It has long been the belief that the best way to effect positive change in your community is to get involved. To that end, the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association is hoping to inspire residents to get involved during its first meeting of the season, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. inside the King’s Chapel, corner of Quentin Road and East 27th Street.
The civic group will be hosting a panel, which will examine the topic: “Trying To Find New Ideas And New Blood To Address Neighborhood Issues.” The panelists will be comprised of the following:
Erik Engquist, Assistant Managing Editor, Crain’s New York Business
Chris Owens, Democratic State Committee Member, 52nd Assembly District
Rev. Michael Perry, Pastor, Our Lady of Refuge Church
Jumaane Williams, New York City Council Member, 45th Council District
Moderator, Jim Ivaliotis, President, Marine Park Civic Association
According to Ed Jaworski, president of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic, “Brooklyn has seen a lot of political turmoil and change recently, and this part of the borough has many concerns. The underlying, essential thought of our forum is the question: ‘Who can we trust to open the windows and let in some new ideas, bring in new blood to address the problems and the tilted system?’”
Captain John Chell, the new commanding officer of the 61st Precinct, will also be introduced.
The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call (718) 375-9158.
Did you know Carl Kruger had changed his name from Carl Tack? It’s true, though some New York Magazine readers doubted it, leading to the publication of the above yearbook photo.
For those who don’t follow our Facebook feed, we recently shared a link to a New York Magazine profile, dubbed the “gothic saga” of Carl Kruger’s past. The article’s writer sat down with the former state senator – and his lawyer – days after his resignation and guilty plea, in a quest to find (as the author himself put it when he called me up about it months ago) the “human side” of Carl Kruger.
Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association hosted the “Talkin’ About Politics” panel on October 20, featuring Crain Insider’s Erik Engquist and TheBrooklynPolitics.com’s Colin Campbell. The panel explored the current state of politics, political reporting and its effects on the process, and how to increase citizen engagement. The civic asked me to moderate the panel.
Though I’ve sat on many panels – usually about new media and journalism – I’ve never moderated one. I decided to deliver an opening statement at the civic that related to new media and its role in social transformations throughout history. With Occupy Wall Street in full swing, and a vibe of discontent sweeping through the nation, I argued that this was in part due to media shifts that sparked social shifts, that, in turn, demand a realignment of political institutions. My hope was to get blood boiling among the attendees for a feistier dialogue. I think it worked.
Thank you very much to the civic for asking me to moderate, and thank you to Engquist and Campbell for being good sports.