Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein
A special report to
the Residents of the 41st Assembly District
Fall 2014
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.


Some of Assemblywoman Weinstein’s Success Stories
Parking Permit Problems
After many unsuccessful attempts at renewing his Parking Permit for People with Disabilities, Mr. P. enlisted the help of Assemblywoman Weinstein. Phone calls were placed to the Department of Transportation who tracked down his application and were able to expedite the renewal. photo
Mr. P. thanked the Assemblywoman for speeding up the reissuance of his permit for people with disabilities.

Cutting Bureaucratic Red Tape
Assemblywoman Weinstein assisted Mr. and Mrs. K. after the New York City Department of Finance mistakenly canceled all of their property tax exemptions and overbilled the couple $8,000 in property taxes on their home. photo
Foodstamps Fixed
Mrs. K. a single mother and asthma sufferer with two young children came to the Assemblywoman’s office for help in increasing her insufficient foodstamp allowance of just over $200. The Assemblywoman reached out to the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance and requested a recalculation resulting in a doubling of her benefits.

Sidewalk Issue
Assemblywoman Weinstein visited with Mr. A. at his home to survey the sidewalk damage that the City claimed was his responsibility to repair. The Assemblywoman reached out to both the Department of Transportation and the Department of Design and Construction who ultimately agreed the City was responsible for half of the work involved, saving the constituent hundreds of dollars.

Overtime Overlooked
Mr. B. asked for the Assemblywoman’s help in his unsuccessful battle to get overtime pay from his former employer for work done in 2012. The NYS Labor Department was contacted, an investigation launched, and just a few months later, a grateful Mr. B. called to let the Assemblywoman know he had received his overtime pay.

Protecting the Insured
Ms. K. was having a difficult time arranging for medical treatment payments through her insurer following a settlement in a no-fault auto collision. The Assemblywoman was able to call the insurer, who was under the assumption that her medical treatment was no longer necessary. They corrected the matter and are continuing to pay for these vital services.

License Plate Returned
Ms. S. contacted Assemblywoman Weinstein’s office for assistance with getting her license plates back from the New York State DMV to retrieve her vehicle from an impound lot in New Jersey. The Assemblywoman contacted the DMV on Ms. S.’ behalf and was able to resolve a related issue allowing for the quick return of the plates and her vehicle.

Gift Card Gaffe
Mrs. N. had purchased a high price gift card from a large retail store. Some months later when she tried to use it, the store informed her that the card was empty. Assemblywoman Weinstein helped her fill out a complaint with the Better Business Bureau and a short time later all of the money was replaced on the card.

Longer Meter Hours
Mr. S. a local restaurant owner, sought Assemblywoman Weinstein’s help to extend the time allotted to customers on muni-meters in front of his business from one hour to two. The Assemblywoman reached out to the NYC Department of Transportation and soon thereafter the city approved and changed the limit.


While on a tour to publicize the expansion of NYC’s Universal Pre-K programs, Assemblywoman Weinstein visited with PS 251 Pre-K students to read from “Sugar Would Not Eat It.”

Addressing Constituent Concerns
Assemblywoman Weinstein met with Rabbi Moshe Shmiel Rottenberg, Charles Kahn of Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s office and constituent Yaakov Schapiro, to address some community related concerns.
Pre-K Visit
The children at the Kings Bay Y Universal Pre-K program were elated to welcome Assemblywoman Weinstein who visited to publicize the recent expansion of the UPK coverage for New York City kids.

Building Evacuation
When a 30 foot crack appeared on a residential building on Kings Highway as a direct result of construction on an adjacent property, Assemblywoman Weinstein joined the New York City Department of Building, the Office of Emergency Management, and the Red Cross, to make sure that the priority be placed on restoring the building to a safe condition so tenants could return to their homes.
Protecting Our Community
At a spring legislative event, Assemblywoman Weinstein spoke with Kings County District Attorney, Ken Thompson regarding the need for a comprehensive aggravated harassment law after the current law was recently ruled unconstitutional. Weinstein’s bill was signed into law on July 23rd and is particularly crucial to the safety and peace of mind of domestic violence victims because it is grounds for a restraining order.

Quality of Life Demonstration
Assemblywoman Weinstein stood in support with East 48th Street residents demonstrating against a local nightclub and its customers, who regularly disturb the peace in the largely residential neighborhood.
New Auxiliary Patrol Van
Tony Christo, Chief of the NYPD Patrol Brooklyn Borough South Auxiliary unit and officers of the 63rd Precinct Auxiliary Patrol thanked the Assemblywoman for providing the funds towards the new 63rd Precinct Auxiliary Patrol van. The Assemblywoman has also provided auxiliary vans to the 61st and 67th police precincts.

Post Sandy Update

It has been close to 2 years since Superstorm Sandy hit New York shores, destroying homes and disrupting life for hundreds of thousands.

I continue to work with those in our community still struggling to restore their homes and lives, and with my colleagues in Albany to advance legislation that will ensure our residents and businesses are protected and gas station shortages are avoided should we ever experience another storm like Sandy. We’re making great progress:

Derelict Sandy Boats Removed

During Superstorm Sandy, ten damaged boats washed ashore at the empty lot at 2501 Knapp Street. The boats, never claimed by their owners, quickly became a dumping site and a persistent eyesore.

After constituents complained, the Assemblywoman observed the boats, which sat on city owned property, and immediately started negotiations to ascertain who was responsible. After months of exhaustive communications with the New York City Department of Sanitation and the Department of Environmental Protection the DSNY was able to visit and clear the site on June 10th.


Protecting Neighborhoods & Homeowners by Strengthening Foreclosure Laws

A recent investigation co-authored by Assemblywoman Weinstein found that the foreclosure crisis continues in New York State, with nearly 30,000 homes currently facing possible foreclosures.

The Assemblywoman, in conjunction with Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, is working to pass legislation that would force banks and lenders to upkeep properties before and during the foreclosure process. Abandoned or vacant homes, often called “zombies,” can pose serious safety risks to residents living nearby, and often become havens for drug dealers or targets of vandalism. Worse yet, the market value of neighboring homes - and the entire neighborhood - decreases as these properties deteriorate. An estimated 15 percent of foreclosed homes in New York State are “zombie” properties.

Investing in Ireland
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli, and Lord Mayor of Belfast, Máirtín Ó Muilleoir, to celebrate the announcement of a $15 million investment by the New York State Common Retirement Fund with Northern Ireland venture capital firm, Crescent Capital.
Kings Bay Youth Opening Day
As in years past, Assemblywoman Weinstein threw out the first pitch at the Kings Bay Youth Organization’s Baseball opening day and spoke with members of the coaching staff.

National Night Out
National Night Out heightens crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, a sponsor of this year’s event, spoke to outgoing Marine Park Civic Association President, Jim Ivaliotis about community concerns.
Passover Food Distribution
High School Students at the Yeshiva of Flatbush rallied and packed hundreds of care packages to be delivered to the needy before the start of Passover. Assemblywoman Weinstein stopped in to give a helping hand.

Rally In Support of Israel
At a rally on the steps of City Hall, Assemblywoman Weinstein joined Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York as countless elected officials reaffirmed their support for Israel’s right to defend itself.
Students Combat Gun Violence
As part of the effort to combat the ever-increasing number of gun-related violent crimes, students of P.S. 109 worked with the Groundswell Community Mural Project to paint public Anti-Violence murals at the Glenwood Underpass. Assemblywoman Weinstein joined NYC Councilman Jumaane Williams and Congresswoman Yvette Clarke at the unveiling.

Graduation Award
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein presented her Community Service Award to a deserving graduate at Public School 251.
Women Legislators Dinner
First Lady Chirlane McCray welcomed Assemblywoman Weinstein, NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Vevirito and a host of women legislators, during a reception, to strategize for Pre-K expansion, at Gracie Mansion.

Preserving Neighborhood Quality of Life
Assemblywoman Weinstein and Councilman Jumaane Williams joined residents of Glenwood Road and Schenectady Avenue as they protested the proposed building of a homeless shelter in their quiet residential neighborhood.
Nieuw Amersfort Civic
At a recent meeting of the Nieuw Amersfort Civic Association, Assemblywoman Weinstein joined President Steve Yamin to present NYS Assembly Citations to the longest serving due-paying members of the organization.

We Are Here To Help!
Assemblywoman Weinstein and her Community Office staff are here to help!
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Half Fare Metrocard
Assemblywoman Weinstein explained the process of obtaining, using and refilling a half-fare MetroCard to constituents during the MTA’s monthly visit to her office, the 3rd Thursday of every month.

Making Our Streets Safer

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein often works with the NYC Department of Transportation on issues reported by constituents, to repair and improve dangerous and hazardous street conditions that negatively impact the quality of life and 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.

Assemblywoman Weinstein’s Community Office