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June 30, 2022

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24/7 School Zone Speed Cameras

amid the Coronavirus pandemic

COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program; NYC Child Care & Early Childhood Education Plan; and More!
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  • Governor Hochul signed legislation (S.9468/ A.10491) to protect roughly 11,000 more transit workers against assault and harassment.
  • The bill will expand current law that charges individuals who attack or harass transit workers with second degree assault.
  • Empire State Development opened the initial intake tool to help small businesses determine their eligibility for the COVID-19 Capital Costs Tax Credit Program.
  • The program will support small businesses that made investments to comply with emergency orders and regulations or to increase public safety in response to COVID-19.
  • If deemed eligible by the screening tool, a link to the application will be provided when the program application opens. Click here for the screening application.
  • The governor has reauthorized legislation for the use of New York City school zone speed cameras through July 1, 2025
  • Within this reauthorization, the use of school zone speed cameras have been expanded to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Read more here.
  • NYS has extended the deadline to apply for tax exemption on renovations to or the reconstruction of residential properties affected by Superstorm Sandy.
  • The new law (S.8718/A.9424) extends the deadline by two years, to March 1, 2024. Read more here.
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  • Mayor Adams released an outline for Child Care & Early Childhood Education in New York City which encompassed steps to provide high-quality, equitable, and accessible child care for thousands of New York City families. Read more here.
  • NYC has extended rent stabilization protections and strengthened data collection and reporting on eviction prevention program.
  • Expiration of the rent stabilization laws have been extended from July 1, 2022 to April 1, 2024. Read more here.
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  • The Biden administration has chosen to keep private, data detailing how prevalent the spread of Covid-19 was inside individual hospitals. Read more here.
  • FDA authorized two COVID-19 vaccines for babies and toddlers. Read more here.
  • President Biden announced that the U.S. will increase its military presence in Europe to bolster regional security after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read more here.
The office of Assemblymember Rodenyse Bichotte Hermelyn along with Senator Kevin Parker and Council Member Farah N. Louis hosted a Men's Day of Health Prostate Cancer Screening event in partnership with Robert F. Smith Prostate Cancer Mobile Unit and Empire BlueCross/BlueShield in recognition of Men's Health Month.
Errol Webster, Program Coordinator, manages intake of attendees
Senator Kevin Parker talks with one of the attendees
Attendee completing intake form in preparation for testing.
(Left to Right) Flatbush Gardens President, Marietta Small; Flatbush Gardens Tenant; Community Advocate, Debbie Louis; Council Member Farah N. Louis; and Assemblymember Monique Chandler-Waterman.
Flatbush Gardens Tenant Association along with Council Member Farah N. Louis, Senator Kevin Parker and Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn hosted a rally in response to the increasing neglect by Clipper Equity of the 2498-unit residential property in Flatbush Brooklyn.
Tenants of Flatbush Gardens gather in front of the management office at the corner of Flatbush Ave and New York Ave.
Vladimir Edouard, Director of Constituent Services from the office of Assemblymember Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn, provides remarks during rally.
Public Advocate, Jumaane Williams, provides remarks during rally.
  • NYC DOT will kick off their planning and outreach process for bus and pedestrian improvements for Flatbush Avenue between Tillary St. and Ave. V.
  • Date/Time: Thursday June 30 at 6:00PM
  • Location: Via Zoom. Register here.
Join your YCO's every Monday from 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM at the NYC Cops & Kids Boxing gym located at the corner of East 34 Street & Victor Road in Brooklyn. For more info, please call the YCO Office at 718-287-3220.
Beginning July 5, 2022 alternate side parking regulations for street cleaning will be restored to pre-pandemic frequency. Read more here.
The application period to join a Neighborhood Advisory Boards (NAB) is now open! Apply today to serve your community and to help bring new programs and resources to your neighborhood.
  • NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) has also launched a Community Needs Assessment Survey that all residents are invited to fill out to let the City know which programs, services and resources are most needed where you live. Learn more 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: