Egyptian center opens in Bay Ridge

 

Councilmember Vincent Gentile alongside Egyptian American Community Foundation board members Dr. Gabr Eldib and Dr. Hussam Amin.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile alongside Egyptian American Community Foundation board members Dr. Gabr Eldib and Dr. Hussam Amin.

Egyptian Americans have opened a new community foundation in Bay Ridge, but administrators say you don’t have to be a member of the Arab community to benefit from its after school program, complementary law and health care assistance and ESL classes.

Home Reporter News reports that Councilmember Vincent Gentile was a guest speaker at a monthly event at the foundation, and that Gentile has already taken up one of the issues raised by members of the Arab community, surrounding hookah bars:

Some who attended the event expressed concerns about hookah bars. They fear that young adults are not smoking the traditional shisha, but are using tobacco, which is illegal.

“We have a bill that we are trying to pass that would require them [hookah bar owners] to label what is in the containers in the bar,” Gentile explained. “This is a concern the Arab community brought to me.”

Earlier this year, the state legislature passed legislation prohibiting the sale of hookahs, shisha and water pipes to minors, after local officials got the ball rolling.

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