Hello, Brooklyn: Thursday, March 10, 2022
“BROOKLYN IS AFRICA” FAMOUS DIASPORA ARTIFACTS: Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso officially opens the ‘Brooklyn is Africa’ exhibit at Brooklyn Borough Hall, running through March 21. The exhibition, which is in partnership with the Cultural Museum of African Art (CMAA), will feature a selection from Eric Edwards’ collection of rare and historic African artifacts, bearing the themes of motherhood, music and consciousness. .
The free exhibition, representing the borough’s diaspora will be open to the public on weekdays but RSVP is required via www.brooklyn-usa.org/bk-is-africa.
THE NYCHA HEATING SYSTEM WAS 78 YEARS OLD: A 78-year-old central heating system in the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Whitman The houses are finally being replaced, thanks to a, $18.8 million installation of four new boilers and related upgrades at this Myrtle Ave. campus, just south of the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Together, the investments are providing more reliable heating and hot water service to more than 6,000 residents. An additional 600 boilers will be upgraded under NYCHA’s PACT program.
The refurbishment of Whitman Houses was part of a larger $28.6 million large-scale heating system modernization project, with a $9.8 million installation of eight new steam and condensate pipes to Taft Houses in Harlem.
AFTER 200 FAILED ATTEMPTS, CONGRESS PASSES ANTI-LYNCHING BILL: The US Senate unanimously passed a bill criminalizing lynching on Monday. and makes violent hate crimes punishable by up to 30 years in prison. President Biden is expected to sign the bill, which passed the House of Representatives last month. While it passed through both houses of Congress this time with virtually no opposition, the path to passage took more than a century and 200 failed attempts, most recently in 2020.
Named Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act to commemorate the 14-year-old Chicago boy who was lynched while visiting family in Mississippi, a crime can be prosecuted as a lynching when a hate crime results in a death or injury, said Rep. Bobby Rush, D-Ill., a longtime sponsor of the legislation.
‘A MOMENT OF HISTORIC CONSEQUENCE’: The Congressional Black Caucus, of which Representative Yvette Clarke (D-9th District) is the first vice president, issued the following statement during the passage of Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act (HR 55): “This is a moment of historic consequence. The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act was passed by the United States House of Representatives by a vote of 422 to 3 and unanimously in the Senate,” said Joyce Beatty, chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. “…This bill makes it clear that our nation will no longer ignore this shameful chapter in our history, and the full force of the United States federal government will be brought to bear against those who commit this heinous act.”
“Lynching is a long-standing, uniquely American weapon of racial terror that has been used for decades to maintain the white hierarchy,” said the bill’s sponsor, Congressman Bobby Rush (D-Illinois). “Perpetrators of lynchings have committed murder time and time again – in most cases they have never even been brought to justice.”
CHARGED IN SERIES OF THEFT: A 10-count replacement indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn. charging Robert Rodriguez with Hobbs Law robbery, Hobbs Law robbery conspiracy and firearms crimes. Arrested yesterday, Rodriguez is accused of planning and carrying out four armed robberies over $1 million, targeting the owner and bosses of a Queens check cashing business in July 2020 and September 2021. (See story, page 1.)
Rodriguez’s co-defendant, Raymundo Heyaime Sanchez, who is currently being held pending trial, has previously been arrested and charged with Hobbs Law robbery and related crimes for his role in one of four robberies in the replacement indictment.
WOODHULL HOSPITAL UPDATE: An update from the CEO of Woodhull Hospital on his community operations and services and a presentation of the Bushwick Avenue road safety study are on the agenda for the Community Board 4 meeting and public hearing on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m., with a Zoom registration link available on the Community Board 4 webpage. Gregory Calliste, CEO, NYC Health + Hospitals/Woodhull, will speak about his medical center’s outreach during the virtual meeting.
Brooklyn Community Board 4 serves Bushwick.
SOLIDARITY SERVICE FOR UKRAINE: Rabbi Joseph Potasnik, executive vice president of the New York Council of Rabbis and chief rabbi emeritus of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights, was among a group of interfaith clergy who yesterday joined Orthodox Christian leaders, ambassadors and elected officials to express solidarity with Ukrainians as ‘they are resisting the continued invasion of their country, reports the Religion News Service. “When we said never again after the war, we didn’t put a question mark after it – we put an exclamation mark,” Potasnik said, dismissing Putin’s attempts to justify the invasion as a effort to “denazify” Ukraine. “On the contrary, what you are doing by attacking Ukraine is Nazification.”
Noting that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is Jewish, Rabbi Potasnik recalled the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II in which he lost his family and honored the memory of a grandfather who fought the Nazis with the Red Army of the Soviet Union.
ASSEMBLE TO SAVE BROOKLYN VIA THE MEDICAL CENTER: U.S. Representative Nicole Malliotakis (R-11and District) will lead a rally this Sunday against the Department of Veterans Affairs’ proposed closure of the Brooklyn VA Medical Center. The rally begins at 2 p.m. on March 13, in front of the Brooklyn VA Medical Center, 7th Avenue & Poly Place in Dyker Heights.
According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website (which was last updated Tuesday, March 8), the Brooklyn campus of the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System [official name] is a tertiary care medical center affiliated with the State University of New York-Downstate (SUNY) and with bedside services in acute medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and residential substance abuse. Specialized programs exist in comprehensive cancer care and non-invasive cardiology.
CORRECTION: US Representative Nicole Malliotakis’ political party made an erroneous statement in yesterday’s news report about a joint discussion she was having with oil refinery owner John Catsimatidis. Rep. Malliotakis is a Republican who represents New York’s 11th congressional district, which includes parts of southern Brooklyn and all of Staten Island. She is currently the only Republican member of Congress to serve New York. the Eagle regret the mistake.
CUNNINGHAM RECEIVES MORE APPROVALS: Former State Assemblymen Karim Camara and Michael Blake announced their support for Brian Cunningham in the special election for Assembly District 43, which will be held on March 22. Karim Camara served in the Assembly on behalf of the 43rd District from 2005 to 2015 and is now the senior pastor at Abundant Life Church in Brooklyn. Michael Blake served in the Bronx Assembly from 2014 to 2020 and was Vice Chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 2017 to 2021.
Brian has previously been endorsed by the Brooklyn Democratic Party, State Senator Kevin Parker, NYC Board Member Rita Joseph, former NYC Board Member Robert Cornegy, New York Progressive Action Network, and Brooklyn Progressive Alliance .
GRIMALDI APPOINTED VICARY GENERAL BY DIOCESE: Bishop Joseph R. Grimaldi has been named the new Vicar General of the Diocese of Brooklyn, replacing retired Auxiliary Bishop Raymond Chappetto, as part of a series of key appointments announced yesterday by Bishop Robert Brennan. Originally from the diocese that attended the parishes of Queens, Msgr. Grimaldi has served in several parishes in Brooklyn, including as pastor of St. Bernard Church in Mill Basin since 2017. He holds a degree in canon law from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
A vicar general exercises the ordinary executive power of his bishop over the whole diocese and is the highest official of a diocese or other particular church after the diocesan bishop or his equivalent in canon law.
ADDITIONAL DIOCESAN APPOINTMENTS: Bishop Robert Brennan also appointed the Most Reverend Patrick J. Keating, Esq., as Moderator of the Curia. Father Keating also serves as thrifty, Vicar for Financial Administration and General Counsel for the Diocese of Brooklyn. The Reverend Monsignor Steven Aguggia, licentiate in Canon Law, JCL, has been appointed Vicar for Canonical Affairs. And Maryellen Quinn has been appointed director of the Office of Child and Youth Protection and temporary victim assistance coordinator.