The New Jay Street-MetroTech Station

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On December 10, I participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony to officially connect the Lawrence Street and Jay Street-Borough Hall stations into one complex. This new connection is a much-needed investment which will help businesses and residents in vibrant Downtown Brooklyn. This transfer will also provide South Brooklyn residents with a convenient connection to Kennedy Airport and to the West Side of the outer-borough known as Manhattan.

Congratulations to the MTA for connecting these two stations and four heavily-used subway lines (A, C, F and R) and for completing this project on-time and on-budget. It's so nice to be able to congratulate thank the MTA. Far too often, I am at an event to criticize the MTA for something they haven't done or have done wrong. Every effort must be made to constantly improve public transportation and I will continue to fight in Albany for our 24/7 transit system.

I also want to thank the MTA for making these stations accessible to people with disabilities and mobility impairments. We are another step closer to making every station fully accessible. However, I will continue to fight for the restoration of the B51 bus route, which has provided accessible transportation to Manhattan for close to three decades.

Unfortunately, once you exit the station, an eyesore still remains: 370 Jay Street. For almost ten years, this building has sat empty, wrapped in black netting that reinforces the blight that this building has become in this now vibrant and bustling neighborhood. We ask the MTA to work with the city to stop wasting our taxpayer dollars and blighting our revitalized downtown neighborhood.

COMMUNITY ARTS ACTIVITIES FAIR AND GALLERY

Sunday, February 6th
1:00 PM to 6:00 PM

COME JOIN
THE HANNAH SENESH COMMUNITY DAY SCHOOL
Located at 342 Smith Street
FOR A FUN (AND FREE) AFTERNOON OF:
CHILDREN'S ART WORKSHOPS * ART GALLERY OF WORK BY LOCAL ARTISTS * FACE PAINTING * BALLOON ARTIST * FOOD * FESTIVITIES* FUN


Graduation for the RAICES Healthy & Secure Computer Training Program

On December 9th I attended the RAICES Healthy & Secure Computer Training Program graduation. The eight week program is administered by the RAICES Times Plaza Senior Center at 460 Atlantic Avenue thanks to the tireless efforts of Antonio Barrios, Jose Ortiz Ortiz, Rosemary Bland and Suyapa Blanco. The ten successful graduates learned how to use Microsoft Word, access the internet and how to email so they can connect with family members around the world. RAICES serves 500 seniors and as of today about 20% of those seniors have successfully completed the computer training program.

I congratulated the participants and stressed the importance of learning computer skills at any age. It is crucial to address and reduce the increasing digital divide among senior citizens. The skills that these graduates receive are invaluable and can be used in their everyday lives. Additionally, these seniors now gain access to the computer lab at RAICES. I know RAICES will continue to increase computer proficiency among seniors by offering this course to as many individuals as possible.

RAICES also needs your old computers. Please call them at 718-694-0895 to arrange drop-off.

Heights and Hills Needs Your Help

Heights and Hills has undertaken a project to learn what residents ages 55 and over want and need to be able to remain in their homes and in our communities as they age. Heights and Hills is a neighborhood organization that has been working with and advocating for Brooklyn's older adults for almost 40 years.

We all know that Brooklyn is the best place to live in NYC and Heights and Hills is asking area residents to complete a questionnaire to help them determine how they can best advocate for seniors and what services are needed to ensure our neighborhoods are more livable for residents of all ages.

To request a survey, please call my office at 718-246-4889 or call Heights and Hills at 718-596-8789.

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I presented my dear friend Vincent Mazzone, owner of Mazzone's True Value Hardware Store on 4th Place and Court Street, with an Assembly Proclamation to recognize his years of service to the community, including as President of the Court Street Merchants Association. His son, Matthew, looks on proudly.
Office of Assemblywoman Joan L. Millman
341 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 246-4889
millmaj@assembly.state.ny.us
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