The following is a press release from the office of State Senator Marty Golden:
SENATOR GOLDEN, ASSEMBLYMAN BROOK-KRASNY, ANNOUNCE STATE LEGISLATURE’S PASSAGE OF BILL TO PROHIBIT SALE OF HOOKAHS, WATER PIPES AND SHISHA TO MINORS
Albany – State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) and Assemblyman Alec Brook Krasny (D-Brooklyn) are announcing legislation passed by both houses of the New York State Legislature, S. 4269-A/A.6037-A, that amends the public health law to prohibit the sale of hookahs, water pipes and shisha to minors. The lawmakers introduced this legislation in response to concerns from parents of their Brooklyn districts.
The bill, which will now be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo for his consideration to become New York State Law, would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, herbal cigarettes, shishas, rolling paper or smoking paraphernalia to those 18 and younger.
Senator Marty Golden stated, “I commend my colleagues in the State Senate for their unanimous support of this legislation which was introduced so to protect the health and well- being of New York’s children. As hookah bars become more popular amongst teenagers, parents have raised significant concerns and I believe this legislation properly addresses those apprehensions.”
When summer comes, so do breaks for many of the tireless advocates of the Sheepshead Bay community. Several of the local civics and the community board suspend meetings until fall comes around, meaning if you’ve got something to say, you better get to one of groups’ final meetings in the weeks to come.
The most important of which is tomorrow night, when Community Board 15 holds its final meeting. As usual, the meeting kicks off at 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty Dining Room of Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard). Come meet your local politicians and express any concerns or complaints you have about local services or government, and get the word out before things slow down for summer!
Refreshments will be served. Community Board 15 meetings will resume in September.
First of all, a big thank you to Cupcake Kings for throwing Sheepshead Bay’s first annual cupcake eating contest on Saturday – and for inviting Sheepshead Bites to include a rep and sponsor the event. Good times! Look for video and photos later.
And another thank you to Elaine and Brian Timmins of the Deep Creek Yacht Club, who invited Sheepshead Bites on board their beautiful 39-foot sailboat, the Calico Jack, to participate in the annual Blessing of the Fleet. We’ll have some very special coverage of that later this week.
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We got the following e-mail from reader Stan R. over the weekend, who witnessed a “crazy” accident between a group of motorcyclists and a car at Ocean Parkway and Neck Road. The accident happened Saturday night.
30 year old male driving a 2005 honda accord was making a right turn onto neck road when a group of bikers were racing down ocean parkway and collided with the car. One managed to swirve but the 2 other bikers collided with the car. Two of the bikers were taken to local hospital one with minor injuries while the second biker was taken away by a stecher possible head injury. Police wasnt on scene the fire fighter was the first to arrive. all riders were in there 20. the intersection doesnt have a street light or a stop sign. The passengers of the car was shaken up but no serious injuries reported.
Many may have not agreed with the actual cuts that were made, but it was also widely acknowledged that due to the MTA’s budget situation some cuts were unavoidable. That was due to Albany raiding funds that were dedicated for mass transit. The Transit Lockbox Act was passed by the Senate and the Assembly last week to make it much more difficult for Albany to continue this practice in the future. It would be good news, but the wild card is Governor Cuomo. While being an outright proponent for gay marriage, which he signed into law this past week, there are no indications that he will do the same for the Transit Lockbox Act.
City Councilman Lew Fidler painted a gloomy picture of New York City’s budget situation, and the last glimmer of hope may have just collapsed.
Fidler took the opportunity to speak on the budget during Wednesday’s 61st Precinct Community Council meeting, pointing out that City Hall was scrambling to negotiate a budget by their July 1 deadline. At issue is that, unlike the state or federal governments, the city government is not permitted to borrow funds for services – it’s required to fund services with actual revenues. So with revenues drying up, the city is leaving no stone unturned in its search for funding.
“It’s going to be a rough couple of days,” Fidler said. “We are going to do our very, very best to take care of our most important priorities: public safety, education, youth programs and our senior programs.”
A small faction of retired Marines is bringing new meaning to the old motto, “Semper Fidelis” (always faithful).
Veterans from Marine Corps League Brooklyn No. 1, Detachment 217 (VFW Post 107), 2414 Gerritsen Avenue, as part of an effort they’ve called “Operation Shoe Box,” are collecting “comforting items from home” to send to thousands of Marines currently serving overseas in Afghanistan, according to a report by News 12 Brooklyn.
Among the items being collected are hand sanitizers, lotion, shaving cream, baby powder, aspirin, cough drops and other sundry pharmaceuticals, which may not be as readily available in a war-torn nation.
A spokesperson for Marine Corps League Brooklyn No. 1 told News 12 that “it’s important to remember that although President Obama has announced a troop drawdown in Afghanistan, not everyone will be leaving.”
If you would like to learn how you can make a donation to “Operation Shoe Box,” contact Marine Corps League Brooklyn No. 1 by calling 1-646-552-0852, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or going to their website.