A Message from Jumaane…

Dear Friends, I cannot believe the summer has gone by so quickly! I hope you and your family enjoyed plenty of sunshine and activity. Some of my best memories of the past few months were of spending time with constituents around the 45 th District, at block parties and ball games alike. As our young people return to school, let’s focus on giving them a safe place to learn and grow. One thing you can do is can take part in one of the many back-to-school events and donating supplies to children in need. Another is getting involved in our effort to take back our streets from gun violence; check out “What’s Happening Around the 45th?” for details on this weekend’s Occupy the Corners. My best wishes to everyone for a great West Indian Carnival; I cannot wait to “mash up di Parkway” with everyone this Monday! if you want to march with me, call my district office at (718) 629-2900 for more information I hope you enjoy my latest “One-on-One with Council Member Williams” video, which has footage from a prayer vigil inside City Hall in the hopes of achieving paid sick leave in New York City. Thanks again for reading! Sincerely.

-Brooklyn Community Week -Sunday, August 26th – Friday, August 31st. -Various Times. -Mount Zion Church of God, 203 East 37th Street. -Annual Back to School Fair -Thursday, August 30th. -10:00 AM-1:00 PM. -Haitian Family Resource Center, 1783 Flatbush Avenue. -Pre-Labor Day Senior Concert -Thursday, August 30th. -1:00 PM-4:00 PM. -Amersfort Park, Avenue I between East 38th Street and East 39th Street. -Occupy the Corners -Friday, August 31st – Saturday, September 1st. -11:00 PM-1:00 PM. -East 46th Street between Church Avenue and Snyder Avenue. -West Indian American Day Parade -Monday, September 3rd. -9:00 PM-4:00 PM. -Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue. Want to add an event to a future newsletter? E-Mail: ssanchez@council.nyc.gov

On August 18th, Council Member Jumaane D. Williams held a Community CleanUp Day to beautify the 45th District and instill neighborhood pride in local youth,

who received free Mets tickets for their hard work.

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams

August 28, 2012 E-Newsletter

Update from City Hall
As co-chair of the Task Force to Combat Gun Violence, Council Member Williams has been hard at work with academics and community leaders to find a multifaceted approach that will help lower shootings citywide. With his leadership, as well as that of Speaker Christine Quinn and his co-chair, Council Member Fernando Cabrera, the City Council approved $4.8 million in funding for the Anti-Gun Violence Initiative, the only new initiative approved in the Fiscal Year 2013 budget.


One of the biggest elements of the initiative is the CeaseFire program, a public health model designed to reduce and prevent violent incidents across the five boroughs. It is based on a tested model of violence interruption and personal engagement, providing immediate response to respond to and prevent shootings.
Council Member Williams has brought his results-based accountability approach to the Task Force, which will help in evaluating the progress of the pilot programs that will be launched in the coming year. This is the same analysis he uses to judge the non-profit organizations that receive funding from his office. This method helps ensure that all efforts are targeted toward the shared goal of reducing gun violence. A formal report will be released by Council Member Williams and the Task Force in the coming days, which will detail their findings and their recommendations to date.

On August 18th, Council Member Williams attended a block party on Glendale Court which also served as an opportunity for attendees to donate school supplies to Haiti.

Yvette Barrow, Founder of Citizens for a Better Community
1) What work do you do in the 45th?

Heroes of the 45th

I work as an independent contractor for various political outlets. 2) Why did you decide to get involved in the community?

Many years ago, there was a hole directly in front of my property. Initially, I was told that there was nothing to be done regarding the hole. I decided to take a stand and reach out to the appropriate parties to get it fixed. After I succeeded in fixing the hole, I reached out to my neighbors who had similar community related complaints, and Citizens for A Better Community was formed. 3) Tell me a valuable experience you had in your service. During our annual Family Day, we issue scholarships to our young people entering college who participate in community service. We have issued approximately 25 scholarships within the past 11 years. The look of gratitude and appreciation is a fulfilling and rewarding experience. 4) How can people get involved?

On July 29th, Council Member Williams visited the basketball camp at the P.S. 269 CAMBA Beacon Program, getting in a quick game of two-on-two as well.

First, understand that this is their community, where they live and their families grow. Second, reach out to their block associations, attend meetings and get involved in community projects. Lastly, understand that there is power in numbers.

On July 24th, Council Member Williams danced with local senior citizens at a group birthday party held at the Glenwood Senior Center.

Council Member Jumaane D. Williams

August 28, 2012 E-Newsletter

Citizen Pruner Care Course: TreesNY (212) 227-1887 Emergency Food Stamps Hotline: Human Resource Administration (HRA) (877) 472-8411 Family Court Assistance: Legal Information for Families Today (LIFT) (212) 343-1122 Legal Aid (718) 722-3100 First Time Home Buyers: Midwood Development Corporation (MDC) (718) 376-0999 Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of East Flatbush (718) 469-4679 Foreclosure Defense: Erasmus Neighborhood Federation (ENF) (718) 462-7700 South Brooklyn Legal Services (718) 237-5500 Foreclosure Prevention: CAMBA Legal Services (718) 287-0010 ext. 40240 Erasmus Neighborhood Federation (ENF) (718) 462-7700 Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of East Flatbush (718) 469-4679 Midwood Development Corporation (MDC) (718) 376-0999 Immigration Services/TPS: Brooklyn Defender Services (BDS) (718) 254-0700 CAMBA Legal Services (718) 287-0010 CUNY Citizenship NOW! at Medgar Evers College (718) 270-6292 Information and Non-Emergency Services: 311 Job Training & Placement: CAMBA Workforce Development (718) 282-0108 ex. 79301 The Hope Program (718) 852-9307 Workforce1 (718) 246-5219 Landlord/Tenant Issues: Erasmus Neighborhood Federation (ENF) (718) 462-7700 Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC) (718) 859-3800 Midwood Development Corporation (MDC) (718) 376-0999 South Brooklyn Legal Services (718) 237-5500 Rental Arrears: Housing Court Answers (212) 962-4795 Vulnerable Adults: Adult Protective Services (212) 630-1853 Water Bill: NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Bureau of Customer Services (718) 595-7000

From August 26th until the 31st, Council Member Williams, along with the Brooklyn Center for Quality Life and Mount Zion Church of God, will partner with churches, elected officials, government agencies, businesses and scores of community organizations for Brooklyn Community Week, an effort to help build a stronger community and to promote social unity. There will be activities addressing family life, immigration and more. A highlight will be the Crime and Gun Violence in Central Brooklyn Town Hall on Monday, August 27th from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM. For more information on all of these events or to RSVP, call (718) 284-4375 or (718) 2801488, or e-mail flatbushevents@gmail.com.

Neighborhood Highlights
• On August 18th, Council Member Williams presented a City Council proclamation signed by him and Speaker Christine Quinn to Radio Soleil, a 24-hour Haitian radio station, on the occasion of its twentieth year of broadcasting. On July 26th, Council Member Williams addressed the officers of the 63rd Precinct at their roll call, as part of his ongoing commitment to advancing the relationship between the NYPD and the communities it serves. On July 24th, Council Member Williams read a selection from Langston Hughes to youth ages 5 to 12 attending Imagine U, staying to answer some their questions. Want to add news to a future newsletter? E-Mail: sringel@council.nyc.gov

One-on-One with Council Member Williams

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Stay In Touch with Council Member Williams
District Office:
4517 Avenue D Brooklyn, NY 11203 Phone: (718) 629-2900 Fax: (718) 451-2136

City Hall Office:

250 Broadway, Room 1882 New York, NY 10007 Phone: (212) 788-6960 Fax: (212) 442-1564

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Council Member Jumaane D. Williams

August 28, 2012 E-Newsletter

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