MANH Lawmakers on the Move, Aug. 23, 2019

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Serrano to Host Emergency Preparedness Sessions

State Senator Jose Serrano
State Senator Jose Serrano

State Senator José Serrano (D-Manhattan, Bronx) will be hosting several sessions on emergency preparedness in the coming weeks.

Serrano, along with Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) will be teaching attendees how to prepare for any disaster and giving away free emergency kit backpacks.

The first session is slated for Wednesday, Sep. 4 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hamilton House Senior Center, 141 West 73rd St.

Rivera Mourns Victim of 3rd Ave. Elevator Accident

Council Member Carlina Rivera
Council Member Carlina Rivera

Council Member Carlina Rivera (D-East Village, Gramercy Park) released a statement yesterday mourning the loss of a man in her district who died in an elevator accident.

Yesterday morning, a 30-year-old man, later identified as Samuel Waisbren, was crushed to death by an elevator in “Manhattan Promenade”, a luxury apartment building at 344 Third Ave.

“Today’s tragic elevator accident at 344 Third Avenue is something our City and State must strive to prevent from ever happening again,” said Rivera. “My office remains in communication with all relevant agencies, anxiously awaiting the results of the investigation, upon which we will make sure responsible parties are held accountable.”

Chin to Join Parks Commissioner for Groundbreaking on Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza

Council Member Margaret Chin
Council Member Margaret Chin

Council Member Margaret Chin (D-Battery Park City, Chinatown) will be joining Parks Commissioner Mitchell Silver to break ground at the new Elizabeth H. Berger Plaza.

The new plaza is named in honor of the former President of the Downtown Alliance, Elizabeth H. Berger, who passed away in 2013.

The event will take place today at 11 a.m. at Trinity Place and Edgar Street.

Kavanagh Holds Press Conference on ERPO Law

State Senator Brian P. Kavanagh
State Senator Brian P. Kavanagh

State Senator Brian Kavanagh (D-Lower East Side) held a press conference yesterday on New York’s newly passed Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) law.

The law, which goes into effect tomorrow, establishes a process for removing firearms from people who raise “red flags”. In other words, those who are deemed to pose a serious threat to others can have their firearms preemptively confiscated.

“The effectiveness of this law depends on a lot of things,” said Kavanagh. “It depends on the readiness of the courts to process these laws and make these judgments. It depends on the district attorneys, on the school officials, and the police officers who have to implement these laws. And it depends on the general public being aware of the law.”

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