SUMMER WINGATE CONCERT REINSTATED BY BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ANTONIO REYNOSO

SUMMER WINGATE CONCERT REINSTATED BY BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ANTONIO REYNOSO

Held on June 28th, concert will include music by soca singer Patrice Roberts, reggae singer Gyptian, and other musical guests

Concert is free of charge to the general public

BROOKLYN, NY (June 21, 2022) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso reinstates the summer Wingate Concert. Held at Wingate Park in Central Brooklyn, the concert will be held Tuesday, June 28th with performances by soca singer Patrice Roberts, reggae singer Gyptian, and other musical guests. The concert is free of charge to the general public.

“As the Chief-Promoter-of-Brooklyn, it’s an honor to bring back such a summer staple in Brooklyn, a community event I was asked about even before I took office,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “While we have daunting tasks ahead of us to strengthen our beautiful borough and make it more livable, equitable, and safer, we can’t lose sight of celebrating our culture and history. I’m looking forward to partying with my Brooklyn neighbors not just for this year’s Wingate Concert, but for many years to come.”

General entrances to the park will be limited to Brooklyn Avenue and Winthrop Street. ADA accommodations will be available for those who need it and should enter through Rutland Road. Doors to the park will open at 5:00 PM for the concert, which is scheduled to begin at 6:00 PM and end at 11:00PM.

The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President is also partnering with nearby hospitals, including NYC Health + Hospitals/Kings County, SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, The Brooklyn Hospital Center, and Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, to provide on-site health screenings and assistance with appointments.

The Wingate Concert was made possible through fundraising efforts by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and Brooklyn for All, Inc., the Brooklyn Borough President’s city-affiliated non-profit organization. Generous sponsors include NationalGrid, Uber, Power 105.1, EmblemHealth, ConEdision, HealthFirst, Kings Plaza, Ponce Bank, and Waste Management.

The Wingate Concert Series was first organized under former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz’s administration in the late 1970s when he was State Senator. Over the years, performers have included Big Daddy Kane, Wyclef Jean, and Aretha Franklin. The concerts were scaled back during the COVID-19 pandemic under former Brooklyn Borough President, now New York City Mayor, Eric Adams. Borough President Antonio Reynoso committed to bringing back the concert within six months of taking office.

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso plans to organize various cultural, public events around Brooklyn during his tenue. Making it possible, the non-profit Brooklyn for All, Inc. aims to promote the cultural diversity of Brooklyn through services, events, and programming that support Brooklyn’s residents, businesses, community-based civil and cultural institutions, and the community at-large to enhance the lives of Brooklynites. BFA’s fundraising efforts will mirror Brooklyn Borough President Reynoso’s guiding principles of transparency, forging strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals that reflect the administration’s ethical standing, and a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

For more information on this year’s Wingate Concert or other events hosted by the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President this summer, please visit www.brooklyn-usa.org and follow us on social media at BKBPReynoso on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ANTONIO REYNOSO LAUNCHES CITY-AFFILIATED CHARITY BROOKLYN FOR ALL, INC.

BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ANTONIO REYNOSO LAUNCHES CITY-AFFILIATED CHARITY BROOKLYN FOR ALL, INC.

Brooklyn for All, Inc. aims to promote the cultural diversity of Brooklyn through services, events, and programming

 

BROOKLYN, NY (June 13, 2022) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso today announced the launch of Brooklyn for All, Inc. (BFA), the Brooklyn Borough President’s city-affiliated charitable corporation. BFA aims to promote the cultural diversity of Brooklyn through services, events, and programming that support Brooklyn’s residents, businesses, community-based civil and cultural institutions, and the community at-large to enhance the lives of Brooklynites. BFA will achieve this primarily through fundraising activities and organizational support.  BFA’s fundraising efforts will mirror Brooklyn Borough President Reynoso’s guiding principles of transparency, forging strategic partnerships with organizations and individuals that reflect the administration’s ethical standing, and a focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

 

“I was elected as the President of the greatest borough in the world eager to enhance the borough’s future by tackling massive issues we’ve been faced with, including closing crisis-level maternal mortality rates, advocating for more affordable, high-quality housing, supporting the creation of more high-paying jobs, reducing the gun pandemic, making our borough greener, cleaner, and more sustainable, and so much more. But we mustn’t forget all of the incredible qualities of Brooklyn that begin and end with our diversity, culture, and energy,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “Through an equally diverse Board of Directors, BFA will serve as the engine that will ultimately promote unity and celebrate the rich diversity, history, culture, and future of the greatest borough in the world, Brooklyn.”

 

“It’s an honor to have been tapped by Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso as a co-founding director of Brooklyn for All, Inc. and as chair of its Board of Directors,” said Director and Board Chairperson Dr. Debbie Almontaser. “As an educator, non-profit leader, and authority on cross-understanding, I am exceptionally proud to work with other board members – together representing all corners of the borough – to amplify and uplift the vast diversity of Brooklynites. I look forward to working with the Board to preserve, create, and expand programming and events that will unveil the depth and breadth of communities to date unheard and unseen.”

 

“Antonio understands that true change comes from the community, from the ground up,” said Director, Board Vice-Chairperson and Secretary Jenna Bimbi.  “Knowing Antonio for nearly a decade, I have seen firsthand his dedication to progress. He has been a tireless champion for improved maternal health care, safe open streets, environmental equity, and a more prosperous future for our borough.  I am honored to work with him as a founding director to build a Brooklyn that lifts everyone, in every neighborhood.”

 

“I am really excited to be part of Brooklyn for All as a founding director and Treasurer, and feel privileged to be working alongside an outstanding group of fellow directors,” said Director and Board Treasurer Peter Restler.  “Borough President Reynoso’s vision for BFA is exactly what’s needed to support the energy and enthusiasm central to Brooklyn’s culture.”

 

BFA’s Board of Directors, appointed by Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso, is comprised of Brooklynites – natives and long-term residents – each with diverse backgrounds, relevant to promoting the inclusion of underrepresented groups and communities in Brooklyn. Board members’ demonstrated professional expertise, competence, or experience in the areas of corporate finance, non-profit fundraising, corporate governance, or management will support the intention and goals of the organization.

 

The Brooklyn for All, Inc. Board of Directors are:

 

  • Dr. Debbie Almontaser, Ed. D is an internationally recognized, award-winning educator, entrepreneur, speaker, authority on cross-cultural understanding, and author. She’s a 25-year veteran of the NYC public school system as a teacher, teacher trainer, administrator, and diversity advisor. Dr. Almontaser is the Director and Chairperson of Brooklyn for All, Inc.
  • Jenna Bimbi, currently the co-founder and Executive Director of the NY Birth Control Access Project, has a background in political consulting, having worked on impactful community-based campaigns across New York City and State. Having started her career at the grassroots level, Jenna recognizes the value of driving messaging one person at a time to create meaningful change. Bimbi serves as Vice-Chairperson and Secretary of Brooklyn for All, Inc.
  • Peter Restler has a financial career that spans five decades. The first 20 years were spent as an advisor to corporations and governments after which he co-founded a private investment firm. His expertise is in working with small and mid-sized businesses to support their growth. Peter retired as Chairman of the investment fund he founded in 2021. Restler serves as Director and Treasurer of Brooklyn for All, Inc.
  • Jon-Paul A. Bernard is a partner at a law firm focused on joint ventures and financial services mergers and acquisitions. He also has extensive corporate finance experience and has counseled non-profit service organizations on formation and compliance mattes.
  • Rasmia Kimani-Frye is the interim Executive Director of Hester Street, an urban planning, design, and development non-profit that works to ensure neighborhoods are shaped by the people who live in them.  She is a consultant focusing on urban problem solving, housing, movement building, governance design, non-profit management, narrative development, and strategic planning.
  • Deborah Lauter brings three decades of non-profit and government leadership in civil rights, inter-group relations, education, and advocacy for justice and fair treatment for all. As an attorney and former Executive Director of the NYC Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes, Lauter created strategies and programs to support the communities most vulnerable to hate violence until her retirement in 2022.
  • Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, Ed.D. is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of corporate management experience and a leader in the non-profit sector in New York City. She is the current Executive Director of the Brooklyn Community Foundation and serves as member and trustee of various boards of NYC-based organizations.
  • Lisette Nieves has served in a variety of cross-sector leadership positions for over 25 years.  Currently the President of the Fund for the City of New York, she is an experienced social entrepreneur, public sector leader, and scholar. She has held senior leadership positions in the municipal and federal government.  She serves on the BFA board with the Vice-President of the Fund for the City of New York, Jill Borrero, serving as her alternative.
  • Shelley Worrell is a cultural entrepreneur born in New York and raised between Brooklyn and the Caribbean. Worrell also led the movement to name Brooklyn’s Little Caribbean, to support and celebrate hyperlocal Caribbean-American communities and culture.

 

 

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Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Hosts ‘Little Free Library’ Building Session

BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ANTONIO REYNOSO HOSTS ‘LITTLE FREE LIBRARY’ BUILDING SESSION

 

Each of the 13 ‘Little Free Library’ kits built will be housed in Brooklyn South NYPD precincts, promoting literacy in those communities

BROOKLYN, NY (May 9, 2022) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso hosted a ‘Little Free Library’ building session at Brooklyn Borough Hall with support from NYPD officers and explorers, as well as H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths and community members. Based in Hudson, Wisconsin, the mission of the Little Free Library organization is to be a catalyst for building community, inspiring readers, and expanding book access for all through a global network of volunteer-led little free libraries. The 13Little Free Library kits built at Brooklyn Borough Hall will be housed in South Brooklyn precincts, promoting literacy in these communities. Precincts in Brooklyn North have received Little Free Library kits previously.

 

“A sure-fire way to get things done in any community and see results, is to join forces with multiple groups that have the same goal in mind. Our event was a perfect example of this,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “We thank all of our partners who helped organize this community event and bring new, creative ways to promote literacy in our Brooklyn communities.”

 

“Patrol Borough Brooklyn South is honored and proud to participate in this noble initiative, promoting literacy in our communities, with our partners at the Brooklyn Borough President’s Office, the Little Free Library organization, and H.E.A.L.T.H for Youths,” said Assistant Chief Michael Kemper, Commanding Officer of Patrol Borough Brooklyn South.

 

“It is an honor to be part of this initiative to build and place Little Free Libraries in the 13 Brooklyn South NYPD Precincts. We thank the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President for their generous donation, NYPD for their support of this program, and the Little Free Library organization for their continued promotion of reading, diversity, and literacy,” said Co-founder of H.E.A.L.T.H. for Youths Heather Butts.

 

The 13 ‘Little Free Library’ sets were purchased under the Adams administration during his time as Brooklyn Borough President. The building was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Announces Administration’s Pre-K-12 Graduation Awards 2022

BROOKLYN BOROUGH PRESIDENT ANTONIO REYNOSO ANNOUNCES ADMINISTRATION’S PRE-K-12 GRADUATION AWARDS 2022

 

A ‘Merit,’ ‘Perseverance,’ and ‘Brooklyn for All’ award will help recognize students across Brooklyn and the many qualities that contribute to a community’s success

 

BROOKLYN, NY (May 5, 2022) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso today announced his administration’s Pre-K-12 graduation awards for the 2022 season. School administrators in Pre-K-12 schools throughout Brooklyn will be able to recognize up to three unique students per graduating class this graduation season. A ‘Merit,’ ‘Perseverance,’ and ‘Brooklyn for All’ award will help recognize students across Brooklyn and the many qualities that contribute to a community’s success.

 

“Academic ability, grit, and a strong sense of community are qualities I believe every society should foster in their students to ensure they thrive and help structures around them grow stronger for the future,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “I’m excited to help celebrate the potential, tenacity, determination, and generosity our children and young adults in Brooklyn have to offer.”

 

Recognitions include:

  • Merit Award is given to a student who has demonstrated outstanding academic achievements across subjects
  • Perseverance Award is given to a student who has overcome challenges to improve in their academics and/or achieve graduation
  • Brooklyn for All Award is given to a student who has demonstrated a generosity of spirit among their peers and/or within their Brooklyn community

 

Open to all Pre-K-12 schools in Brooklyn, school administrators will be able to submit names to the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President for graduation awards through an online form at www.brooklyn-usa.org/brooklyngrads/. Each graduation class in Brooklyn will be given the opportunity to submit no more than one name per award category, but all three are not mandatory to submit for.

 

Submissions for graduation awards will be open until Friday, May 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET. Awards will be mailed to schools during the week of June 13, 2022.

 

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Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Releases Administration’s Transition Report

Report outlines administration’s priorities, goals, and proposed strategies to help guide and implement the Borough President’s vision for Brooklyn

Transition report was influenced by representative group of leaders from throughout the borough

 

BROOKLYN, NY (April 25, 2022) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso today released his administration’s Transition Report, which outlines priorities, goals, and proposed strategies that will help guide and implement his vision for Brooklyn. Led by a representative group of leaders from throughout the borough, the report is organized into seven themes – Green Brooklyn, Equitable Brooklyn, Working Brooklyn, Healthy Brooklyn, Creative and Cultural Brooklyn, Educated Brooklyn, and Civically Engaged Brooklyn. Collectively, the themes ladder up to challenges and opportunities present within the borough.

“As a native Brooklynite and later a Councilmember, I’ve become acutely aware of the challenges this great borough is faced with, but also the opportunities for growth, sustainability, and success it holds,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “While it can seem insurmountable, our transition team helped to further analyze and organize these challenges and opportunities into comprehensive themes along with how we’ll be approaching them. We’re all excited to fulfill our promise of strengthening this great borough, truly making it a Brooklyn for All.”

As outlined in the Transition Report, the Reynoso administration plans to work closely with the Brooklyn Delegation of the City Council, Brooklyn communities, and Mayor Adams to support policies and fund programs that will further the equity, inclusivity, affordability, safety, economic growth, and health within the borough through land use processes, revitalized tourism, small-business opportunities, and much more.

As emphasized throughout his campaign, the report also highlights the issue of maternal mortality and morbidity that have reached crisis levels in Brooklyn. The Reynoso administration intends to work closely with Brooklyn-based health care facilities in order to provide a significant increase in postpartum care and mental health support, while also supporting policies that increase the length of health insurance coverage for birthing people, and also facilitating the increase of midwives in maternity wards.

Another focus of his administration includes reforming the borough’s 18 community boards, which perform a vital role in connecting residents to City government. Under the Borough President’s stewardship, community boards will be reformed to ensure a diverse membership that is informed, supported, resourced, and transparent, encouraging teens and young adults to participate.

“Brooklyn Borough Hall has been met with renewed energy and purpose to ensure every single Brooklynite has the equal opportunity to meet their full potential,” said Deputy Borough President Diana Richardson. “The full promise of Brooklyn has yet to be seen and the Borough President and I know it’s up to passionate leaders to help achieve and sustain that vision. We’re ready to put in the hard work, keep people and organizations accountable, and provide the very best to support a Brooklyn for All.”

Brooklyn Borough President Reynoso’s transition team was co-chaired by former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, former NYC Councilmember Dr. Una S.T. Clarke, and Co-Executive Director of Make the Road Arlenis Morel. Divided into nine sub-committees, the entire transition team was composed of over 50 members. Questions used to shape final recommendations included if advanced equity, racial justice, and inclusive decision making in the borough, as well if the recommendation was data driven and possible to execute within the existing powers of the Borough President.

Access the full Transition Report here.

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Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Celebrates Inauguration in Public Ceremony

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Celebrates Inauguration in Public Ceremony

 

Hundreds of constituents, supporters, family, friends, mentors, and Federal, State, and City elected officials helped celebrate the momentous event

 

 

 

BROOKLYN, NY (April 25, 2022) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso yesterday celebrated his inauguration with hundreds of constituents, supporters, family, friends, mentors, and Federal, State, and City elected officials. As the first Latino to be elected to this office, Borough President Reynoso also celebrated Brooklyn’s rich diversity through cultural performances, including Nieves Latin Dance Studio, based in Williamsburg, and the West Indian American Day Carnival Association from Crown Heights.

“It’s an honor of a lifetime to not only serve as the Borough President for the greatest place in the world, Brooklyn, but also to bear the responsibility of its future,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “There is work to do in order to preserve Brooklyn’s culture and heritage, make it a safer, more livable place to raise families, and allow individuals to reach their definition of the American dream, but I’m confident that the team we’ve built will accomplish this and much more. Thank you to everyone who’s supported me and who will continue to fight with us for a stronger Brooklyn.”

The ceremony featured remarks from a long list of supporters, mentors, and colleagues, including former Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, NY Attorney General Letitia James, NYS Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, NYC Comptroller Brad Lander, NYS Director of Operations Kathryn Garcia, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, U.S. Representative Adriano Espaillat, and Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez.

Elected as the first Latino Brooklyn Borough President, Antonio Reynoso is a native Brooklynite, born and raised in the Southside of Williamsburg, Los Sures, to parents who emigrated from the Dominican Republic.

Borough President Reynoso previously served two terms as City Council Representative for Council District 34, representing portions of Bushwick and Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and Ridgewood, Queens.

As a member of the City Council, Reynoso demonstrated his commitment to advocating for the residents he represented, and the thousands more throughout the city with similar needs. He focused his energy on improving the city’s waste-management system, public safety reform, tenants’ rights, transportation, and land-use where he took the lead in advocating for comprehensive planning.

Experiencing and witnessing injustices in multiple facets of everyday life, he has dedicated his career to advocating for bold, progressive legislation citywide that improves the lives of his family, friends, neighbors, and constituents.

Now, Reynoso is serving Brooklyn to make the borough the progressive capital of the world by building on his extensive record in the City Council. Reynoso’s twin guiding principles throughout his life, have always been the concepts of justice and equity, and he has vowed to fight each and every day to give all Brooklynites the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

To view photos of the event, visit the official Brooklyn Borough President Flickr page; more photos to come.

 

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Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Hosts Celebratory Ramadan Iftar Dinner with Brooklyn Muslim Community

Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Hosts Celebratory Ramadan Iftar Dinner with Brooklyn Muslim Community

 

Evening consisted of approximately 200 Muslims joining in the Maghreb prayer, followed by breaking of the fast together

 

BROOKLYN, NY (April 20, 2022) Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso yesterday hosted a celebratory Ramadan Iftar dinner with the Brooklyn Muslim community. Partnering with the Pakistani American Youth Society and other community-based organizations, the evening consisted of approximately 200 Muslims joining in the Maghreb prayer, followed by breaking of the fast together.

 

“As one of the most diverse places on Earth, home to the greatest number of mosques including one of the oldest in the United States, it was a pleasure and honor to host our Muslim brothers and sisters during this Ramadan celebration,” said Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso. “We look forward to more gatherings, celebrating our diversity, faiths, and cultures with one another.”

During the event, the Brooklyn Borough President also awarded citations to members of the Muslim community that continue to lift Brooklyn up and create enriching spiritual and healthy environments for all. Executive Director of Janazah Community Services Umair Ahmed, Executive Director of Muslim Community Center Soniya Ali, mental health counselor Abir Saleh, and NYPD Inspector Amir Yakatally were each recognized each with a citation. The Al-Sabiqoon Sisters Halaqa, a women-led youth organization for young girls to engage in a space made for them by them, was recognized with a proclamation for their services to the community.

 

 

The Ramadan celebration at Borough Hall is one of many planned free events intended for the public. After being closed for the past couple of years, Brooklyn Borough President Reynoso is committed to re-opening Borough Hall back to the diverse people of Brooklyn with ongoing public programming.

To view photos of the event, visit the official Brooklyn Borough President Flickr page.

 

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Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso Statement On Attack In Sunset Park, Brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NY (April 12, 2022) “This morning, Sunset Park commuters were assaulted by a senseless act of violence. As always in a time of crisis, Brooklynites experienced the swift reaction of our city’s first responders, including the MTA, NYPD, and FDNY. I am deeply heartened to see the Sunset Park community coming together during this time of tragedy – Brooklyn stands with you. I will continue to work with local authorities and elected officials as more details of the attack are confirmed and the perpetrator is found.”

 

Background

  • Brooklyn Borough President Antonio Reynoso was on the scene following the reports.
  • NYPD can be referenced to confirm details of the attack.
  • We urge anyone who may have information on the attacks, videos or photos no matter the quality, to reach out to 311 or 911.

 

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