On August 9th Assemblyman Colton and community leader Charles Ragusa, led various neighborhood youth organizations for a neighborhood clean-up campaign. The campaign drew over one-hundred volunteers and spanned about thirty blocks of Gravesend and Bensonhurst, including Kings Highway, Bay Parkway, Seth Low Park, and the surrounding area.
The NYC Department of Sanitation also lent a helping hand, providing trash bags, shovels, rakes, brooms and gloves. Assemblyman Colton appreciates everybody’s help in the clean-up and is asking constituents to contact his community office to identify areas of the neighborhood that need to be cleaned, so other events can be organized.
The Assemblyman is planning future clean-up events as a vehicle to improve neighborhood appearance, instill neighborhood pride and promote more positive attitudes toward civic responsibility.
Assemblyman Colton is calling on the governor to sign two bills that passed the legislature this year, which expand protections for families honoring loved ones who gave their life fighting for our country.
The first bill would require protesters to obtain a permit when planning to protest at a military funeral. The second bill would expand the buffer zone where demonstrators could peacefully protest from one-hundred feet to three-hundred feet.
While peaceful assembly and protest are protected under the U.S. Constitution, the authority to impose limitations on this type of protest comes from a U.S. Supreme Court Ruling (Snyder v. Phelps). The ruling concluded that protests were constitutional, but that families of the deceased deserve protection while mourning at a funeral.
Assemblyman Colton and Senator DeFrancisco were successful in passing a bill this year requiring the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) to include the type and length of post-release supervision of sex offenders on their online sex offender database. The bill will go to Governor Cuomo for his signature.
Assemblyman Colton was a sponsor of a 2008 bill introduced by then-Attorney General Cuomo, which created the historic e-STOP law, requiring sex offenders to register all of their online accounts and banning them from social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace.
The State Sex Offender Registry can be accessed at www.criminaljustice.state.ny.us.
Colton Sounded Ammo Alert
It was the research of Assemblyman Colton’s office back in 2008 that uncovered information on the capsized military barge. This information helped chart the current location of the bombshells. Colton immediately turned over his findings to the U.S. Army Corps, Navy, and Coast Guard alerting them to his explosive discovery. Additionally, Colton took his case to state and city agencies, warning them of the potentially dangerous consequences if they proceed to dredge the bay.
Colton Warns Garbage Station Dredging Poses Danger
Assemblyman Colton, the leading opponent of the city’s plan to open a Garbage Transfer Station in Gravesend Bay, filed an extensive appeal to the Department of Environmental Conservation on behalf of neighborhood residents, arguing that the city’s plan will unleash health and environmental dangers, along with the strong possibility of setting off explosives. Colton warned that dredging the Bay to make way for large trash barges will disturb the live ammo and release the toxins buried from the former incinerator.
Colton: Reject Garbage Transfer Station
Colton believes that his finding of munitions puts big holes in the city’s argument that they conducted a thorough environmental impact review of the proposed waste facility. The city made no mention of the capsized military barge and its lost munitions. Consequently, Colton is demanding the city’s plan for the garbage transfer station be rejected. Currently, Colton is waiting for the DEC to rule on his appeal to prevent the issuance of the waste facility permit. Colton has indicated that if the DEC rules against the community he is prepared to take this case on in court, pro bono, and defend the safety, health, environment, and families of Southwest Brooklyn.
(Sunday) November 20, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
AARP & Assemblyman William Colton
29 Bay 25th St.
(Between 86th St. and Benson Ave.)
Brooklyn, NY 11214