Daily News from New York, New York on February 2, 1995 · 536
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Daily News from New York, New York · 536

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Thursday, February 2, 1995
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ro UutUVM.IWkJ i For information on civic groups and entertainment see BULLETIN SO An3 PACE 11 Mans Kssnsa 718)875-4455 Fax 718 875-7795 Heme DeSvery 1-800-692-NEWS to nn Rtnnifl Lill uuu mn n By TARA GEORGE Special to The News A group of housing activists yesterday told a Federal Court judge that Hasidic tenants and public housing officials were waging a campaign of "harassment and discrimination" against black and Latino residents of a Brooklyn housing project - In the latest chapter in an ongoing battle over the scarce affordable housing in Williamsburg, lawyers from Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation accused the Housing Authority of turning a blind eye to illegal transfers of apartments between Hasidim. ' And they claimed that "Hasidic thugs" had assaulted residents of the Taylor-Wythe projects and harassed tenant activists in an effort to force them to move out Connie Ayala, 61, said she had been attacked by a Hasidic neighbor in the hallway outside her sixth-floor apartment as she was going to get the . mail one day last month. - "He pushed me against the wall of the elevator and spit on my foot," remembered Ayala. "He said, 'I don't want you to live in this building.' " In a separate incident, Joseph Garber, 45, said he was attacked by two Hasidic men as he walked down Division Ave. one night in November. "They started to pummel me," said Garber, an Orthodox Jew who has spoken out against a Hasidic tenant leader. "They called me a 'mussar' traitor and told me they would kill me if I do it again." Gary Nester, the attorney for the Housing Authority, said the alleged assaults were . not the responsibility of the Housing Authority because -saw CHARLES A. ARRMrO GETTING ALONG SWIMMINGLY, Matew Komsky, 4, gets a sight to remember as he becomes acquainted with the colorful denizens of Discovery Cove in New York Aquarium. By ANNETTE FUENTES Dally News Staff Writer A&S employes scheduled to be laid off next month from the company's downtown Brooklyn corporate headquarters will be out of work but not necessarily out in the cold. This week Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden formed a task force of city, state and borough agencies to help them. Its mission is to put the 615 employes back to work. A&S employes are victims of a corporate merger between parent company Federated Department Stores and Macy's. "We are going to give them every assistance professionally possible," Golden said. "I hope that in two weeks we will be able to sit down with everybody." The task force will coordinate efforts by the state Labor Department, the city Department of Employment, the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Brooklyn Training and Employment Council, GoMen sJd.? Employes will get help filing for unemployment insurance and writing resumes, and will receive job skills testing. They'll also be able to plug into a national Job Bank. . The federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act WARN requires any company laying off one third or more of its workers to notify the state Labor Department The agency dispatches its Rapid Response team to meet with company executives, a spokeswoman said. "Our Rapid Response team is going in next Tuesday to meet with A&S representatives," the spokeswoman said. "We'll let them know what services we can provide. Once that is set up, we'll do workshops with the employes." Services are free to the employes, the , spokeswoman said. A&S is not required to take advantage of the retraining programs, she said, and occasionally a company refuses the agen- they were "private actions." And Sheldon Klein, Taylor-Wythe tenant association president, said there was no harassment going on and he had received no complaints. "These claims are off the wall," said Klein. - In 1990 the Federal Court ruled that the Housing Authority had to remedy an unfair quota system that had favored the Hasidim in the allocation of apartments at Taylor-Wythe. The court ruled that as soon as apartments were vacated, Latino and blacks should be moved in. UUi ULi : cy's resources By AUSTIN EVANS FENNER Daily News Staff Writer The Brooklyn Navy Yard is retooling its energy plant with a new $400 million facility. Construction began last week for the new "cogenera-tion" project, which is owned and operated by Brooklyn Navy Yard Cogeneration Partners, a tenant at the yard. A cogeneration system produces both electric and steam energy. "We have three contracts to-taling 170 megawatts with Consolidated Edison, and an additional 100 megawatts for sale to third parties," said Greg Bafalis, executive director of Brooklyn Navy Yard Co-generation Partners. Bafalis said the project will generate 500 construction jobs and when completed will create 30 full-time positions. More importantly, he added, it will provide low-cost energy for existing and future businesses. Officials said the Brooklyn Navy Yard cogeneration plant is the first in the nation licensed under the new Federal Clean Air Act, which will make it one of the most efficient, environmentally safe power generation facilities in the country. "Besides the economic benefits of tax revenue and jobs, our facility will produce energy in an environmentally responsible way and deliver that energy efficiently and cost-effectively," said Bafalis. The Brooklyn Navy Yard steam from three natural gas and oil boilers. The new co-generation system will replace existing units, and is expected to be fully operational by Nov. 30. The Navy Yard will be the direct beneficiary of the project The more than 200 small businesses with 3,500 employes housed there will now have access to less expensive energy. Tom Montvel-Cohen, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. senior vice president, said he welcomes the project "The fact that they are investing that kind of money, along with the plant's environmental benefits, is great," said Montvel-Cohen. Borough President Howard Golden sees the new energy plant as an important element in attracting new commercial development to the industrial park at the Navy Yard. The plant, to generate steam, will use portions of the wastewater currently discharged into the East River by the Red Hook sewage treatment facility. "The cogeneration plant will be a state-of-tr-e-art facility with low emissions,' said City Environmental Protection Commissioner Marilyn Gelber. "This will save us money because we can shut down boilers at Red Hook as the new plant provides heat It's a proj ect that has been designed with the environment in But Foster Maer of Brooklyn Legal Services said the Housing Authority had failed to prevent illegal transfers of apartments between Hasidic families. He said when a family moved out, another family would move in illegally. "Both sides need housing desperately," said Maer. "But both sides have to follow the law." Nester told the court that the illegal transfer of apartments was being investigated. "It's like asking the Police Department to stop crimes being committed," said Nester. fa , eurreTitlyrodjucejltsjtnd. o 5 z m er S n 3 co to in

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