Update on the L Train Project:
On January 3, 2019, Governor Cuomo announced that the impending full shutdown of the L Train between Manhattan and Brooklyn, scheduled to start in April 2019, would be canceled. A panel of engineers from Columbia University and Cornell University determined that, by utilizing new technological innovations, the necessary work to repair the tunnel could occur without a complete shutdown. Click here to read the press release from the MTA on this change. This proposed plan must still be voted on my the MTA Board and the governor has called on the Board to hold an emergency meeting as soon as possible. This represents a significant change to this project and some details still need to be sorted out. Andy Byford, President of new York City Transit (NYCT) has indicated that NYCT will engage an independent firm to review the plans for the L Train. NYCT is also communicating with the Federal Transit Administration and other federal partners regarding a necessary review and any funding ramifications of the new plan. Click here for an FAQ sheet released by NYCT. You can also visit the MTA’s new website on the L Train Project here. Click here for the CB6 page on this project.
Opportunities to Help Neglected and Abused Children
The New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which provides temporary placement for neglected and abused children, is offering two ways that New Yorkers can make a difference in the lives of these children:
1. Give an in-kind donation to support programs and activities available to children. Items that ACS routinely uses include: arts and crafts supplies, holiday gifts (for a range of ages 0-21, in particular gifts for teens), cultural event tickets, decorative items for parties and celebrations, gift cards (e.g., restaurants, movies), baby clothing for expectant young parents, and home goods and small appliances for older youth who are transitioning to their own housing/supportive housing. For questions or for learning how to contribute, please contact Sonia Galarza, ACS Director of In-Kind & Pro-Bono Resources, by calling 212-442-7268 or emailing Sonia.firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Become a foster or adoptive parent to a New York City child. Call 311 or the WISH Recruitment Line: 212-676-WISH (9474), or visit www.nyc.gov/acs/foster for more information.
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office adopts new “decline to prosecute” policy for marijuana possession and use
The D.A.’s Office’s new policy went in to effect on August 1, 2018 after an extensive study found virtually no public safety rationale for the ongoing arrests and prosecution of marijuana smoking. As with the February 1, 2018 policy ending the criminal prosecution of subway fare evasion (or “turnstile-jumping”), there are still some limited cases where the office may choose to prosecute the offense. The NYPD will also have a new policy go into effect on September 1, 2018, choosing to issue summons instead of arresting people for marijuana smoking in many cases. Click here to read the DA’s press release.
Immigrants’ Rights resources available via the New York Immigration Coalition
While there has been a lot of news on the subject of immigration lately, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) seeks to provide reliable information to the community. If you would like to request an Immigrants’ Rights workshop for your organization, you can fill out this form.
For updates on immigration policy changes or NYIC events, you can text “NYIC” to 864237. Further resources are available on the NYIC website.
MTA Releases Mitigation Plan for the 2019 L train Shutdown
The Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and Department of Transportation (DOT) jointly released their mitigation plan for the 2019 L train shutdown. You can find that plan here. Click here to view details on the CB6 website.
Local Work Notices now available on CB6 Website
You can view notices about projects that may cause traffic, water or gas service disruption, or other issues on our new Work Notices page.
Find Anti-Overdose Naloxone in Community District Six
Naloxone is a medication that reverses overdoses from opioids such as heroin and prescription painkillers. New Yorkers can get this life-saving medication without prescription from community organizations and pharmacies. View more information and distribution locations from the Department of Health. Click here to learn more about preventing overdoses.
Click here to view more community resources.