroller John Liu for ending expansion of the project due to ballooning costs and unmet deadlines, as well as his imposing hard deadlines on incomplete work. She joined numerous elected officials in speaking out against the $80M embezzlement of public funds by City Time consultants in December 2010, and praised Mayor Bloomberg for rightfully demanding $600 million from Science Applications International Corporation (contractor of Citytime) for what had become a public disaster for the administration.

In March 2011, former Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith wrote an op-ed in the New York Daily News on the outsourcing of technology positions to private contractors. In the article, Mr. Goldsmith asserted that the issue was not the outsourcing itself, but rather the administration’s need to place more attention towards employing City workers to perform these IT duties. He also announced administrative efforts to increase positions for municipal workers. Council Member James commended the administration for taking these initial steps.

"It is obvious that a lack of administrative oversight of contracted companies leaves the City vulnerable," said Council Member James. "Although I support the administration developing technology that simplifies and updates necessary functions, I do not support the administration handing over blank checks to private companies for IT projects."

The Citytime contract increased from a projected $68 million at its onset to more than $738 million, the Emergency Communications Transformation Program went from an initial $380 million to $666 million, and NYCAPS has ballooned from $66 million in 2002 to $363 million as of 2011.


Please Sign BK Speaks Petition In Support of RPPs

As Council Member James joins her colleagues in speaking in support of residential parking permits today, we want to bring your attention to a petition created by Brooklyn Speaks (civic associations, community-based organizations, and advocacy groups concerned about the future of development at the Atlantic Yards site) in support of a residential permit parking program for New York City in conjunction with local communities and their representatives.

An informal poll by Brownstoner also put the number of residents in support of an RPP near Barclay's at 83.6%.


Monday, October 31, 2011

Job Opportunity: DSNY Registering Emergency Snow Laborers

The NYC Department of Sanitation is registering emergency snow laborers who can be called upon to remove snow and ice citywide from bus stops, crosswalks, and from step streets in sections of the City after heavy snowfalls. The rate of pay begins at $12 per hour and increases to $18 per hour, after completing the first 40 hours, each pay week.

Interested individuals can register at any DSNY garage between the hours of 7 AM to 3 PM, Monday through Friday. The Manhattan District 12 garage is located at 301 West 215th Street between 9th Avenue & the Harlem River in Inwood. The District 10 garage is at 110 East 131st Street between Lexington & Park Avenue and the District 9 garage is at 125 East 149th Street between Bronx Gerard Avenue & Walton Avenue.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, be eligible to work in the United States, and be capable of performing heavy physical labor. All applicants must bring their social security card and a photo copy of it; two (2) small photos (1 1/2” square) and two (2) original documents and photo copies that prove identity and employment eligibility, such as a driver’s license; federal, state or local identification; school identification with photo, or passport, at time of registration.

For more information on how to register to become an emergency snow laborer, call 311 or visit

Anyone interested in becoming an emergency snow laborer this winter will be required to fill out important paperwork before being hired.

CM James And BK Speaks Urge Community To SPEAK UP For RPPs In Downtown, Central BK

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** October 31, 2011

Contact Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

State legislation required to limit consequences of Barclays Center traffic

WHAT: Hearing of the New York City Council Committee on State and Federal Legislation
WHEN: Wednesday, 11/2 at 10:30AM
WHERE: 250 Broadway, 14th Floor

According to the Empire State Development Corporation, when the Barclays Center opens in September 2012, an expected 35% of arena patrons, or as many as 5,600 cars will travel to the site for each of the projected 220 events held each year. If nothing is done before to mitigate this volume of traffic, there will be an increased risk of vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle accidents that already make Atlantic Avenue Brooklyn's most dangerous road. This barrage of traffic is also expected to cause significant delays at more than half of the intersections within a half mile of the arena. And it will result in almost 3,000 arena patrons taking curbside parking spots in Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights.

Among all of the impacts to neighborhood character and quality of life that will come from locating Atlantic Yards' arena within residential communities, none are of greater consequence to more residents than the traffic generated from arena events. But, there is a way to reduce the demand for our local streets. It's called "residential permit parking," or RPP, and it's been effective in other cities, like Boston and Chicago, where sports facilities are located in densely-populated areas. By limiting on-street parking during arena events to local residents, RPP will create a disincentive for arena patrons to drive, reducing congestion and making streets safer.

New York City requires authorization from the State legislature before it can implement RPP. On Wednesday, 11/2 at 10:30AM, the City Council will hear testimony on legislation authorizing the City to enact residential permit parking programs in the five boroughs.

The BrooklynSpeaks sponsors and Council Member James implore you to participate in this critical hearing and make your voice heard.

Please email us with your plans to attend and interest in speaking!


Friday, October 28, 2011

ATTENTION: 2nd Annual Franklin Avenue Halloween Parade; 10/30

The 2nd Annual Franklin Avenue Halloween Parade welcomes the community!

WHEN: Sunday, October 30, 2011
WHERE: Walt Shamel Dean North Community Garden
1096-1099 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY
(parade ends at Crow Hill Community Garden)

Pumpkin painting will be available following the parade. Please contact (917) 838-2421 for more information.

ATTENTION: SJC Hosts Management Roundtable Series with Ethan Chazin

St. Joseph's College hosts Management Roundtable Series to discuss Using Social Media to Advance Your Career with Ethan Chazin, Founder and President of The Chazin Group.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Tuohy Hall, Student Lounge
245 Clinton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
(between DeKalb & Willoughby Aves)

Refreshments will be served!

For more information, please contact John Keenan at 718-940-5731 or

CM James On MTA's Proposal To Remove Trash Bins from Subway

Over at the Prospect Heights Patch, Council Member Letitia James has posted a short piece on the MTA's proposal to remove trash receptacles from subway stations.


ATTENTION: MARP Hosts Pedestrian Safety Workshop; 11/3; Benjamin Bannekar HS

Help Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project (MARP) Improve Pedestrian Safety on Park Avenue!

Attend the Park Ave. Traffic and Pedestrian Safety Workshop:
WHEN: Thursday, November 3rd, 2011, 6-8:30pm
WHERE: Benjamin Banneker Academy for Community Development
71-77 Clinton Avenue (near Park Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY

The purpose of this workshop is to identify, prioritize, and locate specific enhancements that will improve pedestrian safety and calm vehicular traffic on 15 blocks of Park Avenue, between Navy Street and Steuben Street. Those interested must RSVP to MARP at or 718-230-1689.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

ATTENTION: CM James and Elected Officials Present "A Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving"; 11/20; BK Center for Performing Arts

Please join NYS Senator Eric Adams, NYS Senator John Sampson, Congressman Edolphus “Ed” Towns, Assembly Member Karim Camara, NYC Council Member Letitia James, and NYC Council Member Jumaane D. Williams for A Celebration of Praise and Thanksgiving gospel show.

WHEN: Sunday, November 20, 2011 at 4:00pm
WHERE: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts
Walt Whitman Theatre
2900 Campus Road @ Hillel Place

This event is FREE, but tickets are required. For free tickets, please call the Office of Council Member Letitia James at 718-260-9191. Please bring a non-perishable food donation with you in the spirit of Thanksgiving.

The event is co-sponsored by Health Plus.

CM James Statement On MTA Initiative To Remove Trash Bins from Subways

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** October 24, 2011

Contact: Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191


(Brooklyn, NY)- “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced a plan on Monday to study the impact of removing trash bins from City subway stations. The first phase of the plan began two weeks ago when bins were removed from two subway stations.

Although I understand that it is logistically difficult to remove 40 tons of waste each day from City Subway stations, I believe this initiative is misguided and will only lead to more litter and vector in an already dirty transit system. Managing this increased litter on subway platforms will go against the stated goal of this plan to reduce the burden on the MTA’s trash removal efforts.

It is not clear to me how removing bins will lead to less trash because riders will continue to eat, read newspapers and otherwise go about their normal routines, only now they would have nowhere to properly deposit the material. I for one, am doubtful that riders will consistently carry their trash out with them.

I commend the MTA for adding additional trains to remove waste from subway platforms in a more timely fashion, and believe that is an appropriate way to address the ‘unsightliness and malodor’ in the subway system. I believe we can build on this positive step and urge the MTA to work with the City to make the subway system a cleaner, healthier environment for everyone.”


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

ATTENTION: Alternate Side Suspended

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, has suspended alternate side parking regulations Citywide for Wednesday, October 26 2011 in observance of Diwali. They will also be suspended the following Tuesday, November 1, 2011 for All Saints Day.

Parking meter regulations remain in effect throughout the City on both days.

ATTENTION: NFBID Hosts 2011 Children's Fall Festival!

The North Flatbush BID is hosting their 2011 Children's Fall Festival!

WHEN: Saturday, October 29, 2011
12:00noon- 4:00PM

WHERE: 6th Avenue & St. Marks Avenue
(at Triangle Park)

Children will be able to participate in pumpkin carving, face painting, and experience a puppet show!

For more information, contact or (718) 783-1685.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

ATTENTION: PACC Hosts Workshop on Negotiating Commercial Leases

On Wednesday, October 26, 2011, Pratt Area Community Council will host "How to Negotiate a Commercial Lease", an interactive workshop focused on how to make small businesses can find spaces that fit their needs.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2011
6:00PM- 8:00PM
WHERE: PACC's Fulton Street Office
(between Waverly and Washington Avenues)
896-900 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Attendees will learn strategies professionals use when negotiating with landlords and contractors, what resources are available to assist with the leasing process, and receive referrals to governmental programs and resources. Registration requires RSVP.

Please RSVP at (347) 823-5700 x25, or at

ATTENTION: DYCD Young Adult Literacy Program

Mayor Bloomberg Kicks-Off Young Adult Literacy Program as First Component in Young Men’s Initiative

On October 11, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, Deputy Mayor Linda I. Gibbs and Department of Youth and Community Development Commissioner Jeanne B. Mullgrav announced the expansion of the Young Adult Literacy Program.

The program, developed and administered by DYCD, aims to improve literacy for disconnected youth who read between the fourth and eighth grade level. The Young Adult Literacy Program works to overall strengthen the safety net of services for black and Latino young men who have left high school without a diploma and may not be ready to take the GED exam. The program will receive $3 million over the next three years through the City’s Young Men’s Initiative.

The Program is now fully operational at 17 sites across all five boroughs and will serve nearly 1,000 participants this year. Sony has generously donated more than 1,500 Readers to assist with the City’s literacy effort and partnered with the public libraries to offer program participants free access to library book downloads.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

CM James Statement On Arrest of NYPD Officer Michael Daragjati for Violation of Civil Rights

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** October 17, 2011

Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis at (212) 788-7081

Council Member Letitia James Statement On Arrest of NYPD Officer Michael Daragjati for Violation of Civil Rights

Officer Accused of Arresting Black Citizen Under False Charges and Using Offensive Racial Language

“While we all know that the majority of New York City police officers are excellent public servants who exercise their authority in appropriate situations and with probable cause, this officer underscores the need for NYPD reform on stop-and-frisk. Had this officer not allegedly bragged about this arrest, what evidence of false reporting and misconduct would exist? It has been proven time and time again that stop-and-frisk is an unbalanced practice that has disproportionately affected minority and immigrant communities. I urge Commissioner Raymond Kelly to end this practice, weed out bad officers who fabricate arrests, and work to build a climate of trust with minority communities.”


Monday, October 17, 2011

Boro Pres Markowitz and SUNY Downstate Offer FREE Flu Shots; 11/2

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in conjunction with SUNY Downstate Medical Center is offering FREE Flu Shots.

WHEN: Wednesday, November 2, 2011
11:00AM- 2:00PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, Grand Rotunda
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

You must schedule an appointment- please do so at (718) 802-3831 or email

Friday, October 14, 2011

ATTENTION: FREE Flu Shots; Cumberland Diagnostic Center; 10/18; FG

The Cumberland Diagnostic & Treatment Center is providing free flu shots--

WHEN: Tuesday, October 18, 2011
WHERE: Cumberland D&TC
100 North Portland Avenue (Main Lobby)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205

No appointment necessary. For more information, please call (718) 388-5889.

Small Business Workshop On Creating Business Pitch

BOC Women's Business Center presents "Scoring a Home Run with the Perfect Pitch." You are invited to join this FREE creative workshop to work on creating your winning pitch.

Date: October 18, 2011
Time: 6:00 PM -7:30 PM
Location: Citibank
1398 Fulton Street
(between Brooklyn and Marcy Avenues)
Brooklyn, NY 11216

This event is presented by BOC in collaboration with the U.S. Small Business Administration and Citibank. To RSVP call (718) 625-1276.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

ATTENTION: FREE Pre-K Seats Still Available At BK Locations

**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE** October 13, 2011

Contact: Simone Hawkins at (212) 788-7081

Council Member Letitia James Urges Parents to Enroll Four-Year-Olds Before October 31st Deadline

Brooklyn– Council Member James urges Brooklyn parents to enroll their four-year-olds in free Universal pre-Kindergarten (UPK) classes as full-day and half-day seats remain available at 58 locations around the borough.

All New York City children who turn four years of age by December 31, 2011 are eligible for free UPK seats. Available half-day and full day UPK seats are located at public schools and community-based childcare centers contracted by the Department of Education. UPK offers flexibility in that families can enroll their children in available seats located where they live, where they work, where they go to school or wherever it is convenient for them.

“It is imperative that New York City parents utilize the UPK programs within their communities. With the many cuts to child care services, we must work together to preserve this necessary resource for families. Parents and guardians who rely on this essential service should make sure to contact 311 or the New York City Department of Education to find a center near you before the October 31st deadline. Let us continue to cultivate our communities and children one day at a time.”

Since 2002, the number of four-year-olds enrolled in UPK has increased by over 18,000, with more than 60,000 available seats this year. The City Council and the Bloomberg administration have worked collaboratively with childcare advocates to increase access to pre-kindergarten programs and to ensure their quality over the past six years. However, the majority of funding for UPK comes from state funds, and every year the City is forced to return millions of dollars to the state because UPK seats went unused.

For a full list of programs in your neighborhood that still have seats available, parents can go to City Map on, or call 311.

Boro Pres Markowitz Hosts Halloween Vein Blood Drive; 10/31; BK Boro Hall

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in conjunction with the New York Blood Center is holding a Halloween Vein Drive (Blood Drive)--

WHEN: Monday, October 31, 2011
10:00AM- 4:00PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, Community Room
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Classic horror films will be playing throughout the day! Please bring valid identification. You must be a minimum of 110lbs., and between the ages of 17-76. Those interested should call (718) 802-4032 or email

Boro Pres Markowitz Hosts Digital Learning Town Hall; 10/27; BK Boro Hall

Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz in conjunction with Rosen Publishing is hosting 21st Century Digital Learning Tools for Brooklyn Families, Educators, and Community Leaders: A Town Hall Meeting--

WHEN: October 27, 2011
WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall, Community Room
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Attendees will enhance digital learning with online educational resources, and learn to use technology to become more effective in school and in the workplace. For more information, please contact Borough President Markowitz's office at (718) 802-3700.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Society for Clinton Hill Hosts 18th Annual Halloween Walk

The Society For Clinton Hill is hosting their 18th Annual HALLOWEEN WALK!

WHEN: Monday, October 31,2011
(Dekalb Ave./Hall Street)

The walk will take place RAIN or FULL MOON! All costumed trick or treaters up to age 12 are invited! Maps of routes will be provided. Parents much accompany their children.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

ATTENTION: Alternate Side Suspended

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, has suspended alternate side parking regulations Citywide for Thursday, October 13, 2011 and Friday, October 14, 2011 for Succoth.

Parking meter regulations remain in effect throughout the City.

Medicare Open Enrollment

Open enrollment for the Medicare program begins October 15, 2011 and continues to December 7, 2011. Eligible participants are encouraged to take advantage of the program; late enrollment may result in penalties.

This is the only time of the year current enrollees will have the chance to make changes to their plans. See more information here:

ATTENTION: PACC Hosts Workshop on Writing Business Plans

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Pratt Area Community Council will host "Developing a Business Plan", an interactive workshop on writing business plans.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 12, 2011
6:00- 8:00PM

WHERE: PACC's Fulton Street Office
(between Waverly and Washington Avenues)
896-900 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Attendees will learn what resources are available to assist in writing an effective business plan, and learn strategies to develop an investor-ready business plan. Registration requires RSVP.

Please RSVP at (347) 823-5700 x25, or at

Thursday, October 6, 2011

ATTENTION: WellCare Sponsors Free Comedy Show for Seniors; 10/28; BK Museum

Representative Yvette Clarke, State Senator John Sampson, State Senator Eric Adams, Assembly Member Hakeem Jeffries, and Council Member Letitia James present a comedy show for seniors!

Wellcare Health Plans, Inc. is sponsoring a FREE comedy show and entertainment show for Brooklyn's senior citizens!

WHERE: Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY

WHEN: Friday, October 28, 2011
2:00PM- 5:00PM

For more information, please contact (347) 834-0802 or

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Weeksville Heritage Center Fall 2011 Harvest Festival

The Weeksville Heritage Center presents
the Fall 2011 Harvest Festival - the final day of Weeksville's Farmers Market.

The mission of Weeksville Heritage Center is to document, preserve and interpret the history of free African American communities in Weeksville, Brooklyn and beyond and to create and inspire innovative, contemporary uses of African American history through education, the arts, and civic engagement.

(Free Admission)

1698 Bergen, Brooklyn, NY 11213

Directions are available on website at

~ Children’s Cooking Classes
~ Canning & Seed Saving Workshops
~ Iron Chef Competition
~ Food Vendors & Farmers Market
~ Youth Art Exhibition
~ Tours of the historic Weeksville houses
~ DJ

This event is funded by the National Grid Foundation, Valentine Perry Snyder, and Con Edison. For additional information, please contact 718-756-5250 or

DFTA's Annual Plan Summary & Public Hearings

The New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) is pleased to share with you the Annual Plan Summary for 2012-2013. This Plan provides a valuable opportunity for the Department to share its goals, objectives and program planning with the aging network. A series of public hearings on the Plan provides forums for consumers, community partners, advocates, and other interested parties to give the Department feedback and suggestions on issues that impact New York City’s older adults.

DFTA encourages you to attend and/or testify at one of the five Public Hearings in October; a Testimony Request Form can be found on their website. If you are unable to attend one of the hearings, please feel free to submit written comments via email or mail. The Department welcomes your input and values your expertise. All comments will be carefully considered.

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The dates of the hearings for the other boroughs are: Queens, Tuesday, October 11th; Manhattan, Monday, October 17th; Staten Island, Tuesday, October 18th; and Bronx, Friday, October 21st. All hearings will take place between 10am and noon.

To register please call 212-442-0960 or email your name and borough to

Job Opportunity- Brooklyn Works Construction Trades Training Program

Brooklyn Works (of the Brooklyn Workforce Initiative) is a pre-apprenticeship training program that can help individuals start their careers in construction and environmental mediation. The program is available through a partnership with the New York City District Council of Carpenters.

Brooklyn Works is a 17-week program that provides young adults with a thorough introduction to the building trades, as well as the opportunity to earn 13 combined licenses and certificates (OSHA 10 & 40-hour hazardous waste worker, CPR, scaffold, etc). Graduates of the program work as carpenters, stationary/ operating engineers, painters, etc.

There is only ONE open orientations left in order to be eligible for the October 25, 2011 class. The last orientation is on October 10, 2011 at 10AM.

Those interested MUST bring copies of their birth certificate, social security card, valid state ID, proof of address/ income, high school diploma/GED, and citizenship status to the orientation.

Eligibility Requirements

Ø Able to perform 8-hours of physical labor each day
Ø Travel to job sites throughout the city every day
Ø Be at least 18 years old
Ø An American Citizen or Naturalized Immigrant
Ø Have a valid State ID Card or Drivers License
Ø Able to pass a math and reading test at the 8th grade level
Ø Possess a High School Diploma or GED at the time of application
Ø Be unemployed and/or have a low income
Ø Able to attend class Monday to Friday 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM for 17 weeks

Brooklyn Works is located at-
621 Degraw Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

For more information contact Erica Plasse at 718-237-2017 x149.

Cat TNR Workshop in Clinton Hill; 10/15; CH Library

Neighborhood Cats is hosting a free trap-neuter-release (TNR) workshop in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Participants will learn how to become TNR certified, get access to low-cost cat spays/neutering, be able to borrow free traps.

WHEN: Saturday, October 15, 2011
1:15PM- 5:00PM

WHERE: Clinton Hill Library
380 Washington Avenue (at Lafayette Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

To register, please email (subject line- Brooklyn TNR Workshop),
or call 212-662-5761.


The NYC Fire Department (FDNY) is providing mobile CPR training in the Fort Greene community.

October 4, 2011
WHERE: Woodhull Medical Center
760 Broadway (10th Floor Solarium)
Brooklyn, New York 11206
WHEN: 6:30- 7:30PM

October 5, 2011
WHERE: Cumberland D&TC
100 North Portland Avenue (Main Lobby)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205
WHEN: 11:00- 12:00PM

October 12, 2011
WHERE: Cumberland D&TC
100 North Portland Avenue (Main Lobby)
Brooklyn, N.Y. 11205
WHEN: 11:00- 12:00PM

Please call (718) 963-8640 for more information.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

ATTENTION: NYC DOE Middle School Fairs

During the month of October, the New York City Department of Education (DOE) Office of Student Enrollment will be hosting Middle School Fairs for students and families in districts that offer Middle School Choice (Districts 1 - 22, 25, 28, 30, 31, 32).

These fairs will provide an opportunity for families to meet representatives from middle schools in their district, learn about the Middle School Choice process and the options students have for middle school.

All fairs will be held from 5:30pm to 7:30pm and interpretation services will be available. Copies of the individual district fair flyers are available on the Middle School Admissions website.

In October, Middle School Directories will be delivered to elementary schools in choice districts as an additional resource for families. The directories also will be available at the Middle School Fairs and on the Middle School Publications page. Families can also sign up for Middle School Admissions and other relevant updates at

Please note the information for the Middle School Fairs for Districts 13, 14, and 17 – all located within Council Member Letitia James’ Council District.

* District 13: October 6 at M.S. 113-Ronald Edmonds Learning Center, 300 Adelphi Street, Brooklyn, NY 11205 (flyer)

* District 14: October 4 at I.S. 318-Eugenio Maria De Hostos, 101 Walton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 (flyer)

* District 17: October 13 at Middle School for the Arts, 790 East New York Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203 (flyer)

If families have any questions, they can always email or call 718-935-2398.

Job Opportunity- Heart of BK Commercial Revitalization Associate

Heart of Brooklyn- a partnership of the leading cultural institutions located in central Brooklyn- is hiring a Commercial Revitalization Associate.

Hours: Part­‐Time (15 hours, 2­‐3 days a week)
Location: 789 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
Hourly Rate: $12/h

Applicants should be highly motivated and have a demonstrated interest in economic development, community outreach, and the not­‐for­‐profit field. This position reports to Heart of Brooklyn's Commercial Revitalization Manager. The Commercial Revitalization Associate will assist several areas of HOB programming, including research and analysis, marketing, and community outreach, with a focus on economic development.

Work includes:
• Promoting small businesses; working closely with local Prospect Heights merchants
• Drafting and maintaining website content
• Social media marketing
• Business database maintenance
• Assisting with the coordination of monthly meetings
• Assisting with the editing and publishing of a quarterly newsletter
• Assisting with Rolling Up the Gates business attraction events
• Supporting tourism initiatives such as The HOB Connection free shuttle
• General administrative duties as needed

This position is ideal for someone who is interested in gaining experience in non­‐profit work, community affairs, and the wonderful borough of Brooklyn. Bachelor’s Degree preferred.

To apply:
Please e­‐mail a letter of interest and resume to Rebeca Ramirez at (subject line: “Commercial Revitalization Associate”) or fax to (718) 638­‐7740.

Job Opportunity- Chase Holding 2nd Job Fair To Hire Customer Service Representatives

Chase Bank is holding its second job fair to reach its goal of hiring 1,000 new customer service professionals in Brooklyn to work in its home lending business.

WHEN: September 28, 2011
10:00AM- 6PM

WHERE: The Brooklyn Bridge Marriott
333 Adams Street
Brooklyn, NY

The bank filled 450 jobs at its job fair in Brooklyn last month and plans to add at least 600 more.

All candidates interested in the jobs listed below are encouraged to apply online at and enter the accompanying requisition numbers:
Customer care research specialist- 110077685
Customer care letter editor/writer- 110077704
Customer care supervisor- 110064435
Customer care manager- 110066389

Monday, September 26, 2011

Job Opportunity- PACC Position for Kitchen Assistant

Pratt Area Community Council Department of Social Services is seeking a part-time kitchen assistant to assist the chef at a residential facility in Brooklyn. Since many of the residents are living with chronic conditions and/or their immune systems are compromised, the Kitchen Assistant must be experienced in healthy cooking and knowledgeable of nutritional values.

-Assist Chef with one meal per day 5 days a week;
-Assure the cleanliness of the kitchen;
-Ensure kitchen and food handling practices complying with state and city’s standards;
-Work part-time evenings Monday thru Friday

-Experienced in working with people living with chronic illnesses;
-Have Food Protection Certificate and willing to attend the required training;
-Experienced in cooking for large groups of people

Interested persons should send letter of interest and resume to PACC, Attn: Kitchen Assistant, 201 Dekalb Avenue, Brooklyn NY 11205; email; or fax 718.422-0413.

ATTENTION: CrH North House Tour; 10/1

The Crown Heights North Association is hosting their 5th Annual House Tour on Saturday, October 1, 2011.

The tour is self-guided and takes place rain or shine. This year's highlights include the homes of two gifted fine artists, three of Brooklyn's finest 19th century architects, and much more.

WHEN: Saturday, October 1, 2011
11:00AM- 4:00PM
(the kickoff ceremony and continental breakfast begins at 10:45AM)

The tour begins at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, on the corner of Brooklyn Avenue and St. John's Place. Tickets are available for only $20 (online) here, or $25 at the door. They can also be purchased at Barbara's Flowers (at 615 Nostrand Avenue) or Yanatiba (714 Washington Avenue). Please contact for more information.

Friday, September 23, 2011

ATTENTION: Celebrate the New Putnam Triangle Plaza; 9/25

Block Party To Celebrate The New Putnam Triangle Plaza

12:00NOON -8:00PM

WHERE: Fulton Street at Grand Avenue/ Putnam Avenue (Clinton Hill, Brooklyn)
Family Yoga and FREE 5-minute massages begin at 11:00AM

Please come out SUNDAY, September 25th to celebrate the creation of a BRAND NEW public space in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn, THE PUTNAM TRIANGLE PLAZA at Fulton and Grand. Celebrate with FREE live music; the Brooklyn Steppers Marching Band; Yoga on the Plaza; Free Massages; Face Painters, Free Balloons, Games, Crafts, Activities and Giveaways for Kids; Interactive Art Projects; Food Tastings from Fulton Street Chefs and much more.

For more information, please visit the Fulton Avenue BID/FAB Alliance at or

Thursday, September 22, 2011

CM James and Transportation Alternatives Promote NYC Bike Share

On September 22, 2011, teamtish conducted outreach along with Transportation Alternatives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. To goal was to build upon the previous "Building Bridges Bike Day", and to inform residents about the recent NYC Bike Share initiative. NYC Bike Share will comprise of 600 stations and 10,000 bikes in docking stations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, with potential expansion to other boroughs.

Council Member James is a vocal supporter of the program, and has proposed potential docking stations at the Brooklyn Flea in Fort Greene, in Grand Army Plaza, and at Medgar Evers College.

The day's outreach was focused at Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street. The team spoke to cyclists and pedestrians of all ages about NYC Bike Share. For more information on NYC Bike Share, or to sign a petition for improved bicycle safety, please call the Office of Council Member Letitia James at (212) 788-7081.