Hello, Brooklyn: Wednesday, July 21, 2021
SEPTEMBER 11 COMMEMORATIVE COINS FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE FAMILIES OF VICTIMS: As the 20th anniversary of September 11, 2001 approaches, the FDNY Uniformed Firefighters Officers Association (UFOA) was scheduled to unveil a one-of-a-kind commemorative coin at a press conference on Tuesday, July 20, with firefighters who were part of the 9/11 rescue efforts. Sales of the coin will benefit the widows, children and families of the New York firefighters who lost their lives while on active duty on September 11, 2001, as well as those who later died as a result of ‘a disease linked to WTC. The challenge coin features an image of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the Shanksville Field in Pennsylvania. These places are draped with an American flag over the coin, symbolizing patriotism and unity in the wake of that infamous day.
Among those who died in combat was Father Mychal, judge, while administering the last rites; and the eight firefighters of the 205 Hook & Ladder 118 engine: Captain Martin J. Egan, Lieutenant Robert Wallace, Lieutenant Robert Regan, Firefighter Vernon Cherry, FF Leon Smith, FF Joseph Agnello, FF Peter Vega and FF Scott Davidson.
THE DIOCESE AWARDS THE MEDAL TO THE GOOD SAMARITAN: Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, Bishop of Brooklyn, presented this morning a medal in the name of the diocese in honor of Sean Conaboy for his recent act of selfless courage in the defense of a woman on a subway platform. A parishioner at St. Michael’s Roman Catholic Church in Sunset Park, Mr. Conaboy was on the platform waiting for the train at Union Square station on May 19, when he saw a woman standing near him being stabbed several times. times. Conaboy immediately sprang into action, taking on the attacker wielding a knife and ending the attack on the woman.
Bishop DiMarzio was accompanied by Most Reverend Kevin Sweeney, Bishop of the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey, former pastor of St. Michael’s Church.
NEW JOBS FOR YOUTH FOR NORTH AND CENTRAL BROOKLYN: As part of a series of community gun prevention meetings taking place this month in the borough, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the creation of 506 new jobs for at-risk youth in seven zip codes in north and central Brooklyn. The postal codes are: 11206 (including Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant and parts of Williamsburg); 11213 (east of Bedford-Stuyvesant and Crown Heights) 11216 (west of Bed-Stuy and Crown Heights) 11221 (spanning Bed-Stuy in Bushwick); 11222 (Greenpoint, parts of Williamsburg); 11233 (spanning Bed-Stuy in Brownsville and East New York); and 11238 (Perspective heights).
The 506 jobs will include 254 summer jobs and 252 long-term jobs. The program already described also establishes summer programs and expands community services for young people.
BIGGEST MONETARY SETTLEMENT EVER AG JAMES: New York Attorney General Letitia James negotiated a deal with McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc. and Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation – three of the nation’s largest drug distributors – which will provide up to $ 1.1 billion to New York State to fight the epidemic of opioids in progress. Marking the largest monetary settlement Attorney General James has ever negotiated, the deal resolves claims she has made for the role of the three companies in helping fuel the opioid epidemic and will remove the three distributors from the opioid trial underway in New York.
The majority of the $ 1.1 billion will be a guaranteed base payment, with the remaining funds earmarked for the incentive; which means that the higher the level of participation of New York State’s political subdivisions, the greater the funds that will ultimately be paid for the abatement to the state and local communities over the total 18 years.
MARATHON THEATER: The Target Margin Theater, winner of an Obie Prize, in his most ambitious work to date, will present “We Will Care for You,” a massive nine-hour theatrical event that concludes the Company’s four years of exploration. The thousand and One Nights. A key component of this long-running performance project is educational: Target Margin Theater (now in its 30e anniversary) will collaborate with students at Sunset Park High School to create a new designed work. Target Margin artists, actors, designers and directors will team up with high school students to craft their own take on the traditions of oral storytelling in Brooklyn today.
These screenings are scheduled for September 24 and 25; October 23 and 24; November 20 and 21; and December 18-19, 2021. Special performances will also take place at Sunset Park High School on December 3-4, 2021, then move to The Doxsee Theater at Target Margin, 232 52nd Street in Sunset Park, December 10 and 11.
LAGUARDIA APPROVED AIR TRAIN: Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued approval on Tuesday on the Environmental Review of the LaGuardia Airport (LGA) AirTrain Construction Project. This final step, known as the Decision Record, allows the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to implement its proposal to build a rail system that provides a reliable transit option for air travelers and LGA employees. The Port Authority will now be able to submit a future request for funding under the Passenger Facility Charges Program.
The Port Authority has scheduled the AirTrain to connect the LGA to the New York City Transit Subway Line 7 and the Port Washington branch of Long Island Rail Road at Mets-Willets Point. There will also be passenger bridges connecting the central hall of the LGA, a parking connector, public transport and ground transport facilities.
GOV. CUOMO PRAISE THE AIR TRAIN DECISION: Governor Andrew Cuomo said of the FAA decision: “LaGuardia’s new airport, the first new airport in the United States for more than 25 years and the gateway to New York, deserves a reliable, efficient and affordable transit connector worthy of its destination… It’s the culmination years of advocacy by this administration and a key moment in our efforts to rebuild New York’s infrastructure for the future. As we emerge from the COVID crisis, our State and our country have a unique opportunity to invest in a resilient, transformative and interconnected future, and today’s announcement demonstrates our “all on board” commitment to seize it, in partnership with the Biden administration and Secretary Buttigieg.
BROOKLYNETTES AUDITIONS: Brooklynettes Dance Team to Host Open Auditions for NBA 2021-22 Season from Sunday August 8 and, for the first time ever, will be held on the main court at Barclays Center. All dancers aged 18 or over are eligible to try out a team of 20, with auditions taking place over four days. The Brooklynettes, a cutting-edge athletic dance team whose professional credits include music videos, films, television, theater, commercials and infomercials, perform at all of the Brooklyn Nets home games at Barclays Center during the NBA season and represent the team at events throughout the New York Metropolitan Area and internationally.
Over the past season, the Brooklynettes have been one of the few dance companies to perform in person in front of fans in New York City. The team was recently featured in the New York Times and the New York Post, among others.