GRANTS TO 10 TREATMENT PROGRAMS: Ten community organizations that deliver addiction treatment programs will receive portions of a grant package totaling $2.2 million, thanks to a plan by state Attorney General Letitia James and the Brooklyn Community Foundation. The 10 recipients are: Hours Project, Ali Forney Center, Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, Community Counseling & Mediation, Global Trauma Research, Housing Plus, Lantern Community Services, New York Therapeutic Communities – Stay’n Out, The Family Center and VOCAL – NEW YORK.

These grants will provide $217,500 over three years to each of the 10 recipient nonprofit organizations for direct dignity-centered services that are designed to prevent and treat substance misuse and abuse; expanding and innovating harm reduction programs and services to help addicts and those in recovery.

The Brooklyn Community Foundation welfare and recovery fund was created last year after Attorney General James dissolved another organization, Canarsie AWARE, for exploiting some of New York’s most vulnerable residents and defrauding Medicaid.

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THE PASSAGE OF THE SUNSHINE ACT WOULD HARM JEWISH PRAYER, RELIGIOUS LEADERS SAY: Permanent daylight saving time would undermine the Jewish daily community prayer cycle, say Jewish advocates who are determined to fight the sun protection law, reports the Religion News Service. According to Jewish law, morning prayers must take place after sunrise. “It will affect our religious life, our professional life and our family life,” said Rabbi Abba Cohen, vice president of government affairs for Agudath Israel of America, who added, “If congregational and personal prayers begin after 8 a.m., how will people get to work at 9 a.m. or earlier? »

Unlike previous legislation on seasonal daylight savings time, Jewish community leaders say, lawmakers did not inform them that the issue was on the Senate agenda, or that it would be expedited through a process called unanimous consent.

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HOLY HOUR FOR UKRAINE AND RUSSIA: Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Diocese of Brooklyn, will lead a Holy Hour of Prayer for Peace this morning, Friday, March 25, at 11 a.m. The service, which will take place on the Roman Catholic Feast of the Annunciation, will take place at St. James Cathedral-Basilica and will continue as Bishop Brennan consecrates Ukraine and Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at noon, then celebrates Mass for the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord.

In the Catholic Church, to consecrate something is to make it sacred or holy. In the consecration of Ukraine and Russia, the Church appeals to God, through the intercession of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, to answer prayers for an end to the war in Ukraine.

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CONVICTION IN A SEXUAL TRAFFICKING CASE: An East Flatbush man was sentenced to 8 and a half years in prison after pleading guilty to an attempt to sex-trafficking a child by forcing a 16-year-old girl to have sex with men for money and then giving her that money. According to an announcement from Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez’s office, the defendant, identified as 37-year-old Jermaine Taylor, had previously pleaded guilty to assaulting a pregnant woman who tried to save the teenager, and had was sentenced to 8 and a half years in prison and five years of probation. of Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Danny Chun.

The indictment marked the first time in Brooklyn that a defendant was charged under the child sex trafficking law, which was signed into law in November 2018.

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VIRTUAL TOUR CELEBRATES OLMSTED BICENTENARY: Join Prospect Park Alliance and Turnstile Tours as they host a virtual tour to celebrate of Frederick Law Olmsted’s 200th anniversary that explores two of his New York City masterpieces – Central Park and Prospect Park. Registration is required for the April 12 event; there is a nominal fee of $10. (https://www.prospectpark.org/news-events/events/olmsted-200-parks-in-conversation-virtual-tour-of-central-park-and-prospect-park/)

Frederick Law Olmsted was born on April 27, 1822 in Hartford, Connecticut. His obituary, published 91 years later in the Brooklyn Eagle of August 28, 1903, noted: “When Prospect Park was planned, Mr. Olmsted showed that the construction of an ideally natural park or the most complete approximation that could to be attained within the limits of the city at such a park, was as easily possible with him as the more artificial establishment, which had been the foundation of his fame.

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B’EARTHDAY BASH AT PROSPECT PARK: Join Prospect Park Alliance is hosting B’Earthday Bash, a fun and festive day in the Park — to celebrate Earth Day, the 20th anniversary of the Prospect Park Audubon Center and the anniversary of two legends: naturalist John James Audubon, and… the 200th anniversary of the birth of the landscape architect and creator of Prospect Park, Frederick Law Olmsted!

Attendees will have the chance to learn more about Olmsted’s important work by viewing selected panels from Frederick Law Olmsted: Landscapes for the Public Good, an exhibition that focuses on his life story, major commissions of landscape and their relevance for contemporary society.

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RALLY TO SAVE SUNY DOWNSTATE: State Senator Zellnor Myrie (D-20and District) and union leaders are making an urgent appeal to include much-needed funding in this year’s state budget to make SUNY Downstate Hospital whole, after it was designated in March 2020 as a “COVID only” hospital. This designation required the hospital to divert all non-COVID hospitalization cases to other facilities, cancel all elective and urgent surgeries, close all clinics, and divert all obstetrical patients to other hospitals.

As a result, the hospital suffered monthly revenue losses, even after the designation was lifted, and ballooned to a COVID-related deficit of more than $150 million.

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NEW DEVELOPMENT IN WILLIAMSBURG: SCALE Lending, one of New York City’s busiest construction lenders financing, closed a combined $87.6 million acquisition and construction loan at 575 Grand St. in Williamsburg. The nine-story, 175,000 square foot development will feature 186 new units, 30% of which will be set aside for affordable housing under the Affordable New York program.

This loan marks the final closing for SCALE Lending, a subsidiary of Slate Property Group. Most recently, SCALE Lending closed a $137 million loan at 555 Broadway in Williamsburg and a $55 million construction loan at 959 Sterling Place in Crown Heights.

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MALLIOTAKIS: FULLY LIFTING THE VACCINES MANDATE: U.S. Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-11) says vaccination mandate should be lifted for all workers, not just athletes and performers. Responding to Mayor Eric Adams’ decision to rescind the city’s vaccination mandate for professional athletes, but not for law enforcement or city employees, Malliotakis urged Mayor Adams to “immediately rehire the city ​​employees who have been laid off and lifting the vaccination mandate on all public and private sector employers that has resulted in people losing their livelihoods at a time when we have a labor shortage .

Malliotakis said the same standard should be applied to police, firefighters, teachers, sanitation workers and other private sector employees.

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RALLY TO SAVE THE HOSPITAL VA: Former congressman and veteran Max Rose joined local veterans, the American Federation of Government Employees, who endorsed his campaign for Congress and representing workers in the VA system, for a rally to save the NYC VA system from changes proposed by the Assets and Infrastructure Review Commission. “I stand here not just as a former congressman who fought for resources for this facility. I stand here as a veteran, and for me, this is personal. I am a patient who comes here once a week,” Max Rose said.

City Councilman Justin Brannan and State Senator Andrew Gounardes also participated in the rally, which Facebook Live said took place yesterday afternoon.

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Tazin Azad, Brooklyn representative on the NYC Panel for Educational Policy.
Photo courtesy of BP Reynoso’s office

NEW SCHOOLS – POLICY REPRESENTATIVE: Tazin Azad has been named Brooklyn representative to the NYC Panel for education policy, Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso announced yesterday. As part of the appointment, Azad will work with the Chancellor of the Ministry of Education and the fourteen other members of the PEP, serving as an advocate for students, parents and teachers.

Azad, who has worked in various capacities in school advocacy groups, parent associations and school administration over the past eight years, will also continue to be a leader in promoting language access. and a culturally appropriate social and emotional environment for schoolchildren in New York City. .