June District 2 Updates

L Train Reconstruction & New Avenue A Entrance
The MTA held two community meetings regarding the L train reconstruction work that will begin in 2019. Due to Hurricane Sandy, the L train Canarsie tunnel was damaged by 7 million gallons of salt water. Because of this damage, the MTA needs to conduct major repair work to this tunnel. The MTA is currently looking at two options for the construction work: 1.5 years total closure of the L train that would shut down 8th Avenue to Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn; 3 years partial closure that would connect 8th Avenue to Bedford, and back. The reconstruction of the L train also means new improvements to the 1st Avenue and Bedford Avenue stops. The 1st Avenue stop will gain a new entrance on Avenue A which will include two sets of stairs and an elevator on both the North and South sides of 14th Street / Avenue A. The MTA announced at their Manhattan Community meeting that they will be coming to all Community Boards that surround the L train to make a presentation and take questions from the community. For a video on what work needs to be done and what the options are, use this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt_JloKcE7s. Rosie will continue to work with the MTA to ensure that community residents are informed of what’s to come.

Rosie Joins Tenants at 445 East 9th Street to Demand an End to Construction-As-Harassment
On May 9th, Rosie joined EAST 9TH Street Tenants along with Cooper Square Committee, and State Senator Brad Hoylman in calling for the end of construction-as-harassment by Owner Icon Realty. Rosie issued the following statement: “For the past several years, tenants who reside in Icon Realty buildings have contacted our office or the community based organizations with assistance on getting notice of scheduled repairs and a timeline for the projected renovations and restoration of essential services. However, tenants continue to live in construction zones with no relief in sight and long wait-times for repairs even after a meeting with tenants, elected officials and Icon Realty staff this past November. It is unclear why repairs are not done expeditiously and communications with tenants does not improve their daily living conditions. I can only conclude that Icon Realty and/or their staff do not want to conduct business in a professional and amicable manner.”

30th Street Men’s Shelter
Following the homicide at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter, DHS—working with an NYPD Management Team—will institute sweeping new security measures. In addition to increased Peace Officer presence, those same officers and supervisors will begin receiving enhanced trainings with the NYPD at John Jay College. In addition, Peace Officers will also be working with DOHMH to train in de-escalation techniques. In addition to enhanced training, the facility will also have 233 new security cameras installed throughout the shelter. This will include fixed, pan and zoom, and potentially facial recognition as well. All Mental Health Shelters will now receive 24 hour Peace Office training. Currently, only half the mental health shelters have PO presence. Since the incident, there has been no decrease in services. Staff is having candid conversations with clients and letting them know that they can speak with Peace Officers, case workers, and administration if they feel unsafe.

Rosie Joins Manhattan DA for Clean Slate
On April 30th Rosie joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office at Grand Street Settlement on 80 Pitt Street to give residents, regardless of their immigration status, an opportunity to resolve outstanding summons warrants in New York City. In an event in partnership with the Office of Court Administration, NYPD, Grand Street Settlement, and the Legal Aid Society, a resource fair with local organizations was available offering participants workforce development, job placement services, and other needed assistance. People were able to consult with defense attorneys from the Legal Aid Society onsite, prior to participating, to explain the types of summons warrants that qualified for the program including disorderly conduct, consumption of alcohol in public, urinating in public, unlawful possession of marijuana, various subway offenses, littering and much more.

Rosie Responds to Complaints of Sidewalk Issues Near Dry Dock Park
Rosie’s Office received complaints of cracked and unleveled sidewalks near Dry Dock Park on East 10th Street between Avenue D and Szold Pl. The office and the office of Congresswoman Nydia Velasquez notified the Department of Transportation and the Department of Parks. As a result, the City Agencies patched up the broken/cracked areas. At Rosie’s request, a walkthrough with the Parks Department and Community Board 3 was conducted to observe the damages of the recent renovations to Dry Dock Playground, as well as to assess the deteriorating conditions of the sidewalk. Parks Department stated that sidewalk replacement was not currently in their budget and that it would need to work with Con Edison to determine the cost because of the pipes that are under the sidewalks. Approximately a week thereafter, Parks Department estimated the cost for sidewalk replacement on the three sides of the playground to be $1M. Rosie’s office attended a community meeting at Boys and Girl Republic to report on the fiscal challenges with the sidewalk replacement. Parks Department will continue to monitor the situation and patch up deteriorated areas until the Mayor allocated the funding in the Department’s budget.

Rosie Honors Teklya Husiak for her 100th Birthday
Teklya was born on May 8th, 1916, the first of three children born to immigrants, Danylo and Kathryna Petryk. At the age of 4, in 1920, the family returned to the village of Fedropyl near the city of Peremyshl, then under the control of Poland. She grew up in what was a Ukrainian province in Poland. In 1937, with the clouds of war gathering, she was sent by her father back to the United States since she was a natural born US citizen, but she needed a sponsor because she did not speak English and the Great depression was still in effect. She was soon followed by her US born brother and sister, whereas her parents and five siblings were arrested and sent to Siberia after the war as a result of Stalin’s brutal resettlement policies. Teklya was widowed in 1971 and continued to live in Brooklyn until after 9/11 when she moved to her present apartment in the East Village. A lifelong Democrat, she is proud to say that she has voted in every major election since 1940 and is looking forward to vote Democrat again in this year’s general election. On May 8th she celebrated her 100th birthday.

50th Anniversary of the Sip-In at Julius Bar
April 21st marked 50 years of the “Sip In” at Julius Bar, a civil disobedience action for the LGBT rights movement. On April 21, 1966 three gay activists visited bars in the East and West Village to get served drinks, at a time when bars and restaurants could refuse service to LGBT individuals. Rosie joined her colleagues Councilmember Danny Dromm, Corey Johnson, State Senator Brad Hoylman, and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer in celebrating the civil rights act. Julius’ is known to be New York’s and one of the country’s oldest gay bars. The LGBT Caucus of the New York City Council is currently supporting GVSHP’s campaign to get Julius’ designated as an individual landmark by the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

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