Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney wants the MTA to step up its public outreach when it comes to L train service disruptions.
In a letter dated July 15 to MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye, Maloney wrote that that she’s concerned about the “inadequate notice to the public” on planned closures.
“For regular L train riders, the closures will be a major inconvenience and yet, there is very little information available to the public,” she writes. “Worse, the information in affected stations and elsewhere along the line announces night and weekend service every 20 minutes, with no indication that changes are coming.”
The congresswoman acknowledged that the MTA puts a notice in the L train newsletter, which is sent to elected officials’ offices. But she says that’s not enough to get to the public at large.
On July 11, Maloney sent her staff to check three impacted stations in her district: Lorimer Street, Graham Avenue and Grand Street. She said they found no notices at those stations.
“Notices should be put at every L train stop so that people will be able to plan ahead,” she wrote. “There should be prominent signs, handouts and an explanation of alternatives.”
Last Thursday, the Health Department announced that it closed two schools in Williamsburg for failing to comply with the commissioner’s order during the measles outbreak.
UTA of Williamsburg – Yeshiva Torah V’Yirah, located at 590 Bedford Avenue, was closed for failing to provide sufficient proof of immunity for a child who was present at the school. It was also closed for allowing unvaccinated children and staff on site.
UTA 212, located at 212 Williamsburg Street, was also closed for allowing 35 students who were either unvaccinated or did not have the required number of doses of the MMR vaccine to attend the school.
Health officials say the schools will not be allowed to reopen until the Health Department reviews and approves a submitted corrective action plan.
To date, the department has closed 10 schools, including UTA of Williamsburg once before, for failing to comply with orders.
“The spread of measles may be slowing down but we are not,” Dr. Oxiris Barbot, the health commissioner, said. “This is a message to all schools that have been ordered to exclude unvaccinated children – we will not stop our enforcement until this outbreak comes to an end.”
As of June 11, 588 cases of measles have been confirmed since the beginning of the outbreak. 437 cases, or 74 percent have occurred in Williamsburg.
Town Square’s 12th annual SchoolFest is scheduled for Saturday, September 21 at MS 126, located at 424 Leonard Street.
The one-of-a-kind school fair for north Brooklyn families offers a unique opportunity to meet representatives from all kinds of schools, including public, private, charter, magnet, dual language and other types.
The open house will allow parents to learn more about enrichment and after school programs, daycare choices, application processes and more.
There will even be workshops to help answer parents’ questions.
To secure your ticket for parents and students, click here.
Local artist Ellie Balk, along with students from Williamsburg High School of Arts & Technology, have completed their new mural at 772 Grand Street.
The piece, entitled “Moods & Modes,” is an artistic visualization of data collected by the students, who mapped their emotional reactions to interactions that happened in person or across digital platforms.
Each participating student conducted research for two weeks, and also contributed to the painting the final work.
The piece is located on the southwest corner of Grand Street and Humboldt Avenue.