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Eric Adams Announces
$13 Million Investment in Brooklyn Schools

On October 8th, Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams announced the investment of over $13 million in
70 schools throughout Brooklyn, focusing
on STEM education and technology initiatives. This money is allocated from his Fiscal Year 2016 funds, and represents the largest apportionment of the Borough President’s capital budget. He made the announcement inside the auditorium of PS 193 Gil Hodges in Midwood, which is set to receive a $250,000 allocation to outfit its STEM/Technology Exploration/Demonstration Lab, a multidisciplinary learning space for a diverse student population, of which 25 percent do not speak English as their first language. Borough President Adams highlighted the impact that education projects he is funding will have across Brooklyn in schools ranging from elementary
to higher education, including public, charter, parochial, and private institutions.

First New NYC Subway
in 50 Years Nearing Completion

The first two-mile section of the Second Avenue subway is expected to be finished by the end of next year, CBS News reported. The section, which will run between the existing F Train station at 63rd Street and Lexington Ave, and 96th Street and Second Avenue, is scheduled to open in December 2016. The project cost roughly $4.5 billion dollars, nearly a third of which came from the federal government.

The subway line was first proposed nearly a century ago, in 1919, but it began in earnest only in 2007.

“We are about 84, 85 percent done,” Michael Horodniceanu of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) told CBS News. “And the next 15 percent are probably the toughest one to accomplish because we’re talking about integrating a brand-new line with something that goes back 100 years.”

The Second Avenue subway marks the first major expansion of the New York City subway system in 50 years. The agency says that there has never been an urban project like this conducted in such a densely populated area, with 100,000 people per square mile in the area.

The MTA has launched an aggressive community outreach program to show that the mythological subway will someday actually exist.

Two Men Dream of a Pedestrian Bridge to Manhattan

Two New Jersey men think they have the solution to Jersey City’s overwhelmed PATH system: a pedestrian bridge from New Jersey to Manhattan, the New York Daily News reported.

Jeff Jordan, a Jersey City-based architect, and Kevin Shane, a crowdfunding specialist, have launched a website aimed at building the Liberty Bridge, a pedestrian span over the Hudson River from Jersey City to Battery Park.

The bridge would feature a walking lane and separate bike lane, which would both be partially enclosed to protect users from
the elements.

It would also offer “a park-like experience to those who want to make the Liberty Bridge a destination — providing a 200-plus foot view over the Hudson unlike any experience before,” the website said.

The bridge would feature retail and coffee shops, solar panels, wind turbines, free wifi, grassy areas and benches. It would also offer elevators, stairs and ramps, to ensure full accessibility for people with disabilities.

The pair concede that the Liberty Bridge is years away from reality, but Shane has created an online petition to hype it to New Jersey governor Chris Christie as well as Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio.

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Councilman David Greenfield
Celebrates Successful Resurfacing
of 100 Streets in Borough Park and Midwood

The NYC Department of Transportation (DOT) finished paving the most dangerous roads of Borough Park and Midwood last month, thanks to Councilman
David Greenfield’s funding. Greenfield ensured that this important work was scheduled for the summer months, when schools are closed and many people are away from Brooklyn, so it would cause the least possible inconvenience for drivers. The streets are now smooth and accessible for commuters in the fall.

“Smooth roads are a critical quality of life issue,” said Councilman Greenfield. “That’s why I secured extra money in the New York City budget to ensure that roads in our community are fixed. My many thanks to the Department of Transportation for taking my priorities into consideration and fixing the streets in the summer instead of the rest of the year.

New York City Health Board Backs
Warning on Salty Menu Items

Many chain restaurants will now be required to post a warning label on menu items that have a high sodium content, The New York Times reported.

Last month, the New York City Board of Health unanimously approved a law requiring many restaurants to post symbols of a saltshaker, encased in a black triangle, as a warning symbol next to any menu item that contains more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium, the daily limit many nutritionists recommend.

Health experts said the measure would help combat heart disease and set a new standard for nutritional transparency that could soon be widely adopted.

After the rule takes effect on December 1, violators would be punished with a $200 fine, enforced by city health inspectors.
The measure is the first step taken by Mayor Bill de Blasio in implementing the kind of pioneering health policies pushed by his predecessor, Michael R. Bloomberg.

The warnings will affect restaurants with 15 establishments or more across the country, along with some movie theaters and ballpark concession stands. Over 75 percent of dietary sodium comes from packaged and restaurant foods. Chain restaurants were targeted because they serve a disproportionately high share of restaurant meals in the city, according to health officials.

Restaurants will also be expected to post a warning label noting that the consumption of large amounts of sodium can increase the risk of heart disease and stroke.

According to the new regulations, the saltshaker must be in a triangle “as wide as it is tall and equal in height to the largest letter in the food item’s name.”

MTA to build elevator at Bay Ridge’s 86th St. Station

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is planning to construct an elevator at the R train station at 86th Street in Bay Ridge, the Brooklyn Eagle reported.

The elevator will take passengers from the street to the mezzanine level of the underground subway station, according to MTA officials. It will likely be installed next to the subway station entrance located on the southeast corner of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue. A second elevator will take riders from the mezzanine to the train platform.

No date has been set for the start of construction of the elevator, but Melissa Farley, assistant director of government and community relations for MTA New York City Transit, told Community Board 10’s Traffic and Transportation Committee at a meeting on Sept. 3 that the 86th Street elevator is included in the MTA’s 2015-2019 Capital Plan. The Capital Plan, which is issued in five-year increments, lists all of the major construction projects the MTA is undertaking.

The 86th Street station elevator would be the first one constructed in an R train station in Bay Ridge.

State Senator Marty Golden predicted that the elevator will be a godsend to senior citizens and the physically disabled who have difficulty navigating subway stairs.

 

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