Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr.

Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. represents the vibrant communities of Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights in the New York City Council. is the New York City Council Member for the 36th District, representing the vibrant communities of Bedford Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights.

He has spent his career in public service, fighting for policies and services that are vital to the lives of the residents of Central Brooklyn. Robert is the son of the late Reverend Dr. Robert E. Cornegy, Sr., pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Bedford Stuyvesant. He learned from his parents at an early age that a community is only as strong as its members. As the current District Leader o

He has spent his career in public service, fighting for policies and services that are vital to the lives of the residents of Central Brooklyn. Robert is the son of the late Reverend Dr. Robert E. Cornegy, Sr., pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Bedford Stuyvesant. He learned from his parents at an early age that a community is only as strong as its members. As the current District Leader o

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Congratulations to the class of 2021!Right now, I am full of joy. It is amazing to be here in person at MS 266. It is be...
06/17/2021

Congratulations to the class of 2021!
Right now, I am full of joy. It is amazing to be here in person at MS 266. It is beautiful to see the people in person.
As the father of six, I understand the incredible sense of pride all of the parents, grandparents, caregivers, family, friends, loved ones, and educators feel at graduation. Thank you for instilling in these young people the importance of reaching milestones like these. Your pride is well-earned. It is my pleasure to share this special day with you. Though we face challenging times, with the coronavirus pandemic, the social injustices with policing and a variety of racial disparities. Know that today you are beginning to build upon your own narrative.
Every graduation is a community celebration. Your graduation is also your educators, your mentors, your community saying: you’re ready to move on to the next phase. Today is our saying to you, we’re proud of you and you have achieved something important. Your life matters to all of us, you are valuable and you all matter.
Graduates, this is your day. Our community appreciates all the hard work you put in. You may not fully understand yet the significance of what you all have achieved.
Nobody quite understands the significance of what you have achieved. You have faced a challenge that nobody has faced since the pandemic of 1918. None of your parents or grandparents grew up through the Covid-19 pandemic.
Yet you made it through. You are here. Your experience is unlike any other other graduating class.
Getting to this point is no small feat and of course comes along with many challenges. But your achievement today is a testament to the fact that you are all well prepared to achieve even more. Whatever you put your minds to, no matter the obstacles life may put in your way - you can achieve. Because you have already achieved something unique.
I played basketball for many years. And there are some things you learn. One thing is that teamwork helps you go far. I may have my shortcomings, and my teammate may have some shortcomings. But working together as a team - and with the help and guidance of our coaches - we support one another and lift one another’s strengths up.
Graduates, many of the people on your team are with you in spirit today. They are your coaches in life - they will be looking to help you refine your skills and overcome obstacles.
Another lesson I learned from basketball - give it your all. You get an amazing sense of achievement from pushing to the boundaries and putting your everything into it. You can get that same feeling from learning - especially your favorite subject. But also, you may learn to like your not so favorite subject or courses too.
Basketball took me around the world, in Israel and France and in Turkey, my community voted for me after I ran for City Council, later the Guinness Book of Worlds Records said I am the tallest politician in the world. And some people said, “well, we’ve never had a City Council Member with your background or your style before.” Or some people even said, “well, you’re not our idea of a City Council Member.”
I have to build on my own narrative and the narrative of our community. Passing laws on public health, public safety, economic development, helping small businesses, and upholding education, women, and overall civil rights in our communities. In this climate - it is especially important to help bring laws forward so that we can secure the rights every one of us deserve.
However, you look, no matter your height, or weight, or skin color, or hair style, or religion, or your background. Don’t listen to those who want to put barriers up for you, or boundaries around your talent and your gifts. Don’t listen to their limits and what kind of box they want to put you in.
I know that if you always keep the determination that brought you to today, rely on the people who are on your team, push yourself to achieve, and don’t listen to those who want to limit you. Do some combination of those things - you might not have to even do them all - and you will all have lives filled with great successes.
So, continue to build on your narrative. I have faith that this graduating class can do it like nobody else.
Before I end, I want everyone in this room to give a huge round of applause to the entire staff at MS 266.
Please give a huge round of applause to all the family members of the graduates.
Give a huge round of applause to Principal Frederick Torres.
In the face of all that happened, two have earned special recognition. Congratulations Sarah Johnson on being selected as Valedictorian! Congratulations Jaylene Noel on your selection as Salutatorian!
Thank you everyone at MS 266 and one last time: Congratulations to the class of 2021!

Summer Break Essentials Community DaySaturday, June 26 at 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.at Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77Several of t...
06/17/2021
Community Summer Break Essentials Day

Summer Break Essentials Community Day
Saturday, June 26 at 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.
at Brooklyn Navy Yard Building 77

Several of the Yard’s on-site businesses and community partners will be at Building 77 giving away free items perfect for every family. Brooklyn Book Bodega will be giving away books for students in grades K - 12, Little Essentials will have diapers and baby wipes, Yadestiny Treasure Chest will bring their pop-up clothing shop of formal and casual clothes for kids up to 13, and Turnstile Tours will lead “Yard Inspectors” tours for families, and more!

FREE!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-summer-break-essentials-day-tickets-156781235897

Just in time for summer break, this event is the perfect opportunity to set your child up for summer success.

Fulton Street between New York and Brooklyn Avenues and Marcy between Fulton and MacDonough will be CLOSED on June 19, 7...
06/17/2021

Fulton Street between New York and Brooklyn Avenues and Marcy between Fulton and MacDonough will be CLOSED on June 19, 7am-7pm.

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Beautify NYC gives young people ages 16-24 the opportunity to earn up to $2,000 to help beautify New York City public sp...
06/16/2021

Beautify NYC gives young people ages 16-24 the opportunity to earn up to $2,000 to help beautify New York City public spaces and parks while building new skills and social connections.

You may apply if you meet the criteria below. The application deadline is June 25th. This is a lottery selection.

Neighborhood Opportunity Network Arts Beautify NYC will take place from July through September and is open to people who:

* Are between the ages of 16 and 24
* Live in: Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, East New York, Harlem, Jamaica, North Staten Island, or the South Bronx
* Are available to work 12 weeks / 12 hours a week (days/times TBD)

Ages 16-17 apply here:
https://safelink.seamlessdocs.com/f/f4otg47nihha
Ages 18-24 apply here:
https://safelink.seamlessdocs.com/f/b2n624aovqur

Beautify NYC gives young people ages 16-24 the opportunity to earn up to $2,000 to help beautify New York City public spaces and parks while building new skills and social connections.

You may apply if you meet the criteria below. The application deadline is June 25th. This is a lottery selection.

Neighborhood Opportunity Network Arts Beautify NYC will take place from July through September and is open to people who:

* Are between the ages of 16 and 24
* Live in: Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, East New York, Harlem, Jamaica, North Staten Island, or the South Bronx
* Are available to work 12 weeks / 12 hours a week (days/times TBD)

Ages 16-17 apply here:
https://safelink.seamlessdocs.com/f/f4otg47nihha
Ages 18-24 apply here:
https://safelink.seamlessdocs.com/f/b2n624aovqur

FREE TENNISEvery Friday 5:00 - 7:00 pmNow - September 2021at Jackie Robinson Tennis CourtsChauncey between Utica and Pat...
06/16/2021

FREE TENNIS
Every Friday 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Now - September 2021
at Jackie Robinson Tennis Courts
Chauncey between Utica and Patchen
Brooklyn, NY

Special Events - Once a month
The Line Up:
June 19th (Juneteeth)
July 16th
Aug 20th
Sept 17th

www.HQTennis.com
www.JackieRobinsonTennis.com

FREE TENNIS
Every Friday 5:00 - 7:00 pm
Now - September 2021
at Jackie Robinson Tennis Courts
Chauncey between Utica and Patchen
Brooklyn, NY

Special Events - Once a month
The Line Up:
June 19th (Juneteeth)
July 16th
Aug 20th
Sept 17th

www.HQTennis.com
www.JackieRobinsonTennis.com

06/16/2021

The Empire Marching Elite at our Juneteenth Wellness Wednesday.

06/16/2021

The Empire Marching Elite at our Juneteenth celebration.

Join me tomorrow evening on Facebook LIVE as we continue to celebrate PRIDE month!I’ll be joined by Aundaray Guess of Gr...
06/15/2021

Join me tomorrow evening on Facebook LIVE as we continue to celebrate PRIDE month!

I’ll be joined by Aundaray Guess of Griot Circle & Floyd Rumour of Brooklyn Community Pride Center.

Tune in LIVE tomorrow at 8pm!

Join me tomorrow evening on Facebook LIVE as we continue to celebrate PRIDE month!

I’ll be joined by Aundaray Guess of Griot Circle & Floyd Rumour of Brooklyn Community Pride Center.

Tune in LIVE tomorrow at 8pm!

Parole Reform & Marcy Houses AnnouncementJune 15, 2021Good morning. My name is Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. and I have the hon...
06/15/2021

Parole Reform & Marcy Houses Announcement
June 15, 2021

Good morning. My name is Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. and I have the honor of representing Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights in the New York City Council.

I am delighted to stand with the Mayor to announce the improvements to Marcy Houses and the parole reform. To say that violence spreads like a disease is not a metaphor—it is what the science now shows. Violence meets the dictionary definition of a disease, and hundreds of studies now confirm that violence is contagious. This is very good news. It is good news because we have highly effective and time-tested public health methods used worldwide to stop the spread of contagious diseases.

We need both legislation and we need to change conditions that created this problem. My office has been active at Marcy Houses fighting food insecurity. I have personally handed out tens of thousands of bags and boxes of food at our weekly Wellness Wednesday grocery distributions. We have been at Marcy Houses several times.

In November 2020, I had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon on the Marcy Houses community center. During a pandemic that revealed and exacerbated every inequity in this city, the community center represents the epitome of recovery and resiliency.

In the meantime, I created a Cure Violence Resource Guide. As you can guess, I consider basketball courts beautiful. But we need to give at-risk youth and families the tools they need to help themselves. Athletics is only part of the solution.

The other necessary part is legislation. Parole reform is essential if we want to cure violence. If we treat formerly incarcerated people as inherently dangerous, what might the result be? We need to treat them as potential inventors and artists. The formerly incarcerated are potential business owners and investors.

I value investment in the community and in providing services to parolees. I am proud to support today’s important efforts to uplift our city.

Parole Reform & Marcy Houses Announcement
June 15, 2021

Good morning. My name is Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. and I have the honor of representing Bedford-Stuyvesant and northern Crown Heights in the New York City Council.

I am delighted to stand with the Mayor to announce the improvements to Marcy Houses and the parole reform. To say that violence spreads like a disease is not a metaphor—it is what the science now shows. Violence meets the dictionary definition of a disease, and hundreds of studies now confirm that violence is contagious. This is very good news. It is good news because we have highly effective and time-tested public health methods used worldwide to stop the spread of contagious diseases.

We need both legislation and we need to change conditions that created this problem. My office has been active at Marcy Houses fighting food insecurity. I have personally handed out tens of thousands of bags and boxes of food at our weekly Wellness Wednesday grocery distributions. We have been at Marcy Houses several times.

In November 2020, I had the pleasure of cutting the ribbon on the Marcy Houses community center. During a pandemic that revealed and exacerbated every inequity in this city, the community center represents the epitome of recovery and resiliency.

In the meantime, I created a Cure Violence Resource Guide. As you can guess, I consider basketball courts beautiful. But we need to give at-risk youth and families the tools they need to help themselves. Athletics is only part of the solution.

The other necessary part is legislation. Parole reform is essential if we want to cure violence. If we treat formerly incarcerated people as inherently dangerous, what might the result be? We need to treat them as potential inventors and artists. The formerly incarcerated are potential business owners and investors.

I value investment in the community and in providing services to parolees. I am proud to support today’s important efforts to uplift our city.

HONORING JUNETEENTHJoin me this #WellnessWednesdayAt @bedstuyrestoration from 11am-2pm for a special commemoration of th...
06/14/2021

HONORING JUNETEENTH

Join me this #WellnessWednesday
At @bedstuyrestoration from 11am-2pm for a special commemoration of this day!
We’ll have food distribution while supplies last, live performances and more!

2021 marks 402 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to these shores. There are so many aspects of that four centuries long history worth reflecting on – especially worth reflecting on as we mark the 156th Juneteenth.

Just that contrast, 402 years on these shores and just 156 years since Juneteenth – that is just 56 years since the Voting Rights Act.

Remember Coretta Scott King’s farsighted words, “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”

Juneteenth is more than just a date in history. It marks a moment of liberation and a moment where we drew closer to the values enunciated at our nation’s founding. No doubt, our journey towards making those values a reality is far from complete.

HONORING JUNETEENTH

Join me this #WellnessWednesday
At @bedstuyrestoration from 11am-2pm for a special commemoration of this day!
We’ll have food distribution while supplies last, live performances and more!

2021 marks 402 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to these shores. There are so many aspects of that four centuries long history worth reflecting on – especially worth reflecting on as we mark the 156th Juneteenth.

Just that contrast, 402 years on these shores and just 156 years since Juneteenth – that is just 56 years since the Voting Rights Act.

Remember Coretta Scott King’s farsighted words, “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”

Juneteenth is more than just a date in history. It marks a moment of liberation and a moment where we drew closer to the values enunciated at our nation’s founding. No doubt, our journey towards making those values a reality is far from complete.

HAPPY NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE 2021!!!!
06/13/2021

HAPPY NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE 2021!!!!

HAPPY NATIONAL PUERTO RICAN DAY PARADE 2021!!!!

HONORING JUNETEENTH2021 marks 402 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to these shores. There are so man...
06/12/2021

HONORING JUNETEENTH

2021 marks 402 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to these shores. There are so many aspects of that four centuries long history worth reflecting on – especially worth reflecting on as we mark the 156th Juneteenth.

Just that contrast, 402 years on these shores and just 156 years since Juneteenth – that is just 56 years since the Voting Rights Act.

Remember Coretta Scott King’s farsighted words, “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”

Juneteenth is more than just a date in history. It marks a moment of liberation and a moment where we drew closer to the values enunciated at our nation’s founding. No doubt, our journey towards making those values a reality is far from complete.

Please read my full statement here:
https://council.nyc.gov/robert-cornegy/2021/06/11/honoring-juneteenth-2021/

HONORING JUNETEENTH

2021 marks 402 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to these shores. There are so many aspects of that four centuries long history worth reflecting on – especially worth reflecting on as we mark the 156th Juneteenth.

Just that contrast, 402 years on these shores and just 156 years since Juneteenth – that is just 56 years since the Voting Rights Act.

Remember Coretta Scott King’s farsighted words, “Struggle is a never-ending process. Freedom is never really won. You earn it and win it in every generation.”

Juneteenth is more than just a date in history. It marks a moment of liberation and a moment where we drew closer to the values enunciated at our nation’s founding. No doubt, our journey towards making those values a reality is far from complete.

Please read my full statement here:
https://council.nyc.gov/robert-cornegy/2021/06/11/honoring-juneteenth-2021/

06/11/2021

Every day New York State returns $1.5 million to those who file claims here.

In 2021, $186,177,288 of unclaimed funds were returned. Any of this yours? Find out here:
https://www.osc.state.ny.us/unclaimed-funds

Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center NYC published "Coping with COVID Resources, Tools & Information" to help provide su...
06/11/2021

Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center NYC published "Coping with COVID Resources, Tools & Information" to help provide support and care for children and young people and their families. Everyone faces challenges, and we are blessed to have this community partner who offers the tools to help.

The full extent of the pandemic's impact on mental health is only just coming to light. The toll on children and young people requires a concerted effort to identify and care for those who are at-risk. As we begin to return to the world, Samaritans is providing you with resources.

Please visit:
https://mailchi.mp/samaritansnyc/coping-with-covid-cm-robert-e-cornegy-jr

Samaritans Suicide Prevention Center NYC published "Coping with COVID Resources, Tools & Information" to help provide support and care for children and young people and their families. Everyone faces challenges, and we are blessed to have this community partner who offers the tools to help.

The full extent of the pandemic's impact on mental health is only just coming to light. The toll on children and young people requires a concerted effort to identify and care for those who are at-risk. As we begin to return to the world, Samaritans is providing you with resources.

Please visit:
https://mailchi.mp/samaritansnyc/coping-with-covid-cm-robert-e-cornegy-jr

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Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00

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(718) 919-0740

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Few people can move in different circles and be equally at home and respected as Councilman Robert E. Cornegy, Jr. Combine talent and intellect, a commitment to service and the ability to foster deep connections, and you have Robert. The epitome of dualism, Robert’s rise in local, New York City (NYC) politics has been nothing short of remarkable.

As the NYC Council Member for the 36th District, Robert represents the people of Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights, and has emerged as one of the most effective lawmakers in the city. In just four years, he has fulfilled every campaign promise he’s made and passed legislation in almost every committee on which he has served. Since his election in 2013, Robert has ushered an impressive number of substantive bills into law — virtually unheard of for a Council Member of his tenure.

Bottom line – Robert delivers.

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