Thursday night, more than 80 people gathered at the Van Dyke Community Center in East New York for a town hall meeting on NYCHA and key concerns for its residents.

The town hall was convened by Senator Jesse Hamilton– who represents the neighborhoods of Sunset Park, Park Slope, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, East Flatbush and Brownsville– and co-hosted by Assemblywoman Latrice Walker, Councilwoman Darlene Mealy, and District Leader Anthony Jones.

The NYCHA Town Hall was an opportunity for residents to learn about current developments, pose questions as to the future plans for NYCHA, and to provide input as to what they envisioned for the future of the community.

Also on the panel were Harold Miller, from the NYC Mayor’s Office of Community Affairs, and Brian Honan, from the NYCHA State and City Legislative Affairs office. 

Sen. Hamilton and Walker delivered updates on developments around public housing in Albany, including the $700 million allocated for Central Brooklyn health care and the $100 million budgeted for NYCHA channeled through the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. Sen. Hamilton’s office also provided constituent services at the event, taking concerns, questions, and complaints so they could be addressed by NYCHA or the relevant city or state authorities.

The event was a part of an ongoing series of community dialogues the senator is hosting over the next year addressing housing, education, criminal justice reform, health and other community concerns.

For information on future town halls, check back into The Brooklyn Reader, or email the senator’s office here.

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