August 2019:

Warm Greetings! I hope that you all had a wonderful summer. It’s amazing how quickly time can pass. Here is some of what my office was up to this August:

August 1: Third Party Transfer Press Conference with Borough President Eric Adams

On August 1, Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. joined Borough President Eric Adams at Borough Hall to reveal the findings of a 6-month long investigation into the Department of Housing Preservation and Development’s Third Party Transfer Program. The investigation was performed by the Council’s Committee on Oversight and Investigations, and culminated with a July 22 oversight hearing on the program. Council Member Cornegy is serving as co-Chair with HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll, on a TPT Working Group that aims to reform and modernize the program in a fair and equitable way. 

August 2: Bedford-Stuyvesant Family Health Center 11th Annual Breastfeeding Walk

On August 2, Council Member Cornegy joined the Bed-Stuy Family Health Center for the 11th Annual Breastfeeding Walk. World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated every year from August 1st to 7th, and it is a good time to have critical conversations about maternal health and the benefits of breastfeeding. In 2015, Council Member Cornegy opened a lactation station in his Brooklyn district office, the first in a city government office. Nursing mothers deserve to have access to a safe, clean, and comfortable space to breastfeed or express breastmilk. If we care about the health and well-being of our children, then we have to ensure mothers are doing well.

August 5: Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce Building Brooklyn Awards

On August 5, Council Member Cornegy joined Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce for their Building Brooklyn Awards, which highlight new construction and renovation projects that enrich Brooklyn’s neighborhoods. The Chamber remains committed to enhancing business conditions and the economic climate of the borough. 

August 5: Vigil in support of those in Brownsville and across the nation affected by gun violence

On August 5, Council Member Cornegy joined elected officials, advocates, and community members to stand up and speak out against gun violence. The vigil at Grand Army Plaza was in support of the Brownsville community, and others across the nation, suffering from gun violence. As the federal government continues to abdicate its responsibility to keep Americans safe, New York is stepping up and leading the nation on this critical issue, and Council Member Cornegy urges other states to follow Governor Cuomo’s lead and pass gun safety reforms now.

August 6: Shema Kolainu – Hear Our Voices’ Annual Legislative Breakfast

On August 6, Council Member Cornegy joined Shema Kolainu to celebrate 20 years of service to children with autism, and their families. Shema Kolainu has done so much to empower kids to communicate, socialize, play, read, and write. They have created programs that promote economic and workforce opportunity. And they continue to think creatively about how to better serve children with autism and their families. 

Thank you to Shema Kolainu, and all of those involved in driving this work forward every day. All of our children are wonders, and the work of Shema Kolainu helps children with autism lift their voices and reach their full potential.

August 6: National Night Out Against Crime

On August 6, Team Cornegy spread out across District 36 to celebrate National Night Out, a community building event that aims to foster better relationships between police and community members. The team participated in events with the 77th, 79th, and 81st precincts. It was a great opportunity to meet constituents, advocacy groups, government officials, and members of the NYPD. 

August 17: WBAI Live! ‘From the Streets with Bob Law’

On August 17, Council Member Cornegy joined Bob Law on the “From the Streets” podcast on WBAI to discuss housing issues like deed theft and fraud, Third Party Transfer Program, and the lien sale. You can check out the episode here: https://www.wbai.org/archive/program/episode/?id=4405

August 21: NORC press conference at Brooklyn Neighborhood Services

On August 21, World Senior Citizen Day, Council Member Cornegy, joined by Commissioner Lorraine Cortés-Vázquez of NYC Department for the Aging, Richard Trouth, Executive Director of Brooklyn Neighborhood Services, Ms. Sundra Franklin of Age Friendly Network, Ms. Bessie Edwards, real estate professional and community activist, and others, announced that District 36 has been designated a Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC). 

Housing is a serious issue through all five boroughs, and it is acutely felt in District 36. In the face of increasing fraud schemes, gentrification, and the lingering effects of the financial crisis, NORC designation provides seniors with the opportunity to age in place with government funding for supportive services.The beautiful brownstones in the district, and other properties, will stay in the hands of seniors and their families who helped build the community, ensuring sustainable wealth building.

August 21: Amida “Live Your Life” Wellness Event

On August 21, Amida Care hosted a “Live Your Life” fitness program in Restoration Plaza in partnership with the Office of Council Member Cornegy. The Council Member is glad to support Amida Care wellness events, which enable members of the community to come together, enjoy some exercise, and have fun at the same time. Events like this are essential to maintaining wellness all year long. 

August 21: Brooklyn Power 100

On August 21, Council Member Cornegy joined City & State NY for their reception and event celebrating the 2019 Brooklyn Power 100: honoring power players in government, advocacy, academia, media, business, and more. Council Member Cornegy was humbled to be recognized by the publication, coming in at number 11 of 100. Council Member Cornegy shared: “Being a New York City Council Member is truly one of the most fulfilling jobs I could have. Every day I wake up and think about those who came before me – the people who built the community I live in and call home. I know there are seniors, families, mothers, fathers, and children counting on me to represent them effectively and protect our community.”

August 22: PAL Business Luncheon

On August 22, Council Member Cornegy attended the Police Athletic League Business Luncheon highlighting the work of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams. Council Member Cornegy was pleased to see Mayor Dinkins at the event, along with actor Tony Danza, and others. The Police Athletic League serves the youth of New York City, supporting young people in realizing their full potential.

August 23: Sumner Senior Center saved with Council Funding, and Center to be renamed after Mr. Raymond J. Ballard

On August 23, Council Member Cornegy visited Sumner Houses with great news about the senior center. Thanks to community advocacy and the determination of elected officials, Council Member Cornegy was able to secure the funds needed to keep the Sumner Houses Senior Center open. The senior center is important because it allows people the opportunity to form bonds and come together around common issues and experiences. The center helps build community, foster creativity, and reduce social isolation.

Additionally, Council Member Cornegy announced that the senior center will be renamed after Mr. Raymond J. Ballard. Mr. Ballard passed away in May of 2019, and was an integral part of the Brooklyn community, and a fighter for our neighbors in the Sumner Houses and Bedford-Stuyvesant. He served for thirty-two years as Tenant Association President, during which time, the senior center was created, along with a food pantry and library. 

Mr. Ballard’s memory will live on through this renaming, and hopefully the story of his life and work continue inspiring people to press for a better future.

August 27: Press Conference marking the end of National Breastfeeding Month and Announcing New Legislation 

On August 27, Council Member Cornegy joined Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, Council Member Laurie Cumbo, and advocates to mark the end of National Breastfeeding Month, and announce new legislation to improve service, cleanliness, and accessibility of lactation rooms. 

August 28: Opening of the Kosciuszko Bridge

On August 28, Council Member Cornegy joined fellow New York elected officials to celebrate the opening of the new Kosciuszko Bridge. Significant traffic congestion reductions are expected with the new 9 lane bridge, and a park will be constructed under the bridge in Brooklyn.

August 29: Inside City Hall on Gifted and Talented

Following the recommendation of the School Diversity Advisory Group to eliminate the Gifted and Talented program, Council Member Cornegy joined Bobby Cuza on Inside City Hall to discuss why he is calling for reform of the program. 

“At the end of the day, this is about serving the students of New York City, and ensuring they have the resources needed to do well in school and the future. We need to be sure that we are strengthening the programs that make New York City schools attractive. Gifted and Talented is a great model for providing rigorous programming to high achieving students, and we should work to expand the program, making it more accessible to all students” said Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. “I have been fighting for years to expand this program, particularly to underserved communities, and I am not going to let that progress be rolled back. The answer to making the program more accessible should not be getting rid of it altogether.”

Upcoming:

September 4: HPD In Your District: HPD is in our district office, September 4, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please visit us at 1360 Fulton St. Suite 500 for assistance. Contact hpdoutreach@hpd.nyc.gov for more information.

September 14: Monthly Advisory Board

Please join us for a very exciting event highlighting Brooklyn’s Growing Innovation Economy. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about what’s going on in the digital economy and make some new connections through networking. You can sign up for the event on Eventbrite