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Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a member of the Assembly's Health Committee, greets participants during his annual health fair. Source: Cymbrowitz's Office

Source: Cymbrowitz’s Office

Sorry for the late notice, but beginning later today, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’ office, in conjunction with Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn Medical Center, will be hosting free flu shots.

Appointments are required. If you cannot get an appointment today, his office is offering two more convenient dates. The complete schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, September 29, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Monday, October 6, 10am-2pm
  • Thursday, October 23, 1:30-4:30pm

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office is located at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road between Shore Parkway and Emmons Avenue (across the street from El Greco diner).

To schedule your flu shot, call (718) 743-4078 or email


Source: Cymbrowitz’s office

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is partnering with the New York Blood Center to ask residents to roll up their sleeves and give the “Gift of Life” at his Super Community Blood Drive tomorrow. In exchange for doing good, the Brooklyn Cyclones are pitching in with a pair of tickets to all presenting donors.

A New York Blood Center Bloodmobile will be stationed outside of his office, on Sheepshead Bay Road near the corner of Emmons Avenue. The donation truck will be there from noon until 6:00 p.m.

Here are some facts from the New York Blood Center’s website, which underscore how important it is to donate the gift of life:

  • 4.5 million Americans benefit from life-saving blood transfusions each year.
  • 40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States.
  • New York Blood Center alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.
  • 1 out of every 3 people will require a life-saving transfusion sometime during their lifetime.
  • Transfusion recipients include cancer patients, accident, burn and trauma victims, newborn babies, transplant patients, mothers delivering babies, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, etc.
  • Much of today’s sophisticated medical care (transplants, heart surgeries, etc.) rely on blood transfusions.
  • Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions.
  • Severe burn victims may need as many as 20 platelet transfusions.
  • Bone marrow transplants may require platelets from over 100 donors and red cells from over 20 people.
  • Blood products are perishable: Donated red cells last only 42 days; Donated platelets last only 5 days; Plasma can be frozen for a year.
  • The need for blood never takes a holiday.

Eligibility Criteria

  • ID with photo or signature
  • Minimum weight 110 lbs
  • Between 16-76 years of age
  • 16-year-olds need parental consent.
  • Persons age 76 and over must bring a doctor’s note.

For more information, contact (800) 933-2566, or to find other blood drives in the area call (800) 933-BLOOD.

The following announcement was sent to us from the office of New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer:


Assemblyman Cymbrowitz with a resident donating blood in the New York Blood Center Bloodmobile. Courtesy of Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, in partnership with the New York Blood Center, is asking residents to roll up their sleeves and give the “Gift of Life” at his Super Community Blood Drive, this Thursday, October 3 from noon to 6:00 p.m. at 1729 Sheepshead Bay Road.

A New York Blood Center Bloodmobile, stationed at the corner of Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue, will welcome those wishing to donate blood just steps from his Sheepshead Bay Road community office (1800 Sheepshead Bay Road). Every day in our area, nearly 2,000 donations are needed for patients who require a lifesaving blood and/or platelet transfusion.

Eligibility Criteria

  • ID with photo or signature
  • Minimum weight 110 lbs
  • Between 16-76 years of age
  • 16-year-olds need parental consent.
  • Persons age 76 and over must bring a doctor’s note.

If saving lives is not enough of an incentive, all presenting donors will also be entered into a sweepstakes to win a pair of tickets for Super Bowl XLVIII, valued at $2,500.

Just to get you inspired to donate a pint of the Gift of Life, here is Pete Townshend and David Gilmour performing “Give Blood” in 1985.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. Call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ District Office at (718) 743-4078 for an appointment or more information.

Source: Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ Office

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz co-sponsored a couple of bills designed to protect residents from shady insurers (A.2287) as well as require insurance companies to cut through the red tape when processing storm damage claims (A.1092), according to a press release sent out by his office.

Cymbrowitz wants to create a Homeowners Bill of Rights (A.2287), which would require insurers to provide those who own their own homes with easy-to-understand documents clearly stating what exactly their insurance covers, how and when to file a claim, and where to obtain coverage in the case of an emergency.

“It is imperative that homeowners know their rights and aren’t left out in the cold without the necessary insurance coverage they need to rebuild their lives,” Cymbrowitz said.

The purpose behind the other bill (A.1092) is to create a new set of requirements that ensure speedier responses from insurers to residents who are filing claims in the aftermath of a major disaster, such as Superstorm Sandy.

“People can’t wait forever to get their lives back to normal,” Cymbrowitz said in the release. “There has to be an industry standard in processing claims so that people know what to expect and insurers can be held accountable for their actions.”

UPDATE: This event was canceled by FEMA.

The following is from the office of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:

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This week, FEMA will once again be placing a Mitigation Advisor in a local home improvement store to give free advice and answer your questions about repairing storm-damaged properties.

The advisor will be at the following location from Wednesday, December 26 through Sunday, December 30: 12/26 – 12/30, Lowe’s, 5602 Avenue U, Brooklyn, 11234, Wed-Sat: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.; Sun:  8-6 p.m.

The Mitigation Advisors have various publications and reference materials for homeowners and business owners on how to repair and mitigate their property against future damage. They also advise on techniques for cleaning mold and mildew as well as disaster preparedness.

If you’re still dealing with mold or any other Sandy-related property damage issue, I encourage you to take advantage of this free service.

Please remember that I’m here to help. Feel free to call my district office at (718) 743-4078, email me at or visit my temporary district office at 2658 Coney Island Avenue (between Avenues W and X). We’re open Monday through Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays until 5 p.m.

The following is a holiday greeting paid for by Friends of Steven Cymbrowitz.

Wishing You A Joyous Holiday Season

May our hope and strength as a community grant us resiliency in the face of life’s storms. A healthy and happy holiday season and a wonderful New Year to all.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz

2658 Coney Island Avenue (Temporary Office)
Brooklyn, NY 11223
(718) 743-4078

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Brighton Neighborhood Association Executive Director Pat Singer, left, and her staff (not pictured) have returned to their office at the Chase Bank in Brighton Beach following Superstorm Sandy. Photo by Erica Sherman

After being displaced and working from remote locations to serve their community in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, our friends at the Brighton Neighborhood Association (BNA) are back!

The social services and tenant advocacy organization officially re-opened for business today in its location at the Chase Bank, 1002 Brighton Beach Avenue on the corner of Coney Island Avenue.

Displaced from her own Brighton Beach apartment in the weeks following Sandy, BNA’s Executive Director, Pat Singer, as well as staff members Janet Veksler and Claudia Escoto, continued to reach out to the community in its time of need.

To learn more about the BNA and the work they do for the community, contact Singer at (718) 891-0800, visit, and “Like” BNA on Facebook.

Correction (12/18/2012): The original version of this article indicated that the BNA coordinated with Shorefront Y on Sandy relief. Shorefront Y has notified us that this was erroneous, and we have updated the article. We regret any confusion this may have caused.

From Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’ Facebook page:

I will be co-sponsoring a FEMA Application Assistance Training at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenues U and V. Volunteers from the Kings Bay Y, Kings Bay Y at Windsor Terrace and Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope will be learning how to assist victims of Hurricane Sandy with filling out FEMA applications and guiding members of the community who have been affected. We’re all uniting to help our neighbors move forward.

The FEMA Application Assistance Training will be held in less than an hour from now at 1:00 p.m. If you need assistance with filling out FEMA applications due to destruction of property from Sandy, the Kings Bay Y is the place to be.

For further information, call (718) 648-7703 or email

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THE COMMUTE: November 7, 2012, is when the Brooklyn hearing for the 2013 proposed fare and toll hikes is scheduled. If that evening is inconvenient for you, another will be held on the November 13, 2012 in Manhattan. The MTA is also accepting video testimony during the day at selected locations. That testimony should be incorporated into the official record, according to the MTA. However, at the service cut hearings in 2010, 90 minutes of the Brooklyn testimony was omitted from the official record, including my three minutes. When I informed the MTA of that “error,” I was written that it would be inserted if they got the chance. It never was.

A complete list of hearing sites can be found here. A presentation to the chairman [PDF] has some interesting charts regarding the percentages of various income groups using different types of passes and bonuses and those who pay full fare. No data is provided regarding who pays double fares to reach their destinations and will, therefore, be hit twice.

The MTA developed four scenarios regarding the transit fare increase. It is important that you make yourself heard not only to the MTA, but also to our state officials, so they will see and know that their constituents care about this issue, and will hopefully wake up and increase MTA funding.

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