Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Job Opportunity: Barclays Positions!

Barclays Center is currently hiring for positions in Concession and Housekeeping.

Pre-screening events will be held in Downtown Brooklyn this Wednesday through Friday (11/28 to 11/30). All interested and qualified candidates must attend a pre-screening event to be considered for a position. Registration is required to attend pre-screening events. More information (and registration) is available here:

Final interviews will be conducted starting Friday, November 30th in Downtown Brooklyn.

ATTENTION: Love Your Block Application DUE 11/30

The Citizens Committee for New York City and NYC Service invite volunteer-led neighborhood groups to apply for a Love Your Block award.

Groups will be awarded grants of $1,000 for projects to clean up, beautify, and improve their blocks. In addition to funding, groups will receive support of City services from the Department of Transportation, Department of Sanitation, and Parks and Recreation to complete the projects.

The application is available here (, and the deadline is November 30, 2012.

Friday, November 9, 2012

ATTENTION: Office of CM James Now Collecting Supplies

The Office of Council Member Letitia James at 67 Hanson Place (Ground Floor) is now collecting donated items for those affected by Hurricane Sandy:

The following items are being accepting:

- non-perishable food (including baby formula, etc.)

- NEW or CLEAN clothing (including winter coats and boots, etc.)

- unopened toiletries (including soap, deodorant, toothpaste, diapers, shampoo and conditioner, etc.)

- personal and home items (including NEW or GENTLY USED bath towels, bed sheets, unopened boxes of tissues, etc.)

Office of Council Member Letitia James 67 Hanson Place (Ground Floor) Brooklyn, NY 11217 Donations will be accepted between the hours of 9:00AM and 6:00PM.

COOKED FOOD and MONETARY DONATION will NOT be accepted. For more information, please contact the District Office at (718) 260-9191.

ATTENTION: SNAP/ Food Stamp Reimbursement

Please see the following information concerning SNAP (food stamps) and lost food reimbursement:

Individuals who receive SNAP (food stamps) will be reimbursed on their EBT card, for 50% of their monthly allotment to help purchase food lost due to the storm.

People who receive SNAP that lost more than 50% of their food for the month because of the storm, may be able to get reimbursed for more of their lost food by completing and submitting the following form:

People who receive SNAP will be able to temporarily purchase hot/prepared food from retailers licensed by the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA, using their SNAP benefits. This is important because SNAP recipients are generally prohibited from purchasing hot/prepared food. However, because of many people left without electricity or ways to cook food, this prohibition will be waived until November 30th.

People who lost food but not on food stamps, MAY be eligible for a reimbursement to cover the cost of spoiled food due to power outages from ConEdison. The application for that program is attached and available by following the link here:

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

ATTENTION: Energy Self-Certification For Sandy-Affected Buildings

Property Owner,

If your building was damaged by Hurricane Sandy, a licensed contractor must certify that your energy equipment has been repaired and inspected before Con Edison can reenergize your property. A simplified process for turn-on requests will speed service restoration to damaged buildings. This process is coordinated through the NYC Department of Buildings.

While Con Edison recovers from the storm, the city is allowing building owners to file a Self-Certification Form directly with utilities, to restore service faster.

Self-Certification is a three-step process:
1. Get your electrical equipment inspected, cleaned, repaired by a licensed electrician.
2. Direct your electrician to complete a Self Certification Form (Electrician-Inspection or Self Certification Form– Electrician-Repair0
3. E-mail your Self Certification Form to your home borough: Brooklyn

Self Certification forms are also available in Customer Outreach vans in communities most affected by flooding. Con Edison staff will also accept completed forms, and will schedule your service turn-on once certification is received. For more information, please contact Con Edison Energy Services at 718-802-6349, Brooklyn.

ATTENTION: NYCHA/ Section 8 Emergency Transfer


Please note, you may need to provide documentation to confirm your displacement and NYCHA will review each request on a case by case basis. Please note that not all situations may be deemed an emergency.

To obtain a Transfer Request form: Call the NYCHA Call Center at 718-707-7771 or Visit any of NYCHA’s Customer Contact Center location for Brooklyn/Staten Island at 787 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, 2nd floor.

ATTENTION: NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation Pumping Heating Oil From Home Basements


If you have a home heating oil (HHO) tank and it has leaked into your basement and/or has been damaged by the storm please contact the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (718) 482-7376. The Department can come and pump the oil out of your basement or damaged tank. There will be no charge for this service.

When you call, please know the location and size of HHO tank, status of tank (full, partially full, empty), estimated amount of oil released into basement, approximate depth of oil/water in your basement, and accessibility of basement.

Please Note: At this time, the Department is NOT pumping flood waters from basements, only HHO. Homeowners whose boilers may have leaked in their basements. If left uncleaned for long periods of time, this may produce a public health risk.

Monday, November 5, 2012

ATTENTION: Updated Volunteer and Donation Information

The Office of Council Member Letitia James would like the share the following updated information concerning volunteering and donation services:

The NYPD is accepting donations at the following location:
Resort World Casino (Former Aqueduct Racetrack)
110-00 Rockaway Blvd
Jamaica, NY 11420
{Next to JFK airport)

Those delivering items should enter from 109th Street and Rockaway Blvd. The following items are being accepted:
Food - Canned goods; Non-perishable food items; Individual snacks (chips, cookies, fruit snacks, granola bars, pudding); Canned Milk; Bottled Water
Items - Paper products (facial tissue, toilet paper, paper towels); Baby care products (diapers, formula, wipes) Trash bags; Aluminum foil, plastic wrap and sandwich bags; Cleaning products (bleach, sponges, dishwashing liquid); Bath and bedroom items (towels, sheets and pillow cases); Personal care products (deodorant, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, conditioner; feminine hygiene products)
Clothing - All types of clothing for all ages and genders, particularly clothing for the approaching colder weather.

We understand that many residents cannot travel to this location and would prefer to donate to a more local location:

Queen of All Saints at 300 Vanderbilt Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn is collecting non-perishable food for the Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort. More information on collection times is available here:
The church can be contacted at (718) 638-7625.

Brooklyn Masonic Temple at 317 Clermont Avenue is collecting personal items, non-perishables, paper products, diapers, cleaning supplies, clothing, batteries, flashlights, and blankets. Items will be collected throughout November each Saturday at 12noon. The temple may be reached at 718-638-1256 from Monday through Friday (11AM -8PM). Volunteers are encourages to join in distributing donations to the Red Hook Initiative.

Red Hook Initiative at 767 Hicks Street in the Carroll Gardens/ Red Hook area of Brooklyn is one of the hurricane relief headquarters.
Those Looking To Volunteer-- Please report to 402 Van Brunt Street (10am - 5pm)
Those Looking To Deliver Hot Meals-- Hot meals should be delivered to the Red Hook Initiative headquarters at 767 Hicks Street (11am - 5pm ). Please call (718) 858-6782  if you plan to deliver hot food and at what time.  If you plan to bring a meal, send an email to
Please Deliver Cleaning Supplies / Water Pumps/Generators / Dehumidifiers-- to 402 Van Brunt Street (10am - 5pm)
Please Deliver Canned Food/ Non-perishables / Flashlights/ Candles/ Blankets-- to Good Shepherd Services, 173 Conover Street. Good Shepard Services can be reached at (212) 243-7070.

CM James Calls on MTA to Provide Temporary Shuttle Bus Service Along L, G Subway Lines


Contact: Aja Worthy-Davis at (718) 260-9191

Council Member Letitia James Calls on MTA to Provide Temporary Shuttle Bus Service Along L, G Subway Lines

(Brooklyn, NY)— The Metropolitan Transit Authority’s (MTA) has worked steadily to restore subway service that was halted due to the damage inflicted by Hurricane Sandy. By Friday, November 1, 2012, 60% of subway service was restored, and more service was returned daily.

By Saturday, November 3, 2012, the 4/5/6/7 and J-train resumed full service. And by Monday, November 5, 2012, the MTA expects that subway service will be restored by 84%, returning service to most of Lower Manhattan. Due to the steady resumption of subway service, on Saturday, November 3rd, the MTA ceased running shuttle buses that were traveling from Downtown Brooklyn to Manhattan.

“The shuttle buses were very helpful in helping residents travel during the halted subway service,” said Council Member Letitia James. “It would be wonderful if the MTA could provide temporary shuttle service along the L and G subway lines until full service is restored. Although the G train does not extend to Manhattan, it is a vital subway line in parts of the 35th District.”


Please note that a petition has been started calling on the MTA to implement shuttle service along the L and G lines. Please see here:

Friday, November 2, 2012

ATTENTION: Citywide Food and Water Distribution

There will be food and water distribution sites throughout the five boroughs. The details of these sites, including the exact locations and hours of operation, can be found here:
The two Brooklyn sites are Coffey Park at Richards Street (1PM - 5PM), and West 25th Street and Surf Avenue (1PM-5PM).

At the sites:
- Each person will be able to take three meals and five bottles of water.
- People should bring their own bags to carry their food and water.
- There will be 500,000+ flyers in English, Spanish, and Chinese to get word out to these impacted communities.
- 400 members of the National Guard, 150 volunteers from NYC Service, and 24 staff from the Salvation Army will help implement this program.
- Supplies are being delivered by FEMA in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Emergency Management.
- AT&T will bring pods that provide cell service and charging stations to the areas around the food distribution sites. These distribution centers will be open for as long as they are needed.

ATTENTION: Legal Aid Society Providing Assistance for Those Affected by Sandy

The Legal Aid Society is providing disaster relief legal assistance for families and individuals affected by Hurricane Sandy. Please visit for a list of our services and local offices in your area or call the central telephone number at 212-577-3300.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

ATTENTION: Post-Sandy Updates

The Office of Council Member Letitia James is available at the District Office at 67 Hanson Place, and has been assisting residents in emergency shelters, and facilitating fallen tree removal and other Hurricane Sandy-related issues. The District Office may be contacted at (718) 260-9191.

Important information has been sent to local community organizations over the last 72 hours, and is summarized below:

Con Ed/ Electricity
As of October 31, 2012, Con Edison was able to return service to many Manhattan and Brooklyn customers who have been without service since Hurricane Sandy touched down. If you are still without service, please report to 1-800-75-CONED. The Con Ed outage map is available here:
Please be aware that the NYPD has set-up light towers in areas that continue to be without power.

The Department of Buildings has begun inspecting buildings in  Zone A areas to assess their structural integrity. By and large, these inspections are taking place outside of the 35th District.

However, please be aware that buildings will be tagged with one of three color placards to indicate their safety: ​
Green: the building is safe to enter
Red: the building is not safe and may not be entered
Yellow: it can be occupied conditionally (i.e. one floor may be safe while another is not.) These conditions would be explained on a placard attached to the building.

As the MTA and New York City Transit recover, Governor Andrews Cuomo has announced that free transit will be available for Thursday (Nov 1) and Friday (Nov 2), and limited subway service will be available. WNYC has a helpful Transit Tracker available here: Multiple outlets are reporting that the MTA-operated Brooklyn-Manhattan "bus bridge" is slow-moving, as is acquiring gas. Please be aware that cars entering Manhattan must have 3 passengers between the hours of 6:00AM to midnight. Roughly 4,000 taxis and livery cabs are available and allowed to do street hails and pick-up multiple fares. The city suggests an additional $10 charge per fare and notes that drivers must quote prices up front.

The Department of Education schools are closed Thursday (Nov 1) and Friday (Nov 2). Teachers and administrators are expected to report to work on Friday for updates.

CUNY is open on Friday (Nov 2), except: Borough of Manhattan Community College, College of Staten Island, Baruch College and Kingsborough Community College.

The Department of Sanitation is making scheduled garbage collections as conditions permit. Recycling collections are suspended at this time.

This is a list of the local emergency shelters:

• NYC Technical College, 300 Jay Street
• I.S. 117, 300 Willoughby Avenue
• I.S. 55, 2021 Bergen Street
• Brooklyn Tech High School, 29 Fort Greene Place
• Boys and Girls High School, 1700 Fulton Street
• Clara Barton High School, 901 Classon Avenue

You may additionally find your local emergency shelter location here: The Park Slope Armory and Brooklyn Technical High School in Fort Greene are hosting a large number of people, specifically seniors and people with disabilities. Those looking to volunteer or donate supplies should stop by. Otherwise, you may volunteer with NYC Service by contacting 311 or A list of volunteering opportunities is available here:

Homeowners (Who Have Sustained Loss)
Residents and business owners who sustained losses may begin applying for assistance, or 800-621-FEMA(3362). Additionally, please log your application with New York City Communities for Change at

The Federal Small Business Administration (SBA) provides low interest disaster loans to homeowners, renters, businesses of all sizes and private, nonprofit organizations to repair or replace real estate, personal property, equipment, inventory, etc. that have been damaged or destroyed in a declared disaster. Further information is available here:

Businesses (Who Have Sustained Loss)
The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce has created a resource guide with vital information and phone numbers businesses need to contact in order to get assistance and emergency loans. The guide can be accessed here Emergency loans will be made available to small-to-midsize businesses through the City, with caps at $10,000. Please see here:, or call 311 for NYC Business Solutions.

Midsize-to-large businesses that need to rebuild should contact the NYC Economic Development Corporation for further information on an emergency sales tax letter from New York City Industrial Development Authority (IDA) that will allow businesses to avoid payment of New York City and New York State sales taxes on materials purchased for rebuilding. IDA will also waive all fees and look to streamline its normal procedure. This program is expected to offer economic benefits to reconstruction projects costing $500,000 or more. Please contact Shin Mitsugi at for further information on this program.

Finally, office space at Brooklyn Army Terminal is available free of charge. This space includes approximately 40,000 square feet of warehouse area.

The Federal SBA is assisting small businesses with several loans that have been made available since New York City has been declared a Disaster Area. Please see further information here:
Application Filing Deadlines:
Physical Damage: December 31, 2012
Economic Injury: July 31, 2013