Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein
A special report to
the Residents of the 41st Assembly District
Fall 2016
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

Rent Reconsideration
Ms. B’s preferential rent amount increased dramatically after her old lease expired. She had difficulty getting her management to agree on a reasonable rent. After contacting Assemblywoman Weinstein’s office, her staff was able to assist Ms. B who then negotiated a sensible 2 year lease rent amount with her landlord.

Street Safety
Mr. F contacted our office to request the restoration of street markings on Flatbush Avenue and Kings Highway, which faded and presented a danger. The Assemblywoman contacted the Borough Commissioner at the Department of Transportation and was able to get the street markings restored.

Insurance Issue
Mr. L was dismayed to learn his insurance was not being accepted by the hospital he was in for a crucial medical procedure. The Assemblywoman, working with his insurance company, was able to guarantee out of network coverage for his regular doctors.

Sinkhole Stopped
Ms. P called to report the beginnings of a potentially dangerous sink hole near a utility pole in front of her home. Assemblywoman Weinstein contacted ConEd and the hole was repaired in a timely manner.

Benefits Restored
For no apparent reason, Ms. G stopped receiving her SSI benefits during her yearly vacation trip to Florida. The Assemblywoman’s office contacted the Office of Temporary Disability Assistance, who corrected the mistake, and her benefits were reinstated.

Continued Coverage
Ms. J visited the Assemblywoman’s office after weeks of trying to get an appointment with the agency to recertify her SNAP benefit. The Assemblywoman was able to help her recertify with them over the phone ensuring no break in her coverage.

Phone Bill Fixed
Mr. B was distressed when he found out Verizon had placed him in collections for bills issued in his name at an address that wasn’t his. Assemblywoman Weinstein reached out to the phone company and after a thorough review of the situation, the other bill was forgiven and the errant account closed.

Parking Permit Problems
A year after applying for a parking permit for people with disabilities, Mr. F. still had not received the permit from the Department of Transportation. Soon after the Assemblywoman contacted the agency, Mr. F got his permit.

Fast Fix
Mr. Z’s landlord was delaying crucial repairs to his apartment after a Section 8 inspection, and he was in danger of losing his benefits. The Assemblywoman reached out to the landlord who committed to fixing the problems and a week later, the apartment passed reinspection.

Tax Refund Secured
Mr. and Mrs. Y were worried when their NYC 210 School Tax Refund hadn’t arrived some months after filing their application. The Assemblywoman contacted the NYS Department of Finance and they received their check for $125 within a few weeks.

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 1,482 residents, who did not file a regular return, in obtaining over $183,004 in refunds. (If you file a regular tax return, your tax refund is already included.)

To be eligible you must have lived in NYC for part of the year and not be claimed as a dependent on another taxpayer’s federal return. The refund is currently $62.50 for an individual or $125.00 for a married couple. You can file for the past 4 years—the deadline for Tax Year 2013 is April 15, 2017.

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

Family Day Celebration
Assemblywoman Weinstein visited with residents at NYCHA’s Nostrand and Sheepshead Houses as they celebrated Family Day. Robert, a constituent, thanked the Assemblywoman, who was responsible for securing an emergency motorized wheelchair when his broke well before the automatic 5 year replacement date.
Community Hospital Ribbon Cutting
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined Senator Simcha Felder, Councilmembers Chaim Deutsch and Jumaane Williams, administrators, and medical professionals at Community Hospital as they celebrated the grand opening of their expanded Emergency Room.

Youth Happen’n
A longtime supporter and sponsor of Community Board 17’s annual Youth Happen’n Day, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein congratulated volunteer, Emelia Lloyd, and attendees, young and old, on the successful program.
Block Party
At the annual East 45th Street Block Party, the Assemblywoman joined East Block Association President, Violene Roberts, President of the Flatlands Flatbush Civic Group Sallie Bennett, Civic Group board member Troy Winston, and residents as they took part in the festivities.

Assemblywoman Weinsten presented community service certificates and congratulated graduates at PS 109 and PS 254.
Every year, deserving graduates from area schools are chosen to receive a Certificate of Merit for their community service. The Assembly presented a certificate to graduating students at PS 222 and PS 277.


Assemblywoman Weinstein Delivers for the Community
This year, as in past years, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein secured special funding in our state budget to support programs that provide essential services for residents in our community, including senior citizens, educational and social and legal services programs. Additional funding was obtained for after-school tutoring, early literacy, arts, sports, anti-violence, citizenship, multicultural and intergenerational programs in addition to school technology, equipment upgrades at various school and youth programs. If you want additional information on any of these programs, please call the Community Office.

Additionally, Assemblywoman Weinstein has secured major capital funding for senior citizen, public safety, school and youth organizations to provide recreational, educational, cultural, emergency, and social services in our community.

Recently Negotiated Projects:

Projects in the Pipeline:

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 63rd Precinct Captain, Thomas W. Burke, about community safety concerns, and congratulated members of a local youth dance group on their dazzling performance.
National Night Out
At the 63rd Precinct National Night Out celebration, Assemblywoman Weinstein joined members of the Flatlands Volunteer Ambulance Corp as they offered local children a look inside one of their ambulances. The Assemblywoman secured state funding to help the organization purchase an additional ambulance to ensure their equipment is up to date and ready to respond in emergencies.

Bragg Street Halfway House
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and Councilman Alan Maisel discussed with members of the PS 194 PTA the adverse effects a proposed Halfway House on Bragg Street would have on the neighborhood and their children. To date over 2,500 signatures on petitions and letters have been sent to the Bureau of Prisons in opposition. Visit the Assemblywoman’s website to submit yours!
Improving Street Safety
Along with residents, community leaders and students from PS 52, Assemblywoman Weinstein joined DOT Brooklyn Borough Commissioner Keith Bray and Borough President Eric Adams to announce the inclusion of Avenue Z and Nostrand in the newly launched CROSS (Connecting Residents on Safer Streets) Brooklyn Program. The new initiative will improve street safety for the borough’s vulnerable pedestrians by constructing sidewalk extensions, shortening the time needed to cross wide intersections.

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 for you and your neighbors.

Types of conditions we can help with include:

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

Coney Island Treatment Plant
After repeated complaints of stronger than usual odors emanating the Coney Island Waste Treatment Plant, the Assemblywoman arranged for a meeting between local residents, Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, and representatives from the Department of Environmental Protection and Mayor’s office of Community Affairs to address the issue. Soon after the meeting the DEP announced the purchase and installation of deodorizing misters which run round the clock to help diminish harsh odors.
Bus Lane Crisis Averted
After Assemblywoman Weinstein joined Assemblyman Nick Perry and State Senator Kevin Parker for a town hall discussion with the MTA and DOT and residents and religious leaders on the impact Saturday and Sunday Select Bus Services will have on local churches whose parishioner’s park along Utica Avenue close to their places of worship. They reversed course and recently agreed to limit the SB36 to weekdays only.

Kings Bay Seniors
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined Sharon Retkinski, Director of the Kings bay Senior Center, in congratulating Kings Bay Senior Center members on their wonderful job designing and crafting decorative tiles to beautify the center’s walls.
Albany Senior Visits
Seniors from the Midwood Active Adults and the Philip Howard Senior Centers paid a visit to Albany and were welcomed to the Chamber floor with an acknowledgement from Assemblywoman Weinstein.

Tuskegee Airmen
During a visit to the State Capitol honoring their 75th anniversary, Assemblywoman Weinstein spoke with members of the Tuskegee Airmen, the all-black Air Force squadrons, who served with distinction during World War II and helped lay the groundwork for the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.
Holocaust Survivors Speak
Assemblywoman Weinstein arranged for members of the New York Association of Holocaust Survivors to speak to students at PS 206 about their experiences and surviving during the holocaust.

Agudath Israel Legislative Dinner
At Agudath Israel of America’s 94th Legislative Dinner, the Assemblywoman congratulated Executive Director, Labish Becker, Director of Communications, Leah Zagelbaum, Board Member, Chaskel Bennett, and Pesach Osina, Community Liaison for NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer.
Rain Barrel Giveaway
Rain barrels capture runoff from your roof and stores it for future activities like watering a lawn or washing a car. Assemblywoman Weinstein joined forces with the Department of Environmental Protection to distribute 200 rain barrels to residents in her district.

Programs Coming This Fall

"Protect Your Identity"
A Free Shredding Truck
Is Coming to
Our Neighborhood

Call to register!

No commercial materials allowed
Limits 3 boxes/bags per household

Free Flu Shots at Weinstein’s Community Office

(September 30th/October 26th)
PHA Community Room
1655 Flatbush Avenue (October 28th)

Appointments are necessary; please call
Assemblywoman Weinstein’s office to schedule. Sponsored by Mount Sinai Brooklyn Hospital

Call (718) 648-4700 to add your name to our waiting list.

Nieuw Amersfort Civic Association
Steven Yamin, President of the Nieuw Amersfort Association joined the Executive Board as Assemblywoman Weinstein presented decade long members with NYS Assembly Citations.
Sunday Funday
More than 3,000 neighborhood families and their children enjoyed free entertainment, free snacks and free rides during a street fair sponsored by Senator Simcha Felder and COJO of Flatbush.

Swearing In
Assemblywoman Weinstein swore in the new slate of officers of the Marine Park Civic Association Executive Board.
Marine Park Visits Albany
The JCC of Marine Park brought a number of neighborhood partners to speak with Assemblywoman Weinstein about community issues during a recent visit to Albany.

MTA's Half-Fare MetroCard Program

Helene Weinstein Brings the Half-Fare MetroCard Bus to the
Community Office on the third Thursday of every month. Upcoming days:

September 15th
October 20th
November 17th
December 15th

10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Community Office
3520 Nostrand Avenue (Corner of Avenue V)

Apply for the Senior Half-Fare MetroCard and Receive One on the Spot

Proper age (65 years and older) and photo I.D. required

• Add money to your Half-Fare MetroCard


Farewell to Long Time Staffer

Assemblywoman Weinstein bid a fond farewell to Molly Widroff, after over 30 years of providing a patient ear and invaluable advice to thousands of her constituents, and vital support to the district office and staff.