Assemblyman Karim Camara

Reports to the

January 2012

New Beginnings

HAPPY NEW YEAR! – We’ve made it through another year, and even with an earthquake and hurricane we continue to persevere. I would like to send you a heartfelt wish that 2012 is a year of not only new beginnings, but also of continued progress.

There is still much work to be done, and I eagerly look forward to this new legislative session. Also, as I serve in a new capacity as Chairperson of the Assembly’s Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus, I bring a renewed effort to shine light on issues important to you.

This newsletter serves to highlight some of the many events and initiatives that my dedicated staff and I have been involved with throughout 2011. These events include housing, safety and crime, education, health care, and many more.

As always, I will work diligently on legislative initiatives and creating forums that serve to address the concerns of this diverse district.


Some members of the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus at City Hall.
Assemblyman Camara elected chairperson of the BPHAC

Assemblyman Karim Camara began his tenure as the new chairperson of the progressive New York State Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus (BPHAC). This forty-seven member organization, made up of members of both the NYS Senate and Assembly is a vital component of State government. Assemblyman Camara will serve a two-year term as chairperson of the BPHAC, which has historically advocated on behalf of underserved constituencies of color throughout New York State.


Feb. 24th, 2011 – Constituents attentively learning about Tenants’ Rights.
Every week concerned constituents come into the district office inquiring about various tenant issues. For this reason the office decided to host a Tenants’ Housing Assistance Forum so that these needs could be addressed in one location.

On a Thursday evening in February, dozens of constituents piled into St. Gabriel’s Senior Center to voice their concerns. Present were various representatives from agencies that deal specifically with tenants’ rights such as: Brooklyn Housing & Family Services, NYC Department of Finance SCRIE Program, Division of Housing & Community Renewal (DHCR), New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), and Housing Preservation & Development (HPD).

Bphac calls for saving education, health care and transportation by extending the millionaires’ tax

Oct. 25th, 2011 – Assemblyman Camara addressing reporters at millionaires’ tax press conference.
The Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Caucus (BPHAC), along with a coalition of elected officials and union leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall in support of extending the millionaires’ tax in New York. With a budget gap in the billions, New York State is facing steep reductions in addition to the dramatic cuts over the last three years in education, health care and transportation. Also at risk is higher education, senior citizen services, and child care subsidies.

As head of BPHAC, Assemblyman Camara said, “New Yorkers deserve a budget plan of shared sacrifice; we can’t get through these lean times by cutting education, health care, public transportation and other vital services to the middle class and those struggling to make it.”

Mar. 15th, 2011 – Chief of Staff Ms. Jervonne Singletary with Roundtable accountants.
Tax assistance roundtable
The office of Assemblyman Camara along with The Crown Heights Jewish Community Council presented a community Tax Assistance Roundtable in Mid-March at the Jewish Children’s Museum. A distinguished panel of accountants were present in an effort to help constituents understand how to properly address their tax issues. Many topics were addressed, including the child tax credit, earned income credit, tuition credit, IRA saving plans, financial planning, and social security issues.

Community Forum on
Crime and Safety

Oct. 26th, 2011 – From Left: Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, D. A. Charles J. Hynes & Asm. Camara.

Members of the 67th Precinct Auxiliary Squad.
In another collaborative event with District Attorney Hynes and Council Member Jumaane D. Williams, Assemblyman Camara hosted a community forum at Mt. Zion Church of God. Constituents enjoyed a “Cup of Joe” with their representatives while voicing specific concerns about their crime and safety experiences. District Attorney Hynes spoke candidly about his passion for combating crime, while Assemblyman Camara and Council Member Williams had staff on hand to follow up with various concerns. Also in attendance were law enforcement officers from the 67th Precinct Auxiliary Squad.
Block Association
Presidents’ Meeting

On an evening in late May, dozens of block association presidents gathered at St. Louis Senior Center to discuss various quality of life issues affecting their respective blocks. The meeting was held to encourage constituents to work with local elected and law enforcement officials towards having a safer and more productive summer. Assemblyman Camara collaborated with Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes to answer questions about noise pollution, block party requirements and restrictions, crime throughout the 43rd District, public safety and policing in central Brooklyn.


May 26th, 2011 – Assemblyman Camara with Deputy Inspector Elvio Capocci (77th Precinct, Brooklyn).


From left: Anthony Newerls, Rabbi Moishe Feiglin, Asm. Camara, Mark Saroda.
Asm. Camara delivers State of the 43rd District Address.

The Fifth Annual State of the 43rd District Address was held at SUNY Downstate Alumni Auditorium on May 5th, 2011. The evening’s theme of creating a shared vision through community partnership and engagement was embodied by this year’s choice of honorees. Three distinguished constituents and one organization were recognized for their outstanding commitment to youth advocacy throughout the district. Assemblyman Camara encouraged members of the 43rd District to play a role in engaging our youth. He also lauded the honorees for doing their part to ensure a brighter future by investing in the next generation.

The honorees were Mr. Anthony Newerls -- Executive Director of Brooklyn Blizzards Youth Organization Inc.; Rabbi Moishe Feiglin -- Executive Director of Alternative Learning Institute for Young Adults (ALIYA); Mark Saroda -- a youth advocate, role model and mentor; and the youth advocacy organization of Moving Mountains Inc., under the direction of co-founders Jamie Hector and Alaine Roberson.

Youth Health Fair at P.S. 138 Mar. 26th, 2011 – Dozens of youth take advantage of health information.
First Annual Youth Health Fair

Oftentimes health fairs focus on issues that affect adults, however we can’t take for granted the well-being of our youth. In collaboration with the Crown Heights Beacon Program and CEC 17’s Education & Communication Committee, youth throughout the 43rd District were able to get free health screenings, dental check-ups, diabetes testing, as well as health and nutrition information at P.S. 138. Child identification cards and applications for library cards were also available. Other adult targeted health screenings were also on site, including HIV/AIDS testing, mammograms and blood pressure tests.

Assembly Summer Reading Challenge

P.S. 289 student aboard the NY Public Library Book Mobile.
June 28th, 2011 – P.S. 289 students enjoy ice cream after receiving library cards.
On the last day of the 2010-2011 school year excited students lined up outside of George V. Brower - P.S. 289 to receive library cards and ice cream. Assemblyman Karim Camara put a twist on the Assembly’s annual Summer Reading Challenge, giving students a treat for their willingness to keep reading throughout the summer. It was a collective effort between Assistant Principal Wendy Bourne, grade school teachers, and parents as library card applications were administered to each class prior to the event.

Over 100 students in grades 2-5 returned their applications and received library cards on the spot. Students borrowed close to 40 books from the Kids Mobile provided by the Brooklyn Public Library. This was the Assemblyman’s way of reminding students that reading can be fun. Each student also received a summer reading list package, including a calendar to record their reading efforts and an Assembly bookmark.

“A” schools in the 43rd District

As a member of the NYS Assembly Committee on Education and a parent of two, Assemblyman Camara understands that a quality academic experience is essential to the progress of our bright and able students. In this regard CONGRATULATIONS to the schools in the 43rd District that received A’s on New York City’s 2011 Department of Education annual progress report:

It is important that students are equipped to compete by national and international standards. This is why schools within the 43rd District have been identified as recipients of funding for technology and educational upgrades from Assemblyman Camara’s office.


Every year the New York State Association of Black and Puerto Rican Legislators, Inc. awards college-bound students with scholarships. The 2011 recipients identified and awarded through the Assemblyman’s office are: Kyra Jones, Mikwaevonn Mills, Allecia Murray, Raheem Murry. CONGRATULATIONS from your Assemblyman and good luck on your future academic endeavors!


Assemblyman Camara visits Ground Zero Memorial Site.


Sept. 9th, 2011 – The community comes out to the 2nd Annual Union-Nostrand Street Festival.

After Hurricane Irene postponed the festivities, the 2nd Annual Union-Nostrand Street Festival took place on a sunny day in early September. Once again Assemblyman Camara in partnership with City of Hope Economic Development Corp. collaborated with community stakeholders, including Super Wings NY, The Wagon Clothing Boutique, Knaps Unisex Hair Salon, Health First, and New York Life Insurance amongst others, to give back to the residents who utilize their services.

This community and family affair featured a fashion show, live musical performances, free food, face painting and rides for the children. Additionally, about 200 students ranging from kindergarten to high school received Health First backpacks filled with school supplies.

Assemblyman Camara in the Legislative Chamber.

Assemblyman Camara visits elementary students in the District.

Assemblyman Camara turns the BIG 4-0!

Asm. Camara learns a Chassidic Dance. photo credit: COLLIVE

Assemblyman Karim Camara
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