Here are some of the goings-on with the Sunset Park politicos…
Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez has been elected Brooklyn’s budget negotiator for the third year in a row. Budgetary gloom and doom abounds at the state or city levels this year, and Gonzalez recognized the climate in a statement she released, saying, ““I will continue to seek innovative ways to ensure my constituents, as well as all New Yorkers, feel as little negative impact as possible as we navigate through the twists and turns of these troubled times.” Affordable housing, jobs, and education topped her list of priorities.
Gonzalez last week introduced a bill to limit alternate side of the street parking days in many residential districts to two days per week. The community board has been vying for this for a while, feeling it an onus on local residents to have the rules in effect four days each week. In fact, I heard a resident griping about just that as she walked out of the subway last week. The limit has already been implemented in Park Slope, Fort Greene and other neighborhoods northward.
Lastly, Gonzalez was one of several members to float another idea–making March 31 a national holiday honoring union-organizer and farm worker César Chávez.
Assemblyman Félix Ortiz is back the news, this time stumping for legistlation to requires skiers to don helmets when they before hitting the slopes, the New York Times reported. Though no salt ban, this too might face some opposition. The legislation, originally introduced in 1998 after the deaths of Sonny Bono and Michael Kennedy, would penalize slope operators for bareheaded patrons.
Representative Nydia M. Velázquez made the news this week in a NY Times article on the March for America immigration rally in Washington. She’s not the only one from Sunset Park speaking up on the issue–La Union and it’s youth arm Y-ACT also made the trip south for the march.