Friday, January 28, 2011

ATTENTION: CM James Joins Advocates and Officials To Rally Against Proposed DOE Phase-Out of MS 571; Co-Locations of Charter Schools

January 27, 2011

Contact: Simone Hawkins at (212) 788-7081, and Amyre Loomis (718) 260-9191


Last Month, the DOE released the Educational Impact Statement proposing the phase-out of M.S. 571 - The Bergen Upper School and a re-siting and co-location of Brooklyn East Collegiate Charter School in the 13K009 building. The DOE claims M.S. 571 “lacks the capacity to turn around” and there’s a need of high-quality options in school district 13. Much like P.S. 316 and M.S. 353, the DOE is not allowing the possible expansion and growth of P.S. 9.

The community knows each of these schools was never given the chance to succeed and grow. We demand that chance!

WHAT: Rally against proposed DOE phase-out of M.S. 571 and co-locations of charter schools
WHEN: Saturday, January 29, at 1:00 PM
WHERE: Duryea Presbyterian Church - 362 Sterling Place (corner of Underhill Avenue), Prospect Heights, Brooklyn - (718)783-2451

Also, the proposals for significant changes in school utilization will be considered at the February 3, 2011 Panel for Educational Policy meeting - at Brooklyn Technical High School located at 29 Fort Greene Place, Brooklyn, NY, 11217. We ask that all stakeholders attend this hearing and the press conference held prior to the hearing.


CM James On Appointment of Kenneth Adams As ESDC President/CEO

Statement by Council Member Letitia James on New Appointment of Kenneth Adams as ESDC President and CEO

“I want to congratulate Kenneth Adams on his new appointment as President and CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation. This pick to lead a restructured ESDC is a great match. As former president of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and Director of the MetroTech Business Improvement District in downtown Brooklyn, Ken recognizes that small businesses serve as an economic engine in Brooklyn.

The community looks forward to partnering with an innovative leader to resolve outstanding issues in and around the Atlantic Yards footprint. I’m confident that Ken will address the high rate of unemployment in Central Brooklyn, the lack of procurement for minority and women owned businesses in the state of New York, as well as the impact of the recession on all small businesses.

Congratulations as well to Gov. Andrew Cuomo for this superb choice; Ken is one of Brooklyn’s own!”


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

NYC Weather Emergency Declared

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has declared a weather emergency for the City.

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 until further notice to facilitate snow removal.

Parking meter regulations remain in effect throughout the City.

ATTENTION: Millennium Brooklyn High School Open House; 2/1-3; Park Slope

Parents of guardians of current 8th grade middle school students are invited to learn more about the new Millennium Brooklyn High School that will be co-located at the John Jay Educational Campus beginning September 2011.

Millennium Brooklyn High School
Open House- current eighth grade students & families are invited.

Dates: Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 6PM- 7PM
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 from 6PM- 7PM
Thursday, February 3, 2011 from 6PM- 7PM

Location: First Floor Auditorium
345 Dean Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Come meet with Founding Principal Lisa Gioe, and members of the Millennium Brooklyn planning team for a presentation and question and answer session.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Inaugural Cinema Festival Begins Black History Month: ActNow, Council Member James & BAMcinematek

Inaugural Festival by Brooklyn-Based Film Organization Opens Up Black History Month 2011 at BAMcinèmatek

Brooklyn, NY - Fort Greene based ActNow Foundation, in conjunction with BAMcinématek and NYC Council Member Letitia James, presents a new film festival that directly reflects the wide spectrum of views and themes within the African diaspora communities in Brooklyn and beyond.

The New Voices in Black Cinema Festival is a multi-genre showcase of quality movies geared towards getting general and new audiences to appreciate Black independent film. Choosing excellence over spectacle and boldness over standard fare, this program pushes the gamut of showing how film explores Black society and provides exhibition to new voices, and existing ones.

Taking place February 4th to the 9th at BAM Rose Cinemas, this program is an extension of ActNow’s ongoing New Voices in Black Cinema screening series at BAMcinèmatek, which last summer premiered Idris Elba & Thomas Ikimi’s festival hit Legacy and in 2009 showed the stirring documentary on soul music legend Bill Withers, Still Bill. “This festival continues ActNow’s mission of giving independent filmmakers the opportunity to present their stories to audiences on a grand scale,” proclaims ActNow Executive Director Aaron Ingram. He continues, “Especially being in Brooklyn, they’ll be able to reach out to our borough’s diverse African diaspora and beyond.”

New Voices in Black Cinema features documentary films of cultural and socio-political significance like Coming Back For More (2009—Feb. 5 & 6), in which the search for reclusive soul music superstar Sly Stone takes documentary filmmaker & musician Willem Alkema on a memorable, musical journey of a lifetime. Heart of Stone (2009—screening Feb. 4 & 9), examines Newark’s Weequahic High School principal Ron Stone’s efforts in confronting the extra-violent gang problems in his school and the backlash from the once-proud Jewish alumni in what was once among the highest-rated schools in the USA and journalist Dream Hampton’s documentary Black August (2010—Feb. 4 & 6), showcases a grassroots movement’s efforts to raise awareness about political prisoners, featuring interviews with intellectuals and social activists such as Assata Shakur, as well as performances by Hip-Hop artists such as Brooklyn natives Mos Def and Talib Kweli.

The series also includes personal narrative films like Money Matters (2010—Feb. 7), award-winning filmmaker Ryan Richmond’s portrayal of a single mother and her teenage daughter, as well as Tanya Hamilton’s Night Catches Us (2010—Feb. 4 & 7)—named one of the Best First Features in The Village Voice 2010 Film Critics’ Poll—starring Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington, about a former member of the Black Power movement returning home. Robert Heath’s SUS (2010—Feb. 4 & 7) a “sharply written, beautifully acted, and devastating critique of institutional racism,” (David Edwards, Daily Mirror) set entirely in a British interrogation room on election night in 1979, centers on two bigoted cops attempting to pin a murder on a man, played by Clint Dyer, who also produced.

The festival concludes on Feb. 9 with the ‘Brooklyn Block’ showcase of short films from local filmmakers, as well as a screening of Wendell B. Harris’ newly-restored Chameleon Street (1990—Feb. 9), inaugurating ActNow’s New Black Classics series. This race-examining satire based on the life of William Douglas Street, Jr.—played by the director himself—a Detroit con artist who successfully impersonated numerous professionals, became the first black film ever awarded Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize in 1990.

For more information about the New Voices in Black Cinema Film Festival, please contact Curtis John at or Donnet Bruce at or (347) 274-0563 and go to The contact for Council Member Letitia James is Amyre Loomis at, (718) 260-9191.

For press and more information on BAMcinèmatek , please contact:
Gabriele Caroti at 718.724.8024 /
Matthew Yeager at 718.636.4129x1 /

New Voices in Black Cinema schedule
Q&As with filmmakers at select screenings
Friday, February 4
2pm: Heart of Stone
4:30pm: SUS
6:50pm: Night Catches Us
9:30pm: Black August
Saturday, February 5
6:50pm: I Will Follow
9:30pm: Coming Back for More
Sunday, February 6
6:50pm: Coming Back for More
9:15pm: Black August
Monday, February 7
4:30pm: Night Catches Us
6:50pm: Money Matters
9:30pm: SUS
Wednesday, February 9
4:30pm: Heart of Stone
7pm: Brooklyn Block shorts
9:30pm: Chameleon Street


General Information
BAM Rose Cinemas is located in the Peter Jay Sharp building at 30 Lafayette Avenue (between St Felix Street and Ashland Place).
Subway: 2, 3, 4, 5, Q, B to Atlantic Avenue;
D, M, N, R to Pacific Street; G to Fulton Street; C to Lafayette Avenue
Train: Long Island Railroad to Flatbush Avenue
Bus: B25, B26, B41, B45, B52, B63, B67 all stop within three blocks of BAM
Car: Commercial parking lots are located adjacent to BAM
For ticket and BAMbus information, call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100, or visit
For ticket information, call BAM Ticket Services at 718.636.4100, or visit

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 Tuesday, January 25, 2011 to facilitate snow removal.

Parking meter regulations will remain in effect throughout the City.

Monday, January 24, 2011

NAACP Meeting

The NAACP Brooklyn Branch will hold a meeting on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza--

WHERE: Bed-Stuy Restoration Plaza
1368 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 11216

WHEN: 7:00PM- 8:30PM

Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact the NAACP at (718) 243 - 2040 or

ATTENTION: Public School Info Session; 1/26; CH

Parents and Guardians are Invited to Attend a Public School Information Session!

This will be a great way to find out about your school options, and to get your questions answered.

• Joyce Szuflita from
• P.S. 11
• P.S. 9
• P.S. 46
• P.S. 20
• Arts & Letters
• Leadership Prep
• Community Partnership Charter School
• Ethical Community Charter School

Wed, January 26th at 6:30 p.m.

The Co-Op School
87 Irving Place
Brooklyn NY 11238

FG Attempted Rapist

According to the NY Times/Local Blog, a man approached a 25-year-old woman early on January 23rd at St. Felix Street and Hanson Place. When he attempted to remove her clothing she screamed, alerting neighbors, and scaring the suspect away.

The attacker is a white man, 30-35 years old, and between 5'11" and 6', with medium build and light hair.

Anyone with information should contact the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline online or at 800-577-TIPS.

CM James Comments On Replacement/ Co-Location of Traditional Public Schools With Charter Schools

January 24, 2011

Contact Simone Hawkins at (212) 788-7081

Statement from Council Member Letitia James regarding the Perpetual Replacement and Co-location of Traditional Public Schools with Charter Schools

“The recently leaked document from the Department of Education is causing reasonable uproar from parents and schools throughout New York City. The DOE’s outline to replace twenty-six schools this year - with mainly charter schools - proves that no neighborhood is safe from the unilateral decision making of Mayor Bloomberg and now, Chancellor Cathie Black.

The 26 schools recommended for closure due to poor performance has received little to no support from the DOE for restructuring or developmental purposes. P.S. 9 – Teunis G. Bergen/M.S. 571 and P.S. 316 – Elijah Stroud/M.S. 353 – Elijah Stroud Middle School – all in my district – are being threatened with a co-location of charter schools, in addition, to a proposed phase-out of M.S. 571. Also, P.S. 11 – Purvis J. Behan seems to be targeted by the DOE as a possible place for co-location due to their outdated underutilized space report. Although these decisions are subject to public hearings and a vote by the Panel for Educational Policy, these students and their families are losing confidence in the NYC public education system.

I propose that the DOE allow restructuring of the M.S. 571 administration as it is necessary to maintain middle school options in school district 13. P.S. 316 has grown tremendously over these years under the great leadership of Principal Elif Gure-Perez and M.S. 353 is now a part of the Middle School Choice process of which will attract at least 100 additional students for the 2011-2012 school year. Both schools maintain levels of proficiency and received an “A” grade on their DOE 2009-2010 progress reports. Allow these schools to blossom in a time when they are both exceeding expectations and gaining community support.

The charter revision and expansion for Community Roots Charter School in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, for example, is one well deserved. However, the placement of the school in a separate building with another traditional school will only invite further public scrutiny. It is undoubtedly irresponsible for the DOE to take it upon themselves to create such documents without the input of the adjoining communities.

Once a phase-out is fully implemented, the DOE will cease to allocate funds to the closing school and repurpose all remaining funds to the incoming school. The Fair Student Funding (FSF) covers basic instructional expenses and may be used to hire staff, purchase supplies and materials, or implement instructional programs. As a result of the phase-out, the total number of students enrolled at the closing school will naturally decline each year resulting in fewer teachers and supplies to meet the needs of the remaining student population. The DOE needs to understand that many of these existing schools are community staples. It is without argument that many need support to maintain desirable proficiency and retention rates. Nevertheless, replacing them and reallocating resources to new charter schools is NOT the solution.”


Crown Heights Shooting

On Sunday, January 9th, 2011 at 12:15AM, 3 men were shot in front of 801 Dean Street.

(1) Victim- Male, Black, 19 years old was shot one time and was taken to Kings County Hospital for his injuries.
(2) Victim- Male, Black, 22 years old was shot one time and was taken to Kings County Hospital for his injuries.
(3)Victim- Male, Black, 18 years old was shot one time and was taken to Kings County Hospital for his injuries.

The perpetrator for each of these victims is unknown at this time. The case is under investigation with the 77th Precinct Detective Squad. If you have information, the detective squad can be contacted at (718)-735-0662, and Community Affairs can be contacted at (718)-735-0634. Additionally, you may always report information to the NYPD anonymously at Crimestoppers.

FGA Celebrates Black History Month- Call for Artists

For the month of February, The Fort Greene Association (FGA) will salute the contributions of African-Americans who’ve made significant contributions in and around Fort Greene; individuals who’ve committed selfless acts as well as recognize pioneers who’ve paved the way for others. The FGA is seeking artists interested in donating their time and talent to create Black History Month window displays/murals in the windows of local Fort Greene businesses to be exhibited for the month of February.

Artists interested in participating in the FGA’s Black History Month Celebration can send an e-mail to to learn more about the project and discuss next steps.

ATTENTION: FG Computer Tech Day- Free Diagnostic Service; 2/5

Computer Technology Day will take place on February 5, 2011 between 11:00AM and 2:30PM. The very successful and popular tech days provide FREE repair and diagnostic service for personal devices such as desktops, laptops, netbooks and software installation.

Residents and community members are responsible for the purchase of any hardware or software needed, but labor and diagnostics are provided free of charge. It is advised that guests call ahead to reserve a spot.

Those interested should bring their PC tower and any software disks that they may have in the event your computer needs to be cleaned and software reinstalled. There will be antivirus and spyware software provided. This is a free service to members of the Lafayette community and Brooklyn at large. For more information contact TYree at 347-587-6443 or checkout IGOTITOO.

The first unit will be accepted at 10:30AM, and the last unit at 2:25PM. You can sign your unit in and come back later to pick up!

ATTENTION: Comptroller John Liu Hosts Audit Info Event; 1/26; Prospect Heights

NYC Comptroller John Liu invites you to "The Power of an Audit: A Town Hall Meeting" to learn about the who, what, when, where, and why of audits.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 26, 2011
6:00PM- 8:00PM
Brooklyn Public Library
Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
10 Grand Army Plaza (at Eastern Parkway)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

You can also share your ideas about audits to save the City money, increase revenues or improve agency efficiency, please see "Open Audit" here:

ATTENTION: NYCC and BK Borough Pres Markowitz Host Adult Education Fair; 2/2; Downtown BK

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Borough President Marty Markowitz invite New Yorkers to attend an Adult Education Fair. The fair will provide free classes for GED Prep, Literacy, and English Language Skills.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 2, 2011
4:00PM- 8:00PM
WHERE: Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Early registration for GED Classes will be available and Pre-GED test screening will be offered at 4:30PM and 6:30PM. For more information, call 212-788-9221 or email

ATTENTION: Alternate Side Suspended

The NYC Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, has suspended alternate side parking (street cleaning) on Monday, January 24 for snow removal.

Parking meters will remain in effect.

ATTENTION: CACCI Hosts Small Business Workshop; 1/28; Flatbush

The Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (CACCI) invites business-owners (and potential business owners) to attend a Small Business Workshop entitled "MANAGING YOUR BUSINESS IN TODAYS ECONOMY"

Access to Small Business Financing & Business Services
• Tax & Budget Preparations for your Business
• Accessing Finances from Traditional and non-Traditional Lenders
• Establishing and Growing your business in todays Business Climate

WHEN: Friday, January 28, 2011
WHERE: Flatbush Caton Market
814 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Seats are limited, so please register today! Please call 718-834-4544 for more information.

Convened by: Dr. Roy A. Hastick, Sr., President/CEO CACCI
Sponsored by: NYC Department of Small Business Services (DSBS)

ATTENTION: Hanson Place Church Sponsors Go Red Heart Health Forum; 2/6; FG

The American Heart Association and the Hanson Place Seventh-Day Adventist Church encourage women to Get The Heart Truth® about heart disease and the risks it poses to women.

Wear red in support of women’s heart health and attend this important health session!

WHEN: Sunday, February 6th
10:00am– 2:00pm
WHERE: Hanson Place Seventh-day Adventist Church
88 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Admission Free. Suggested Donation is $10.

Presentations by cardiologists, dentist, nutritionists, physical therapists, and psychologists. Screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, BMI, Nutrition consultations will be available.

The Go Red for Women initiative is sponsored by The American Heart Association.

For more information email

Friday, January 21, 2011

ATTENTION: Alternate Side Suspended

The NYC Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, has suspended alternate side parking for Saturday, January 22 to facilitate snow removal.

Parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City.

CDSC Starving Art Show and Sale

Last night we hung most of the art, prepped the sound system, added special lighting, waxed the floors, and gathered much of the food. All we need is YOU to make the show a success!
Here's the detes, just in case!

CDSC Starving Art Show and Sale*
Free Wine, Sparkling Juices, Nibbles, Live Entertainment

6:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday, January 21st
352-358 Classon Avenue
b/t Lafayette and Clifton
(G train to Classon)

*50% of all art sold will benefit CDSC for the creation of a community art center.


Thursday, January 20, 2011

ATTENTION: Snow Storm Forecasted Friday, 1/21

The New York City Office of Emergency Management (OEM) issued a Hazardous Travel Advisory due to a forecasted snow storm that will cause dangerous travel conditions for Friday, January 21st. The National Weather Service has forecast between 3-6 inches of snow during the night of Thursday, January 20th. OEM strongly recommends that people use mass transit and avoid driving during and immediately after the snow storm.

Alternate Side Parking (ASP) regulations will be suspended Citywide on Friday, January 21 to facilitate snow removal. Payment at parking meters will remain in effect throughout the City.

Shooting In Front of BK High School On MLK Holiday

January 19, 2011

Contact Amyre Loomis at (718) 260-9191

Five Teenagers Shot Friday Following Basketball Game

(Brooklyn, NY) Five teenagers were shot last Friday night around 10pm after a basketball game in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn between Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School and Christ the King High School. The victims and locations of wounds include: an 18 year old female in the left foot; an 18 year old male in the left foot; a 19 year old male in the hip, calf, and buttock; a 17 year old male in the right ankle; and a19 year old male in the left arm. The shooting occurred in front of Bishop Loughlin Memorial High School, between Greene and Vanderbilt Avenues.

In a letter from Bishop Loughlin's President, Brother Dennis Cronin, regarding last Friday evening’s shooting he said: “We at Loughlin are deeply grieved by the random street violence that occurred in front of the school on Friday night. I am relieved to report that no Loughlin student was involved in this incident. We extend our sympathy to the families and young people who were injured by this senseless and random violence. It is a violation of our school community, the safety we seek to secure, and the values we work to instill in those entrusted to our care.”

4 victims were transported to Kings County Hospital, and 1 male victim walked into Brooklyn hospital. According to reports, none of the injuries were life threatening, and immediately following the shooting all were in stable condition. The 88th Police Precinct responded quickly with a strong presence and secured the area surrounding the school.

“I know from experience that most basketball games at Bishop Loughlin High School are peaceful. And, there was a police officer on the premises that evening. I’d like to assure the community this incident did not involve Bishop Loughlin or Christ the King High School students. Apparently, the fight may have broken out over a teenage girl, or a possible robbery motive,” said Council Member James. “I would like to hold a meeting with the leaders and basketball teams of both schools to discuss methods for security and protecting the students, as well as protecting the community and all visitors during and after basketball game nights.”

Cops are asking anyone with information to call the NYPD's confidential Crime Stoppers tipline at (800) 577-TIPS.


Wednesday, January 19, 2011

ATTENTION: EITC Awareness Day; 1/28/2011

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has designated Friday, January 28, 2011 as Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. The goal of EITC Day is to increase public awareness of the EITC, which is a refundable credit for people who work but do not earn high incomes. It helps eligible taxpayers lower their taxes or receive funds. Both New York State and New York City have local versions of EITC. The IRS wants all eligible taxpayers to receive the EITC they deserve.

ATTENTION: NYC-SAFH Excellence In School Wellness Award Application Available

2011 Excellence in School Wellness Award Applications Available!

NYC Strategic Alliance for Health (SAfH) partners have developed the Excellence In School Wellness Award to publicly acknowledge and applaud schools that are champions in nutrition, physical activity and wellness. This award recognizes elementary schools for their efforts in creating healthy school environments as a means to prevent childhood obesity and improve academic achievement.

Elementary schools located in the Bronx, Northern Manhattan and North and Central Brooklyn are eligible to apply. Elementary schools that are interested in applying, download the application and guidelines here. Applications are due, Friday, April 22, 2010. If you have any questions, contact SAfH here.

ATTENTION: NYC Green Cart Program Seeks New Vendors

The NYC Green Cart Program Seeks New Vendors

NYC Green Carts are mobile food stands that exclusively sell fresh fruits and vegetables in the areas that need them most. In March 2011, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be accepting new applications to be on the waiting list for a Green Cart permit! For dates and times for workshops in Queens, the Bronx and Harlem, call 212-943-1433, and for Brooklyn call 212-676-2022. Workshops begin as early as January 11, 2011.

CMs James, Oddo, Rose Respond to DSNY Commissioner, Supervisors Absence At Public Hearings

January 18, 2011

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

Council Members Letitia James, James Oddo, and Deborah Rose Respond To DSNY Commissioners, Supervisors Absence At Public Hearings
Urge DSNY to Communicate With Public About Circumstances Surrounding December Blizzard

New York, NY— On January 18, 2011, the New York City Council will hold the first in a number of borough-wide community hearings to discuss the December 26, 2010 snow blizzard. Today’s hearing will take place in Staten Island, NY.

These community hearings follow the New York City Council’s closed hearings on January 10, 2011 at which Deputy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, as well as the commissioners from the Department of Sanitation, Department of Transportation, the Office of Emergency Management and Fire testified. The administration has elected not to send agency commissioners or supervisors to today’s hearing, and will send community affairs representatives to represent the Department of Sanitation (DSNY).

Council Member James, who chairs the Council’s Sanitation Committee, has been vocal about the December blizzard and the poor service to the outer-boroughs in comparison to Manhattan. It is of particular importance that officials from DSNY be present at these community hearings to communicate to the public the agency’s updated protocol for handling storms and weather emergencies.

“The department has made positive changes to ensure that Brooklyn and the outer boroughs aren’t ignored during future weather emergencies,” said Council Member Letitia James. “Both the commissioner and superintendents should be at the hearings to present these changes to the community. It is unacceptable to not afford the people of the City of New York the respect of a direct dialogue.”

“This isn't as much an insult to me as a Council Member as much as it is a display of limitless arrogance and disrespect to the people of Staten Island. Too bad every year isn't an election year,” said Minority Leader James Oddo (Staten Island)

“The Mayor’s decision not to send any commissioners or supervisors to the sanitation hearings in the outer boroughs is really the height of arrogance,” said Council Member Deborah Rose (Staten Island). “ Staten Islanders unnecessarily endured several days of chaos due to the ineptitude of the Administration, but the Mayor will not send those responsible to face the public for even a few hours. How can anyone say that the Administration is responsive to the needs of the people, when it refuses to even meet with them? Residents of the outer boroughs deserve better.”

The community hearings will take place in each borough throughout this week.


Tuesday, January 18, 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 for Tuesday, January 18, 2011.

All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Crown Heights Community Mediation Center 2011 Save Our Streets Multimedia Contest

CHMC is seeking talented youth and adult artists to contribute to our antigun violence public education campaign. The goal is to convey the strong message that shooting and killing are not acceptable in Crown Heights.

Your Creativity Could Save a Life- Crown Heights Community Mediation Center, 256 Kingston Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11213,

For questions or to receive the S.O.S. logo for your submission, contact Micah Weiss at, or Phone: 718-773-6886 - Fax: 718-773-5349
E-mail: and download the full contest guidelines on our blog:

The 2011 Save Our Streets Multimedia Contest
• Accepting submissions for Public Service Announcement, Video or Radio Short, and Poster Design categories.  • Winners will have their work appear all over Crown Heights
and receive a monetary reward.  • Deadline for first review round in January 28th, 2011.

Council Member James: "Sister With Attitude"

Curtis Sliwa and NY1 political commentator Gerson Borrero debate the week's top news on NY1, including perhaps the most noted moment from the New York City Council snow blizzard hearing. See video here.

ATTENTION: Alternate Side Suspended

The NYC Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, has suspended Alternate Side Parking Regulations Citywide for Thursday, January 13th, 2011 to facilitate snow removal.

Parking meters will be back in effect throughout the City.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Kickoff MLK Weekend with The Meeting!

If Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X had a conversation what would they have said? That fictitious 1965 meeting is the subject of the award-winning play by Jeff Stetson. These two iconic figures of the civil rights movement come to life this Thursday at Kumble Theater. Check it out!
Time: Thursday, January 13 · 7:30pm - 10:30pm

Location: Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts
Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University
1 University Plaza Brooklyn, NY
(718) 488-1624

Kickoff MLK Weekend with The Meeting!

The Meeting is an engaging & intelligent play that depicts a fictional account of a secret meeting between Malcolm X & Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Following the bombing of Malcolm X's home and shortly before he was assassinated, Malcolm and Martin meet in a room inside the historic Theresa Hotel. They were two men with different ideologies, but a common understanding of the plight of Black America.

More Info:
Written By: Jeff Stetson
Directed By: Eric Coleman
Lawrence Winslow: as Malcolm X
Michael Green: as Martin Luther King Jr.
Ron Wilks as Rashad

Tickets: $25, $15 – students and groups of 10 or more

FREE Seasonal Flu Shot at Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center

The Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center is administering FREE seasonal flu shots ONE DAY ONLY on Saturday, January 15, 2011.

Vaccination is the best way to protect against the flu. It is especially important for people most at-risk of serious complications from the flu and those who live or care for them.

WHEN: Saturday, January 15, 2011 from 9:00am - 3:00pm

WHERE: Brooklyn Plaza Medical Center, Inc. - 650 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217

No appointment is necessary.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

NYCC Sanitation Hearing Discussed at Good Day NY; CMs Crowley and Williams Interviewed

Following CM James' appearance on Good Day NY to discuss the New York City Council's hearing on the December 26, 2010 snow blizzard, which took place yesterday at the Council's temporary hearing hall, CMs Crowley and Williams again joined Good Day NY to discuss what happened.

Council Member James regarding some of the comments made: "It is important to remember that there is a federal investigation happening at this time, and that it is not the duty (or within the jurisdiction) of the New York City Council to perform any criminal investigation of events. Nor would it helpful to feed into unsubstantiated claims."

"Instead, the goal of the Council hearing- laid out by myself before the hearing began- was to look into whether the Department of Sanitation failed in meeting its goals for snow management, and if so how the department and administration can ensure those mistakes are not repeated. It is imperative that in order to address those issues, comments and testimony be as focused as possible. In light of the administration's surprising admissions yesterday, and recent attempts to strengthen service, I feel as if yesterday's hearing was successful."

Blizzard City Council Hearing:

Video borrowed from MyFOX 5.

ATTENTION: Urgent Citywide Weather Warning






A.R.T./New York has been partnering with The Food Bank of New York City over the past couple of years at South Oxford Space and have helped many people within the Fort Greene community.

With your support the help can continue to benefit the community. This year’s winter food drive runs through January 31st. Bring your donations to the 1st floor lobby at 138 S. Oxford Street during regular weekday office hours or between 9:30am and 1:30pm on weekends. They are also open late most nights, so call if you want to come by after office hours.

The needed items are listed below, thank you very much for your help.

Vegetables : Canned Vegetables, Tomato Sauce, Vegetable Soups
Fruits : Canned Fruits (in juice or light syrup) , Dried Fruits, 100% Fruit Juices
Proteins : Beans- canned or dry, Peanut Butter, Nuts, Canned Meat (chicken, beef, ham), Canned Fish (tuna, salmon, sardines), Canned Stews (chicken or beef)
Grains : Rice (white, brown, favored), Pasta/noodles, Cold Cereal, Hot Cereal, Flour/Cornmeal/Baking Mixes, Whole Grain Crackers, Couscous, Canned Pasta
Dairy : Dry Milk packets, Shelf stable milk, Soy/Almond/Rice Milk
Specialty Items : Baby Food/Cereals, Nutrition Beverages
Other Items : Spices, Coffee/Tea, Personal Care Items

Friday, January 7, 2011



Monday, January 10, 2011
Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management jointly with the
Committee on Fire and Criminal Justice Services and
Committee on Public Safety and
Committee on Oversight and Investigations 11:00 a.m.

Oversight Hearing– The December Blizzard of 2010: Evaluating the City’s response
Committee Room– 250 Broadway, 16th Floor

Letitia James, Chairperson
Elizabeth Crowley, Chairperson
Peter Vallone, Chairperson
Jumaane Williams, Chairperson

Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Borough Community Hearings

Brooklyn Borough Hall
209 Joralemon Street

Thursday, January 6, 2011

ATTENTION: CM James Joins Fox 5's Good Day NY!

Please check-in with Fox 5's Good Day New York tomorrow (Friday) morning at 7:15AM to watch Council Member James discuss the City's snow blizzard response, expectations about tomorrow's snow, and the upcoming Council hearings.

More information about the City Council hearings will be posted shortly.


The New York City Department of Education announced today the enrollment dates for families of children who will begin kindergarten in September 2011. Families should apply in person between January 10 and March 4 at their zoned school. Families may also apply to any other schools which their children are eligible to attend. Schools will notify families about assignment offers beginning March 21. To accept an offer, families must visit the school that made the offer between March 28 and April 15 and pre-register their children.

To begin Kindergarten in September, eligible children must have been born in 2006 and be residents of New York City. Families must show the following documentation when they apply to a school:
  • Proof of residence. This consists of any two of the following documents:
  1. A residential utility bill (gas or electric) in the resident's name and dated within the last 60 days;
  2. Documentation or letter on letterhead from a federal, state, or local government agency indicating the resident's name and address and dated within the last 60 days;
  3. An original lease agreement, deed, or mortgage statement for the residence;
  4. A current property tax bill for the residence;
  5. A water bill for the residence dated within the last 60 days;
  6. Official payroll documentation from an employer dated within the last 60 days, such as a form submitted for tax withholding purposes or payroll receipt (a letter on the employer's letterhead will not be accepted);
  • Child’s birth certificate or passport;
  • Child’s immunization records;
  • Names of any siblings who will be enrolled in grades 1-5 at the school in 2010-2011
Zoned schools will give priority to students who live in that zone. Families can visit the Department’s Web site at or call 311 to locate their zoned school.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

ATTENTION: Alternate Side Suspended

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended from Tuesday, January 4 through Saturday, January 8 to facilitate ongoing snow and trash collection operations. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

The 2011 alternate side parking rules suspension calendar is available on the Department of Transportation website, along with other alternate side parking information.

On The Legislative Front: 2010 In Review

Below is a partial legislative update from 2010. Our office looks forward to pushing these important policy priorities.

Int. 13-2010- Creation of a task force to combat youth violence.|Text|&Search=youth

Int. 197-2010- DOC to report on race/ethnicity, zip code of residence, precinct of arrest, and charged offense of adolescents admitted to city jails.|Text|&Search=jails

Int. 196-2010- DOC to develop a discharge plan for adolescents leaving city jails.|Text|&Search=jails

Res. 365-2010- Calling on NYS Legislature to more clearly define "public use, benefit, or purpose" in Eminent Domain Procedure Law.|Text|&Search=eminent

Res. 116-2010- Calling on the Mayor to issue an Executive Order to require all NYC agencies to perform cost-effective analysis before contracting for personnel and professional service contracts.|Text|&Search=analysis

Int, 286-2010- Establishing a temporary task force to review outsourcing (jobs, contracts, resources) by City agencies.|Text|&Search=outsourcing

Res. 506-2010- Calling upon Animal Care and Control of NYC to establish a Citywide TNR Program for feral animals.|Text|&Search=feral

Res. 365-2010- Calling upon Congress to pass and POTUS to sign into law the Paycheck Fairness Act.|Text|&Search=paycheck

Int. 432-2010- Providing paid family leave to private employees.|Text|&Search=leave

Res. 582-2010- MTA to unlock doors between cars on NYC subway cars.|Text|&Search=unlock

Upcoming bills--

-In relation to human rights in housing (addressing segregation in NYC housing- public)

-Calling on DOE and CUNY to develop standardized responses and protocal to address bullying and harassment in schools and colleges

-Requiring DOE to encourage enrollment to LYFE-DOE program for eligible teen parents; DOE to require standardized parenting training in LYFE centers; partnering with ACS to develop parental skills programs that include education on not leaving children with irresponsible or violent partners.

-Allowing residents to text 911 and 311

Moving Pictures: Traveling As An Excuse To Eat Stuff

From Friday, January 7th, to Sunday, January 9th, a commercial for "The Travel Channel" is scheduled to film interior scenes at 470 Flushing Avenue between Spencer Street and Walworth Street.


CMs James and Williams Join Community Advocates To Speak Out On Snow Sanitation

Council Members Letitia James and Jumaane Williams join Isaac Tamir of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council (CHJCC) to discuss conditions in Crown Heights on December 28, 2010.

Anger Over City's Blizzard Response:

Monday, January 3, 2011

CM James Shares Predictions for 2011!

Council Member James on steps of City Hall at CityTime Press Conference.

"Now that 2011 has ushered in, the following are a few predictions for the New Year--

Number one: the amount of theft related to the CityTime scandal will exceed $100 million stolen from New York City taxpayers, and will be the largest fraud on record in the City’s history (I first sounded the alarm two years ago as Contracts Committee Chair).

Number two: within the 35th Council District we are members of a united community, and therefore will provide even safer, more nurturing and stimulating environments for children, both at home and within schools. We will help the least among us, and when we see something, we will always say something in an effort to protect neighbors and ourselves.

Number three: dancing will remain in my life, for exercise purposes and as an artistic outlet. I truly enjoyed dancing to raise funds for arts education in December -"

Council Member Letitia James
35th District, Brooklyn

ATTENTION: CM James Calls Mayor Bloomberg "Out of Touch" With Clean-up Outside Manhattan

Read the full coverage at CNN's American Morning here.

CM James Addresses Snow Cleanup, DSNY Sanitation Conditions Post-Snowstorm

January 2, 2011

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

Department of Sanitation Not Resuming Full Garbage Collection by Monday, January 3

Brooklyn, NY— On Sunday, January 2, 2011, the New York City Department of Sanitation announced that after a week of halted garbage collection only limited collection would resume on Monday, January 3rd, and recycling collection would be halted indefinitely.

Following the snow blizzard that took place throughout New York City on Sunday, December 26, residential streets are overflowing with garbage, which risks attracting rodents and other vermin. Additionally, these conditions create a hazardous environment for pedestrians, particularly the disabled and elderly. Sidewalk access remains problematic, and walkways in some parts of the city are almost impassable. As the Department of Sanitation continues to remove a significant amount of the snow and ice, and with warmer temperatures melting the rest, resuming garbage collection should be the primary focus starting tomorrow.

“In the midst of last year’s snow storm, I commended the administration on addressing the sanitation issues that arose,” said Council Member Letitia James (D, NY) “This time, criticism is necessary. It is unacceptable that Brooklyn and the other outer boroughs didn’t receive adequate and timely storm clean-up. And it is frankly dangerous to continue to put off full garbage collection in these unsanitary conditions.”


**For Immediate Release**
December 28, 2010

Contact: Amyre Loomis (718) 260-9191, (646) 201-8183


“Days after the storm, snow in Brooklyn is still piled high and the streets are slick, and dangerous. Concerned neighbors and residents in the 35th Council District are reaching out to me questioning the delay of snow cleanup in Brooklyn. Apparently, the Administration has responded inadequately to the snowstorm, and streets are not passable to many in Brooklyn.

At this time, not enough snowplows are on the ground, and more cleanup efforts should be focused in the City’s outer boroughs. Also, car owners are complaining that vehicles are buried by snow; it’s difficult to locate cars, as well as dig cars out. Simply put, the failure of the Administration to declare a snow emergency was a major blunder.

As the Chair of the Council’s Sanitation Committee, I request more attention and help from the Administration during this snowstorm crisis. Specifically in Brooklyn to increase safety for drivers and residents as this holiday season continues, and families and friends gather to visit and celebrate.

I advise constituents to call 311 and keep a record of your complaint numbers, in order to ensure streets are plowed. And, I plan to hold hearings as Chair of the Sanitation Committee on this matter. Lastly, the Department of Sanitation is looking for day laborers and private equipment owners to remove snow; those interested should inquire with 311 as well.”