Hello, Brooklyn: Thursday, December 23, 2021

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FIRST CITY PENSION SYSTEM TO QUIT FOSSIL FUEL: New York City pension funds became the first in the country to divest from owners of fossil fuel reserves, and bringing the total divestment of all funds to around $ 3 billion. This was announced by Controller Scott M. Stringer and the directors of the New York City Employees’ Retirement System (NYCERS) and the New York City Board of Education Retirement System (BERS). The sale, one of the largest in the world, will relate to the significant financial and environmental risks that these holdings pose to the funds and to the planet.

The Supervisor’s and Trustees’ announcement follows an extensive and in-depth fiduciary process to prudently assess the portfolio’s exposure to the risk of stranded assets related to fossil fuels and industry decline and other financial risks arising from climate change.

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GREEN-WOOD OFFERS TWO RESEARCH GRANTS: Green-Wood Cemetery is offering two new research grants in 2022 focused on urban environmental sciences and human / nature interactions. Emerging natural science researchers (graduate student, early-career faculty member, NGO-affiliated staff, etc.) have the opportunity, if they act quickly, to apply by December 31st for the Green Research Prize. -Wood in Urban Environmental Sciences for 2022, or the Green-Wood Research Prize in Human / Nature Interactions for 2022. Projects can focus on urban ecology, climate resilience, species diversity or other aspects of nature using the strengths of Green-Wood.

Members of the advisory committee for these award programs include academics from three area colleges and universities; Jennifer Apell, assistant professor of civil and urban engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering; Kenneth A. Gould, professor of sociology and dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Brooklyn College; and Jenny Kao-Kniffin. Associate Professor, Section of Horticulture, School of Integrative Plant Sciences and also Associate Director, Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell Cooperative Extension at Cornell University, which has a location on President Street, Brooklyn.

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SANITATION COLLECTION CHANGES FOR NOL: The garbage and recycling collection schedules for this week have changed due to the Christmas holidays on December 25th. the Department of Sanitation wants New Yorkers to know this. Residents whose regular collection day is Saturday must drop off their waste at the curb on Sunday, December 26 between 4 p.m. and midnight for collections starting on Monday, December 27. However, those whose garbage collection falls on Saturday must wait for curbside garbage cans until the next regular garbage collection.

The sanitation department reminds New Yorkers that Friday, December 24 is a normal collection day and that the parking and meter rules on the alternate sides are suspended on December 24 and 25 and again from December 31 to January 1 2022.

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TOP RESTAURANT WORKERS DEMAND GOVERNOR ORDER FAIR WAGE: About 1,700 New York State restaurant workers signed petition declaring they will not work this Christmas unless Governor Kathy Hochul uses executive action to immediately guarantee fair wages to all tip workers. Their warning comes as soaring Omicron rates and low and below-minimum wages have already created and continue to fuel a mass exodus of workers in New York’s restaurant industry.

Additionally, as workers allege hostility and even harassment from customers, the number of petitions has quintupled in the past 24 hours due to workers’ refusal to work during the Omicron outbreak.

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IPS NEWS: NEW LAWS WILL PUSH FOR FAIR HOUSING: Gov. Kathy Hochul has now enacted a set of laws that Assembly Member Steven Cymbrowitz (D-District 45 / Sheepshead Bay), sponsored, and this State Senator Brian Kavanagh (D-26e District) co-sponsored, to fight discrimination in housing. Legislation from Assembly Member Cymbrowitz (A.5428-A) requires all state and local agencies that administer housing programs, or enforce housing laws and receive state funding, to promotion of equitable housing.

Under the legislation, which amends the Public Housing Act, covered housing agencies will be required to take significant steps to promote equitable housing, such as identifying and removing patterns of segregation, eradicating areas of racially or ethnically concentrated poverty, reducing disparities in access to opportunities, and eliminating disproportionate housing needs.

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IPS NEWS: DR. CHOKSHI STAYS UNTIL MARCH 15: Dr Dave A. Chokshi will continue to serve as Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) until March 15. Mayor-elect Eric Adams announced. Following the transition period of the new administration, Ashwin Vasan, MD, PhD, who during the interim will serve as Senior Public Health Advisor will then become Commissioner of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in March.

The appointments are aimed at ensuring continuity and a seamless transition of leadership as New York City continues to tackle the surge in COVID-19 cases due to the Omicron variant. A report from the Center for Disease Control shows the positivity rate at 10.2 percent with 92 percent of sequenced cases attributed to Omicron.

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IPS NEWS: TOY GIFTS FROM THE SON OF ALUMNUS: New York City Council member Robert Cornegy, Jr. was due to join dozens of NYPD staff and members of the New York Police Department and the owner of Brooklyn-native company Salvatore Stile, to surprise nearly 200 needy Brooklyn schoolchildren with hundreds of holiday toys. The delegation showed up to Stephen Decatur Middle School on MacDonough Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant to transform the school gymnasium into a giant toy store.

Principal Jacqueline Charles joined Salvatore Stile, who donated over $ 10,000 in toys in memory of her late father, a COVID-19 victim who attended school in 1949.

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IPS NEWS: LARGE UNION APPROVES MAX ROSE TO TAKE OVER CONGRESS SEAT: Former Congressman and Combat Veteran Max Rose Receives Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union Approval (RWDSU). one of the nation’s largest unions in the race for NY-11 in its congressional race to topple Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, who won Rose’s seat for the 11e Congressional District in the 2020 election. RWDSU is the first union to support Max Rose in this race.

“We trust Max Rose to support the work; and the RWDSU is proud to support Max Rose for Congress, ”said Stuart Applebaum, RWDSU President.

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IPS NEWS: PEAKER FACTORY HEALTH IMPACT SURVEY: Three area congressmen, including two from Brooklyn, sent a letter to the Comptroller General of the United States, Gene L. Dodaro, head of the Government Accountability Office (GAO), requesting that the GAO examine the impact of pollution from advanced power plants on frontline communities and assess strategies for replacement. Peak power plants, which burn dirty fuel when demand for electricity peaks, are less efficient and more expensive than typical base power plants, and are more likely to be located in low-income neighborhoods and in communities of color.

New York City alone has 89 state-of-the-art units, in districts sent by members of Congress, including 49 in the home district of Representative Yvette Clarke, 28 near the district of Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney in North Brooklyn and 16 in Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. piece.

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IPS NEWS: SLOW DELIVERY OF TEST RESULTS: Just a day after berating LabQ for slow test results, New York Attorney General Letitia James sent a warning letter to Lab Worq, LLC – with dozens of sites test across Manhattan and other boroughs, including one on Graham Avenue in Greenpoint, after learning that some consumers have been waiting more than 120 hours (more than five days) for test results for the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19), even though the company announces that consumers can expect results in 24 hours. The letter informs Lab Worq that New York law prohibits false advertising and asks the company to immediately update its posting on test sites and on the company’s website to accurately reflect how long individuals can be expected to wait before receiving COVID-19 test results.

Earlier this week, the attorney general wrote to another testing lab, LabQ, demanding that the company take similar steps to update its website, signage and consumers about realistic wait times. for COVID-19 test results.

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IPS NEWS: CONCERNS ABOUT UNHEALTHY FILTRATION SYSTEM: After learning that some air filtration devices used in New York City public schools can produce harmful chemical byproducts, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY -12) asked the New York City Department of Education (DOE) to investigate these concerns. In a letter yesterday to New York DOE Chancellor Meisha Porter, the congressman acknowledged the steps the DOE is taking to add new air filtration systems to its buildings, but expressed concern about device security. “I’m told these devices are unregulated and have been shown to irritate the respiratory tract, produce pollutants and cause asthmatic symptoms without being proven to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Maloney pointed out that HEPA filters and UV lamps are scientifically proven technologies that should be used in place of these devices to ensure safe air quality.

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