CM Rita Joseph August 22, 2022 Community Update

Community Update: August 22ndDear Friend,Tomorrow is Election Day! Please make sure to spread the word and vote. Click here to find your polling site and a sample ballot. As a reminder, it’s possible that depending on where you live, there are no elections. If you’re not sure if you have an election where you live, you can use the find your polling site tool to check.

My team has organized a Rain Barrel Giveaway on Sunday, August 28th. The flyer for the event is below. If you need a rain barrel, please come early, because there is a limited supply.

As always, my team and I would love to hear from you. No constituent issue is too big or too small for us. We can be reached at 718-287-8762 for community concerns, and 212-788-7352 for legislative or budget concerns. Our office is also available for walk-ins or appointments at 930 Flatbush Avenue, Monday-Thursday. Feel free to reach out to us to share your thoughts on legislation, to inform us about an issue that needs to get fixed in the neighborhood, to help you navigate city agencies, or to invite me to a community event. We hope to hear from you soon!

Alongside Assembly Member Brian Cunningham and a big team of community sponsors, Council Member Joseph co-sponsored a widely-attended Unity in the Community Basketball Tournament at Wingate Park.
Council Member Joseph helped prepare fresh food at her Back to School Party and Book Giveaway, which was organized alongside the Madison Boys & Girls Club, KingsCares, the Church and Flatbush Avenue BIDs, and a number of community partners.
Council Member Joseph celebrated Pakistan Independence on Coney Island Avenue.
Council Member Joseph joined the Kick-off Reception for New York Carnival 2022 to celebrate inter-Caribbean unity.
Council Member Joseph gave a lecture at Brooklyn College to discuss leadership, public service, and working in community.
Along with the Chair of the Council’s Hospital Committee, Council Member Mercedes Narcisse, Council Member Joseph toured Kings County Hospital to learn about the work they’re doing and how the Council can help to provide even stronger care to our neighbors.
Council Member Joseph spoke at an Education Summit to discuss challenges and opportunities at NYC schools.
Council Member Joseph encourages you to get vaccinated against polio. To get vaccinated, contact your regular doctor or pediatrician. If you don’t have a doctor, call 311. Care is provided regardless of immigration status, insurance, or ability to pay. You can check your vaccination here.
Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service is currently recruiting students for the 2022-2023 school year. It is a small transfer high school, located on the border of Bedford Stuyvesant and Clinton Hill.  It provides support and structure for students who are over-aged and under-credited.  It services students who are looking for a new environment and are motivated to make a change to receive their high school diploma.  If you know of students who are interested, please have them complete the Google form below.
NHS Brooklyn is offering home repair grants to Brooklyn, NY, homeowners of 1-4 family homes, condos, and coops. Homeowners can receive up to $20,000 toward the cost of repairing their homes. Learn more here.
Need help paying your ConEd bill?

Through New York State Electric and Gas Bill Relief Program
Residential customers who receive qualifying government assistance will receive a bill credit on their past-due balance for service through May 1, 2022.

To qualify for a bill credit, you must:
Be enrolled in Con Edison’s Energy Affordability Program by December 31, 2022, or have received benefits under New York state’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) or the Home Energy Assistance Program-Regular Arrears Supplement (RAS).

Details here:…/payment…/help-paying-your-bill
VirtualTuesday, August 23, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
An Important Note from Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A

Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (“Brooklyn A or BKA”) is a non-profit legal services provider that provides free services for tenants including eviction prevention, repairs, and tenant association organizing; for homeowners seeking help with foreclosure prevention, bankruptcy, and protection against scams, predatory lending, and deed theft; for taxpayers facing issues with the IRS and New York State; and small business owners and non-profits that need commercial lease assistance. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about the event or BKA’s services, please reach out to or call 718.487.2300.
An Important Note from the DOE:

Starting June 28, all children and teens 18 years and younger may receive free breakfast and lunch meals at sites across the City, including schools, parks, and pools, in all five boroughs. No identification or application is required, and meals will be available Monday through Friday. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and lunch will be served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. at designated sites. For more details and a list of preliminary locations please go to the DOE Summer Meals Site:
The Brooklyn Bodega invites you to join their in-person events.
An Important Note from The City Parks Foundation:

SUMMER ACTIVITIES: Let’s get kids outside this summer! The City Parks Foundation is currently enrolling kids in their free weekly youth sports programs set to start up this July in parks across all five boroughs. Perfect for beginners, kids can learn a new sport, get active and make new friends along the way. Now more than ever, it’s important to get kids playing outside to help improve their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. 

For kids ages 7 to 17, registration for our free summer programs is now open for:    •    Tennis    •    Golf    •    Track & Field    •    Soccer    •    Everyday Play – multi-sport program Programs run daily throughout the week with times in the morning and afternoon. Visit the City Parks Foundation website to find out each program’s schedule and to sign up now. 
The New-York Historical Society offers free online citizenship classes for green card holders preparing for the naturalization interview. The online citizenship course prepares permanent residents for the civics test portion of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) naturalization interview. More info can be found here.
Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day High School, NYC’s largest public transfer school, will be holding open houses for students who may be new to the country or looking for a new school environment in the upcoming semester. If you have constituents who are looking for a high school with an extensive program for English language learners, ICT classes for students with IEPs, or night classes, please include one of our flyers in your next newsletter or social media alerts.  

Students, 17 years old and younger than 21, interested in transferring to our school should apply online and we will send them and their parents an invitation. Applying to MCN&DHS

Applicants should bring the following documents to an Open House:Most recent report card (If they attended summer school.)Transcript Current IEP or 504, if applicableStudent Evaluation Report (RESI on ATS)Photo ID
Pillars NYC is providing FREE training to become a certified home aide, teacher’s assistant, and more! Sign up here.
Mental Health Crisis Lifeline: 988988 is the new nationwide number for anyone in mental health crisis or concerned about a loved one. You can text or call 24/7 for resources and support. Read more about this service here.
Recently, DFTA launched a new transportation program. DFTA My Ride is for adults ages 60+ and people with disabilities 18+, and it helps folks get to where you need to go. Please call 212-244-6469 or visit to apply.
An Important Note from the District Council of Carpenters:

Beginning on September 14th, the District Council of Carpenters is accepting applications for pile driver, dock builder, floor coverer, cabinet maker, and millwright apprenticeship openings. The recruitment period will span from Sept. 14 this year through Aug. 9, 2023 as part of our partnership with the New York State Department of Labor. Applications must be obtained in person at our Training Center at 395 Hudson Street on the second Wednesday of each month from 7:00-7:30am, and you can find more information on our site or by calling the NYCDCC Training Center at 212-727-2224.
Council Member Joseph encourages you to get both vaccinated and tested for COVID. You can find testing locations here and vaccination locations here.