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District 45

Farah N. Louis

Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Marine Park, Flatlands, Kensington

CITY HALL, NY — Today, Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-BROOKLYN) joined Mayor Bill de Blasio and Assembly Member Rodneyse Bichotte to announce that a new recreation center will be built at Nostrand Playground in the East Flatbush section of Brooklyn.

The amenities will include an indoor pool and kitchen for cooking classes, using capital funding shifted from the NYPD to Parks in the Fiscal Year 2021 Adopted Budget.

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BROOKLYN, NY — NYC Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement after multiple shootings across this city led to one fatality and struck seven innocent bystanders including an 11-year-old boy in East Flatbush while sitting on a stoop. His leg injury was not life-threatening and he remains in stable condition. 

STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER LOUIS

“This week, an 11-year-old boy was shot in the leg by a stray bullet while sitting on his stoop.

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BROOKLYN, NY — Today, Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement after NYPD Officer David Afanador was caught on video putting a Black man in an alleged chokehold on Sunday, which is banned by the NYPD and illegal statewide. Officer Afanador is facing strangulation and attempted strangulation charges. 

STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER LOUIS

“Wearing a police uniform is supposed to indicate your dedication and service to the public.

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BROOKLYN, NY — Today, Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement after a Georgia grand jury indicted the three suspects in the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery who was fatally shot while he was jogging. Four months later, the indictment includes four counts of felony murder, two counts of aggravated assault, and one count each of false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment.

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BROOKLYN, NY — Today, Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement lauding the New York State legislature for passing the Say Their Name Reform Agenda Package, which was signed into law by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. This package of bills will transform community policing, by expanding transparency and accountability while putting an end to chokehold bans and false 911 calls that have weaponized police officers against Black people. 

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Every June, while we celebrate the end of the school year and start of summer, we face the grim reality of increased gun violence.

With the proposed elimination of the Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) due to the city’s budget shortfall amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are in uncharted territory. 

We need to invest not divest from communities hardest hit by the pandemic like District 45.

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BROOKLYN, NY — Today, Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement calling for cuts to the NYPD’s budget as the city faces a $9 billion budget shortfall due to resources exhausted in the fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The NYPD, which has a $6 billion budget, was largely spared in contrast to the proposed cuts to city agencies such as the Department of Education, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene;

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BROOKLYN, NY — Today, Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement after the Office of Minneapolis Attorney General Keith Ellison upgraded charges against Officer Derek Chauvin who knelt on George Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes. He is charged with second-degree murder, in addition to the original charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter with culpable negligence. 

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BROOKLYN, NY — Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-Brooklyn) issued the following statement after police and protesters clashed last night during a demonstration held at Barclays Center in response to the death of George Floyd by Minneapolis police while in their custody. 

STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER LOUIS

“Haunted by images of brutality and the final pleas of Black men and women of all ages, we persist in honor of those who have been unjustly detained and taken from us.

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Today, Council Member Farah N. Louis (D-BROOKLYN) introduced two pieces of legislation intended to keep the NYPD accountable and increase access to housing services, respectively. 

Introduction 1953, introduced alongside Council Members Carlina Rivera and Rafael Salamanca, will mandate the NYPD to report on its Public Health Enforcement activities. As COVID-19 descended on New York City, sweeping executive orders intended to protect public health were implemented in the interest of flattening the curve.

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