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2021 Community Board application is now “live”

Apply now to join your Community Board, the most grassroots form of local government. The Boards are pivotal in shaping their communities and work to enhance and preserve the character of the city’s many unique neighborhoods. Applications close Monday, 2/22/2021. Click here to download a PDF to study the questions and prepare your answers before applying online (the online application does not allow “sessions”– you must complete the application all Read more

Museums permitted to reopen August 24; here’s the latest.

Museums are now cleared to reopen starting as early as Monday, August 24, at a maximum of 25% capacity and with timed admissions. My staff has compiled information about the museums which have announced plans and posted them here. (At press time, these museums have NOT announced reopening; we’ll post their plans as we learn of them: Asia Society and Museum, National Museum of the American Indian NY.) The Read more

Tuesday 7/14, 6:30 pm: Virtual Town Hall on “The Future of Child Care”

Child care centers are allowed to reopen starting July 13, 2020, but like all things having to do with reopening, the rules aren’t as clear as they should be. On Tuesday (7/14) at 6:30 pm, I’ll be hosting “The Future of Childcare in NYC,” a virtual town hall with Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Panelists will include:
  • Dr. Virginia Rauh, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health
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Free books for young people at these NYCHA locations starting July 8.

I’m delighted to join the New York Public Library’s 2020 Summer Reading program in offering age-appropriate books for young people, from toddlers through high school in English or Spanish at a total of ten different NYCHA locations over five days, this week and next. Books will come in a free tote bag and include a summer reading guide, stickers, and a reading tracker.   Here are the times and places: Wednesday, Read more

We need at least one social worker in every public school!

Therapists will tell you that children who experience trauma often have difficulty identifying, expressing, and managing emotions; they will internalize or externalize stress reactions, resulting in depression, anxiety, or anger. Social Workers are mental health professionals who are trained to address those issues— and they can help relieve the pressures on already overworked educators and staff.  I have been calling for every school to have at least one social workerRead more

WATCH: Summer Youth Employment Program Zoom conference

I hosted a virtual Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP) Town Hall on Aprill 22, 2020. You can watch the hour-long panel on the importance of SYEP and efforts to save it, featuring these panelists:
  • Children’s Aid Society’s Sandino Sanchez,
  • Catholic Charities’ Alianza Dominicana Division’s Eddie Silverio,
  • The Boys and Girls Club of Harlem’s Dominique Jones,
  • The Chinese-American Planning Council’s Wayne Ho, and
  • The United Neighborhood Houses’ J.T. Falcone.
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Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board appointees announced

I appoint members to the Manhattan Solid Waste Advisory Board (SWAB), the borough’s leading environmental body, to advise us on increasing recycling, reducing solid waste, and advancing sustainability. Similar to Community Boards, members are appointed to two-year terms and have the ability to make a big impact in reducing our carbon footprint. I’m pleased to announce these 38 appointees to the Manhattan SWAB for the 2020-2022 term. They live or… Read more

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