2004-09-09 / Top Stories

State Senate Candidates Address Similar Topics At Civic Meeting

By Raymond E. Dowd

Three candidates for election to the 21st Senatorial District — Wellington Sharpe, Noach Dear and incumbent Senator Kevin S. Parker — last week asked members of the community who attended the meeting of the Friends United Block Association (FUBA) for their support in next Tuesday’s primary. The district includes parts of Flatbush, East Flatbush, Midwood, Ditmas Park, Kensington and Borough Park.

Gardy Brazela, president of FUBA, had set aside part of the meeting, which was held at the Temple Shaare Emeth meeting hall on Farragut Road on Thursday, September 2, as a “candidates’ forum.”

All three candidates expressed their interest in the needs of the community, including better communication between area residents and police; the use of more funds to benefit the elderly and youth organizations; and funding to help area businesses expand.

“It’s great to see this meeting so well attended,” said Brazela. “It’s this kind of forum that makes it possible for residents to get a clearer insight into the candidates and allows us to pick the person we feel will be best for the community.”

Another guest speaker, Thomas Fitz-gerald of the City Department of Sanitation, told attendees that, as of September 7, flyers are no longer permitted to be displayed on telephone poles and trees and those responsible for offenses will be fined, with each succeeding violation bringing an in-crease in the fine.

“We hope the fines imposed will be a deterrent to the problems we have with flyers,” said the Sanitation De-partment official.

He also urged residents to follow proper rules when discarding recyclables and tying up paper waste products.

Brazela said the next FUBA meeting will take place on Thursday, October 7.

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