Park Slope

Dark days, and brighter ones

The waning days of 2014 have been dark ones for New York City. The killing of Detectives Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu made real the worst imaginable fears for those who put their safety on the line to serve our communities. Reactions to their murders highlighted tensions among New Yorkers – around how we understand the challenges of public safety and policing – and have risked setting us against ourselves.

Just a few weeks earlier, here in the 39th Council District, we lost 14-year-old Mohammad Naiem Uddin in a traffic crash that reminded us that our efforts to improve traffic safety and reduce speeding have not yet done enough.

Still, as the year turns, I remain truly grateful for what we’ve done together. Democracy can be messy, even painful. We don’t all agree on how to understand the problems, and certainly not on the solutions. But I am genuinely glad about what we’ve achieved together in New York City in 2014. While much of the rest of the country is stuck in a place of political polarization, we have moved forward in tangible ways to make lives better for many New Yorkers. Read more »

Contribute to support the workers at Las Vegas Car Wash

The fight for dignity and fair pay for low-wage workers has made it to our doorstep – or at least to our neighborhood car-wash.

The car-wash workers (or “carwasheros”) at Las Vegas Auto Spa (on 19th Street & 7th Avenue) have been cheated out of $600,000 in overtime and wages by owner Marat Leshehinsky, threatened, and denied their right to organize and form a union. So they took the brave step to go out on strike, and have been on the picket line since Thanksgiving.

We have a very concrete role to play: I am asking every one of us who cares about workers' rights to make a contribution to the strike fund so these courageous workers can get through the holidays.

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Support needed for car-wash workers on strike in Park Slope

Update (12/10/14): This Sunday, December 14, the workers will be marching through the community to kick off a rally for their rights. 

March in Support of Striking Carwasheros

Sunday, December 14 at 11am

Start: F/G station at 7th Ave and 9th Street

End: Las Vegas Auto Spa (555 Seventh Ave) 

I will be taking part in Sunday’s march to show solidarity and support for these workers, and I hope that you will join me. Together, we will show this owner that our community will not stand for abusive and unjust labor practices. I look forward to seeing you there.

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Seniors, Electeds & Community Stand Up Against Deplorable Conditions at Prospect Park Residence

BROOKLYN, NY -- Senior citizens, their families, elected officials and outraged community members gathered in front of the Prospect Park Residence on Saturday morning to protest unlivable conditions designed to drive the elderly residents from their homes.

Protesters including NYC Council Member Brad Lander, NYC Public Advocate Letitia James, and NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer decried the owner’s cruelty, as well as the inaction of Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health, accusing the State of failing to protect the health and safety of residents in the building, as required by law.

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Street Safety Changes PS/IS 282

I’m pleased to report an important street safety improvement at PS/IS 282 in Park Slope which will hopefully alleviate a dangerous situation at student drop-off and pick-up times.  With many buses and family vehicles converging on narrow streets at the school, Principal Hoke raised with me his concern about students crossing between parked cars and having to board buses from the street side rather than the curb. Read more »

Statement on Board of Standard and Appeals Vote to Approve the New York Methodist Hospital Expansion

Earlier this week the Board of Standards and Appeals voted to approve New York Methodist Hospital’s plan to create a new outpatient care center. While I know some neighbors of the hospital remain strongly opposed to the expansion, I support the BSA’s decision. I have been persuaded that NYMH needs to expand outpatient services on its Park Slope campus to remain a strong community hospital. Read more »

Compost collection is coming to Park Slope

Big news: this month, the NYC Department of Sanitation will expand the curbside compost collection pilot program to large parts of Park Slope and Gowanus (south of Union Street from the Gowanus Canal to Prospect Park West—click here to see a map). 

Compost collection has been so popular and effective for our neighbors in Windsor Terrace (as well as on Staten Island and in the Bronx) that it is now expanding to several new neighborhoods, including Park Slope and Gowanus. Participation is totally voluntary—and easy. Composting will divert our City’s waste from landfills and save millions of dollars in taxpayer money, so I hope you will consider taking part. Read more »

Next steps in the fight for seniors at Prospect Park Residence: a lawsuit, and letters to the governor

We’re standing up for our elderly neighbors today – and I hope you’ll join us in speaking up for them again. Read more »

Press Release from the Legal Aid Society announces lawsuit on behalf of Prospect Park Residence seniors

Lawsuit Filed to Prevent Closing of  Brooklyn Assisted-Living Home Leaving 120 Seniors At Risk of Homelessness

New York-(May 2, 2014) A lawsuit will be filed today in State Supreme Court in Kings County to prevent the closing of the Prospect Park Residence, an assisted-living facility in Brooklyn which is home to 120 Seniors. Lawyers from The Legal Aid Society, MFY Legal Services, Inc.; and the law firm of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto are representing the residents.  Plaintiffs are seeking a preliminary injunction and temporary restraining order. Read more »