Category: News from Gale Brewer

Weekly COVID newsletter (5/20)

Friends, It’s Wednesday, May 20, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 23,881 confirmed cases and 2,802 deaths; New York City as a whole has 192,374 cases and 20,934 deaths. — Memorial Day is this Monday, the day set aside to honor those Americans who have died in battle (I’ll be observing a socially distanced holiday at the Sailors and Soldiers Memorial in Riverside Park at 89th… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (5/19)

Friends, It’s Tuesday, May 19, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 23,790 confirmed cases and 2,779 probable deaths; New York City as a whole has 191,650 cases and 20,887 deaths. —
On Thursday (5/26) at 6:30 pm, join me for a conversation with New York City “Food Czar” Kathryn Garcia, Columbia Mailman School of Public Health Lecturer and former New York Times columnist Mark Bittman and… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (5/18)

Friends, It’s Monday, May 18, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 23,620 confirmed cases and 2,741 probable deaths; New York City as a whole has 190,408 cases and 20,720 deaths. — Congratulations to Manhattan’s own Just Sam, who won American Idol last night! She’s come a long way from Douglass Houses and singing in the subway, and we couldn’t be prouder. Sadly, quarantine has kept Sam… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (5/15)

Friends, It’s Friday, May 15, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 23,274 confirmed cases and 2,684 probable deaths; New York City as a whole has 187,848 cases and 20,476 deaths. TheCity.nyc is preparing a public memorial project for those lost to COVID-19. If someone you know who lived in New York City passed from the virus– be it a friend, relative, coworker, or neighbor– please share… 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

Weekly COVID newsletter (5/14)

Friends, It’s Thursday, May 14, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 23,056 confirmed cases and 2,048 probable deaths; New York City as a whole has 186,293 cases and 20,406 deaths. — Tomorrow, Friday (5/15) at 3:30 pm, I will be hosting a virtual Town Hall calling for city budgeting at least one social worker in each public school. I’ve been pushing for this for some time,… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (5/13)

Friends, It’s Wednesday, May 13, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 22,889 confirmed cases and 2,629 probable deaths; New York City as a whole has 185,206 cases and 20,316 deaths. — This morning, the Gotham Gazette published my op-ed with Brooklyn Council Member Antonio Reynoso: “New York City Must Keep and Expand Organics Collection, It’s an Essential Service.” I was proud to join him… Read more

Who’s Helping New York Reopen?

Who’s Helping New York Reopen? The Mayor and Governor are announcing many advisory boards of stakeholders and experts working to determine best practices as we adapt to a “new normal.” Here are the boards that I know of… Blue-Ribbon Commission Appointed by Governor Cuomo on May 25, the Blue-Ribbon Commission will advise on improving telehealth and broadband access using new, innovative technologies. Source: governor.ny.gov.
  • Chair: Eric Schmidt, former CEO
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Weekly COVID newsletter (5/12)

Friends, It’s Tuesday, May 12, 2020. At press time, TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 22,646 confirmed cases and 2,580 probable deaths; New York City as a whole has 183,662 cases and 20,056 deaths. — Tonight (5/12) at 6:30 pm, I’ll be moderating another virtual town hall meeting in partnership with Columbia University. “Contact Tracing and Technology: Balancing Public Health and Privacy,”  with Congressman Jerrold Nadler, will focus… Read more

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