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B.P. Brewer Hosts African Consuls Generals

Brewer stands with African consul generals

I was so pleased to host a meeting with the African Consul Generals at my office on Thursday, July 6. Helping the African immigrant community in Northern Manhattan has long been a priority of mine.

In 2014, I established the African Immigrant Task Force, which meets regularly. There, I am able to hear the cares and concerns of these populations — and then address solutions with leaders from these same neighborhoods.

Meeting with the Consul Generals furthered these discussions. They brought a diverse set of perspectives to the conversation, and together we addressed issues that affect each of the populations that they represent. We also spoke about potential collaborative efforts that will bring together the African immigrant community in New York City.

The African-born community is a fast-growing part of the New York City population — according to the Department of City Planning’s analysis of census estimates, it increased 39% from 2000 to 2011 — and an important one.

Working with the Hon. Yvonne Walker-Borobo of Gabon, the Hon. Rudolph Sherman of Liberia, the Hon. Amadou Ndao of Senegal, and the Hon. Thulisile Mathula Nkosi of South Africa provided another great forum for recognizing that importance.

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