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Volume 43, No. 30Friday, August 11, 2017Two SectionsIMMIGRATION — Yaritza Mendez, a citywide outreach coordinator for the non‐profit Make the Road New York, stands for a photo at the organization's office, Thursday, Aug. 3, 2017, in New York. With changes in proposed legislation that would shift the country from a family‐based immigration system OUR WORLD IN PHOTOS to one that gives preference to skilled workers over family connections, Mendez, who is also attempting to petition for her mother to live in the U.S., and organizations like Make the Road are staying busy advising clients seeking help in navigating the system. Visit brooklyneagle.com for more Our World in Photos. AP Photo/Julie JacobsonLawyers and Local Pol Call for Faster Police Reform to Stop Deaths Of Mentally IllFrom the Desk of the PUBLISHER The Homeless are a Diverse Group With Many Different Problems — See page 2 —By Paul Frangipane Special to the Brooklyn PHOENIXThe family of a mentally ill East Flatbush man who was gunned down by police last month stood alongside lawyers and a member of City Council on Thursday and demanded NYPD speed up its reform efforts in dealing with mentally ill persons. Please turn to page 3HIP HOP LEGEND ACCUSED OF KILLING HOMELESS MAN: One of the founding members of the 1980s hip hop group Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five has been arrested in NYC in connection with the fatal stabbing of a homeless man. Police say 57‐year‐old Nathaniel Glover, also known as The Kidd Creole, was arrested Wednesday night, Aug. 2, on murder charges. The lyricist and founding member of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious 5 stabbed a homeless man to death after a passing remark made him think the man was hitting on him. Pictured Above: In this March 12, 2007, file photo, The Furious Five, from left, Scorpio, Melle Mel, Kidd Creole and Rahiem appear in the press room at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in‐ duction ceremony in New York. The Furious Five were being inducted into the Hall of Fame AP Photo/Stuart Ramson, File with Grandmaster Flash. Visit brooklyneagle.com.How to Register to Vote in The Upcoming NYC Primary, Even if You’re Homeless — See page 3 —NYC’s Office of Nightlife Expected to be Here By 2018 — See page 4 —The Homeless Are a Diverse Group with Many Different ProblemsWhen television stations report on the homeless and on situations in homeless shelters, they always make you think of people who live on the street. People who live on the street are just one part of the homeless population, however. These people are identified as street homeless — individuals who refuse to enter the shelter system for one reason or another.Homelessness is, in fact, caused by tragic life occurrences like loss of a loved one, job loss, domestic violence, divorce or family disputes. These factors are responsible for many people ending up in shelters, Up to half of the city’s homeless men, women and children are victims of domestic violence who were robbed of their own financial and emotional resources and people with troubled partners who sometimes must choose between staying in the relationship or becoming homeless. Women who leave their homes with their children are called survivors. It takes time for people rebuild their trust and stability, establish a healthy lifestyle and build up a network of relationships. Some homeless people end up being turned away by landlords who don’t want to rent to them when they are told the prospective tenants are coming from of a shelter. What the news media should do is get the facts and report accordingly. The news fails to report on the success stories of people who were once homeless. You have men, women and young adults who get up daily and report to work and training programs to better their lives. Many of them leave the shelter system and get their own apartments, start new careers and even enroll in college. While you can’t force people to change if they don’t have a desire to do so, New York City has a great support system to help people who do seek help. The fact that there are some homeless people who have incidents of misconduct don't mean that they all should be depicted as bad tenants or violent individuals. When stress and lack of communication co-exist, it always seems like everything is taking forever to get solved. People in homeless shelters have the support of case workers and other support staff members, such as employment specialists who work with the unemployed clients, housing specialists who work with clients to obtain affordable housing, recreational staff who develop health-related activities for clients, and, in some cases, medical personnel on site. These are just a list of some of the services that are provided to assist them in becoming self-sufficient.Founded 1972, the Brooklyn Phoenix is an award-winning weekly that covered Brownstone Brooklyn and reform politics for two decades. Full archives of the Phoenix are being catalogued as a special project of the Department of Library Science at Brooklyn College. Today the Phoenix has a new mission to become the voice of the immigrant community in Brooklyn in the new century. Publisher: TERRENCE LYGHT tlyght@brooklynphoenix.com Managing Editor: JEAN DAVID HUBERT jdh@brooklynphoenix.com (646) 683‐18642 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • Friday, August 11, 2017We all have to know one thing. Life has no guarantee, and anything can happen to anyone at any time. The New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is an agency that provides temporary emergency housing assistant. Its ultimate goal is to assist these individuals and families to obtain permanent housing. The department and its providers work close together to ensure that their facilities are safe for all clients by providing security 24 hours, seven days a week. —Terrence Lyght, Publisher, Brooklyn PHOENIX. — Program Director Stacey May, MPA, MA, who works in one of the city’s shelter programs, contributed to this article.PHOENIX photo by Paula KatinasThen you have the homeless men, women and children who reside in the shelter system of New York City. The majority of people living in homeless shelters have fallen on hard times. Most of them are hard-working Americans who do their best to get back on their feet but need help. Some of them turn to the city for help -- there are people who have had problems with their landlords, people who are waiting to be placed in homes, and many who are trying to find housing for themselves.From the Desk Of the PUBLISHERHow to Register to Vote in the Upcoming NYC Primary, Even if You’re Homeless Don’t Delay: Deadline is Aug. 18 By Mary FrostBrooklyn PHOENIXThe Tuesday, Sept. 12 primary is an important one in Brooklyn, with candidates for mayor, public advocate, comptroller, Brooklyn borough president, Brooklyn district attorney and a number of City Council members appearing on the ballot. Mayor Bill de Blasio is running against six fellow Democrats, including Sal Albanese, in the primary. Nicole Malliotakis and Darren Dione Aquino are competing for the Republican slot. Public Advocate Letitia James is running against fellow Democrat Anthony Herbert. You must register as a member of a politicalparty, however, to vote in your party’s primary elections. The deadline to register to vote in the primary is Friday, Aug. 18 — a date easily overlooked during the summer fun season. If you’re not registered yet, you can download a registration form from the Board of Election’s (BOE) website, pick one up at your local BOE office or call 866-VOTE-NYC to request one by mail. You can submit the form to BOE in person or by mail, but it must be by the deadline. The BOE’s website is www.nyccfb.org/nyc-votes/registering. New York residents can also register to vote online through the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website.If you are not sure if you are registered, use the New York City Campaign Finance Board’s (CFB) Voter Registration Look-up (https://voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/) to check your registration status online, or call the 866-VOTE-NYC. People who have recently changed their home address must notify the Board of Elections within 25 days of the move. You do this by submitting a new voter registration form. Even the homeless have the right to register and vote. CFB advises, “Fill out a voter registration form and write a location where you can be found, such as ‘Bench on Central Park on 86th Street,’ as the address where you live. You will be assigned a poll site based on this address. Write the address of a shelter, P.O. box or familymember as the address where you receive mail. Your voter card will be sent to this address.” CFB also provides a debate program for voters to compare candidates firsthand. The mayoral primary election debates will take place on Aug. 16 (Republican) and Aug. 23 (Democrat). The public advocate debate can be seen on Aug. 21, and the comptroller debate on Aug. 22. The mayoral general election debates will take place on Oct. 10 and on Nov. 1. Each debate will be broadcast on television, the radio and online. The complete schedule is available at: www.nyccfb.org/pdf/Debate Program Schedule.pdf Gotham Gazette provides a list of all the candidates running in this year’s election at www.gothamgazette.com/city/6676-candidatesfor-2017-city-elections-mayor....Lawyers and Local Pol Call for Faster Police Reform to Stop Deaths of Mentally Ill Continued from page 1 Dwayne Jeune, 32, was a diagnosed schizophrenic and was off his medication on July 31 when his mother called 911 for his erratic behavior. Moments after police arrived at their apartment, Jeune had been killed. “It is clear to me as of right now, the city does not have a handle on how to handle an emotionally disturbed person,”City Councilmember Jumaane Williams said at a press conference outside the Brooklyn DA’s Office. Jeune’s family met with Acting Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Thursday to discuss the investigation of Jeune’s death and the possibility of punting the case to the attorney general. “The NYPD has an obligation to the citizens of this city to take action in terms of the manner in which it trains police,” the family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein said. Above all, Rubenstein called for more police training to deal with emotionally disturbed persons. Out of nearly 36,000 NYPD officers, 5,653 have been trained in crisis intervention as of last week, according to Police Commissioner James O’Neill. O’Neill estimated the training will be done by the end of 2018 for the entire force. Williams also called for faster implementation of police body cameras, which launched this April, about four years after a federal judge ordered them upon finding NYPD’s stop-and-frisk tactics were targeting minorities. When Jeune’s mother called 911, she said her son was acting out and smashed a TV, but was not violent. The police came before Emergency Service Units and saw Jeune with a serrated knife, running out of a back bedroom of his 1370 New York Ave. East Flatbush apartment, police said. Officer Adam Gierlachowski fired a Taser at Jeune, but Jeune ran at him and tackled him to the ground, according to the police. As Jeune held the knife over Gierlachowski, Miguel Gonzalez fired five fatal shots at Jeune. Of the four officers who responded, Gonzalez was the only one not appropriately trained. Gonzalez also shot and wounded another mentally ill knife wielder in East Flatbush in October 2016, DNAinfo.com reported. “This is not the first time in this city when a call has been made for help to 911 for an emotionally disturbed person and that person ends up dead,”Rubenstein said. On Oct. 19, 2016, 66-year-old Deborah Danner, another diagnosed schizophrenic, was shot dead by a police officer without crisis intervention training, which sparked faster training, according to O’Neill.City Councilmember Jumaane Williams, left, speaks outside of the Brooklyn DA’s Office with the Juene family’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, right.“The NYPD has an obligation to the citizens of this city to take action in terms of the manner in which it trains police.” —SANFORD RUBENSTEIN, THE FAMILY’S LAWYERDwayne Jeune’s father, Vilbert Jeune, discusses his son’s death.Brooklyn Eagle photos by Paul FrangipaneRubenstein and Williams suggested that the case be handled by the Attorney General’s Office to avoid the “natural nature”of the relationship between the DA and NYPD. But the DA’s Office assured the investigation will be just. “We are committed to conducting a fair, thorough and impartial inquiry into this matter,”said a spokeswoman for the Brooklyn DA’s Office. “We know the truth will be established,”Jeune’s father, Vibert Juene said. “We are suffering right now emotionally but we are people who believe in God and we know that God is going to help us.” Friday, August 11, 2017 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • 3OUR WORLD IN PHOTOSOUR WORLD IN PICTURES —WƌŽƚĞƐƚĞƌƐǁŚŽŚĂĚďĞĞŶĞŶŐĂŐĞĚĂůůĚĂLJŝŶĐůĂƐŚĞƐǁŝƚŚƌŝŽƚƉŽůŝĐĞĞƌƵƉƚŝŶĐĞůĞďƌĂƟŽŶŝŶEĂŝƌŽďŝ͕<ĞŶLJĂŽŶdŚƵƌƐĚĂLJĂŌĞƌŚĞĂƌŝŶŐŶĞǁƐĨƌŽŵĂƉƌĞƐƐ ĐŽŶĨĞƌĞŶĐĞƚŚĂƚŽƉƉŽƐŝƚŝŽŶůĞĂĚĞƌZĂŝůĂKĚŝŶŐĂǁŽƵůĚďĞĐŽŵĞƉƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚ͘<ĞŶLJĂŶŽƉƉŽƐŝƚŝŽŶŽĨĨŝĐŝĂůDƵƐĂůŝĂDƵĚĂǀĂĚŝĐůĂŝŵĞĚƚŚĂƚĞůĞĐƚŝŽŶĐŽŵŵŝƐƐŝŽŶĚĂƚĂƐŚŽǁƐKĚŝŶŐĂ ǁŽŶdƵĞƐĚĂLJ͛ƐĞůĞĐƚŝŽŶĂŶĚƚŚĂƚŚĞƐŚŽƵůĚďĞĚĞĐůĂƌĞĚƉƌĞƐŝĚĞŶƚ͘For more photos from around the world, turn to page 6.     WWŚŽƚŽͬĞŶƵƌƚŝƐNYC’s Office of Nightlife Expected to be Here by 2018 It is no longer a question of if, but rather when the Office of Nightlife will be established and the “racist” Cabaret Law repealed. The new agency, which was proposed by Councilmember Rafael Espinal, will be here by Jan. 21, 2018 at the latest. Here’s why: In June, Espinal officially introduced the bill at a Consumer Affairs Committee hearing. Several panels spoke at the gathering and fielded questions from Espinal. More than 200 people from artists and musicians to business owners and labor unions attended the meeting. Following the assembly, Espinal incorporated feedback that he heard and altered the bill accordingly.NAME CHANGE NAME CHANGE ATKINSON NOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Kings County on the 12th day of July, 2017, bearing the Index Number NC-000900-17/KI, a copy of which may be examined at the Office of the Clerk located at Civil Court, Kings County, 141 Livingston Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11201, grants me (us) the right to: assume the name of (First) BERNIE (Middle) RHAMEL (Last) ATKINSON. My present name is (First) BERINE (Middle) RHAMEL (Last) ATKINSON AKA BERNIE R ATKINSON AKA BERNIE ATKINSON. My present address is 791 MARCY AVE, Brooklyn, NY 11216. My place of birth is BROOKLYN, NY. My date of birth is February 4, 1989. #1526274 • Brooklyn JOURNAL • Thursday, August 10, 2017“NYC is one step closer to bringing nightlife out of the Last Friday morning, the Committee of Consumer Affairs officially passed Espinal’s Office of Nightlife bill. This victory bureaucratic shadows,”said Espinal. “From DIY venues to for the councilmember comes just over a month after he nightclubs, this bill accurately reflects the diversity of the NYC nightlife scene and makes it possible to recognize the initially introduced the bill. On Aug. 24, it will go in front of the full City Council, contributions these spaces make. “I am happy to see the quick progress of this legislation where it is expected to pass. "No bills go to the committee or council unless we know and look forward to continuing conversations with local comthey will pass, so this is a sure deal,”Espinal’s Director of munities, workers, small businesses and nightlife advocates Communications Erika Tannor told the Brooklyn PHOENIX. on how NYC can be supportive of the nightlife experience.” The first matter of business for the new office will be to re“After the full council votes on it, Mayor [Bill de Blasio] has 30 days to sign the bill into law. Even if he doesn't sign it peal the antiquated and “racist”Cabaret Law. The law states in 30 days, it still becomes law. Then, within 120 days of that, that people can only dance in venues that possess a cabaret the bill goes into effect and the Office of Nightlife and the license, but these certificates are extremely difficult to obtain. The rule, which was created in 1926, prohibits dancing by Advisory Board get to work.” Espinal, who represents Bushwick, Brownsville, Cypress three or more people in any “room, place or space in the city,”to which the public may gain admission Hills and East New York, wants the Office and includes “musical entertainment, singing, of Nightlife to be led by a director or “night dancing or other form[s] of amusement.” mayor.” According to NYC Artist Coalition, an The new position’s responsibilities organization that “[protects] community would include regulating the nightlife inspaces,” the Cabaret Law was created and used dustry, helping DIY venues stay open and to break up underground black institutions at the creating a safer partying environment. height of the Harlem Renaissance, and it was reThe director will be responsible for coninforced by former Mayor Rudy Giuliani in the ducting outreach to nightlife establishments, ’90s to target gay and lesbian bars. acting as a liaison for those venues, referring “The Cabaret Law, with its infamous racist those organizations to city services, reviewand homophobic history, has horrible effects to ing 311 complaints and holding at least one this day… Social dancing is not a crime,” wrote public hearing in each borough, among other NYC Artist Coalition in a statement. duties. “We advocate for the safety and preservation of The bill will also establish a Nightlife informal cultural spaces, such as DIY music Advisory Board that will be comprised of 12 venues. The Cabaret Law is currently used to crimmembers: Four to be appointed by the inalize such spaces and it forces our communities mayor and eight by the speaker of the Coununderground and into unsafe environments.” cil to serve for a two-year term. Councilmember Rafael Espinal Photo courtesy of Councilmember Espinal’s officeBy Scott Enman Brooklyn PHOENIXNEW BUSINESS FORMATIONS 1120111203TAGCW LLCNotice of Formation of TAGCW LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/24/17. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: 130 Furman Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activity. #152346172 MONTROSE D LLC Notice of Formation of 172 Montrose D LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/21/17. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Two Trees Management Co. LLC, 45 Main St., Ste. 602, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activity. #152351172 MONTROSE C LLC Notice of Formation of 172 Montrose C LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/21/17. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Two Trees Management Co. LLC, 45 Main St., Ste. 602, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activity. #152353172 MONTROSE B LLC Notice of Formation of 172 Montrose B LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/21/17. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Two Trees Management Co. LLC, 45 Main St., Ste. 602, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activity. #152355172 MONTROSE A LLC Notice of Formation of 172 Montrose A LLC. Arts. of Org. filed with Secy. of State of NY (SSNY) on 7/21/17. Office location: Kings County. SSNY designated as agent of LLC upon whom process against it may be served. SSNY shall mail process to: c/o Two Trees Management Co. LLC, 45 Main St., Ste. 602, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Purpose: any lawful activity. #15
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