Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein
A special report to
the Residents of the 41st Assembly District
Winter 2013
Helene E. Weinstein

Making a Difference in Brooklyn and Albany

I strongly 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 to resolve community problems.


Assemblywoman Weinstein’s Success Stories
On the Road Again
Robert, a disabled senior has his motorized wheelchair replaced every 5 years. His wheelchair broke, and after 6 months of waiting for his new one he approached Assemblywoman Weinstein. The Assemblywoman contacted his doctor, who had not submitted supporting documents, resulting in the denial from Medicare—the issue was sorted out and he received his new motorized wheelchair.

Robert thanked Assemblywoman Weinstein for the replacement of his scooter.
Keeping an Experienced Teacher
Mrs. K., an 83-year-old substitute teacher working for over 50 years had her teaching license revoked for not teaching the required number of days following her husband’s death. The Department of Education insisted that Mrs. K. pass additional tests in order to reinstate her license. The Assemblywoman intervened and shortly thereafter the decision was reversed and her license reinstated.

Cutting through Utilities’ Red Tape
The C.’s asked the Assemblywoman for help after Verizon insisted the couple pay to remove a utility pipe that went right through the middle of their backyard deck so they could build their new deck without the obstruction. Not only was the Assemblywoman able to have Verizon remove the pipe without cost, she also coordinated with several utilities to move a transformer that posed a possible danger.

Parking Permit Problem
Mr. G. applied for a disabilities parking permit and during his health review was informed that his supporting documentation was out of date. After securing up-to-date documentation, the City agency still denied his request and closed the case. Contact by the Assemblywoman uncovered that the City mistakenly issued the denial on the same day the documents were requested. The case was reopened and shortly thereafter, Mr. G. was approved for a new parking permit.

Con-Ed Concedes
Mrs. M. approached Assemblywoman Weinstein after Con-Ed failed to take responsibility for damages to her garden retaining wall several years ago. After bringing this delay to Con-Ed‘s attention, her case was expedited and a check to compensate Mrs. M. for the damages was sent out within days.

Cutting Bureaucratic Red Tape
Mr. L. graduated with a medical technology degree and, immediately after, received his federal license. In order to work in New York though he required a NYS license, yet after three months of inquiries he could not even get a status update from State Education. Assemblywoman Weinstein was able to call, contact the appropriate staff at the agency, and expedite approval of his license for the very next day.

Mr. L. came into the Assemblywoman’s community office to thank her for resolving his State licensing issue. (See story above)

Sidewalk Snafu
Mrs. S., a local homeowner, approached the Assemblywoman after receiving a notice from the New York City DOT, based upon a past violation, that she replace 286 square feet of sidewalk. She didn’t recall receiving a violation, and believed her sidewalk in good repair. The Assemblywoman rescheduled a sidewalk inspection resulting in DOT agreeing that their first assessment was wrong and reducing the needed repairs to only 15 square feet. A cost of $225 compared to DOT’s original cost estimate of $4,301.

Food Stamp Fiasco
Mr. and Mrs. K., an older Russian-speaking couple, were shocked when, on two separate occasions, someone had used their Food Stamp pin for purchases totaling $316 dollars. The Assemblywoman’s Russian-speaking staff member assisted them, referring them to free legal assistance for a fair hearing, where a decision was made to reimburse them for the stolen money.

Canceling Improper Hospital Charges
Ms. L. was in Community Hospital being treated for a liver problem. Because of complications, she had to be transferred to Mount Sinai Hospital. Soon after her recovery, she was billed for ambulance transport. After a collection agency demanded payment, Assemblywoman Weinstein spoke with representatives at Community Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital. A short time later Mount Sinai accepted responsibility and covered the ambulance costs.


New Passport Center Opens in BPL Kings Highway Branch
Assemblywoman Weinstein welcomed a new Passport Application Center to the Kings Highway Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library along with BPL President Linda Johnson.
The Kings Highway Library now has a Passport Application Center providing a convenient location for Brooklyn residents and new citizens to apply for passports. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined Brooklyn Public Library President, Linda Johnson, for the Center’s opening ceremony.

The new facility includes:

Working to Make Our Streets Safer
Following numerous complaints, Assemblywoman Weinstein convened a site visit at Nostrand Avenue and Gravesend Neck Road with DOT Borough Commissioner Joseph Palmieri and MTA representatives, resulting in the relocation of the southbound bus stop to a safer location, and restoration of five much-needed parking spaces.

Administrators and students at Strivright Auditory/Oral School thanked the Assemblywoman for bringing bollards to the accident-prone Fraser Square.

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein often works with the NYC Department of Transportation to repair and improve dangerous and hazardous street conditions that negatively impact the quality of life and the safety of you and your neighbors. Some examples of the improvements made after intervention from the Assemblywoman this past year are:

Types of conditions we can help with include:

You can report hazardous conditions by contacting Assemblywoman Weinstein’s community office.

Reminder: STAR Registration Deadline Draws Near
To crack down on fraud, NY law requires all homeowners receiving a Basic STAR property tax exemption to reregister with the NYS Tax Department in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and subsequent years. If you currently have Basic STAR on your home, co-op, or condo, you should have received a letter containing a unique code and registration instructions. The deadline for registration is December 31st, 2013.

If you have Basic STAR, but now qualify for the higher Enhanced STAR exemption -- 65 years or older with adjusted gross income below $81,900 – first register to renew your Basic STAR, and then file an application for Enhanced STAR.

Current Enhanced STAR recipients do not need to register – your benefits continue automatically.

The Assemblywoman’s office can assist you in registering online, checking your exemption status, or applying for Basic or Enhanced STAR.

Kingsway Jewish Center’s Dinner
Assemblywoman Weinstein congratulated honorees at Kingsway Jewish Center’s Dinner presenting them with New York State Assembly citations.
Victory Day Celebration
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined other elected officials, civic leaders and Russian War veterans during a Victory Day celebration commemorating the surrender of the Nazi regime to the former Soviet Union.

Free Shredding Program
Over 6,500 pounds of papers and documents were shredded during the recent free shredding program sponsored by Assemblywoman Weinstein. Register now to get notice about next year’s event.
Jay Harama Senior Center
Assemblywoman Weinstein often visits senior centers in her district. Most recently the Assemblywoman stopped in at the Jay Harama Senior Center to inform members of various programs offered at her community office.

Our Place 5K Run
Every year, Our Place, an organization that annually aids hundreds of troubled teens, holds a 5K run fundraiser to help them continue to provide vital services. Assemblywoman Weinstein joined community leader Rabbi Edgar Gluck, event organizer, Tzvi Gluck and runners.
Annual Flu Shot Program
This year’s annual flu shot program, in partnership with Beth Israel and Coney Island Hospitals, had a record turnout both in the Assemblywoman’s Community Office and at Philip Howard Houses.

Pre-High Holy Day Distribution
At a pre-High Holy Day distribution sponsored by COJO of Flatbush, Assemblywoman Weinstein and State Senator Simcha Felder helped volunteers give out food packages to local seniors.
Simchas Bais Hashoeva
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined Rabbi Yosef Vigler and local community leader, Chaskel Bennett, at Congregation Mayan Yisroel’s annual Simchas Bais Hashoeva, a street fair and celebration held during the Succos holiday.

Memorial at Major Eugene T. McCarthy Triangle
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Assemblyman Alan Maisel, and outgoing District Attorney Joe Hynes joined the Fraser Civic Association and veterans during the Annual Memorial at the Major Eugene T. McCarthy Triangle (Avenue N & East 31st Street), Major McCarthy, a local resident, was tragically killed while fighting for our country in the Gulf War.
Marine Park Civic Association
At a recent meeting of the Marine Park Civic Association Assemblywoman Weinstein spoke to residents, announcing programs and services available at her community office.

Improving Quality of Life
Assemblywoman Weinstein often visits with local co-op boards to address quality of life and safety concerns. At a recent meeting of Brigham Park 3’s Executive Board, members enlisted the Assemblywoman’s help to get a local business to clean up their property and quiet overnight operations.
Holocaust Memorial
During a recent Holocaust Memorial event to remember those lost and spread a message of tolerance, the Assemblywoman spoke with participants.

Honoring Superstorm Sandy Heroes
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined Steve Barrison and local elected officials of the Bay Improvement Group to honor heroes who assisted in Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts. Among the honorees were members of the 61st Precinct, FDNY Ladder Company 161’s Lieutenant Edward Gonzalez, Flatbush Shomrim founder, Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch and local residents who protected and saved the lives of neighbors in Southern Brooklyn during the storm and the months following.
Shellbank Jewish Center
Assemblywoman Weinstein visited with seniors at the Shellbank Jewish Center who were enjoying their new weekly lunch program, made possible with assistance from the Assemblywoman.

Community Board 18
Assemblywoman Weinstein often visits with local community boards and civic groups to share information and address community concerns. During a recent visit to Community Board 18, the Assemblywoman publicized her upcoming shredding program.
Nieuw Amersfort Civic Association
At a recent meeting of the Nieuw Amersfort Civic Association, Assemblywoman Weinstein spoke to residents, announcing programs and services available at her community office.

Summer Reading Challenge
Assemblywoman Weinstein distributed certificates to students at Public School 194 who participated in the “Summer Reading Challenge” by reading over 40 hours over their summer break. Hundreds of students from area schools participated in this year’s challenge.
MTA’s Half-Fare Program
During a recent monthly visit by the MTA’s half-fare program, the Assemblywoman assisted constituents after the short and easy application process. The MTA’s half-fare program is at Assemblywoman Weinstein’s Community office the third Thursday of every month from 10 a.m. to Noon.

Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined Councilman Jumaane Williams protesting the registration deadline for the extended USCIS Temporary Protected Status for Haitian Nationals living in the U.S. Less than a month later USCIS relented, allowing refugees additional time to register.
67th Precinct National Night Out
Kenrick Wescott, President of the Kings County South Civic Association and members welcomed Assemblywoman Weinstein at the 67th Precinct National Night Out celebration.

We Are Here To Help!
Assemblywoman Weinstein and her Community Office staff are here to help!