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Councilman David Greenfield, Source: Facebook

Councilman David Greenfield, Source: Facebook

The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:

Councilman David G. Greenfield is partnering with New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) to provide local residents access to free legal help at his district office this Wednesday October 29th. From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the NYLAG’s mobile van will be parked outside the Councilman’s office to offer legal assistance to residents who need help but cannot afford an attorney. Anyone interested in taking advantage of these free services is encouraged to call Councilman Greenfield’s office to schedule a 45 minute legal assistance appointment. Attorneys will be on hand to provide free confidential legal advice pertaining to issues residents have with government programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, housing and other public assistance programs.

“Everyday my office receives calls from neighbors seeking legal help. The New York Legal Assistance Group has been an invaluable partner in helping assist these people in need with free legal assistance,” said Councilman David Greenfield. “I am proud to team up with NYLAG this Wednesday to bring their excellent attorneys right to Boro Park to help people one-on-one.”

Councilman Greenfield is committed to expanding legal assistance in his district. He hosted the community’s first ever NYLAG mobile legal assistance day with great success in the spring of 2013. Additionally, the Councilman has sponsored free immigration-related legal services in his district office twice a month in partnership with the City University of New York Citizenship Now project. Any resident interested in accessing immigration services is encouraged to call the Councilman’s district office to schedule an appointment.

The NYLAG mobile van will be parked outside Councilman Greenfield’s office at 4424 16th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Tuesday. Interested residents should immediately contact his office at (718) 853-2704 for more information about the types of services that will be provided or to schedule a timeslot for Tuesday. Residents should bring identification and any relevant paperwork or documents to their appointment.

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The following was sent to us from our friends at the Gravesend and Bensonhurst NY Rising Community Reconstruction Committee:

Community residents and business owners in the Gravesend and Bensonhurst neighborhoods of Brooklyn are encouraged to attend a Public Workshop on Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to learn about the State-sponsored New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program. Attendees are invited to discuss the program with NY Rising Committee members and the project team, and provide input on how the community can be better prepared for future storm events. The communities of Gravesend and Bensonhurst are eligible for up to $3 million in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) assistance through the US Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to implement resiliency projects.

When: Tuesday, October 28, 2014, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: Block Academy, 133 27th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

Who: Gravesend and Bensonhurst Planning Committee, NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program

Contact: Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery, (212) 480-2321,

The New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program is one of several Storm Recovery Initiatives and was established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to Communities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. The State has established the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program to facilitate community redevelopment and resiliency planning. For additional information, please visit


Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson will be in Coney Island tomorrow night to hear residents’ concerns about safety and the justice system.

The summit is open to any and all Brooklyn residents, and will be a town-hall style, allowing attendees to ask questions of the borough’s top prosecutor and share their concerns. It’s the second such event Thompson has done, following one in Brownsville over the summer.

The meeting will take place at Liberation Diploma Plus High School, 2865 West 19th Street. It begins at 6:30pm and lasts until 9pm.


The next meeting of the 62nd Precinct Community Council will be held Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm at the precinct stationhouse, 1925 Bath Avenue, corner of Bay 22nd Street.

The community is invited to attend. For additional information, call (718) 236-2501.




The New Utrecht Reformed Church will be holding its fall Thrift Sale, this Friday, October 17 from 4pm-8pm, and Saturday, October 18 from 10am to 3pm., in the parish house, next to the historic sanctuary on 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street.

In keeping with its tradition of twice annually opening its doors to savvy shoppers, the large selection with great prices includes clothing, linens, shoes, books, toys, handbags, jewelry, electronic items, small household appliances and house ware.

Proceeds benefit restoration of the sanctuary structure, which dates from 1828. The New Utrecht Church was founded in 1677.

More information on the history of the church and the early history of Brooklyn is available from the Friends of Historic New Utrecht at (718) 256-7173 or by emailing


A new community garden is coming to the neighborhood with a special focus on flood resilient vegetation, but before its grand opening celebration next weekend they’re looking for your help getting roots in the ground this Sunday.

The garden is being built by a recipient of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship on land owned by the Shore Parkway Jewish Center (8885 26th Avenue), where the very excellent SNAP to Grow! Urban Farm is also located.

The lot is one that was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, and the soil is still filled with salt. The Blueprint Fellow, Laura Vladimirova, a former editor of Bensonhurst Bean, is going to be teaching those that come about resilient plants and techniques to mitigate damaged, salt-logged soils.

Come get your hands dirty, learn something, and make the community a more beautiful, resilient place!


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Community Board 11 will hold its next meeting tomorrow, October 7 at 7:30 pm at the Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, 1740 84th Street.

The Board serves as a local conduit to the government of New York City, representing neighbors’ needs and concerns. If you have a problem with a city agency or quality of life issue, the Board exists to relay your concerns and spur action.

There will be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss various committee reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.

For additional information, call (718) 266-8800.

The following was sent to us by Community Education Council 21:

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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Education Department and Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst Program invite you to participate as they conduct a shoreline survey of various types of marine debris, work to keep our local beach free of debris by picking up trash and contribute to a healthy ocean that both people and wildlife can benefit from.

The event will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday, September 27, at the beach at Kaiser Park, near West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue. The event is recommended for ages six and up. An adult must accompany children between the ages six and 14 at all times.

All participants must complete and sign a photo release form and a volunteer waiver upon checking in for this event. Both of these types of forms can be found on the NYA Education webpage at Youth ages six to 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the volunteer waiver on their behalf.

To sign up, fill out the registration form by going here.

For your safety: wear work gloves (consider bringing your own), closed-toed shoes, sun screen, and a sun hat. Please bring water to keep you hydrated. During the cleanup event, do not pick up or collect needles for any reason — notify the site leader who will collect it safely.


Golden (l) and Kemmerer (r)

Golden (l) and Kemmerer (r)

Republican State Senator Marty Golden is facing a Democratic challenge on ballots this November, this time from Bay Ridge’s James Kemmerer.

The 12-year incumbent pol, who lost most of Bay Ridge but comfortably won the district as a whole with a 16-point margin, will debate his opponent tonight at the Bay Ridge Community Council’s “Great Debate.”

Kemmerer confirmed his candidacy to Bensonhurst Bean in May, backed by the Bay Ridge Democrats, a progressive Democratic club. He’s a small business owner who has lived in Bay Ridge for about a decade. So far, his campaign has depicted Golden as a target of the Moreland anti-corruption commission in the pocket of developers and big business. Kemmerer is running as the good government candidate, and is pushing public financing of elections.

It’s the first debate between the two. When challenged in 2012 by Andrew Gounardes, the debate turned feisty; with a lot of the same people backing Kemmerer, there’s a good shot tonight’s debate will be similarly informative and exciting.

The event takes place at Holy Angels Catholic Academy, 337 74th Street, at 7:30pm.

Correction (1:59pm): The original version of this article erroneously stated that James Kemmerer has “lived in this website for about a decade.” That was a mistake. James Kemmerer does not, and likely has never, lived in a website – this one, or any other. He lives in Bay Ridge. He previously lived in Pennsylvania, which is certainly less interesting than living in a website, but definitely more factual and infinitely more possible.

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