Proposed Ballot Propositions

Below is a listing of the statewide ballot proposals which will be voted on at the General Election this year – Tuesday, November 4th. A summary of each of the proposition appears below, along with a link to a file containing the question as it will appear on the ballot, the abstract summary as well as the full text of the resolution responsible for each proposal.

Proposal One – Revising State’s Redistricting Procedure

Abstract: The purpose of this proposal is to reform the process of establishing new state legislative and congressional district lines that the Constitution requires every 10 years. If the proposal is approved, a redistricting commission will be established to determine lines for legislative and congressional districts, subject to adoption of the commission’s plan by the Legislature and approval by the Governor. Under the current provisions of the Constitution, the Legislature is the entity responsible for establishing these lines.

The proposed amendment would amend sections 4 and 5 and add a new section 5-b to Article 3 of the State Constitution. The new section 5-b would establish a redistricting commission to determine lines for state legislative and congressional districts. Each decade beginning in 2020, a 10-member redistricting commission will be established. Eight members will be appointed by the four state legislative leaders and the remaining two members will be appointed by the eight legislatively-appointed members. These remaining two members cannot, in the preceding five years, have been enrolled in either of the two major political parties in New York State.

The proposed amendment would establish qualifications for the members of the commission. They must be registered to vote in New York. They cannot be the spouse of a statewide elected official, of a member of the United States Congress, or of a member of the State Legislature. They cannot be or have been within the preceding three years a member of the New York State Legislature, United States Congress, or a statewide elected official; a state officer or employee or a legislative employee; a lobbyist registered in New York; or a political party chairman. The proposed amendment would require that, to the extent practicable, appointments to the commission reflect the diversity of the residents of New York and result from consultation with outside groups.

The proposed amendment would establish principles to be applied in creating districts, which must be drawn consistently with the requirements of the federal and state constitutions and federal statutes. These principles include:

  • No district lines may result in the prohibited denial or abridgement of racial or language minority voting rights. Districts cannot be drawn to have the purpose of or result in the denial or abridgement of such rights.
  • To the extent practicable, districts must contain as nearly as may be an equal number of inhabitants. The commission must provide a specific public explanation for any deviation that exists.
  • Each district must consist of contiguous territory and be as compact in form as practicable.
  • Districts cannot be drawn to discourage competition or for the purpose of favoring or disfavoring incumbents or other particular candidates or political parties.
  • Maintenance of cores of existing districts, of pre-existing political subdivisions, and of communities of interest must be considered.

While preparing its redistricting plan, the commission must hold at least 12 public hearings throughout the state. The public must be notified of the hearings and be able to access and review the commission?s draft redistricting plans, relevant data, and related information before the first public hearing. The commission must report the findings of the public hearings to the Legislature when the commission submits its redistricting plan.

The proposed amendment would establish voting requirements for the commission. To send a redistricting plan to the Legislature, seven out of 10 commission members must approve a plan. If the Legislature is controlled by one party, then the seven favorable votes must include that of at least one member appointed by each of the four legislative leaders. If control of the Legislature is split between the two major political parties, then the seven votes must include that of at least one member appointed by the Speaker of the Assembly and one member appointed by the Temporary President of the Senate. If seven members of the commission cannot agree on a redistricting plan, then the commission submits the plan or plans that received the most votes, along with a record of the votes taken.

The commission must submit its redistricting plan for the Assembly and the Senate in one bill and the Legislature must vote upon that single bill without amending it. If the plan does not pass the Legislature and get the Governor?s approval or a veto override, the commission must submit another plan. If the second plan does not pass the Legislature and get the Governor?s approval or a veto override, the Legislature can amend the second plan as it deems necessary. The Legislature?s amended plan must comply with the same principles the commission?s plan was subject to. When an amended plan is approved by the Legislature, it is presented to the Governor for action.

The proposed amendment would establish the following voting requirements for the Legislature to approve a redistricting plan:

  • If the Speaker of the Assembly and the Temporary President of the Senate belong to different political parties and the required commission members approved the redistricting plan submitted to the Legislature, then at least a majority of the members elected to each house of the Legislature must vote in favor of the plan to approve it.
  • If the Speaker of the Assembly and the Temporary President of the Senate belong to different political parties and the required commission members did not approve the redistricting plan or plans submitted to the Legislature, then at least 60% of the members elected to each house of the Legislature must vote in favor of a plan to approve it.
  • If the Speaker of the Assembly and the Temporary President of the Senate belong to the same political party, then at least 2/3 of the members elected to each house of the Legislature must vote in favor of a plan to approve it.

The proposed amendment would establish a 60-day deadline by which a court must decide a petition challenging an apportionment plan and would provide the Legislature with an opportunity to correct any legal problems that a court finds with a redistricting plan.

The proposed amendment would create a bi-partisan staff to perform the commission’s duties and would provide for appropriations for the commission?s expenses.

Proposal Two – Permitting Electronic Distribution of State Legislative Bills

Abstract: The purpose of this proposal is to allow electronic distribution of a state legislative bill to satisfy the constitutional requirement that a bill be printed and on the desks of state legislators at least three days before the Legislature votes on it. Under the current provisions of the Constitution, this requirement can only be satisfied by distribution of a physical printed copy.

The proposal would amend section 14 of Article 3 of the State Constitution. It would provide that a bill will be considered ?printed and upon the desks? of members of the Legislature if, first, it is set forth in a legible electronic format by electronic means, and, second, legislators are able to review the bill in the electronic format at their desks. The proposal would establish that a bill is set forth by ?electronic means? when it is sent between computers or other machines designed to send and receive information, the receiving legislators can print the bill if they choose, and the bill cannot be changed without leaving a record of the changes.

Proposal Three – The SMART SCHOOLS BOND ACT OF 2014

Abstract: The purpose of this proposal is to authorize the creation of state debt and the sale of state bonds in the amount of up to two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000) to provide money for the single purpose of improving learning and opportunity for public and nonpublic school students in New York.

This proposal would allow the State to borrow up to two billion dollars ($2,000,000,000). This money would be expended on capital projects related to the design, planning, site acquisition, demolition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, or acquisition or installation of equipment for the following types of projects:

  1. To acquire learning technology equipment or facilities including, but not limited to Interactive whiteboards, Computer servers, and Desktop, laptop, and tablet computers;
  2. To install high-speed broadband or wireless internet connectivity for schools and communities;
  3. To construct, enhance, and modernize educational facilities to accommodate pre-kindergarten programs and provide instructional space to replace transportable classroom units; and
  4. To install high-tech security features in school buildings and on school campuses.

The State Legislature would be authorized to make the bond proceeds available to fund the cost of approved capital projects undertaken by or on behalf of school districts for these purposes.

The proposal also would allow the State to refund the debt to take advantage of lower interest rates if the opportunity arises. To accomplish this, the proposal authorizes the State Comptroller to issue additional state bonds in sums up to or exceeding the amount of the bonds initially issued to refund, to advance refund, or otherwise to repay part or all of such bonds prior to the scheduled dates of their maturity.

Alternate Side Parking Public Hearing


Community Board 8 is hosting a public hearing seeking public comments on the proposal to reduce street cleaning days throughout the district.  Currently, the Dept. of Sanitation cleans the street 4 times a week and the reduction will scale the cleaning to twice a week.  Please come out and let your voice be heard.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, please email your comments to  Please indicate the neighborhood that you live in and whether you are for or against the proposed change. Please put ASP in the subject line.

Click here for more information or contact Community Board 8 at 718-467-5574.

WIC & Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program


The New York State Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) provides checks to low-income, nutritionally at-risk families enrolled in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Senior Nutrition Programs. The checks are redeemable for fresh fruits and vegetables at participating farmers’ markets.

The purpose of the program is to promote improved nutrition through increased consumption of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. It is also intended to expand sales at farmers’ markets. The Department collaborates with the New York State Department of Health, the New York State Office for the Aging, and Cornell Cooperative Extension in administering the program.

Farmers must sign up annually with a manager of the market(s) in which they plan to participate. Farmers will receive participation materials from the Department after we are notified by the market manager. There is no fee to participate.

WIC clients receive benefits automatically provided that their local WIC agency participates in the Program. FMNP checks are issued one per household, not by individual.

Seniors receive their FMNP checks from local senior centers, except in New York City where checks are issued from congregate meal sites or the Department of Health’s Food and Nutrition sites. Eligible seniors must be at least 60 years of age and be receiving benefits through Social Security, pubic assistance, food stamps, HEAP, or section 8 housing or earn less than $1,670 per month for a single senior or $2,246 for a couple.

For more information on participation in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program and how to redeem FMNP checks, please contact us at

Tonight: CB8 Public Hearing on District Needs Statement


When: Thursday, October 9 @ 7pm

Brooklyn Children’s Museum
145 Brooklyn Avenue (corner of St. Marks Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY  11213

Meeting Call to order
Roll Call

Community Board No. 8 District Needs for the Capital and Expense Budget for Fiscal Year 2016

Persons interested in viewing the budget items may do so at the District Office. Also, persons interested in speaking at the public hearing may register by calling the District Office at 718-467-5574. Testimony will be limited to three (3) minutes.

Acceptance of Minutes
Action Items

Housing Committee
SLA and Sidewalk Café Review Committee

Brooklyn Speaks will give an update on the Fair Housing Settlement with Empire State Development Corporation and Forest City Ratner Companies

Settlement Housing Fund DREAMS Youth Build will make a presentation regarding their program for young adults ages 17-24.
Report from the following committees:


Economic Development




Public Safety


Youth & Family Services

Old Business/New Business
Elected Officials/Public Comments/Announcements


The New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) today issued a plan for improving how the agency helps its clients develop job skills, obtain employment and build sustainable careers that provide a path out of poverty, Commissioner Steven Banks announced. After a period of public comment, the Employment Plan will be submitted to the New York State Office of Temporary Assistance and Disability Assistance (OTDA) as required by the biennial employment plan process. Commissioner Banks is testifying about the Plan at an Oct. 1 hearing of the New York City Council.

“The Employment Plan is a blueprint for meeting the goals of the de Blasio Administration to address poverty and inequality. With this Plan, we can do a better job of helping clients develop skills and find work that pays enough to support their families and leave public assistance for good. The Plan sets out the details for implementing the reforms presented in HRA’s May 19 testimony to the City Council,” said HRA Commissioner Banks. “By replacing the one-size-fits-all approach, better assessing clients’ strengths, challenges and goals, and emphasizing education and training tied to areas of the economy creating jobs, we will be able to help more people move into stable jobs with a career ladder, and, perhaps most importantly, to not return to the caseload or churn on and off it.”

Every two years, HRA is legally required to submit to the New York State OTDA an Employment Plan that outlines HRA’s employment services for applicants and recipients of Cash Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) benefits and that defines how it is spending $200 million annually on those services.

The Plan affects about 56,000 Public Assistance clients who have work requirements based on federal and state law. It includes separate employment programs designed specifically to help youth aged 18 to 24, domestic violence survivors, homeless shelter residents, Limited English Proficient (LEP) New Yorkers, and those with disabilities. It is based on three principles:
1. One-size-fits-all programs don’t work. One out of every four clients who were reported as receiving job assistance has been returning to the caseload within 12 months. Accurately assessing the actual needs of applicants and recipients can result in matching them with the programs most likely to help them.

2. Education is essential to career success, but for education and training programs to work they must be tied to industries that are growing and creating jobs, and they must include supports to help low-income New Yorkers successfully complete them.

3. In the long run, there will be more positive outcomes from providing clients with access to work and work-related activities that can lead to sustainable careers. The alternative has been a system where even minor rule infractions can lead to sanctions that have excluded people from the very services that were supposed to help them

The Employment Plan includes the following:
· Education and Training. Many clients lack the high school or college degree required by even most entry level jobs. In New York City, workers with a high school diploma or equivalent earn 1.5 times as much as workers without these credentials and workers with an Associate’s degree earn 2 times as much. Thus, the Plan focuses on education and training.

· Youth aged 18 to 24 will be offered an opportunity to complete high school or its equivalent as long as they are participating in full-time education and making progress toward completion.

· Clients, especially youth, will be offered an opportunity to pursue post-secondary education, including four-year college degrees, as provided by the new state law, as long as they also meet the 20-hour work requirement and make progress toward completion. To increase graduation rates, HRA will build on a CUNY program that provides job and educational supports, and will create work and internship programs that are on or near a student’s campus.

· Clients with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) will also be offered the opportunity to participate in English as a Second Language programs.

· Continue phasing out the Work Experience Program (WEP) model and replace it with internship opportunities and community service options that can lead to employment as well as part-time subsidized jobs and other employment programs that meet the individual needs of each Cash Assistance client. WEP placements fell by half in the last year of the prior administration.

· Continue to require 35 hours per week of work, with limited exceptions: reducing it to 30 hours, as provided by federal and state law, for families who are, for example, caring for a child with disabilities with no after school care, or who are in a shelter and need time to search for housing; and reducing it to 25 hours for families with children under age 4, as allowed by federal law, since childcare for very young children is difficult to find and more expensive. Those who are able to work longer hours will be supported in doing so.

· Increase program participation by reducing unnecessary sanctions and case closings. HRA’s prior policy was to keep people in sanction from participating in work, training and other work-related activities. This kept them from moving out of poverty and off the caseload. Instead, HRA will now:

o Develop a data system that prevents HRA from scheduling appointments that conflict

with other known work activities and appointments, causing clients to miss appointments or work and risk sanctions.
o Conduct a pilot project to allow up to five days of excused absences for illness without documentation, in line with the City’s new five paid sick days law.

o Assess a variety of means to determine why clients are missing appointments or work and then work to resolve problems before clients are sanctioned so they can continue participating in work activities. This includes testing methods such as reaching out to resolve problems before the formal conciliation process; extending the grace period for failure to report from 24 hours to 72 hours; and instituting a standard lateness policy modeled on those used by employers.

o Improve HRA’s conciliation, good cause, and dispute resolution procedures to avert $10 million in potential state penalties due to unnecessary fair hearings and to address the link between adverse case actions and homelessness (nearly one quarter of applicants for shelter from the Department of Homelessness were found to have had an HRA case closing or sanction within 12 months of seeking shelter).

o Enhance efforts either to assist clients with disabilities who can work to obtain the help that they need to find jobs, or to enable clients with disabilities who cannot work to obtain federal disability assistance in place of Cash Assistance.

In this year’s Plan, HRA is providing details for reforms originally announced in testimony to the City Council on May 19 that are aimed at improving employment and training outcomes so that more clients have an opportunity to achieve increased economic security by obtaining employment, moving off the caseload and out of poverty. HRA’s efforts to fight poverty and income inequality through its employment services will be enhanced by comprehensive employment initiatives that are being developed by the Mayor’s “Jobs for New Yorkers” task force.

In developing this Employment Plan, HRA obtained feedback from a wide variety of key stakeholders. More than 40 focus groups and meetings were held with HRA staff, current and former clients, service providers, community-based organizations, advocates, the legal services community and other City agency partners. The 30-day public comment period allows for further feedback, which will be incorporated into the final plan to be submitted to the State.

Invitation to Bedford-Union Armory Community Meetings


NYCEDC and local elected officials are hosting two meetings to further discuss this redevelopment project with the larger community. Each community forum will include a brief presentation on the project followed by small group discussions.

Please join NYCEDC, Borough President Adams, Council Member Cumbo, and Assembly Member Mosley at one of two upcoming meetings:

  • Sunday, October 19th from 4:00pm – 6:30pm at First Baptist Church of Crown Heights Fellowship Hall, 450 Eastern Parkway, or
  • Tuesday October 21st from 6:00pm – 8:30pm at Friends of Crown Heights, 671 Prospect Place

Please RSVP to the event here:

Please also help us spread the word about these meetings, and encourage everyone to RSVP using the link above. Having an accurate expected head count will allow us to adequately accommodate the community at each meeting.

Rosh Hashana Weekend At Chabad Heights


Complete Inaugural Services & Dinner Schedule

Wednesday, Sep 24 – Rosh Hashana Eve – 7:00pm

  • Candle Lighting
  • Davening/Services
  • Cocktails & Kiddush
  • Apple & Honey Ceremony
  • Catered traditional Rosh Hashanah Dinner – *RSVP Only
  • Open Holiday discussion

Thursday, Sep 25

  • 10:00am – Morning Service
  • 11:00am – 1:00 pm – Children’s Tot Shul Program! for children ages 3-10*
  • 12:00pm – Shofar Blowing
  • 1:30pm – Kiddush & Lunch
  • 3:00pm – Tashlich unity parade & Ceremony at the Water (Japanese Pond)

Thursday Evening

  • 7:30pm – Evening Service
  • Light candles after 7:28pm

Friday, Sep 26

  • 10:00am – Morning Service
  • 11:00am – 1:00pm – Children’s Tot Shul Program! for children ages 3-10*
  • 12:00pm – Shofar Blowing
  • 1:30pm – Kiddush & Lunch

Friday Evening

  • 6:28pm Candle Lighting
  • 7:00pm Services

Saturday/Shabbos, Sep 27

  • 10:00am Morning Services

*Our Preschool Gan will be open during Tot Shul times. Children under 3 yrs. must be supervised by a parent or adult.


All services & meals will take place at the Chabad Heights loft space. Located at 664 Sterling Place 2nd floor with our awesome children’s program held on the 1st floor at our recently launched Brownstone Gan Katan Preschool space.


$36 by Reservations only for Rosh Hashana Dinner to
For online payment CLICK HERE
Payment by check: Chabad Heights | 664 Sterling Place | Brooklyn, NY 11216

No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

For more information on Chabad Heights, click here.

Atlantic Action Community Walk!


On September 27, join fellow community members to support a safer, more vibrant Atlantic Avenue for everyone. We’ll have our kickoff at the Brooklyn Christian Center, where we’ll present ways to build a safer street and gather public feedback that will be delivered to NYC’s Transportation and City Planning departments. Then we’ll walk along Atlantic as a group, through Bedford-Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, and Crown Heights, taking stock of problem areas and a recently redesigned intersection, as well as key organizations, businesses, and block associations working to make their communities stronger.

Start: September 27, 2014 – 1:00pm
End: September 27, 2014 – 3:00pm
Location: Brooklyn Christian Center, 1061 Atlantic Ave (btwn Franklin and Classon)

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Everything you ever wanted to Know about THE LAW


Attached is a flyer about 6 FREE  upcoming sessions about the following areas of the Law:

- Elder: Guardianship, Wills, Estates
- Immigration:  Filings, Deportation, Asylum
- Matrimonial, Child Support, Custody, Visitation
- Bankruptcy, Foreclosure, Consumer Debt
- Criminal

- Landlord/Tenant & Real Estate

Be sure to access this flyer for dates, times and location.