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In Public Service – October 29, 2019

Eugene hosts symposium on stroke prevention

Councilmember Mathieu Eugene, the only doctor on the City Council, hosted a free stroke symposium and dinner at John Hus Moravian Church in partnership with Maimonides Medical Center.

The symposium was held to educate residents on the warning signs of stroke as well as provide information on prevention methods, according to Eugene’s office. Eugene, a Democrat, represents Kensington, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens and parts of Crown Heights.

The event drew more than 100 local residents, including many who had suffered from a stroke or had family members who were recovering from a stroke.

The event featured slideshow presentations from Dr. Daniel Zumofen, director of vascular neurosurgery, and Dr. Q. Tony Wang, stroke program director, from Maimonides Medical Center.

Rose marks Superstorm Sandy anniversary

U.S. Rep. Max Rose, whose Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island district was hit hard by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, marked the seventh anniversary of the storm by issuing a vow to work on behalf of the victims and to push the federal government to be better prepared should another massive weather event take place again.

Today marks seven years since Hurricane Sandy hit New York City,” Rose said in a statement issued on Oct. 29, seven years since our community was devastated not just by a natural disaster, but by sheer government incompetence that verged on criminal. We will never get back our neighbors who perished in the storm, nor the time and the money that so many lost in the days and the years following that day. But I refuse to let those who suffered, do so in vain.”

Rose, a Democrat who was elected in November of 2018, said he has worked to ensure that residents are prepared for the next big storm.  I’m bringing all of the parties to the table to try to finally learn from our mistakes of the past, so that we have licensed, quality and many local workers ready to get to work and get past all of that bureaucracy should another storm hit,he said.

Frontus to host housing information workshop

Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus will host a housing information workshop with Community Board 13 on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at P.S. 329, 2929 West 30th St., in Coney Island, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The goal of the workshop is to inform local residents about housing construction projects that are currently underway in Coney Island, according to Frontus’ office. Frontus will be joined by representatives who will provide information about the new housing units and answer questions from residents.

Frontus, a Democrat, represents Coney Island and parts of Dyker Heights and Bay Ridge.

For more information on the workshop, email FrontusM@nyassembly.gov or call Frontus’ office at 718-266-0267.

Jeffries touts health care bill

U.S. Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, chairperson of the House Democratic Caucus, discussed the outlined Democrats’ signature health care bill, The Lower Drug Costs Now Act, at the caucus’ weekly press conference in Washington D.C.

The bill would save taxpayers approximately $345 billion and drive down the skyrocketing prices of prescription drugs, according to Jeffries, who spoke at the press conference with U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark of Massachusetts, the caucus vice chairperson.

“It’s unacceptable, and everyday Americans understand this, that they are paying sometimes five or six times as much for the same drug manufactured in the same location as people in other developed nations like Canada, Great Britain, France, Germany or Australia. Our legislation, in honor of Elijah Cummings, will drive down the high costs of medication by giving the federal government the power to negotiate lower drug prices on behalf of the American people by using its bulk price purchasing power,” Jeffries said, referring to the late Maryland congressmember.

Jeffries, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Canarsie, Mill Basin, and Coney Island, said House Democrats are “committed as ever to making sure we deal with that issue and protect people with pre-existing conditions, strengthen the Affordable Care Act and lower the costs of premiums, co-pays and deductibles.”

Photo courtesy of the House Democratic Caucus

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U.S. Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Katherine Clark, chair and vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus respectively, outline the House bill to address rising prescription drug costs.

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