Stephen Witt

Robinson Retirement Creates Room for Democracy Growth

By Stephen Witt Longtime lawmaker Assemblywoman Annette Robinson (Bedford-Stuyvesant) on Saturday announced she is retiring from her seat and quickly endorsed and pledged her support for Community Board 3 Chair Tremaine Wright as her successor. The announcement came over the weekend at the Vanguard Independent Democratic Association Breakfast. VIDA also nominated its President Henry Butler to run as a […]Read More

Bed-Stuy Slow Zone Hits Speed Bump

Community Board 3 gives thumbs down to city proposal to reduce speed from 30 to 20 MPH Citing concerns of increased police ticketing and traffic snares along Bed-Stuy’s major auto thoroughfares, Community Board 3 voted 27-4 on Monday to not recommend the city’s proposal to install a Neighborhood Slow Zone that straddles Clinton Hill and […]Read More

de Blasio Budget Calls For End To NYCHA Residents to

While spending plan helps some in Central Brooklyn, unemployment & charter schools not addressed As this paper went to press, Mayor Bill de Blasio issued a $73.7 billion fiscal year 2014-15 city budget that includes doing away with the city charging public housing residents to pay for police protection. Currently, the city charges the New […]Read More

Hoffman and Oquendo: Murders in Black and White

By Alton H. Maddox, Jr.   This past Sunday, Philip Seymour Hoffman, an Oscar-winning, white actor was found dead in his Greenwich Village apartment of an alleged, heroin overdose on this past Sunday.  In other words, “Hoffman killed himself”.  On the other hand, Avonte Oquendo, an autistic, Latino student in the care and custody of […]Read More

State Lawmakers Call for Halt of Common Core for Two

    Say rollout for new national education standards is deeply flawed     By Stephen Witt The state legislature this week called for a two-year moratorium for using Common Core-aligned test scores to evaluate educators and affect student placement decisions. In a rare bipartisan vote, both Democrats in the assembly and Republicans in the […]Read More

City set to install slow zone in Clinton Hill and

DOT claims reduction in speed limit and speed bumps will thwart crashes   By Stephen Witt The city’s proposal to install a Neighborhood Slow Zone that straddles Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant has hit a speed bump. Under the Department of Transportation (DOT) plan, the speed limit in a large rectangular area bounded by Bedford Avenue […]Read More

Weeksville asks de Blasio to be let into city’s cultural

Says Bloomberg political allocations left office with the former billionaire mayor By Stephen Witt The Weeksville Heritage Center, which documents and preserves the history of the free, self-sufficient 19th century African-American community of Weeksville, is looking to get a little help from City Hall – namely to gain entrance onto the city’s Cultural Institutions Group […]Read More

A Case for Black gentrification in Central Brooklyn

Longtime residents fight to keep the African-American legacy alive in Central Brooklyn By Stephen Witt African-American residents, property owners and activists of Bedford-Stuyvesant are pushing back against the long-held collective society belief that little can be done to stop white gentrification. This despite the fact that battle lines are being drawn along fronts like Tompkins […]Read More