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Audio: New York City Cleans Up After the Storm

WNYC
09/17/2010

Tree removal crews were a familiar site in Queens, as well as parts of Central Brooklyn and the north shore of Staten Island -- areas hit hard by yesterday's fast moving storm. Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe estimates more than 1,000 trees were destroyed, and many more were damaged. He says the toll includes some of the city's finest specimens.

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Storm damage update

Dear Neighbor:

As too many of us know first-hand, earlier this evening a fierce, fast-moving thunderstorm moved through our area, causing significant damage throughout Brooklyn and Queens. In addition to lighting and heavy winds, there were reports of a tornado touching down in Park Slope.

Below is some emergency management information if your home or vehicle suffered any damages during the storm.  Thanks to the NYPD, FDNY, Parks Department, and others for their quick response (locally, they helped at least one family who were trapped inside their house).

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Video: DOT Installing Countdown Pedestrian Signals In Brooklyn Along 4th Avenue and Ocean Parkway

NY1
09/16/2010

The Department of Transportation is installing the first countdown pedestrian signals in Park Slope.

The clocks count down the number of seconds remaining before the flashing hand on a pedestrian crossing sign turns solid red and the traffic light changes.

"[These clocks] make it so much easier for seniors, for families, for kids, especially for pedestrians, but also for cyclists and drivers to know how much time they have, and to make smart decisions and stay safe," said City Councilman Brad Lander. "We really believe it's going to save lives."

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World's fair in one nabe

New York Daily News
09/14/2010

Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy New Year

Yesterday I visited Motty Israel, the last of the injured Shomrim members still in recovery after last week’s shooting. Fortunately he is on his way to a full recovery, and I wished him, and the other Shomrim members a happy Rosh Hashanah, and my hopes for a New Year that is filled with much more peace and happiness. For those of you who are celebrating the holiday this week, I wish you and your family a happy, peaceful, prosperous, and healthy New Year.

Study: Too few city contracts to minority, women biz

Crain's New York Business
09/07/2010

The city is failing to meet its goals for contracts awarded to minority- and women-owned businesses, according to a report to be released Wednesday by City Council members Brad Lander and Jumaane Williams, although city officials questioned the study's methodology.

The report, a draft of which was obtained by Crain's New York Business, argues that contracts awarded to companies owned by minorities or women amounted to only 1.6% of the $5.3 billion in city contracts handed out between July and December of 2009. Read more »

Minority Businesses Struggle to Secure City Contracts

New York Times
09/08/2010

Businesses owned by women and members of minorities still struggle to secure city contracts, despite nearly five years of legal mandates and targeted goals set by the city, says a new City Council report [pdf - see also below]. Read more »

Councilmembers Lander, Williams Release Report Highlighting Failure of City's Minority & Women-Owned Business Enterprise Contracting Program to Meet Goals

Councilmembers Brad Lander and Jumaane D. Williams today released a report that shows that the City has failed to meet most of its goals for contracts awarded to Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs).  They were joined by Councilmembers Letitia James, Darlene Mealy, Diana Reyna, and Debi Rose on the steps of City Hall today to address how the city has failed to meet most of its goals for the contracts awarded to Minority or Women-owned Business Enterprises (M/WBEs).

Read the coverage of the report in the New York Times and Crain's New York Business

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Thank you and prayers to injured Shomrim volunteers

I want to extend my thanks and prayers to the four members of the Borough Park Shomrim/Brooklyn South Safety Patrol who were shot last night in the course of apprehending a suspect on 10th Ave in Borough Park. I am deeply hopeful that all four will make a swift and complete recovery, and especially grateful for the courage and extraordinary dedication of all the Shomrim members to the safety of our community. Read more »

Letter to DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan regarding the PPW bike lane

JSK PPW Letter