NEW BIKE PARKING MODEL: The Department of Transportation will pilot a new model of bicycle parking this spring, announced Commissioner Ydanis Rodriguez. The DOT and Brooklyn-based Oonee said the company’s “Mini” will be tested under a groundbreaking dealership agreement at five separate, high-profile sites over the next few months. The Brooklyn site, Prospect Heights NDC, on Vanderbilt Ave. Open Street near 577 Vanderbilt Ave, will open in June.
The pilot program is part of a larger effort to expand secure bicycle parking across the city.
YOUNG BROOKLYN COLLEGE TEACHER WINS AWARDS: Brooklyn College assistant professor Ana Gantman was recently named a ‘Rising Star’ by the Association for Psychological Science, a designation awarded to outstanding members of the association in the early stages of their post-doctoral research career. Gantman, who teaches in the college’s psychology department and is recognized as an expert in moral psychology, also won a SAGE Young Scholar Award in 2020, which recognizes outstanding achievement by young scholars early in their research careers.
Moral psychology, she explains, is the study of how people think, feel and act in moral contexts – that is, situations where people judge their values to be relevant to decisions they make, how they interpret the situation they find themselves in, or what they will do next.
PRESENTATION ON SERVICES FOR THE ELDERLY: A presentation on the services for the elderly of the community council of heights and hills is on the agenda for the next NYPD 84th Precinct Community Council meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15 at 7 p.m., Community Board 2 reports. Information about the meeting, which will be held via Zoom, is available via line Precinct Community Affairs, Community Affairs: (718) 875-6850.
Also on the agenda is a Cop of the Month presentation and a review of crime statistics by Assistant Inspector Rana.
BAR ASSOCIATION DISCUSSION ON PLANNING FOR AGING: The Brooklyn Bar Association Foundation Legal Committee presents, “Aging In The Community: How To Plan Ahead,” a virtual program to be held April 7 at 6 p.m. according to an announcement from the Bar Association and Brooklyn Community Board 16. The presenter is Fern J. Finkel, Esq. , Chairman of the Foundations Law Committee; with the Vice Chairman of the Elder Law Committee; and Daniel R. Miller, Esq., chairman of the Elder Law Committee.
More information is available on the Brooklyn Bar Association website.
EXPANDED CHILD CARE FOR SUNY STUDENTS AND STAFF: The Governor has launched an initiative to develop and create high quality child care services centers on all State University of New York campuses for students and faculty – especially in areas where childcare deserts exist. Announced Friday, the initiative includes the distribution of $4.5 million in federal and state funding to support current centers, a training program for the next generation of child care professionals, and the development of a Gov. Kathy Hochul’s long-term plan to achieve the state’s goal of eliminating child care deserts across SUNY.
The governor’s executive budget includes $10.8 million to support the creation of additional child care centers on SUNY campuses.
NEW BICYCLE LANE PROVES POPULAR: The new bike path on the legendary Brooklyn Bridge has led to an increase in the total number of bike trips on all East River bridges, reports advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. Shortly after the Brooklyn Bridge bike lane opened last September, Streetsblog reported that the number of rides had rapidly increased by 88%, compared to the same month the previous year.
This safe space was previously a span few cyclists used due to dangerously crowded conditions on a narrow shared pedestrian and cycle lane.
THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY REMAINS RESILIENT: The city’s construction industry has remained resilient despite the impacts of the pandemic on New Yorkers and the local economy, according to a report by the New York Building Congress. The “Construction Outlook Update: 2022 Labor Force Snapshot” examines demographic, mobility and employment data from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey for 2018 to 2021 to identify industry strengths and offer recommendations to strengthen the city’s diverse and talented workforce. “Despite the economic setbacks of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York’s building industry has remained resilient,” said Carlo A. Scissura, president and CEO of the New York Building Congress.
While the city’s construction industry lost around 70,000 jobs during the pandemic, New York’s construction workforce rebounded in 2020 with more than 200,000 workers hired into the industry. The report also makes several recommendations to make the workforce more resilient to pandemic-related job losses.
MEETING WITH THE ITALIAN COMMUNITY WITH THE BOROUGH PRESIDENT: The 62nd Precinct Community Council and the Federation of Italian Americans is hosting a meeting with Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso on Thursday, March 24. Members of the Italian-American community in Brooklyn who wish to participate should email [email protected] for more information.
INTERNSHIPS AT THE AD OFFICE: Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s Office is offering a one-week internship for high school students next spring. High school juniors and seniors who live in or attend schools in Brooklyn are welcome to apply, with requirements including a one-page resume and a personal essay that answers two questions: “Why do you want an internship with the office of the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office”, and “How will an internship at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office support your interests?” For more information, visit brooklynda.org/internships.
The personal essay component has a minimum of 250 words, must be in 12 point font and double spaced.
SENATE CONFIRMS BROOKLYN ASSEMBLY MEMBER BECOME AN AMBASSADOR: On Friday, the US Senate confirmed that Assemblyman Nick Perry would be the next US Ambassador to Jamaica., following the push and continued support of U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. Born in Jamaica and representing a predominantly Caribbean community in Brooklyn, including East Flatbush, Canarsie and Brownsville, Perry will be the first American ambassador to Jamaica born in that country. (See story, page 1.)
Assemblyman Nick Perry was first elected to the New York State Assembly in 1992 to represent Brooklyn’s 58th Assembly District and was reelected to his 15th consecutive term in November 2020.