Hello, Brooklyn: Monday, February 21, 2022

Wilton Cardinal Gregory will be the main officiant at a Black History Month liturgy in the Diocese of Brooklyn.
Photo courtesy of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington

WILTON CARDINAL GREGORY, THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN BISHOP to be elevated to the College of Cardinals within the Catholic Church, is expected to be the principal celebrant and preacher in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Black History Month Celebration and Mass of Thanksgiving this Sunday, February 20, held at the Monastery Church of the Immaculate Conception in Jamaica Estates. Black History Month cultural festivities, sponsored by the Brooklyn Vicariate for Black Catholic Concerns and the Office of Multicultural Diversity of the Diocese of Rockville Center, will begin at 4 p.m. Thanksgiving Mass will begin at 4:30 p.m.

Cardinal Gregory, who was appointed by Pope Francis as the seventh Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington on April 4, 2019 and was installed on May 21 of that year, is chancellor of the Catholic University of America and president of the board of directors of The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. He is a past president of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops.


MORE FUNDING TO PREVENT DRUG ABUSE: Up to $1.5 million in federal funding is available through the Drug Prevention and Treatment Block Grant (SABG) to allow providers to expand telehealth services for addiction treatment, Governor Kathy Hochul announced Friday. Providers will be able to use this funding, administered by the New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports, to expand and upgrade their telehealth infrastructure with new telehealth equipment, as well as new software, tablets and phones.

This funding will help support providers who are struggling to meet increased demand for telehealth services and improve engagement for people who face barriers to accessing in-person care, such as those who may have difficulty visit a supplier in person.


CATALYTIC CONVERTER THEFT ALERT: The NYPD’s 68th Precinct, serving Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights, is alerting residents and vehicle owners to the increase in catalytic converters stolen vehicles in this part of Brooklyn. Anyone who observes a car being jacked up with a person lying under it overnight or early in the morning, or who hears the sound of metal being cut, should report it and any suspicious vehicle and activity to 911.

Catalytic converters are an essential part of a vehicle’s exhaust system.


STAR PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTION IMPROVEMENT FOR SENIORS: Brooklyn Community Councils and the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Remind New York Seniors that the March 1 deadline for the 2022 STAR Enhanced Property Tax Exemptions is approaching. To be eligible, seniors must currently qualify for the STAR basic property tax exemption; have an owner of the property who will be at least 65 years old on December 31, 2022; and have had an income in 2020 equal to or less than $92,000.

More information about this exemption is available on the New York City Department of Finance website: https://www1.nyc.gov/site/finance/benefits/landlords-star.page


BLACK HISTORY AWARD WINNERS: Ingrid Lewis-Martin, born and raised in Brooklyn, is among those who are honored this Friday, February 25 at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce’s Black History Awards Breakfast. Lewis-Martin, who is of Barbadian and Panamanian descent, most recently served as vice president for the borough of Brooklyn in the Adams administration, and she served for more than five years as a senior adviser to Senator Adams of the time, and for seven years as its leader. Staff.

The other five honorees at the breakfast, to be held at the Hard Rock Café, Times Square, are: Leroy Barnes, VFW Post Commander in Springfield Gardens, NY; CBS reporter Jane Tillman Irving; Voza Rivers, president of the Harlem Arts Alliance; Sandra Lindsay, intensive care nurse from the Northwell Health Alliance; and Deborah Koenigsberger, founder of Hearts of Gold.


ACADEMIC HONORS IN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY: Several Brooklyn students have earned academic honors in the Dean’s List and Presidential Honor List at the New York Institute of Technology. Kelly Ramcharan of Greenpoint (zip code 11222), was named to the Dean’s List, for which the minimum GPA is 3.5, with no incompletes. Sam Zeng and Ying Shi Zhang of Brooklyn, both of Brooklyn ZIP Code 11205, and Xibin Tang of ZIP Code 11206, were named to the Presidential Honor Roll, which requires a 3.7 GPA.

The six schools and colleges of the New York Institute of Technology offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs for in-demand disciplines, including computer science, data science, and cybersecurity; biology, health professions and medicine; architecture and design; engineering; computer and digital technologies; management; and energy and sustainability.


STUDENT EXCELLENCE AWARD: Christal Lewis of Brooklyn, NY won an Excellence Award at Western Governors University College of Information Technology for a higher level of performance in their courses. Western Governors University is a private, nonprofit, Utah-based online school created by 19 U.S. governors to expand access to affordable, high-quality higher education.

The school’s academic model has been recognized by the White House, heads of state, employers, and students as a model that works in post-secondary education.


VOTE AMBASSADORS: NYC Votes is looking for teens ages 14-18 for its Youth Ambassador Program. Young people with a passion for civic engagement, voting and democracy, who join our 2022 Ambassador team and are accepted into the program, will participate in a paid remote opportunity from May to August, with the option to stay until in November.

The deadline for applications is this Friday, February 25. Link : https://nycvotes.nyccfb.info/2022_youth_ambassador_application?utm_campaign=ambassador_application&utm_medium=email&utm_source=nycvotes


IPS NEWS: HELP FOR MENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS: Governor Kathy Hochul, at an event last Friday with New York Mayor Eric Adams, announced a group of major investments to help improve access to acute mental health care and mental hospital beds in New York State. The initiatives are part of a plan to provide needed supports and services to people with serious mental illness experiencing homelessness, as well as others in crisis.

One of these investments, $12.5 million per year for 500 additional beds in supportive housing, will help move people in crisis from the streets, subways and shelters to stable housing faster. .


IN MEMORIAM: Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-7and District), chairman of the House Small Business Committee, paid tribute to U.S. Representative Jim Hagedorn, (R-Minnesota) who died Thursday night in his home state. Rep. Velázquez wrote, “I am deeply saddened to learn that Congressman Hagedorn, a valued member of the Small Business Committee for many years, has lost his hard battle with cancer. Although we sat on different sides of the aisle, I honored Congressman Hagedorn’s commitment to serving America’s small business and was happy to work with him on several bipartisan priorities.

Hagedorn, who served on 1st Congressional District in a largely rural part of Minnesota, had been diagnosed with stage 4 kidney cancer just a month after taking office in January 2019. After treatment and remission, he announced last July that the cancer had returned .


IN MEMORIAM: NYC Public Advocate paid tribute to longtime labor organizer Eddie Kay, who died last week after more than six decades of worker advocacy. “His time with 1199 SEIU and TWU Local 100 was legendary, and he shaped policies and changed lives as his gruff voice spoke tirelessly for workers’ justice. I was grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Eddie personally, to get to know him and his giant role in the working community and its history, and to have his support in my work. He was deeply dedicated to the fight for progressive and transformational change, and it was an honor to be in this fight alongside him,” Williams said.

Eddie Kay has also trained leaders for TWU Local 100, LIUNA Local 78, ATU Locals and many other locals.

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