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District 45

Farah N. Louis

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

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Alex Taylor, Communications Director
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NEW YORK ––– Council Member Farah Louis, Vice Co-Chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, issued the following statement opposing the plan to close Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center.

STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER FARAH LOUIS

“Kingsbrook Medical Center has a long history of serving our community here in East Flatbush.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Wishing a beautiful and blessed Mother’s Day to the women who love and nurture us every day, encouraging us in good and bad times. Thank you for those early mornings and late nights, comforting hugs, and memorable laughs! Although today is a celebratory occasion, for others, it can be a painful reminder of loss and challenges. Let us extend our love and appreciation to the caregivers in our lives, recognizing their importance and impact in shaping the future of our community.

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CONTACT:
Kristia Winter, Communications Director
KWinter@council.nyc.gov, 718-629-2900

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NEW YORK ––– Council Member Farah Louis, Vice Co-Chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, issued the following statement after the NYPD launched an investigation into the suspicious death of 12-year-old Romy Vilsaint in East Flatbush.

STATEMENT BY COUNCIL MEMBER FARAH LOUIS

“Romy was only 12 years old and his life was invaluable, worth far more than the $1 dare that cut his life short and left his family searching for answers.

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“It is no secret how hard mothers work around-the-clock to support themselves and their families. Women deserve their fair share, regardless of their workspace. With more women of color at home due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we need to end the racial and gender disparities that perpetuate poverty in predominantly Black and brown households. The Marshall Plan for Moms Task Force is a crucial headstart to normalizing working mothers while advancing gender equity and pay parity,” said Council Member Farah N.

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CONTACT:
Kristia Winter, Communications Director
KWinter@council.nyc.gov, 718-629-2900

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NEW YORK ––– Council Member Farah N. Louis D-Brooklyn), Vice Co-Chair of the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus, issued the following statement after five people were shot before 7 a.m. in separate incidents of gun violence on Sunday. All victims are listed in stable or critical condition.

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CONTACT:
Kristia Winter, Communications Director
KWinter@council.nyc.gov, 718-629-2900

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NEW YORK—Council Member Farah Louis (D-Brooklyn), Vice Co-Chair of the Black Latino and Asian Caucus (BLAC), released the following statement after 17-year-old Devonte Lewis was shot in the chest and hand outside of the Urban Dove Charter School on Thursday afternoon. He later died from his injuries at Kings County Hospital.  

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“Our city’s COVID-19 response and recovery is three-fold – mental, physical, and economic. Today’s announcement shifts the focus onto the biggest challenge that we face even prior to the pandemic, ensuring that mental health support is accessible to all New Yorkers – particularly in Black and Brown communities that have been disproportionately affected by violence, health disparities, the loss of loved ones and housing instability.

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“Fair and equitable access to mental health services has been an issue for New Yorkers who are members of communities that have been historically underserved by the current healthcare system, whether it be those living in minority communities dubbed “mental health deserts”, those suffering from homelessness, substance abuse, and disabilities, or those who are part of the criminal justice system.

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“From a global pandemic to a racial reckoning, families across our city have undergone traumatic and life-altering experiences that disproportionately affected Black and brown households. Our children are struggling to comprehend the crises that we are facing, adapting to the drastic changes, while focusing on their schoolwork. We urgently need expanded access to mental health support to meet these unprecedented challenges and remove the socio-emotional barriers that could hinder our students’ ability to excel in school.

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