3-K is coming to north Brooklyn schools in the 2020-2021 school year.
At his 2020 State of the City address, Mayor de Blasio announced the expansion of his 3-K for All program to two additional school districts, bringing the total number to sixteen.
3-K already exists in the following school districts:
District 4 (East Harlem)
District 5 (Harlem)
District 6 (Washington Heights and Inwood)
District 7 (South Bronx)
District 8 (Country Club, Pelham Bay, Throgs Neck, Castle Hill, Soundview, Hunts Point)
District 9 (Grand Concourse, Highbridge, Morrisania)
District 16 (Bedford-Stuyvesant)
District 19 (East New York)
District 23 (Brownsville)
District 27 (Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Rockaways)
District 31 (Staten Island)
District 32 (Bushwick)
In the fall of 2021, 3-K will come to these four districts:
District 1 (Chinatown, East Village, Lower East Side)
District 12 (Central Bronx)
District 14 (Greenpoint, Williamsburg)
District 29 (Cambria Heights, Hollis, Laurelton, Queens Village, Springfield Gardens, St. Albans)
Through this expansion, the 3-K for All program will serve 26,000 children across the city. That includes all 3-year-olds served in Head Start and Child Care programs, which transferred from ACS to DOE management to create one single early childhood system for families.
The application for 3-K opened on Wednesday, February 5, and will remain open until Friday, April 24.
Just days after Rafael Espinal said “more details to follow” regarding his future, he dropped the news that he is resigning from the City Council.
Espinal, whose last term was set to end in 2021, will instead lead the 500,000-member Freelancers Union, which is based in Brooklyn. He begins his new job on March 2.
District 37, which spans Cypress Hills, Bushwick, East New York and parts of Ocean Hill and Brownsville, will now have a special election within 80 days. The winner of that race will serve in the City Council for the remainder of the term.
In the meantime, the City Council speaker’s office will help handle constituent duties as the race to replace Espinal begins.
Espinal dropped out of the Brooklyn borough president’s race abruptly this month, and now we know why.
The ex-lawmaker got a lot done in his six years in office, including passing legislation to repeal the city’s Cabaret Law, establish the city’s new Office of Nightlife, and support green roofs and urban farming.
He was a co-sponsor of the “Freelance Isn’t Free Act,” which extends protections against harassment and discrimination to independent workers. That bill was passed in 2019.
Espinal made news last week by saying term-limited council members are “lame ducks.” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson agreed, but noted that being a lame duck doesn’t mean being unproductive.
More than three dozen seats in the City Council will be up for grabs in 2021, making it an interesting election year. The mayor and comptroller positions will also see turnover.
Speaking of the mayor, de Blasio praised Espinal on NY1’s “Inside City Hall” on Monday night by calling him a “great legislator,” citing his work on the Cabaret Law and Nightlife Office. He said working for the Freelancers Union will mean having a national impact.
“I don’t think that’s a bad outcome,” the mayor said. “I think that means he’s applying his skills in a really good way, but in another venue.”
Could Espinal return to public service? It’s possible. He didn’t leave the door closed for future opportunities, according to reports.
North Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal has ended his campaign for Brooklyn borough president.
Espinal, who represents Cypress Hills, East New York and parts of Bushwick, announced his decision last week.
“Being elected to lead and serve our city’s greatest borough has always been a dream of mine,” he said in a statement.
The councilman touted his work to secure “historic” investments for his district, the Holocaust Survivors initiative, and pass legislation for green roofs and the Office of Nightlife.
“As a born and raised Brooklyn boy, I believe there is no greater honor than to serve as the Brooklyn Borough President,” Espinal continued, “but after months of consideration I have decided not to continue my campaign.”
He added that given his record and ability to work with Brooklynites, he believed he could have put together a “strong and winning campaign. But “right now is just not the time for me,” he said.
Espinal, who is term-limited in the City Council by 2021, previously ran for public advocate on his own “Livable City” party line. He placed seventh, collecting 12,929 votes, just north of 3 percent.
What’s next for Espinal? That remains to be seen. In his statement, he said he would have “more details to follow” in the days to come.
Notably, he raised $11,749 for his campaign, far behind other candidates. He could transfer those funds for a future run for higher office.
Espinal’s exit from the Brooklyn BP race could consolidate support for Councilman Antonio Reynoso, who, like Espinal, is a young, Latino and progressive lawmaker from north Brooklyn.
Bed-Stuy Councilman Robert Cornegy is also in the running. He has more than $150,000 in his campaign coffers, far outpacing Reynoso, who raised $84,000, according to the NYC Campaign Finance Board.
Of course, there have been rumors that First Lady Chirlane McCray may jump into the race. She and Mayor de Blasio are reportedly close to the Brooklyn Democratic Party, now run by Assemblywoman Rodneyse Bichotte, as well as current Brooklyn BP Eric Adams.
We will keep a close eye on the race as we head toward 2021.
Brooklyn Legal Services, which provides free civil legal services to low-income Brooklyn residents, has named Tanya E.M. Wong has its new project director.
Wong began her career at Legal Services NYC over 20 years ago, when she joined Harlem Legal Services, and later the Brooklyn branch of LSNYC, before becoming its director of government benefits.
She is an expert in the areas of government benefits, specializing in welfare rights and other anti-poverty and anti-hunger programs.
Wong was the lead attorney in Huerta v. Zucker, which established due process rights and procedures for women and children who receive nutrition and healthcare supplements through WIC.
She served as acting project director in Staten Island from October 2018 to December 2019. Wong is a graduate of Harvard University and Northeastern University School of Law.
“Brooklyn Legal Services has a long history of legal excellence and fighting for social justice and I am looking forward to building on that legacy in partnership with the communities we serve and our very talented and experienced staff,” she said.
“Not only will we continue to provide access to justice to those who cannot afford it, but we will leverage our resources to address structural inequities and biases impacting our clients.”