Congressman Hakeem Jeffries

Representing the 8th District of New York
 

Local Issues

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Oct 31, 2014 In The News

For all the rebuilding since Superstorm Sandy, damaged houses of worship have been left out in the cold due to federal prohibitions on direct aid to religious institutions. An attempt to amend the law and allow for such assistance in the case of natural disasters passed in the House but died in the Senate, and now one Congressman is asking local financial institutions to step up to the plate instead. 

Oct 30, 2014 In The News

Community leaders in Brooklyn say a church there has been ignored in the two years since Sandy damaged it.

The pastor of the United Community Baptist Church in Coney Island says he needs about $2.5 million to repair the building.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries sent letters to the four biggest banks in the country asking for help in funding the work.

He says the federal government can't help houses of worship because of the separation of church and state, but banks have a responsibility to the community.

Oct 20, 2014 Press Release

BROOKLYN, NY: Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement condemning the act of vandalism of the 9/11 Memorial in Coney Island, New York on October 17.   

Aug 27, 2014 In The News
Aug 19, 2014 In The News
A New York City group protesting about the death of Eric Garner, who died after a New York police officer put him in a chokehold while attempting to arrest him on suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes, dropped plans for a march across the Verrazano-Narrows bridge.
Aug 19, 2014 Press Release
New York, NY - Today, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (NY-08) released the following statement concerning the Staten Island chief prosecutor’s decision to present the homicide of Eric Garner to a Richmond County Grand Jury.
Aug 18, 2014 Video

Congressman Jeffries discusses P.J.'s Act, a bill named after P.J. Avitto, the Brooklynite who was tragically killed in an elevator that lacked the proper safety equipment. The bill is designed to boost security-related funding for public housing organizations. He also addresses the NYPD's inept broken windows policing policy.

Aug 15, 2014 Press Release
NEW YORK – In the wake of the tragic killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed man who died while subjected to an unauthorized chokehold by police officer Daniel Pantaleo, United States Representatives Hakeem Jeffries, Gregory Meeks and Yvette D. Clarke stood in front of One Police Plaza and called upon the Department of Justice (DOJ) to intervene in the case.
Aug 15, 2014 In The News

In a locket around her neck, Aricka McClinton carries the ashes of her six-year-old son Prince Joshua "PJ" Avitto. She says the whole family does the same.

"We go nowhere without them. We wear them every day. Every day. This is our baby," McClinton says.

In June, Prince Joshua, known as PJ, and 7-year-old friend Mikayla Capers were stabbed in an elevator in the Boulevard Houses. Mikayla survived. Ex-convict Daniel St. Hubert is charged with the crime.

"It's never enough security, if you ask me," McClinton says.