The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:
State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) today has announced a series of new measures his office is taking to assist residents and business owners who suffered damage due to Superstorm Sandy. Following last week’s announcement from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, creating the New York City Build It Back Grant program, Senator Golden is teaming up with both Neighborhood Improvement Association and The Mayor’s Housing Recovery Office in order to give direct assistance in with grant applications and helping to provide more detailed information.
Starting this week and continuing throughout the application period, State Senator Golden and the Neighborhood Improvement Association are sponsoring office hours at 2738 Gerritsen Avenue to assist residents in filling out the City’s new Sandy grant program application “Build it Back.” The office will be open:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday from 2pm – 7pm
On Sunday, June 23rd, from 12pm to 4pm, Senator Golden and the Mayor’s Housing Recovery Office are hosting a Forum at PS 277 located at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue. Multiple agencies will be answering questions on Sandy grants and issues.
“The reason why I ran for public office was to be a public servant. Helping my constituents is the most important part of my job as State Senator, and to be able to provide those most in need following the storm is not only my responsibility, but the right thing to do,” said Senator Golden. “I invite all who have been effected by Sandy to visit my office, or attend the forum, to get more information and fill out a grant application.”
For more information on both the Forum and help with grant applications please call 718-238-6044.
The Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn’s forum on anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, originally scheduled for this afternoon, has been postponed.
A new date has yet to be selected.
On the upside, the organization’s director has told Sheepshead Bites they’ll be using the time between now and the rescheduled forum to tweak the program, taking feedback from Sheepshead Bites’ commenters into consideration.
The group said they hope to add a local a rabbi to the program, as well as possibly split it into two events – one in the afternoon for students, and one later in the day for adults.
More information will be posted as the group firms up its plans.
From our friends at the Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn:
Councilman Lew Fidler will host a Home Owners Forum this Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m. at the Glenwood Senior Center at 5701 Avenue H, between East 57th and East 58th Streets.
Representatives from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development will be in attendance and Councilman Jumaane Williams will also be guest speaking.
Some topics for discussion will include housing codes, building permits, water conservation, foreclosure prevention and other important issues.
Forget the parties. Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this Thursday with a symposium on civic activism, not back-patting and balloons.
The group is cobbling together one of the largest and most influential forums on grassroots affairs that Southern Brooklyn has ever seen organized by a civic group. It will feature two panels – one on challenges to grassroots activism, the other on local media – packed with 10 members of Brooklyn’s journalism, academic, activism, and non-profit worlds.
“Obviously, a public affairs forum of this scope is unusual and ambitious for a neighborhood civic group to put together,” said Ed Jaworski, president of MMHCA. “But, we wanted to try to do something of wide significance, since civic activism and community journalism are vital to the life of a community and voices being heard. We hope this is an opportunity to learn about and prepare for upcoming challenges, even seeing apparent small, local issues as part of bigger pictures.”
There’s no shortage of notables to fill the panels, either. Norman Siegel, former director of the NY Civil Liberties Union; Erik Engquist, the politics editor of Crain’s NY Business; Mary Ann Giordano, the deputy metro editor of the NY Times; and Gersh Kuntzman of the Brooklyn Paper/Courier-Life are just some of those that will be discussing issues at the heart of local activism and media.
In our humble opinion, this is a must-attend event for all in the area. We believe that many civic groups and concerned residents across the city are losing their effectiveness as the tools for grassroots activism evolves. MMHCA’s event is a spectacular initiative to help educate residents on giving voice to local issues and learning to organize effectively in a new era of communication.
For many, attending this symposium may be a first step to reforming New York City’s top-down government into a grassroots-driven network of local communities.
View event details, the planned agenda and a list of panelists.
Get information on code enforcement, property tax exemptions, foreclosure prevention, building permits, low-interest home repair loans and more on Thursday, July 22nd, 6:00 p.m. at Kingsborough Community College, Building U, Room 220. It will run until 7:30 p.m. [UPDATED]
This meeting is hosted by the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development located at 100 Gold Street, Room 6E4, New York City 10038.
This info came by way of a public service announcement from the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG).
Correction: An earlier version of this post indicated the event would start at 7:30 p.m.. It will begin at 6:00 p.m. and run until 7:30 p.m. Our apologies for any confusion.