Reports to the People
|District Office: 2823 West 12th Street Suite 1F Brooklyn NY 11224 (718) 266-0267|
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I am honored and privileged to serve you in the New York State Assembly, and to share with you what I have accomplished in my first few months in office. Since my inauguration in January, I have been appointed to six Assembly Committees: Housing, Election Law, Governmental Employees, Aging, Social Services and Cities. These appointments have allowed me to introduce and co-sponsor legislation that will benefit the people of our community. In addition to the issues described in this report, I encourage you to follow my legislative efforts to serve you in the Assembly on my Web page at http://www.assembly.state.ny.us/mem.
I look forward to working with each and every one of you as we endeavor to improve our quality of life. In the upcoming weeks and months, I encourage you to contact me with questions or requests for assistance. My district office, located at 2823 West 12th Street Suite 1F, is open Monday-Friday, 9:00AM - 5:00PM. You can also reach me by telephone at (718) 266-0267, or via e-mail at email@example.com. My chief-of-staff, Jonathan Yedin, and my community directors, Nadine Dabney and Zoya Kogan are also available to address your concerns and provide you with a broad range of information.
I look forward to providing you with the highest quality representation, and together we can make a real difference for the people of Brooklyn.
|Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny celebrates Russian Heritage Day with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Councilman Michael Nelson, Councilman Vincent Gentile, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, and honoree Olympic Gold Medalist Victor Petrenko.|
DELIVERS FOR OUR COMMUNITY
This year Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny secured special funding in the state budget for seniors, social services, and youth programs to provide recreational, educational, cultural, and social services in our community. Additional funding was obtained for after-school programs, sports, and community centers. If you want additional information on any of these programs which Assemblyman Brook-Krasny has funded, please call the community office.
|2007 BUDGET HIGHLIGHTS|
The Governor’s budget presented to the legislature was the best one set forth by a governor in more than 10 years. The final budget that was enacted built upon that blueprint.
For years, we have fought for a meaningful statewide solution to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity (CFE) school decision. This budget accomplishes that goal. We made significant investments in our education system by finally addressing the court ruling in the CFE case. Included in the budget is a new foundation education formula for predictable, stable and transparent funding - something the Assembly has insisted on for years. Particularly crucial is the assurance that at long last New York City, the focus of the original court case, will receive 43 percent of the foundation aid. This builds on last year’s Assembly victory on “EXCEL” financing for New York City by providing over $600 million in operating aid. The Assembly has long championed an educational approach stressing three R’s - Reform + Resources = Results, and this year’s budget is certainly the right equation for our children. The final state budget made a historic investment in New York’s education system, providing an unprecedented $1.7 billion increase to help students succeed in an ever-changing global economy. The budget requires New York City to prepare a Contract for Excellence that must include, among other initiatives, a plan for average class size reduction in low performing and overcrowded schools. The budget provides $60.3 million more to advance the Assembly’s plan to provide statewide universal pre-K and ensure that every 4-year old in the state has the opportunity to get a head start on school.
Legislature Passes Budget Requiring NYC to Lower Class Sizes
Assemblyman Brook-Krasny sponsored the “Class Size Reduction Act” which requires NYC to execute a plan to reduce class size over five years, to be enforced by the New York State Commissioner of Education. Lowering class size was one of the three actions which the courts found were necessary in the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit, which held that NYC’s children were being unconstitutionally denied a sound, basic education. The measure is supported by the United Federation of Teachers, the New York City NAACP, the Hispanic Federation, school advocacy group Class Size Matters and a host of other community advocates and educational practitioners who all champion this legislation.
The final state budget improves overall health care and focuses on the most important issue of expanding and improving patient care. The budget will increase access to health care, protect the most vulnerable patients and reform a system that needs adjustment in a measured, prudent way. Specifically:
EPIC changes will help seniors afford prescriptions
Seniors face increasing struggles to pay for needed prescription drugs as drug prices continue to skyrocket, especially when most live on fixed incomes. To help reduce these costs so New York’s seniors can afford their medicine and enjoy a healthy life, the 2007 state budget reconfigured New York’s Elderly Pharmaceutical Insurance Coverage (EPIC) program.
EPIC changes effective July 1, 2007
On July 1, 2007, new EPIC rules become effective. It’s important to be aware of these new regulations, which may affect you and your family. Beginning July 1:
Show your EPIC card at the pharmacy whether you are enrolled in the fee or deductible plan and prescription prices will be adjusted to the following EPIC rates:
Seniors who previously did not meet their EPIC deductible will not be required to join a Part D plan, nor will EPIC enrollees who would lose retiree health care coverage if enrolled in Part D. Seniors in Medicare Advantage plans that do not offer a cost-effective Part D option without reducing other medical benefits are also not required to join a Part D plan.
EPIC dates to note:
EPIC will notify you about the changes that will affect your health care. In the meantime, for more information or to apply for EPIC, call the EPIC Hotline at 1-800-332-EPIC (3742).
The Medicare Part D plan will be your preliminary coverage and EPIC will provide secondary coverage, helping to reduce the strain of high prescription costs for seniors on fixed incomes.
|AROUND OUR COMMUNITY|
Tuesday Night Concert Series
Presented by Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny,
Assemblyman Brook-Krasny Sponsors the 2007 Summer Reading Program
Just because school is out doesn’t mean we have to stop learning or reading. Studies have shown that children who continue to read during the summer perform better in school in the fall. To encourage our children to continue reading during the summer, I have set up the Summer Reading Challenge. Have your child read for just one hour a day for 40 days and your child has earned a New York State Assembly Excellence in Reading Certificate. Every student is invited to participate in this year’s Summer Reading Challenge. If your child is interested, write to Assemblyman Brook-Krasny at 2823 West 12 Street Suite 1F, Brooklyn, NY 11234, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call our district office at (718)266-0267.
CONGRATS TO THE CLASS OF 2007!!
Assemblyman Brook-Krasny has secured funding to purchase new books and materials for every Public Elementary and Junior High School library in the district.