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Volume 43, No. 34OUR WORLD IN PHOTOSICE Seen in Brooklyn Courts Despite Calls To Stay OutFriday, September 15, 2017Two SectionsHURRICANE IRMA — Residents float down a flooded street in Havana atop a large piece of styrofoam, after the passing of Hurricane Irma in Cuba, Sunday, Sept. 10. The powerful storm ripped roofs off houses, collapsed buildings and flooded hundreds of miles of coastline after cutting a trail of destruction across the Caribbean. There were no immediate reports of deaths in Cuba, a country that prides itself on its disaster preparedness, but authorities were trying to restore power and clear roads. Visit for more Our World in Photos. AP Photo/Ramon EspinosaFrom the Desk of the PUBLISHERPresident Trump Lets ‘Dreamers’ Down — See page 2 —By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn PHOENIXFollowing the election of President Donald Trump, it had become a normal occurrence for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to be seen arresting undocumented immigrants in local courts. See full story on page 3ERIC GONZALEZ WINS THE BROOKLYN DISTRICT ATTORNEY RACE IN A LANDSLIDE: Eric Gonzalez (pictured here cele‐ brating with Public Advocate Letitia James) won the Democratic Primary for Brooklyn district attorney on Tuesday by collecting nearly 60,000 more votes than his next closest opponent. Visit Brooklyn Eagle photo by Rob AbruzzesePresident Trump Lets ‘Dreamers’ DownIt’s been five years and counting for the problem of the Dreamers to be resolved. What is Congress doing? President Trump, showing a lack of courage, had his attorney general on Tuesday morning, Sept. 5, broadcast to the nation the end of DACA (Deferred Action for Children Arrivals), whose beneficiaries are called “Dreamers.”PUBLIC LEGAL NOTICES LIQUOR LICENSENotice is hereby given, that a license, number TBA for beer, wine and liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell Beer, Wine and Liquor at retail in a restaurant under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law at Spciy People LLC D/B/A Bunny, 449 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11216 for on premises consumption. #153285LIQUOR LICENSENotice is hereby given that a license, serial #1305059 for beer, wine and liquor has been applied for by the undersigned to sell beer, wine and liquor at retail on a vessel under the ABC Law at 72 Bowne St.,BK, NY 11231 for on-premises consumption; Rusty 1 LLC #153367NOTICE94 6TH Ave LLC, wishes to apply for a Certificate of No Harassment for its property located at 94 6th Ave, Brooklyn NY 11217. If any occupant or resident during the last 5 years were illegally forced or threatened by the owner: encountered interruptions or discontinuation of service (including heat, hot water, electricity or gas service), or had their possessions illegally removed from the dwelling unit, removed plugged or otherwise rendeded the lock on an entrance door inoperable or change the lock on an entrance door without supplying occupant with a key-please contact HPD or the current owner with proof of residency and breeches noted above associated with this property. #153002Founded in 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 Managing Editor: JEAN DAVID HUBERT (646) 683‐18642 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • Friday, September 15, 2017The president is not thinking about young people who found stability and comfort in knowing they can continue their education with DACA in place. They now feel insecure, and this feeling can be damaging to their mental health and even be harmful to their standard of living. It is important that our Dreamers become literate and enthusiastic scholars. At one time, the president said at one time we have a big heart and we will take care of everybody. Why did President Trump, if he has a big heart, decide that he is ending DACA? DACA is an American immigration policy established by the Obama Administration in June 2012. The policy allows some individuals who entered the country illegally as minors to receive a renewable two-year period deferring them from deportation and making them eligible for a work permit. As of 2017, approximately 800,000 Dreamers were enrolled in the program created by DACA.DACA was formally initiated by a policy memorandum sent by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano to the heads of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The memo formally directed them to exercise their enforcement discretion on behalf of individuals who met the requirements. The president of the United States has no heart even to come out and address the American people about Dreamers and to protect their travels inside and outside the United States. To apply for DACA, illegal immigrants pay a $495 application fee and produce documents showing they meet the requirements. They do not need legal representation. Is the government going to refund the fees to these young people? Congress must act immediately to address this situation. America needs skilled workers, and the armed forces sometimes have to citizens from other countries. These Dreamers have parents who entered this country illegally, but most of them are in school. Their parents are working hard to do their best to educate themselves while at the same time contributing to the American economy. America First is no America without some of the people who work in factories and farms.PHOENIX photo by Paula KatinasPresident Trump keeps saying he loves the Dreamers — in fact, he loves everyone.From the Desk Of the PUBLISHERA 2016 study found that DACA increased labor force participation and decreased the unemployment rate for eligible immigrants. DACA also increased the income of illegal immigrants. DACA moved 50,000 to 75,000 unauthorized immigrants into employment. Some of these young people should be considered Americans because they grew up in America. Some of them are doing their best to get a good education and work for a country they love. President Obama put a temporary fix on Dreamers, but emphasized that it was only temporary until Congress can act on addressing the issue. Ending the DACA program, Trump tossed 800,000 young people’s futures into uncertainty, and one of those young people is making his voice heard. Cesar Vargas, New York’s first openly undocumented lawyer, told AOL News that Dreamers now “have to hope for the best but prepare for the worst.” —Terrence Lyght, Publisher, Brooklyn PHOENIXGUEST EDITORIAL Reform of Criminal Justice Requires New Look At Prisons & Recidivism By The Christian Science Monitor’s Editorial BoardThis year marks the 50th anniversary of a landmark report on criminal justice titled “The Challenge of Crime in a Free Society.” Written by a special commission appointed by President Lyndon Johnson, it called for “a revolution in the way America thinks about crime.” While some of the proposed reforms took hold, the “revolution” never really happened. The United States still has one of the world’s highest incarceration rates. Now a bipartisan group in Congress is calling for a new commission on crime. Yet the question must be asked before yet another federal study: Why are there so many failures at criminal justice reform? One reason may be that those who set the policy rarely set foot in a prison, met with inmates or their victims, or heard the complaints of correctional and probation officers. Elected leaders rarely gather firsthand evidence about the impact of their choices in criminal justice system or go beyond the statistics. That may be about to change. Two years ago, President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to visit a prison. And then last month, a bipartisan group of governors and other officialsagreed to engage closely with people involved with criminal justice, from victims to wardens to ex-cons. Colorado Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, for example, visited a women’s correctional facility. Missouri Republican Gov. Eric Greitens worked with corrections officers at a prison. North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper spent time at a transitional house for ex-offenders. “We’ve got to turn [prisons] from these very dark places that we try to push out of our thought process and have them foremost in our thought process,” said Connecticut Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy. “Everybody should know how we treat our neighbor’s children when they make mistakes and what the compounding mistakes of incarceration are.” The governors are taking part in “Face to Face,” a new initiative by the National Reentry Resource Center and the Council of State Governments Justice Center. The aim is to bring elected officials in close proximity with people in the criminal justice system, or, as Malloy says about visiting a prison, to “understand the dynamic that plays itself out within those four walls.” Many prisons still do offer inmates enough assistance to reform themselves while many ex-convicts are not given enough support to reenter their communities and live by the rules of society. Of the nearly 10 million individuals who leave a prison or jail each year, about two-thirds end up re-incarcerated within three years. Such statistics may not hit home to lawmakers — unless they hear directly from those involved in the system. Simply learning from studies, hearings or even TV shows may not have the impact needed to ensure government can both protect people from crime and offer successful rehabilitation and treatment to criminals. The best way to study crime may be to show more up-close empathy with all those involved.ICE Seen in Brooklyn Courts Despite Calls to Stay Out By Rob Abruzzese Brooklyn PHOENIXFollowing the election of President Donald Trump it had become a normal occurrence for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers to be seen arresting undocumented immigrants in local courts. However, reports had become relatively quiet since Acting District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman held a press conference and called upon ICE to stay out of New York courts last month. That ended on Thursday when an attorney from Brooklyn Defender Services and a journalist reported seeing ICE agents inside the Brooklyn Criminal Court located at 120 Schermerhorn St. According to the DNAInfo report, three plain-clothed ICE agents were confirmed to have made at least one arrest. “ICE IS NOW INSIDE **COURTROOMS** ON 8TH FLOOR OF 120 SCHERMERHORN. THREE OFFICERS. PLAIN CLOTHES. LATINO,” BDS attorney Scott Hechinger tweeted on Thursday. Gonzalez has explained in the past that his desire to keep ICE agents is for the safety of everyone in Brooklyn. He said that when undocumented immigrants fear ICE agents they are less willing to testify in trials, which in turn, hurts public safety. “The federal authorities claim they are making America safe again, but the truth is that their immigration enforcement policies are making all of us less safe,” Gonzalez said in a statement last month. “We must not allow a large number of our residents to live in the shadows and stop cooperating with law enforcement,” Gonzalez said at the press conference in August. Gonzalez wouldn’t comment on what happened Thursday, but he was driven to speak out publicly in August after William Siguencia Hurtado was nearly deported after he testified in two Brooklyn homicide cases. Hurtado’s testimony resulted in five convictions and he was only allowed to stay in the country after Gonzalez’s public outcry.Thursday’s reports quickly drew sharp criticism from at least one Brooklyn politician. City Councilmember Carlos Menchaca largely echoed statements that Gonzalez has made in the past. “Public trust in our justice system is broken when immigration enforcement operates in or near court locations,” Menchaca said. “People who fear for their personal safety avoid reporting crimes, participating in investigations, and entering courts. “The New York State Office of Court Administration [OCA] must take immediate steps to prohibit access by ICE enforcement agents. This is especially important for survivors of human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault who should never face the threat of immigration detention as they seek justice.”At least one arrest (photographed here) was confirmed by an attorney from Brooklyn Defender Services. OCA sent out a memorandum on April 26 that laid out its policy regarding ICE activity in local courthouses. According to the memorandum, ICE agents are allowed in the courthouse “provided that the conduct in no way disrupts or delays court operations, or compromises public safety or court decorum.” As part of OCA protocol, ICE agents who do not have a specific warrant are required to inform local court officers of their presence and state their specific law enforcement purposes. Officers are not supposed to make an arrest inside a courtroom itself, but, like NYPD officers, they can make arrests in the hallways of the courthouse itself.© 2017 The Christian Science MonitorAn ICE officer waiting outside of Brooklyn Criminal Court on Thursday. Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Defender ServicesFriday, September 15, 2017 • Brooklyn PHOENIX • 3Racial Politics Color NYC’s Looming Mayoral Race By Steve Peoples Associated PressMayor Bill de Blasio isn’t much of a dancer. But there he was on a recent Sunday morning, bobbing his head and bending his knees ever so slightly, as the Lenox Road Baptist Church choir belted out another hymn. He was the only white person celebrating with the congregation, gathered in a central Brooklyn house of worship he was visiting for the first time since becoming New York City’s mayor nearly four years ago. “I need you,” de Blasio told congregants after the music stopped. Indeed, the Democratic mayor knows the city’s massive minority population is one reason he held a nearly unassailable position on the eve of last Tuesday’s primary election despite a first term with plenty of political missteps. De Blasio, whose wife is black, has won acclaim in many majority-minority neighborhoods after enacting changes in policing and education policies that benefited immigrants and minorities. He’s expanded free preschool education dramatically and kept crime at historic lows. He also alienated some police officers who question whether he’s more committed to the Black Lives Matter movement than to the party’s traditional white working-class base. The story of de Blasio’s 2017 reelection in some ways mirrors that of the Democratic Party’s broader struggle with racial politics in the age of President Donald Trump. The president is not on the ballot in the November general election. Yet Trump has fueled racial divisions across America that have helped shape de Blasio’s push to become the city’s first Democrat re-elected mayor since Ed Koch in 1985. De Blasio, like Democrats across America, has been forced into an awkward dance at times with an electorate torn by the Republican president’s view on race and immigration.NAME CHANGE NAME CHANGE EGERTNOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Kings County on the 11th day of September, 2017, bearing the Index Number NC-001203-17/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) ROSEMARIE (Last) EGERT. My present name is (First) ROSE (Last) RICCO AKA ROSEMARIE EGERT FKA ROSEMARIE MALLUCK. My present address is 101 CLARK STREET, Brooklyn, NY 11201. My place of birth is MANHATTAN, NY. My date of birth is January 21, 1938. #153493NAME CHANGE BRIGHT-LAWSONNOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Kings County on the 11th day of September, 2017, bearing the Index Number NC-001198-17/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) CHAUNTELLE (Middle) MONIQUE (Last) BRIGHT-LAWSON. My present name is (First) CHAUNTELLE (Middle) MONIQUE (Last) LAWSON AKA CHAUNTELLE MAONIQUE BRIGHT-LAWSON AKA CHAUNTELLE M BRIGHT AKA CHAUNTELLE MONIQUE BRIGHT. My present address is 212 THROOP AVE, Brooklyn, NY 11206. My place of birth is NEW YORK, NY. My date of birth is December 18, 1971. #153482NAME CHANGE ZABORSKAYANOTICE is hereby given that an Order entered by the Civil Court, Kings County on the 11th day of September, 2017, bearing the Index Number NC-001201-17/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) YEKATERINA (Last) ZABORSKAYA. My present name is (First) YEKATERINA (Last) ZABORSKAYA AKA YEKATERINA ZABORSKA. My present address is 373 AVENUE S, Brooklyn, NY 11223. My place of birth is UKRAINE. My date of birth is February 23, 1992. #1534814 • Brooklyn JOURNAL • Thursday, September 14, 2017“He is racist. Period,” de Blasio said of Trump in an Associated Press interview. “Unfortunately, this is a guy that does not see all people as equal.” Yet de Blasio doesn’t agree with the growing movement by professional athletes who refuse to stand during the national anthem. And he quickly tempered a recent promise to remove racially insensitive monuments from public spaces — a promise sparked by national outrage that followed a deadly white supremacist rally to preserve a Confederate monument last month in Charlottesville, Virginia. De Blasio charged into the monument debate after Trump said there were “very fine people” on both sides of the Charlottesville clash. The mayor said he would appoint a commission to examine potentially problematic statues and plaques. “The commemoration for Nazi collaborator Philippe Pétain in the Canyon of Heroes will be one of the first we remove,” de Blasio tweeted at the time.Within days, some Italian-American groups were angrily speculating that the mayor’s commission might wind up removing monuments to Christopher Columbus — despite de Blasio’s protestations that any such talk was premature. “Bill de Blasio put Christopher Columbus in play. That’s crazy,” said New York GOP Chairman Ed Cox. “It’s Bill de Blasio who’s playing the race card here. Donald Trump is not a racist.” Few believe the issue is enough to stop de Blasio from rolling to re-election. His chief opponent in Tuesday’s Democratic primary was Sal Albanese, a City Councilman who left office nearly 20 years ago and has struggled for political relevancy since. Now, de Blasio faces Republican Nicole Malliotakis, an underfunded challenger and a state assemblymember, in the Nov. 7 general election. Albanese charged that de Blasio “has played politics with policing.”Mayor Bill de Blasio, third from left, meets‐and‐greets residents at Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway, while Gilbert Lemarre, far right, prepares his vendor’s stall for the West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights. But in an interview with the AP, he offered a different take. “I did not say, ‘One of the first removed.’ I said it would be one of the first looked at by the commission,” he said. “If you have a quote from me, that’s not from me. I want to see that because I said to my team that sent that out it would be one of the first we look at.” Trump, who called de Blasio “the worst mayor in the U.S.” back in 2015, has warned that Democratic efforts to remove offensive historical monuments could lead to the elimination of popular Americ
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