Photo Credit: Don Pollard/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
June 21, 2022

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Governor Hochul Signed John. R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York Into Law

amid the Coronavirus pandemic

One-Time Credit To Customers Enrolled In The Energy Affordability Program; Biden-Harris Administration To Begin Replacing Lead Pipes and More!
Photo Credit: Don Pollard/Office of Governor Kathy Hochul
  • Governor Hochul signed the John. R. Lewis Voting Rights Act of New York (S.1046-E/A.6678-E) into law.
  • The legislation expands access to voting by prohibiting voter dilution, suppression, intimidation, deception, or obstruction. Read more here.
  • NYS prepares to roll out new vaccines and finalize guidelines for children as young as six months old to be eligible to receive the Moderna or Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine. Read more here.
  • NYS announced that funds are available to help low-income electric and gas utility customers pay off past utility bills.
  • This is a one-time credit to customers enrolled in the Energy Affordability Program that will eliminate unpaid utility bills that have accrued through May 1, 2022. Read more here.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams, the Mayor’s Office of Equity’s Unity Project, and the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) announce an investment of nearly $6.7 million to provide new and expanded services for the LGBTQ+ community. Destination Tomorrow, Bronx. Friday, June 17, 2022. Photo Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office
  • The Mayor’s Office of Equity’s Unity Project, and the New York City Department of Youth & Community Development (DYCD) announced the allocation of funds to support the the LGBTQ+ community.
  • The support includes funding for capacity building of transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC)/non-binary (NB)-led nonprofits, legal services, and support for homeless youth. Read more here.
  • The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Chair and CEO Janno Lieber announced his plan to improve public transportation during the first Transit Improvement Summit.
  • The summit is to take place quarterly to foster collaboration and continue delivering quality public transit for New Yorkers and visitors. Read more here.
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  • The Biden-Harris Administration announced that through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds and annual appropriations, $4 billion has been allocated to replace all of America’s lead pipes. View video here.
Join Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, Senator Kevin Parker, and Council Member Farah N. Louis for a Men's Day of Health on Wednesday, June 22nd from 11:00am to 3:00pm. Mount Sinai's Robert F. Smith Mobile Prostate Cancer Screening team will conduct PSA (prostate specific antigen) testing located at 1312 Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn. Registration is required. click here to register.
The CUNY Haitian Studies Institute is inviting New York City youth to apply for its Summer 2022 Youth Institute on Civic Engagement & Leadership Development. The program will run for three weeks: August 8-25, 2022.
  • Application Deadline: Friday June 24, 2022.
  • For Application, click here.
Your Neighborhood Coordination Officers for the 67th precinct in sector D will be hosting their Build The Block meeting virtually via Zoom
  • Meeting ID: 160 590 0123 Passcode: 67*NCOD!
  • Date: Wednesday June 22
  • Time: 7:00PM
Build the Block Meeting Neighborhood Coordination Officers for the 70th precinct in of sector C will be hosting their quarterly Build the Block meeting in person.
  • Date: Thursday June 23, 2022
  • Location: 1419 Dorchester Road, Brooklyn NY
  • Doors open: 1:30 PM
  • Meeting Starts: 2:00 PM
Join Brooklyn A and Council Member Crystal Hudson tomorrow Wednesday June 22 at 6:00 PM for an update on tenants rights, the reopening of the housing court, realistic expectations for your eviction case, tools for eviction prevention, and how we can support tenants during this challenging time.
  • This is a virtual event. Register here.
Register for the FREE Police Officer Exam.
  • Stating Salary: $42,500
  • Salary after 5 1/2 years: $85.292
  • Deadline for police test is Friday July 15. Register here.
The African Restaurant Week (ARW) is a celebration of food and culture from African/Black Diaspora and support various small businesses – restaurants, cafes, bars and more.
  • Date: Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26;
  • Time: 12PM - 7PM;
  • Location: Hillel Plaza at Flatbush Junction. Register here.
The Metropolitan Black Bar Association and the Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project presents Navigating Family Court 101.
  • Date Thursday June 23;
  • Time: 6:00PM - 7:15PM;
  • Location: The Bridge, 1894 Flatbush Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11210
Local Social Security offices are offering more in-person appointments and have resumed in-person services for people without an appointment.
  • To avoid waiting in line, they strongly encourage people, who can, to use their online services here, or call toll-free at 1 (800) 772-1213 or 1 (800) 325-0778 TTY and schedule appointments in advance rather than walking in without an appointment.
To obtain an IDNYC card, apply here.
If you or someone you love would like to schedule an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine, please visit here or call 1-833-NYS-4-VAX (1-833-697-4829).
New York State is partnering with counties to provide in-home vaccinations for those who can't travel to a vaccine provider for medical or nonmedical reasons.

Mutual Aid NYC is providing food assistance, resources, and other services. To get more information call their hotline at which you can call at 646-437-8080.
The NYC Small Business Resource Network is a unique private/public partnership that provides our local businesses with the free, personalized guidance they need right now to survive the pandemic. If you have a small business, you can sign up for this network today.

Once you fill out the brief intake form, you will be matched with a business support specialist. Through this program, all five borough Chambers of Commerce have specialists offering one-on-one support to businesses in their boroughs.
The program is funded by a $2.8 million grant from the New York City-based Peter G. Peterson Foundation and supported by in-kind contributions from other partners, this collaboration, led by the Partnership for New York City, the NYC Economic Development Corporation and all five Chambers of Commerce, leverages the city’s corporate, financial and professional services sectors, as well as universities, philanthropies and expert volunteers to help small business owners gain access to a range of programs and services.
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  • Notify NYC: Beware of COVID-19 scams!
  • Report price gouging to 311 or You can also file a complaint to the Attorney General's office by filling out a complaint form.
  • NYS Price Gouging Hotline: 800-697-1220.
  • CDC staff will NOT go door-to-door. If you experience this, call 911.
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Due to the impact of COVID-19 on New York City's workforce, the City of New York has developed a list of resources for those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance. The list below will be updated frequently.

It has information on the following categories:
  • Employment Resources
  • Food Assistance
  • Health & Medical Assistance
  • Financial Assistance
  • Rent Arrears and Public Assistance
  • Emotional Support & Spiritual Care
  • Other Assistance

Visit this website for resources.

NYS Department of Health Hotline for people who want to be assessed and get appointment for test (888-364-3065). NYC residents should call (844-692-4692).

The Hebrew Educational Society in partnership with MET Council has a food pantry that is open to all. To reserve a spot, visit here.
Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn represents the 42nd Assembly District in Brooklyn covering Ditmas Park, Flatbush, East Flatbush and Midwood. She is currently the Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprises (MWBEs), Chair of the Task Force on Women's Issues and serves on the following committees: Housing, Government Operations, Education, Banks, Health, and Higher Education. She also sits on Governor Hochul's Domestic Violence Advisory Council and Mayor Adams MWBE Task Force.

As a current Assemblymember, District Leader, and Chair of Brooklyn Democratic Party, Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn has been an outspoken advocate on issues concerning immigration, education, economic development, unemployment, education reform, health care access, senior citizen centers, affordable housing, school safety, women's and LGBTQ rights, as well as other issues affecting the quality of life in the community.

Learn more about 
Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn by visiting her websites: