Assemblyman Heastie
Reports To The

Dear Neighbor(s):

I wanted to send an update to the community on what has been accomplished since my last report.

Since the last newsletter, I have passed significant legislation and coordinated charity events within the community. Additionally we have dedicated significant funding to reduce class sizes in our local schools.

These funds are the result of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity, which required more education funding from the state to improve the quality of New York City schools.

As 2007 draws to an end, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a joyous Holiday Season. We continue to make progress to meet the needs of the people of New York State. As always, if there is any way that I can be of assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact me. My office is here to serve you.

With Love and Hope,
Carl E. Heastie
Member of Assembly

Governor Signs into Law Carl Heastie’s Bills to Help Victims of Domestic Violence
photo Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie joins Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson at a press conference announcing new laws to help domestic violence victims.
Governor Spitzer has signed into law two bills authored by Assemblyman Heastie (A.3386 Heastie/ S.1922 Robach and A.9244 Heastie/S.6351 Robach) that permit a judge to release a tenant from their lease obligations in the event that they are victims of domestic violence, have a restraining order and are in danger if they were to stay in the residence. Protections for landlords that guarantee not only full payment but also the right to argue against the lease termination are included in the legislation to ensure that it does not become a vehicle for tenants to avoid their lease obligations. Assemblyman Heastie and Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson held a press conference to announce the enactment of the new laws on July 27th.

Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie and Path Mark Grocery Store
Provide Turkeys for Thanksgiving Dinner

Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie, in conjunction with Path Mark grocery stores, provided turkey dinners for seniors and families in the Northeast Bronx for Thanksgiving. In the true spirit of Thanksgiving, turkey dinners with "all the fixins" were given to local families so residents could enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

"I would like to recognize the work of Path Mark grocery stores as they help local families enjoy the spirit of the holiday season," said Assemblyman Heastie. "This is just another example of how New Yorkers share the holidays with each other," stated Assemblyman Heastie.

Assemblyman Heastie, with the help of the Food Industry Alliance, solicited the donation and provided the coordination of this event.

Assemblyman Heastie Hosts Hearing as Chair of the Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment
photo Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie questions witnesses at the Public Hearing on Demographic Research and Reapportionment.
In March of this year, Carl E. Heastie was appointed Co-Chair of the Legislative Task Force on Demographic Research and Reapportionment by Sheldon Silver, the Speaker of the Assembly. The task force is assigned with the duty of preparing research and statistical models to accomplish the redistricting of congressional and state legislative districts that is required once every decade.

On October 24th, 2007, Assemblyman Heastie held a hearing in conjunction with Roann Destito, Chairwoman of the Assembly Government Operations Committee, to hear public input on the subject of redistricting reform. Much of the testimony was directed at specific legislative districts and specific areas but there was also substantive testimony regarding proposed changes to the way the state draws legislative districts. Witnesses expressed support and opposition for a proposal that a non-partisan panel be created to draw the legislative districts in 2012.

To produce these district maps, many considerations need to be accounted for to ensure that the districts are drawn to meet constitutional requirements. The duties of his task force are very important, as it works to establish an electorate that is representative of the people that live in that area.

Assemblyman Carl Heastie Hosts 2nd Annual "Open House" on Veterans Day
photo Nereid Nursing Home Director Margarita Riviello visits Carl Heastie at Autumn Open House.
In honor of our nation’s Veterans, Assemblyman Heastie held an open house at his 1351 East Gun Hill Road office. About fifty local residents came out to enjoy refreshments and a strong sense of community on November 12th, 2007.

The second annual open house was a tremendous success that served as a way for the community to get together. Parties shared concerns and proposals for how to make the Northeast Bronx an even stronger community.

"This type of event really helps me to represent this community to the best of my ability. When people gather together to socialize, it is second nature for our main concerns to come to light because we share so much in common. It’s a pleasure to have everyone come into the office and just say "Hello" because my office and staff are here to serve the community," stated Assemblyman Carl Heastie.

Assemblyman Heastie Takes his Office on the Road
photo Assemblyman Heastie discusses local issues with residents of Tilden Towers 1.
In an effort to ensure that residents of the community have direct input with their local representative, Carl Heastie is planning to hold meetings with different groups and housing developments throughout the district. The Assemblyman extended his outreach efforts to make sure that residents understand that his office is available to help with community issues.

On Novemeber 15th and November 29th, Assemblyman Carl Heastie held meetings at Tilden Towers 1 and Tilden Towers 2, respectively. At the meetings local residents gave feed back to the Assemblyman on community issues they felt needed improvement in the local neighborhood. The meeting was very constructive and gave Assemblyman Heastie new ideas on what efforts would benefit local residents and the community. The Assemblyman and his staff are currently taking steps to address the issues raised at the community gathering.

We are currently putting together a schedule for additional meetings. If your organization or block association would like to have the Assemblyman and his staff attend your gathering please contact Chief of Staff Marricka Scott-McFadden at 718-654-6539.

Assemblyman Heastie and the Assembly Majority Secure $12.7 Million in School Funding through Contract for Excellence for Community School District 11

As part of a new approach to addressing the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court case, the Legislature passed $427 million in funding to provide for "Contracts for Excellence" for each and every underperforming school district. Through Assemblyman Heastie’s support, Community School District 11 will receive $12,731,158 to improve the quality of education in the district. These funds are to be spent in four areas of improving education: class size reduction, time on task, teacher-principle quality, and full time pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Schools in the 83rd Assembly District continue to be some of the most overcrowded in the state as a result of overdevelopment and new home construction.

54.9% of the $12.7million will be dedicated strictly to class size reduction efforts. Class size reduction is mainly comprised of paying for new teachers and the creation of new class rooms. The new classrooms also include equipment and supplies that would be required to conduct classes in those rooms.

The State Legislature was able to provide a record-setting amount of $712 million to improve New York City schools and require the Department of Education to use a significant part of it to reduce class sizes in all grades. The New York City Department of Education has estimated that 1400 new teachers should be realized from the $257 million the city school district will receive from the Contract for Excellence program alone. Community School District 11 is expected to gain approximately seventy-six new teachers as a starting point to lower class sizes in our schools.

"The Contract for Excellence program is about accountability. It requires schools to use money for state approved programs that improve performance. Our schools need smaller class sizes and more resources, and that’s what this funding will accomplish," said Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie.

Assemblyman Heastie Sponsors Holiday Toy Drive

Assemblyman Heastie continues his effort to support our community by collecting toys and then donating them to children living at women’s shelters within the Northeast Bronx. From November 12th to December 17th, Assemblyman Heastie’s office has collected new/unopened toys to give to children at local homeless shelters. This program has been a huge success for the past few years and helps bring some holiday joy to less privileged children.

Thirteen percent of the children in the United States are living in poverty. In New York City a record of 9,400 families and 14,000 children seek shelter each night. Due to the generosity of the members of the Northeast Bronx Community, on the 21st of December the Assemblyman and his staff visited local shelters and gave the gifts to the children who were staying at the shelter during the holiday season.

"I would like to thank the residents of the Northeast Bronx, who have generously given gifts to make a young child’s Holiday a little more joyful," said Carl Heastie. "It’s events like this that make me proud to represent such a caring community. I would like to thank those businesses who joined in this effort by allowing us to use their offices as drop-off sites. I would also like to specially thank the people who donated toys to those who are in need," stated Assemblyman Heastie.

Bronx Business Alliance

The Bronx Business Alliance is a great source for FREE business advice for small business and aspiring entrepreneurs in the Bronx.

The Bronx Business Alliance’s mission is to assist the small businesses in the North Bronx. Through their vast number of linkage partners, they are able to help small businesses in many areas. They will assist those who want to start a new business with the necessary start-up tools. The Business Alliance offers the following assistance and more:

dotStart-up Assistance
dotBusiness Plan Development
dotIdentifying Financing Opportunities
dotMarketing Assistance
dotFinancial Management Assistance

For more information call the Bronx Business Alliance 4309b White Plains Road 718-231-2847 / 718-231-4324 Fax

photo Carl E. Heastie welcomes new SUBWAY Restaurant to the district. Store owners Sophia Morrison-Turner and Alton Turner; plus Manager Sophia Turner meet with Assemblyman Heastie. The new store is located at 1355 E. Gun Hill Road.

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Office Addresses of Assemblyman Carl E. Heastie
DISTRICT OFFICE: 1351 East Gun Hill Road, Bronx, NY 10469 • 718-654-6539
ALBANY OFFICE: LOB 417, Albany, NY 12248 • 518-455-4800

Assemblyman Heastie