Flu Shots: Councilman Lew Fidler

Flu vaccinations make their way to U.S. Army in Europe

Councilman Lew Fidler in conjunction with Beth Israel/ Kings Highway Hospital is pleased to offer FLU SHOTS

To his constituents, free of charge

Thursday, October 11th – 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Monday, October 15th – 10:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Friday, October 26th – 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 31st – 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 7th – 3:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Currently, those age 18 and over are eligible.
Criteria are not under our control and are subject to change.

COUNCILMAN LEW FIDLER
1402 EAST 64TH STREET
BROOKLYN, NEW YORK 11234
(718) 241-9330
PLEASE CALL FOR APPOINTMENT

Embarrassed Parks Department – Temporarily Shut Down Dr. Johns Playground PS 277 Park for Cleaning

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The embarrassed parks department learned the definition: “It is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.” We were squeaky wheel and we got the parks department to clean up our park. They didn’t do anything about the sprinklers yet. That might be a more involved project.
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The Parks Department did release a statement to news 12 that park plumbers investigated and cleared a blockage in the drainage system last month. Officials say they will follow up immediately to investigate and attempt to clear the drainage line again.

I have more parks related stories coming.
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Better Know A District: 11 Yvette Clarke


Via Gothamist Watch Stephen Colbert Learn About Slavery In Brooklyn (Facts Not Included)

Copy and Paste Magic from “Gerritsen Beach and the House of Representatives NY9“:

Come November 6th we are going to have two choices for our Representative to the house.

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

(Democrat) Yvette Clarke
(Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Park Slope. )

Yvette Diane Clarke (born November 21, 1964) is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 11th congressional district, serving since 2007, and the former chair of the United States House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science and Technology. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

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(Republican)(Conservative) Daniel Cavanagh

Via SheepsheadBites
Cavanagh is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York’s 9th District. He sought the nomination on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets. He was unopposed in the primary. Served as a special assistant to New York State Senator Marty Golden since 2002. He has been involved in the local community from the age of 13, with the Gerritsen Beach Teen Organization. Cavanagh is the father of GerritsenBeach.net blogger Daniel Cavanagh, III.

 

Gerritsen Beach and the House of Representatives NY9

In short, Anthony Weiner held NY9, until Bob Turner was elected in September 2011 to complete the term of Democrat Anthony Weiner, who had resigned. Then NY was completely redrawn, eliminating Bob Turner.

Come November 6th we are going to have two choices for our Representative to the house.

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY)

(Democrat) Yvette Clarke
(Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Kensington, Midwood, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and Park Slope. )

Yvette Diane Clarke (born November 21, 1964) is the U.S. Representative for New York’s 11th congressional district, serving since 2007, and the former chair of the United States House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cybersecurity, Science and Technology. She is a member of the Democratic Party.

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(Republican)(Conservative) Daniel Cavanagh

Via SheepsheadBites
Cavanagh is running in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing New York’s 9th District. He sought the nomination on the Republican and Conservative Party tickets. He was unopposed in the primary. Served as a special assistant to New York State Senator Marty Golden since 2002. He has been involved in the local community from the age of 13, with the Gerritsen Beach Teen Organization. Cavanagh is the father of GerritsenBeach.net blogger Daniel Cavanagh, III.

 

GB Resident is The Voice of the Crosswalks

Dennis Ferrara of Brooklyn, a Transportation Department employee, and Gerritsen Beach resident, provides the authentic New York voice for many “accessible pedestrian signals” aiding the visually impaired.

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G.B. Loses 5.1% in 2010 Census

Check out the Map Here

Population in 2010: 5,226
Change since 2000: -5.1%

Type – Share of pop. – Change from 2000

Whites  88% -10%
Blacks 0% +11%
Hispanics 7% +53%
Asians 3% +204%
Native Americans
Multi Racial 1% +12%
Other 0% -75%

Those Signs are Really Working.

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Senator Golden Announces Re-Election Campaign

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The folloing is a press release from Friends of Marty Golden

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 18, 2012

GOLDEN ANNOUNCES RE-ELECTION BID

Brooklyn – Saying that “Albany is turning around,” State Senator Marty Golden today announced his plans to seek re-election to represent the 22nd District in the New York State Senate as the candidate of the Republican, Conservative and Independence Parties.

In announcing his candidacy, Senator Marty Golden stated, “The people who I proudly represent know of my tireless dedication on behalf of this great neighborhood.  Each and every day, I look to build on a record of service for the people that have placed their trust in me to represent them in the State Senate. I have been a voice for our community in Albany, and I have never failed to stand up for what I believe to be the interests, and the needs, of the 22nd District.”

Golden continued, citing passage of the second consecutive on-time budget as “the most recent evidence that the days of dysfunction in Albany are coming to an end. It’s time to turn this state around, and make our communities even better places to live, work, and raise families.”

Golden’s Record

Golden’s achievements include:

  • Continued demonstration of an unwavering commitment to community service through the array of events sponsored by his office which include Easter Egg Hunts, the annual Halloween Walks, the 4th of July Picnic , the Christmas Tree Lightings, Summer Concerts in the Parks, and tax preparation for seniors and low income taxpayers. Golden’s district offices have, over the years, handled thousands of constituent problems and helped many people solve problems with government agencies.
  • Filing a lawsuit against the MTA which resulted in a settlement where the agency agreed to weekday express bus service restorations and improvements to the Access-a-Ride program;
  • Senator Golden has authored over 75 laws most notably in the areas of public safety, tax cuts, economic development, and senior citizen issues.
  • Marty Golden continues to work to improve public safety in Brooklyn and throughout New York State. He has worked to strengthen the Megan’s Law sex offender registry and expand the DNA databank to include all persons convicted of a felony and certain misdemeanors. Golden sponsored the laws that increased penalties against gun-runners and those that injure or kill police officers, and in 2006, Senator Golden wrote a tough law that mandates prison for the possession of a single loaded illegal firearm.
  • Senator Golden has worked through his career in public service to create jobs. Golden sponsored the law that created a tax break for television and movie production in New York. This program has added more than $5 billion into the local economy annually, supporting 4,000 local businesses and 100,000-plus jobs.  This past year, 23 prime time television series were filmed in New York City, and 11 “pilots” for the 2012-13 television season are being filmed in the city. 188 motion pictures were made last year in New York. Five new sound stages are being built at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, creating more jobs for the future.
  • Senator Golden was the driving force behind the Bioscience Initiative at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. The “BioBAT” project is converting more than 480,000 square feet at the terminal into space for research and bio-manufacturing. When completed, the $60 million project will create more than 1,000 permanent jobs.
  • Working with a diverse group of parents, educators, clergy and school choice advocates, Senator Golden delivered a $330 child tax credit for public, private and parochial school students.
  • Golden’s diligent efforts secured $11.2 billion in funding to improve New York City Public Schools including the construction of a new high school in Brooklyn and the building of new elementary and middle schools (and the expansion of existing schools) to insure adequate facilities in which our children can receive an education that prepares them for the future. The newest projects include P.S. 264 (371 89thStreet), P.S. 310 (942 62nd Street), and P.S. 331 (7002-4th Avenue). These new school buildings will add 1,500 seats to schools in area, further reducing overcrowding. He has also secured funding for new technology in our schools and financial support for PTAs.
  • As Chairman of the Senate Aging Committee, Senator Golden was credited by nationally recognized advocacy groups for championing the rights of senior citizens through the Assisted Living Law of 2004. Under his leadership, a number of significant bills affecting older Americans were enacted, including a new Elderlaw, the Senior Bill of Rights; Long Term Care Reform, internet posting of retail prescription drug prices and a single EPIC/Medicare prescription drug card. Golden wrote the law that raised the SCRIE eligibility limit from $24,000 to $29,000 for seniors and disabled.
  • Golden also secured funding for the establishment of Moose Lodge, Homecrest and soon to be opened Marine Park Senior Centers.
  • Golden has been an advocate for state support for many not-for-profits serving our community including the Neighborhood Improvement Association, the Guild for Exceptional Children, and  HeartShare Human Services.
  • Golden has been a fighter for the community’s health care needs, helping secure support for Maimonides and Lutheran Medical Centers and leading the fight to restore needed services at the former Victory Memorial Hospital site. SUNY Downstate at Bay Ridge, opened last year, offers a walk-in Urgent Care Center, Ambulatory Surgery Center, Advanced Endoscopy Center, Laser Vision Correction Center, and laboratory and radiology support services. Golden remains committed to bringing an emergency room to this facility.

Marty Golden is a retired New York City Police Officer who received numerous awards during his ten years with the Police Department. Then-Officer Golden was forced to retire in 1983, after suffering a serious injury while making a narcotics arrest.

He was elected to the New York City Council in 1997 and re-elected in 2001. In 2002, he was elected to the State Senate. He has served the people of the 22nd State Senate District since then.

Fidler Running for Krugers Seat, Seddio Running for Fidlers

Councilman Lew Fidler is running for disgraced Carl Kruger seat in the 27th Senate District. As of 2012 we in Gerritsen Beach are not represented by the 27th district, but the 22nd district Marty Golden. However, Fidler currently represents us in the city council and his term is ending.

Acording to PolitickrNY, Frank Seddio is planning on running for Lew Fidler seat in the 46th District.

(NYC, New York) Joined by hundreds of supporters from the local community, Councilman Lew Fidler (D-Brooklyn) today, announced his candidacy for the recently vacated 27th State Senate District. Accepting the designations of both the Democratic and Independence parties, Fidler vowed to work with great cooperation, collaboration, and communication to restore the people’s faith in common-sense government. The special election to fill the vacant seat has been called for March 20th.

In a clear sign of the thorough and inclusive campaign Fidler is running, he released a list of 266 [attached] community, civic, and faith-based leaders who have declared their support, reflecting the great diversity and strength of effort behind the Fidler candidacy.

“In my campaign, the people come first, and I am most gratified to have the support of such a broad group of civic, religious, and ethnic leaders from every corner and thread of the district,” said Fidler. “It is because they know me and my record that they can trust I will work hard on things that matter. I have always viewed representing the people as a unique privilege, and a public trust that may not be breached.”

The list of supporters lining up behind the Fidler campaign is noteworthy for the inclusion of an overwhelming number of both Rabbis and other prominent Jewish institutional leaders, as well as leaders of the Russian-American community, two groups whose key support was lacking in the most recent special election in New York City. Most notably, the list is headed by Mayor Ed Koch.

Fidler emphasized his philosophy of government, “The Four Cs”:

“You have to have Common sense. The kind of common sense that tells you not to raise property taxes when we are in a foreclosure crisis or to understand that the cost of providing a homeless child with a shelter bed is less than the cost of leaving that child out on the street.”

“You’ve got to Communicate. Every now and then government needs to shimmy down from the ivory tower and hear what people want and need in their communities and in their lives.”

“You’ve got to have Character, to know right and wrong.”

“And then you’ve got to have Chutzpah…so that, once you’ve used your common sense, and discerned right from wrong, you have the gumption to say it where, when and how it needs to be said.”

In closing, Fidler added that he was adding a fifth “C”: “You’ve got to Challenge what’s been done before to finally change the dysfunction that has occurred in the past. This past year, Governor Cuomo showed that he can actually make Albany work. If I am blessed by the voters of the 27th district with the opportunity to represent them in Albany, I will not sit on the back bench; I will do my darndest to make sure that we succeed in changing the culture in Albany, and make it work for things that people truly care about and need.”

Sinkhole Forming at Dictum and Allen

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There is a massive sinkhole forming at Dictum and Allen. It started a few months ago when the fire hydrant started leaking and now day by day the drop is growing.

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Yellow Painted Curbs are a $250 Fine

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Parking is an issue everywhere, a quick search for parking on GerritsenBeach.net found notes being left on cars,  illegal driveways, lots of cones, and the retaliation you get for moving a cone. Now the issue has come up of Yellow Curbs (above).

Everyone was reminded at the last GBPOA meeting that: anyone with a yellow painted curbs, to save spots or mark driveways (legal or otherwise) is illegal and will net the property a $250 fine.

If you do have a yellow line – please paint it grey.

City and Feds Hashing Out Jamaica Bay Agreement

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Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg announced along with Ken Salazar the United States Secretary of the Interior, and Judith Enck Regional Administrator of Region 2, the beginnings of a formal legal agreement detailing how the city and federal governments will manage and who will have jurisdiction over the very large Jamaica Bay.

Right now some of Jamaica Bay is controlled by the city while some is controlled by the federal park service and there are areas that are controlled by both if not more other agencies. There are a lot of overlapping projects and jurisdictional issues that arise from sharing the area. The Mayor said is best when “Even though these city and federal holdings sit next to one another like a jigsaw puzzle, they don’t always fit well together,” . The agreement signed yesterday, is the building blocks for a new unified governing model that works together and shares planning objectives and goals.

As for what this means for the plumb beach rest stop. Parks Commisioner Adrian Benepe said there will be a major rehabilitation project to rebuild and stabilize the area with the army corps of engineers and the city soon. Councilman Lew Fidler and newly elected Bob Turner will have to keep pushing to make sure they keep their word and we don’t lose the belt parkway. The Parks Commissioner announced that a project will be started in the near future by the army corps of engineers with the city and in cooperation with the national parks service.

The Environmental Protection Agency also announced that as of October 28, 2011 Jamaica Bay is now a No Discharge Zone. According to the EPA “A No Discharge Area (NDA) is a designated body of water where the discharge of treated and untreated boat sewage is prohibited (does not include grey water). Under the federal Clean Water Act it is illegal to discharge untreated (raw) sewage from a vessel in U.S. waters.”

The house boats the Gerritsen Beach area have access to free pump out station at the Knapp Street treatment plant. The house boats that dont or are unable to move might have a visit from the EPA shortly.

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61 Precinct Ready and Willing are We? Prepping for a Gerritsen Beach Halloween

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At last night’s 61 precinct community council meeting the 61 Precinct Commanding Officer Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas flat out asked for our assistance to prevent another dangerous Halloween in Gerritsen Beach.

As explained at the meeting, the 61 precinct does not want Halloween to go down like it did last year. Councilman Lew Fidler and Property Owners President George Broadhead echoed that call and asked the Deputy Inspector to start forming a plan together. The Deputy Inspector did explain that the precinct has a finite amount of resources and that if the 61 was to deploy 6 cops to our area it would be a big deal. Although he has no problem doing that it would be taking away a decent amount of police resources and deploying them to our relativity low crime area, and secondly how effectively can those cops police the area without assistance from parents or a plan for the weeds?

Deputy Inspector Mastrokostas is asking for ideas: any idea. One idea is that some parents step up and police the area with the officers naming names and knocking on doors. The Deputy Inspector also going to request Sky Watch but the equipment could be in use else where in the city. He may also request a photo/video team to capture pictures and video on the police end they may be actionable.

There are meetings scheduled, plans are in the works, I wont go into much detail but they will be making arrests this year if it comes down to it.

What are your ideas?

Bob Turner is our New Congressman


Bob Turner, a Queens businessman, defeated David Weprin winning the 9th Congressional District by a margin of more than eight percent (with 84 percent of districts counted just after midnight).

Statement From David Weprin

I just called Bob Turner to congratulate him on a well-fought campaign. He will now have the honor of representing Brooklyn and Queens in Congress, and I hope that he will work every day to represent all of the diverse communities that make up the 9th Congressional district.

I’m incredibly proud of the campaign that we ran, and incredibly grateful to the countless volunteers who worked day after day to bring our message to voters. In doing so we raised the profile of issues like Medicare, Social Security, and tax relief for working families – issues that will be of critical importance for the next Congress.

Though we may not have won, our work is far from over. The challenges that face our nation are many, and I will continue to work with all of my supporters to ensure that middle class New Yorkers have a real voice in our city, our state, and our country.

9/11 Memorial Plaza

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A big thanks to Frankie who was kind enough to send us some of the Gerritsen Beach victims of 9/11 at the new memorial plaza.

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