Dear Constituent:

Once again, we are at the beginning of a New Year. I hope that your holidays were full of cheer and you had a chance to relax with your friends and family.

This year, I look forward to working with all my constituents in improving quality of life and providing vital services in our community. If you have a question or a concern, please contact me at my district office at 718.383.7474. My doors are always open and my staff and I are always ready to help.

Happy New Year!


Joseph R. Lentol
Assemblyman 50th AD


Lentol Stands Behind the
"Firehouse 7"
Assemblyman Lentol attended a scheduled court date at which the fate of the "Firehouse 7" was handed down. The "Firehouse 7" is a nickname given to the seven community activists who were arrested while protesting the closing of Fire Engine 212 in Williamsburg in April. On November 4th, the presiding judge offered a plea bargain to the seven activists. The plea bargain was turned down and a trial date was set for December. Assemblyman Lentol and the Greenpoint/Williamsburg community are rooting for the seven activists who are fighting for our safety.

Assemblyman Lentol stands with the Firehouse 7 after the judge’s decision that the case must go to trial. Assemblyman Lentol has been an ardent supporter of these dedicated neighborhood residents.

Hearing on Skyrocketing Auto Insurance Rates

Assemblyman Lentol, Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Codes co-hosted a hearing on auto insurance rates with Assemblyman Alexander Grannis, chairman of the Committee on Insurance and Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President. The purpose of the hearing was to examine the causes of New York City’s high auto insurance rates and what can be done to improve the availability of affordable coverage for local drivers. According to the auto insurance industry, the cause of the high rates is fraud. The findings before the panel will be studied to determine if and what sort of state legislative action can be taken to alleviate the burden on consumers.

Update on the Proposed Power Plant
The Greenpoint/Williamsburg community represented by GWAPP (Greenpoint Waterfront Association for Parks and Planning) and its elected officials, is still fighting TranGas Energy, the company that wants to build a power plant on our waterfront, thus depriving our community of valuable open space. Recently, Mayor Bloomberg has put forth a proposal to TransGas Energy to relocate the proposed power plant in an industrial part of Greenpoint. The proposed location was on the Newtown Creek at Kingsland Ave. TranGas Energy rejected the mayor’s proposal. The community’s struggle to prevent construction of yet another polluter in our community continues. For more information, or to volunteer please visit

Assemblyman Joseph Lentol, Chairman of the Division of Youth and Community Development’s Community Action Boards (CAB) speaks at the CAB’s legislative breakfast.

Property Tax Breaks for Homeowners

To address the recent property tax increases and surcharges, Assemblyman Lentol held a community event for homeowners. At the event, held at Pete McGuiness Senior Center, Ms. Lee Fiorino of the Department of Finance explained various tax programs that are available to property owners who reside in condominiums, co-ops or one, two or three family homes. If your property is not your primary residence, you may still qualify for an exemption from the absentee landlord surcharge. To find out if you are eligible for tax breaks and exemptions please call 718.935.9500. Hurry! Deadline for applications is January 5th, 2004.

Brighter, Safer Streets in Greenpoint and Williamsburg

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol is pleased to announce the installation of new light fixtures that will illuminate the streets of Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The new light fixtures will improve visibility and increase safety in areas that were previously insufficiently illuminated after dusk. The new light heads will shed more light in their perimeter than the older models. The areas that will be receiving new lamps include West Street from Freeman to Kent Street and the perimeter of McCarren Park. The new lights will most likely be installed next spring.

"Safety for our community is one of my first and foremost concerns. The areas of McCarren Park and West Street are generally safe, but there have been some complaints from community residents. I look forward to making our streets brighter and safer for Greenpoint and Williamsburg residents," said Assemblyman Lentol.

Heating Assistance is Available
With a cold winter right around the corner, many families may be frozen out of heating services because they are unable to afford to pay the steadily climbing heating bills. HEAP is here to help! If you have a low income, are disabled or are a senior citizen, you may qualify for help ranging from $40-$400. To receive an application, please visit our office at 619 Lorimer Street or call the HEAP hotline at 1-800-342-3009.

Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol Adopts a BARC Dog

Debbie Williams (BARC), Vinnie Spinola (BARC), Rue McCallahan (actress Golden Girls), Tony Spoto (BARC), Assemblyman Lentol, McDonald, P.O. Edward Petkus (94th Precinct), and P.O. John Lisa (94th Precinct).
Brooklyn Animal Resource Coalition, (BARC), held its 17th annual Animal Parade and Show at McCarren Park. BARC is a no-kill shelter located in our community. The event, co-sponsored by Assemblyman Lentol, was a great success, fundraising thousands of dollars to keep animals in a safe environment until they find a home. One of the lucky adoptees was McDonald, a year old mix breed male. He found his new home with Assemblyman Lentol and Martha Holstein. The parade and show are a lot of fun and remind community residents that there are great dogs and cats that are waiting for a loving home. If you would like to find out more about BARC, please go to WWW.BARCSHELTER.ORG.

Can I Help You?

Assemblyman Lentol and his staff are here to assist you with any questions or problems that you may have. Here is a sample of some of the constituent cases that Assemblyman Lentol has resolved:

  • What can I do if my landlord refuses to replace my broken cooking stove?
  • Where can I get medical insurance if I do not qualify for Medicaid but cannot afford to buy a policy for me and my family?
  • Where can I get a discount MetroCard for seniors and disabled?
  • I am a war veteran, do I qualify for a property tax break?
If you have a question or a problem, please feel free to contact Assemblyman Lentol’s office at 718.383.7474 or 518.455.4477