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District 45
East Flatbush, Flatlands



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District 45- Kendall Stewart
1694 Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn 11210
City Hall: (212) 788-6859
District: (718)951-8177
Fax: (718) 951-8191
Email: stewart@council.nyc.ny.us

Committee Assignments:
Aging, member
Contracts, member
Health, member
Housing & Buildings, member
Women's Issues, member
Subcommittee on Immigration, chair


Adopt a Precinct

I have been living in my district for the last 30 years. It is a friendly and diverse community with people from the Caribbean, and Jews and Arabs living side by side. People tend to own their own homes and to care for their neighborhood. This district is certainly the heart of Brooklyn, and I think that in time it will be one of the best areas in which to live in New York City.

But we have a lot of work to do.

My district office is but a few blocks from the site of the nightclub where Abner Louima was arrested in 1997. Like many in my community, I was outraged when it happened and now I am outraged at the recent turn of events in the police torture case. It is a travesty that the Second U.S. Court of Appeals has overturned the convictions of three of the four officers involved in Louima's gruesome abuse.

As deplorable as the Louima case is, it is not the first case of police brutality in my district. We have had difficulties with the 67th and the 70th precincts over the years, and the tensions in the community run deep.

In order to help solve these problems, I believe local clergy, precinct commanders, and community leaders must start a dialogue. I have recommended that local churches "adopt" a police precinct. A church's closer tie to the police would help the congregation learn which officers serve them and who to go to when there is a problem. The police would be welcome at the church at any time to sit through the service, be part of the community, and hopefully, to feel more at ease with the people they serve.

I believe the precinct adoption project will help break down the barriers between cops and civilians. There will be less friction. No longer will it be "us versus them," but all of us working together to meet the challenges facing our Brooklyn.

Communication is the number one priority in my district and not only where the police are concerned, but in getting people the services they need.

Citizens need to know what is available to them, but it is impossible to inform them of their rights and privileges if there is not adequate communication between the different city agencies and the average New Yorker. There are a lot of resources out there that people simply do not know about. For example, people may be eligible for childcare, but do not know where to get it. The same thing goes for food stamps. Some residents may be entitled to prescription drugs, but do not know who to ask for help with filling out the proper forms.

I want to help bridge this gap between city agencies and the residents of my district.

My other priority is to help the senior citizens, who have paid their taxes and taken care of this country for decades. Now that they are in their twilight years, it is our duty to take care of them -- and to take care of them properly. We need to make sure that the elderly receive adequate health care, not only when they are in a hospital or a nursing home, but before they get to that stage. We should help them while they still live at their home and perhaps spend some time at their local senior center. Faith-based organizations can play a key role in reaching these people, since such organizations are always there helping others even without assistance from the city, state or federal government.

I believe that it is shortsighted to propose elimination of home meals for seniors on weekends, and I support the City Council's work to fight for these meals. The mayor must not understand that without weekend meals, some of these people will have nothing to eat between Friday and Monday. Many seniors may cut their weekday meals in half in order to save something for later, and we need to monitor the situation closely to make sure that our senior citizens are not starving.

I also disagree with Mayor Bloomberg's plan to cut the funds for school computer labs. If this were to happen, our children will lack the necessary tools for this computer-oriented world. We should make sure that no child is left behind, regardless of what area of New York City that child lives in.

However, I do support a plan for the mayor to take control the Board of Education, although the City Council should also be involved.

The structure of school control that I want to put in place would allow the mayor to appoint the chancellor, with the council's approval. In addition, there will be deputy chancellors, one for each borough, who will be appointed by the mayor and be responsible to the chancellor. This means that those of us in Brooklyn, for example, will have one person with whom we can deal -- who we can challenge when something goes wrong.

I do not believe that the Board of Education should be eliminated entirely. But there needs to be a policy Board of Education that will be responsible for setting school policies. That board should have six people appointed by the mayor and five appointed by the borough presidents. I believe this will better serve our children.

Posted April 15, 2002


Community Boards for District 45
Community Board No. 14
810 E. 16th St., Brooklyn, NY 11230
(718) 859-6357
Mr. Alvin Berk, Chair
Ms. Terry Rodie, District Manager
Community Board No. 17
39 Remsen Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11212
(718) 467-3536
Mr. Albert Payne, Chair
Mr. Willie Scott, District Manager
Community Board No. 18
5715 Ave. H, Apt. 1D, Brooklyn, NY 11234
(718) 241-0422
Mr. Saul Needle, Chair
Ms. Dorothy Turano, District Manager



Ethnic Makeup and Political Registration


Ethnic Makeup

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Public Schools

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Police Precincts

Although many precincts cover areas solely within one City Council district, there are many which overlap with other districts. In most cases the overlap of precincts among districts is no more than a few blocks. Wherever there is overlap, we have made sure to alert you.


City Parks
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Community Gardens



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Historic Districts and Landmarks
Learn more about the historic districts and landmarks in this area.


The Waterfront

A
map listing suggestions for use and improvement of the waterfront in this district from the Metropolitan Waterfront
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