As an Assemblyman representing central Brooklyn, I would like to welcome Patch.com to Bed-Stuy. Bed-Stuy Patch will be a great resource for residents and visitors looking for local news, events, restaurant reviews, businesses and other information that's relevant to our community.
Bed-Stuy is home to a growing number of families, restaurants, retailers, artists, entrepreneurs, community advocates, non-profits and arts organizations. In fact, the church where I was baptized and married, Cornerstone Baptist Church, is located in the heart of Bed-Stuy. It is my hope that Bed-Stuy Patch will help attract and support local businesses as well as encourage more people to live, work and explore our great neighborhood.
During my tenure as Assemblyman, I have sponsored and passed legislation that strengthens tenant protections, protects the civil liberties of law-abiding New Yorkers during police encounters, addresses the foreclosure crisis in central Brooklyn and ensures fairness in the political process for urban communities.
Most recently, we celebrated the passage of legislation I sponsored renaming the Kings County State Office Building, located at 55 Hanson Place, in honor of a prominent central Brooklyn leader and trailblazer, the late Bed-Stuy Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm, who was the first Black woman elected to Congress in 1968, and the first African American to run for President in 1972.
Bed-Stuy Patch will give you a chance to navigate and experience some of our neighborhood's hidden treasures, like the art at Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration, the ornate elegance of the Akwaaba Mansion, the beautiful brownstones lining Stuyvesant Heights, and the appetizing new restaurants that are sprouting up along Lewis Avenue.
Bed-Stuy is a neighborhood on the move with a great legacy and tradition. Congratulations to Bed-Stuy Patch, and I look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood.
Hakeem Jeffries, AD 57
Hakeem Jeffries was elected to the New York State Assembly in November 2006. He represents the 57th Assembly District which includes the neighborhoods of Fort Greene, Clinton Hill, Prospect Heights, and parts of Crown Heights and Bedford Stuyvesant.