Monthly Archives: March 2014

Vision Zero Town Hall Meeting This Tues. April 1st


Council Member Chaim Deutsch

To Host Vision Zero Town Hall Meeting



Council Member Chaim Deutsch will host a town hall meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Tuesday, April 1 at 7 pm, where Brooklyn residents of the 48th Council District are invited to discuss Vision Zero, an action plan outlining how to eliminate traffic-related fatalities.

 “Nobody knows the streets in your community better than you do,” said Council Member Chaim Deutsch. “This town hall meeting will give residents an opportunity to voice their concerns and speak out on potentially dangerous traffic locations.”

At Tuesday’s town hall meeting, Council Member Deutsch will discuss legislative measures and other initiatives in an effort to ensure our streets are safe and traffic-related fatalities are eliminated. Community members who attend the meeting will be provided the opportunity to point out specific problem locations throughout the borough where they perceive hazards or additional safety concerns to exist. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other city council members representing Brooklyn neighborhoods will also be in attendance.

Eternal Light Relit

Hurricane Sandy darkened the Eternal Light in Holocaust Park. It may not be on the top of the list of needed repairs in our community but the symbolism of it can not be ignored. Thank you to Councilman Chaim Deutsch for his efforts to get it relit and shining again. Not even a Hurricane can  damper our efforts to fight hatred and remember all those who lost their lives.

Let this be a message that hate will never win.  Thanks again to our Councilman.



Click on your borough below for more information!


Registration will be posted no earlier than three weeks before a giveaway date. If registration is closed, a limited quantity of trees will be available on a first come, first served basis.

To pick up your free tree, you must agree:
To plant in one of the five boroughs.
– To keep trees properly watered and maintained.

– NOT to plant your tree along streets, in city parks, in containers, terraces, balconies or on roofs.

Blocked Driveway-Get Them Ticketed

You walk out of your house on the way to an important appointment and someone (usually a KCC student) blocked your driveway. Your anger seethes and you have to call car service.

Before you leave CALL Brooklyn South Traffic Enforcement Unit Desk-


They promise to send a car in a timely fashion and write a summons. Let us know if it doesn’t work and we’ll follow up.

Another Scam To Be Aware Of




     Green Dot Money Pak Card Scam 


Dear Sir/Madam,


As the Commanding Officer of the New York City Police Department’s Crime Prevention Section I am writing this letter to alert you of a telephone scam that is currently spreading across our city. This scam targets our elderly and new immigrant communities, but not exclusively, and it is perpetrated using the Green Dot Money Pak Card. This scam has netted criminals thousands and thousands of dollars, negatively impacting those who can least afford it.


This scam starts with a phone call to your home where a person tells you that you owe the IRS or Utility Company money and that if you don’t pay immediately you will be arrested and deported or your electric/gas will be turned off. They also use the ruse that a family member has been arrested, was in an accident or kidnapped and if you don’t pay them a certain amount of money harm will come to your loved one. The caller will ask you to go to a certain store to buy a Green Dot Money Pak Card and tell you how much they want you to put on that card. Make no mistake about it, you are being scammed.


No government agency, utility company or law enforcement agency will ever contact you and ask you for immediate payment using a Green Dot Money Pak


Part of this scam is to have you buy the card, place money on the card and call back a specific telephone number that the scam artist gave you. They will ask you to give them the 14 digit serial number off the back of the Green Dot Money Pak Card and when you do your money will be lost.


Criminals are very convincing in this enterprise and I ask you to stop and call 9-1-1 before buying a card.


If you have any questions, please contact your local precinct’s Crime Prevention Officer or visit the New York City Police Department’s Website at


Please pass this information on to family, friends and neighbors so that they don’t fall victim to this scam.


Best Regards,

Inspector James Klein

Commanding Officer, Crime Prevention Section



For more information regarding the

Green Dot Money Pak Scam, click here:

 Green Dot Money Pak Information 

Next Meeting MBCG-Wednesday, 8 PM, PS 195-Your Opinion Counts


Next Meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group:


P.S. 195

8 PM


Why Manhattan Beach isn’t beautiful anymore…

“SANDY” destroyed our trees…we are

left with stumps…

Will the City remove the stumps?

Will more trees be removed?

Will the City replace street trees and if so, what types of trees and when?

Director of the Brooklyn Parks Department Forestry Unit, will address these and other “Sandy” related issues.


Also included on the agenda:  an update of how much of the almost 20 million dollars of NY Rising monies may be allotted to Manhattan Beach.


All of the above and more…come to learn, ask questions…be a part of the discussions…your opinion counts!


From SheepsheadBites-Councilman Deutsch Wants KCC To Do More To Prevent Accidents



Administrators at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) are considering playing driver education videos on screens throughout the campus, in response to concerns from Manhattan Beach residents about reckless driving.

The announcement came from Councilman Chaim Deutsch during a recent Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting, saying that the school – whose traffic has long been a thorn in residents’ sides – affirmed during a meeting with him that they would play the videos.

Deutsch explained how he met with the school’s president to discuss the possibility of broadcasting videos that would promote safe driving, such as coming to a full stop a stop signs and always look for pedestrians.

“They agreed,” he concluded to a crowd of applause.

A spokesperson for Kingsborough, though, said that they had only agreed to look into the matter.

“We’re not doing that yet,” said Ruby Ryles, Kingsborough’s spokesperson. “It’s a matter of looking into it and evaluating the viability of it.”

Ryles noted that the school already promotes safe driving by sending emails to the student body about driving techniques.

“Kingsborough has always promoted safe driving and being a good neighbor,” Ryles said.

Deutsch, though, said he was left with an entirely different message when the meeting ended.

“I left the meeting thinking they were going to do it,” he said. ”We’re all common sense people. I don’t see this being a big deal. I’m very confident that this will happen.”

Deutsch also noted that he wasn’t “singling out Kingsborough students,” but wanted to raise car safety awareness throughout the area and broadcasting videos in the school is one way of doing that.


Councilman Deutsch Helps MB With Oriental Blvd.Traffic Concerns

Spring is coming and so are accidents. The MBCG urges everyone to drive carefully.

Council Member Chaim Deutsch Advocates for Safer Travel on Oriental Boulevard During Council Committee Hearing


BROOKLYN, NY: New York City Council Member Chaim Deutsch (D-Brooklyn), at a joint hearing of the Transportation and Public Safety committees of the New York City Council, called upon Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Polly Trottenberg to install a traffic light at Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, a busy intersection adjacent to a playground, where fatal automobile accidents have occurred. As a result, Manhattan Beach residents have identified this intersection as requiring a more comprehensive traffic-control device than the current yellow-blinking signal.


“The people of Manhattan Beach have long recognized the need for traffic-calming initiatives, including a traffic light, at Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, where recent traffic accidents on this busy thoroughfare have claimed two lives,” Councilman Deutsch stated. “Drivers have repeatedly complained that the flashing-yellow signal at Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue is more confusing than helpful. As such, the existing blinking signal merely exacerbates an already hazardous environment for motorists and pedestrians alike.”


“Due to its close proximity to Kingsborough Community College, Leon Goldstein High School, MJHS Menorah Home & Hospital, Manhattan Beach Park, and private homes, it is imperative that the city take the necessary steps to heighten traffic safety along Oriental Boulevard.” said Council Member Deutsch. “Further tragic reminders are not necessary to emphasize the need for safety initiatives along Oriental Boulevard, and a traffic signal at Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue would be a good place to start.”


Council Member Deutsch supports many of the initiatives proposed in the Vision Zero plan by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has pledged to take decisive and sustained action to reduce street fatalities and injuries. In the past year, 291 New Yorkers have been killed in car crashes, and 15,465 pedestrians and bicyclists were injured in collisions with automobiles. Unfortunately, some of these collisions, and even some deaths have occurred in recent years near Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue. In 2010, a four-year-old boy was struck and killed by a city bus, and, in 2008, a Kingsborough Community College student was killed riding his motorcycle. Both accidents occurred on Oriental Boulevard.


During a Joint Transportation and Public Safety City Council Committee hearing with DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg on February 24, Council Member Deutsch reminded the city agency of Oriental Boulevard’s infamous traffic safety history, and the obligation it had to replace the flashing-yellow light at Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue with a traffic signal. At the hearing, Commissioner Trottenberg agreed that the flashing-yellow light might cause confusion.


“I look forward to working with Commissioner Trottenberg, and the Department of Transportation to ensure that the goal of Vision Zero, to eliminate traffic deaths and increase safety in New York City, quickly becomes a reality,” said Council Member Chaim Deutsch. “With that in mind, I implore the DOT to heed the call of the residents of Manhattan Beach to install a traffic signal at Oriental Boulevard and Ocean Avenue, and implement other traffic safety initiatives along Oriental Boulevard to insure that no other residents suffer the same heartbreaking fate as the young lives already lost.”


Council Member Chaim Deutsch represents Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Homecrest, Trump Village, Luna Park, Brightwater Towers and parts of Midwood


Smartphone Safety- Police Pct. 61 Community Affairs

Smartphone Safety



BEFORE your smartphone is lost or stolen:

  1. Be Aware. Know your surroundings and be cognizant of your smartphone use behavior. Similar to your purse or wallet, it’s best to not call attention to your smartphone and create an opportunity for a thief to steal it (e.g., leave it on a restaurant table, use it while walking or taking public transportation, allowing strangers to “borrow” it to get directions, etc.). By knowing your surroundings, you may protect your smartphone from being lost or stolen.
  2. Lock It. As soon as you get a new smartphone, set a hard to guess password to protect your device and change it on a regular basis. If you don’t know how to set a password for your Android, BlackBerry, iOS (Apple) or Windows smartphones, here are video and print instructions.
  3. Add Apps. There are a number of apps available that will remotely track, lock and/or erase your smartphone. In addition, some apps will remote trigger an alarm so people know that smartphone is stolen or take a photo of the thief so you can send it to police. By adding these apps now, in the event your smartphone is stolen or lost, your personal information will be protected.
  4. Save It (Again). If you have photos, emails, contacts, videos or anything else that you want to make sure is available if your smartphone is ever lost or stolen, save it somewhere else such as a computer, USB drive or cloud service. It’s always a good idea to have a backup copy.
  5. Insure It. If you are prone to losing things, you may want to consider insuring your device through your wireless provider or a third party entity so that if it is lost or stolen, your replacement device is covered

$6 Million GRANTS for Homeowners-Green Infrastructure Projects

Today, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced
that $6 million in grant funding is available for green infrastructure projects
such as rain gardens, green roofs, and porous pavement that manage stormwater
runoff from private property.   Private property owners in the combined sewer
areas of all five boroughs of New York City are eligible to apply.   This year,
for the first time, DEP will accept applications in both the spring and the
fall, and applicants will have the opportunity to review conceptual ideas with
DEP engineers prior to submitting their application.  More information on the
program and the online application can be found on DEP’s website.
The spring due date is May 6, 2014.

DEP will host three workshops to explain the eligibility requirements and guide
users through the application.  A fourth workshop will be held at DEP
headquarters in April to provide technical support for the applicants.





March 19, 2014

New School University Center – Tishman Auditorium
63 5th Avenue


March 27, 2014

St. Francis College – Callahan Room
180 Remsen Street


April 3, 2014
6:00 – 7:30PM

Hostos Community College – Room C-391
500 Grand Concourse


April 9, 2014

NYC Department of Environmental Protection – Cafeteria
59-17 Junction Boulevard
*General workshop; technical workshop on stormwater calculations template; and
open “office hours” with DEP engineers. Participants should be prepared with
site connection information, impervious area, photos of the site, any
renderings, drawings or plans and any other preliminary documents.

Thank you,
Office of Green Infrastructure
NYC Department of Environmental Protection