Monday, November 4, 2013

ATTENTION: 9-Year-Old Boy Killed In Fort Greene Vehicular Incident

November 2, 2013

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

9-Year-Old Boy Killed In Fort Greene Vehicular Incident

(Brooklyn, NY)-- Around 12:45PM on Saturday, November 2, 2013, a man driving a red SUV Ford Expedition west along Fort Greene's DeKalb Avenue, moved to turn left onto Clermont Avenue and collided with another vehicle.

According to reports, the driver of the SUV then lost control of his brakes, mounted the sidewalk, and crashed into a nearby building.

The tragic accident caused pedestrian injuries, and killed a 9-year-old boy. Witnesses state that the 9-year-old boy, his sibling (a 5-year-old boy), their 47-year-old mother, and another 28-year-old woman were among those injured. The 9-year-old boy was pronounced dead at the scene of the incident, while the other victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

"My heart goes out to the victims and loved ones affected by the tragic vehicular incident that took place in Fort Greene today," said Council Member Letitia James. "I will be working with the Department of Transportation to review the details of the incident, and specifically determine what measures can be taken to increase driver and pedestrian safety along De Kalb Avenue."


Thursday, October 24, 2013

ATTENTION: The Future of Stop & Frisk Discussion; 11/12; FG

WHEN: Tuesday, November 12, 2013

WHERE: Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church
85 South Oxford Street
(between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street)

WHAT: Panel discussion and Q & A regarding the future of Stop & Frisk

Tuesday, October 15, 2013


If you or someone you know took the GED and passed some but not all parts of the test, time is limited. The old scores will expire and testers will have to take a completely different test as of January 2014.

The “Finish Your GED in 2013” campaign can help testers with sections of the tests they didn’t pass. For more info go to or call (718) 557-2525.

CM James Announces 2014 Clinton Hill Slow Zone

OCTOBER 15, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Announces 2014 Clinton Hill Slow Zone
Crown Heights and Prospect Heights To Receive Slow Zones By 2016

(Brooklyn, NY)— On Friday, October 11, 2013, the NYC Department of Transportation’s Neighborhood Slow Zones Initiative announced five new slow zones for the City of New York, including one for Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The 2014 slow zones, which lower speed limits from 30 mph to 20 mph where needed (in addition to adding new signage, street markings, and speed bumps to city blocks) will help combat speeding in a Downtown Brooklyn area that is seeing increased commercial and residential development, as well as a sharp increase in bike riding.

Clinton Hill was selected for the program following strong community support. The administration also announced an additional 10 slow zones to be placed throughout the city— including the 35th District neighborhoods of Crown Heights and Prospect Heights, in 2015 and 2016 respectively. For the 2014 slow zone, the area borders Lafayette Avenue to Fulton Street, and Washington Avenue stretching beyond Classon Avenue, extending two blocks into Bedford-Stuyvesant.

“I am pleased to announce the Clinton Hill Slow Zone,” said Council Member Letitia James. “Clinton Hill is beginning to experience record high traffic, on par with its neighbor Fort Greene. With numerous schools and day care centers that span this strip of Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant, I hope that these traffic calming measures will create a safer community for all.”


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

ATTENTION: 2nd Fowler Square Redesign Session; 10/19; Fowler Square

FAB Alliance will be hosting the 2nd Public Workshop for the FOWLER SQUARE REDESIGN, the next step in the on-going community input process for the redesign and construction of a permanent plaza at Fulton Street and Lafayette Avenue in Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

There will be a presentation of preliminary design plans and opportunities for attendees to provide feedback.

The workshop will be held outdoors at Fowler Square, Saturday, October 19, 2013, 11am-1pm (Presentation by the design team at 12:00 noon).

(Presentation by the design team at 12:00 noon)
WHERE: Fort Greene's Fowler Square

Wednesday, October 2, 2013


SEPTEMBER 27, 2013

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

Administration Misrepresented Legal Positions; Judge Rules Companies Must Repay Lost Wages

(New York, NY)— Recently, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruled that New York City’s busing companies will be required to repay school bus drivers and matrons lost wages and benefits following an illegally declared impasse last spring.

Earlier this year, I called on the City Council to launch a full investigation of the administration’s previous negotiations regarding the school bus driver’s strike, following misrepresentations surrounding their legal ability to bargain with Local 1181. Mayor Bloomberg, Department of Education Chancellor Dennis Walcott, and representatives of Corporation Counsel previously presented to the City Council information regarding the solicitation of contracts for school bus transportation services— specifically the decision not to include traditional Employee Protection Provisions (“EPPs”) for school bus drivers, matrons, and mechanics. They claimed that including the EPPs in the solicitation for bids was something “we are not legally permitted to do”, a claim that was false.

As predicted, through the administration’s removal of EPPs, bus drivers lost job security. Bus contractors no longer had an incentive to keep existing bus drivers who were likely to request fair wages and benefits for their labor. The actions of the administration, and their enabling of bus companies, effectively dismantled union power and hurt workers. The wage cuts implemented following the illegal impasse resulted in a 7.5 percent loss for drivers and 3.5 percent for matrons. The companies also reduced overtime, and made major cuts in health insurance contributions.

The NLRB’s ruling found that the employers violated the law by declaring impasse on March 19, 2013, and unlawfully walked away from the bargaining table to impose drastic wage cuts. The ruling comes on the heels of a Federal Court ruling earlier this month which also agreed the companies had improperly issued an impasse, and ordered all wage reductions overturned moving forward.

“The administration failed to act in good faith in these negotiations from the beginning, and it was the workers who were hurt. I hope that as we move forward the bus companies and the City can work together to finalize a fair agreement,” said Council Member Letitia James.



The Basic School Tax Relief (STAR) registration program is administered by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, and provides homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes. If you earn less than $500,000 and own and live in your home, you are probably eligible for the STAR exemption.

New York State legislation requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption to register with the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. Homeowners may register:

Homeowners receiving Enhanced STAR do not have to register for this program.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

CM James Urges NYS To Reject DOE Request to Waive Minimum Requirements

AUGUST 19, 2013

Contact: Barbara Sherman (212) 788-7081

Council Member Letitia James Urges New York State To Reject DOE Request to Waive Minimum Requirements
Renews Call for DOE to Meet New York State Standards Requiring Librarians In Public Schools

(New York, NY)— In May 2013, following a City Council Committee on Education hearing, Council Member Letitia James called on the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to reach compliance with New York State regarding the number of librarians in public schools. According to data provided by the DOE, there were only 306 librarians employed by the agency citywide at the time. The breakdown included 33 librarians placed in elementary schools, 95 in middle schools, and 178 librarians in public high schools.

Last week, the DOE asked for New York State to grant them a waiver so schools are no longer required to have librarians. Already, more than half of the City’s high schools are in violation of State regulations that requires a specific number of librarians in schools, and the quantity of librarians in our schools have been in a steady decline.

“We cannot lose our school librarians, who are so instrumental to our children’s education and their future success,” said Council Member Letitia James. “College-preparation and career-readiness will be more difficult for students who do not have access to school libraries that teach them invaluable research skills. In light of the DOE’s recent standardized test scores, it would seem the department would work harder to meet this basic standard for student achievement.”

For the Department of Education to be in compliance with State regulations, the DOE would have to hire approximately 280 librarians for placement in middle and high schools at a cost of $24 million. According to the administration’s FY14 Budget, library services for public schools remain flat, while charter school funding will increase by approximately $70 million for the fiscal year.


Monday, August 12, 2013

CM Letitia James: “Today’s ruling reflects the urgency many of us feel about reforming stop and frisk”

AUGUST 12, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James: “Today’s ruling reflects the urgency many of us feel about reforming stop and frisk” 
Federal Judge Rules Stop and Frisk Violated Constitutional Rights of Thousands of New Yorkers

(New York, NY)— Today, Manhattan Federal District Court Judge Shira A. Scheindlin ruled in Floyd vs. the City of New York that the New York City Police Department (NYPD) stop-and-frisk policy violated the constitutional rights of tens of thousands of New Yorkers.

In the decision, Judge Scheindlin recognized that police officers have systematically stopped people without any objective reason to suspect them of criminal behavior, and thus violation individual’s Fourth Amendment rights.

In January 2013, Judge Scheindlin ruled that the NYPD’s policy of stopping individuals suspected of trespassing outside private buildings in the Bronx was also unconstitutional. This was a practice common in private residences participating in the Trespass Affidavit Program (TAP). Judge Scheindlin ruled in Ligon vs. the City of New York that reasonable suspicion of trespassing was necessary for such arrests, while acknowledging that the department must determine where to draw the line between justified and unjustified stops. The court ruled that the NYPD must create a formal policy ‘specifying the limited circumstances in which it is legally permissible to stop a person outside a TAP building on a suspicion of trespass’.

Similarly, in today’s ruling, Judge Scheindlin called for a federal monitor to oversee departmental reforms, and stated her intention to assign an independent attorney to monitor the NYPD’s compliance with the Constitution moving forward.

“Today’s ruling reflects the urgency many of us feel about reforming stop and frisk in New York, and preserving the liberties of Black and Latino youth throughout this City,” said Council Member Letitia James. “It is imperative that the administration and the police department move to make transparent the rationale for street stops, as well as define long-used terms such as ‘furtive movements’. I hope that following these federal rulings, the administration moves towards making the necessary changes to facilitate a healthier relationship with minority communities.”


New York Political Advisor Bill Lynch Passes

AUGUST 12, 2013

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

New York Political Advisor Bill Lynch Passes 
William Lynch Served As Deputy Mayor Under Dinkins Administration, Later Founded New York’s Premier African-American Owned Consulting Firm

(New York, NY)— “I am deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Lynch, one of New York City’s most active and well-regarded public affairs experts, and a brilliant political mind.”

“Throughout the 1990’s, Mr. Lynch was known as a tireless public servant. As Deputy Mayor of the City of New York, and later as a political advisor, he remained an influential figure and voice for multi-ethnic community and coalition-building. Since establishing his firm, Mr. Lynch served as an advisor to countless elected officials, building Bill Lynch Associates LLC into a respected and successful consulting firm.”

“Straight-forward and focused, Mr. Lynch was often called “the rumpled genius” for his unassuming manner and political expertise. I extend my condolences to his wife Mary, and two children, William Lynch III and Stacy.”


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

CM James Comments On Court Decision Regarding Council’s Prevailing Wage Bill

**For Immediate Release**
August 6, 2013

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

Council Member James Comments On Court Decision Regarding Council’s Prevailing Wage Bill
Manhattan Supreme Court Struck Down Bill Citing NYS Minimum Wage Conflict

(New York, NY)— On August 5, 2013, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Wright struck down prevailing wage legislation passed in the New York City Council was, finding it to contradict New York State minimum wage laws.

The prevailing wage legislation, initially approved by the Council in April 2012, would require recipients of major city subsidies to pay building service workers a prevailing wage, which will be set by the New York City Comptroller.

Currently, prevailing wages are set by the Comptroller for work on public projects, though the wages differ by occupation and are meant to reflect current union rates.

“I renew my support for the prevailing wage legislation, and join my colleagues in the fight for higher union-level wages for workers in buildings where the City is the major leaseholder,” said Council Member Letitia James. “In his decision Justice Wright recognized that—contrary to arguments from the administration— this legislation is beneficial to many of the City’s service workers and good for our local economy.”

On May 15, 2012, the City Council voted to override Mayor Bloomberg’s veto of the prevailing wage legislation.


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Two-Alarm Fire Along Myrtle Avenue In Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

JULY 23, 2013

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

Two-Alarm Fire Along Myrtle Avenue In Clinton Hill, Brooklyn 
Manhole Exploded Due To A Basement Fire Along Commercial Strip

(New York, NY)— On July 23, 2013 around 11:30 a.m., a manhole near 463 Myrtle Avenue began smoking, and shortly after exploded. The explosion is believed to be due to a two-alarm fire in the basement of a nearby restaurant along Myrtle Avenue in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn.

The Fire Department arrived shortly, and evacuated seven surrounding buildings along Myrtle Avenue between Waverly and Washington Avenues. Two 3-story mixed commercial and residential buildings along the strip sustained minor damage from the explosion. Those nearby reported hearing the blast, and smelling a sulfur-like odor at the scene. An estimated thirty people were temporarily evacuated due to high carbon monoxide readings, however no injuries have been reported at this time.

“I thank the FDNY, the NYPD, and Con Edison for their quick response to the explosion, and I am deeply relieved that no one was seriously injured,” said Council Member Letitia James.

The Red Cross has offered assistance to those affected by the blast, and at this time streets have been closed along Myrtle Avenue from Clinton Street to Hall Street, Washington Avenue from Park Avenue to Myrtle Avenue, and Waverly Avenue from Park Avenue to Myrtle Avenue. Additionally, the B54 bus has been temporarily re-routed.


CM James Discusses NYPD Stop And Frisk Policy On MSNBC

See Council Member Letitia James on MSNBC's "All In W/ Chris Hayes" discussing the administration's stop, question, and frisk policy.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

CM Letitia James Joins UFT At Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit Re: DOE Plans for School Co-locations in Next Mayor’s Term

Council Member Letitia James Joins UFT At Press Conference Announcing Lawsuit to Block Administration Plans for School Co-locations in Next Mayor’s Term

Today (July 18th) New York City parents and teachers joined United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Michael Mulgrew and elected officials to protest Mayor Bloomberg's efforts to saddle New York City's next mayor with his failed school policies.

During his final months in City Hall, Mayor Bloomberg is trying to cement plans for a dozen or more co-locations that would not open until long after he leaves office.

The UFT will file a lawsuit Thursday in New York State Supreme Court to stop the Department of Education from starting these co-locations- projects that attempt to bind the next mayoral administration to the same failed education agenda.

"Eight years was enough, and twelve years has been too long-- the  DOE is asking us to vote for charter schools housed in public schools years in advance," said Council Member Letitia James. "This is a desperate attempt by DOE to beat the clock-- but we must stop the clock!"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ATTENTION: Brooklyn Museum Presents "Save Our African American Treasures"; 7/20; 11AM

Save Our African American Treasures: A National Collections Initiative of Discovery and Preservation

On Saturday, July 20th, the Brooklyn Museum will join the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to present a daylong program to help Brooklyn residents identify and preserve items of historical and cultural significance tucked away in attics, closets, and basements. The event features presentations, hands-on activities, and preservation tips.

Participants may bring up to three personal items for a 15-minute, professional consultation with experts on how to care for the items. Specialists will serve as reviewers, not appraisers, and will not determine items’ monetary value. Objects such as books, papers, ceramics, and textiles no larger than a shopping bag can be reviewed (furniture, carpets, firearms, and paintings are excluded).

The Treasures program also features fun and informative presentations throughout the day, including:
- Preservation Presentations: Learn how to preserve clothing and textiles, family photographs, and papers. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.
- Hands-on Preservation: Gain hands-on experience in proper preparation and packing of letters, garments, and photographs for preservation, storage, and presentation.

For more information, please call the Save Our African American Treasures information line at (877) 733-9599.

WHEN: Saturday, July 20, 2013
11AM- 6PM

WHERE: 200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

CM James on the Need to Preserve NYC Public Libraries

Council Member Letitia James and Steve Levin speak on the need to preserve New York City public libraries.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

ATTENTION: NYC Summer Meals Program Begins TODAY

Dear Resident,

New York City's Summer Meals Program starts today (June 27th), and we wanted to help get the word about this great opportunity for kids 18 years or younger to receive free breakfast and lunch every weekday during the summer.

The Summer Meals program is completely free and doesn't require any paperwork. All kids need to do is show up at one of the 1,000 of schools, parks, pools, community centers and other sites around the five boroughs where this program is being offered and they can receive a free healthy lunch and breakfast. The only requirement is that they be 18 years old or younger.

Families are encouraged to take advantage of this important program, which will be operating throughout the summer until August 30th. To find a site near you, call 311, text the word NYCMeals to 877-877, or visit

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

ATTENTION: Tell Your Representative To Protect Voting Rights

The Supreme Court has made a major decision that impacts voting rights for every American.

In striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act – but leaving Section 5 untouched – there is no longer a mechanism in place to prevent states with a history of voter disenfranchisement from enacting such laws.

While this is a setback, it is by no means the end of the game. The Supreme Court's decision gives Congress complete authority to ensure no person is denied the right to vote.

Communities of color, and young, women, elderly, and disabled voters are at risk. Tell Congress to take immediate action to protect the voting rights for millions of Americans. Sign the NAACP petition today.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

CM James Secures Additional Affordable Housing for BAM South; BPL Pacific Branch Spared from Sale, Demolition

JUNE 18, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Secures Additional Affordable Housing for BAM South Project
BPL Pacific Branch Spared from Sale, Demolition

(New York, NY)— On June 17, 2013, Council Member Letitia James voted to approve the development of BAM South, the planned 32-story tower next to the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) being developed by Two Trees Management Company. The project was approved by a New York City Council.

In addition to the BAM South site, the City holds two additional sites in the Cultural District. The three development sites are expected to include approximately 900 apartments. Upon completion, 30% of two residential buildings will consist of affordable housing— an increase from the traditional 80/20 housing structure. BAM South, which represents a $135 million investment, will consist of a 32-story building containing approximately 300 residential units.

When completed, BAM South will also include a new public library, an extension of BAM’s cinema, and multiple performance spaces for cultural organizations. Additionally, the project will create a 16,000 square-foot publicly accessible plaza along Lafayette Avenue, and 22,800 square feet of ground floor retail and commercial space.

In a separate agreement with the administration, the Brooklyn Public Library’s Pacific Street branch was spared from sale to a private developer. The administration has committed to working with elected officials and community stakeholders to formulate a plan for service through an open process. A potential future change regarding the status of the library would require City Council approval. Additionally, Two Trees committed to including union workers in their construction bidding process

“I am pleased to again offer my support to BAM South, a project which will offer significant affordable housing to the Fort Greene community," said Council Member Letitia James. "I have always supported Two Trees’ vision for the project, and I believe it was important to ensure the project included significant community benefits such as increased affordable housing, maintaining the Pacific Street library, a commitment that cultural organizations utilizing the space will reflect the diversity of this community, and assurance that future utilization of the open space includes the input of all stakeholders.”


ATTENTION: AT&T Street Charge Brings Solar-Powered Chargers To Brooklyn

AT&T Street Charge is a pilot program bringing solar-powered mobile charging stations to NYC. All station visitors will be able to charge their phones, tablets and other devices, regardless of their carrier, for free using these energy-efficient units. Several charging units will be deployed to locations throughout Brooklyn this summer, including in Fort Greene Park, Metrotech Center, and Brooklyn Bridge Park. See more here.

ATTENTION: NEW NYC Hurricane Map Released

The City has released an updated hurricane evacuation map that expands flood zones to include 37% of the city’s population.

Evacuation zones are now divided into 1 through 6, rather than A, B and C. The map may be viewed here.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

A Message from Council Member Letitia James: Regarding BAM South

“Affordable housing and good-paying jobs for our community remain my top priorities as deliberations on the BAM South project continue. I remain concerned about the closure of a nearby historic library, and feel strongly that the project must address this unfortunate loss of public and community space.

Contrary to certain reports, I’ve never backed down from supporting the vision of BAM South, but I believe the project must deliver additional affordable housing units and jobs that middle-class and working-class New Yorkers can live with. These are not new demands, though they have received particular notice as the project vote draws near.

I feel strongly that all developments in the 35th District should seek to meet the unique needs of our diverse, growing community, and I believe that this project when finalized will do so.”

 - Council Member Letitia James

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

ATTENTION: Speed Reducer Requested for Carroll Street In Crown Heights

Council Member Letitia James has requested a speed reducer on Carroll Street between Nostrand Avenue and New York Avenue in partnership with the Crown Heights community.

The NYC Department of Transportations will conduct a comprehensive investigation of the proposed locations to evaluate the warrant and feasibility of a speed hump installation. We anticipate completion of the study within the next sixteen weeks. Please contact the Office of Council Member Letitia James at (718) 260-9191 if you have further questions.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ATTENTION: Response To FG/CH CitiBike Concerns

Dear Community:

On April 24th, I held a Town Hall meeting with the Department of Transportation (DOT) regarding the Bike Sharing program. This Town Hall event gave the community a chance to share their concerns and have their questions answered. To help address location and siting concerns raised on April 24th, I recently met with the DOT to identify four bike share stations for potential alterations.

Each location will be looked at individually and evaluated; they are listed below:

1. On 21 St. James Place at the intersection of Lafayette Avenue-- move bike station 1 foot to clear the bushes.
2. On Clinton Avenue and Myrtle Avenue-- DOT is looking into various options (one might be to eliminate a bike platform).
3. 185 Hall Street-- DOT will monitor usage, and would like local community members to document any issues.
4. Adelphi Street-- DOT will revisit the site and take new measurements around the tree pits.

Council Member Letitia James

Friday, May 10, 2013

Paid Sick Leave Voted Through City Council

As you may know, the City Council voted on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 to require employers with 20+ workers to provide paid sick days.

The Paid Sick Leave legislation was introduced into the Council in 2010, and received strong support by the Council's Progressive Caucus and a wide coalition of labor organizations, women's and immigrant groups, business associations, and public health organizations. Yesterday's 45-3 vote constituted over the two-thirds majority ("super-majority") needed to override a veto.

The measure, set to take effect April 1, 2014, will expand its reach to businesses with 15+ employees a year later. It will also require all city employers to provide unpaid sick leave starting in 2014.

Currently, there are 1 million New Yorker residents who don’t receive paid time off for illness and would become eligible for the benefit by 2015.

"I join my colleagues in supporting this common sense measure, and consider this a major win for all New Yorkers. Paid sick leave is good for business, and good for families," said Council Member Letitia James.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Thursday, May 2, 2013

CM James Criticizes Rent Guidelines Board for 2013 High Rate Increases

APRIL 2, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Criticizes Rent Guidelines Board for 2013 High Rate Increases

(New York, NY)— The Rent Guidelines Board (RGB), the panel that sets annual rent increases on rent-stabilized apartments throughout New York, has recommended larger increases for 2013 in comparison with 2012— between 3.25 and 6.25 percent for one-year leases, and 5 to 9.5 percent for two-year leases. In a 2012 report entitled “Rents Through The Roof”, New York City Comptroller John Liu stated that almost 50% of City households spend over 30% of their income on rent, compared with 26% of households nationwide. Federal benchmarks deem rent unaffordable when it costs 30% or more of the household income.

"It is deeply concerning that the Rent Guidelines Board consistently ignores tenant advocates who push for a 1-year rent freeze," said Council Member Letitia James. "The comparably small increases voted on in 2012 seemed to indicate that the RGB recognized that many low-and-middle-income New Yorkers were struggling. Apparently this year it’s business as usual."

In 2012, the RGB voted for increases that fell 50% below the previous year— between 1.75 and 4 percent for new one-year leases, and between 3.5 and 6.75 percent for two-year renewal leases.


Bike The Branches; 5/11; BK Central Library

Bike the Branches is a one-day bike ride to help raise critical funds for Brooklyn Public Library

On Saturday, May 11, follow one exciting route. Be sure to visit as many branches as you can, and get your official “passport” stamped at each location.

WHERE: Brooklyn Central Library

WHEN: Saturday, May 11, 2013
5:00- 7:00PM

Registration is $20 for adults and $10 for kids.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

CM James Celebrates SUNY’s Withdrawal To Close Long Island College Hospital

APRIL 26, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Celebrates SUNY’s Withdrawal To Close Long Island College Hospital 

(New York, NY)— On April 26, 2013, SUNY withdrew its plan to close Long Island College Hospital.

“This is a major victory for Brooklynites, as well as the health providers, unions, and elected officials who fought to keep LICH open,” said Council Member Letitia James. “I hope that this win demonstrates that our public institutions need administrative support and re-development, not more cuts and closures. Brooklyn is not for sale!”

According to media reports, SUNY Downstate is believed to be developing a bigger plan for the delivery of medical care and education in Brooklyn. LICH will likely be a part of such a plan, with the hospital potentially falling under new operation.


Friday, April 19, 2013

ATTENTION: Citi Bike Town Hall Meeting; 4/24; Benjamin Bannekar Academy

WHAT: a public town hall to review and discuss the Citi Bike (bike share) program.

WHEN: April 24, 2013
6:30PM- 8:30PM

WHERE: Benjamin Bannekar Academy
71-77 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205

ATTENTION: Education Town Hall; 4/24; Bed-Stuy

WHAT:  a public town hall to discuss the City's education system, including co-location, special education reform, testing, and early-childhood education.

WHEN:  April 24, 2013
5:30PM- 7:30PM

WHERE:  Antioch Baptist Church (Bed-Stuy)
826-828 Greene Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

ATTENTION: CM James and DOT Host Bicycle Helmet Fitting Event; 4/21; Commodore Barry Park

Council Member Letitia James and the NYC Department of Transportation Will Sponsor a Bicycle Helmet Fitting-

WHEN: Sunday, April 21, 2013
12:00- 4:00 PM

WHERE: Commodore Barry Park
Flushing Avenue and Navy Street

ATTENTION: SYEP Application Now Available!

The application for the Summer Youth Employment Program is now available. Youth between the ages of 14 and 24 are encouraged to apply. The deadline to apply is May 10, 2013.

Monday, April 1, 2013

ATTENTION: Free Tree Giveaway; 4/13; Bed-Stuy

Pratt Area Community Council (PACC) is hosting a Spring Tree Giveaway Saturday, April 13, 2013, and will be donating 200 FREE trees! Individuals, families and community groups within NYC are eligible to receive a tree for planting on private property only. Trees will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis until supplies run out. Simple tree planting and care instructions come with each free tree.

WHEN: Saturday, April 13, 2013

WHERE: PACC's Affordable Housing Building
Magnolia Plaza, 686 Lafayette Avenue
(Between Marcy and Tompkins)

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

ATTENTION: 66 Rockwell Affordable Housing

Applications are available for 63 affordable rental apartments at 66 Rockwell Place. The income eligibility ranges from $20,640 to $42,950/ annually.

If you are qualified, and would like to request an application, mail a self-addressed envelope to:
66 Rockwell Place c/o CMP Consultants, Inc.
PO Box 1180
Valley Stream, NY 11582

The application may be additionally accessed at Completed applications must be returned by regular mail only (no priority, certified, registered, and express or overnight mail will be accepted) to a post office box number that will be listed with the application. All applications must be postmarked by May 21, 2013.

ATTENTION: BEOC 2013 College Fair

The SUNY Brooklyn Educational Opportunity Center (BEOC) will host a 2013 College Fair. This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Monday, April 22, 2013


LOCATION:  Downtown Brooklyn
111 Livingston Street, Rooms 202/203
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(entrance on Boerum Place)

Please call (718) 802-3338 for more information.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

ATTENTION: Slow Zone Application Available

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) is currently accepting applications to the Neighborhood Slow Zone program. Applications are due May 31st.

What is a Slow Zone?
Neighborhood Slow Zones reduce the speed limit on residential streets from 30 mph to 20 mph. Slow Zones grant local families peace of mind because they know drivers in their communities will stick to safer speeds. Communities that apply for a Slow Zone can get safety improvements that reduce traffic crashes, cut-through traffic and traffic noise, making residential streets safer for biking and walking.

Who can apply?
Community boards, civic associations, BIDs, elected officials or other community institutions such as schools or churches can apply.

What can qualify as a Slow Zone?
• Pick a primarily residential area about 5 blocks by 5 blocks in size
• Avoid including wide streets, industrial sites and major commercial areas within the Slow Zone
• Pick an area with strong boundaries (e.g. Slow Zone borders can be major streets, highways, large parks or elevated train tracks)

How do I apply?
Download the application, and follow NYCDOT’s application instructions.
Applications must demonstrate local support for the Neighborhood Slow Zone.
Applications that include letters of support from key community stakeholders will be prioritized.

Transportation Alternatives is available to assist communities in the application process. Call TA at 212-629-8080

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

ATTENTION: CLACC-C Cultural Summer Camp

The Carlos Lezama Archives and Caribbean Cultural Center Inc. (CLACC-C) is pleased to announce their 2013 full-time Cultural Summer Camp for boys and girls, ages 7-15 years old.

CLACC-C is offering the art of steel pan, costume design, stilt walking, poetry, nutrition, Caribbean folk dancing, and more.

The site of the camp will be based at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School at 1186 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11225. More information is available at (718) 773-4052.

Friday, March 15, 2013

CM James To Appear On MSNBC Morning Show, 'Up With Chris Hayes'

MARCH 15, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James To Appear On MSNBC Morning Show, 'Up With Chris Haynes'

(New York, NY)— On Saturday, March 16, 2013, Council Member Letitia James will join the panel of UP With Chris Hayes, an MSNBC morning political talk show, to discuss the New York City “soda ban” proposal introduced by the Bloomberg administration.

On March 11, 2013, the New York State Supreme Court halted the City of New York from implementing a ban on single-serving sugary drinks over 16 ounces, popularly known as the “soda ban”, which would have gone into effect on March 12, 2013. In a 37-page decision, Judge Milton Tingling “enjoined and permanently restrained” the City from exercising the ban, citing the regulations as “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences,” and questioning the administration’s right to implement such policy without Legislative (City Council) support.

Council Member Letitia James has long argued that the ban was arbitrary and would most harshly target small local businesses; and has additionally proposed that the administration focus on improving physical education in public schools, re-developing local parks and playgrounds, and supporting urban farming programs and community gardens.

UP With Chris Hayes airs on MSNBC from 8:00AM to 10:00AM.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

CM James Calls On SUNY Charter Schools Institute to Immediately Investigate Student Suspensions at Success Academy Schools

MARCH 12, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Calls On SUNY Charter Schools Institute to Immediately Investigate Student Suspensions at Success Academy Schools
6-Year-Old Charter School Student with IEP Received 20 Suspensions In Single School Year

(New York, NY)— On Thursday, March 14, 2013, Council Member Letitia James will be joining education advocates to request an immediate investigation on the suspension policy for children with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) at the Charter School Success Academy in Cobble Hill Brooklyn, after corresponding with a constituent whose 6-year-old son with an IEP was suspended over twenty times during the school year.

Research shows that chronic absentees in kindergarten have the lowest academic performance in first grade. Because each suspension lasted 2-3 days, the child missed over 50 school days. This child’s IEP required that he have a para-professional (“para”) to shadow him during the school day, however his parent states that the para was removed by the school. Other services he was entitled to were given by teachers who were not certified in special education.

“This is an outrageous mistreatment of this child and his family,” said Council Member James. “Children with special needs are entitled to services whether they attend traditional public schools or charter schools. To punish a child and keep him from the classroom because the resources are not available to help him demonstrates a shocking degree of indifference to his education.”

WHAT: Press Conference calling on SUNY Charter Schools Institute, as well as the Success Academy Board of Trustees and DOE to Investigate Student Suspensions at Success Academy

WHO: Council Member Letitia James, and Education Advocates

WHEN: Thursday, March 14, 2013 1:00 PM

WHERE: Steps of City Hall


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

ATTENTION: AM Walter Mosley and CM Tish James Host Public Safety Town Hall; 3/13; Hope City Empowerment Cntr

Assembly Member Walter Mosley and Council Member Letitia James

Present: a Public Safety Town Hall Meeting

In response to rising community concerns regarding a perceived increase in household burglaries, Assembly Member Walter Mosley and Council Member Letitia James are hosting a meeting with the Commanding Officers of the 77th, 78th, and 88th Precincts. They will report on current conditions, and there will be a question and answer period. 

Wednesday, March 13, 2013 6:00 PM — 7:30 PM
Hope City Empowerment Center
650 Washington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238
(between Dean and Bergen Streets)

For more information, contact the Office of Council Member Letitia James (718) 260-9191.

Monday, March 11, 2013


MARCH 11, 2013

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


(New York, NY)— Today, the New York State Supreme Court halted the City of New York from implementing a ban on single-serving sugary drinks over 16 ounces, popularly known as the “soda ban”, which would have gone into effect on March 12, 2013. In a 37-page decision, Judge Milton Tingling “enjoined and permanently restrained” the City from exercising the ban, citing the regulations as “fraught with arbitrary and capricious consequences,” and questioning the administration’s right to implement such policy without Legislative (City Council) support.

"I have argued that the Mayor's proposal to ban sugary drinks over 16 ounces was arbitrarily punitive and would most harshly target small local businesses, and I’m glad that the New York State Supreme Court agrees,” said Council Member Letitia James. “I believe in promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and if the administration wants to make meaningful gains in this area, they can begin by seeking to meet New York State requirements for physical education (PE) in schools. Although state requirements set the minimum standard for PE in high schools at two classes per week, IBO reports show that the DOE fails to meet this standard. I believe that increasing exercise, promoting healthy food choices, and developing urban farming programs in schools has a real and lasting effect on obesity.”

Council Member Letitia James has been actively involved in the “Let’s Move” Brooklyn campaign, developed nationally by First Lady Michelle Obama; and she recently joined with Council Member Melissa Mark-Viverito, the Women's City Club of New York, and the American Heart Association in calling on the NYC Department of Education to bring New York City public schools' Physical Education (PE) programs up to State requirements.


Friday, March 8, 2013

ATTENTION: YMCA Teen Internship Opportunity

The YMCA Teen Internship Opportunity applications are now available for the YMCA Teen Career Connection, a paid summer internship program which provides opportunities for high school students to gain invaluable experience the professional world.

The chosen participants get an 8-week internship where they are placed in fields related to their career interests. In addition to their experience, the participants are provided with a $1,250 stipend, $300 for professional clothing, and 2 monthly unlimited Metrocards.

In order to qualify for the program, the teen must be available for the entirety of the program (June 28th- August 23rd and September 9th), be a sophomore, junior, or senior in high school, and live within the 5 boroughs.

The YMCA will be hosting an information sessions on the program on March 21th, 6-8 p.m. at the West Side YMCA– 5 West 63rd Street New York, NY 10023. The application closes on April 5. Go to for more information.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

ATTENTION: Citywide DSNY SAFE Disposal Event

Sanitation Commissioner John J. Doherty recently announced that the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) will once again hold five SAFE Disposal Events (one in each borough) to provide NYC residents with a one-stop method to safely dispose of potentially harmful household products (see

The acronym SAFE stands for solvents, automotive, flammables, electronics. Materials accepted include common residential items such as auto fluids, batteries, electronics, glues, medications, paint products, and more. Only NYC residential waste will be accepted at the SAFE Disposal Events. When deciding what items to bring, residents should look for products labeled with the following signal words: DANGER, WARNING, or CAUTION. Products labeled DANGER represent the highest hazard level.

Please also bring any other materials stored in your home that you know may be harmful.

Event will be held from 10 am to 4 pm (rain or shine). For safety reasons, attendees may not unload their vehicles outside of the event area. There may be extended wait times.

Sunday, April 7, 2013 
Brooklyn: Prospect Park, Park Circle (corner of Parkside Ave and Prospect Park SW)
Cars approach from Ocean Ave and Lincoln Rd.

This event will also feature an info table and the blue and green recycling mascots. If you can’t participate in this event, please keep in mind that there are options year round to handle the following items: auto products, batteries, cell phones, electronics, fluorescent lamps, latex paint, mercury devices, and syringes. See to learn more. For additional information on the SAFE events, visit or call 311.

CM James Commends NYPD for Quick Identification of Hit-and-Run Suspect; Accident Claimed the Lives of Young Williamburg Family

UPDATE: Multiple media reports now state that Mr. Julio Acevedo will surrender to police.

MARCH 4, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Commends NYPD for Quick Identification of Hit-and-Run Suspect 

(New York, NY)— On March 3, 2013, a tragic car crash claimed the lives of a young Williamsburg couple expecting a child. Raizel (Raizy) and Nachman Glauber— who were traveling to the hospital in a Toyota Camry livery cab at the time of the collision— were struck by a BMW Sedan driving northbound along Kent Avenue. While the cab driver was treated for minor injuries, the Glauber’s child (a boy) was born prematurely in an emergency procedure. The baby sustained blunt trauma, and was pronounced deceased on March 4, 2013. The driver of the BMW left the scene of the collision.

By 2PM on Monday, March 04, 2013, police had identified Julio Acevedo as a suspect in the hit-and-run. Mr. Acevedo had a previous DWI arrest in February 2013, and was reportedly traveling at least 60mph when his car struck the cab carrying the Glaubers. The speed limit in the area is 30mph. Additionally, media reports state that Mr. Acevedo previously served an estimated eight years in prison on a manslaughter charge in a shooting death.

“I extend my condolences to the Glauber’s extended family at this tragic time,” said Council Member Letitia James. “I commend the police department for quickly identifying a suspect, and I join the voices calling for the suspect to be charged with a triple homicide.”

Police state that at minimum Mr. Acevedo would be charged with fleeing from the scene of a crime. Community leaders are calling for a charge of triple homicide for the suspect.


Friday, February 8, 2013

CM James Comments on the Proposed Closure of Long Island College Hospital

FEBRUARY 7, 2012

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

Council Member Letitia James Comments on the Proposed Closure of Long Island College Hospital
Interfaith Medical Center Hospital Announced Emergency Plans to Declare Bankruptcy In December

(New York, NY)— The State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate Medical Center is set to propose the closure of Long Island College Hospital (LICH) in an effort to fund the network, which reportedly lost over $200 million in 2012, following a $276 million loss in 2011.

With the potential closure of Interfaith Medical Center, which serves the Crown Heights and Bedford-Stuyvesant communities, it is a particularly precarious time for LICH to have to close its doors.

On February 8, 2013, employees of LICH and Interfaith Medical Center plan to hold a joint press conference to discuss the proposed closures. Employees of both hospitals have criticized SUNY, and have suggested that the proposed closures will facilitate the transition to for-profit healthcare in Brooklyn, citing “an experimental ‘pilot program’ in the governor’s draft budget that would allow private investors to create a for-profit hospital in Brooklyn.”

“Long Island College Hospital is vital to the Downtown Brooklyn community, which it has served for over 150 years,” said Council Member Letitia James. “There is no justification for closing hospitals, instead of providing them with the resources they need to be successful. These proposed shutdowns are deeply upsetting and should concern all Brooklyn residents.”

Long Island College Hospital recently merged with Downstate, after formerly being owned by Continuum Health Partners. The Board of Trustees of SUNY is expected to propose at its meeting this Friday that the hospital be closed. By law, there has to be a Public Meeting and Hearing to begin the process. The hearing will take place today, Thursday, February 7th, from 3:00-5:00 P.M. at the Auditorium of the College of Optometry, 33 West 42nd Street in Manhattan. According to media reports, SUNY plans to sell the property to residential developers likely to create luxury condos.


Council Member Letitia James’ Statement on Interfaith Medical Center:

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

CM James Statement on Preliminary Budget Cuts

FEBRUARY 1, 2013

Contact: Barbara Sherman (212) 788-7081

Council Member Letitia James Statement on Preliminary Budget Cuts

(New York, NY)— “It concerns me that Mayor Bloomberg’s Preliminary Budget reflects drastic cuts to the most vulnerable— the children of New York City— in proposed slashes to public schools and after-school programs, as well as the reduction of thousands of city-financed child-care slots. This would have a detrimental effect on the quality of our city’s education system, and to the working families who depend on child care.

The administration’s proposed budget would also result in the closing of 20 fire houses, and other essential services that all New Yorkers depend on. I will be working with my colleagues in the City Council, and other stakeholders, to ensure these vital services are not cut.”


CM James Commends NYPD and BK DA for Successful Gun Buy-Back Event

FEBRUARY 5, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Commends Police Department and Brooklyn District Attorney for Successful Gun Buy-Back Event

(New York, NY)— On Saturday, February 2, 2013 Council Member Letitia James joined Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, and Rev. Dr. Mark V.C. Taylor of The Church of the Open Door in sponsoring a Gun Buy-Back event in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. 

The gun buy-back event was extremely successful, collecting 113 weapons— including revolvers, semi-automatic pistols, shotguns, assault weapons, and other weapons.

In addition to Council Member Letitia James, Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes, and Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, the gun buy-back event was attended by a list of elected officials and representatives, including:

• NYC Comptroller John Liu
• State Senator Velmanette Montgomery
• Assemblyman Walter Mosley
• NYPD Chief Gerald Nelson
• Retired NYPD Inspector Timothy Pearson
• District Leader Jessie Hamilton
• Lee Church, representing Congressman Hakeem Jeffries
• Ingrid Lewis-Martin, Chief of Staff representing State Senator Eric Adams

“I want to thank District Attorney Hynes and his staff, as well as the NYPD, for their assistance and hard work in making this gun buy-back successful,” said Council Member Letitia James. “I would like to additionally thank those who did the right thing by turning in these weapons: you have made the first step in ridding your community of gun violence.”


Friday, February 1, 2013

CM James Comments on Departure of Medgar Evers College President

JANUARY 31, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Comments on Departure of Medgar Evers College President

(New York, NY)— Under the leadership of Dr. William L. Pollard— who became president of Medgar Evers College [of The City University of New York (CUNY)] in August 2009— Medgar Evers College cut back on spending for student services. Specifically, media reports cite that professors stated a writing center for students was eliminated, and tutoring service cut back. The dismissal or demotion of professors was also sharply criticized. This followed a no-confidence vote— made in December 2010— in which a significant number of the CUNY’s tenured professors expressed serious concerns about the state of the college following the elimination of the Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions, a think tank run by academically pedigreed formerly-incarcerated experts focused on prison-reform policies.

Council Member Letitia James and other elected officials have supported students and faculty in their efforts to address existing issues with the Medgar Evers administration. In 2011, students presented a petition to the administration. The students were primarily concerned with actions they believed were contrary to “the mission of [the] predominately Black institution of higher learning” and “that seek[ed] to dismantle the college's community-based centers.”

“I am confident that Medgar Evers College will be able to re-focus full attention on providing their students with the tools they need to succeed,” said Council Member Letitia James.


CM James Comments on Legacy of Mayor Ed Koch

FEBRUARY 1, 2013

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

Council Member Letitia James Comments on Legacy of Mayor Ed Koch

(New York, NY)— “My thoughts are with the loved ones of Mayor Ed Koch, who was an icon and a true New Yorker. His influence in strengthening New York’s then-struggling economy, and his fighter spirit was an inspiration to us all. He will be deeply missed, and remembered as a prominent figure in both New York and national politics.”

 Edward Irving Koch served in the United States House of Representatives from 1969 to 1977. He was New York City’s 105th Mayor from 1978 to 1989, serving three consecutive terms. After leaving public office, he remained a political figure, and enjoyed notoriety as a media personality.


Monday, January 28, 2013

CM James Questions AY Modular Development At City Council Oversight Hearing

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Council Member Letitia James Questions AY Modular Development At City Council Oversight Hearing 

(New York, NY)— On Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at a New York City Council Housing Committee Oversight Hearing, Council Member Letitia James joined her colleagues, union-aligned contractors, and others in discussing modular building development. Modular or pre-fabricated construction refers to a building method in which building portions are constructed off-site (often in a factory). SHoP Architects have designed modular residential towers that should allow Atlantic Yards developer Forest City Ratner (FCR) to save considerable costs.

Council Member Letitia James, representing Brooklyn’s 35th Council District which houses Barclay’s Arena and the developing Atlantic Yards site, asserted that modular development has the risk of producing low-quality construction. For a comprehensive construction such as Atlantic Yards—where the 32-story modular residential tower currently in development will stand as the nation’s largest modular development—this constitutes an experiment that may not stand the test of time.

Recent media reports have stated that the steel panels that line Barclays Arena “have occasionally dripped rusty orange blossoms onto the sidewalk,” noting that “iron workers have replaced hundreds of bolts that anchor the panels to the building’s structure. Engineers determined that weaker ones were originally installed, raising concerns about the structure’s integrity.”

Representatives of the city’s Department of Buildings and FCR testified at the hearing that there were considerable benefits to high-rise modular construction, while union representatives argued that prefabricated (off-site) construction could permit the developer to work without the supervision of licensed plumbers, electricians, and other experts.

“I am deeply concerned that we are compromising safety for the bottom line,” said Council Member Letitia James.

-- Epoch Times: Prefab High Rises: Future of Construction or Imminent Failure? (
Atlantic Yards Report: At Council hearing, Department of Buildings slammed for allowing Forest City to build modular without licensed trades; did developer get city to bend rules? (

Thursday, January 24, 2013

ATTENTION: CM James Joins DA Hynes and Commissioner Kelly In Sponsoring Gun Buy Back Event; 2/2; Church of the Open Door

WHEN: Saturday, February 2, 2013
10:00AM- 4:00PM

WHERE: Church of the Open Door
201 Gold Street
      Brooklyn, NY 11201

Operable handguns may be turned in for a $200 bank card-- no questions asked. Operable rifles and shotguns may be turned-in for a $20 bank card.

The Cash for Guns program is sponsored in conjunction with Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes and NYPD Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly. Rev. Mark V.C. Taylor and Church of the Open Door have graciously offered to host the gun buy-back.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

ATTENTION: Fulton Street Vision Plan Released, Includes Ideas for Enhancing Fulton St. Commercial Strip

The Fulton Area Business District (FAB Alliance) has released the FULTON STREET VISION PLAN online. The Plan includes ideas and concepts for enhancing the public spaces of the Fulton Street commercial corridor in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Comments and ideas may be submitted through completion of the Community Input Survey. Please see more here:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

ATTENTION: CM James Hosts Property Owners Forum; 1/30; Crown Heights

On Wednesday, January 30th, the Department of Housing Preservation and Development will join Council Member Letitia James in hosting a Homeowners Forum. This is an opportunity for residential property owners to get information on issues such as property tax exemptions, foreclosure prevention, NYC Department of Building, lead/pest control, low-interest home repair loans, NYC Sanitation, and water/sewer issues.

WHEN: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
6:30PM- 8:00PM

WHERE: Public School 161 (Auditorium)
330 Crown Street
Brooklyn, NY

Friday, January 11, 2013

CM James Applauds NYS Governor for Women’s Equality Act

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

Council Member Letitia James Applauds NYS Governor for Women’s Equality Act 

(New York, NY)— On Wednesday, January 9, 2013, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed a 10-point Women’s Equality Act. The policy will address— among other issues— pay equity, human trafficking, and reproductive choice.

The Governor announced that the administration would be seeking to pass State legislation with the goal of achieving pay equity, as well as putting abortion rights into law and enacting tougher penalties for sexual harassment in the workplace. In 2012, the NYS Assembly and Senate passed the Women’s Workforce Bill with bi-partisan support. This landmark bill was the first law in state history to acknowledge and present proposals to address the gender wage gap.

“As a long-time advocate for pay equity throughout New York State, I am eager to see these proposals implemented,” said Council Member Letitia James. “Women of color living in New York State experience the widest wage disparities— in one year, the average Black woman earns approximately $12,197 less than men. It is time that a comprehensive approach to pay equity is put into place— one that recognizes how poverty is often tied to other issues that affect women and families.”

The Governor also proposed an increase in the State minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour, to $8.75 an hour, and acknowledged the disproportionate application of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

ATTENTION: Crown Heights Mediation Center Hosts FREE Mammography Screening; 1/23

WHEN: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

WHERE: Crown Heights Community Mediation Center
256 Kingston Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11213

All insurance plans and accepted. Co-payments and deductibles are waived. Women should be aged 40 or older, and have been without a mammogram in the past year. Please call (800) 564-6868 to make an appointment.