3520 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229
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Making a Difference in Brooklyn and Albany
Winter 2007

A Report To The Residents Of The 41st Assembly District


I believe that one of my most important responsibilities is to listen carefully, answer questions and help solve your problems. Along with my experienced community office staff, I can assist you with a variety of important services and help you apply for government programs.




Ms. T. called Assemblywoman Weinstein after being notified by her gas provider that her service would be shut off due to an outstanding balance. Ms. T., a homeowner and caregiver for a disabled sibling living in the same house, could only afford to pay a set amount with her current income. Assemblywoman Weinstein was able to call her home heating provider and arrange for a low payment plan that suited her special needs.

Assemblywoman Weinstein
Helping You!
photo Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein often assists constituents to resolve a variety of problems.


Ms. N. came to the Assemblywoman seeking help in lowering her outstanding water bill that she felt was extremely high. The Assemblywoman immediately contacted the Department of Environmental Protection to investigate the matter. Erroneous charges were discovered and Ms. N. saw her water bill reduced to $800 from the original $1,100.


When Mr. H.’s Medicaid card arrived in the wrong name, he came to Assemblywoman Weinstein for assistance. She contacted the Medicaid office and expedited the name change. The problem then continued for his wife, who uses her maiden name – she received a new card with her husband’s last name. Another call was placed, resolving the second problem.


Assemblywoman Weinstein was contacted by several constituents after a furniture store, having taken their deposits, abruptly went out of business before delivering their furniture. After much effort, Assemblywoman Weinstein located the store owners and obtained a return of their deposits.


Ms. K. contacted Assemblywoman Weinstein after her own efforts to resolve financial issues with her co-op purchase, were unsuccessful. She was being billed by DEP and ECB for the entire co-ops violations and fines of over $10,000. In addition, NYC Finance was threatening to put a lien on her property since there was no record of real estate transfer tax being paid, despite having given the check at closing. After Assemblywoman Weinstein contacted the attorney, he determined the title company had never paid the tax. It was then promptly paid. Helene Weinstein also resolved the billing mistakes with DEP and ECB and Ms. K.’s credit was restored.

Helene Weinstein’s Community Office

3520 Nostrand Avenue • Brooklyn, NY 11229 • (718) 648-4700
Monday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Call or stop in if you have a problem or a question!
We speak English, Creole, Russian and Yiddish

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein
Protecting Homeowners and Tenants

Help for Small Property Homeowners and Tenants

Opening of New Housing Court Part
Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein and her colleague Assemblyman Alan Maisel, join Chief Administrative Judge Ann Pfau, New York City Civil Court Administrative Judge Fern Fisher, and Councilman Lewis Fidler to announce opening of a Small Building Part in Kings County Housing Court.

Small Building Part Opens in Kings County Housing Court

The new court part is the first trial court in the state devoted solely to handling litigation between landlords and tenants of one and two family homes.

The goal of the Small Building Part is to directly address the unique factors that lead to disputes between tenants and owners of one and two family homes by proactively attending to the complexities of these cases. The possibility of a homeowner losing their primary source of income, as a landlord of a small building, or losing your home, as a tenant can be both stressful and frightening. This new part was created to give special attention to these issues, and to meet the particular needs of these tenants and owners.

Caribbean Women’s Health Association (CWHA) Honors Assemblywoman Weinstein
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein was CWHA’s Guest of Honor at their 25th Anniversary Dinner. The Assemblywoman was presented with an Award of Appreciation which read “Your contribution has enhanced the health and well-being of the Caribbean community in New York City.” (l. to r.) Dr. Marcia Bayne Smith, Boardmember; Dr. Marilyn John, Executive Director; Audrey Phillips Ceasar, CWHA Chairperson; and Brooklyn Deputy Borough President and CWHA Co-Founder Yvonne Graham.
Russian-American Citizen Celebration Day
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein spoke to a crowd of newly inducted Russian-American Citizens at the Civic & Voter Education Initiative's Russian-American Citizen Celebration Day. The event was part of the NYC Board of Election’s Voter Awareness Month. The Assemblywoman presented new citizens with congratulatory citations. Other participants include, Olga Ivnitzky, Brooklyn Coordinator for LOREO, and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny.


This November, Assemblywoman Weinstein co-sponsored a town hall meeting to address concerns residents of Philip Howard, Mansfield Gardens and Kings Village have regarding control and management of their co-ops. Representatives from the State Attorney General’s office and HPD attended and we are now working on problem solving.

Additionally, Assemblywoman Weinstein, as chair of the Assembly’s Judiciary Committee is sponsoring legislation to increase staffing at the New York State Attorney General’s Real Estate Finance Bureau (REFB) to increase their ability to respond to complaints, enforcement and redress for housing consumers. Due to the increase in new co-op and condo plans, REFB has re-assigned attorneys and paralegals previously handling enforcement and mediation matters to review new filings.

National Night Out Against Crime
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined the NYPD's 63rd and 69th precincts, community residents and civic associations to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime. National Night Out heightens crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein often visits schools within her district. On a recent visit to Yeshiva Tiferes Yisroel – Chofetz Chaim, Assemblywoman Weinstein discussed school safety issues with school administrator Rabbi Rosenshein.

Glendale Civic Association
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joins Glendale Civic Association President Sharon Borno to honor children showing academic excellence at the Glendale Civic Association block party.

Brooklyn Philharmonic at P.S. 206
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein recently visited with music students at P.S. 206. The Assemblywoman funds a program in conjunction with the Brooklyn Philharmonic that teaches public school students to play classical instruments.

Assemblywoman Weinstein Marches For Diabetes
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joins students, parents and teachers at P.S. 52 in Sheepshead Bay as they walked to support Diabetes research. The Assemblywoman secures annual funding for the school’s early literacy program.


Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein along with Councilman Lewis Fidler and other local elected officials sponsored a town hall meeting on predatory lending and the mortgage foreclosure crisis to help homeowners protect themselves.

Earlier this year, Assemblywoman Weinstein convened the first of several Assembly hearings examining subprime lending practices, ways the state can help those facing foreclosure, and necessary steps to prevent a similar crisis in the future.

Glenwood Houses Cleanup
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joins Carolyn Walton, President Glenwood Tenants Association, in cleaning up graffiti found at Glenwood Houses as part of the Clean Slate Program. The program is made possible with state funding from the Assemblywoman and run by the local community organization Millennium Development. It assists homeowners and small businesses in cleaning up and painting over graffiti.

Refunds available even if you do not file a regular return!

You too may be entitled to a New York City tax refund, as long as you resided in New York City for even one month last year. Helene Weinstein’s office assisted 622 residents who did not file a r egular return in obtaining over $84,500 in refunds by completing the special NYC-210 form. (If you file a regular tax return, your tax refund is already included.)

  • To be eligible for the tax refund, you must have lived in New York City for part of the year and not be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s federal return.

  • Depending on the number of months you lived in New York City, the refund can be as much as $230.00 for a married couple or a surviving spouse ($290.00 in 2008).

  • You can file for past years – the deadline for 2004 is April 15, 2008.

Contact Helene Weinstein’s office for help in filing for your refunds.

It’s Your Money, Don’t Forget About it!

Weinstein Helps Launch Met Council's Legal Services
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Judiciary Committee Chair, spoke to attendees at the launch of Met Council’s Legal Services Program, which provides pro-bono legal help to poor New Yorkers. Met Council CEO William Rapfogel thanked Assemblywoman Weinstein and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, who were instrumental in securing funding for this vital program.

Assemblywoman Weinstein’s Office
can provide important information for homeowners and tenants.
Call to request any of the following brochures:

  • Co-ops In New York City: What Every Tenant Should Know...

  • The Homeowner’s Guide

  • Tenants’ Rights: Information on...

  • Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Assemblywoman Recognizes Auxiliary Police
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined 67th Precinct Community Council President Pat Reddock, Auxiliary Captain Jean Hughes Pierre, and Auxiliary Police Coordinator Police Officer Sigue in honoring the men and women who give their time and service to the Auxiliary Police Force. Assemblywoman Weinstein is providing state capital grant monies to cover the purchase of Auxiliary Patrol vehicles for both the 63rd and 67th Precincts.
Community Council President Honored
Captain Vincent Stella, Commanding Officer, 61st Precinct, joins Assemblymembers Helene Weinstein and Alan Maisel as they present a NYS Assembly Citation to Joe Foy, congratulating him for his four years of service as President of the 61st Precinct Community Council.


Assemblywoman at Community Board 15
Assemblywoman Weinstein attends Community Board 15’s meeting informing participants about the new Anti-leafleting Law. The law, cosponsored by the Assemblywoman, prohibits companies soliciting business from leaving flyers on properties that have a sign posted prohibiting leafleting.


Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein has secured over $43,400 in grants for area residents who could not afford fuel. Weinstein’s office is designated as a Neighborhood Heating Fund Site in the Heartshare Program. This year, grants of up to $200 are available to Keyspan customers who can not afford to pay their winter residential heating bills. Contact Assemblywoman Weinstein’s community office to see if you are eligible.

East 56th Street Renaming
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joins Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly and Councilman Kendall Stewart in dedicating East 56th Street to honor Police Officer James Carragher who was shot and killed while attempting to stop a robbery in 1982. Friends and family of the Officer were on hand for this momentous occasion.


Join the hundreds of your neighbors who have already received their Non-Driver IDs at Helene Weinstein’s community Office.

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will be returning to Weinstein’s office in the Spring.

Apply for a Non-Driver’s I.D. Card
Renew Your Driver’s License

Call for upcoming dates (718) 648-4700


Helene Weinstein brings the MTA's Half-Fare MetroCard Bus to the community office at 3520 Nostrand Avenue on the third Thursday of every month.

Upcoming dates:
January 17th, 2008
February 21st, 2008
March 20th , 2008
10:30 am to 12:00 noon

Apply now for a senior (65+) or Disabled Half-Fare MetroCard.

Assemblywoman Visits Good Shepherd Friendship Club
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein visits senior centers in her district, listens to members concerns and informs them of upcoming programs of interest. On a recent visit to the Good Shepherd Friendship Club, the Assemblywoman reminded members about free flu shots.
Visiting Senior Centers
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein visits the newly formed Philip Howard Senior Center to inform them of programs offered through her community office. Pictured with the Assemblywoman are Philip Howard tenants, Lillian Joyce, Barbara Miner, Sadie Grant and Anna Hernandez.

Community Office Programs Keep You Healthy!
Assemblywoman Weinstein sponsors a number of health and consumer programs at her office, year round. Recently the Assemblywoman concluded the annual flu shot program, in partnership with Beth Israel and Coney Island Hospitals.

Tackling Traffic Issues
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein discussed traffic issues along Kings Highway with Thomas Hernandez, Vice President of Fraser Civic Association and Raphael Treitel, NYPD Clergy Liaison and local resident, at the Fraser Square ribbon cutting.

Helene Weinstein’s Community Office

3520 Nostrand Avenue • Brooklyn, NY 11229 • (718) 648-4700
Monday–Thursday: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Call or stop in if you have a problem or a question!
We speak English, Creole, Russian and Yiddish