Good morning Brooklyn: Tuesday, September seventh, 2021

HELPING STORM VICTIMS: Several elected officials serving in Brooklyn, including Senator Julia Salazar (D-18) want to spread the news that immediate relief is available to Brooklynites affected by the remains of Hurricane Ida that struck New York City Wednesday night. The city is currently working with federal agencies on disaster statements to bring more emergency relief. Those with property damage should use 311 Online or call or write 311. To report dropped power lines and outages to Con Edison, call (800) -752-6633.

Dealers who have suffered property damage or loss can contact the Small Business Services Emergency Response Unit at (212) 618-8810.


STORM DAMAGE TOOL ON NYC.GOV WEBSITE: New Yorkers who suffered damage during last Wednesday’s devastating weather can access an online damage assessment tool via the website. The tool enables the city to immediately collect damage information from residents of the affected areas in order to assess the effects. Reporting damage using this form is for tracking purposes only.

Those interested in reporting a specific concern should make a service request by visiting 311 online or calling 311 (212-639-9675 for Video Relay Service or TTY: 212-504-4115).


Safer, regulated basements: New York attorney general Letitia James called the city of New York To provide special emergency housing vouchers to all New Yorkers living in unregulated basement apartments after the deaths and destruction caused by Hurricane Ida. “We know the housing crisis in New York has gone too far when renters have to risk their lives just to have a roof over their heads,” said Attorney General James. “Extreme rainfall and other storms are now the rule, not the exception, in New York.”

The attorney general added, “It is our duty to get these New Yorkers out of harm’s way by providing them with safer, regulated accommodation. To avoid these problems in the future, we also need to ensure that the basement rooms are safe for human use and are checked regularly.


CHANGE IN DEMAND POLICIES AT RIKERS: Borough President Eric Adams urged immediate investment and new policy for Rikers Island after a tour of the prison facility last Friday. Adams, himself a retired law enforcement officer, noted that dangerous conditions there have led to an increase in violence and worrying incidents that endanger both prisoners and law enforcement officers. He called for an increase in funds for the Rikers Island Prosecutor’s Office to expedite criminal proceedings against inmates, an emergency establishment of safe off-site facilities that include support for inmates dealing with mental health issues and substance abuse.

Adams also called for immediate changes to the guidelines for gang-related operations on Rikers Island, including ending placement through affiliation and partnering with the U.S. Department of Justice and other government agencies to create a gang and weapons task force.


BIDEN APPROVES EMERGENCY DECLARATION: President Joe Biden has approved a declaration of emergency for New York following the devastation caused by the Ida Tropical Depression and its unprecedented historical rainfall. As part of a declaration of emergency, affected counties, which in this case includes all five counties, Long Island and the Hudson Valley region, will receive up to $ 5 million in immediate federal funding to support ongoing response and rescue operations prior to issuing a traditional majors support Declaration of Disaster.

FEMA will work with the State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services as well as local partners to initiate an expedited damage assessment process required for a major disaster declaration and remediation efforts.


Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Evans is from Brooklyn.
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

BROOKLYNITE IN NAVY SERVED ON 9/11 NAME SHIP: As the nation prepares for the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, a native of Brooklyn serves in the US Navy aboard the USS New York, a ship built from steel from the World Trade Center. Petty Officer 1st Class Lauren Evans, originally from Carroll Gardens and Red Hook, recalls being in math class in Staten Island during her sophomore year when the attacks took place. “To be a New Yorker aboard the USS New York It was an honor, ”said Evans, who joined the Navy 15 years ago straight out of high school. “The first day I checked in on board and saw all the memorabilia from my city gave me goose bumps. To know that seven tons of steel from the 9/11 attacks were laid down in the keel is mind-boggling. It was just a great experience! “

According to Navy officials, “The Navy’s 9/11 namesakes uphold the virtues of service, sacrifice, and selflessness that have always been the source of America’s strength.”


ANNUAL 9/11 MAINTENANCE ON THE PROMENADE: The Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association continues a tradition Shortly after the September 11 tragedy, the annual September 11 vigil began by candlelight on the promenade. This year’s celebration, which will also include local communities, will take place on Saturday, September 11th at 7:15 pm near the Montague St. entrance to the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.


9/11 MONUMENT IN CANARSIE PARK: Another commemoration for the 20th anniversary of September 11th will take place next Saturday afternoon, September 11th, in east Brooklyn. Several elected leaders, including Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, State Senator Roxanne J. Persaud, State Assembly Members Jaime Williams and Nick Perry, and City Council Member Alan Maisel are co-sponsors of the memorial ceremony, which will take place in Canarsie Park (Entrance at Seaview Ave. and East 84th St., following COVID-19 guidelines.

This 9/11 inspection is organized in partnership with the district leaders of the 59th Assembly District Frank Seddio and SueAnn Partnow; and Melba Brown, district leader for the 58th Assembly District.


INCLUDE PROMOTION FOR THE WTC HEALTH PROGRAM: The aim is to prevent a deficiency in the World Trade Center’s health program, Reps. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY) and Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), both representatives of Brooklyn districts and sponsors of the 9/11 Responder and Survivor Health Funding Correction Act, led a group of their colleagues who consulted Congress governments to include funding in the reconciliation legislation. They noted that the funding needs of the World Trade Center Health Program “now exceed the statutory formula that requires inflationary adjustments each year.

The sponsors want to ensure that the program can continue to “feed all those who are still suffering from the physical and psychological effects of September 11th”.


9/11 FAMILIES ‘DESERVE ANSWERS’: “9/11 isn’t just a thing of the past – it’s something these families live with every day. You deserve answers, ”said Carolyn Maloney, D-14th Congressional District MP, applauding President Biden’s release of 9/11 documents. Maloney responded to Friday’s executive order, in which President Biden instructed the Justice Department and other relevant federal agencies to review the release of documents related to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Rep. Maloney, a sponsor of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act and other survivor health insurance funds and 9/11 victim compensation laws, said, “The release of these documents will hopefully give the 9/11 families some of the answers they have have been looking for two decades. “

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