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December 14th e-Newsletter

December 14th e-Newsletter

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The December 14th, 2011 E-Newsletter from the office of Council Member Jumaane D. Williams.
The December 14th, 2011 E-Newsletter from the office of Council Member Jumaane D. Williams.

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 W 
HAT
S
H
APPENING
 A
ROUND
 
THE
45
TH
?
 
-
Council Member
 Jumaane D. Williams’
ChrisKwanUkah Party
-Thursday,December 15
th
.-6:00 PM-9:00 PM.-4517 Avenue D.-
Senator Eric Adams’ Office
Party/Open House
-Saturday,December 17
th
.-4:00 PM-9:00 PM.-572 Flatbush Avenue.-
East Flatbush VillageHoliday Party
-Sunday,December 18
th
.-4:00 PM-9:00 PM-
St. Gabriel’s
Episcopal Church,331 HawthorneStreet.-
2
nd
Annual Pan Parang 
-Sunday,December 18
th
.-6:00 PM-12:00 AM.-Tropical Paradise,1367 Utica Avenue.
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Council Member Jumaane D. Williams December 14, 2011 E-Newsletter
On November 21
st
,Council Member Jumaane D.Williams spoke atRiverside Church toadvocates andsupporters of LivingWage NYC, acampaign toprovide workers atpublicly-subsidizeddevelopments witha wage based on thecost of living inNew York City.
A Message from Jumaane…
Dear Friends,In this joyous season, I want to wish you and your family happyholidays! We have so many blessings to share with each other, so let us allcommit to take time to reach out to those less fortunate. If you need anyassistance finding ways to give back, I encourage you to reach out to my office.There are many holiday parties this time of year, and I hope you have
my office’s
ChrisKwanUkah get-together on your list! Come out to my districtoffice this Thursday, December 15
th
from 6:00 PM-9:00 PM, where we will haverefreshments, music and more to share with you. You can also refer to the
“What’s Happening Around the 45
th
?” section for information on this and other
upcoming events.
Finally, I hope you will continue to take advantage of my office’s
resources in the coming year. Right now in my district office we haveapplications for the Home Energy Assistance Program and a binder of jobpostings and civil service exams.Again, happy holidays to you and your family! Make sure to check out
the new “One
-on-
One with Council Member Williams”, filmed at the Stand for
Freedom rally!Sincerely,
 
 
Heroes of the 45
th
 
Morgan Gabriel, President/CEO of Organizing Brooklyn Communities
1) What work do you do in the 45th?We organize and form block, tenant, civic, merchant, and neighborhood associations. Weare dedicated to provide various services to the community. We conduct workshops on aregular basic on the needs of the community.2) Why did you decide to get involved in the community?About twenty years ago I observed the quality of life in our community was deteriorating.There was no organizational structure and programs for community participation. I foundit was necessary to organize some form of leadership structure which is decisive in movingour people and community progressively forward.3) Tell me a valuable experience you had in your service.The experience of four homeowners in a block of 50 homes held a discussion on coming
 J
UMAANE
 
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 On December 7
th
, Council MemberWilliams joined Kirsten John Foy andcitywide elected officials to condemned
the NYPD officers’ derogatory Facebook
posts about the West Indian Day Parade.On November 21st, Council MemberWilliams joined Speaker Christine Quinnand fellow Brooklyn council members tovolunteer at the Masbia Soup Kitchen inadvance of the holiday season.On November 17
th
, Council MemberWilliams participated in a civildisobedience action on behalf of the 99percent at the entrance to the BrooklynBridge, along with Council MemberMelissa Mark-Viverito and otherprogressive activists.
 
Update from City Hall
 
 
Council Member Jumaane D. Williams December 14, 2011 E-Newsletter
together on a homeowner patio. Oneyear later it became a vibrant blockassociation with 95% participation.4) How can people get involved?Reach out to each other. Talk to yourneighbors. Help someone in need.Pay particular attention to childrenand seniors. Join or create localcommunity-based organizations. Ifyou need help forming anassociation or organization, call (718)576-6600.
The Urban Justice Center’s Human Rights Project released their
report card for 2011, and again Council Member Williams wasamong the top marks in the City Council. Earning an A+ gradefor the second consecutive year, the report recognized his
dedication to housing rights, workers’ rights, criminal/juvenile
 justice, disability rights and voting rights. Council MemberWilliams remains committed to all of these issues as we worktowards a more just society for all New Yorkers.Speaking of housing rights, on November 22
nd
, CouncilMember Williams offered testimony at a hearing on the SeniorCitizens Rent Increase Exemption (SCRIE) program. There isgreat concern regarding the reorganization of the program andthe assignment of the 311 call system for applying andreapplying for benefits. Because 311 is not language-sensitivenor does it provide direct assistance to the elderly or theirfamily, thousands of senior citizens have had recent difficulties.Council Member Williams believes the Department for theAging is the agency with the most expertise on the needs of ourseniors, and it needs to be an active part of the applicationprocess, particularly to handle the many obstacles that willoccur when dealing with this vulnerable population.

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