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Join the Medicare Talk With Senator Persaud and AARP Tuesday Feb. 15

Discussions about Medicare are always important, but with the growing number of people entering the senior phase of their life, this discussion becomes even more important. Senator Roxanne Persaud will be talking to AARP about Medicare, with opportunities for members of the community to join this virtual discussion.

You can Register for the event at this link.


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Congressman Hakeem Jeffries Officially Endorses Nikki Lucas for Open NY State Assembly Seat in East Brooklyn

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries announced his endorsement of Nikki Lucas for New York State Assembly, in Brooklyn’s 60th Assembly District, covering East New York, Starrett City, Brownsville and Canarsie.

Congressman Jeffries stated, “Nikki is a proven community leader with a track record of improving the quality of life for the residents of East New York and Brownsville. She has successfully fought to preserve affordable housing, expand access to high quality health care, educate our children and provide services for our seniors.

The Congressman added, “Nikki Lucas has always had our community’s back. That is why I am proud to strongly endorse her candidacy to be the next Assemblymember for East New York and Brownsville. I look forward to doing everything I can to make sure that Nikki Lucas is elected.”

Community members describe Ms. Lucas as an innovative leader rooted in service and a seeker of justice for the residents of East New York and Brownsville for over 30 years.

Nikki Lucas stated, “I will be ready on Day 1 as the next Assemblymember from East New York. I thank Congressman Jeffries for his support and I look forward to continuing my partnership with him at the state level around our shared vision for a better Brooklyn. A vision which includes quality schools, truly affordable housing, including economic relief for homeowners, homeownership opportunities, the creation of good paying jobs, support for small businesses, and access to affordable and high-quality health care.”

Nikki Lucas is a 40-year resident of Starrett City and a staunch community advocate for residents of East New York, the surrounding neighborhoods of East New York, Starrett City, Brownsville, Canarsie, and many other neighborhoods across New York City.

Lucas is a former Female Democratic State Committee Member in the 60th New York State Assembly District, the founder of the People First Democratic Club, and the People First Education Fund.

The Special Election for the 60th Assembly District will be held Tuesday Feb. 15, with Early Voting running from Feb. 5 – Feb. 13.

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Nikki Lucas Secures Democratic Nomination for Chance to Become the Next Assembly Member to Represent East New York

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Nikki Lucas has secured the Democratic nomination to run for Brooklyn’s 60th Assembly District in a Feb. 15 special election.

Lucas, a 20-year Brooklyn resident, has worked as a community activist, parent advocate and entrepreneur, and recently ran for City Council in District 42, Kings County Democratic Party.

The Assembly seat she is nominated for, which serves East New York, Starrett City, and parts of Canarsie and Brownsville, was left open when former Assemblymember Charles Barron won the race for the district’s City Council seat.

Members of the Democratic party’s county committee came together Monday to fill the nomination, voting for Lucas over contender Keron Alleyne, a former Barron staffer. A total of 167 county committee members voted, with Lucas winning 13,882.5 weighted votes to Alleyne’s 1,953.75.

Lucas, a longtime critic of Charles Barron and his wife, former Councilmember Inez Barron, told the County Committee that it was time to do things differently, adding that the Barron’s style of politics had done little to benefit East New York.

“I’m about creating partnerships and working together with other community members and elected officials,” Lucas said, adding she would work as a collaborator to serve the community.

The vote comes as a blow to the Barrons, who had long governed over East New York in some capacity, as the couple had backed Alleyne to succeed Charles Barron in the role. Alleyne signaled he would continue on, running an independent campaign against Lucas in the upcoming special election.

Brooklyn Democratic Party Chair Rodneyse Bichotte Hermelyn said Lucas was a dedicated activist in her community, whose platform included reforming the police, fighting homelessness, creating affordable housing and ending gun violence.

“We are pleased to have held a successful nominating meeting, and are confident that Nikki, as the Democratic Party candidate, will be a formidable contender in the special election.”

If Lucas wins the Assembly seat this would be the first time in decades that the Barrons would not control both seats (City Council and Assembly), giving East New York its first opportunity in years to have another voice when it comes to important issues that impact the lives of residents of East New York, Canarsie and Brownsville.  East New York continues to fall way behind the rest of the city when it comes to most issues, particularly homelessness, housing, safety and employment.

The Special Election for this seat will be held Feb. 15, 2022. Early Voting is from Saturday February 5 – Sunday February 13. Share the voting schedule with your friends, family and neighbors. Stay tuned for voting locations.

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East New York’s Fusion East Participates in Gov Hochul’s $25Mil Restaurant Resiliency Program To Fight Food Insecurity

photo: Andrew Walcott, Owner Fusion East Restaurant

Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced New York State’s Restaurant Resiliency Program will be delivering 200,000 meals to New Yorkers in need. Restaurants involved in the program are in all regions of New York State and represent the diversity of the state, with many participating restaurants representing minority and women owned businesses.

“No family in the state of New York should go hungry,” Governor Hochul said. “The Restaurant Resiliency Program takes an innovative approach to help New Yorkers facing food insecurity and restaurants struggling during the pandemic. Programs like these showcase the spirit of generosity and collaboration that is crucial to New York’s success.”

Through the program, the Department of Agriculture and Markets has received several hundred applications from restaurants to date, more than one third of which have come from minority and woman owned businesses. East New York’s Fusion East Restaurant, in collaboration with Long Island Cares, is one of 215 restaurants that has been approved to participate in the program. Fusion East has started providing food to pantries in Nassau County and will be adding Brooklyn pantries in the coming weeks.

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Understanding the CDPAP Program For New York Residents

As New York for Seniors continues to try its best to educate seniors and caregivers on key topics that impact the lives of seniors, particularly when it comes to Home Care, Medicaid, Housing, Food and Transportaion, here’s an educational home article provided by Special Touch Home Care Services.

Males who were born in 2015 are expected to live about 76.5 years. Additional findings stated that females born in 2015 were expected to live a bit longer, 81.2 years to be exact. Differences in location, income and other demographics were seen to affect a person’s lifespan.

As we all age, we all aspire to have a good quality of life. While states have programs to assist aging populations, many New York residents rely on the CDPAP program. Let’s examine what the CDPAP program is and how you or your loved one may benefit from it.

What does CDPAP Stand For?

CDPAP stands for Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program. The program is exclusively for New York state residents and is also a Medicaid program allowing consumers to connect with, hire, recruit, and orchestrate their home care workers. One of the program’s most significant benefits is that it will enable consumers to hire their friends or even their family members to assist in their care.

What are the Eligibility Requirements for the CDPAP program?

The following criteria must be met to be eligible for the CDPAP program. You must require care in the home, you must have Medicaid, and you must either have a representative that can direct your care –or be self-directing. While additional factors can affect a person’s eligibility, you want to begin your CDPAP application process by meeting those criteria.

Do I Have to Be in a Medicaid Managed Care Plan to Enroll in the CDPAP program?

For many consumers, there is a requirement to be enrolled in some type of Medicaid Managed Care program to enroll in the CDPAP program. Thankfully, many consumers do have a choice as to which plan they can enroll in. Should you enroll in an MLTC or a Managed Long-Term plan, there are various plans a consumer can select from, with each offering a unique group of benefits for the consumer.

Where can I Get a CDPAP Application?

As your New York home healthcare agency, we can assist you with your CDPAP application. If you’re looking to hire a friend or a family member to spearhead your home care, then we can assist you with enrolling in the CDPAP program. Generally, the process of enrolling in the CDPAP program consists of three components. They include: selecting the caregiver or home health aide you desire, completely filling out the consumer forms, and receiving an assessment from a qualified nurse.

There’s no need for you to sit and attempt to figure out all of the details. Your New York home healthcare agency can work with you, ensuring that your CDPAP application is complete. In fact, you can connect with us, and one of our specialists will be happy to not only explain the entire application process to you—but guide you through your CDPAP enrollment.

What Are the Services Personal Assistant Can Provide Under the CDPAP Program?

A personal assistant will be able to undertake an array of duties and responsibilities. Some of the most common include companionship, grooming, dressing, assistance with meal preparation, and other tasks necessary to maintain a patient’s well-being and safety in the home.

Who Pays for CDPAP?

Medicaid pays for the CDPAP program. Additionally, there are no costs to enroll, and the program is free to participate.

Does My Caregiver Have to Have a Special License or Certification?

Although the CDPAP program doesn’t require that your chosen health care aide have any special training, experience, or certification– your health care assistant can receive training once they begin caring for you.

Can I Care for my Wife or Husband?

The CDPAP program doesn’t allow a spouse to be the designated caregiver. However, another adult is allowed to be a caregiver for your spouse.

Contact Your New York CDPAP Specialists Today

Connect with Special Touch Home Care for more information about CDPAP. Ask them if they can walk you through the entire process.

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Applying for Medicaid or SNAP in NYC Is a Daunting Task for Seniors and Caregivers Says ‘New York for Seniors’ Founder

Applying for, and receiving Medicaid is a daunting task for seniors and caregivers. Our team at New York for Seniors will dedicate the entire year of 2022 trying to provide real resource information to help seniors and caregivers to navigate the process.  Our publisher, Vernon Jones, has been trying for over a year to get Medicaid and SNAP for his mom, and he has been unsuccessful so far. If the publisher of New York for Seniors is facing challenges then it is frightening to know what other caregivers and seniors are going through.

“I am determined to find an organization or agency that can help me to get Medicaid for my mom, who turned 90 this year”, stated Vernon Jones, Publisher and Founder of New York for Seniors. “The process has been extremely frustrating. My mom should also be eligible for SNAP, but that too has been challenging. I had been working with a representative from Met Council, but during the process the representative stopped responding to my emails. I tried to connect with the CEO of Met Council but was unsuccessful on that front as well. The agency that operates SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) has not been helpful either. I submitted all of the requested paperwork directly to SNAP, as well as to the representative of Met Council, but I still received notices stating that paperwork was still missing.  The point here is that I am fully competent when it comes to submitting forms online and gathering documents, yet I am still having a problem. I can’t begin to imagine the difficulties others are facing as they  attempt to access SNAP, Access-A-Ride, Medicaid and every other resource that is available for seniors and caregivers. More than being frustrating, it’s saddening. I am positive New York’s seniors are suffering in silence.  Many of the seniors worked in New York their entire lives, yet they cannot access the resources that are supposed to be available to them.”

We are going to try our best to create an on-going series of articles to assist seniors and caregivers through the processes of securing theses resources.  We DO NOT have any grants or contracts with the city to provide services, nor are we seeking any, but we receive phone calls every single day from caregivers and seniors who are in desperate need of services. There has to be a better solution for our seniors in New York City and New York State.

Many seniors are in need of home care but unfortunately the cost of home care is out of reach for most seniors and caregivers. Seniors who have Medicaid are eligible for some form of free home care, which makes access to Medicaid that much more important.

Here is the start of us trying to educate seniors and caregivers on the process.

Let’s start with this first most basic question:

Who is Eligible for Medicaid? 

For our purposes we are only dealing with the senior population, although children, single adults, couples without children and families with children living in New York may be eligible if they are:

  • U.S. citizens or meet immigration status requirements. (Undocumented immigrants are eligible for Medicaid only for the treatment of emergency medical conditions and prenatal care), and
  • Meet certain income eligibility requirements tied to household size.

Seniors Eligible for Medicaid:

To be eligible for New York Medicaid, you must be a resident of the state of New York, a U.S. national, citizen, permanent resident, or legal alien, in need of health care/insurance assistance, whose financial situation would be characterized as low income or very low income. You must also be one of the following:

Pregnant or Be responsible for a child 18 years of age or younger, or Blind, or
Have a disability or a family member in your household with a disability, or
Be 65 years of age or older.

Generally, in New York, seniors are eligible for Medicaid if you have no more than $13,800 in resources (assets), and no more than $20,100 for married couples. Almost every senior can become eligible for Medicaid, even if they are over the minimum income requirement, if they go through a Pooled Trust, but we will get to that process in other articles.  Let’s start with the basic information about eligibility.

According to the NY State health website, which is almost impossible to follow, persons over 65 who are not a parent or caretaker relative of minor children, anyone who has Medicare, and persons seeking to qualify for Medicaid based on a disability must apply for coverage through New York City’s Human Resources Administration (HRA). The website states that you can Call 347-396-4705 for free enrollment assistance. Trained enrollers can help you apply for or renew your Medicaid and apply for programs to help reduce Medicare costs.or visit any one of HRA’s Medical Assistance Program Offices.

Let’s leave it right here for now.

Any senior looking to enroll, or caregiver looking to assist an elderly relative or friend with the enrollment process please call the number above and let us know how it works for you. Email us at to tell us your experience.  We will follow up with the results. Please do not call our office because we are being bombarded with questions from seniors and caregivers, but we DO NOT provide actual services. New York for Seniors is simply an organization with a goal of bringing resource information to seniors and caregivers. There are many non profit organizations that receive grant money to provide these services.  Through this process we are going to find the non profit organization(s) that can actually help you access the available resources. We have not found any as of today.

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Try This Shrimp and Cauliflower “Grits” Recipe

Typically loaded with heavy cream and butter, shrimp and grits is a Southern favorite. This quick version swaps in cauliflower rice mixed with creamy coconut milk and cheddar cheese for a smooth “grits” base topped with garlic shrimp.

  • 1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups frozen sweet corn
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 3 cups cauliflower rice
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and sliced
  • 1 cup spinach leaves
  • 3/4 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh basil


  • Rinse shrimp and pat dry. In a skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add half of the garlic and the shrimp and cook until the shrimp turn pink, about 3 minutes. Remove shrimp from skillet and set aside.
  • In another skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Add the corn, onion and remaining garlic and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the cauliflower rice, paprika, jalapeño, spinach and coconut milk and stir. Reduce the heat to medium low, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the cheddar cheese and cook until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
  • Remove the skillet from the heat. Season with the salt and black pepper to taste. Garnish with red-pepper flakes, if desired, and basil.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size:

  • 3/4 cup

Per Serving: 

Calories: 246

Fat: 11g
Saturated Fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 124mg
Sodium: 269mg
Carbohydrates: 16g
Fiber: 3g
Protein: 20g

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Brand New Senior Development Opens in East New York’s Spring Creek Section Next to Gateway Mall

New York City Council Member Inez Barron and New York State Assemblymember Charles Barron joined the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the New York City Housing Development Corporation, East Brooklyn Congregations (EBC), Monadnock Development, and local leaders and residents for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the Senior Building of Nehemiah Spring Creek Phase 4B-2. The Senior Building is located at 516 Schroeders Avenue in East New York and is welcoming its first residents. Rev. Dr. David K. Brawley, Co Chair of EBC, led the event, sharing the history that has driven this multi-phase development and previewing its future. Ms. Olivia Wilkins, a longtime resident of the community, a senior herself, and an EBC leader who has advocated for affordable housing for seniors, also joined in celebrated the opening.


photo: (left to right) Kirk Goodrich, President of Monadnock Development; Ms. Olivia Wilkins, Senior Resident, East Brooklyn Congregations Leader; Rev. Dr. David K. Brawley, Co Chair, EBC; New York State Assemblymember Charles Barron; New York City Council Member Inez Barron; NYC HPD Associate Commissioner Brendan McBride

“Today, we celebrate. For over 40 years, East Brooklyn Congregations has organized thousands of New Yorkers to fight for affordable housing with and for our seniors.  Today, we see the transformation. We see what can be. Today, EBC commits to stand together with our partners to ensure that thousands of other seniors get the affordable housing they desperately need and deserve,” said Rev. Dr. Brawley.

Nehemiah Spring Creek Phase 4B-2 is the latest in a sprawling, multiphase partnership in East New York, Brooklyn between Nehemiah Housing Development Fund Company (an affiliate of EBC) and Monadnock Development.  After four phases of building hundreds of affordable homes for sale, Phases 4B-1 and 4B-2 represent the first 400 of a proposed 1200 affordable rental units to be built over the next five years. Phase 4B-2 is comprised of 240 units of low income rental housing, 2,180 sq. ft. of community facility space, and 4,615 sq. ft. of commercial space.

“I am pleased to join in celebrating the fruits of our labor,” said City Council Member Inez Barron. “It has taken so much collaborative work to get here and it is wonderful to see, today, this tangible improvement to the community that delivers equity to the seniors in our city.”

“We see East New York on the rise here,” said New York State Assemblymember Charles Barron. “Creating homeownership opportunities in Nehemiah Spring Creek has made East New York the place to be. And now this housing, that serves our seniors, who are so deserving of the best, is giving them exactly what they deserve: our best.”

Phase 4B-2 includes 20, 4-story octets (8-unit buildings) comprising 160 units and a 7-story, 80-unit Senior Building, where the community facility and commercial space are located. Centered around Schroeders Avenue, the octets stretch out from the Senior Building, which is located on the southwest corner of Schroeders Avenue and Elton Street, bounded by the Gateway Shopping Center to the south. The octets are 148,919 sq. ft. and the Senior Building is 74,984 sq. ft., for a total project size of 223,903 sq. ft.  The exteriors of the octets match the colorful brick and siding patterns of Nehemiah Spring Creek, while the Senior Building sports a multicolor brick exterior to match the adjacent mid-rises along Elton Street.

“From affordable homeownership opportunities to the 80 new senior homes we are celebrating today, the Nehemiah Spring Creek project continues to provide transformative affordable housing to the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn,” said HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll. “From day one, this administration has prioritized senior housing and we are proud to partner with HDC, EBC, Monadnock Development and our elected officials to deliver much needed affordable housing for New Yorkers who helped make our city great.”

“Thank you to all our partners for their dedication to this project, which has been decades in the making.  Nehemiah Spring Creek is an expansive, multi-phased development that will revitalize the surrounding East New York neighborhood and benefit its residents for years to come,” said HDC President Eric Enderlin. “HDC is proud to be a part of this effort to provide 80 senior households with affordable and stable homes.”

The earliest work to create Nehemiah Spring Creek began in 1982, finally leading to a groundbreaking in 2008. Since then, the pace of change has been staggering with Phases 1-3 making affordable homeownership possible for thousands of qualifying New York City residents. Phase 4A has continued that effort, while 4B has begun to create affordable rental options in the community.  Future phases anticipate at least an additional 800 affordable rental units. Along with the continued expansion of the Gateway Shopping Center, Nehemiah Spring Creek has completely transformed this corner of Brooklyn and created a quality of life and vibrancy that has been otherwise difficult to access for low-income New Yorkers. This is especially true when considering the options that New York City’s oldest residents would face without a building like this.

“Today’s ribbon-cutting has been decades in the making, and creates important options for housing for our seniors, who are both among the most vulnerable New Yorkers, and among the most treasured community members,” said Kirk Goodrich, President of Monadnock Development. “We are grateful to our partners at EBC, HPD, and HDC, our financial partners, and the leaders and community of East New York for sharing this important vision and making it possible!”

“Living in Redwod Senior Living has changed my life, but others deserve the opportunities afforded to me,” said Ms. Wilkins. “I will continue to fight for more AFFORDABLE senior housing in this city, because everyone deserves to spend their golden years in dignity. This building in Nehemiah Spring Creek is a symbol and example of what we can do when we recognize our obligation to our senior community, and I’m excited for the residents who will be moving in soon!”

While the application period for this building has ended, interested New Yorkers can learn about other Affordable Housing opportunities throughout the City through NYC Housing Connect (



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The Pros and Cons of Vegan Diets

Switching to a vegan diet can be difficult, but many Americans are starting to take up the challenge. US News highlights that only 3% of Americans consider themselves vegans. Nevertheless, surveys reveal that more people are now showing interest in plant-based diets by actively eating more plant-based food and having meat-free days.

Compared to other plant-based diets, the vegan diet prohibits the consumption of animal products. By solely consuming food derived from plants, you may experience the following advantages and disadvantages.

Pro: A vegan diet can lower your risk against chronic diseases

Fruits and vegetables are known for their health benefits, so it’s no surprise that a vegan diet can reduce your risk against chronic diseases. You’ll be getting an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and fiber, which can help prevent heart diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

News agency Reuters highlights that individuals who consumed more animal products and refined carbs were 31% more likely to die due to heart disease. They are also 16% more likely to develop heart failure or other non-fatal heart diseases. Meanwhile, those who consumed a greater proportion of plant-based food were 16% less likely to be diagnosed with heart disease.

Con: You may experience nutritional deficiencies

The vegan way of eating can be very strict, so you may find it difficult to maintain a balanced diet. As such, these restrictions can make you miss out on important nutrients typically found in dairy and meat products.

These nutritional deficiencies are the biggest concern that experts have when it comes to the vegan diet. Medically-backed content resource SymptomFind even published a post on the potential risks of a variety of lifestyle practices, including the vegan diet. In their article on vegetarian and vegan diets, it was highlighted that vegans may experience dizziness, energy loss, or even serious arrhythmias of the heart due to nutrient deficiencies. To avoid these negative outcomes, you need to meet your daily nutrient requirements.

Pro: You’ll be consuming antioxidant-rich food

Vegans get a lot of antioxidants from their diet. This substance is important in protecting your body from free radicals, which can kill cells or even create bad cholesterol. This is why antioxidants are considered essential substances in preventing certain cancers, sight loss, and even other chronic conditions.

Vegan resource Plant Based News emphasizes that there are plenty of vegan foods rich in antioxidant content. Additionally, plant-based food can provide more antioxidants for the human body, compared to other types of food. Some examples include berries, citrus fruit, olives, artichokes, kale, and red cabbage.

Con: It will be harder to meet your daily protein requirements

Your vegan diet may not provide you with enough protein, especially if it is unbalanced. These molecules are not only essential in building muscle strength, but are also integral in the structures, functions, and regulation of your body organs and tissues.

To achieve your daily protein requirements, you need to increase your intake of plant-based foods rich in protein. For instance, tofu is a great protein source that can easily be incorporated into dishes. Lentils are another excellent option since they can be used in salads, soups, and even in curries.

If you’re interested in the vegan diet, it is recommended that you incorporate the right amount of nutrients to ensure your safety. Remember: just because a diet is fully plant-based doesn’t automatically mean it’s healthy for you. For more lifestyle tips, check out HealthyNYC. Our resources on news, events, and residents will keep you stay informed about life in New York.

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Add Your Voice Coney Island: NYC is Offering Neighborhood Residents an Opportunity to Decide on How to Spend Your Portion of the $1.3 Million to Recover from COVID-19

The City of New York is offering New Yorkers an opportunity to decide how to spend $1.3M to support recovery in the 33 neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19. Coney Island will receive $40,000 of funding to spend on a project to support our community.

We are looking for input from residents who live in Coney Island in zip code 11224.

What three topics do you think are most important for the neighborhood you live in? 

Click here to add your input and opinion!

Based on what residents tell us:

  1. We will create proposals to help address the issue receiving the most votes.
  2. You will vote on the proposals that you want to see funded.
  3. The proposal with the most votes will be awarded $40,000.

Thank you for adding your voice to this important decision!

Deadline is October 15, 2021.


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A Step-by-Step Approach to Lower Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes

A daily walk helps reduce your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Here’s how to get started.

There are many good reasons to keep your body in motion. Preventing Type 2 diabetes – or controlling the disease if you have it – is one of them. And one of the easiest ways to get in the physical activity you need is to walk. It’s low-risk, low-cost and can be done by almost anyone at any fitness level.

There are many benefits to walking regularly. When it comes to diabetes, you’ll be happy to know it may reduce the risk of developing the disease. Walking can also help with blood sugar control and makes it easier to lose or maintain weight. The American Diabetes Association recommends walking for 30 minutes at least 5 days a week.

If you’re new to exercise, here are a few tips to start walking:

  • Get your doctor’s okay. This is especially important if you have a medical condition.
  • Dress appropriately. Make sure you have supportive shoes and comfortable clothes.
  • Start slowly. Begin by walking a short distance at a comfortable pace. Even if the only thing you can do is to walk to the mailbox and back, that’s a good place to start.
  • Keep moving. Gradually increase your time, speed and/or distance by 10-20% each week.
  • Warm up and stretch. Begin at an easy pace for the first few minutes before increasing the intensity of your walk. Stretch at the end of your walk.
  • Focus on your posture. Stand tall with your stomach pulled in, shoulders relaxed and head lifted. Swing your arms naturally. Don’t overstride or look down at the ground.
  • Take the talk test. If you can talk but can’t sing more than a few words without getting out of breath, you’re exercising at a moderate pace. If you can’t catch your breath or get out of breath after saying only a few words, you’re exercising at a high intensity.

Can’t find a large enough block of time to walk or can’t walk for too long at any one time? That’s okay. Break up your activity into 10-minute chunks during the day. These really add up!


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SNAP Program Provides NYC Seniors With Monthly Food Benefits But the Program is Underutilized

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Hunger among the nation’s seniors is a growing concern. Yet the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is under-utilized by older persons. Formerly known as Food Stamps, SNAP provides monthly benefits for low-income people of all ages to buy groceries of their choice at participating food stores and farmers markets.

Nationwide, senior citizens have a lower sign-up rate for SNAP benefits than any other age group. Only a third of eligible seniors take part in the program according to data from the National Council on Aging. In NYC, less than half of eligible seniors receive help from SNAP. As many as 500.000 older New Yorkers go hungry each month for lack of money to buy groceries, despite the existence of a safety net program that could put food on their tables.

According to the NYC Dept of the Aging website, eligibility requirements for SNAP are more generous for senior citizens and disabled persons than for others. Individuals 65 and older who are living alone with a net monthly income of $1,915 can receive benefits. A two-person household with an elderly or disabled person and an annual income of $31,020 also qualifies for benefits. In addition, applicants can claim a number of exemptions that can increase the amount they receive, e.g. medical expenses in excess of $35 a month. Unfortunately, many potential applicants believe that they will only qualify for the minimum amount of $16 per month. In fact, according to the website Hunger Solutions, the average monthly SNAP benefit for households with an older adult in New York City is $180 a month.

There are a number of reasons why seniors don’t apply for SNAP, according to an AARP Foundation report. It appears that many eligible seniors don’t even know that the program exists. Among those who know about it, some are too embarrassed or too proud to apply, while others think that if they receive SNAP they will take food benefits away from others, especially children. The misperception that the application process is too difficult also contributes to its under-utilization.

Here is a list of organizations that are deemd “SNAP Outreach Providers”, and they will walk you through the process of getting SNAP.  Most seniors qualify for SNAP so please contact one of the organizations below to get started.

Public Health Solutions

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City

Program: SNAP Outreach

40 Worth Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10013

Phone: (646)619-6400
Contact Email:

St. Johns Bread of Life

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City

Program: SNAP Outreach

795 Lexington Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11221

Phone: (718) 574-0058
Fax: (718) 455-7796
Contact URL:

United Way of NYC

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City

Program: SNAP Outreach

205 East 42nd Street 12th Flr
New York, NY 10017

Phone: (212)251-2500
Phone: (212)639-9675
Contact Email:

Met Council

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City

Program: SNAP Outreach

120 Broadway, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10271

Phone: (212) 453-9500
Fax: (718)798-2398
Contact Email:
Website: http://www

Project Hospitality

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City (Staten Island only)

Program: SNAP Outreach

100 Park Avenue
Staten Island, NY 10302

Phone: (718) 448-1544
Contact Email:

NY Common Pantry

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City

Program: SNAP Outreach

8 East 109th Street,
New York, NY 10029

Phone: (917) 720-9700
Fax: (917) 720-9665
Contact URL:

Catholic Charities Community Services

Geographic Area(s) served: Rockland, Westchester, Bronx

Program: SNAP Outreach

1011 First Avenue 11th Fl
New York, NY 10022

Phone: (888) 744-7900
Phone: (212) 371-1000
Fax: (212) 421-0021
Contact URL:

Fortune Society

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City

Program: SNAP Outreach

29-76 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101

Phone: (212) 691-7554
Contact Email:

Council of Senior Center and Services of NYC, Inc.

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City

Program: SNAP Outreach

49 West 45th Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212)398-6565
Fax: (212) 398-8398
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Single Stop USA

Geographic Area(s) served: New York City

Program: SNAP Outreach

123 William Street Ste. 901
New York, NY 10038

Phone: (212) 480-2870
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Choose These Foods for a Healthier Heart and Lower Your Risk for Heart Disease

These foods may lower your risk for heart disease and boost heart health.

Eating a nutrient-rich diet low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and filled with vegetables, fruit, whole grains and fish can help lower your risk for heart disease. When choosing foods to boost heart health, consider these nutrition tips:

  • Eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. Commonly found in fish such as wild salmon and tuna, omega-3 fatty acids help reduce inflammation, which is a precursor to heart disease. If you don’t enjoy fish or are a vegetarian, try adding flaxseeds or walnuts to your diet.
  • Stock up on “super foods.” Foods such as oats, broccoli, blueberries and wild salmon have all been shown to have health benefits.
  • Fill your plate with produce. Fruits and vegetables contain an assortment of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, helping to keep your heart healthy. Fill at least half of your plate with produce at each meal.
  • Go nuts. Nuts provide protein, folic acid, niacin, magnesium, selenium, zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and other important vitamins and minerals, and they may help reduce your risk of heart disease. Walnuts and almonds are especially heart-healthy. Limit portions to one handful per day because nuts are calorie-dense.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth. Research shows dark chocolate contains antioxidants that may help prevent cholesterol from sticking to artery walls, reducing your risk of a heart attack or stroke. Chocolate also contains beneficial flavonoids. Be sure to choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa for maximum health benefits and stick with a 1-ounce portion.
  • Pick the right fat. While unsaturated fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) are beneficial when consumed in moderation, saturated and trans fats are not. Olive oil, nuts and avocados are examples of good fats. Stay away from trans fats found in vegetable shortening, margarine, crackers, cookies and foods made with partially hydrogenated oils.

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Why Get a Vaccine If I Can Still Get COVID-19?

COVID Vaccine information made possible by Southern Community Development

Vaccines protect you from serious illness, even if they don’t stop the spread of the delta variant.

COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are quickly rising again across the country, mostly due to the delta variant of the virus. This variant is not only proving to be extremely contagious, but it is spreading among fully vaccinated people and children.

People who have not been vaccinated account for 97% of those hospitalized. Children and teens are also being hospitalized due to the virus more than ever before. This is concerning as schools reopen with in-person learning. Children under 12, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine, are not only carriers of the virus, but they are contracting it.

How effective is the vaccine when it comes to the delta variant?

Although being vaccinated may not completely stop you from getting the delta variant, most vaccinated people don’t develop serious symptoms—or any at all. According to recent data from the CDC, 99.99% of fully vaccinated people have not had a breakthrough case of COVID-19 resulting in hospitalization or death. But evidence shows that vaccinated people may have a similar amount of virus in their body as those who are unvaccinated. This means they can still spread the virus to others if they get it, even though they likely won’t get very sick themselves. (Schedule your COVID Vaccine at a location near you. It’s Fast & Easy)

Why get the shot?

The delta variant is so contagious that some health officials speculate that most people who are not fully vaccinated or have not had a previous COVID-19 infection will likely get it. That means that the best way to protect yourself from getting seriously ill from the virus is to be fully vaccinated.

More than 100 million people in the U.S. are still unvaccinated. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently told ABC News that it is more important than ever to get vaccinated against COVID-19. “When you look at the country as a whole, and getting us back to normal, the unvaccinated…are allowing the propagation and the spread of the outbreak, which ultimately impacts everybody.”

What if I’m still unsure about getting vaccinated?

You may still have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine and that’s understandable. Doing research about the shot may help ease your concerns, but it’s important to get your information from trusted resources because there is a lot of misinformation out there.

Here’s what the CDC says about getting the shot:

  • Although some fully vaccinated people will still contract the virus, the vaccine has been shown to provide strong protection against severe illness, hospitalization and death among people of all ages.
  • A small percentage of people may get COVID-19 soon after vaccination because the body has not had enough time to build full protection. It’s important to take precautions for the first few weeks after receiving it.
  • If you get a vaccine that requires two doses, you need the second dose in order to be fully protected.

Vaccination is the best protection we have against developing serious illness from COVID-19, including the very contagious delta variant. Whether or not you are vaccinated, wearing a mask in public, social distancing and washing your hands provide added protection against getting the virus and spreading it to others.

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Southern Community Development Corp Receives $100K Grant To Support Local COVID Vaccine Information Sharing

Southern Community Development Corporation under the leadership of the late Bishop Clarence E. Williams recently received a $100,000 grant from the New York City’s Task-force on Racial Inclusion & Equity to support multi-sector stakeholders, including nonprofits organizations serving populations impacted by COVID-19 inequities, businesses, houses of worship, community boards, educational institutions, tenant associations, mutual aid coalitions and civic bodies.

TRIE Neighborhood Coordinators (TNC) will serve as grassroots and community led coalitions who have been on the front line of responding to the pandemic. The goal of the grant is to increase local coordination; the Task force will support a system of local coalitions within 33 disproportionately impacted neighborhoods with significant racial and economic disparities in health outcomes as identified by the City. This grant will support local information sharing, organizing, and resource coordination while providing real-time feedback loops to the City  to ensure a strong response and recovery.

It’s fast and easy to Schedule your COVID Vaccine at a location in your neighborhood.

If you would like information to share with your members or group about the importance of getting the COVID vaccine or if you want to discuss collaborating on these efforts contact Southern Community Development Corporation at (212) 470-6598.


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FREE Food Distribution and Wellness Fair in Brownsville Saturday May 22 for Families & Seniors in ENY and Brownsville

There will be a Free Food Distribution and Wellness Fair Saturday May 22, at PS 184 in Brownsville.  The event is open to families and seniors.  The Campaign Against Hunger, Centerlight HealthCare, HealthyNYC, New York for Seniors, VillageCareMax, Nikki Lucas (Community Advocate), PS 184, and others, have partnered to bring this event to East Brooklyn. Senior Center Directors in Brownsville and East New York are encouraged to contact their members to inform them about this event. There will be a Senior Exercise Session by Alwayz Fit 4 Lyfe.  Seniors love Nakisha’s workout sessions. See the flyer below.



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HOUSING ALERT: Section 8 Voucher Applications Available Today Through May 28 So Apply NOW

There is a small window of time that you can apply for a Section 8 Voucher, so do it quickly.  You can Apply from May 17, 2021 – May 28, 2021, and it’s a lottery situation. You will also notice that the vouchers are open to people outside of New York City, which makes it even more important for you to apply TODAY!!!  Section 8 Vouchers provide a subsidy to help low-income renters afford safe, decent housing.

Applicants must apply while the waitlist is open (May 17 – May 28). Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) will select 15,000 households for the waitlist through a lottery. Those selected for the waitlist will be offered a voucher as one becomes available, and will be subject to additional eligibility screening. Additional terms and conditions may apply. Applying does not guarantee a voucher.

New York State Homes & Community Renewal (NYSHCR) will accept lottery applications for the wait list for the HCV Program between 9:00 AM, May 17, 2021 through, 11:59PM on May 28, 2021Applications are available on NYSHCR’s website: To request a reasonable accommodation to submit or complete an application or for language assistance, please call 833-990-4001, TTY # 833-990-4002. Application does not guarantee placement on the waitlist or receipt of a Housing Choice Voucher.

The Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program, commonly known as Section 8, is a federal program designed to provide rental assistance to low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market. Through the HCV Program, NYSHCR pays a portion of eligible families’ rent each month directly to the Property Owner/Manager/Landlord. APPLY TODAY

As per the NYSHCR administrative plan, the following preferences are in place:

  • Households defined as Homeless
  • Households identified as Elderly and/or Disabled (as defined by HUD) or families with Dependent Children.

You do not have to be a United States citizen to apply for public or subsidized housing. Lawful permanent residents and certain categories of  other noncitizens may apply. An applicant family without any citizens or members with eligible immigration status is not eligible for assistance. If one member of your household fits into any of the categories below, your whole family can apply to the program.

Applicants must be 18+ and reside in an income-eligible household. See the “Income Eligibility” section below for details. Applicants who currently reside outside of New York City must reside within New York City for the first 12 months after receiving a voucher.

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Join These CenterLight Online Art Projects Intended To Prevent Social Isolation and Depression

This week we offer two art programs for encouraging creative expression led by CenterLight Therapeutic Recreation Specialists. Engaging in things that we like to do and interacting with other people makes us happy, keeps our brain sharp, lowers our blood pressure, and contributes to overall mental and physical health. On Monday April 5th at 11 am TRS Ariana leads an art and cooking project in both English and Spanish. On Tuesday April 6th at 1 pm TRS Jen leads a rainbow Q-tip art project.

Arianna and Jen’s art programs, as well as our weekly games, music, literature, and spiritual programs are part of CenterLight’s “Fun and Wellness at Home,” a series of online activities intended to help prevent social isolation and depression. These educational, therapeutic, and recreational programs are provided virtually, for attendees to enjoy in the comfort and safety of their homes.

To see the full list of activities, click through to:

CenterLight Teamcare is committed to providing accurate health-related information to help individuals live well, stay healthy and make well-informed healthcare decisions. Information in this material is strictly educational. We recommend that users consult with their doctor regarding their care. If you would like to learn more about CenterLight’s long term care program, Teamcare, please call: 1-877-212-8877 (TTY 711), 8AM – 8PM, Monday – Friday or visit our website at Representatives or message service also available on weekends

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Permanent COVID-19 Vaccination Site Opens in Spring Creek Towers (Starrett City) With 50% of Vaccines Going to Residents

Cityblock Health, a healthcare provider serving lower-income communities across New York in partnership with EmblemHealth, announced today the opening of a new, permanent COVID-19 vaccination site in collaboration with New York City and the Brooksville Company at Spring Creek Towers, an affordable housing development in the 11239 ZIP code in Starrett City, Brooklyn, New York.

The site will bring the Pfizer vaccine to a neighborhood significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic — and Cityblock hopes the efforts will increase equity of vaccine distribution.

“Opening a large-scale, permanent vaccination site here, one year after the city shut down, is work we’re proud to do,” said Charisse Hunter, RN, MHA, Head of COVID-19 response at Cityblock. “We’re grateful to the City and Brooksville for their investment in this community’s health and safety.”

The new vaccine site located at 1310 Pennsylvania Avenue will offer more than 1,000 appointments per week and will be open seven days a week, from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, continuing to expand the existing five-borough network of more than 450 vaccine access points open to the eligible public. Additional days and appointments will be available as supply increases citywide. Eligible New Yorkers can make an appointment at or by calling 877-VAX-4NYC.

Half of all the doses at the vaccination site will be reserved for eligible residents of Spring Creek Towers and eligible Cityblock members. Both Cityblock and Spring Creek Towers are running robust and proactive engagement programs, conducting outreach to residents and members who might be eligible for the vaccine under New York State guidelines via email, phone, SMS, and out-of-home media. Cityblock and Spring Creek Towers have set up phone hotlines and an in-person scheduling unit to make the process as easy as possible for residents.

While the site organizers know the importance of bringing vaccine distribution sites directly into underserved communities, they also understand that the site alone won’t ensure high vaccination rates. Cityblock has been working to increase access to information in the community and with members across the city. Last month, they hosted a community education event at Spring Creek Towers with their mobile clinic, Community Health Partners, and providers. The Cityblock team met with residents and answered questions on everything from how vaccines work to the emergency FDA approval process and the risks and benefits of getting the vaccine.

“The deep historical mistrust that some communities have had in the healthcare system has intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ari Rosner, LCSW, Head of Social Care for Cityblock. “Our team’s main goal is to build trust with the individuals we’re working with and their communities more broadly. Once we’ve established that, we’re able to show up in a non-judgmental way to make sure they have the information they need to make the best decisions for themselves.”

The Spring Creek Tower vaccination site received 1,170 vaccine doses for the first week, and supply will scale over the next several weeks.

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Medicaid Home Care Benefits With A Pooled Trust You Can Trust

by KTS Trust

Can you really trust a pooled trust?

You’ve decided to look into a pooled trust. Or, maybe the government recommended one to help you or a loved one qualify for Medicaid Home Care Benefits. This is a common reason for many to join this kind of community trust.

Pooled Trusts are managed by non-profit organizations as a service to the disabled and elderly. The goal is to make it possible for them to stay in their homes while receiving long-term medical care.

But if you don’t happen to be a lawyer, this option may seem complex or even alien to you. So, is it possible to feel comfortable with someone else “handling” your loved one’s funds? How can you trust a pooled trust? Please read on, to learn why KTS Trust is a pooled trust you can trust.

Pooled trusts are permitted by law

Qualifying for Medicaid Home Care Benefits is regulated by the Federal and State governments working together to establish benefits and requirements. But qualifying for Medicaid programs can be difficult for some people. Those with higher incomes than what is allowed may not qualify without the help of a Pooled Trust.

The word “pooled” refers to the fact that the income of many participants, or beneficiaries, are pooled together lending to stability and additional services. Family members join such trusts to meet Medicaid’s limited income requirements. As a special purpose trust that was created under federal law, this type of trust is required to “be established in accordance with strict rules.”

The Federal law was established in 1993 and is designed to help the disabled and elderly receive services and the government assistance they need. Particularly for those whose income exceeds specific state requirements and are seeking care at home. It allows them to put monthly income above Medicaid’s limits into this special type of trust. Money in the pooled trust is then used to pay monthly bills like rent or mortgage payments while Medicaid pays the home care portion.

Knowing that this trust is permitted by law, which dictates rigid requirements, should help in gaining your confidence in such an arrangement.

It’s a legal and binding document

The trust is established by a trust agreement, which is a legal document that contains instructions that the organization (trustee) will follow. This is how the trust will be administered and could include rules on how money is to be spent during your loved one’s lifetime. The rules stated within the document should also state what happens to any remaining amounts at the primary beneficiary’s death.

The fact that pooled trusts are bound by a legal document ensures accountability by the non-profit organizations who manage them.

Organizations (trustees) must abide by rules and regulations

Just like other businesses and organizations, trustees are bound to rules and regulations. To administer a trust, the organization, typically nonprofit, is required to follow all Federal and State laws governing such trusts. They are formed and certified in accordance with each state’s nonprofit statutes.

These organizations are fully acquainted with how to administer these types of trusts. Although this lends to their credibility and trustworthiness, you should take the time to vet out those in the beneficiary’s state.

But the choice is yours

All that said, not all non-profit organizations (trustees) are alike. It’s recommended that you investigate what they have to offer and how they may be different. This will help you to establish trust in someone handling your loved one’s income. You’ll want to be sure that the organization takes the time to explain their services and addresses all your concerns.

You may have many of your own questions, but here are some examples of what to ask.

Track record – This tells a lot about the organization and their past success (or shortcomings).

How long have they been administering such trusts?
Do they come highly recommended?
Costs – The costs involved can vary from one organization to the next.

What are the initial costs?
What are the recurring costs and what do they cover?
Customer service – This can also vary by organization. Think about what you are expecting.

How will the organization attend to your loved one’s needs?
What does their customer service look like?
Do they exercise good communication skills?
What additional services do they provide?
Procedures/policies/process – What they do and how they do it is important for you to understand.

Who specifically manages the funds and how are the funds managed?
Are balances available at any time for viewing by beneficiaries?
Do they incorporate technology into their processes?
How do they ensure accuracy and efficiency?
How do they involve the family in any decisions?

Home care benefits realized

Long-term home health care benefits for the disabled and elderly can be realized when joining a pooled trust to qualify. For those who would otherwise not meet income limitations, this type of trust is really a blessing. Without it, long term care at home might be difficult, or impossible.

If you are uncomfortable or don’t understand how a pooled trust works, don’t be afraid to seek advice from an attorney. Ask for referrals. Ask questions.

Make it a point to educate yourself. As with any important decision, choosing the right organization is key to peace of mind and getting successful results. Learn as much as you can before taking the plunge.

KTS is ready to help you with your pooled trust decision. Contact us for more information.

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Tune in to CenterLight’s Talk on COVID-19 Updates!

Join CenterLight Teamcare staff for another week of educational and recreational programs! This week, CenterLight’s Assistant Director of Clinical Intake Riva Horenstein, RN will share updates about COVID-19 and the different vaccines that are currently available. She will expand on her blog post that details COVID-19 transmission, testing, vaccines, and what has changed in the past year

Riva’s educational program as well as our weekly games, music, literature, and spiritual programs are part of CenterLight’s “Fun and Wellness at Home,” a series of online activities intended to help prevent social isolation and depression. These educational, therapeutic, and recreational programs are provided virtually, for attendees to enjoy in the comfort and safety of their homes To see the full list of activities, click through to:

CenterLight Teamcare is committed to providing accurate health-related information to help individuals live well, stay healthy and make well-informed healthcare decisions. Information in this material is strictly educational. We recommend that users consult with their doctor regarding their care. If you would like to learn more about CenterLight’s long term care program, Teamcare, please call: 1-877-212-8877 (TTY 711), 8AM – 8PM, Monday – Friday or visit our website at
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Join Senator Roxanne Persaud At A Tenants Rights Virtual Townhall About COVID-19 Eviction Moratorium Tuesday March 16

From Senator Roxanne Persaud (19th Senate District)

On Tuesday evening, March 16, 2021, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., I will host Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A (BKA) for a virtual town hall to provide tenants with critical information and resources about the COVID-19 eviction moratorium.

If you (or someone you know) are at risk of eviction and impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you can delay eviction proceedings by filling out a hardship declaration form. BKA attorneys will explain how to complete the hardship declaration form, discuss the eviction moratorium’s current status, and more.

Please click here to register to attend Townhall.

You may also watch via Facebook Live through BKA or on my Facebook page at

I look forward to seeing and hearing from you on Tuesday evening.

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Join CenterLight for Interactive Online Games and other Fun Activities for Seniors!

Join CenterLight Teamcare staff for another week of educational and recreational programs! As part of our efforts to keep participants and community members active and engaged as they continue staying home during the pandemic, Therapeutic Recreation staff members lead fun games that can support cognitive function, social interaction, and provide a key source of enrichment for seniors. This week tune in to BINGO, Pokeno and an exciting Horse Race game!

These games are part of CenterLight’s “Fun and Wellness at Home,” a series of online activities intended to help prevent social isolation and depression. These educational, therapeutic, and recreational programs are provided virtually, for attendees to enjoy in the comfort and safety of their homes.

To see the full list of activities, click through to:

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Join ‘Together in Music’ An Online Music-Based Program Presented by Centerlight TeamCare Tuesday March 9

CenterLight Teamcare invites you to “Together in Music,” an online, music-based program presented in collaboration with the Friends of CenterLight Foundation and the Institute for Music and Neurologic Function (IMNF).

Held every Tuesday at 11AM-12PM “Together in Music” is led by IMNF music therapist Xiyu Zhang, and can be accessed by logging into

Attendees will enjoy listening and singing-along to familiar music from different eras, as well as music and movement, and relaxation activities. The goal is to promote meaningful, virtual social interactions, community and togetherness.

This program is part of “Fun and Wellness at Home,” a series of online activities offered through CenterLight Teamcare to help keep participants, their caregivers and community members active and engaged. Intended to help prevent social isolation and depression, these educational, therapeutic and recreational programs are provided virtually, for attendees to enjoy in the comfort and safety of their homes.

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Senior Health: Dietitian Will Be Livestreaming A Discussion on Controlling Your Sodium Intake Wed March 3

Join CenterLight Teamcare Dietitian Allison Tannenbaum on Wednesday, March 3rd at 3PM on CenterLight’s Facebook page ( to learn more about the role of salt in a healthy diet. Allison will discuss the impact of excess sodium on our health, as well as share tips for controlling your sodium intake for optimum health.

This nutrition education program is part of CenterLight’s “Fun and Wellness at Home,” a series of activities designed to help keep seniors and community members active and engaged during the COVID-19 pandemic.

To read more about how dietitians at Teamcare play a vital role in participants’ care, click through to the CenterLight Teamcare blog:

CenterLight Teamcare is committed to providing accurate, health-related information to help individuals live well, stay healthy and make well-informed healthcare decisions. Information in this material is strictly educational. We recommend that users consult with their doctor regarding their care. If you would like to learn more about CenterLight Teamcare, a managed long-term care organization, please call: 1-877-212-8877 (TTY 711), 8AM – 8PM, Monday – Friday. Representatives or message services are also available on weekends.

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This Just In: COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Seniors 65 and Older Saturday Feb 27 by Appointment Only at Brookdale

Ten slots just opened at Brookdale Hospital for seniors 65 and older who want to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine.  Please note that these slots are by APPOINTMENT ONLY, so please do not show up without registering beforehand.

To schedule an appointment for Saturday February 27, 2021 Call 347-687-7482

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Official COVID-19 Testing at Pink Houses in East New York Feb 11 – Feb 14 by NYC Health and Hospitals

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New York City Health + Hospitals is conducting free Mobile COVID-19 Testing in East New York until February 14, 2021. See the flyer below. NYCHH is also providing vaccines at various NYCHA locations. Stay tuned to for updates as sites open in East New York and Brownsville.  We are happy to have our VOICES of East New York with Nikki Lucas, as an Outreach Partner, to get the word out to the community. Share the flyer with others.




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Leading East New York City Council Candidate Nikki Lucas Talks NYCHA, and the Need for New Leadership

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by Gabby Brown

VOICES of East New York host, Nikki Lucas, is running to represent East New York’s 42nd Council District, which covers East New York and parts of Brownsville, Canarsie and East Flatbush. Not only has she thrown her hat into the race but she is also one of the 21 women leading in their City Council races throughout New York City.

A Lifelong East New York Resident and Changemaker

Lucas is a 30-year resident of Starrett City and has spent her career working with various organizations to empower the East New York community.

She is one of three generations that has lived in East New York. Resultantly, she has seen how things have changed for the good and also has identified where things can improve:

“I am one of three generations that live in this community, including my mom, daughter, and myself. While some things have changed, the social injustices, educational, health, housing, technology and economic inequities have remained the same.”

This sentiment has motivated her to be committed to using her talents to improve the issues the community of East New York is facing. From partnering with HealthyNYC to bring healthcare information to families to co-founding the Brooklyn Collaborative, an organization that improves access to education and health-related resources, Lucas has done the work to develop strategies to deal with the community’s most pressing problems.

Offering an Action-Based Alternative to the Status Quo

Lucas’s community work has made such an impression on her peers and potential voters that she has taken the lead in public and private funding over well-known candidates who have held office in the community, like Charles Barron.

Lucas told why she thinks this is:

“Our community wants leadership that not only speaks loud but marries this with action and legislation that leads to improvements in their lives and within the community. I had to prove myself worthy of community support in which I have garnered over the years. I have tackled housing issues for seniors and families, advocated for quality healthcare, and worked with our schools to improve the quality of education.”

She also acknowledged that the years of seat switching and family legacy politics that has occurred between Charles Barron and wife, Inez, as well as the seeming lack of action on critical issues from the two candidates, could also be driving support her way:

“I think my success is two-fold. One, they continue to try to swap political seats, and the community has not seen any growth or real deliverables. It’s smoke and mirrors,”

Lucas also went on to describe the housing issues that have seemed to go unaddressed, “For example, they boast of all the affordable housing in East New York, but what they don’t tell you is that those units are largely occupied by people from outside the district while the population of homelessness among residents that come from East New York is increasing by alarming numbers.”

She concluded by discussing how her work has increased voter confidence in her and her team, “People have watched the consistency, the advocacy, and all-out hard work my team and I invested into students, seniors, and families to fight for a better quality of life.”

Fighting Against NYCHA Privatization

In addition to her work in improving healthcare and education options for residents, Lucas has made the city’s housing crisis a priority. As a Democratic State Committee Member for Assembly District 60, she advocates for more humane conditions in NYCHA buildings and affordable housing.

If elected to the 42nd District Council seat, Lucas plans to support the existing community plan proposed by the Justice For All Coalition as an alternative to the current push for the privatization of NYCHA. Their plan advocates for more community control and repairs to existing properties. As a result of Lucas’ advocacy to improve NYCHA and keep rents low she co-founded the Coalition to Save NYCHA to gain support for keeping NYCHA out of the hands of private developers.

“Ending the Cycle of Insanity”

Lucas wants to set East New York on a new trajectory, and other notable politicians are supporting her vision. One noteworthy supporter is Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, who recently selected her to serve as a member of the East New York Neighborhood Advisory board, and he has evolved from colleague and mentor to donor and ally.

Lucas is driven by her passion for helping the East New York community access resources they are entitled to, including affordable housing, healthcare, educational resources, and a local government that works for them. Her commitment to community building and changing the status quo has led to her success as a leading candidate:

“In order to command different results and end the cycle of insanity, we need new leadership that has a plan and possesses the necessary relationships to execute them. That’s what I have to offer as the next City Council Member of the 42nd Council District.”

The City Council election is in June 2021.

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NYC COVID-19 Vaccine Finder Provides Information For You To Schedule An Appointment

New York City has launched a Vaccine Finder where you can find COVID-19 Vaccine locations, and you can make an appointment. See the details below and the Vaccine Finder button is at the bottom of the page.

What is the Vaccine Finder?

The Vaccine Finder is a one-stop site for New Yorkers to find their nearest COVID-19 vaccination location. The Vaccine Finder can also provide New Yorkers with information to schedule vaccination appointments.

To get started, type in an address, ZIP code, or click “near me” to find a list of nearby provider locations. You will also see links and phone numbers to schedule an appointment.

Each site manages its own schedules and appointments. This tool is intended to help make site information – including scheduling options – easily accessible to New Yorkers.

Who can get vaccinated right now?

Currently, the vaccine is available to people 65 and older, and essential workers including teachers and education workers, first responders, public safety workers, public transit workers, grocery store workers, healthcare providers and staff with direct patient contact, emergency responders, staff at COVID-19 testing and vaccination locations, home health aides, and long-term care staff and residents among others. Click here for the full list of groups currently eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.

What should I do before I go to a vaccination site?

Vaccinations at all sites are done by scheduled appointment only. The sites are not accepting walk-ins at this time. If you are currently not eligible for vaccination, do not sign up for an appointment.

Wear a face covering to your appointment. You will not be admitted to the site without one.

You will also need to complete the NYS COVID-19 Vaccine Form before your appointment. The person administering the vaccine is required to check that you completed the form before you can get vaccinated.

In addition, if you are eligible for vaccination based on your job, you must bring proof of employment in New York, such as an employee ID card, a letter from your employer or affiliated organization, or a recent pay stub to your appointment. If you are eligible for a vaccine based on your age, you must be able to show proof of age and proof of residence in New York. This includes a New York State Driver’s License, a New York City ID or one of the following: statement from landlord, current rent receipt or lease, mortgage records or two of the following: statement from another person, a piece of current mail, or school records.

Reschedule your appointment if you are not feeling well on the day of your appointment.

How can I get to my vaccination site?

If you are 65 or older, cannot use public or private transportation and don’t have anyone to take you to your vaccination appointment, other transportation options are available.

If you use Access-a-Ride or Medicaid-provided transportation, you can schedule rides as you normally would. If you are homebound and 65 or older, you can schedule free ambulette transportation to your vaccination site.

If you are 65 or older, and do not use Access-a-Ride or Medicaid-provided transportation, you can schedule a free ride to your vaccination site. Your appointment confirmation e-mail from DOHMH or Health and Hospitals sites will include more information on how to secure transport.

Why should I get vaccinated?

By getting vaccinated, you are helping protect yourself, your family and your friends. You are also helping make your community safer. In clinical studies, both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were more than 94% effective at protecting participants from COVID-19. They were also shown to be safe and that you cannot get COVID-19 from them.

Learn more about the safety and effectiveness of the authorized vaccines.

Do I need to keep taking precautions after I am vaccinated?

Yes! Even after you are vaccinated, you will still need to practice these important COVID-19 prevention steps: staying home if you are sick, washing your hands regularly, wearing a face covering and keeping physical distance from others.


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This Just In! COVID-19 Vaccines for Seniors 65 and Over Available at Brookdale Wed. Jan 20, 2021 Register to Confirm

blankCOVID-19 Information provided by Nikki Lucas
I just received this information tonight from Brookdale Medical Center. They have the COVID-19 Vaccine available in the hospital.
If you are 65 and older and interested in taking the Pfizer vaccine tomorrow morning, please call or text 347-687-7482 before 8am Wednesday, January 20, 2021 for appointment confirmation.
Brookdale Hospital
555 Rockaway Parkway
Enter thru the auditorium
9am – 12pm
IMPORTANT NOTE: Also, please click on the link below to fill out the application form. This MUST be filled out before you get to Brookdale

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