Category: News from Gale Brewer

Weekly COVID newsletter (8/27)

Friends, It’s Thursday, August 27, 2020. Welcome to the weekly edition of my COVID newsletter. At press time, nonprofit news site TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 31,935 confirmed cases and 3,168 deaths; New York City as a whole has 233,140 cases and 23,674 deaths. There were 315 new cases citywide yesterday (8/26) compared to last Wednesday’s (8/19) 273 cases, a rise of 14%. COMMENT Yesterday, I attended the unveiling… Read more

Letter to Mayor: Release FY 20 capital funding for remote-learning technology

Last week, I sent a letter to Mayor de Blasio demanding the immediate release of FY 20 funding to the School Construction Authority so we can get technology to students who need it for remote learning. I also continue to push the NYC Dept. of Education Division of Instructional and Information Technology to finalize whatever is needed to purchase Chromebooks. More than a year after winning this battle and changing… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (8/20)

Friends, It’s Thursday, August 20, 2020. Welcome to the weekly edition of my COVID newsletter. At press time, nonprofit news site TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 31,541 confirmed cases and 3,162 deaths; New York City as a whole has 231,015 cases and 23,643 deaths. There were 273 new cases citywide Tuesday (8/18) compared to last Tuesday’s (8/11) 386 cases, a fall of 29%. Gov. Cuomo yesterday announced the 12th 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

Weekly COVID newsletter (8/13)

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 COMMENT  //  NEW FACTS //  ANNOUNCEMENTS  //  EVENTS  ) Friends, It’s Thursday, August 13, 2020. Welcome to the weekly edition of my COVID newsletter. At press time, nonprofit news site TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 31,217 confirmed cases and 3,157 deaths; New York City as a whole has 229,167 cases and 23,610 deaths. There were… Read more

Weekly COVID newsletter (8/6)

Friends, It’s Thursday, August 6, 2020. Welcome to the weekly edition of my COVID newsletter.  At press time, nonprofit news site TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has 30,799 confirmed cases and 3,147 deaths; New York City as a whole has 226,914 cases and 23,563 deaths. There were 333 new cases citywide yesterday, August 5, while last Wednesday, July 29, there were 312, a rise of 7%.   COMMENT There is Read more

Weekly COVID Newsletter (7/30)

Friends, It’s Thursday, July 30, 2020. Welcome to the weekly edition of my COVID newsletter. These weekly versions are bulkier than the daily ones, so we’ve tried to organize them a bit: COMMENT from me NEW FACTS and information from others ANNOUNCEMENTS from the City, the State and major nonprofits (including funding and grants) EVENTS in chronological order At press time, nonprofit news site TheCity.nyc’s COVID-19 tracker shows Manhattan has… Read more

On ADA’s 30th anniversary, my report finds few curb cuts are in compliance with ADA standards

Pedestrian ramp that does not meet ADA standards leading to an accessible subway station This week is the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  My office released a study that finds serious shortcomings regarding pedestrian ramps that are located near accessible subway stations, leaving those stations effectively inaccessible to residents with impaired vision, and those who rely on wheelchairs, walkers and other aids. (We were assisted in the study by The Center for Independence of the Disabled, New York known as CIDNY.)… Read more

I joined NYCHA and tenant leaders to accept a donation of 100,000 masks for residents

I joined NYCHA Executive Vice President Gerard Nelson and NYCHA tenant leaders Bernadette McNear and Rhonda Bennett to accept a donation of 100,000 three-ply surgical masks from SC Health, a US-owned medical supply vendor at NYCHAs Rangel Houses development, to be distributed to NYCHA residents throughout Manhattan. I applaud SC Health for its civic mindedness in making this donation. These masks will help New York stay a national… Read more

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