Just when the winter blast was thought to be a thing of the past, frosty breezes greeted the kiddies, seniors, community advocates, and public officials on the steps of Brooklyn Supreme Court. The winter may be tenacious but it’s met its match there in these champs who have been fighting to save the daycare, senior, and community center at 211 Ainslie for nearly two years. Nuestros Niños has now joined in this fight as they received an eviction notice from their landlord.
The issue at 211 Ainslie began during the Bloomberg Administration. Yet, despite all his talk of Two Cities, Mayor de Blasio seems to have turned a deaf ear to the cries of young, old, and all those in between who benefit from resources found at this address.
At the steps of the Brooklyn Supreme Court, Council Member Antonio Reynoso sums up the situation, “For the last year Mayor de Blasio has been playing a secondary role in trying to save our centers. We need a Mayor who is going to play a primary role, a mayor who is going to step up and is going to save our centers, both at 211 Ainslie and Nuestros Niños. We aren’t going to let him be in the background while we suffer in our communities. Today we are drawing the line in the sand, and it is very clear Mayor de Blasio: you need to be with us or you’re against us. He talks about a Tale of Two Cities and now he’s shown that Williamsburg is going to be one city where we’re not welcome where we grew up, and we’re not going to stand for that.” Said Council Member Antonio Reynoso
Edward Baker – “I’m representing Assemblyman Lentol and as you know he has been fighting for 211 Ainslie for over 2 years, he’s still fighting, he’s never going to give up, and now we have Nuestros Niños. It’s power in numbers.”
Tamara spoke for Senator Dilan “Senator is sorry he can’t be here, he’s working on legislation up in Albany, but he supports all of you100% and we are going to do whatever we can to make sure that we stay here.”