Virtual 'Check In' Gives CB6 Residents Coronavirus Updates

Matt Troutman

PARK SLOPE, BROOKLYN — "Stay at home" doesn't mean the community and government stop functioning, especially in neighborhoods covered by Community Board 6.

A Wednesday virtual event will give residents a chance to "check-in" on goings-on in Park Slope, Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Gowanus and Red Hook.

It's kind of affair that pre-coronavirus would be wrapped into one or several evening meetings of varying attendance or interest. But interest in local community and government has spiked as the pandemic spread.

"Local communities often don't feel assured that their government understands the full nature of their circumstances and concerns," said Michael Racioppo, the district's manager. "Meetings like this allow for a dialogue in which our community can tell government what it is thinking and what it worries about and government has an opportunity to address those concerns either on the spot or by doing further investigation."

Racioppo, who regularly publishes an email news roundup for neighborhoods served by Community Board 6, said people who join the "Check-In" can expect it to cover several pressing topics.

That means schools, hospitals and public safety, as well as "other unexpected policy concerns that emerge," he said.

Local elected officials will also attend the virtual meeting. Those expected to appear and talk are City Councilman Brad Lander, state Sen. Brian P. Kavanagh, state Assembly Members Robert Carroll Jo Anne Simon and City Comptroller Scott Stringer, as well as Department of Education officials who will discuss education and closed schools.

It's the second time Community Board 6 held such an event since a sweeping "stay-at-home" order shut down much of daily life in the city and state.

Other local community leaders such as state Sen. Zellnor Myrie and state Assembly Member Diana C. Richardson, who represent Central Brooklyn, have held similar town hall-style meetings. Theirs have covered small businesses, hospitals and, on Tuesday, housing from Myrie's Facebook page.

The Community Board 6 "Check-In" will unfold Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. by Zoom. People can register for the event here.

They can also text "BKCB6" to 22828 if they want to reach out or want information. People can sign up for Racioppo's email newsletter here.

This article originally appeared on the Park Slope Patch