A Brooklyn nonprofit organization is one of 13 partners that will receive grant funding as part of the NFL’s Inspiring Change social justice initiative.
Per Scholas, which has an office in the Broadway Triangle area, provides skills training and access to employer networks for people often excluded from tech careers through no-cost technical training.
The nonprofit will use its Inspire Change grant to enroll 220 people into their software engineering courses, a 15-week, full-time training program that includes technical instruction and professional development to advance economic equality.
Since 2018, the NFL has provided more than $95 million in support of programs focused on education, economic advancement, police and community relations, and criminal justice reform.
City Council candidate Elizabeth Adams kicked off the new year with a new video.
Adams, a Greenpoint resident who grew up in New York City, is hoping to succeed Stephen Levin as the representative for District 33, which includes Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Downtown Brooklyn, Dumbo and Vinegar Hill.
She worked as a legislative advocate for Planned Parenthood before becoming the legislative director for Levin.
In her campaign video, Adams touts her work on issues like climate, reproductive rights and standing up to NYPD overreach.
“When the pandemic hit, I went to work,” she says in the video, detailing how she organized mutual aid efforts.
There are 10 total candidates in this race, including Glomani Bravo-Lopez, Victoria Cambranes, Lincoln Restler, Stuart Sherman, Benjamin Solotaire and more.
Although the annual Three Kings Day Parade in Brooklyn was cancelled this year due to the pandemic, Woodhull Hospital is still commemorating the holiday at its facility.
Local elected officials will join event sponsors, community board members, patients and residents to celebrate the holiday later this afternoon.
Three Kings Day marks the biblical adoration of baby Jesus by the three kings, also referred to as the three wise men, who found the child by following a star across the desert for 12 days. They traveled by horse, camel and elephant to present baby Jesus with three symbolic gifts: gold, frankincense and myrrh.
As part of the event, gifts will be distributed to pediatric patients and hundreds of children throughout the community.
On January 3rd, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney was sworn into the 117th Congress following a tightly-contested primary race.
Maloney represents the east side of Manhattan and parts of north Brooklyn and western Queens.
“I am honored to once again represent the people of New York’s 12th Congressional District in the House of Representatives,” she said in a statement, “and am humbled by the faith they have placed in me to help rebuild our city, state and country in the wake of the health and economic crises caused by COVID-19.”
Maloney laid out some of her priorities for the term, including:
Create an economy that works for all Americans, not just the fortunate few
Equality for all Americans, no matter who they love, their race, religion, sexuality or gender identity
Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, allowing Congress to ensure equal pay for equal work
Reintroduce legislation to forgive student loans for frontline health care workers, and establish workers compensation funds
Pass the Pandemic Risk Insurance Act
Fight for funding to complete the Second Avenue Subway, East Side Access and Sunnyside Rail Yards
Work with NYCHA to ensure residents have safe, clean homes and repairs that are completed effectively and efficiently
Fund gun violence research at the CDC and enact gun control legislation
Maloney will continue in her role as chairwoman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, where she has worked on issues like the postal service, the census and more.
“We have a lot to accomplish in the 117th Congress, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate, the incoming Biden administration and the people of New York to get it done,” she said.
Newtown Creek Alliance is calling attention to an air permit application for National Grid’s Greenpoint facility.
NCA says the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is currently accepting comments on the application.
The environmental group is concerned that if it’s approved, National Grid will be allowed to expand operations at the facility and create more harm for local residents and workers.
“The operations at this 100+ acre facility have poisoned our waters, land and air for over a century,” NCA writes in their newsletter. “DEC and National Grid need to address public health concerns and do right by the community.”
The No North Brooklyn Pipeline has created an online petition against the project here.
A 34-year-old woman crossing the street in Bushwick was fatally struck by a cement truck on Monday morning, according to the NYPD.
Police say Jessica Vollman was walking on Bushwick Avenue between Jefferson Street and Troutman Street just past 7 a.m. when a cement truck, driven by a 49-year-old man, hit her.
According to authorities, she “emerged mid-block” between two parked and unoccupied cars when she was struck. The operator of the cement truck stayed at the scene, and there have been no arrests so far.
EMS responded to the location and pronounced Vollman dead at the scene.