Assemblywoman Helene E. Weinstein
A special report to the
Residents of the 41st Assembly District
Summer 2017
Helene E. Weinstein
Making a Difference in Brooklyn and Albany


The 2017 Budget and Session resulted in important achievements that will help many New Yorkers. I've highlighted some of the most important achievements in this newsletter. I've also included important community office programs I am sponsoring this Fall.

As your Assemblywoman, my most important responsibility 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. Please contact my office if you think I can be of assistance to you.


State Budget a Victory for New Yorkers

This year's State budget is so much more than a spending plan-it's a detailed blueprint to move our state forward. From making sure the wealthy pay their fair share, to strengthening our kids' education, to finally 'Raising the Age,' this budget continues our progress and proves we're committed to innovation, opportunity, and supporting those that need a helping hand. This budget funds our shared New York values. Some of the budget highlights are:

Fought back against millions of dollars in reductions to Medicaid funding which would have shifted a greater share of costs to hardworking taxpayers.

Restores $65 million for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Capital Plan to help accommodate more passengers and improve efficiency, and restores an additional $65 million for Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) renovations.

Implementing tax policies to help the middle class:

Raised the age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18 years. There are innumerable reasons why young people commit crimes and many of them require a range of intervention services. Creating pathways for youthful offenders to access appropriate alternatives to incarceration through family court is an important step in curbing recidivism. Children under 18 convicted of non-violent crimes will be held in local youth detention facilities certified by the Office of Children and Family Services.

Raise the Age
At a press conference celebrating the passage of Raise the Age legislation enacted as part of the budget, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie thanked Judiciary Committee Chair Helene E. Weinstein and Codes Committee Chair Joseph Lentol for their leadership.

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, thanked Very Reverend Edward R.P. Kane of the Holy Family Roman Catholic Church and a founding member of NYC CERT for his volunteer work.

National Night Out
National Night Out heightens crime and drug prevention awareness and strengthens neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein joined Commanding Officer, Captain James King of the 61st Precinct, and other area elected officials in thanking the NYPD for their dedication to the safety of the community.


Protecting Consumers
Helene Weinstein, as Chair of the NYS Assembly Judiciary Committee, co-sponsored a hearing with the Consumer Affairs and Protection Committee on the forced mandatory arbitration of consumer disputes. Due to language in most sale and service contracts, consumers are being forced to participate in arbitration—a less formal legal process—instead of using the courts, and many, via unfair requirements in the law and deceptive terms set by the sellers.

As a result of these hearings, the Assembly passed measures drafted by Helene Weinstein designed to protect consumers and employees from manifestly unjust arbitration requirements

East 45th Street Block Party
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined residents of East 45th Street and officers of the Flatbush Flatlands Civic Group to recognize the hard work and dedication of East 45th Street Block Association President, Violine Roberty, during their Annual Block Party.

Annual Celebrate Israel Day Parade
At the Annual Celebrate Israel Day Parade, Assemblywoman Weinstein marched, supporting Israel, with Assemblymembers Walter Mosley, Jr., and Nily Rozic.

Supplies to Haiti
In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, a massive international and local movement was set into motion to deliver much-needed supplies to Haiti. Assemblywoman Weinstein joined the Bridge Multicultural Advocacy Project’s Founder, Mark Meyer Appel, the Haitian Consulate General, Peter Helder Bernard, area elected officials and community leaders to pack vital sundry items and necessities.

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 Reverend Kirk Lyons, Vanderveer Park United Methodist Church—Clergy Liaison to the 67th Precinct, and community member Douglas Allen about community concerns.

Giving New York Kids Something to Cheer About

Assemblywoman Weinstein successfully fought for improvements in the 2017 State Budget, which included tremendous wins for children in public and private schools, a major investment in education to ensure every child has the opportunity to succeed.

The 2017-18 State Budget increases New York City education aid above the Governor’s recommendation by $387 million for a total of $10.17 billion—a 3.95 % increase from last year’s budget—reaffirming our unrelenting commitment to putting every city student on their path to success.

Other highlights of the 2017 State Education Budget include:

Assemblywoman Weinstein will continue to fight for all schools and teachers, so they can continue to provide a quality education to students throughout New York.

Read Across America Celebration
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” to the children at Kings Highway Library as part of the Read Across America celebration.

Summer Reading Challenge
Many children at Public School 206 participated in the “Summer Reading Challenge,” reading over 40 hours over the summer break. Assemblywoman Weinstein distributed certificates to all the children who participated in the challenge during a recent visit.

Merit for Community Service
Assemblywoman Weinstein presented Certificate of Merits for Community Service to deserving graduates from P.S. 119, P.S. 277 and James Madison High School.

Youth Happen’n Day
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 another successful event.

Midwood Active Adult Center
During a recent visit to the Midwood Active Adult Center, Assemblywoman Weinstein and Senior Center Director Jacqueline Florio, presented a cake to members celebrating birthdays.

Supporting State Colleges and Universities
The 2017-18 State Budget makes a substantial investment in SUNY and CUNY colleges and helps expand access to higher education through scholarship and opportunity programs.

NYS has provided funding to establish the Excelsior Scholarship, a first-of-its-kind initiative to make SUNY and CUNY schools tuition-free for eligible New Yorkers who earn less than $125,000 annually. Students who attend a private college in New York and earn less than $125,000 annually would also be eligible for a scholarship award of $6,000. Other higher education highlights include:

Annual Council of Jewish Organizations Breakfast
At the Annual Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush Legislative Breakfast Assemblywoman Weinstein met and talked about community safety concerns with NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. Pictured with the Assemblywoman, are Mount Sinai Brooklyn Hospital President Lin Mo, and community activist, Leon Goldenberg.

Post-Sandy Flood Remediation Plan
The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation visited Assemblywoman Weinstein’s District Office to outline their post-Sandy flood remediation plan to community leaders and the representatives of various local elected officials.

Waterford on the Bay
At a recent event at the Waterford on the Bay, Assemblywoman Weinstein honored four special Americans, one hundred years or older in age, with NYS Assembly Certificates. The Assemblywoman often visits Senior Centers to keep her constituents up to date on programs and services offered through her office.

Sheepshead Tenants Family Day
Assemblywoman Weinstein visited with Sheepshead Tenant Association President, Linda Wade, and residents at NYCHA’s Sheepshead Houses as they celebrated Family Day. Weeks earlier, the Assemblywoman celebrated Family Day with the tenants at neighboring Nostrand Houses.

Protecting Homeowners
Assemblywoman Weinstein has been working hard to sponsor legislation that helps our homeowners remain in their homes:

Stronger Protections for Reverse Mortgages
Helene Weinstein’s bill (now law) ensures that the elderly facing foreclosure of their reverse mortgages have equal protection under our foreclosure laws, such as receipt of pre-foreclosure notices and entitlement to mandatory foreclosure settlement conferences.

Homeowner Financial Relief
A new law, sponsored by Assemblywoman Weinstein, could make the difference between a person being able to stay in their home or having to sell it because it is no longer affordable. It increases income eligibility, allowing homeowners making $50,000 (with a sliding scale up to $58,400) to apply for the Senior Citizen Homeowner Exemption and the Disabled Homeowner Exemption. Call our office for more information.

Increased protections for homeowners
Many homeowners are falling victim to scam artists who essentially steal homes by fraudulently signing deeds and other legal documents. Assemblywoman Weinstein’s bill closes existing loopholes in the law to not only prevent deed fraud and mortgage scams, but to also increase the likelihood that a victim will have the opportunity to seek recovery in court.

Rain Barrel Giveaway
Assemblywoman Weinstein joined forces with the Department of Environmental Protection to distribute 200 rain barrels to residents in her district.
Assemblywoman Weinstein says
"Protect Your Identity"
Is Coming to Our Neighborhood
September 14, 2017

• Shred your personal papers for FREE.
• You can bring any documents containing your personal information, such as bank account, social security number, credit card applications, and bank statements.
**No commercial or wet paper - Limit 2 boxes/bags per household**

New Service Room at New York Community Hospital
Yad Ephraim provides hospitalized individuals with uplifting visiting services and warm meals to lift their spirits. Assemblywoman Weinstein was on hand as the organization celebrated their brand new service room at New York Community Hospital.
Pre-Holiday Food Distribution Program
Assemblywoman Weinstein sat with constituents at a recent Pre-Holiday Food Distribution Program run by the Be Proud Foundation in Sheepshead Bay.

Free Flu Shots This Fall
Assemblywoman Weinstein’s Office & Philip Howard Apartments Community Room
1655 Flatbush Avenue (near Avenue I)
Call Weinstein’s Office to schedule an appointment at (718) 648-4700
Sponsored by
Mount Sinai Brooklyn Hospital

Assemblywoman Weinstein’s Community Office

3520 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11229 • (718) 648-4700
Monday – Thursday: 9:30 – 5:00 • Friday: 9:30 – 4:30

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